News Roundup for February 3rd, 2014

Turn the Beat Around


You may not be able to change the fact that you're dead, but that doesn't mean that everything that happens in the afterlife is set in stone. Visual novel powerhouse Key is slowly revealing the details of Angel Beats! 1st beat, a video game adaptation of the anime. If you think you already know how the story ends, think again--the game features branching paths and your decisions can set events and romances into action that would have been unthinkable in the anime. Take a gander at the Dengeki Online news article below for a sneak peak at an ever shifting Afterlife Battlefront.

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Giant Robots Get Medieval


The fantasy mecha manga Broken Blade was adapted into a six-part film series released from 2010 to 2011, and now those films are being re-cut into a 12-episode television series. If you think they're just recycling old footage, don't worry--the trailer promises to bring the epic battle between one-man wrecking crew Girge and the Spartan elites to the small screen this spring. There's also a spin-off OVA in the works that delves into the secret of Delphine's origin story.

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Let's Do the Time Warp Again


Aniplex has revealed the prototype for the September release of their limited edition figure, Homura Akemi: Time Warp Version as seen in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Eternal. This 1/7 scale pre-painted PVC measures 220mm from the top of her head down to the clock face base. And as for accessories... well, I don't think Kyubey's ears are hanging limp because he's fallen asleep...

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The smash-hit film sequel Tiger & Bunny -The Rising- will be coming to the United States in March with a taste of Japanese swag. The Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles will be giving out clear files and postcards to early guests from the 14th and VIZ Media will hold a special screening at San Francisco's New People Cinema on the 22nd. Check out the link below for dates and times in your area.

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Ume Aoki Plays With the Grown-ups

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Hidamari Sketch author Ume Aoki will be starting a yet unnamed new serialization in February's issue of Le Paradis, an alternative manga anthology. The plot synopsis makes it sound like a neurotic woman suddenly has to move in with her male co-worker due to conditions at her job. Le Paradis tends to skew towards more adult themes, so we'll have to see if Aoki's storytelling matures to keep pace.

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My Little Moe

Deviantart group Galaxy Art is back with another round of anime-styled My Little Pony mashups, except they went all the way and created their own opening animation complete with auto-tuned theme song! Now that the ponies are 2D girls I can freely express my love for them without fear of ridicule.

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My Little Sister Can't be This Good at Magic!

The Irregular at Magic High School takes place in a world where spell-slinging has become commonplace but grades still count for everything. Tatsuya Shiba and his sister Miyuki Shiba enroll into the Private Magic University Affiliated High School only to be separated by their test scores--Miyuki is assigned to the elite Course 1 "Bloom" curriculum while Tatsuya's poor results land him in the lowly Course 2 "Weed" curriculum. But Tatsuya's grades don’t reflect his true, hidden abilities… 

Originally a web novel that began serialization in October 2008, The Irregular at Magic High School has since gone on to sell 3.15 million copies and spawn multiple manga adaptations. This spring Studio MADHOUSE will bring an anime adaptation to the screen with director Manabu Ono (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) and music from Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann). LiSA (Fate/Zero ED Oath Sign, Sword Art Online OP Crossing Field) will sing the opening track with ELISA (Ef: A Tale of Memories OP Euphoric Field, Valvrave the Liberator ED Realism) handling the ending theme. Don't confuse the two--there will be a test later.

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