Archive for April, 2015


Dragon Ball airs brand-new anime series in July

2015 at 03:44 pm by admin | Comments Off


Following the critical success of the past two Dragon Ball movies, television studio Fuji TV has announced that a brand-new Dragon Ball anime series is in the works! Originally created by artist Akira Toriyama in 1984 in manga format, the eventual anime adaptation as “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” garnered worldwide popularity, and multiple spinoff movies, video games, comics, and more. The new series, titled “Dragon Ball Super”, will follow the story of the two recent movies, “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Dogs”, and “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F”.
The debut of “Dragon Ball Super” will mark the first new anime entry in the Dragon Ball franchise since “Dragon Ball GT” in 1996! Details about Super’s story are scarce at the moment, though it was announced that Toriyama himself is working on the anime as writer and character designer. “Dragon Ball Super” is set to hit Japanese TVs this July, and news will surely arrive about worldwide releases shortly afterwards.


Jakks Pacific announces retro Nintendo plush

2015 at 11:23 am by admin | Comments Off


Toy manufacturing and distributing company Jakks Pacific has been pleasing video game fans of all ages with its World of Nintendo line of figures since early 2014. Featuring classic Nintendo franchises like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and more, Jakks will now delve into retro gaming territory with the newly announced line of World of Nintendo plushes! These plushes will feature iconic Nintendo characters in classic 8-bit pixel style, and will debut with plush representations of Mario, Luigi, and Link in sprite form. The plushes are currently available for pre-order now, with a scheduled release date of July 2015. Any fan of classic Nintendo won’t want to miss out on these unique and adorable plush figures!


Artist paints in perspective at Paris pavilion

2015 at 01:55 pm by admin | Comments Off


Artist Felice Varini’s work has always taken advantage of perspective and the scenery around him to create optical illusions. His work, which often consists of abstract shapes and geometric constructs, only comes into full view from a certain perspective, forming out of a series of seemingly random lines throughout the environment.


His most recent exhibit, titled “La Villete En Suites”, embodies his unique style of installation painting within the Paul Delouvrier pavilion in Paris, France, and uses the unique structure of the modern architecture to shape his forms. The exhibit opened its doors on April 15th, and takes advantage of shape, color, and even the ceiling of the building in his works.


While his works are better experienced in person, these photos help show off how his work comes together for the viewer as they move around the exhibit. For those wanting to see his work in person, though, the exhibit remains open until September 13th.






NASA launching world’s biggest telescope in 2018

2015 at 12:01 pm by admin | Comments Off


With Earth Day just passing us by, NASA plans to look beyond the confines of our planet with plans to launch the world’s largest telescope! This new telescope, named the James Webb Space Telescope, will be 100 times more powerful than the current Hubble Space Telescope, which has already given us astounding images of galaxies and cosmic objects up to 12 billion light-years away. With the groundbreaking power of the new telescope, scientists at NASA hope to be able to see the first galaxies of the universe, and hope to study how the universe was created. On top of that, the James Webb telescope will have the power to study distant planets, allowing researchers to understand the composition of their atmospheres, surfaces, and more! To be able to accomplish these feats, the James Webb will incorporate a 21-foot long mirror, which will have 70 times the light-gathering capacity of the Hubble telescope. When launched, the James Webb telescope will be placed around 930,000 miles away from the earth, which will keep it from being overheated and blinded from the Sun’s infrared rays. With the telescope set to launch in October 2018, soon humanity will have a new means of viewing and researching the universe around us!


Muppets to recieve brand-new show

2015 at 11:48 am by admin | Comments Off


Television studio ABC is set to bring the Muppets back to TVs across the nation with a new series! The series will feature the return of a number of beloved Muppet characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and others, but with a twist. The producers of the new series hope to gear the new show towards a more adult audience, who grew up with these beloved puppet characters. The new show will instead focus more on the personal lives of the Muppets, shown off in a comedic documentary-style show similar to fan favorites like “The Office” and “Arrested Development”.


Using this opportunity, the directors hope to build upon the individual personalities and relationships of the Muppets not often seen in their previous, children-focused shows and movies. Specifics of the program are still under wraps, but ABC hopes to release more info on this new series later in the year.


Naruto sequel movie teaser

2015 at 11:48 am by admin | Comments Off


Anime distributor Madman Entertainment has released the first teaser trailer for the newest Naruto movie! Set to take place years after the ending of the Naruto manga, the story will follow Naruto’s son, Boruto, along with Sadara Uchiha, daughter of popular character and antihero Sasuke Uchiha. The film itself will be a part of the Naruto: New Era Project, which consists of sequel movies, novels, and manga dedicated to continuing the story of Naruto after the original manga’s finale. The movie will debut in Japanese theaters on August 7th, 2015, with planned international screenings later in the year.


Earth Day 2015

2015 at 04:11 pm by admin | Comments Off


Today marks this year’s Earth Day, in which people in over 190 countries are showing their support for the planet as well as environmental protection. The holiday, which was originally celebrated in 1970 as a means to celebrate environmental reform and peace amongst one another, is one in which dozens of events are held worldwide in support of protecting nature. The President of the United States has even given an official speech in the name of the holiday!


Discussion of dangerous news about climate change and global environment issues are at the forefront of the discussion today, and while these topics are fundamentally important to our continued survival on the planet Earth, it is important to not forget to appreciate nature around us and what it gives us on a daily basis. In order to make a real change in these issues, we as a whole must devote much more than this one day to the issues at hand. So make sure to get outside, enjoy yourself, and keep in mind the lessons and topics that are being discussed globally today; we’ll need to keep them in mind if we truly hope to make a difference and make this world a better place for every living being.



Kamen Rider celebrates 45 years with gold statues

2015 at 01:48 pm by admin | Comments Off


The “Kamen Rider” series of live-action television shows is celebrating its upcoming 45th anniversary in 2016 with a series of gold statues! Depicting the original Kamen Rider from the first show, which debuted in 1971, these statues will come in two sizes, 4 inches and 8 inches, and both will be sculpted entirely in solid gold! These figures will be manufactured alongisde Tokuriki Honten, a company known for its 300 years of gold casting and metalwork, ensuring the quality of these valuable memorabilia pieces.
These pieces, which are meant for the most diehard fans of the franchise, will be available for preorder starting from April 24th until December 31, 2015, with the figures releasing sometime in 2016. Thanks to being made entirely of solid gold, these pieces will cost a pretty penny for collectors, ranging from $6,500 for the 4″ version to $47,000 for the larger 8″ version. For some, having a gold statue of one of Japan’s most iconic superheroes will be well worth the price!


Artist creates 3D printed film

2015 at 12:14 pm by admin | Comments Off


As a testament to the use of 3D printing in the creative process, artist and filmmaker Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud has uploaded a trailer for his fully 3D-printed film! The film, titled “Chase Me”, is a solo project by Deschaud, whom has spent the past two years putting together every aspect of the film. Every frame of animation is its own printed figure, and even the sets and backgrounds used in the film have been created through the printer. Deschaud has uploaded two videos of the movie, featuring a short trailer as well as a making-of video which shows the creative process behind the film. While the film is still under development, these videos give viewers a good look at what to expect, as well as what can be done with 3D printing in animation.


Star Wars VII trailer debuts classic characters

2015 at 01:59 pm by admin | Comments Off


Four months after givings fans around the world the first official look at the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” film, Disney and Lucasfilms have released a new trailer for the winter 2015 film, this time showing off more characters from the film. On top of new heroes and villains, including the Inquistor Kylo Ren and chrome-clad Captain Phasma, the trailer shows the debut of a number of classic characters from the original trilogy. These include R2D2, Luke Skywalker, and even the iconic duo of Han Solo and Chewbacca! The trailer reveals little of the plot of the film, but shows off a number of the practical effect and CGI-rendered battles in the film, including a dogfight between an aged Millennium Falcon and TIE Fighters in a ruined Star Destroyer. The film is scheduled to release on December 18th, 2015, and fans everywhere are clamoring to see more after this awesome trailer. Check it out!

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