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Jan14

Ghibli's "When Marnie was There" slated for English release

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It has been announced that Studio Ghibli’s most recent animated film, “When Marnie Was There” will finally release in English for Ghibli fans overseas! The localization process and translation will be handled that entertainment studio GKids, whom have worked with Ghibli works like “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” in the past. The film, which originally opened in Japan in July 2014, is based on a popular children’s book of the same title by author Joan G. Robinson. The story stars 12-year-old girl Anna, whom is sent away from home to recuperate from her worsening asthma after her parents’ death. There, she finds the mysterious Marsh House, and dreams of it and an elegant blonde-haired girl trapped within. Finding that the blonde-haired girl, Marnie, exists in reality, Anna and Marnie form an unbreakable bond and work together to overcome fear. The English dubbed release of “When Marnie Was There” is currently scheduled to release in North America this spring.

Jan14

Nintendo announces New 3DS for America & Europe

2015 at 01:31 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In a Nintendo Direct media event earlier today, videogame company Nintendo has announced their brand-new handheld console, the Nintendo New 3DS, for international release! The new handheld system, originally releasing in Japan in October 2014, will be releasing in North America and Europe on February 13th, 2015! The New 3DS uses new technology in order to streamline the user experience, including an upgraded processor and auto-dimming screens. The New 3DS also uses revolutionary new face-tracking technology, located in the camera at the top of system, in order to create a user-friendly 3D experience. In older 3DS models, the 3D effect at the top of the screen was achieved through a static stereoscopic 3D effect, making the 3D effect difficult to take advantage of as slight head movement would ruin the effect. Now, the stereoscopic 3D effect is designed to work with the new face-tracking technology to shift its focus as your head moves, making the 3D effect seamless and constant.

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On top of that, the New 3DS features a new C-Stick, allowing for more gameplay options, as well as a built-in NFC reader for Nintendo’s popular Amiibo figures. The New 3DS will also release with two new 3DS games that will take advantage of the New 3DS’ capabilities. These games are “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D” and “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate”, both of which are highly anticipated games for the handheld. To commemorate the occasion, Nintendo will be releasing two limited edition New 3DS consoles, each themed around one of the games launching alongside the console. Both games, as well as all versions of the New 3DS, will arrive on February 13th, making that date an exciting time for Nintendo fans across the world. Look forward to these great games, and more in the future!

Jan13

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

2015 at 05:26 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After teasers and screenshots galore in 2015, Marvel has treated fans to the first full trailer for their upcoming 2015 film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”! Featuring a variety of new footage not seen in the first teaser released in October, the trailer shows off several aspects of the upcoming movie, including the Avengers themselves as they work to save humanity, new shots of heroes Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and the creation and rebellion of Ultron, the titular villain of the movie. The new Avengers movie is scheduled to release on May 1st, 2015, which will make this summer a big one for Marvel fans alongside the upcoming Ant-Man movie. Check out the new trailer below!

Jan13

4-finned underwater robot debuts at TechFest

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Designers and researchers at the Sepios Team, a Switzerland-based robotics team, have unveiled the latest look at their revolutionary underwater robot at Bombay’s TechFest 2015 earlier this month, showing off the robot’s capabilities and benefits to the environment. The machine, titled the Sepios, is based on a four-finned propulsion system influenced from cuttlefish, and uses revolutionary technology in order to take advantage of all four fins underwater. As opposed to traditional propeller-based transportation on underwater vessels and machines, which can tangle on plant life and disturb wildlife, Sepios’ fin-based propulsion is completely silent, and allows the machine to glide effortlessly through open waters and seaweed forests alike. On top of that, the four fins allow for unhindered movement in all directions, letting the robot ascend or descend, turn, and stop on a dime. The Sepios Team hopes to continue to improve the robot by improving its coordination, on-board camera, and other detectors before it is used for any practical purposes, but the Sepios shows a promising future in alternative underwater propulsion.

Jan13

Hot Toys marches out Imperial-themed Star Wars figures

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Since the announcement of Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Star Wars line of figures at last year’s San Diego Comic Con, along with the reveal of the first two figures in the line, Han Solo and Chewbacca, toy fans around the world have been excited to see what the Hong Kong based collectible company will release next. Not ones to disappoint, Hot Toys helped celebrate the new year with the announcement of the latest figure in the 1/6th Star Wars line: Darth Vader himself!

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Originally teased in December 2014, the Darth Vader figure was officially revealed earlier this month, and will feature a number of unique features and accessories. For example, Vader will come with a specially crafted sound effect function that will replicate the Sith Lord’s iconic breathing sound, as well as his red lightsaber with LED-lighted functionality! The figure, which will stand at nearly 14″ tall, will also come with alternate hands, an Interrogator Droid from A New Hope, as well as a special stand made to resemble the halls of the Death Star.

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Also joining the lineup is the new 1/4th scale figure of Boba Fett! Revealed in late December, Boba Fett will stand at an impressive 18″ tall, and comes with swappable hands, screen-accurate cloth details and armor damage, and a multitude of weaponry and accessories, including a stand designed after Jabba the Hutt’s barge. Both figures will be made available later this year, giving Star Wars fans a chance to get excited for Episode VII: The Force Awakens in December!

Jan12

EVA Air announces 2015 plans for Hello Kitty jets

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With Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary taking place last year, Taiwanese airline EVA Air announced the return of their Hello Kitty-themed Boeing 777-300ER jet and service in October. Following positive reviews and overwhelming fan demand, EVA Air has announced that the Eva Air Hello Kitty jets will remain in service throughout 2015, and has since announced plans for a number of Hello Kitty planes worldwide starting this summer! One of the Boeing 777-300ER jets will begin its circulation between Singapore and EVA’s headquarters in Taipei on June 21st, while another plane will fly between the Taipei location and Houston, Texas starting on June 19th. Both of these planes will make several trips throughout the week, with permanent circulation beginning on July 1st for both routes, and will feature limited-edition Hello Kitty products, food, and other merchandise. While Hello Kitty’s momentous anniversary has come and gone, it looks like there are still lots of reasons for Hello Kitty fans to be excited for 2015!

Jan11

One Piece 3D Exhibit to open in Hong Kong

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A brand-new One Piece exhibit has just been announced to appear at the Hong Kong 3D Museum later this year! The exhibit will open its doors in March 2015, and will launch alongside the recently announced Tokyo One Piece Tower amusement park and attraction center in Japan. While not much is yet known about the exhibit itself, the Hong Kong 3D Museum has been known for its unique 3D art and dioramas, using creative depth-of-field tricks and interactive art to create one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. With popular One Piece characters coming to the museum this March, it will definitely be an event for fans to keep an eye on!

Jan09

LEGO Movie creators reveal process behind brick-based animation

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With the movie becoming a worldwide hit, and a sequel already in production, The LEGO Movie has become one of the most critically acclaimed animated films of the past few years. The film, which has the look and feel of a stop motion film using real LEGO bricks, is actually entirely developed in CGI, thanks to a variety of creative tricks and a lot of work from the animators. In order to highlight the amount of detail and care placed into every single shot of the movie, Warner Bros. has recently uploaded a short featurette to their YouTube channel titled “Creating the Bricks”. In this 4-minute special, the team behind The LEGO Movie gives a quick look into how the film’s brick-based cinematography was put together, from effects to set pieces. You can see this special for yourself in the video below, and stay tuned for more news on The LEGO Movie sequel!

Jan09

Naruto movie worldwide release dates and details

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The popular Naruto manga ended this past November, bringing the 15-year long story to a close. However, more Naruto-based stories are set to be told through the upcoming Naruto: New Era Project, amd will include a number of post-story movies and sidestories. The first of these stories is the movie “The Last: Naruto the Movie”, which was released in Japan on December 6th. To commemorate this release, Medicom produced a limited edition Naruto-themed BE@RBRICK, which released in early December.

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Following a successful release of the film in Japanese theaters this past holiday season, the film has finally been announced for release overseas in several countries! The film is scheduled to release in the US on February 20th, and will air in theatres across the nation, including in New York, Boston, Houston, Dalaas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Franciso, and Seattle. The movie will also be headed to other regions across the world over the next few months, giving fans worldwide the chance to see this anticipated film.

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On top of that, news was released concerning the next film in the Naruto: New Era Project, which will start Naruto’s child, Bolt! The film will be titled Bolt: Naruto the Movie, and hints that Bolt will inherit the special abilities of Naruto’s father, Minato Namikaze. The movie will also follow the new generation of ninjas, and is scheduled for an August 2015 release in Japan. Details on this new movie are scarce at the moment, so keep your eyes open for more Naruto news, even after the manga’s end this past year!

Jan08

MakerBot announces new materials for 3D printers

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The MakerBot booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show has been a popular attraction since the company unveiled its home-use retail 3D printers. At this year’s CES booth, MakerBot has taken its 3D printers to the next level by announcing a new range of PLA composite filaments for its range of Replicator printers! These new filaments feature composites previously unavailable to the 3D-printing public outside of highly specialized printers, including wood, iron, bronze, and even limestone! With these composite filaments, MakerBot printers are now able to create prints in these new materials, which can be tailored to fit any need. The materials retain all the properties of their base composite, allowing users to stain, polish, sand, and oil their wood-based objects, or even magnetize metal-based prints. These new filaments will be made available for purchase in late 2015, and will surely lead to a whole new set of possibilities from 3D printers.

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