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SDCC 2018: Dragon Ball North America Tour

The Dragon Ball North America Tour, presented by Funimation, Bandai and Toei Animation, launched the exhibition at San Diego Comic Con 2018. The installation features  a life-sized replica of the World Martial Arts Tournament– a triennial tournament of the “strongest under the heavens” and a central event in the 34-year-old Dragon Ball franchise. Fans can look at a collection of merchandise, memorabilia, play the Dragon Ball Super Card Game or the video game, Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Including this amazing animated GIF photobooth! Click below to see more photos from the installation.

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Attack on Titan Live Action Movie World Premiere: The actors, the gore, the 3D Maneuver Gear. EMBRACE THE CHANGE

The Attack on Titan franchise has had an incredible history among manga and anime fans, ranging from the popular manga, to the hit animated show, to the 4 spinoff manga series that the franchise has inspired.

Celebrating their world premiere at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, July 14th, the Attack on Titan live action movie (part one of two, guys!) held a press conference and interviews before their red carpet debut. DefectiveGeeks (well, just me…) came down to the press event to get some answers for us weeaboos. At the press conference was director Shinji Higuchi, producer Yoshihiro Sato, Eren’s actor Haruma Miura (dreamy, quirky, perfect etc etc), and Mikasa’s actress Kiko Mizuhara (beautiful, well-spoken, perfect RBF, etc etc.)

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SDCC 2015: DragonballZ Won’t Settle for Anything Under 9000, You Guys

One of the most prominent anime series in the minds of US otaku is definitely, totally, and probably always will be, DRAGONBALLZ. One of the longest running series in all of nerd-dom, it continues to reinvent itself only just enough so that it tickles our nostalgia, making us nod knowingly about leveling up, or talking about going Super Saiyan.

At San Diego Comic-Con, we were pleased to see the franchise represented in the most kick ass way possible, as Funimation rolls out one after another super fun, fan-focused promotion for their upcoming August release of the English dub of DragonballZ: Resurrection ‘F’.

Nestled on a balcony of Conival’s huge event held in Petco Park during SDCC, the DragonballZ crew went all out to test fans’ power levels to see if they could join Frieza’s army in an event called “FRIEZA FORCE: GALACTIC ARMY BOOTCAMP!” Costumed actors yelled out to passerby to recruit them to the army and test their skills!

Check out this video of one of the most unique and fun marketing experiences set up at SDCC.

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Hetalia: World Series review

Lookit what Funimation‘s sent over! Man, they’re super nice. :D

Hetalia: World Series is the third installment of the worldwide phenomenon of Axis Powers Hetalia but is considered a separate series from the previous two seasons. It is based on the web comic written and drawn by Hidekazu Himaruya and depict countries as pretty boys (and girls) and their interactions with one another in a mostly 4-panel comic format.

The setting ranges from ancient times to the modern era but started out mostly as a comic poking fun at Italy during World War II.

The name itself comes from the combination of the Japanese word hetare ([cutely] “useless”) and “Italia”. TL;DR: Hetalia = Useless Italy.

World Series pulls away from the topic of the two World Wars because the comic became more more about silly antics rather than the loose story of Axis vs. Allies. Because of this, there is a clear distinction between the two series and is treated as such even though it contains the same sort of humor and features the same cast.

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Anime Movie Review: Summer Wars

It might officially be autumn but that won’t stop me from talking about one of my all-time favorite summer anime blockbusters: Summer Wars.

It is a 2009 Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda who is more well known for The Girl who Leapt Through Time in the anime community. It is animated by the top-notch studio Madhouse which is well known for many other high-budget films and anime series.

Many people say that this movie is much like the Digimon movie but 1) I’ve never watched the Digimon movie and 2) I’m not reviewing Digimon vs. Summer Wars.

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Witchblade – The Girl Mecha

Admittedly, I used to read Witchblade.
How about them Witchblade/Tomb Raider crossovers?? Those were FANCY!
Then I jumped out of that wagon and moved on. I did hear about the Witchblade anime, but thought nothing of it. Maybe a part of my delicate brain wanted to deny that it would ever happen.

Then while surfing around the interweb world of comics last night, I stumbled upon the Funimation website and watched the trailer on the front page.

I think my reaction was a mix of horror and amazement and morbid fascination.
Sara Pezzini is now Masane Amaha.
The Witchblade is an organic girl mecha.
Half-naked organic mecha chicks.

It’s funny how things just gets transformed in the anime world.
It’s even funnier how it makes a whole lot of sense with Witchblade.
Maybe it will even make it better than it was! Or wasn’t!

Mostly horrified at the thought of Witchblade fermenting into the world of anime and the possibly consequences of this. it’s bad enough that barely anyone had ever pulled off a good Witchblade costume… now we’re going to see the delights at anime conventions. Oh boy, oh boy!

Am I on board with this one?
Um.
I’ll think about it.

Visit the Official Funimation Witchblade the Anime website.