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Umaru-chan Manga to Receive Original Anime Disc

According to the official twitter page for the manga Himouto! Umaru-chan the series will be receiving an original anime DVD included within the 10th compilation volume. This compilation volume will be available (in Japan) in January of 2017 and will run you around 3,400 yen. The tweet also mentions that the original staff and cast will be returning for this original anime DVD. For those who are unfamiliar with Himouto! Umaru-chan, it originally started as a manga back in 2013 and is written by Sankaku Head. As of Friday, the 9th compilation volume will be available with the tenth to arrive in January (but you already knew that). The manga has sparked an anime the...


Drifters Episode 5 Review

Drifters Episode 5 was perhaps the most direct episode of the series we’ve seen to date. While interesting, the plot followed a very linear path as we watched Toyohisa and his group progress from one battle to another. While it’s a bit different than what we’ve seen, I wouldn’t call it a back thing. The episode was broken into two categories: combat and planning. Within the combat sections we saw two battles happen as well as the aftermath of the slaughter at the beginning of the episode. Seeing the Drifters organize the Elves into a militia and enable the abused people to fight back was fantastic. It was like watching...


Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer Is Here!

Today came the release of our first look into the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist trailer. Now not to point out how terrible the live-action Attack on Titan movie was, I am going to be pretty skeptical about how this movie will turn out. That being said, you can decide for yourself after watching the trailer below: The teaser shows actor Ryōsuke Yamada dressed up as the famous main character Edward Elric and tells us to expect the film in the winter of 2017. So hype or not, expect to see more about this movie in the upcoming months. Below is the official announcement from the Fullmetal Alchemist twitter account.


Your Name. English Dub Cast Revealed

Today, Funimation unveiled the English dub cast for the up and coming anime film, your name. Alongside the announcement of the cast came our very first preview of the film in English. Your Name. is now the 4th grossing anime film in Japan of all time. Directed by Makoto Shinkai who is known for his prior work such as: The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star  so you know you can expect a top quality movie. Your Name. tells the tale of two young people, Mitsuha and Taki, who yearn to be in someone else’s shoes. Mitsuha makes a wish that she could be living in the busy wards of Tokyo and away...


Ghost in the Shell Trailer Offers a Glimpse at Scarlett Johansson as the Major

We’ve seen bits and pieces of what Scarlett Johansson will look like as the Major, but now we finally have a full trailer for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Visually, the film looks surprisingly good, although it’s hard to say whether Scarlett Johansson can do the role justice or not. One thing worth noting that seems to be making a lot of buzz today with the trailer’s release is that this film is not an adaptation of Stand Alone Complex. Instead, the film will follow the narrative of the 1995 film. For fans of the television anime, that might be somewhat jarring, but it’s good to see Hollywood attempting...


Mamoru Oshii Gives Ghost in the Shell Movie His Blessing

Personally, I really hope this film does not let us down. Ghost in the Shell is such a prized series that if this film gets messed up, Hollywood will have another black eye in terms of the adaptation department. That being said, the director of the original Ghost in the Shell movies, Mamoru Oshii, popped in the movie production to see how things were going. You can see what he had to say about the movie in the brief interview below: Saying that Scarlett Johansson has gone “above and beyond my expectations for the role” says a lot about the quality of what we can expect. For the original director to say that he...


Genocidal Organ Movie Preview Released

Today, the official site for the upcoming anime film Genocidal Organ began streaming their very first trailer. Check it out below: Genocidal Organ‘s story revolves around a world where the city of Sarajevo has been leveled by a nuclear bomb. Since then, all major democratic countries have devolved into surveillance states due to the fact that each of them have been experiencing mass genocide. The perpetrator, who appears to be an American man named John Paul, is being tracked down by intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd. Can Clavis track down John Paul in time to save the world from further genocide? Well the movie will be releasing on February 3rd of 2017, so you...


Say Hello To The Death Note PPAP Version You Didn’t Know You Wanted

In what can only be described as a bizarre internet obsession (let’s be honest here, there are all a little bizarre), “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” has taken the world by storm. The original artist PIKOTARO, released his video back in August. The original has amassed over 80 million in video views. So it was only a matter of time before a marketing team adopted it to capitalized on the recent phenomenon. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on who you are), the team behind the new live-action Death Note movie (called Death Note Light up the New World) thought it would be a great idea to have Ryuk perform the track. If you thought the original one was...


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Coming Stateside

According to Viz Media, they will be releasing another addition to the Gundam universe called Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is a newer manga series that is created by Yasuo Ohtagaki. The series originally debuted in 2012 and is still currently running¹. As of today, the story has received an original net animation as well as a movie that debuted in June of this year. Viz Media describes the first volume as: Into this maelstrom of destruction go two veteran Mobile Suit pilots: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields...


BentoByte Artist Spotlight: Ananda Beats

Whether you are aware of it or not, but Denver Colorado is a little hot bed of music. From our world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to the dark and dirty venues of the High-Dive and Larimer Lounge, there are a lot of opportunities to see new music. This time around though we are going to focus on one of them, Ananda Beats. Ananda is a local producer who utilizes Japanese influences to create his mellow tracks (if you couldn’t already tell by the use of the Kitsune masks). His tracks have all been low key and chill trap tracks in the past, and with his latest single “Only Us” nothing...


Drifters Episode 4 Review

Drifters Episode 4 was different than anything we’ve seen from the series so far. Being that we’re only four episodes in, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Every episode could feasibly be different at this point and to some extent they are. However there has been one thing each episode has had in common until now: pacing. Drifters Episode 4 really pumped the breaks and brought the pace of the series down to something of crawl, focusing on different groups of characters actions at the same point in time. Additionally, the majority of this episode was spent on dialogue between characters rather than events or actions that actually pushed the story...


Girls und Panzer der Film is Finally Coming to the US

Today, Sentai Filmworks made the announcement that they are going to release the hit movie, Girls und Panzer der Film, across the United States. The film originally came out in 2015 in Japan and is a continuation of the anime series of the same name, Girls und Panzer, which originally debuted back in 2012. The film gathered a record breaking $24 million over the course of its run. The movie will be a continuation of the series and pick up where the original anime left off. According to Sentai Filmworks, the film will not only be an English dub, but also will be available through 30 different movie theaters. To see a...


Drifters Episode 3 Review

Drifters Episode 3 was a natural step forward for the series. Our main characters have been introduced, the setting has been at least partially established and the plot has motivation to move forward with Toyohisa leading a new group of followers in the form of Elves that have been wronged. So what do we need? A villain of course! (Well one for the protagonists. We met Easy in episode two but she’s fighting with Murasaki.) The Black King and his “Ends” made a hell of a debut this week. While we don’t know much about the Black King, there are some small details to be found and others we can try to deduce. We know he speaks...


Artist Spotlight: daydreamer

For those still jazzed about the “Shelter” animation, have we got a treat for you this week. Meet daydreamer, an artist that has a similar style to Porter Robinson. This airy synthpop/electro will surely take you on a journey for the brief 6 songs that are on the “Senses” EP. Check it out below: Now daydreamer also does few remixes, I would not necessarily recommend a few of them (there is a lot of sections where you can hear elements of the track clipping which could be a stylistic thing), but a really fun one is his(her?) remix of Madeon below: What did you all think? Let us know in...