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Netflix Announces Death Note Release Date

Netflix has released the trailer for their adaptation of Death Note. Along with the trailer comes a release date of August 25. The trailer highlights Nat Wolff as Light Yagami Turner, as he discovers the titular notebook. Willem Dafoe makes a brief appearance as Ryuk, the mischievous shinigami with a penchant for apples. Reception to the trailer has been mixed. Many fans are questioning the direction of the film, which seems to be more action-focused than previous adaptations of the series. One thing that fans can agree on however, is Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of Ryuk. We will reserve judgment until the film is released in August, but based on audience reception, things...


Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist December 1st Date Revealed

Today, the official website for the upcoming live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie has announced the release date. The film will hit Japanese theaters on December first of this year. Alongside the release day announcement, the website also featured a new visual featuring Alphonse Elric that you can see below: So far the quality of work done on Alphonse seems pretty solid. However, with the trailer that was released earlier this year (included below), we aren’t sure how this will actually turn out. With luck, it won’t be another live-action Attack on Titan.


BLAME! Anime Air Date, Preview, and Visual Released

Today on the official BLAME! anime twitter account came two new interesting pieces of info; the first being a stellar looking main visual, and the second being the official release date. The anime is set to air (worldwide) on May 20th, 2017. This means that BLAME! will join the ever increasing ranks of anime featured on the Netflix streaming service. Also released today came a preview that can be seen below: BLAME! is originated as a manga that started in 1998. It was written and drawn by Tsutomu Nihei (known for his brilliant science fiction abilities with Knights of Sidonia), the series ran from 1998-2003 with a total of 10 volumes. This upcoming anime feature...


Shawn Wasabi is Back with “Spicy Boyfriend”

If you read our prior post on Shawn Wasabi you would already know that we are big fans of his work as well as other artists like him. His rhythm on the Midi Fighter 64 is not a skill that a lot of artists have. Which is why some of us flock to his work and watch his YouTube channel like a hawk. After what has felt like forever (since Burnt Rice which was released in 2015) we have been finally graced with a new full track and video to accompany it. Check it out below, called “SPICY BOYFRIEND”. And in the last hour he has released a quick preview of...


Bokksu January 2017 Unboxing and Review

A new year, a new year of snack boxes from Bokksu! Fortunately for subscribers, Bokksu is kicking the year off with a really solid box. The theme for January 2017 box is “Maru”, which translates to “circle” in Japan. Maru is associated with “goodness” in Japan, so Bokksu decided to ship a box full of goodness straight to us. In case video reviews are more your speed, you can check out our video review on the BentoByte YouTube channel. All that being said, let’s dive in! The Natural Yeast Bread Hokkaido Cream is about as much of a mouth-full as the name of the snack. This pastry roll was absolutely...


Aooni The Animation Trailer Released

Good news for fans of horror series out there. The upcoming feature film adaption of AoOni (which translates Blue Demon) put out a new trailer today, which you can view below: The feature film will follow an original story line that borrows themes from the source material. And by themes, I mean the basic premise seems to be the same; a bunch of students (and a teacher) get trapped in a close quarters situation with a murderous, strangely-shaped blue monster that’s trying to kill them all. AoOni is something of an internet success story. What began as a freeware horror game available to all on the internet has grown in popularity to the...


Kuroko no Basket: Last Game Trailer Released [WATCH]

On the Kurosabe anime YouTube page came the very first preview of the upcoming addition in the Kuroko no Basket series, Kuroko no Basket: Final Game. This film is expected to air on March 18th, 2017. Prior to the basketball anime becoming incredibly popular amongst sports fans, it originally debuted in 2008 as a manga. The manga series ran until 2014, had 30 volumes in total, and is written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The anime itself did not debut until 2012 and only just recently ended with a grand total of 75 episodes (3 seasons). The movie, Kuroko no Basket: Final Game is to be produced by studio Production IG (FLCL, Ghost in the Shell,...


Sentai Filmworks Acquires Ajin: Demi-Human

Today, Sentai Filmworks announced that they have acquired the distribution rights for the hit Netflix series, Ajin: Demi-Human. This means that Sentai Filmworks will be bringing you Ajin: Demit-Human on DVD and Blu-Ray. So be on the lookout for the show to appear on shelves and across select digital media outlets as it will have exclusive extras that are only available with this release. That being said, it has yet to be mentioned whether this includes both seasons or merely season 1. Animated by Polygon Pictures, written by Gamon Sakurai, directed by Hiroyuki Seshita and Hiroaki Andō, Ajin: Demi-Human started as a manga back in 2012. The series is currently streaming on Netflix and has 26 episodes....


December 2016 Bokksu Review

Gotta say, I’m a big fan of the kind people over at Bokksu. They’ve sent us yet another of their Japanese sweets boxes, this one being the December 2016 box. As we’ve mentioned before, Bokksu is a little different in that the focus of the box is to send you sweets and treats from specific regions in Japan. Less focus on what you may find anywhere in the country, more Mom & Pop sweet shop sorts of snacks. So without further delay, let’s jump on in to the review. One more small delay though. I have to mention this every time we get a box from Bokksu; the box and...


Top 5 Sports Anime of 2016

Now everyone knows that 2016 was a incredibly strong year for sports anime. Which is why this list was very difficult to compile. After many arguments, a few broken friendships, some tallying, further dispute, and blood, sweat, and tears we finally came to a decision. So without further ado (buckle up everyone), here at number five we have: 5. Yuri on Ice Now I know what you are thinking, “NUMBER 5?? HOW COULD YOU? YOU F**KING MONSTERS! F**K YOU GUYS!” *Clicks unsubscribe* Now now, hear me out. Yuri on Ice was excellent but it just didn’t bring as much heat as we would have desired to see in a sports anime, unlike...


Ariana Grande Joins the Cast of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

In a press release today it was revealed that Ariana Grande (of all people) will be joining the ranks of characters in the Final Fantasy installment, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. For those who have not heard of it before, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a free-to-play mobile game that originally debuted (worldwide) in June of 2016.  Ariana herself has stated, “it is an honor for my Pixel Art character and my music to be included in the new “Final Fantasy Brave Exvius” game, a mainstay in the Japanese pop culture, which I absolutely adore.” As an added result, Ariana Grande’s song “Touch It” will be making an appearance in the game. Not the actual...


Gintama 2017 to Stream on Crunchyroll

A lo! A new year comes along with a anime season! With the Winter 2017 anime season ready to kick off, it’s time to get a bunch of announcements about what is going to be streaming on which service. While the list is nowhere near divided as it used to be since Crunchyroll and FUNimation have become BFFs, it merits a review. In a not so surprising announcement, Crunchyroll has confirmed that it will be streaming the newest season of Gintama. The new season is being called Gintama 2017 since there are so many seasons of the series at this point. Slated to air as part of Crunchyroll’s Winter 2017 line up, the series will premiere...


New Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul Preview Released

Yesterday, a new preview for the upcoming second season of Rage of Bahamut (otherwise known as Shingeki no Bahamut) was released. It was also revealed that the new season, dubbed Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, is expected to air in April of 2017. Check out the second preview below: Animated by studio MAPPA, the first season, called Rage of Bahamut: Genesis originally aired back during the Fall 2014 anime season. The show had twelve episodes and was one of the more visually stunning shows at the time. Which is why the second season is really going to continue this trend of great story telling and equally impressive visuals. Below is a link to the original announcement of season...


Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Adaptation Announced

On the cover of the February copy of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine will reveal that there will be an anime adaptation of the hit manga, Welcome to the Ballroom.  Welcome to the Ballroom is a manga series illustrated and written by Tomo Takeuchi. The Welcome to the Ballroom series started back in 2011, is released in Monthly Shonen Magazine, currently has 8 volumes available, and is published in North America by Kondansha. Kodansha describes Welcome to the Ballroom as: Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something—anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this and make it a habit to hit him up for cash,...