Viz Media releases ‘K: Missing Kings’ anime film for DVD/Blu-ray

Viz Media released today K: MISSING KINGS as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a Standard Edition DVD Set.

The story follows one year after the original, recent K anime series. The further continuation follows from ViZ Media:

“In K: MISSING KINGS, Silver Clan members Kuro and Neko are on a mission to find their king, Shiro, who went missing after the battle on the School Island involving four of the seven colored kings. During their search, the two discover that Red Clan member Anna Kushina has become the target of the mysterious Green Clan, which intends to use the girl’s special power to track down Shiro. Now the Silver Clan and Red Clans find themselves joining forces to protect Shiro and Anna from this new threat. But will this unexpected alliance be enough to counter the Green Clan’s top fighters, as well as its king?”

The English dub English voice cast includes Sam Riegel as Yashiro Isana, Matt Mercer as Kuro Yatogami, and Stephanie Sheh as Neko.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is set at $29.98 U.S, $34.99 CAN, featuring full 1080p HD resolution, 16×9 video with character bio gallery and trailers. The Standard Edition DVD is $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN.

Funimation Films presents new ‘Your Name’ English dub trailer

Your Name, will be will be debuting in North American theaters on April 7, 2017, presented by Funimation Films.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai, the film tells a story about two high schoolers who continue to switch bodies on random nights. Eventually, their lives are intertwined and they connect. The film originally opened in Japan in 2016, becoming the country’s highest-grossing film of that year.

Funimation will present be two versions, an English-language dub (English voiceovers) and Japanese original language with English subtitles. Funimation Entertainment will also feature an all-new English-language soundtrack created by award-winning Japanese band RADWIMPS, the composers behind the original Japanese film soundtrack. The theatrical release will be very limited, to select theaters. Advance ticketing and more info is now available at its official site via at Funimation.com.

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Game Trailer – Evoland 2

Evoland 2 Official Trailer

  • Release Date: Summer 2015
  • Publishers: Shiro Games
  • Platform: Windows, probable others in the future.
  • Official Site: www.evoland2.com
  • Notes: Sequel to the first Evoland game. It is schedule to be released for the summer of 2015, hoever can be preordered now from the Evoland 2 official site.

Synopsis:

“Evoland 2 is the spiritual successor to the original Evoland with its graphics style changing as you travel through time and it’s gameplay evolving as you move along the storyline. It is also a much bigger game and a classic RPG at heart, with a complex scenario based on time travel, dozens of characters with their own backgrounds and ambitions and vastly different gameplay styles that are linked to the story and the player’s actions. Full of humor and references to classic games, the aptly named Evoland 2, A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder will bring a truly epic and extraordinary adventure, unlike anything you’ve ever played before!.”

– Official site, http://www.evoland2.com

Personal Thoughts:

I enjoyed the hell out of the original Evoland, though it was short and easy for this experienced player.

The original was more than the quirky premise of the many past console RPG games since the mid 1980s. The gameplay contained much on reverential humor, poking fun at tropes and overused plot devices. Players like myself got the frequent snark, especially at some cumbersome elements (yes, village music is terrible), as it just went ahead and reused them anyway (argh, not another random encounter!). The main characters (Kaeris, Clink) were often parodies or tributes (pick one), of one or more beloved gaming icons.  The gameplay was solid and good, accompanied by a good soundtrack.

However, all was short and very limited. The land, very small and the changing elements of the game from classic to modern was too few, for being such an original concept that added to this game’s uniqueness. The ending felt rushed, and unfulfilling. All that was left, were hidden dungeons and some mundane side questing. This was acceptable for the price I paid, but I wanted more.

And now, we get more in Evoland 2. The trailer reveals much, and more into the history of gaming. I can tell the original creator (or creators), put a lot more into this. I see fighting games, shooting games, puzzle games..all no doubt are accounted for in the similar humor-filled homage-filled tone of the first. I also see a bit more of what the changing style of the original, hopefully not following a chronological order and adding to the story itself. The game is also likely bigger than the first, as all sequels should. I can also hope for some ridiculously overly expansive and contrived story development, that will expand upon the overly simple script of the first. Also, I have no doubt the gameplay and soundtrack will be just good, perhaps better than the first.  The new challenge elements look good, especially the side-scroller play. I look forward to all this nostalgia, with hopefully more meta humor added in.

Yes to Evoland 2.  I look forward!

– Orion T

Game Trailer – Death’s Gambit

Death’s Gambit Official Reveal Trailer

Synopsis:

“Death’s Gambit is a challenging Action-RPG where you explore an alien medieval planet filled with beasts, knights, and horrors. Climb big creatures that will test your resolve. Fight dangerous monsters that will make you think outside the box. Sacrifice everything for glory.”

– Official site, deathsgambit.com

Personal Thoughts:

Foremost, its pleasing to see more indie game developers keep the spirit of 2D side scrollers alive and well. The heart of side scrollers can be as engaging and involving in storytelling as any (and more so for many classics) as any 3D or virtual reality gimmick out there. Also, when art and aesthetics apply well in a 2D side scroller, I think you get a special artistic touch one can truly appreciate in a game of this type.

That being said, the look and feel of Death’s Gambit proves that once again, 2D will never die. The gameplay looks great, and the challenges look epic. I say this, based on the excitement and grandness of the trailer. While it looks great as a hack and slash, it seems to go beyond. The care given to the backgrounds and specialized character designs (retro, but not going overboard as such) show a unique feel, with some serious worldbuilding; without weighing us down with text and unnecessary game mechanics.

And yes, riding and dealing with giants is bit reminiscent of the PS2 classic Shadow of the Colossus, but I don’t think that’s fair to make such a quick comparison (as another site said in its title, leading me to this). I think it just reminds me that this can be as great a game as that, using the very underused concept of attacking giants. With the Attack on Titan anime/manga being such a popular franchise, I think the appeal of giants in fantasy fiction is something that’s just being explored now (and not overused like zombies these days).

Overall, this game looks great. I can’t compare it too much else out there, which is a great thing. The music is a nice touch as well, adding enrichment to the gameplay..a must for any epic game. I look forward to seeing this game finished, and me playing it (hoping to reach the Steam or mobile app departments).

– Orion T 

Game cover art. Looks awesome.

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Trailer – Terraria: Otherworld (teaser)

Trailer: Terraria: Otherworld Announcement Teaser

  • Release Date: Unknown
  • Publishers: Re-Logic, Engine Software
  • Official Site: www.terrariaotherworld.com
  • Notes: a “pre-alpha teaser”

What it’s about:

From terrariaotherworld.com

“Set in an alternate dimension within the Terraria universe, Terraria: Otherworld places the player in a life-and-death struggle to restore a once-pristine world – now overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself – to its original splendor. Along with a rag-tag band of survivors, will you be able to successfully harness the power of an array of weaponry, magic, defenses, and even the world itself to thwart the designs of this unseen evil?

Combining the experience of sandbox gameplay with role-playing and strategy elements, Terraria: Otherworld explores the Terraria experience in an innovative and unique way – providing a fresh approach to the “open world” genre.”

Personal Thoughts:

It’s definitely not a sequel, which can be a good thing. There is less cheesy old school bit graphicness, which helped define the original Terraria.. Also, this seems to focus a bit more on some big story and your role in it, rather than the self-entrepreneur exploits of the original.  The tones and atmosphere in this tears implies a somewhat darker feel. Overall, Otherworld could take some time getting used to for hardcore Terraria fans (I am more of a casual).

So this is something of a side story, or spinoff. But often that implies a game that is not as large or grand as the original. Perhaps in the next “teaser,” we can raise our expectations. Hopefully, Otherworld will be as grand and expansive in gameplay as the original. For now, let us anticipate..

– Orion T