Having been a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar going back to her soap days, her upcoming role in Star Wars Rebels has been a mystery as to who she would be playing. With husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the show playing lead character Kanan, one was left to wonder whether she’d play alongside or against him in it. With a new interview out there, it’s been revealed that she’ll be playing an Inquisitor known as The Seventh Sister. Which firmly shuts down rumors that she was voicing a younger Princess Leia in the show.
“They would record my mannerisms,” the actress explained. “Sometimes when I would get into character I would do certain things with my hands, and then a couple weeks later I would see that in the drawing. They sort of reflect and mirror each other.”
The series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Taylor Gray, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Vanessa Marshall. The second season is set to get underway on October 14th, 2015.
Plot concept: Set five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Council in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the series follows a motley group of rebels (all of whom have been affected by the Galactic Empire in one form or another) that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost. The series will also focus on the origins of some of the groups that will form the Rebel Alliance.
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Warner Bros. Japan is doing some new promotion for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders as the second volume of the Egypt Arc arrives right about now in Japan. With that volume hitting shelves, fans now get a good look at the third volume as the overall packaging for it has been revealed, though not a separate image yet for just a close-up of the case. Click the packaging shots below to get a much larger view of what’s included. The Blu-ray releases are priced at 9,500 yen each while the DVDs are priced at 5,000 yen each for the six volume run that will have four episodes per volume.
The first volume limited edition Blu-ray release comes with the second original soundtrack. The second volume has a special set of thirty one tarot cards included. The third volume has a soul of the coin magnet set included.
The series stars Daisuke Hirakawa as Noriaki Kakyoin, Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo, Fuminori Komatsu as Jean-Pierre Polnareff, Kenta Miyake as Mohammed Abdul and Unshou Ishizuka as Joseph Joestar. Kenichi Suzuki is serving as the series director with Naokatsu Tsuda as episode director based on scripts by Yasuko Kobayashi and character designs by Masahiko Komino out of David Production. The show is based on the original manga series by Hirohiko Araki.
Plot concept: After 30 days of travel across the world, plagued with countless battles, Jotaro and his companions have finally arrived in Egypt! Now only the strongest “Stand” users remain to rebuff our heroes’ final march on Cairo: The Nine Egyptian Gods, DIO’s most zealous servants. Will the Joestar line fall to the monstrous vampire, or can Jotaro defeat DIO and save his mother’s life?
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure Egypt Arc Japanese Volume 3 Packaging (click for larger)
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure Egypt Arc Japanese Volume 2 Cover
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure Egypt Arc Japanese Volume 2 Packaging (click for larger)
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure Egypt Arc Japanese Volume 1 Cover
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure Egypt Arc Japanese Volume 1 Packaging (click for larger)
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Warner Bros. Japan is handling the promotion for the Food Wars! series and that means we get some pretty good little promos arriving on a regular basis. The latest is for the sixth episode of the series, which will debut on May 8th, 2015 in Japan. The latest teaser for it has arrived. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series outside of Japan and Sentai Filmworks has picked up the home video release for it.
Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani, the series is being animated at JC Staff with Shogko Yasukawa handling the scripts and Tomoyuki Shitaya working on the character design adaptations. It’ll star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Soma Yukihira, Risa Taneda as Erina Nakir, Minami Takahashi as Megumi Tadokoro, Ikumi Mito as Shizuka Ishigami, Maaya Uchida as Yūki Yoshino, Ai Kayano as Ryōko Sakaki, Taishi Murata as Shun Ibusaki, Yūsuke Kobayashi as Zenji Marui, Ai Kakuma as Mayumi Kurase, Rina Hidaka as Urara Kawashima, Banjo Ginga as Senzaemon Nakiri and Rikiya Koyama as Joichiro Yukihira.
The series is currently running in Weekly Shonen Jump by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki with ten volumes to its name so far. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America digitally and in print form.
Plot concept: Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school!
Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress to the school that he belongs there at all?!
With a live action TV series adaptation already airing on Fuji TV this fall, an anime adaptation has been scheduled for Subete ga F ni Naru, which is localized as Everything Becomes F. The series in both form has a subtitled of The Perfect Insider. The work is based on the original novel by Hiroshi Mori that was published back in the spring of 1996 in Japan. The anime adaptation, which is scheduled for 2015, is going to be directed by Mamoru Kanbe at A-1 Pictures.
Plot concept: Due to Professor Kita’s suggestion, student Moe Nishinosono and Associate Professor Sohei Saikawa head to Professor Kita’s research institute. There, various experiments have been conducted in a low temperature research room. During the night a murder takes place. Two graduate students are found dead in the low temperature research room. How did the killer enter the closed research room and how did the killer leave the room?
VAP is set to release the box set for Death Parade in separate DVD and Blu-ray box sets, having bypassed the singles route for the winter 2015 season, and ahead of that release next week they’ve got a new lengthy promo out. Clocking in at eight minutes, it samples the soundtrack that’s included with the set while showing off a lot of animation and noting which tracks it’s showcasing as well. The series will get its release on June 17th, 2015 in three different configurations. There’ll be a limited edition Blu-ray box set at 30,000 yen, a regular Blu-ray box set at 22,000 yen and a DVD box set at 18,000 yen.
The limited edition release comes with five audio commentaries with the cast that are for episodes 2, 5, 7, 11 and 12. Additional on disc extras include the promo collection and notices, the clean opening and closing, screening event material and the Death Billiards piece. The set comes with liner notes, the original soundtrack, storyboard material and a special CD with the three part radio sessions and multiple guest-talk segments that covered a lot of the episode with the cast in talking about the show as it aired.
The regular edition has all the on-disc extras and just a booklet.
The twelve episode series is being produced at Madhouse with original creator Yuruzu Tachikawa set to direct.Shinichi Kurita is on board as the character designer and chief animation director. The series stars Tomoaki Maeno, Asami Seto, Rumi Ookubo and Yoshimasa Hosoya.
Plot Concept: “Welcome to Queen Dekim” What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim. “From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance,” he says to introduce the Death Game. Before long the guests’ true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game’s end Dekim is revealed to be the “arbiter.” Dekim’s judgement on the two guests is…
League leader in 5000 meter lightsaber javelin toss competition – Darth Vader!
Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Salvador Larroca
What They Say:
Vader’s machinations have him painted into a corner…but no one puts Vader in a corner. The hit series’ second arc concludes here!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Darth Vader series draws the current arc to a close in order to prepare us for the Vader Down event that kicks off next and crosses through a couple of books. Thankfully, it’s an event that’s mostly been well seeded in this arc rather than something coming out of the blue as Vader continues to make enemies of many people. And rightly so for what he does in general and his scheming to ensure his position and power. But he’s also able to invoke quite a bit of fear in people and that’s always wonderful to see. While we may not want to experience it personally in our daily lives, there’s something impressive and alluring about a character like this with the whole speak quietly but carry a big stick mentality.
With this installment, it moves through a couple of areas to bring things to conclusion. Vader’s been pinned by what Aphra has done, though she got the information he needed. With Thanoth giving chase, the potential of her being captured could easily implicate him – though it’s hard to believe she’d give anything at all considering her idolization of him. Vader’s able to maneuver Thanoth away to go after the Plasma Devils, a rebel squadron on the planet below, and that gives Aphra the time to escape. It’s not a choice that Thanoth wants to make – he wants both wins – but the truth is there about what needs to be done. The relationship between Thanoth and Vader is a delight to watch since Thanoth comesa cross as a really charming but utterly dangerous individual whose casual military style plays in contrast not only to Vader himself but how everyone other officer we’ve seen operates. It’s hard to imagine even Tagge wanting to spend much time in his presence.
While this dominates the book, including a brief but fantastic action sequence where Vader decimates the Rebel squadron and shows his mastery of the force, the best material is what we get towards the end. Aphra has certainly screwed up by not properly completing her mission yet she still brings him the information she obtained in hopes of showing her loyalty. She has shown a lot of creativity and potential in this arc, only slowed up by events out of her control, and you sense a level of respect there reserved for few that aren’t wielders of the Force. Her fear is palpable and matched only by her idolization of him. It’s hard to tell how he truly feels about this, but you suspect that he continues to view her only as a useful tool that has not yet outlived its usefulness. It’s a great sequence between the two that comes after a wonderfully hilarious moment with the droids talking about how dead she’s going to be depending on how Vader reacts.
If there’s a book I look forward to more each month than Darth Vader, I can’t think of it. This series just hits the right notes each month with what it does in building a larger narrative around one of the most iconic characters of the modern era – while still allowing him to be fully of mystery. We aren’t connecting with him, we aren’t empathizing with him and we’re certainly not in favor of his methods or results. Yet it’s a fascinating character study to see him moving through the places and people of power while orchestrating his own mission as we think of the other events that are playing out in other books – and eventually the films. It’s an incredibly delicate balancing act and one that both Gillen and Larroca are pulling off beautifully. This is a great issue from top to bottom and the first twelve issues as a whole get an A+ from me. Great writing, fantastic artwork, an excellent experience that expands wonderfully.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: November 11th, 2015
With the series Comet Lucifer streaming in the UK and Ireland via Viewster, Anime Limited has confirmed that they themselves have picked up the rights to this new series. The company has also confirmed that there will be a home video release some time in 2016 with details to come later as one would expect.
“One of the things we love at Anime Limited is watching an original work by a studio or specific person. In this instance Comet Lucifer is the first original work by 8-Bit Studio” says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. “The style of the series is something that really caught my eye. It reminded me a lot of Eureka Seven, which I’m a big fan of. I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of it.”
The original series is directed by Yasuhiyo Kikuchi based off of the script and composition by Yuuichi Nomura, who came up with the overall plan for the show. Atsushi Nakayama is serving as the series director while Yuuichi Takahashi is handling character design and chief animation director duties. The series is being animated at studio 8bit.
The series stars Yuusuke Kobayashi as Sougo Amagi, Ayaka Ohashi as Felia, Rie Takahashi as Kaon Lanchester, Takuma Terashima as Roman Valov, Ayaka Suwa as Otto Motou and Inori Minase as Mo Litica Tzetzes Ura,
Plot concept: Gift, a world covered in glittering blue crystals called gifdium. Sougo Amagi is a boy who lives in the town of Garden Indigo, which has prospered from the mining of these crystals. Sougo, whose hobby is collecting rare crystals, one day becomes involved in a dispute between classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto. He wanders deep into the ruins of a mine and discovers an underground lake. There, Sougo meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes. Who is this girl, and what will their meeting bring? The door to an adventure opens with their newly formed bond.