Sonic Mania Opening Movie is Glorious and Fun

SEGA has posted the Opening Movie for the upcoming and highly anticipated Sonic Mania, and it’s an unbelievable amount of fun for classic fans of the series. The 2D-animated piece is produced by comic book writer/artist Tyson Hesse and featuring killer music from Hyper Potions.

Check it out above, and make sure to grab Sonic Mania on August 15th if you’re looking for the true-to-form classic Sonic experience.

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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Saint Seiya Getting Live-Action Film

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Eiga.com is reporting that Toei Animation has reached an agreement with Chinese distribution company A Really Good Film Company, to co-produce a live-action film based on their classic Saint Seiya franchise. The film is being directed by Polish director Tomasz Bagiński, who previously directed the Academy Award-nominated short, Katedra. Toei Animation’s Yoshiyuki Ikezawa and Kozo Moroshita will serve as producer and executive producer, respectively.

Saint Seiya was previously released in North America as Knights of the Zodiac, which was admittedly one of the first anime, alongside Voltron, that I was initially exposed to. Though, it wouldn’t be until Dragonball Z, that it became an infatuation for me.

Ph LEVEL Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy film is one of my favorite Marvel titles, and I knew going into this this that I should be excited. James Gunn is an amazing director who understands the nuances of his characters better than any director really should. He know what we, the fans, want to see in these films, and he makes the movie that he himself would like to watch.

That trait is admirable if only because many directors don’t work like that, instead adhering to a strict executive-level method of film-making that caters to the larger audience in an attempt to get the biggest buck. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes that “fuck it” attitude that James Gunn has developed and amps it up into the most glorious, and ridiculous comic book film ever made.

Hit the jump for my spoiler-filled review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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