NBC is making a modern reboot for Xena : Warrior Princess

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Seems we are in for a lot of reboots, what with producers capitalizing on the current generation’s feel for nostalgia.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC is currently working on a revival for popular 90’s fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess. The series is supposedly in its very early development phases but so far it can be confirmed that the series would be a modern reboot, much like that of the all female leads of the new Ghostbusters movie. However, it can’t be too bad since the original show’s producers, Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are on the project.

For those who remember, Xena: Warrior Princess is a spinoff of Hercules : The Legendary Journeys which came to be in 1995.

But how exactly are they going to handle the reboot is uncertain considering Xena died in the final episode of the series, but actress Lucy Lawless (who is famous for her portrayal of Xena) has been campaigning for the show’s return for quite some time now, since its finale in 2001. She even confirmed that she was “pitching her ass off” to make the reboot happen, as she told HitFix during the San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks back.

We personally would be delighted to know if the series will indeed be returning in its full glory, chakrams and all.

via Polygon, Hollywood Reporter

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Check out these pieces of beautiful concept art from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Check these new bits of awesome concept art by Frédéric Bennett from Eidos Montreal. This is his work for the next chapter of Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided, which we can barely wait to go live.

Feel free to click on the images for bigger resolution.

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The artist also worked on titles like Wet, Age of Conan and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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The game is expected to be released next year and players can expect to reprise the role as Adam Jensen again. This time, the story is set in Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic in year of 2029,  two years after events in Human Revolution.

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The plot is pretty straightforward, Adam is working with an international group to stop terrorist attacks. Humans are more hostile to augmentations thanks to the Panchea incident where augmented individuals started to attack natural humans mindlessly. This isn’t helping the case of the Augs when the Illuminati (no, not the same Illuminati that you’re thinking of) are scheming something big in the background.  The hero must confront the terrorists and a shadowy group who are behind the events in past two years and controlling his very own organization.

The game will be released for Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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City Hunter special OAD/OVA confirmed

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Sixteen years after the anime series concluded, City Hunter might have that last hurrah with all the original cast returning for one last time.

Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter manga is set to be re-released as a twelve volume new edition dubbed the “City Hunter XYZ Edition”. The first two volumes are already out in Japan since 18 July 2015 and now there is promotional video going online right now. Kamikaze Douga who did Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure will be tasked to animate the special episode which be available as a bonus OAD to the purchasers of the entire twelve volume XYZ edition. Sunrise Studio (Mobile Suit Gundam) handled the highly popular old 1980’s -90’s TV anime series.

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“Ryo’s Proposal disc image print

The one OAD/OVA special focuses on the protagonist Ryo Sheba, who decides to propose to main heroine Kaori Makimura after years and years of him flirting around with so many beautiful ladies in his course of “work”. Because of that, Kaori has to constantly keep him off the ladies due to jealousy or the fact that he is simply too horny to control himself.

Old fans might be heartened with the news that the four original main voice cast – Akira Kamiya (Ryo Sheba), Kazue Ikura (Kaori Makimura), Yoko Asagami (Saeko Nogami) and Tessho Genda (Umibozu) will be back to reprise their roles for this special episode.

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Street Fighter V now has a 16 character roster and a new challenger – the feral Necalli

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Capcom confirmed there will be sixteen fighters in the new Street Fighter V game with four completely new characters.

Perhaps in lieu of numerous criticisms of the Street Fighter IV, the company announced that players will get balance updates and system adjustments for free, plus players can pick up DLC characters just by playing the game. According to Capcom’s Peter “Combofiend” Rosas in his post at the PlayStation blog:

Street Fighter 5 will be the first iteration in the franchise where it is possible for dedicated players to earn all gameplay related content (such as characters) for free, simply by playing the game,” Rosas said. “Long gone are the days of forced Super and Ultra upgrades! Enjoy free balance updates as soon as they become available, and find and choose the post-launch characters that you want to get.

That also means the players will only need the initial release disc of the game. Rosas also named seven characters in the post – Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Charlie Nash, M.Bison, Birdie and Cammy. He said that Capcom plans to issue more frequent updates to keep the game fresh with better replayability. At the moment, game features two types of in-game currency – Zenny and Fight Money. Fight Money can be obtained by simply playing the game whereas Zenny can be purchased with real-world money. Both can be used to buy new content such as new characters.

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Meanwhile, during EVO 2015, the company showed off a new unique character, Necalli. The fighter sports wild looking hairdo and relies on grappling as his modus operandi. From what we can see, his arsenal includes grabs, dive kicks and fast claw slashes while his V mode triggers the full power of his insane flowing locks. Shades of Satsui no Hado?

Anyway, the game is set for a release next year and the company will be rolling out the betas soon worldwide.

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Dance with Devils bishonen anime series is coming this October

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Visual key of the series

Otome game makers Rejet, avex and Element Garden are getting together in a partnership to produce the fall 2015 anime series, Dance with Devils/ ダンス・ウィズ・デビルス, which they recently previewed.

The Director will be Ai Yoshimura (Ao Haru Ride, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru) with Yuka Takashina (Oda Nobuna no Yabou, De Capo) as the character designer. Series composition is by veteran Tomoko Konparu (Chii’s Sweet Home, Nodame Cantabile) and “Mademo★iselle” by Pentacle★ ED theme song are sang by the entire male voice actor cast comprised of Daisuke Hirakawa , Wataru Hatano, Takashi Kondo, Subaru Kimura and Soma Saito while OP theme song “Kakusei no Air” is a solo effort by Wataru Hatano. Production is by Brains Base (Baccano!) and DIVE II Entertainment.

The confirmed voice acting lineup so far are Hinika Akeneya (Noragami, PriPara), Daisuke Hirakawa (Ao Haru Ride, Bleach) , Wataru Hatano (Fairy Tail, Bleach), Takashi Kondo (Bleach, Diabolik Lovers), Subaru Kimura (Ping Pong the Animation, Black Bullet) and Soma Saito (Saekano, Plastic Memories).

Official synopsis of the series:

“Daß ich erkenne, was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält, schau’ alle Wirkenskraft und Samen, und thu’ nicht mehr in Worten kramen.”
“That I realize what keeps the world together at heart, look at all effectualness and seeds and don’t rummage in words anymore.”

At a street that looks nostalgic, in Shikou Village.

Ritsuka Tachibana, a second year high schooler who attends Shikou Gakuen.

She spends a peaceful school life with her mother Maria, but the balance will collapse one day—.
Is that a person or a devil?

This is a story of a girl who is being loved and charmed by beautiful devils.”

Check out the each individual trailer for each male leads of the series below

 

 

 

 

The entire male cast of the series did a group photoshoot for the fans:

And the proper trailer of the series here

The series should appeal to female fans with the reverse harem trope and exceedingly handsome devils who are out to charm the socks off the innocent, pure female lead.

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Nintendo releases Genyo Takeda’s tribute to Satoru Iwata

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During the funeral service for the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the company’s senior managing director and current co-representative director Genyo Takeda delivered a memorial address for his former colleague. To put it short, he pledged to uphold Iwata’s legacy.

Takeda is a 66 year old game designer, credited as the man who created the first game title for Nintendo by Shigeru Miyamoto. The game is called EVR Race. He is also the creator of Punch-Out!, the famous boxing game that was massively popular few decades ago. Not only that, he developed the technology that allows players to save up their game progress and one of the principal brains behind the development of the Wii.

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Here is the translated transcript of his memorial address released by Nintendo:

As we gather here today for a joint funeral with Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Mr. Iwata’s family, I would like to share my heartfelt condolences. President Iwata, allow me to call you Iwata-san, just as I always used to. Iwata-san, you left us far too soon. Having just chaired our shareholders’ meeting the other day on June 26, the news of your sudden death has left all the employees overcome with a deep sorrow. The late Yamauchi-san passed the baton to you in naming you the president of Nintendo in 2002, and the two Senior Managing Directors of the company, Shigeru Miyamoto and I, have been assisting and working alongside you. Being rather short-tempered myself, the thing that I am most deeply struck by is that you were a true leader in every sense of the word, overflowing with compassion for people. You always maintained a two-way dialogue, even with the next generation of employees, or with much younger members of the development and marketing teams, or with employees outside of Japan whose different customs and cultures can make communication challenging — sometimes even admitting your own mistakes to them. You demonstrated this through your belief that people could eventually come to understand one another, and your strong conviction that the best way for us to grow is through patient communication, even if it took several times, a dozen times or even seemingly endless discussion.

You succeeded in planting the seed in employees’ hearts that, in order to solve an issue, there is a fundamental cycle whereby you make a hypothesis, execute the plan, see the result and then make adjustments, and by which you have caringly nurtured these seeds to sprout and mature into plants. Until now, our successors and the younger generation would take a few first steps and then look back at you for guidance because they could not tell if they had chosen the right path. Today they cannot ask for your guidance anymore.

However, I am sure that they have already made the firm determination that they will continue on their own, making the hypothesis, executing the plan, seeing the results and reflecting on the results to improve and adjust by themselves. In the face of your unbelievable passing it will surely take some time before we can emerge from this deep sorrow. Please know, however, that the seeds you have planted, and the plants that have sprouted will put forth small flowers as they bring smiles to the faces of people around the world, blossom into a grand flower bigger than even you, our leader, Iwata-san. Together with Miyamoto and others of our generation, we swear in our hearts that we will continue our efforts so that, someday, we can report and present to you the blossoming of these flowers. May you continuously watch over and guide us managers, our employees and your family.

On behalf of all of us, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences and sincerest prayer. May you rest in peace, Iwata-san.”

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We finally have some new material for the new Fantastic Four movie directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) with new TV spots and featurettes.

We can see that the makers are trying to appeal and connect to the audience at the personal level with the stars talking about what makes the movie different from its predecessors. Kate Mara thinks the more human and grounded qualities will make the audience empathize more with the film. The crew also talks more on the background of the film; they’re the chosen to attend a special school for gifted people and this is where they cracked the inter-dimensional time travel riddle.

Official synopsis:

Fantastic Four,” a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

We also get to see Dr. Doom in more detail in the latest TV spot, learning that the quartet were locked up after they awaken with superhuman powers. Sue makes a plea that they are not the ones that the humans should fear. Then it cuts to Toby Kebbell’s Dr. Doom doing his thing.

Fantastic Four set for the cinemas on 7 August 2015.

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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.

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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.

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