First Haganai Next Anime Commercial Released

The first commercial for the anticipated second series of Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Haganai Next, has been released. The series will air in Japan on 10 January 2013.

The first series’ assistant director Toru Kitahata (Love, Election & Chocolate) is taking over as the director from Hisashi Saito (Bamboo Blade, Heaven’s Lost Property). Unlike the first series, the original light novel writer Yomi Hirasaka will be in charge of the series scripts, alongside Tatsuhiko Urahata (Strike Witches) from the first series. Kurasumi Sunayama (Romeo X Juliet) is also joining the writing staff. The main cast will be reprising their roles from the first series.

Date A Live Cast and Crew Announced

Japanese publisher Fujimi Shobo has announced the main cast and crew of the anime adaptation of Koushi Tachibana light novel series Date A Live. The anime is set for release in 2013.

Cast list:

  • Shido Itsuka: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Tohka Yatogami: Marina Inoue
  • Kotori Itsuka: Ayana Taketatsu
  • Origami Tobiichi: Misuzu Togashi
  • Yoshino: Iori Nomizu
  • Kurumi Tokisaki: Asami Sanada
  • Tamae Okamine: Kaori Sadohara
  • Mana Takamiya: Misato
  • Reine Murasame: Aya Endo

The series will be directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand, Getbackers) and Hideki Shirane (Queen’s Blade Rebellion, Kill Me Baby) will be in charge of scriptwriting. The music of the series will be provided by Go Sakabe (The price of Tennis Musical), along with the sound director Yasunori Ebina (A Certain Magical Index, Naruto). Other members of the cast include Hisashi Saito (Haganai, Heaven’s Lost Property) as the visual director, Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) will be doing the character design based on the original drawings and Mika Akitaka (Martian Successor Nadesico, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) is designing the mecha. Sweet Arms will be performing the theme song.

“Code Geass” Director Creates “Fantasista Doll” Anime

The director of Code Geass, Goro Taniguchi, is the creative producer behind this new bishoujo sci-fi anime. Newtype Magazine announced the Fantasista Doll anime this weekend and Hisashi Saito (Heaven’s Lost Property, Haganai) will be directing the series. Yumi Kato (Guilty Crown) is providing the character designs, which are based on Anmi originals.

The story is about “dolls” who use special cards to power up and fight.