While 2014 wasn't exactly a banner year for Japan's animation industry, the humble island nation still managed to crank out more than a few good-to-great anime releases over the past year, be they TV series or movies or anything else in-between.
As the year winds down, let's do the hip thing that all kids these days do on the Internet, and go back and list, in no particular order, the best anime that 2014 had to offer!More >>
I'm not particularly bothered by this, given that it was always likely they were going to go with an American star anyway. More troubling is that the director is Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman, whose track record indicates a director more interested in banging the leading lady than making any kind of coherent story.
Sanders is also reportedly attached to Universal's Van Helsing reboot, which makes perfect sense - I'm guessing a female Van Helsing this time. That he can bang.
It's that time again: time to struggle to pigeonhole a vibrant, diverse corner of the comics world into a neatly-arranged, 10-entry list. It's been another pretty good year for manga in the west; global megahit Attack on Titan has done little but pick up momentum, gathering tie-ins, spinoffs, and an in-production movie, even as the manga itself has been teetering dangerously between stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid. Naruto came to a close in November, Yen Press has been feverishly adding light novels to their already robust selection of manga, and Seven Seas have a bizarre breakout hit in Monster Musume, which has topped the New York Times manga charts no less than six times in 2014. It's a fun read, but it's also a sex comedy that often stops just short of being actual porn, so it's not quite right for this list. What is right for manga's best of 2014? Try these on for size.More >>
"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout
It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.
Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstarMore >>
Dear God, the stuff I've seen just by doing an image search on "Attack on Titan Hans." Y'all are sick puppies, and reading way too much into a buttoned-down nerd girl caressing a giant rocket in her launcher. Here's more fodder, so I guess you're welcome.
And below, 12 more character posters, for characters old and new who'll be appearing in the Japanese live-action movie. Unfortunately none are Titans, so there's no "Gigantor McHugebutt IS...Skinless Dude."More >>
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - This is what happens when you wait too long to make a sequel, even if it's good. Actors die, tastes change, and the artist/writer everyone once loved for being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism is now hated...for STILL being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism. Never mind that many aspects of this sequel are actually superior to the first - Josh Brolin's Dwight beats Clive Owen's, the 3D is insane, and the city actually feels like more than just a digital backdrop this time around. Audiences by and large weren't into it, and odds are we won't get a part 3.
And as I've said before, I can't really disagree with the reasons why people hate the movie - it's the ultimate power fantasy of emasculated drunken assholes who don't really kick ass but wish they could. But if you ask me, there's nothing wrong with that; I am, at times, one of said assholes, and this is pure escapism for my worst impulses. Bring it on again. As with the original, this disc includes an all-greenscreen version in fast-forward, lasting 16 minutes...sadly, there aren't many other extras, leading one to believe that the usually prolific Robert Rodriguez may be holding out for a double-dip that there won't be sufficient demand to ever make.More >>
Ah, simulcasting. The anime industry's last-ditch attempt to stave off financial doom in the wake of rampant piracy has actually made it incredibly easy to watch damn near every new show that airs in Japan within days of its initial airing. It's great if you have the time to watch everything, but not everybody has the wherewithal to wade and potentially suffer through every new show in the hopes that they'll find something they'll like.
So allow me to do that for you. Here are eleven of this fall season's new anime shows, ranked and judged by my own completely arbitrary criteria!More >>
Don't say it...
Don't say it...
What did I just tell you?
Anyway, Marvel's C.B. Cebulski just Tweeted out the image above, saying it will happen in Japan. I imagine there'll be places to import it.
Time now for someone to mash-up that theme song with the classic Spider-Man song.