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New “Sailor Moon” Anime To Premiere In July 2014

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New “Sailor Moon” Anime To Premiere In July 2014

Good news for otaku everywhere: yesterday, the official website for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon‘s 20th anniversary project announced its highly-anticipated new anime series will be streamed worldwide this July, via Nico Nico Douga.

The series, produced by Toei Animation (behind the original five Sailor Moon series of the 1990’s) and directed by Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, Suite PreCureOne Piece Film: Strong World), was originally intended to premiere last summer, but was pushed to the winter of 2013-2014 before being postponed again. The series composition is by Yuji Kobayashi (also of Suite PreCure), with opening and ending themes by idol group Momoiro Clover Z.

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Comic Issues #114 – Live @ Anime Conji 2013

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Comic Issues #114 – Live @ Anime Conji 2013

Are you ready for Third Impact?

Join our heroes and heroine as they get their Anime on. With a special edition Live Podcast from San Diego’s premiere Anime Convention: Anime Conji. With the Third Impact on the way the crew sits down to cast the fabled classic: Neon Genesis Evangelion. There is plenty of discussion as the crowd even gets involved in decided the cast for a live action movie.

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Recent Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Recent Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

A lot of people hear the word, “magical girl anime” and head for the hills. To be honest, I can’t really blame them. While the magical girl genre is fun and interesting the first time, fifty anime series later, it loses its attraction.

This genre usually entails a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen transforming into a magical girl, defeating evil while bouncing around in a tiny mini-skirt.  This type of anime is most often light-hearted and appropriate for viewers of most ages.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica blows this stereotype out of the water by distancing itself from the repetition and simplicity that so often plague its genre.

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New Series: Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban

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New Series: Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban

Since the original Rurouni Kenshin series is responsible for my ten-year long manga and anime addiction, I was absolutely thrilled to hear that this classic series is being revisited.

Almost thirteen years after its final chapter was published in Weekly Shounen Jump, Rurouni Kenshin is back in business with the debut of Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban, an alternate version of the original manga scheduled to sync up with the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film slated to premier next month in theaters across Japan.

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New Sailor Moon Series Due in Summer 2013

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New Sailor Moon Series Due in Summer 2013

On the 20-year anniversary of Naoko Takeuchi’s classic manga Sailor Moon, a new addition to the Sailor Moon franchise was announced today.

The new anime adaptation of the Sailor Moon manga was announced at a live event celebrating the series’ 20th birthday by creator Naoko Takeuchi, publisher Kodansha and the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who will be singing the new anime’s theme. The new adaptation is currently in the works and  slated for release next summer. Kodansha editor Fumio Osano has confirmed that the new anime is not a film project.

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

I’d be lying if I told you that every single thing about this manga and anime is ground-breaking or original. Let’s face it: the human race has been around for a long time, and we are running out of totally new and innovative ideas.

So what makes Ouran High School Host Club, an anime and manga series that does not present some groundbreaking, completely new and innovative plot-device, so special?

It’s a gender-bender and a romantic comedy, and it is most definitely shoujo. Neither of those characteristics are anything new.

The idea of a gender-bender wasn’t even new in Shakespeare’s time when he wrote Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice, and that was nearly 500 years ago. And romantic comedies? Please. Just go to your local movie theater and pick out the latest chick flick and 99% of the time you’ll find a romantic comedy.

So, again, I return to my original question. Why is Ouran High School Host Club, a series relying upon clichéd plot devices, such an amazing series? The answer lies in the fact that it takes pre-existing ideas and breathes new life into them.

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Comic Issues #66 – Gateway to Geekdom

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Comic Issues #66 – Gateway to Geekdom

The geek community is made up of various genres. Have you ever wanted to get into a new genre but never knew where to start? Well our heroes and heroine take on that very question. We break down the gateways that lead into a new genre. We hit up everything including anime, comics, gaming (both video and table-top) and even films.

What would you recommend to start with to get into any of these geek genres?

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Review: Naruto Ninja Storm Generations – PS3

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Review: Naruto Ninja Storm Generations – PS3

While SDCC 2011 was jam packed full of many amazing things, one of the highlights was stopping past the Namco Bandai booth where I got my first hands on with Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. I was particularly amazed by the size of the playable cast (though the grin on my face was just for my favorite Zabuza’s return).

Well luckily for me, Namco sent me a review unit and I’ve been tearing through the game like nobody’s business. I even got the chance to sit with Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of CyberConnect2, and talked about the game. So how does this Naruto game compare to others in the Ninja Storm franchise?

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Fate/Zero Anime Series to be Simulcast in Eight Languages Online

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Fate/Zero Anime Series to be Simulcast in Eight Languages Online

The newest addition to the popular Fate series, whose previous titles include the animated series Fate/Stay Night, will be simulcast to the world on October 2. Only one day behind its premier in Japan, Fate/Zero will be released online with subtitles in eight languages on the Nico Nico Douga video site.

You will want to jump on this stream fast as each episode will only be available until its successor the week after. Jump back ten years prior to Fate/Stay Night and witness the events of the fourth Grail War with favorite characters Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker.

Check out the official press release below.

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Anime Ima: Now and Then, Here and There

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Anime Ima: Now and Then, Here and There

Steampunk! Almost anything with a steampunk aesthetic is awesome.  Throw in some dystopian society and militarism and you’ve got a great recipe for an anime.

There are quite a few series that take the route of a post-apocalyptic future, but none do it quite as well as Now and Then, Here and There (Ima, Soko ni iru Boku). Its mix of the horrors of war, child indoctrination, and futility leaves the viewer in awe and robs the viewer of all hope by the conclusion.  And this is exactly where this series’ genius lies.  For my full impressions, read on.

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