Aniplex of America announced today that they will begin streaming the brand new anime series, Slow Start, on Crunchyroll beginning January 6, 2018 at 9 am PST. Animated by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist) and directed by Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Magical Girl Raising Project, Is the Order a Rabbit?), the series is based on a popular 4-panel manga by Yuiko Tokumi in Manga Time Kirara, a seinen manga magazine from renowned publisher Houbunsha. In addition to being the first ever in Japan to put out a 4-panel manga magazine, Houbunsha is the publisher for another popular 4-panel manga series, BLEND-S, which served the basis for the smash hit anime by the same name in fall of 2017. Masato Anno (Eromanga Sensei, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) is in charge of character design with music by Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Love Live! School idol project, No Game, No Life Zero).
“When I was first approached by the team at Kirara regarding a new series, I really wanted to create a cute and charming story that didn’t take itself too seriously,” says Series Creator, Yuiko Tokumi. “But when my editor suggested to make the series about ‘reaching for a goal like trying to win a tournament,’ I began incorporating that notion into the story.”
The series addresses an interesting stigma relatively unique to the Japanese culture known as being a ronin. The term, which is often associated in the U.S. as a term for vagabond samurai, refers to a person who has failed to get in to a school or company and must wait a year to try again. While the concept of a “gap year” is not foreign to the U.S., the Japanese education and hiring system, which only accepts new students or new employees during a limited time once a year, results in many young people being forced into an involuntary gap year. The main character is no stranger to this dilemma, as she finds herself a year late starting high school. Unable to bear the shame of being a year behind her classmates, she moves away to start a new life at a new school.
“Slow Start isn’t just a cute and fun story, it’s about the importance of emotional connections,” says Director Hashimoto in an interview about the series.
Thanks to her new friends and new acquaintances, the series explores many different forms of “slow starts.” The title, Slow Start, refers to not only the main character’s delayed start to high school but a larger theme of taking one’s time to grow up. As Hana gradually opens her heart to the people around her, her life begins to unfold with exciting and cheerful moments. From playing around like children to feeling anxious like an adult… This is an adorable and heart-warming tale about growing up … slowly.
Prepare to plunder or walk the plank in this brand-new, hilarious Adventure Time story, Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion!
Gamers play as Finn, Jake, Marceline, and BMO to explore fan-favourite kingdoms, and meet the well-loved characters from Cartoon Network’s popular TV animation series.
The game starts with a flooded Land of Ooo, in which familiar kingdoms are cut off from each other by rising waters. In their newly constructed boat (hold that thought*) Finn and Jake set sail to investigate what the junk went down.
During their adventures Finn and Jake will recruit friends to join their crew, jump into swashbuckling fights, interrogate characters for clues, and traverse the new and dangerous sea to locations across Ooo.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is slated for release on PlayStation®4, Xbox One™, Nintendo Switch™ and PC, launching in the spring of 2018.
PAX South 2018 is drawing nearer, and Sub Cultured will once again be there keeping you up to date with the latest news from one of the south’s biggest gaming cons!
In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows, so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.
PAX South 2018 boasts to be even bigger than their inaugural year, which saw games like Gigantic and Brawlhalla dominate the show floor. In lieue of a string of celebrity guests, PAX conventions center around us, the gamers, with an exhibition hall full of publishers, developers, and creators of video games and table tops to be found at every turn of your head!
Beyond the huge expo hall full of games, tabletop and console gaming rooms, there’s also a number of tournaments from console to PC, handhelds, and tabletop games. And of course there’s the PAX staples of the Omegathon, Penny Arcade Q&A, and Penny Arcade Make-A-Strip.
A new addition to PAX South’s programming, True Dungeon will be at PAX South 2018! True Dungeon is a live-action D&D event complete with immersive sets, costumed NPCs and life-size monsters. You can get separate tickets for a 2 hour full adventure ahead of time or line up on site for a free 30 minute demo.
The panels this year also have a lot of really interesting topics. Notable events include Streaming 101: Launching Your Broadcast on Friday at 12:30pm, Sound Design Live on Friday at 3:30pm, or Leveling Up: Monetizing Your Video Game-Inspired Music on Saturday at 4:30pm.
Looking for more than panels and freeplay? There is plenty of after hours programming going on! On Friday night, check out nerdcore night at the Lila Cockrell Theatre! Bring your best pair of dark sunglasses and Cool Person Head Nod (patent pending) because MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, and Sammus are gonna light up the night. And on Saturday, a string quartet, a mariachi band and a speedrunning rock band share the stage for the second night of concerts. Not at the same time, of course. We’re pretty sure that would be a mess. Videri String Quartet, Super MES, and Bit Brigade join forces for one night only at 8:30pm in the Lila Cockrell Theatre!
PAX South will be held January 12th – 14th, 2018 and takes place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which is conveniently located in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets are still available online, so come soak up some of the panels and programming, and be sure to say hi! Follow us on Twitter @SubCultured for updates from the show floor or keep an eye on our convention coverage!
Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, complements the launch of the highly anticipated new anime series, INFINI-T FORCE, with the opening of pre-orders for a collection of action figures from the Hong Kong-based manufacturer, SEN-TI-NEL.
Beyond space and time, four heroes who fought for peace gather in the modern era. The new battle of legendary heroes has begun. The INFINI-T FORCE line from SEN-TI-NEL will debut to retailers in February 2018 and is comprised of 4 highly-detailed and fully-poseable figures from Gatchaman, Polymer, Casshan and Tekkaman. Each figure stands approximately 7.1 inches tall and features integrated die-cast construction and an LED light-up element.
2017 marks the 55th Anniversary of the founding of one of Japan’s most famous animation studios – Tatsunoko Production. As the centerpiece of its anniversary, INFINI-T FORCE unites the heroes from four of the studio’s most popular shows – Gatchaman, Polymer, Casshan and Tekkaman.
Gatchaman… The reliable leader of the “Science ninja team, a special team consisting of five members who fought against the evil organization “Galactor” which wishes to conquer the world. With its simple articulation, a variety of signature poses featured in the series can be recreated. The figure stands approximately 18cm tall and offers sturdy die-cast to give weightiness and an LED feature on the unit’s chest.
Casshan… A solitary warrior who has abandoned his own body and become a “neo-human” in order to protect people from robot troops and andro-troops that rebelled against humanity. With its simple articulation, a variety of signature poses featured in the series can be recreated. The figure stands approximately 18cm tall and offers sturdy die-cast to give weightiness and an LED feature on the unit’s chest.
Polymer… Hiding the true identity and putting himself in a detective office while cracking down villains on the street with the hammer of the righteous. This is “Polymer” style of fighting for justice. With its simple articulation, a variety of signature poses featured in the series can be recreated. The figure stands approximately 18cm tall and offers sturdy die-cast to give weightiness and an LED feature on the unit’s chest.
Tekkaman… “The Space Knight” who puts on armor and challenges the invader from the universe Waldastar in order to lead mankind from the dying Earth to a whole new world. With its simple articulation, a variety of signature poses featured in the series can be recreated. The figure stands approximately 18cm tall and offers sturdy die-cast to give weightiness and an LED feature on the unit’s chest.
Prominent North American anime/manga distributor VIZ Media is now featuring the INFINI-T FORCE series to stream on VIZ.com/Watch. Episodes are presented with English subtitles and are now available to stream on-demand. Subsequent new episodes of INFINI-T FORCE debut every Tuesday.
With Halloween around the corner, we dove into our closets and skimmed the surface of the internet to find quick and easy costumes to please all manner of costume and cosplay enthusiasts! Our focus today is on the rock steady Terra from Teen Titans!
Take a black turtleneck from the back of your closet and cut off the midriff. Or, alternatively, grab one from Amazon, where we found all of our items to put this costume together. If yellow shorts aren’t usually a staple in your own wardrobe, you can find them online or Forever 21. The boots are actually adorable and incredibly priced if you don’t have a comparable pair for daily wear.
For accessories, most garages will yield work gloves of questionable origin for free. We also found a basic utility belt on Amazon and paired it with a long blonde wig. Any shade of blonde will work to make this costume recognizable as long as its straight with no bangs.
Terra, like the rest of us, was growing up as a member of the Teen Titans before the availability of YouTube makeup tutorials. As a result, she fell into the same teenage practice most of us did. Eyeliner. Lots of eyeliner. Any eyeliner in your drawer will do, however we like Tarte’s Double Take as it includes both a pencil and a liquid for the price of one. Add some bronzer and a swipe of nude lipstick and youre good to go!
Take costume to the next level by convincing a friend to accompany you as Beast Boy! Or Slade, if you’re more into older men. Now go do horrible things and have absolutely no regrets!
Planning on making this costume? Doing some other DIY awesome? Want to check out the rest of our Halloween Costumes From Your Closet ideas? Show me all your spook-tacular creations with the hashtag #SCaryMonth on Twitter and Instagram!
Looking for a new spooky game?
Just in time for the Halloween season, Bigmoon Entertainment and Camel 101 announced today that their new space survival horror title, Syndrome, is available on select systems. Syndrome traps players aboard a desolate scientific spaceship full of terrifying monstrosities creeping around every corner, with only stealth and evasion to trust while they unravel the deep mystery surrounding the deaths of fellow crewmen. Check out the release trailer below!
“It’s been a truly long-awaited milestone to bring Syndrome to console players, and we are excited to offer the game on virtual reality platforms as well”, said Paulo J. Games, Game Director of Bigmoon Entertainment. “With VR, the sinister atmosphere and blood-curdling suspense is as real as it gets. We can’t wait to hear the feedback from players and hope that it was worth the wait.”
Syndrome takes the horror genre back to its terrifying roots as players wake up on a deserted and adrift spaceship, dazed and confused from a deep cryosleep, only to discover that most of the crew are dead, or… changed. In order to survive the horrors that lurk in the shadows, players must explore the eerie confines of the ship in search of the last few weapons aboard, moving as stealthily as possible to evade direct enemy combat. Amidst numerous reactive adversaries awaiting close by, players interact with keypads and computer consoles to find clues as to what happened aboard and how to escape the deadly syndrome alive.
After completing the first chapter of the main “Story” mode, players can unlock an Endless Survival game mode specifically created to experience Syndrome in Virtual Reality. In the Endless Survival mode, players are trapped in a part of the spaceship where they scavenge surroundings for weapons and supplies, facing wave after wave of enemies set on destroying and dismembering everything in sight.
Syndrome has been nominated for several awards, including AMG’s Best Graphics Award and Reboot Develop’s Best Indie Award. Syndrome is now available on Sony Playstation 4 and PC with a game mode compatible for PS VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Find out more about Syndrome at their Official Website!