New Devilman Crybaby Trailer

Netflix has released a new 30-second teaser trailer prior to the release of its much anticipated reboot of Go Nagai’s Devilman, titled Devilman Crybaby. The text in the video is translated to: “Who are you?,” to which the Devilman responds, “My name is Devilman.”

The 10 episode Devilman Crybaby anime series is set to release today, January 5th, and will be dubbed in seven languages, and subbed in 23 languages. The seven dub languages include: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Castilian Spanish.

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Medabots Classics First Trailer Hits

Growing up, Medabots was one of the more underrated classics if you lived outside of Japan, and that’s plainly obvious with the debut of the new 20th Anniversary Medabots Classics Collection for the Nintendo 3DS. Medabots Classics features Medabots, Medabots 2, Medabots 3, Medabots 4, and Medabots 5. It includes a new feature that allows you access to all parts from the start, as well as mythical parts you can’t receive from the main story, after beating the game.

Medabots Classics releases in Japan on December 21st, 2017 for Nintendo 3DS. The 20th Anniversary Edition comes with both Kabuto Kuwagata versions of Medabots Classics along with a soundtrack CD and a book containing 520 illustrations.

Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.

Atomic Purple Joy-Cons Being Kickstarted

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If you’ve constantly thought to yourself since its release that the Nintendo Switch just wasn’t quite retro enough for you, then this Kickstarter is absolutely for you. Partnering with ShenZhen MaiKaisi Trade Co ltd., this brave soul has worked to prototype a small run of Joy-Con shells that replicate the classic Game Boy Color visage, Atomic Purple.

The classic styling is a clear purple ABS plastic shell for the Switch Joy-Cons, as well as the Switch itself. Currently, there is also a Super Famicom button set that may also be included, though that is still currently in the works.

Original Sonic Designer Creates Work for Sonic Mania

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Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.

You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.

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SNES Classic Edition Launches in September

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Nintendo has confirmed that the Super Nintendo: Classic Edition is not only a real thing, but is launching later this year, on September 29th, for $79.99! In the box, you get an AC Adapter, HDMI Cable, and two wired SNES Classic Controllers. The system features 21 titles, including the previously unreleased StarFox 2, which is an absolute shock to the system.

The miniature console also includes: Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Zelda LTTP, SF2 Turbo, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out, Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, StarFox 1, Yoshi’s Island (First official re-release EVER by Nintendo), Super Mario RPG, Contra 3, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Super Ghouls n Ghosts.

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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.

Universal’s Dark Universe Announced

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We’ve known for years that Universal Pictures has planned to turn their classic Monster universe into a shared world. One that was meant to start with Dracula Untold, but will now begin with next month’s The Mummy. Now, we have a formal announcement a ton more information on the world. The logo, seen above, confirms the name of the shared world, and the Official Website (Click Here), confirms that the next film will be Bride of Frankenstein, releasing February 14, 2019 – directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast).

The other massive takeaway is confirmation that Javier Bardem has officially signed on to play Frankenstein’s Monster, and Johnny Depp has also signed on to the play The Invisible Man. They join Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Sofia Boutella’s title character, Mummy, in the Dark Universe.

Fullmetal Alchemist

The first full trailer for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film, which has been in production for quite a while over in Japan, is now online, and it’s a hell of an impressive trailer. The effects for Alphonse, and Fullmetal’s arm look amazing, and the scene in which the boys lose their bodies is Doctor Strange level, in my opinion. Even the effects for using alchemy look beautiful in motion. The text that flashes on screen translates to “The arm and leg of the older brother, and the younger brother’s entire body, were taken by the forbidden alchemy. Their adventure to take back everything they’ve lost begins.”

I am so thoroughly impressed with this trailer. Unbelievably so, honestly. I am a massive fan of the original anime, though I need to catch up with Brotherhood. With that in mind, and this film coming out, Brotherhood has now sky-rocketed to the top of my list, once we’re finished with Sailor Moon.

Ph LEVEL Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell has been one of the most divisive films of at least the last decade, if not further. It’s been a modern-day masterpiece of cyberpunk marketing and vision. Partnerships with bionics companies, and hacking competitions. Tech demos of much of the “concept” tech used in the film, that is actually being developed in our reality. It’s been an incredible ride, that has been completely overshadowed by a continuing plague across Hollywood: whitewashing.

Ever since the initial casting of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi, known simply as the Major in this film, occurred, the people of the world have been up in arms. Another case of Hollywood taking a Japanese property, with what many believe to be Japanese characters, and replacing them with white actors. Truthfully, I grew up with Ghost in the Shell. Watching the film on HBO at 2am when I was 13 years old felt dangerous, and that world was so new to me, it was breathtaking. So, when the casting news dropped, I was disappointed. But then I began to think, and I re-watched the original film, and it occurred to me that many of the characters that are predominantly Japanese are portrayed that way in the film.

Hit the fold to see my spoiler-filled review of the film, and my thoughts on the casting, characters, and updates to the story for the film.

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