Back in May we got a formal introduction to the character behind the Kojima Productions logo, officially known as Ludens. Thanks to Hideo Kojima's San Diego Comic-Con Talk livestream, we can now see the logo in motion in a new animated short after the jump.
Through this weekend, Sword Art Online smartphone game Code Register is doing an event that casts the series' heroines as harem dancers, with dancer dress-armor going a bit longer, until the 27th. Get a look after the jump.
With Tsutomu Nihei at San Diego Comic-Con, the creator of Knights of Sidonia and Blame! has teamed up with BAIT, a retailer in footwear, apparel, and high end collectibles, for a figure of his take on G.I. Joe ninja Snake-Eyes. The 1/6 scale figure goes for $230. More after the jump.
It took a little while (January 19, 2014- June 19, 216), but One Piece's Dressrosa arc is finally over. Now it's time to survey some of its animation highlights, and figure out who did the wonderful work. Check it out after the jump.
Hirosaki Neputa Festival is a summer festival, designated an important intangible folk-cultural property of Japan in 1980, in which illuminated neputa parade floats, including the ougi-neputa (a fan-shaped neputa) and kumi neputa (a man-shaped neputa) are put on display. In you watched Aomori-set series Flying Witch, you saw a hint of this in the finale, episode 12. Well, the anime will be celebrating with the real thing.
The official teaser trailer for BLAME!, an upcoming anime theatrical film based on the science fiction manga by Tsutomu Nihei (author of Knights of Sidonia), is now available online. Hit the jump to check it out.
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, North American comics' equivalent of the Oscars, awarded this year's prizes on Friday during San Diego Comic Con. Taking the manga dominated Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category was Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly). More after the jump.
Metroid Prime Blast Ball hit the Nintendo eShop this past week, offering up a little primer for the full Metroid Prime: Federation Force course to come. The full game arrives on August 21, but for now you can prepare yourself with a lengthy introduction to the multiplayer action, topped off with a brief defense of the divisive art direction courtesy of producer Kensuke Tanabe. More after the jump.
At this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, Kodansha Comics announced plans for new releases of a pair of sci-fi classics. Timed for the live-action adaptation, a new, deluxe re-release of Ghost in the Shell, 1, 1.5 and 2 is slated for 2017. A set of the complete Akira is also being prepared for 2017. More after the jump.
The official trailer for Bittersweet (known in Japan as Nigakute Amai), a live-action film based on Yumio Kobayashi's manga about a busy office lady and her gay roommate growing closer through the power of cooking, is now available online. Hit the jump to check it ot.
The 5th anniversary of the founding of animation studio TRIGGER is just around the corner, and the official TRIGGER Twitter feed is teasing the release of a line of commemorative character goods as part of the festivities. Hit the jump to learn more.
FREEing, Max Factory and Good Smile Company have teamed up to offer a poseable figma of Griffith, reincarnated as God Hand's Femto, as seen in anime movie Berserk III: The Advent. Along with the standard version, offered for 7,389yen, shipping in February 2017, there's also a Birth of the Hawk of Darkness version with "Egg of the Supreme Ruler" stand, selling for 10,926yen. Get a look after the jump.
I did ask for this. Square graciously invited Crunchyroll to their Deus Ex: Mankind Divided press event where Peter got a chance to sit down with Oliver Proulx and Fleur Marty to talk about the world and themes of the 15 year old franchise and what's coming up with their newest titles. See what's next for Adam Jensen, after the jump!
5pb.'s upcoming YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World remake will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original visual novel when it launches on PS4 and Vita in Japan on December 26. To make the event extra special, those who pick up first-print copies will get a product code to download the original 1996 NEC PC-9800 version, and a new trailer is here to preview the bonus. Hit the jump for more.
Koei Tecmo shared a new batch of screens for the upcoming Berserk Musou game on the Japanese site, offering a brief look at the newly-announced Serpico and Schierke in action. First up is Serpico, voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu. More after the jump.