Death Note Netflix just showed off its trailer for the live-action adaptation of horror anime Death Note. Slated for release later this year, the film is directed by Adam Wingard. Advertisement Here’s the trailer: Death Note is about a teenaged boy who mysteriously acquires a book that kills anyone whose name is written in it. Flush with power, the boy goes on a killing spree of criminals. Ryuk, the demon who dropped the book on Earth out of pure boredom, will be voiced by Willem Dafoe. Advertisement Only a few years after release, it’s become a classic horror anime. Hopefully, the movie won’t butcher the series. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Attack on Titan The Ride is coming to Yamanashi’s Fuji-Q Highland theme park. This 4D flight simulation will allow riders to experience a Titan attack as if they were in the midst of it. Guests will be seated in front of a 20-meter screen and be subjected to flight and motion synced with the Titans attacking on-screen. The footage for the ride was filmed with 6K cameras and features scenery taken from Mount Fuji. The ride also has a soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, who composed music for blockbuster anime titles like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the fan favorite Japanese Role-Playing Game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In addition to the new Attack on Titan The Ride 4D, there will also be a dedicated Attack on Titan area at Fuji-Q. In this Attack on Titan-themed area, visitors can explore the world of the anime via 360-degree VR headsets. When using the headsets, park-goers can experience what it’s like to be a member of the Survey Corps and get a unique up-close and personal perspective of a Titan attack. Exclusive Attack on Titan merchandise will also be available READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
One-Punch Man Beloved anime One-Punch Man is now on Netflix. Praise be to the anime gods. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It turns out that 2017 isn’t only the year of self-driving cars and robots that rap; now, we have virtual anime girl YouTubers. Advertisement A.I. Kizuna does everything a meatspace YouTuber would. She debates hot topics like buying friends with money and does Let’s Plays of games like Inside. She talks about furniture she wants and draws silly pictures of cats. She’s even been banned—it was after she joked that, because she’s a hologram, she’s technically naked. Shortly after, her channel was reinstated. Kizuna’s pretty active, uploading YouTube videos every few days since she launched her channel three months ago. She’s already garnered about 200,000 subscribers. Her creator, predictably, is elusive. It looks like Kizuna was made in Miku Miku Dance, animation software that lets users import and control 3D models of anime characters. It’s what breathes life into Japan’s vocaloid pop sensation, Hatsune Miku. Perhaps, by the end of the year, we’ll all be interfacing through virtual anime girl software. Welcome to the future. Hope it’s everything you asked for. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Legend of Korra was one of the best shows on TV during its time, let alone one of the best anime series, and you can own all four seasons on Blu-ray for just $30, courtesy of Amazon. $30 From amazon 46 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[GIF via Capcom] Out of all the Monster Hunter XX collaborations, this one is the silliest. Advertisement Hunter X Hunter is teaming up with the latest MH release, bringing the iconic hair and threads worn by Gon after he transformed into an older version of himself in the manga. This outfit has already over-the-top cosplay, and now it’s doing the same in MHXX. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Recently, a game called Necrobarista caught my eye. It’s about a cafe the dead return to for one last cup of coffee, and it’s got an art style that screams Persona. That’s no coincidence. Necrobarista’s developers told me the game arose from their “love-hate relationship” with anime and visual novels. Advertisement “Back in the ‘90s, you had a bunch of very experimental shows,” lead developer Kevin Chen told me during an interview at GDC. “I’m not saying there aren’t any right now, but the industry at the time was still trying to find its place. That has slowed down in the past five years. Big companies have said, ‘OK, this is the best way to generate good, steady revenue.’ That’s led to a stagnation, I feel. Hayao Miyazaki commented on this. He talked about how it’s become a very circular, almost inbred kind of industry.” “We’re big anime nerds, but we have this kind of love-hate relationship with anime,” he added. “We love stuff from the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Cowboy Bebob, FLCL, Gurren Lagann. We wanted to do something that was different—both a throwback to old stuff we love, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The original Ghost in the Shell voice actors will be once again reprising their roles in the upcoming Hollywood film’s Japanese language dub. Advertisement According to Natalie, Akio Otsuka will be voicing Batou as did in the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime feature, its 2004 sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Stand Alone complex. (Otsuka has also been the Japanese voice of Metal Gear’s Snake.) Likewise, Koichi Yamadera will be returning as the voice of Togusa, while Atsuko Tanaka will voice Scarlett Johansson’s character. Advertisement Tanaka, of course, voiced Motoko Kusanagi in the 1995 anime feature as well as through Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Since Johansson’s character is apparently named “Mira,” Tanaka’s performance might cause confusion? Maybe not. “It’s been a while since they’ve played these characters,” says Mamoru Oshii, director of the 1995 anime film. “I definitely want them to deliver performances they see fit. They’re all pros, so there’s nothing to worry about, and I can only say that this is something to look forward to.” Movies get both dubbed and subtitled READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Kiss Him, Not Me In shoujo anime, or anime made for women, “love” is the gravitational center around which the characters and plot points fold. Our leading lady’s flaws are gaps only her crush can fill. The plot is a slow sanding-down of her hard edges, preparing her for companionship. And, when the string track swells at the end of the final episode, she’s in her lover’s arms and the curtain falls. Advertisement Kiss Him, Not Me, which aired in December, is not like that. It’s a shoujo anime that’s, unassumingly, redefining the genre. Girl-centric doesn’t have to mean crush-centric, and Kiss Him, Not Me’s manga-obsessed protagonist is proof that, for some women, “real love” doesn’t need to be “real.” Kae Serinuma’s is a by-the-book fujoshi, or a hetero girl whose peak sexual fantasy is two guys kissing, ten feet away from her. Her mouth froths when her favorite anime boys hug. Her face contorts into a screaming blob at local manga conventions’ merchant booths. Nothing matters to her more than who’s a top, who’s a bottom and where she can find fan art of it. Kiss READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The project was first shown off last year, but now there’s a proper trailer (and release details) for the anime adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s manga masterpiece Blame!. As discussed, Blame! is my favourite manga of all time, because it’s weird and lonely and fascinating and has some of the most breath-taking art you’ll ever see in a sci-fi comic. The sense of scale Nihei was able to accomplish haunts me even a decade on, and what’s particularly cool about this anime adaptation is that it looks like it’s focusing on the section of the story that’s, well, a story, and not the beginning (which is just a dude walking around) or the end (which was a disaster). Advertisement It’ll be out on Netflix globally on May 20. Can’t wait. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Let us all close our eyes and imagine, that as part of Breath of the Wild’s marketing campaign, Nintendo had thought to make an anime trailer for some Lon Lon Milk. Now, open them and watch the clip anyway, because Channy & Kimberly were smart enough to make it for us. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Attack on Titan is a ridiculously popular show if you’re not already aware, and there’s plenty to love about it. There’s a new smartphone game collaboration coming through for Japanese gamers, and it’s called Attack on Titan: Chain Puzzle Fever. Pre-registrations will be opening later this month for an eventual winter release that will be on smartphones, but no word on whether For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan follows the last bastion of humanity as they eke out an existence within the walls that protect them from enormous, lumbering Titans outside. The Titans devour humans one by one, and the only way they can be stopped is by a swift strike to the neck. You can now pull this off thanks to their “Omni-directional Mobility Gear,” which gives the tiny humans the ability to zip around their towns and forests with the ease of Spider-Man. Unfortunately, sometimes that just doesn’t work thanks to the Titans’ extreme speed and strength. The game follows the main storyline of the anime’s first season, which features friends Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, all who’ve lost friends and family and many other important things. They’ve been trained for combat READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
No teasing or setting the mood here. This new Ghost in the Shell movie clip is a straight-up trailer, with 2:09 of guns firing and Beat Takeshi looking concerned. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Madoka Magica Madoka Magica’s Homura Akemi is the best girl. If you haven’t watched the anime series all the way through, perhaps that is not apparent. If you have and don’t agree, probably, you are a monster. Advertisement Among her many virtues, including strength and compassion, is her incredible hair, which often is in her face and needs a good flip. Throughout Madoka Magica’s 12 episodes (and the movies), Homura regularly enters scenes with a sick one-liner, punctuated by an elegant hair flip. And often when she leaves a scene, it’s with a grave warning or even just silence. Then, she turns and runs her fingers through those long, black tresses. Homura just wants you to know that she is slick and doesn’t care if you die. Or she’s too preoccupied slaying witches and saying what’s what to deal with her hair. In any case, I’ve made a ranking of Homura’s hair flips from the Madoka TV series, which I will provide without justification: 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!