Backademia: Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia was a slice of magic, and one Kickstarter later they apportioned us a second slice — now on Netflix. Of course I'll be watching. Look for a review before long. (Amendment: It looks like only the first installment is there, but still, if you haven't seen it yet, don't hold back.)

Mister Macross never gets his due: The title of this piece at Forbes speaks for itself: Shoji Kawamori, The Creator Hollywood Copies But Never Credits. The man who created not only the mecha designs for the legendary Macross but also contributed to the original Transformers (bet you didn't know that) 'fesses up about bring ripped off. And now that I think about it, we still don't have a decent English-language edition of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, his directorial debut.

I think they have this backwards: I know I've talked before about Pandora in the Crimson Shell (there's now a TV ad for this forthcoming anime production), but what strikes me most about it now is how they seem to have the duties backwards. It's a collaboration between Masamune (Ghost in the Shell) Shirow and Rikdo (Excel Saga) Koshi — but with Shirow writing and Koshi doing art. Given how Shirow's biggest weakness has always been his storytelling, is there any universe where such a thing makes a lick of sense? It's like having Gordon Ramsay on vocals while Pharrell Williams slaves over a hot stove.

Stray dogs of literature: The concept for Bungo Stray Dogs is so absurd I confess to being genuinely excited for it: it's a fantasia in which various luminaries of Japanese literature knock heads and solve mysteries, in the vein of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It's set to come out April 2016.

From the tabletop to the desktop — and the laptop: Given that the seminal anime fantasy property Record of Lodoss War was itself based on a tabletop RPG campaign, the only thing that comes to mind on the news that there's an online game in the offing is: What kept them?

Plug me back in: FUNimation has announced plans to (re)launch an anime-themed cable network. This seems oddly timed given that cord-cutting is taking place at a rate alarming enough to the cable companies to get them to double down on everything from rate caps to sneaky bill-padding, but from what I understand, cable TV is still quite lucrative for those that manage to make it work.

One more trailer: This one's for the forthcoming Initial D movie. I was like you, once, wondering how in hell a story about drift racing could possibly interest me. Yes, I was like you, young and oblivious. Get bitten by the bug; it's worth it.

Let's hear it for the lady: Another in memoriam for Setsuko Hara, the lady who served as inspiration for the protagonist in Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actressby way of the New York Review of Books. Her career is worth investigating for anyone remotely interested in Japanese live-action film, and the likes of Criterion have made it a little easier to do so without breaking the bank or learning Japanese.

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Serdar Yegulalp (@GanrikiDotOrg) is Editor-in-Chief of He has written about anime professionally as the Anime Guide for, and as a contributor to Advanced Media Network, but has also been exploring the subject on his own since 1998.
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