News Roundup for June 15th, 2015

The Hype Level is Over 9000

After an 18 year hiatus Dragon Ball returns to small screen to wow a new generation of fans. Dragon Ball Super is set a a few years after the original TV series and looks to be a sequel to the recent films, Battle of Gods and Resurrection of F. See what it all means for the canon when it airs on July 5.

Official homepage: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/dragon_s/

Play the Hero

If Kickstarter can allow foreign game studios to co-author works with Japanese artists then there's no reason we can't do the same with anime, right? French animation studio Pollux Animation is asking for 135,000 euros for their visionary project, Asterion, which promises to put the viewer in control of how the story progresses by incorporating video games into the experience. The concept was impressive enough to get top Japanese talent on board, including Hiroshi Shimizu (Space Dandy character designer), Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood director) and Shichiro Kobayashi (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro art director) with more to come--assuming the project gets funded, that is.

Official homepage: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2122526319/asterion-you-will-be-the-hero

Can You Spam Hadoken? Sure You Can

Super Smash Bros. breaks all it's own rules by adding Street Fighter's Ryu to the roster. For starters he gets weak, medium and strong versions of attacks determined by how long you hold the button. You also have the option to unleash powered-up versions of his signature moves by entering the directional command instead of just jamming B. They even gave him two final smashes! See him in action along with a boatload of new content in the newsdump above.

Official homepage: http://www.smashbros.com/

√Adorably Ghoulish

Aww, poor little Kaneki just wants to be hugged! Go ahead, he has his kakuja open and waiting to give you a gentle squeeze.

CharaForm 007. Tokyo Ghoul: Ken Kaneki (Mask ver.) Complete Figure [empty]
CharaForm 007 Tokyo Ghoul - Ken Kaneki Complete Figure

Pre-painted Complete Figure
ize: Approx. 103mm (excluding base, Non-scale)
Material: PVC, ABS

A New Way to Interface

GiTS

The Ghost in the Shell Realize Project pushes the boundaries of science to realize the futuristic technology of its namesake anime. Their latest trick uses 3D photogrametory (fancy talk for 360 degree photography with multiple cameras) to create an interactive model of Motoko Kusanagi based on controversial cosplayer Ushijima Iiniku. Have fun fooling around in cyberspace.

Official homepage: http://3dmotoko.jp/

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

"Grandma, what big black vinyl boots you have!"

“All the better to step on you, my dear!"

Alright kids, that intro was a freebie. You'll have to come up with the rest of the fractured fairy tale by yourself (though this figure certainly gets the creative juices going).

Fairy Tale Figure Villains vol.03 Wolf of Little Red Riding Hood's House (S) 1/7 Complete Figure [Lechery]
Pre-painted Complete Candyresin Figure
Scale: 1/7
Size: Approx. H23cm