News Weekend Wrapup: 20/Jan - 27/Jan
A music video for idol group 9nine's music video "colorful" is now streaming which is also the theme song for Star Driver the Movie. "Colorful" is 9nine's first theme song for a film and it will go on sale as a single on February 6th. The group also performed theme songs for the original Star Driver television anime series. The film will open in Japan on the 9th of February and will follow a "new construction" of the original anime series revolving around the fates of the cast and follow up with a new segment about the character's lives after the conclusion of the story.
Tetsujin 28-gō Gao! will premiere on Fuji TV on the 6th of April. This series of shorts are animated in a pop-art style and will focus on protagonist Shōtarō Kaneda's everyday life. Tetsujin 28 was originally a manga created by the late Mitsuteru Yokoyama in 1956 focusing on Shōtarō who used his giant robot to fight evil. The manga inspired many adaptations including a 1960 live-action television series, the more well-known 1963-66 television anime series (adapted in English as Gigantor), several more television anime series (in 1980, 1992, and 2004), a 2005 live-action film, Mamoru Oshii's 28 1/2 Mōsō no Kyojin film of his 2008 Tetsujin 28 stage play and several manga spinoffs or remakes.
Shimoku Kio's Genshiken: Second Season manga has officially been green-lit for an anime adaptation which continues mis-adventures of the otaku college club "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture." The announcement was made in the March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine.
Japanese digital publisher Comic Animation released two manga/anime hybrid works in Apple's App Store. Chimamire Mai Love (Blood-Stained Mai Love) by Mamoru Oshii follows a timid second-year high school student's relationship with Mai, a vampire he met through a blood donation site. Gin-iro no Usagi (Silver Rabbit) by Kamui Fujiwara (Dragon Quest) follows a boy who wakes up in the world of Japanese mythological creatures (ayakashi) and discovered that he now only has one eye with super long-distance vision. Both titles have been translated and released to the US app store and the Australian app store, just search for "Chimaire" and "Gin-iro". The download is free with a sample and chapters will cost $2.99 AUD each.
Now we have several manga titles finishing up. Princess Resurrection will end on the 26th of February in the April issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine with the 20th (and final) volume being published on April 9th.
The manga adaptation of Toshihiko Tsukiji's Kämpfer light novel series with art by Yû Tachibana revealed it will finish with the 10th volume. The series was published in Media Factory's Comic Alive magazine and the reveal was published in the 9th volume of the series.
And finally Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed (via it's website) that Cocoa Fujiwara's Inu × Boku SS manga will enter it's final arc with the magazine's February issue. David Productions created an anime adaptation of the series in 2012 which will be released in Australia by Hanabee in April 2013.