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And…it hardly looks like anime. At least to me, and I’m no expert but nothing here pops to me with the style and expected tropes of an anime property. Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, a collaboration between EA and Funimation, is CG animation as opposed to cell and that could very well be the reason for the non-anime feel. Regardless, the action looks great and like any Dragon Age property as long as they tell a compelling story with plenty of blood-spraying, hack ‘n’ slash fighting, I’m in.

Take a look at the preview below as well as some interviews with some people involved with the project. Sorry I’m not up on my Japanese or I might know who these folks are but I’m sure they worked really hard and are totally proud of the movie.

So, we’ve got some video games, a web series and now an anime set in the world of Ferelden. Do you think a live-action film could be down the road?

Source: Topless Robot

WTF!!! Mr. Popo Is Now Blue!?!

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What in the blue hell is this? After all these years, they now decide to edit Mr. Popo’s appearance? Now, Dragon Ball Z was always edited on TV for the blood, violence, and sometimes nudity. 14 years ago, when Dragon Ball Z first aired, Mr. Popo always appeared as the black genie-esque servant of Kami. Now fast forward to 2010, after Dragon Ball Z Kai’s premiere on NickToons with pretty much the same edits mentioned earlier, we still get the good old Mr. Popo in his regular form. But, for some reason, couple months later with CW’s airing of DBZ Kai, we get an even more edited version of the show.

What else was edited you ask, well, bullets turned into laser, Vegeta was eating a blue fruit instead of some alien hand, and Goku’s halo was turned into some glowing orb above his head. But if you ask me, this whole Mr. Popo edited to a blue being is a little too much. Why change his look now? I know this isn’t the first time this station has changed the skin tone of an anime character but this, this is a bit much. What do you guys think? Do you think I’m over reacting or do you think CW and Funimation may have gone a bit too far with this one? Check the video out and tell us what you think.

Source: TanookiKuribo’s Twitter

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One Piece is an extremely popular series over in Japan and it’s an anime about pirates. It may also be the only show I know that had its fans cry because of the death of the crew’s first ship. Anyway, like any action shonen, the show has its characters with some unique fighting abilities. Most of them acquired their ability by eating the mysterious Devil Fruit. Of course, they lose the ability to swim by eating one of these and that isn’t a good thing for a pirate but it’s a small price to pay for the power one gains from it. With these fruits, people can either become some sort a superhuman, an animal hybrid, or have a power of  a natural element. Check after the jump to see just some of these ridiculous abilities being used awesomely.

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hsotdThis week, two anime trailers were released that are worth checking out. The first trailer is a peak at the upcoming new zombie anime, Highschool of the Dead. The manga has been on hiatus but soon to be back on track and seeing this trailer got me more excited for the franchise. The story follows a group of Highschool kids (and a school nurse who is stacked) going around looking for their relatives and trying to survive chaos around them. It’s got gore, sword and gun action, and best of all, boobs.

The other trailer is something that Funimation just recently released and that is the first full trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z Kai DVD/Blu-Ray release. This is the first chance to check out the newest version of the dub and also, Gohan’s new voice actress. Gotta say, I like what I hear and knowing that this will also air on NickToons, it’ll bring a whole new audience to the Dragon Ball franchise. In case you didn’t know, Dragon Ball Z Kai is a “refreshed” version of DBZ with remastered footage and all new audio, both music and voice. Best of all, it has no filler, thats right, no Princess Snake, fake Namek, etc. Check after the jump for both trailers. (more…)

SHdvdIt’s the last Tuesday for the month of March (yeah, already) and I don’t know why but there isn’t much being released today and that’s where we come in. We here at NerdBastards will help ya’ll out with your decision by listing the stuff that comes out today either under Buy, Rent, or Pass. Now check after the jump to see what’s available and also check out the Anime of the Week since this weeks Anime pick is for the ladies. (more…)

Funimation’s Katsucon Repot

key_art_funimationFunimation had its own Valentines Day announcement for Anime fans yesterday with two announcement. The first is about the Dragon Ball Z Kai DVD and Blu-Ray release and re-cast for characters. For those who don’t know what Kai is, it’s a re-telling of DBZ but minus the fillers, so its fast pace and follows the manga as closely as possible. The DVD/Blu-Ray will be released in sets of 13 episodes, with both having the 4:3 aspect (which can still be high definition if it isn’t 16:9, also the JPN Blu-Ray release is also 4:3).  There is so far only four re-cast for the English dub which are:
Gohan: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Bulma: Monica Rial
Chaozu & Puar: Brina Palencia
Narrator: Doc Morgan
Probably the biggest re-cast is Gohan seeing how he is one of the main characters and played a huge role during Android/Cell saga. The other announcement is that Funimation has the rights to distribute the Trigun TV series, which originally Geneon Entertainment distributed. Trigun, which features Vash the Stampede, was a big anime series that aired on Adult Swim and this will be the fans chance to get the series on Blu-Ray. Some are wondering if this is hinting that Funimation may license the upcoming Trigun film that will be released in Japan this April.

Once again, Funimation is trying to make my wallet cry. I want the Dragon Box DVD sets and I would like the Blu-Rays of Kai since I’ve been enjoying the fast pace of the show…ugh, I would even dress as Majin Buu screaming “Me gunna eat you up!” if I have to in order to get them.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork 1, AnimeNewsNetwork 2