News Roundup for October 2nd, 2014

They Make Odd Eye Look Normal

The story of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS continues in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid! The anime adaptation of the manga follows Vivio, Nanoha's adoptive daughter, who joins a martial arts tournament with her friends to prove the power of her Device. Seems like the production studio changed from Seven Arcs to A-1 Pictures so we'll have to wait and see if they can deliver the same magic.

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Peep This

Ikebukuro goes to the birds with these Kurobas Hiyoko crane prize plushies. They're only available in and around Otomo Road so get your hands on them this October before they fly south for the winter.

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Like Father, Like Son

Goro Miyazaki honors the family legacy by making the star of his story a strong, youthful girl. But his upcoming TV series, Sanzoku no Musume Ronja, also breaks tradition by ditching the hand drawn for full CG animation. Ironically the staff includes people Miyazaki senior shooed out his studio for being too good with those newfangled computers. We'll see if Goro can finally earn daddy's respect when the show starts October 11th.

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Steel is My Body and Fire is My Blood


Ufotable president Hikaru Kondo gives back to his hometown of Tokushima by organizing Machi Asobi, an annual event that turns the city into a weekend otaku playground. Fans can give back to society as well by donating blood, and altruistic individuals will receive a clear file decorated with Rin and Archer. Me, I just do it for the free juice and cookies (and because having blood drained makes me feel like my Twilight fanfiction character, mmmmm.)

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The Power of the Male Gaze

It's a well known fact that Japanese senior citizens reach retirement and enlightenment around the same age--must be something in McDonald's coffee that enlarges the pineal gland. Whatever the cause, blinc vase, an upscale eyeglass boutique in Omotesando Hills, is ready to provide trifocals to the graying society.

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Just According to Keikaku

Wai! Sugoi Japan is a government sponsored keikaku (Translator's notes: Keikaku can also mean "project," not just "plan") to have fans vote for their favorite anime, manga, ranobe and entame shosetsu. Waiting is dame dame, so let za warudo know what sakuhin (works) make you all doki doki and waku waku.

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Return of the Randy, Raunchy Rapscallion

If you're old enough to know the Pink Pineapple brand then you're old enough to play the fantasy ero-ge Rance. And if you're still a minor, hopefully you'll be of age when the hotly anticipated anime adaptation comes to DVD on December 26th.

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