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It Came From Outer Space

First Image From the New Sailor Moon Anime Leaks

The official website for the new animated adaptation of Sailor Moon began a countdown to an exciting announcement this week, but was unable to keep fans from discovering their special surprise reveal: a teaser image of the art style, a synopsis, and a production cast listing. So breath deeply, the new anime is still scheduled for a global premiere in July. For more expert commentary on the characteristics of this new art style, we turn to our colleague Victoria McNally at Geekosystem.

Previously in Sailor Moon


The Cake Is A Lie

Put Studio Ghibli In Your Mouth With Heartache Cakes

Never have the films of Studio Ghibli looked more sweet than when UK bakery Heartache Cakes got its hands on them. When Geeks Wed has a look at some of their non-Ghibli cakes (that Skeksis), or you can scan through the images on their Facebook page for the rest of them. A drool bucket may come in handy.



Hayao Miyazaki Makes For the Most Cheerful Figurine Ever

Before you scoff at Martin Hsu and Bigshot Toyworks’ 6-inch Hayao Miyazaki figurine costing $95, note that proceeds are being donated to earthquake and tsunami relief organization Karakuwa-Maru. Also, just think of the therapy bills you’ll save by having his cheerful presence on your desk at all times.

(via CBR, available for preorder at Tenacious Toys)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: First Images From The Giver Are Sadly Bereft of Meryl Streep

Remember how Meryl Streep is going to be in The Giver? So exciting. But this pic has Jeff Bridges, which is pretty dang cool by itself. Collider has the other picture, featuring main character Jonas (aged up from 12 to 16) and A Baby.


Today in Awesome

Attack on Titan Creator, Publisher On Character’s Gender

Manga artist and writer Hajime Isamaya created Attack on Titan, a manga and anime that is beautiful, dark, and complex…and also extremely popular.  It also features a character named Zoë Hange who, despite their female first name, is consistently not gendered in the course of the manga or anime.  Isamaya has clearly done this deliberately, as he’s repeatedly avoided giving Hange (or Hanji as the name is often written) a specific binary gender. Publisher Kodansha has now gotten in on the discussion via their Tumblr account and is attempting to keep the Attack on Titan manga as close to Isamaya’s vision as possible.


In Which We Make A Terrible Pun

Anime and Disney Cat Puns, Gotcher Anime and Disney Cat Puns Here

This punderful anime fanart comes courtesy of Derlaine, who previously gave British actors (Catt Smith. Tom Kittensen. Andrew Garfield.) the same treatment. Under the cut I’m feline like you’ll see some Disney, too.


The Boob Tube

More Bounty Hunter Fun In New Show From Creators of Cowboy Bebop [VIDEO]

Rejoice, fans of Cowboy Bebop!  Series creator Shinichiro Watanabe has brand new show called Space Dandy debuting tonight on Adult Swim. As an added bonus, the animation studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist worked on the show, and the animation looks slick and gorgeous. Obsession with breasts in the trailer aside, if this series is anything like Bebop or Watanabe’s other great show, Samurai Champloo, we can probably look forward to some interesting ladies in the cast. Also, check out that awesome cat sidekick!

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Just Go With It

Watch Luke Undergo A Magical Girl Transformation In This 80s-Style Star Wars Anime

Star Wars is wonderful. Late-80s and early-90s anime? Also wonderful. This hilarious clip from Nacho Punch, however, makes us glad that we never had to endure a Star Wars/anime fusion. It’s all worth it, though, to see Luke Skywalker transform into a Jedi like he’s Sailor Moon. In the name of the Force, he shall punish you!

(via Kotaku)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Vikings Season 2 Finally Has a Release Date

Lagertha, Vikings’ best character (don’t argue with me on this; it is empirically true), pops up in this new preview image from season two, which will premiere on Thursday, February 27th at 10/9c. (Twitter)


I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

Concept Art From the Miyazaki Pippi Longstocking Movie That Could Have Been

Pippi Longstocking, that freckle-faced redhead girl you oughta know, is very close to my heart. I dressed up as her one year for Halloween. Pipe cleaners in my pigtails. That costume was rad (aren’t I adorable?). Anyway, all this is to say that my hair ears perked up when I read about how Hayao Miyazaki wanted to make a Pippi movie back in 1971. Only he didn’t get to, because creator Astrid Lindgren was all “Thanks, but no thanks.”

The Miyazaki and Studio GHBLI Livejournal has a whole slew of concept art for the might-have-been film. Look and be sad.