Netflix Japan has released a teaser trailer for Devilman crybaby, a new anime adaptation of Go Nagai’s iconic manga Devilman, said to be coming spring 2018. Known for it’s graphic violence, Nagai’s Devilman has inspired countless adaptations since it’s 1972 debut. In Nagai’s story, we follow Akira Fudo, a pure of heart youth who, embracing the fight fire with fire advice of his best friend Ry? Asuka, willingly integrates with an unlucky demon to prevent an impending resurgence of demons.
“To fight a demon, one must become a demon“.
The official Netflix description is as follows:
“A demon possesses a boy’s dead body to do evil. But after falling in love with a human girl, he has a change of heart. Based on Go Nagai’s hit manga.”
Directing the new anime is Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time, Ping Pong, Mind Games) and he appears to be embracing the Devilman spirit with open arms. Yuasa is well known and respected for his off-model deranged animation as well as his use of Gainax Endings. Produced by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning (Go Nagai), Devilman will be available in 190 countries/territories, dubbed in 9 languages, with subtitles in 25.
Jumping into the world of foreign horror films can be a daunting task. There is always the chance that the message will be lost in translation and odds are you will be halfway through the movie when you realize it’s been stealing not just your time but your soul. To save you the anguish of such an occurrence I recommend the following flicks.
Dumplings 2004 (Hong Kong)
This one is definitely not for the squeamish, unless of course the thought of aborted fetuses garnishing your dinner plate gets your gears going. Director Fruit Chan (Tales from the Dark 1, The Midnight After, Made in Hong Kong) serves up the evils of human vanity on a silver platter. Fallen actress Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung) is desperate to regain the love and affection of her adulterous, cradle robbing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and maintain her status as an elite housewife. To regain her youth, Mrs. Li seeks out former mainland gynecologist Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), who specializes in restorative services through means of rare culinary delights. Mei’s rejuvenating fetus-stuffed dumpling’s fall short of Mrs. Li’s high expectations however and Mei must procure something a little more potent. Just like with a good whiskey, age is everything and when a very pregnant victim of incestual rape shows up on Mei’s doorstep begging for an abortion… well, you can do the math there. Soon after the potent dish is served Mrs. Li begins to suffer some unsavory side effects as her life takes an unexpected turn.
Blood Glacier 2013 (Austria)
Practical effects and B-movie charm get the blood flowing in this creepy crawly eco-horror directed by Marvin Kren (ABC’s of Death 2, Rammbock, Schautag). A group of scientists in the Austrian Alps are violently confronted by the next phase in evolution after a glacier emitting a blood like substance begins to mutate the local wildlife. While much of the research team is concerned about the negative impact the discovery of these genetic hybrids may have on their funding, site technician Janek (Gerhard Liebmann) is adamant about the dangers of keeping such a thing secret. Things really get messy when Janek’s former love interest Tanja (Edita Malovcic) enters the scene with Prime Minister and company in tow. Oblivious to the dangers ahead Tanja leads her group right into the hands or mandibles rather of the bloodthirsty hybrids.
Baby Blood 1990 (France)
Beautiful show of Kensington Gore as an art medium in this parasitic blood festival by director Alain Robak (Adrenaline, Vertiges). After an “unborn” parasite takes up residence in her uterus, abused and dejected Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou) embarks upon a mercilessly bloody journey to return the parasitic creature to the sea. The two quickly come to terms with their symbiosis, although it’s really more of a standoff if you ask me. As the snarky little parasite baby grows, so does Yanka’s taste for murder and she wholeheartedly embraces her new role as victimizer. Through quirky bouts of dialogue, and an intense shared bloodlust the two form a seriously peculiar bond and leave a respectably bloody wake.
After much speculation, Monolith and WB games announced today that Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor.
Shadow of War will be released on August 22nd on Xbox One (and Project Scorpio), PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 4 Pro), and PC (through both Steam and the Windows Store as an Xbox Play Anywhere title).
This is our boss’ Andre Tipton aka Otakuman5000’s new show. The title is tentative, as for now, it is The Otakuman Hour/ The Andre Tipton Show. Special Guests include Real Otaku Gamer’s own Sean Jacobs @NoirZillaGaming, Geekly Podcast’s @Melwheezy, DJ Killzown Jones @djkillzownjones. We talked about The Sony Destiny Deal, The NesBox Emulator for Xbox One, and cheating in gaming.
Since it is #VideoGameDay, we talk about the first game we played. And Otakuman5000 talks about his start in the Geek Culture Journalism.
Final Fantasy has had with very spotty track record when it comes movies. From the $137 million nuclear bomb the was Final Fantasy: The Spirits to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children which many considered a love letter to fans of the beloved JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is in the unique position of offering fans insight on the political landscape and conflicts for fans looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XV later this holiday season.
Square Enix spared no expense to bring forward the most visually striking animated movie seen to date. Saying that Kingsglaive is a great looking movie would simply be an understatement. The level of detail and photorealistic visuals mixed with an element of sci-fi fantasy wasn’t only pleasing on the eyes but give the world of Eos it’s own visual history without saying anything. There are times where you’ll confuse the actors on-screen with real people that simply shows how far we’ve in terms of motion capture and animation.
For years, The magical kingdom of Lucis has been fighting a losing war against the technologically superior Nifleheim Empire. The Nifs employ the use of vicious monsters and advanced weaponry to essential take over most of the world. Lucis is the only nation that hasn’t succumbed to the might of Nifleheim mostly due to the massive magical barrier erected by King Regis. This halted any and all attempts of invasion by Nifleheim leaving the conflict at a stalemate.
Nifleheim’s comically stylish chancellor Ardun Izunia proposes a controversial peace treaty that could end the fighting but could put the nation of Luis in a compromising position. There’s a lot of political outmaneuvering that happens around the treaty signing that feel like a game of royal checkers than chess. Thankfully, King Regis is such a royal badass, who’s played by the equally badass Sean Bean, can make something as boring as a treaty signing into a tense and thrilling affair.
If political machinations aren’t really your thing, other half of the movie focuses on members of the Kingsglaive, King Regis’s elite forces imbued with a fraction of the King’s magic that allow them to perform extraordinary feats of wow-ness like casting magic spells and warping around like mystical Navy SEALs. Nyx Ulric, played by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, uncovers a conspiracy that could mean the end Lucis and its King. His other assignment is to be the personal driver/bodyguard of Princess Luna Freya of Tenebrae, voiced by Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey. Luna Freya’s is basically a vehicle to deliver exposition and remind us that Noctis, the main character in Final Fantasy XV, isn’t going to be in this movie. It’s tough to root for Nyx as a character since he falls under the category of the very typical typical ‘rule-breaking duty-bound super-soldier’ making it tough to care about what happens to him.
The action scenes involving the Kingsglaive shooting lightning out of their hands and snapping necks are fun and well choreographed. The opening 15 minutes that pits the Kingsglaive against an invading Nif army is a jaw-dropping sequence got me more and more excited to actually to play Final Fantasy XV. The final act is essentially a long chase scene with helicopters, spider mechs and bird demon-things that ends with a boss battle on a freeway with 50-story monsters doing their best Kaiju Big Battel reenactment in the city of Insomnia. This will would please any Final Fantasy fan especially if you grew bored with old men in robe performing political gymnastics and and rather see a dude with rock-star hair fight a dark knight inside on top of a collapsing freeway. You know, the stuff we love about Final Fantasy.
Paul and Headey work really well together especially towards the end of the third act. Headey brings a regal confidence while Paul’s nails the charming rebel act. Sean Bean, who plays King Regis, deserves a nod for a really killer performance and made me wish for an entire movie devoted King Regis saying kingly things. As talented as they are, there’s no saving them from the aggressively melodramatic dialogue that usually comes with Final Fantasy. It’s tough to take a lot of what’s said seriously when the characters delivering the lines have super ridiculous names like Ravus Nox Fleuret, Libertus Ostium and Luche Lazarus.
Clocking in at under 2 hours, Kingsglaive feels about half-hour too long. There scenes involving Libertus could have completely cut completely. His arc doesn’t really pan out as well as you think it would and his role is reduced to just, “guy who gives another character a ride at the end of the movie.” There also some very interesting social-political themes about immigration, class and nationalism that I would have loved to seen fleshed-out but all seem to take a back seat in the second half of the movie in favor of watching Nyx beat the ever-loving crap out of an 8-foot jerk in plate mail, flying demons and spider-mech things for 45 minutes. Don’t get wrong, these are fun action scenes on their own but loses all charm and personality the first hour spent building by shifting its focus from world-building and political intrigue to non-stop action.
It’s tough to recommended Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV to anyone who isn’t a FF fan. If you plan on picking up Final Fantasy XV then Kingsglaive does a decent job setting up the state of the world when you take control of King Regis’ son, Noctis and his band of merry ass-kickers. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a visual marvel that suffers from a predictable story that takes itself too serious that takes away from the over-the-top action.
After being put in to a “development purgatory” last year when the movie’s previous director, Seth Gordan(Horrible Bosses), and writer Mark Boal(The Hurt Locker) left. Now Sony has found a new writer for the Uncharted movie, Joe Carnahan, who is also directing the new Bad Boys 3 movie. Coincidentally Carnahan is unable to direct to the new uncharted movie because Bad Boys 3 and Uncharted have conflicting schedules. “In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he told Variety.
Now you would think that with August 7th coming up, No Man’s sky isn’t that far off from being released right? Well if you’re an eager beaver like Reddit user Daymeeuhn, two weeks just wasn’t soon enough. With a swift visit to the one place one can pay an exorbitant amount of money for hard to find or definitely street dated goods, Ebay. How much would you pay for an early copy of a game you really wanted early, 80$,100$, maybe even 120$? Daymeeuhn spent 1250 dollars , plus another 50 for shipping which is surprising that it wasn’t free. While Daymeeuhn might be having the time of his summer gaming life, Hello Games founder, Sean Murrray, felt different about the subject.
We’ve spent years filling No Man’s Sky with surprises. You've spent years waiting. Please don't spoil it for yourself 🙁
A new trailer has been posted for Transformers: Combiner Wars, a new cartoon miniseries that takes a darker and edgier look at the Transformers series.
The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?
Stream the full 8 episode series starting Aug. 2!
The series certainly looks amazing and you can check out the trailer below.
Hi everyone! Shelli Anpan here to bring you a peek inside the halls of San Diego Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the largest pop culture convention in the United States.
Originally geared towards the comic and graphic novel aficionados, SDCC has since grown over the past several decades to encompass all forms of art and geekdom, including (but not limited to) TV shows, big budget movies, video games, and detailed replicas. To learn more about SDCC and its history, click here.
With almost 24-hour programming, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when attending a convention of this magnitude. To narrow it down a bit this year, here are my Top 5 for Day 1:
#TheHallofFaces All 4 Days, L Street Fine Art Gallery
As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones television series, this is definitely a must-see. Going off of the listed description, “The Hall of Faces activation will allow guests to enter the House of Black and White and ‘Become No One’.” Praise to the many-faced god!
#SuperheroIRL 6:30PM – 7:30PM, Room 24ABC
Everyone has encountered bullying in some way, shape, or form in their life, inspiring writers and artists to create (super)heroes to overcome them. Nonprofit Pop Culture Hero Coalition harnesses the idea of the superhero and applies those ideals to the real world. With the advent of Internet and prevalence of cyber-bullying and recent physical attacks around the globe, heroes in the real world are needed now more than ever to stand up and be beacons of hope and strength against the bullying, against the hatred.
“Geek Couture” Fashion Show 6PM – 8PM, Harbor Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Although I probably will not be able to attend the Fashion Show as it conflicts with the #SuperheroIRL panel, I still can’t wait to see what beautiful works of wearable art will be showcased this year!
CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books 12PM – 1PM, Room 30CDE
Ever wonder why graphic novels are attacked by censors? This panel will discuss just that and and how to successfully integrate them into the classroom.
Last, but not least, I’m super excited for exploring the Exhibit Hall! For all first-time con-goers, the Exhibit Hall is where you’ll find all the popular, rare, and exclusive paraphernalia you could ever desire. These include comic books, original fine artwork on canvas, highly detailed sculpted collectible figures, video games, apparel, and accessories. SDCC is well-known for their w exclusive merch, which can only be purchased at the convention. Of course, you’ll probably be able to find that special exclusive on eBay later for an arm and a leg.
That’s all for now, but to get live news and visual within the con, follow me on Twitter (@ShelliAnpan)!
Are you going to SDCC? Do you wish that you could go? Tweet at me and let me know what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to take you there!
Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights to make a Pokémon movie. Their first planned project is a film based on Detective Pikachu which is to be fast tracked into production
On the heels of Pokemon Go fever, Legendary has closed a deal for the film rights for the iconic Japanese property.
Legendary and The Pokemon Co. on Wednesday announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.
Details on the plot and story of the character are being kept under wraps. The film will be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.
While Pokémon has had many movies based on the franchise, it will be interesting to see a western take on the series, especially with Detective Pikachu as a film project. Detective Pikachu tells the story of a Pikachu who has learned to speak human language and solves mysteries with his human sidekick. There was a fan campaign at one point for the English localization to have Danny DeVito as the voice of the lead character