Popular Mobile Game is Coming to North America Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: fate-go.jp (Japan), fate-go.us (US) Special Thanks to Aiko MakinoNotes Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan), Aniplex Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) and DELiGHTWORKS Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) announced at the Aniplex industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington their plans to launch an English version of FATE/GRAND ORDER (フェイト/グランドオーダー, Feito/Gurando Oodaa) in North American territories in Summer 2017. The game will be available on both iOS and Android platforms. FATE/GRAND ORDER is one of the most successful mobile role-playing game in Japan. Players will become Masters, and together with characters called Heroic Spirits (also known as Servants) they will embark on a journey to the past called Grand Order. “FATE/GRAND ORDER has done incredibly well in Japan. It brings me a great joy to know that the fans in North America will soon be able to enjoy the game as well.” said Atsuhiro Iwakami, president of Aniplex Inc. “The epic story and exciting battle system come together as the ‘greatest Holy Grail War in history.’ I hope we can bring this excitement to as many people as possible.” Continued...
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint WeilerConsidered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, COPS VS THUGS (県警対組織暴力, Kenkei Tai Soshikibouryoku, 1975) was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970's. Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made. Continued...
Japan’s Newest Social Phenomenon Receives TV Series Adaptation Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: katsugeki-touken.com (Japan), Katsugeki-ToukenUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko MakinoAt the Nitroplus panel at Sakura Con in Seattle, Washington today, Aniplex of America announced the acquisition of KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU (活撃 刀剣乱舞, 2017) for their summer 2017 line up. Based on the immensely popular game TOUKEN RANBU ONLINE developed by DMM Games/Nitroplus, the series will be produced by the much loved ufotable, known for their groundbreaking work on FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] and GOD EATER. Aniplex of America also showed a trailer for the series, which they plan to start streaming in July 2017. Since its debut in 2015, the online game spawned a rabid fan movement within Japan and has been described as nothing short of a social phenomenon thanks to their very popular characters. As a result, the series promises a high quality production with stunning visuals and captivating storylines revolving around these individuals. Continued...
A seemingly endless variety of exotic and unpredictable entities dwell within the depths of the ever moving Quallerran Research Vessel Rydine. Under the steady watch of Overseer Elpherios, these incredible creatures are carefully tested and monitored in a focused effort to understand and unlock their true potential.
Through the use of concentrated Rayexx Beams, Elpherios super charges two otherworldly subjects recently obtained near a strange prismatic structure drifting inside the Crethicay Triangle. Only through the use of specialized control implants can the unstable Rayexx Beams be harnessed, usually with extraordinary results.
What secrets do these unique aliens conceal and how can the Rayexx Beams be used to advance the Quallerran mission? It's Overseer Elpherios' task to find out...
Our friend Pat Bussey has his second official Bio-Masters release set for tonight, April 13th, at 8:30PM Central Time! Both of Pat's new color choices match right up with our recent Rayexx and Neo Nonillia runs, so the building possibilities are ready and waiting.
Great work, Pat! Love that art!
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint WeilerShinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is WOLF GUY (ウルフガイ 燃えろ狼男, Urufugai Moe Ro Ookamiotoko, 1975), one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Continued...
New Prose Story From The Bestselling Manga Series Depicts The Mysterious And Harrowing World Of Ghouls Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik JansenVIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, notably expands its catalog of original novels inspired by the smash hit Tokyo Ghoul with the print and digital release of Tokyo Ghoul: Past on April 18th. The latest novel is the third release in an ongoing series of original stories, each focusing on a lead character from the bestselling manga series created by Sui Ishida. Tokyo Ghoul: Past was written by Shin Towada and debuts under the VIZ Signature imprint. The novel will be released in print with an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. It also be will available digitally for $8.99 from VIZ.com/read, the VIZ Manga App, and worldwide through Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play. Before the steel frame incident in the 20th Ward, there were reports of Ghouls lurking among the masses in Tokyo, carefully stalking their prey. Tokyo Ghoul: Past covers the events that occurred before the opening act of Tokyo Ghoul -- a time when Kaneki was still human, the Kirishimas still lived together, and Rize enjoyed her feasts. Continued...
Thanks to the super talented Megan Kelly for the above illustration!
Starting this weekend, some serious playtime is in order for my brother and I. We've been given an opportunity to tour a bit of Europe with our amazing friend Iyeoka, in support of her new album Gold. JBo and I will be on drum and bass duty, along with fellow Destroyer/Macrotone/Viper Andy Bergman on sax, and Kenyan artist Blinky Bill on guitar. The Macrotones recently did a track with Iyeoka which will be available on a split record with Destroy Babylon next week!
For anyone interested, here's her new single, "Who Would Follow", and the song that has taken the world (wide web) by storm, "Simply Falling".
Full tour dates below. Şerefe!
Quallerran Overseer Elpherios was the first of his kind to fuse with Axis Technology, pioneering a special "Evolver" separation method that placed the dark Villser Virus strains into another symbiotic, Axis-born lifeform called an "Axillioid".
Though granted a host of incredible new metamorphic abilities in this "Evolver" state, Elpherios now remains mortally connected to his bonded Axillioid, destined to follow the strange creature's fate, stand or fall.
Thank you for being part of the "Skate Wars" last week! This wave has a lot of funny connections to a pivotal time back in my youth, so it was extra neat to see that some of you enjoyed the stuff. I still clearly remember scratching out the original drawings for the Skate Wars guys as a kid and wanting to make versions that I could carry around. Thanks to you, that's become a reality.
As always, we continue to shuffle the production numbers, particularly with the crossover editions. Both the Vector Jump and OSM Cyclops runs were boosted up to hopefully meet the demand from folks that were visiting for just those specific figures. As of this writing, only a handful of each remain since popping them up, so it looks like we hit the right combination this time. Special thanks go out to Jesse D, Gary and Mel for letting Pheyden's cousins come over for dinner.
All orders placed since Wednesday night have hit the post, with just a few that came in late yesterday and the international orders left to go out, first thing tomorrow morning. The traffic was higher than usual so we've been hustling hard to keep things moving. Extra special thanks to Megan and her daughter Aeris for assisting with the late shift! It's so great to have a new addition to the family, especially a little peanut like Aeris.
Our next round is set to land in mid-May and should make some of you builders out there smile.
Thanks again from the whole family!