Dragonball Fighter Z Adds Trunks

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Dragonball Fighter Z is getting a lot of attention since its reveal at E3, and for good reason. It’s been a while since Arc System Works has been in the news so frequently, but it’s a welcome sight with their incredible engine that seems tailor-made for a title such as this.

Even simple things like adding Future Trunks (that’s not simple, that’s awesome) makes headlines. On top of that, we also have confirmation that Dragonball Fighter Z is receiving a beta for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, before the game’s release in 2018.

New Death Note Character Poster for Ryuk

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Netflix has released the first of what I assume will be a few more character posters for the upcoming live-action English adaptation of the famed manga, Death Note. The first poster shows Ryuk, the shinigami that drops his Death Note to keep himself occupied out of boredom.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who finds a supernatural notebook, realizing if the owner writes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Becoming infatuated with his newfound godlike-status, he sets off on a murderous spree to rid the world of crime and tyranny. Netflix is directed by Adam Wingard, and hits August 25th. Hit the jump to check out the new poster in full.

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Dragonball Runs Planned for September

Looking at the thumbnail for the video, you would think that there’s an awesome Dragonball Super-themed endless runner game in the works. That would be fantastic! Instead, it’s an actual exercise-run. The 5K kind.

Fans of Dragonball in Tokyo can take part in the Tokyo run on September 1st, while the Aichi Prefecture run will be held on September 23rd. There’s currently little information, but keep an eye on the Official Website for more.

Mazinger Z Teaser Trailer

Check out our first look at the new Mazinger Z feature length animated film. Produced by Ichinao Nagai and Yu Kanemaru – with the blessing of original creator Go Nagai, Mazinger Z is set 10 years after the classic and acclaimed anime of the same name.

Currently, there is no release date, but expect to hear more from Toei Animation soon. They’ve got a full schedule of Japanese feature length animated films, and it’s exciting to see it all come together.

Attack on Titan Season 3 to Premiere in 2018

Fans of Attack on Titan were forced to wait 4 years for the second season to hit the screen, after the explosive first season put the show on the global map. Now, with the second season coming to a beautiful end, it looks like we won’t be waiting anywhere near that long for the coveted third season.

Attack on Titan: Season 3 will premiere in 2018, thanks to a preview trailer (seen above) released by distributor, FUNimation. The second season started off slow but came to a head that was reminiscent the intensity the show had to begin with, so it was nice to see it back up to par with itself.

Full Tokyo Ghoul Trailer

Tokyo Ghoul just got its longest trailer yet, with a packed 3-minute theatrical trailer that gives us our best looks at the main characters of the film, as well as the effects. We even get a taste of the official theme of the film, by the band RADWIMPS, who also performed music for this year’s critically acclaimed Your Name.

Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a boy who is attacked on a date gone wrong, and becomes half-human and half-ghoul. Set in an alternate reality where creatures called ghouls live amongst humanity and feed on flesh to survive.

Toho Reveals New Godzilla

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After some incredible fan anticipation, the unique animated Godzilla film that has seen Netflix and Toho partner up has finally gotten a new update. This one is a new teaser poster, posted on the official Toho Twitter that shows the Godzilla we’re getting looks very close to the 2014 American version.

You can hit the jump to view the poster, which reads “Despair Evolves” in reference to their smash hit, Shin Godzilla, which released last year.

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Live-Action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Trailer

While there have been a couple trailers for the live-action adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, this is the first that delves into the all-important effects for Stands in the film. Stands are essentially projections of psychic abilities that the characters use to fight.

Directed by Takashi Miike, the film is set to hit theaters in Japan in August.

Live-Action Cowboy Bebop in the Works

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After years of misfires, it would seem that the cult-classic anime that paved the way for most of us on Toonami is finally getting the live-action treatment. Deadline has reported that Cowboy Bebop is getting a television series from Tomorrow Studios in conjunction with Midnight Radio.

No plot details have been announced or anything for the matter. We do know that Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the script, with Becky Clements (Aquarius) and Matthew Weinberg on as Producers.

“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Tomorrow Studios’ Adelstein. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Coming to North America

In 2011, Tokyo Ghoul began its maiden run and took the world of manga by storm. Since then, it has received acclaimed anime adaptations, as well as numerous video games, and merchandise. Quickly becoming a fan favorite. Now, in Japan on July 29th, we’ll be seeing the first live-action adaptation of the popular property.

Crunchyroll is reporting that FUNimation will be bringing the adaptation to North American shores at an undisclosed date. Hit the jump to check out the first official poster, as well.

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Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Teaser Trailer

Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for their Castlevania anime adaptation. While the trailer doesn’t show too much, it gives us our first look at the incredible animation, as well as a few of the voices in the series.

Castlevania is currently set to premiere on Netflix on July 7.

Battle Angel Alita on ComiXology

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The classic cyberpunk manga that has inspired James Cameron for years has gotten a new English translation thanks to Kodansha and ComiXology, which is now available. The manga follows Alita, an amnesiac cyborg that becomes a bounty hunter, and journeys to recover her lost memories.

The first three volumes of the manga are available on ComiXology for $10.99 each, and are also eligible for their Unlimited service. James Cameron’s long-awaited adaptation will be directed by Robert Rodriguez and has a release date of July 20, 2018. If you’d like to read the first volume, it’s available for free on ComiXology, or you can visit Polygon to read it online. (Click Here to Read the First Chapter)

Ph LEVEL Review: BLAME!

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One of the most inspiring, yet oft-forgotten manga phenomenon of years past, was an inventive series by writer/artist Tsutomu Nihei, known as BLAME! (pronounced blam). The series is a one-of-a-kind exploration thriller in a dystopian world, where an intelligent city has taken control of its own fate, and for thousands of years had already expanded into the cosmos, building itself higher and higher. It’s a lonely story, following the journey of a mysterious man named Killy, on his search for the Net Terminal Gene, in order to take back control of the city.

In order to keep order and peace in the city, it built the Safeguards, in an attempt to extinguish human life within itself. Humans, as they are prone to do, adapted to survive, with small villages finding haven throughout the city, unaware of each other’s existence. It’s an intensely original premise, with fantastic art to anchor it all. With that in mind, was this feature film able to capture the spirit of the original work? Hit the jump to find out.

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Saint Seiya Getting Live-Action Film

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Eiga.com is reporting that Toei Animation has reached an agreement with Chinese distribution company A Really Good Film Company, to co-produce a live-action film based on their classic Saint Seiya franchise. The film is being directed by Polish director Tomasz Bagiński, who previously directed the Academy Award-nominated short, Katedra. Toei Animation’s Yoshiyuki Ikezawa and Kozo Moroshita will serve as producer and executive producer, respectively.

Saint Seiya was previously released in North America as Knights of the Zodiac, which was admittedly one of the first anime, alongside Voltron, that I was initially exposed to. Though, it wouldn’t be until Dragonball Z, that it became an infatuation for me.

BLAME! x ACRNM Capsule Collection

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One of the most wonderfully unique and awe-inspiring manga series ever created, is without a doubt Tsutomu Nihei’s BLAME! series. A one-of-a-kind trek through a dystopian landscape following a mysterious man named Killy, with an even more mysterious all-powerful weapon. The series is getting an animated feature release later this year, and in preparation for the film, it’s been announced that the film has partnered with iconic tech brand, Acronym.

You can head over to EYESCREAM.jp to see the entire capsule collection, launching this Saturday in Japan across select retailers.