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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Trailer

JLTT BD Deluxe 3The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Order due date is March 8, 2016.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP, and DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Robin figurine in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Justice League vs. Teen Titans in Digital HD on March 29, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters within the DC Universe Original Movies. When Damian’s over-aggressive tendencies almost destroy a Justice League mission, he is sent to learn teamwork by training alongside the Teen Titans. However, adjusting Damian’s attitude turns out to be the least of the Teen Titans’ troubles as Raven’s satanic, world-conquering father Trigon begins an escape from his inter-dimensional prison. To complete his return, Trigon must have Raven’s assistance – and to accomplish his goal, he spreads his demonic forces across the globe, infiltrating the minds and bodies of the Justice League to do his bidding. To save the universe and prevent a literal hell on Earth, the Teen Titans must rescue – or defeat – the Justice League, and intern Trigon for all eternity.

The voice cast for Justice League vs. Teen Titans includes several actors reprising their recent Justice League roles – Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova) as Batman, Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as Flash. Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) also returns as Nightwing, as does Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin) as Robin/Damian. Making their Teen Titans voiceover debuts are Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, Wicked City) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy and Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes) as Starfire. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Daredevil) takes the villainous center stage as Trigon.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Justice League vs. Teen Titans is directed by Sam Liu from a screenplay by Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett based on a story by Miller. James Tucker is Supervising Producer. Burnett is also co-Producer. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Justice League vs. Teen TitansEnhanced Content

DVD

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.

Blu-ray Combo Pack

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • Featurette – “Growing Up Titan” – The Teen Titans have fascinated readers for over 50 years due in part to their stories of valor, as well as earning empathy with comic book readers during their own trials growing up into adulthood.  This documentary spotlights the importance of young voices in the DC Comics mythology, giving generations of readers a team of heroes that mirror their own life experiences.
  • Featurette – “Heroes and Villains – Raven” – She is the daughter of one of DC Comics’ greatest villains, the demon Trigon.  Raven is a powerful telepath who uses her soul-self as a means for astral projection.  She is integral to the Teen Titans.  This documentary is her story.
  • Featurette – “Heroes and Villains – Trigon – The most fearsome and evil opponent the Teen Titans have encountered is this inter-dimensional demon.  Trigon uses his immortality to shape worlds and exact his control.   This documentary introduces the character and how he raises the stakes for the Teen Titans.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two Classic Episodes of DC Comics cartoons

Cartoon Network Announces Justice League Action

JLA_Poster_v3b[1]The world’s greatest Super Heroes return to television in Justice League Action, an all-new quarter-hour animated series from Warner Bros. Animation coming soon to Cartoon Network.

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge. The new series is the first DC Comics-based franchise to launch on Cartoon Network since the highly-successful Teen Titan Go!, which in 2015 ranked as a Top 5 animated series among Kids 2-11, 6-11 and all key Boys. Teen Titans Go! also ranks as Cartoon Network’s #1 property for cross-platform video plays and on VOD.

Justice League Action marks the return of Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), beloved by fans worldwide as one of the most iconic voices of Batman, to a weekly-animated television series. The series will also deliver an all-star lineup of regular and guest cast voices, including Mark Hamill as Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold and many more portraying your favorite DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) serving as producers.

Check out the first episode of X-Men: Danger Room Protocols

It’s Wolverine and Jean Grey versus a Sentinel in an 8-bit style that’s reminiscent of the X-Men Arcade video game. The first part of the first episode of X-Men: Danger Room Protocols has premiered. You can check out the video by animator Joel Furtado above.

Calling all Steven Universe fans…

Fans of Steven Universe should be excited for the New Year which will feature a fill week of the series during Steven’s Birthday Week on Cartoon Network. Grab your party hats and celebrate with a week-long event beginning Monday, January 4 through Friday Friday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

New episodes include:

  • Monday, January 4: “The Answer”– Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem.
  • Tuesday, January 5: “Steven’s Birthday” – Steven has a birthday party out at the barn, and decides he has some growing up to do.
  • Wednesday, January 6: “It Could’ve Been Great” The Gems take a trip to the moon.
  • Thursday, January 7: “Message Received” – Steven has doubts about believing in everyone.
  • Friday, January 8: “Log Date 7 15 2”– Steven sneaks a listen to a friend’s audio diary.

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Samurai Jack is back with an All New Season on Adult Swim

Adult Swim has announced that JACK IS BACK. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky will continue the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016.

The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios.

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VIZ Media Expands Pokemon Catalog With Johto Journeys DVD Set

Pokemon_S03-TheJohtoJourneys-3DVIZ Media delivers fun new Pokemon animated adventures to audiences as it announces the DVD release of Pokemon: The Johto Journeys on November 10th.

The complete 41-episode series constitutes the third season of the venerable anime adventure property and will be released in its entirety for the very first time in a 4-disc set. Pokemon: The Johto Journeys is rated ‘TV-Y7,’ for viewers ages 7 and older, and carries an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

In Pokemon: The Johto Journeys, upon returning to Pallet Town, Ash and Misty reunite with Brock and set out on the next stage of their Pokémon journey – the Johto region! Though he still has an errand to run for Professor Oak, Ash jumps with both feet into the Johto League, taking on a couple of Gym Leaders and adding Pokémon like Totodile and Chikorita to his team.

Batman: Bad Blood Trailer

1000580302BRDBEAUTYUV_5a27557When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new DC Universe Original Movie will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 2, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD.

Batman: Bad Blood will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Nightwing figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Batman: Bad Blood in Digital HD on January 19 via purchase from digital retailers.

The mysterious disappearance of Batman, coupled with the emergence of powerful and malevolent new villains in Gotham City, force Nightwing (voice of Sean Maher) and Robin (Stuart Allan) to take crime-fighting into their own hands – while simultaneously searching for their missing leader. They’re not alone for long. New super heroes Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) and Batwing (Gaius Charles) – each armed with her/his own sensibilities, physical abilities and crime-fighting tools – arrive in Gotham to assist in the cause. As this new “family” strives to find its own dynamic, chilling clues lead the group to suspect the Dark Knight may have gone over to the dark side. It’s up to the entire Bat team to uncover the truth before Gotham City falls prey to its greatest threat yet.

As the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova) leads a celebrity-laden cast that includes Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, 24, The Astronauts Wives Club) as Batwoman/Katherine Kane, Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Gotham) as Talia al Ghul, Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing) as Nightwing, Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Aquarius) as Batwing, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as Lucius Fox, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin) as Robin/Damian Wayne. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Bad Blood is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Batman vs. Robin) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman vs. Robin). James Tucker (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman vs. Robin) is Supervising Producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are Executive Producers. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

 

Batman: Bad Blood – Enhanced Content

DVD

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

Blu-ray Combo Pack

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Featurette – “Putting the Fight in the Gotham” – Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter.  This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Featurette – “Expanding the Family of Batman” – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members.  Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling.  This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two 22-minute Episodes
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Knights of Tomorrow”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Avatar”

Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

  • Exclusive Limited Edition Nightwing Figurine
  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Featurette – “Putting the Fight in the Gotham” – Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter.  This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Featurette – “Expanding the Family of Batman” – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members.  Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling.  This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two 22-minute Episodes
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Knights of Tomorrow”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Avatar”

 

 

Batman: Bad Blood will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting January 19, Batman: Bad Blood will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

DC Super Hero Girls: Power Outage

It’s time for the girls to test their super power skills! Find out who passes with flying colors and who doesn’t at Super Hero High School. The answer might surprise you.

Check out this new DC Super Hero Girls animated short.

Welcome to Showside Gets Animated to Celebrate International Animation Day

In advance of International Animation Day tomorrow, Modern Prometheus production company released their debut animated short Welcome to Showside from Ian McGinty. Welcome to Showside takes readers on the adventures of Kit, a lovable kid with a monstrous secret: his dad is the Great Shadow King and he wants Kit to take over the family business of destroying the world. McGinty also serves as the showrunner and lead voice actor for the all-ages Welcome to Showside short, which co-stars none other than the iconic Henry Rollins.

Tomorrow, Modern Prometheus’ sister company Z2 Comics will release the first issue of the Welcome to Showside comic book series, marking McGinty’s creator-owned comic book debut, and kicking off the new Z2 Comics fall periodical line.

Review: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles

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In relation to xxxHolic, we have the sister series Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles with equally convoluted plot lines like its fellow running series. Unlike the noodle branded series xxxHolic, Tsubasa ran from 2003 to 2009, at least the original series did. It does have a current running sequel called Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai Kanai-hen. This manga did something that changed how CLAMP did their storytelling, it allowed them to reuse old characters from previous stories and manga. The manga was released in America by Del Rey Manga and the anime was licensed by Funimation Entertainment. The series seemed to be popular for the most part, though there was much complaint over the complicated plotline.

The series follows Syaoran Li, previously from Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Sakura, Kurogane, and Fai D. Flowright. Also annoying mascot character Mokona Modoki. The four are able to travel to other dimensions due to wishes they make with Yuko from xxxHolic. This is all because Sakura’s spirit has taken form and spread out like feathers across many dimensions and Syaoran has to make it right and return all the feathers to her, or she will die. Our other two Kurogane and Fai have similar wishes to one another. Kurogane just wishes to return home, while Fai wishes never to return to his own world. Thus begins the multi-dimensional adventure that could make or break these characters. It also allowed for CLAMP to show new and different sides of past characters because of the different world and dimension aspect.  Such as two of the main characters.

Syaoran Li is the adopted son of a late archeologist in the Kingdom of Clow. He is also Princess Sakura’s childhood best friend. He continued his father’s work up until the incident with Sakura’s soul/memories scattering. He fights predominantly with his legs, which is important, trust me. He is also in love with Sakura, oh so shocking, but can’t admit it because she is a princess. He makes a big sacrifice when agreeing to the terms of Yuko’s wish, but he does it for Sakura. Ah, young love. This causes him to go on a search across dimensions to save Sakura’s life, despite the heartbreak it will bring him.

Sakura is the princess of Clow and is sort of… Dull? Like, she’s interesting, but in comparison to her Cardcaptor counterpart I don’t find her as intriguing. She’s also in love with Syaoran, her childhood friend, and planned on telling him, but was unable to as her memories scattered before she could. This leaves her in a near death state for a few chapters. She doesn’t do a whole lot really from what I remember, like she starts to do things, but at times it felt like she was just there for Syaoran’s angst fest.

Kurogane is a ninja from the world of feudal Japan where he served under Princess Tomoyo, who sent him away. This was done mostly because he really liked fighting and was often jumping the gun in favor of violence. He gives up he most precious item, a sword, to try and find his way home. Though after bonding with the group, his wish may change a bit. He is often too serious for his own good and that gets him teased by Fai.

Fai D. Flowright is a magician from the country of Celes. Without any direct help from anyone else, Fai travels to Yuko with the wish to not return to his country. He has to give up his magic for this wish to occur, well technically the seal that helps him keep his magi under control. His the lighthearted good natured character, who is hiding more than he lets on. He cares deeply about all the others in the group, so much so that he starts caring about himself less and less.

There’s a whole bunch of other characters, some original some not, but really a majority of the time they’re either rehashed characters from past mangas or from xxxHolic. This isn’t bad, but at points it feels mostly like its applauding longtime CLAMP fans.  Then the original characters all start to feel like cop-outs at times as well, like an easy way out for a corner they may have written themselves into. It always feels like they could have done something more.

The art style is much like its sister in that everything is long and people aren’t supposed to bend like that. However, it actually works for this manga, because it doesn’t have the same jarring affect that xxxHolic did, rather it’s more subtle and allows the reader to adjust. The manga was originally serialized in Shonen Magazine. The only time the art doesn’t work is probably in the anime and that’s because in comparison to other works by CLAMP it felt stiff in the animation and dull. The colors were really dull and not at all near as whimsical as it could have been for the story they had. Bee Train who produced that anime are best known for .hack//Sign, which also had an unfortunate lackluster style to it for such an amazing plot. The anime was released in 2006, which was a bit of a less than impressive time for animation, like with Pandora Hearts to name one. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it doesn’t feel like the animation flowed nearly as much as the manga did. It felt like it was trying to do something, but it just doesn’t hold up today.

Sound wise, I’ve only heard the dub, and it isn’t bad? Though it is set in this weird area of time for Funimation where they were trying out new lead voice actors and it could have worked. Still, it always could have been worse. Still, this series does suffer because the studio wasn’t sure where to go, at least at times that’s what it appeared to be. Syaoran was voiced by Jason Liebrecht who in the past as played Lavi from D.Gray-man, this was one of his more prominent roles. There’s also Christopher Sabat who played Kurogane, who you might know for his role in Dragon Ball Z as Vegeta and Piccolo. Sabat here really shines, as he often does within his roles. The music in the series was done by Yuki Kajiura who is known for her work in many of the .hack series, Pandora Hearts, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She’s great here with her near ethereal music full of perfectly placed bell chimes and we see it in her current works today. There’s also a dubbed movie called The Princess of the Country of Birdcages. Ultimately though, the anime is an easier time for those who wouldn’t like the constant screaming with Watanuki.

This series isn’t bad, it just feels like it was all over the place at times. The anime is tough to get through because it doesn’t get you to care, at least it didn’t for me, but the manga… Oh man, although the manga can be a mountain to get through it is very good. It does get convoluted at times, but other than that, it is good. It could be better. Like I said with xxxHolic, while this may not be the series to do it with, CLAMP is definitely worth looking into, they have a whole slew of series that may tickle one’s fancy. Still though, it doesn’t have near the amount of pull that its sister does. Tsubasa suffers because it almost feels like it’s trying too hard at times to be edgy and full of twists.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles: 6/10

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