Square Enix gave some Star Wars figurines a tweaking

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Square Enix is known to produce pretty big range of Play Arts figurines and this set of “Variant” figures (Variant meaning somewhat tweaked in design) from the Star Wars franchise are all sorts of cool.

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The figures, which range from Boba Fett, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are all intricately detailed and of course, given a little bit of Square Enix’s own touch for epically weathered design.

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Thankfully they turned out heaps better than the Batman figure they released last year.

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The Darth Vader figurine will be out in May but Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper won’t hit the streets till July. Each one is priced at 12,960 yen which comes up to around RM 402. May the Force be with your wallet.

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Via Kotaku

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Sequels for Steins;Gate & Chaos;Head confirmed

Chaos;Head visual
Chaos;Head visual

Steins;Gate is a popular visual novel by NitroPlus and 5pb which adapted into a successful anime series in 2009 is getting a sequel called Steins;Gate 0. Not only that, a companion series, Chaos;Head is also getting a visual novel sequel called Chaos;Child too.

The lineup for Steins;Gate
The lineup for Steins;Gate

According to official source(s), Chaos;Child is set in the same universe as Chaos;Head down to the same city of Shibuya. The timeline is post conclusion of the first game. The setting/synopsis is like this:

November 6, 2009.
A local Earthquake occurred in Shibuya with a magnitude of 78.
The city of Shibuya, and the area surrounding Shibuya Station is devastated, and the final death toll is 3851 people.

It is currently the year 2015.
The story begins with the reconstruction of a post- earthquake Shibuya…??

The company plans to debut the demo version of the game on three platforms first (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) on 30 March soon. The limited editions will feature papercraft versions of the “Present Box” and drama CD narrated by Mio Kunosato. The game is scheduled for market on 25 June this year.

There is lack of anything about Steins;Gate 0 except that it got an anime adaptation and also comes in as a sequel to Steins;Gate visual novel with new characters join the story. According to the announcement, it is not a fan disc but actual “true sequel” that includes stories from Steins;Gate novels (three of them) and some Drama CDs.

The official synopsis of Steins;Gate 0:

The story of the game and the anime adaptation take place on the beta world line, where Okabe could not save his precious person, Kurisu, on July 28, and ended up returning alone. However, the trailer for the game notes that Okabe does not know that Kurisu is in fact still there.

That’s it, so what do you think of this new development? Comment below and let us know.

Trailer for Chaos;Children:

Meanwhile a teaser is out for Steins;Gate 0 too:

Source: Dengeki Online & SeventhStyle

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More details on Deadpool

The titular character in full glory
The new logo
The new logo

The promotional campaign for Deadpool  kicked into high gear with the release of the official logo of the movie by 20th Century Fox coupled with a massive social media blitz on Twitter and Facebook in the wake of loud, verbose Deadpool. In a blatant recognition of the fan’s drive that make the movie possible which clinched it at last year’s leaked test footage, the studio is more open than usual in engaging the fans for this movie.

The movie stars Ryan Reynolds (Turbo, Green Lantern), Morena Baccarin (Gotham, The Flash) as Copycat, Gina Carano (Haywire, Almost Human) as the mutant Angel Dust and T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) as comedic sidekick, Weasel. Director Tim Miller (Rockfish) who also directed the leaked footage will be at the helm while Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are doing the screenplay.

The titular character in full glory
The titular character in full glory

The mayhem is scheduled for release on 12 February 2016.

The official synopsis by 20th Century Fox on Deadpool:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life

So are we ready for the Merc with a Mouth next year?

Via: Facebook

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Have a look at Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The baddie Lex Luthor
The baddie Lex Luthor

Warner Bros gave us a glimpse of Lex Luthor as played by Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network, Zombieland) who is going to appear in the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Zack Synder (300, Man of Steel), the director of movie muses, He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” then he continues, Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”

This is the movie that many DC fans are hoping will stem the tide of dominance by Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and will feature casts like Ben Affleck as the aged Batman, Henry Cavill who reprise his previous role from Man of Steel, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot who will play as Wonder Woman, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (the Lex Luthor guy), Jeremy Irons, Jena Malone, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.

The movie will start smashing its way into cinemas on 25 March 2016.

Source: EW

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Ghost in the Shell Arise movie updated with new teaser trailer

The main female lead
The movie poster
The movie poster

The upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie which is a followup to the Arise OVA/OAD series is scheduled to air in Japan on 20 June 2015. Now we can have a look at the first teaser trailer footage thanks to Production I.G.

The movie is directed by Kazuya Nomura (Robotics; Notes) with screenplay by Tow Ubukata (Arise series). The footage shows the chronology of the franchise, beginning with Mamoru Oshii’s opus in 1995 to the present iteration, the Arise series.

The casting from Arise series is back namely people like Maaya Sakamoto, Miyuki Sawashiro and Kenichirou Matsuda so not much changes in casting or the crew for the movie. Japanese TV will run 4 OVA/OADs under the title of Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture on 5 April 2015, which will feature additional scenes before the nationwide screening of this movie.

The new segment’s  text and dialogue translation:

Text: And now, in 2015
Text: A new film is activated
Text: Are you ready?
Text: Original concept – Masamune Shirow
Motoko: This fight is so we can move ahead. Make the future.
Text: 25th anniversary work
Motoko: I’ve found the highest grade of parts.
Narration: This is the beginning of everything. It activates now.
Text: This is the origin of everything.
Motoko: Do you have the resolve to know everything?
Narrator: Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

So is this more interesting than the live action GITS movie starring Scarlett Jo? Comment below and let us know.

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Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp joins The Leviathan

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The creature featured in the proposal teaser

Few days ago, director Ruari Robinson (The Last Days of Mars) who got nominated for Academy Award in Best Short Film unveiled a very ambitious teaser for a full feature length movie proposal called The Leviathan. Many people called it stunning and it is notable that the concept trailer has already hit 1.3 million plus views which attracted Hollywood interest.

Deadline reports that producers Simon Kinberg (X-Men, Cinderella) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) have joined The Leviathan project. Kinberg will be the producer and Blomkamp is the executive producer for the project. Jim Uhls (Fight Club) will be penning the script. Fox is rumoured to be the first studio to show serious interest in the project but with enough buzz of The Leviathan, the project will have little trouble to find someone interested enough to make it.

The official synopsis is:

By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.

From the trailer, we can see influences from Dune where mankind has to harvest something from a powerful and dangerous creatures for critical component in interstellar travel. And the feel of the hunt like Moby Dick with human crews on fragile looking ships looking for the creature in hostile environment.

It certainly looks fantastic.

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Sony Pictures pick up Robotech

The iconic Striker Valkyrie Fighter
The iconic Striker Valkyrie Fighter

Year after year of rumours and negotiations, it looks like Robotech might be really adapted into a Hollywood movie soon. Sony Pictures just announced that they are picking up the franchise after securing the big screen rights and vows to “the intention of moving quickly toward production of a future global franchise”.

Producers of 300 and Immortals, Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are on board with Micheal Gordon (300, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra) as the screenplay writer. According to them, they will “bring their modern sensibility to the tentpole, reintroducing today’s audiences to the Robotech universe.” Overseers of the project from Sony Pictures will be Doug Belgrad, Micheal DeLuca and Matthew Milam. Whereas Harmony Gold, the original American license holder of the franchise will have Frank Agrama as executive producer with Micheal Gordon and Jehan Agrama.

As much as some of us are excited about this, we also worried what will original owners of the series that almagated into Robotech saga will take this news, namely Tatsunoko or Big West/Studio Nue. In 2000, Big West and Studio Nue took Tatsunoko to Tokyo Court to battle over rights of distribution outside Japan especially America where Harmony Gold bars any attempts to market Macross series in the said country. Two years later, the court rules that Big West/Studio Nue is the sole owner of the original characters and mecha designs for the first series and in 2003, the same court ruled that Tatsunoko have the production rights of the first series. In last legal battle at Tokyo (2004), Tatsunoko still held on to the production rights of the franchise.

This could mean that Sony Pictures might opt for different mecha designs and characters in order to avoid any legal shootout with the Japanese owners. Anyway, let’s be hopeful that legality issues will not stop the live action, big budget and decent adaptation of Robotech.

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Last weekend the Comic N’ Toys Geek fest took place at Jaya Shopping Center, to satiate the needs of the comic book and toys fans citywide.

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The first time convention attracted a huge crowd of people to the mall, who came not just for a helping of their favourite toys, comic books, cosplayers, and general geeky joy; also in attendance was Liui Aquino, popular cosplayer from the Philippines who made an appearance as Tadashi from Big Hero Six and Nightwing from the Batman franchise as well as be one of the judges for the competition.

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Of course there was also a cosplay competition that attracted many Marvel and DC cosplayers to attend the event, with a slew of characters from both the comics and the movies making an appearance.Geektoys_4

To top it off, there was a section of the convention dedicated to artists who not only showcased their wares like locally made comic series Invasi and Streets of Red but also provided on the spot commissions to the public.

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We don’t get enough western fandom oriented conventions around these parts, but with the rise in popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can only hope that we will be getting more conventions like the Comic N’ Toys Geek Fest.

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It was such a success that we might be seeing them next year too! Fingers crossed.

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The poster

Heads up Star Wars fans!

While we are still waiting impatiently for J.J Abrams’ Episode VII , let’s check out this cool short anime styled rendition TIE Fighter homage.

Animated by Paul “OtaKing” Johnson, who pretty much is the only solo creative crew behind this short film’s animation which included rotoscoping. Music is by Zak Rahman and audio sound effects by Joseph Leyva. He admitted that this video is his personal labour of love and homage to old Lucasart’s 1994 PC game, TIE Fighter. In his own words, he said “match the locations and mechanics of the 1994 Lucasarts Tie Fighter video game“. For example, players would pick up the dreaded missile lock warning sound at 3:12 of the video. That sound is unique to TIE Fighter game only. This short film took him “four years’ worth of weekends“.

You can have a look at how much work went into this, click this link to see the creative process and decisions during the making. Interestingly, the animation is done in anime style of the late 80s and early 90s. Most fans commented that it has the Macross vibe, complete with the Itano Missile Massacre made famous by Macross.

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The visual key of the new series

AnimeJapan 2015 reveals a new series in works, called Classroom☆Crisis. So far, what we have is one visual key and announcements of a main illustrator/character designer for the project. In addition, Aniplex (Sword Art Online, Aldnoah Zero) will be the studio handling the newly announced series.

Hiro Kazaki, the character designer of the hugely popular Oreimo series is the only known name attached to the series and he will be designing the original characters for the upcoming anime. One notable thing is, the series is anime unique, meaning it is not based on any prior manga or light novel before this.

So far the visual key named two female characters featured in it: Irisu and Mizuki who are exchanging ideas while Irisu is riding on her scooter bike. Nothing much can be said from the visual key itself except for familiar character design that is seen in Oreimo is back. The art is crisp and clear, the female characters looks like young teens at a glance. Mizuki looks like someone who is handy with mechanics as she is glancing at the scooter bike with interest while her toolbox is lying nearby.

Unfortunately, nothing else is known about the project, not even the airing date of the series.

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