Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kami-sama Dolls: A Micropost

Kami-sama Dolls is the new anime from Kishi Seiji, the director of Angel Beats.  That anime gave us this, which probably explains why episode four of his latest work gives us this:

Screencaps from Random Curiosity.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Soul Calibur V

Soul Calibur V isn't set to be released until next year but Namco Bandai has already started releasing some art and character info.

Today's post is a chance to play a game of illustration vs. render.  I'm pairing each character's artwork alongside its CG render.  Take a look at the pics and give your opinion.  Which one do you think is hotter?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Three Dimensions (Part Two): Captain America

With Comic-Con just concluding and Captain America: The First Avenger in theaters, it made sense to dedicate the second part of the Three Dimensions series to the hero.  The Three Dimensions series of posts feature statues, action figures, and dioramas.

First up is a really awesome Premium Format Figure of Bucky Barnes as Captain America from Sideshow Collectibles:

Next is a 12-inch figure from Hot Toys...this time it's of Cap from Captain America: The First Avenger:

Not to be outdone, Sideshow also takes on Captain America: The First Avenger with another Premium Format Figure:

Lastly, here is a Polystone Diorama featuring Captain America taking on Red Skull. This was done by Sideshow but it is no longer available:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Guys of Marvel Anime (Part One)

This is the first of a two-part series of posts featuring the guys of the Marvel Anime projects.  With Iron Man and Wolverine set to make their U.S. debut on G4 in a little over a week, I figured it would be good to start with them.

HFG featured the introductory trailers to these two shows nearly two years ago.  I like the design they settled on for Wolverine better than the early design seen below:

I'm looking forward to seeing if the dubs will be any good, especially with Adrian Pasdar as Iron Man and Milo Ventimiglia as Wolverine.  More art (as well as a couple of screencaps) is below. 


Monday, July 18, 2011

Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & Bunny is a new anime series from the people at Sunrise (Gundam, Code Geass). It takes place in a fictional world where superheroes are sponsored and fight crimes for points on a reality competition called "Hero TV."  The main characters are the world's first superhero team:  the veteran hero Wild Tiger and the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., the only hero who doesn't keep his identity secret.  Both of them have the same power:  100X enhanced strength for a five-minute period.

Since it's a show about superheroes, there's a nice variety of guys to be found.  They include "King of Heroes" Sky High, the super-strong Rock Bison, the teenaged Origami Cyclone, and the flamboyant, openly gay Fire Emblem.  The original character designs were done by Masakazu Katsura, the creator of Zetman.

Even though this show is quite awesome, there really isn't a lot of official art out for it yet.  I've compiled most of the art I could find with some screencaps.  Some of the caps come from the great fan site This is Sternbild.

You can watch Tiger & Bunny online at VizAnime or Hulu.