Transformers: War for Cybertron Announced for Netflix

Netflix has revealed that they have partnered with Hasbro and Rooster Teeth for an all-new Transformers animated series to set to premiere in 2020. Transformers: War for Cybertron will be an origin story featuring unique animation by Polygon Pictures. FJ DeSanto, a franchise veteran who has worked on the Transformers animated web series Titans Return and Power of the Primes, has been brought on as series showrunner.


“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new series to our members around the world on Netflix.”

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Future Dragon Quest News Revealed

It’s been a massive 24 hours for the Dragon Quest franchise. To begin with, Square Enix has revealed a new CG animated movie, Dragon Quest: Your Story, based on the story of Dragon Quest V. The film will release on August 2nd, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with music by Koichi Sugiyama.

Additionally, during the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, Square Enix revealed Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition. The Nintendo Switch version of the massive RPG will feature English and Japanese language voice acting, as well as the addition of a 2D map feature that was included on the 3DS version of the game. Dragon Quest XI S: Echos of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition will be available this fall.

Lastly, it was revealed that Dragon Quest Builders 2 will release in North America on July 12th.

Pokemon x Original Stitch Collab Announced

The Pokémon Company and Original Stitch have announced a collaboration of custom dress shirts. Original Stitch allows customers to select from a range of patterns and fabrics that will be applied to each of the different parts of your customized shirt, with the collaboration giving customers access to 20 different Pokémon-themed styles.

You can check out the official site for more information. Shirts will start at
¥ 10,000, and the collaboration will launch in February, with advance purchases for the 20 previewed styles from January 26-28.

New Trailer for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes

The official website for the upcoming adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo’s classic manga, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes has debuted a new full trailer for the film, with plenty of new footage and surprises. The trailer even reveals that the titular trio of sisters from Hojo’s Cat’s Eye manga will appear in the film.

The film sees the return of much of the original cast and crew from previous adaptations, including director Kenji Kodama. You can hit the jump to check out the full cast of returning, and new characters. City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes hits theaters in Japan on February 8th.

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New Trailer for Super Robot Wars T

Bandai Namco has shared an incredible, 11-minute new trailer for the upcoming Super Robot Wars T. The footage shows off the classic gameplay the series is known for, and many of its iconic returning characters, and original characters.

Super Robot Wars T releases on March 20th in Japan for the PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Asia version with English subtitles launches on March 20th, as well.

First Trailer for Osomatsu-San The Movie

Avex Pictures in Japan has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Osomatsu-San The Movie, and in typical fashion, it’s packed to the brim with gags and absurdity. No one could have predicted the success the revival of the Showa-era gag comic would see after its 2015 reboot, but nonetheless it’s been a wild success story.

Osomatsu-San The Movie opens in theaters across Japan on March 15th, with no word on a North American release date.

First Trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Drops

The Pokemon Company has released the first trailer for Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, showing off the film’s CG animation, a first for the franchise. The film is part of The Pokemon Company’s “Mewtwo Year” – a year-long celebration of the Legendary.

Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution hits theaters in Japan on July 12th, with no word on a North America release date as of yet.

Josh Awards 2018

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Every year, as a way of cataloging my thoughts for the year, and keeping a record of my favorite stuff, I recollect my favorites into categories, and host my own personal awards. Dubbed the Josh Awards for 10 years, now, it’s always one of my favorite personal projects and this year is quite possibly my favorite one, yet.

Hit the jump to check out my favorites in various categories throughout the year 2018, as we head into a new year, set to be my biggest yet.

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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Announced

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It’s been officially revealed that the next Pokémon film will be out on July 12th, 2019, in Japan. No word on an official international release yet, but as every film has been seen stateside, there’s no reason to expect different here. Earlier this year, a sneak preview of the film was shown in theaters revealing the title 劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲 Evolution or Pocket Monsters The Movie Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

No word yet whether this is a reboot, a sequel, or perhaps just following along with the more recent retelling of Ash’s origin, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!

New Ultraman Series Planned for International Release

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It’s been years since Ultraman saw any sort of official release outside of Japan, but The Hollywood Reporter has the good news that Tokyo’s Tsuburaya Productions is working with Starlight Runner Entertainment to produce a new take on the long-running Japanese superhero franchise, aimed at International audiences, with the goal of expanding the franchise’s presence.

In an official statement, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner said “Ultraman is one of my greatest childhood heroes. We’re honored to be embarking on this mission to bring this family of characters back to the world stage.”

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas Announced

Netflix has revealed that the wait for a little more Aggretsuko is shorter than we thought. While season 2 is still in the works, the relatable red panda is getting her own Christmas special, Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas. Oh, and the teaser features a performance from Rancid’s Tim Timebomb, which is amazing.

“While Retsuko desperately makes plans for Christmas Eve, her new obsession with seeking validation through social media spirals out of control.”

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas releases on Netflix on December 20th.

First Trailer for Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Netflix has released the first, wildly controversial, trailer for its upcoming reboot, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. On top of the animation style departure, with a transition from 2D to 3D animation, the series has also updated Andromeda Shun to be a female character for more representation.

While the change is understandable, fans are up in arms over the decision to change the fan-favorite character who always acted as the outlier for the male characters in the series to begin with. His sensitivity and drive to end fights with as little violence as possible reinforced the idea that men can be sensitive, and the update somewhat goes in reverse in that regard, given there were plenty of female characters they could have put the work in to explore. I’ll leave the judgment to you, when Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac hits Netflix next summer.

Blade Runner Anime Series On The Way

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that [adult swim] has partnered with the Alcon Television Group and anime streaming service Crunchyroll to produce Blade Runner: Black Lotus, a 13-episode series inspired by Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic film.

Animation studio Sola Digital Arts will produce the series, with Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) directing all episodes. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) will service as a creative producer.

Netflix Announces Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series

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Continuing the crazy string of announcements by the streaming service, Netflix has announced that a live-action Cowboy Bebop series is in development for the platform. Little is known about the series currently, outside of original Cowboy Bebop creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, serving as a consultant for the series. Additionally, Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will pen the pilot episode.

This is certainly one of the more ill-advised announcements in recent memory for the service, who seems to be grasping at every property it can get its hands on, at this point. We’ll see if they’re able to do the series justice, when it debuts.

Netflix Unveils Spring Anime Slate

After the incredible success that was Devilman Crybaby, Netflix took to the Akiba Theater in Tokyo, announcing plans for several new and classic anime being added to the service across Spring 2019. The announcement of Neon Genesis Evangelion being added to the service was an especially fantastic treat.

On top of the trailer for Neon Genesis Evangeion (seen above), it was revealed that Evangelion: Death True and The End of Evangelion will also be launching on Netflix. we were also shown trailers for Ultraman, and Rilakkuma and Kaoru, as well as premiere dates for 7SEEDS and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Hit the jump for a look at the others.

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