Akira Gets a Release Date and Director

In what is most certainly massive news for Hollywood, it’s been revealed that the long-in-development-hell live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s critically acclaimed, Akira, will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. That also happens to be the same day that John Wick: Chapter 4 will hit theaters, so expect one of those to move around a bit.

Additionally, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) has been attached to direct the project after rumors of him circling the project started several months ago. The logline for the project can be found below.

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. 

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Doraemon: Story of Seasons Headed West

In a pretty shocking, but welcome announcement, it’s been confirmed that Doraemon: Story of Seasons will be heading west, hitting North America in Fall 2019. The game finds iconic cat robot, Doraemon, and his best friend, Noby, in another world without their gadgets to get by. Fortunately, the small town of Shizen is welcoming, allowing them to farm and help the town grow in order to live there.

Hitting shores in Japan this summer, the game will release later this year for English audiences for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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New Trailer for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

The Pokémon Company has released the second trailer for the franchise’s first fully CGI animated film, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, giving us our first look at plenty of new footage, as well as returning characters Ash, Brock, Misty, and even Team Rocket. The trailer also shows us the new styles of several iconic scenes from the original film.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution releases in theaters in Japan on July 12th, with no word yet on an international release. The past tells us to expect news soon on a possible release later this year.

All-Might Joining the Jump Force Roster

Bandai Namco has revealed that the Symbol of Peace himself, All-Might, from My Hero Academia, will be joining the Jump Force roster next month in the game’s first round of DLC, alongside previously announced Seto Kaiba. In Jump Force, All Might will fight using three primary moves: Detroit Smash, Carolina Smash, and Oklahoma Smash, with his Awakening being the United States of Smash.

You can hit the jump to check out the first screenshots of All-Might in the game. Jump Force is currently available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Netflix’ Cowboy Bebop Finds Its Cast

The oft-criticized Netflix live-action adaptation of the anime classic, Cowboy Bebop, seems to be getting the last laugh this morning with the unveiling of its shockingly diverse cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Cho (Star Trek) has been cast as bounty hunter, Spike Spiegel. He is described as “an impossibly cool ‘cowboy’ (bounty hunter) with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare.”

Additionally, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) has been cast as Spike’s partner-in-crime, Jet Black. He serves as “one of the few honest cops in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robbed him of all that he loved, forcing him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties to put food on the table. Jet is an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop.”

Next, Danielle Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) has been cast as femme fatale, Faye Valentine, and British actor Alex Hassell has been cast as Spike’s former partner, Vicious. That rounds out a surprisingly diverse, and incredibly strong cast for the upcoming series, which seems to be getting quite the approval from fans and critics alike.

New Mob Psycho 100 II OVA This July

It was announced yesterday, on April Fool’s Day, that a new Mob Psycho 100 II OVA would be hitting on July 7th during a fan event in Japan. As it turns out, that wasn’t a joke! To make things even better, it’s been revealed that series creator, ONE, would be planning the all new story, ensuring the highest quality.

Mob Psycho 100 has been phenomenal in its first two seasons, with some of the most incredible animation ever put to screen on display. Now, we can look forward to more of the omnipotent but shy psychic high school student, and that’s certainly good news.

Evangelion Entry Plug Pool Floats Unveiled

Summer will be here before we know it, so Bandai Namco’s toy company, PLEX, is wasting no time in prepping for pool weather with the unveiling of these new Neon Genesis Evangelion entry plug pool floats. They’re available Bandai’s official online store Premium Bandai and the anime franchise’s official store Evangelion Store.

Each pool float is 130cm long and will retail for ¥ 2,160 or approximately $20, with pre-orders now open, and shipping set for May 2019.

Mobile Suit Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Announced

This is the world we live in, now. Mobile Suit Gundam is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, whereas Hello Kitty is celebrating her 45th Anniversary, so naturally the two will battle in a fierce contest of superiority. The battle will take place on Japan’s LINE network, with fans able to earn points for their respective side by completing certain tasks.

The campaign will then culminate into a large scale escape room pitting the two against each other alongside fans. As insane as that plan is, leave it to Japan to make it work. Keep your eyes on the Official Website for more information.

Second My Hero Academia Movie On The Way

My Hero Academia has proven itself the successor to Naruto time and time again, and the massive success of its first movie proves it. My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes did big box office numbers across the planet, so it’s no surprise that Studio BONES has announced that a second film will be releasing this Winter.

The film currently has no title, but it adds to an already eventful second half of the year, as the highly anticipated fourth season of My Hero Academia begins this October.

Evangelion Hits Netflix on June 21st

After confirming, to much fan-appreciation, that one of the most influential anime series of all time would be making its way to the streaming service, Netflix has confirmed that Neon Genesis Evangelion will hit on June 21st. It’s been notoriously difficult for quite some time for fans to watch the series without purchasing one of its incredibly expensive box-sets, so this opens a breadth of new fans to the massive series.

On the flip-side, it was also confirmed by the original cast & crew of the iconic original English dub that the series has been re-dubbed for its release on Netflix. Certainly a blow, as the original dub is considered one of the best English translations of all time. Fingers crossed that Netflix has handled it with extreme care.

Skechers x One Piece Series 2 Releases

After the surprise release of Skechers’ first collaboration with mega-franchise One Piece, none of us were sure what to expect from the future. Now, the brand has revealed a second drop in their collaboration, focusing on the Battle of Marineford and many of its major players including Luffy, Edward “Whitebeard” Newgate, and Trafalgar Law.

The new styles make use of Skechers’ D’Lites 3 and are available in both Mens and Womens styles. You can get them online over at Skechers’ Online Store now.

Seto Kaiba Revealed for Jump Force

Bandai Namco has revealed that Seto Kaiba, the fan favorite anti-hero Yu-Gi-Oh! will be joining his fellow Yugi Mutoh in the smash success game, Jump Force. The revealed was accompanied by a few screenshots showing Kaiba wielding his two most powerful monsters, Obelisk the Tormentor, and the Blue Eyes White Dragon.

Kaiba will hit Jump Force in May alongside two other, as yet unrevealed characters. Jump Force is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Hit the jump for additional images.

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New Trailer for Netflix’ Ultraman Debuts

Netflix has released a new trailer for its highly anticipated Ultraman CG animated series, and it’s looking absolutely gorgeous. Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts have taken the helm of the series, pumping out top notch animation, though the lack of giant monsters fighting giant robots is a bit concerning.

Ultraman hits Netflix on April 1st, making yet another massive premiere on April Fool’s Day 2019. What an interesting year…

First Trailer for Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

The Pokemon Company has finally given us our proper first look at the upcoming CG animated film, Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, showing off a gorgeous new animation style, and plenty of new footage. The film appears to be a faithful remake of the original movie, which is sure to please fans.

Currently, there is no release date for North America, but Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution hits theaters in Japan on July 12th.