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Anime soccer game lets you score extravagant goals

Sports and anime have long been a perfect pair. Now Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is bringing video games into the mix as well and its first trailer is exactly as ridiculous and amazing as you would hope.

Captain Tsubasa players definitely want to kick the soccer ball with their feet and put it in the back of the opposing goal, but they’re using strikes infused with the power of tigers to get it done. According to the game’s announcement from Tamsoft and Bandai Namco Entertainment, it will feature several different modes, though it’s unclear what exactly that means.

Captain Tsubasa is a long-running Japanese manga series following Tsubasa, a kid who was born only to play soccer. Since it was created by Yōichi Takahashi in the early-80s, Captain Tsubasa has had several manga runs, a few different anime adaptations, and well over a dozen video games. Most of the games in the recent past were released on mobile platforms. Rise of the New Champions is the first Captain Tsubasa game to make it to a home console since 2006’s Captain Tsubasa was released on the PlayStation 2.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions will be released sometime in 2020 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.


Anime is for everyone in the joyful world of TikTok memes

Junko Enoshima, the glamorous antagonist of the Danganronpa franchise, is many things: a despair addict, a fashion icon, an unhinged mastermind, and most lately, a TikTok It Girl. From trends like “Junko posing” to audio memes like “anime is an important part of our culture,” Junko is smeared across TikTok’s hashtags and recommendations alike. However, it’s not just anime stan accounts getting in on the fun — even Italian e-boys and TikTok’s favorite dancing ferret are reenacting Junko’s hijinks.

The proliferation of Danganronpa isn’t the only anime-related phenomenon that’s inescapable on TikTok. Across the 2010s, anime has gone from a niche passion to the mainstream, where corporations embraced the buying power of fans rather than demonizing their communities. In the last decade, you’d find at least one kid in every high school proudly wearing this specific Attack on Titan hoodie on a daily basis. When Kim Kardashian posted a photo of Zero Two from Darling in the Franxx on Instagram, all bets were off; anime was for everyone.

The anime references on TikTok, and the culture that surrounds them, aren’t superficial. Fandoms are the genesis of trends, but somewhere along the way, it became cool for jocks to pose to melodramatic anime audio clips. To understand why, you have to know Danganronpa.

The first Danganronpa game — Trigger Happy Havoc — was originally released in Japan in 2010. The basic plot of the franchise is simple: a class of exceptional high school students ends up trapped in the school, where a mechanical stuffed bear named Monokuma (the school’s self-proclaimed headmaster) informs them that in order to escape, they’ll need to get away with murdering one of their classmates. Junko is the game’s secret villain: after posing as a student and faking her death along the way, she reveals herself as the mastermind who has been pulling Monokuma’s strings. “All I want is despair,” she crows, both in the game’s final act and in a popular TikTok audio, “and there’s no reason for it!”

Trigger Happy Havoc screenshot of kids at the cafeteria table Trigger Happy Havoc Image: NIS America

In 2014, Trigger Happy Havoc was eventually distributed in the United States on PlayStation Vita, falling into cult acclaim for its melodrama and engaging gameplay. The Danganronpa franchise falls squarely into “anime culture” territory: aside from the fact that the games are anime-esque visual novels, Trigger Happy Havoc was adapted as an actual series in 2013, with a final run, 2016’s Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School, tying up the franchise’s loose ends.

Since entering Western consciousness, the series has built up a sizable following. In 2019, it was the ninth most popular video game franchise on Tumblr, the first time anything in the franchise cracked the fan-driven platform’s year-end lists since Danganronpa 3 clocked in at the 10th most popular anime or manga in 2016. Part of that resurgence is likely due to the franchise’s sure footing on TikTok, which relaunched in its current form in August 2018 after TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, acquired and fused the service with the lip-syncing app

There’s plenty of Danganronpa content on TikTok that’s explicitly about Danganronpa, intended to appeal to other fans. Dig around and you’ll find short videos of characters like Junko or Monokuma, or clips that reference events in the series itself. Danganronpa’s cult following and sizeable fandom ensures that each iteration of a lip sync or reference will blow up: according to public viewership numbers on TikTok, the #danganronpa hashtag boasts 2 billion views vis-á-vis #anime’s 7.3 billion.

What’s more exceptional are the Danganronpa-related phenomena that transcend the borders of fandom, appealing to a more general base of TikTok users. “Junko posing,” a trend that sees TikTokers switching between four of the character’s iconic game poses, typically plays out to the sounds of Sporty-O’s “Let Me Hit It,” which had a meme career of its own in the early 2010s. On TikTok, however, it’s become the Junko posing song — while the trend was spearheaded by cosplayers and anime fans, it eventually spread to accounts whose primary focus wasn’t anime. Out of context, it’d be easy to stumble on the trend and take part without knowledge of its roots.

That’s less true for the “anime is an important part of our culture” meme, which lays dialogue from the English dub of Danganronpa 3 over bbnos$ and Lentra’s “nursery.” Though the dialogue is explicitly tied to both anime and Junko herself, it’s regularly invoked by users whose accounts, at least on the surface, had little to do with Danganronpa or anime fandom.

That popularity, and subsequent dissociation, of anime memes from anime fandom is a result of Danganronpa possessing valuable TikTok traits. The platform’s users have wholeheartedly embraced melodrama and cringe content, and thrive off of easily mimicked physical challenges; audio clips (like the “Cuphead Rap”) that have both a pulsating beat and personality in spades have a good shot at staking a claim on the platform. Both of the Danganronpa trends that have gone viral outside of fan circles have done so because they fall into content categories that users already love: Junko posing doesn’t require an abundance of coordination or skill but makes for a flashy performance, while “anime is an important part of culture” is cartoonishly hilarious (“he’s gonna burst a blood vessel because I dissed his waifu!”), but also features a pulsating beat that’s easy to dance or pose to.

That’s what’s exceptional: trends that started as expressions of anime fandom on TikTok have become phenomena that appeal to a broader audience that’s not necessarily tuned into the source content. In fact, it’s less common for memes that are so explicitly tied to a specific fandom to go viral. More frequently, popular anime-related content isn’t tied to much other than “anime” in the broadest sense. The recent “anime girl running” trend is based off of general anime tropes — ridiculous running and unrealistically large boobs — rather than any kind of specific reference.

Aside from the fact that the anime’s drama and over-the-top characterizations match up with TikTok’s performance values, part of the reason that anime phenomena have found a home on TikTok is because anime, as others have noted, is cool now. Actor Michael B. Jordan released a limited-edition, Naruto-inspired collection with Coach in 2019. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion posed in full Todoroki (of My Hero Academia) cosplay on the cover of Paper magazine in August. Even aside from celebrity endorsements, major anime series like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, or My Hero Academia are full of recognizable signifiers that are part of today’s pop culture text.

Ultimately, anime’s integration into TikTok culture, from explicit references to more tangential phenomena like nightcore music (a genre that today essentially means sped- and pitched-up tracks) that harkens back to early to mid 2010s anime fandom, is indicative of a new evolution of anime fandom as a whole. After a decade that saw anime go from a niche to a marketable interest, the 2020s anime is set to become a major facet of Gen Z meme culture, both on TikTok and elsewhere. Danganronpa’s popularity is due to the fact that it epitomizes a number of characteristics that play out well on a platform filled with users who are already receptive to anime content, fans or not.

However, Junko Enoshima is more than a one-off hit: even older anime mainstays like the “Caramelldansen” have been making a comeback on the app while tunes like Giorno’s theme from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure have soundtracked anime-dissociated trends. Whatever the assumptions about anime’s potential for mass consumption, made by outsiders or the fandom itself, it’s clear that Japan’s animation output is an important part of TikTok — and global — culture.


The Witcher on track to be Netflix’s biggest debut ever, but the definition of ‘biggest’ just changed

Geralt and his monster-hunting exploits have already made The Witcher one of Netflix’s biggest shows ever. The streaming company reported to shareholders on Tuesday that just one month after its release, the series is already on track to become the platform’s biggest “season one TV series ever.”

According to Netflix’s shareholder letter for Q4 2019, in its first four weeks of The Witcher’s availability, 76 million “member households chose to watch.” The letter also says that The Witcher showed how Netflix content can “penetrate the global zeitgeist,” because it helped cause an increase in sales for The Witcher books, and video games, since the series’ release. Of course, Netflix also can’t help but mention that the song “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” has been stuck in everyone’s heads for a month now too.

While 76 million is certainly an impressive number, it’s worth noting that this latest shareholder letter also redefines the way Netflix calculates viewers. In the old metric, Netflix used to count viewers as anyone who watched at least 70% of one episode or of an entire film. However, because Netflix content varies in length, both from show to show and from shows to movies, it has decided to now count based on how many “households” — this means accounts — chose to watch a title.

The letter specifies that “chose” includes anyone who watched at least two minutes of any piece of content on Netflix. The idea here is that if someone turns something on for two minutes, they made an intentional choice to watch it.

The shareholder letter compares this new metric to the tracking used by things like YouTube, with view counts, or the New York Times, which tracks when articles on the website are opened.

Netflix is also careful to mention that this new system of reporting means that the viewership numbers will go up. In the letter, Netflix gives the example of Our Planet, which had 45 million households choose to watch it, versus the 33 million that watched under the previous metric. This leads to an increase, says Netflix, of about 35% higher ratings.

Under this new metric, Netflix also reported the ratings for several other shows and movies that have premiered over the last quarter. Michael Bay’s explosive, globe-trotting action movie 6 Underground, which stars Ryan Reynolds, had 83 million households choose to watch it over its first four weeks. Meanwhile, Netflix estimates that 54 million households will choose to watch the second season of You in its first four weeks, while 21 million chose to watch The Crown season 3 — up 40% from season 2.

Netflix also notes that it received 24 Academy Awards across eight different films, more than any other single studio. But while it recognizes the awards promise of movies like The Irishman, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes, it doesn’t give specific numbers for any of them, outside of mentioning that the films were “popular with our members.”

Netflix has always been more likely to report numbers if a show or movie was a huge hit. While this new metric will let Netflix report higher numbers than it previously did, it still isn’t particularly open about viewership (the metric itself is explained in a footnote of the shareholders letter). But perhaps with the new metrics, the streaming giant will more frequently report on its more modest successes like The Crown, alongside shows like The Witcher that top its charts.


New update coming to Modern Warfare on January 22

Infinity Ward’s Senior CM Ashton Williams has announced that a new patch update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to release on January 22.

The new update will be available on all platforms.

In the tweet, Williams says the new update will include:

  • New Crossbow weapon – earned through in-game challenges. Arriving on January 22, this super-sleek one-hit kill weapon is available to earn and add to your Modern Warfare arsenal. Visit the Marksman Rifles tab in the Loadout menu to find the Crossbow. You’ll have to complete a marksman rifle related to challenge in order to earn this bad bolt of a weapon
  • 5 Additional Loadout Slots
  • Fix for player collision issue

And more to come. Per a now deleted Activision Blog post, the update will also see Aniyah Palace return to Ground War.

The full patch notes for the update will be posted when the patch goes live on January 22, so stay tuned.

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Smash Bros Director Masahiro Sakurai Played A Lot Of PlayStation 4 Games In 2019

Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, has a reputation as a very hard worker. In 2019, however, it seems that he was able to find plenty of time to play other games.

Sakurai has tweeted about the recently released PlayStation infograph, which shows you how many PS4 games you played in the year, and which ones you played the most. Sakurai did not reveal his hour counts, but it turns out he played a lot of PS4 games in 2019.

Sakurai loaded up 242 PS4 games throughout the year, and the tweet ponders what the number would be if Switch and PC games were included as well. It’s an interesting insight into a developer who is heavily associated with Nintendo–it seems Sakurai is partial to PlayStation as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have a list of the games–we imagine a lot of them were fighting games.

Masahiro Sakurai has certainly more than earned the spare time he has outside of his continued work on Super Smash Bros Ultimate–the game is now the best-selling fighting game of all time, and the second-highest selling game on Switch. The final fighter of the game’s first DLC Fighter’s Pass was recently announced–it’s Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and they’re coming on January 28.

Between now and the end of 2021, Super Smash Bros Ultimate will receive six additional fighters, so work on the game is ongoing.


Halo Co-Creator’s New FPS Launches Multiplayer Beta Soon, Here’s How To Sign Up

Disintegration, the new FPS from Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto and his studio V1 Interactive, will launch its first multiplayer beta on January 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

This is a closed beta, so you will need to be chosen to participate. You can sign up for a chance to get into the beta here on the Disintegration website.

The Disintegration beta will feature two modes and maps, as well as seven different “Crews,” which are different character roles featuring unique loadouts. The main hook of Disintegration’s multiplayer is its “Gravcycles,” which enable you to hover above the battlefield. While you’re shooting enemies mid-air, you’re also controlling ground units.

Check out the gameplay video above to get a closer look at at Disintegration’s multiplayer gameplay. The game also has a single-player campaign.

Joining Lehto at V1 Interactive is SOCOM director and co-creator Mike Gutmann. The studio is relatively small, as it describes itself as an indie outfit comprised of around 30 developers.

Disintegration is published by Private Division, the independent games label run by Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two. Private Division also published Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds and Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets’ new game, Ancestors.


This Week in Modern Warfare – New Weapon, New Updates, And More

Activision Blog has shared a look at what’s coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare this week. (Update: the Activision blog post has since been removed.)

Infinity Ward confirmed in their community update on January 17 that a new patch update is expected for the game at some point this week, with patch notes for the update to come when the update goes live.

This week will see the addition of the Cross Bow to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Meet your new friend, the Crossbow. Arriving on January 22, this super-sleek one-hit kill weapon is available to earn and add to your Modern Warfare arsenal. Visit the Marksman Rifles tab in the Loadout menu to find the Crossbow. You’ll have to complete a marksman rifle related to challenge in order to earn this bad bolt of a weapon. Check out our Crossbow blog this week on the Games Blog for tips ‘n tricks to earning this weapon.

In addition Aniyah Palace returns to Ground War.

Aniyah Palace returns to Ground War. Play large-scale Multiplayer battles at this exquisite palace and landscape. Jump in to play this Ground War experience on January 22.  

This week also sees the launch of the Call of Duty League with the Launch Weekend Event in Minnesota.

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Call of Duty League Team Skins coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Update

UPDATE – Jan 20 at 7:00PM ET: Activision Blog has since deleted the “This Week in Call of Duty” blog post that detailed the launch of CDL team camos. The company also had an article up detailing some of the CDL teams that had references and images, shown below, of the CDL team camos. That reference and images have been since removed.

We’ve reached out for a comment from the company.

Original Story:

Activision Blizzard has announced that Call of Duty League team customization gear is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as the company celebrates the launch of the brand new Call of Duty esports league.

All 12 Call of Duty League teams will have their own gear sets in-game in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for players.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Store on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will see Call of Duty League Gear starting January 24, including Home and Away skins for Operators, Weapon Camos, calling cards, and more.

Players can visit the Store this week to get official Call of Duty League gear for your Operators in game. The team packs include home and away skins for your Operators, weapon camos that can be equipped to any weapon, calling cards, and more. Celebrate your favorite team by heading to the Franchise Store tab in the Modern Warfare Store and scroll down to pick up the Call of Duty League team bundle of your choice, scheduled to launch on January 24. 

Here’s a look at more bundles:

Available January 24.

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Twin Peaks creator David Lynch interrogates a monkey in Netflix short film

It’s David Lynch’s birthday — the renowned artist turned 74 on Monday — but we’re the ones who got a gift. The latest arrival on Netflix is a 17-minute short film called What Did Jack Do? that was written, directed, and edited by Lynch.

Netflix lists What Did Jack Do? under the genres “dramas,” “crime dramas,” “mysteries,” and “experimental movies,” and describes it as “offbeat” and “cerebral.” If it helps, I can lay out the basic premise for you: A detective (Lynch) grills a suit-wearing capuchin monkey suspected of murder, a crime for which the train station where the interrogation takes place has been put on lockdown. The film’s black-and-white look, with dirt and grain in the image, brings to mind Lynch’s first feature, 1977’s Eraserhead.

While all of that is true, it fails to encapsulate the essence of this bizarre work. Lynch puts the screws to the monkey, and the monkey returns fire with plenty of sass. Credited as Jack Cruz playing himself, the primate speaks through an unnerving visual effect similar to Syncro-Vox, which you may know better from that old Late Night with Conan O’Brien bit in which Conan “interviewed” celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It doesn’t appear to be a CG monkey, though; Bob Dunn’s Animal Services is listed in the credits as providing animal trainers for the production.

Here’s a sample of the tough-talking dialogue straight out of the noir genre:

Jack: You are a strong-arm man?
Detective: You could say that.
Jack: I just did.
Detective: Well, there is no Santa Claus.
Jack: I won’t be here for Christmas.

Their back-and-forth is full of non sequiturs, as you can see, and I’m still not quite sure exactly what the plot is except that it involves a murder, interspecies love, and a veritable zoo’s worth of animals (although Jack and a, um, fetching hen named Toototabon are the only ones we actually see). The only person in What Did Jack Do? aside from the detective is a waitress played by Emily Stofle, an actress who is also Lynch’s wife. And the film features a song, “True Love’s Flame,” written by Lynch and longtime collaborator Dean Hurley. This all combines to be … well, it’s a lot.

While What Did Jack Do? just debuted on Netflix, it’s not new per se — the very end of the credits says “© 2016 Absurda: The Year of Monkey.” (Absurda is listed as “A David Lynch Company,” apparently named after a 2007 short film of his, and 2016 was indeed the year of the monkey in the Chinese calendar.)

What Did Jack Do? premiered in November 2017 at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a modern art museum in Paris that also produced the short film. And it turns out that Lynch was working on it as early as 2014, when he was already in the midst of preproduction on the third season of Twin Peaks. He hinted at the project in a December 2014 interview with The Guardian, saying, “I love to build things and this is for a monkey film.” (Lynch is also credited for set design and set construction on the film.) He continued, “I’m working with a monkey named Jack and that’ll come out sometime. It is not a chimpanzee, the monkey came up from South America.”

Glad that’s settled, then.


Destiny 2 Bastion Gravesite Guide: How To Find Reysk’s Grave

After a week of community-wide puzzle-solving, the maze-like Corridors of Time have finally been traversed in Destiny 2. Finding your way through the maze unlocks the Exotic quest for Bastion, a new Kinetic fusion rifle, fully two weeks early. You can wait until Tuesday to get the quest without the extra step of solving the Corridors of Time, but even if you skip the maze portion of the quest, you’ll still have to hunt down another secret.

That secret is a specific location on the Tangled Shore: a Fallen gravesite. It’s a bit out of the way and easy to miss. Here’s where you need to go to find the grave, which unlocks a new version of the Tangled Shore Strike known as The Hallowed Lair. If you need more info, check out our Bastion guide for a complete rundown on the Exotic quest.

Where To Find The Fallen Gravesite

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Head to the Tangled Shore and make your way to Four-Horned Gulch. Once there, you’re looking for the Trapper’s Cave Lost Sector, located in the middle of the area in a trench near its western side. Yo You won’t need to fully complete Trapper’s Cave to find what you’re looking for, but you’ll need to keep your eyes open to locate the gravesite.

Head Into Trapper’s Cave

Descend into Trapper’s Cave and make your way forward. You’ll first hit a group of sleeping Cabal War Beasts. Clear them out and keep moving into the next big room. You should find yourself at the top of a waterfall, with a bunch of Cabal Legionaries and Psions hanging out in the area below you.

Clear the enemies and drop down to the base of the waterfall. With the waterfall at your back, look to your left. You should see the smoky blue trail of Corrupted Ether swirling around the area, making a trail to the left wall of the room. Approach the spot, which is hidden a bit in shadow, and you’ll be prompted the check the gravesite.

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Interacting with the grave will give you a new step in the Bastion quest, awarding you the Altered Chief quest item. You’ll also trigger a Scorn ambush, so be careful not to get yourself blown up while you’re investigating the grave. Once you have what you need, you’re clear to leave Trapper’s Cave without moving on to complete the Lost Sector if you so choose.

Return To Saint-14

Once you’ve found the gravesite, your next step is to head back to Saint-14 and show him what you’ve found. That’ll unlock a new version of The Hallowed Lair on your Director, titled “The Hallowed Lair, Memento.” Head into the Strike and complete it to finish the Bastion quest. Check out our full Bastion guide and our Corridors of Time guide to make sure you complete all the steps, gather all the rewards, and unlock all the story for the Bastion quest.