More details released on Classroom☆Crisis

Latest visual key
Latest visual key

Finally we have some traction regarding the upcoming anime series Classroom☆Crisis/クラスルーム☆クライシス.

The main director will be Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters, No 6) with the sound direction by Akiko Fujita. Art directorship on the other hand are divided between two persons – Takashi Aoi and Masahiro Obata whereas mechanical designs are by Toshinari Tanaka. Director of photography goes to Haruka Goto and chief animation directors were Ayumi Kurashima, Satoshi Ishino and Takeshi Yoshioka. Studio Aniplex and Lay-duce will be sharing the task of animating the series.

The confirmed voice casts are Sora Amamiya (Aldnoah Zero, Akame ga Kill!), Ari Ozawa (Noragami, Shigatsu Kimi no Uso) and Showtaro Morikubo (Yowamushi Pedal, Samurai Champloo)

The OP theme, “Cobalt” will be sang by TrySail whereas the famous idol duo ClariS will be singing the ending theme “Anemone”.

The visual key of the new series
First visual key

The official synopsis by the production team:

With aims to one day reach out into the stars, humanity has colonized all the planets of the solar system. This story of young high school hopefuls is set in Fourth Tokyo in a Japanese Martian prefecture. Iris Shirasaki is a third year student/aspiring test pilot. Mizuki Sera is her peer/mechanic and Mizuki’s brother Kaito is their homeroom teacher and the young director of the program developing their talents.

With little to go on, it can be safely speculated that this might be a slice of life series about coming to age characters set in far future where mankind have colonized the solar system.

The series is set to be aired on 4 July 2015.

via Official Site

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Kangoku Gakuen is releasing its first trailer

The hapless male students in first batch
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Latest visual key

The promotion for the anime series Prison School/監獄学園〈プリズンスクール〉or Kangoku Gakuen is getting hot with a new teaser trailer released. Based on the manga series by Akira Hiramoto, it began its life in Kodansha’s Young Magazine Weekly in February 2011. 14 tankubon volumes have been published so far and it is critically acclaimed in Japan. It won the best General Manga category beside Yuji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi’s Gurazeni during 37th Annual Manga Awards by Kodansha. 3.5 million copies printed out so far, according to the publishing house.

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The hapless male students in the first batch

The director will be Tsutomu Mizushima (Blood-C, Shirobako, Witch Craft Works) with series composition entrusted to Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Joshiraku, Shirobako). Character designer and chief animator fell to Junichiro Taniguchi (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Gosick, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica). Production will be under the care of J.C. Staff who animated DanMachi, Toradora and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.

Casting wise, voice actors like Hiroshi Kamiya (Angel Beats!), Katsuyuki Konishi (Mobile Suit Gundam), Kenichi Suzumura (Danna ga nani Wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken), Daisuke Namikawa (Black Lagoon), Sayaka Ohara (Code Geass), Shizuka Itou (Amagami SS) and very popular Kana Hanazawa (Bakemonogatari) will be present in the series.

The plot talks about an elite all girls school decides to be an co-ed school one day. The first batch of male students went in, thinking it will be an adventure of lifetime in their youth. However it quickly become sour for them when the school is not what it seems to be.

The series is scheduled for a Summer 2015 release which is this upcoming July. The story more like crass comedy when the clueless girls experiencing first contact with opposite gender after living a very sheltered and closeted life. Should be an immediate crowd pleasing series of the season.

via Official Manga Site

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Video Games Live Malaysia 2015 ticketing prices and seating confirmed

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Earlier this year we reported that after a long three year absence the Video Games Live concert was finally making its way back to our shores.

For the uninitiated, Video Games Live! is essentially a live orchestra performance of some of the world’s most iconic video game music, ranging from classics from the Final Fantasy series to newer tunes from the Skyrim, Dota 2 and World of Warcraft franchises accompanied by video footage with synchronized lighting and effects, sometimes even featuring guest performers from around the globe.

The organisers are promising an entire new show this time around so we don’t quite know what to expect but we are excited.

The previously leaked concert date has been confirmed, with the concert to be held on 29 August 2015 at the Putra Indoor Stadium starting at 8PM for a one night only show. Tickets start at RM 98 all the way to RM 580 to get up close and personal with the stage. The full list of pricing (not inclusive of 6% GST) can be viewed here and seating can be viewed in the image below.
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Of course there will be additional activities like a Guitar Hero competition an hour ahead of the concert where the winner will get to play on stage with the Symphony and of course, the on stage costume contest. As icing on the cake, ticket holders can join a meet and greet come signing session with the stars behind Video Games Live after the concert concludes.

Tickets can be purchased from 11Pass11 starting 15 June which is about two weeks away. As a bonus, concert goes can toss in an additional RM 50 to gain entry into the VGL After Party at The Roof at 1 Utama for drinks and live performances from VGL’s opening act.  Bulk ticket purchases will get discounted rates so if you’re planning on going, rope in your friends!

For those who want the VIP treatment, there’s a separate package for RM380 that can be purchased here that entitles you to a pre-show production tour, meet and greet with VGL creator Tommy Tallarico and other goodies which includes a free download for the Video Games Live: Level 3 album as well as a front of line access to the post-show meet and greet session.

 

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Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void introducing the Liberator unit

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Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void introducing the Liberator unit

Side profile of the Liberator
Side profile of the Liberator

Terran players of Starcraft universe, take note! Blizzard has a new unit for you and it’s called the Liberator.

It’s described by the game developers as a “large, high-cost air unit that deals splash damage against its enemies in the sky.” As the video shows, the unit is quite adept in shooting down clusters of Zerg Mutalisks or Protoss air units. The Liberator is also capable of ground support but this is limited only to units. Any ground units that enters a specific area will be targeted by the Liberator or it can serve as long range harassment unit.

Senior game designer David Kim wrote on Battle.net, “ We want this unit to make the Starport more rounded along with the other changes we’re bringing into Legacy of the Void, like the banshee movement speed upgrade and the Battlecruiser Tactical Jump ability. By introducing this unit to the Starport and separating out the Terran mech vehicle and ship upgrades, we think it’ll allow for a more diverse set of strategies for the Terran. It will be difficult to upgrade all three of the Barracks, Factory, and Starport tech routes, so we’re hoping to see a good variety of mixed tech units depending on the matchup and strategies players choose to go.

The unit was added to the closed beta as part of version 2.5.2. It is available at the official site now.

via Blizzard

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Is Sony working on a next gen console?

 

The job offer
The job offer

The Japanese giant, Sony, is looking to hire new game programmers but for what? Many fans are speculating that the company could be starting to assemble a team to create the PlayStation 5.

The current flagship gaming console, the PlayStation 4 is faring pretty good in Japan, North America and Europe despite stiff competition from Microsoft’s Xbox One. The machine was released in November 2013 and  had about 22.4 million units shipped around the world compared to Xbox One’s 10 million figure according to the latest statistics. However, when the American company dropped the price of the Xbox One, it got a massive surge of popularity that might prompted Sony to begin development of their next console.

The rumours began with this innocent looking job ad by Sony:

“We have an exciting opportunity at Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation). We seek a senior game programmer to assist us in developing a game used for R&D purposes related to our next generation gaming system. For someone passionate about gaming this is a very rare opportunity. After reviewing the below job profile, if this is you, please apply!”

The word “next generation” is pretty tantalizing.

So, is it really a PlayStation 5 as many people hoping for or a continuation of Project MORPHEUS development or something else that we never heard of?

via TALEO

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! anime series is confirmed

Light novel covers volume 1 & 2
Light novel covers volume 1 & 2

Japanese giant publisher Kadokawa has announced that Natume Akatsuki’s fantasy comedy light novel series, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!/この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! (Gifting this Wonderful World with Blessings!) anime is in the works with Studio Deen (pupa, Bakamatsu Rock).

Published in October 2013, the light novel franchise has six volumes so far with a spin off series will have it’s third volume out by end of this month. A manga based on the franchise illustrated by Masahito Watari has been serialized in Monthly Dragon Age since October 2014 with one tankubon volume out so far.

Light novel cover volume 3 & 4
Light novel cover volume 3 & 4

The premise of the story is about a shut-in or hikikomori boy Kazuma Sato who is obsessed with games. However, he is killed in an accident but he encounters a very beautiful girl named Aqua who gave him a second chance to live in a new world. She said he can bring one item from the former world to the new world and he choose Aqua herself. Then hilarity ensues as he is trying make a living with her in the new world.

Light novel cover volume 5 & 6
Light novel cover volume 5 & 6

Takaomi Kanasaki (Is This a Zombie?, Tokyo Ravens) is set to direct the TV series with character designer Kouichi Kikuta (key art animator for Nisekoi, Yurikuma Arashi). Makoto Uezu (Assassination Classroom, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) works on series composition. No news on who will be the voice actors yet or when it will be aired though.

It looks like another lighthearted take on fantasy genre with multiple female characters surrounding one hopeless idiot.

via Kadokawa

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting rebooted

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The old movie

20th Century Fox is reportedly interested in rebooting Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or, as it was known in the movies, LxG. Alan Moore’s comic take on classic literary characters forming a Victorian era “super-team” was adapted into a movie back in 2003 and suffice to say, it was a flop and sadly it was also he last appearance of Sean Connery as an actor in a movie.

Now is it possible we might see a more deserving adaptation of the movie? Possibly as Fox intends to reboot the franchise with Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly supervising it. According to sources, the studio did try to revive the franchise back in 2013, except instead of a movie, they were going to go the TV series route. Obviously that didn’t happen.

However, it’s very likely that with Marvel Studios roaring success with the Avengers, as well as Fox’s own X-Men movies, the studio is mostly likely angling for one more successful, long running movie franchise which they can ride on. After all, you never know when Marvel would want their X-Men franchise back to join the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With the public’s increasing reception to superhero series and movies, Fox’s decision in this matter might be a good one. The LXG  reboot would be a nice alternative to the current spate of MCU and gritty DC movie universes, if done correctly at least.

As for getting Alan Moore’s blessing, well we doubt they’ll manage that. After all Moore has publicly stated that he would like nothing to do with any movies that were being made off his work. It would be nice though if he could put his input in, but well, here’s to hoping.

via Variety

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Caliban confirmed in X-Men: Apocalypse

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The albino mutant
The albino mutant

Caliban will appear in the new X-Men movie after director, Bryan Singer shared an Instagram photo of him shooting a scene in an underground set.

Shooting Caliban's place of "business" #Xmen #XMenApocalypse

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Who is Caliban?

He is basically an albino mutant who is specialized in detecting and tracking down other mutants (just like the Cerebro used by Professor X) . The ability makes him a invaluable ally or tool to anyone with an agenda. He belongs to a group called the Morlocks, mutants who choose to hide underground and Apocalypse recruited him to be a member of the Four Horsemen in the comics.

The official profile of Caliban by Marvel:

Caliban is able to psionically sense the presence of other mutants within a 25 mile radius of himself. Originally, Caliban was able to increase his strength to superhuman levels and absorb fear-generated psionic energy from fear radiated by others, turning it against them when his adrenalin levels rose. Apocalypse’s genetic manipulation enhanced his strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes to superhuman levels, and allowed him to use his fear-casting powers at any time. Apocalypse subsequently altered Caliban’s powers to allow him to generate a psychoactive virus that attacks from within on the highest planes of the psyche. Having lived for many years underground, Caliban’s eyes were sensitive to even the smallest amount of light, but recently that seems to no longer be the case.”

Interestingly, another Morlock member, Angel Dust that’s portrayed by Gina Carano will appear in another Marvel movie, Deadpool.

X-Men: Apocalypse starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters back in their roles from previous films, including Rose Byrne, who is reprising her role as Moira McTaggert from First Class. New cast members featuring people like Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers, Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Olivia Munn as Psylocke, along with Oscar Isaac as the main bad guy, Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters on 27  May 2016.

via Instagram & IGN

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So if you remembered, we made our way to Sydney, Australia to experience the Apple Watch ourselves. After having our hands-on over at the Apple Store in Sydney, we managed to get one just to find out what it’s like.

Well here’s our unboxing of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm. We’ll be following this up with a review of it soon and something more. If you’re wondering what, let’s just say that you actually have a chance to win it. So stay tuned for more updates!

Updates for Little Witch Academia 2

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Visual key

Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Ninja Slayer) updated their Kickstarter site for their pet project, Little Witch Academia 2/リトルウィッチアカデミア 魔法仕掛けのパレード which its first short excited a lot of fans 2 years ago under Anime Mirai project. Here is the anime short that started all of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSa9jMBch38

They admitted that the production have fallen little bit behind the schedule and the rewards for the Kickstarter pledge will be also delayed.

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They revealed that the music score for the anime project is already wrapped up at Moscow.

Also, the production team shows off some work in progress which is displaying the background illustrations and snapshots of the finished scenes. Here are some of the comments made by the team:

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I believe the analog/hand painted style background is one of the selling points of LWA! Most of the anime series today use full digital backgrounds (not to say they are bad) but LWA was fortunate enough to take the time to use quality hand painted backgrounds.”

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“To finish it off, the snapshot from some of our finished cuts! I bet everyone was curious about our new girls from our previous update, so I went and snatched a colored screen of the three.
And, lastly a shot of Diana! (Sorry for being biased, but she’s my favorite character!)”

The crowdfunding is a massive success with US$625,518 achieved with set goal at the modest US$150,000. Since the milestone of US$500,000 breached, there will be release of Little Witch Academy 2 in Blu-Ray format which will be divided into standard edition and limited edition. Standard edition comes with audio commentary and making of whereas the other one will include the former both plus OST and exclusive artbook of the anime.

Little Witch Academia 2 will be over 40 minutes long.

The staff list includes Yoshinari Yoh (Gurren Lagann Parallel Works) as the director who also the character designer with Masahiko Otsuka (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) as the scribe. Michiru Oshima (Full Metal Alchemist, Xamdou) is the music composer.

The anime is scheduled for release somewhere in 2015. For more information, check out their Kickstarter site.

via Kickstarter & Official Site

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