Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV’s new expansion in 2015

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A new area to explore. Looks eerie. 

Square Enix has announced a new forthcoming expansion for Final Fantasy XIV named Heavensward, scheduled for spring 2015.

The expansion will raise the level cap in the MMORPG from 50 to 60 while players will get a chance to have explore a new place called Ishgard. As usual, visual and spectacular feel is the main push point here to highlight why players should stick around in the game.

The key plot?  A war between Dravinia & Ishgard known as Dragonsong War, which has been going on for 1,000 years. Names like Wyrmking and Thordan with Knights Twelve are the focus of the narrative here.

4th City State – The Holy See of Ishgard will be added alongside new areas, new dungeons, new “high end” raids, new loot, new gear and recipes plus more professions. A new race called Viangaa will also be introduced.

The new city-state is led by an archbishop and four noble houses. A sharp class divide is evident between the privileged and the commoners at the city-state. New areas comprise locations beyond the Coerthas Highlands such as Dravinia, other domains that are ruled by beast tribes, floating land masses “above and beyond a sea of clouds” and treacherous mountains.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

Via Silicon Era

New Monogatari anime is confirmed

Monogatari, a series of light Japanese novels, is set to debut a new anime adaptation – Tsukimonogatari. The story originates from a light novel published in 2012, spun off from the critically-acclaimed Bakemonogatari, which made its debut a few years ago.

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The cover of Tsukimonogatari light novel

Macross Δ: The new Macross

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Ah, one of the most famous sci-fi mecha franchises ever known to the world from Japan besides Gundam is Macross. The series where a plethora of elements come together – transforming mecha jet fighter, idol singer, J-Pop, dramatic love triangle, big space battles and even a crazy missile attack aka Itano Missile Massacre or Circus. Well, guess what, it’s come back for more.

Slam Dunk X Nike Air Jordans released

The Slam Dunk X Nike collection
The Slam Dunk X Nike collection
The Slam Dunk X Nike collection

Pinch us please. We never thought this day would come. An official collaboration between THE basketball shoe brand from Nike and one of the most popular basketball manga ever made.

No we’re not talking about Kuroko no Basket. Think something older and even more iconic, especially to Malaysians. Yes, it’s Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk. The collaboration between Nike and Takehiko Inoue doesn’t just cover the Air Jordans only as a full range of products will be available. This (as can be seen in the image above) includes two Air Jordans, two t-shirts and a cap, all with Slam Dunk inspired designs.

The collaboration shows that Nike does seem to understand its Asian audiences and this is also part of Nike’s effort to push the brand even further into the Asian market. Picking Slam Dunk  as the manga to collaborate with is pretty smart as it is known as THE basketball manga throughout Asia, inspiring many a young boy to pick up the game (including at one point, this now very unfit writer). Of course the apparels are going to get their fair share of popularity but what’s really going to really popular will be the Air Jordans themselves.

Slam Dunk X Nike Air Jordan VI
Slam Dunk X Nike Air Jordan VI

The two kicks getting the Slam Dunk inspired treatment are the Air Jordan VI and Jordan Super.Fly 3. The Air Jordan VI has a red upper with manga inspired imagery as well as Slam Dunk main protagonist, Hanamichi Sakuragi’s jersey number 10 on the side while the Jordan Super.Fly 3 has a black upper with new Slam Dunk imagery especially made for the sneakers. They’re not just stopping with the kicks either as the imagery is also extended to the shoe boxes, so don’t be throwing them boxes away.

The Slam Dunk X Nike Jordan Super.Fly 3
The Slam Dunk X Nike Jordan Super.Fly 3

So how much can we expect to fork out for this highly anticipated kicks? You can expect to pay around US$185 to US$250 for them according to Nike. How about when? The collection should be out in selected Asian markets since 18 October while the rest of the world can expect a November 1 release.

In case you’re too young to know Slam Dunk  or you just need a refresher, the manga by Takehiko Inoue focuses on Hanamichi Sakuragi, an outcast delinquent who joins his high school basketball team to prove himself, after being rejected by a girl. His addition and misadventures in the world of basketball eventually bring his high school team to be one of the top basketball contenders in Japan. The manga which ran from 1990 to 1996, is one of the most best selling mangas in the world, with 120 million copies sold in Japan alone, and has enjoyed massive popularity in Asia.

Source: Nike

Gargantia’s Chamber figurine unveiled by Good Smile

Chamber in flight
Chamber in flight
Chamber in flight

Holy smokes, check out the build quality of the Chamber mecha figurine from Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet. Fans of the anime will be able to get their grubby mitts on this 1:50th figure next year as it’ll be released come May 2015. The Chamber figurine comes with fully articulated joints and full weapon accessories as per anime including the Pinion Halberd, Beam Rifle, Gatling Gun and two missile pods. There are also six alternate hands and special effects pieces should you want to vary the figurines display style. Good Smile even added a detachable head cockpit as well to give the figurine an additional nice touch.

So how much can you expect to fork out for this? At 18,333 yen (around RM567) it’s going to cost a pretty penny. And that’s before shipping and handling. Of course you could always wait for the local hobby shops to bring it in but it’ll definitely cost more by then.

Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet is a mecha sci-fi anime released back in 2013 and it revolves around  the adventures of Lieutenant Reddo, a soldier in the militarized Galactic Mankind. It starts when Reddo fighting in an interplanetary with the mysterious but dangerous Hideauze aliens, gets sucked into wormhole that sends him and his mecha, Chamber, to a flooded Earth. Earth as it happens, is supposed to be a legendary planet of fables. Cut off from his allies, Reddo must cooperate with Earth’s surviving humans to and learn what happened before the Galactic Mankind took off from Earth as well as discover the mysteries of the alien Hideauze.

For more information & details, you can visit the Good Smile here, or if you can’t wait, pre-order Chamber over here.

Source: Good Smile

 

New PS Vita Trailer for Fate/Hollow Ataraxia

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Caren Ortensia, one of the main female lead in the game

Kadokawa Games has revealed a 3rd trailer Fate/Hollow Ataraxia video for the PS Vita platform. Fans can see new animated scenes in the trailer and will soon be able to get the grubby mitts on the game soon as it’ll be released in Japan on 27 November. The game, first released as PC visual novel in 2005 will finally be ported to the PS Vita with some extras. This comes in the form of a mini game called Capsule Servant which is basically a tower defense game. For fans of the original PC release, you’ll also be seeing the return of the Illya’s Castle mini game as well. Aside from the mini-games, Fate/Hollow Ataraxia for the PS Vita will also features touch screen support, full voice acting and new opening sequence animated by studio Ufotable. There’s also the opening song “holLow wORlD” which will be sung by Aimer.

Ufotable, the studio that is responsible for the animated scenes for the game is famous producing anime based on various TYPEMOON franchises like Kara no Kyokai, or Garden of Sinners and is currently airing the rebooted series of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works.

Fate/Hollow Ataraxia’s plot is set few months after the end of Fate/Stay Night.

Source: Official Site

My Teen Comedy SNAFU Season 2 Announced

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Remember the really long, long titled anime called Yahari Ore na Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru or, for simplicity sake My Teen Comedy SNAFU, that was aired last year?

Looks like we’ll be getting a second season in a recent announcement by Shogakugan. A staff list has already been announced and the most notable change is that Kie Oikawa, who did Outbreak Company, will be taking over directorial duties form season one’s, Ai Yoshimura. That’s not the only change though as we’re also looking a change in the lead character design, with A Certain Magical Index artist Yuichi Tanaka is taking over from Yuu Shindou.

My Teen Comedy SNAFU follows the life of Hachiman Hikigaya, a cynical and hardbitten student who is disillusioned with love life since a bad rejection in middle school. All this changes though when he meets another, Yukino Yukinoshita who is blunt and practical to a fault and is forced to join a certain club by his classroom teacher. The anime originally started of as a light novel by Wataru Watari and is still ongoing with 9 volumes already published so far. It was adapted as an anime series in 2013 has received a moderately good reception despite its unlikable main male lead.

Season two will be aired in 2015 but the specific date has yet to be announced.

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Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi?

You know what? She might actually fit the bill
The original Major Kusanagi
The original Major Kusanagi

Holy moley, this is surprising news indeed. Dreamworks is offering US$ 10 million to Scarlett Johansson to play the role of Major Kusanagi Ghost in the Shell, one of the most iconic Japanese cyberpunk science fiction franchises that is slated for a live action, English language adaptation in Hollywood. She wasn’t the only one that was tagged for the role as earlier rumours had Margot Robbie in talks for the role.

If this is true and Scarlett Johansson does accept the role, it’ll further entrench her geek creds, which are already being bolstered by her Black Widow role in the various Marvel Movies as well as her recent sci-fi venture, Lucy.

The rights to Ghost in the Shell were first picked up by Steven Spielberg, who so happens to be the co-owner of Dreamworks, back in 2009. There were rumours of a Hollywood adaption of the anime/manga, but until recently, were just rumours.

You know what? She might actually fit the bill
You know what? She might actually fit the bill

However it has now taken a closer step to reality as Rupert Sanders, the director behind Snow White and the Huntsman, was reportedly roped in for the project by Dreamworks. It has also been reported that an existing screenplay by The Reluctant Fundamentalist’s William Wheeler, will be the basis of the live action adaptation. That’s not all heavy hitters like Avi Arad (Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider), and Mark Sourian (Need for Speed) will producing.

Ghost in the Shell is the creation of Masamune Shirow, which was originally a seinen manga published in 1991. However, it wasn’t until 1995 with Mamoru Oshii’s (who has been constantly mistaken as the original creator) seminal anime movie adaptation of the Manga that it obtained iconic status. To date, aside from the original manga, there have been two animated movies, two animated TV series and an OVA series.

Hopefully Dreamworks doesn’t screw this one up as it is one of THE anime that really needs a good live action treatment. So what do you guys think of Scarlett Johansson as Major Kusanagi? Do let us know and maybe even gives us some ideas on who else should be casted as other characters in the Ghost in the Shell universe.

Source: IGN

Launch trailer of Evil Within is simply haunting

Poster for The Evil Within
In your face, buddy!
In your face, buddy!

Shinji Mikami, who is famous for the Resident Evil series, is the leading designer for the new survival horror game, Evil Within. It’s a collaborative effort between Bethesda Studio & Tango Gameworks. Available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One & Xbox 360.

The third person perspective-style has you playing as Sebastian Castellanos, and you must focus on scavenging supplies, fight or run in order to survive the ordeal. What’s unique about this game is the world can modify itself during scripted events and depending on what you do, including altering places or creating new paths.

When Sebastian uses medical items, some of them can cause hallucinations. In order to upgrade his abilities, you must seek out green fluid vials in the game. Various weapons are available — from a revolver to a special crossbow but players must be mindful about ammunition as it is scarce in the game. Melee combat is to push the enemy away and do beware — some of them can revive.

The plot has policeman Sebastian investigating a scene of a gruesome murder when suddenly he and his partner is ambushed. Knocked out during the ambush, he awakens only to find himself staring at horror when the undead are walking amongst the living.

Sounds pretty chilling and a perfect game to play during Halloween.

Turn off the lights, put on your Razer headsets and enjoy (a pillow might be needed for comfort).

Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits is coming in Winter 2014

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The title name of the game

Capcom is releasing another title in its very iconic Street Fighter franchise Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits — for iOS and Android. Many gamers will remember the Street Fighter puzzle games from a few years ago so gamers will somewhat know what to expect from this new title. No specific release date yet but it’s expected to be in “Winter 2014”.

So far no news if the game will be available outside Japan, either.

Street Fighter fans can look forward to more action-packed puzzles featuring few familiar characters spotted so far – Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Sakura and Guile. Players can use other special moves after gaining sufficient power ups in the game, just like Puzzles & Dragons. You only need to tap on the move icon on screen to activate. Apparently, Capcom plans to include some RPG elements in this game. How this will work or how it will be incorporated will be interesting to see.

Only Street Fighter characters will appear in this game, complete with their background themes e.g. Ryu’s rooftop stage seen in the teaser below.

FIGHT!

Source: Main site