Review – Dragon Ball Super 131

*Spoilers in general if you haven’t been keeping up on the series so far. Also why read a review on an episode if you’re trying to avoid spoiling the episode.

The Tournament of Power is in the last moments, viewers have been able to catch matchups across the board that pushed Universe 7 to the absolute limit and beyond. With Goku absolutely spent crossing into territory reserved for the gods he falls out of the limelight and Freiza and 17 take up the center stage to fend off Jiren.

With the universe and their own lives on the line, the duo give it everything against Jiren, it’s an uphill battle but with 17 focused on saving his loved ones and Frieza holding onto his utter will to survive but those factors play well with each other in the episode. Regardless of what happens they ultimately know the other will destroy themselves in the tournament if it means they have a chance to escape erasure.

DB Super 131 spins the tension as the battle dynamics shift multiple times, the will to survive and overcome ultimately becomes the determining factor. Enemies once sworn to hate the other seeing beyond and finding common ground. There’s teamwork between 17, Freiza and Goku that surpasses even spectators expectations. Personal vendettas are well and good but they take a sidebar to existing another day, we see that shock in the prideful Vegeta who watches in utter disbelief. One can’t wonder how doomed everyone would have been if places had been reversed.

One of the interesting moments during these sequence for me rests in the execution of this battle. Everyone riding on empty minus 17 thanks to their essentially unlimited stamina. Jiren still has some power but Frieza and Goku play a physical ground game that largely dates back to early Z era as they’re not battling in sonic boom like attacks, they’re running with everything they have on the ground, Goku relying on whatever physical reserves are left because that’s all that remains.

Watching the duo in this brutal slugfest is certainly a highlight for the arc, seeing figures who would rather sacrifice everyone else put it all on the line, ignoring any past sentiment for survival to get the win. Watching Goku find that will again to save everyone at the last moment and flickering in and out of Super Saiyan transformation to get that assist. It’s memorable as it just feels genuine, Freiza regardless of pacing is only so strong especially against brute force and Goku is grabbing any last bit of power inside to drive home the win.

Everyone gets rewarded in the end, mysteries on the story and where things go from here are given hope as the almost abrupt series end created a sense of turmoil after a strong return to television. For the limited period of airtime to this episode, they pushed to wrap things up with a caring touch even if they couldn’t go to incredible lengths of detail. While any series could improve story arc aspects, given what they had to work with Dragon Ball Super delivered something that was rewarding to experience.

Topping this off the animation itself during 131 is extremely pleasant to watch, seems like the team just blew out the rest of the budget getting this out there in contrast to many of the past episodes. They went out with a bang in the story and production as best they could and it’s hard to miss.

What awaits is unknown, there’s obviously the upcoming movie but we’ll have to see what segway that creates for fans after. Hopefully, the break gives time to focus on new story ideas and potentially some exploration into the exempt universes. We already experienced a few universe crossovers throughout Super so it’s not unreasonable as a potential avenue.

The Last: Naruto The Movie (2015)

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On December 6, 2014 Masashi Kishimoto released the final Naruto movie: Za Rasuto: Naruto za Mūbī ake The Last: Naurto the Movie and that short amount of time the movie has already made 515 Million Yen making it the #1 movie in japan, when you break it down in US money it adds up around 4.27 Million, in just two days the film over took the previous Road to Ninja total box office numbers, you can guarantee that number will continue to shoot up as the year finishes.

News of a United States release has not been stated but I’m sure Studio Pierrot will announced something around the end of the year.

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VIZ at NYCC – Panels, Exclusives and Schedule

VIZ has tons planned for Anime and Manga fans at NYCC this year, bringing Takeshi Obata from Japan to help promote Weekly Shonen Jump and take part in panels and signings during the convention. Those unfamiliar with the name might be able to better associate him to series he’s laid art for including Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru No Go, All You Need is Kill and RALΩGRAD.

There will also be convention exclusives to keep collectors happy with pre-street copies of All You Need is Kill, Resident Evil and Kiss of the Rose Princess. Could that be all though? Oh no, Princess Mononoke The First Story is also gracing the show in hardcover from Studio Ghibli with watercolor art from Miyazaki.

If books aren’t yoru think there’s a pre-order for the upcoming set for Sailor Moon ahead of the release, those who do pre-order get a special Sailor Moon collectable coin as a free gift for ordering at NYCC. Other media at the event will include recent Blu-Ray and DVD releases.

For gear they’ve brought in NYCC Sailor Moon shirts and replica Bleach sword umbrellas with Ichigo and Rukia hilt variations. They’ll also have their first licensed Doraemon products with some limited One Piece and Naruto replica prints and other goods.

Finally they have the panel schedule, event plans and video room details for NYCC 2014 below.

VIZ Media New York Comic Con Panels:

 

 

 

Thursday October 9th

 

 

 

3:15PM – 4:00PM         Panel: VIZ MEDIA PANEL (Room 1A14)

 

 

Join VIZ Media and pull back the curtain on favorite manga and anime series. Be among the first to hear about upcoming releases and new acquisitions and throw questions at staff and grab FREE manga prizes while supplies last!

 

 

 

6:00PM – 6:45PM         Panel: THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP

                                      (Room 1A14)

 

 

Join the editors of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as NARUTO, BLEACH, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL as well as Obata’s BAKUMAN。and DEATH NOTE series.

 

 

 

Friday October 10th

 

 

 

2:00PM – 2:45PM         Panel: VOLTRON: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY

CELEBRATION PRESENTED BY PERFECT SQUARE     (Room 1A21)

 

 

In 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the TV, and the world of giant robots has never been the same. In honor of Voltron’s 30th anniversary, join the staff of VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint for a very special peek behind the curtain at this cultural phenomenon with special guests, new product announcements and much, much more!

 

 

 

5:00PM – 5:45PM         Panel: WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS
TAKESHI OBATA, MANGA ARTIST  (Room 1A21)

 

 

Join VIZ Media and the staff of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP to welcome very special guest Takeshi Obata and his editor Koji Yoshida for a conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industryand the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity!

 

 

 

Saturday October 11th

 

 

 

4:15PM – 5:00PM         Panel: OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL

                                      (Room 1A14)

 

 

Come on a journey with the legendary Guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon! Members of the VIZ Media SAILOR MOON animation team will talk about the impact of this beloved anime series, show footage from the re-mastered episodes and celebrate the long-awaited return of Usagi and her friends!

 

 

 

 

Scheduled Booth Activities:

 

The VIZ Media booth will buzz with continual activity throughout New York Comic Con with a host of fun in-booth games and activities.

 

 

 

  • VIZ Media Prize Wheel of Destiny: Take a spin for a chance to win a surprise goodie like t-shirts, posters, stickers and more! While supplies last.
  • DORAEMON Meet & Greet: Drop by for a photo op with everyone’s favorite big blue cat-type robot from the future!
  • SAILOR MOON PHOTO SESSION: Meet Guardian Sailor Moon (official cosplayer) and bring your own camera/phone and take your own “Sailor Selfie”!
  • VOLTRON Mascot Appearance: Become a Defender of the Universe with an official photo.
  • VIZ Media /WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Newsletter Sign-Up: Receive the latest digital news about your favorite anime and manga titles and get a free Takeshi Obata full-color poster!

Convention goers should check the daily master schedule for a complete listing of that day’s confirmed in-booth activities.

 

 

 

VIZ Media New York Comic Con Anime Screenings:

 

Catch some of VIZ Media’s hottest and newest anime titles with special premieres happening throughout the New York Comic Con. Don’t miss special presentations of NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL & SAILOR MOON (Original Series), BLOOD LAD, RANMA ½, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, and TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING.

 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (PC) Thoughts

The latest installment of Naruto Shippuden has landed for console and PC players, the dream match installment is a filler arc for gaming that aims to pit legends against legends in a new battle format to spice things up while players wait for the larger story arc in the manga to reach a milestone that allows the developers to reach a strong release, possibly even the final depending on how this goes down.

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That out of the way, how does it stack up? Well in regard to story, it’s pretty lacking, the slight story modes available are limited to large sections of cut-scenes and the tournament story mode is generally lacking, the Mecha Naruto story is a unique twist but it leaves lots of questions and suffers from running errands endlessly to pass the time. While it introduces some of the things to expect later in the tournament (oh those filler tasks) it’s not exactly a welcome thing.

Graphically the game held up strong, no dips in the gameplay and while the game was locked to 30fps, given the integration for video and audio pacing, it’s somewhat understandable as many titles can go very bad when the framerate is modified. Sync issues can kill the enjoyment and if for now it’s the case they need to lock things then so be it. It’s playable and smooth during battles and given the amount of action there’s no point where the limit stands out heavily.

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The immersion was strong with the game, visually and acoustically the game brings home the effect of the Naruto series, we’re at a point with shading where anime style animation and details are possible to clone what so many are used to seeing each week in the show. Bandai Namco has reached a great pinnacle with the engine and hopefully they’ll be able to apply that to other licenses in the future or take it even further on next-gen platforms.

Overall it’s a fun run when it comes to versus battles and grinding out matches with tough AI in tournaments, survival and other modes but there’s a large part of the experience missing with the story mode essentially dead. For those looking to pick it up, it’s something I would say to get on sale if possible, it’s a heavy investment at 50+, I picked it up just under 39 with discounts from Steam and it felt like a fair shake at that price point.

Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet coming to Blu-Ray and DVD next week

Production I.G. is back at it with Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet coming to DVD and Blu-Ray next week. The young soldier from space has a long path ahead as he wakes on a strange ocean planet. Left with strange community and customs he has to find ways to survive and cope with being lost in space entirely.

Some extra details from VIZ

The renowned anime studio Production I.G. created this 13-episode series that

blends beautiful character and production design with a moving story about a

young soldier’s adventures on a strange and mysterious planet.

 

 

VIZ Media gives GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET a collection-worthy

treatment with a 16×9 widescreen presentation and the inclusion of 2 bonus OVA

episodes. The home media releases feature premium packaging with an O-Card for

the DVD edition and an illustrated chipboard box with a full-color 2-sided AmarayTM

wrap and a special GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET art book included

with the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Dialogue options include Japanese and English

dubbed audio tracks along with English subtitles for both editions. Also included

are clean opening and closing segments and the official promotional trailers and

broadcast TV commercials. DVD MSRP: $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN; Blu-ray/DVD

Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

Bamfas 2014 Winter Anime List!

With the year comes, new beginnings and one those is going to be that I’m going to cover more anime/manga related news, and i think it’s the perfect time since this season’s anime’s look to be extremely entertaining, below is a list of some that look promising.

1. Space Dandy

Space Dandy #1 Continue reading Bamfas 2014 Winter Anime List!

Review: Berserk – Vol. 37

Writer: Kentaro Miura
Artist: Kentaro Miura
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

One of my many joys in life are watching and reading anime manga, there are a ton of manga’s I find enjoyable such as One Piece, Magi and Shingeki no Kyojin, But my favorite is Kentaro Miura’s Berserk.

Guts the Black Swordsman have again donned the accursed Berserker armor to battle the titanic Sea God—from the inside! To slay the creature, its heart must be pierced, but even if he can manage this impossible task deep within the leviathan, how will Guts get back out? Continue reading Review: Berserk – Vol. 37

SDCC 2013 – Gallery Wrap-up [Raw]

Over the past week we have worked to present you with images that captured a slice of life at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) and in their 40th year of expanding and extending opportunities for the development and awareness of comics and popular culture, they did not disappoint.  From Preview Night to Kids Day, attendees, professionals, exhibitors and staff brought us rich cosplay, mingling stars, sneak peeks, how-to panels, inspired art, toys, awards and of course comics.  Below are some final images that continue to reflect the community, evolution and intensity that only SDCC generates.  Who knows, they just might  inspire you to attend and participate.  If so, you might just find yourself in our 2014 SDCC gallery.

AM2 Con announces 2013 dates and new pricing

AM2 has been fighting hard over the past 2 years to establish itself as a mass culture event for Anime and J-Music fans across the US. Given the growing success of the show in that span it’s good to see them return for a third time. The convention will jump to August 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center just after the major convention season passes through.

Attendees for the 2013 show will need to observe the new price changes.

  • General admission (replacing free entry) – exhibition hall, festivals, panels, workshops and gaming
    • $5 for a single day (pre-order)
    • $10 for all three days (pre-order)
  • Passport admission – All access including passport only events, also front of line preference
    • $20 for a single day (2012 pre-order price)
    • $25 for two days (2012 pre-order price)
    • $35 for three days (2012 pre-order price)

Pricing will increase as the show closes in. Once 2013 hits expect to see these rising $5 at a time until the con arrives in which case it’ll be $20 higher to register at the show for the 2 and 3 day passes and $15 higher for single day passes.

Our advice? Figure out what you really want to do at the show and register as soon as you can, otherwise you’ll find yourself paying a lot more for the hesitation as the months push on.

Register now: AM2 Convention 2013

VIZ Manga begins their End of Summer Sale

Everyone seems to be in the middle of a summer sale right now, today VIZ Manga has announced their End of Summer digital manga sale. From now through August 20th the company will blow out digital releases for up to 20% off on all volumes available through the digital platform including titles listed through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga app.

What does all this madness mean!?!? – Over 80 different series just went on sale for up to 20% off and many of them average about 4.99 before the discount. So you can get caught up on BLEACH, Blue Exorcist, Honey and Clover and more.

For those who haven’t heard, Volume 8 of Blue Exorcist is also in the sale and this digital version is ready 3 months ahead of the print debut. Snatch it up for your collection right now if you wish.

Link: VIZ Manga super sale of the Summer!

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