dota dragon's blood trailer

The popular DOTA 2 video-game franchise by Valve is becoming an anime series. Netflix’s DOTA: Dragon’s Blood adapts the beloved video game that started off as an unlikely Warcraft III mod, before Valve would trademark the name and launch the wildly successful DOTA 2. Watch the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood trailer below.

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The MoviePromare

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: In a near future in which a population of people have developed a mutation that gives them pyrokinetic abilities, a group of scrappy fire fighters, led by the enthusiastic but dim-witted Galo, uncover a wide-reaching government conspiracy to suppress and use the pyrokinetic “Burnish” community for nefarious means.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: 3D animation has become the thorn in the anime industry’s side. How to adapt to a technology that made the often painstaking animation process easier, without sacrificing the art style and quality that defines a whole industry? The transition from 2D to 3D has been an imperfect one for a lot of anime studios (sorry, Studio Ghibli), but every now and then, there’s a movie that just gets 3D animation so right. One of which is Studio Trigger’s first feature film, a rollicking success right out of the gate: Promare.

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(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

February just ended and many entertainment outlets just wrapped up publishing endless lists about the best romantic comedies. The problem with the rom-com, like with any popular genre, is that their tropes are so well-known that it can become tiresome to go through yet another story of an odd couple getting together and breaking up due to some stupid misunderstanding, all before a grand finale where love is professed and everyone lives happily ever after. To paraphrase the great poet, Maxwell Lord, rom-coms are good, but they could be better.

Enter Horimiya. This anime speeds through the bad parts of a rom-com to get to the funny, wholesome parts. The story is a tale as old as time: she’s a star student loved by everyone, and he’s an introverted otaku with messy hair. But what if she wasn’t just miss perfect, but a really good sister who took care of her little brother as well as all domestic chores while her mom is at work? And what if he actually was the embodiment of the “oh no, he’s hot! meme?  

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Dracula Sovereign of the Damned

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The Movie: Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: Furious at Satan for turning him into a vampire hundreds of years earlier, Dracula plots an elaborate revenge against the devil and steals Satan’s would-be bride from a cult ceremony. Later, an old man in a wheelchair (a descendant of Van Helsing) wildly attacks a young guy with a sword in a public park in an attempt to see if the guy has what it takes to become a vampire hunter. Later still, that same young guy tries to use martial arts moves in a fight against Dracula. (It does not go well.) And I’ve barely scratching the surface of the insanity that happens in this movie.

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pacific rim the black trailer

In Pacific Rim: The Black, our scrappy heroes will be battling all manner of monsters in a devastated dystopian world. But did you know that the real monsters….aren’t the rampaging Kaiju? Well, they’re pretty bad too. But so are humans, as the new Pacific Rim: The Black trailer likes to remind us. Watch the new official trailer for the Netflix anime below.

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terminator anime series

Hasta la vista, live-action – here comes a Terminator anime series! The Terminator film franchise has been met with diminishing returns for years now, and Skydance – the production company responsible for the series – has taken note. Rather than plow ahead with even more movies no one seems to want, Skydance is instead teaming up with Netflix for a Terminator anime series. Mattson Tomlin, who penned the upcoming The Batman, will serve as showrunner.

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spirited away play

Hayao Miyazaki‘s unparalleled 2001 anime classic Spirited Away is getting the stage play treatment. Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film (titled Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japan) is being adapted into stage production by Toho, which aims to premiere the play in 2022.

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up anime opening

What if Up was an anime? It’s a question no one was really asking, but one we got the answer to thanks to Pixar’s recently released Pixar Remix video, which condenses the entirety of the beloved 2009 Pixar film into a cheery two-minute anime opening. And it’s awesome. Watch the Up anime opening below. Read More »

dota dragon's blood teaser

Netflix has been trying to corner the anime market for years, and its latest attempt has all the potential to be the streamer’s next hit. First, it comes from the studio that animated The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s own Voltron: Legendary Defender, and second, it’s based on a popular video game franchise that is ripe for an anime adaptation. Netflix revealed the upcoming release of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, based on Valve’s Defense of the Ancients video game franchise, in a short teaser revealing a March premiere date. See the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood teaser below.

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Masters of the Universe score

Kevin Smith‘s upcoming Netflix anime series Masters of the Universe: Revelation has found a composer.

Smith has revealed that the show’s composer will be none other than Bear McCreary, the man behind the scores for shows like The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and many more. And in a new video, you can watch Smith react to his first listen of McCreary’s first pass at the score for the famous transformation scene in which Prince Adam wields his sword and becomes He-Man.
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