Weekend Wrapup: 24/Feb - 2/Mar

posted on by Jon Hayward
This week we have deadly games of billiards, Marmalade Boy coming back, Steve Jobs in a Japanese bathhouse and the creator of Kirby and Smash Bros working far too hard;

Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga will conclude in the July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine. Vampire Knight was first launched in LaLa back in 2004 and it has been collected into 17 volumes to date. Madman Entertainment have released not only the manga but the anime adaptations Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty (Vampire Knight Season 2) in Australia.

In light of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae concluding, Yamazaki has revealed that her next project will be a biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The manga will begin publication in the May issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine on the 25th of March as part of it's new monthly publishing schedule.

MADHOUSE has begun streaming a trailerfor their contribution to the Anime Mirai program. Death Billiards follows two men as they find themselves playing for their lives in a game of billiards. The Anime Mirai program involves the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs supplying funds to the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) for distribution to studios that create projects to train young animators on the job *phew*.

Wataru Yoshizumi will launch Marmalade Boy Little in the May issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine on the 28th of March. Based on Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy shōjo manga the sequel follows the little sister and brother of the original manga's antagonists. Marmalade Boy centered around the romance between Miki and Yū, two teens whose parents suddenly decide to switch partners and remarry each other. Miki and Yū find themselves living under the same roof with their four mutual parents. The original series ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine from 1992 to 1995 and inspired a anime series, prequel anime film and inspired an live-action adaptation in Taiwan.

A trailer for Devil Survivor 2 The Animation began streaming this week. The series adapts Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Nintendo DS role-playing game. Pony Canyon is handling production with director Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation), assistant director Yoshimichi Hirai with Makoto Uezu in charge of the series scripts and Kotaro Nakagawa (Zettai Karen Children) scoring the music. The series will premiere on MBS "Animeism" programming block in April.

Kodansha's TV Magazine has announced that the current broadcast of Fairy Tail's anime adaptation will conclude on the 30th of March. Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga began it's anime adaptation on TV Tokyo back in October 2009, however Mashima has posted a cryptic statement on twitter hinting to be patient and that he has good news.

And finally, Masahiro Sakurai (head of game developer Sora and creator of Kirby), reported in Enterbrain's Famitsu magazine that a repetitive strain injury in his right arm is hindering his progress on the new next generation Smash Brothers releases for 3DS and WiiU. He stated that he has taken steps to improve his condition, swapping out his keyboard and mouse for a trackball and dictating e-mails, but his condition has continued to worsen. But he still attempts to debug the two new titles utilising joysticks and simple moves, stating that through the trial he has realised how important it is to have your health.

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