“Powers” trailer is out and it looks promising

Hmm shouldn’t Christian be a bit more buff?

It’s good to be a comic fan. First there was the new Flash spin-off from the CW’s Arrow, and then there’s Gotham and also the upcoming Constantine series. Let’s not forget the continuing seasons of Arrow and Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now we get our first look at latest comic to get a TV adaptation, Powers, of which the trailer recently premiered at New York Comic Con.

For those of you who have yet to pick up this pretty awesome comic, here’s the gist of it. Based on police procedural comic by Brian Micheal Bendis & Micheal Avon Oeming, the story is about two Chicago Police Department homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. Sounds pretty standard right? Well here’s the hook, they specifically specialise in crimes that involve super powers or the super human community.

Christian Walker is an embittered and on-the-edge former superhero who lost his power and tries to adopt a live of normal human. On the other hand, there’s his partner Deena Pilgrim, a deadpan and serious cop who takes no crap from others. Together, they investigate various crimes involving super power and the super human community, referred in the series as Powers, which is where its titles come from. The story combines three genres into one oh so good comic form- superhero, crime noir and the police procedural. As far as we can tell from the trailer, the TV series isn’t straying too far from the source material, so we have pretty high hopes.

So who’s going to be in it? Sharlto Copley who kicked butt for his role in sci-fi blockbusters like District 9 and Elysium will be putting on Christian Walkers shoes while Susan Heyward, who was last seen in The Following, will be playing his partner, Deena Pilgrim.

Powers was launched in 2000 under aegis of Image Comics and now it is published by Marvel’s Icon Imprint since 2004. Director of Hannibal, David Slade will be directing 2 pilot episodes that is scheduled for airing on the PlayStation Network in late 2014.

Source: Super Hero Hype

Terraformars hits the Nintendo 3DS

Giant humanoid cockroaches? Brrr
Giant humanoid cockroaches? Brrr
Giant humanoid cockroaches? Brrr

Hate cockroaches? You’ll definitely hate humanoid ones which might make you shiver to watch Terraformars. However, you now have a chance to bring the beatdown on these humanoid roaches with the game version of the popular manga turned anime.

Titled Fierce Battle of Crimson Planet , the game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS platform and was recently announced in the 46 th volume of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump. Game developer FuRyu, whose portfolio included Unchained Blades and Exsetera will be responsible for the development of the game. In case you’re not familiar with FuRyu, it is a Japanese game developer responsible for many handheld games that have rarely been adapted outside the Japanese market.

So what can you expect? Terraformars: Fierce Battle of Crimson Planet features 3D battles between Terraformar characters like Shikochi duking it out with mutated, humanoid like cockroaches. From what we gather, it’s either going to be a beat-em-up style game or a fighting one. Unfortunately, there is not much details after this short blurb below.

The scan from ANN
The scan from ANN

The game is expected to hit Japan next spring and will retail price at 5980 yen (around RM182).

Not too sure what Terraformars is about, we have a bit of a summary of it in our Fall 2014 anime list here.

The manga was nominated for the Manga Taisho award in 2013 and also voted as the most popular title in the male category of Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Guidebook by the readers. Right now there is also an anime adaptation airing in Japan which is a joint effort by Warner Bros, LIDENFILMS and Mages.

Source via ANN.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 2 Confirmed for 2015

More ghoulish action coming in 2015
More ghoulish action coming in 2015
More ghoulish action coming in 2015

Tokyo Ghoul fans, you’re in for a treat. There are two pieces of news that’ll just make your day. First off is that the 46th issue of Young Jump will feature the continuation of Tokyo Ghoul manga with new title, Tokyo Ghoul: re. So what can we expect from Tokyo Ghoul: re? There’s not much details as the announcement only say that it will be “another Tokyo Ghoul story” penned by the mangaka, Sui Ishida.

The Tokyo Ghoul fest doesn’t stop there though as the second season of anime was also confirmed for the Winter 2015 season. The 12 episode anime adaptation by Studio Perriot just ended last season and was really well received by audiences, so this news of a second season will likely be welcomed. News of second season of anime is first leaked on a Chinese streaming site right after the end of first season and so far, a teaser trailer (located below) has also been released as well.

We first featured Tokyo Ghoul in our Top 5 Summer 2014 Anime feature  but if you do need a refresher on the story, here it is.  The anime follows university student Kaneki who is trying to date a very beautiful and enigmatic woman called Rize but has bitten more than he can chew. Apparently Rize is a ghoul which feasts on human flesh and is fully intent on having Kaneki as her meal when an accident happens mortally wounding both parties. During the rescue operation, Rize’s organ are transplanted into Kaneki to save him, which inadvertently made him into a human/ghoul hybrid. As a result, he has to constantly battles to suppress his innate hunger for human flesh while dealing with a host of new problems as a result of his transformation.

Source: Moca News & Akiba Jigoku

Gameloft and Disney Interactive unleash Cars: Fast as Lightning

Gameloft Cars: Fast as Lightning

Gameloft Cars: Fast as Lightning

Gentlemen, start your engines! Gameloft and Disney Interactive have announced the release of Cars: Fast as Lightning, a new adrenaline-filled game inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Cars” franchise. The popular and beloved animated film franchise will now come to life on smartphones and tablets.

Want an iPhone 6? Grab one from Lazada Malaysia!

Lazada iPhone 6

Lazada iPhone 6

We have wind that the new “bigger than bigger” iPhone 6 will officially be hitting Malaysian shores in October. If you can’t wait and have seriously deep pockets though, you could grab one for RM7,000 from local scalpers (greedy suckers!). Or you could just head to Lazada Malaysia later today (26 September) and grab one for as low as RM2,600.

Top 5 New Anime to Watch this Fall 2014

2014’s run of horror, scary and gory anime continues this fall with high quality releases by studios Madhouse and Toei Animation leading the charts. Psycho Pass 2 and Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season will definitely be in our list of must watch anime but if you still have time to spare, here are our recommendations of the top 5 new anime to watch this fall.

World Trigger

Not many manga get anime adaptations in just over a year of being serialised however this Weekly Shonen Jump favourite quickly rose to fame after its debut in February 2013. World Trigger centres on Mikado City where monsters called Neighbours have emerged from a different dimension to attack the city.

The main character, Yuma Kuga, is a Neighbor as well but due to a past incident leading to his father’s death, he enrolls with the Border defence agency to fight against the monsters from his own world. Produced by Toei Animation, this one promises to be an action favourite and we’ll be eagerly awaiting its release on 5 October.

A must watch for: Manga fans and sci-fi action devotees.

Official site here.

Let's hope this does the manga justice
Let’s hope this does the manga justice

Disney Infinity 2.0 gets heroic with Marvel Super Heroes

Oh hello Guardians
Disney Interactive Senior Producer, Michael Schneider with the new Disney Infinity 2.0
Disney Interactive Senior Producer, Michael Schneider with the new Disney Infinity 2.0

As much as you’d like to say that Disney Infinity is just a rehash of Skylanders, you have to admit, it’s still pretty sweet, especially since it brings a wide variety of already known characters from the Disney universe into the video gaming realm. Now, it gets even better as Disney has thrown in the Marvel universe as well in its latest iteration, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes.

The latest version of the hybrid toy/video game introduces interactive Super Hero figures from across the well loved Marvel universe with orginal Play Set storylines that have been written by Brian Michael Bendis himself. So far we’ve seen two Play Sets, one for Guardians of the Galaxy and another for Spider-Man. As for heroes you’ll be getting characters from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man. Not too sure when they’ll be adding the Fantastic Four and X-men sets but we gather it’ll come later on. And like the comics and various other Marvel games, each character brings with them their own variety of super-powers as well as unique gameplay mechanics. For example, you get web slinging and wall crawling with Spider-man, flying with Thor and Iron Man, smashing by the Hulk and the list goes one.

Check out all the individual character figurines for the game. They even have Iron Fist
Check out all the individual character figurines for the game. They even have Iron Fist

Also added are new set of circular and hexagonal Power Discs where circular discs add costumes, Area of Effect attacks and team-ups while hexagonal discs add new weapons, vehicles and sky and terrain customisations.

What’s also new is an improve Toy Box 2.0 mode which makes it easier for to create and share their own made levels and there’s even new gameplay structures that can be integrated into the levels allowing for classic gameplays like Dungeon Crawling and Tower Defense. There also new Toy Boxes that will be designed by the super-fans turned designers, Avalanche Software Community Team.  These immersive, themed Toy Boxes will haveepisodic content for players to download for free from launch onwards to beyond.

And if you’re worried if you Disney Inifinity 1.0 isn’t going to work, fear not. The latest iteration is backward compatible so you’ll be able to see your old Disney characters like Jack Sparrow interact with the lights of Iron Man and Nicky Fury.

The Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is now available in Malaysia and the starter pack is available at RM259. This would give you the Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow figurines. Additional Play Sets for Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy are availble for RM109 while individual character figures are available at RM44 and blind Power Disc packs go for RM20. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is available for the Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One and the Nintendo Wii U.

Want more pics of the figurines? We took a bunch of them and their up over at our Facebook page here so go ahead and check them out!

Oh hello Guardians
Oh hello Guardians

Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes to Malaysia

A Galaxy S5 reboot this ain't
A Galaxy S5 reboot this ain't
A Galaxy S5 reboot this ain’t

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha has finally arrived in Malaysia and its ditched plastic for metal.

Actually let us rephrase that, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has ditched MOST of the plastic part in favour of a metal frame though the back still uses the former. Still, the Galaxy Alpha does up the ante in Samsung’s smartphone design.

The Galaxy Alpha is 6.7mm thin
The Galaxy Alpha is 6.7mm thin

So what does this new stylish Sammy phone offer us? Aside from the new metal frame design, Samsung has concentrated on a more elegant and compact design as evidenced from its 4.7-inch screen and thin 6.3mm profile. Although some may have been hoping that the Galaxy would be the Galaxy S5 redesigned, it really isn’t. Specs wise, you’re getting something slightly more compact as we said before but it isn’t only  a reduction in size but in screen resolution as well. The 4.7-inch screen is a Super AMOLED HD Screen with 720p resolution instead of the 1080p resolution of the Galaxy S5. It also runs on a different processor, utilising an Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) processor compared to the S5’s Qualcomm 801 kit. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 4.4.4 KitKat for its OS. As for the camera department, the Alpha comes with a 12-megapixel sensor on the back with a 2.1-megapixel shooter up front. Of course being slightly more compact from the Galaxy S5 means the Galaxy Alpha comes with a smaller capacity battery as well at 1830mAh.

Some of the key features that you’ve found on the Galaxy S5 can be found on the Galaxy Alpha too including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner and Private Mode. Of course with the S Health available in the Galaxy Alpha, the phone is also fully compatible with Samsung’s Gear wearables including the Gear Fit and Gear 2.

Samsung α-listers with Samsung Malaysia President Lee Dong Yong (Centre)
Samsung α-listers with Samsung Malaysia President Lee Dong Yong (Centre)

If the more stylish design isn’t enough of an indicator at the more fashionable target market Samsung is aiming at, then the people they’ve chosen to endorse the Galaxy Alpha might be a bigger indicator. Called the Samsung α-listers, these four Malaysian personalities; Alia Bastamam, Karena Teo, Lawrence Wong and Wak Doyok, are what Samsung calls the embodiment of “style and substance” in their respective fields. So be prepared for their images to be plastered all over when Samsung starts pushing out the promotions and marketing for the Galaxy Alpha.

So how about colours? A “stylephone” as Samsung calls the Galaxy Alpha, should at least have a collection right? And so it does with a choice of Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Sleek Silver and for the bling lovers, Frosted Gold. Interested? The Galaxy Alpha is already available for purchase at RM1899.

[Quick review] HTC Butterfly 2

HTC Butterfly 2
Duo camera

The HTC Butterfly 2, first launched in Japan (and Asia Pacific) in August, is coming to Malaysia, on 19 September to be exact. I’m lucky to be one of the first few to have the device in the region, courtesy of HTC. The HTC Butterfly 2 is the international version of the HTC J butterfly HTL23.

iOS 8 is now available for download

Biggest release eh? Well that's until next year we bet
Biggest release eh? Well that's until next year we bet
Biggest release eh? Well that’s until next year we bet

All you Apple fan bois,  iOS 8 is finally available for download over the air (OTA). Apple calls it  “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store…” but then again Cupertino always had a knack for aggrandizing their stuff.  That being said though, it is a huge upgrade for owners of iDevices with a download size of around 1GB plus in size and is available now.

So what are we getting in iOS8? There are hundreds of new features including new Messages and Photos features, a new QuickType keyboard, Health app, support for third party keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and new camera features like Time-lapse mode. There’s even third party support for Touch ID, Continuity and Handoff features which work with OS X Yosemite and much more.

If you have these, you can rejoice, well maybe not so much if you're using the 4s and iPad 2
If you have these, you can rejoice, well maybe not so much if you’re using the 4s and iPad 2

So are all iDevice holders going to be able to drink in the new iOS8 Kool-aid? Not exactly. The update is available for iPhones from the 4s and above, the 5th Gen iPod Touch and iPads from the iPad 2 and above. Owners of the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 might want to think carefully before updating though, as there may be performance issues due to old hardware.

So how does your compatible iDevice get its grubby hands on this new OS from Apple? Just open your Settings app and select General, then Software Update. The update should be listed there already and ready for download. Remember to backup all your stuff before hand though, just in case the unforseen happens. Now let’s see if that download and installation’s done already.