Shoji Kawamori will be making an appearance at VAX 2015

The man in his own element
The man in his own element

One of the most iconic name in the anime industry, Shoji Kawamori is going to be present at the upcoming Visual Arts Expo in Malaysia.

This is the man who created the phenomenon of transformable mecha, everyday objects into humanoid shape ranging from Generation One Transformers to the beloved franchise Macross. For 30 years, this iconic franchise is still being touted as one of the best in the mecha genre, with the latest iteration being the popular Macross Frontier back in 2008. Now, they are working on the new chapter of Macross codenamed Delta and even held a nationwide search for the next idol to act/sing in Macross Delta.

His movie credits are equally impressive as the director of the cult classic Super Dimensional Fortress Macross – Do You Remember Love and the unique mecha series Sousei no Aquarion. He oversees every aspect of movie making for the Macross movie ranging from the conception, composition right down to art direction. The Sousei no Aquarion series will be airing its third run soon next season as Aquarion Logos. For some idea on just how awesome this man is, just take a look at his volume of work listed here.

Visual Arts Expo 2015 or VAX 2015 is a two day event held at Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 August 2015. It is “the best and the cutting-edge in visual arts, which encompasses animation, comics, film, music and video games” and “hope to establish new relationships and spark more growth for both local and foreign creatives .”

The anime maestro will be giving talks and tips on being a creator at VAX 2015.

Tickets will be starting from RM 15 for a single day pass to RM 25 for both days early bird pass.

Source: VAX 2015

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New trailer version “1.5” for Gangsta

 

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Main visual key
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Latest visual key

The upcoming July’s anime, Gangsta. has been updated with a new trailer (version 1.5) and the information regarding on who will sing the OP and ED for it.

Shoukou Murase is the director with Koichi Hatsumi whereas Shinichi Inotsume is the scribe for the series. Yoichi Ueda who is last seen in Gundam SEED as the chief animator will be doing the character designs here while Samurai Champloo‘s Tsutchie is on the music scoring. Mangalobe (Samurai Champloo, Michiko to Hatchin) is the production house.

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION (Kyokai no Kanata ED) will be performing the opening”Renegade,” with Annabel (Another) on ending “Country of Night.” The cast consists of Junichi Suwabe (Fate/Stay Night‘s Archer), Kenjiro Tsuda (Plastic Memories, Tokyo Ghoul) and famous Mamiko Noto (Kara no Kyokai, Freezing).

The official synopsis:

In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.”

An earlier trailer, called version 1.0

Latest commercial features STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION’s opening theme song “Renegade.”

Shades of Black Lagoon is very strong here, basically a story about a bunch of ill repute people using questionable methods to do their things in a sleazy, lawless society around them. Should be quite fun to watch for adults who got tired of watching moe school girls talking in high pitched voices.

via Official Twitter

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The trailer and gameplay videos of Metal Gear Solid V are here

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Check out the awesome trailer and gameplay videos of the upcoming chapter of Metal Gear franchise. First, we have a look at the trailer that was showcased at E3 2015 which was edited by Hideo Kojima himself. It is sobering to consider that this could be his last hurrah with Konami.

The story follows the events of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, where the character, Big Boss, who is voiced by Keifer Sutherland (Jack Bauer in 24),  has been knocked out for nine years.  Now awake and fully functional, he leads a new mercenary group, called the Diamond Dogs. He is even given a new codename, ‘Venom Snake’.  The game will take players around the global conflict hotspots like Afghanistan during the Soviet Union during Cold War, and lead Big Boss to find the people responsible for the death of his friends and for leaving him in a coma.

New characters like the mysterious Skull Face and the deadly Quiet will be your partners in specific missions. The almost half naked sniper female will also play a major part in the game, but the developers are mum about her to keep her as a mystery for players to find out. Phantom Pain will give Metal Gear fans insight into characters , at least we get to see more of how Snake became Snake.

Here is the 40 minutes worth of gameplay video shown at E3 2015.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set to stalk Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on 1 September, followed by Japan on 2 September  and a PC release on 15 September 2015.

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A Jurassic World sequel is apparently in the works, life finds a way

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Jurassic World has officially taken the box office by storm with the movie raking in the millions. And as if the success of the movie wasn’t enough, we’ve caught wind that Chris Pratt has signed on for another Jurassic movie that could very well be a sequel.

Warning though, some spoilers ahead.

But how exactly is the park supposed to be salvaged when disaster has struck not once but twice already? no investor would be crazy enough to fund something like this twice. But there is talk among fans that its quite possible that Henry Wu would find another way to continue his research into gene-splicing dinosaurs (he did run off with practically a lab’s worth of embryos) and InGen is already elbows deep in the conspiracy as it is.

As quoted from co-writer Colin Trevorrow in a Cinema Blend interview:

I feel like that was something that we did in terms of plot that opens up a potential sequel, but I think there’s things that we did in terms of theme that might be more viable. There’s actually a line we cut from the movie, and sometimes I wonder if I should have… but in that scene with BD Wong [Dr. Henry Wu] and Irrfan Kahn [Simon Masrani], he used to say, ‘How long do you think you can control it? We won’t always be the only ones who can make a dinosaur.’

While that line didn’t make it into the movie its worth considering the ramifications. Also, don’t forget the whole raptor squad program was put together as a possible means of using dinosaurs for military use.

The potential of someone else making dinosaurs is just too huge, so that’s likely going to be the driving force of the next movie. However Trevorrow says he isn’t interested in directing a Jurassic World sequel so we could see this landing in someone else’s hands…or claws.

What do you think might be coming next for the franchise?

via Moviepilot

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New visual key for Empire of Corpses

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John Watson & Friday

We have a new visual key for Noitamina’s Project Itoh’s Empire of Corpses, which is showing the main characters, namely protagonist John Watson and Friday the corpse record-keeper. With their suits, they certainly invoke the feel/mood of the story that takes place in old London during the Victorian era. The original author manages to write a 30 page introduction for Empire of Corpses novel before he passed away. Later on, award winning novelist Toh EnJoe took up the project and finished the story, with the novel winning special awards in the SF Taisho Awards and Seiun Awards.

The main players in Empire of Corpses
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The director will be Ryotara Makihara (Hal) and animation production is in the hands of Wit Studio (Owari no Seraph, Assassination Classroom). With famous fictional characters showing up in the story, it remains to be seen how this will translate into big screen. The official synopsis is about the historical cyberpunk story follows medical student John Watson, of Sherlock Holmes fame, tracking down Dr Frankenstein’s “corpse resuscitation technology.

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In conjunction with the current development, a new Project Itoh poster is now up. The poster features spliced key visuals of Genocidal Organ, Harmony and Empire of Corpses with their respective taglines. Genocidal Organ tagline is “Hell is within this mind”; Harmony’s is: “My heart rejects happiness”; and the tagline for Empire of Corpses is: “The forbidden craft to bring you back.”

The taglines gave some hint of what to expect from the movies – gloomy, serious and dark storytelling with strong philosophical tilt.

The movies will be shown in succession at Japanese cinemas beginning October 2015.

via animeanime

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Here’s a recap on what Ubisoft’s offerings at E3 2015

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Ubisoft has some of the best open world game like the  Assassin’s Creed series but it is more than that. At E3 2015, they presented a few interesting games besides the famous Assassin series.

Despite the assertion by South Park creators that The Stick of Truth is the last game, Stone and Parker decides to do it again – South Park: The Fractured But While. The game picks up the story after the end of The Stick of Truth.

This time, the player will be assuming the role of a new kid at South Park; exploring, leveling up, pickup weapons and items in the role-playing game. The format looks very similar so it will rely on comedy and story to push the game forward. It is set for release next year for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Next, we also got to see the continuation of Tom Clancy’s franchise, Ghost Recon Wildlands. The game is touted to be set in a massive and responsive open world. The game story is set in Bolivia as it becomes the world largest supplier of cocaine. The game is playable in four player co-op mode or solo.

The synopsis by Ubisoft:

The Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, injustice, and violence. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, is sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc and takedown the cartel,”

The trailer offers a few ways player can approach the gameplay from stealth or all out firepower ambush. Players also can utilize vehicle and use the surrounding environment to assist in their mission to take down the drug cartels. The game has no set release date yet at this point but it will be available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

For Honor is an all-new game. It looks like someone at Ubisoft watched too much Game of Thrones with armoured knights and plenty of bloody swordplay. The mulitplayer looks impressive, that’s for sure. A lot of technical finesse was needed to successfully land a blow on the opponent, not just simple button bashing for a lucky blow approach.

For example, player must use correct stance in order to parry or overcome enemy’s defense in swordfight. Each character can utilize a light or heavy attack from high stance or left and right positions which is enabled by your stance. The stance is determined by direction the player tapped on the right analog. To parry an attack, player must be using correct stance with the enemy but if hold down block button too long, the enemy will able spot which stance the player is using.

We get to see the Western knights, Viking Raiders and Japanese samurai lookalikes bashing, cutting each other in this multiplayer video here. The game is set for 2016 release but no specific date yet.

This is the full presentation of Ubisoft at E3 2015:

via Ubisoft Youtube channel

Catch Nintendo’s presentation at E3 2015

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One of the most beloved names in gaming world, Nintendo has some great things to showcase during the Las Vegas E3 show – Star Fox Zero, Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The game is set to fly in end of this year on Wii U. The game pad will allow players to aim carefully and checking out the surrounding environments from the cockpit whereas the television is showing the wider view of the world.

There is only one button to fire weapons and the rest will transform the Arwing into a walker, “landmaster” or “gyrowing” flip or perform a U-Turn. The reason why they call it Star Fox Zero because it is neither a remake or sequel according to Nintendo.

Next we looking at Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a co-op FPS game being developed by Next Level Games for Nintendo 3DS. The game itself is a spin-off of Metroid Prime series where the player is a Galactic Federation soldier. The game have similar features to Metroid Prime Hunters. The multiplayer mode of the game is called Metroid Prime: Blast Ball which it is first introduced during Nintendo World Championships 2015.

At first it was met with skepticism or even downright to anger by the fans who were saying things like this is not a true Nintendo game, lack of single player mode and absence of the Metroid heroine, Samus Aran. However Nintendo corrected the later two contentions, saying that Samus will show up in this game and there is a single player mode.

 Last but not least, we have Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles or known in Japan as XenobladeX/ゼノブレイドクロス or Zenobureido Kurosu is a an action JRPG by developer Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for Wii U. The game is part of Xeno series, somewhat a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles on old Wii. The game was released back in 29 April at Japan and set to release for North America, Europe and Australia on 4 December 2015.

You can watch the entire presentation below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPDPSezEkcY

via Nintendo Youtube Channel

Channing Tatum’s Gambit is not going to be in X-Men Apocalypse

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The star of Jupiter Ascending and Magic Mike XXL confirmed that Gambit is not going to place any bet in the newest X-Men movie. During his Reddit’s AMA, he is quoted when he was asked the question: “No ma’am, or sir. I definitely will not.

Tatum’s endorsement of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, who recently signed on to helm the Gambit standalone film after a lengthy and difficult period of searching and rejection by other directors:

“…we finally found someone that I really do believe wants to make Gambit, it will be the second standalone character. And i just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there’s a really unique opportunity. Marvel’s done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s always good to figure how to change the form.”

The writer of Gambit will be Joshua Zetumer (Robocop) and Tatum said it enthusiastically that it is “a killer“. The movie is set to open 7 October 2016. And those of you who are wondering what the star feels about Jupiter Ascending, this is his reply in the AMA session:

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Makura no Danshi is set to be napping beside you this July

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Makura no Danshi/枕男子(まくらのだんし) , touted to be “subjective perspective” TV anime series that puts viewers into bed with a variety of “ikemen” or handsome anime male characters. According to the producers,  “new and novel animation entirely in the first-person perspective” will “heal tired hearts.” Twelve men will be featured in the series, each of them with a distinct personality and type to cater to all desires. They live in the same town of starry sky and “sleep beside you and whisper.”

Now we know who will voice these characters, these are their names below:

– Natsuki Hanae (Arima in Shigatsu Kimi no Uso)
– Yuichiro Umehara (Owari no Seraph)
– Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Code Geass)
– Daisuke Namikawa (Black Lagoon)
– Nobunaga Shimazaki (Date A Live)
– Shinnosuke Tachibana (Majin Bone)
– Kousuke Toriumi (Break Blade)
– Yoshimasa Hosoya (Arslan Senki)
– Ayumu Murase (Gatchaman Crowds)
– Daisuke Kishio (Ayakashi)
and beginner Sora Takahata

Sharp eye observers will notice that there are eleven voice actors but twelve silhouettes of “pillow boy” characters. So maybe in one of the episode, viewers will get to into bed with a set of twins. The script is written by Ayumi Sekine (Tasogare Otome x Amnesia) and Yuniko Ayana (Bakuman) with Mika Yamamoto (Kimi no Todoke, Paradise Kiss) doing the character design. Music composition and arrangement is done by Masayoshi Ooishi (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun). A few studios combined to produce this series – Feel (Bikini Warriors), Earthstar Entertainment (Teekyu) and Assez Finaud Fabric.

Besides a role in the series, Natsuki Hanae will be singing the theme song of the series. The anime is set to be your bed partner on 14 July 2015. Frankly speaking, we have no idea what kind of show is this, closest one we can think of is when the anime hug pillow actually talks back and behave like an ideal anime character partner.

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More details on ARIA THE AVVENIRE

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Latest visual key

Official site of Aria anime project, ARIA THE AVVENIRE has updated with new information, especially about new characters.

We have Mai Nakahara as Azusa B. McLaren and Ai Kayano voicing Anya Dostoyevskaya. The latest video showcases the theme song for the film, “Piacere” as performed by Shinena Nishizawa who is made famous for her debut single “Fubuki” for the Kancolle anime series ED back in February. ARIA THE AVVENIRE will have a special event screening at 11 cinemas across Japan on 26 September. The special tickets with a holder will go on sale at the specified theaters on 20 June 2015.

The movie consists of three episodes, two of which are based on the manga chapters that is never made into anime before – “Sono Aitakatta Anata ni…” and “Sono Atatakana Aayonara wa…” while the last one is a newly written chapter “Sono Harukanaru Mirai e…” by creator himself, Kozue Amano for this project.

The first chapter will be included with the TV series season one of ARIA The ANIMATION Blu-Ray box set that is set to release on 24 December 2015 with pricing of 25,000 Yen/ US$203. The second chapter is sold together with ARIA THE NATURAL on 23 March 2016 with pricing of 38,000 Yen/US$309 and third chapter is packed with ARIA The ORIGINATION (27,000 Yen/ US$219) on 24 June 2016.

Rather clever way to get fans to spend more money.

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