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Friday, 28 March 2008 05:49

With the Tokyo Anime Fair underway this week, it's a big week for new show announcements, even if some of them are made away from the event. There are too many to mention (and not all of them will get English-language releases anyway), but here's a few worth noting.

Maimai Shinko to Sennen no MahoMadhouse are working on an anime adaptation of Ultraviolet, the CG-heavy action flick starrin Milla Jovovich. It'll be a TV series under the name Ultraviolet: Code 044 and should begin airing in July. They're also working on a new project directed by Sunao Katabuchi, Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Maho (Maimai Shinko and the Millennium-Old Magic). Katabuchi is currently best known for Black Lagoon, but this project - due for theatrical release, but no date set yet - seems to be a far gentler piece of work.

Zero no TsukaimaBONES have tied up with Sony Music again (they produced Fullmetal Alchemist and Eureka Seven together) to create Bonen no Xamdou - full details on what the series will be about aren't going to be released until April 10th, but their partnership has a good record so this could be one to keep an eye on. The show's website is here.

Finally, from the "shows that would not die" department (whatever happened to the days when anime shows got one series & no more?), Zero no Tsukaima is getting a third season, titled Princesses no Rondo. With the first season still stuck in licence limbo after Geneon stopped releasing, who knows if this will ever reach this side of the world, but I enjoyed the first season so this gets a mention. It'll air in Japan this summer.

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