Dragon Ball fans rejoice! Bandai Namco has some major announcements for you Dragon Ball gamers!
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Move aside Baby, because get ready for another Dragon Ball GT character to join the roster. Already announced, Bandai Namco revealed the last two characters of the FighterZ Pass 3 which was the Dragon Ball GT characters Super Baby 2 and Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta. Today, Bandai Namco reported that the last character SS4 Gogeta will be joining the game this March. Depending on what you purchased, FighterZ Pass 3 owners will get access to the character on March 10th earlier than the regular gamers. In the worldwide release, Gogeta is set to be available on March 12th. Are you ready for this form of Gogeta? Do you like him more than SSB Gogeta?
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Here is another dish of more action in this action-adventure RPG game. If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z, you might want to make space for more story content adventures for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Joining as the third DLC, fans of DBZ will be able to play a brand story focusing on the young Trunks as he must fight against the powerful androids in world where Goku is not here to protect the Earth. As the Z-Warriors are crushed by the deadly Android 17 and 18, it’s up to Trunks and adult Gohan to protect the Earth. Fans will be able to see through the eyes of Trunks on his dark future and see why he came to the past to help Goku. The DLC is called Trunks: The Warrior of Hope and it’s expected to drop online in early Summer 2021.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Don’t worry, according to Bandai Namco, this update is going to be free for all Xenoverse 2 gamers. Coming to March 16th, a free update is coming to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. Based on the trailer, a new story will focus on the villain character Fu messing with the timeline and he will corrupt iconic Dragon Ball characters like Toppo and Janemba. Legendary Pack 1 will include Toppo (God of Destruction) and Pikkon.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
It’s been eight years since we got The Devil is a Part-Timer. I haven’t watched this series, but I did hear it’s cute and funny. In a surprising twist, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Satoshi Wagahara’s light novel, the anime is coming back for a season 2. So far the anime will have the returning voice actors from 2013, but based on the trailer, the animation has changed. If you haven’t started this series, but want to get in the fun, I hope you like a story about a devil having to work a part time job in the human world.
Get ready for another anime to get the live-action treatment, because everyone’s favorite vampire is coming to Amazon. It has been reported that John Wick screenwriter/franchise creator Derek Kolstad is working with Amazon to create a live-action movie on Hellsing. Here is what Kolstad stated:
“Ever since my brother introduced me to the Hellsing manga and anime some years ago, I’ve been obsessed with adapting it. And when Mike Callaghan and his team managed to secure the rights to then partner us up with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean -damn, dude- this is a dream.”
This movie will be having many producers involved with this project:
- Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
- Fred Berger
- Mike Callaghan
- Reuben Liber
- Jason Lust
Mike Calladghan commented:
“I’ve always loved the vampire genre, especially when a creator is able to put their own unique spin on it, so when Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing Organization, I knew we had something special in that tradition. Kouta Hirano’s gonzo reimagining of the Dracula-Van Helsing mythology is an exhilarating, quirky mashup of action and horror that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. We are incredibly excited to partner with Brian and Fred at Automatik and that Amazon is on board to help us bring the wit and madness of Hellsing to life on screen.”
Hellsing is an action-horror manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano and published by Shōnen Gahōsha. The original run started back in 1997 and continued all the way through to 2008, with each new volume delving deeper into the story of Alucard, a powerful vampire who is bound to the mysterious Hellsing Organization, working to combat vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural threats.
What do you think about this news?
It’s a good time to be a Demon Slayer fan, because it looks we are getting close to having the anime film Mugen Train close to theaters besides Japan. According to Crunchyroll, the anime movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is planned to be released in theaters in North America starting at Miami, Florida. For limited time only starting February 26th for one week, fans of Demon Slayer will be able to watch this movie on the big screen. Reason being that they are doing this for this one week is to ensure that the anime movie will take part in the 93rd’s Academy Awards. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train still has plans to be released in theaters for the public but in a later time.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train opened in October 16th 2020 in Japan and it became the highest grossing film and it had the biggest opening weekend in Japanese theaters. This film will be opening as well in Australia and New Zealand in February 25th. This along with other animated movies such as Pixar’s Soul and anime movie Lupin III: The First will be taking part at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature selection.
Crunchyroll – Academy Awards
Looks like another anime returning back to Toonami. Just like Black Clover, another Shonen Jump anime title is coming back to TV. It has been announced that the cooking, fanservice anime Food Wars is coming back and this time, the third season will be aired on TV. According to the schedule posted on Twitter, this anime is going to replace Assassination Classroom. This anime will be on TV on February 27th at 1 AM (depending on your time zone).
According to co-creator of Toonami Jason DeMarco, he is hoping to air the second season of Assassination Classroom soon. For now, Food Wars will take over the spot until we get news for the return of AC.
This news was unexpected. Just to clarify, this has nothing to do with the whole Vic Mignogna debacle, it is something else. According to Anime News Network, someone is suing the Funimation company for violating the Disability Act. A legally blind person named Jenise Angeles filed a lawsuit on January 13th towards Funimation alleging that the company violates the American Disability Act. The lawsuit claims that Funimation failed to construct and create a website that can benefit herself and others who have impaired vision. The lawsuit in which she is targeting is the “shop.funimation.com” website. Jenise is a legally blind who needs assistance when accessing the web. Jenise reported to Funimation at the shop site whenever she wanted to shop for sales, but due to Funimation lacking of features and accommodations, she misses out on experiencing shopping from them. These accommodating features include alt texts and other label elements which helps pinpoint on certain products and see the details.
There is more details in Anime News Network and Accessibility.com in which explains more details on the situation with Funimation. Recently updated, Funimation has yet to comment on this lawsuit.
Anime News Network
2020 has been a rough year for all of us. For the anime community, what hit us the most was the loss of voice actor Kirby Morrow. In case you don’t know who is Kirby Morrow, he is a voice actor who voiced iconic characters such as Miruko in Inuyasha and he was one of the many voices of Goku from Dragon Ball Z. Today, according to the Viz Media Twitter, voice actor Ian James Corlett will be taking over the role Miruko in the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. Ian James Corlett was voiced Goku in the Saban version of Dragon Ball Z
Official statement from Ian:
Can you believe that 2021 is going to mark 50 years of the anime franchise Lupin III or also called Lupin the 3rd? Lupin the Third started as a manga created by Monkey Punch and it became a successful anime in 1971. With six TV shows and twenty-seven TV specials, Lupin is still strong and beloved by fans in Japan and all over the world. Today, the anime studio company TMS Entertainment made some announcements to commemorate the 50 years of the anime. Here are the known announcements from TMS Anime:
- A special 50 Episodes countdown: A planned collection of curated episodes of the Lupin the Third anime in which can be viewed in the official TMS Entertainment YouTube Channel.
- Digital movies and OVAs in Amazon Prime Video: Anyone who uses Amazon Prime Video will be able to watch well-known Lupin titles later this year.
- Lupin the 3rd: Italian Game
- Lupin the 3rd Part 4
- Lupin the 3rd: Dragon of Doom
- Aside from the 4K UHD of Castle of Cagliostro, TMS is planning to release some upcoming titles in March 30th. Lupin the Third: The Woman called Fujiko Mine and Lupin the Third: Missed by a Dollar are coming to Blu-ray.
- The first animated movie of Lupin, Lupin the 3rd: Mystery of Mamo, is available in Amazon Prime Video.
As we start 2021, there more surprises coming from Lupin. Stay tuned and find out more information and learn how you can celebrate this awesome anime anniversary.
Shonen Jump fans rejoice because it looks like My Hero Academia will have some competition with this anime. While we wait for the next season of My Hero Academia and while some are watching the current season of Attack on Titan, get ready for Black Clover. While the anime is in subtitled, it looks English viewers will be part of the hype.
First, it’s been announced that the anime Black Clover is coming back on TV in Toonami. Replacing Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld, Black Clover will be back in the schedule and join other anime such as Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom and Fire Force. The anime will be back in Valentine’s Day weekend, specifically February 13th at 2:00 AM (depending where you live). It will premiere after Fire Force and before SSSS.Gridman.
To make the news enticing, I got another piece of news for Black Clover. According to Fandom, the anime of the series will be ending in March 30th. Despite the anime concluding, it’s been teased that there is a planned announcement; it is described as “important”. It’s unknown what is the announcement, but some believe it’s a movie. Until then, enjoy this anime until the end of March.
Hey welcome back for another haul post featuring your favorite Pop collector. This is me, Matthew and I am to share with you another post revealing my up to date collection Funko Pops. This post will feature Pop figures from the month of December in the last year of 2020.
Before we begin, check out my girlfriend’s fanfiction at Vocal if you love Loonatics Unleashed:
Anyway, check out my treasure!
77. Silent Knight Batman (Hot Topic Exclusive)
78. Beanstalk Mickey
79. Mickey Mouse
I bought these three figures while shopping for a Christmas gift for my brother. After buying him Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for the PS4, I decided to treat myself for some shopping for myself. I went to Hot Topic and indulge on Pop figures. I went and grabbed three figures. The first thing I got was Batman Silent Knight. I believe it’s one of those special festive figures because on the box it shows DC characters celebrating Christmas. This Batman figure has an icy appearance along with snowflakes on his cowl and cape. The next figures I bought is two versions of Mickey Mouse. One is from the Disney classic short “Mickey and the Beanstalk” and the other is a standard Mickey Mouse figure. I am a huge fan of Mickey Mouse ever since I was a little kid. I couldn’t resist getting Mickey and I wanted to him be part of my collection.
80. Funko Box: Dragon Ball Z Only at GameStop
Since my family knows I love Dragon Ball Z and Pops, my brother got me this Mystery Box contain DBZ Pop figures and collector’s editions toys. It was one of the best Christmas gifts I got. According to the GameStop website, this is a mystery box containing some random characters, but each one has the following:
1 Funko Pop figure
1 PEZ Head
1 Keychain figure
1 set of 2-pack pins
I am not going to cover everything what the mystery box has, but I will tell what I got in my box. If you’re curious on what the box usually contains, check out the details at GameStop. In my box, I got this Majin Buu holding a lollipop figure. I got Perfect Cell PEZ head and a shiny chrome like Perfect Cell keychain. I also got a set of pins containing Perfect Cell and Final Form Frieza. The patch I got says “Frieza Force”.
This is random, but my brother also got me Domez figure from the Batman series; I got Robin. This is the third figure I got from the Domez series. The first two figures I got was a Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse (stepping on soap) and Spider-Carnage.
I have a total of 80 figures. I can’t wait to tell what I got from January 2021!
I have some unfortunate news to share with you in the world of anime and video games. It has been reported this weekend that a well respected voice actor has passed away. Prolific voice actor Brad Venable passed away this weekend; with permission from his friends and family, his death was reported on January 8th. Brad Venable was the age of 43. Venable is well known in many works such as voicing Griffon in Devil May Cry V, Scratchman Apoo in One Piece and even the voice of Marvel’s 2018 film Venom. While Tom Hardy played as Eddie Brock and Venom, Venable was the one who provided the voice of Venom, but Hollywood discredited him and left him out of the credits.
The Gamer (Venom news)