Today's new fall preview is Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! release by Kyoto Animation based on the light novel series by Torako with illustrations by Ousaka Nozomi.
Viz Media announced the English dub cast for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan yesterday. Viz Media previously streamed the first two seasons of the series which is about a part demon, part human child who wishes to escape his demon heritage by doing good deeds. Check out the full cast list after the jump.
Toonami is set to return on May 26, 2012 and bringing with it Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins (a reboot of the classic anime series Casshern). Also returning are classics like Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
For those of you not familiar with the two new series, Deadman Wonderland is about a boy named Ganta who is framed for murdering his entire class by the 'Red Man'. He is sentenced to death and sent to the prison known as 'Deadman Wonderland'. There he finds a twisted game of gladiator survival and the ability to used his spilled blood as weapons. Determine to free himself and expose those behind this, he hunts down the 'Red Man' while fighting for his life.
Like, Deadman Wonderland, Casshern Sins is also set in a grim world. Robots have obtained sentience and rule the planet with an iron fist. One day a mysterious girl named Luna is summoned by the people to bring salvation to mankind but was killed by three cyborgs Casshern, Dio and Leda. Her death caused cataclysmic events that left the world's atmosphere filled with poison that quickens the decline of human civilization and causes robot's mechanical bodies to rust and corrode. The only one who is unaffected by this is Casshern whom disappeared after Luna's assassination and after hundreds of years had passed, returns with no memory of who he is and what he has done. He sets out on a journey to find his true purpose and destiny.
Which one of these two series are you looking forward to watching? Let us know in the comment section!
According to this year's 5th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Mangazine, the beloved manga series Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, will be publishing its last chapter this coming May/June. For those who love the suicidal teacher and his wacky oddball class, there will be 9 more chapters for you to enjoy before the manga officially finish its seven year publication.
This popular comedy series, created by Kumeta Kouji, follows the life of a very pessimistic highschool teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki. After a failed suicide attempt, he finds himself in charge of a class full of students with bizarre and strange personalities. From student Meru Otonashi, who communicates via text messaging on her cell phone, to the exceeding positive student Kafuka Fuura, Nozomu finds himself being pushed into more despair. There are currently 26 volumes of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei out in Japan.
If you haven't heard, the next pokemon game coming for the Nintendo DS is a crossover role-playing strategy game. That's right, a strategy game crossover with Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition series. The game is set in a new region called Ranse, where you can play as either a male or female general. You start off with your trustee sidekick Eevee and try to unite Ranse by battling rival generals.
Needless to say, I can't wait to see how this turns out.
The game is set for a Japan release date of March 17, 2012, there is currently no plans to port it over to the US or Europe. Check out a trailer after the jump.
Warner Bros has decided to halt production of their upcoming Akira movie. The film is a live-action adaptation of the popular japanese manga and anime.
As those who have been keeping up with the news about the film know, it hasn't been a smooth ride. It has been an on-again, off-again production and this time it's due to the lack of star power combined with an over-sized budget. With only Garrett Hedlund signed and Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter in different stages of negotiations, it's hard to justify the $90 million dollar budget. It seems they are looking to tighten their purse strings so that production costs between $60 million to $70 million.
However there are also rumors that the reason is not the budget but the script that has caused production to be halted. Variety has reported that the executives feels like the screenplay needs to be fixed some more before production can continue. There are two men that they feel can fix the job, Johnathan Nolan and Michael Green. Of course there are no official statements on any of this, so we'll just have to wait and see.
Whatever the case may be, it seems Warner Bros is not ready to let the project die just yet.
Can't decide whether you should spend the money going to NYCC/NYAF? Check out our staff's review of this year convention and use our experience to your gain.
Hardcoreness Level: Western cartoon lover, casual gamer, artist alley lurker and manga reader
When I had started going to the convention at Jacob Javitis, it was before NYAF had merged with NYCC and was solely just an anime convention. It use to be crowded full of anime cosplayers getting WAAAAY to into their character and making out in kissing circles. Now after the merger, the anime lovers were banished all the way up to the 4th floor with a terrible map that pretty much made it very hard to find. Honestly, if this was suppose to be a combination of East meets West, it failed pretty terribly.
Even though I'm not really an anime fan, it felt like a ripoff to put it as a convention for both comic book lovers and anime. There was clearly a favoritism going on here, not that what they did have at the convention wasn't worth the ticket, but it just felt misleading to say that both areas of interest were equally represented.
Besides the ever dying NYAF of NYCC, there were many awesome panels and exhibitors. I was a little disappointed when the Wacom booth did not have their new product, The Inkling, out for testing but yet Autodesk had an artist already using it at their booth. That really threw me for a loop since I've been dying to get a hold of that pen ever since it was announced.
On the subject of artistic endeavors, artist alley have grown since last year with even more artists showing up and selling their wares. The quality of the art has certainly gotten A LOT better both in terms of comic style and anime style. So if your looking for fanart or just beautifully drawn original art, definitely check out artist alley, there is twice the style to look at since each con got their own alley just for art.
Overall Score: Leet–
Comment: It was really hellish moving around but the sheer amount of stuff made up for it.
Capcom had released a cinematic trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken during their panel at San Diego Comic Con. From the looks of it, there will be some very interesting new characters to choose from.
The new character announcements are sure to please many fans of both the Street Figther and Tekken universes. It shows off Dhalsim, Street Fighter's firebreathing Indian man, and Poison, who is a character from Final Fight that's infamous for being transgender. On the Tekken side, Steve Fox, the boxer, and Yoshimitsu, one of Namco's most famous characters who appears in both Tekken and Soul Calibur, have been revealed. All of these characters seem to fit in just right with the style of the game, and the inclusion of Poison is quite a surprise, since she (or he?) hasn't been included in many recent games. With such a good roster already, I can't wait to see who makes it into the final version.
The Tiny Hands' Big Love project is giving all New Yorkers a chance to help the victims of the tsunami crisis in Japan, so clear up your Sunday everybody and get ready to do some good by helping a country that has brought you so much joy.
Tiny Hands' Big Love project's mission
Tiny Hands' Big Love Project was founded by young artists who reside in NY right after they heard the news of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that happened on March 11, 2011. We, as individuals, do not have any financial or political power. We are still struggling to put our music or art out there. But we can put all of our talent together and have a charity concert or event, and raise fund to send to the devastated area. The outcome of this catastrophe is still beyond our imagination. And we are determined to continue to support the devastated areas as a long- term project in any way we can. We are planning to send our profit from this concert to Medecins Sans Frontiers (The doctors without borders) in Japan. http://www.msf.or.jp/news/2011/03/5128.php Please note that we will decide which organization we will donate to each time we hold an event in the future.
Maybe each of our hands are small, but if we hold each other's hand together, we can create a big love altogether. Tiny Hands' Big Love starts here.
A Benefit Concert on March 20 Sun at the Living Room
Benefit Concert for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Sunday March 20
The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
Directions: The Living Room
Donation: Any amount you wish.
All profits will go to charity.
For more information visit their blog: http://tinyhandsbiglove.blogspot.com
Level-5, developers of the Professor Layton series, announced during their "Next Dimension" press conference a crossover collaboration with Capcom's1 popular Phoenix Wright series. This will form the first ever Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright game of epic puzzle proportions. The head writer is Shu Takumi, developer/writer of the Ace Attorney series, and the main theme is "Witch Hunt".
Not much detail has been revealed about the collaboration besides it being a "combination of puzzles and a crime mystery" and that Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright are working together. It is set in a place called Labyrinth City, populated by witches and the main villain is the "Story Teller", who can make anything he writes with his pen come true.
Only available on the Nintendo 3DS.
More info will be available in time at The Official Website for Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright.