Adult Swim’s Toonami Schedule Posted

- 05-22-12Cool Stuff, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

Toonami makes it’s triumphant return to Cartoon Network this Saturday and below is the schedule as announced. Don’t worry if one of your favorites isn’t on the list. This NerdBastard is sure that more will be added and substituted as series finish. A lot of those listed don’t have that many episodes anyways.

12:00 a.m. – Bleach
12:30 a.m. – Deadman Wonderland
01:00 a.m. – Casshern Sins
01:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
02:00 a.m. – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
02:30 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop

What do you think of the starting schedule?

What’s missing that you can’t wait to see added?

Growing Pains: Japan Says Goodbye to one of its Beloved Anime Titans; We are Soon to Follow

- 03-30-12Comics, TV Posted by Veronique Medrano

If you are an Anime fan, you’ll know that the three longest running Anime/Manga so far are Once Piece, Naruto and Bleach. I remember these particular Anime/Manga appearing around the end of my freshman and the beginning of my sophomore year of high school. I’m currently a Senior in COLLEGE. So yeah, these three Titans of the Anime/Manga world have been around longer than many other Anime or Manga in ciruculation since Inuyasha, Dragonball Z, and my favorite Sailor Moon, which is making a comeback with bi-monthly reprints that started earlier this year.

In February, a Japanese Magazine made a small announcement that the Bleach anime series would be ending March 27th, and it set the Internet on fire. People began making theories of what would become of Bleach. Some said it would make a comeback with a slightly different name, like Naruto did when it became Naruto: Shippuden and went forward in time from the events of the  former series. Others though, began to slowly accept the reality that the show was really over and instead began the contemplation of how long the manga would last.

(original article from Japan announcing the last episode of Bleach)

Seeing as Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, has been saying that the current arc of Bleach in manga format will be the “last arc” there has been no definite date or year that this arc will finish. This is what is leading many to speculate that there will be a small break of non-filler/no air time, before they just pop back up with the LAST season.  As of today, two days after the set ending of the show, there have been no reports of the show coming back on air just reminders that the manga is still being released.

The U.S & United Kingdom will probably not begin to see the last arc until about a year or so from now, after it is dubbed. Voice actors Johnny Young Bosch, Stephanie Sheh, Michelle Ruff, Jamieson Price, and  the other members of the American cast will assuredly be missed for their roles in such a monumental piece of otaku/anime culture that has made a large impact on the current generation of Anime/Manga lovers everywhere.

While I’m sure some Otaku’s may be reading this, my friends included,wondering whether I’ll give spoilers or my opinion on the last episode I’ll just let you know now that I’m not planning on it unless there is a ‘desperate’ need for my opinion. If you’d like to know what happened in the last episode “google it” and you’ll find many blogs that have posted up a play by play with comments on the last episode.

The last episode of the series Ep. 366  entitled Changing History, Unchanging Hearts is part of the 16th Season, also known as the Lost Substitute Shinigami arc. The arc takes place seventeen months after the teenager Ichigo Kurosaki lost his Soul Reaper powers and meets a man known as Kugō Ginjō who proposes him to recover them.
What are your favorite memories involving Bleach? Whether its meeting with friends in High School or College, what was your favorite arc, or if it helped you through a difficult time go ahead and share with us we want to hear your story?

Warner Bros. Is Like, “Forget ‘Akira’, Let’s Go For ‘Bleach’ Instead!”

- 02-23-12Film Posted by Chris D.

Warner Bros. has been sitting on their rights to produce a live action film adaptation of Tite Kubo‘s manga/anime, Bleach, for quite some time.  But it looks like things are actually moving ahead now!

Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) will be writing the screenplay and Peter Segal  (Nutty Professor 2, Get Smart) will be producing it.  He might end up directing it, but that will probably not work in this film’s favor so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.

The fact that Warner Bros. has taken up this project is also quite worrisome because they seem to be having trouble getting these Japanese anime endeavors off the ground.  They slashed the budget for Akira in half and that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at the moment.

For those of you (like myself) who haven’t had much exposure with this series, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?romanized as BLEACH in Japan) is a Japaneseshōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tite KuboBleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神Shinigami?, literally, “Death God“) —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.

I can see why this is such a popular series in Japan and around the world.  I hope they don’t fuck this up like Fox did with Dragon Ball: Evolution...  That is, if this thing even gets off the ground.

Source: Geek Tyrant

DVD Tuesday 3/22/11: Why Don’t You Stand By Me & Give Me A Rusty Venture

- 03-22-11Featured, Film, TV Posted by Thomas Landry

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Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUYRENT, or PASS.

We got a few releases for you to find out if it’s worth your time or something you can pass on. We even got a couple of releases for Old is New, with one being a 25th anniversary of a certain movie. After that, we got two animated show releases for the TV Show DVD and a certain documentary for the Hidden Gem (or Crap) of the Week, it just matters if you get turned on by the undead or not.

So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!

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Bleach Anime May Be In Its Last Season?

- 01-12-11TV Posted by Thomas Landry

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Ichigo vs. Aizen may be the last battle that Bleach anime fans may see as a recent blog post has some fans questioning the status on the TV series.

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D recently blogged how the anime will start using their song as the new ending theme and commented how the song is fitting for the anime’s final season. The blog post was removed later on, but the wonderful world of internet was able to retain a web cache of the post.

With the manga still setting up the new story arc and the anime catching up in a quick rate, it does become something to think about. What I would like to see, since you know, I am the anime guy, is that Bleach go on a hiatus like the Gintama anime did. This way, we can at least prevent the filler hell that Naruto fans went through before Naruto: Shippuden started.

Who knows what will happen as no official announcement has been made. Either way, I don’t want to see a filler episode where Ichigo pees on somebody just like Naruto did when he pissed on Ino… yeah, that happened.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Shonen Jump To Reboot For The New Year

- 11-15-10Comics Posted by Thomas Landry

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Back in January of 2008 (or December of 2007 for some folks), Viz released the monthly Shonen Jump to the US audience. It was a way for the fans to show their support for the titles they liked in a legal way but it of course never stopped the scans that would find its way on the internet but nonetheless, it was a start.

About.com talked senior editor Joel Enos about Viz’s attempt to revamp the monthly magazine, both paper and online. In the four page Q and A session, Enos revealed that the upcoming January 2011 issue, which will be available to subscribers December of this year, will feature the reboot by adding in few new manga titles such as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Psyren.

Enos also revealed that subscribers will get special access on Shonen Jump’s website but didn’t reveal completely what it would be but that Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Nurarihyon no Mago). While the print version will feature a 2 chapter preview in the February issue, subscribers will be able to read new chapters online every month.

This is just a few things that Viz will be doing in order to keep the manga business alive here in the states and I think it’s heading in the right steps by adding an internet service to it. How about you manga readers? What would you like to see Viz and other publisher do in order to have you support them and the business?

Source: Siliconera, About.com:Manga

Viz Launches A Downloadable Manga App For The iPad

- 11-02-10Comics Posted by Thomas Landry

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In a move to fight against the pirates, no not the Straw Hat Pirates but the internet manga piracy, Viz has officially launched the Viz Media App on iTunes. The app allows iPad users the ability to purchase and download manga for their viewing pleasure.

Right now, there are the six available titles: Dragon Ball, Bakuman, Death Note, Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. Each volume will cost $4.99 (compare to the $7.99-$9.99 of the physical copy) and for a limited time, the first volume of Death Note is free, which is freakin’ awesome. As of now, the app is only available for the iPad and Viz has said “more to come” when asked about other device.

During the summer, American and Japanese publishers has teamed up in an effort to shut down many manga scanlation sites (such as onemanga) but was not offering any real legal ways to download/view manga for the U.S. audience. Some Japanese publishers has tried the download to own but many has shun it due to mostly the paying options.

While I have switched to the official anime simulcast instead of pirated streams and websites, I am still guilty when it comes to the manga and would totally support this if I had some device that would allow me to use this, especially if it releases the recent chapters that just came out in Japan. What do y’all think of this app? Is this the right path for Viz to fight against piracy or will this be a failed effort?

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

WB Wants To Make A Live Action BLEACH Movie?

- 03-22-10Film Posted by Thomas Landry

ichigo-hollow2-copieWarner Brothers has been going on an Anime craze lately with getting rights on a live action Akira movie, then a Death Note movie, and then a Ninja Scroll… and now BLEACH. Well, they are still trying to get the rights to make one and I think a live action BLEACH movie would be cool but the producer they have in mind is what worries me. They are talks with Peter Segal (Get Smart, Longest Yard) to produce and I just don’t know, don’t get me wrong, Get Smart and Longest Yard were enjoyable but not great. Even if Viz would help to produce, I feel it’s just them there to supervise and making sure they got the names right and such. What do you guys think? Do ya’ll think Warner Brothers can make a movie that will please the fans or will we see people have a funeral for Ichigo in front of a movie theater. Or if your excited by this news, who do you want casted, because I have no idea who can be who… then again, maybe my lack of sleep could be bothering my brain process or I just don’t want Justin Chatwin or Zack Efron (rumored to be cast as Light in the Death Note movie) as in my BLEACH.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Nick Simmons Responds To The Accusation Of Plagiarizing

- 03-02-10Comics Posted by Thomas Landry

bftrolltraceartthieflus-300x138So last week, I went on a nerd rage and wrote this post and once again, I apologize for the nerd rage that was unleashed there. After days of the BLEACH/Incarnate thing being blown out on the internet and after Radical, Viz, and BLEACH manga-ka Kubo releasing a statement, Nick Simmons finally made his statement about the matter, and this time, its the REAL Nick Simmons. This is what he said:

“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any Manga fans or fellow Manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.

I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me.”

It is nice for him to apologize but it also sounds to me that he believes he has done nothing wrong, and who knows, that may be the case. It might be awhile till what ever is settled about this situation, but hopefully it doesn’t get too out of hand again like last week with a bunch of folks on the web raging it up. If this showed anything, its that a nerd will go all out angry in the one place they can, the Internet.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Nick Simmons, Plagiarist & Dumb Ass *UPDATE 2*

- 02-25-10Comics Posted by Thomas Landry

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Wow, I come home from work to find this. It looks like someone has been looking at some BLEACH manga and decided to make a comic possibly using “similar” or as he put it, “full of homages to everyone in the medium.” That someone I am talking about is Nick Simmons, son of KISS Gene Simmons and apparently, his feelings are hurt because people are calling him out on his upcoming comic, Incarnate, being a rip off of BLEACH as far as character design and dialogue. Let’s look at some of pictures and see if you guys also agree if it’s plagiarized or not.

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