Rumours of Muv-Luv Schwarzesmarken anime?

Latest Tech Gian
Latest Tech Gian

Update (23 May): The visual novel company, age , confirmed the anime is on with this simple update on their Twitter account:

The Twittersphere and anime blogs of Japan are running wild with the rumours of a possible anime adaptation of yet another spin-off from the Muv-Luv Alternative series: Muv-Luv Schwarzesmarken. The light novel series focusing on the human military efforts on the East German front against relentless alien BETAs in an alternate timeline Cold War.

Specifically, the story is about the exploits and hard choices made by East Germany’s elite 666th TSF Squadron in the year of 1983 . Not only that, the squadron members have to face politicking by their superiors. Muv-Luv Alternative fans might recall the story being set before the massive invasion by BETA that broke the UN forces at the central European front.

The main members of 666th Squadron
The main members of 666th Squadron

The official synopsis:

“The East German Army 666th TSF Squadron “Schwarzesmarken” (Black Marks) are a special-forces unit tasked with assaulting BETA forces through unconventional tactics; specifically, they target Lux and Magnus Lux to deny the BETA the advantage of ranged firepower. Their orders are given the topmost priority, such that it is common practice for the 666th to ignore allied distress calls that will result in deviation from their original mission, even if only for a short moment.

The 666th Squadron mostly operates MiG-21s, with their squadron commander Irisdena Bernhard piloting an MiG-21PF.”

In the alternate timeline, instead of the traditional fighter jets, the humanity is manning mechas known as TSF with similar designation with the jet fighters.

The MiG-21 TSF with squad markings
The MiG-21 TSF with squad markings

Previously, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse was adapted into an anime series back in 2012 which looked at the Imperial Japanese Empire, Soviet Union and America’s war effort against the similar enemy at the Pacific Front. Muv-Luv Alternative’s story is famous for its grim, bleak and heartbreaking with sprinkles of pathos since many characters often got killed in quite gruesome fashion because the BETAs will literally consume human beings alive. This is compounded when nations are still plotting against each other despite facing an overwhelming enemy.

Currently seven light novels have been published for Schwarzesmarken plus few short story anthologies, TSF Cross Operation Schwarzesmarken & TSFIA Volume 5. Many pundits are expecting the anime announcement to be made in the new issue of Tech Gian magazine on 21 May 2015. This particular magazine has been serializing the stories based on the Muv-Luv Alternative universe for quite some time.

Via otakumo

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Free goodies for players with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Monster hunting is a tough job and Capcom has decided to drop a few goodies for their fans. From now until the end of this month, players can download the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Support and Advanced pack to ease up the monster slaying business.

The game has offered goodies before in DLCs every month which feature new quests and gear which includes crossovers from other games such as Metroid’s Varia Suit or a Mega Man costume for your Palicoe. A wise strategy on part of Capcom to keep the game fresh for their players

To grab the free content, players are advised to be fully updated before having a chat wiht the Palicoe Housekeeper.  From the menu, choose the Gift Area and download both DLC free of charge.

MH4U Support Pack:

50x Mega Potion
50x Honey
15x Mega Dash Juice
30x Mega Nutrients
10x Max Potion
20x Lifepowder
30x Disposable Earplugs
30x Tranq Bomb
20x Barrel Bomb L+
15x Pitfall Trap
15x Shock Trap
05x Ancient Potion

MH4U Advanced Pack:

30x Bomb Casing
10x Hard Armor Sphere
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15x Cathangeafish Fry
15x Scatterfish
05x Portable Steam Bomb
03x Dense Marcoal
05x Dust of Life
20x Armor Stone
3000x Caravan Points

For more info, you can check it out at the Capcom’s blog.

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Visual key of the series

Monster Musume/ モンスター娘のいる日常 or Daily Life with Monster Girl based on popular manga by Takemaru Inui finally shows a new trailer and theme OP song. The series will be airing in July 2015, signifying another harem series that tries to make its mark on otaku’s mind. Perhaps it can be, since the “girls” are not entirely human – they are mythical monsters such as lamia, centaur, mermaid, ice maiden, harpy etc.

Seven volumes of tankubon manga has already out since March 2012, serialized in Monthly Comic Ryu which targetted at seinen readership. The story is fairly straightforward, a lucky (or unlucky, depends on your preference) guy got enrolled into “Interspecies Cultural Exchange” program by mistake and forced to share his life with multiple monster girls.

Directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara (Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san, Yoru no Yatterman) with series composition fell to Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-To, Yoru no Yatterman) and animation direction under Tatsuya Sunagawa (Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san) and Shunji Akasaka . Music is by manzo and Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Ao Haru Ride, Joshiraku) with animation is done by the rising star Studio Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Danganropa the Animation).

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Title eyecatch

Casting wise, names like Sora Amamiya (Plastic Memories, Aldnoah Zero) , Ari Ozawa (The Rollin Girls, Shigatsu Kimi no Uso), Natsuki Aikawa, Sakura Nakamura and Haruka Yamazaki are present in this series. Notably, the majority of the cast are debutants whereas the lead female character is voiced by an up and rising VA who has done stellar work as Princess Assyelum (Aldnoah Zero) and Isla (Plastic Memories).

It seems like another brainless, fun series which tries to repackage the harem tropes with monster-girls instead of normal, boring humans this time.

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His presence here puts the known fighters here at four in the roster now, as earlier this year we have the reveal of Guile’s old comrade, Charlie Nash. The mainstay Ryu and Chun Li were also shown during the announcement trailer of the sequel last year.

The game will commence in 2016 on the PS4 and Windows PC with the rumoured cross-platform feature.

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CBS is featuring a series about this: What happens when all of Earth’s animals turn on the human race, dogs and cats killing together?

No, we are not joking. The series is called Zoo.

Based on James Patterson’s 2012 novel, the series stars Bob James Wolk (Mad Men) as the “renegade zoologist” (we have no idea what that means) Jackson Oz, Nora Arnezerder as Chloe Tousignant, Noso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Billy Burke (Twlight).

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From what we can see from the trailer is all animals, be it domesticated or wild, began to coordinate or conspiring with each other to destroy humans around the world. Dogs gang up on people, house cats stalk their human prey from the trees and lions hunt our heroes The Ghost and The Darkness style. CBS executive, Scott Rosenberg is enthusiastic about it, “We want the whole world to fear their Schnauzer. Then we’ve done our job right.

Official synopsis by CBS reads like this:

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Sony has just whipped out the second trailer for Pixels starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan.

The first trailer is more focused on selling the premise and the world of the movie, whereas the second one puts the spotlight  on the main characters. It would seem that most of them are washouts from the old glory that they used to be: arcade gods in the 80s. Complete with Peter Dinklage as a “dangerous criminal being released for a special mission” trope too. Anyway, scenes like soldiers whipping out miniguns to gun down Centipede or the President of United States killing the Smurf are pretty rad. Not forgetting Pac-Man chasing the Minis.

Don’t be surprised if the movie will end up with the heroes proving their worth by battling the aliens and their own personal demons, like Adam Sandler’s character has to come face to face with Donkey Kong, the game that he sucked at. The director, Chris Columbus likes to employ this kind of storytelling method as seen in his previous works like Harry Potter part 1 & 2, Goonies and Home Alone. From the looks of it, it is meant to be a family movie for sure. Kids might enjoy the cartoony actions and adults sink back to nostalgia of the arcade days.

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Pixels will be in theaters on July 24, 2015.

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The title eyecatch
The title eyecatch

This is not a joke, it is literally titled Bikini Warriors/ビキニ・ウォリアーズ.

Okay, this is as straight forward fan service as it can get. So far we only have the names of the artists behind the character designs – each character is designed by one artist and which season it will aired. The synopsis provided by the official site goes like this:

Set in an RPG world with swords and magic, warriors must form a party to defeat the demon lord. But, these warriors are all wearing Bikini armor!!

Now on to the characters:

Fighter by artist Hisasi, hentai mangaka and famous Pixiv celebrity artist:

Fighter
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Paladin by Onigiri-Kun (Alicesoft)

Paladin
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Mage by Saitom, another famous Pixiv celebrity artist and hentai mangaka

Mage
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Dark Elf by legendary hentai mangaka Oda Non

Darkelf?
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Hunter
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Valkyrie by the immortal legendary hentai mangaka, Tony Taka

Valkyrie by hentai mangaka god Taka Tony
Valkyrie by hentai mangaka god Tony Taka

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