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When she’s not writing about comics, games or the latest gadgets, Gel spends her time indulging in them. She knew that Japan is her spiritual home the moment she set foot in Osaka’s Animate and Jump stores. But until she gets to write her own Gintama, she will remain an avid fan. When she’s not being a nerd online or in her head, she either writes fiction short stories or works on her second passion: Psychology.
July marks the first year since Pokemon Go was released and made unbelievable waves in the mobile gaming and augmented reality industry. While the hype has considerably ebbed yet solidified enough to still have a strong following, recent events were supposed to bring back old players and get them walking around and catching ‘mons.
You’d think that the features and events set for the first-year anniversary would be special enough to mark the occasion perfectly. But I guess it’s impossible to easily top what has been rolled out in the major update.
Eurogamer got the first few details of the Pokemon Go first-year anniversary, and it only has two major additions. The first is a special Pikachu to be caught in the wild. Starting July 13, the Pikachus that will be loitering around will be wearing Ash’s red hat. Now you can add another costumed Pikachu to your collection, if you’ve been lucky enough to participate in previous events.
The other thing is the introduction of the Anniversary Box, which is a time-limited offer in the Store. The box will have Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls, and a Raid Pass offered at a discount.
As much as I would want to say that these are nice additions, they’re hardly a fitting way to celebrate a year’s lifespan for the game. I know Legendary ‘mons are expected in the summer and we’ve just had the recent rollout of features for Gyms. But it would have been nice to have major bonuses or a themed event.
Granted, it’s possible that Niantic Labs will still roll out something within the month. But for now, we’ll have to be contented with a new costumed Pikachu in our collection.
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In just a month, we’ll see just why Batman, Nightwing, and Harley Quinn have teamed up to save the world. DC Comics has a bigger plan of letting us see the story behind why that team-up had to happen, by way of a comic prequel to the animated film.
Screenrant announced the first few details of the comic book, dubbed Harley Quinn and Batman, which will narrate the events prior to the movie. Part of the comics’ narrative is to explore why Harley was imprisoned in the Digital First series. Here’s a quick synopsis of the prequel:
“It’s the team-up we’ve been dreaming of us as the cute psychopath Harley Quinn joins the brooding Dark knight for a brand-new Digital First comics series, Harley Quinn and Batman. The series, from Batman writer Ty Templeton and artist Rick Burchett, is an exciting new five-chapter prequel adventure to the Batman an Harley Quinn animated film coming out this August from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.”
From the looks of it, Harley will have her own voice and pride. It seems like the Joker’s ladylove sees herself as a legend, so when her man decides that she is ultimately the sidekick, she seeks revenge. This means that Harley will try to prove herself a supervillain in her own right--and that’s probably why we’ll see her behind bars before the animated film begins.
I’d love to see Harley away from the Joker’s shadow because she has so much potential. Even the supposed highlight of Suicide Squad, Harley, was still somehow operating with the Joker as a big figure in the background. To see her breakout as her own would be a nice focus.
Batman and Harley Quinn the animated film will be out in select theaters on Aug. 14. The day after, it will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD.
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It’s not uncommon for a previously stand-alone movie to be stretched into a threequel to explore character dynamics and backstories. It would be more efficient if it has been planned as a threequel, though reality, budget, and box office performance will always be issues to deal with in the industry.
That’s why successful trilogies and sequels that were born from the original material alone are worth exploring--and the directors who are able to make that happen even more so.
This is probably one of the reasons why Matt Reeves is a favorite to helm DC Comics’ Batman. Barring bad performance in the future of DC films, it’s likely that The Batman movie starring Ben Affleck will follow in the footsteps of Wonder Woman, which pretty much has a sequel deal sealed. Speaking to Fandango, Reeves shared how he plans to create a trilogy for Batman--and it’s similar to how he went about with the Apes trilogy:
“I have ideas about an arc, but really, the important thing is just to start. You have to start with a story that begins something. And I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.”
Perhaps the same route is in the cards for The Batman trilogy with Reeves now at the helm. Even if Batman v Superman may not have readily started a Batman trilogy, maybe the director’s experience with trilogy-creation can help progress DC Comics’ dark horse.
For now, we can look forward to Justice League (and its possible storyline for Batman), coming this November.
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The mechanics for Peter Parker’s powers as Spider-Man in the MCU is still a little hazy—at least until we finally see a few of it played out in theaters when the movie arrives.
There was one thing that director Jon Watts had confirmed, and that was that Spidey won’t have the tingly Spider Sense in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It even served as some kind of an explanation as to how some of the heroes got a one-up on our web-slinger.
However, Marvel Studios big boss Kevin Feige is now suggesting that Spider-Man may actually have the Spider Sense after all. In an interview with IGN, Feige said:
“I think he has it with or without that suit. I think how we explore it in a cinematic sense will change. I mean, that was sort of a big showy part of previous versions and we thought that we’d make it more of an internal, sort of second nature thing for him.”
Feige followed up that the Spider Sense may not be as apparent in the movie, but that the team will somehow slowly introduce the concept. He even went so far as to confirm that the Spider Sense is within Peter and not the suit, so I guess that would somehow mean giving Peter his own power.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is almost here, and will debut in theaters on July 7.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been in production for a decade for director Luc Besson. And his passion shows through—so much so that singer Rihanna, who has been seen in trailers for the movie, has enjoyed working on the project.
Sharing with Lain Networks, the singer talked about what exactly appealed to her about Valerian, and among that is her character, Bubble. According to Rihanna, viewers will be introduced to Bubbles in the cabaret, and from the looks of it, Bubble seems to be a sensitive artist at heart—to the point that she doesn’t want people getting too in-your-face with her art:
“She’s in this place and she has to perform and the thing that makes her feel free is her performing, her being an artist, her becoming whatever and making people happy in that way. She’s an entertainer.”
Even though her character is mostly focused on art, Rihanna herself is pretty interested in the sci-fi aspect of the movie. She said that Valerian, in particular, is grounded enough in reality without being too real and gritty. We’ve already seen glimpses of the world in the movie, so I guess that speaks for itself.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be out in theaters on July. It stars Cara Delavingne, Dane Dehann, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna.
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Niantic Labs may be enjoying a new boost in popularity for Pokemon Go with the introduction of Raids and new Gym battle mechanics, but things aren’t all sunshine and good times, at least not in the area of its policies.
It appears that the Korean Consumer Agency has called out the developer and the app for its unfair policy and terms when it comes to refunds. According to the Korea Times, the KCA found it unfair that players cannot refund unused items purchased in game, which is unlike other games in Korea.
“This is a very unfavorable refund condition compared to those of most online games in Korea, which allow refunds with about a 10 percent deduction from the leftover virtual cash. It needs to be reformed.”
And with the very relevant issue of blocks and stopping of service in Pokemon Go, the KCA also noted that it was unfair for players who cannot apply for a refund in case of service stoppage.
As if the note for the developer’s apparent negligence, the KCA has also brought up the possibility of discussing with its U.S. counterpart for potential ways to deal with this issue.
There will always be risks when it comes to games, and mobile titles are no exception. With the growing popularity of Pokemon Go, I wonder if this particular issue will bear fruit, especially if it catches on beyond Korea’s territory.
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As the third Spider-Man movie in a short span of time, it’s no wonder that fans are asking if it’s still relevant to have another Spidey movie in what a superhero-dominated industry.
The challenge of ensuring that Spider-Man: Homecoming will stand out from previous iterations was accepted by director Jon Watts and the rest of the production crew, and it’s boils down to one thing: balancing the hero with the growing up part.
To do this, Watts entailed the help of the Avengers; that is, Spider-Man: Homecoming is operating with the background story of the Avengers existing in the same timeline and city as Peter Parker. In an interview with Scifi Now, Watts revealed that this is a key element in making this version stand out:
“He was always so lonely before. In the other movies, he was always the only superhero in the world, and that’s a different story.”
What’s more, we also have the context of a real coming-of-age story for our friendly neighborhood hero:
“By being able to jump past the origin story we’re able to explore a side of Spider-Man that we haven’t really got to see that much. Having him be young and stay young is good. I was much more keen on spending time with him when he was still a kid. I thought there was a lot more to be mined from that. And then also capturing just the excitement of what it would feel like to be that age and have those amazing powers.”
While Spider-Man: Homecoming will dabble in the lighthearted fun of being a super kid, that doesn’t mean that Watts won’t explore dramatic scenes. He admitted that there will be those scenes, but the concept of a fun experience, set in the real Queens, will be the main tone of the movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be out in theaters on July 7.
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Hot on the heels of Fullmetal Alchemist’s positive feedback, Tokyo Ghoul’s live-action film may be gearing fans for an equally positive viewing experience. At the Anime Expo 2017, fans were able to preview Tokyo Ghoul, and the reception from that audience had been overwhelmingly positive.
One fan Redditor cristinelv has posted a quick update on what was shown at the event—and from the looks of it, Tokyo Ghoul is one of the better anime adaptations around town:
“I just wanted to share a few quick thoughts about the movie. HANDS DOWN THE BEST ANIME LIVE ACTION I HAVE EVER SEEN. I was blown away. It definitely stayed true to the manga. The steady pace of storyline was easy to follow for those who have never read the manga or seen the anime. All of the main cast did an amazing job bringing the characters to life.”
The Redditor added that the main character, portrayed by Masataka Kubota was perfect as Ken Kaneki. What’s more, the kagunes used by the Ghouls were reportedly well-executed. We’ve already seen glimpses of these in the trailers, and that alone made me think that Tokyo Ghoul’s live-action adaptation is worth checking out.
The poster is also supposedly excited for the sequels. Whether or not that’s a hint that was showcased at the Anime Expo 2017, we’ll have to wait for the official announcement. But it does have me definitively hyped for the movie.
Tokyo Ghoul will air in U.S. theaters, though this will most likely be held after the July 29 airing in Japan theaters.
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Variety announced that The Reflection is set to arrive on NHK on July 22—and it’s bringing an interesting story with it. The Reflection will run for 12 episodes, which will follow the adventures of Xon and I-Guy, the superhero and villain respectively in the series.
The story starts after the global disaster called Reflection happens. What exactly that event is, we’re not really given concrete clues, but from the event, people are granted special powers, and the two lead characters are among them.
The Reflection will be directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, The Flowers of Evil). Trevor Horn and Yoshiko Umakoshi are onboard as the music producer and character designer for the show. Studio Deen will do the production. Shinichiro Miki will voice Xon, while Satoshi Mikami will dub I-Guy.
I’m actually excited for the show. Apart from a slight personal favorite voice actor Miki playing he lead role, I want to see how The Reflection will be animated. Mushishi is one of those animes that has quite the slow pace, but the animation is pretty good. Perhaps Studio Deen can actually experiment on that kind of animation with a superhero setting.
I’m just waiting for the show to be released outside Japan, hopefully in the near future.
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BioWare may be bringing in a familiar race from the trilogy, which is technically new to Andromeda. The developer has confirmed that it will include the batarians in the new game.
Not just that, this new race will be playable in the game. This was confirmed in a new clip released via Twitter. The teaser shows the first hint of the batarians alongside the teaser of the Platinum Difficulty, which was the original announcement in the first place.
Take your skills to the next level. Platinum Difficulty is coming to APEX Multiplayer. pic.twitter.com/RbqH0PrQjo— Mass Effect (@masseffect) July 4, 2017
This makes sense, given how the multiplayer mode, where the batarians will be appearing in the game, is known to be tied with the canon Mass Effect universe. This is a nice addition for those who may have been stuck with the notion that single player-wise, the batarians aren’t featured at all.
This may be a bit of good news considering the recent report that Mass Effect Andromeda may actually not have DLC plans for its single-player campaign. While that in itself hasn’t been confirmed or debunked by the developer, the inclusion of the batarians may have an interesting backstory to go with it. At least that’s something players can look forward to as a new addition to the game.
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