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First trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 streamed

The game logo
The game logo

The first trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 gets streamed after being released at the Jump Fiesta 2015 event in Japan. We now can get a peek at what the gameplay looks like and watch some of the franchise’s most beloved ninjas duke it the old fashioned way – Naruto versus Sasuke and Hashimara versus Madara. The trailer also hints that there will gameplay sections based on characters coming straight from the recent Naruto Shippuden Movie 7 “The Last”.

The game will be the first incarnation of the franchise and is the direct sequel to Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. CyberConnect2 will be developing the game and it will be published by Bandai Namco Games. Chances are the game will be a hit, if it’s predecessor Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 might be any indication; selling about a million copies in North America and Europe as of May 2013. In total, two million copies of the game have sold worldwide as of 28 August 2014.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 will be available on the PC via Steam, Xbox One and PS4 in 2015 in Europe and North America markets, while in Japan they will only be getting it on the PS4, also in 2015.

Here, we can watch the interview with the CyberConnect2’s CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama about the game.

And now on the game trailer.

You can check out more news and media from their official site.

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Justin Lin at F&F filming site
Justin Lin at F&F filming site

Justin Lin, who’s widely praised for the action packed Fast and Furious series is the appointed director for Star Trek 3 after Roberto Orci decided to beam away. Under Lin’s hand, four Fast and Furious movies made a cool US$1.9 billion runaway which makes him one of the hottest action directors in Hollywood now.

The first two movies of the rebooted Star Trek movies were directed by J.J. Abrams, who is now busy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The last Star Trek movie made Paramount Pictures a neat US$467.4 million in 2013 so the studio has been looking around to get a new director after Abrams did not return for a hattrick since he was attached to Star Wars instead.

Justin Lin is also rumoured to be directing the next Bourne movie, The Bourne Betrayal starring Jeremy Renner, but it’s been temporarily put on an ice since Matt Damon’s Bourne movie with Paul Greengrass got waved in instead. Besides Justin Lin, four other names were considered for the directorship chair after Robert Orci’s departure, namely Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon, Warcraft).

So will the next Star Trek be based on more action and explosions instead of exploring, discovering new wonders?

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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First look at the Daredevil TV series

2 sides of Matt Murdock
2 sides of Matt Murdock

Marvel Cinematic Universe has released two still images via Entertainment Weekly for Netflix’s Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox (The Theory of Everything) as the martial artist vigilante superhero cum lawyer Matt Murdock. The stills showing Murdock the Lawyer complete with his walking stick as he is blind and black coloured, menacing superhero Daredevil. This version of costume is based on John Romita Jr.’s “Year One” that the hero wore in the Marvel Comics “Man Without Fear” storyline.

Apparently the series will focus on the origin story of the Daredevil and the evolution of him into the costumed superhero. Marvel TV exec and comic legend Jeph Loeb said that the show will be crime drama first, superhero later. In addition, with the inclusion of Spartacus creator Stephen S.DeKnight in the production, fans are wondering how adult the series will be and this is his reply to the question:

“It’s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”

No set release date is known, but generally it is expected to hit the Netflix subscribers in the first half of 2015.

Via Comicbook

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Vision Megane pioneers self healing eyewear

One of the model offered from the range
One of the model offered from the range

Beginning 1 January 2015, Japanese eyewear company Vision Megane, will begin to market a very unique spectacle frame dubbed the Super Taflex. What is unique about it is extremely resistant to bending and stretching thanks to a tech called memory metal which basically translates into an ability to heal itself from dents and scratches within ten seconds. Yes, ten seconds.

The self healing capability came from the frame’s “cross guard coating,” which, according to the company’s diagram describes it as a springy chain link fence that pops back to shape after objects hurled against it. The company claims with this concept, the frame will be durable against normal day-to-day wear and tear.

The chain linked fence analogy
The chain linked fence analogy

Despite the most critical part of a pair of glasses being the lens itself, users will find this technology to be very useful. The frame’s material is made of something called Ultern which is used in manufacturing spacecraft parts due to its superb resilience against everything while retaining the lightweight aspect.

This damage will be fatal on normal frame
This damage will be fatal on normal frame

The Super Taflex will be available in four styles with a price tag of US$190 (RM662). No announcement if the product will be exported out of Japan or not. To see what other models offered by the company, check out their official site.

Source: Vision Megane

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Cast and crew confirmed for The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-Chan

The key visual for the series
The key visual for the series
Second visual key featuring Ryoko
Second visual key featuring Ryoko

Remember the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi that used to dominate the 2005-2007 anime scene? Especially the ED dance that went viral for a while?

The announcement page
The announcement page

A spinoff series based on the famous anime, The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-Chan/長門有希ちゃんの消失 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu is confirmed with an anime series starting next year. The old cast of Haruhi series is back, notably the controversial Aya Hirano (Lucky Star, Death Note) as Haruhi, Minori Chihara (Saki, Cross Ange),  Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Terra Formars), Natsuko Kuwatani (Saki: The Nationals, Hamatora), Yuko Goto (Nyanpire, Hidamari Sketch x SP), Yuki Matsuoka (Mirai Nikki, Elfen Lied), Minoru Shiraishi (Lucky Star), Megumi Matsumoto (Rideback) and Daisuke Ono (Noragami, Terra Formars).

Featured in Newtype Magazine
Featured in Newtype Magazine

This time, however, Kyoto Animation will not be animating the series, but Satelight (Macross Frontier). Takeshi Yasuda (Tokyo ESP) is the storyboard planner with Junichi Wada (Fairy Tail) as the director. Touko Machida (Chaika, Lucky Star) will be the writer and series composition and Ikuko Itoh (Princess Tutu) as the character designer.

The spinoff by Puyo is based on an alternate universe where there is no aliens, ESP and school girl with God-like powers – only a simple, taciturn shy girl named Nagato who is trying to save her dying literature club by recruiting the hero, Kyon. The manga has so far rolled into five tankubon volumes with sixth is coming by the end of this year. It is easily the most popular of all spin offs based on the Haruhi franchise.

Aya Hirano, the star voice actress who made her name in Haruhi series tweeted that the new series will begin in Spring 2015.

Source CrunchyRoll

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Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There anime is given a greenlight

First visual key
First visual key

A TV adaptation of Takumi Yanai’s fantasy mixed with modern military light novel, Gate: Jietai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri / ゲート:自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり (Thus the JSDF Fought There) is confirmed. The official site and Twitter account of the series just operational today.

The author is used to be a SDF officer  which after his discharge from the military, he wrote a series of novels to website Arcadia from 2006 to 2009 which grown popular in time. The main story already concluded with 5 volumes of novels and it continues with a sidestory that is still going strong. The 4th volume of the sidestory will be published soon on 22nd December 2014.

The story is about a dimensional gate opens in modern day Ginza, Tokyo and beings of mythical fantasy came out of it attacking Japan. After a successful military campaign that managed to push them back into the portal, the Japanese Self Defense Force decided to deploy a recconnaisse force to explore the world on the other side of the portal. When 1st Lieutenant Yoji Itami rescued a village from a dragon, he starts form a party with an elf, sorcerer and demi god from another world for a adventure of his lifetime.

No details on casting, staffing and date of airing is known yet.

Via PR Times Japan

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Introducing the BLU Studio 7.0

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The Blu Studio 7.0 from different angles

BLU, hailing from Florida USA is  introducing the world’s first 7-inch smartphone or phablet. The name of the phablet is the Blu Studio 7.0.

This monster contains a dual core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz with 1GB RAM, which is pretty modest compared to other competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 at 216ppi which is  disappointingly not very sharp, with a Mali 400 GPU powering it.

It also has a standard 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras adorning the phablet powered by a 3000mAh battery, 8GB internal storage with expansion via microSD card up to 64GB and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The dimensions of this model are around 187.5mm X 103mm X 9.4mm with 295g in weight.

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The colour choices

Buyers have a choice between Blue, Gray, White and Gold colours. So far, the Blu Studio 7.0 can be purchased from Amazon with a pricetag of around US$149 (RM515). Despite the huge size of the model, the modest display capability and not-so impressive internal specs might deter buyers from considering this phablet in the seriously crowded market.

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Feel the chill from the Until Dawn gameplay video

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Supermassive Games have started showing off gameplay videos of Until Dawn, a single player adventure horror exclusive to the PS4. The game is supposed to be on the PS3 and feature PlayStation Move support, but abruptly, Sony Computer Entertainment decided to axe it in August 2014. The game makers promised a “more mature, darker and fundamentally more terrifying experience on PS4.” The game utilizes a modified version of Killzone Shadow Fall engine for its presentation and graphics.

The plot is pretty straightforward, the story follows a group of eight teenagers who spend a night in a log cabin at Blackwood Pines to commemorate the death of their common friend. However, they are not aware that a crazed serial killer is stalking them.

You will get to play all eight characters as they try to survive the killer’s rampage at the isolated cabin. In order to make it more cinematic, the game camera will alternate between first person and third person perspectives. Any decisions the player made during the game will affect the ending later too.

The story is written by indie horror genre experts Larry Fessenden and Graham Reznick (Stake Land, Habit, The Last Winter). The cast includes Hayden Panettiere (Golden Globe-nominee from Heroes and Nashville), Rami Malek (Night at the Museum, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Need for Speed) and Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

The game is scheduled for a Summer 2015 release on Blu-Ray or download. Meanwhile, enjoy the gameplay demo here.

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Koe no Katachi anime movie feature is confirmed

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Yoshitoki Ōima’s famous A Silent Voice or Koe no Katachi / 聲の形 is getting adapted for an anime movie feature. The news was recently announced on the wraparound cover of the seventh volume tankubon manga which also happens to be the final volume of the series. The manga has been serialized in the magazine since August 2013 and was concluded one month ago after an explosive one shot feature back in August 2008.

Synopsis by Kodansha USA:

I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again. A boy who can hear, Shoya Ishida, and a transfer student who can’t, Shoko Nishimiya. One fateful day, the two meet, and Shoya leads the class in bullying Shoko. But before long, the class shifts its target from Shoko to Shoya. Years later, Shoya feels strongly that he must see Shoko once again. The author Yoshitoki Oima’s comment: “People living in isolation. I wrote this story out of a desire to write about people living distant, isolated lives. Nothing would make me happier than if you all read my story.

The one shot debut of the series won “Best Rookie Manga” in 2008 but has been hit with a wave of controversies. This includes legal court fights for rights of serialization between Kodansha and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine and negative response by some quarters in the Japanese media that commented the manga is not very flattering about bullying phenomenon in Japanese society. However, that hasn’t dulled its popularity as it is supported by Japanese Federation of the Deaf while its first volume of the tankubon sold 31,714 copies in the first week. As late as March 2014, 700,000 copies have been circulated in Japan alone.

So far, no known cast or staff for the movie has been announced yet.

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Could the LG G3 finally be coming to Malaysia?

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We’ve hinted many times that LG Malaysia should really consider bringing their LG G3 smartphone over to Malaysia (just in case you’re wondering, we did it here, here and here). Maybe, just maybe, they finally heard our pleas. Why do we say that? Because in a recent posting on the LG Malaysia Fan page, what seems to be the silhouette of the smartphone was teased.

Now we can’t really say for sure if it really is the LG G3 but it kind of looks promising. The LG G3 was first introduced in May this year and since its launch has been rated as one of the best Android device of 2014 (don’t believe us? Check out what Stuff, Engadget and Trusted Reviews has to say). When it was first launched it came packed with the latest stuff you’d want in a smartphone. There was 5.5” Quad HD IPS display, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, a 13MP OIS+ camera sensor with laser autofocus, a whopping 3000mAh battery, a choice of 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and LTE support. Impressive right?

The problem is that it might JUST be a little too late to be doing that now.  Here’s the thing, it’s already more than 6 months since its launch and while its fellow South Korean competitor, Samsung wasted no time in launching their top two flaghships, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in Malaysia as fast as they could, well lets just say LG has been found more than wanting. And with so many other competitors like Xiaomi, Oppo and many more offering similar performing phones at lower prices, the LG G3 is going to have tough fight here.

That being said, it does look like the company is finally bringing back its smartphones here into Malaysia. The last time we saw an LG smartphone in the country was the LG Optimus G Pro and that was all the way in July 2013. So with major events like CES and MWC round the corner, LG’s entry back into the Malaysian smartphone market might be timely. Let’s just hope their follow up, the LG G4 does as well as its predecessor.

Source: LG Malaysia Fan Page

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