Media Factory has announced that an anime adaptation of Reiji Kaitou light novel series has been green-lit. The story follows a boy puppeteer named Raishin Akabane, who travels from Japan to England with his female automaton Yaya to study at the highest institution for Machinart (the craft of making automatons with a combination of magic and technology for military purposes). At the Academy, there is a combat tournament exclusive to the top 100 students, and their automata, to decide who shall be known as the greatest puppeteer; Raishin is determined to be the best and seek his revenge on the one he hates, with the help of Yaya, the Unbreakable Machine Doll.
Kaitou launched the manga series with illustrations by LLO (Oreshura) back in 2009; the ninth volume was released last September with the tenth coming out on 25 January.
In the sixth volume of Shunsuke Sarai’s Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyo light novel series it was announced that an anime adaptation has been green-lit. The mystery comedy series is about Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy obsessed with reading. Kazuhito is killed in a robbery and reincarnated as a dachshund dog; he now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors to abuse Kazuhito in his new form.
The manga, which began in 2011, has already inspired a drama CD last year and a manga adaptation last May.
Light novel author Noboru Yamaguchi will not be able to continue writing The Familiar of Zero (Zero no Tsukaima)series early next year as he had promised, due to his re-admittance to hospital for another surgery. He wrote a message on Twitter promising he would continue writing when he returned to full health no matter what, and apologised to fans for the wait. He also thanked everyone for their words of encouragement.
Yamaguchi had previously struggled with cancer that had, at first, seemed inoperable; in an unrelated gallstone surgery, the tumour was found to have shrunk, and he reported in August that the surgery to remove it had occurred without incident.
The Familiar of Zero series began back in 2004, and Yamaguchi had planned to end the final arc of the light novels this year before his cancer diagnosis and subsequent operation. The light novels inspired multiple anime adaptations, the fourth and final of which, The Familiar of Zero F, was released in January this year.
A 3-minute promotional video has begun streaming on Date A Live‘s official website. The title song, “Date A Live” by sweet Arms, is featured in the video. The anime is set for release in 2013.
The anime is a sci-fi romantic comedy, adapted from Kōshi Tachibana’s light novel series. This “new generation of boy-meets-girl” follows a boy called Shido Itsuka. He meets a spirit girl who has been rejected by a devastated world. The girl, who Shido names Tohka, previously wiped out much of humanity 30 years ago. Now that she’s back, the only way to stop her is to date her.
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.
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.