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.

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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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Limited Edition Christmas Neo Geo Mini Unveiled

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SNK has revealed a new, limited edition version of their SNK Neo-Geo Mini console, with a fresh Christmas-themed paint job, and all new artwork. The new edition even comes with 48 pre-installed games, more than the original version includes. Additionally, the system come with two gamepads, an HDMI cable, special edition stickers, and more.

Currently, there is no release date or price set, but expect this to be quite the collector’s item when it drops soon. Hit the jump for more pictures, and a complete listing of included games.

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Final Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Drops

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment have released the final full trailer for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel, giving us plenty of new footage, and a better idea of the story for the film. The new trailer even boasts much more refined visual effects, and our first looks at Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Jennifer Connelly (Labyrinth).

This is certainly an improvement from previous trailers, with better visuals, action, performances, and just general choice of scenes. Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on February 14th, 2019.

Pacific Rim Anime In The Works With Netflix

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Netflix has revealed, as parts of its commitment to working with creatives across Asia, a new slate of impressive anime titles based on popular properties, including Pacific Rim, and Altered Carbon. The Pacific Rim anime will be helmed by Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution) for Legacy Entertainment Productions. Even more impressively, the Altered Carbon anime is being written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop) and Tsukasa Kondo.

Netflix has promised more information, as well as additional titles, in 2019.

Legendary Producing Live-Action My Hero Academia

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Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has begun developing a live-action adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s manga turned anime franchise, My Hero Academia, for the big screen. The anime and manga have lit the world on fire, rising up from the ashes of Bleach and Naruto to become the golden boy of otaku’s worldwide. My Hero Academia follows an elite class of teens training to become the next group of top-tier superheroes in a a world where 80 percent of the population is born with powers known as “Quirks.”

Legendary is currently working on a live-action Detective Pikachu adaptation, and currently also has a live-action Gundam film in development, as well.

A New Medabots Game in the Works?

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It’s been quite a while since Medabots has seen any kind of love, particularly a new game. But, if the latest issue of Famitsu is to be believed, the series may be making a comeback. The very first Medabots game released in 1997 for the Game Boy Color, and to mark the series’ anniversary, November 28th is now being dubbed Medabots Day.

“Medabots Classics was released as the series’ 20th anniversary title in December 2017, however, it’d be sad for us to let it end like this. So that doesn’t happen, we’re thinking about different things. We’re working on all kinds of arrangements to maybe announce something for the 20th anniversary on November 28 that is Medabots Day,” according to Famitsu.

Dragon Quest XI Gets Name Change on Nintendo Switch

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Square Enix has announced that the Nintendo Switch will officially play host to Dragon Quest XI S, according to series producer, Yoji Horii. The additional S in the name stands for Switch, Special, and Speaking referencing the new character voice acting being added to the game, similar to how it was handled for Dragon Quest XI’s Western release.

Currently, no release date is set for Dragon Quest XI S, as developers are taking their time to ensure a quality release. Dragon Quest XI is available now on PlayStation 4.

The PS Vita is Officially Dead

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According to Mantan Web, shipments of Sony’s long-standing portable console will cease early next year in Japan, citing dwindling hardware releases for the system. Sony Interactive Entertainment executive Hiroyuki Oda added, “Right now, I’d like you to consider that there is no PS Vita successor hardware. As for a portable game machine, there is no plans for anything after the PS Vita.”

The PS Vita debuted in Japan in 2011, as the official successor to the PlayStation Portable, and has went on to moderate success, particularly acting alongside the PlayStation 4 at home.

New Godzilla: Planet Eater Poster Debuts

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The Official Twitter account for the Toho produced Godzilla anime series on Netflix has debuted a new poster for the upcoming Godzilla: Planet Eater, set to debut this November in Japan. Currently no release date is set for North America, but trends have it most likely in March 2019.

The poster gives us our first full look at Ghidorah in the series, doing battle with the plant-based behemoth, Godzilla. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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SNK Reveals Sequel to Samurai Shodown for 2019

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SNK, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, have revealed a sequel to Samurai Shodown, titled Samurai Spirits, set for release on PlayStation 4 in 2019. The game takes place in 1787, where a dark cloud of dread looms over a feudal Japan intent on shifting to the modern age.

The gameplay and visual style looks very reminiscent of Street Fighter IV, but serves as a great throwback for fans of the classic fighter. Hit the jump to check out the first official trailer, featuring work in progress gameplay.

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Nintendo Unveils Limited Edition Let’s Go Pokémon Switch Bundles

Nintendo has officially announced a new Pokémon: Let’s Go themed Nintendo Switch bundle for the upcoming Eevee and Pikachu editions of the upcoming game, releasing on November 16th. The bundles include your chosen version of the game through a download code, a special decorated Switch dock,  and decorated Switch console. The bundle also includes two new colorways for the Joy-Con celebrating Eevee and Pikachu, as well as the Poké-Ball Plus peripheral.

The bundle will retail for $399 and launch the same day as the game, on November 16th.