Who would have guessed that three years ago we’d be eager for more Planet of the Apes movies? Yes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a tremendous success both critically and commercially, which means that the next film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from director Matt Reeves is highly anticipated. It’s about a month and a half till the film hits theaters, but if your one of those overly-eager types, there’s a new Japanese trailer for Dawn below. If you saw the latest American trailer, it has a lot of the same footage but there’s a bit more focus on the action. It looks like Man versus Ape will take on a whole new meaning this summer…. (more…)

This absolutely has to be the year that the world is going to end because news like this is just too good to be true. Anime nerds around the world have begun to rejoice over the news of Dragonball Z creator Akira Toriyama has confirmed there will be another DBZ movie. This time however they’re going back to anime since we all know how well the live-action adaptation did.

Originally thought of as nothing more than a wish from a floating dragon, Toriyama has said that the ball has already begun rolling, and they’re currently involved in the screenwriting process. And best of all: it’s going to be canon!

Apparently, this new animated movie will take place between the Majin Buu saga and the epilogue, set 10 years after the final major fight in the series. For those keeping track, this is between chapters 517 and 518 of the Japanese manga, so you hardcore Dragonball fans will already know about this. Sure, every movie that has been made in accordance to the anime was ridiculous (except the one where Goku gets punched in the dragon balls), but it’ll still be better than the crap they pulled with Dragonball Evolution.

Be sure to expect its release on March 30, 2013 (even if you can’t read Japanese you can still know what a date is). Are you excited for another round of constant yelling and awkwardly long stare downs between two super powered space aliens?

Source: Topless Robot

The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s crazy things like Autobot anal, Star Whores, a bush shaved like the bat signal and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.

This is what the Empire Strikes Back would have looked like if it was released by stop motion animation pioneers Rankin Bass. Yea, it’s cute now, but that tauntaun is not going to live through the snowstorm.

Via: Neatorama

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I’m all for artistic freedom, but this shit is fuckin’ terrifying and kinda disgusting. What you see in the picture above are crazy, massive rats that were captured and killed and then stuffed and made to look like Pikachus. Why? Because the art group that did this… well, they’re Japanese.

In fact, they’re the insane Japanese art group called Chim Pom. I actually hadn’t heard of them before this, but apparently they’ve been into some pretty explosive shit and they’ve been making a name for themselves as batshit nutjobs.

Check ’em out in the video below, where they talk about the Pikachu project and then some.

Source: Geek Tyrant

OK, I’m not as big of an Anime fan as I used to be. Many of these newer series suck righteous balls, but Neon Genesis Evangelion has held a special place in my nerdy little heart. Packed with action, drama and more teen angst then an episode of Gossip Girl, it’s been able to hold it’s own as a timeless series in Japanese animation. The products associated with it however are another story. With over 6000 different products with the series stamped on it, some can get pretty pricey. But, that’s nothing to those willing to spend a bit more for their collection.

Limited to only 333 bottles, these  750ml bottles will set you back a more then a pretty penny. Labeled as “Evangelion Sparkling” each bottle of wine will set you back only a mere $600 but hey it’s only booze right? Wrong.

I consider myself a pretty big geek for Japanese animation, I still have VHS tapes of Gundam Wing littered somewhere in my house. So, when I heard about this latest news, even I had to go “wha?”.

The Japanese anime Noir is getting television show. Those that know the Anime must be thinking it’s some sort of reboot, it’s all the rage with production studios today, but they’d be wrong. This is going to be a full, live-action, TV show backed by Starz Entertainment.

Airing back in 2001, Noir was very popular among those with a hard-on for girls and guns in the same scene. While there are sites that cater to that now, the series did in fact carry an overall story:

Following two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past own past lives and how they’re connected to each other. Together, they form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.

Being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and those little known “Evil Dead” movies. That in itself is exciting news. However, they’re working on an Anime, that’s almost unheard of here in North America. On the other hand,  assassins, boobs and bullets, how can you not lose?

As of right now there is no set time on when we’ll see any bullets fly, but it’ll get more then a made for TV movie kind of deal. Starz tends give shows on their network an 8-10 episode as a first season deal, plenty of leg room for the writers to work with. It’s being written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce alongside Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Via: The Mary Sue

The 90s X-Men animated series this ain’t. Incredible looking animation, dramatic character moments and sweet ass-kicking action. It’s all you’ve ever wanted from a good, super hero cartoon. But this isn’t just a cartoon, it’s anime. Madhouse’s X-Men series’ first three episodes have found their way to Youtube and can be watched with fansubbing here. Beginning with the death of Jean Grey the series then follows Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Beast and Professor X to Japan where they investigate the abduction of Hisako Ichiki.

Of the first ten minutes I watched the series exemplifies all the tropes you’d expect from anime, lots of yelling that’s for sure. But the action and drama are intense, I’d expect when this show crosses over and is dubbed for American audiences all of this awesomeness will be edited down. So catch it in all it’s Japanese glory while you can.

Also keep and eye out for anime adaptaions of Wolverine and Iron Man also from Madhouse due to hit G4 this year. Watch the first ten minutes of X-Men below and let us know what you think. Will you be trying to catch the Japanese version online or will you wait for it to make it’s American debut?

source: Topless Robot

Voltron Being Turned into a Video Game


With the power of 80’s nostalgia by it’s side, not to mention the power of THQ, Voltron will be coming in the form of a video game according to Variety. The franchise originally known to some as Goraion(5 Lions) tugged at the heartstrings of many  children, qhowatched as a giant robot tore various monsters a new lion hole. Rebooted for a spring 2011 release as Voltron Force what a better time to start milking this cash cow then right now. Getting to punch creatures with a hand shaped like a lion’s head, sign me up!

You stuck your tail where?

The mechanical space lions forming Voltron will be part of a “series” of video games, aiming to revitalize the franchise along with new animated TV show, slated to air on Nickelodeon this spring. There is no word yet on a developer, platform or release date it could just mean their blowing exhaust fumes out the ass. Variety says to expect giant robot lions later this fall, but rushing into a game with 7 months of production really isn’t a good idea. Good games take nearly a year to develop just in pre-production alone, if this were to tank then all your gonna be buying is a $60 scooper for the litter box.

Via: Kotaku