detective pikachu early buzz

Did Detective Pikachu catch all the hearts? Or will it at least be the very best video game movie, like no film ever was? That’s still up for debate, but according to the early buzz for this film, it is super-effective at inviting audiences into the rich, immersive world of the immensely popular Pokémon franchise.

Early screenings for Detective Pikachu were held Wednesday night, and a few select fans and critics got to see the highly anticipated video game adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular talking creature. See what they had to say in the Detective Pikachu early buzz below.

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weathering with you trailer

Three years after Makoto Shinkai delivered his acclaimed 2016 masterpiece Your Name, the anime director is delivering what looks to be another gorgeous, visually stunning film with Weathering With YouAnd based on the trailer, Shinkai’s follow-up film will be just as cerebral and ambitious as his 2016 mega-hit. Watch the Weathering With You trailer below.

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detective pikachu teaser

As if the marketing for Detective Pikachu couldn’t get any more charming, Warner Bros. has released a tongue-in-cheek “audition” video spotlighting a slew of beloved Pokemon and bringing back what many old-school Pokémon loved best about the franchise: statistics! You know what I’m talking about, Pokemon players — the trading cards and video games are what made this franchise such a global phenomenon, and the new Detective Pikachu teaser does a great job of tapping into that. Watch the Detective Pikachu “audition” teaser below.

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cowboy bebop live-action cast

Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series has lassoed its cast. In an inspired piece of casting, John Cho has been cast as Spike Siegel, the bounty hunter who leads a motley crew aboard the spaceship Bebop, in the live-action adaptation of the seminal genre-bending anime series created by Shinichiro Watanabe. Joining Cho in the Cowboy Bebop live-action cast are Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell.

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detective pikachu tv spots

Can you flawlessly rap the iconic “PokeRap” that listed off all of the 150 original Pokemon? No? Me neither, though I used to because I was the coolest 1st grader in the world. But if Warner Bros. were to create a new PokeRap to include every single Pokemon that appears in the Detective Pikachu TV spots, it would probably take a full hour. The latest batch of Detective Pikachu TV spots are jam-packed with glimpses of beloved Pokemon, including Gyarados, Mewtwo, Eevee, and more that I don’t recognize because there have been five (!) generations of Pokemon since I last watched. Maybe we do need a new PokeRap after all.

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detective pikachu graphic novel

Detective Pikachu has come so far since the video game first debuted in 2016: it’s gone from a popular video game to one of the most anticipated feature films of 2019. And now it’s taking over one more medium: the comic book. A Detective Pikachu graphic novel is set to be released this summer as a companion to the Ryan Reynolds-starring feature film.

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GODS and HEROES

Netflix is continuing to grow its anime collection with a new uniquely international series. Gods and Heroes is an original anime series inspired by Greek mythology that follows a young man who learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus. The series comes from the studio behind Netflix’s hit anime series Castlevania and creators Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the writers of Netflix’s live-action Death Note film.

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ultraman trailer

A new generation of Ultraman is coming to Netflix. But he’ll have to contend with some monsters, villains, and even rivals vying for the Ultraman title in the upcoming anime series from the streaming giant. Based on based the recent Ultraman manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi that was published in 2015, Ultraman reintroduces the iconic sentai hero to the modern age, transforming the once-cheesy armored hero into a cool CGI warrior.

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gundam live-action movie

Brian K. Vaughan, the writer behind acclaimed comic book series like Y: The Last Man, Saga, and Paper Girls, has been tapped to write the screenplay for Legendary’s live-action adaptation of Sunrise’s immensely popular mecha anime franchise Gundam. Vaughan has been hired eight months after Legendary and Sunrise first announced that a live-action feature film version was in development.

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Detective Pikachu is sarcastic, self-loathing, addicted to caffeine, and seems to have lost his memory. In other words, he’s just like us! The latest Detective Pikachu TV spot gives us a better idea of the troubles plaguing Pikachu (he must solve the mystery of Tim Goodman’s missing father…but not before he solves himself) and shows off some first looks at other familiar Pokemon rendered in horrifyingly realistic CGI.

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