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Cuticle Detective Inaba's Mochi Launches New Manga

Anime News Network - 1時間 39分 ago
Fantasy-comedy manga centered on a witch's manservant
Categories: Anime

ReAction: The Rocketeer

Plastic and Plush - 2時間 9分 ago
Funko ReAction Rocketeer

The beloved comic book character (he was in a film too) - The Rocketeer - is the latest piece to be released from Funko's ReAction line. The Rocketeer comes equipped with a removable helmet and jetpack for his adventures in flight.  Look for him to be available in May 2014.

Categories: Designer Toys

Kousuke Fujishima Resumes Paradise Residence Manga's Serialization Next Month

Anime News Network - 2時間 39分 ago
2008 irregularly-published manga moves from good! Afternoon magazine to Monthly Afternoon
Categories: Anime

New Live-Action Lupin III Film's 1st Footage Unveiled on TV Show

Anime News Network - 3時間 39分 ago
Adaptation of Monkey Punch's manga opens in theaters August 30
Categories: Anime

Haruki Plans to Resume The Parasite Doctor Suzune

Anime News Network - 3時間 39分 ago
Sci-fi manga launched in 2004, inspired live-action films in 2011
Categories: Anime

Why Toy Packaging Adds to the MSRP

Battlegrip.com - 4時間 11分 ago
Continue reading: Why Toy Packaging Adds to the MSRP
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Spotted Online – Boss Fight Studios Vitruvian HACKS Action Figures

Battlegrip.com - 5時間 21分 ago
da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” is one of the artist’s most-recognized drawings (Wikipedia entry), but action figure collectors will find the “Vitruvian” something far, far different once Boss Fight Studios (website) launches the Kickstarter project for their Vitruvian HACKS action figure series. Justin at generalsjoes.com has posted several pics of the new series that was on display at the G.I. Joe... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

SWORD ART ONLINE II Set for Worldwide Simulcast with US Premiere Screening Event

SciFi Japan - 5時間 29分 ago
Aniplex also Launches “Sword Art Online Awards” for Fans Worldwide Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: swordart-online.net (Japan), SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
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On April 19th at Aniplex of America’s SWORD ART ONLINE Panel with special appearances by Director Tomohiko Ito, Character Designer Shingo Adachi and Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Aniplex confirmed that the highly anticipated anime series SWORD ART ONLINE II (ソードアート・オンライン, Soodo Aato Onrain II, 2014) will see a worldwide simulcast. SWORD ART ONLINE II is scheduled to begin airing in Japan on July of this year. Aniplex has also confirmed plans of hosting SWORD ART ONLINE II Premiere Screening Events to be held in the U.S., France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Details regarding streaming schedules and platforms as well as Premiere Screening Event info will be announced at a later date. In Addition, Aniplex also announced details of their fan-interactive event called the “Sword Art Online Awards.” The “Sword Art Online Awards” will take place starting April 20th on Japan’s Official SWORD ART ONLINE Homepage. Fans of SWORD ART ONLINE from all over the world will be able to cast their votes in to choose the winners in a variety of categories such as Best Episode, Best Male Character, and Best Female Character to name a few. Continued...
Categories: Otaku Culture

Six Million Dollar Man Retro Action Figures: Wave Two

Battlegrip.com - 6時間 50分 ago
The Zica Toys Facebook page has revealed three new Six Million Dollar Man retro action figures (at Entertainment Earth*), showing us that Funko’s ReAction series (Amazon.com search*) is in no way alone in capturing the classic action figure feel of the seventies and eighties. I’m honestly surprised to see a second wave announced so soon after the first shipped, but... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot

Toybot Studios - 7時間 7分 ago
 Art and Giant Robot April 19–July 27, 2014 Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of groundbreaking alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, OMCA features the major exhibition, SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot featuring works by 15 contemporary artists who have been a part of the magazine's social and cultural evolution. Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the influential magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States. Artworks in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more. Featured artists include: Ako Castuera Sean Chao David Choe Luke Chueh Hamburger Eyes Andrew Hem James Jean kozyndan Masakatsu Sashie Shizu Saldamando Rob Sato Amy Sol Deth P Sun Adrian Tomine Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. It has also become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success—such as Adrian Tomine, whose work has graced many New Yorker covers, and James Jean, whose is best known for his work for Prada, ESPN, and Atlantic Records.  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot  Art and Giant Robot The journey of curating a “retrospective” exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California begins at the early stages of Giant Robot magazine. In 1994, the first issues weren't put together with computers in an arty loft-office. It was done collage style with text, scissors, images, and glue sticks on the floor of my bedroom. It was a pure act of creating something out of nearly nothing. The original master pages look battle worn, but when copied, folded, and stapled, they opened a portal to Asian pop culture. When I flip through the earliest issues, I could see the energy that went into each word. With co-editor and long time collaborator Martin Wong, each page was an adventure to ideas and worlds unexplored. It was travel, food, film, toys, and more but from a filter of an unabashed fan. The enthusiasm within the pages grew an audience who also consumed other zines and indie comics. It also grew my interest in art. —Eric Nakamura Guest Curator

Spotted Online – 5 Suggestions for Fixing the Toy Industry

Battlegrip.com - 7時間 37分 ago
Toy industry commentator Richard Gottlieb has posted “5 Suggestions for Fixing the Toy Industry” . . . and point number one should be of interest to many of you who read battlegrip.com. Gottlieb states: “A gradual receding of action figure heroes from store shelves, as is happening now, is going to mean an eventual drop-off in movie ticket sales; The... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

PONDERING GARETH EDWARDS' "GODZILLA" Will G's Japanese Heart Be Lost In Translation?

August Ragone - 7時間 39分 ago
彼の日本の原点が削除されたときに何がゴジラになった?


Fan-made poster where 2014 is seen via 1954 eyes by Ivan Griscenko.

Now, I can be pretty outspoken because I generally have a very well-informed opinion when it comes to Japanese Cinema & Pop Culture, especially in considering their Fantasy Films, and while I certainly do champion them, I also bare no outright distain for their Stateside counterparts, either (well, mostly). As I've said numerous times, both publicly and privately, the reason why I enjoy these films, is because they are Japanese to begin with. And at the core, it is their inherent Japaneseness that which appeals to me the most.

Many American Godzilla fans, but not all of them, tend to latch on to anything stamped "Godzilla" (be it a stilted animated series or some horribly sculpted hunk of plastic), because they are hungry for any and all things related to the Big G. Yes, I do realize that the Japanese have already metamorphosed and anthropomorphized the character over the years (but it's their character in the first place). The same fans, meanwhile, are seemingly intolerant when it comes to the Japanese doing the same (i.e., Toei's SPIDER-MAN series).

Recently, I have been asked, over and over, what are my thoughts on the upcoming Legendary Pictures production. Firstly, I'm reserved (or "optimistically cautious"), because I like my kaiju eiga to be Japanese productions; even if it's the godawful, unwatchable GODZILLA FINAL WARS. I have no doubt that everyone involved on this production is doing their damnedest to make the best film possible, and technically and visually, it will be phenomenal. But, the strike against it is, that once removed from being Japanese, will the beast lose the heart of what makes it tick? The 1998 disaster proved that in spades.

With all that being said, I'm not close-minded nor stodgy enough to refuse to see it. Of course, I will see it (I'm hosting an opening night screening at Big Wow! ComicFest). The only thing that matters is what's up on that big screen, and no hopes or wishes can change that. Yes, Virginia, 10,000 American Godzilla fans can be wrong. As they were 16 years ago. Gareth Edwards is a good man, and is an up and coming director of talent, of this no one one deny — but we must also remember that this is a big studio picture and he doesn't have full creative control. Hollywood kitchens today have too many cooks.

So, what about the average Joe Blows out there? Are they ready for a mega-budget Godzilla film in the first place? Or does the Emmerich & Devlin Debacle still have a stranglehold on the public's consciousness? Is it still "too soon"? One thing's for certain, the people behind this new film have not only the legacy of Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya to uphold and respect, but also they have to supersede and remove the blemish left by the horrendous Tristar Disaster. So, the task is nothing less than monumental for all concerned.

No matter what happens, be it glorious or apocalyptic, I'm not placing all of my hopes and dreams on this one film. Would I like to behold something as creatively and spiritually successful as Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM? Yes, of course I would. Still, for better or worse, the original Japanese films continue to capture the imaginations of new generations — the world over — and will continue to do so for years to come, regardless of what future Godzillas may bring.

Categories: Otaku Culture

Schoolyard Brawl Manga Akira No. 2 Gets Live-Action Film

Anime News Network - 7時間 44分 ago
Gokaiger's Ryōta Ozawa stars as 2nd most powerful boy in high school of delinquents
Categories: Anime

BMOG Transforming Robot Toys on Big Bad Toy Store

Battlegrip.com - 7時間 47分 ago
You may remember the BMOG transforming robot toys that appeared on Kickstarter last year (last mentioned here). Well, the toys seem to be getting closer to launching and reaching the project backers . . . and they’re even up for pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store! BMOG: Ursenal Vs. Mant-Axe BMOG: Bearium Vs. Gamma-Ray If I’m reading the numbers correctly... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Aya Hisakawa Join Ghost in the Shell Arise Cast

Anime News Network - 8時間 4分 ago
Suzuki plays Motoko's lover, Shunsuke Sakuya replaces late Tomoyuki Dan as Ishikawa, Ai Kayano plays agent
Categories: Anime

Affiliate Link – G.I. Joe Cobra Anti-Armor Trooper

Battlegrip.com - 8時間 30分 ago
Released back in 2008, the G.I. Joe Cobra Anti-Armor Trooper* is a fairly cool troop builder that is not yet priced too high to make it worth snagging. I reviewed the figure back in 2009, so for pics and my thoughts — and to see how far my toy reviews have come in over five years of experience — check... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Ping Pong/Kick-Heart's Yuasa Directs Adventure Time Episode

Anime News Network - 9時間 4分 ago
Clip streamed from "Food Chain" written by director of Kaiba, Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy
Categories: Anime

Sakura Wars Voice Actress Chisa Yokoyama Is 5 Months Pregnant

Anime News Network - 9時間 39分 ago
Voice of Hunter × Hunter's Biscuit Krueger married Tripolysm bassist Chaka in 2009
Categories: Anime
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