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03 May 17:00

Is Rob Liefeld “Heta-Uma?”

by sdshamshel

Comic artist Rob Liefeld has carried two reputations throughout his career, both of which can be considered two sides of the same coin. To many, Liefeld is the 90s comics artist, with his creation of various “extreme” characters, a move away from simple, minimalist superhero designs to ones loaded with details and accoutrements. At the same time, he has also become the poster child for “bad comic art,” mostly because those same qualities that exemplify both 90s comics and Liefeld himself are viewed as a move away from technical skill, visual clarity, and overall good character design. In looking at Liefeld’s work, though, I recently began to ask myself if he might be considered what is known in Japanese as heta-uma, literally “bad-good.”

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Last year at Otakon, I debuted a new panel called “Great Ugly Manga.” The purpose of the panel was to show how bad artwork in manga wasn’t necessarily a demerit against that manga, but that “ugliness” could be utilized in interesting ways. Ugly manga can play with expectations, carry a kind of strong emotional energy, and even change the meaning of moments compared to if they were rendered beautifully. This idea is not new, and in fact at the panel we mentioned the essential philosophy behind heta-uma. The idea, originating from Japanese artist King Terry, is that art has a technical aspect and a kind of “soulful” aspect, and that while being good in both categories is the ideal, it’s better to be bad at the technique and good at the soul, rather than good at technique at the expense of expressiveness. In fact, it was while we were gathering images for Great Ugly Manga that my co-panelist I briefly discussed the idea that Rob Liefeld might be heta-uma.

Both the notion of bad-good and good art in general are highly subjective, and the line between technical expertise and expert expressiveness is actually pretty nebulous. When I talk about Liefeld’s art being “bad,” I’m more using the idea of bad that has been presented online across various forums and articles, that his tendency to use the same poses, to ignore feet, and that his overall frenetic line work is less impressive than artists with similar yet more highly refined artists such as Jim Lee.

What I find is that Rob Liefeld’s work can’t be called bad-good in the common sense of the term, nor can it be called any of the others: it’s not good-bad, good-good, or even bad-bad. I would argue that bad-good is perhaps the closest category to fit Liefeld, but doesn’t quite fully describe his art.

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There are two characteristics of heta-uma that I think is vitally important under normal circumstances. First is the idea that the ugliness of the art has to be eminently obvious. When looking at an image from an ugly manga, there is an immediate realization that something is “wrong.” Second is the idea that this ugliness in term gives power to the page, that it creates a strong sense of energy or awkwardness that draws the reader in. Take the page above from the manga 81 Diver, which is one of the series we mentioned in “Great Ugly Manga,” where the mishmash of large word balloons, bizarrely drawn characters, and unusual situation make the scene stand out. What’s also notable about its artists, Shibata Yokusaru, is that he falls outside of the category of artists who can draw beautifully but choose not to. He has a lack of technique, but more importantly he doesn’t let that flaw get in the way of his attempts to draw complex scenes. By challenging himself, the ugliness of his art stands out even more, which is his charm.

I think that Rob Liefeld’s artwork is definitely expressive, and that its energy comes out of the particular manner in which Liefeld draws. What keeps me from calling it clearly heta-uma, however, is that often times his art seemingly masks its own ugliness. At first glance, there’s often nothing especially strange about Liefeld’s drawings, and it’s only after you start to examine them in detail that they tend to “fall apart.” While a more discerning eye can catch these aspects from the beginning, I believe that for the average reader it is not so obvious. Liefeld’s artwork is not “clearly ugly.”

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And yet, once one gets past that point, and after getting over just how awkward his drawings can be, I find that Liefeld is not so different from Shibata, in the sense that he does a lot of things around his particular style that lend it a significant impact. While in some cases Liefeld is known for “playing it safe,” using the same poses repeatedly for example, he also pushes himself to draw elaborate situations designed for readers to in fact examine and re-examine them, such as large fight scenes. It’s in drawings such as those that the heta-uma of his work really shows itself, as while one can criticize the lack of realism in his characters’ musculature, or the fact that perspective doesn’t work that way, ultimately the intensity of the fight shines through. While a more skilled artist could perhaps do a better job and even keep a similar level of intensity, what I find interesting about Liefeld is that the very flaws in his work contribute to the image’s impression of strength and fury.

Overall, I think Rob Liefeld is loosely in the category of bad-good, but that he doesn’t quite fit the mold created by other heta-uma artists. However, because the term doesn’t have a rigid definition of qualifying characteristics, and because the idea of good and bad art are so personal, calling him bad-good less a solid criticism or praise of his works and more trying to get into the realm of what Liefeld art is. What I find in the end is that his style creates flimsy yet powerful illusions, and that this is definitely a place where heta-uma can thrive.

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04 May 10:56

Yumi Kakazu To Assume Magical Sapphire Role In "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

As part of the cast listing for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei, set to debut July 6th, Yumi Kakazu has been listed as the new voice of mascot Magical Sapphire. The role was previously voiced by Miyu Matsuki, whi passed away at age 38 in Octoer 2015.

 

Other cast additions include Misato Fukuen as "Tanaka," Rie Kugimiya as Beatrice Flowerchild, Ryoko Shiraishi as Angelica and Sumire Morohishi as Erika.

 

ChouCho returns for the series opening with Mr. Osomatsu's  TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Koda Yumeha on the ending.

 

via pKjd  

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

02 May 16:00

Mighty No. 9’s Worldwide Release Set For June

by Jenni

Asia and North America will see Mighty No. 9 on June 21, 2016, while the rest of the world will get the game on June 24, 2016.

Read Mighty No. 9’s Worldwide Release Set For June on Siliconera!

29 Apr 17:00

Ogiue Maniax Talking Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans on the Veef Show Podcast

by sdshamshel

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I stopped by the Veef Show to discuss the latest Mobile Suit Gundam series, Iron-Blooded Orphans. Have a listen, as we have fairly different perspectives on the show, and I’d love to know what you think of the series as well.

For reference, the post I mentioned about McGillis can be found here, and the series I mention at the end of the podcast that I have begun chapter reviewing is here.

So in conclusion, Fumitan Admoss is the best.


28 Apr 21:22

The Wheel of Time Is Going to Be a TV Series After All

by Katharine Trendacosta
The Wheel of Time Is Going to Be a TV Series After All
Cover of The Fires of Heaven

After last year’s fight over the TV rights to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal has said that the legal situation is sorted and a new adaptation is already on its way.

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28 Apr 17:21

New "Fire Emblem Fates" DLC Maps Arrive on May 5

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Nintendo announced release plans for the next set of fresh Fire Emblem Fates maps. The first new map, "In Endless Dreams," will be available to download on May 5 for 49 cents, or you can go ahead and throw down $7.99 for Map Pack 2 and receive all six upcoming maps when they launch. 

 

Subsequent maps in this series will be $1.99 each, so if you plan on getting them all you'll save a few bucks with the pack up front. Here's the full release schedule:

 

  • May 5-June 9 – Map Pack 2 ($7.99)
  • May 5 – I: In Endless Dreams (49 cents)
  • May 12 – II: Realms Collide ($1.99)
  • May 19 – III: The Changing Tide ($1.99)
  • May 26 – IV: Light’s Sacrifice ($1.99)
  • June 2 – V: Endless Dawn ($1.99)
  • June 9 – End: Lost in the Waves ($1.99)

 

The maps in the Map Pack 2 collection tell one ongoing story. Here's how Nintendo describes it:

 

Across dimensions, other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children are under attack. Born and raised in the Deeprealms, these fledgling warriors must now rise up to save themselves and their parents as they unravel the mystery of their adversaries. In this six-map series, units leveled up in the main game cannot lend support. Players must devise a strategy using a fresh team to reap the rewards, but only if all units survive. 

 

Nintendo is also offering another Gift from Anna—which includes the Boots and Paragon items—as a free download on May 5.

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his new webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every Thursday at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

27 Apr 18:52

Lando Calrissian Gives Han Some Help in Lego's New Force Awakens Short (UPDATED)

by Germain Lussier

One of the most famous Star Wars characters not in The Force Awakens makes his sequel trilogy debut in a new Lego short film set right before the events of the film. Nice to see you again, Lando Calrissian.

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19 Apr 21:27

Words That Were Invented Because We Actually Just Got Them Wrong

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9
Words That Were Invented Because We Actually Just Got Them Wrong

The lesson, as always, is that we’re dumb. All of us. Even the smartest among us can never save us because we’re all so dumb. Why? Because when we hear the wrong words, we don’t bother to fix ourselves but instead adopt those wrong words into our language even though they’re clearly wrong. It’s great! Language is always changing... for the worse.

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26 Apr 13:50

"Persona 5" Countdown Will End with a Special Broadcast

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Over the weekend we posted about a countdown that recently went up on the official Persona 5 website, ticking down the time until May 5. While no new information is here yet, Atlus announced that the countdown will end with a special Niconico broadcast on May 5 at 21:30 JST.

 

We'll have to wait and see what the "Take Tokyo Tower" broadcast ends up consisting of, but it's a pretty safe bet that we'll learn more about Persona 5, and at the very least see some fresh footage. 

 

 

Via Gematsu

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his new webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every Thursday at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

26 Apr 14:45

New "Cardcaptor Sakura" Manga Series Announcement Coming

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

An early look at the June issue of Nakayoshi, out in Japan on April 30th, has revealed that the new project celebrating the 20th anniversary of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura magic girl series will be a manga, debuting in the shoujo magazine's July issue on June 3rd. The series reintroduces Sakura Kinomoto in her first year of junior high school, launched into a mysterious new affair by a strange dream. 

 

 

via @rimanana and otakomu

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

26 Apr 05:55

"Detective Conan" 20th Film Repeats Box Office Win with 679 Million Yen

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Even after the record-breaking opening weekend, the 20th Detective Conan film, Meitantei Conan: Jyunkoku no Nightmare/Detective Conan: Pure Black Nightmare is still going strong at Japanese box office, taking first place again with 679,206,300 yen on 522,023 admissions in its second weekend. The 20th film's total gross has already reached 2.5 billion yen, and it is expected to earn over 5 billion yen from its entire domestic run. 

 

Two new Japanese animation films ranked in the top 10 last weekend. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, the 20th anniversary film of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise earned 133,010,600 yen on 92,396 ticket sales from 136 theaters. The previous Yu-Gi-Oh! film, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time, was released in January 2010, earning approximately 100 million yen from 124 screens. Meanwhile, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai, based on HoneyWorks's Vocaloid song project, made 8th place debut with 70,507,400 yen from 84 screens. 

 

   

Japan's Weekend Box Office (April 23-24)

 

 1 (1). "Detective Conan: Pure Black Nightmare"

 2 (new). "Zootopia"

 3 (2). "Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! Dreaming World Big Assault!"

 4 (new). "I Am a Hero"

 5 (new). "The Revenant"

 6 (new). "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions"

 7 (3). "Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyo-hen"

 8 (new). "Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai"

 9 (6). "Chihayafuru - Kami no Ku"

 10 (4). "Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016"

 

 

"Detective Conan: Pure Black Nightmare" trailer

 

 

"Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions" trailer

 

Source: Eiga.com 

 

 

22 Apr 15:15

Savage Garden Singles Collection Gets A "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Diamond Is Unbreakable" Anime Cover

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com
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So Shad does not miss this news at PAX. ;)

Sony Music's Western label has announced that their Complete Best ~The Singles~ collection of Australian duo Savage Garden will feature an anime-version jacket with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable character design recreating lead Josuke Higashikata in an iconic pose, previously featured in work likes 1993's art book JoJo 6251. 


The May 25th release features 18 tracks, including Diamond end theme "I Want You" and a bonus, live acoustic version. Series manga author Hirohiko Araki comments that "I Want You" perfectly captures the spirit of Jojo Part IV's 90s era setting, and that the song makes a dramatic progression that is ideal for the anime. Savage Garden's Darren Hayes comments that he was happy to see the song selected as the seres' end theme and that he's glad to be part of such a cool collaboration.

 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

21 Apr 17:30

North America’s Fire Emblem Fates 3DS Home Themes Feature The Most Popular Characters

by Jenni

The latest Fire Emblem Fates Home themes for the Nintendo 3DS feature the 8 characters voted most popular in an October 2015 Famitsu poll.

Read North America’s Fire Emblem Fates 3DS Home Themes Feature The Most Popular Characters on Siliconera!

22 Apr 08:30

Fate/Extella Shows The Player “Master” And Tamamo-no-Mae’s Form Change

by Sato

Marvelous shared the latest on their upcoming “high-speed Servant action game” Fate/Extella with a look at some new screenshots including Tamamo-no-Mae’s Form Change.

Read Fate/Extella Shows The Player “Master” And Tamamo-no-Mae’s Form Change on Siliconera!

22 Apr 00:23

Crackle Announces Anime Channel

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com
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THE JOKE IS REAL!

Sony's streaming platform Crackle has announced a slate of new initiatives that include 2017 stop-motion animated comedy SuperMansions, executive produced by and starring Bryan Cranston (Macross Plus, also something called Breaking Bad) as a middle-aged hero working with Millennials, and a series of new "multiplex channels," as part of their “Always On” platform.

 

The free, ad-supported network is broken into seven categories including Anime, Comedy, Action, Drama, Thriller, Sports and Fandom. These work like linear TV, where, once a channel is selected, shows will play, anchored by original content.

 

The platform currently has Osamu Dezaki's live-action spin-off Ultraviolet: Code 044, and Shinji Aramaki's Viper's Creed as exclusives. In the past, they've been the only place in America to catch other anime, such as Nodame Cantabile.

 

via AnimationMagazine

 


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

21 Apr 15:00

Watch Zero Time Dilemma’s Latest Trailer In English

by Casey

Aksys has released the English version of the newest trailer for Zero Time Dilemma, featuring the adventure game's key characters.

Read Watch Zero Time Dilemma’s Latest Trailer In English on Siliconera!

21 Apr 20:30

Taking Fire Emblem Fates’ Witches’ Trial

by Jenni

Today's Fire Emblem Fates map, Witches' Trial, gives people a chance to earn a Witch's Mark that turns a female unit into a warping witch.

Read Taking Fire Emblem Fates’ Witches’ Trial on Siliconera!

22 Apr 09:00

Persona 5’s Official Website Has A Countdown To May 5, 2016

by Sato

Atlus recently launched a big countdown on Persona 5’s official website, which counts down to May 5, 2016.

Read Persona 5’s Official Website Has A Countdown To May 5, 2016 on Siliconera!

21 Apr 14:37

Report: PlatinumGames President Tatsuya Minami Resigns

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

PlatinumGames (Bayonetta, Vanquish, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, etc.) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, but some changes are afoot at the developer. This holds particularly true for PlatinumGames president and CEO Tatsuya Minami, who has stepped down according to a report on Japanese game industry website Game Business.

 

The report doesn't mention if Minami is still in the company in any capacity. Minami apparently left the studio in late March, with Kenichi Sato stepping into his role. Minami is currently still listed as president on Platinum's official site.

 

In other corporate moves, developers Atsushi Inaba and Seigo Tabira have joined the company's board. 

 

You can read Tatsuya Minami's vision for PlatinumGames over at the English website's Company page. The studio's latest collaboration with Nintendo, Star Fox Zero, hits Wii U tomorrow.

 

Via Kotaku

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his new webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every Thursday at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

20 Apr 23:42

"Fate/Grand Order" Puts Attila The Hun in a Maid Dress For Harajuku Event

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Despite the general perception, Fate/ doesn't really have THAT many gender-swapped Heroic Spirits (about 14). Smartphone game Fate/Grand Order introduced a new one with its pre-release promotion in Saber King of Combat Altera, better known to history as Attila the Hun. She's also set to be featured in RPG Fate/Extella. Mamiko Noto voices the character with Huke (Steins;Gate) providing the designs. And, Huke is back, with maid art tailored for Fate/Grand Party in Harajuku. 

 

 

The cafe/exhibit will be held in the famously stylish district's AREA-Q. It runs May 13-June 12 with a refresh in the middle, featuring production material and props shown at AnimeJapan, themed food and drinks (with special coasters), and limited goods.

 

Featured servants include Mash (sometimes Matt) Shielder, Altria [Alter] Saber, Siegfried Saber, Romulus Lancer, Cu Chilainn Caster, Jeanne d'Arc Rule, Nero Claudius Saber and ??? TBA

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

20 Apr 15:28

"Fate/Zero" And "Fate/Grand Order" Battle In Ufotable Animated Event Promo

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Taneda Risa (voice of Shielder), Shimazaki Nobunaga (Arjuna), Kawasumi Ayako (Arturia), and writer/personality Mafia Kajita have gathered for a webcast introducing the next big Fate/Grand Order collaboration. The smartphone game is teaming with prequel light novel turned anime/manga series Fate/Zero for "Fate/Accel Zero Order."

 

Ufotable, the studio behind the Zero anime, were back for a new promo introducing Grand Order folks like Matthew "Shielder" Kyrielite,  Darius III Berserker Zhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II) Caster to Zero folks like Waver-Kun, Lord El-Melloi, and the anticipated adult Alexander Rider.

 

 

 Nasu: The Fate/Zero event will be fun, of course! Actually, during the planning phase a year ago, there was a character that we were writing as a surprise for players, and when I asked (Gen) Urobuchi to write a story with that character as protagonist, he gladly accepted it. But during the plotting stage, even though I said, “Write something with a happy ending for once,” first he asked me, “Can’t I have this character kill this other character and end it there?” and he gave me a plot that was even darker than Fate/Zero.[laughs] I said, “What kind of festival do you think we’re making here?! Gen, you should believe more in dreams, aspirations, and the bonds between people!” and had him revise the whole thing. Urobuchi also plays FGO, so the meeting was pretty simple. It went like, “Urobuchi, I want you to write a Fate/Zero collab event for FGO. Actually, just do it.” “Understood. I’ll burn through it with my 3☆ party. Though I did Kintarou [5] during the New Year.” There was absolutely no need to explain the system, so it was all just “I’ll leave it to you!”


Also from Type-Moon Ace



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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

14 Apr 13:30

Splatoon Brings Its Next Splatfest To A Pineapple Under The Sea

by Sato

Starting April 23, Nintendo is teaming up with Nickelodeon for their next Splatfest competition, featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, where players will have to pick between SpongeBob and Patrick Star.

Read Splatoon Brings Its Next Splatfest To A Pineapple Under The Sea on Siliconera!

18 Apr 09:00

「Fate/Zero」×「Fate/Grand Order」スペシャルイベント開催予告!4月20日のニコ生特番2時間にて最新情報を発表!思ってたより早めの登場なるかイスカンダル!?

by めれむ
15 Apr 17:00

McGillis from Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is More Char than Char

by sdshamshel

McGillis_Fareed-5_G-Tekketsu-5Ever since Char Aznable became one of anime’s most memorable characters, many Gundam series have included similar rivals for their heroes. In general, they’re enemy pilots of roughly equal power who wear masks or something similar to hide their faces, and who often have their own ulterior, if noble, motives. Most recently joining the likes of Zechs Merquise, Harry Ord, and more is McGillis Fareed from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and his approach to being “a Char” is probably the most well-realized out of all of them.

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans spoilers below.

Throughout the original Gundam, Char Aznable is willing to (and has!) back-stabbed even his closest friends because his true goal, to get vengeance for the death of his father, overrides any sort of sentiment he might possess. McGillis is incredibly similar. He’s willing to sacrificing childhood friends for the sake of accomplishing his motives, but in a way he might also be even more scheming and cut-throat than Char himself. While Char might sabotage some of his own side for personal reasons, he never actively leaked information to the enemy or tried to orchestrate both sides to fall in his favor.

McGillis has gone from being a fairly interesting character to being one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the next season of Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Given the overall quality of the show, I really, really hope the series doesn’t suffer from Sunrise “half-way point syndrome” like so many of their mecha anime, where in an attempt to become more successful a show loses what made it special in the first place.

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15 Apr 22:36

Cake Is Served As "Barakamon" / "Handa-kun" Lead Celebrates Birthday

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Happy birthday to Sei/Seishū Handa, handsome calligrapher hero of Satsuki Yoshino's Barakamon, adapted into a 2014 TV anime, and prequel Handa-kun. In anticipation of the summer's anime adaptation of the latter, the series site is celebrating the character's April 15th date with limited art, cake and more. 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

15 Apr 15:34

"Garo - Divine Flame" Anime Movie Visual and Preview Published

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Mature audience tokusatsu series Garo returns to anime, and to the the Spanish Inquisition era-inspired Golden Knight León Luis in Divine Flame, opening in Japan on May 21st. Director Yuichiro Hayashi and script writer Yasuko Kobayashi are back at MAPPA, along with Daisuke Namikawa as Leon Lewis Katsuhito Nomura as Alfonso San Valiante Kenyuu Horiuchi as Herman Lewis Romi Park as Emma Gusman and JAM Project on the theme.

 

Miyu Tomita (Galko's Otako) has been introduced as the voice of Leon's younger, half brother Roberto.

 

Arisa Komiya (Dia in Love Live! Sunshine) was announced as Sara and Masato Hagiwara (Kaiji) as Dario Montoya.

 

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

14 Apr 20:30

Setting Our Sights On Fire Emblem Fates’ Ballistician Blitz DLC

by Jenni

The latest Fire Emblem Fates add-on introduces players to Ballisticians. Complete the Ballistician Blitz map to earn a Sighting Lens that will allow a male character to switch to that class.

Read Setting Our Sights On Fire Emblem Fates’ Ballistician Blitz DLC on Siliconera!

11 Apr 16:58

"Fate/Grand Order" Campaign Summons Jeanne d'Arc (Alter) And Classic Art Spoofs

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Fate/Grand Order's American-set Chapter V is going to have to give some attention back to the Old World because on April 11th, the smartphone RPG launched campaign "Da Vinci and The 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits."  Highlights for the event running through April 20th include limited serent Jeanne d'Arc (Alter) (Avenger, 5★). 

 

 

The corrupted version of the The Maid of Orleans is designed by Takashi Takeuchi with Maaya Sakamoto providing the voice

 

Event Craft Essences include

Holy Maiden Leading Chaldea

illustrated by pako, inspired by Liberty Leading the People

 

Empieta

illustrated by Tsukimoto Aoi, inspired by Pietà

 

School of Chaldea

illustrated by Cherokee, inspired by The School of Athens

 

and Gacha ones

 

Gentle Affection

illustrated by ReDrop, featuring Reika Rikudou, Jack the Ripper's Master from Fate/Apocrypha.

 

Talent - Snake 

Shinjirou, featuring Souichirou Kuzuki, Medea's Master from Fate/stay night

 

Art of Death

illustrated by Medori, featuring Uryuu Ryuunosuke, Gilles de Rais' Master from Fate/Zero

 

Parameters for the event...

 

 

vi Fate/Grand Order wiki and fgo_english

 


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

13 Apr 15:20

"Tsukihime" Remake Release Reportedly Still TBA

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Way back in 2008, Tech Gian announced plans for a remake of Fate/stay night creators TYPE-MOON's vampire visual novel Tsukihime with new, enhanced artwork and sound, changes to the storyline, and the originally discarded route for Yumizuka Satsuki. Last year, TYPE-MOON Ace 10 said that the action is being moved closer to Tokyo and previewed new characters. An early look at TYPE-MOON Ace 11, out April 15th, says, well, more event CG has been previewed. 

 

Reportedly release details are still to be announced. Beyond saying that the game is currently in development, indications are that there's no news in the feature.

 

 

From last year's preview

 

 

 

 

A character design update preview following 2013's Type-Moon Ace 8

 

 

Previously... 


versus the classic look

 

via otakomu and HDKirin

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

07 Apr 15:10

Crunchyroll Posts English-Subtitled "Berserk" 2016 TV Anime Trailer

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Streaming service Crunchyroll has posted an English-subtitled version of the Berserk teaser trailer that originally offered a look at the summer 2016 adaptation of Kentaro Miura's fantasy horror manga during last month's AnimeJapan event.

 

Shin Itagaki (Ben-To, mastermind of the Teekyu anime) helms the LIDEN FILMS production with Psycho-Pass' Makoto Fukami in charge of writing series composition. The Golden Age anime movies' leads reprise their roles.

 

 

 

Director: Shin Itagaki
Series configuration: Makoto Fukami
Series configuration assistant: Takashi Yamashita
Main Character Design: Hisashi Abe
Music: Shirō Sagisu 
Insert song: Susumu Hirasawa

Opening Theme:  9mm Parabellum Bullet 
Production: LIDEN FILMS
Animation production: GEMBA / millepensee


Cast:

Guts: Hiroaki Iwanaga
Puck: Kaoru Mizuhara
Farnese: Yōko Hikasa 
Serpico: Kazuyuki Okitsu
Isidro: Hiro Shimono
Azan: Hiroki Yasumoto
Casca: Toa Yukinari 
Griffith: Takahiro Sakurai
Skull Knight: Akio Ōtsuka 
Narration: Unshou Ishizuka



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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.