The AnoHana live action trailer is out

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AnoHana heroine, younger version

The first trailer for the live action drama adaptation of AnoHana/あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない or We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day is out and it shows off the cast in character plus a few famous key scenes from the drama as inspired by the anime series. The anime series is a sleeper hit back in 2011, becoming famous thanks to its tight writing and great characters.

The young and teenage version of the characters
The young and teenage version of the characters

The TV drama series will be two hours long, airing on Fuji TV on 21 September 2015. Starring Nijiro Murakami (Kaito in Still the Water) as Jinta Yadomi, Minami Hamabe (Nana Asakura from Naniwa Junior DetectivesNaniwa Shonen Tanteida) as Meiko Honma, and Airi Matsui (Noa Takigawa in Yamada and the Seven Witches Live Action Drama) as Naruko Anjo. Jun Shison (Ressha Sentai ToQger ) will be playing as Atsumu Matsuyuki, Marie Iitoyo (Flowers for Algernon) is Chiriko Tsurumi and finally Yuuta Takahata (Mare) starring as Tetsudo “Poppo” Hisakawa.

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Live action version
The anime version
The anime version

It will be two days after the theatrical release of the new film Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. /The Anthem of the Heart which is made by the same production team of the anime. Are we ready to cry again? because we all know how the story ends.

Now, it is the question if the live-action can live up to the spirit and pathos of the anime series managed to evoke despite its short 11 episode cour. Judging from the live-action track record so far, this one has quite a challenge to meet.

Source: Official Site 

(C) Fuji TV

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Latest Nintendo NX rumours?

nintendo_nxNintendo NX is the latest effort by the Japanese gaming company and fans have been speculating on what kind of machine will emerge in near future. This will be a make-or-break effort for Nintendo, so it is not surprising that the Japanese are being very secretive about the NX.

A user on Reddit posted a translation of information on the project which was reportedly “sourced” from one of the test engineers in Europe, so we must emphasize here that these are purely rumours so take it with a pinch of salt.

Here it goes:

  • He’s under strict NDA with Nintendo Japan

  • Informations are from March 2015, with some updates from June-July

  • He received a bunch of patents (some of them are publics now), info about what Nintendo is planning and a list of games potentially in development (some of them may or may not have been cancelled), third parties included

  • NX is a platform, not tied with a single device

  • Wii U is still in the picture thanks to good software results for games like Splatoon, will still be the main home console in 2016

  • 3DS is a bit old, they’re planning of replacing it. Some games will still come out on it, but big projects are being moved on portable NX

  • With NX, Nintendo wants to create a platform where they can develop software for multiple devices with ease, from the home console to the portable to smartphone and tablets. They’ll have a big catalogue available for multiple platforms, with cross buy, cross saves and cross play, similar to what Microsoft is doing with Xbox One and PC thanks to Windows 10 (that allows to play many Xbox games on PC, which is also getting a bunch of ports from Xbone). Each platform will still have exclusive games

  • NNID is tied to the single device, but it will allow to share details between platforms, like friend list, contents, local coop games, etc. Thanks to the new membership program (the successor of Club Nintendo), we’ll benefit from the new Nintendo policies in terms of rewards

  • They’ll show the portable in spring 2016, will be out for the end of the year or spring 2017 max. Specs will be higher than PS Vita but nothing mindblowing, screen resolution should be 540p, considering 720p if costs go down. BC with 3DS was problematic

  • Wii U successor will not have an optical drive, which will be optional. It will sync with the portable (not obligatory). Specs won’t be super high, but close to PS4/X1 (doesn’t know how much, like with the portable this is still subject to change anyway). Cross games will look better on the home

  • Nintendo is focusing a lot on the anti-piracy system

  • Big focus on the OS as well. They hired people that worked for Google on Android, the guys who worked on the Gamecube OS and Wii U browser are there too. Optimized versions of the same OS for every NX platform (think, again, W10), each with its set of specific functions. Updates will come out at the same time, they’re focusing on making the OS blazing fast on every platform

  • The home console can connect with the portable to send to it its own version of the games you buy, will use the same tech as the Wii U-Wii U Gamepad streaming to do that, or the internet connection

  • The home will have bc with the Wii U. Gamepad should be compatible as a controller, considering selling it standalone. Can connect with the portable for offtv and bc. WiiMote compatibility is being considered too. As for support, since the new home won’t have an optical drive, they’re considering an external one. Also being considered NNID/eShop bc for titles bought on the eShop. Seems they’re considering digital games sharing too, but this bit is not perfectly clear

  • The portable will have its own internal memory, which will be expandable

  • There will be a complete overhaul of online infrastructures, but Nintendo is determined to hold successful operations as Miiverse, extending it even further and making it a central hub for communications by developers and a meeting place for players. It will be even more interactive with the ability to upload videos and screenshots in an integrated system and not dependent on the game

  • Voice chat and interactions between users will be revisited too, much will depend on the users age though, to protect the minors

  • The home will be out 6-12 months after the portable, creating the “NX system” that will allow Nintendo to better use their resources in games development

  • They approached third parties during E3. Capcom, Square-Enix, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts already have devkits. Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Sonic, F-Zero and Metroid are in development, doesn’t know if these are main episodes or spin offs. Zelda is currently a Wii U only title due to high development costs, but they can reconsider to have another big game at NX launch

  • Prices will be low, 200-300€ (for the home?), considering a bundle with both for no more than 500€. (1€ = RM4.83)

  • Many of these things will be discussed in future Nintendo Directs, which will have a different host in every market if Nintendo can’t find a new CEO by october

  • A new 3D Mario will be shown, along with a new Zelda trailer. Retro moved their project on NX, will not be unveiled before 10-18 months

  • They’ll talk about a new “Club Nintendo”, which will be in full function with NX

  • Considering making agreements with phone carriers in order to better manage applications like Miiverse, Club Nintendo and the ability to purchase software by phone. Some of these will be out by March 2016

  • Is everything set yet? Yes, but with Nintendo you’ll never know. If he has updates he will share them with us.

So far, the fan’s response to the rumours is cautiously warm but with no official documents,images or videos to backup these rumours, it seems like a wish-list of Nintendo fan for now.

Source: Reddit via Nintendo Italy

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Ubisoft theme park opening in Malaysia

One of the possible theme attraction
One of the possible theme attraction
One of the possible theme attractions

The video game giant, Ubisoft is set to open an indoor theme park in Kuala Lumpur in 2020.

Famous for game franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Just Dance – the company is partnering with R. Segari Group (RSG) Sdn Bhd for this project. RSG has previously co-developed the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) in Perak. This particular project supposed to incorporate attractions based on DreamWorks franchises, The Smurfs and other well known animated projects.

According to Ramelle Ramli, chairman of RSG, “Ubisoft will be our anchor tenant, but we have other non-game brands,”. He declined to comment further on which would be the “other non-game brands” though. While on the other side, the senior VP of Ubisoft Motion Pictures Jean de Rivières said “But the spirit is to have a blank page, so we can choose the best titles for this next generation park” he continues. “We’re going to try to have a story that starts at the beginning of the visit, continues throughout the visit and hopefully extends beyond the visit as well. It’s not about the technology. It’s about the technology serving the story.”

He also adds that some of the biggest franchises of Ubisoft such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry would “likely” be included. However, according to him, the list is yet to be finalized and the discussions have been ongoing for eight months now. This is not the first time Ubisoft is set on something like this as they have also worked with France’s Futuroscope in 2014 to create a 3D dark ride based on Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time game. This particular ride is ranked in the top ten attractions in the world for 2014 and is encouraging Ubisoft to explore the theme park business further.

The construction of the park is expected to begin around 2017 and completed in 2020 according to Ramelle Ramli. He said that this would give the country one of the biggest clusters of theme parks outside USA or Europe. According to Variety, the park’s size is estimated to be around 10,000 square-meters.

So are you looking forward to it?

Source: The Star Online & Variety

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New images of Batman v Superman released

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Warner Bros. is really worried about the possible box office performance of their biggest gamble in the superhero genre – they have been aggressive in marketing the movie and releasing many images in order to get the fans excited or hyped up about the movie. Recently, they released six more new images including an intimate photo of the new Batmobile.

Here in the first image above, we can see Superman is pissed off with something. With what? Not too sure but an educated guess will be Batman, in the smackdown between these iconic superheroes.

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A possible scene between the Bat and his faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) inside the long abandoned Wayne’s Manor. The Dark Knight does not look very happy and apparently brooding about something while Alfred looks on with concern.

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These two images above perhaps signifies the return of old Batman to the superhero life, first we have a look at the full representation of the Bat-suit and a glorious rendition of new Batmobile in the second image.

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Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is looking splendid in her formal white dress while going about disguised as Diana Prince. There is a rumour that she might be fighting something big in this movie.

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A scene between Lois Lane (Amy Adams), her boss Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) in their daily routine at the Daily Planet.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for cinemas on 25 March 2016. Only 6-7 months more to go!

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James Bond drives this Special Edition Aston Martin in Spectre

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James Bond is well known for a long tradition of driving the British pride, the Aston Martin and it has updated to the new Special Edition for the upcoming Spectre movie.

During the making of Spectre, the company delivered 10 hand-built DB10 models specially made for James Bond to use. The marquee is planning to release the special edition DB9 GT series (only 150 models will be manufactured) to coincide with the release of the movie. Each of these models will set you back a good US$250,000 and they are entirely handmade.

However, the company stated that no DB10 will be available in the market anytime soon. Instead, they remarked that the movie offers a peek of the future generation of Aston Martin cars to come.

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The Special Edition DB9 GT will come with numbered plates bearing the famous spy logo, embroidered handguns on the rear seat divider and a new version of the startup screen with the James Bond theme. Not only that, buyers of this model will receive another exclusive, a limited edition Omega Seamster Aqua Terra James Bond watch to boot.

The 24th James Bond movie Spectre, stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Andrew Scott, is set to shake the cinemas on 6 November 2015.

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The first Arrow Season 4 trailer is now out

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Stephen Amell as Arrow/Oliver Queen

The first of  CW‘s Arrow Season 4 trailer is now available and boy does it get our blood pumping. In it we get hints of what Oliver Queen has been up to right after he bid sayonara to Starling City last season.

However it ain’t just what ol Arrow’s shenanigans that we get to check out either. A whole slew of new characters make their appearance including  new baddie Damian Dahrk played by Neal McDonough and a new DC superhero, Curtis Holt aka Mr. Terrific, played by Echo Kellum.

The special guests appearance doesn’t just end there as we’ll also be seeing appearances by Parker Young, Jeri Ryan, Alexander Calver, and Elysia Rotaru. And as for those of you who were sad to see Constantine get pulled of the air, weep not as Matt Ryan will be reprising his role in Arrow. Hopefully this would eventually see the CW picking up where Constantine left off.

Of course the season regulars will be back to reprise their roles this season. One interesting thing to note is that in the trailer, Oliver Queen now sports a brand new new costume. Will this signal a name change as well? Will Oliver Queen finally drop the “Green” in front of the “Arrow” and finally be the Emerald Archer we all love from the comics?

Guess we’ll have to wait for the season to start to find out. What we won’t see this season, at leas costume wise, is the infamous Green Arrow goatee from the comics. Stephen Amell is still refusing to get that piece of face furniture to go along with the new outfit. Well, one can only dream.

Another thing to note is John Diggle’s new costume in the trailer. Previously, we theorised that Diggle will be this universe’s Guardian with his new helmet getup, and though the trailer does show him duking it out with the baddies in his new do, there isn’t any mention of what moniker he has picked up.

Season 4 looks like it’s set to be one hell of a ride for DC and Arrow fans. Throw in all those special guests stars, Season 3 of the The Flash and the new Legend’s of Tomorrow series, and you know that we’ll all be glued to the idiot box for a very long time.

Arrow Season 4 is set for a return on 7 October 2015.

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The Flame in the Flood survival game hitting Steam early access 24 September

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You heard that right, river survival game The Flame in the Flood is headed for Steam Early Access.

Created by developer The Molasses Flood (formerly devs from Irrational Games), the game was Kickstarted sometime last year, raising over $250K in funds. The game itself is about a girl and her dog attempting to survive a post-apocalyptic river journey with only their wit and each other to survive the harsh environment. You will have to rely on your raft to traverse bodies of water and other environmental factors to keep yourself warm or safe from wolves that prowl the night.

Survival games are pretty much a dime a dozen now, with games like The Long Dark, the Forest and Subnautica taking the spotlight so The Flame in the Flood is a quite refreshing departure from the usual themes. Plus it’s a top down adventure with an interesting art style so you can’t go wrong with that. The Flame in the Flood is looking to be a rather unique experience to say the least.

The game will be available for purchase via Steam Early Access on 24 September later this month. In the meantime, check out the trailer below:

You can check out the trailer below:

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Hatsune Miku is getting a new Project Diva game

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The digital diva is back for a brand new game, announced on 8th birthday of Japan’s most iconic virtual idol, Hatsune Miku.

Certainly not the first game in the Project Diva series which spans from handheld consoles all the way to arcade machines, they’re taking a slightly different approach to the game, deviating away from simple high scores to being more about audience response.

On top of new songs and costumes, Project Diva X will also feature a new “Live Quest” mode that lets you put together performances for a virtual audience in a similar manner to [email protected] (which involves dancing in time with skimpy/cute costumes). However, you will also have to please your audience, which is a bit of a departure from the original music rhythm game the series is known to be.

You will have to coordinate outfits along with your rhythm sense to complete quests to progress. Players can also communicate with their vocaloid stars though conversation events which can also affect the rhythm portion of the game as well. So keep your stars happy, have them look hip and have a quick trigger finger and you’re all set.

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The game will have 30 songs for you to perform alongside a free-play mode that would be very familiar to those who have already had a taste of the previous Project Diva games. Unfortunately Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is set for a Japan release for the PS Vita March 2016 and the PS4 for Fall the same year, but there’s no news about an international release.

In the mean time, you can check out the trailer below to get a taste of what’s to come.

via Kotaku

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A new visual key and trailer for One Punch-Man is out

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The new visual key for the anime adaptation of Yuusuke Murata’s One Punch-Man /ワンパンマン is finally out on the official site.

Directed by Shingo Natsume (Space Dandy, Bokurano) with Tomohiro Suzuki as the scriptwriter whereas animation is handled by the famous production house Studio Madhouse (Overlord, Claymore). Hiroko Moriguchi (Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Zeta) and JAM Project (Bakuman, Garo The Animation) are the designated theme singers of the series.

Makoto Furukawa (Aldnoah Zero, Arslan Senki) is voicing Saitama the main character with other supporting cast such as Kaito Ishikawa (Assassination Classroom, Gangsta), Yuuki Kaji (Accel World, Air Gear) and Yuuichi Nakamura (Aquarion Evol, Arakawa Under the Bridge).

Here’s the official synopsis:

In this new action-comedy, everything about a young man named Saitama screams “AVERAGE,” from his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge! “

The second promotion video was showcased recently. Check it out below:

The anime series is expected to punch itself out come October 2015.

Source: Official Site

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Check out the details of this Threezero Fallout 4 figurine

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Fallout has never gotten much love in the toy department, with the post-apocalyptic series bizarrely lacking detailed figurines that are oft enjoyed by other popular series. Funko would of course be adding their own cute deformed toys to their already massive line of Funko Pop figures, but the guys over at ThreeZero are finally creating the detailed figures we deserve.

The company recently snagged the rights to create Fallout toys in anticipation of the release of Fallout 4 later this year. The first figure of course, is the extremely iconic Brotherhood of Steel powersuit armor.

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The details are already looking fantastic, and what we see here is just a mere prototype of the final article. However, with great details come a great price so expect this Fallout 4 figurine to cost a pretty penny. There hasn’t been any other details on when the figure will become available or what figures ThreeZero is going to cook up next, but with this level of detail, they’re pretty much guaranteed to look spectacular.

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