News Roundup for March 27th, 2014

Test Drive a Little Sister

Home electronics manufacturer Sharp has taken customer feedback to heart in creating technology that makes man feel closer to the machine. Introducing the Premium Cocorobo, an automatic vacuum cleaner similar to the Roomba. Except this one is capable of conversation thanks to the tsundere Ibuki Kido, the 16-year old voice actress young enough to actually be the younger sister that she plays. Apply now to their homepage and you may be one of the eleven lucky older brothers sent a prototype for the Beta test. Just send her back in one piece, OK?

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Mind your Manors

Falling for the girl next door is one thing. But falling for the girl in the next room? Fagidabout it! In the upcoming spring anime, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior , our protagonist moves into a dorm only to discover that he's living under the same roof as his crush! Doki doki. Unfortunately he's also stuck with a pervert roommate and house mates with even worse personality disorders. Check the official homepage for the trailer to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.

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Not Quite the Densha Otoko Anime We Expected

Tokyo station is commemorating 100 years of bringing people together and moving them apart with an animated short by A-1 Pictures. The 30-second trailer is just a tease for the full version that will be released on YouTube this spring. According to the press release, the story is about a woman who returns to Tokyo station, her father's workplace, years after his death to piece together a picture of him that she never knew as a child.

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Di Molto Bene

Shokotan takes a stand for the oft-downtrodden Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with this sketch of Giorno Giovana. See her Twitter for more amazing drawings of Bucciarati and Narancia.


Say Your Goodbyes

Spring is a time for new beginnings and heartfelt farewells like in the new video from Sayonara Ponytail, Bokutachi no Sotsugyou (Our Graduation). You probably recognize them from the second season ending theme for Kill la Kill, Shin Sekai Kōkyōgaku (New World Symphony), though nobody really knows anything about them. The alleged 12-member unit never performs live and releases all of their material over social media--an enigma wrapped in a riddle wearing a school girl uniform.

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