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FUNimation streams Attack on Titan season 2 on April

If you are an Attack on Titan fan, you may have been the many that has been waiting for the long awaited season 2 way back years ago. Now after the announcement, Attack on Titan season 2 will be arriving with a season 2 this year. It’s been reported that the Opening theme song band, Linked Horizon, will be coming back as well as the original voice actors.

Some updated news announced that FUNimation (the English Company who owns the rights to Attack on Titan) will be simulcasting the anime on April 1st! Mark your calendars and see the return of the titans again on the first day of April!

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Gintama Season 3 English Dub added in Crunchyroll

This is a surprise. Known for it’s wackiness and insane action plot, the popular Shonen Jump series Gintama will be getting an English Dub and it will be available in Crunchyroll…BUT there is a catch.

Only season 3 of Gintama will be in English. Season 1 and 2 are in subtitles. Season 3 will cover episodes 266-316. New episodes will be added every Wedsnesday all the way to February.

Story Synopsis:

In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Yorozuya Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his fellow companions.

English Cast:

Gintoki Sakata: Michael Daingerfield
Shinpachi Shimura: Cole Howard
Kagura: Jocelyne Loewen
Tae Shimura: Janyse Jaud
Kotaro Katsura: Matt Ellis
Toshiro Hijikata: Michael Adamthwaite
Sogo Okita: Vincent Tong
Isao Kondo: Jason Simpson
Sagaru Yamazaki: Adrian Petriw
Tsukuyo: Marlie Collins
Tatsuma Sakamoto: Andrew Francis
Tama: Chantal Strand
Yagyu Kyubei: Advah Soudak

Last week news: Boruto movie in English! Marvel x Square Enix Avengers game?

With so much that happened last week, I found some juicy news to share!

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Announced this Saturday, the Naruto movie Boruto: The Naruto Movie will finally be in English Dub and made for home DVD and Blu-Ray. Viz Media is in charge of the Dub and license. The movie is set to be released on March 28th. The voice of Boruto (Naruto and Hinata’s son) is done by Amanda Celine Miller; Sarada (Sakura and Sasuke’s daughter) is Cherami Leigh and Mitsuki (a friend to Boruto and Sarada) is Robbie Daymond. Here is the plot for the movie:

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s talented but impetuous son.
Meanwhile, Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear and attempt to assassinate Naruto. Petrified, Boruto is shielded by Naruto, only to disappear in front of Boruto’s own eyes.

Speaking of Viz, if you missed out on watching the Sailor Moon R: The Movie that happened 2 weeks ago, you can preorder a copy of the DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie is set to be released on April 18.

Square Enix and Marvel

Announced last week, Square Enix and Marvel made a huge announcement that these two companies are planing a special Marvel Avengers project. This project will be a game featuring the Avengers. Based on the description, the company Crystal Dynamics (well-known for the Tomb Raider series) and developer Eidos-Montréal (Deus Ex) will be involved with the game. It is also noted that besides this game, other games from this collaboration will be releasing as well. The Avengers project game is expected to be announced for 2018!

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Bad News: Sekirei license expires!

Once again. FUNimation has some bad news. We are losing another anime title.

Much like the past anime (Darker than Black, both Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Bacanno!, Birdy the Mighty: Decode), FUNimation will be losing the anime action, harem series Sekirei. The anime license will expire on February 9th. That means, they will stop selling the home DVDs and they won’t be reprinting any more. If you haven’t bought this anime, you better hurry and pick up the complete collection set or the Season sets. The anime has two seasons!

Judging by the cover, it has the Aniplex title on it. I highly recommend anyone in the future to buying more Aniplex anime from FUNimation to ensure to save a copy.

Anime Film news: Sailor Moon and Pokemon Special!

Sailor Moon

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Sailor Moon fans! What did you think of the movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie that premiered in theaters a week ago? I got good news for the fans.

English license company Viz Media announced that the movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie will be screening in Canada! The movie will be screened in theaters on March 1st. If you are in Canada and you want to watch this movie, now it’s your chance to watch this movie and experience Sailor Moon!

Sailor Moon R: The Movie will be in theaters in Canada, March 1st.

Pokemon

I am not sure if I mention this but I will say this now that we are in 2017.

Announced on a variety show, Japan announced that there will be a Pokemon movie special based on the first episode of the anime. The movie is called Pokemon: I Choose You and it will celebrate the 20 years of Pokemon. The movie will be about Satoshi (or Ash) as he begins his quest of being a Pokemon Master. The title is based on the first episode’s title. The movie will premiere in July 15 in Japan.

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Your Name. screens in North America

This is late news but late than never, I guess.

Being one of all greatest anime films of 2016, Makoto Shinkai’s film Your Name. will be coming here in North America in theaters! This also includes Canada! The movie will be screened on April 7th and it will include dates for English Dub and Sub all provided by FUNimation.

Plot synopsis:

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

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Anime News: Sailor Moon in Theaters! New Anime service in Amazon!!

With the recent trailer released from Viz Media, Viz Media and Eleven Arts will be hosting the premiere screening of the movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie on January 13th, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. A Q&A panel will be hosted along with the staff and English Dub actors. The screening will be expanded all the way to Jan 20. The movie will be screen in 300 select theaters all the way to January 19th.

The Los Angeles premiere will be showing the “Make Up! Sailor Guardians” (Make-Up! Sailor Senshi) anime short with the movie and fans will be receiving gifts to those who attend to the film. The movie will also be available for English Dub and Sub fans.

Amazon News

Amazon recently announced that they are launching an anime streaming service called the Anime Strike. Amazon Prime members will be able to watch 1,000 television anime series and films in this service. The service is $4.99 per month and there is also a 7-free day trial for those who want to try before paying. The anime shown will also include English Dub and Sub for titles. Amazon holds the license Chi’s Sweet Adventure, Onihei, The Great Passage, ViVid Strike!, Shin-chan Spin-off vol.1 Aliens vs. Shinnosuke, and Scum’s Wish. 

The program will also be streaming Blue Exorcist – Kyoto Saga –. It will also include older anime like Death Note, Btooom!, Akame ga KILL!, Akira, and Paprika.

Here is a quote by the Vice-President Michael Paull (VP digital video and head of Amazon Channels ):

“With anime in particular, there’s a strong, passionate audience that is underserved by traditional pay TV”

Link:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-01-12/amazon-u.s-launches-anime-strike-paid-streaming-service/.110924

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OWLS Discussion: Bleach – A “Disruptor” in the anime and real world

Jan 2nd

“To disrupt” has a negative denotation, but rather than looking at the verb in a negative light, we are going to use the verb in a positive way. It’s like the word, “protest” which has positive and negative connotations depending on the perspective of the person.

Disruptors: An individual or a group disturbing a system or social norms/conventions that they believe is destroying what is morally right.

(Possible spoilers if you haven’t been caught up with Bleach)

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My Dream Loot Crate – A Loot Crate Idea

Hello everyone, this is Matthew I hope everyone had a great Christmas vacation. In this post, this will be different. This is not a review or news of sort. Instead, I decided to write post about my ideal create for the pop culture subscription team Loot Crate. Loot Crate is a subscription service where people pay for a subscriptions for a themed crate filled with goodies based on themes. Subscribers could get a crate filled with specific anime merchandise (Loot Anime) or other stuff like for pet lovers (Loot Pets), video games (Loot Gaming) or just the usual standard version filled with random goods like comic book and gaming Loot Crate.

This post was inspired by TwoHappyCats and her post “My Dream Loot Crate“. In her post, she wrote about her idea create called “Home is here the anime is”. She explains that she named this theme because she will be moving town and state and she wants some anime goods for the new home. According to her blog, here is what Loot Crate says:

“Ever dream about designing your own monthly subscription crate? Well, your dream might could become a reality. Loot Crate, the pop culture subscription service for geeks, gamers, and fans alike, wants to know what people would do if they could put together their dream subscription crate.”

Also I heard from this tweet from Kauses of Otaku Gamer Zone’s Twitter this morning:

Anyway, enough jibber jabber, let’s start this dream crate!

I AM NOT SPONSORING FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE! Just like TwoHappyCats, this is just a rough idea for my dream crate and this post is not intended to sponsor any company. This is just a Dream Loot Crate Post!!!

The Theme – Bloodthirsty

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The theme for this dream crate is “Bloodthirsty” and it will contain anime and manga related-titles. At first I wanted to create a crate filled anime in regards to adventure or Shonen titles, but I though it would be interesting to have a crate filled with anime filled with titles known for blood, gore and eeriness. It would be like opening “Pandora’s Box”. I am not much of a violent guy but I think we all have moments where we just want to let loose and embrace our rage. They say, it starts with the quiet ones haha.

Tokyo Ghoul Mask

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This was something I wanted for Christmas. I got a T-shirt instead but I am happy on what I got. For this crate, I think Ken Kaneki’s mask from Tokyo Ghoul should be included in this crate. I found this mask online from Hot Topic and I think this looks epic. I have seen the main character Kaneki used this mask only a little bit in Season 1 and I thought it made him look intimidating. If anyone is familiar with Tokyo Ghoul, you would know that this anime is violent and filled with hungry ghouls.

Akame ga Kill! Esdeath T-Shirt

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This shirt image I saw interesting from the Sentai Filmworks site. I have a question, if Esdeath is known as the hottest character in the anime, would she be called hot or cold because of her ice powers? Either way, Esdeath is a very powerful antagonist in the violent anime Akame ga Kill! and she exceeds in both skills and looks. Like most of the crates, subscribers will be able to get free T-shirts. I think it would be cool to see this shirt added with my ideal crate. Esdeath proves that even the most beautiful woman can be also be the most feared, and scary human on earth.

Rosario Vampire keychain cross

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Aside from the violent girls in Akame ga Kill!, some girls can be dangerous and cute. I am huge fan of Rosario Vampire and I think the Cross Necklace should be included in this Bloodthirsty Crate. I found this at the Rightstuf website. In Rosario Vampire, one of the girls named Moka Akashiya is a vampire and she is seen wearing this cross on her neck. This cross is a seal tto prevent her inner vampire from letting lose. However, when other monsters try to get her or her friends, these monsters end up getting their butts whooped by her dark side. This little lady needs blood.

Hellsing Ultimate Notebook

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Ever want to keep track on how much you spent, or how many you killed, or just want to keep track on your ideas? If so, this is a need. From the OVA series Hellsing: Ultimate, this notebook will help anyone needing something to write and keep records. It can be used for school or just other activities like home or work. You help keep you motivated, this tough lady Integra will be observing you from this cover. This notebook is from Rightstuf.

Deadman Wonderland wallet

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When in doubt, if you ever been accused for something you never did, make sure you have someone to bail you out. From the violent anime Deadman Wonderland, this wallet has the cover from the mysterious Red Man. The Red Man is a mysterious person is responsible for killing the protagonist Ganta’s homeclassroom. All of his friends were slaughtered and the survivor Ganta is accused for a murder he never did; his punishment is being sent to the “fun” slaughterhouse with other criminals called Deadman Wonderland. I am hoping no one goes to jail for doing something crazy. Still, how would you feel to pull money put from a wallet with a killer’s face on it? This wallet is from Rightstuf.

Finished!

This completes my dream loot crate for my Bloodthirsty Crate. I hope you liked my idea and if you ever want to try out Loot Crate, follow the links above. Thanks for reading this post and I am happy to share my dream crate. See you next time!

Also, what would your crate be? How would you set it up and what will be the theme? Leave a link in the comments and share your ideas! I would love to see them. 🙂