Attack on Titan Live-Action Movie Footage Shown on Japanese TV

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I'd say "blink and you'll miss it," except that they repeat the same footage on a loop as different people react to it. For the benefit of those unwilling to hit the play button on a YouTube trailer over and over, I guess.

It's coming out in Japan this summer, so you'd think they'd have more to show by now, but Japanese nerds are apparently waaaaay more patient than us.

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7 Final Fantasy Secrets Hidden Within the Game Files

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Square Enix

It's been a rough few years for fans of the Final Fantasy series. Between the numerous poorly made cell phone titles, a new online game that was still in the alpha stage development when released, and a numbered entry that was announced in 2006 with a release date of "sometime this ice age," it should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy fans are still nostalgic for the days when the franchise was at its peak.

To this day, the old games in the series are still making money on services like the PlayStation Network and Steam. The reason Final Fantasy I has been re-released seventeen times, and why a port of the now eighteen year-old game Final Fantasy VII was part of last year's PlayStation Experience event is simple. Fans are filled with nostalgia because they just don't make Final Fantasy games like they used to. Which is why people are still exploring the data of these beloved titles, hoping to find more pieces of the games they love which have never been seen before.


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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Anime Hug Pillow Tells You How Much She Loves Your Boob-Grabbing

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

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If you're already coming here, I assume you know about full-body pillows featuring anime characters and others that the purchaser presumably wants to imagine sleeping with.

Got that concept in your head? Okay, good, because the next step is here - one that verbally expresses pleasure when you fondle her breasts. Did I say "good"? I meant "Ewww."

There's a catch - be too rough with her and her love-meter will descend into hate. And presumably then be purchased only by horrible people who enjoy ignoring consent. Better with a pillow than a person, certainly, but still...if you favor interaction with different possible outcomes, there's this great game I can suggest to you. It's called "non-creepily relating to human beings." Difficulty level is super hard at times, I know, but the rewards you can earn are worth it.

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9 Secondary Anime Characters Who Save the Day More Often Than the Hero

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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So, you're a main character in a new anime. Fresh from the South Korean animation studios and swimming in an ocean of hype, you're ready for it all: the fame, the fortune, the fan fiction. You step into the spotlight, ready for your star debut...and promptly get crushed beneath the big toe of the rampaging alien beastie that roared to life after the first commercial break. As it waddles unperturbed through downtown Tokyo taking bites out of the scenery, you lay there paralyzed with an existential crisis. You're also paralyzed because everything below your rib cage is paste, but it's mostly the existential crisis.


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Topless Robot LIVE Official Podcast #1 - On Anime, Ascension and Inclusive Casting

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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if you're wondering why this is "#1," the last one was technically #0. This is the first that will be on iTunes, maybe even by the time you read this. Our guests this week are Peter Paras and Greg Jones Jr., and we discuss Kingsman, Jupiter Ascending, whitewashing vs. color-blind casting, what properties we'd actually LIKE to see remade/rebooted, and as always, answer your questions and comments. If you'd like us to answer yours on the next episode (in two weeks) leave them below.

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The 11 Biggest Mistakes In Robotech's History

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

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With its 30th anniversary right around the corner, and talk of a live-action adaptation surfacing again, Robotech's continued popularity is increasingly difficult to explain. Very much a product of its era, the Robotech franchise is outdated and unnecessary today: fans now have easy access to three shows originally used to create the series (Macross, Southern Cross and MOSPEADA), so why bother with the edited version? Today, the Robotech narrative seems to be one more of successive failures and missteps, rather than multi-generational intergalactic war. Harmony Gold, the company behind Robotech, is persistent in its attempts to maintain and promote the series with new sequels and merchandise. To the dismay of fans, these efforts almost always transform any initial optimism into disappointment.


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Robotech, Astro Boy Looking at Live-Action Movies

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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Honestly, though, I think it'll be a while before we see either one, if ever. As any toy or anime collector can tell you, the Robotech/Macross rights are a nightmarish minefield. However, it appears that the latest writer to attempt it will be Michael Gordon, whose G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra script doesn't exactly inspire hope in fans of '80s cartoons.

Meanwhile, the folks making Astro Boy just sound flat-out delusional.

"We've seen him as a manga, an anime and an animated movie but we've never seen him as a live-action movie or him as a superhero," said Nalbandian. "We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man."
I'll grant you maybe AN Iron Man, but THE Iron Man? Let's just say that if you find a kid who's as entertaining as Robert Downey Jr, he'll probably have better things to do.

Blu-ray Today: Studio Ghibli Is Great When Pigs Fly, and the Rest of the Time Too

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Pom Poko - Okay, Disney, let's see if I have your logic straight here:

Song of the South is considered unreleasable because it tells a G-rated tale, absent historical context, set in what was decidedly a non G-rated time immediately following the Civil War. Sins of omission and so forth. Got it.

In Pom Poko, a family of Japanese raccoon dogs fights to protect their land from developers...using, among other things, the power of their magic scrotums. This is just fine to distribute, so long as the English dub calls them "pouches."

Lesson learned: it is okay to like furry characters with huge nutsacks, but not to act like slavery didn't ruin people's lives. As that is pretty much the Topless Robot philosophy also, it seems I'm more in tune with Disney than I thought.

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Blu-ray Today: Book of Life, Spying on Sasha Grey and Playing in Hell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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The Book of Life - For whatever reason, Fox was gung-ho about inviting me to various pre-release events to hype this uniquely Mexican-American animated feature, but less interested in making it easy to see the full movie, or even push it for the Animated Feature Oscar. I wouldn't necessarily put that down to its quality - more likely, they simply didn't know what to do with a film that uses CG to make its characters look like they're literally made of wood, then has the main hero actually die and become a skeletal form of himself quite early on. Not to mention that there's a soundtrack which includes Latin-style takes on the likes of Biz Markie, and Ice Cube plays God (I know they don't actually call him that, but c'mon).

I'm curious to see it some day - maybe it'll get a theatrical rerelease when Pixar puts out their Dia de los Muertos movie.

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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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