BABYMETAL IS HEADED FOR ANANIMATED ADVENTURE

JAPANESE POP-METAL SENSATION BABYMETAL IS HEADED FOR AN

ANIMATED ADVENTURE VIA A NEW SHORTFORM SERIES FROM

WARNER BROS.’ DIGITAL STUDIO BLUE RIBBON CONTENT, IN

COLLABORATION WITH AMUSE GROUP USA

 

Twitter Pitch: WB’s Blue Ribbon Content & Amuse USA develop series w/Japanese pop-metal sensation@BABYMETAL_JAPANhttp://bit.ly/BRC-BabyMetal #BABYMETAL

 

BURBANK, Calif. (September 28, 2016) — Fresh off the triumphant finale to their unforgettable 2016 world tour in front of more than 110,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will embark on a new adventure with an original shortform series from Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA. Manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (a.k.a. KOBAMETAL) is also producing. The hybrid live-action and animated project is currently in development, it was announced today by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.

 

Sam Register said: “BABYMETAL have to be seen to be believed — a mind-blowing, fun combination of pop vocals, heavy metal music and dance choreography brought to life by three incredibly talented teenage stars. We are huge fans here at Blue Ribbon Content and are extremely excited to help bring the BABYMETAL phenomenon to U.S. audiences through this upcoming digital series.”

 

Tatsuro Hatanaka, President, Amuse, Inc. and Amuse USA, commented: “We are grateful for Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon Content’s interest in BABYMETAL, and to be moving onward with the project. We are very much looking forward to working on this project with Sam and his team, and hope everyone will enjoy our completed work.”

 

The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day. In the series, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL join together to ultimately redefine the genre. The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.

 

Fronted by three teenage girls with choreographed dance moves to accompany their vocals, BABYMETAL is making waves in the music industry with two chart-topping albums that have solidified the Japanese pop-metal band’s cross-continent success. In fact, the buzz-worthy group recently caught the attention of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are taking them on their first UK tour in five years.

 

With a name inspired by “the birth of new metal” and a goal of fusing metal and pop music, the BABYMETAL lineup includes SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL. BABYMETAL has already achieved two major debut singles, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon chart in Japan. Their first studio album also earned the #1 spot on Billboard’s World Album chart, and the official live music video for their debut album’s lead single,“Gimme Chocolate!!,” has garnered more than 60 million views on YouTube. Their sophomore album,METAL RESISTANCEmade them the first Japanese act to make the Billboard200 album chart’s top 40 in 53 years. They have also won several awards, including:

 

·       The Breakthrough Act award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods

·       The Spirit of Independence award at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards

·       MTV Europe’s Wildcard Best Japanese Act

·       The Discovery Prize at GQ Japan’s Men of the Year 2015 Awards

·       Women of the Year prize at VogueJapan’s Women of the Year 2015 Awards

·       Best Live Act award at the 2016Kerrang! Awards

·       Best Live Act award at the 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards

 

Since its inception, the Japanese metal dance unit has developed a devoted fan base that describes their concerts as both energetic and unforgettable. The band has also received glowing praise from the industry’s top acts, includingSlipknot’s Corey Taylor, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Rob Zombie, who toldBillboard that BABYMETAL “are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” The new series will take their energy from the stage to the screen with a can’t-miss adventure for all ages.

 

A Most Famous Naruto Unmasking

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This was originally posted by Kotaku.

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For years, fans have wondered what was under the ninja’s cowl. Last year, in an interview with Shonen Jump (via Saiyan Island), Kishimoto was asked if was going to show the character’s full face.

“I want to reveal it,” Kishimoto replied. “I’m just not sure yet on how I’ll do it. It might be done in the manga or maybe in an upcoming anime movie, but there is nothing planned as of yet.”

Since then, the character’s entire face hasn’t been revealed. Until now. Kishimoto drew a special manga for the current Naruto exhibit that is being held in Japan.

SPOILER alert

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So, was this the face you all thought it would be? Let us know.

Also check this article for the breakdown of the Naruto exhibit
http://kotaku.com/naruto-exhibit-opening-in-japan-1695919123

NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA

NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form!

Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy brings back a classic era of comics and animation, featuring tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Collecting rare and out-of-print material, the oversized Astro Boy omnibus collection is the first in a series that brings back Tezuka’s beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy.

Preorder Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound, or contact a local comic shop with Comic Shop Locator.

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE ART OF SATOSHI KON

REMEMBERING A MASTER OF ANIME FILMMAKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This August, Dark Horse remembers an animation legend and his works with The Art of Satoshi Kon.

A director who blazed a brilliant animation career before his tragic passing in 2010, Kon is immortalized in this special hardcover volume that covers the whole of his incredible career. Encompassing everything from illustrations for his movies Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Paprika and his television series Paranoia Agent, to his manga, commercial art, and more, The Art of Satoshi Kon is an oversized, 136-page tribute to a master of anime filmmaking.

Including a special appreciation from Darren Aronofsky, The Art of Satoshi Kon celebrates a lifetime of Kon’s work, including several little-known and incomplete projects.

The Art of Satoshi Kon retails for $29.99 and can be preordered from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Also available: Satoshi Kon’s: Opus Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Available for Preorder: Seraphim: 266613336 Wings Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Christmas in Japan, Top Anime Catchphrases of the Year and More! – From Tokyo Pop

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Check out Studio Khara’s Official Evangelion AMV, directed by Tsurumaki Kazuya, on TOKYOPOP TV’s Awesome AMVs Playlist!

Watch the AMV

Anime’s Top Catchphrases of the Year!
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Our friends at RocketNews24 have listed the top catchphrases from anime this year, as chosen by the Japanese news site Gadget Tsuushin.

The winner?

「レロレロレロレロ」
(“Rerorerorerorero”) from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

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Meri Kurisumasu in Japan!
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Ho Ho Ho, メリークリスマス!

First off, Christmas is not a holiday in Japan. Neither Christmas Eve nor Christmas Day is a day off from work. Less than one percent of the Japanese population is Christian. The big family holiday, Oshogatsu, (Japanese New Year’s season) is coming soon, so families don’t get together for the occasion.

It’s an event for two distinct groups: kids and couples. And most of the celebrating goes on, not on Christmas Day, but Christmas Eve.

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Watch the Christmas in Japan Playlist

RightStuf Holiday Sale Continues!
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RightStuf! is continuing its huge holiday sale on their website! Each day features new items on sale, so be sure to check back often, and don’t forget to search for your favorite TOKYOPOP items, such as the Hetalia Holiday Bundle, containing Volumes 1-6 of the Hetalia Axis Powers manga, for only $51.99!

Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu

Anime News Networkbrings word today from V Jump Magazine about another film set to debut in 2015 titled Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu (or ‘Resurrection’), which will see the return of fan-favorite villain Frieza.

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Akira Toriyama noted that the F in the title stands for the iconic villain who will, as the name implies, be revived for the film. It’s also set to feature Beerus, the villain from “Battle of Gods.” The magazine relays the film’s synopsis (translated from Japanese) as follows: 

“An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!”

The film is set to debut in Japanese theaters next April.

Sailor Moon tortilla chips

Sailor Moon tortilla chips 

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As part of a tie-up with Japanese snack food makerKoikeya, from November 21 the series’ core cast, in theirSailor Moon Crystal forms, will be gracing bags of tortilla chips. All five of the Inner Sailor Senshi (Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) will make appearances, as will cape-wearing, rose-tossing ally Tuxedo Mask.

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Gundam Burgers at Tokyo station

AnimeAnime reports that the Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is being turned into McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe. The restaurant appeared in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundamanime as a secret meeting place for the Anti-Earth Union Group, and now it will appear in Tokyo starting November 19.

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McDaniel Hamburgers will serve up Sleggar Burgers, Gundam Burgers with cheese, Char’s Zaku Burgers with tomatoes (top pic), Zaku II Burgers with avocado slices to eat in the cafe or for take out.

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