AntiMagic Academy 35th Test Platoon anime is set to battle this October

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Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai /対魔導学園35試験小隊 or AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” light novel series is set to be adapted into anime for fall 2015 by Studio Silver Link (Chaos Dragon, Yurikuma Arashi).

Directed by Tomoyuki Kawamura (Kamigami no Asobi) with series composition (writing) by Kento Shimoyama (Bleach, Servant x Service) and character designing by Kousuke Kawamura (Mayo Chiki!!), the anime series is based on light novel by Toki Yanagimi. So far, 10 volumes of the novel have been published by Fujimi Shobo since May 2012.

The manga adaptation is by Sutaro Hanao and serialized in shonen manga monthly Monthly Dragon Age (2012-2014) and compiled into three tankubon volumes. Now, a second manga adaptation is ongoing with Yohei Yasumura as the artist in seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive since January 2015.

Takeru Kusanagi - Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan)
Takeru Kusanagi – Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan)
Ouka Ohtori - Reina Ueda
Ouka Ohtori – Reina Ueda
Usagi Saionji - Rumi Ookubo (Yuruyuri)
Usagi Saionji – Rumi Ookubo (Yuruyuri)
Ikaruga Suginami - Ryoko Shiraishi (Amagi Brilliant Park)
Ikaruga Suginami – Ryoko Shiraishi (Amagi Brilliant Park)
Lapis Lazuli: Iori Nomizu
Lapis Lazuli: Iori Nomizu
Mari Nikaido: Kanae Itō
Mari Nikaido: Kanae Itō
Haunted: Kōji Yusa
Haunted: Kōji Yusa

The official synopsis:

The story is set in the world of people with magical powers on the edge of ruin. The top of the military power has moved from swords to magic, then to guns. AntiMagic Academy was founded to train inquisitioners to crack down on the remaining threat of the magical powers. The protagonist Takeru Kusanagi is a student of the academy and belongs to the 35th test platoon, a scratch team of poor students. While having no talent for guns, he has studied to be an inquisitioner with his only merit, kenjyutsu (swordsmanship). One day, Ouka Ohtori, a super elite student who has the license to witch-hunt, joins his platoon. She is nicknamed “Calamity,” since she actually shot a criminal to death in the past. As the leader of the platoon, Takeru starts working with her on a mission to retrieve Magical Heritage. ”

For some idea on what the series is all about, check out the light novel trailer above.

via: MOCA

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Could the Fourth Evangelion Rebuild come by the end of this year?

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The female pilots

Famous Japanese American singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada who sang few songs for Rebuild of Evangelion movies is the focus of a lot speculation lately. First, she announced via her blog that she gave birth to a baby boy and she was working on an album for the first time since 2008.

What is notable about the later part is it could be the major hint at the next Evangelion movie.

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The Japanese weekly Shukan Bunshun spoke to an “insider” about everything on the singer/songwriter for its 16th July issue which includes a snippet that everything will hopefully progress smoothly, so the albums can be released this year or early 2016. This also likely to capitalize on the good feel news surrounding the birth of her son.

The same source quoted, “ Right now, Utada is in the middle of working on a new song for the final Evangelion that’s scheduled for release in winter of this year.”

The last movie is Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo/ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū which released back in 17 November 2012. The movie earned US$59 million in boxoffice worldwide. If factoring the rumours above, that means the fourth movie should be out by end of this year or early next year.

We can only hope this is true but given the total lack of promo or trailers, it is a bit hard not to dismiss this. Time will tell.

via @eva_fan  , Utada Hikaru blog & @eva_fan 2

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StarCraft II : Legacy of the Void Pre-orders now open, will instantly get you prologue chapter access

 

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The third and final chapter of the StarCraft 2 trilogy is finally open for preorders,allowing would-be players to buy the Protoss campaign through Battle.net, with the game going into beta a few months back.

The game doesn’t have a set release date as of yet, with Blizzard targeting a Winter release but preordering the game lets gets you access to the game’s prologue, presumably to keep you moderately occupied till the full campaign is released. The prologue “Whispers of Oblivion” will come with three chapters with focus on the Dark Templar Zeratul and connects the game to the previous campaign Heart of the Swarm.

The new campaign will be bringing some new things to the table, one of which is a new multi-player option called Archon Mode which lets two players control a single base and Allied Commanders which is an objective based coop mode on top of the expected single-player Protoss campaign.

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Legacy of the Void will retail for $39.99 (that’s about RM152) and there will be a digital deluxe edition available for $59.99 (about RM228) that would include extra goodies like skins for StarCraft 2 and Blizzard’s other games like Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. Alternatively, if you happen to miss the pre-orders, you can get the entire shebang at $59.99 (RM 228) that includes Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. A deluxe edition is available as well, if you want to shell out for premiums.

Now the question is, what other surprises are waiting for us in the Void? and if there are, we bet the Xel-Naga have something to do with it.

via Polygon

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Is Hayao Miyazaki is doing a 3D CG feature?

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The famous Japanese anime director, Hayao Miyazaki, who is considered as a hardcore animator who do not use CG, will be producing a pure CG animation soon. It is a short feature that set to be shown at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo, Japan.

The short will star a hairy caterpillar as a lead and it is estimated that it will take about three years to complete.

Some fans are aghast that one of few traditional hand drawn animators have given in to the CG world. On the other hand some are welcoming this move , hoping it will coax out the “retired” director to go back into making full anime movie features after seeing the potential of CG in storytelling. A decade ago, he felt that it was “too late for me to try it” during an interview with The Guardian. This is an interesting shift in stance since the advances of CG might have intrigued the director enough to try it out for the new 10 minute anime short.

I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what’s important is the talent using it. There’s nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don’t have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away.” Miyazaki said last year.

After The Wind Rises, the director has been dabbling in the manga which is set in samurai era.

via ScreenRant

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Introducing Gorilla Boyfriend, a visual novel where you can date a gorilla

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Forget about dating bishie pidgeons, how about a real gorilla instead?

SEEC, makers of MoteMote – Love Story for Girls recently introduced Gorilla Boyfriend, which is a love-sim visual novel of a romance between a young lady and her great ape bodyguard. Just don’t ask us how this actually happened.

The visual novel which is playable on iOS and Android is set to come in this August.

Some of the features
Some of the features

What we know so far is the game has a feature where players have to tap in order to get the gorilla character to beat its chest in order to scare off any unwanted people from the girl. Also players must make sure to keep the romance between two growing and obtain a gorilla-to-human translation in two weeks in-game time.

The recent phenomenon where a “handsome” & buffed up gorilla named Shabani becomes a major attraction at Japanese zoo that suddenly saw an influx of female visitors is definitely the inspiration for this visual novel. At the time of this writing, the famous male gorilla still attracting a lot of attention from the adoring Japanese public.

The visual novel is now open for per-registration. So do you think you will go bananas over this one?

via Inside Games

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Have some of the latest rumours and tidbits regarding Game of Thrones

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Some new rumours the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones has surfaced.

First, the actor of Bran Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright hints that his character will be back in Season 6 during an interview with the Irish Examiner:

I can’t say a lot but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.”

He also stressed that Bran’s re-emergence in the narrative will have a strong role to play in Westeros. After all, he is absent for the entire Season 5 since the novels already ran out of story about him at the end of Season 4. Meanwhile, he also hopes that Kit Harrington will be back as Jon Snow in Season 6:

I don’t know (if he will come back). He’s said he’s not. I wish he would because I love Kit and because the character’s so cool. Who knows? We start filming series six at the end of this month (July) so we’ll see.”

Secondly, the upcoming season might include a flashback sequence that deals with the biggest fan theory, the R+L = J.

Warning, this is a very BIG SPOILER so readers might choose not to scroll down to read.

 

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One of the announced shooting location for the upcoming season is this lonely looking tower at Spain called the Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara. The significance of this place is it might be the setup for Tower of Joy scene.

After a brutal fight with several gold cloaks, Ned Stark is called to his dying sister Lyanna at the Tower of Joy where he finds her suffering from a massive loss of blood. She makes sure that Ned Stark to swears a promise to her. What is the promise about is never revealed to the readers so many have developed  the “R+L = J” theory. This theory speculates that Jon Snow could be result of the union between Lyanna Stark and Prince Rhaegar Targayen. The crown prince “kidnapped” the Stark maiden who was already promised to her intended husband, Robert Baratheon. This is the main cause for the war that finally sees Robert becoming the King and the Targayen Prince dead along with his House.

In the recent casting call, HBO is looking for an actor who can do a “legendary fighter” who is the “paragon of knighthood”. Many fans are betting this points to Ser Arthur Dayne, whom Ned Stark consideres as one of the best who ever lived. He is the knight guarding the Tower of Joy where Lyanna is kept as “hostage”.

The rumour states that the reason why showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss got the gig is because they guessed who is Jon Snow’s mother correctly. The progress of the narrative seems to suggest that the fan theory might have some truth in it.

We can only hope this means Jon Snow will return since it did not make sense for the showrunners to include the flashback sequence in such elaborate manner if he is truly dead.

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[Geek Movie Review] Ant-Man

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Considering the global and galaxy-wide impact of the events of Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it feels odd for Marvel Studios to close out Phase 2 of their cinematic universe with a film vastly smaller in both scope and scale; Ant-Man.

Brand new Mobile Suit Gundam: The Iron-Blooded Orphans series announced and it looks promising

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Visual key of the new series

After a week of shadowy teasing, Bandai and Sunrise unveiled a new Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kiddou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphan) in a press conference recently.

We have got a good look at new a Gundam – Gundam Barbatos which evolves in stages and able to loot its defeated enemies in order to upgrade itself. Main characters of the series were also introduced – Mikazuki Augus and his childhood friend Orga Itsuka.

Official synopsis:
300 years after the end of a great war between Earth and Mars called Yakusaisen (Calamity War), the Earth, losing the ruling authority during the war, structured a new world with a ruling system. A new war on Mars is starting while the Earth is in temporary peace.

The main character Mikazuki Augus, from Chryse Guard Security (CGS), was on a mission to protect Cuderia Aina Bernstein, who wants Chryse, Mars’ city, to be independent from Earth’s ruling. However, a group named Gjallarhorn started a rebellion, attacked CGS and Cuderia, and the adults in CGS decided to use the boys in the team as decoy to evacuate. Orga Itsuka, the leader of the boys, decided to use that as a chance to launch a coup d’état because the adults have been treating them badly for a long time. Mikazuki, with Orga’s request to defeat Gjallargorn, uses Gundam Barbatos, a major mobile suit that CGS used during Yakusaisen to fight.

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The director is the highly regarded Tatsuyuki Nagai (ToraDora!, AnoHana) with scripting handled by the famous Mari Okada (ToraDora!, AnoHana), character design by Michinori Chiba and mechanical designs are by Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyoubu, Kenji Teraoka and Tamotsu Shinhohara. Music scoring is by Masaru Yokoyama who did splendid work on Shigatsu Kimi no Uso and Queen’s Blade franchise. The massive number of mechanical designers on the series reflects a new direction of Mobile Suit designs, Bandai needing fresh blood to keep the fans buying the GunPla models. With the presence of director and writer team duo from the AnoHana series, this might be hinting a more character driven story and drama.

Gundam SEED fans might notice the story and feel is somewhat quite reminiscent of Astray or old timers might be getting the vibes of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.

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Mecha designs

Bandai will never miss such an opportunity here – having announced a new 1/144 HG series, a new 1/100 GunPla and several figures based from the series. Since Gundam Barbatos can use its opponent’s arsenal , the GunPla version of it can be customized with many parts from other GunPlas. The smaller version is set for release in October whereas the bigger one will come in November in turn.

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The series is set to battle on 4 October 2015.

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Satoru Iwata has passed away

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Nintendo’s highly popular and personable Satoru Iwata (55 years old) has passed away due to a bile duct growth on 11 July 2015. This is the official statement from the Japanese company:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

He was beloved by Nintendo fans everywhere and joined the company in the 80’s. He is known to have worked on games like Kirby’s Adventure, Earthbound, Pokemon, Star Fox, Metroid and Mario. The first sign of trouble came last year when he was unable to attend E3 2014 due to health problems. He assured the fans and Nintendo fans that his health improving after successful surgery at that time.

Satoru Iwata began to assume directorship of Nintendo in 2000 after endorsement by Hiroshi Yamauchi, marking him as the first non-family related person to the Yamauchi clan ever to take the top position. During his time, he oversaw some of the most iconic Nintendo products such as Gamecube, DS, 3DS, The Wii and Wii U. He also initiated Nintendo Direct to keep a personal touch with the fans with his own brand of humour. The last title that he was supervising was Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS).

Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata, we will remember the great childhood memories you gave us all.

Source: Nintendo

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The greatest moments of San Diego Comic-Con 2015

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has come and gone and left in its wake a plethora of announcements, trailers and tantalising hints for a host of geek properties across film, TV comic books and more. It’s a big show so we’ve trawled the web to bring you the best of the news from the show.

1. “It’s not every day you get to build an X-wing”

With Marvel Studios deciding not to attend Comic-Con this year, many assumed that this was more proof that Hollywood was falling out of love with the convention. After con favourites like Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and Tron Legacy failed to live up to box office expectations, the prevailing wisdom was that the geek crowd might not be worth the cost. Luckily Marvel’s Disney owned stable-mate Lucasfilm was on hand to blow that idea clean out of the sky boasting a panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that began with film-makers Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan,  showed off a practical puppet alien character by the name of “Bobbajo”, reunited Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford,  and added new cast members John Boyega Daisy Ridely and Oscaar Isaac to the Universe,

Despite Kevin Smith’s USD$10,000 bet that new footage would be shown at the panel, fans weren’t quite treated to a new trailer but were instead shown a behind the scenes reel that will melt the heart of the hardest Sith.

As the sun was setting outside J.J. Abrams lead the 6,000 plus strong Hall H crowd outside, where they were given light-up toy lightsabers and presented with a free live concert featuring the best of Star Wars music over the years,  introduced by the maestro John Williams himself. You can get a taste of the show in the following clip.

The whole panel is available it here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in cinemas on December 18 2015.

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