You know what would be cool? If this Huan Jin-Zhou guy has the whole story planned out already, and the plan from the beginning was to make both a manga AND anime at the same time. If that were the case, there wouldn't be much of a problem starting the anime so early. ...I dunno, I just really want this anime to be good now.
The big question on my mind is that if the story writer IS working with the anime folks, would watching the anime spoil the manga? I mean there's two characters on the anime poster that haven't appeared in the manga yet, and I'm wondering if they ever will or are they going to be anime original characters? Hmmmmm.
EDIT 2: Aaaand quite suddenly I've been made a moderator of the ed_winry comm. Wow.