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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

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Visual Revealed

The official website for the Live-Action film adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul has updated with a new visual for the film.

According to ANN the text featured in the visual reads as “,The only entity who knows of the two worlds of humans and ghouls.”

The website also revealed some new cast members, which include:

  • Masataka Kubota – Ken Kaneki
  • Fumika Shimizu – Tōka Kirishima
  • Yuu Aoi – Rize Kamishiro
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki –  Kōtarō Amon
  • Yo Oizumi – Kureo Mado

The live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul will premiere in Japanese theaters on July 29.

Source: Official Website, ANN

Viz Media Announces Splatoon Manga Release

Viz Media has updated their official twitter page with an announcement that they will be releasing the Splatoon manga series. The manga series will be released later this year.  No other details are confirmed so stay tuned for updates.

Source: Viz Media

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Premiere Date Announced

The official website for the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film has updated with the reveal of the premiere date for the film.  The film will premiere on July 29 in Japan.

The website also provided two visuals for the film.

The cast includes:

  • Yuu Aoi – Rize Kamishiro
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki – Kōtarō Amon
  • Yo Oizumi – Kureo Mado

The film is directed by Kentarō Hagiwara and will be distributed by Shochiku.  Masanori Morikawa, a designer for Christian Dada will be working on the costume designs.

Source: ANN, Official Website

Viz Media Announces One-Punch Man Home Video Release

Viz Media has confirmed that they will be releasing One-Punch Man in a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack on April 25.  The release will include all 12 episodes of the series as well as the OVA episodes.

Retail Price: $59.99

Store Price: $53.99

One-Punch Man contains episodes 1-12 plus 6 OVAs.

Special Features: Clean Opening & Endings, Trailers, and more.

Release Date: 4/25/2017

Details

  • Publisher: VIZ

  • Media: Blu-ray

  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese

  • Subtitle Language: English

  • Genre: Action, Comedy

  • Themes: Battles, Powers

  • Age Rating: 13+

  • Run Time: 288

  • Release Date: 4/25/2017

  • Weight: 0.99

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Viz Media also provided a trailer for the release of the series.

The hit Shonen Jump manga is now an anime!
http://www.viz.com/one-punch-man

Straight from the pages of SHONEN JUMP, comes a hero unlike any before!

Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch, and it turns out that being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore.
With his passion for being a hero lost along with his hair, yet still faced with new enemies every day, how much longer can he keep it going?

http://www.viz.com/opm

Source: Viz Media, Crunchyroll

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road “Road to Boruto” Naruto Gameplay Footage Streamed

Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan updated their official Youtube channel with a gameplay trailer for the upcoming DLC expansion to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.  The expansion will be released on February 3. 

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan

Naruto The Movie – Boruto Dub Trailer Streamed

Viz Media has posted a Dub trailer for Boruto Naruto the Movie on their official Youtube channel.  The trailer features the voice talents of Amanda Miller (Boruto) , Cherami Leigh (Sarada), and Robbie Daymond (Mitsuki).The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 28.  

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s talented but impetuous son.

Meanwhile, Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear and attempt to assassinate Naruto. Petrified, Boruto is shielded by Naruto, only to disappear in front of Boruto’s own eyes.

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Source: Viz Media, Crunchyroll

 

Holiday Buyers Guide 2016 – Day I: Comics & Manga

Welcome readers to the first annual Holiday Buyers Guide! For our first day in this five part series we will be looking at comics and manga. Now, parents always claim to have trouble getting their kids into reading, so do what we geeks do for our own kids, give them a comic book or volume from a popular manga series! Give kids a story where they can learn morals, be entertained, and maybe widen their own vocabulary. Yet, do not forget these are for all ages too, or we would not be even including them in the Holiday Buyers Guide! Getting someone an issue, a trade, or even an entire series could make the perfect gift. Below are our choices from this year’s releases.

Comics:

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DC Universe: Rebirth #1 Deluxe Edition MSRP: $17.99
This is where it all begins, the start of the DC Universe once more. In this issue written by Geoff Johns with artists Matt Santorelli, Joe Prado, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Gary Frank. This combination brings you to the DC Universe fans new and old have come to love. Geoff Johns makes it clear that the DC Universe is back to what made it amazing.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Vol.1 MSRP: $19.99
If anyone needs a real reason to buy Boom’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, one can check out Ben’s Comic Talk where he delivers a huge in depth summarization about the series. Long story short, it is an amazing series and easily one of our favorites released in 2016!

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G.I. Joe vs. Street Fighter, Vol.1 MSRP: $19.99
G.I. Joe vs. Street Fighter brings together two franchises that people love in the best way possible. We have to say that this series was not only fun, but had a solid storyline as well. We don’t want to spoil too much as to what goes on in this volume, but it is action packed! We had Aubrey Sitterson writing this series with Emilio Laiso doing an amazing job on the artwork. One cannot go wrong with picking this title up for a friend or loved one.

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Batman: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles No. 1 MSRP: $19.99
Batman: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of our favorite crossovers from this year. James Tynion IV delivers an amazing as the series writer, it is really fantastic. Tynion throughout this series really understands the characters and their dynamics. Going in several thought that Batman would have a bigger presence but it’s well balanced between the Turtles and Batman. With Freddie Williams II doing the artwork, it is a well-crafted book that all ages can appreciate.

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Champions #1 MSRP: $4.99
We have the younger heroes of the Marvel universe coming together in this first issue. This ongoing series is written by Mark Waid and with Humberto Ramos doing the artwork. We have to say that this series is set up to be fantastic. Story wise, it was a strong issue one that set up not only this team but their purpose. One can easily jump into this series without knowing any of the characters prior.

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Scooby-Doo Apocalypse Issue 1 MSRP: $3.99
What happens when DC puts Mystery Inc. in a realistic setting? Well the answer would be that crazy things obviously occur such as Scooby-Doo is a failed bio-weapon created by Velma! Need we say more on how crazy this world truly is?!

 

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Godzilla: Raid Across Time MSRP: $3.99

This current on-going Godzilla series from IDW features the King of the Monsters and the other kaiju terrorizing the world in different time periods. The first two issues feature Godzilla in all his glory ravage Japan in the feudal era, and combat the Greek Gods. Whereas the third issues features Megaguirus in medieval England amidst the chaos that was the Black Plague! Following the brief detour the final two issues return to focus on the King…

Manga

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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Vol. 1 MSRP: $14.99
This side-story within Yoshiyuki Tomino’s epic tale of the Universal Century depicts the stories of ace pilots, Io Fleming and Daryl Lorenz; two pilots on opposite sides battling for control of the Shoal Zone. The Shoal Zone a highly strategic area for either side of the war, but a graveyard to colonies that features high electromagnetic fields that causes discrepancies to mobile suits and vehicles. Thus bringing forth a different style of mobile suit combat!

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Ultraman MSRP: $12.99
Viz Media began distributing this on-going Ultraman manga series in 2015 and it quickly rose in popularity, possibly due to Ultraman’s resurgence via Crunchyroll! The series is an indirect-sequel to the original Showa Era, where the son of Hayata/ Ultraman, Shinjiro wears an armor bestowing to him the abilities of Ultraman to defeat aliens and monsters. Currently the series up to its sixth volume which released in November, with volume seven scheduled for a 2017 release.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Vol. 1 MSRP: $19.99
The third series in the long running Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure manga is finally being released, which introduces “Stands”; a power where a spiritual manifestation of the user comes out and fights for the owner as well as has its own unique abilities. New readers actually do not have to worry about if starting at this point since each part tries to be self contained, as well as Part 3 should easily gets one up to speed about, Dio!

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Tiger & Bunny Volume 9 MSRP: $9.99
For any Tiger & Bunny fan, the final volume is must an own and luckily enough is also a late 2016 release making it another perfect gift! Adapted from Sunrise’s hit superhero anime, the manga retells the story of the aging Wild Tiger being partnered with an upcoming hero, Barnaby Brooks, who Wild Tiger nicknames Bunny. Yet with this being the end of the manga’s run how will things turn out, and what are changes from the anime? Find out all the answers buy this issue!

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The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 MSRP: $17.99
Nintendo’s ever-popular Legend of Zelda series received a manga adaptation by Akira Himekawa. The Legendary Edition features two volumes from Himekawa’s telling of the Ocarina of Time, as well as feature new covers and colored artwork. Now, fans can read how Link journey in obtaining the Tri-Force!

Pokémon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Volume 1 & 2 MSRP: $4.99
Based on the games of the title, this manga is the sequel to Pokemon Adventures: Ruby & Sapphire. Years have passed since Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald defeated the likes of Team Aqua and Magma, but the world is still in danger! Steve Stone re-lists our heroes to help him save the world, and possibly lock the secrets of Mega Evolution. The threat they face now is a meteor that is on course with the Earth, and how it co-exists with the discovery of the symbols ‘Alpha’, ‘Omega’, and ‘Delta’ correlating with the region’s signature legendaries.

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My Hero Academia MSRP: $9.99
My Hero Academia began its North American in late 2015, but since then has become highly popular on-going manga series with six volumes already on sale. Which means now is the perfect time to start! Follow the adventures of Izuku Midoriya as he hopes to become the greatest hero that world has ever seen. Luckily enough for Izuku, his mentor is currently the greatest of them all, All Might.

Viz Media Announces Sailor Moon R Film US Theatrical Release

Viz Media has recently announced during their Moonlight Party livestream that they will be releasing the Sailor Moon R film in theaters in the US next January.   Similar to many previous Anime films, Eleven Arts will be teaming up with the company to release the film.  The film will also feature the “Make up! Sailor Guardians” short.   Sailor Moon R will be screened in both in the original Japanese audio format with English subtitles as well as a English Dubbed version.   Those who attend the film in theaters will also receive a special gift while supplies last.

Viz Media provided an English dub trailer for the film.

They also posted a behind the scenes video for the film, which features the reveal that Ben Diskin is the voice of Fiore.

The film originally debuted in theaters in Japan on December 5, 1993.  It was later released in the United States on February 8, 2000 by Pioneer Entertainment under the name Sailor Moon R: The Movie: The Promise of the Rose.   The film also was aired on Toonami and also in Canada via YTV, although it was the edited version.

The film story is about Mamoru Chiba’s past when he meets a mysterious boy named Fiore.  He gives him a rose and Fiore promises him one day he would give him more flowers. Fiore returns to earth, however it is not for the reason Mamoru expects.

 

Source: Viz Media, ANN

 

 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto North American Physical Release Announced

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has recently announced that they will be releasing the physical release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto.   The physical release of the game will include the main game as well as the Road to Boruto expansion.  The game will retail for $49.99 and will be released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on February 3, 2017.   The expansion will also be available separately digitally  on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam priced at $19.99. 

ROAD TO BORUTO brings together the lightning-paced combat, anime-quality graphics, and epic story mode from Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 while integrating an all-new adventure chronicling Boruto Uzumaki’s exploits from BORUTO: Naruto the Movie. In addition to the new story mode, ROAD TO BORUTO will also include new playable characters for both offline and online Free Battle Mode and new fighting styles for Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha in their Hokage Naruto and Adult Sasuke costumes.

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment