Some great news on the anime front: Starting January 10, NHK will begin airing The Beast Player, a series based on novels by Nahoko Uehashi, author of the Moribito novels. I absolutely loved the Seirei no Moribito (Guardian of the Spirit) series, and so quite happy to find out about this. The new series is produced by Production I.G.
Also, Scholastic Books is publishing Uehashi’s original Moribito novels in English — the anime series covers only the first one, I believe. Via Anime News Network.