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  1. 5 points
    Have a Happy Spooktacular Merry Halloween-mas.
  2. 5 points
    Crunchyroll and VIZ Media announced a home video and electronic sell-through distribution deal that will bring anime titles to fans across the U.S. and Canada. Through this deal, VIZ Media will now distribute select Crunchyroll series and upcoming acquisitions through home video and EST. “VIZ Media, in partnership with Warner Home Entertainment, is responsible for distributing some of the biggest titles in anime. This partnership will ensure maximum exposure and monetization for our content partners’ IPs and empower us to super-serve anime fans across North America,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. “We’re looking forward to working with VIZ Media to broaden our distribution and to offer our fans another way to enjoy their favorite series.” “With Crunchyroll’s expansive catalog of anime in every genre and VIZ Media’s demonstrated success in sales and distribution, we’re excited to join forces to deliver the best titles to viewers any way they want to view it,” says Brian Ige, Sr. Vice President, Animation, VIZ Media.
  3. 4 points
    Well it's that time again when some pretty big software updates are handled. Lets just say this is just the first in the line of updates we have planned and I know we've promised a lot in the past and fallen through on upholding ourselves to that, and a lot of that is simply due to various deeper emotions I'd rather not go into details about like this. So anyways lets just move on with a small list of changes you may or may not be able to notice: Animated GIFs (as seen above!) handled through Giphy now has a toolbar button in posts for ease of use. Improved pagination with page number now in path (rather than query string) and unique page titles for paginated pages. Improved default profile photos to use inline SVGs rather than generated images, which will speed up page rendering. Optimized images to reduce file size for faster page rendering. Added less intrusive browser notification prompt in Notifications menu. Removed Gravatar support due to privacy concerns and performance issues. Numerous bug fixes. Because of the Invision Power Suite updates our past themes are no longer compatible without re-purchasing the subscription renewal (expires every 6 months) for each individual theme at $10 each... and thus in an effort to reduce costs of maintenance we've opted to simply not include the additional themes at this time. This includes the Carbon, Brave, Subway, and Uniform themes. However if you wish for one of the prior themes to return, we're willing to re-add them provided the $10 subscription renewal fee is provided. Contact me via PM if that is your desire. Some background processes are still being ran such as rebuilding search engine cache, removing orphaned posts and statistics that go with them, etc... Expect those to be completed within the day. I hope to actually not be too lazy to start implementing some of the stuff I've discussed prior fairly soon, so keep an eye out.
  4. 4 points
    The 26th and final episode of Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) ended with an announcement on Saturday that a sequel anime film is in production. The film will cover the Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Train) arc. Synopsis Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado's shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night. When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister's humanity. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Kimetsu no Yaiba adapts Koyoharu Gotouge's supernatural action manga of the same title, which began airing on April 6. Aniplex of America licensed the anime series and streamed it on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. Adult Swim's Toonami programming block will run the show with English dub beginning October 12. Prior to serialization, Gotouge received an honorable mention at the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013 for their Kagarigari one-shot, which became the prototype for Kimetsu no Yaiba. The latter began serializing in Weekly Shounen Jump in February 2016. Shueisha published the 16th volume on July 4, with the 17th volume planned for an October 4 release. Kimetsu no Yaiba has a cumulative 10 million copies of its compiled volumes in circulation. VIZ Media licensed the manga in English in July 2017 and publishes it simultaneously with the Japanese release in their Shounen Jump service. The eighth volume went on sale on September 3, and the ninth volume will be published on November 5. Shueisha's Manga Plus platform also began simulpublishing the manga in English this January. Kimetsu no Yaiba ranked among the top 20 manga in the male readers category in the 2018 Kono Manga ga Sugoi rankings.
  5. 4 points
    A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world. Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow. Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is co-writing with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” The three previous films, created with Lilly Wachowski writing and directing—The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all Top 10 domestic hits in their year of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world. The Matrix also spawned a successful video game in 2003 timed to Matrix Reloaded, Atari’s Enter the Matrix which sold over 5M copies worldwide, with close to $60M in the U.S. Special 20th Anniversary screenings of “The Matrix” are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S. starting Aug. 30. Earlier this summer, Reeves took Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise to a new height at the B.O. with John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum earning $321.3M worldwide, $170.7M domestic.
  6. 4 points
    Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con to pull back the curtain on Phase 4 of the MCU, which includes 'Black Widow,' Disney+ shows and sequels to 'Thor' and 'Doctor Strange.' "The Infinity Saga is complete," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige declared at Comic-Con Saturday. After 11 years and 23 movies, the Marvel boss pulled back the curtain on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future as it enters Phase 4 following the events of Avengers: Endgame. At the end of the panel, just when fans thought he was done, Feige caused a new uproar by casually telling fans there were films he didn't have time to talk about, such as Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 — and more importantly, Fantastic Four and X-Men movies. He also unveiled an A-list casting, revealing that Mahershala Ali would be joining the MCU as Blade, the vampire hunter that was played by Wesley Snipes in three movies previously. While those films don't have dates, earlier in the panel Feige revealed that up first will be Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, which will open May 1, 2020 and is directed by Cate Shorthand. The Eternals will follow on Nov. 6, 2020 and Feige brought out the cast, including Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikarus, as well as Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek as Ajax, Lia McHugh and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. Chloé Zhao is directing the film, which Feige described as "full on Jack Kirby," a reference to the cosmic property's creator. While the studio no longer has Robert Downey Jr., it does have a new weapon in its arsenal: Disney+, the upcoming streaming service that will feature Marvel shows that connect to the films. Feige revealed Falcon & Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, will bow in the fall 2020. Next up, Feige revealed the title for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which he revealed will star Simu Liu as Marvel's first Asian leading man. It will open Feb. 12, 2021 and also star Tony Leung as the real Mandarin (Ben Kingsley played an imposter version in Iron Man 3). Awkwafina is also to star in the film from Destin Daniel Cretton. WandaVision, the Disney+ series starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Betteny will follow in spring 2021 and take place after Endgame as Wanda Maximoff deals with the loss of her partner, Vision. Captain Marvel character Monica Rambeau, who was a child in that film, will appear as an adult and be played by Teyonah Parris. Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston's trickster god, will debut on Disney+ in spring 2021. Feige revealed that this features the 2012 version of the character who in Endgame stole an Infinity Stone, but it will take place after Endgame. Part of the mystery is where he's been and what he's been up to. The upcoming Doctor Strange sequel was revealed to be titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will hit theaters May 7, 2022. Olsen's Scarlett Witch will appear in the film, and her series WandaVision will lead into the movie. Filmmaker Scott Derrickson, known for his horror work, described it as Marvel's first scary movie. Back on the Disney+ front, the alternate reality animated series What If...? will hit summer 2021, with Jeffrey Wright voicing the all-seeing Watcher. A number of MCU actors will reprise their roles. A Disney+ Hawkeye event series will star Jeremy Renner, who strolled out on stage, and will feature the fan favorite comic book character Katie Bishop, a young protege of the archer. It hits fall 2021. The theme of show will be Hawkeye, a superhero with no superpowers, teaching someone else how to be a hero with no powers. The next Thor movie was revealed to be titled Thor: Love and Thunder, and will debut Nov. 5, 2021 from filmmaker Taika Waititi. "As new king (of Asgard), she needs to find her queen. That will be the first order of business," star Tessa Thompson told the crowd to cheers. In a big twist, Natalie Portman will return to the franchise as a female Thor, with the story taking its cues from the recent comics run penned by Jason Aaron. The actor hasn't acted in a Marvel movie since 2013's Thor: The Dark World, and was believed to be done with the MCU. Here's the full slate: Black Widow (May 1, 2020) The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+, Fall 2020) Eternals (November 6, 2020) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Feb. 12, 2021) WandaVision (Disney+, Spring 2021) Loki (Disney+, Spring 2021) Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021) What If…? (Disney+, Summer 2021) Hawkeye (Disney+, Fall 2021) Thor: Love and Thunder (Nov. 5, 2021)
  7. 3 points
    Heads up to everyone, During the course of the next week or so, I will be tweaking and testing some things on the server backend - mainly to optimize it for resource usage but also to see if I can't speed it up a little bit more. This activity will be done sporadically, not consecutively, and could possibly result in periods of time where the site slows down or perhaps even goes unavailable briefly from time to time. There will also be a time where I'll carry out the usual slew of regular backend software updates. Date(s): Between July 6th, 2020 and July 16th, 2020 Time(s): Sporadically, for an hour or two at a time. No actual set specific times. For: Backend adjustments/tweaking+testing, software updates and adjustments. Downtime: None expected, but could be brief periods of slowness and/or brief moments of unreachability. Rest assured that, at any point I'm carrying out work on the site, I will be available to fix any errors that occur quickly. Most people probably won't notice much going on at any point - this is just to make everyone aware in case you do. Thanks for your understanding!
  8. 3 points
    Studio Ghibli announced a 3DCG anime film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' children's novel Earwig and the Witch on Tuesday. Titled Aya to Majo, this will be animation studio's first full-length 3DCG project, and is scheduled for a television broadcast on NHK General this winter. Synopsis Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that... but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who's boss. Staff Director: Gorou Miyazaki (Coquelicot-zaka kara) Planning: Hayao Miyazaki (Karigurashi no Arrietty) Producer: Toshio Suzuki (Kaze Tachinu) Production, Copyright: NHK, NHK Enterprises, Studio Ghibli Earwig and the Witch was published in June 2011 and in Japanese by Tokuma Shoten the following July. The story is a companion book to Howl's Moving Castle, another story written by Diana Wyne Jones, which also received an anime film in 2004.
  9. 3 points
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  10. 3 points
    The CW announced what would normally be considered its fall schedule, except the lineup later this year has been largely scrubbed given the ongoing production shut down due to the coronavirus. Instead, the network's official kickoff is now being planned for January. The only other broadcast network to reveal their fall plans so far is Fox, which will have a semi-normal fall lineup. "Of course, for original scripted series we do not have an exact return of production yet," CW CEO and chairman Mark Pedowitz told reporters. "We are going with this strategy to give producers and studios ample time to get back up and running in the best and safest way possible. Strategy and protocols are still being developed. What other broadcasters do is up to them. For The CW, this is right for us." Only the final episodes of Supernatural are still planned to air in fall (with no date yet set). The network has five episodes of the long-running fan-favorite series shot with two more to go, and expects it will be able to finish those final episodes in time to air in the fall. The network also plans to air other unspecified originals and acquired series of some kind in the fall. "Jared and Jensen [Ackles] will go back to finish the last two and then Jared will go off to work on Walker," Pedowitz said. "We hope they will start shooting [Supernatural] late summer early fall. If not, we’ll be flexible in our schedule. We all want to end the 15 years the right way. It's important that these two episodes will be done the way they hope to do them. If not, we'll wait it out." The network's usual Arrowverse crossover will still happen, but not until first or second quarter 2021. The crossover will also be shorter than usual, only two hours are planned, but Pedowitz plans to put the network's new Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose) together. Two new shows will be held until deeper into mid-season: The reboot of Kung Fu and rebellion drama The Republic of Sarah. While Katy Keene is not on the lineup, yet not canceled. A verdict on the musical comedy is still to come. Here is The CW's schedule effective January 2021: MONDAY 8:00-9:00PM ALL AMERICAN 9:00-10:00PM BLACK LIGHTNING TUESDAY 8:00-9:00PM THE FLASH 9:00-10:00PM SUPERMAN & LOIS (New Series) WEDNESDAY 8:00-9:00PM RIVERDALE 9:00-10:00PM NANCY DREW THURSDAY 8:00-9:00PM WALKER (New Series) 9:00-10:00PM LEGACIES FRIDAY 8:00-9:00PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (New Night) 9:00-9:30PM WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night) 9:30-10:00PM WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night) SUNDAY 8:00-9:00PM BATWOMAN 9:00-10:00PM CHARMED (New Night)
  11. 3 points
    A Kingdom Hearts TV show is reportedly in development for Disney+. According to a few entertainment industry journalists posting on Twitter, a TV show adaptation of Square Enix’s video game series is in production. Emre Kaya, writer for The Cinema Spot, tweeted that Disney originally had plans to make the show, but duties apparently shifted to Square Enix. The company has reportedly created a pilot episode using the Unreal Engine, the software used to build the video games. “This series is most likely not live-action, but CG animated. They're currently casting,” said Kaya. Kaya claims that the information was originally due to be published as an exclusive report, but that changed due to other insiders knowing about the project. This seemingly encouraged others to add to the conversation, with MCUCosmic founder Jeremy Conrad also claiming that “it’s true”. The DisInsider editor-in-chief Skyler Shuler added more to the story, claiming that “Disney VO actors are expected to reprise their roles (Jim Cummings, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo)”. Disney originally planned to create a Kingdom Hearts animated series after the success of the original game in 2002, but it was cancelled due to being a “vastly different interpretation” of the game’s story. Disney nor Square Enix has made any announcement about the animated show, so the official status of such a project - if it is indeed real - remains unknown.
  12. 3 points
    RESIDENT EVIL 3 Resident Evil 3 comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC beginning April 3rd, 2020! Return to Raccoon City as Jill Valentine escapes an unstoppable pursuer in this re-imagining of the survival horror classic.
  13. 3 points
    it's officially confirmed Wit Studio is not animating final Attack on Titan season. MAPPA will be handling the animation.
  14. 3 points
    Director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) and KADOKAWA are bringing their latest original series, DECA-DENCE, to FUNimation as part of the Summer 2020 anime season! Set in a world where all of humanity lives on a giant moving fortress, this series follows the fight against a legion of treacherous kaiju! From Studio NUT (Saga of Tanya the Evil), DECA-DENCE crew includes series composer Hiroshi Seko (Banana Fish, Vinland Saga) and character designer Shinichi Kurita (Death Parade, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV). Studio NUT produced its first anime project Youjo Senki (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) in 2017—an adaptation of Carlo Zen's fantasy military light novel of the same title. The studio also collaborated with Production I.G and Revoroot on FLCL Alternative last year. Official Teaser
  15. 3 points
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  16. 3 points
    Happy Birthday!
  17. 3 points
    Rabbids Coding - FREE on Uplay https://register.ubisoft.com/rabbids-coding/en-US Might & Magic: Chess Royale - FREE on Uplay https://register.ubisoft.com/might_and_magic_chess_royale/en-US
  18. 3 points
    Still growing the beard out. =O
  19. 3 points
    Capcom is reportedly working on a Resident Evil 4 remake alongside Osaka-based developer M-Two, the studio founded by former PlatinumGames head Tatsuya Minami that also contributed to development on the recent Resident Evil 3 remake. "Multiple development sources" have stated that the Resident Evil 4 remake has just entered full production, aiming for an estimated release sometime in 2022. While Capcom's internal teams will be working in conjunction with M-Two on the Resident Evil 4 remake, according to the report, it's alleged that the RE2 remake and Devil May Cry 5 teams will also be contributing. It's also believed that the Resident Evil 4 remake has the blessing of original game director Shinji Mikami (currently working on GhostWire: Tokyo for Tango Gameworks and Bethesda), who also apparently declined the opportunity to lead the project. VGC reports that Mikami has provided informal advice on the game's direction, however. With Resident Evil 8 reportedly in the pipeline for 2021 and Resident Evil 4 remake a possibility in 2022, it seems that Capcom will be continuing with annual releases for the series. Resident Evil 2 remake launched in 2019 and the Resident Evil 3 remake launched earlier this month. Resident Evil 4 also celebrated its fifteenth anniversary earlier this year -- 2005 being the game's initial release for GameCube.
  20. 3 points
    Disney announced in June 2019 that its Pixar film for next summer is Soul. The studio already had June 19 RSVP’ed on the 2020 calendar for an untitled Pixar movie, and this is it. Soul will be the second original Pixar film next year after Onward, which bows March 6. The tagline for Soul: Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you?” Directed by two-time Oscar winner Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out), the film takes place between New York City and the cosmic realms. Dana Murray, an Oscar nominee for her animated short film Lou, is producing. Before Disney’s D23 expo, we had only a ghost of a notion of just what was going on with their new animated feature, Soul. The brand new, original feature arriving in theaters on June 19, 2020 was described as tackling “life’s most important questions” on a journey that travels from New York City to the “cosmic realms.” Things have solidified a bit since then. We now know that the movie will follow Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher and jazz aficionado who gets a big break to play at a high-class jazz club. The problem is, Joe apparently dies before he can get there and finds himself newly arrived in the “You Seminar.” And while that may sound decidedly dark, the core of the story is that Joe’s soul will get an opportunity to commune with a multitude of other souls that are awaiting a chance at consciousness. Thankfully, we have some concept art (and some casting details) to help wrap our heads around that. Joe will be played by Jamie Foxx (Ray) while Tina Fey (30 Rock) voices a spritely soul-in-training named 22 who has an unexpected encounter with Joe when he accidentally finds his way to the “You Seminar.” Together, the two are going to find a way to get Joe back to Earth, making him think again about what it truly means to have soul. But that’s not all! Ahmir Questlove Thompson (Detroit), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), and Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting) also star as a drummer, Joe’s mother, and Joe’s neighbor, respectively. And the musical hits keep on coming because Trent Reznor (The Social Network) and Atticus Ross (The Social Network) are composing the score while Jon Batiste (Red Hook Summer) is writing new music for the movie. Two-time Oscar-winner Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out) directs with co-director/writer Kemp Powers (Star Trek: Discovery), writer Mike Jones, and Oscar-nominee Dana Murray (Lou) producing. This is really shaping up to be something special.
  21. 3 points
    Crunchyroll announced the cast of the English dub for the television anime of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga at its panel at C2E2 on Friday. The dub will debut on Crunchyroll on Saturday, February 29. The English dub cast includes: Lizzie Freeman as Kotoko Iwanaga Brandon Winckler as Kuro Sakuragawa Lauren Landa as Saki Yumihara Kayli Mills as Karin Nanase Cristina Vee as Rikka Sakuragawa The anime is a Crunchyroll co-production and part of the Crunchyroll Originals slate. The series premiered in Japan on January 11, and it will have 12 episodes. Crunchyroll is also streaming the anime with English subtitles as it airs. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the supernatural mystery romance: When she was still just a girl, Kotoko was kidnapped by yokai. These spirits made her into a powerful intermediary between the spirit and human worlds, but this power came at a price: an eye and a leg. Now, years later, she watches out for dangerous yokai while developing feelings for a young man named Kuro, who is also special: an incident with a yokai has given him healing powers. He's surprised when Kotoko asks him to team up to handle renegade yokai, preserving the thin line between reality and the supernatural. Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Endride, Sengoku Collection) is directing the anime at Brains Base, and Noboru Takagi (Durarara!!, Golden Kamuy, Kuroko's Basketball) is in charge of the series scripts. Takatoshi Honda (RIN-NE conceptual design) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. NAS is presenting the project. Lie and a Chameleon are writing and performing the opening theme song "Mononoke in the Fiction." Mamoru Miyano is performing the anime's ending theme song "Last Dance." Katase launched the manga based on a 2011 novel by Shirodaira (Spiral, The Record of a Fallen Vampire, Blast of Tempest) in Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R in April 2015.
  22. 3 points
    74 pages of discussion... Oh man this thread brings back so many memories of a time when this forum wasn't basically dead. Anyways: Bleach anime is confirmed to be back for the final season. Plus Burn the Witch, created by Tite Kubo as well, which is set in the same universe as Bleach, two years after the end of Bleach timeline-wise, is getting an anime.
  23. 3 points
    Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English dub of the World Trigger anime on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States and Canada. The release will include 48 episodes with an English dub. World Trigger from Toei Animation premiered in October 2014 and the series ended in April 2016 with 73 episodes in total. Toei Animation premiered the first three English-dubbed episodes at Anime Expo in July 2015. Toei Animation itself commissioned the English dub of the first six to seven episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the English sub of the anime as it aired in Japan. Hulu also streamed the series. Toei Animation describes the anime's story: World Trigger begins when a mysterious gate to another world is opened in Mikado City, letting invaders from another dimension called "Neighbors" overrun the area. A new defense league called "Border" is created in order to protect the City from these apparitions. The fighters are equipped with an amazing weapon called "Trigger" allowing them to put on an armor and use special powers. The story takes place four years after those events, when a young student, Yuma Kuga, arrives at Mikado City. He witnesses, along with another student Osamu Mikuno, a portal opening. To fight the creature, Osamu finds himself forced to reveal his affiliation to the Border and pulls his Trigger out. When Osamu is injured, Yuma joins the fight and saves him. Yuma turns out to be very powerful! Who is really Yuma? Why did he come to Mikado City? The anime is getting a new season that will air on TV Asahi. Daisuke Ashihara debuted the World Trigger manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2013. The 21st compiled book volume shipped on December 4 in Japan. Viz Media publishes the manga series simultaneously in its digital anthology version of Weekly Shonen Jump. Ashihara took a one-week break in September 2014 to treat the nerve roots affected by cervical spondylosis (wear and tear on neck area of spinal column), and has since taken several one-week breaks due to sudden illness. The manga went on hiatus in November 2016 due to Ashihara's poor physical health, and returned in the magazine in October 2018 for five issues before moving to Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine in December 2018. The manga then took a one-month break in June 2019 so that Ashihara could recover from intestinal obstruction complications that arose from his recent cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal surgery). The manga took another one-month break in November due to Ashihara's poor physical health.
  24. 3 points
    OVERVIEW Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world. Dragon Quest XI brings a massive, gorgeous world to life in a style that blends stylistic cel-shading with photorealistic detail. Engage in a turn-based battle system that eases players into combat with an accessible experience, featuring mechanics simple enough for novices but with enough depth to satisfy long-time fans. DRAGON QUEST XI features tons of side-quests and mini-games that provide enough content to keep you playing for well over 100 hours. GUIDES Exp Farming You'll need one Pep Pip per battle from casino, quest rewards, crossbow completion, or mini medal exchange, put them on Sylvando. Main Abilites: Hero - Pep Up (Luminary), Erik - Critical Claim (Guile) Two of these: Jade- Lightning Thrust (Spears), Serena - Thunder Thrust (Spears), Eight - Hatchet Man (Axes) Get Rab, Erik, Sylvando, & Jade into Pep and swap them out. Have the Hero use Pep Up when done. (about 10 minutes spamming defend) Save your game! Start a random battle anywhere with a party of Hero, Erik, Jade, & Sylvando. Hero, Jade, Erik use Haulellujah for guaranteed drop + exp bonus (Jade is usually fastest). Swap Erik for Rab, have Hero Pep Up, and Sylvando use a Pep Pip on Jade. Wait for the enemies turn to conclude. Hero, Jade, or Sylvando use Electro Light to change the battle into a fight with 3 Metals (flee and reload if this fails). Swap Sylvando for Erik. Rab uses Pep to force sleep the Metals. Begin killing with critical abilities only Every 10 levels the encounter changes. 50s: 3x Vicious Metal Slime: About 300k exp, Seed of Life from each 60s: 2x Vicious Metal Slime, 1x Liquid Metal, About 350k exp, Happy Hat from the Liquid 70s: 1x Vicious Metal King, 2x Liquid Metal, About 800k exp, Pep Pip from Metal King At level 70+ the Metal King returns the Pep Pip you use. Before 70 you'll need to rely on any Pep Pips you have from quest rewards or 125000 tokens. You'll gain 4-5 levels per fight from 50-70, and like 7-8 from 70-99. So it's reasonable to go from 50 to 99 with the Pep Pip rewards from quest/crossbow completion. Gold Farming The best method I've discovered for farming gold would be from Hooper Duper in First Forest Whale Way Station. Their common steal item is Devilry Drinker. Which sells for 30,000 gold. Max Skill Points In order to max out a characters skill grid once you hit level 99, this is how many Seeds of Skill you'll need to feed each character. Hero: 14 Erik: 3 Jade: 3 Rab: 5 Eight: 12 Serena: 12 Veronica: 12 Sylvando: 12 If you need more Skill Seeds you can farm them from Malicious Great Keeper in the Dundrasil Region while it's rainy. Just talk to the cow and rest at the camp site until it's raining if it isn't already for you. The Malicious Great Keeper will be located Southeast of camp near the ruined walls. Gold statues fall from the sky as you get close. All seeds are rare drops and the Seed of Skill is no exception, so you'll likely want to boost drop rates as much as you can. To do so I recommend equipping any of the following you have: Uniforme de l'Academie (reward for collecting 25 Mini Medals, Magic Key: L'Academie, Quest: The Agony and the Ecstasy) Pirate King's Pendant (Postgame Event in Sniflheim) Bunny Tail (Rare drop from Spiked Hare & Malicious Spiked Hare) Then you'll want to use Peps Haullelujah (2+ enemies) or Itemized Kill (1 enemy) to get some guaranteed drops. Casino Prizes Puerto Valor Casino Act 1 Recipe - Down the Rabbithole: 500 Mercury's Bandana: 2,500 White Shield: 5,000 Yggdrasil Leaf: 5,000 Infernails: 7,500 Staff of Sentencing: 7,500 Arrivistes Vest: 10,000 Elevating Vest: 10,000 Spangled Dress: 25,000 Platinum Sword: 50,000 Lightning Lance: 75,000 Platinum Powersword: 100,000 Act 2 Recipe - The Mothmask Prophecies: 1,000 Sainted Soma: 30,000 Metal Slime Sword: 250,000 Liquid Metal Helm: 500,000 Act 3 Yggdrasil Dew: 10,000 Agate of Evolution: 50,000 Spectralite: 200,000 Devilry Drinker: 800,000 Monster Casino Love Potion: 10,000 Medicinal Herb: 25,000 Cypress Stick: 50,000 Horse Manure: 100,000 Boxer Shorts: 500,000 Magic Water: 1,000,000 Octagonia Casino Act 2 Love Potion: 100 Sage's Elixir: 1,000 Bow Tie: 3,000 Recipe - Your Very Own Aegis...: 5,000 Molten Globules: 20,000 Cheat Sheet: 30,000 Imp Knife: 60,000 Scandalous Swimsuit: 70,000 Fire Ball: 80,000 Twinkling Tuxedo: 200,000 Shimmering Dress: 200,000 Happy Hat: 300,000 Gringham Whip: 750,000 Act 3 Elfin Elixir: 10,000 Slime Crown: 50,000 Recipe - Uberswords Illustrated: 70,000 Gold Bar: 100,000 Pep Pip: 125,000 Hot Bikini: 150,000 Metal King Helm: 1,000,000 Mini Medal Rewards In Dragon Quest XI the mini medals are back and both yield rewards for collecting a set number of them along with being a currency you can use to exchange for other items after you’ve collected all of the set rewards. Stamp Rewards 005: Shield-Bearer 010: Hermes’ Hat 020: Rune Staff 025: Uniforme de l’Academie 030: Recipe Book - Kit Fit for a King 035: Falcon Blade 045: Agility Gilet 050: Glombolero 055: Spiked Armour 060: Miracle Sword 065: Deft Dagger 075: Circle of Serendipity 080: Recipe Book - Styles for All Seasons 090: Recipe Book Glammer Gear for Goer-Getterers 100: Erdwin’s Shield 110: Recipe Book - Making Things with Metal Kings Exchange Shop Chronocrystal: 2 Medals Elfin Elixir: 3 Medals Pep Pip: 10 Medals Saint’s Ashes: 1 Medal Serpent’s Soul: 3 Medals Spectralite: 3 Medals Uber Agate of Evolution: 5 Medals placeholder
  25. 3 points
    Free to keep when you get it before 15 Oct @ 10:00pm. Some limitations apply. https://store.steampowered.com/app/522040/Princess_Remedy_2_In_A_Heap_of_Trouble/
  26. 3 points
    Rabbid's Coding is free on Uplay: https://register.ubisoft.com/rabbids-coding/en-US
  27. 3 points
    A couple of the DLC packs are also currently free so be sure not to miss them. Scroll down the page.
  28. 3 points
    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/surviving-mars/home Surviving Mars is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://freebies.indiegala.com/tales-of-blood-and-sand/ Tales of Blood and Sand is currently free on IndieGala.
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    ROBOCRAFTX is going pay to own when it leaves early access. However if you grab it now and keep it in your Steam library through 10/17th, you get to keep it for free apparently: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1078000/RobocraftX/
  31. 3 points
    Square Enix announced on Monday that it will release a global version of its Dragon Quest of the Stars (Hoshi no Dragon Quest) smartphone role-playing game in early 2020. The company began streaming a live-action promotional video for the announcement. A closed beta test for Android devices will run from October 30 to November 28. Registration is available on the game's official website. The beta test will allow players to experience the main story, customize characters, obtain equipment, and play events and multiplayer mode. The game has the largest world in the series' history, and its focus is on exploring the world and fighting monsters. The franchise's character designer Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump manga) designs characters for the game. Kanahei illustrates emotive stamps that players can use to communicate with each other. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan in October 2015, and it has since been downloaded more than 20 million times. Square Enix released the first three Dragon Quest games ⁠— Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation ⁠— for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on Friday. The games launched in Japan on the same day, and the Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition Switch game also launched simultaneously.
  32. 3 points
    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/collection/batman-free-week Batman: Arkham Collection and Lego Batman Trilogy are currently free on Epic Game Store. https://freebies.indiegala.com/journey-of-a-roach/ Journey of a Roach is currently free on IndieGala. https://freebies.indiegala.com/merry-glade/ Merry Glade is currently free on IndieGala. https://freebies.indiegala.com/crowd-control/ Crowd Control is currently free on IndieGala.
  33. 3 points
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/887400/THE_GREAT_GEOMETRIC_MULTIVERSE_TOUR/ ^ The Great Geometric Multiverse Tour is currently free on Steam. Also, seems like they just extended the freebie period for DiRT Rally: https://store.steampowered.com/app/310560/DiRT_Rally/ ^ Can grab it directly from the store page now.
  34. 3 points
    For most people, the stories of Harry, Ron and Hermione ended at the conclusion of The Deathly Hallows – Part 2. After defeating Voldemort, we got a touching coda that showed our heroes as adults, passing on their knowledge to a new generation. But those who’ve attended the hit West End and Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child know the full story, which follows Harry and Draco’s children Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy as they team up in an attempt to save Cedric Diggory from his fate. The production has been a smash hit in London and New York, with queues regularly stretching around the block. And today, we’ve learned that Warner Bros. are intending to adapt the story as a film, and they’re going to bring back Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson to do it. This news is guaranteed to send Harry Potter fans absolutely bananas, with the project being a true sequel to the hit movies rather than the prequels of the Fantastic Beasts series. As The Cursed Child is a two-part production, it’s likely that this will be a two film affair as well, though that hasn’t been confirmed just yet. This decision on the studio’s part may come as a reaction to the shocking underperformance of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. After the success of the original, Warner Bros. confirmed their plans for a five-movie series. However, the negative reaction to the last film may have caused them to revise things and focus on the core characters and locations in the franchise instead. Whatever the reason for this reunion, I can’t wait to see the classic cast back on screen once more. Plus, with the focus on their children as they begin attending Hogwarts, we could get a familiar run of sequels as they progress through the semesters. Chalk that up as speculation for now, but until we hear more from Warner Bros. on this, let us know what you’re hoping to see from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie in the comments section down below.
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    https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dirt-rally Get a free copy of DiRT Rally when you subscribe to the free Humble Bundle newsletter. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/celeste/home Celeste is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/inside/home Inside is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://freebies.indiegala.com/winexy/ Winexy is currently free on IndieGala. https://freebies.indiegala.com/snake-eyes-dungeon/ Snake Eyes Dungeon is currently free on IndieGala.
  36. 3 points
    I agree. Hard to believe it was 15 years ago that I was a Freshman in high school.
  37. 3 points
    Marvel is going back to the Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced that a new movie based on the superhero group is in the works at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Further details, however, including a release date, were not revealed. It marks the first Fox property for Disney to mine since the two studios officially merged. The most recent “Fantastic Four” movie came out in 2015, and was a flop commercially and critically. It was directed by Josh Trank, and starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. The Fantastic Four also appeared in a separate film series starting in 2005, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The Fantastic Four is a superhero team consisting of Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), who can contort and stretch his body in extraordinary ways; the Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), who can, unsurprisingly, make herself invisible; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), who can generate flames from his body and fly; and the Thing (Ben Grimm), who possesses stone-like flesh and has superhero-level strength and durability. “Fantastic Four” wasn’t the only reboot announced at Comic-Con. Feige also revealed that there will be a new “Blade” series starring Mahershala Ali as the half-vampire superhero.
  38. 3 points
    Aniplex of America announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime will premiere with an English dub on Adult Swim's Toonami block sometime Fall 2019. Aniplex of America also announced the following home video release dates: Kill la Kill Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: December 24 Fate/Zero Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: October 29 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly Limited and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc: November 19 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: November 19 I want to eat your pancreas Blu-ray Disc: October 29 The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime adapts Koyoharu Gotouge's manga of the same title. The anime premiered on April 6, and Aniplex of America licensed the series. The show is streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNOW. Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria the X, Tales of Symphonia the Animation) is directing the anime at ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu). ufotable is also credited for the scripts. Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Tales of Zestiria the X) is the character designer, with Miyuki Sato, Yōko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi serving as sub-character designers. Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica) and Gō Shiina (Tales of Zestiria the X, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, God Eater) are composing the music. Hikaru Kondo is producing the series. The anime will have 26 episodes.
  39. 3 points
    Steam Summer Sales Event Purchases: Crash Time III (PC) - $1.19 Edge Of Eternity (PC) - $15.99 Lost Dimension (PC) - $7.49 Additional Map/Quest Bundle - $2.49 All Costumes Bundle - $2.99 GIFT-EXP Bundle - $0.49 Omega Quintet (PC) - $8.99 PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds (PC) - $10.79 Pumped BMX + (PC) - $1.99 Shining Resonance Refrain (PC) - $12.49 Stick Fight: The Game (PC) - $3.49 The First Templar (PC) - $1.99 Last month I bought a couple PS4 titles thanks to a friend letting me utilize his GCU discount at Bestbuy during some sales they had and I forgot to mention them here so I'll add them to this post now. Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4) - $20 Spider-man (PS4) - $19 Always keeping stuff on my wishlist till a good sale comes around that I just can't pass up as long as I have a little bit of funds to do so of course.
  40. 2 points
    NIS America will release Falcom-developed action RPG Ys IX: Monstrum Nox for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2021, the publisher announced during the New Game+ Expo live stream. It will support English and Japanese audio options. Pre-orders for a $99.99 limited edition are available now at the NIS America Online Store (PlayStation 4, Switch). It includes the “Pact Edition” of the game, “Monstrum Memoirs” mini art booklet, “Melodies of the Macabre” one-disc original soundtrack sampler, reverse cover sheet, “Chains and Chansons” one-disc official soundtrack, “Nails in the Coffin” hardcover art book, “The Lost Sword” Ys IX prequel short novel, “The Crimson King” chibi figure, “The Monstrums and Balduq” art card collection, “Balduq’s Most Wanted” key chain set, and a “Monstrum” box. Ys IX: Monstrm Nox first launched for PlayStation 4 in September 2019 in Japan. Here is an overview of the game, via NIS America: About Renowned adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi arrive at Balduq, a city annexed by the Romun Empire, only for Adol to be detained before setting foot inside. While imprisoned, he meets a mysterious woman named Aprilis who turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural Gifts and the power to exorcise monsters. Now, Adol must ally with his fellow Monstrums to fend off the fearsome threats emerging from a shadowy dimension called the Grimwald Nox, as well as unravel the mysteries of the Monstrum curse, and the truth behind the unrest within Balduq. Key Features Feared Protectors – Play as any of the six notorious Monstrums, each with their own unique Gifts that grant abilities such as scaling sheer walls or detecting hidden objects to protect the city from shadowy creatures. The World Within the Walls – Explore the massive city, accept quests to aid the townsfolk, and enter the Grimwald Nox to vanquish the threats to Balduq. Strength of the Night – Familiar mechanics such as Flash Dodge and Flash Guard allow you to outmaneuver your foes、while new additions such as Gifts and Boost Mode further augment your ability to fight.
  41. 2 points
    https://www.humblebundle.com/store/influent Influent is currently free on Humble Bundle. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pya.tenten.app.slingfighter SlingFighter is currently free on Google Play.
  42. 2 points
    Fact of the Day - VINYL RECORDS Did you know... that a phonograph record or vinyl record, often simply record, is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove usually starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. (Wikipedia) The First Vinyl Record Phonograph records were made from shellac which was noisy and didn’t last very long. In 1931 RCA Victor released the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony under the direction of Leopold Stokowski on 12’ vinyl – making it the first vinyl record. Why the Philadelphia Symphony? RCA Victor’s headquarters and main factory were right across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ. Later that year RCA introduced the vinyl 33 1/3 RPM LP, but in the midst of the Great Depression the product was a dismal failure. Thirty-three and A Third Seventeen years later, Columbia Records released the first commercially available “microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LP.” This new technology extended playback time to nearly 22 minutes and was much quieter than shellac. The dawn of the Age of Hi-Fi had come. Why 33 1/3? Antique 78 rpm speed gramophone record on turntable Thomas Edison’s first Victrola’s were hand-cranked – so playback speed varied and the joy of listening to music wore off as soon as your arm got tired. Electric motors were eventually introduced around the turn of the 20th Century and the 78 RPM speed became the standard simply because 3600RPM electric motors with a 46:1 ratio were the most affordable and available motors. At this speed only about five minutes of audio was available per side. Edison Victrola In the 1920s when the first Hollywood movies with sound were released the ten-minute audio platter wasn’t practical to use for motion picture soundtracks. The Vitaphone recording system was introduced which still employed the same 3600RPM motor but with a new gear ratio of 108:1 which resulted in the now-standard 33 1/3 RPM disk. Vitaphone By the early 1930’s on-film "optical soundtracks" replaced the Vitaphone system for movies, but radio stations loved the new platform for music, so it became the standard in the audio industry. Optical Soundtrack The Inside Sounds Worse Than the Outside Have you ever noticed that the best songs on an album are usually reserved for the first one or two track on either side? There’s a reason for this that goes beyond getting your attention: Songs closer to the center of a record sound worse than those on the outside. On the outside of the LP the audio signal is cut across a relatively long section of vinyl resulting in a higher quality sound. Toward the center the grooves get shorter and the music is cut into a much smaller section of vinyl – the smaller the section the lower the fidelity. The needle also changes its angle as it moves inward, making tracking less accurate. That’s why your favorite LPs generally keep the quiet stuff on the inside and the loud stuff on the outside. Jumping Out of the Groove Mastering a vinyl record is an arcane art all onto itself. Mastering engineers need to adjust the groove pitch to account for musical dynamics but there are minimum and maximum depths that can be used. If there is too much low frequency information and a lot of other information spread across the stereo field (i.e. both sides of the groove) the stylus is forced out of the out of the groove. If the groove is too shallow and narrow the music loses its stereo image and volume. Fancy Vinyl Some vinyl lovers claim that records cut on color vinyl sounds worse than records cut on black vinyl. Some also claim that records on colored vinyl skip in sections where there is no skip on the black copy. This is typically an issue with lower quality turntable and cartridges, but even though the groove cut is the same regardless of the color of the vinyl there is some truth to this claim. Standard black vinyl is the quietest in terms of surface noise, followed by transparent colors and opaque colored vinyl. Recycled vinyl, multi-colored or vinyl with designs on it, glow in the dark, and glitter records are much noisier. Since surface noise can tend to make a needle jump the groove there is some merit to the claims. The Beatles The best-selling album of 1967 was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles which sold 250,000 copies in the first week in the UK alone. Fifty years later the best-selling vinyl album was Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots which shifted 49,000 units. The fourth best-selling album in 2016 was The Beatles’ Abbey Road which shifted 39,000 units. Across the Universe Voyager I and II are carrying record albums made of copper that are analog time-capsules from the late 1970s (when the spacecraft were launched). The albums contain greetings in fifty-five languages, musical selections from different eras and cultures, and information about where the records came from. Voyager 1 is 12 billion miles and Voyager 2 is 10 billion miles from Earth, making those two records arguably the most widely distributed albums of all time. The Most Expensive Album That Wasn’t Sent Into Space A single acetate test pressing of The Velvet Underground & Nico recorded at Scepter Studios in 1967 fetched $25,000 at auction. You Probably Don’t have the Largest Vinyl Collection on the Planet In spite of how proud you are over the size of your vinyl collection, a Brazilian billionaire has you beat. His personal collection has over 6,000,000 albums and is growing – he buys out the entire stock of stores that go out of business and he has a staff of buyers that regularly travel to Europe and the United States to buy close-out stock and attend auctions. Source: KEF.com
  43. 2 points
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/390710/Acceleration_of_SUGURI_2/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/335190/200_Mixed_Juice/
  44. 2 points
    Fact of the Day - THE WIZARD OF OZ Did you know... that In the original 1900 Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel, written by author L. Frank Baum, the titular magic man revealed that his full name was actually much longer: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs? In the story, Oz, as he calls himself, explains, "It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled 'pinhead,' which was a reflection on my intelligence." It was the quintessential Golden Age of Hollywood film: Lovable characters (yes, even the bad guys), catchy song-and-dance numbers, and a story that still makes audiences cry 80 years after its initial release. The Wizard of Oz is an often-imitated but never-duplicated cinematic treasure (in this age of the multiple remake, that’s saying something) that remains an integral part of childhood decades after it first enchanted audiences in theaters. Based on L. Frank Baum's wildly popular 1900 children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the iconic MGM film from 1939 is still a gift that keeps on giving with its innumerable catchphrases (“There’s no place like home,” “It’s a twistah! It’s a twistah!” “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!”), and timeless songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” Many movies have tried to top that magical, life-changing moment when farm girl Dorothy Gale (a 16-year-old Judy Garland) opens the door to Munchkinland and trades her drab, sepia-toned Kansas life for one of boundless Oz Technicolor—and none has yet succeeded. But as with any other classic movie, The Wizard of Oz has its share of triumphs, tragedies, and trivia. Read on for some of some insights into this venerated Hollywood masterpiece. 1. More so than the braids, the toy Toto, or even the blue-and-white gingham dress, those sparkly ruby-red shoes are the key to any Dorothy Gale costume. But one of the most important images of the enduring Wizard of Oz mythos did not come from the mind of author L. Frank Baum, but instead from Oz screenwriter Noel Langley. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series, Dorothy’s shoes were made of silver. However, Langley recommended the slippers be changed to ruby for the film due to the fact that the bright red hue would show up much better against the Technicolor yellow brick road. The silver shoes did make a comeback nearly 40 years later, when The Wiz was adapted for the big screen and Diana Ross’s Dorothy kicked it old-school for her Oz footwear. 2. Victor Fleming may be the one officially credited onscreen, but The Wizard of Oz can boast four directors. The first, Richard Thorpe, was fired after less than two weeks. George Cukor was brought in next, but he was summoned away to go work on—of all projects!—Gone With the Wind. Then Fleming stepped in, until he too was called over to assist with Gone With the Wind, and King Vidor was hired to complete the movie. 3. And he wasn’t too happy about it. Ray Bolger felt his signature, loose-limbed dancing style would be stifled as the rusted-stiff Tin Man (“I’m not a tin performer. I’m fluid,” said Bolger of the part). So he managed to convince the actor cast as the Scarecrow, Buddy Ebsen, to switch roles. Considering Ebsen was so easygoing about the change, it seemed like this was all meant to be. Or not ... 4. Nine days into production on The Wizard of Oz, Ebsen found himself in the hospital, unable to breathe from the aluminum-powder makeup he wore as the Tin Man (cue the “Nice going, Bolger,” here). "My lungs were coated with that aluminum dust they had been powdering on my face," Ebsen explained in the book The Making of The Wizard of Oz. The actor, who would go on to star in The Beverly Hillbillies TV show in the 1960s, was subsequently replaced by Jack Haley (whose Tin Man makeup was tweaked from a powder to a paste). 5. Ebsen wasn’t the only one who had a near-fatal experience with his Oz cosmetics. Actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West, suffered a second-degree burn on her face and a third-degree burn on her hand while filming her character’s dramatic, fiery exit from Munchkinland. Hamilton learned after the fact that her makeup was copper-based (read: toxic), and that if it hadn’t been removed immediately, she may not have lived to tell the tale. 6. Judy Garland’s Dorothy will always be remembered for her simple farm-girl look (and the subtle Emerald City makeover later in the movie), but when production first began on The Wizard of Oz, Garland was given the traditional Hollywood treatment. That meant a bouncy, blonde wig and tons of makeup. Fortunately, for the film’s legacy, Glam Dorothy didn’t last long. It was interim director George Cukor who did away with the wig and cosmetics, turning Dorothy back into what she was all along: A girl from the Kansas prairie. 7. Most of the main actors in The Wizard of Oz played two roles: A Kansas character and his or her Oz counterpart. This meant Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), and Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion) doubled as farmhands, and Margaret Hamilton got wicked in both Kansas (Miss Gulch) and Oz (the Witch). But Frank Morgan, who portrayed the shady Professor Marvel in the Kansas scenes (and was only billed for that role in the credits), not only showed up in Oz as the Wizard, but also as the uppity Doorman to the Emerald City, the Horse-of-a-Different-Color-owning Cabbie, and the snippy (later, sobbing) Wizard’s Guard. 8. In 1975, former kindergarten teacher Margaret Hamilton was a guest on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On this episode, Hamilton spoke with Fred Rogers at length about her celebrated—albeit frightening—role, as a way to help children watching at home understand that her playing the Wicked Witch, in the words of a familiar Neighborhood term, was all “make-believe.” Hamilton discussed how kids could better sympathize with the Witch’s perspective by explaining her misunderstood nature: “She’s what we refer to as ‘frustrated.’ She’s very unhappy because she never gets what she wants.” (A prescient Hamilton was also hitting on the concept for the novel—and subsequent musical—Wicked here, 20 years before its publication.) The actress then ended her visit with Mr. Rogers in the coolest way possible: Dressing up in a Wicked Witch of the West costume (sans green makeup) and briefly slipping into her mischievous cackle. 9. Back in 1910, a 13-minute silent film called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was produced. By today’s standards, it’s delightfully creepy, but 105 years ago, it was probably a revelation for audiences. The movie also took a lot of liberties with Baum’s original story, which can be discombobulating for modern viewers. In this version, Dorothy and the Scarecrow are already pals by the time they’re both swept up in the (very primitive-looking) cyclone for their journey to Oz. The movie also ends with Dorothy ditching Kansas and opting instead to stick around this far more exciting magical land. “There’s no place like–Oz?” Another silent film, also called The Wizard of Oz, was released in 1925 and featured a young Oliver Hardy in the role of the Tin Woodsman. It, too, deviated significantly from the book. 10. Ay one point, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man and the Cowardly Lion were doing a 1939 dance craze: The Jitterbug. But you never got to see it, because the entire sequence was cut from Oz for time (plus there’s the theory that producers felt inserting an up-to-the-minute dance craze would date the film). Right before the Wicked Witch’s Flying Monkeys descend upon Dorothy and her friends in the Haunted Forest, the group was supposed to be attacked by an insect (“The Jitterbug”) that would make them dance uncontrollably. In fact, at the start of the clip above, you can still hear the Witch comment to one of her monkeys, “I’ve sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of them” (continuity be damned). Full audio of the “Jitterbug” song still exists, as well as some very raw footage. The “Jitterbug” song-and-dance number has also been reinstated in some stage versions of The Wizard of Oz (including a 1995 high school production that featured the writer of this piece). 11. Margaret Pellegrini, who portrayed one of the Munchkins in the film, said that she was paid $50 a week to work on Oz. In 1939, that was a decent wage for a working actor. Trouble was, Dorothy’s canine companion was pulling in a whopping $125 a week. That had to make things awkward on set. 12. One day after Germany invaded Poland (thus beginning the Second World War), Iowa’s Mason City Globe Gazette ran an article heralding The Wizard of Oz’s run at the local movie house. As a way to both increase morale and ticket sales, Oz was billed as the perfect escapist fantasy for those worried about the events overseas. The actual headline read: “War Nerves? See The Wizard of Oz for a Genuine Rest.” Glinda the Good Witch and her cohorts may not have been able to solve the problem of encroaching Nazism, but at least they provided a couple hours’ worth of comfort away from the horrors of the real world. 13. Another casualty of the cutting room floor, this extended “If I Only Had a Brain” sequence showcased Ray Bolger’s deft control over his seemingly elastic body. It is also extremely trippy and gave the Scarecrow the inexplicable ability to fly—which wasn’t going to gel with the rest of the movie (if the Scarecrow could fly, then why didn’t he go one-on-one with the Wicked Witch?). Luckily for Berkeley, the decision to delete this part of the scene in no way hurt the legendary director-choreographer’s place in the annals of movie musical history. 14. It’s not easy being green, as Margaret Hamilton can attest. The Wicked Witch actress’ sorry excuse for a dressing room was a canvas tent that, in Hamilton’s words, was “simply awful.” But Billie Burke, who portrayed Glinda the Good Witch, had her own thin slice of pink-and-blue-hued heaven on the MGM lot that was probably decorated by Glinda herself (in reality, Burke was the widow of vaudeville impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. and knew a thing or two about glamorous living). “She had a pink and blue dressing room,” said Hamilton in The Making of The Wizard of Oz. “With pink and blue powder puffs and pink and blue bottles filled with powder and baby oil. And pink and blue peppermints.” So on days Burke wasn’t on set, Hamilton admitted to eating her lunch in her co-star’s palace-like inner sanctum. 15. At 10 years old, Shirley Temple fit the little-girl profile of Dorothy Gale much more than the teenaged Judy Garland. She was also a box office sensation who could guarantee packed movie houses. So it made good business sense that some of The Wizard of Oz's producers were considering the child star for the role. But the official reason for why Temple ultimately didn’t end up as Dorothy remains a part of Hollywood lore: it could have been because 20th Century Fox wouldn’t loan her to MGM for the film, or because Temple was supposedly part of an inter-studio trade with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow that fell through upon Harlow’s death in 1937. Also, while Temple may have charmed movie audiences with her cherubic renditions of “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” she didn’t stand a chance when going up against a vocal powerhouse like Garland. 16. Today, it would be considered abuse and grounds for immediate dismissal. But 76 years ago, slapping your star across the face was not only condoned, it actually produced results. When Judy Garland couldn’t get her giggles under control when Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion made his big entrance, director Victor Fleming didn’t have time to play games.He took Garland aside, whacked her on the cheek, and then ordered her to “Go in there and work.” 17. When Dorothy and her friends arrive in the Emerald City, they take a scenic tour around the fun-filled town courtesy of a cabbie and his Horse of a Different Color. In order to achieve the horse’s purple, then red, then yellow hue, the production team created a Jell-O-based tint that wouldn’t be harmful to the animals on set (yep, the ASPCA was involved). The gelatin powder worked wonders, except for the fact that the horses couldn’t stop licking its sugary sweetness off their coats! 18. After Disney’s first-ever feature-length animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, did gangbusters at the box office following its 1937 release, MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer was determined to follow in Uncle Walt’s fairy-tale-to-screen footsteps. And once Mayer was in production on The Wizard of Oz, the Snow White influences were hard to avoid. Actress Gale Sondergaard was tested as the Wicked Witch of the West, with the intention that the character would be a sultry villainess à la Snow White’s Evil Queen. But even though producers ultimately decided that “Bad witches are ugly”—and Sondergaard lost out on the part—Snow White still literally managed to sneak into the picture unseen: Adriana Caselotti, who voiced Snow White in the Disney movie, sang the line“Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” during the Tin Man’s lament, “If I Only Had a Heart.”
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    Fact of the Day - BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS Did you know... that the blood sugar level, blood sugar concentration, or blood glucose level is the concentration of glucose present in the blood of humans and other animals? Glucose is a simple sugar and approximately 4 grams of glucose are present in the blood of a 70-kilogram human at all times. Glucose is one of the most well-known molecules due to its nature as an essential nutrient for human health. You ingest glucose in your food, and then your body uses blood to carry the glucose to the cells of every organ for the purpose of energy production. Although worries about obesity and diabetes have given glucose a bad name in recent years, all human life depends on maintaining adequate levels of this sugar. Identification Glucose is the most common of carbohydrates and an essential nutrient in the human body. This sugar is classified as a monosaccharide, as well as an aldose, a hexose and a reducing sugar. An alternative name for glucose is dextrose, a name which derives from the term dextrorotatory. This means that glucose is an optical isomer that shifts plane-polarized light to the right. Glucose's dextrorotatory status also classifies the carbohydrate as a D-isomer. A common name for glucose is blood sugar, although it can exist outside of the body as well. Features Chemically, glucose is an organic molecule that consists of a carbon, hydrogen and oxygen chain. Each molecule has 6 carbon atoms, connected to 7 hydrogen ions, 1 oxygen ion and 5 hydroxide ions. While the chain form of this molecule is the simplest, glucose molecules more commonly form a ring structure called a cyclic chair form. Only 0.02 percent of glucose molecules in a water solution retain the simple chain molecular structure. Types Although glucose is best known for its role in animal energy production, the sugar also exists in plant life. The chlorophyll in plants synthesizes glucose using carbon dioxide from the air and energy from the Sun's light. This synthesis creates starch which the plant can then store for future energy use. Size All humans need a certain amount of glucose in their blood to maintain energy and proper organ function. For a healthy adult, the typical concentration of glucose in the blood is between 65 and 110 mg/mL, or milligrams per milliliter of blood. People with diabetes often have higher levels of blood glucose, due to decreased insulin to remove the sugar. In such cases, levels between 70 and 130 mg/mL are common prior to eating, while glucose levels may rise above 180 mg/mL after a meal. Effects In health, one of the most important aspects of glucose is its influence on such diseases as diabetes. If you have diabetes, the best method for controlling the disease is by monitoring your blood glucose level. This level will show, over time, the amount of sugar in your blood. To test a blood glucose level, use a lancet to obtain a drop of blood from your fingertip. Press the blood drop to a glucose testing meter and wait for the strip to show your result. Record this level for future reference. It is also possible to check urine for glucose levels, but this test is much less accurate. Blood glucose monitoring alone does not improve your diabetes. It is how you use the information from your glucose testing that makes the difference to your diabetes control. It is very important that blood sugar levels are kept as close to normal as possible. Normal Blood Glucose Range: 4.0 to 5.9 mmol/l(72.0 to 106.2 mg/dl) Hypoglycemia Range(low blood sugar level) :Below 4.0 mmol/l(72.0mg/dl) Hyperglycemia Range(high blood sugar level): Above 7.0mmol/l(126.0mg/dl) It is helpful to keep a record of blood sugar readings several times during the day. Most of the symptoms of hypoglycemia are manageable. They often resolve after taking fast acting carbohydrate. Hyperglycemia(high blood sugar levels) indicates that the body does not produce any insulin because the pancreas is not functioning . As a consequence, one will experience the symptoms of dry skin, blurred vision, extreme thirst, frequent urination, hunger, wounds that slowly heal and drowsiness. Blood sugar rises because no insulin is produced the glucose level falls if insulin is produced. The only way a diabetic can get insulin is injecting themselves with insulin either by using a syringe or an insulin pen. People get a high blood sugar level when they dont give themselves enough insulin,are physically inactive,under stress and sometimes when they consume alcohol. Hyperglycemia can result in a more serious condition called ketoacidosis, which is a life threatening condition that can make a person vomit, feel nauseated, dry mouth and shortness of breath. Regular monitoring of your blood sugar level is vital. Sweet tooth? Here are a few things you didn't know about sugar: Glucose is the most widely distributed sugar in nature, although we rarely eat it in its purified form. Fructose, found in fruits and honey, is the sweetest of all the monosaccharides (sugar incapable of being hydrolysed to a simpler form). When tasted in crystalline form, fructose is twice as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). Sugar cane and sugar beets are known to have the highest concentration of sugar. Sugar is simply separated from the beet or cane plant, and the result is pure sucrose. Fruits don't only contain fructose – they also contain sucrose and glucose. Pure fruit juice contains 12g of sugar per 100ml; a can of Coke contains 8g of sugar per 100ml. When you consider the health of your teeth, it's better to eat 10 jelly beans all at once than it is to eat two jelly beans every hour. Moderate amounts of most sugary foods do not produce dramatic rises in blood sugar as was always thought. Many starchy foods (bread, potatoes and many kinds of rice) are digested and absorbed at a faster rate than sugar. During World War II, only 120g sugar was allowed to be bought per person per week as part of their rations. When a spoonful of sugar is added to a vase, it prolongs the life of freshly cut flowers. Sugar is used as a preservative in jams and jellies. In these foods, it inhibits the growth of microorganisms.
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    Near the end of the lifecycle of the original PlayStation, Sony Japan Studio released JRPG The Legend of Dragoon. While it received mixed reviews from critics and currently sits with a 74 Metacritic score, the game has garnered somewhat of a cult following through the years. While there has never been a sequel or another entry in the series, it appears that there could be a remake or remaster currently in the works. While a remaster of The Legend of Dragoon is far from confirmed, recent tweets from a developer at Bluepoint Games, a company known for its remakes and remasters of classic games, appears to open the door to the possibility that the game could see a remake. Technical director Peter Dalton shared a video on Twitter about the Shadow of the Colossus remake developed by Bluepoint Games, to which someone replied and asked Dalton if he liked The Legend of Dragoon. Dalton replied: Dalton's response may very well be an innocent question to garner interest about the 20-year-old JRPG rather than a hint that Bluepoint Games is working on a remaster of The Legend of Dragoon. But that is not stopping fans from speculating and piling on their own praise for the PS1 classic. After his original tweet got all the attention, Dalton acknowledged the passion fans shared for The Legend of Dragoon, tweeting that it is motivating to see: It is not at all unreasonable to think that Bluepoint Games could partner with Sony to remaster The Legend of Dragoon considering that the developer has worked on remaking or remastering some of Sony's biggest games and franchises including Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Gravity Rush, Flower, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and The God of War Collection. Bluepoint Games' last release was Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 in 2018 and the developer has yet to reveal what it may be working on currently. Outside of the original game, The Legend of Dragoon has never seen any kind of sequel; however, Dart Feld, the main protagonist from The Legend of Dragoon was originally on the list to become a DLC character for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale but was scrapped early in development for unknown reasons. The thought of a remake or remaster of the game is exciting for its fans, they will have to wait for a more official announcement to see if the JRPG may return three console cycles after its original release. Source: GameRant
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    Fact of the Day - YOUR BRAIN Did you know... that you have a finite amount of willpower each day because to exercise willpower you need energy in the form of oxygen and glucose? That’s why it’s harder to say ‘no’ when you are tired or not feeling yourself. A thought is a physical pathway in the brain. The more you have that thought the more you groove that path and the easier it is to have it again. That’s why having the thought “Why do I suck?” is never a great idea. Speaking of which, you have approximately 70,000 thoughts per day, although many will be the same ones looping round and round on your grooved cranial highway. So make sure you don’t think, “Why do I suck?” 50,000 times a day, or suck ye shall. Even if you consider yourself a left-brained person, your brain will still switch over to the right side every 90 to 120 minutes and then back again. That’s why even left-brained people can have times of the day when they are more creative and right-brained people can sometimes get their taxes in order. Note: If you want to know how you can tell which side is dominant at any one time, check out Creativity – Guaranteed and you can then plan your time accordingly. Reading out loud to kids accelerates their brain development. Reframing negative events in a positive light literally rewires your brain and can make you a happier person, as can regular meditation. The brain is approximately 75% water, but you should never drink it. Your brain only weighs about 3lbs yet the greedy bastard uses between 20% and 25% of your energy supplies each day. There are approximately 10 to the power of 60 atoms in the universe. Your brain laughs in the face of that figure however, as it has 10 to the power of 1,000,000 different ways it can wire itself up. That’s the number 10 followed up with 1 million zeros, which is to all intents and purposes (for anybody not called Stephen Hawking or Rob Collins), an infinite amount of ways. Speaking of large numbers, there are approximately 1.1 trillion cells and 100 billion neurons in the average human brain. The slowest speed information passes around your brain is approximately 260 mph. And here's a bit of Brain Trivia Your brain was disproportionately large compared to other organs when you were born. That’s why babies look a bit like aliens. Not yours of course, yours are cute, just other people's babies. If you lose blood flow to your brain you will last about 10 second before you pass out. Your brain has no pain receptors which is why if I managed to remove the top of your skull without you noticing I could poke around all day without you feeling a thing. The skull removal may hurt a bit though. Even though we say the amygdala regulates danger, the cerebellum motor control, and the limbic system emotions etc, this is somewhat misleading as no part operates independently and all need other parts of the brain to get their job done. Your peripheral vision improves at night which is why pilots are taught to use their peripheral vision when looking for traffic. To read more on this topic, click here.
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    The One Piece franchise's official YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for Romance Dawn, the upcoming anime special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the One Piece anime. The anime will adapt the Romance Dawn manga that was published in Eiichiro Oda's Wanted! - Oda Eiichiro Tanpenshu short story collection. The adaptation will air on October 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the One Piece anime's timeslot. Romance Dawn is Oda's "prototype" manga that eventually evolved into his hit One Piece series. Oda drew Romance Dawn as two separate pirate stories that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine's Summer Special issue and 41st issue of 1996. Both stories featured a young pirate named Monkey D. Luffy as the main character, but were otherwise much different from each other and the actual One Piece manga that launched in 1997. Oda titled One Piece's first manga chapter "Romance Dawn" after these earlier manga stories. The two Romance Dawn one-shot manga stories have been republished in the One Piece Red and Wanted books. The version of the "Romance Dawn" manga that appeared in the One Piece Red data book previously received an anime adaptation in 2008. Source: One Piece's YouTube channel
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    The official website of the third Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime season revealed the lead staff members and a new key visual (pictured) on Friday. The new season, titled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T, will begin airing on AT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11 in January 2020. AbemaTV will also stream the anime. Shougo Yasukawa (Shokugeki no Souma, Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin) is handling the series composition for the third season. Kentarou Izumi (Amanchu! Advance background art) will serve as the art director, replacing Tomonori Kuroda. Returning staff members include director Tatsuyuki Nagai, character designer Yuuichi Tanaka, color designer Tomomi Andou, editor Shigeru Nishiyama, sound director Jin Aketagawa, photography director Shingo Fukuyo, and music composer Maiko Iuchi. Indie pop duo fripSide will perform the opening theme, while J-rock band Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets will perform the ending theme. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun adapts Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa's spin-off manga of the same title, which has been serialized in Dengeki Daioh since February 2007. Kadokawa will publish the 15th compiled volume on October 10. The first two 24-episode anime seasons produced by J.C.Staff premiered in Fall 2009 and Spring 2013, adapting the first six volumes and the earlier chapters of the seventh volume. Geneon Universal Entertainment (now NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan) released a standalone original video episode in October 2010. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga in English in July 2010 and published the 14th volume on August 20. Funimation licensed the anime series in North America and released the first season on DVD in April 2013 and on Blu-ray in January 2015. The second season was shipped on DVD between July and August 2014 and on Blu-ray in January 2016.
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    Fact of the Day - BLACK BEARS Did you know... that black bears are masters of adaptation? Hibernation is their way of surviving a long winter when there’s little food available. They have few predators. In fact, the biggest threat to their survival is starvation. Bears are shy animals. Even when they’re awake, they try to avoid humans – and they’re asleep for half the year, hidden away in their dens. Bears are solitary animals. The only time males and females get together is in June when they mate. Through a survival adaptation called “delayed implantation,” the embryo doesn’t implant in the uterus until the fall – and then only if the female has gained enough body fat to see her through the winter months when she is hibernating. Bears give birth before emerging from hibernation. In October or November, the female looks for a spot to hibernate, usually under a tree stump or log, which she lines with grass, twigs and leaves. In January, she gives birth, typically to one or two cubs. The cubs nurse while she continues to doze periodically, and when they all emerge in April or May, the cubs have grown to weigh around five pounds each. The cubs stay with their mother all summer and hibernate with her over the winter. The following spring, she pushes them out of the den to be on their own.
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