Sunday, 22 December 2013

New Kamen Rider Gaim Form Coming this February

A new Kamen Rider Gaim form is hinted to appear in February 2014 as seen in the latest magazine scans for the show.

The only clue we have for this new form is that Gaim will use a Sonic Arrow in this form. It was previously reported that the Sengoku Driver and the Genesis Driver can combine to form a unique belt.

[via negabandit86 of HJU]

Latest Space Dandy Anime Toonami Promos

Here are the latest promos for Space Dandy, which will air on January 4, 2014 on Toonami before Japan airs it!

Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame and the series is animated by BONES of Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fame.

The story revolves around Dandy, an alien hunter and his job is to seek out new alien species and receive his reward for finding one... before anyone else finds it! He travels with a robot named QT and a dimwit alien Meow, who looks like a cat.

[via Crunchyroll News]

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Trailer Featuring Mecha Naruto!

Here's the first trailer of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, which features the first original character for the game, a creature named Mecha Naruto!

Mecha Naruto has three modes: the normal Mecha Naruto, Kyubi Mode and the Kyubi Mode (Mecha Kurama Version). Each time mecha evolves, it gets stronger.

The game will feature over 100 characters from both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series. Two of the over 100 characters are created by by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is coming for the XBox 360 and PS3 next year.

Digimon Story Cybersleuth PS Vita Game 1st Promo

Here's the first promo for Digimon Story Cybersleuth for the PS Vita. The video features the tagline, "When the digital and real worlds intersect … our story evolves."

The game is described as a "rule-of-virtue training RPG game". The game will take place over the course of four years and evolve. The game features new places to explore, a lot of Digimon to train and what's more, players can bring their Digimon into the real world!

Digimon Story Cybersleuth will be released in 2015.

[via Gematsu]

Kamen Rider Gaim 07 – The Durian Domination

Also, the debut of this form.

Oren's transformed Armored Rider form now has a name, his name is Armored Rider Bravo and since then, he is dominating every single Inves game he is in. Meanwhile, Takatora discovered that the Watermelon Lock Seed is missing and asks his associates its possible whereabouts.

The episode continues Bravo's first fight from the previous episode. His debut fight also gave us a better idea on the personalities of the Nut Riders. Gridon runs away if he is in a disadvantage while Kurokage still continues to fight even though he is badly beaten. Funny, Gridon's Rider call has something to do with not giving up while Kurokage's call has something to do with striking in the shadows. Back to Bravo, his fighting style is elegant and brutal, elegant the way he flails his swords and brutal because he shows no mercy to his enemies.

After his first battle, he starts to dominate every single Inves game around and starts challenging other teams and that includes Team Baron. But that's not we are talking first; let's first talk about Takatora's reaction in this situation. To sum it up, he didn't like it. His reaction doesn't make sense, I mean they are gathering data and having an experienced soldier join the roster of lab rats makes a lot of sense compared to a bunch of random street kids dancing around in their free time if they are not busy playing pocket dimension monsters with other teams. His reaction made me wonder why the belts should be handed over to kids and not to some trained soldiers.

Speaking of belt handling, Sid is there to witness it, what's more is that DJ Sagara, the guy who likes to scream in front of the camera and hype the crowd about the Inves games turns out to be involved in this! Sid's involvement is something I already expected. But DJ Sagara's involvement is something I did not expect to see. I mean, he is a really cool guy and it seems like he is just there to cover the turf war between the dance crews for the masses to enjoy. But nope, he is working for Yggdrasill.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things. I mean, since day 1 he has the orange and banana Lock Seeds, high level Lock Seeds that are hard to obtain unless you have a lot of money… considering the fact that his job kinda feels like something that will earn you a minimum wage, I wonder how he can manage to grab a lot of Lock Seeds with that kind of pay. What's more is that his actions feels like he is encouraging more kids to have Inves battles now that these battles are part of the scoring system in the turf wars.

Another detail that I failed to notice is that Sid is distributing the Locks and Sagara is promoting it, and Sid is the only guy distributing the Locks, it can only mean one thing, they've been working together for quite a long time now. Dang it, this episode made me realize a lot of things I failed to notice earlier in the series! Back to the episode, I just love that Sid and Sagara just pointed out that Takatora failed when it comes to protecting the Watermelon Lock Seed, its fun to see him fail for once.

Now back to Bravo, as expected, he defeated Baron and unlike his fight with Kurokage, he decides to return Baron's Lock Seed back because he sees his potential as a warrior. This act, in Kaito's mind is an act of mercy because he is weak and he doesn't like it. Now it makes me wonder what will happen next now that he feels total humiliation after getting backstabbed by his supposed associates last episode and his defeat this episode. Kaito is one interesting character when it comes to personality and I hope that his experience will help him grow as a person.

After defeating Baron, it's now time for Bravo to defeat Team Gaim! His fight with Team Gaim is really fun to watch, what's fun about it aside from his ignorance with how to control an Inves; he is one entertaining fighter to watch since he likes to make his moves look really graceful and the same time, look really painful. The best part of his fight with Team Gaim is him summoning a bunch of Inves without knowing how to control them. His ignorance with the situation is really adorable and showed us that he is not familiar with the mess he is in right now, making this anomaly more entertaining than usual.

To stop the threat of an Inves army terrorizing the city, Ryugen gave Gaim the Watermelon Lock Seed, which he acquired from his brother in secret. Now I am more disappointed with Ryugen, first he gives the Strawberry Lock Seed, now this? I am now starting to wonder if he is really fighting to impress a chick or to impress Kouta. Watermelon Arms' debut appearance is seriously ridiculous… aside from the fact that a giant watermelon falls from the sky and Gaim tries to lift it. The scene looks ridiculous, which made the form's debut more charming.

As for the form itself, the CGI for the giant watermelon looks really great, same goes with Gaim's new mecha watermelon armor. The mix of CGI and traditional effects gave me an impression that Bravo is really fighting a giant mecha watermelon armor and not something that is created via CGI. Speaking of CGI, the monster CGI is still impressive, but there are times that the shading of the CGI models did not match with the current background of the scene. I know, it's a tiny nitpick but some CGI scenes in this episode are well shaded!

At the end, Gaim and Ryugen defeated all rampaging Inves monsters, they are now at the top of the team rankings and what's more important, Bravo loses for the first time. But hey, he is still alive and someday, he will have his revenge... that is until he is done with his baking duties!

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger 38 – Tessai and Manga

Grandpa Tessai is not happy.

Tessai's Spirit Power is still recharging but that's not this episode is all about, it is about Tessai's descendant, Shinya who happens to be Amy and Luckyuro's favorite manga author and Tessai kinda hates it. Later, a beautiful Zorima is terrorizing town!

What's great about this episode aside that it is a Tessai episode, which is something I didn't expect to happen at this point of the show, is how Tessai reacted on the fact that his descendant is a manga creator. His reaction feels like he is that disapproving traditional grandfather who thinks that every boy in the family should do manly things like boxing or sports. What made me think of it are his reactions when it comes to his descendant when he talks about rugby! Tessai corrects him in angry manner behind his back and insists that he should just pursue a rugby career after learning that he was once part of the rugby team.

That being said, how the heck Amy gets involved with Shinya and his job as an artist? Turns out that he is just using a pseudonym in writing his title and he wants Amy to pretend to him for a sick fan who is a big fan of his work. To put it simply, he doesn't want to disappoint the fan that the author of his/her favorite manga is a dude. Which lead us to Tessai hating it. Tessai's reaction kinda surprised me, at first he hated that he is a manga artist and now he accepts it except the fact that he wants someone to face the fan and not him! I agree with Tessai, I mean, what better way to make the fan happy is by having the actual creator visiting the fan and not his stand in. But there seems to be a problem, the monster of the week attacks the city!

Much to my surprise, the monster for this week is just some Zorima with a deadly make-up brush, but for a MOTW with that simple costume, s/he gave our heroes some trouble even if it's just five of them facing s/he. S/he's ability is grabbing someone's color and absorbs it. I find this kind of skill too dull, but hey, whatever works I guess and much to my surprise, it gave our heroes a lot of trouble with it and that's what matters right now. To make matters worse, s/he can give the absorbed power to his/her comrades, making them more powerful.

Back to Amy, she visited the fan and turns out that the fan is no other than Luckyuro! I guess the close-up fan mail already gave away the identity of the sick fan. The only thing that I can say about this scene is that it seems that Lucky is having doubts in destroying the world. Will s/he continue working with Deboth or not just for his/her favorite title to last long? It's a really tough choice considering that both options have their specific advantages and disadvantages.

Aside from this scene, another thing worth noting about is Tessai meeting his descendant. Their first meeting is seriously hilarious, it's hilarious because Tessai didn't go with his usual approach, but with the generic "I am the ghost of your ancestor" approach, complete with the attire and the tone. I know this scene just emphasized the fact that Tessai has a thing with goofy disguises and wigs, but it seems a bit too over the top in my opinion. His reason doing it is to tell his descendant that he should face the fan instead of Amy.

The approach worked and he ends up visiting the fan, only to end up witnessing a Deboth attack. Much to Tessai and my surprise, he rushed in to save the victim. What I like about this scene is that it showed us that he is indeed a former athlete and his motivation in making manga, to cheer people and to be more specific, cheer girls up. It's a noble cause and Tessai approves it, causing his Spirit Power to return in its full strength so that he can help the Kyoryugers and save his descendant.

Sadly, he barely has any fight scenes in this scene and same goes with the giant battle. Since it is his episode, I kinda expected that he will participate in the giant fight but nope, Torin comes in with Bragigas. The only thing worth noting about the giant battle is a new combination, the Pteraidenoh Dricera and its badass drill finisher. Apart from that, there is nothing much to say about the giant fight.

The episode ends and Tessai approves his descendant and decides that he should train him since he has potential. Now I am starting to wonder if this will happen since the episode implied that Spirit Rangers can also pass their powers to other people. As for Luckyuro, s/he starts to act good-ish evil aka act someone that is not evil but is evil. The contents of his/her fan letter is basically I want you to write more manga until you breath your last kind of thing. Oh Lucky, you can't admit the fact that you are good deep inside!

P.S. Can't believe that Torin loves Amy's shojo manga! He seriously needs to have a human disguise like Canderrilla so that he can do other things aside from reading stuff found in the Spirit Base.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Jump Festa Promo

The first promo for Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premiered in this year's Jump Festa event. The series will feature a new protagonist named Yuuya and is billed as "the curtains rise on a Duel revolution!!"

The series is about Yuuya Sakaki who has been trying to escape the harsh reality by smiling. But one duel leads him to make a determination to confront the difficulties and he will get the power of infinite possibilities.

The main theme of the series is "take a step forward with courage". The series premieres in Spring 2014 replacing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on TV Tokyo.