Madman Entertainment announced several new acquisitions at last weekend's Supanova Brisbane. The acquisitions are scheduled for 2012, but no firm release dates have been set. Madman Entertainment also released a video of Sylvester Ip wrapping up the panel for those unable to attend, which you can view at the bottom of this article.
Based on the manga of the same name, the series focuses on Keima Katsuragi, the "Capturing God" of dating sims. Preferring the company of 2D women to real life, he has become proficient at capturing any character in every dating sim. When he receives an email from a unknown sender, he is drawn into a contract with a demon in order to capture "lost souls" escaped from hell. The trick is that in order to capture the "lost soul", he must first capture the person's heart.
Rune Ballot is a girl bought into slavery by notorious gambler Shell Septinous. When Rune tries to escape her servitude, she is attacked and left for dead on Shell's instruction. But she is rescued by an emergency ordinance to preserve life called Mardock Scramble 09, which turns her into a cyborg with advanced technology and allows her to seek revenge on the man who tried to murder her. The film is based on a series of novels by Tow Ubukata (Chevalier d'Eon, Heroic Age), who also wrote the screenplay.
While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
AnoHana is a story of high emotion. There's a lot of screaming, crying, laughing, and soppy emotional weltering of every flavor. It is tough to digest all of that in 100 minutes. In fact, it's not really recommended.
Overall, Cardfight!! Vanguard is going to be best enjoyed by those who are familiar with the game or just enjoy card battle games in general. It does make a real effort to be generally appealing, though.
Baby Steps isn't big on thrilling sports action. It's interested in quieter, less immediate pleasures: the simple pleasures of good characters and good relationships moving slowly but surely in good directions.