FUNimation had lots of news to announce at this weekend's Otakon, including their plans for a new release of Cowboy Bebop, lots of home video rights to titles they streamed, and Kadokawa licenses including a number of rescues and the Steins;Gate movie. Get the details after the jump.
Amazon Japan is now listing a new The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya season 1 set for August 29th release. This will feature the 14-episode run in broadcast order, a soundtrack CD, new Kyoto Animation cover art and new video remastering work for 22,680yen. Check it out after the jump.
KADOKAWA's brand company Kadokawa Shoten has started offering 40 Haruhi Suzumiya-themed stamps on the smartphone communication app Line via its Stamp Shop since yesterday June 5. The set includes newly-drawn illustrations by Noizi Ito, the original illustrator of Nagaru Tanigawa's novel series. Check the details after the jump.
haruhi.com has been updated and the Haruhi Hunt is underway. 707smartphone-interactive mystery illustrations are hidden around Japan in outdoor locations, convenience stores and websites. These will unlock Kyoto Animation's first Haruhi anime since 2010's Disappearance. However, don't get your expectations get too over-inflated because this anime will just be promoting a Sankyo pachinko machine. Get a look after the jump.
Is it a new anime? Is it a pachinko machine? Is Aya Hirano involved? Japanese blogs have begun buzzing about the launch of a Haruhi Hunting Website site, which ties into 707smartphone-interactive mystery illustrations. More after the jump.
Chukei has scheduled April releases for My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute and Brush Up on Middle School English and Learn English Grammar with "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya." The two books instruct with text from the Oreimo and Haruhi light novels, with pictures like the Noizi Ito illustrated Yuki Nagato poster on the back of the Haruhi book. Check out the sort of sentences that you'll be diagramming after the jump.
Shokotan has been doing a bit of promo work lately. She cosplays at Haruhi Suzumiya for docomo's anime store, and she's in a new ad campaign for instant noodles. In the actual commercials, she's just a hungry office lady, but in the promo events, the ever enthusiastic Bruce Lee fan is wearing a Chinese dress and showcasing her nunchaku skills. Get a look after the jump.
Amazon has begun listing a November 19th date for Yen Press' release of light novel collection The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya, the finale of the series as it currently stands. The English localized edition will package the two Japanese books in one hardcover for $18.00 More after the jump.
Record company Lantis has launched a new "Who What Records" label to produce "new styles of anime music to meet the demand today." The project is kicking off with Genzai no anisong no domannaka wo PUNK ni shite mitara kō natta (This is what happened when you put PUNK right in the middle of today's anisongs), and a "Red" album featuring 15 cover songs. Get a look after the jump.
In their latest live painting video, drawing tablet makers Wacom have posted a demonstration of Noizi Ito, best known for illustrating the Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana novels in addition to her eroge game work, using their Cintiq 24HD touch pen tablet. Get a look after the jump.
Japanese site MyNavi ran a semi-scientific poll of readers, asking which anime/manga school uniform they'd prefer to wear. Interestingly, there was definitely a proclivity toward the classics. And given that many of the polled probably wore uniforms at some point themselves, aesthetics were tempered with some practicality. See what they picked after the jump.
In a new Biglobe poll, over seven thousand Japanese anime fans named which female characters attract the most unhealthy fanboy obsession. There's an evident recency bias at work, so while Madoka Magica has a strong showing, along with the obvious K-On! and Haruhi, Aquarion EVOL is also well represented. Check out the list after the jump.
Following up on our first report all the way back in April of last year, Bandai Namco has posted a new trailer for the Nendoroid Generations PSP game that was originally slated for release last year. Hit the jump for the new trailer and the expanded cast of characters
One of three apps inspired by Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel and anime series, Haruhi's AniPoke allows users to interact with Haruhi Suzumiya in a limited verbal manner via voice recordings and changing facial expressions.
More after the jump.