The official site for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Lynn Okamoto’s sci-fi manga Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness) has posted the second promotional video to introduce the five main characters with their narrations. The announced cast for the characrers are:
Ryota Ousaka as Ryota Murakami
Risa Taneda as Neko Kuroha
Aya Suzaki as Kana Tachibana
M.A.O as Kazumi Schlieren-Sauer
Asuza Tadokoro as Kotori Takatori
The 2nd PV
The TV anime is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi (Reborn!, Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2) and produced by ARMS
(Elfen Lied, Queen’s Blade, Wanna be the Strongest in the World). It is scheduled to be premiere on Tokyo MX,
Yomiuri TV, BS11, and other Japanese stations in April 2014. The story centers on a second grade high
school student Ryota Murakami. He still can’t forget about his childhood friend Kuroneko who was killed
in an accident. To fulfill the promise with her to prove the existence of extraterrestrial beings, he joins
the astronomy club and looks up at the sky every night. One day he meets a witch named Neko Kuroha
who has escaped from a research lab. She looks exactly like Kuroneko….
So, you find yourself with a Titan but what on earth are you going to do with it? Jess chatted to you guys and came up with five pretty good reasons why you’ll be glad to have a giant metal buddy by your side.
“That is not a direction we’re even comfortable taking WoW,” Afrasiabi told GameSpot today during a preview event for upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor.
Pay-to-win models break player trust, and Blizzard has no intention of doing that, Afrasiabi said.
“Game design, half of it is about trust. And I think that our playerbase trusts us implicitly and you never want to break trust between the player and developer. And I think pay-to-win does that. And I think that is really our stance; we are not about pay-to-win in World of Warcraft. That is not gonna happen.”
Players can also spend real-world money on virtual items like in-game pets and mounts. All of these microtransactions are on top of World of Warcraft’s existing $15/month subscription. It appears microtransactions are going to play a major role in Blizzard’s future as well, as the studio recently established a “Microtransaction Strategy” business unit.
World of Warcraft senior art director Chris Robinson explained in a blog post that the new character model focuses more on her “warrior” side.
“That means moving away from the more doe-eyed version we know now toward a character you would expect to see fighting on the front lines alongside any of her Horde brothers and sisters,” he said.
Lead animator Steve Aguilar said the original female Orc’s facial expression is “pretty much a blank stare” and that had to be changed. He said the female Orc should now have more of an “edge” and you should be able to feel her “Don’t mess with me!” attitude.
Character artist Dusty Nolting explained that Blizzard began by using the original female Orc as a starting point to make sure that her silhouette and proportions remained intact. The overarching goal for the new model was to update her look with “much higher fidelity” while retaining her classic look.
Do you think Blizzard pulled it off? Let us know in the comments below.
Finally, Robinson pointed out that Blizzard’s goals for the World of Warcraft character revamps is to upgrade the aspects of player character models that currently exist in the game. This approach means you shouldn’t expect drastic changes, but rather visual improvements and new animations. That said, Robinson explained that Blizzard reads fan ideas and did not rule out bringing some of the “coolest ideas” to the game someday if possible.
Blizzard announced during BlizzCon in November that it plans to update all eight of the original World of Warcraft races, as well as Draenei and Blood Elves. To achieve the level of graphical fidelity Blizzard is aiming for, developers are increasing the polygon count significantly (in some cases this means going from fewer than 1,000 to over 5,000), doubling texture resolution, increasing bone count, and retouching almost every animation. Some of the new character models will be available when upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor launches, but Blizzard hasn’t yet said which will be ready for release.
Warlords of Draenor is World of Warcraft’s fifth main expansion, following The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012). In addition to the character model revamps, the expansion introduces seven new zones, raises the level cap to 100, and allows you to boost one character automatically to level 90.
Are you ready for Guardians of the Galaxy? Marvel’s newest rag-tag superhero team comic gone movie is a little on the weird side, but that’s what makes them so fantastic. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live, we have our first look at the upcoming film.
The movie is set for release August 1st. It features a huge cast, including Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora of the green sideboob, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Lee Pace as bad guy Ronan, Doctor Who’s Karen Gillian as villainess Nebula, John C Reilly as Rhomann Dey, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as “Outer-space Liberace” Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector (last seen in the stinger for Thor: The Dark World).
Yen Press’ Valentine’s treat for North American manga readers was a trio of new manga licenses. Übel Blatt by Etorouji Shiono, Satsuki Yoshino’s set to be anime adapted Barakamon and Hiroyuki Aigamo’s manga version of Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara’s Accel World are due in 2014.
With Yen Press’ descriptions…
Übel Blatt is a medieval fantasy that follows Köinzell, a mysterious young swordsman with a past shrouded in darkness and conspiracy, as he sets out in search of revenge. To make things even more delectable, we’ll be putting out Übel Blatt as omnibus editions, so you’ll get twice the action in every volume! Übel Blatt omnibus 0—Japan’s Volumes 0 and 1—will be out in Fall 2014!
Barakamon follows a handsome, young calligrapher who is forced to move to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. A city boy through and through, “Sensei” will have much to learn from his colorful island neighbors! And for another bonbon to go with this new license, Barakamon was also recently green lit for an anime adaptation, yay! You can look forward to the first volume of Barakamon, presented in our signature larger trim size, in Fall 2014!
Accel World, the manga illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo, is the adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel series. It brings the adventures of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime in the Accelerated World to a whole new medium! You’ll be able to snatch up the first volume of the Accel World manga in—you guessed it—Fall 2014!