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North American Launch of Fate/Grand Order Game!!

Today is the day, it’s finally here. You may have heard of me talking about the Fate anime series in multiple posts. Maybe you already know of this great series just like I do. Well, Aniplex and Type-Moon came up with Fate/Grand Order mobile role-playing game in Asian countries. It quickly became a huge hit. Today, you can get the game in the English North American version for IOS and Android. Grab it and let me know what you think!!

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 25, 2017) – Aniplex of America announced that Fate/Grand Order is now available in North America for iOS and Android. Previously only available in select Asian markets (Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) the free-to-play game continues to outperform other mobile games such as Pokémon GO, Clash Royale, and Candy Crush Saga in worldwide revenue.

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Prior to launch, Aniplex staged a highly successful social media campaign on Facebook which allowed fans to unlock exciting content for the game. In-game prizes included the Craft Essence “Beginning of the Journey,” 6,000 Friend Points, ten 4-star Blaze of Wisdom, five each of the 3-star Hero Crystals Sun Fou and Star Fou, a whopping 42 Saint Quartz, and one 4-star Servant from a choice of ten. Additionally, players unlocked the Saber Class Servant SABER LILY. This is Saber after she drew Caliburn the Sword of Selection from the stone, and set off on her path as King. Characterized by her sweet demeanor and lily-like features, her eyes shine bright with hope. Her great intuition and sensitivity toward others mean she cannot ignore those in need. Those touched by her benevolence and generosity call her the “Knight Princess.”

 

One of the most successful mobile role-playing games ever in Japan, Fate/Grand Order has players summon powerful allies or Heroic Spirits, who are based on historical figures such as King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Hercules, and Joan of Arc. The game takes players back through history to embark on an epic quest known as Grand Order. Released July 2015 in Japan, last fall in China, and just this past month in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Fate/Grand Order has been downloaded over 9 million times. It has consistently topped iOS and Android charts, outperforming other popular games in downloads and revenue. The game’s exciting storyline and compelling play keep fans engaged and wanting more.

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“We are overwhelmed and honored by the excitement of our fans,” said Atsuhiro Iwakami, the president of Aniplex Inc. and the producer of Fate/Grand Order. “They were able to unlock many in-game prizes via the Facebook contest, and we are thrilled to be finally launching the game in North America.”

 

Further details of the North American version will be released regularly on the official website (http://fate-go.us), Facebook (@FateGO.USA), and Twitter (@FateGO_USA). In addition, new information will be announced throughout conventions across the United States starting at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July. Aniplex looks forward to sharing all its updates with players so please make sure to check in regularly.

 

FATE/GRAND ORDER (ENGLISH VERSION):

Title: Fate/Grand Order (English)

Genre: Role-Playing Game

Platform: iOS/Android

Release Date: June 25, 2017

URL: http://fate-go.us

Copyright: ©TYPE-MOON / FGO PROJECT

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We Still Aren’t Done with Frieza

          Big time spoiler alert!! Fair warning!! I’m not sure what’s going on with this show anymore. The direction it’s going in is mind blowing, you can tell my guy (Akira Toriyama) the original author is behind the storyline. Yes, Dragon Ball Super started off amazing and just kept on getting better and better. So many unanswered questions from Dragonball Z were getting answers finally. Then these last two weeks’ episodes aired and to me the show took a turn.

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Here we have Goku supposedly the mighty protagonist of our show, not only teaming up with everyone’s sworn enemy. He also promised to bring him back to life if he made good on their deal. Are you crazy Goku? Even Vegeta my fav anti-hero, is like Goku you’ve lost your mind. We can not make deals with Frieza!! The one enemy that only has one goal in life and it’s to destroy earth and all your pals and their associates. WHAT?? I’m going to stay strong and keep the faith though.

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Toriyama must be trying to finally wrap this entire notion of Frizea up; I’m not sure where he’s going with this. If Frizea fights in the tourney he’ll only get stronger, so I assume one of the gods of the universe will deal with him. Vegeta and Goku are up for the challenge of defeating him again. While they both have gotten stronger since putting Frizea down and going through the Black Goku saga. Still were talking about someone that jumped up to their level in 3-6 months. Come on Toriyama, don’t make this Dragon Ball GT!!

Leave your comments and thoughts below, Thanks!

 

The OST of My Hero Academia

Isn’t My Hero Academia a great show? What makes this show sooo great? It’s a culmination of a bunch of great parts put together so well. Animation is great, editing is great, art well done, action is great, comedy is great, and finally the music in the background. If you haven’t noticed the original soundtrack for this show it’s stellar. The music is movie quality and it matches with scenes from the show perfectly. It’s moving and invokes certain emotions.

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Every time I watch an episode, I go man I need this soundtrack. I never get around to it though, or I totally forget. Well, finally I got a hold of it and it’s a great number of tracks. It’s a mix of classical, choir, j-rock, j-pop, and a little trap. For the most part the music is composed and produced by Yuki Hayashi. Hayashi has done great musical work for a ton of Japanese drama shows: Rich Man, Poor Girl, BOSS, and Doctors. He also dips into anime as well for titles such as: Haikyu, Blood Lad, One Piece Film: Gold, and Gundam Build Fighters.

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Now, I’m thinking up ideas of how to enter rooms to All Might’s theme song lol. HaHaHaHa, don’t worry little Midoriya!! The next time you catch an episode listen for the great music. Come back and drop me a comment or two. I’m so loving this OST on repeat, if you get a chance grab it too.

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Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment Make Big Announcement

How about this for news? Today, May 19, 2017, at ACEN 2017, that’s the mega anime convention that takes place in Rosemont, Illinois. At Anime Central, Aniplex of America in partnership with Bang Zoom! Entertainment announced they will be producing the English dub of the anime television show, “March Comes in Like a Lion.”

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March comes in like a lion is by Chica Umino, who is best known as the creator of Honey and Clover. The series is based on an award-winning manga, which boasts an impressive list of prestigious accolades in Japan including the grand prize for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. Originally simulcast last fall, the anime series features a notable creative team from studio SHAFT led by Director Akiyuki Shimbou (BAKEMONOGATARI, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, KIZUMONOGATARI) and Character Designer Nobuhiro Sugiyama (NISEKOI, BAKEMONOGATARI, HANAMONOGATARI). Rounding out this all-star production team is the multi-talented and seasoned veteran, Wendee Lee (Cowboy BeBop, Blue Exorcist, Your lie in April) as the Voice Director for the English dub.

About March comes in like a lion:

Seventeen-year-old professional shogi player, Rei Kiriyama, lost his family in an accident during his childhood and lives still burdened by a profound sense of loneliness. One day, while living alone in downtown Tokyo, Rei meets three sisters named Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Little by little, things begin to change.

 March comes in like a lion is a heartfelt tale about various people recovering that “something” they have lost as they discover that life is both a journey and a battlefield.

For details on March comes in like a lion, please visit: http://www.3lion-usa.com/

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On top of that fans in attendance will get the chance to live audition for the chance to possibly be featured in an anime series. Isn’t that great.

“I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity to give aspiring actors who live outside of the Los Angeles area a chance to audition and be a part of an actual anime series!” says Mami Okada, Casting Director at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. “My deepest gratitude to ACEN and Aniplex of America for fully supporting this life changing experience! I look forward to meeting & working with many talented actors!”

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Bang Zoom! Entertainment will be holding Open Auditions Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm at Anime Central with call back auditions in the afternoon of the same day. They will also be hosting “Anime Live! A Presentation of Real Time Professional Dubbing” on Saturday and Sunday.

 

If you’re not at ACEN you are missing out this year!!

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For more info links down below.

www.AniplexUSA.com

www.facebook.com/AniplexUSA

www.twitter.com/AniplexUSA

www.youtube.com/AniplexUS

www.twitch.tv/AniplexUSA

Gohan Is Back!

Oh, boy!! All spoilers!! Are you caught up in Dragonball Super? You better be! If you still have the bitter taste of how they treated the character Gohan in Dragonball Z after the Cell and Buu Saga. Well heeeeee’sssss Baaaccckkk!! Gohan realized how weak he was versus Frieza in the beginning of Dragonball Super. I mean he couldn’t protect anyone if Goku and Vegeta were away. He almost died, Gohan has never come that close to death. Goku and Vegeta show up though and save the day.

Really, though if you look at Gohan at this stage in his life. He’s super smart and he’s trying to make a living for his family. Dude you’re have alien for crying out loud. You married Videl and have one daughter. Videl’s dad happens to be the richest guy on the planet right next to Bulma. Really, why do you need money or a super elite career?

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Well, the situation of Earth being all peaceful is over thanks to Goku and Vegeta getting involved with the gods. It’s time to step up Gohan, so he starts training again. He’s basically starting from nothing. He’s lost muscles, power levels, warrior instinct, strength, and then still hasn’t overcome the one crutch even Goku finally overcame. The ability to not take an opponent lightly and utterly crush them. Like father like son they say huh, Son Gohan?

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In his bouts of training each person he trains with he opens one of the keys to getting back to that hint hint form he had when he fought Buu. Goku takes him on one of the Universal tournament trips and he tests his ability for the first time in a long time. He doesn’t do very well. More training is needed.  Even Krillin basically out smarts him and takes him out. To which Goku looks on and basically shakes his head, like that’s your level now?

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So, stepdad of the universe, Piccolo is like hey let’s go off like in the old days and train. I’m talking we’re going back to ’97 Dragonball Z training. Living in the wilderness and living off the land training. You must remember Saiyans get a Zenkai Boost when taken to their limit, almost to death. Piccolo is thrashing Gohan the entire time, and gets him to Super Saiyan Two, then Piccolo whoops him again. Gohan then goes Mystic/Ultimate, boom we’re back to where he last was.  We get this pause then and Piccolo let’s two of the biggest cats out of the bag.

One, Gohan hasn’t finished an opponent in a long-time. The more power he gets the cockier he gets, it’s something akin to what Goku does. They never outright finish people, either too nice or too cocky. When you have your foot on the throat crush them completely. Two, Piccolo tells him you should be able to move to the next level like everyone else. We’ve seen Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks attain God level and if not God level it’s something unique to their ability.

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What is this level that Gohan can achieve? I’d hope that it’s not just another God level Super Saiyan. While cool, I’d think there’d be something more unique to him. If Mystic/Ultimate is better than him going Super Saiyan, then there must be a better level than Super Saiyan God mode for me. That’s what I’m wishing for, but if not I’m just happy he’s BACK!!

 

Wizard World Saint Louis 2017

Spikey blond hair, with a nice voice, and well dressed, Kato Kaelin is mic’d up on the PA system talking to attendees. He is the radio and entertainment personality guy that became famous after the O.J. Simpson Trial as a witness. He yells, “Hey, are you guys ready to enter Wizard World??” Wizard World the pop-culture event which is held in various cities across America. This edition is Wizard World Saint Louis 2017, at the America’s Center Convention Complex April 7th-9th.

This year there are some big changes from last year or previous years altogether. The Con short for convention is smaller. The big ball rooms aren’t being used this year for panels, the gaming area is half the section it was last year. Panels are being held in smaller adjacent rooms and artist alley while still impressive is missing a third of the floor area. Comments from attendees and artist lead you to believe this is both a plus and a negative.

While there is less booths and attractions, the ability to see and experience all the con is a possibility. Foot traffic has doubled and panels aren’t so overbearingly overlapping each other. Attendees can do the entire con in one day, versus needing all three days to experience everything. Instead of attendees literally having to run to another panel across the hall or debating over two panels which is better to go to. They can enjoy the con more and possibly hit every panel or Q &A Session.

The gaming section was huge last year with games unreleased in the US being playable. Wizard World doesn’t have any of those games or displays this year. The stage was much smaller and not plastered on a huge jumbo-tron screen. Attendees could still enjoy the smaller arcade station area with more older and some 8-bit games. The gaming tournament was still available, but on a much smaller scale; although it still had some of the top gamers from around the world.

Artist Alley was another world, Wizard World brought in some artist that connected with the fans. Artist that worked on projects that adults and young adults love still to this day. Steve Lavigne is the first employee of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and childhood friends with the creators. Kurt Lehner does a ton of art, but most recognized for his character design work on Disney’s TV show Gargoyles. Mat Nastos while an artist in his own right, is most known for is novel-writing and writing for Disney’s Phineas & Ferb. There is many more artist with fabulous art work in attendance.

Attendees were worried when many of the celebrity guest canceled from the con. The last couple weeks before the con Wizard World added some great celebrity guest. It was a saving grace for the fans and attendees. celebs such as Michael Rooker (Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek TV), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Randy Orton (WWE Champion), and so many more.

Gene Simmons leader singer of KISS was a guest along with his own band. The addition brought in a niche audience and plenty of memorabilia. Simmons and his band would also perform at the Pageant for an extra fee. Attendees were a little perturbed, that the usual after-party was canceled. The large dance-off where cosplayers unwind from the biggest day of the con on Saturday.

The photo ops and autographs for the celebs was very different this year. Fans could enjoy a more intimate signing with celebs being more visible. Many reactions from passerby fans was all that was needed. Many squeals are being heard and “Oh, gosh!” Celebs like Michael Rooker are walking into the crowd just talking to attendees. The thought of being able to see and possibly touch the celebs was great. McLaughlin met many young adults, some even without a fee. Wizard World Saint Louis was another successful year, and they will be returning next year.

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One Piece Film:Gold

Who doesn’t like 120 minutes of One Piece? It’s one of the few animes that can take you anywhere and you love it. The world of One Piece is wonderful and the characters are all different and complex. One Piece movies are even more dynamic, because you get an entire saga in two hours. It’s a ton of fan service packed in two hours of your favorite crew, “The Straw-Hats!!” That being said the newest movie One Piece Film: Gold was released nationwide for a week Jan. 10-17.

One Piece is produced and created by Eiichiro Oda-San it is his greatest and some would say his only property. One Piece Film: Gold was directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto; who has directed two episodes and the Dream 9 TV movie. Dream 9 was a movie that combined the worlds of One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, and Toriko. One Piece has spanned almost a 1,000 episodes, 13 feature films, multiple shorts, and almost a 1,000 manga chapters. It continues to grow and grow and it has been labeled as an infinite possibilities story line. One Piece centers around Luffy a boy that ate the Gum-Gum fruit devil power and his voyage to be king of the pirates.

The movie has our crew taking a small break on the island of Gran Tesoro. A golden Island on the water full of riches and fun. They’re welcomed by the golden emperor, Gild Tesoro, and they have a great time. There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes, than the people want to admit on this island. Things change quickly and problems arise, what will Luffy and the crew do?

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This movie is great just like all the other One Piece movies. It’s on track with the Japanese simulcast story-line; so if you’re watching the English dubb you might want to wait. Fair warning there are a bunch of spoilers in the movie. The voice acting is the greatest that I’ve ever heard from One Piece and it might bring me back to being a Dubb fan.

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