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A new Fullmetal Alchemist tv commercial started streaming on the 10th from the official Japanese Fullmetal Alchemist anime homepage for the series that is planned to begin on April 5. Bones will produce the series and the seiyuus for both main characters, Edward and Alphonse, will remain the same.
Fullmetal Alchemist is about two brothers who tried to use alchemy to raise their dead mother and in an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric loses his arm and his leg while his brother Alphonse soul that inhabits a suit of armor. They go on a journey to search for the Philosopher's stone to help restore them to their original state. FMA was previously released as an anime series in 2003 with 51 episodes. Its manga is currently ongoing with 21 volumes published in Japan. Viz has licensed the manga and will have the 18th volume out in May.
A second Negima OAD series was announced at the Zenbu Misechaa YO Negi Party Zenin Shuugo!! promotional event. The information can also be found Negima website.The OAD season will be cover the 'Magic World' story arc and be made into four volumes, starting in the summer of 2009. The staff will remain the same with Shart animating and Akiyuki Shinbo as the producer. The OADs will be released as bonus discs with four limited edition volumes of Ken Akamatsu’s Negima manga. If sale of the OADs are good, then there will be a theatrical movie release. The previous OADs, Maho Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBA OAD, sold 242,000 copies for 3 volumes.
Mahou Sensei Negima! is about ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield who graduated from a magic academy and is sent to Japan to teach English at an all-girls high school. He is forbidden from showing off his powers, but a student discovers his secret and vows to make his life difficult. Ken Akamatsu's manga series was released as an anime series in 2005 with 26 episodes, a 26-episode remake in 2006-2007 and an OAD series in 2008-2009. The manga is currently ongoing with the 25th volume to be released next week and a spin-off Negima!? Neo ongoing with 5 volumes published to date. Both are licensed by Del Rey with both the 21st volume for the first series and the first volume for Negima!? Neo to be released on March 24.
The March issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced that Karuho Shiina's shoujo manga, Kimi ni Todoke, will be adapted into an anime this fall. Kimi ni Todoke or 'Reaching You' is about a lonely high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma who is nicknamed Sadako for the girl on 'The Ring' as she slowly changes with the help of a popular boy named Kazehaya.
Eight volumes have currently been published in Japan with the manga currently on hiatus so that the mangaka can give birth. Viz plans to release this manga starting in July.
On February 17, limited edition copies of volume 14 of the xxxHOLiC manga will come with the xxxHolic Shunmuki OVA. On March 17, limited edition copies of volume 26 of the Tsubasa manga will come with the Tsubasa Shunraiki OVA.
Both Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and xxxHolic are the creation of CLAMP. Tsubasa is about a princess named Sakura and her childhood friend Syaoran when Sakura suddenly declares her love for Syaoran and a puzzling symbol is uncovered which causes Syaoran to go on a quest to through other worlds to save Sakura. xxxHolic is about a boy named Watanuki Kimihiro who is haunted by and can see ghosts and spirits. He meets a witch named Yûko, who claims she can help. He accepts, but realizes that he has to work at her shop to help pay for her help.