With the start of June, streaming service Netflix has added 6 new anime titles and removed 5 for a total of 77 anime/movies. Among the notables are the Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies (recaps Beginnings and Eternal and original Rebellion) and Expelled from Paradise, the sci-fi collaboration anime film between Toei Animation and Nitroplus directed by Seiji Mizushima with Gen Urobuchi, from Aniplex.
Ever wanted to see the worlds of Pokemon and Puella Magi Madoka Magica collide? This very talented modder, known as Epic Miki on Tumblr, has created a mashup of the popular shoujo series and Pokemon, playable on 3DS. Hit the jump for more!
Earlier today, Animator Expo announced that Tadashi Hiramatsu, an animator on Evangelion and the character designer/animation director for the 1998 Gainax adaptation of His and Her Circumstances, would be returning for a second short. This is a good excuse to look back to earlier this spring for a tribute that Junichiro Taniguchi, a fellow character designer/animation director (Madoka Magica, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) offered for Hiramatsu's March birthday.
Tokyo's Tokai University, known for its focus on sciences and engineering, has started exploring how emotions of young girls can stop the heat death of the universe in a college-level class on Madoka Magica! Students lined up to register for the "Chi no Frontier” or Knowledge of the Frontier course from Professor Yoshio Shimizu, then crowded into a standing-room only lecture hall. Get a look after the jump.
Save the grief for another day because the Madoka Magica Mobage online game celebrated St. Patrick's Day with some special, lucky art for the mahou shoujo. Despite efforts by Guinness and organizations like the Japan Ireland Association, St. Patrick's Day isn't too well known in Japan and as such, some fans weren't exactly sure what the theme of the cards was supposed to be. Get a look after the jump.
In Japan, March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, or Doll Festival, a tradition in which dolls are dressed up in the attire of the Heian period imperial court and displayed on a tiered, red carpeted platform. At the end of February, the Kancolle removed its Valentine's goodies in favor Hinamatsuri-themed furniture such as the "Gorgeous four-stage doll decoration" and "Nagato and Mutsu dolls." Meanwhile, the Madoka Magica Mobage game returned with a new set of designs to celebrate.
Last month we mentioned the February 24th launch of pre-orders for Attack on Titan branded umeshu (a Japanese liqueur made from ume fruits) from author Hajime Isayama's home town in Ōyama, complete with Isayama labels and fruits from his family's orchard. That's not all! Also going on sale, the convenience store is also carrying Madoka Magica Kyubey sake!
Aniplex of America has posted a peak at the English dub of Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-, which is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 7th. Elsewhere, character designer Junichiro Taniguchi has bookended Madoka Magica's participation in the Sapporo Ice Festival with tribute illustrations. Get a look after the jump.
Highlights from Aniplex's special goods shop, Aniplex+ at the winter edition of biannual figures event, Wonder Festival included the return of Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version, previously seen at Comiket 87, but this time as a painted prototype available for order, and a Madoka Magica Tomoe Mami bath towel ver. figure with event-exclusive milk bath salt scented illustration. Get a look after the jump.
The freezing and carving are over and 66th Sapporo Snow Festival, running through February 11th, has begun. The official chibi display of Love Live's Honoka, Umi and Kotori is there, halating snow, and looking less creepy than it did earlier. On the other hand, Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story's Kyubey is looking appropriate creepy. And of course, home town girl Hatsune Miku is at the center of it all. Get a look after the jump.
This year, Sapporo home town girl Hatsune Miku is joined at the 66th Snow Festival by everyone's favorite mahou shoujo with a Kyubey ice sculpture celebrating Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion set to be displayed. While Shaft and character designer Junichiro Taniguchi are providing designs for collaboration goods, other special merchandise has been prepared by Lawson for the event. Get a look after the jump.