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Also acquired, three sequel series: the shinsengumi-themed Hakuoki Reimeiroku, the second season of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, and the sequel season of Someday's Dreamers II (Sora), which returns to the elegant journey into magic and spellcasting.
The Culture Club certainly has its work cut out. Taishi, Himeko, Yui, Iori, and Yoshifumi frequently meet up to discuss all sorts of issues. Issues like: How would you handle living in someone else's shoes? Now, these five high schoolers no longer need to ask. Kokoro Connect is an animated comedy that premiered earlier this week. To be blunt, Kokoro Connect is a body-swap anime; these five characters suddenly and at first inexplicably find themselves swapping bodies with one another -- in middle of night, during class in school -- and no one knows what's going on.
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The gang thus pledges to follow the clues to the apparently random swapping -- Did their souls swap too? -- and hopes that this supernatural game of sorts will be over sooner rather than later.
Kokoro Connect will be released digitally later this year and on home video next year.
Campione! (originally, Campione! Matsuro Wanu Kamigami to kami Koroshi no Maou), a harem about a sixteen-year-old demigod cast to defend his turf from other beings of fantastical power, is a new series currently on-air in Japan.
Kusanagi, with the aid of a few others, managed to defeat a vengeful war god. In the aftermath, he's claimed unique status and power, along with the title of Campione, which also requires him to combat any heretical gods he may subsequently come across. Kusanagi now belongs to an exclusive club of god killers, but his duties are also fraught with the problem of simply being a little too popular.
The series is directed by Keizou Kusakawa (Sekirei) with music by Tatsuya Katou (Samurai Girls, Demon King Daimao).
SUNRISE Studios, home to many a mecha anime, produced Idolmaster Xenoglassia, based on a series of arcade and console videogames, roughly five years ago. Now coming stateside, the full-length TV anime chronicles the sci-fi exploits of a would-be music idol on a future planet Earth as she encounters the peculiar assignment of piloting giant robots to help protect humankind. Haruka Amami is unsure of herself, but heads to a Tokyo audition hoping for the best. The girl finds her way onto the radar of a promising talent agency and is recruited to attend their private school for presumably prospective pop idol talent.
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The mecha are used to stave off falling meteor debris that resulted from a century-old cataclysm with the moon (which everyone seems to have forgotten), but Haruka feels there could be more to her training than that.
Sentai Filmworks will release Idolmaster Xenoglassia to digital outlets and subtitled DVD later this year.
On Ryousuke Kaga's list of the top six things he adores about the female form, breasts appear three times. In So, I Can't Play H! (Dakara Boku-wa, H ga Dekinai) Ryousuke is a perverted teen, obviously. What isn't so obvious, is the fact that he was recently duped by a sultry and tsundere shinigami who gets her power by absorbing the naughty energy of her minions -- sucking them dry, so to speak. As such, what might normally be quite convenient (losing one's licentiousness to help out a goddess of death in need), Ryousuke instead finds himself in the unenviable position of doing everything he can to reclaim his immorality. So, I Can't Play H!, a fantasy title with spades of nudity and ecchi humor, was acquired for digital and home video release. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on home video next year.
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Sentai Filmworks will release the action/fantasy anime digitally this year and on home video next year.
New to Japanese airwaves this month, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (trans. "Humanity Has Declined") is about a girl searching for her place in a future where humankind is hardly a necessary entity on the planet Earth. In this future, a decline in global birth rate and a lack of natural resources have pruned humanity to a minority. Fairies, among other creatures, now dominate the planet. As Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita continues, a nameless girl only known as Watashi ("I"), returns to her home village after school to find work as a mediator between the races. What Watashi finds, however, is that this new job is more complex and requires plenty more wisdom than she first imagined.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita has thus far been characterized as a weird but satisfyingly dark comedy. The series is directed by Seiji Kishi (Magikano, My Bride is a Mermaid) and features music composed by Kou Otani (Another, .hack//Quantum, Shakugan no Shana). Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on home video next year.
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For the protagonists of Legend of the Heroes: Trails in the Sky, in this land of magic, craft, and bravery, every second counts. This series will be available digitally and on home video later this year.
The anime dates to last year and was directed by Masaki Tachibana, who also directed .hack//Quantum and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and provided several storyboards for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.