Dragon Ball Fighter Z Gets Release Date in Japan

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Bandai Namco shared a few updates on Dragon Ball Fighter Z in the latest issue of V-Jump with a release date for Japan, as well as the reveal of two new characters: Nappa, and Captain Ginyu. V-Jump reveals that Nappa who can summon Saibamen and his Meteor special attack is Kapa, the mouth-energy-beam attack from the show.

The other new character is Captain Ginyu, who comes with the ability to call the members of The Ginyu Force. His Meteor special attack is Body Change, which, similarly to the show, allows him to swap bodies and health with opponents. Dragon Ball Fighter Z releases in Japan on February 1st, 2018, in Japan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is expected to release in early 2018 in North America, and Europe.

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First Look at Batman Ninja

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After the announcement of Batman Ninja from the creator of Afro Samurai, New York Comic-Con has given us our first look at the anime crossover. A poster released at the convention shows Batman, covered from head to toe in an epic shogun armor, with a stylized logo at the bottom.

Footage was also screened at the convention, though it has yet to make its way online. In the footage, Batman and his fellow characters are flung through time into feudal Japan, where they wage war in a hyper-stylized fashion, using a blend of 2D and CGI animation. Batman Ninja will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2018. Hit the jump to look at the full poster.

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VIZ Media Bringing Infini-T Force to America

VIZ Media has announced plans to stream a subtitled version of Infini-T Force ahead of the series’ premiere in Japan, as well as the incoming animated movie next year. Infini-T Force is an Avengers-esque crossover between many of Tatsunoko’s most well-known characters.

Ken the Eagle from Ninja Science Team Gatchaman, adapted in the West as G-Force, Casshan from his self-titled series, and Tekkaman from Tekkaman: The Space Night. Rounding out the ensemble is Polymar from Hurricane Polymar. The series begins streaming tomorrow, October 4th.

Batman Ninja in the Works from Afro Samurai Creator

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Warner Bros. is developing an anime Batman film, set for release in 2018 by Afro Samurai creator, Takashi Okazaki, according to a listing for an upcoming New York Comic Con panel. Batman Ninja is said to be an “eye-popping addition to the Batman animated legacy.” Which, if his previous work is any indication, will absolutely be true.

Okazaki is listed as the character designer for Batman Ninja, with Junpei Mizusaki as director. Leo Chu and Eric Garcia are both listed as “English-language screenwriters,” ensuring the film’s English voice-cast release.

English Trailer for Digimon Links

Bandai Namco shared a new English trailer for Digimon Links, the upcoming mobile Digimon game, confirming the game’s English release. In Digimon Links you participate in 3 vs. 3 turn-based battles, using Signature and Legacy Skills. The game also has a Farm feature that will act as your customizable home-base, as well as where you raise your monsters.

The upcoming title also comes complete with Digivolution, allowing players to digivolve and increase their power and skills in battle. Lastly, the game will also feature online co-op play allowing players to partner with friends.

King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 9

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SNK’s King of Fighters: Destiny anime has posted its next episode online, with episode 9 hitting YouTube this morning. Terry Bogart infiltrates Geese Tower to discover a terrifying experiment.

Hit the jump to watch the latest episode, and a list of previous episodes to catch up, if you’re  a bit behind on this surprisingly great anime.

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Blade Runner Anime Prequel Now Online

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Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment have released the third and final prequel short to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film, with Blade Runner: Blackout 2022, an anime short directed by Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy). Featuring an original score by Grammy nominee Flying Lotus.

The anime short is one of three in-world content pieces to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run. Hit the jump to check out the incredible short film.

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Madhouse Not Returning for One Punch Man Season 2

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Startling revelation this morning as it has been revealed that Madhouse, the mega-popular animation studio behind the first season of One Punch Man, as well as Death Note, Paprika, and so many more, will not be returning for the second season of our favorite hero’s exploits.

Season two, will be helmed by animation house J.C. Staff. On top of that, season one’s original director Shingo Natsume won’t be returning, and Chikara Sakurai will instead be taking the chair. One Punch Man season 2 premieres next year.

New Mazinger Z: Infinity Poster

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The official website and Twitter page for the new Mazinger Z: Infinity film have released a new poster titled “Rise Up”. In the poster we see the legendary super robot standing in rubble, with a tagline that reads “When the world disappears, the Majin appears.”

It was also revealed that the all new film will be in Italy with creator Go Nagai, for the International Rome Film Festival kicking off on October 26, prior to its theatrical run in Japan from January 13, 2018. Hit the jump to check out the poster in full.

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Blade Runner 2049 Anime Prequel Announced

Blade Runner 2049 is set to release in Japan on October 27th, and it’s now been announced than an anime prequel film is in the works, with legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy). Check out an english translation of the full press release, below:

Director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is directing an animated short tie-in to the Blade Runner 2049 film, which opens in Japan on October 27. The short is titled “Blade Runner Black Out 2022.”

The anime will take place in the year 2022, between the original Blade Runner film, which takes place in 2019, and its sequel Blade Runner 2049. The story will involve a large power outage on the west coast of the United States.

Watanabe is writing the script in addition to directing. Cygames Pictures, the anime studio subsidiary smartphone game publisher Cygames established last year, is producing the animation. Shukou Murase (Halo Legends, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) is serving as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus is composing the music.

The cast includes Kenichirou Matsuda as Iggy, Ichigo Aoba as Trixie, and Makoto Furukawa as Ren. 

King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 7 Now Online

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Our continued coverage of SNK’s The King of Fighters: Destiny hits today, as episode 7 of the CG anime series is now online. The new episode sees Terry Bogart trailing Angelina to gather information about Geese Howard.

Hit the jump to watch the latest episode, and a list of previous episodes to catch up, if you’re  a bit behind on this surprisingly great anime.

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New Balance x Evangelion Sneakers Releasing Soon

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New Balance is releasing a collaboration with Evangelion in Japan and China this weekend, and their surprisingly clean design for an EVA collaboration. The shoes will go on sale in four color-ways, with very subtle and muted color schemes.

The coolest part? Each pair comes in a padded zip-shoe box, with a themed liner to match the show. They’ll retail for approximately $100USD, and go on sale this weekend. Hit the jump for more pictures.

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King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 6 Introduces Mai

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SNK has released the fifth episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny, and it finally steps out the Bogart family, with the introduction of fan-favorite ninja, Mai. The sixth episode, titled “Queens Team” features Mai Shiranui, King, and Yuri Sakazaki.

Hit the jump to watch the latest episode, and catch up on the rest of the series.

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King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 5 Now Online

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SNK has released the fifth episode of King of Fighters: Destiny, and this time the focus is on series-antagonist, Geese Howard. I’m determined to cover this entire series at this point, because it’s pretty great and I recommend it to fans of the game series.

Hit the jump to watch the fifth episode, and catch up with the rest of the series.

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King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 4 Now Online

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Our continuing coverage of the pretty great King of Fighters: Destiny F1 animated series continues, as SNK has released the 4th episode of the series, titled “Brother.” The episode sees protagonist, Terry Bogard, reunite with his brother, Andy Bogard.

Hit the jump to watch the new episode, or head here, and here, to check out the previous episodes, with the remainder of the 24-episode season hitting throughout the summer.

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