The Official Hello Kitty/Chucky Hybrid of Your Nightmares Is Here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 9:00 am


It's hard to imagine any American company being as free with their kid-focused character as Sanrio is with Hello Kitty. A normal marketing person might just say, "Hey, wait a minute. A cute anthropomorphic kitten and a voodoo-possessed doll inhabited by a serial killer are not compatible!" But in Japan, that is just backward-thinking, as this Hello Kitty Chucky will go on sale in Universal theme parks next month.

I think we may have finally found the item that will test my wife's undying loyalty to Hello Kitty, since she hates Chucky. Stay tuned....

UPDATE: Wife reaction.

"Why must they hurt me?" Then, "Like I've always said, anyone can play in her sandbox. This is proof of that."

via Kotaku

The 9 Anime Transfer Students We Love the Most

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Screen shot of Kinmoza!
From supernatural action series to slice-of-life comedies, transfer students show up in a lot of anime.

In real life, the latest addition to a school might get a few questions before class resumes as normal. In fiction, transfer students can put a plot in motion. Would Tina Belcher have gone bad without a new girl at school? Sometimes, they drive a feature length story. What would Heathers, Mean Girls, The Craft or any other teen movie be without the student who disrupts the norm? Other times, new kids have breathed new life into ongoing young adult series, like The Babysitter's Club or Sweet Valley High.

Transfer students are common enough to earn their own TV Trope entry, and anime is no exception to the phenomenon. Whether you're watching the dramatic saga of magical girls or a light-hearted slice-of-life comedy, transfer students are as much a part of these school-centric stories as uniforms and extracurricular clubs.

With the back-to-school season upon us, let's take a look at some of the great transfer students of anime. These are students whose arrival sparked a new mystery to unravel. Some became heroes. Some hold secrets that are crucial to the story. A few will bring fun and excitement to a group of new friends. Others heighten the drama. All will remind you that it's not a teen anime unless there's a transfer student.

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Hot Toys Boba Fett Appears to Be Escaping Tentacle Rape

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am


Boba Fett has been done so well, so many times, in the 12" format, that it must have been hard to imagine what Hot Toys could do to make their version worth the extra hundreds of dollars it will undoubtedly run.

The answer? Make one that will appeal to fans of hentai, apparently. That Sarlacc isn't remotely to scale like most HT accessories, but it does look like the kind of horrific sexually violating monster one finds in the worst demon-themed hardcore anime.

The idea that it'll feed on him for a thousand years just took on a new level of gross. Or maybe the toy is a metaphor for Boba getting away from Josh Trank's version of his origin movie.

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Giant Pikachus Dance to "Straight Outta Compton"

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:00 am


I have no idea if this really is actually clever marketing for the NWA biopic in Japan, though the source says it is. But do we need a reason to enjoy some of the most "dangerous" music of my high school years enjoyed by a Pokemon best known for being yellow and cute?

I think not. And I learned something.

I never knew there was a "clean" version of the song. "From the stupid dope gang with a attitude"? Well, it beats Ice Cube's other attempts at being family friendly.

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A Choral Ode to Shonen Jump Completists, Based on Rob Cantor's "Shia LaBeouf" Song

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 9:30 am


I don't know a whole lot about Shonen Jump, but I found this hilarious, and I think anyone who's ever been a completist will too.

I do know that it's a worthier subject for tribute tune than Mr. LaBeef. But then, so's the measles.

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Attack on Titan Live-Action Movie Will Have a Three-Episode TV Prequel; Here's the Trailer

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:52 am


It's not subtitled, but the YouTube description includes a full translation, which we've cleaned up a bit below.

Also: two movies and a three-episode show right off the bat? The Japanese are beating us at franchise-milking!

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Gender-Flipped Dragon Ball Characters Drawn as Erotic Novel Covers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9:13 am


Well, what better way to follow up that sexy alien from below Dragon Ball! I mean, if all that spiky hair and spontaneous bursting release of energy wasn't sexy enough already. A Taiwanese artist named leoncool724 clearly felt it was insufficient, and has made Buu his Boo, among others (I'm guessing it's a he, but as it's all in Taiwanese that is not certain)...

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The Sights, The Sounds, The Hentai: 17 Weird And Cool Things From Otakon 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am


Conventions, once reserved only for discussion in the most heated of USENET discussion boards, have become something of a pop-cultural force this past decade. No cognizant man, woman, or child isn't aware of San Diego Comic-Con, for good or ill.

Myself, though? You dumb nerds can stand in line for 5 hours to blurrily watch the Game of Thrones cast get asked terrible questions; I'll be at places like Otakon and making jokes about hentai.

I had a blast this weekend at Otakon in muggy, sunny Baltimore, so here are 30 things I saw, to mark the occasion!

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8 Reasons Ernest Cline's Armada Is Nothing Like Ready Player One (and Why That's Not a Bad Thing)

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00 am


The meteoric rise of Ernest Cline should be an inspiration to all of nerdkind. I unknowingly first encountered his work when I read his Buckaroo Banzai sequel script that made the rounds in the early days of the Internet, and from there he went on to script Fanboys; a love letter to the Star Wars saga that was full of heart, even if the finished product was a little mediocre. His title of King of the Nerds was obtained with the release of his first novel, Ready Player One, in which young nerd everyman Wade Watts searches the virtual-reality replacement to the internet for an Easter Egg worth more than he could possibly imagine. Ready Player One practically became a nerd holy book overnight. The wildly popular tome was optioned for a film the day after release, and is currently in pre-production with Steven Spielberg sitting in the captain's chair.

Last week, Cline's second novel Armada hit book shelves everywhere. Less than a week later, it's ranked 59th overall on the Amazon Best Sellers page, with a visit to the New York Times bestseller list almost guaranteed in the near future. It's the story of Zack Lightman, a completely average, normal nerdy teen who discovers that his favorite video game is a lot more important than just entertainment. The question is: does Cline replicate the success he found in Ready Player One? Let's find out...with minimal spoilers.

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6 DBZisms Dragon Ball Super Should Keep Intact (and 6 They Should Leave on Planet Namek)

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:00 am


Whether due to its visual flair, mature levels of violence or addicting long-form storytelling, Dragon Ball Z struck a chord with western audiences when it debuted in North America on the hugely popular Toonami program in 1999. The audience on Cartoon Network was full of impressionable teens, and Dragon Ball Z was one of the first Japanese anime series to gain traction outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. Re-runs and all, DBZ ran on the network for over ten years before a brief hiatus. The show was so popular, however, that soon a re-dubbed, re-edited version of the anime known as Dragon Ball Z Kai debuted in 2010, and has been running ever since.

Finally, the somewhat shocking international success of the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and the buzz surrounding the upcoming Resurrection F has apparently convinced Toei Animation, the original production company behind the series, to dive back in and bring us something entirely new: Dragon Ball Super, which debuts in Japan this month. While fans of the original series don't want a retread (DBZ Kai), we also don't want something that tries to reinvent the wheel - I'm looking at you, GT; in that vein, here are six DBZisms the new show should run with and six we want to see buried in the Namekian wastes in favor of a new era of Super Saiyan mayhem.

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