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12 Days of Anime: #02 – The End of this Train Ride

There isn’t too much I can say about this that I haven’t already said in my last post about it. I loved Kieli. Yen Press sent me the first volume as a contest prize and I was eternally glad that they did. I never saw Kieli in stores and had to always order it from the kiosks or cashiers in a book store, from Right Stuf or from Amazon. Had Yen Press not sent it, I would never have gotten the chance to read it and that would be a shame.

While I wasn’t super thrilled with the ending and the more I thought about it, the sadder it got, I was still happy to be able to see this through to the end. I was also grateful that Yen Press continued publishing it after four or so long years even though I’m sure they couldn’t have possibly had the best sales on it.

It’s also a bit of a shame since I have no light novels to look forward to anymore. Unless I caught up on Spice and Wolf or wanted to start reading Sword Art Online that is…

Kieli: The Dead Sleep Eternally in the Wilderness pt. 1

Like a train chugging into sight of it’s destination, the penultimate volume of Kieli is here. I must say that I really did enjoy this volume a lot more than the past few. It focused on Kieli herself and started to move towards wrapping everything up. Though this volume does end on a somber note, it also ends on a cliffhanger. Making the wait until September is even more difficult.

(obviously, spoilers ahead)

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Help Get A Shin Sekai Yori Novel Translation!

Apparently this was posted over a month ago but I only found out about it through crunchyroll now, unfortunately. Had I known sooner I would have tried to campaign for this longer. Well actually, I only got caught up on Shin Sekai Yori a few weeks ago but that is a minor detail. Actually, I had started my final impressions post and had tried to find any news about the translation and publishing over here and didn’t see anything on this either.

Vertical Inc. recently licensed the Shin Sekai Yori manga (lewd) and answered an ask about whether they considered doing the novel. The response was:

I am currently in the process of reading it and our Editor-in-Chief who is our novels guru has enjoyed the book. But length of that book, it is three thick thick volumes, makes it a little scary for us as we tend to avoid serialized novel releases (we prefer one-shots).

Please purchase Crimson Labyrinth (Mr Kishi’s other novel) or repost/like this post to let him know there is an audience for the title. Ideally we’d need 4.5K to make this work.

Really, 4.5k isn’t that much when you think about it. Unfortunately you can’t reblog an ask so for it to get to that point it’s going to take a lot of people to like that post. While that doesn’t guarantee anything, it still helps show interest.

Alternatively, you can purchase the aforementioned Crimson Labyrinth. I had looked it up while working on that SSY post and it seemed pretty interesting so it might be worth checking out now (especially if it helps us get the SSY novel). When the manga comes out (or even preorder it as soon as possible), try and support that too. I can’t say I’m particularly interested in it since it seems to play up a lot of scenes for fan service but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

So spread the word and give the page a like!

New DECO*27 Album Announced + KD Series Updates

A new DECO*27 album was announced earlier titled Love Calender (ラブカレンダー). The theme of the album is about a couple, the songs representing their time together leading up to their first year. Unfortunately not a Vocaloid album since Egomama, Love Lag, Long Distance Love Affair and Hourglass all will be recieving different mixes. Details are still scarce so it’s unclear who the other vocalists will be for the new songs or if it’ll be topi or Marina. DECO*27 did mention wanting to do an album sung entirely by himself but I doubt it is this one since only one track is listed as his own vocal mix.

Tracklist:

01. 1+1=1
02. RT
03. 甘宿り
04. エゴママ -Album Mix-
05. ライトラグ -Album Mix-
06. 27 -DECO*27 Vocal Mix-
07. 砂時計 -Album Mix-
08. お留守番人
09. 恋距離遠愛 -Album Mix-
10. 帰想本能
11. フタリ座
12. 声声
13. 愛言葉 -Piano Parallel Mix- [Bonus Track]

There’s also a dvd for songs with PV’s previously like Egomama and Light Lag. Love Calender will be released on July 25th.

If you are itching for a good Vocaloid album before that, Jin’s (Shizen no Teki P) Mekakucity Days releases on the 30th. The album will include all of the tracks from Mekakucity Actors such as Kagerou Days, Headphones Actor, Toumei Answer and Imagination Forest. (I had planned to write about Actors a couple days beforehand but I might as well wait until Days is released in that case.) It will also feature three new songs.

I actually really thought I wrote another posts between now and Feburary when I made the Kagerou Days one but apparently I did not. Also being released on the 30th is the light novel adaption of Kagerou Days. I guess that requires a bit more explanation though. All (?) of Jin’s songs are, storywise, connected. This is evident in Konoha no Sekai Jijou (above). The novelization should tie this altogether and will hopefully make sense of things. (At the very least maybe someone will post translated summaries of the novels hopefully)

I already said this on twitter but I’m actually a little disappointed. I thought Kagerou Days was a really cool song and story all by itself. However, hearing some theories behind it and Konoha no Sekai Jijou (as well as how it ties into Imagination Forest, Headphones Actor, etc) has sort of killed the magic the original had for me. Of course I’m happy this is happening (even though I’ll likely never be able to read the light novel), it still sort of bothers me.

Apparently (I just learned this today so I don’t have very many details on it) there is also a manga adaption titled Kagerou Days. Geez, that really went fast. I’d love love LOVE it if there was an anime adaption (I’m looking at you, SHAFT) and if the manga and light novel do well, maybe it’ll be a reality in the future? Anyways the manga publishes in Comic Gene (and I can’t think of anything really notable from that magazine at the moment). Designs are by Shidu who did the art for a couple of Jin’s PVs such as Kagerou Days itself (and who is doing the art for the light novel). The art is by Satou Mahiro. The manga starts publishing in the July issue that comes out June 15th.

You can find some info on the site for the series: http://mekakushidan.com/

(This is sort of related but it’s pretty cool so I’ll add it in here anyways)