Far-from-departed I’ve superstar KOTOKO has some interesting things on the horizon, both musical and… somewhat less musical. Let’s take a look:
“Premium Artist Book” KOTOKO-Iro
5 years after her major-label debut, KOTOKO’s set to be the subject of what’s been described as a ‘premium artist book’ by the name of KOTOKO-Iro (KOTOKOいろ). Page count and format remains a mystery, although seeing as it will be released by magazine publisher Ichijinsha (一迅社) common sense would lead one to assume the ‘mook’ (magazine-as-book) format common amongst ‘light’ Japanese publications of the non-fiction sort. Content will apparently include a ‘photo essay’ and a long-format interview with KOTOKO in addition to information about the artist and other miscellaneous bits of fanservice, and the book will retail in Japan for ¥1890. It comes out on July 28.
BALDRSKY Dive2 theme song
The second installment of Giga Soft‘s episodic continuation of the venerable “BALDR” mecha-meets-eroge franchise, BALDRSKY Dive2, has just been announced. While the game itself doesn’t have a release date yet, we know that, just as with Dive1’s “Restoration”, Dive2 will have a new KOTOKO theme song and said theme song will apparently be released in maxi-single form as a part of retailer Sofmap‘s “Furo Agari Hurricane de Sky?” (ふろあがりハリケーンでスカイ？) set, to be released August 28, with preorders starting June 26.
Odds of another C.G mix production for the theme song: very, very high.
KOTOKO’s third Hayate no Gotoku opening theme
As venerable comedy-anime juggernaut Hayate no Gotoku!! (ハヤテのごとく!!) marches on with its second season, so too does it roll out a new set of opening and ending themes. Following up her previous theme efforts Hayate no Gotoku! and Shichitenhakki*Shijoushugi (or however your romanize it), KOTOKO’s new opener for the show will be called “daily-daily Dream”, and if bumpy-Jumpy! is any indication then the random capitalization and idiotic title should make this one a certified winner. Producers as yet unknown, but seeing as all but one of the previous season’s theme songs were produced by Kazuya Takase it would seem a decent bet that he’ll be responsible for this one as well. The single comes out August 26, in regular and DVD versions as per usual.