Few shows have been as explosively popular as the Attack on Titan anime series and it looks like the long awaited third season has an official date. Sadly fans will have to wait until July of 2018 for the climactic anime to pick up where it left off after an exciting season 2. While some fans worry that Attack on Titan might not make it for a next summer release date, it is totally possible seeing as season 2 was lowered from the hefty season 1 25 episode count to just 12 for the second season. Either way, it looks like we will be getting some awesome Titan action much soon than before.
While Neoyokio was certainly not the most well reviewed Netflix series, it looks like the streaming giant has no plans of stopping when it comes to producing new original anime. Netflix announced that they are looking to produce 30 new anime series with a massive 8 billion dollar investment also going towards 80 new films. Hopefully Netflix will seek out stronger animation studios for their new original content and produce some true classics in their ever growing catalog.
A classic anime series is making its return to Netflix. As revealed by Cinematoday, Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya will be a CG remake of the original late 80's series. The popular anime ran for three years and over an impressive 100 episodes. You can take a look at the teaser poster below. As of now, the series has no official return date but we do know the first season will span 12 episodes and will debut soon.
The 21st Pokemon film is due out at the end of this week but it's making one very large change to the series canon. Pokemon the movie: I choose you! is a retelling of the first season of the Pokemon anime, during which Ash and Pikachu meet for the first time and go on their first adventure together. If you have seen it, you can remember that an integral part of the first season of the anime, featured both Brock and Misty, who leave their respective gyms to travel alongside ASH and have been featured in a number of seasons and films thereafter but, with this new movie, Ash's history is changing. Kotaku has reported that the newest film will replace both of the characters for two brand new companions, Makoto and Souji, as well as a handful of other characters we've yet to see. The movie also appears to promote the latest legendary Pokemon, Marshadow, along the slides introducing Ash's new friends. While the movie appears to play out many of the original events, removing two of the series most memorable characters is an odd move. Pokemon the movie: I choose you! does not have a North American release date at this time but will be out in Japan July 15th.
FLCL's 6 episode first season has been a massive cult classic among anime fans since it's debut in the early 2000's and after almost 16 years, Toonami is reviving the series for two more seasons. After a long wait, we have out first look at new footage featuring new music and an updated new look courtesy of last weekends Anime Expo. Take a look at the trailer and get ready for the 6 episode season 2 and 6 more episodes for season 3 to being sometime in 2018!
2017 has not been a great year for the on going conversation of the controversy surrounding Hollywood whitewashing. Last falls Doctor Strange controversy, Matt Damon's commercial failure, The Great wall, Netflix's critically panned Iron Fist series, as well the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson, have all been part of a long list of westernization and cultural appropriation in Hollywood and Netflix's upcoming live action adaption has already been met with immediate backlash after it's teaser trailer was released. In the live action Death Note, due out in August, highschool student Light Yagami has now become Seattle resident Light Turner, played by Nat Wolfe while Atlanta and Get Out star, Lakeith Standfield, is set to play L. While it was obvious Netflix aimed at taking some creative liberties, the changes (as indicated from the teaser) are a bit alarming. It's more of transposing the mythology of the famed manga series to a student in Seattle. Either way, it's an important conversation worth having. Death Note is due out of Netflix August 25th, 2017.
After 5 long years an a film, Ao No Exoricst (better know as Blue Exorcist) is set to pick up where the first season left off back in 2011. Returning with the twins, Yukio and Rin and the rest of the exorcist gang, The Kyoto Impure King Arc sets to pick up after the dramatic cliffhanger where season 1 left off. Blue Exorcist season 2 is set to debut in 2017 and you can see the first teaser trailer below.
It looks like the next Saga of Dragon Ball Super is bringing back a familiar character. For those who remember the android saga from the Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta's son Trunks is sent back in time in order to help Goku and the others come up with a plan to defeat the Dr. Gero's evil androids. This plan goes array however, when the alternate time line contains another powerful android by the name of Cell, who absorbs the other androids. Now, here's where things get a little confusing. From out understanding of the new multi-verse that was established at the end of the universe 6 and 7 tournament, this is future trunks in another story line who will face off against Black, a character who's resemblance to Goku is uncanny with the addition of a potara earring. He'll also be along side Mai from Draon all, pictured above. The fifth arc of Dragon Ball Super begins this Sunday so get excited for a brand new adventure!
A mysterious countdown clock on a Toei and Bandi Namco teaser site appeared yesterday causing Dragon Ball Z fans to scratch their heads as to just what that might mean. With images floating in the background from various Dragon Ball Z films like Broly: Second Coming, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, Dead Zone, as well as other promotional images, a lot of us are lead to believe that we might hear the announcement of a new Dragon Ball Z film. There is also the rumor going around that it could be the sequel to the popular original game, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, released last February. Maybe we'll hear more of the Japanese title, Dragon Ball Z: Project Fusion, the 3DS exclusive set to release later this year. Either way, we'll know in a few short hours as the countdown is set to end at 10am ET time. Make sure to check back for an update!
With just under a year until it's release, we have our first official image from the sci-fi film, Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. The movie, based on the massively popular anime and manga series, has been criticized for it's casting choice of an American actress over a Japanese actresses for the role. Fans are sounding off on twitter and various other social media sites. While the movie is retaining the name of the original characters and setting, this is far from the first manga adaptation (even recently) to 'whitewash' the main role. Ghost in the Shell is due out in theater March 31st, 2017 and also stars actors Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, and Takeshi Kitano.