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It’s a good time to be an Attack On Titan fan.
Hajime Isayama‘s manga/anime series, called 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyoujin, “Advancing Giants”) in Japan, is infiltrating Western popular culture in a way that hasn’t really been accomplished since Cowboy Bebop or Neon Genesis Evangelion. The 25-episode anime aired on Adult Swim, every new volume of the comic series sells in the millions of copies, and the English-language branch of Kodansha publishing can barely put out enough spinoffs to meet demand (so far we’ve gotten Attack On Titan: Before The Fall, Attack On Titan: No Regrets, and Attack On Titan: Junior High). The Colossal Titan (pictured above) has become as iconic as any supervillain and inspired its share of merchandise and visual tributes. And oh, yeah—a live action movie is happening.
We got the first taste of what the live action Titans »
- Holly Interlandi
While attending the McM London Comic Con, celebrated Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy creator Shinichiro Watanabe, updated the status of the live-action Cowboy Bebop movie currently in development at 20th Century Fox. Back in 2011, progress on the film came to a halt and then-attached Spike Spiegel actor Keanu Reeves said the project was dead and that he was too old to play Spike. With that development happening over three-years ago, perhaps the project is finally prepared to move forward in the wake of the success of Edge of Tomorrow? Here's what Shinichiro has to say on the live-action Bebop movie--- (translated)"I'm afraid I don't know what they're thinking in Hollywood. Apparently the project hasn't come to a stop but I don't know how it's going to progress from here on. I hear that there are a lot of "Hollywood" problems." So the live-action Cowboy Bebop movie isn't dead yet, »
(Such a crazy-good edition for such an insane series can only be fitting...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has managed quite some scoops upon start-up: their first Blu-ray release last year was Cowboy Bebop, and in February they were the first people to release an English-friendly Blu of Kon Satoshi's Perfect Blue (reviewed here and shown here). Already they're making quite a name for themselves by licensing titles old and new, and creating quite lovely editions out of material deemed economically inviable by other companies. The United Kingdom market is one of the hardest to cater to, as Blu-ray penetration is lower than in other Western countries, and legislation is generally stacked against small distributors. Audiences in the UK expect releases to be cheap, unlike, say,...
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The Sunrise panel at New York comic con had a lot of announcements. At the start of the hour long panel the structure was revealed as beginning with everything except Gundam, and then transitioning to Gundam announcements.
For the “Not-Gundam” section, Sunrise did it’s best to promote upcoming titles. Trailers were shown for Valvre the Liberator, Tiger Bunny Rising, and a new show called Cool Crew. A trailer was also shown for the Blu Ray release of the classic series Cowboy Bebop. The quality of the series looked incredible, and the colors of the hand drawn animation really popped on the display screen. The crowd went wild when the trailer ended, and the gathered representatives from Sunrise looked rather pleased.
The next section dealt with all the Gundam announcements. In addition to Gundam Unicorn coming to Blu Ray, the original creator of Gundam was announced to be returning to »
- Paul Dawson
GeekTyrant has featured art by Joshua Budich before, but today we’re coveting this beautiful piece on display at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. His debut solo art show is called Otaku Obscura, and it pays tribute to six of the greatest animes of all time: Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke, and Cowboy Bebop. This particular work is called “To See with Eyes Unclouded by Hate” and features Princess Mononoke. The artist gave an interview to the gallery and talked a little bit about what drew him to anime.
"The hyper-stylized, frenetic animation was like a bolt of inspirational lightning to a young artist. Once I got a taste, my eyes were open to whole new world of characters and themes. No longer was I tethered to a bland, pseudo-realistic, Disney-esque approach to the drawing. Anime has had a huge influence in my work. »
- Mily Dunbar
Welcome to the first installment of “Living Pictures on the Small Screen,” a weekly column dedicated to animated programming on television. Cultural commentary inevitably comes with bias, and I wanted to create this column in appreciation of the people and shows that helped me overcome my own bias regarding animation. Like most kids in my socioeconomic sphere, I grew up watching cartoons. Some of them were legitimately good (Batman: The Animated Series and Rocko’s Modern Life) and some of them were simply there when I turned the TV on after school (Inspector Gadget and Cow and Chicken). Once I started taking film and television more seriously as an adult, it was hard not to associate animation with childhood. It was even harder to appreciate animated films and series–which I had to view from a distance, since I wasn’t witnessing real people on the screen–alongside things »
- Sean Colletti
Cowboy Bebop is widely considered one of the all time great anime series, ever. And Funimation will release the complete series, fully remastered on Blu-ray, on December 16! You can sign up over at Funimation and be among the first to see the box art when it comes out.Now here is where it gets a bit cheeky. There will be at least two premium editions of the series released on December 16. Funimation will have its version and there will be another premium edition released on Amazon. Have a look at the differences below and choose wisely. Personally I like the description of the packaging for the Funimation edition but the Amazon version comes with pretty picture books. Sigh. Here is how they are different...FUNimation Exclusive...
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When the body is reduced to information, it becomes numbers, percentages, probabilities, and outcomes. It exists only in a digital archive. In many science fiction tales, humans leave behind their physical shells for a computerized afterlife, as in Transcendence or Cowboy Bebop. But in Gattaca, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, this afterlife doesn’t begin after the demise of the body. Instead, the body, while still animated, is replaced by its biometric readings.
In the film, society has split in two. “Valids” comprise the privileged class: genetically selected and tweaked by doctors, they are safe from heart failure, short-sightedness, stunted lifespans, and other ailments and imperfections. “In-valids” make up the underclass: naturally conceived, they are likelier to suffer early death and disease, and are thus proscribed from important schools and jobs. Both groups, however, are enslaved to their genetic data. Samples of their biological traces – urine, hair, blood, and »
- Guido Pellegrini
There was a certain point in history, somewhere between The Simpsons and Daria, when TV animation ceased to be the sole provenance of kids drooling over their morning bowls of Lucky Charms. These days, cartoons for grown-ups are not only ubiquitous, but hilariously twisted and high-quality to boot — and that's due in large part to a phenomenon called Adult Swim. What began as a freaky little block of late-night programming has evolved into a vast, even-freakier universe of animated and live-action series with a sardonic, absurdist sense of humor that's »
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.
Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling Skies’ Drew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of Thrones’ James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »
- Phil Wheat
We've got an awesome set of art for you to check out today that pays tribute to several classic films from the sci-fi, fantasy and action genres. The art comes from Craig Drake, and the pieces were inspired by films and TV shows such as Star Wars, Aliens, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lord of the Rings, Cowboy Bebop, Die Hard, and more. The artist currently has his art on display at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, and it will be available to see through April 27th. I love his style, it's very reminiscent of the popular 1980s artist, Patrick Nagel. Thanks to /Film for the heads up!
- Joey Paur
If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to see some cool art, you need to get over to the Hero Complex Gallery. That's because the gallery is hosting Craig Drake's first solo show and it's loaded with awesome artwork done on paper, metal (including mega metal prints that are 60 x 40!), and wood. While I've been a fan of Drake's work for a long time, I'll admit the show was another level. As you can see in the pictures, Drake took on some iconic movies, people, and TV shows including Die Hard, The Thing, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Lee, Buffy, Cowboy Bebop, Game of Thrones, and a lot more. Since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and you can check out over 40 pictures after the jump. In addition, the gallery will be releasing what didn »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
LucasFilm has already introduced fans to a number of Star Wars Rebels characters, including the villainous Inquisitor, new astro-mech droid Chopper, the Jedi cowboy Kanan and teenage con artist Ezra. Today, we have our first look at the "muscle" of the Rebel Alliance, Zeb, as introduced a new featurette. Executive producer Dave Filoni explains that this character, voiced by Steve Blum, is a well-trained honor guard who would be revered for his fighting skills on his home planet. Check out the first footage of Zeb below, alongside interviews with Dave Filoni and Steve Blum, who discuss Zeb's complex relationship with Ezra, then read on for more details about Zeb.
Zeb is part of a species that hasn't been seen before in the Star Wars universe. Fans will get to learn more about where Zeb comes from as the series progresses, but his origins are shrouded in secrecy for the time being. »
IGN has debuted a first look at one of the many new characters that will be introduced in "Star Wars Rebels," and this time around it's Zeb, a member of an alien race unseen in the Star Wars universe previously, or is he? Set to be voiced by Steve Blum, most famous for playing Spike Spiegel in "Cowboy Bebop," the design for Zeb is actually lifted directly from one of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's original sketches for what Chewbacca might look like in Star Wars: Episode IV . "I think I actually screamed when I was booked to play Zeb," Blum told IGN. "It is literally a role of a lifetime. I've been lucky enough to play some major superhero roles »
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Robocop: The Dance Experience; a Benedict Cumberbatch rap; the cast of Workaholics auditioning for Game Of Thrones; and see the Full House guys reunite on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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The Old Detroit Ballet Presents: Robocop
Experience the passion, the emotion, the unrestrained gratuitous violence! Robocop: The Dance Experience is not to be missed!
The Cast Of Workaholics Game Of Thrones Audition Reel
Affable slackers and dragons & sword fights are just ...
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- Justin Vactor
Upcoming manga/anime-themed feature film Black Hat is currently in the fundraising stage, and among the cool incentives being offered is an opportunity to attend the premiere with one of the stars, Brooke Lewis herself!
We have some information on the project below; for more visit the official Black Hat fundraising campaign at Seed & Spark, "like" Black Hat on Facebook, and follow Black Hat on Twitter (@blackhatanime).
And be sure to head over and check out the sights at BrookeLewis.com as well. Oh, Ms. Vampy, how we love ya!
From the Press Release
The national fundraising campaign for Black Hat has launched to promote the passion of the anime, manga, and cosplay community with writer/director/actor Robbie Bryan (iMurders, The Stand-In). The launching pad is with Seed & Spark, a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution.
The campaign coincides »
- Scott Hallam
Warning: Spoilers for the plot of Space Dandy 1.1 ahead
It’s hard to think of anything harder to review than a media product made in Japan. On one hand, you need to give the show/game/whatever some slack, because it’s usually aimed at an audience that has vastly different tastes than the average American/British/other audience. On the other, some of this stuff has very, very, very creepy, disturbing, or offensive subtexts.
Thankfully, Space Dandy is not your average anime.
What we have in Space Dandy is a comedic throwback to pulp-era space opera directed/showrun by Shinichiro Watanabe and written by a staff that includes a man who rates Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as his Game of the Year for 2013. Watanabe might be best known for directing and showrunning Cowboy Bebop, a 26 episode series about bounty hunters in space Adult Swim reran from 2001 until partway »
- Xavier Santana
You remember Space Dandy right? This show is Cartoon Network's big leap into the anime world. The high profile series in development is being run by the same team responsible for the massive hit Cowboy Bebop, and on Saturday it simultaneously premiered overseas and here in two different languages. Of course, as with any Japanese to English translation, there will always be some words that simply won't work, or culturally won't make sense to a Western audience. Usually these differences are dissected and criticized on message boards and threads, but it would appear there is some dissension among the ranks when a Japanese animator took to Twitter.
The tweets are now deleted, and there was no explanation as to what these changes may have been. For what it's worth, I thought the first episode was great and gave me the same feeling as watching Cowboy Bebop...with more color. For »
- Mick Joest
18 items from 2014
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