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Berserk, Mardock Scramble, Kuragehime Promos Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
1st Mardock Scramble to premiere in NYC on Friday; Kuragehime to debut next week

The official website for Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga has begun streaming the fourth of five new animated commercials on Monday. Hakusensha published the 35th manga volume with a wraparound jacket band announcing the launch of a new anime project. Hakusensha is promoting the new manga volume with four animated television commercials narrated by singer/actor Gackt, and the website will stream a fifth, web-exclusive commercial on Tuesday morning Japan Time.

The official website for Susumu Kudo and GoHands' Mardock Scramble anime film trilogy is streaming a new 180-second theatrical teaser trailer. Tow Ubukata, the author of the original Mardock Scramble science-fiction novel series, will personally present the world premiere of the first film at New York Comic Con on Friday. The film will then open in Japan on November 6.

Viz Media and Simon & Schuster describe the plot of the first novel volume, which will ship in North America next January, as the following:

Why Me? It was to be the last thought a young prostitute, Balot, would ever have…as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for a private investigator and his self-aware Universal Tool, Oefcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot has not only physical powers, but the ability to disrupt social environments. She chases after Shell, his partner-in-crime Boiled, and faces down a variety of insane villains in this pulse-pounding cyberpunk noir adventure.

The official website for Brains Base's television anime adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Kuragehime manga revamped itself on Monday with a streaming promotional video. The anime will premiere on October 14.

The award-winning story centers around Tsukimi Kurashita, a huge fan of jellyfish (kurage, a wordplay on the "kura/mi" and "tsuki/ge" in her name) who moves to Tokyo to become an illustrator. She moves into "Amamizukan," an apartment complex that is full of diehard female otaku with a no-men-allowed rule. However, one day, Tsukimi invites a stylishly fashionable woman to stay at her room at Amamizukan — only to discover that the guest is not who "she" seems to be.

[Via Can you Moe?, Affenheimtheater, Moon Phase]

Image © Tow Ubukata/Mardock Scramble Production Committee
© Akiko Higashimura, Kodansha/Kuragehime Production Committee

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