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To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 Review

Volume 2 of To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts  certainly left the reader with quite the cliffhanger; Cain Madhouse had unleashed a horde of incarnates on the nobles of Northern Patria in the city of Whitechurch, Nancy was shot by Cain at that same gathering, and Hank revealed his true incarnate form after seeing Nancy shot by Cain. It was truly a night to remember in Whitechurch. So I was elated when I was able to finally pick up To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 and see just where this crazy night would take us. Except it didn’t quite do that. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 picks up a full year after the...


Colorado Anime Fest 2017 | Bunny Kofuku Mini-Series

Here’s a Bunny Kofuku Mini-Series Shoot from Colorado Anime Fest 2017! Showcasing Britt Lee Scherer as Kofuku from Noragami! Shot/edited: Jesse Pulido. Be sure to check back for more exclusive Feature Shoots! Click here to see our previous Feature Shoot.


Arby’s is Killing the Anime Marketing Game

Now we can’t tell whether or not there is one really bored dude, a huge fan, or both. Either way, the sandwich fast food joint Arby’s has been killing it at their marketing recently. You may remember Arby’s notoriety pop up via the Nihilist Arby’s twitter a while back. Well now it appears we have a huge anime fan is a part of their creative team. It appears that Arby’s is back on the notoriety train. Over the past year they have launched several marketing images on their Facebook page that can be seen below (most recent of which has involved JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure): And to finish it off, with my...


20 Questions: The Erica Mendez Edition

While in attendance at Colorado Anime Fest 2017, we were graced by the talent of Erica Mendez. So graceful was she that we were allowed not only the opportunity to interview her, but film said interview. Observe with your very eyes said interview! On a serious note, Erica Mendez was an absolute pleasure to work with. Very professional but extremely kind at the same time. It truly was a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down with her and chat the way we did. So I’d like to say thank you to the organizers at Colorado Anime Fest, Erica, and to those of you who took the time to watch...


Colorado Anime Fest 2017 | Devil Love Live! Feature Shoot

Here’s our Devil Love Live! Cosplay Feature Shoot from Colorado Anime Fest 2017! Cosplayers from top to bottom: Isabelle McGee/Maki, Isabella Middlemiss/Nico, Ene Tiayi/Honoka, Maxine Choi/Kotori, Johanna Risley/Rin, and Yua Choi/Umi. Shot/edited by BentoByte Photographer Jesse Pulido. Be sure to check back for more exclusive Feature Shoots! Click here to see our previous Feature Shoot.


We Watched Ghost in the Shell (2017) So You Don’t Have To

After much deliberation and discussions between the other writers and friends, we have finally come to a conclusion about how to feel about the new American version of Ghost in the Shell. Before reading on I should warn you that this review contains major spoilers to the film. But if you’re alright with that, then proceed on. And if you haven’t seen the 1995 film of the same name then what the hell are you doing here, stop, and do yourself a favor and go watch the original. First things first, this review isn’t going to put the movie in a positive light. Overall, I would give the movie around a 50%....


New Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer Released

Today on the official website for the upcoming live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie came the release of a new trailer. This trailer gives us just a peek at the forbidden transmutation circle that notoriously sets the events of Fullmetal Alchemist into motion. With a bit more insight into the CG that is being employed I’ll hold my breath on the quality of the movie. Only time will tell as to whether or not this will be an alright adaptation for the beloved series. Below is a the announcement tweet: UPDATE A second trailer (essentially a mirror of the very first one) has been released as well. This one has some very subtle differences...


Colorado Anime Fest 2017 | Re:Zero Feature Shoot

Here’s the first Cosplay Feature Shoot from Colorado Anime Fest 2017, showcasing Yuki Li as Rem/Ram and Helenayu KuMa as Emilia from Re:Zero! Shot/edited by BentoByte Photographer Jesse Pulido. Be sure to check back for more exclusive feature shoots!


Sentai Filmworks Licenses Three New Series for Spring 2017 Season

We haven’t seen a lot of competition for new series in the anime seasons since Crunchyroll and FUNimation became besties last year. However, that seems to be changing this season. Sentai Filmworks has announced the acquisition of three series (at the time of writing) that are airing as part of the Spring 2017 anime season. Each series will be simulcast on Anime Strike, Amazon’s dedicated anime streaming service. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the series Sentai Filmworks has grabbed for the upcoming season along with their provided synopses. Kabukibu! Unlike other kids his age, freshman Kurogo Kurusu finds his true passion in kabuki, a form of classical...


The Cosplayers of Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Album 2

We’re back! This time around we have a bit shorter of an album. As with most of our albums, if you are one of the cosplayers and would like a high res copy of any of the images (sorry the ones on our site have a 8 MB limit) then reach out to us across social media or through our contact us page. And as always, great work everyone! We had a wonderful time meeting everyone in the cosplay community at COAF 2017. Cosplay is a fun and exciting community that we are always so happy to be a part of. So without further ado, here is another album: Stay awesome...


The Cosplayers of Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Album 1

Over the course of three days while at the annual Colorado Anime Fest, we met some great cosplayers. There are going to be a few shots here and there as repeats (some are from the same shoots).  There will be three batches of posts (as there will be one from each photographer). So stay turned for the others! The first group of shots were done by Nigel Wang a professional photographer that runs his own photography service outside of BentoByte. So give it a look here and be sure to follow him on Facebook. In the meantime see his shots below: Stick around for our other two albums of cosplayers...


Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Cosplay Recap

This weekend the BentoByte crew attended the (recently) annual Colorado Anime Fest. While we are running around getting our cosplay photos and interviews edited, we had our crew put together a little showcase of some of the cosplayers that we met while there. Check them out below! While we realize this isn’t everyone who was in attendance at the fest, this was a quick preview of some of the awesome people from two of the days we were there. Stay turned for more cosplay in the future. Over the next week (or so), we will be bringing you cosplay photos and video interviews!


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...