News Weekend Wrapup: 30/Dec - 5/Jan
Images of Comic Market 83 (C83) have appeared online showing the seats left empty that would have been otherwise occupied by circles selling Kuroko's Basketball dōjinshi. This is the result of several threats being made to locations linked with Kuroko's Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki and a threat made directly to the Comic Market event back in October. The organisers of Comic Market disqualified and refunded all Kuroko's Basketball circles and requested that other circles do not distribute Kuroko's Baskeball dōjinshi, goods and other materials after police recommendation to do so. About 900 circles had reserved tables to sell related goods and this is about 8% of the total number of circles (11,700). This is the first time in Comic Market's 37 year history it has exercised "self-restraint" on such a large scale.
However after day 2 of Comic Market, three threat notes were left in the Kuroko's Basketball area after organisers allowed the public to utilise the area to rest. While the discovery placed Comic Market on highest alert for day 3, the committee consider the three new letters to be copycat threats.
The official twitter account for NisiOisin's Monogatari anime project has confirmed that the "Second Season arc" will start in 2013 and cover Nekomogatari (White), Kabukimonogatari, Hanamonogatari, Otorimonogatari, Onimonogatari, and Koimonogatari. Of slightly more interest the official Monogatari website is streaming a promotional video for the series. This comes after the "First Season" was completed with Nekomonogatari (Black) premiering on last Monday. Since that news, the name of the "Second Season arc" has been confirmed to be "Monogatari Series Second Season" and will run for 26 episodes.
Comic Book Resources have posted a preview of Drawn & Quarterly's upcoming release of Kitaro (Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro), the supernatural manga by Shigeru Mizuki in the form of the complete chapter "Monster Night Game". The manga began in 1959 as Hakaba Kitarō and has spawned tv series, anime, movies and two live-action films. Drawn and Quarterly previously released Mizuki's NonNonBâ and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and will release the first volume of Kitaro in January 2013.
Aniplex is reported to release a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Complete Blu-ray Box in Japan on June 26th. The box will contain 10 Blu-ray discs and five CDs encompassing the original series with Japanese and English dubbing and English subtitling and the two compilation films Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End- and Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars with Japanese dubbing and English subtitles. The set is listed to additionally include clean openings and endings, music videos and other bonus footage alongside four drama CDs and a new drama CD from original creator and screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima.
The Lucky Star spinoff manga Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku (The Miyakawa Family's Hunger) has confirmed that a anime adaptation is currently in the works via a wooden prayer plaque hung in offering at Washinomiya Shrine. The manga is based on the Lucky Star Moe Drill game series and centers around big sister Hinata Miyakawa and little sister Hikage Miyakawa's impoverished daily life at home (due to Hinata's wasteful habits) and Hikage's life at elementary school.