News Weekend Wrapup: 6/Jan - 12/Jan
First off, Hanabee announced three new acquisitions this week with Inu X Boku Secret Service on Blu-ray and DVD in April, Hiiro no Kakera on Blu-ray and DVD in April and Nisemonogatari part 1 in May and part 2 in June on DVD.
The 2011-2012 anime series Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time has been nominated in the International Emmy® Kids Awards for best kids animation. It's fellow nominees include United Kingdom's The Amazing World of Gumball, Spain's Ask Laura and France's The Jungle Bunch. Winners will be announced at the first International Emmy Kids Awards Gala in New York City on February 8th.
A second promotional video for The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. (Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.) has been posted online. The series is based on Sou Sagara's original light novels and follow Yōto Yokodera, a second-year high school boy who is always thinking about his "carnal desires" but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. When Yōto learns of a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes, he visits the statue to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Yōto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish — that she would not display her "real intentions" so readily. The series adaptation is being handled by J.C. Staff and will be part of the spring season.
And finally, David R. Ellis, the director of upcoming Kite live-action adaptation, has passed away. Ellis was in South Africa preparing this adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu's Kite anime which was to star Samuel L. Jackson alongside a unnamed lead actress. Yasuomi Umetsu has since posted a tribute blog entry to David R. Ellis thanking him for his talent and hard work to date.