After the unfortunate news about E3's cancellation, many of us wondered when we will be able to get a real deep look at next-gen titles. Today, we got our answer. Microsoft, so far, has been taking the bull by its horns in the early next-gen console war, and once again, looks to beat Sony to the punch with the first real meaningful display of next-gen gameplay.
At this point, there have been many, and I mean many, entries in the popular Assassin's Creed franchise. Each game took us on a virtual trip through time and space to some amazing locations in history. From Renaissance Rome to Victorian London to Ancient Egypt, each game felt as if you were stuck on the History Channel and you can't find the remote. Well, you can pack your bags again as Ubisoft has revealed a new game in the series titled Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and we are heading to the era of the Vikings!
From Disney's Mulan to One Piece and One Punch Man of the Anime universe, we currently live in the era of live-action remakes. It's as if Tinsel town has finally hit the proverbial wall and ran out of original ideas, spawning all kind of film adaptions from other mediums such as comics, books, games and yes, even animation. I don't usually have an issue with the world of cinema looking elsewhere for inspiration, however, when it comes to live-action remakes of animated titles, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. While there has been some success with these adaptations -looking at you The Jungle Book- there have been far too many missteps -looking at you Dumbo. But, it seems this will be the norm going forward so, I will be a good sport and at least give Hollywood/Netflix my recommended animated titles that deserve a live-action adaptation.
Netflix continues its impressive march on anime land with yet another big anime franchise now calling the streaming service home. Yesterday, the streaming giants announced that they are adding the latest season of the Pokémon anime (titled Pokémon Journeys: The Series) to its lineup in June. Its debut on the service will start with the initial first 12 episodes that were already released in Japan last November with all episodes after will be added quarterly for the rest of the season.
Powerhouse Japanese developers Square Enix already gave us one JRPG remake of a 90's classic, and now, it's time for another. The first being Final Fantasy 7 of course, but we are also getting the much more obscure Trials of Mana over here in the west. Trials of Mana, known before 2019 as Seiken Densetsu 3, is a 1995 action role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Super Famicom (SNES). So does Square's second remake in a month match the polish and care of the first? Here's the review roundup:
And here we thought that a live-action One Piece series would be the craziest story we hear this year, but nope! Sony Pictures has decided to one-up the Netflix project with various reports confirming that they are adapting the popular manga as a feature film. The same reports also confirmed that the studio has locked up Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the duo known for Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, has the film's screenwriters.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.