Way back in 2011, BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori mentioned that he was looking to make his popular fighting game into an animated series. We thought the series would make a great anime, seeing how the character design fits in perfectly, and the story was just as crazy and convoluted as most Japanese shows anyway. Well, two years later, Mori's wish has come true.
Early this year, it was announced that Production I.G would return to produce (the same studio who did the last two television series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG, as well as the original 1995 feature film) would be returning to do a new Ghost in the Shell story based on Masamune Shirow's manga of the same name. We've seen a nice preview to the upcoming film series, titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and a new full-length trailer to the first installment, Border 1: Ghost Pain, has been released.
In the early nineties, it wasn't very easy to find your favorite anime series. You had your choice of waiting for your favorite anime to broadcast on television, purchasing an expensive VHS cassette tape with your choice of dubbed or subbed episodes, or perhaps having a good friend record the show for you on the VCR to watch later. Even then, anime choices were severely limited, although quite enjoyable with some series like Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors just to name a few which made the cut on broadcast on television. Most of those great shows also overshadowed a seemingly forgotten series called Samurai Pizza Cats, which was one of the wackiest anime series to be localized, and now its finally going to be released on DVD.
When we originally reported that a live-action Kiki's Delivery Service was in the works, it was assumed to be hearsay and other purported claims after one of the big J-horror directors in Japan signed up for a rumored Ghibli project. Now the film has been confirmed and it seems we'll be seeing the lovable witch and her delivery service come alive on this latest adaptation.
For those DBZ fans disappointed about not being able to see the new Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, we have some good news for you. With the huge success the movie has had in Japan, it looks as though Toei Animation is now planning to screen the film in over 40 different countries!
FUNimation is now streaming Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) to its fellow subscribers. Haven't heard of this series? Well, the manga is written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, and it's fantastic. The anime series is also going to be direct by the guy who did Death Note. Intrigued? Check out the trailer!
We haven't had a Cosplay Spotlight in a while, and since convention season is upon us, we thought it would be a great time to bring it back! in this edition, we have the Theodore Linardos, who many people in the convention scene know simply as "Living Ichigo." I've had the chance to bump into him several times at conventions, and while he may not look it, he's a huge otaku and geek at heart. He can also probably bench press you.
C4G: Hey there Living Ichigo! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Living Ichigo: Hey there! My real name is Theodore Linardos and I’m from Sacramento, California. I work as a restaurant manager. Cosplaying has to be my biggest hobby by far. On my free time I love to play video games and play cards like Yu-Gi-oh and Pokemon. I love working out at the gym to stay fit.
Looks like a lot of fan favorite anime/manga series are getting live-action adaptations (Rurouni Kenshin being one, and the most recent rumor circling KiKi's Deliver Service). Last year it was confirmed that the classic Tatsunoko series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (or Gatchaman for short) would be getting the same treatment, and now we finally have a trailer to it.
A fresh rumor has surfaced for one of the beloved titles in the Miyazaki library. There are some speculation that KiKi's Delivery Service might be made into a live-action flick and that a director has already been chosen to helm the film. Is this beloved anime movie ready to made into a big budget studio film with live actors?
Many DBZ fans are eagerly waiting the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods (which releases in Japan on March March 30th). Besides some special screenings, we're probably not going to see it in theaters here in the States. But here's a nice treat for you! A clip from the movie went up online, which features Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form fighting the villain, the God of Destruction, Bills.