There is so much to catch up on it is hard to decide on what to do first, but considering that Rejet has announced so much stuff that the relating tumblr tags have nearly exploded, lets start with that xD
Shinsengumi Kekkonroku Wasurenagusa
It was almost inevitable considering the success of the series, but Wasurenagusa is getting a second season, titled 新撰組血魂録 勿忘草 (shinsengumi kekkonroku wasurenagusa). Like I already explained on tumblr, The kanji used in the title are 血(blood) and 魂 (soul;spirit) and the reading is ‘kekkon’. If you would write kekkon with different kanji however you get 結婚 (marriage). No idea whether the content will have anything to do with this, but Rejet also used this pun in the new top image of their blog, so who knows.
Two more famous shinsengumi members are introduced as new characters to the series: Nakagura Kinpachi (CV: Maeno Tomoaki) and Harada Sannosuke (CV: Tachibana Shinnosuke). Besides these two all previous characters will get another CD, which means a total of 8 CDs for the second season. I guess it is time to empty our wallets again.
A short pv for the second season can be watched here, it has no voice whatsoever but it does give a short glimpse of two new characters.
As the pv and blog post announcing the second season mention the theme for the second season is 月だけが識る、命の、逢瀬――。(tsuki dake ga shiru, inochi no, ouse.... , "a rendezvous of life, known only to the moon". It should be noted that the character for life here means 'mortal life' as in 'life or death', so I am guessing that they mean a 'rendezvous that endangers your life', but Rejet their own staff jokes about what they could be meaning with this so we are left in the dark.
Edit: The release dates as found on animate online:
- Kekkonroku Vol.1: 2013.08.28
- Kekkonroku Vol.2: 2013.09.25
- Kekkonroku Vol.3: 2013.10.30
- Kekkonroku Vol.4: 2013.11.27
- Kekkonroku Vol.5: 2013.12.25
- Kekkonroku Vol.6: 2014.01.29
- Kekkonroku Vol.7: 2014.02.26
- Kekkonroku Vol.8: 2014.03.26
Where to start with this, so much has been announced for this series alone it is stunning.
Biggest news first: Diabolik Lovers is getting an anime adaption. No news on whether it is just an OVA or a series though. The opinions of the fans seem to be divided, but personally I'm interested in how they are going to adapt it and I'll wait until I've seen it before I'll give an opinion.
Second large news: a second DiaLover season titled "Diabolik Lovers: More Blood" is in the works, and by the looks of it everything will get new releases because of it; new radio broadcasts, new drama CDs, and Otomate is making another DiaLovers game/fandisk.. A teaser site has been opened but we'll have to wait for it to open to get any real info out of it. A trailer is available though, you can watch it here.
The trailer introduces four new characters, four brothers of another vampire family called 無神 - Mushin(?). The oldest one is Ruki (CV: Sakurai Takahiro), who is described as a ruthless, cruel leader. The second one is Kou (CV: Kimura Ryouhei) who is described as a selfish, two-faced idol (
As you may have guessed I was spazzing beyond the describable about Sakurai being in this series. I have a lot of conflicting feelings about this but basically I feel like death is standing in front of me with open arms and I am willingly going to walk into them. I shall regret nothing.
I am secretly hoping for another Versus CD with Ruki VS Yuuma, even though I will probably need to sign my last will before listening to it because it will almost certainly kill me (and half of the world's fangirl population with me). I will settle for Ruki VS Kou if necessary though.
Final piece of DiaLover news: Character songs are planned for release starting somewhere in June. If Wasurenagusa didn't already devastate your wallet then DiaLovers most certainly will considering the amount of releases related to it (you can bet that there will be more merchandise as well once things get of the ground).
Edit: release dates for the new CDs. The full title seems to be ドS吸血CD MORE,BLOOD (do-s kyuuketsuki cd more,blood)
- Vol.01 Ayato - 2013.04.24
- Vol.02 Kou - 2013.05.29
- Vol.03 Ruki - 2013.06.26
- Vol.04 Azusa - 2013.07.31
- Vol.05 Yuuma - 2013.08.28
- Vol.06 Kanato - 2013.09.25
- Vol.07 Raito - 2013.10.30
- Vol.08 Subaru - 2013.11.27
- Vol.09 Shuu - 2013.12.25
- Vol.10 Reiji - 2014.01.29
Besides continueing their existing series Rejet is also starting new ones: Dot Kareshi -we're 8bit lovers- is one of them. With Dot Kareshi Rejet is mixing old school 8bit RPG with situation CDs and otome games, although I'm not sure how much of what goes in the mix.
The teaser site mentions that "the content will be delivered through situation CDs + (a little) game". It looks like this will be situation CD + game 2disc combo. The situation CDs will be 60min and make use of the dummy head mic.
When you first open the teaser site a trailer introducing the setting and characters will play. I have to say, the music and the little beeps that you hear when someone 'speaks' make me incredibly nostalgic.
It seems like all the characters are actual characters in a game you used to play, but because you played too much they've become warped. The characters from the trailer are the Hero who turned kichiku, the Wizard who became twisted, a ore-sama Priest, a flirtatious Thief, the Knight who turned do-M due to taking too many beatings, an idiot Dancer, a sadistic Beastmaster (this time S in the actual S-M sense by the looks of it), a sexually frustrated Monk, the Evil Overlord who has self esteem problems due to being defeated so many times, a shota Slime who has fallen in love with you, the Dark Knight, and the Villager (who seems strangely stalkerish), so 12 characters in total. (So far they don't seem to have any names, they are simply called 'Hero' or 'Wizard')
Before you start to pity your wallet too much, I've only found three CDs listed on Animate so far, so maybe every CD has multiple characters. No release dates listed are though.
Thought we were already done? Wrong! Rejet has even more in stock! Their next project being Seventh Heaven, which is a combination of a "situation CD + dummy head kannou (sensual) song". How exactly they are going to make dummy head songs work remains to be seen, but so far the bgm is captivating as always.
There are seven shinigami (death gods) who can only be seen by women who, somewhere in the bottom of their hearts, wish to die. Their songs hold the power to send you to the other side. At the same time there is a mansion just outside of town where seven beautiful butlers are rumoured to live. And you (the listener) end up entering said mention due to circumstances. Those who enter the mansion, which has no owner, are never seen again. You discover the truth behind it all, but are unable to tell anyone because...
(the end of the trailer has the line "because you cannot resist this song", so that is probably the reason why you are unable to tell anyone what you discover).
As you have probably guessed there are seven characters for this series: Akira (CV: Nojima Kenji) who is described as tsundere, cool, do-S and two-faced. Hinata (CV: Takahashi Hiroki) who is a koakuma (devilish) yandere do-M that wants to be abused. Itsuki (CV: Takahashi Naozumi) who is tough, your childhood friend, and has an different personality hidden behind his usual one. Yuuri (CV: Kondo Takashi), who is a insane do-S yandere. Shion (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa) who is a violent and perverted do-S ore-sama. Mint (CV: Toriumi Kousuke) who is a cold-hearted abusive strict kuudere (emotionless type), and finally Kanade (CV: Morikubo Shoutarou) who is a lazy tsudere x ore-sama do-S.
Most of them have a lot of personality traits and a lot of overlap between them, and I am not going to lie when I say that I am wondering how they are going to make some of them work (tsundere x ore-sama do-S???). But basically we have two tsunderes (Akira and Kanade), two yanderes (Hinata and Yuuri), a Kuudere (Mint) a childhood friend type (Itsuki) and a violent ore-sama pervert (Shion). For a better overview I refer to simply-shine her post here.
Personally I am getting a high "DiaLovers in a different jacket" vibe (Rejet has discovered that do-S characters sell for high amounts after all) BUT one should not judge before hearing so we shall
Release dates are as follows:
Vol.1 Akira (CV: Nojima Kenji) - 2013.04.24
Vol,2 Hinata (CV: Takahashi Hiroki) - 2013.05.29
Vol.3 Itsuki (CV: Takahashi Naozumi) - 2013.06.26
Vol.4 Yuuri (CV: Kondo Takashi) - 2013.07.24
Vol.5 Shion (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa) - 2013.08.28
Vol.6 Minto (CV: Toriumi Kousuke) - 2013.09.25
Vol.7 Kanade (CV: Morikubo Shoutarou) - 2013.10.30
Of course there are tokuten as well. Buy all CDs and you can apply for the special drama CD "Shinigami Gakuen Monogatari" (Shinigami School Story). Buy all CDs at animate and you can also apply for the special drama CD "Shinigami-tachi no Boys Talk". Both special CDs feature the entire cast.
PS: I am loving how the logo says "ultimate dammyhead song". All the characters are also "battlers" instead of butlers xD