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A Set Injury Might Mean Major Delays for Cowboy Bebop

Yikes.
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John Cho, oh no! The star of the upcoming Netflix live-action version of Cowboy Bebop has had an on-set mishap, and it could mean that the series is a lot later than we thought it would be.

As reported by Variety, Cho, while filming a scene in New Zealand, sustained a serious knee injury. Due to the severity of the injury, and Netflix’s unwillingness to recast his role, Cowboy Bebop’s production has been halted for his recovery, which reportedly could mean seven to nine months of delays.

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It’s not clear what happened precisely to cause the injury, but it was, according to a source, not a big stunt that would have been a likely villain for such a mishap. These things happen, though. One time I hurt my knee walking into the kitchen to get pasta. Couldn’t walk for two weeks. Had a bad time.

Anyway, Cho himself seems to be in good humor about the situation, posting a Bruce Lee quote on his Instagram: “Water can flow or it can crash.” And crash indeed it did. Also props to Netflix for sticking with Cho, who is a compelling choice for Spike Spiegel, the coolest bounty hunter alive.

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Cowboy Bebop will resume production sometime next year. 


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Source: Kotaku.com

Pokémon Anime Stars A New Protagonist And Ash

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The brand new Pokémon TV anime will star not one, but two trainers as the main protagonists.

According to My Navi News and Famitsu, the new main character is named Go (ゴウ or Gou), a 10-year-old who dreams of catching all them all with Scorbunny as his partner. Go will be voiced by Daiki Yamashita, who was awarded Best Male Newcomer at the 2014 Seiyu Awards.

As My Navi News notes, both characters are the leads, unlike the previous series in which Ash was the protagonist and the other characters were in supporting roles.

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Image: TV Tokyo

Titled Pocket Monster, the show takes place in the Galar region of Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as the Johto and Kanto regions.

Ash’s character design has once again changed. You can see how Ash’s appearance has evolved below:

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Here is a detailed speculation on the design cues for the new characters.

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Pocket Monsters will air starting November 17 in Japan.

Source: Kotaku.com

Every Game Needs A Studio Trigger Anime Opening

Today Skullgirls studio Lab Zero Games debuted the animated opening to Indivisible, the eagerly-anticipated action role-playing game. I thought I could not get more excited about this game. I was wrong. Flashy animated intros from Studio Trigger, the folks behind Kill La Kill, have that effect. Every game should have one.

Founded by former Gainax employees in 2011, Studio Trigger has mastered the art of balancing motion and emotion. When characters in their animation are angry, they move angry. When they are filled with joy, so are their movements. Their work never fails to get me excited about whatever it’s attached to. Case in point, the Indivisible intro.

It’s so good. I want to join Ajna and her party. I want to kick those little ball-teeth creatures in the face. Who are all those people towards the end? I want to meet them.

The Indivisible intro runs two minutes and 20 seconds, which is plenty of time for any animator to get the crowd going. What can Studio Trigger do with 30 seconds?

That’s the opening for Shantae and the Seven Sirens, the fifth game in Wayforward’s long-running action platformer series. It’s frantic and catchy, gives all the characters a little screen time, and then sends us packing to Apple Arcade, where the first chapter of the game is now available to play.

From short and sweet intros to original works like Promare, the studio’s first full-length feature, Trigger hasn’t failed to dazzle me yet. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I wouldn’t mind every single game I play ever again opening with some Studio Trigger animation. Pokémon. Call of Duty. Tetris. All of them.

Source: Kotaku.com

Person Naruto Runs Through ‘Storm Area 51’ Newscast

In what started as a joke and is now our manifest reality, thousands of people are expected to storm Area 51 today. Today, we witnessed just one of many on camera running through the desert like characters from the popular anime series Naruto.

“Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” began as a joke Facebook event earlier this year. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens,” the post read. Two million people hit “Going.” There were plans for a music fest called “Alienstock.” But in the intervening months, the Facebook event’s creator has condemned the initiative, citing a lack of infrastructure and safety issues, and the event has been removed. A spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force told the Washington Post that Area 51 “is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”

Today is the planned date of the event, and according to 13 Action News, Rachel, Nevada, is still preparing for an onslaught of alien truthers and Naruto fans. In the 13 Action News report, one attendee gave the world a demonstration of their grit and dedication to seeing them aliens:

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You can watch the full clip here.

It’s a skillful and practiced Naruto run. For those intimidated by this young lad’s chops, thankfully, there is a surprisingly thorough WikiHow on how to “Run Like Naruto.” Just don’t do it near army bases.

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Source: Kotaku.com

Listen to the Original Voice of Ash Ketchum Congratulate Him on a Long-Awaited Pokémon League Win

I’m so proud of this never-aging fictional character.
Image: TV Tokyo

He’s finally bloody done it. Ash Ketchum, star of the Pokémon anime and perennial clutcher of defeat from the jaws of victory, is finally the winner of a Regional Pokémon League. The world of Pokémon fandom is rejoicing with him, including…himself?

Well, actually it’s sort of herself: in the first eight seasons of the western dub of the Pokémon anime, Ash was voiced by voiceover actress Veronica Taylor. Although since then, all the way up to the currently airing Pokémon Sun and Moon anime, Ash has been voiced by Sarah Natochenny, to many fans Taylor is the Ash voice they grew up with, and Taylor clearly still relishes just how much the character means to fans.

Which means that today’s news is extra cause for celebration. The latest episode of Sun and Moon aired in Japan this weekend, and saw Ash triumph over Gladion to become the inaugural winner of the Alola Region Pokémon League. While previously in the anime Ash has won major tournaments like the Orange Island Challenge and Battle Frontier, neither held the same status as either the anime or the video game series’ traditional Regional League competitions.

All the way from Kanto up to Kalos, Ash has faced crushing defeat after crushing defeat in the anime versions of the Regional League battles—the Kalos loss in Pokémon XYZ being the closest his got, causing heartbreak among fans when it seemed like he had a killer Pokémon team and was, at last, about to break his losing streak. But two years later he’s finally done it, and Taylor took to Twitter (with the help of a little Ash figurine) to deliver an inspirational message to the character she once embodied:

Hey, Ash! It’s your younger—but still the same age—self, Ash Ketchum! Congratulations on winning the Pokémon League! I wanna say I always knew you could do it, but really? I didn’t. I only knew that to achieve your goals, you had to train hard—and that is true, but along the way I’ve found out the importance of constantly learning, and challenging yourself, and being open to new experiences. That, by helping others, you help yourself. And mostly: it’s not winning that counts, but how you play the game.

But man, it sure feels good to win. Congratulations, and keep up the good work. I gotta go—Mom’s making dinner with Mr. Mime. Catch you later!

Awww. It’s nice to see Taylor acknowledge her character’s journey, even if she’s no longer actually a part of it. It makes Ash’s win all the sweeter.


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Source: Kotaku.com

Ash Just Won A Pokémon League In The Anime

Perennial loser Ash Ketchum is now a winner. In the most recent episode of the Pokémon Sun Moon anime, Ash broke his losing streak with a championship trophy.

For decades, Ash has lost. In 2016, he lost a heartbreaker during the Kalos League finals in the Pokémon XYZ anime. But now, he is Alola’s current reigning champ.

The Ash-always-loses meme is finished!

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Even Ash can’t believe it.

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Of course, Ash did win the Orange Island League, but that was two decades ago and that tournament wasn’t really up to typical League standards.

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Congrats to Ash and Pikachu!

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Source: Kotaku.com

The Pokémon Anime Is Now Old Enough To Drink

On September 7, 1998, the first episode of the Pokémon anime aired in the United States. That was 21 years ago. Oh God.

The show’s first-ever episode, Pokémon – I Choose You!, is the beginning of the whole Pokémon universe, showing Ash’s first meeting with Pikachu. It’s all fairly pedestrian when you just watch this episode in isolation, but by reaching such a milestone, Pokémon has proven itself almost eternal, immune to the whims of kids’ ever-changing tastes and the rolling tides of popular culture.

While I Choose You is the first episode sequentially in the series, it was bizarrely shown second in the US. On September 7, 1998, the 15th episode in the first season, Battle Aboard the St. Anne, became the first ever Pokémon episode to be aired on American TV (likely because it was more action-packed), with I Choose You following on September 8. Battle Aboard the St. Anne was then shown again on September 27 in its correct place in the series.

(This is the part where I point out that the show debuted over a year earlier in Japan, in April 1997, while the first games were released even earlier, back in 1996).

Some long-running properties like Transformers and TMNT have needed breaks between periods of popularity to catch their breath, while others like Barbie are forced to constantly and completely reinvent themselves. Pokémon, on the other hand, has just kept on being Pokémon, which is a testament to how strong the central hook—some kids on an adventure with cool and weird monsters who sometimes fight—has proven.

What’s not eternal is anyone old enough to remember those first episodes, because this anniversary is a reminder that we are all made of ash and dust, and our fleeting time on this Earth can now be measured not just in years, but in Pokémon series.

If you want to reminisce and watch the whole episode, it’s up for free on Pokemon.com.

Thanks for the reminder Bulbapedia!

Source: Kotaku.com

Watch A Dude Make Dragon Ball’s Goku From Wood

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Workshop Au Lac Wood Art does highly-detailed, traditional wood carvings in its native Vietnam. Instead of watching artisans carve a Buddhist deity, let’s watch one make a Goku!

But first, take a moment to appreciate the artisan’s skills and dedication:

Incredible, no? Below, those skills are brought to bear in creating this Goku wood carving.

Blessed with lush forests, Vietnam has long been famous for its wood carvings. Typical sculptures, however, are often religious and seeing that tradition applied to Dragon Ball is fascinating. 

Source: Kotaku.com

Japanese News Station Apologizes After Misquote About Kyoto Animation Fire Victim

Screenshot: Fuji TV
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Fuji TV, one of Japan’s largest television networks, has apologized after an unfortunate misquote that called director Yasuhiro Takemoto an “idiot.” Takemoto was one of the victims of last month’s tragic Kyoto Animation fire.

Yasuhiro Takemoto helmed some of Kyoto Animation’s most popular anime. The 47-year-old took over directing duties for Lucky Star and would go on to direct the feature film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya as well as the 2017 anime series Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Authorities have confirmed that Takemoto was among the victims claimed by the fire.

On Fuji TV’s Live News it! program, one of Takemoto’s high school classmates was interviewed. The classmate said, “There isn’t a genius like him.”

Screenshot: Fuji TV (Edit by Kotaku)

You can see the quote at the bottom of the screen in white text. The classmate used the word tensai (天才), which means “genius” or “prodigy.” The word is used twice in the original quote.

However, in the upper right corner, the quote attributed to his classmate is incorrect and reads, “There isn’t an idiot like him.” The text reads aho (アホ), which means “idiot” or “fool” in the Kansai dialect.

These two words are not easily mixed up. They are even written in different scripts, with tensai being written in kanji and aho being written in katakana. As in English, typos do happen in Japanese, but the typical ones have incorrect kanji characters for a word. This is not the mistake that happened here.

As Daily Sports reports, during the middle of the broadcast, news anchor Takeshi Okudera said, “We have an apology and a correction.” The anchor explained that there was a mistake in the onscreen text, adding that it should have read tensai (genius). He then apologized for the mistake.

Source: Kotaku.com

Kyoto Animation Will Release Its New Film As Planned

Image: Kyoto Animation

This September, Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden spin-off anime will be released as originally scheduled.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere for Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll was scheduled for an August 3 premiere at Germany’s Animagic convention. According to the event’s organizers, the showing will commence as planned “at the express request of the studio.”

Kai-You adds that the movie will be released as planned in Japan this September. This comes as earlier this month, a fire was set at Kyoto Animation’s studio in Fushimi, claiming at least 35 lives.

Violet Evergarden was originally a light novel that debuted in 2015 and was published by Kyoto Animation. An anime series followed in 2018.

Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll is a spin-off movie and starting September 6, it will play in theaters only for a three-week run in Japan. No word about an international release.

Another new Kyoto Animation movie, Violet Evergarden the Movie, was previously announced for a January 10 release in Japanese cinemas.

Source: Kotaku.com