Blog Hiatus :(

Finals are coming up in just a week, so I'll be too busy studying to blog about anything. But I will tell you that the following winter break, I will continue blogging.

FYI, I've recently watched Cencoroll and I'm almost done with the first season of Hajime no Ippo, so I'll make some review posts on them. Just need a little time, is all :)

Code Geass Season Three Green-Lit

Well. It was expected, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Bandai confirmed rumors of a third Code Geass season with a rather provocative image that has begun to cause a stir in the anime blogosphere:

The large text reads: "New Code Geass Project Launch Green-Lit! Wait for more info in 2010!!"

The sub-text reads: "This is a new genesis . . . the day of rebirth. Today, Geass has reached a new stage. You will be cast a new Geass soon. Hope, wait and desire it enthusiastically. Don't forget. Geass is like a wish. If you wish, Geass will . . ."

In my opinion, Code Geass is getting to be like Twilight. Yeah, the first season was good, but as the story progressed, it started to lose the charm and quality I had initially come to like. (I'm not saying that I ever liked Twilight at all.) But now the fanbase is growing larger and larger, which will in turn spur the producers to insert more fanservice, which will really deteriorate the quality that true Code Geass came to like in the first place. Like anything, too much of one thing isn't good. The same goes for Code Geass. (It actually wasn't as spectacular as everyone described it to be anyways, but I liked it.)

Source: ANN | Mizu | Not Cliche

Loads of FFXIII Screenshots

This just in from Square Enix, a good amount of high-quality, un-leaked screenshots!

Everything's looking pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. I especially love the designs of the buildings and ruins, and the outdoors' landscape puts real life nature to shame. This game is certainly looking good and upholding the burden that comes with bearing the Final Fantasy name.

Source: Andria Sang (More screens at source)

Major's 6th Season Is Getting To Be Not So Major

How long has Major been running now? Since 2004. Almost every year after that, new seasons are being put out! Of course, it's to follow the manga's storyline, but let's start with the manga. The manga is ridiculously long. Instead of getting to the point and emphasizing the idea that friendship and teamwork can go a long way in just several volumes, the adventures of Goro and his companions and teammates is stretched into 71 volumes, and counting (Detective Conan, much). In the same fashion, the anime is being made to be ridiculously long. They better wrap it up soon with this next season, because soon their viewers will be exasperated, and will eventually quit watching altogether. Although the action sequences and humor is enjoyable, there's only so much of the same stuff that someone can handle.

Actually, a lot of truly good series are pretty short. 24-26 episodes, really. The longer ones are usually shounen, because the adventures of the main character, who is obviously a male, is more pronounced and it's made to impact the viewers greatly. But SIX seasons? And each season's episode count continually get's larger and larger. I'm afraid if there are even seven or eight, the count will go up to 400! It might even beat Detective Conan's long run. Now think. Would this length attract new watchers? No, of course not. They would be daunted by the mere fact there were SIX frickin' seasons, and to top it off, they aren't short 'n sweet. Just unnecessarily long. (Of course, coming from Sho-Pro, the same people behind Detective Conan, you can be sure it's going to top Conan, to some extent.)

Anyways, this sixth season will premiere in Japan on April 3, 2010.

Source: ANN

"Objection!" Phoenix Comes To iPhone

Check it out! A spiffy new iPhone app that will allow you to look somewhat dignified while playing your favorite Ace Attorney video game! Now you don't have to worry about carrying around that nerdy little DS that just screams, "I'm a Nintendo-tard, lookit me!"

Capcom has not announced the exact release date or price, but you can be sure that the price will most probably be more than you'd expect, and that this baby will be coming soon. I'm definitely download this one, if not for the specially configured iPhone controls. Using my finger instead of a stylus will be such a thrill.

While you wait for news on the app's release date, take a look at these screens:

Source: Andria Sang | Kotaku JP

Iron Man 2 (2010) Preview

Production Status:
In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Release Date: May 7th, 2010 (wide)
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Production Co.: Marvel Studios
Studios: Paramount Pictures

"Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the wealthy playboy whose exploits as Iron Man are now public knowledge after his admission at the close of the first film. In the follow-up, Stark is pitted against his Russian arch nemesis, Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Also making their Marvel debuts are Scarlett Johansson as the sexy Russian spy Black Widow, and Don Cheadle, who takes over the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard."

- Fandango

As much as I hate to admit it, I've become a huge fan of Iron Man. Why is this so hard for me to accept? At the time the first movie came out, I was having a dispute with my friend over who was the better superhero: Batman or Superman. Of course, I was in favor of Batman, the caped crusader with a tragic past and a good moral principal; never use guns, or kill. My friend sided with the latter, Superman, who was thought to be all around glorious. Then Iron Man came out, and my third friend just jumped into the fray saying Iron Man bested both Superman and Batman. I decided to give the movie a go; I've been (secretly) hooked on Iron Man ever since (as you'll learn later on, I hate admitting that I'm wrong).

So when I heard that a predecessor to the box office hit Iron Man (which grossed nearly 600 million worldwide when it debuted in the spring of 2008) was coming out, I was on the edge of seat, hunting the web for more information as to when the movie would come out, what it would be about, and who would be in it. Personally, I have a feeling this will be a huge success in movie theaters, especially with truly devout Iron Man fans. Based on what I've heard, it follows the Iron Man comic book storyline very closely, even more than in the first movie. You've got The War Machine, Don Cheadle (who replaced Terrence Howard in the role of James "Rhodey" Rhodes, because Terrence Howards' acting costs were way to high for the Iron Man producers' liking), and new villains and enemies with equally new and spiffy costumes.

The teaser poster below depicts Iron Man, playboy billionaire Tony Stark, and The War Machine, James Rhodes (Stark's close friend/rival), standing back to back, weapons at the ready. Across the movie blogosphere, one large question arises: will the two main characters be fighting as one against a common enemy, or will they fight against each other? I can't help but think about the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke from the overrated anime series Naruto when I look at this poster. All that's certain for now, however is that the poster itself looks very epic. It just screams that you must watch the movie which it proudly boasts.

Iron Man 2 is set to hit theaters May 7th, 2010.

Source: Examiner | Yahoo! Movies | Yahoo! Movies (Movie Details)

Fist of the North Star: Hokutou Musou Hits on March

Hokuto Musou, a Dynasty Warriors-esque fighting game that originated from the manga and anime Fist of the North Star, was announced to be released on March of 2010. This came as quite a surprise to most North Star fans, because up until this point, Koei had been very vague about when their new game was coming out, and now they've announced that it'll be be coming soon, in March, quite suddenly.

The PS3 and XBOX 360 versions will be ¥8,190 ($94 USD). Koei will most likely release limited editions of the game as well, as they've done in the past with other North Star games, so you can expect these limited editions to have a heftier price than that of the PS3 and XBOX 360.

Source: Andria Sang

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