News Weekend Wrapup: 13/Jan - 19/Jan
A new manga series from manga creator Kozueko Morimoto (Gokusen) will be published in the February issues of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine. The new series, Takadai-ke no Hitobito, follows on from the one-shot of the same name and depicts the romance between a quiet female employee called Hirano and Takadai, the male upper-tier employee who has arrived from New York who carries some interesting secrets.
The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced that the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime will launch in 2013. Production I.G soon launched a website for the new series confirming Kazuchika Kise as chief director, Tow Ubukata is supervising and writing the series scripts and Cornelius as the composer. The website also announced a "Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Presentation" will be streamed live worldwide on February 12th at 9:00 p.m. in Japan (click here for your local TZ) on Niconico, Bandai Channel, and YouTube. The event itself will be held at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo.
Yu Yagami will continue his Those Who Hunt Elves (Elf o Karu Mono-tachi) manga on G-mode's Comic Meteor web manga site beginning on the 30th of January. Those Who Hunt Elves 2 will continue the mis-adventures of elf Celsia Marie Claire with three travellers from Japan who aim to return home.
Yagami serialized the original Those Who Hunt Elves manga in Monthly Dengeki Comic GAO! magazine from 1994 to 2002. He already created a brief sequel called Those Who Hunt Elves Returns in the same magazine from 2007 to 2008. The original manga also inspired two television anime series.
The first advert for Straight Title Robot Anime (Chokkyū Hyōdai Robot Anime) television series has been streamed online. The series is created with MikuMikuDance (MMD), Yū Higuchi's free software that enables users to create dancing videos of various Vocaloid characters, most specfically, Crypton Future Media's Hatsune Miku. The anime's story is set in a world where humanity has been wiped out but the military robots used to engage in warfare are still continuing the war with no end in sight.
Studio Trigger has begun streaming a trailer for "Little Witch Academia", its entry in the Anime Mirai 2013 initiative. The Anime Mirai program distributes funds from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs to studios who train young animators on the job. Little Witch Academia is of particular interest due to Yoh Yoshinari and Naoko Tsutsumi (previously of Panty & Stocking) leading the project with an music score by Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad) scoring the music.
And finally the sixth volume of Shunsuke Sarai's Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō comedy light novel series has revealed that an anime adaptation has been green-lit. The absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.