King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 3

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SNK has released the third episode of their King of Fighters: Destiny animated series on YouTube, with the rest of the 24-episode season being added through the remainder of the summer.

You can head over here to check out the first two episodes that were previously posted, or hit the jump to watch the third episode.

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Yoko Taro Saved Platinum Games

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Platinum Games has long been a fan-favorite studio, with a love for innovative franchises and new ideas, they’ve never shied away from making the quirky but lovable title. From Bayonetta, to The Wonderful 101, they’re an absolute favorite. However, after the studio put millions into Scalebound, only to have it cancelled, they were in trouble. Enter Yoko Taro, and the little game that could, NieR: Automata.

After the game’s release, it has outsold and outshone all expectations, becoming a merchandising giant, and one of the best games of the year. Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya has taken to Twitter to formally credit NieR producer Yoko Taro, with single-handedly saving his studio from bankruptcy. Hit the jump to check out the message.

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GKIDS Takes Over U.S. Distribution for Studio Ghibli

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In a shocking move, Disney has pulled out of U.S. distribution for the popular Studio Ghibli animated films, 20 years after the initial landmark deal. New York-based distributor GKIDS now has sole rights to Ghibli’s catalog in America, with the exceptions of 2013’s The Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies. Disney will continue distribution in European territories, however.

GKIDS has earlier in the year made lesser-known Studio Ghibli titles Oceans Waves and Only Yesterday available on DVD and Blu-Ray. They will also distribute My Neighbor TotoroSpirited AwayPonyoHowl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServicePrincess MononokeCastle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on DVD and Blu-Ray in October, with My Neighbor the Yamadas available in early 2018.

Gal*Gun VR Now Available

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If you already know what Gal*Gun is, then this story won’t surprise you. Gal*Gun VR is now available on Steam for use with the HTC Vive. Gal*Gun is a popular Japanese rail shooter, that involves you, the protagonist, shooting a pheromone gun gifted to you by Cupid at various anime girls in an attempt to make them fall in love with you. It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds.

Now, the addition of VR adds an entirely new level of ridiculous, as in addition to the standard rail shooter VR experience, you can also move your head around in an attempt to look up their anime skirts, as well. Japan… you’re crazy. I love you.

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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New Persona: Dancing Night Titles Announced

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Continuing the massive morning that Persona is having, Atlus and P Studio are releasing a pair of Persona dancing spinoff games, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year. Both games are expected to hit Japan sometime during spring 2018.

There are few details on the Persona spin-off titles, but a pair of trailers after the jump shows the main characters, including Junpei, Yukari and Aigis from Persona 3 and Joker, Ryuji, Ann and Makato from Persona 5, getting down to remixed music.

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Mothra and More Added to City Shrouded in Shadow

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The upcoming title, City Shrouded in Shadow, is becoming a dream come true for fans of Kaiju and Tokusatsu films. It’s been announced that Mothra, Battra, and Ultraman Tiga are joining the already star-studded cast of monsters in the game.

These new monsters join a cast that already  includes Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, Evangelion Unit-01, King Ghidorah, Nise Ultraman, Alien Zarab, the Fourth Angel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Legion, and Soldier Legion. In the game, you take control of a normal person tasked with surviving, and escaping the city during various giant monster attacks.

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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Analog EP19: Justice Yay

It’s the season finale of Analog! Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back to cover Comic-Con! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

The most kickass news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con! Trailers, news, rumors, and more about the coolest upcoming movies and TV shows! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Dragon Quest XI Getting a Western Release

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It would seem that the Gods of Gaming have been listening, as Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, the next game in the main Dragon Quest saga will be getting a Western release. It was beginning to feel like a lost cause as we hadn’t heard anything in regards to this happening, up until this point.

There’s currently no release date set, but the game is expected for a 2018 release date. Hit the jump for the official announcement video from game director, Yuuji Horii.

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Dragonball FighterZ Closed Beta in September

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Bandai Namco has announced the long awaited closed beta for Dragonball FighterZ will run from September 16-18. Open registration has been moved to August 22 (instead of July 26 as originally announced). The change ensures the company can properly handle the expected massive number of signups.

The title has been a massive success for Arc System Works since its announcement at this year’s E3, with lines at EVO reaching a couple hours long at some points to play the game. It’s the perfect storm to place Arc’s fabled Guilty Gear engine alongside DBZ, and should be a fantastic time for fans of the series.

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.