It’s a busy month. Guess half of our readers are busy preparing the final exams now. And wish you have a great result! We have something special coming next week. What’s that? Stay tuned on TheAkiba or our newsletter and ready for the surprise. In this post, as usual, we will pick the top ten posts during the month. You can also check out out complete archive of the month to see if you have missed something. Also, you can check out the best posts in October here.
During November, I started two different projects. One is ThemeFortress, a WordPress theme focus blog where I released my first WordPress theme framework Reverie. ThemeFortress is doing pretty well and was mentioned by lots of well-known blogs of the industry, yes, even Smashing Magazine, causing a peak to the traffic which was even higher than TheAkiba. If you are a blogger and want to design your own theme, you may want to follow me on ThemeFortress. Another project is pretty new: Japaneta. Japaneta is a Twitter like microblogging platform focus on Japanese culture and subculture. Users are able to input short messages, pics and videos very quickly. The site is currently under beta test and more changes will coming alone.
We had an very interesting discussion on the topic that why people are watching K-ON! According to research of ASCII, the series received well to the general public, especially young women who don’t watch Anime frequently. The research reveals that 37% of K-ON! fans are women while only 10% of the audience are female for Strike Witches 2.
According to the official Twitter of GA Bunko, light novel series Oda Nobuna no Yabou was green-lit for TV Anime production. Written and illustrated by Mikage Kasuga and Miyama-Zero respectively, Oda Nobuna no Yabou is again a story about a time travel boy who accidentally jump into a Sengoku period where all the Samurai lords are cute girls. The pattern of the series seems a bit familiar and if you recall, we have another quite similar setting in Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~, where the protagonist is female instead.
Source reveals that in the upcoming 7th volume of TYPE-MOON ACE, a new project named Fate/Apocrypha will be announced on December 15. As you might not have learned, according to ANN, Fate/Apocrypha was firstly revealed as an online game set during the story’s Holy Grail War but failed to be released. The latest volume of the magazine will also include a demo of the upcoming Mahoutsukai no Yoru (well, I think it has been delayed for quite a while since 2009) and a mascot figure.
According to the December issue of Monthly Newtype, TV Anime series Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica was announcing on Thursday that movies of the series will be produced. According to Atsuhiro Iwakami, the producer of the series, there will be altogether three movies among which two movies will be a compilation of the TV series, while one will be an brand new story.
According to the accidentally leaked news, TV Anime Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? will announce its second season to be aired next Spring, that is April 2012. Starting from January 2012, the first season of the TV Anime will be aired again. As for the OVA that we mentioned before, will be bundled with 10th volume of the light novel as episode 0 of the second season. The original novel has already sold over 2,500,000 volumes, and the 10th volume will be released in April 2012.
According to the 5th volume of Jump Kai magazine, a sequel Manga of Shaman King series, Shaman King -Flowers-, will be serialized in April 2012. Hana Asakura, the protagonist of the new series, appears to be the son of Yoh Asakura (you should be able to tell who Hana’s mother is), the protagonist of the orignal Manga which never ended. So far we don’t have many clues on what the main story will be, nor whether Hao, the big boss of the Manga was defeated, or will still be the boss of the new Manga.
Finally we have the confirmed information about when the highly expected movie of TV Anime series Sora no Otoshimono. According to the official website announcement, the BD and DVD will be released on February 24, 2012. The Blu-ray version is around 9,000 JPY, that is 116 USD. If you have an international Credit card, you can start to pre-order it on Amazon Japan, probably the only place you can order for it now. Apart from the BD/DVD itself, several interesting goods that are totally not safe to mention here will also be included in the package.
According to Fujimi Fantasia Bunko, Japanese light novel Date A Live was green-lit for Anime adaptation. According to the publisher themselves, they never thought of making the Anime adaptation so quick for the series. Written by Koshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako, the first volume of the novel was just released in March. You can check out the official website of the novel for more PV and related stuffs.
Continued by Series Card, I made this new section of the site which I called it Series Database, just to expand the Series Card for future use. You can take the Anime Series Database as an advanced version of Series Card. It expands the categories and gives you information that you are not able to see on Series Card.
The official website of upcoming Anime series of idol group AKB48 was launched a day after Thanksgiving. With a name of AKB0048, the series probably gives you a feeling of some GUNDAM Anime, and it is true that the sereis will be directed by Kawamori Shouji who is also the director behind Macross Frontier. You can already smell the Mecha. The audition for the Anime will consist of 9 winners from among the 200 members of AKB48 and its sister groups SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 while the final audition will take 30 contestants and pick the final winners on December 13 in Tokyo.