Sonic Central News Recap

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In case you missed it, Sega recently did a Sonic video game presentation titled Sonic Central and released some Sonic the Hedgehog news. This video presentation is to dedicate the 30th anniversary of the beloved Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. I won’t cover every single detail, but I will go over some highlights from the Sonic news.

 

Sonic content in games

In Sega’s sports game Olympics Games Tokyo 2020, players will be able to dress up their character as Sonic and compete in the games. This will be released for all systems including Stadia and Steam on June 22nd.

If you own this hospital simulator game, Two Point Hospital will be receiving some Sonic content. On July 30th, a Sonic Pack will be released and this will allow gamers to customize their hospital with Sonic goods and have the doctor staffs will be able to dress up to Sonic characters.

Serving as a sequel to the 2018’s title, Sega is releasing the game Lost Judgement in September 2021 for both Playstation and Xbox systems. Revealed in the presentation, players can literally play the arcade game Sonic the Fighters in the arcades. If you want to take a break from the main game, go to the arcades and play some Sonic.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

This 2010’s Wii game is getting an upgrade this year. Sega announced an enhanced version of Sonic Colors and it will be called Sonic Colors: Ultimate. This game will be released for all platforms and Epic Games on September 7th, 2021. Those who preorder will recieve a Baby Sonic keychain from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Digital owners who preorder will get early access and other digital goods.

Sonic Origins

Sega is planning to launch a compilation game collection called Sonic Origins. This will include Sonic 1, 2, 3, and Knuckles, and CD. It will be released next year.

New Sonic 2022 game

Even though it’s brief, Sega teased of an upcoming brand new Sonic game title. This teaser ended with Sonic running through the woods with a mysterious message. Fans specualate that this could be an Sonic Adventure reboot, Sonic Colors 2 sequel or something brand new. Either way, this game will be released for 2022.

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Sega news: Virtua Fighter 5 returns! Roger Craig Smith returns?!

Sega has some interesting news for you this year.

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As part of Sega’s 60th anniversary project, Sega is releasing an updated version of 2012’s Virtua Fighter 5. The new, enhanced version is called Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown. This game will be exclusive for PS4 and released on June 1st, 2021. According to Polygon, this game was worked by Sega AM2 (the original arcade developer) and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (the team behind the Yakuza series). It will have spectator mode, lobbies up to 16 players and torunament options. It will cost $29.99 according to Playstation.

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Polygon

Roger Craig Smith

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It looks like a familiar voice is returning to Sega based on a recent video uploaded by the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter. It’s been announced that veteran voice actor Roger Craig Smith will be returning to voice Sonic the Hedgehog. Originally, Roger stepped down from the voice of Sonic in January. Roger first voiced Sonic’s voice in 2010 in games such as Sonic Colors and Sonic Free Riders. He also made cameo appearances in the movie Wreck-It Ralph and even appeared in the TV series Sonic Boom.

Lupin the 3rd Part 6 anime announcement

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Hinted a while back, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic cult classic of Monkey Punch’s series Lupin the 3rd. There was already plans of project for this special occasion from Japan. TMS Entertainment announced this week that Lupin will be getting a new anime series called Lupin the 3rd Part 6. The anime is set to air on Japan this October 2021.

The key visual to the anime was released online it has Lupin’s face with the catchphrase “Lupin, Villain or Hero?”; the image was done by Hiroki  Marufuji.

Team cast:

  • Director: Eji Suganuma
  • series composer on scripts: Takahiro Okura
  • character designer: Hiroki Marufuji
  • Music composer: Yuji Ohno

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TMS Entertainment

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April 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Here we go again for another fun and exciting post where I share with you my Pop collection. As a fan of Funko Pops, it’s my duty to hunt and collect the rare items for my collection. April is a shorter month than March, but I was able to snag some rarity via purchases. Whether they were online or in person, I will take what I want. Check it out!

96. Donald Duck (BN Funko Exclusive 2019 Fall Convention LE)

Besides Mickey Mouse, I also like Donald Duck. I got this Donald figure from a Barnes and Noble purchase from online shopping. I wanted to get this exclusive Disney figure along with trying to collect the Sword Art Online Progressive manga. I don’t know what episode/short is this Donald is from, but he looks cute in his firefighter gear. I am huge fan of Disney and I couldn’t resist this duck.

97. Deathstroke (Hot topic Exclusive)

From another exclusive, I got these items from Hot Topic. I bought myself a Sonic the Hedgehog water bottle filled with Sonic stickers and the DC character Deathstroke Pop figure. Deathstroke is one of my favorite DC villains. He may look like Deadpool, but Deathstroke is no laughing joke. This guy is equipped with a deadly arsenal and healing factor and he is incredible skilled in fighting that could be compared to Batman. Slade Wilson is a force to be reckoned with.

98. Battle-Scarred Kong from Godzilla vs Kong

Based on March’s 2021 film, Funko created Pop figures based on the recent monster brawl movie Godzilla vs Kong. I saw this movie on HBO Max and I enjoyed every minute of it. Seeing the powerful monsters Godzilla and King Kong duke it out was pure fanservice. I bought this figure on my dates at Barnes and Noble. I was shopping with my girlfriend and I saw this Kong figure along with other Pop figures in a little section. I didn’t find Godzilla, but I find this version of Kong. This Kong has fresh battle scars on his chest and a piece of a broken crane.

99-100. Ponyta and Raichu from Pokemon

On the same date where I bought Kong from Barnes and Noble, I went shopping at GameStop. GameStop was having a buy two and get one free Pop Funko sale for Pro Day. I bought these two Pokemon figures and I got the Flash figure from the CW show The Flash. I don’t have the Flash since I gave it to my sister who is a huge fan of the show. I did keep these two Pokemon. These two Pokemon are from the Kanto region. Ponyta is a fire type Pokemon and Raichu is electric and the evolved form version of Pikachu.

I officially have 100 figures!

Friday Funny 318: Tell Me Why

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome everyone for another Friday episode hosted by me, Matthew! I hope everyone is doing well this week. I am going to be short on the news since I don’t have much to share. In my personal life, it’s been a struggle since I got sick this week and I am not fully 100 percent. In case you didn’t know on Toonami, Dr. Stone season 2 aired on TV at Toonami last week. If you want to watch another Shonen Jump title like My Hero Academia season 5 or The Promised Neverland season 2, check out season 2 of Dr. Stone. I have one major bad news to share with you that recently happened this week. It has been reported that Berserk manga author Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6th this year. The news of this started this week and fans took it hard. I pray for his family and friends of this tragic news and I am sorry to hear his fans are hurting.

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Let’s begin this Friday with a smile.

 

Here’s the song that was used in the classic Berserk TV anime:

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Berserk manga author passes away in early May

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News broke out yesterday and I have unfortunately have to inform everyone that manga author Kentaro Miura has passed away. Revealed through the official Berserk Twitter, Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6th due to an acute aortic dissection. He was only 54. Miura was born in 1966 in Chiba City and by age 10, he was inspired to write manga. In age 18, he became a manga artist assistant and worked with George Morikawa who created Hajime no Ippo. In 1988, he created his first draft of Berserk at Nihon University and in 1989, he revised the first chapter and published it.

It’s unknown what’s going to happen for the Berserk manga, but Miura’s work helped inspired fans and gave them an exciting story.

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Unboxing: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle (Walmart Exclusive)

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Even though I am known for loving anime, I also have a soft spot for cartoons. Currently running in Nickelodeon, the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants is the most popular cartoon on TV and other media. From TV episodes, toys, video games and even the memes, SpongeBob is popular all over the world. From time to time, if I am not watching anime, I usually have SpongeBob on TV and I let the talking yellow sponge keep me entertained. Despite the show being popular, I wanted to grab this SpongeBob DVD bundle. With streaming services rising such as Paramount Plus and even the notorious news that an episode or two got removed for sensitive content, it’s highly recommended to buy shows on physical copy just in case if DVDs becomes obsolete or other episodes becomes removed based on content.

Back in late March, I placed an order from Walmart online and I purchased SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle. I specifically chose this Walmart bundle because for $70, you get the first 200 episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants from season 1 to season 9 and SpongeBob behind the scenes book called the SpongeBob SquarePants Experience Book. The DVD discs also includes the TV specials such as SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy), the Lost Episode (the Sponge Who Could Fly). As an added bonus, this also includes scenes that were briefly aired on TV on release, but later removed. For example, the episode “Shanghaied” had alternate scenes on the first airing, but as time passed, Nickelodeon removed them and gave us one scene. Scenes that were removed due to graphic imagery like the gasoline scene in “Just One Bite” are restored and can be viewed in the discs. Rest assure to you fans that the episode “Mid-Life Crustacean” is still intact. In case you didn’t know, Paramount Plus has removed this episode from the streaming services due to sensitive content for kids because there is a scene where SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs are trying to do a panty raid. This DVD bundle also includes a huge poster containing the main characters and side characters from the SpongeBob cartoon.

Like I mentioned earlier, I spent a lot for this bundle. Besides the episodes, I also got this interesting book called The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience Book. This book includes sketches and storyboard notes on each episode of SpongeBob from the people who helped made the show. We got information and comments even from the character’s voice actors. The book also has some funny gags in to such as replica picture of Squidward’s “Bold and Brash” art and Mr. Krab’s “Secret Formula”.

If you want to be the envy of your friends and obtain some awesome SpongeBob collector’s goods, I recommend buying this bundle from Walmart. For 70 bucks, you get the first 200 aired episodes of SpongeBob and you get a book detailing all the info on cartoon’s production team. I will leave a link to Walmart if you are interested.

Walmart:

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle (Walmart Exclusive) (DVD + Spongebob SquarePants Experience Book) – Walmart.com – Walmart.com

 

Friday Funny 317: Waiting can be fun…

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome back for another funny episode of Friday Funny. It’s me, Matthew with memes I taken from iFunny and I will be sharing with you today. I hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day this past weekend. I got some quick news for you to distract you from the harsh reality that it is going to be a while until we get a PS5 in stock. Marvel announced some exciting news for this year and years after. Sony revealed the trailer to the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Taking place after the events of 2018’s film, Eddie adjusts to his new life living with his symbiotic friend Venom. What makes this movie epic is that this will be the first time Carnage will make a live-action appearance. Carnage is a deadly Marvel villain that took the power of both Spider-Man and Venom combined to stop in the comics. Marvel Studios revealed that besides the upcoming Black Widow movie, we’re going to be getting tons of movies in the Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This year we’re getting Shang-Chi, The Eternals and the third Spider-Man movie. In the years later, we’re getting sequels featuring Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Thor. A Fantastic Four movis is planned to join the MCU, but with an unknown date. Speaking of movies, we’re getting another Dragon Ball Super movie. It’s unknown on the details, but Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama stated that he will be involved with the movie and expect an “unexpected charcter”.

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Now with this said, let’s have some fun today!

Here’s something upbeat and get you out of the funk:

See you next time!

New Dragon Ball Super movie for 2022!

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It’s been a while since we got a Dragon Ball movie and the recent film we got was in 2018 called Dragon Ball Super: Broly. In a surprise twist, it looks like fans will be expecting a new Dragon Ball movie next year. Announced on Goku Day (May 9th), Toei Animation announced that a Dragon Ball Super movie will be in the works and will be released in 2022. To make this even better, Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ballc creator) will be back and is currently involved with the movie project. He hinted that an unexpected character will make an appearance to the movie.

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IGN

MSN

Marvel news: MCU Phase 4 sneak peak; Venom 2 trailer reveal

MCU

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2020 has been a rough year for all of us. Last year was supposed to be the year to kickstart the phase 4 of the MCU movies starting with Black Widow. However, due to Covid-19, movie plans have been delayed. Now that we are in 2021 and movie theaters are slowly opening back up, it’s time for Disney to pick the up the slack and bring in the fans. In a trailer, Marvel released a trailer showcasing the highlights of the Marvel movies from phase 1 through 3 with Marvel creator Stan Lee giving a speech. In the last few minutes of the trailer, we got a sneak peak of phase 4 movies. We got to see clips of the upcoming movies which was Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals. There were also other titles mentioned in the video that didn’t get any clips, but they got title reveals and dates.

  • Black Widow{ July 9, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Sept 3, 2021
  • Eternals – Nov 5, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home – Dec 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Mar 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – July 8, 2022
  • The Marvels – Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
  • Fantastic Four -To Be Announced

Venom

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While this may not be MCU, it’s still a Marvel movie. Sony finally unveiled the second Venom trailer. The second movie of Venom titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage shows the return of the Eddie Brock with his symbiote companion Venom fighting crime and living together. However, revealed in the trailer, Eddie and Venom might have to deal with another challenge when the movie reveals that the next threat is a serial killer named Cletus Kasady. Cletus with the power of the symbiote becomes the fearsome and bloodthirsty villain named Carnage. Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be directed by Andy Serkis and the film will be released on September 24, 2021 in theaters.