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  1. 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.
  2. Disney revealed its Thanksgiving feature for 2020: “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The animated adventure film centers around Raya, a warrior in search of the last dragon in the fictional world of Kumandra. The production team pulled inspiration from South East Asia. However, when she finds this creature, it’s not quite as she had expected. Sisu is trapped in human form and needs help to reclaim her power and transform into her true form. Cassie Steele voices Raya while Awkwafina voices Sisu.
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    [NOMINATIONS] Anime of Spring 2019

    Sorry I took so long but the poll is up now:
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    [VOTING] ANIME OF Spring 2019

    You may vote for one and only one series that aired this last Spring season and is included in this poll that you think deserves to be Anime of Spring 2019. You only get to vote once. *Anime series are alphabetically ordered for this poll. Voting ends September 11th. If your favorite isn't listed then it's your own fault. There was a nominations thread up for a while for everyone to nominate their favorite for this poll. The options here are what was nominated by everyone. We'll run a similar nomination and poll at the end of the Summer 2019 season so be sure to look for it.
  5. 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. People are stating battles are still locked at 15fps... and with the no voice overs (as expected), and backgrounds untouched... this quickly looks like nothing more than a quick cash grab. Only difference between the regular edition and this is the new character models. They're treating it as a separate entry on Steam, so no discount for owners of the original. Release date is September 3rd, priced at a very steep $19.99. I'll just wait for a fan mod to be applied to to either add the new character models to the original version or to add the fan mod that vastly improved backgrounds to the "remaster" once it hits a good sale at about 50% off or so.
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    Rambo: Last Blood | New Trailer Antlers | Official Teaser | Fox Searchlight Underwater - Official Trailer | TJ Miller, Kristen Stewart
  8. Epic Games has responded to multiple accusations saying that their Epic Games Launcher is scanning for and collecting users' Steam information without first requesting permission. As detailed by Daniel Vogel, VP of Engineering at Epic Games, in the Reddit thread where the gamers' concerns were first expressed, the Epic Games Store client "makes an encrypted local copy of your localconfig.vdf Steam file." Upon startup the Epic Games Launcher clearly searches for a Steam install and proceeds to get list of files in your Steam Cloud, including your friends list, a list of your game saves, last play time, and copies your localconfig.vdf Steam file which contains all sorts of information up to and including login tokens (akin to information stored in your browsers cookies) which is strictly private data Steam goes on record saying shouldn't be access by 3rd parties period. This behavior is what you'd expect of spyware. Vogel also stated that the Epic Games Launcher is also designed to track user behavior, as well as to send information to the company's servers. We use a tracking pixel (tracking.js) for our Support-A-Creator program so we can pay creators. We also track page statistics. The launcher sends a hardware survey (CPU, GPU, and the like) at a regular interval as outlined in our privacy policy (see the “Information We Collect or Receive” section). The UDP traffic highlighted in this post is a launcher feature for communication with the Unreal Editor. Additionally, in response to user concerns that the company's launcher also gathers info on "how long someone played a steam game and last time played along with Steam friends IDs." Epic Games Launcher reading the localconfig.vdf Steam file Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney also chimed in to answer some of the gamers' questions on Reddit, stating that "Since this issue came to the forefront we're going to fix it.", which only seems to make matters worse to be honest as it points out he knew exactly what was happening and why and thought it was a good idea and now is only fixing it because it became public knowledge that their client was behaving essentially as spyware. Sweeney said that the current way of collecting client Steam info from users' computers is actually his fault: You guys are right that we ought to only access the localconfig.vdf file after the user chooses to import Steam friends. It's actually my fault for pushing the launcher team to support it super quickly and then identifying that we had to change it. Since this issue came to the forefront we're going to fix it. EpicGames Launcher enumerating running processes "We're working to update the implementation so that the Epic Games launcher only touches the Steam file at all if you choose to import friends" stated Sweeney in reply to concerns that the program is tracking Steam play time for various games. A Valve spokesperson responded stating that the information stored within the localconfig.vdf Steam file is not intended to be used by other software: We are looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam. The Steam Client locally saves data such as the list of games you own, your friends list and saved login tokens (similar to information stored in web browser cookies). This is private user data, stored on the user's home machine and is not intended to be used by other programs or uploaded to any 3rd party service. Interested users can find localconfig.vdf and other Steam configuration files in their Steam Client’s installation directory and open them in a text editor to see what data is contained in these files. They can also view all data related to their Steam account at: https://help.steampowered.com/en/accountdata. All in all, it's a pretty bad ordeal that Epic's Client was "secretly" making a copy of a file that contains numerous Steam related things, including your saved login tokens.
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    Introduction

    Hello JJ. Welcome to Kametsu. I've seen a lot of anime, but surprisingly haven't seen any of the ones you listed as your favorites. =P Haven't played any of the games you listed either, although I did watch the Deadspace animated films. Here, we can fish year-round, because it doesn't usually get that cold during winter. Reading is fun, and I enjoy reading at bedtime to my daughter, but unfortunately we haven't had reading time in a while due to usually being so busy we're rushing to get to bed on time. Hope you enjoy your stay!
  10. Choppiness during scrolling would be an issue unrelated with the site itself. Would either be something with your browser having problems (perhaps too many addons slowing it down) or could also be related to GPU or ram inefficiency, as lower end devices may sometimes have trouble scrolling with static backgrounds. As such, I'll ask what is your computer specs? Although none of the possible issues that could cause it would be something I can replicate, I went ahead and checked in all available browsers I have on my PC and the site scrolls smoothly for me in FireFox, Chrome, and Edge.
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    Hellow

    Came here because of the announcement? Welcome to Kametsu. I like anime of course.
  12. I didn't really like tri either tbh. I don't really have much hope for this because of that, but I'll remain optimistic.
  13. Major primetime television shows used to feature 22-24 episodes in a season, but in the era of Peak TV, smaller episode counts have become the new normal for prestige shows. But Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series may be looking to change that. According to Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who’s on the payroll for the new series, The Lord of the Rings season 1 will be comprised of 20 episodes. Read his comments below, including a fascinating breakdown of which parts of Tolkien’s stories are “off limits” in the series. Lord of the Rings Season 1 to Have 20 Episodes A Fandom tweet pointed me to a German website which conducted an interview with Tom Shippey, one of the people mentioned in Amazon’s recent video showcasing the behind-the-scenes talent working on the highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings show. When asked about recent unconfirmed rumors that the series may film in places like Scotland or New Zealand, Shippey couldn’t confirm where it would be shot, but he did reveal how many episodes are intended to be in the first season: Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming. If that holds true, it would be a big break from the recent trend toward smaller episode counts on major TV shows. Game of Thrones, the most obvious comparison point to this Lord of the Rings show, featured ten episode seasons for most of its run, but even dropped to seven in its seventh season and six in its final stretch. (As for the location itself, Amazon knows where it’s going to film the show, but it has not made that information public yet.) Which Parts of Tolkien’s Histories Can the Amazon Series Use? We’ve known for a while that the Amazon show would be set during Tolkien’s Second Age, and Shippey commented briefly on that: The Tolkien Estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered. Sauron invades Eriador, is forced back by a Númenorean expedition, and returns to Númenor. There he corrupts the Númenoreans and seduces them to break the ban of the Valar. All this, the course of history, must remain the same. But you can add new characters and ask a lot of questions, like: What has Sauron done in the meantime? Where was he after Morgoth was defeated? Theoretically, Amazon can answer these questions by inventing the answers, since Tolkien did not describe it. But it must not contradict anything which Tolkien did say. That’s what Amazon has to watch out for. It must be canonical, it is impossible to change the boundaries which Tolkien has created, it is necessary to remain “tolkienian.” But he also revealed something in this interview I hadn’t heard before: apparently Amazon only has the rights to the Second Age. “The First and Third Ages are ‘off-limits’, you can’t have the First Age. Events could be mentioned at the most if they explain the events of the Second Age. But if it is not described or mentioned in the Lord of the Rings or in the appendices, they probably cannot use it. So the question is to what extent they may hint at events that took place, for example, in the First Age, but still continue to affect the Second Age. There are several maps authorized by Tolkien, not just the ones we are familiar with, and some of those maps have places on them which are not in the other maps. But if Tolkien authorized them then that’s okay. So it’s a bit of a minefield. You have to tread very carefully but at the same time there is quite a lot of scope for interpretation and free invention.” The site says that the Tolkien Estate retains the rights to everything in the First Age, and a company called Middle-earth Enterprises owns the rights to the events depicted in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which take place in the Third Age, and it’s unclear if Amazon has attempted to bargain with Middle-earth Enterprises to be able to reference any of those events in its upcoming show. We’ve never heard of specific ages of a fictional world being split up and sold off to different licensees, but Tolkien’s world is more expansive than most. It was previously assumed that Amazon was drawing from The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s massive history of Middle-earth published after his death, as it looked for stories to tell in this new show. But Shippey’s comments indicate that Amazon can only use the section of that book which covers the Second Age, and that’s only touched on in one of five divided sections of that sprawling book. The Lord of the Rings does not have a premiere date yet, but we’ll keep you posted when we learn more about it.
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    Summer 2019 Anime Season

    I'm really enjoying pretty much everything I picked up this season. It's a huge season for me for sure. I expected to drop some, but that didn't happen. Was rather surprised. Although Cop Craft seems to be really cheaping out on the action scenes with tons of still frames.
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    15th year of Kametsu?

    I agree. Hard to believe it was 15 years ago that I was a Freshman in high school.
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