Final Fantasy XV Has Its Own Anime And Will Soon Have A Movie

Who hasn’t heard of Final Fantasy? With a new game, Final Fantasy XV, set for release in September, fans are excited for anything to keep the series going. To help the game receive a warm reception, Square Enix are sorting people out with not one but two forms of entertainment before the game even begins.

Set for release later this year, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be a 3D-animated film focused on King Regis. Set for a digital release in 2016 and will feature voice work from the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

Before you have to wait that long though you can start to enjoy Final Fantasy XV. Created by the same studio as Sword Art Online and Black Butler, A-1 Pictures, the anime will be released in five-ten minute episodes, straight to YouTube for everyone to watch.

If that wasn’t enough you can already enjoy the series with the first episode already going live, with the entire series reported to tie into the game demo. If you want to start enjoying Final Fantasy now you can find the episode below, a little something to help with the wait  before the movie or game gets released later this year.

Sword Art Online VR MMO Isn’t Coming Afterall

Last week the internet was awash with news that the popular series, Sword Art Online would be getting a VR MMO. We even reported on it here at eTeknix, but sadly it seems like the internet was once again a little too quick to come to terms with the news and instead spread a huge misunderstanding.

IBM is looking to advertise their new SoftLayer cloud service, something which would, of course, require marketing and in order to do this the creation of a Sword Art Online prototype was developed to demo at their latest marketing event. Sadly this means that you won’t be able to experience the game’s fictional world come alive and will instead have to settle for the 20-minute demo that is designed to be just that.

So it looks like Sword Art Online: The Beginning will be nothing more than a fancy tech demo to advertise the new service from IBM. Sadly there are no plans to make a full Sword Art Online MMO I have no doubt that people all over the world will be upset by this news and surely the outcry and support for a project (even if it was just a misunderstanding) would encourage a company to maybe follow up on the concept and bring it to live.

Pacific Rim 2 Delayed Indefinitely

Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.

The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.

Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?

Japan Is Building An Anime Bullet Train

The UK is world-renowned for their public transport arriving 20 minutes late and charging consumers a small fortune to travel by train or bus. It’s also certainly painful to the eyes to view a 1990s rusty train spluttering down the track, but are other countries any better?

Let’s take a gander and compare a British train with that of a newly planned decorated Shinkansen bullet train. The first image is that of a standard UK train, yep pretty boring, the next image below is that of the concept design bullet train. As you can see, it’s fantastic and would be ideal to travel to work on a cold and wet Monday morning.

So why has the train operator by the name of JR West, not related to fisherman John, become slightly crazy with their design team? Well, this is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the hit anime by the name of Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition to this amazing design for the 500 Type Eva model, the train will also have an Evangelion-themed interior and heaps of special memorabilia for fans to buy.

It’s a pity that Japanese consumers are the only ones to be able to appreciate this stunning design, perhaps we need a little less First Capital Connect and a bit more from JR West.

Thank you to engadget, westjr and wikimedia for providing us with this information

Akira Trailer Remade With Simpsons Characters

I’ve seen my fair share of random internet videos, but every now and then, something rather special crops up and distracts me from technology. Almost everyone loves a bit of The Simpsons, and it’s fair to say that quite a lot of people love the iconic Anime that is Akira. Naturally, when you put the two together, you’re in for a real treat.

“Based on an idea by Ryan Humphrey articulated through comics, the concept was expanded with the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans, curated by James Harvey. In association with the comic, Moon Animate Make-Up producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an animated trailer to match and with the work of over fifty artists, produced the Bartkira animated trailer.”

Check out the video for “Bartkira the Animated Trailer” below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Japanese Researchers Want To Create Giant Moving Gundam Robot

Following success of creating a 60-foot life-size statue of a Gundam Robot in Japan five years ago, engineers want to take it a step further by creating an operable, moving version.

The life-size statute, based on “Mobile Suit Gundam” is currently located in Tokyo, but engineers want to make a moving Gundam robot in time for the 40th anniversary in 2019.

Engineers welcome input from the public for ideas on how to make the robot as realistic as possible.

Here is what Yoshiyuki Tomino, Gundam creator, told the media in Japan:

“When I created Gundam 35 years ago, I used my imagination freely because it wasn’t real.  That is what creativity is for – when you dream of something.  Four decades later, Gundam is growing into something new.”

It’s a unique dedication to one of the most recognizable Japanese animated characters, and could be a unique tourist attraction when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The United States and Japan lead the world in modern robotics design, with companies and researchers in both countries trying to push the boundaries.  Japan uses robotics for a wide amount of roles, from production in factories to humanoids helping the aging population carry out routine chores and everyday tasks.

Thank you to AFP (via Yahoo) for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Panoramio

New Anime Girl Mascot For Internet Explorer

Mozilla has the fox-like character as the logo and icon on their browser, making it the perfect mascot and tag for the internet browser. Whenever people see or hear of fox, they immediately associate it with the browser. It seems that the guys at Redmond thought it was time for a change and unveiled a brand new mascot for Internet Explorer as well, but it’s bot an animal like character, but an anime character.

Her name is Inori Aizawa and she has her own Facebook page. On it, she introduces herself as the artistic representation of Internet Explorer. She also lists Hikaru, Microsoft’s Silverlight mascot, as her cousin and says she’s close friends with Nanami, Windows 7, and Yuu and Ai, Windows 8. Inori tells us that she likes surfing the Internet, HMTL5, karaoke, cats, and mint-flavored ice cream. She has her own email address – inor.aizawa@outlook.com – and is 18 years old, her birthday being the same as the date on which the first version of Internet Explorer was released.

At the end, Inori tells us about her clumsiness and the fact she was “slow”, but has since matured and is confident in her abilities. Her Facebook page can be viewed here.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Inori Aizawa