Dragon Ball Z new animated movie to revive Frieza

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Because DBZ still prints money, a sequel to the surprisingly fun 2013 animated movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is on the way.  While Battle of Gods introduced a new threat and put a new spin on Goku and “Super Saiyans”, the follow-up will return to more familiar territory by bringing back a certain raspy-voiced villain.

Yes, Frieza is back.  After being revived with the Dragon Balls by two mysterious new characters, Frieza looks to exact revenge on Goku, Vegeta and presumably Trunks.  This may be disappointing to those who were pleased with the fresh concepts introduced in Battle of Gods but at the very least, the poster reassures us that Beerus (Bils), the cat-like God of Destruction from the previous film, will be back.  His role in the overall conflict is still unknown at this point- given his nature, maybe he antagonizes Frieza and pushes him to fight or perhaps he joins the “Z fighters” and stands amongst Krillin, Tien, Yamcha and Piccolo…fading into obscurity so Goku can save the day again.

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F will be first released in theaters in Japan, April 18th 2015.

V-Jump has released more details:

The January issue of V-Jump, officially slated for release this Friday (21 November 2014), features a detailed “DB Scoop” on the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie (originally reported by Anime News Network). The scoop features a new visual for the film, the first seen since the movie was announced this past July. It is more than likely the movie’s official poster, which features our main protagonists, Beerus, Whis, Freeza, and two new unsavory characters.

The movie poster also reveals the film’s official title and release date:

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”

Opening day, set at last!!! Saturday, 18 April 2015: A super-wide release nationwide in 2D and 3D!!!

Unlike with the previous film, Kami to Kami / Battle of Gods, no supplementary or alternative English title is provided. The movie will premiere nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in both 2D and 3D formats. This release date is a bit earlier than expected by most, but it is perhaps intended to build the movie’s momentum going into the Golden Week holiday break.

At the moment we cannot verify plot details — or Toriyama’s comments — beyond what is currently described elsewhere. However, the general plot details from Anime News Network are as follows:

An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Freeza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Freeza with the Dragon Balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, and the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…! 

Two new characters will appear in the movie: Sorbet (ソルベ) and Tagoma (タゴマ), shown below on the left and right, respectively. Following the fine nuances of the name puns in the last film, these name puns seem awfully transparent. As with all of Freeza’s minions, as described by Akira Toriyama in the Super Exciting Guide volumes, the names are “unified as food items that one puts inside [a refrigerator]”. Therefore, Sorbet gets his name directly from the frozen dessert “sorbet”, while Tagoma’s name is derived from the Japanese word tamago (卵), meaning “egg”.

Toriyama’s original designs for the characters are included in the magazine, along with a brief description:

A mysterious pair of planetary warriors, equipped with the latest type of battle armor!! “Tagoma” in particular looks to be wearing a new type of Scouter!!

The tidbit about the new type of Scouter is very reminiscent of what Toriyama revealed in his interview with Naho Ooishi in the July 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. He stated (bold added for emphasis):

If you’re a soldier in Freeza’s army, you can have one made to order to fit your ear. The different screen colors can be chosen to fit the peculiarities of different aliens’ eyes, or to suit one’s tastes. Also, dual-eye types exist as well.

This comment came just one month prior to the new movie being officially announced, so it is likely that Toriyama slipped this tidbit in solely because of his work on the upcoming movie, possibly having just drawn these character designs. Also of note is the text reading “更なる変” that is cut off in the upper right corner. This is likely the phrase “更なる変身”, which means “further transformation(s)”. Based on the image available, there is no indication whether this is in reference to Freeza or a Saiyan warrior.

http://www.kanzenshuu.com/2014/11/17/v-jump-unveils-new-dragon-ball-z-2015-movie-title-date/

 

Real-life Futurama: Check out this impressive (scary) Professor Farnsworth cosplay

If you were disappointed with the Simpsons/Futurama crossover maybe this will lift your spirits…or your heart rate.

Honestly, this is incredibly well done and I commend the person who put this together but I am now officially terrified of Professor Farnsworth.

Check out the video below:

Circa Survive’s new track “Only The Sun” brings back the eerie

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Circa Survive have always been a band that I deeply admire, respect and spend a very selective amount of time with.  Something about their sound chills me in a way that I am not always prepared to experience.  The band’s debut album Juturna got me on the hook with the urgency and lyricism of tracks like Act Appalled and The Glorious Nosebleed.  The entire album is a rich, haunting experience as is their follow-up record On Letting Go, which ramps up the dark themes by exploring depression, religion and suicide (Check out Living Together, In The Morning and Amazing and The Difference Between Medicine and Poison).  I was on the hook and stayed with them for the next couple of albums (Blue Sky Noise, Violent Waves) which were great releases but had a distinctly different feeling than the first two albums- cleaner, less layered, more “produced”.

Circa Survive recently revealed a new cut off of their upcoming album “Descensus” that demonstrates a return to familiar territory.  Only the Sun begins a slow climb before releasing the listener into waves of eerie layered riffs and soaring vocals from mastermind Anthony Green.  “Turn this away, censor every word I say” Green croons as guitarist Colin Frangicetto steers the chaos of the song into another orbit, one that eventually ends in doubled vocals, echoed melodies and rapid fire percussion.

Only the Sun and the heavier, simpler-but-no-less-awesome Schema (released earlier this month) prove that Circa Survive has no shortage of ideas, no lack of divine skill and just as much heart and soul as they possessed over ten years ago.

Descensus releases on November 24th. 

 

Farewell Naruto, it’s been an awesome 15 years.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Naruto first debuted in Shonen JUMP! as the story of an orphaned prankster cursed with a Nine Tails fox demon, determined to earn the respect and love of his village despite being ostracized and hated.  It was silly, it was outlandish, it was exciting and it knew exactly how to tug at the heartstrings.  Even 700 chapters later, the story of Naruto still knows how to make us laugh just as easily as it can wet our cheeks with fresh tears.

In the final two-part issue, the first part concluding the Ninja World War arc for good and the second part a full-color time-skip epilogue, author Kishimoto Mashashi showed us that he still remembered what Naruto was always about.  Story elements that trace back as far as the very first issue, came full circle as we saw the characters who struggled and grew finally reach new heights just as a younger generation steps in to carry the torch.

If it sounds like I’m being vague, it’s because I don’t want to deprive anyone of the gift of a well-earned ending.

Shonen-style manga and anime aren’t for everyone.  They span years, sometimes even decades, introducing continuous plot-threads and twists, oftentimes never returning to solve them.  Naruto, though not without it’s lulls or occasional oddball moments, is not one of those shonen.  Naruto has earned it’s gorgeous ending and that’s something I rarely get to say when it comes to manga like this.

The story of Naruto has come to a close but the universe and it’s characters will continue on.  The anime still has a ways to go, a new movie taking place after the series (but before the epilogue) releases in December, a stage musical is in development, manga spin-off chapters are in the works and a short “encore” series will begin next Spring.

If you are new to Naruto, you can always read the manga here or watch the series on CrunchyRoll, as long as you remember to use this filler guide.

I will be putting together a compilation of Naruto’s best moments.  Until then, check out this incredibly badass tribute video set to Infected Mushroom, showing off some of the coolest fight animations in the second half of the series:

Mario Kart 8: Playable Link, DLC Details and Release Date

In today’s Nintendo Direct we were given a much closer look at the upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC content.  We already knew that we had a playable Link, Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario to look forward to, as well as new vehicles and 8 new tracks, but this time we saw everything up close.  We were also shown that Nintendo’s Amiibo figures could be used to unlock outfits for your Mii Racer in the upcoming title.  Additionally, Nintendo put up a cute little “Nintendo Minute” video on YouTube showing two of the most anticipated new tracks being played.

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Hyrule Circuit is beautiful, taking through town and right into the legendary castle -right up to the Master Sword!  The track seems to be an amalgamation of Skyward Sword, A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, a pretty excellent combo if you ask me.  You’ll also notice that the coins have been replaced by rupies.  This doesn’t change anything except for adding to the lovely Zelda atmosphere and replacing the coin item with a rupy item.  F-Zero’s Mute City switches things up as well. As you speed through a lovely rendition of the famous track featured in every mainline F-Zero title, you’ll notice there are no coins to be found anywhere.  Instead, the track has you driving over a pink strip on the side of the road, the very same strip that would heal your craft in Captain Falcon’s series.  Excite Bike gets a track too, this one featuring randomly generated jumps and turns making the stage different every single time you play it.

The other courses were not previewed but we know that a couple of classics, such as Yoshi’s Circuit from the criminally-underrated Mario Kart Double Dash!! and the SNES Rainbow Road, are in there.  There are still more originals as well, note Ice Ice Outpost and Dragon Driftway, the latter of which seems to star a familiar face from Mario Galaxy 2.

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The drivers themselves are great.  Link, who also comes with a “Master Bike” motorcycle, derives from his Skyward Sword game and pulls out his sword or a tri-force when performing tricks.  Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario have their own unique tricks as well (expect to see a familiar statue).  Through in the F-Zero Blue Falcon car and you have a pretty excellent deal for a DLC pack.

The first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack arrives on November 13th.  The second pack, which promises to include Animal Crossing racers and courses, will be released in the Spring.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS Remake Announced

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We all saw this coming but it appears that the moon has finally smiled down upon us…oh wait..

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is being remade for the Nintendo 3DS.
Take a look at the announcement trailer below, just before drooling over the European Special Edition of the game (nothing has been announced for North America just yet)

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Marvel vs. Attack On Titan is a thing. An official thing.

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Marvel vs. Attack On Titan is coming!

Wait…what?

Yep.  I shit you not, there will be an official Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover in the very near future.  Marvel has dabbled in manga and anime as well, they have also crossed over and fought with many universes (DC, Capcom, etc) but crossing over with a specific manga franchise is definitely new ground for the comics titan…er, giant.

The horrifying human-eating titans will be invading the Marvel universe, forcing characters like Spider-man and Captain America to deal with the attack.  This will definitely be considered a “What If” story, so nothing is canon, meaning we might see some of our favorite Marvel personas eaten alive in terrifying, gory fashion.  

-and according the C.B. Cebulski’s tweet from earlier today, the first issue is set to drop in just two weeks!

Now where’s my Marvel vs. Dragon Ball Z fighting game?  Come on, it would be so sweet.