Are you video game prey or are you the video game hunter? On December 5 Attack on Titan fans in Japan can ponder this question while fighting to protect humankind's walled stronghold from grotesque man-eating giants in Spike Chunsoft's Attack on Titan: Humanity's Last Wings on Nintendo 3DS. Announced a few months back, Famitsu has unveiled new screen shots from the game based on Hajime Isayama's AoT manga and its corresponding anime series.
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the two most influential creators of female characters in the 20th century were Sailor Moon's Naoko Takeuchi and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! director Russ Meyer. So really, it was only a matter of time before those two aesthetics combined, and when artist Babs Tarr finally drew the Sailor Scouts as a bosozoku gang (a Japanese term for biker gangs that literally translates as "violent running tribe," which is amazing), it was every bit as great as we all wanted it to be.
Now, we have seen the next step: A group of incredible cosplayers made up of Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman have brought the violent, bike riding take on Sailor Moon to life.
I'm someone who enjoys an adult beverage every now and then, but since I'm also someone whose tastes basically stopped at the age of 12, I tend to really hate the bitter taste of beer. Up to now, I've solved this problem pretty handily by just dumping a pint of ethanol and a bag of Skittles into a blender, but many are the nights where I've been in the throes of delirium, wondering why there isn't a way to get drunk on something that tastes like fruit soda, and that also panders to my love of iconic Japanese pop culture characters.
Thankfully, I now have my answer: Sanrio has licensed an official Hello Kitty beer, currently available in China and Taiwan in four fruity flavors.
Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but Disney is ensuring he's going out big in the United States as well as his native Japan. A subtitled release of what's reportedly his final film, The Wind Rises, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 8-14 to make the movie eligible for Oscar contention, Variety reports.
Having originally run in the '90s, in some ways Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon serves as a marker of the decade's anime, manga and even cosplay aesthetic. But what if Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter and the rest had debuted during the era of rocket ship and death ray-laden sci-fi? Abigail L. Dela Cruz has imagined just this sort of Sailor Scouts assemblage, which dons five of the crew in translucent sparkly fabrics, chunky space helmets with shiny visors, ringed gloves and boots, plus radio antennas and ray guns aplenty. Check out Dela Cruz's first batch of retro-style Sailor Scouts (and cross your fingers that she'll eventually get to Tuxedo Mask) after the cut.
Over the weekend, the International Olympic Committee announced that Tokyo will be the host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
That's great news for the city, except, as basically everyone on social media pointed out after the announcement, it could possibly mean Tokyo will be destroyed by psionic super-people and overrun by teenage motorcyle gangs. Why, you ask? Because the exact same thing happens in Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.
The live action cinematic adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira may be moving forward again under Warner Bros. and director Jaume Collet-Serra, but it remains to be seen if any of the art commissioned back when the movie was to be set in Neo Manhattan and star mostly white actors will move past the concept stage and into an eventual film. That said, it's become less outright entertaining to look at "what might have been" as each piece must now be viewed as "what may still be." Case in point, Howard Lau Design's newly discovered alleged "Akira Make-up FX Pitch," which digitally imagines what a child actor might look like once they're done up to look like the Esper known as Masaru. Take a look after the cut.
Interested in Good Smile's Nendoroid Colossal Titan, but worried he won't have any humans to engage in mortal combat with? Worry not! Starting today fans can find a new Nendoroid Mikasa Ackerman action figure from Attack on Titan on Japanese preorder sites. Based on Hajime Isayama's ongoing AoT manga and corresponding anime, Mikasa comes packed with with swappable faceplates and arms, plus swords, her Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and plenty of effect pieces.
Following a few prototype displays at conventions such as SDCC 2013 this past summer, Bandai has rolled out official full-color images of its ever-expanding S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line on the Tamashi Nations site. Joining the previously-seen Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury figures are Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus and Sailor Mars.
Things are speeding along faster than teens with grappling hook thigh pouches for Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan. Since its serialized manga debut in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine in Japan in 2009, the humans vs. giants series has been adapted into an increasingly popular anime series and received all of the requisite merchandise. Kodansha USA has even gone from printing and digitally releasing collected volumes of the English version of the manga gradually to going monthly starting this month until they're caught up with Japan. Given the series' growing global popularity it isn't a surprise that a Nintendo 3DS game by Spike Chunsoft has been announced, but news of a manga spinoff already? Fans may just make like Titans and climb the walls over that news.