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You can finally defeat the Spiny Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8

Nintendo recently had a Mario Kart 8-centered Direct, and they ran through a bunch of the new features in game. They revealed some new playable characters (Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach), the new ability to upload replay...   more

You can finally defeat the Spiny Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8 photo

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro remaster trailer arrives

Lupin is heading back to Cagliostro after 35 years. A digitally remastered version of The Castle of Cagliostro, Hayao Miyazaki's first theatrical film, and beloved Lupin the Third movie, will begin showing in Japanese theate...   more

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro remaster trailer arrives photo

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 5

Time for another tale of the supernatural and humanity colliding, just so perfectly as to deliver a moral about life. Perhaps the best way to describe Mushishi is to call it a fable. The moral is always clear and directly tied to the mushi, but then again they don't beat you over the head with it like many other fables. Let's jump in.   more

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 5 photo

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 4

After the intense matches of last week, we get a second dose of climactic battles, this time between Peco and Akuma, then Kong and Dragon. We're still fairly early in the series, so I don't think it's much of a surprise to say that the people you might be rooting for don't get very far. Or maybe you're rooting for someone else?   more

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 4 photo

Masao Maruyama wants to make Pluto anime, doesn't have the cash

You may know about FicZone 14, an otaku convention in Granada, Spain. It's a fairly recent event, but it's been nabbing some big-name guests pretty rapidly. Most recently, they featured Masao Maruyama, a producer and co-found...   more

Masao Maruyama wants to make Pluto anime, doesn't have the cash photo

Princess Jellyfish live-action cast revealed

A short while ago we reported on the announcement of a Princess Jellyfish film (based off of Akiko Higashimura's manga), but the listing neglected an important detail: whether it was live-action or animated. I surmised that i...   more

Princess Jellyfish live-action cast revealed photo

Lupin III live-action teaser arrives

Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you want to see a short teaser for the upcoming Lupin III live-action adaption? I bet you do! This 30-second clip came out a few days ago, but it was covered in the typical trappings of Japanese TV, so...   more

Lupin III live-action teaser arrives photo

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 4

Gather round, little ones, it's time for another dark tale of mystical creatures and people getting involved with strange things they don't understand. Thankfully, we have a guide to help us understand all the mushi we encounter: Ginko! Yes, his skilled hand and expert advice will guide you through the tough and bewilder land covered with mushi, all for the low price of $19.95!   more

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 4 photo

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 3

Hey, what's going on?! We finally have an opening! That's not too bad for an initial treat this week. Actually, it's a really well-done OP, with some impressive work in storyboarding and animating -- you also don't get spoiled on short bits from the episode anymore, either. It's a win-win all around! And you know, Shinya Ohira is freaking awesome.   more

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 3 photo

First clip of Masaaki Yuasa-directed Adventure Time episode

Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and stor...   more

First clip of Masaaki Yuasa-directed Adventure Time episode photo

New Godzilla poster is retro-awesome

I think I'll take a few more excuses to write about Godzilla before the film comes out! Yes, this new Godzilla poster is just about perfect. I wish it was a tad more detailed, but other than that, it's pretty spot-on. I'd lik...   more

New Godzilla poster is retro-awesome photo

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3

Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.   more

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3 photo