Category Archives: Anime & Manga

Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour Osaka: Digivolving Spirits Metalgarurumon Prototype Revealed

Recently images of this year’s Tamashii Nations World Tour in Osaka have surfaced online which revealed the prototype for the Digivolving Spirits Metalgarurumon.  Similar to Digivolving Spirits Wargreymon, the new figure for Metalgarurumon will feature an updated sculpt.  No other details are confirmed at this time so stay tuned for updates.

 

Source: Taghobby

Digivolving Spirits Wargreymon Details Revealed

Bandai Tamashii has updated their official website with new details for the upcoming Digivolving Spirits Wargreymon. 

The figure will be released in November priced at 7020 Yen and will surprisingly be a retail release.   The figure will feature die-cast and better proportioned molded parts that help the figure look better than the older figure designs.

Bandai Tamashii also provided a quick promo for the figure.

Next, the director of Digimon Adventure/ Digimon Adventure 02 Hiroyoki Kakudo and chief designer, Kenji Watanabe had this to say about the new toyline.

I’m filled with deep emotion to know that Digimon has been loved for such a long time and to see this new product series, the “Digivolving Spirits” coming out. It’s a nice surprise for me to be able to comment like this even 18 years after the first season of Digimon. I know everyone is excited about this new figure series, but I bet I’m the most excited.

Digivolving Series”, which was the memorable first transforming figures produced by Wiz Co.,Ltd., has been revived!
I’m really happy that this time we are able to fully commit to excellence and include all the details that were not in the previous series as they were made for children. Both of Agumon and WarGreymon’s proportions are so cool! I hope you like them!

Lastly, it has been revealed that the next figure in the line will be none other than Metalgarumon.

Source: Bandai Tamashii

 

Mazinger Z Interval Peace & Alter Ignition Manga

Over the weekend, two spin-off manga series were released based on Go Nagai’s Mazinger Z. The first spin-off, Mazinger Z Interval Peace, is apart of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine. Takahiro Ozawa is the author with Kaoru Osada serving as the illustrator. The manga is a spin-off of the new anime film, and takes place in a world where the existence of super robots is questioned. Meanwhile, Kōji and the rest of team wonder if the momentary peace become true peace for the world.

Then for the second spin-off that released, Mazinger Z Alter Ignition; it is written by Yū Kinutani (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and released via Dynamic Planning’s website. Mazinger Z Alter Ignition re-imagines the original manga, and Kōji first encounter with Mazinger Z.

 

The release of these spin-offs are a part of the 45th anniversary celebration. The new film, Mazinger Z the Movie, is still in production. However, Nagai will reveal footage of the film at Annecy International Film Festival in France next month.

Source: ANN

 

The Drop Episode 5: Of Gundams & Saints

On this week’s episode of The Drop, Fighter Xaos discusses his opinions on the recently announced, Saint Seiya live-action movie! Then Xaos moves onto Zeta Gundam: A New Translation trilogy coming out on Blu-Ray in North America. Finally the show is closed out with the Dragon Ball Super preview, which shows the first female Super Saiyan that is not from a game.

Western Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Nintendo Switch Release Date Announced

Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced the release date for the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.  The game will be available in both regions later this Fall.

The Switch version will feature a new ad-hoc co-op mode, which will allow up to six players to connect locally and will also feature a motion sensor that allow players to use ultimate attacks.

The “Time Patrol” story from the first game will be available as a limited time bonus and the first round copies of the game will include a download code that will unlock 70+ characters from the main story immediately.

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment America, Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, ANN

 

Nozomi Entertainment To Release Zeta Gundam: A New Translation Trilogy On Blu-Ray

Nozomi Entertainment has announced on their official twitter page that they will be releasing the Zeta Gundam: A New Translation trilogy on Blu-ray sometime this year. For those who are unaware the Zeta Gundam: A New Translation was a trilogy of compilation films that condensed the Zeta Gundam anime series. The three films titled “Heirs to the Stars,” “Lovers,” and “Love is the Pulse of the Stars,” premiered in theaters in Japan as a part of the 25th anniversary for the Gundam franchise. Currently there are no other details are confirmed at this time, however it is nice to see that some of their older releases are getting Blu-ray versions.

Source: Nozomi Entertainment

Lupin III: Part IV to Premiere on Toonami

Coming at you with some anime news, we’ve learned that the English dub of Lupin III: Part IV will be premiering on Toonami on June 17th. The dub was previewed at Katsucon earlier this year. I originally was going to attend it and see it myself but I decided to hang out with a few friends instead. To quote what we know about Lupin III: Part IV.

The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. The series open with an invitation to Lupin’s wedding to a new character named Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii in the Japanese version).

So let me know if you will be watching this on Toonami. Matter of fact, tell me your history with the Lupin series. As always I’m XBen3000 and I’m out!

Source: Anime News Network

Saint Seiya Live-Action Adaptation in the Works

MY COSMOS IS BURNING! For today, it was announced that a live-action adaptation for Saint Seiya has been green-lit. The Eiga.com reported that Toei Animation will be co-producing the film with the Chinese distribution company, A Really Good Film Company (ARGF). In addition, the director and producers for the film were revealed during the announcement. The Saint Seiya film will directed by Polish director, Tomasz Bagiński. Bagiński, best known for his Academy Award-nominated short animation, The Cathedral, and the Witcher series intros. Then Toei Animation‘s own, Yoshiyuki Ikezawa and Kozo Morishita will serve as producer and executive producer. Kozo Morishita has served as director, producer, and planner for most of the Saint Seiya animated series and feature films.

 

Saint Seiya is an original manga series written by Masami Kurumada published from 1986 to 1990. The manga series was quickly adapted into an anime series. Since its conception the series, has had three animated series, several anime films, various OVAs and spin-offs. In addition, the series has been distributed worldwide becoming popular in Europe, South America, and North America. Viz Media published the original manga as Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. The original anime series two dubs and distributions through ADV Films and DIC. ADV Films was the more faithful dub of the series, whereas DIC the more publicly known dub was not. This lead to the series having trouble becoming in North America until New Video Group re-released the series on DVD, as well as becoming accessible through Crunchyroll’s streaming service. Now, one can only hope for the best with this production!

 

Source: ANN

Official Images: S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan God Goku

Last night, Premium Bandai updated its site with the listings for the May 19th pre-order items. Among the items listed is the previously teased S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan God Goku! Fans best know this form of Super Saiyan for its debut in the 2013 Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The form was achieved through a ridiculous process where Shenron was summoned, and a wish was made to inform the Z-Fighters of the necessary ritual to obtain the form. The ritual in question, required five Saiyans to merge their energy into one singular host, which was obviously Goku for his rematch with Beerus. The form reappears again, through the re-telling of the film in Dragon Ball Super, as well as become alternative form/ability for Goku in video games.  However, since its debut the form was replaced for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, otherwise known as Super Saiyan Blue.

Now, back to the figure at hand! S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan God Goku is retool/remold of the basic Goku figures as of late. The figures paint apps are at best attempting to recreate the appearance from Battle of Gods. In addition, the figure itself will feature three optional facial expressions, and four pairs of alternative hands. Furthermore, the Tamashii Effect Energy Aura Yellow shown in the gallery is not included with this figure. One will have to purchase that Tamashii Effect separately, but not to worry it is basic retail product.

As stated before orders for S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Goku will open tomorrow, May 19 at 16:00 JST. Orders for the item will then ship this October. Premium Bandai is selling the item for 5616 yen, with international buyers needing to go through other providers. However, for North America they will most likely be able to purchase this item through Bluefin Tamashii.

Source: P-Bandai

Official Images: S.H.Figuarts Madara Uchiha

Premium Bandai has updated with an official preorder page for S.H.Figuarts Madara Uchiha.  

The figure will include:

  • Alternate arms (Left & Right X1)
  • Replacement wrists (Left & Right X3)
  • Alternate face parts X2
  • Weapon parts

Preorders for the figure will open on May 19 at 4 PM JPST and will be released this October priced at 7,020 Yen.   Bluefin will be releasing this item at a later however, those who are interested in securing the item earlier should contact their preferred middleman for more details.

Source: Premium Bandai