Aria is back for more healing feels

The main cast of the series
The main cast of the series
The main cast of the series

Kozue Amano, creator of Aqua and more famous Aria/アリア has announced that a new chapter of anime is in works for a 2015 release. Titled Aria the Avvenire, the exact date will be 26 September 2015 and it is part of bigger project codenamed “Ao no Curtain Call” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Besides that, the special BluRay box edition of entire Aria anime series was announced at the same time.

So far, there aren’t many details on the new Aria anime, we don’t even know if it is going to be a TV series, movie or OAD/OVA. All we know is the old crew from the production team for the anime is back, people like director Junichi Sato ( Kaleido Star, Sgt. Frog, Tamayura), scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida (Kobato, REC) and character designer Masayuki Onji (Sexy Commando, Tamayura). TYO Animation will be taking over from Hal Film Maker for animation work of the new Aria anime.

The manga ended its eight year run in 2008 with 4.2 million of copies printed. The anime is critically praised for superlative art and “healing” feel with 4 titles under its belt – Aria the Animation, Aria the Natural, Aria the OVA ~ Arietta and Aria the Origination. Many critics consider the franchise as one of the most “beautiful” series to showcase the Japanese animation.

Comment from Kozue Amano (Creator):

In 2015, I was honestly surprised at how much time had past since the first season of the anime aired 10 years ago. The series Aria was actually only supposed to end carefreely as a single volume work. I had only decided to draw freely things that I thought were fun, yet the work grew to become a long serialization that broke my past record of most manga volumes printed, and was made into anime many times…

“At the time I did not even think that the series would be poised to become a work that I would charge forward with as if it were the work of my lifetime. Even now I earnestly feel that it was quite the mystery.

“Not only am I now able to reunite with Aria through the plans for the Blu-ray HD release, I hold the unexpected joy of finding out that a new anime will be made deep in my heart and want to share with everyone my feelings of happiness to cheer on together.

Comment from Junichi Sato (Director):

On top of being able to bring the past footage to a more beautiful condition, how fortunate it is that I will be able to go to Neo-Venezia once more.

“In hindsight, this work has really brought so many miraculously joyful things into my life. During the first season, even though at first I desperately tried to figure out how to conclude the story with the limitation of 13 episodes, I ended up being able to make 4 cours worth. Although I do not deny having thought that they should have just let me do that in the first place, I was very happy. It seems that the making of Aria simply came down to having a great time with all my fellow staff despite all the struggles. I am certain that even those who regretfully will not be returning this time around are just as happy for this project as we are.

Welcome again, to the world of Aria. Let’s have a wonderful time together!

So what did you think of this? Comment below and let us know.

 Source: Official Aria
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The Cicret Bracelet, a crowdfunding project announced in November last year is designed to basically be a tablet, but on your skin.

The wearable would basically have all the functions of a tablet or a smartphone in the form of a easy to wear bracelet that’s capable of projecting with a low-angle, controllable with just your finger and able to work on any skin colour with disregard to the lighting conditions. Play games, read mail, navigate or even check the weather, all on your arm.

It seems a bit too good to be true for the cyberpunk buffs but rest assured, the future is coming. They even have a functional first prototype already built, but they need contributions to take it even further.

The project is still accepting donations and they are fully intending on producing it for the mass market with a rough release date of either late 2015 or early 2016, with an estimated retail price of $199-399.

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Hit the link to find out more or contribute to the project.

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New scheduling in MCU as Spider-Man swings in

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After the earth shattering deal (much awaited by fans) between Sony and Marvel to bring Spider-Man into the MCU, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Disney will reschedule the release dates for four of its already planned Marvel movies.

The new Spider-Man movie will replace Thor: Ragnarok’s release date of  28 July 2017.

Thor: Ragnarok has been slotted to 3 November 2017 which was the day Black Panther was coming out originally.

Black Panther will be in the cinemas on 6 July 2018 replacing Captain Marvel.  

Captain Marvel  takes the place of Inhumans on 2 November 2018 and Inhumans opens on 12 July 2019, perhaps slotting it as the first film of Phase Four as Avengers Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 remain at the same announced date.

Spider-Man grabs the 28 July 2017 date which means Spider-Man will be swinging into Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2.

At the same time, Sony halts the release of Spider-Man villain movie “The Sinister Six” which originally planned for November 2016 due to this arrangement with Marvel. Sources said that Sony might rethink of the direction of the franchise right now.

So are you excited about Spidey going toe to toe with Avengers? Comment below and let us know.

Source: WSJ
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The interview

An interview in a recent issue of Dengki G’s Magazine with the creative team behind Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru is pretty interesting because the team is hinting that second season might come since the reception is huge for the series’ Bluray sales.

Special Chapter Visual
Special Chapter Visual

The magazine had a special bonus chapter for Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru the series and a light novel ending written by creator Takahiro with illustration by BunBun. The special chapter is called Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Sonogo no Sonoko (Sonoko After). Besides that, the magazine included a detailed interview with Takahiro, Seiji Kishi and Makoto Uezu (director and series composition).

Anime visual of the series
Anime visual of the series

During the interview, Seiji Kishi was surprised with the huge reception of his work which reflected in the sales. After it, he dropped the hint that this might make the second season very possible with a “can lead to the future development of the series”. They remarked that they have plans for this and intends to push the story to a new direction. Perhaps the bonus chapter is to placate fans who wanted a conclusion to series which also might show the new direction of the story? Or a cut off for the series story so they can start anew?

So what do you think? Comment below and let us know.

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Fancy some free storage for your Google Drive?

Google is offering 2GB of permanent Drive storage to those who complete their Security Checkup by 17 February 2015. The checkup will take about two minutes of your time and will help you ensure the health of your Drive contents.

While the files stored in Drive are encrypted by Google and kept safe in their data centers this checkup ensures you’re getting all you can out of Google’s offerings. Ideally, you should be paying the Google Safety Center a visit every time you replace an old laptop or get a new phone but there’s never harm in being careful. The checkup will do a  number of things; check that your account recovery information is correct in the case of data loss or a hacking, lets you view recent sign in activity so you know if anyone else besides you have been in and out of your account and finally confirms apps and devices that access account info, letting you do a little housekeeping if you will.

Unfortunately, users that are using Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education aren’t eligible for the extra storage but Google encourages them to do the Security Checkup anyway. For those who are eligible and have done the checkup will receive the extra 2GB storage by 28 Februrary.

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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū anime series is up for more tales

The main character
The main character

Perhaps little known outside Japan, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū/昭和元禄落語心中 or Shōwa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling is an award winning manga series by Haruko Kumota which published by Kodansha for ITAN magazine since 2010. To this date, six tankubon volumes are already out and it is very popular especially among older female readers. It was nominated for 5th Manga Taisho (some sort of Oscar for manga in Japan), voted to second place in Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2012 poll in female reader category and 14th place in 2013 poll. It has won seventh place in Comic Natalie Grand Prize 2013 and claimed an Excellence Award in Japanese Media Arts Festival too. To round up the accolades, it also won Best General Manga in the 38th Kodansha Manga Award.

Last year, the publisher announced that they will produce two episode OADs which be bundled together with seventh and eighth volume of the manga. The first episode is due on 6 March 2015 and second episode will be out on 7 August 2015. By factoring in the release dates of the OAD, it is generally believed that the anime series will be an Autumn 2015 fixture. Up to now, no confirmation of release date for TV series yet.

The official synopsis of the story is “about a mature prisoner who was released on good behavior during Japan’s Showa Genroku era (1960s to early 1970s). He is called Yotarō by others, a term that means an “anti-hero” or a “dim-witted man.” When he returns to society, he starts a new life in rakugo (comic storytelling). Touched by Yakumo’s role as the “grim reaper,” he asks the master to take him in as an apprentice. ”

Studio DEEN (Fate/Stay Night, Log Horizon Season Two), a veteran in the  anime industry will be producing the series. Director is Mamoru Hatakeyama (Sankarea: Undying Love) and writer/series composition will be Jun Kumagai (Kakumeiki Valvrave, Nobunaga the Fool). Music will be scored by the debutant Kana Shibue. However, what is very striking is the casting for the upcoming adaptation. Names like famous veteran Tomakazu Seki (G Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Victory) , Akira Ishida (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed series),  Yuu Kobayashi ( Saki, Sekirei) and Rei Ayanami’s voice actress, Megumi Hayashibara. To ensure the authenticity of the rakugo, a real life storyteller master, Shinpei Hayashiya was brought in as voice actor for one of the character and the consultant of the production.

On a glance, it seems like a very Japanese show like Hyouge Mono (2011) which is very insular and almost inaccessible to foreign anime watchers due to the topic of the story. But if it is handled properly, it can be as good as Barakmon (2014) despite the Japan-centric subject matter.

So what do you think of this, comment below and let us know.

Source: AnimeAnime & Official Site

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After a massive leak at Sony Pictures that gave tantalizing hints that the studio is talking about Spidey joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU which has been vehemently denied by Sony execs, finally Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios make a deal about this.

Which means we get to see the Spider-Man fighting baddies beside the Avengers like the good ol’ comic days. Or will Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will swing his Mjolnir at the Peter Parker because Spidey was trying to act smart?

The deal stipulated that the Spider-Man will be swinging in a new Marvel film first. After that, Sony will fund  the next movie which will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his team at Marvel with Sony’s Amy Pascal who oversaw Sony’s launch of the franchise  13 years ago. The date of this movie is set on 28 July 2017. They are hoping to create new direction for the Spider-Man franchise (especially storytelling) under the aegis of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Both studios are also exploring ways to include characters from MCU into Spidey films in the future. Everything aside, despite the rather lackluster Amazing Spider-Man movies, the franchise made a cool US$4 billion for Sony Pictures Entertainment so far. It is no surprise that Sony is anxious to keep the franchise generating money by making it relevant to rest of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.

Now let’s check out what the big guys at both studio has to say about this agreement:

We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.

I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.

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Boston Dynamics shows off a new mechanical robot dog

bostondyne2Boston Dynamics, makers of the ‘Big Dog’ all terrain robotic pack-mule, have made a much smaller version that is capable of most of the stuff it’s bigger tougher sibling can do. It’s much smaller and lighter than it’s siblings though it’s purpose is the same, being able to ‘walk’ in a natural manner that’s not impeded by difficult terrain.

Nicknamed ‘Spot’ this one can still cover rough terrain and is small enough to enter houses. We suppose they will be used more for search and rescue due to it’s smaller size and ability to instantaneously correct it’s posture and balance even after being given a good kick. It’s movements may seem clumsy now, but it won’t be long till our robot overlords learn how to overtake us in the field of mobility.

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Nintendo just released a 25 minute peek at Xenoblade Chronicles X which is exclusive only to the Wii U. Thanks to this we know the gameplay aspect, resolution information and controller support. Xenoblade Chronicles X does not continue the story that from the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles, despite somewhat being a spiritual successor to the Wii title.

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The game can sustain up to 32 players chatting simultaneously to exchange information, items or anything really, but only allows up to four players co-op. The gameplay trailer showcases the game world’s setting, both urban and rural environments. It highlights monsters or enemies available to kill or be killed, character interaction setup and online multiplayer experience.

Sadly, the game will not be running in 1080p, it will run at 720p instead and supports the Wii U Pro controller, USB keyboard and Miiverse support as well as the off-tv play feature. Xenoblade Chronicles X is set due to launch on 29 April in Japan but no news if the game will get to see outside of the Land of Rising Sun yet. From the gameplay video, it looks like a standard Japanese RPG style system and it features rather good looking visuals despite the sub-optimal resolution and lower performance console (as compared to the other competitors).

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Manga volume 1 cover

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches/山田くんと7人の魔女 or Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo is a popular school comedy that is still running in Weekly Shonen Magazine by Kodansha. In 2013, the manga series was adapted into live action TV drama (eight episodes) and it drove the sales of the manga up to the roof – 2.5 million copies printed to be exact. The series is penned by Miki Yoshikawa and was started in 2011 as a prototype one shot manga to gauge reader’s interest. It became a regular fixture in the Weekly Shonen Magaine and so far 15 tankubon volumes are out in the market.

Now the anime TV series got announced, which is no surprise considering the popularity of the manga and how well received the one shot OAD anime was when it was released back in 2014.

Anime visual from OAD
Anime visual from OAD

Director will be Seiki Takuno (Love Live!, Buddy Complex ) who worked on the previous one shot. Writer and series composition willl be Michiko Yokote (Air Master, Princess Tutu), character designer is Eriko Iida, music scoring is by Masaru Yokoyama (Freezing, Acchi Kochi) with studio LIDEN Films (Arslan Senki) behind the production.Casting are Eri Kitamura (Angel Beats!, Bakemonogatari), Saori Hayami (Ano Hana, Air Gear), Ryota Osaka (Log Horizon, Assassination Classroom) and Daisuke Ono (Suzumiya Haruhi, Terra Formars) . Basically the same crew from the one-shot OAD effort in nutshell.

The synopsis of the story : “Ryū Yamada is known as a delinquent in his high school; he has been bored of classes after one year of attending school. One day, he accidentally falls from a flight of stairs onto Urara Shiraishi, the ace student of the school. Yamada wakes up to find that he has swapped bodies with her. The two try to reverse the change and discover that kissing triggers the body swap. On the suggestion of student council vice-president Toranosuke Miyamura, they revive the Supernatural Studies Club. The supernatural phenomenon-obsessed Miyabi Itō soon joins the club. The club encounters other “witches” with different powers that are activated with a kiss.

The broadcast will begin on TV in early April and a one day cinema special is scheduled for advanced screening of episode 1 on 14 March. From the looks of it, the series is a lighthearted romance comedy set in school with a harem of cute girls surrounding one delinquent boy which is a typical  summer anime offering.

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