Battle ship girls are becoming something of a rage in Japanese otaku circles. While the anthropomorphic warships of browser game Kan Colle is largely fueling the fire, Ark Performance's sentient battleship sci-fi manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel is gearing up to do its part. The manga, which is set to be released in North America by Seven Seas, becomes an anime this fall.
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Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats! , Persona 4 The Animation) will direct the SANZIGEN (009 Re: Cyborg , Black Rock Shooter) produced series, with Makoto Uezu (Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, The Qwaser of Stigmata) penning the scripts.
Meanwhile, Shonen Gahosha, publisher of the manga's home magazine, Young King Ours, will be bringing tapestries, t-shirts, and even curry packs to this weekend's Comiket 84.