‘Prometheus’ Sequel Gets Production Scheduled

‘Prometheus’ Sequel Gets Production Scheduled We’ve heard all sorts of rumors and nods from actors and the like for months now about the sequel for Prometheus but now things are starting to come together for it. Prometheus 2 is now scheduled to begin filming in January 2016, though nothing more than a 2017 release date is set for it yet. The film is bringing back Ridley Scott to direct and produce and he’s also producing Neil Blomkamp’s new Alien film as well so that the two works don’t step on each others toes and contradict each other.

Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are set to return based on a script by Jack Paglen and Michael Green.

Original concept: A team of scientists and explorers travels to the darkest corners of the universe searching for the origins of human life. Instead they find a dark, twisted world that hides a terrifying threat capable of destroying them…and all mankind!

[Source: SciFied ]

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Viz Media Acquires ‘K: Return of Kings’ Anime

Viz Media Acquires ‘K: Return of Kings’ Anime Viz Media continues to plunder the upcoming fall catalog a bit with their acquisitions as they’ve announced the pickup of K: Return of Kings. The series, which is set to debut in October 2015, was considered a lock in general as Viz Media released the first season previously. Since the show hasn’t come anywhere near being out, there’s obviously no details, but it’s pretty much a lock for a simulcast once again when the fall hits as well.

The original series is getting a rebroadcast this summer in Japan beginning on July 3rd with new episodes every Friday.

The new season is set to be directed by Shingo Suzuki, who will also serve as character designer, and GoHands will produce the animation. Suzuki isn’t unfamiliar with the property, having directed the first season and the film. The property had new material coming out at the end of December 2014 with the sequel manga from Yui Kuroe, that picks up after the film, but how connected that will be to the larger anime universe remains to be seen.

Viz Media has released the TV series on DVD/BD in North America after providing it with an English language dub.

Series concept: Shiro is an easygoing teenager content with just being a student – until his seemingly perfect life is halted when a bloodthirsty clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he is suspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escape their vengeance. Miraculously, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami swings in and aids Shiro in his getaway, only to reveal he’s also after Shiro’s life.

Now a hunted man, Shiro will have to evade the clans of seven powerful kings and desperately try to prove his innocence – before it’s too late!

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #3 Review

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #3 Review A Force to be reckoned with.

Creative Staff:
Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Andres Mossa

What They Say:
Concluding the first new-canon comic tale set between episodes VI and VII! As the Empire shatters around them, Rebel heroes fight for a better tomorrow!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The third of four installment, Shattered Empire has a largely action driven release this time around and it’s one that works pretty well. Part of what drives it is the curiosity, at least for me, to see if we’re going to get some teases about what The Force Awakens character of Poe Dameron is going to be like through his parents. With both of them off on their own missions and placed in danger, will that make an impact on the young man that we’re going to see in the feature film? It’s an interesting almost meta kind of aspect to the book yet it’s one of those things that draws me in really well since it’s all speculation and fun. It also doesn’t hurt that the book is fun in general.

The secondary story in this issue follows Kes as he works under Solo’s direction to take out the ISB base that they’ve been going after. It’s not a huge part of the book but it’s effective to show some of the mop-up operations and how dangerous they can be since the Rebels are still facing significant resistance. It’s not rich with character material yet Kes does manage to come across well, both in interacting with others on the team and a couple of humorous moments with Solo that makes you think the two would be best buddies for awhile. There’s also some good fun with Threepio as he’s yanked into the action to find out what some of the Imperial contingency plans are. It’s all easy and kind of old school simplified, but it works well enough to get everyone there aware of what the Operation Cinder event is all about and why they need to act.

The main plot that’s going on here is on Naboo where we see the effects of the Emperor’s vengeance from beyond the grave. While it’s all very soap opera-ish with the weather satellites and destroying the world, it’s effective enough in that we see how Naboo has been demilitarized since the Emperor took over and the fallout from that. I loved the callback to the hangar from the first prequel and why it fell into disuse even before the Emperor. What the book does, almost a little forcefully though, is to get the three main female characters of the arc into action. While Shara is an obvious choice to pilot one of the three functional craft, Leia doesn’t always strike me as one for that, at least in terms of a fighter. And the Queen even less so. But it works for the most part to get them into the action and go the distance until more support can arrive as the idea of three ships against a decent sized opponent like this is just awkward (he says with a wink).

In Summary:
With one more chapter to go, this has been a fairly fun series – though likely not quite as epic as some would care for. There’s a million stories to tell about the fall of the Empire and I suspect that the really big ones are being held back until after the movie so as to not spoil what’s to come there and the general makeup of the galaxy at this stage. Rucka continues to handle his cast well as everyone feels very in character while the new characters blend seamlessly with it all. Checchetto’s artwork certainly takes it up a few notches and it’s just as great as the first two issues with all of its details, which are brought out all the more by the great coloring job here. I get the complaints about the book but I’m interesting in so many aspects of the stories that can be told that I’m very much enjoying this ride.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: October 14th, 2015
MSRP: $3.99

‘Wolf Girl & Black Prince’ Anime Adaptations Second Preview Debuts

‘Wolf Girl & Black Prince’ Anime Adaptations Second Preview Debuts Wolf Girl & Black Prince has had some good information revealed recently with its premiere and episode count and now we’ve got the second promotional video for the show courtesy of VAP. The series is set to premiere on October 5th, 2014 as it is getting a fairly standard kickoff with a broadcast on Tokyo MX, YTV, BS11 and Chukyo TV. The series comes from Ayuko Hatta, which began back in 2011 and has eight volumes released in Japan so far, along with a few spinoffs such as a novel and Drama CD. The series is being directed by Kenichi Kasai based on scripts by Sawako Hirabayashi with character designs by Maki Fujioka, who is also serving as the chief animation director.

The cast includes Kanae Ito as Erika Shinohara, Takahiro Sakurai as Kyoya Sata, Ai Kayano as Ayumi Santa, Mariya Ise as Marin Tachibana, Mikako Komatsu as Aki Tezuka, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yoshito Kimura, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Nozomi Kamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Takeru Hibiya and Ayumu Murase as Yū Kusakabe.

Plot concept: Erika lied to her friends about having a boyfriend by showing a picture of an anonymous guy who turned out to be a a schoolmate of hers and was shortly recognized by her friends. Their conversations then was overheard by the guy, Sata Kyouya. Erika went to explain and proposed her idea of faking as lovers. However, Sata who gave off the nice-charming feelings guy turns out to be a black prince and used her reasons to blackmail her instead.

‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced

‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced The light novel series Hai to Gensou no Grimar, aka Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, is currently in production for an anime adaptation that’s set to debut in the winter 2016 season. Ahead of that, the official site has now updated to revealed the main cast for the series. That will include:

  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Haruhiro
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Ranta
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as Manato
  • Fukushi Ochiai as Moguzou
  • Mikako Komatsu as Yume
  • Haruka Terui as Shihoru

The new series comes from the novel series by Ao Jyumonji with illustrations by Eiri Shirai which began in 2013 and has six volumes out. A manga adaptation is currently being serialized as well from Mutsumi Okuhashi.

The anime adaptation is being produced by A-1 Pictures with Ryousuke Nakamura directing and Mieko Hosoi designing the characters. Nakamura recently directed the Aiura series and wrote and directed Nerawareta Gakuen. Hosoi was also the character designer on Aiura and Nerawareta Gakuen as well as the upcoming Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. It’s expected she’ll be serving as the chief animation director as well, which she did with the two properties she worked on with Nakamura before.

A promotional trailer was previously released and we’ve got a look at the light novel covers below as well.

Plot concept: Why are we here? Why are we doing this?

Before Haruhito had realized what happened, he was surrounded by darkness. Why was he here? Where was here? Even now, he still didn’t know. Those around him were the same as him, no one remembered anything other than their own names. And when they emerged from the darkness, the world that awaited them seemed like something out of a video game.

In order to survive, Haruhito forms a party with the others, learns fighting skills, and as a soldier in the reserve force, takes his first steps into the world of Grimgal. What awaits him there, he doesn’t know…

This the story of an adventure born from the ashes.

‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced
‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced

‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced

‘Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash’ Anime Cast Announced

[Source: Crunchyroll ]

‘Rage Of Bahamut’ Anime Begins Hulu Distribution

‘Rage Of Bahamut’ Anime Begins Hulu Distribution After a change in simulcast days as requested by the licensor, Rage of Bahamut is now available on Hulu with the first two episodes being released at the same time. FUNimation is currently simulcasting the series on their site for EVS members with it being free to everyone on their site a week later through Hulu. Those with a Hulu Plus subscription can watch this show in HD on their TV, mobile and computer.

The series comes from the card game of the same name but has had little revealed in general about what its plans are and how it intends to adapt the game into this form. The show is being directed by Keiichi Satou at MAPPA using scripts by Keiichi Hasegawa with Naoyuki Onda serving as both character designer and chief animation director.

Plot concept: Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut is an exciting blend of action and fantasy brought to you by the creators of Space Dandy and Tokyo Ghoul.

Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. #24 Manga Review

Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. #24 Manga Review In the land of Greece it’s time for the titular Butler to Combat some legends

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kenjiro Hata
Translation/Adaptation: John Werry

What They Say
As Hayate’s friends celebrate the last night of their big fat Greek vacation, our favorite butler finds himself caught between Scylla and Charybdis. Will he sacrifice Athena’s soul… or Nagi’s future? Leave it to Nagi to cut the Gordian knot. But the gang has opened a Pandora’s box of trouble, which leaves only one way out: an epic monster battle, natch. In this manga, beware of anyone bearing gifts…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The trip to Greece is finally on its last day and while many of the participants are feeling a bit melancholy that it is going to end another tries to cope with a broken heart while one particular participant has other heavy emotions playing in his mind. In order to make sure the trip ends in the most spectacular way possible Nagi has reserved an entire hotel for one last hurrah that will serve as a send off to Greece that none will forget as they spend time lounging around the hotel’s roof top pool and plan to feast under the stars unaware that they will get a more spectacular sendoff than they bargained for as other events unfold.

As most of the cast is wrapped up in plans for a night of wild frivolity Hayate finds himself trapped in his own thoughts as he is stuck with an impossible decision- caught between the two most important people in his life and seeing no way out that won’t deeply wound one of the two if not both if he makes even the slightest misstep. While the party going spirit has engulfed most of the cast though one of those people important to Hayate notices his strife and she approaches him to see what she can do to alleviate her butler’s struggle as her concern for him runs possibly than his reciprocal feelings.

As Hayate attempts to put his dilemma into word’s Nagi instead frees him from his musing with an act of absolute decision that will forever change her life- but her trust in Hayate and compassion for him leave him both with an ability to act as well as an even deeper feeling of indebtedness to the young master who has saved him on so many occasions. In order to save the other person in the equation he asks for one night off and he launches to the castle where Athena dwells, determined save his cherished A-tan but he also determined to come back and protect Nagi as she will need him now more than ever.

Hayate soon discovers though that a few of the ancient Greek myths have no interest in staying in the past as they attack him under the direction of a strong demon that has possessed Athena and demands from Hayate something he could never provide now, even if he was willing to. As the demon’s wrath grows the party goers will find that they are also pawns in the demon’s plan to bend Hayate to his will but that the Combat Butler is not able to lose this time no matter what. Fortunately for him some of his allies will have the strength to come to his aid as others are oblivious to the danger they are in while being protected by some more observant party goers. With a major turning point in the story reached, will Hayate be able to rise to an impossible challenge and be able to help save all the people he cares about or is Hayate the Combat Butler about to become a dark drama?

While I have enjoyed the trip to Greece over the past few volumes of the manga I have been kind of wondering just how and when it would end, as well as have been kind of puzzled as to why it seemed to have gone on for so long as it felt at times like it kept getting some kind of story reprieve from reaching the climax of this vacation. The answer to the length seems like it may have been answered here as an event occurs that guarantees that things must change and in retrospect the time spent on the trip makes the event feel even more bitter sweet as it gave the cast one last chance to play around with the conditions that were and which won’t be again anytime soon- if ever (barring some major new introduction of events anyway).

It seems fitting that the series uses myths to run wild and to allow each of the cast members to react in their own way with those who are more clued into the world in which they inhabit stepping up to show off their fighting abilities while other members get to marvel at the fantastic events and remark how spectacular this send off show is which reinforces the comedy aspect that the series is known for.

It is also nice to see that Hayate isn’t going to be able to do everything himself while also taking the time for Hinagiku to have space to deal with her broken heart with the help of a romantic rival which demonstrates that the author knows that it isn’t just comedy and action that bring fans back to his work with each new chapter but it is the characters themselves and their emotions that have helped Hayate run for so long. I absolutely love how despite the chaos breaking out it never feels like the characters have been forced to fit into the pace of the story but that they help control the events and cause things to play out in an odd way, making the characters seem far more real than just like plot devices. Altogether this creates a situation that helps emphasize that Hayate is a fantastic series with elements that should draw a large and diverse audience to its wild world and the eclectic cast that call it home.

In Summary
All good things must end and it isn’t just the time in Greece that this adage applies to as Hayate’s dilemma is going to cause a major change to title in the future as one character chooses to make an enormous sacrifice to help the unlucky youth out. Of course when some of Greece’s ancient myths start to stir it may be that the danger that wakes may make it that few will survive unless the Butler and his strong friends can rise up to the challenge before them and protect those they care about regardless of what it may cost them personally. But of course with this cast nothing is ever easy and it may turn out that their opponents will find themselves dragged along as the eclectic cast’s pace forces even myth to bend to their pace.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
MSRP: $9.99