That's right, I'm off to Japan on Sunday! This is a recreational two-week trip with my family in which I will be visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, as well as the onsen (hot springs) of Hakone (best known for being the setting of Neon Genesis Evangelion, albeit renamed to "Tokyo-3"; it's also the location of the first day of the InterHigh bicycle road race in the currently-airing Yowamushi Pedal). I will also be visiting the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, the Manga Museum in Kyoto, and the Pokémon Center in Osaka, among other places. And, of course, I will be hitting up Akihabara for some shopping (and apparently, a maid café).
I won't be blogging about the trip much on here, but I will be posting pictures and updates on my Tumblr and Twitter.
A couple of new license announcements have come out. Sentai Filmworks has licensed Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?, which aired in Winter 2013; it will likely be a part of their July 2013 releases. Meanwhile, Funimation Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing Ben-To, which they started streaming earlier on their site subtitled, on home video in the summer (probably July or later); an English dub has been scheduled to start streaming in May.
This is somewhat old news by now, but by all means great news for fans of the show: Durarara!! will be getting a second TV season! No other news has come of this yet, but needless to say, fans are already getting hyped for it.
Another show that has been confirmed for a sequel of some sort is Kin-iro Mosaic. Whether this sequel will be a proper second season or just an OVA or movie has yet to be determined; nevertheless, I wholeheartedly welcome more of these cute British and Japanese girls. (Maybe they'll finally go to Britain this time?)
Finally, something a bit more random: Japan is publishing a new edition of the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (translated into Japanese, and known as Akage no Anne over there). The special thing about this new edition? It has illustrations by Minami Maki, best known for being the artist and mangaka of Special A. The result is a rather nice-looking version of the classic book, even if one has to get used to seeing Gilbert as a younger Kei Takishima. As a side note, the Anne of Green Gables series is one of my favorite book series; it is also one of the most popular Western works in Japan, with many anime series making references to it and even possibly influenced by it.