The Wait is Unbearable
Remember kids, director Kunihiko Ikuhara was telling stories with hyper-modern architecture, impressionistic backgrounds and foreboding choir singing long before Madoka's Akiyuki Shinbo. The new trailer for Ikuhara's Yurikuma Arashi teases at unbound mystery and beauty. The January air date can't come fast enough!
Official homepage: http://www.yurikuma.jp/index.html
Theater of War
Bad news: The Girls und Panzer film has been pushed back to summer 2015. Good news: They released a key visual! The movie promises to be an all new feature length story. Hooray! After the last OVA I'm ready to move forward into unexplored territory.
Official homepage: http://girls-und-panzer.jp/
Not so "Puella" Anymore
Madoka and friends added five inches to their biceps for their Monster Hunter Frontier G debut. Sorry boys, these frilly battle skirts are for female characters only--though males can watch from the sidelines nice and snug in their Candy Witch and Kyuubey costumes.
Gather Friends to Take Down FOEs
It will be ages before we see an English localization for the 3DS remake of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, but at least we can enjoy the anime opening movie on YouTube. Dig the animation by Madhouse and theme song "Reaching Out For Our Future" by Stein;s Gate singer Kanako Itou. If you're feeling adventurous you can import the Japanese version when it's released on November 27th.
Official homepage: http://sq-atlus.jp/
Shonen Jump Gets a Retro De-make
Pixel artist @NAMCOPHILIA celebrates the 45th anniversary of Shonen Jump a year late with 8-bit versions of its stars. See how many of the 50 you can pick out at a glance. The characters still look like themselves even after being shrunk down to the size of a postage stamp--a testament to their strength of design.
Moon Pullip Power, Make Up!
The unique proportions of Pullip dolls makes them perfect for bringing shoujo manga characters to life. Maybe that's why they're teaming up with Sailor Moon for this spicy Sailor Mars doll. Pre-order through the Premium Bandai homepage and you'll also get her school uniform complete with knee socks!
Official homepage: http://p-bandai.jp/chara/c0468/item-1000094474/?rt=pr
A Kuso-ge in the Literal Sense
Japan's in deep doo-doo. The number of colon cancer cases is on the rise but we could save lives if more people checked their poop before flushing and talked to their doctor. Unko Gakkai is an organization that aims to remove the stigma of potty talk with Unkore, a smartphone game where you collect anthropomorphic versions of stomach bacteria. If you're serious about stool hit them up on Twitter to see how you can help.
Official homepage: http://unkogakkai.jp/