King of Fighters: Destiny on YouTube

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SNK recently started a new anime series, available on Steam and YouTube, in Japanese with English subtitles called, The King of Fighters: Destiny, that follows the story of the popular fighting game franchise. The first two episodes are also available now.

The new CG anime series has a story that centers on characters such as Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki, and others. You’ll recognize many of their voices, as many voice actors from the games reprise their roles for the series. Hit the jump to watch the first two episodes in Japanese with English subs.

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Netflix Announces its Upcoming Anime Lineup

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At an event in Tokyo this morning, Netflix has revealed their massive lineup of anime, and it’s quite a showcase of top talent, and franchises. Netflix outlined a slate of 13 movies and series that it plans to bring to the service in Japan and over the next couple of years.

This includes revivals of Go Nagai’s legendary anime/manga series Devilman and Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya, as well as the previously announced Godzilla: Monster Planet. Hit the jump for the full lineup, as well as trailers of select properties that are available.

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Pokémon Returning to Theaters with I Choose You!

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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary animated film, Pokémon: I Choose You!, will receive an international theatrical run this November through Fathom Events. The much-anticipated film will screen for two days in theaters around the world, The Pokémon Company announced, giving longtime Pokémon fans the chance to see the re-telling of Ash’s origin on the big screen.

The new film features some key differences from Ash’s initial introduction, with new Pokémon, new characters (replacing Brock and Misty, strangely), and an entirely new take on the story. Pokémon: I Choose You! hits theaters Nov. 5-6, throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Hit the jump to check out the official key-art in full.

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Persona 5 Anime Announced

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Atlus has announced Persona 5 The Animation, an anime adaptation of the mega-hit RPG that is set to air in mid-2018. Atlus appears to be producing the show with A-1 Pictures, with no current plans for localization in place. Persona 5 The Animation: The Day Breakers was released prior to the game in Japan as a prologue, before the game’s release.

You can check out the teaser via Anime New Network or hit the jump to check out the initial tweet with the announcement.

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Netflix Premieres First Clip from Death Note

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While at their SDCC Panel, Netflix also premiered the first clip from the Adam Wingard-directed horror-thriller adaptation of Death Note. The clips sees Light Turner meet Ryuk for the first time in a tense battle of wills, as Light succumbs to the throes of the Death Note for the first time, and is coerced to write in its pages.

Death Note does not look like a great movie, in all honesty. It could be good as a standalone film, but thus far, as a Death Note property, it’s not inspiring much confidence. We’ll find out August 25th, when Death Note drops on Netflix.

Robotech Finds Director

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The long gestating Robotech film has finally found a director in IT helmer Andy Muschietti, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. Last we heard, James Wan was tapped to direct, and now, after Wan left for DC Entertainment’s Aquaman, it seems they poached him from Justice League Dark, as Muschietti was the front-runner for that film.

The story takes place after the Earth has used a downed alien spaceship to advance technology and create giant weaponized robots, which are then used to quell an alien invasion against the Earth.

Fullmetal Alchemist Full Trailer

Warner Bros. Japan is on a roll with these live-action anime adaptations, and the new trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist illustrates just how faithful they’re trying to be. The new trailer shows a lot of new characters such as Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes, and Winry Rockbell, as well as the amazing fight scenes.

The CG on this is impressive, and it looks absolutely fantastic. Consider this one of my most anticipated films of the year. Fullmetal Alchemist hits theaters in Japan later this summer.

New Death Note Poster

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Netflix has released its second new character poster for their upcoming Death Note adaptation, and this time we get a full look at Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get Out) as L. Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

Death Note is the story of Light Turner, a boy who discovers a notebook dropped to Earth by a Death God, who goes on a crusade to rid the world of evil, forcing him into a head-on collision against a brilliant but eccentric detective named L. Hit the jump for a full look at the poster.

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New Pokémon McFlurry

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Last week, McDonald’s Japan asked users to guess which new flavor McFlurry they were bringing to locations as part of a special for the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon. The flavors were interesting to say the least, with Bulbasaur Broccoli, and Habanero Charmander being among them.

The winner, as expected, ended up being Pikachu, who had the most down-to-earth flavor among the group with his chocolate banana flavor being made available on July 14th, in McDonald’s locations across Japan. Coincidentally, Chocolate Banana is also the flavor of the Minion tie-in McFlurry, so take that with what you will. Hit the jump to get a look at the adorable special packaging.

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Ph LEVEL Review: Castlevania

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The amount of fan-made hype and anticipation for this show was, while not off-the-charts, pretty high. After that rad Nintendo-inspired trailer that Netflix posted, and the fantastic voice cast, we were all expecting a lot of good things from this animation.

Add to that, Fred Seibert acting as Executive Producer, and you have a recipe for success. But, something must have been lost in translation, somewhere. Maybe some scripts got lost? They ran out of money? Who knows? Hit the jump to see my thoughts on Castlevania.

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Netflix Orders Second Expanded Castlevania Season

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As fans may have noticed by now, the first season of Castlevania, the animated adaptation from producer Adi Shankar is now available on Netflix to stream. The catch? The first season is only four episodes long! Clocking in at less than two hours for the entire series.

Well, fans take solace in the fact that Netflix has heard your cries. Castlevania has been picked up for a second season, with an expanded order for eight episodes. Inspired by the game, the animated Castlevania was written by bestselling author and comic book legend Warren Ellis, with a star-studded voice cast.

Live-Action Bleach Teaser

Warner Bros. Japan has released the first look at the upcoming live-action Bleach film, releasing next year in Japan. The trailer is short and doesn’t give us much to work with, but we do get a look at Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki, his orange hair, and his massive sword.

Not much is known about the film, currently, but it’s expected to follow the substitute shinigami arc, which truthfully this short bit of footage would most likely support, given the large disappearing hollow hand.

Godzilla: Monster Planet Trailer

What a day for Kaiju fans! Toho Animation has released the first trailer for Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei (or Godzilla: Monster Planet). The film is slated for release in Japan in November, will release internationally on Netflix afterwards. Kobun Shizuno, who’s manned a few Detective Conan films, and Hiroyuki Seshita, who directed the Ajin anime, are co-directing. Gen Urobuchi of Madoka Magica fame is penning the script.

Twenty-thousand years in the future, Godzilla, and various other kaiju have completely over-taken the Earth, forcing humanity to abandon it ages ago. Now, humanity has returned, set to take back the planet from the massive creatures.

Adi Shankar Announces Assassin’s Creed Series

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Adi Shankar, the mastermind behind the upcoming Castlevania animated series on Netflix that debuts this week, has announced his next project: Assassin’s Creed. The producer is making a name for himself with his series, and while no information is known, we know that this is his next project.

I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.

FLCL 2+3 Confirmed for 2018

Fans of the early-2000 [adult swim] rejoice! The classic 6-episode OVA that enthralled many of us in our youth is officially getting a sequel. Well, 2 sequels, actually. 12 episodes, separated into two 6-episode seasons have been confirmed for 2018. The fan-favorite psychedelic manga is considered a classic in the realm of American anime, and paved the way for many of us to be interested in more obscure series.

Now, we’re getting a sequel! Complete with the return of The Pillows taking on musical duties! Supervising director for the series is Katsuyuki Tomohiro from Production IG, who acted as Chief Director for Psycho-Pass season 1. Production I.G., who worked alongside Gainax on the original series, as handling animation duty.