By Anthony Thomas.
If you didn’t already know, Space Dandy combs the galaxy, much like his pompadour, on the hunt for aliens. Planet after planet he searches, discovering bizarre new creatures while sampling as many intergalactic Hooters-type ‘breastaurants’ as possible. From his outrageous fashion sense, to go-with-the-flow attitude, Space Dandy is unmistakably a dandy guy – in space.
Just as spectacular as Space Dandy and his brave space crew (in space) is the man behind series one discorific opening theme Yasuyuki Okamura. He’s been in the business since the 1980s and takes his influence direct from Purple Rain singer and fellow dandy dresser Prince. If that’s not enough proof of just how funky he might be, check out the official music video for that Space Dandy opener Viva Namida, it features an anime-version of Okamura busting moves alongside Mr. Dandy and his breastaurant buddies.
Okamura had toes tapping in the west long before Space Dandy. His song Super Girl was used as the first ending to late-80s anime City Hunter 2, which was later picked up by The Anime Network and ADV in America at the turn of the millennium – it was also turned into a dodgy Hong Kong movie starring Jackie Chan in 1993, but that’s an entirely different story.
In a not-so-distant future human-like androids called Giftia are leased to people by SAI, the company that made them. But when the bots reach their shelf-life, they must be retrieved—a job easier said than done. Enter Tsukasa Mizugaki, who along with his Giftia partner, has the unenviable task of being one of SAI’s in house repo men.
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After a deadly virus ravages Earth, killing every human over the age of 13, society collapses. Soon, vampires emerge from hiding, enslaving mankind in a vast underground prison-city. Enter Hyakuya Yuuichiro—your typical hot blooded rule-breaking teen. Yuichiro has enlisted in the “The Moon Demon Company”, a Vampire Extermination Unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. His friend Mikaela uses his connection with powerful vampire Lord Ferid to pass information to Yuichiro that will help him discover that there is still life in the human world. Filled with action, conflict and fight scenes, this is a bloody good time, indeed!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Being that we're an anime distributor and big fans of video games, the folks at Bandai Namco Entertainment recently gave us the opportunity to get some hands-on time with a variety of their upcoming titles. One of these games was J-Stars Victory Vs+. We had a such a great time experiencing the game we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to expand our content further and give you preview of that very game from our perspective. Below is our preview of the upcoming game J-Stars Victory Vs+.
J-Stars Victory Vs. was a game released in 2014 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles in Japan celebrating the 45th anniversary of Jump and the 20th anniversary of the V-Jump publication. In the run up to the Japanese release there were fans across the world hoping this may somehow see an English localised version, but alas there was no hint of this even being a possibility. But that all changes now with Bandai Namco Entertainment bringing this title, in the form of J-Stars Victory Vs+, to the UK on not only PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, but also on PlayStation 4 for the first time on 26th June this year.
A brief summary would be to say this is a fighting game that is a dream scenario for not only any Shonen Jump fan, but anime and/or manga fans everywhere as many franchises from the history of the Jump universe are brought together, with multiple characters appearing as either playable or support characters in quite possibly one of the most packed lineups in fighting game history.
It's a beat 'em up that anime fans have longed for. Previously in Japan there have been similar games with Jump Super Stars on the original Nintendo DS and, going back further, there was Battle Stadium D.O.N. (Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto) on the Nintendo GameCube, though neither saw localised releases for the English speaking world.
But now the time of games such as these not seeing a western release is over! With SEGA's Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax announced for a western release earlier this year and now J-Stars Victory Vs+ getting the same treatment.
We recently had the chance to get hands on time with the PlayStation 4 version of the game. With that in mind we're now going to give you 5 reasons you are going to want to check out this game when it's released.
009 Re:Cyborg English Dub Cast
009: Joe Shimamura JASON GRIFFITH
002: Jet Link MARC DIRAISON
003: Françoise Arnoul/Tomoe ERIN FITZGERALD
004: Albert Heinrich DAVE B. MITCHELL
007: Great Britain JOHN WHITE
008: Pyunma MARCUS GRIFFIN
006: Chang Changku MICHAEL SORICH
005: Geronimo Jr. PATRICK SEITZ
001: Ivan Whisky STEPHANIE SHEH
Samuel Klein KEVIN T. COLLINS
Man in Suit GREG ABBEY
Navy man SEAN SCHEMMEL
Dr. Gilmore GEORGE C. COLE
Voice Direction MICHAEL SINTERNIKLAAS, ANTHONY TORTORICI
Script Adaptation ADAM MODIANO
Mixing DAVID RAYMER
When unknown terrorists attempt to de-stabilize global civilization by blowing up skyscrapers all over the world, Dr. Isaac Gilmore's team of cyborgs are re-activated to combat the menace. Using their superhuman powers they discover phenomena far stranger than human masterminds.
Hailing from Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), 009 Re:Cyborg was released theatrically in the UK in the Summer of 2013. It makes its home video debut in the UK in June 2015. The release of 009 Re:Cyborg includes a Collector’s Edition combi-pack (Blu-ray and DVD) as well as the 3D version of the film on Blu-ray. 009 Re:Cyborg is currently available for pre-order at all good retailers.