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.”

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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.

Netflix Announces Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

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Netflix continued its onslaught of classic anime properties with the announcement that a new Ghost in the Shell anime would hit the streaming service in 2020. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

With that team in mind, the series should be in good hands. Though, we have no other details outside of the creative team, and the above image.

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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Left Alive Character Trailer Revealed

Square Enix has revealed a new “Survivor’s Trailer” for its upcoming third-person shooter, Left Alive. The trailer reveals plenty of new gameplay footage, as well as a look at the full cast of characters: Mikhail, Olga, and Leonid who fight for their lives through the warzone of Novo Slava.

Left Alive drops in North America and Europe on March 5th, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Steam.

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.

Analog EP69: Boviously It’s Halloween

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are celebrating Halloween the only way they know how… with news! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

A load of anime movie updates, the full PlayStation Classic game list, some great DC Entertainment casting, and a list of what spooky fare we’ve enjoyed this glorious month of All Hallow’s Eve, on the latest episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Hollywood Reboot of Attack on Titan On The Way

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According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Andy Muschietti (It), will be at the helm of a reboot of mega-popular anime, Attack on Titan, for Warner Bros. Producers David Heyman, Masi Oka and Barbara Muschietti are all attached to the project, which is currently in search of a writer.

Japan has already tried their hand at two live-action Attack on Titan films, but they hit just before the resurgence of fantastic anime films, such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach.

MAX LVL Radio: Megalo Box OST

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This week, I both started and finished MEGALO BOX, and it was an incredible update of the original Ashita No Joe manga and anime on its 50th Anniversary. But, what truly captured me was its incredible soundtrack and design. Very reminiscent of Samurai Champloo but more punchy (see what I did there?). Check it out!

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

Limited Edition Sega Saturn Music Player Launching

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The onslaught of stylish Sega Saturn themed goods continues, as Sega has revealed another new collaboration. This time it’s a high-end audio player, with the Activo CT10 getting two different editions. They release late next month with the gray and white editions limited to 500 units each.

Priced at ¥44,800, they come pre-installed with a few Sega tunes. The grey version includes “Super Sonic Racing” from Sonic R, while the white version includes “Dreams Dreams” from NiGHTS Into Dreams. Hit the jump for more images of the player.

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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.

Sony Allowing Cross-Play

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After resisting for so long, Sony Computer Entertainment has finally decided to loosen the stranglehold on the PlayStation 4 and allow cross-play with other platforms. In a blog post, Sony revealed the massive policy change, as well as a beta for Fortnite with cross-play enabled today.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

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.