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'The Last -Naruto the Movie-' Anime Gets First Teaser Spot

'The Last -Naruto the Movie-' Anime Gets First Teaser Spot

Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden

While it has an awkward title, we’ve got the first look in a brief teaser at the first feature in two years since Naruto: Road to Ninja came out. The tenth installment in the franchise overall, The Last -Naruto the Movie- is set for a December 6th, 2014 released. The film is coming at the same time that the original manga series by Masashi Kishimoto is entering the 15th anniversary period of the property which is being celebrated in a Naruto’s New Era Opening Project which includes this feature film.

While the teaser has landed now, a full trailer is set for release on August 1st in Japan, which will end up online quickly.

With regards to the title, we don’t expect this to be the last Naruto feature, especially if it makes money. The title is likely in reference to something in the film called The Last and the way the title is being presented is just a cultural aspect. Kishimoto is serving on the film by doing the designs, supervising and coming up with the conceptual idea for the film.

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'Sasuke Uchiha's Shuringan Legend' Manga Coming

'Sasuke Uchiha's Shuringan Legend' Manga Coming

Sasuke Uchiha's Shuringan Legend Sasuke Uchiha’s Shuringan Legend

While I didn’t get to read the manga, I loved the Naruto comedy spinoff series Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals. So seeing another one come to life here is a big positive as I can hope it’ll get an anime adaptation as well. According to the latest issue of Saikyo Jump magazine, a new spinoff is set to debut on October 3rd with Sasuke Uchiha’s Shuringan Legend. The series will be drawn by Kenji Taira, who ended his run on the Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals series earlier this month. That property got a 51 episode anime series simulcast by Crunchyroll along with Viz Media and Viz Media recently started talking a bit about bringing that out to home video as well.

Plot concept: The manga will revolve around Sasuke Uchiha, a user of the Sharingan eye. Although he is usually cool, he also has a humorous side to him.

[Source: ANN]

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‘The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ Anime Gets New Promo

‘The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ Anime Gets New Promo

idolmaster cinderella girls image 4We’ve had a few promotional images surface so far for the next IDOLM@STER project, which the team announced back in April. The anime adaptation of the social mobile game of IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls certainly is one that will have plenty of appeal to fans of the original works and those that have been introduced to it just from the games. The new series, which will be produced by A-1 Pictures, is set to debut in January 2015 based on the mobile game of the same name and will feature the return of Noriko Takao to direct the series. Composition will be done by Tatsuya Takahashi while Yuusuke Matsuo will be handling the character designs.

Aniplex now has a new promotional video out for the show, which you can see below.

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Alexandre Aja Updates On ‘Space Adventure Cobra’ Movie

Alexandre Aja Updates On ‘Space Adventure Cobra’ Movie

Space Adventure Cobra HuluAlexandre Aja is out doing press for his latest film with Horns, which stars Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, and there’s always someone in the pool of journalists that remembers projects from a few years ago to ask about. After Aja had success with his 2010 film Piranha 3D, he said he was working towards making a Space Adventure Cobra live action movie. That’s a big project in itself, but with the way science fiction films were making a come back and now we’re seeing a little more space opera, it certainly fit into the overall trend. When asked about the status of the film, according to Cinema Blend, he said, “It’s a huge, huge project. Super expensive. Like $150 million-plus. It can only be done with a major movie star and most of them are not available for like five years. So we’re still working and trying to make it happen.”

Aja currently owns the rights to the live action film and has produced a couple of scripts for it so far with Gregory Levasseur and has a few producers lined up, but are looking at how best to bring the budget down while still making it a tent pole sized live action franchise.

Right Stuf has released the full TV original 80′s TV series in North America and Discotek Media has released the 1982 movie.

Check out the concept artwork that was done a couple years back by his team:

Cobra Poster

Original concept: Seeking reprieve from a painfully ordinary 9-to-5 existence, mild-mannered office worker Johnson visits the TM Corporation, a company that sells virtual dreams.

In Johnson’s dream adventure, he’s the notorious space pirate Cobra! Accompanied by his android partner Lady Armaroid, Cobra fights the lowlife scum of the Pirate Guild by day and saves sultry sirens of space by night. After the journey is over, events unfold that bring reality into focus. His experience wasn’t a dream at all – it was a reawakening of his buried past!

With the most feared weapon in the universe, the Psycho Gun, Cobra sets out into the galaxy in pursuit of love, fortune and fame!

[Source: Crunchyroll]

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Viz Media Sets ‘Gargantia On The Verurous Planet’ Anime DVD/BD Release

Viz Media Sets ‘Gargantia On The Verurous Planet’ Anime DVD/BD Release

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Header HuluWith a simulcast run behind it and a dubbed run on Neon Alley, Viz Media is now moving to the next phase for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet with its home video release. The series is coming out on October 7th, 2014 in both DVD/BD combo form and a separate DVD only release. The show is clocking in at 330 minutes and the DVD/BD release is priced at $69.99 while the DVD only release is priced at $44.82 for the bilingual production.

Directed by Tony Oliver at Bang Zoom Entertainment, the series stars Alan Lee as Ledo, Cassandra Lee Morris as Amy, Matt Mercer as Chamber, Marc Diraison as Kugel, Karen Srassman as Striker, Julie Ann Taylor as Bellows, Patrick Seitz as Pinion, Laura Post as Ridget, Michelle Ruff as Bebel/Grace, Natalie Hoover as Saaya, Janice Roman Roku as Melty, Johanna Luis as Lukkage, Geoffy Chambers as Farlocke, Steve Mann as Oldham, Doug Stone as Flange, Kyle Hebert as Crown and Tony Oliver as Worm

Plot concept: In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile that fact that he may never be able to return home!

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'Donten ni Warau' Anime Gets English Language Title

'Donten ni Warau' Anime Gets English Language Title

Donten ni Waru Donten ni Warau

Announced as going into production in August 2013 and set for an October 2014 premiere, the Doga Kobo series adaptatoin of the six volume manga Donten ni Warau has gotten an official English language title. Nippon TV has set up their licensing page for the property and they’re using the title Laughing Under the Clouds for it. Not all names are used through what licensors request, though more often than not they are, but it provides a good clue as to what we’ll see it localized as in the future.

Plot concept: In the eleventh year of the Meiji era carrying swords was forbidden by the government and those known as samurai were slowly fading away. However, there were plenty who didn’t like those changes taking place in Japan and inevitably the crime rates increased. The country’s only solution was an inescapable lake prison. Since the prison had no other way to access it except by water, the three boys of the Kumo family were assigned to transport the criminals to their new “home”. Although, is that the only thing they were doing…?

[Source: WTK]

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Alex Kurtzman Directing ‘The Mummy’ Relaunch

Alex Kurtzman Directing ‘The Mummy’ Relaunch

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As word came up a few weeks back about Universal looking to build a mildly cohesive monsters universe using the various creature properties that they’ve had for decades and decades now, it looks like things are starting to come together a bit more. That plan was being spearheaded by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan and now it looks like Kurtzman is in the final negotiations phase for helming a relaunch of The Mummy to pull it all together. The film, which has a tentatively planned May 22nd, 2016 release date, is going to set the tone for this new crossover styled universe that can happen. Universal has had a few other directors in line for the film over the last couple of years, but the time to pull it all together has caused them to leave the project.

Kurtzman recently ended his lengthy partnership with Roberto Orci to pursue other projects and is looking to stake out a big name with some iconic characters. The Mummy takes place in the present day and is described as an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements rather than a straight horror film, and it will feature all-new characters instead of re-using elements from the previous Mummy films.

[Source: THR]

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Superman Unbound Blu-ray Review

Superman Unbound Blu-ray Review

Superman Unbound Superman Unbound

Sometimes miniaturization is not your friend.

What They Say:
Superman battles Brainiac in order to save his home planet’s city of Kandor which has been miniaturized on Brainiac’s ship.

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release is toplined with the English language track that’s in 5.1 and encoded using the DTS-HD MA lossless codec. The audio design for this release is one that’s pretty decent overall with a lot going on, but it’s not non-stop action so it works a good bit of dialogue throughout and some quiet scenes as well. The various aspects of the feature hits their marks well throughout. The dialogue side of it works in some decent placement at times and some of the quieter moments definitely works well to set the mood. The action side of it goes big in a few places, particularly the end, but it’s generally kept a bit more personal and hand to hand so there’s a lot to like there as swords, guns and fists all exchange with each other. The mix works well overall and it makes for a pretty enjoyable feature with some very good standout moments.

Video:
Originally released in 2013, the transfer for this feature is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. The feature falls in line with other DC Universe animated projects in that the animation, designs and fluidity of the animation itself is pretty strong throughout but it suffers from some other source issues. The usual faults come through, dependent on setup and sensitivity, with some of the jaggies that pop-up throughout and a bit of noise in some of the red backgrounds. The banding issue crops up once again, a regular piece in most of these projects, but it stands out more with some properties compared to others. A lot of this is easy to overlook in general though as the majority of the transfer has a clean look to it with some great colors and definitely some very enjoyable looking animation.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release comes in a standard sized Blu-ray case with a slipcover that replicates the keepcase artwork with a bit of additional raised material and some nice silver aspects. THe front cover gives us a great illustrated piece that has Superman and Brainiac going at it with a dark and mechanical background that definitely gives it a good bit of intensity. The logo works nicely with both the red and silver and being raised as well as the character pieces that get the raised aspect. It’s not the most colorful piece, especially as Superman’s outfit is a bit muted, but it definitely comes together well to reflect the material at hand. The back cover has a good piece of artwork along the top that has Superman facing off against Brainiac as seen in the show as well as a nod towards Supergirl, which I wish was able to find a way onto the front cover. The premise is decently covered and the discs extras are all laid out clearly. The rest of it, which is a good amount of space, is given over to the digital side and legalese with a very minor bit of technical information that doesn’t serve a buyer well in easily figuring out what the release is like. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design for this release works a familiar style as we get a static screen that uses the artwork from the front cover that’s expanded a bit along the right. With this removing the additional aspects of the cover and spreading out a bit more even while zooming in, it doesn’t feel as cluttered as the cover and comes across as a bit brighter as well. With the logo along the upper left in a simple design that has a nice hook to it, the rest is given over to the navigation strip along the bottom that has all the standard access points in an easy to navigate way. The look overall is definitely good and with the artwork standing out in a positive way here, it sets the mood and atmosphere well.

Extras:
The extras for this release are once again a fun treat, especially for someone like me that enjoys hearing and seeing original comics creators talking about properties and characters they’ve interacted with for years. This one gives us a good look at the history of Kandor and the kinds of problems that comes from such a story device, a solid commentary track featuring the team behind this production talking about it and a featurette that looks at the way technology that Brainiac brings into play is relevant both in past and present. They vary in length and how much you can get out of it depending on what you want to know, but these are absolutely fun little original pieces that shows the enthusiasm and enjoyment the creators get out of these works.

And similar to past releases within the DC Universe line, we get four episodes from other series that focus on some of the characters that populates this feature:
1: The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1
2: New Kids in Town
3: Little Girl Lost Part 1
4: Little Girl Lost Part 2

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When I had made one of my irregular forays into superhero comics several years ago, one of the first things I had picked up was the collected edition of Superman: Brainiac, which was written by Geoff Johns. The story is one that provided a good reworking at the character of Brainiac, whom I always liked, and it helped to tie into events with Supergirl nicely while going for a bigger feeling that a Superman story needs when dealing with intergalactic issues. The animated adaptation of the property is one that can work pretty well since the original story arc was rather self contained and didn’t involve a host of other heroes. What also works here is that the feature provides a nice bit of forward progress, albeit just at the end, for the whole Clark and Superman relationship, something that unfortunately didn’t get a follow-up in another feature. Where’s my Superman Wedding animated feature already?

The feature gives us some good character material at its core here. While Clark and Lois are dating, it’s on the down low and that leads to its own complications, particularly since Clark has this sense of wanting to protect her. And considering the things she gets herself involved in, there is a certain sense there as she ends up on the wrong side of bad guys regularly and that requires Superman to be there to provide the right rescue. But you can see her getting into these situations even if Superman never existed, but he feels a sort of responsibility about her since she takes such risks with his alter ego being a part of the back of her mind. Clark’s also trying to deal with a more recent arrival into his life with his cousin Kara, aka Supergirl. He’s trying to give her the life he had, which is impossible to begin with, but made more complex by the fact that she is a teenage girl that truly lost a world that she knew. There’s a distance and closeness that comes from the two of them, since he knows he’s not alone now while all she can see the immense loss and pain.

All of that gets amplified by the arrival in the American Southwest by a scout droid that Superman deals with, not realizing what it is. Supergirl knows it the minute she sees it that it’s one of the advance scouts from Brainiac, a world destroying knowledge acquirer that traverses the galaxy and takes the information from every world it comes across. It ends up destroying the world afterwards, but it often saves a particular city and miniaturizes it as a part of its collection. This happened on Krypton and Supergirl has first hand experience with it, which rightly sends her into a panic as she just sees Earth as being doomed at this point since Brainiac will be coming here. Superman, of course, goes into it with the idea that he can stop Brainiac before it happens, but there’s also some real potential for more interesting things here as well if there are more Kryptonians held in captivity there.

The back and forth between Superman and Brainiac does give us the usual elements you want from a movie like this as there’s hordes of robots under his control that Superman can deal with, the end of the world feeling hits Earth in a big way as they come down to suck out the knowledge that they want and you get a good push back from Superman as well. Brainiac has had a few interpretations over the years and this one works well as we see him as an immense collector that is cold and brutal with what it does, seeing everything as just specimens to acquire. There are the usual slugfests to be sure, and a kind of awkward one towards the end that deals with fighting in the mud that gives Brainiac a first hand real world experience that he likely hasn’t had in decades, but I found myself gravitating more towards Supergirl’s fights along the way as she comes to terms with her power and what she can actually do.

Superman’s arc in this is definitely interesting since he gets exposed to real Kryptonian culture through his being placed inside the bottle city of Kandor. I’ve always loved the concept of the city but it’s been such an awkward device over the years for so many reasons that it’s hard to take too seriously. But in this form, as a standalone movie, you can wipe all that away and just enjoy it, which they do throughout and right to the end. For Superman, seeing him meeting relatives that he never knew, experiencing a taste of the culture and all it entails, it’s an important moment for him and one that obviously drives him in a big way to freeing them and finding a way to provide them a life after the loss of Krypton. It may not get the depth it needs, but you read between the lines nicely and it really does draw you into it.

Working from a different angle, the arrival of Brainiac and what he entails is just as important for Supergirl. With her being powerless when he arrived on Krypton, that kind of fear and loss nearly paralyzes her on Earth. She ends up occupying herself with a lot of other fights around the world to try and take out bad guys while avoiding Metropolis as she just knows that it’ll get taken like Kandor was. But Supergirl hasn’t really made the connection that she’s not powerless like she was before and that takes a mental adjustment that isn’t always easy to make, especially for a teenager that’s struggling with so much loss in her life. Which is why the turnaround is so sweet as she takes control of things and doesn’t let the ghosts of the past control her in the present. She may not dominate the final fight sequence, but she has some key moments and her personality definitely shines through.

In Summary:
Having enjoyed the original comic story that this came from and the general interpretations and reworkings of old stories in order to breathe new life into it, Superman Unbound definitely hits all the sweet spots. With solid looking animation throughout it, great characters, solid character material for the relationship side and the internal struggles that they face as well, there’s a whole lot to like here. It’s a good, complete story that works one of the more difficult characters with Supergirl in a positive way while also building some good family bonds along the way. The feature is one that hits good marks almost entirely across the board that will leave most fans pretty happy, something that can be difficult with a Superman story.

Features:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Featurettes

Content Grade: B+
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+

Released By: Warner Home Video
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
MSRP: $24.98
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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NTV Updates On ‘Parasyte’ Anime Series With Official Name, Synopsis

NTV Updates On ‘Parasyte’ Anime Series With Official Name, Synopsis

Parasyte Image 1Nippon TV has put together their English licensing page for one of their upcoming series with Parasyte and that means a little bit of new information. The English language synopsis that they provide is below, which is definitely very Japanese in nature, but we also get that the new show is being called Parasyet – the maxim- in how they’re differentiating it from the other properties.

Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school kid, is suddenly attacked by a “parasite” that came flying to Earth. The parasite missed Shinichi’s brain by a hair but attached and assimilated itself onto his right arm. It calls itself “MIGI”, which means right in Japanese, to honor its location and begins a peculiar symbiotic relationship with its human host.
Distressed that he can’t tell anyone about what has happened, Shinichi soon finds himself developing something similar to a friendship with MIGI.
Shinichi and MIGI are suddenly confronted by other parasites that start to appear and kill people. The situation escalates as people also start killing the parasites. Shinichi’s childhood friend and classmate Satomi finds herself in danger.
In the midst of this situation, Ryoko Tamiya shows up as a high school teacher who leads the parasites into discovering their own sense of worth.
“Why were we born?”
The parasites begin to realize that they were born to cull the humans who continue to destroy Earth.
The humans fight to live on and begin killing the parasites.
“Who deserves to survive?”
The Earth and their loved ones need to be protected.
As values waver, Shinichi and MIGI throw themselves into the battle between humans and parasites

The series is being directed by Kenichi Shimizu at Madhouse with series composition put together by Shoji Yonemura. Tadashi Hiamatsu is handling the character designs for the series. Nobunaga Shimazaki is playing the lead role of Izumi while Aya Hirano is tackling Migi, the alien parasite itself. Kana Hanazawa has signed on to play Satomi Murano.

Parasyte was created by Hitoshi Iwaaki and ran for ten volumes in Japan during the 1990′s with over eleven million copies in print. The adaptation comes as the property is being done as a pair of live action films as well that are in development, which the anime series is inspired by. The manga has had a varied life in North America as it was originally serialized in Mixxzine and later found its way to Del Rey. It was released in Japan again fairly recently which led to Kodansha Comics bringing it out as well in North America once more.

Plot concept: They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade – and take control of – a human host to survive.

Once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures

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‘Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso’ Anime Gets New Key Visual

‘Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso’ Anime Gets New Key Visual

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Some of the Japanese anime Twitter accounts were having a bit of fun in being “taken over” last night and the result of it for one series is that we got a new key visual for it. Announced earlier this year for an October 2014 debut on the noitaminA block, a new cast key visual has arrived for the A-1 Pictures production of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. The original work began in 2011 in Monthly Shonen Magazine by Naoshi Arakawa and has six volumes going so far. It was well thought of at the 37 Kodansha Manga Awards as well where it won the Best Shonen Manga award. The anime adaptation is being directed by Kyohei Ishiguro based on scripts by Takao Yoshioka while Yukiko Aikei is serving as both character designer and chief animatoin director.

The series stars Natsuki Hanae as Kōsei Arima, Risa Taneda as Kaori Miyazono, Ayane Sakura as Tsubaki Sawabe, Ryota Ohsaka as Ryōta Watari, Yuuki Kaji as Takeshi Aiza and Saori Hayami as Emi Igawa.

Plot concept: Kōsei Arima is a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain color when he meets a female violinist by chance. Kaori Miyazono is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kōsei starts to move forward with his own legs at the age of 14.

Kimiuso

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