Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Footage from Tron Legacy is now on YouTube. This isn't the official trailer, but rather something akin to "concept footage". It looks good though.
- This isn't quite SDCC related but the Ninja Assassin trailer is online for viewing. Check it out. It looks a whole lot darker than I was expecting. I thought it might end up looking insanely candy colored, like Speed Racer.
- Viz had some big news at their panel. They've licensed the only recently announced Inu-Yasha: The Final Chapter. That was quick. I'm guessing Viz partly funded its creation. They've also announced they have the license for the Vampire Knight anime for their Shojo Beat line.
- Action Figure Insider has the entire Mattel panel up on YouTube. That Matty Collector website has the potential to completely bankrupt me. And that's just counting the DC Comics stuff.
- Marvel has a partnership with anime studio Madhouse to produce five straight to DVD features including Wolverine, Iron Man, X-Men and Blade.
- Apparently Deathlok has decided the comics industry isn't brutal enough. Dark Horse is publishing a Metalocalypse comic book. Metal.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Today was the first full day of the San Diego Comic-Con. News from the convention was already trickling in midday yesterday. Nowadays you can sit at home and still be able to keep up with the news as it happens. Here are a few of the stories I've been following.
- Collider.com has the first look at the posters for Jonah Hex and the remakes of Clash of the Titans and Nightmare on Elm Street.
- In other movie news, Tr2N is now known as Tron Legacy. That's a wise change, if I do say so myself. The film's score will be produced by Daft Punk. Sweet.
- Halo is being adapted into an anime called Halo Legends. Halo Legends will be an anthology of vignettes similar to The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight. The vignettes will be produced by various anime studios including one directed by Mamoru Oshii. Warners will release Halo Legends on DVD in 2010.
- Mattel has a ton of new action figures on display in their booth, including this guy. Kneel before him!
- Hasbro has a ton of different items on display, but I'm most taken with the Marvel stuff. There's a Deadpool Mighty Mugg! There's also several new Marvel Legends figures on display. You can vote online for your favorite three to be released. It's a shame only three will be chosen because there's at least seven there that I consider to be must-buys.
- The new trend in action figures? Dead people.
- Of all the Con news the most sensational seems to revolve around the Twilight panel. It seems fans slept outside last night just to get into the panel this afternoon. There's a lot of news about the crazy lines. Apparently the line to get a certain Green Lantern figure is impossible.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Otakon was this weekend. No I'm not talking about Solid Snake's nerdy friend. Otakon is an annual anime convention in Baltimore, Maryland. It's the second largest anime convention in the U.S. after AX. There's some very interesting news coming from this year's Otakon.
- Perhaps the biggest news actually happened just before the convention. Bandai announced their acquisition of Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. What made this license announcement unusual is that the DVDs went on sale almost immediately afterwards on The Rightstuf International and the Amazon Marketplace. That is awesome. I wish the period between the license announcement and the DVD's release was always that ridiculously quick. What's more is that Kannagi is being released across two subtitle-only DVDs with seven episodes on each disc. They're temporary online exclusives and will actually cost more once they get a general release. So it's best to buy them now.
- Personally though, the biggest news of Otakon was Funimation's announcement of the Dragonboxes. The Dragonboxes are Toei's ultimate release of the Dragonball Z TV series in Japan. The Dragonboxes feature remastered video taken from the original film reels and in the original 4:3 aspect ratio. Toei released them in two ultra mega sets but Funimation plans to release them in North America in seven smaller sets. In Japan there are actually multiple Dragonboxes for Dragonball, Dragonball GT, and the movies, but right now all we know for sure is that Funimation is releasing the DBZ TV show. It took a long time but it seems that Funimation is finally rewarding the hardcore fans. I am surprised they announced these so soon after their cropped widescreen boxsets, but at least I'm even happier than ever that I passed on those. Check out Daizenshuu EX for more details and pics of the mock-up packaging and the hardcover book that comes with the first set.
- In other Funimation news, they've licensed Eden of the East and Casshern Sins. They still don't have Evangelion 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance but they're interested in it. Here's hoping it's only a matter of time.
- In not-quite-Otakon news, but still big anime news; there's a second Inu-Yasha series on the way. The original anime series ended before the manga concluded. This new series will animate the final 21 volumes of the manga. This news came as a huge surprise to me. I thought at best we could get a final movie or OAV, not an all new TV series. I suppose one should never underestimate the power of Rumiko Takahasi.