Maiden Japan | Kanamemo Visual

Maiden Japan has announced two new anime acquisitions for release in North America. The first of these is Kanamemo, a yuri slice-of life comedy anime produced by anime studio feel. (Dagashi Kashi, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) It was directed by Shigehito Takayanagi (Dagashi Kashi, The World God Only Knows) with series composition by Rika Nakase (Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime, Rocket Girls). It ran from July 2009 to September 2009 for 13 episodes. The anime is adapted from Shoko Iwami’s manga which was published in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Max magazine from April 2007 to October 2013.

The main cast for Kanamemo is as follows:

  • Aki Toyosaki as Kana Nakamachi
  • Kaoru Mizuhara as Saki Amano
  • Ryo Hirohashi as Yume Kitaoka
  • Eri Kitamura as Hinata Azuma
  • Yui Horie as Haruka Nishida
  • Aya Endo as Yuuki Minami

Maiden Japan describes the series as follows:

13 is really young to have to take care of yourself, but when her grandmother dies, Kana Nakamachi unexpectedly finds herself out on the street looking for a new place to live. Fortunately, luck takes her to a local newspaper office that needs a new delivery girl, and the pay includes room and board! Of course, there are a few problems at first: besides being underage, Kana doesn’t even know how to ride a bike! So it’s a good thing that her new co-workers are willing to help her out, even if most of them are more than a little eccentric. But between Saki, the group’s elementary school age chief, sugar-obsessed Yume, her neurotic girlfriend Yuuki, tomboyish Hinata, and lecherous Haruka, they’ll get Kana up, on her feet and delivering papers with a smile!

Maiden Japan | Asura Cryin' Visual

The second of these acquisitions is Asura Cryin’, a supernatural action-adventure anime produced by Seven Arcs (ViVid Strike!Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s). Keizo Kusakawa (Campione!, Inukami!) directed the anime. It ran from April 2009 to December 2009 for 26 episodes. The anime is adapted from Gakuto Mikumo’s light novel series of the same name. It was published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint from July 2005 to February 2010.

The main cast for Asura Cryin’ is as follows:

  • Miyu Irino as Tomoharu Natsume
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Misao Minakami
  • Ai Nonaka as Kanade Takatsuki

Maiden Japan describes the series as follows:

Some people are haunted by memories. Tomoharu is haunted by his friend Misao, who died in a horrible plane crash that Tomoharu somehow survived. However, while having a girl that no one else can see hanging around is a little odd, it’s not until Tomoharu’s mom gets remarried, leaving him alone, that things get really weird:  A mysterious girl appears with a package that Tomoharu is supposed to guard. A second girl breaks into the house, demanding something called an “extractor.” And both girls can inexplicably see Misao! As more people target the package and Tomoharu, the mystery only deepens. What’s in the package, why are so many people after it, and is it connected to the plane crash or something even more sinister?

Maiden Japan will release both series on select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. Will you be checking out any of these two series once they release here?

SOURCE: Press Release

Patrick Aguda
Patrick is an avid fan of both video games and anime. He has been a fan of anime since his older sister introduced him to the genre when he was younger. He grew up watching shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Digimon Adventure, Gundam Wing, Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi Muyo and Yu Yu Hakusho. His favorite games include Persona 3 Portable, Steambot Chronicles and the .hack//G.U. trilogy. He strongly believes that Sinon, Maki and Mash are best girls.