Squid Girl crosses over to Splatoon in the US

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Nintendo of America has confirmed they will release Squid Girl costumes and crossover items to the U.S version of Splatoon Wii U game as an update. The update also includes 40 pieces of new gear, two new weapons types, squad battles, private battles, a level cap increase, a rank battle level increase, new music as well as updates to the Urchin Underpass.

Previously, Nintendo had streamed snippets of three of the new music which were snippets from Ink or Swim, Hooked, and Shellfie. Furthermore, Nintendo had posted and image of the lead characters of Squid Girl and Splatoon with ink-squirting guns on Twitter.

So, are you looking forward to the huge content update?

via Anime News Network

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Main Cast and Staff for upcoming PSO 2 TV anime revealed

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The September issues of Tokuma Shoten’s Animage and Gakken Publishing’s Animedia magazine have revealed the main cast and the staff that will be heading the television anime adaptation of Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 online roleplaying game.

The Staffers revealed are Keiichiro Kawaguchi, who had previously work on series such as Hayate The Combat Butler, Psychic Squad, and Sket Dance, will be directing the anime at Telecom Animation Film. Mitsutaka Hirota, who worked on Persona 4 The Animation, will be writing the script and lastly Minoko Takasu, who was the key animator for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood will be designing the characters.

The main cast revealed are Shouta Aoi, who was Daiki Tomii in Shōnen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 49, Ayaka Suwa, who was Tōka Yada in Assassination Classroom, and M.O.A who was Yūri from School-Live!.

Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation is set to debut in 2016.

via Anime News Network

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Valve reveals 10 vs 10 matches for Dota 2 Reborn

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Dog pile on the Newbie!

During this year’s International (TI5), Valve had showcased one of their new modes that will be out next week as a part of Dota 2 Reborn on release, which will allow up to 24 player matches. In the showcase, they had an All Star match where ten professional players played along side ten players randomly selected from the audience in a 10 vs 10 match. The result was very loud and silly but was still an enjoyable demonstration and it really showcased the Source 2 upgrade for the game.

While the current limit is a total of 10 players, this is a big leap from the iconic 5 vs 5 matches we all know. With the new total being 24, large matches could become a hassle to some but will bring much more enjoyment to others. This also allows gamers to set the balance of players from anywhere bellow the maximum of 24 players, so some can finally have that 6 vs 6 match they always wanted starting next week.

Now the big question is, what kind of impact will having 24 players running around all at once have for less powerful PCs?

via IGN & PC Gamer

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Check out the arsenal in Monster Hunter X

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Capcom has released a series of Monster Hunt X trailers specifically about the weapons. The game already is known for having a lot of different kind of weapons and again the variety is huge and complex, ranging from the melee to ranged types. So far, there are 14 of them in the arsenal.

The Japanese game developer is already showcasing videos for the Insect Glaive, Light Bowgun, Slash Axe, Charge Axe, Lance, Gunlance, Horn, Hammer, One-Handed Sword, Dual Blades, Great Sword, Long Sword, Bow and Heavy Bowgun.

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Heavy Bowgun

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Great Sword

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One Handed Sword

Dual Blades

Slash Axe

Charge Axe

Lance

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Besides this, Capcom has announced an e-Capcom Store limited edition of Monster Hunter X in Japan which include goodies like a Monster Hunter X-themed four-way organizer bag, two exclusive 3DS themes, four replacement jackets (for the box art) and of course, the game itself. This edition will cost 9504 Yen (RM$297).

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The size of the bag:

  • Bag: 28cm width x 20cm height x 5cm thickness

  • Shoulder Strap: 120cm length x 2.5cm width

  • Belt Loop: 5cm width

Players can look forward to bash the monsters on 28 November 2015 in Japan. Hopefully this means a 2016 release for international market.

Source: Capcom Youtube Channel & e-Capcom Store

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“Gambit” movie shortlist female lead for testing

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FROM LEFT: : Abbey Lee, Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Ferguson.

20th Century Fox has already begun to search for the female lead in the upcoming Gambit movie and the studio has already shortlisted these three fine actresses. Reports from Deadline says that Abbey Lee, Lea Seydoux and Rebecca Ferguson will all be in testing for the role of Belladonna Boudreaux, Gambit’s lover and wife from the comics.

Its hard to say which of these three actresses will land the role, as each already have a lot of buzz and reputation riding behind them. Lee, featured in Mad Max: Fury Road, has already secured a leading role in Neon Demon, while Seydouzx, who gained acclaim from starring in Blue is the Warmest Color, has a spot on Spectre. Ferguson, after her stellar performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is also gunning for the role. Either way, Director Rupert Wyatt will have his hands full tying to decide which of these three outstanding actresses will land the role.

Gambit will hit theaters on October 7, 2016.

via Comic Book Resources

source Deadline

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Malaysians can now catch some awesome anime on iFlix

Malaysia’s very own “Netflix” style service iflix has now included a bunch of anime titles into their video offerings. Launched a couple of months back, iflix has been building up its library of shows for users and it seems they’re not leaving any Otakus out of the mix either.

Fox TV wants to make a live action X-Men series

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FOX is close to nailing a deal for a live action X-Men TV series.

According to the Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden, “[For] X-Men, we’re in negotiations with Marvel. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce something soon. We’re not closed on a deal yet, but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing,” at the Television Critics Association summer press stop on Thursday.

The potential series will have Patrick McKay and John D.Payne as the writer team while Evan Katz (24) and Manny Coto (24, 24: Live Another Day) will act as the showrunners.

While 20th Century Fox has the film rights to X-Men, the TV counterpart has to negotiate with Marvel to use the characters on TV. This is bound to be complicated since some X-Men characters like Wolverine and Deadpool are still doing their thing under Marvel on television right now (in animated series).

The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox” Walden insisted. She also said the goal is to have a “long-running” series, not a limited run like 24: Live Another Day or Prison Break.

But how the X-men TV series will work without Wolverine?

Source: THR

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VAX set to bring together the best of Malaysia’s creative talent

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Valkyrie Creative Solutions is putting together the very first Visual Arts Expo (VAX) in Malaysia, with the convention to be held from the 21 -23 August 2015 at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC). The first day will be for media and industry folks while the remaining two days are open to the public.

The main goal of the convention is not just to bring together fans of the Animation, Comics and Games (ACG) community but to bring the best and brightest upcoming talents to meet up with industry creatives. Be it you be an entrepreneur or fresh out from school, this is a great opportunity to get yourself seen or heard by the industry, be you a self taught artist or an upcoming video game developer, you’ll find something for you.

Apart from open displays on the floor, the expo will also be holding networking sessions between exhibitors and interested parties as well as seminars, workshops and panels on related subjects. So bring your portfolio and show it off, there will be people here to help you grow!

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Of course not forgetting the special guests that will be attending VAX. Of these will be local animation studios like Les’ Copaque (Upin and Ipin, Puteri) and GLUE (Rimba Racer) on top of the much anticipated Hiroyuki Yamaga from Studio Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Also in attendance would be Shoji Kawamori (Macross Frontier, Sousei no Aquarion) from Studio Satelight who is considered the father of all things mecha. There will also be a special appearance by ultra-kawaii comedian and wrestler Richard “Ladybeard” Magarey.

Last but not least, there will be musical appearances by BACK-ON (Air Gear, Gundam Build Fighters), Aimee Blackschleger (Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan) and HarmoniaACG to name a few.
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Tickets start at RM 15 for one day and RM 25 for two days entry. There will also be a limited edition VIP pass (limited to 200 tickets only) at RM 100 which will entitle ticket holders to early entry to the hall, early entry to VAX performance on day two, a mystery gift and finally a chance to get an autograph fast pass that is usable for one autograph session. That essentially means you can skip the queue to get your autograph.

Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your UBER ride too!

For more info, head over to www.visualartsexpo.com and you can purchase tickets here.

Steven Spielberg is set on Ready Player One

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Steven Spielberg is set to adapt the virtual gaming epic Ready Player One with tentative plans to play it at the cinemas come 15 December 2017.

The story is based on a 2011 novel by Ernest Cline which talks about the USA becoming a huge wasteland in 2044. For the inhabitants who don’t want to deal with the grim reality around them, they tap into a virtual reality simulated world called OASIS that is tailored to geek nostalgia of the 70’s and 80’s.

The narrative zooms on Parzival, an avatar operated by a high schooler who is on a quest to find out who is controlling the digital world. This is when one of the most powerful and wealthy men, James Halliday who invented OASIS passed away. All the money and power that he used to have will be given to anyone who successfully unravels the clues he left behind. The clues are based on the late mogul’s favourite classic arcade games, TV shows and music. So it triggers a massive hunt and one of the ruthless corporations known as IOI is in the race. If they succeed, they will impose heavy fees on anyone who want to access the OASIS.

The intellectual property scope is huge – Who’s Framing Roger Rabbit, Atari, D&D and Star Wars are just few examples. Imagine a movie that showing all of these in one go.Warner Bros. is set to work with Spielberg, their partnership had produced some of the best movies in cinema history such as Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax first international character trailer is here

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The original arcade promo poster of the game

Sega has just released the first trailer of a series introducing the character roster from Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax /電撃文庫 FIGHTING CLIMAX (Dengeki Bunko Faitingu Kuraimakkusu).

Originally made in Japan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ASCII Media Works Dengeki Bunko imprint, game developer Ecole Software and French Bread managed to make it a cult hit. The game features a crossover showdown between famous characters in anime such as Shana (Shakugan no Shana), Yuki Asuna (Sword Art Online), Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun) and more.

So far, there are 14 playable characters with 23 assist characters. All of them are from light novel series published under Dengeki Bunko imprint, most of them are voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime series. Here, we can see Asuna (Sword Art Online), Kuroyukihime (Accel World), Shizou Heiwajima (Durarara!!) and Tomoka Minato (Ro-Kyu-Bi!) strutting their stuff in the video. For the complete listing of the characters, head over here to have a look.

The game was released for arcades on 18 March 2014, quickly ported over to PS3 and PS Vita on 13 November 2014. Now, Sega wants to expand this title to overseas market on 6 October 2015 (PS3 and Vita).

Time to settle the argument on which anime character is the strongest soon.

via Youtube

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