It’s not too often you see a noir style stories any more. With mystery lurking in every corner, with our hero trying to piece everything together. No Guns Life is exactly that and some. The story takes place in a world where people have all kinds of crazy things done to their bodies known as extended. You’ll see someone with robotic eyes to be able to see long distances, or some people that are pretty much all robots. And not to mention Juzo Inui the protagonist of the story has a revolver for a head!
The manga throws you straight into this world leaving you with a lot of questions about it. Purposely being vague about key events that took place that made things the way they are. Such as the great war that is mentioned a number of times throughout the read. But what little they tell you is enough to keep you wanting more and more.
The manga follows Juzo Inui who is an extended as well.But his extension is one of the most unusual ones with a giant revolver as a head, forcing you to ask where are his eyes? He usually finds work by helping other people who are extended as well, but mainly living paycheck to paycheck. He soons fines himself neck deep in trouble when he finds out something he shouldn’t have found otherwise.
I found myself getting more and more immerserved in the story not wanting to put it down, just so I can see what happens next. As mentioned before the story is written so well it won’t bother you knowing that a lot of these characters are hiding something. As the story progresses Juzo comes across some allies who make the story that much better. Such as mary every panel that she’s in is better than the last. More or less serving as the comedic relief when things get a little too serious you could count on her to brighten things up. Not to mention her skills make her that much more interesting as well.
But more than often a story is only as good as it’s villains. And they do not disappoint with that at all. The people that Juzo finds himself often fighting are the kinds of people you wouldn’t want to get tied with. Every villain that he crosses path with all stand out in their own way, with some being bent on completing the mission, to some just wanting to make his life a living hell, or sometimes even being forced to do so. Making it much more interesting every time he has to put up a fight.
No Gun Life was a truly enjoyable read from start to finish. With lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked all the way to the end. I highly recommend you read it for yourself so you can enjoy it as much as I did. The Manga is set to release Sept 17th and being sold for $12.99USD or in Canada for $17.99. Be sure to pick it up at Viz.com
This month, science fiction fans are invited to dive into the home media release of INFINI-T FORCE, the superhero-action series that unites the four legendary heroes Gatchaman, Polimar, Casshan, and Tekkaman. All twelve episodes of the series will be available in one blu-ray set.
In partnership with The Pokémon Company International, the POKÉMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION home media release arrives with four feature films that will delight POKÉMON fans of all ages.
New publishing debuts for September kick off with the ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET, which collects Yusei Matsui’s hit action comedy about a tentacled teacher with superpowers and a heart of gold.
VIZ Signature debuts for the month include CATS OF THE LOUVRE, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award–winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. NO GUNS LIFE is a cyberpunk series in which the protagonist’s head is replaced with a giant gun… and his memories erased. In the action-packed comedy THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND, a former yakuza legend desires to walk the straight and narrow. Finally, LEVIUS debuts as a complete hardcover edition of the science fiction action series about cyborg arena fighters.
New Home Media Releases for September:
INFINI-T FORCE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available September 10th
When an interdimensional attack plunges the defiant, thrill-seeking teen Emi into a city-wide assault, a band of mysterious heroes from lost worlds appears to save her. But it seems both heroes and villains have their sights on The Case, a magical object with transmutational powers, currently in Emi’s possession! Only the combined strength of Gatchaman, Casshan, Polimar and Tekkaman could be enough to stop the man known as “Z” from destroying not only Emi’s world, but countless others.
POKÉMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION
Blu-ray MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN Available September 17th
Sets each contain the following four POKÉMON animated feature films on two Blu-rays or two DVDs:
POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM
When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans! Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends…and two versions of the story! Follow them both in POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM! It’s twice the Pokémon adventure!
POKÉMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE
Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokémon they don’t recognize. They’re planning a rescue when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem! The Mythical Pokémon Keldeo is on a mission, to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem has other ideas, and when it transforms into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem for greater power, things look grim!
POKÉMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED
A vast Pokémon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokémon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking those who approach it. When the Genesect are joined by the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo—who sympathizes due to its own origins—things only become worse, and the confrontation quickly rages out of control. Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokémon before they destroy the city?
New Publishing Releases for September:
ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET By Yusei Matsui
MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 3rd
The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set! Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter… Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).
CATS OF THE LOUVRE By Taiyo Matsumoto
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available September 17th
The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now…
NO GUNS LIFE By Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 17th
After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.
THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND By Kousuke Oono
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 17th
A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!
LEVIUS By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 17th
It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.
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OMEN Command Center – which is available for any Windows 10 PC via the Windows Store – is leveling up with a host of powerful new features designed to make it a central gaming hub.
With Rewards Beta (powered by Versus Systems) launching in the U.S., gamers can earn prizes playing the games they love, while improving their skills and competing with others.
Coaching arrives for OMEN PCs with initial support for League of Legends and more games on the roadmap. This AI-based tool (powered by Mobalytics) analyzes gameplay and provides key insights into strengths and weaknesses to improve player performance.
With My Games, gamers can manage their devices and access their game libraries from one central location, providing quick and easy access to their favorite games. Includes real time monitoring of gameplay to keep track of how many hours spent on specific titles along with weekly insights.
The new Profiles feature allows the creation of mood, activity, or game-based profiles for OMEN PCs and accessories and includes support for the OMEN Sequencer Keyboard and OMEN Photon Mouse.
Esports Speeds and Visuals
The new OMEN X 27 makes a splash with a Quad HD2 (2560 x 1440) resolution display that showcases stunning high dynamic range and DCI P3 90 percent color gamut1 for an immersive gaming experience. To keep up with the FPS that high-end PCs muster and esports athletes require, the display rocks an industry-leading 240Hz refresh rate1 with a 1ms response time1 and is AMDRadeonFreeSync™ 2 HDR9 certified to ensure the game screen is clean of tearing even when playing games in HDR mode. This ties up with a bold and eye-catching design thanks to three micro-edge bezels, a full metal height adjustable stand, and ambient lighting that can be controlled via OMEN Command Center4 along with the new patented aim assist feature for a reticle that can be customized by shape and color.
Accessorize with Excellence
The new OMEN Mindframe Prime Headset includes several compelling enhancements. The revolutionary active cooling feature via FrostCap Technology incorporates a passive cooling feature thanks to a newly added graphite heat spreader which takes advantage of the enlarged earpads10. The built-in 7.1 surround sound powered by C-Media Xear™ creates realistic spatial awareness to accurately pinpoint in-game sounds. Added environmental noise cancelling (ENC) microphones block out extra sound in the room so your voice comes through clear in the heat of battle. Lastly, the new OMEN Audio Lab within OMEN Command Center4 gives full control of the listening experience with a 10-band equalizer that has a variety of presets, audio level customization and on/off switches for the 7.1 surround sound and ENC microphones.
With a blue switch mechanical keyboard currently available in the OMEN 1100 Keyboard, the new OMEN Encoder Keyboard will come with both Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Brown Switches for those who want incredibly fast and smooth operation or something that’s quieter and has a little bump in the travel path. Complete with 100 percent anti-ghosting with n-key rollover and OMEN Command Center4 integration both keyboard options are built to win.
Travel and Game in Style
Providing high quality lifestyle products is a constant focus for OMEN and has been showcased recently with OMEN Apparel and the original OMEN X Transceptor backpack. The Transceptor line from OMEN continues this trend with the new additions of the OMEN Transceptor17.3” Duffel Bag, 15” Rolltop Backpack, 15” Backpack to provide a wide variety of traveling options. This is topped off with the OMEN Transceptor Headset Case, which matches up with the new OMEN Mindframe Prime Headset.
Exceptional Mainstream Gaming
The Pavilion Gaming Desktop makes expandability a clear emphasis within a new space-saving 15L design. This design includes expansion slots for up to three storage drives11 and DIY upgradability for memory, graphics cards, networks cards and Wi-Fi cards. CPU options of up to 9th Gen Intel i7 8-core12 or 3rd Gen, AMD Ryzen™ 7 8-core12 processors, graphics of up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 and latest RTX 2060 SUPER™, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory yield the power needed for the latest games or creative projects.
The latest Pavilion Gaming 15is the first AMD CPU gaming laptop from HP and features up to Ryzen™ 7 processor12 within a bold angular black chassis. With up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660Ti with Max-Q13 design graphics, micro-edge bezels with 144Hz or 60Hz1 1080p14 display options, immersion is the name of the game. Dual fan, wide rear corner vent, and enlarged air inlets maximize airflow to optimize overall performance, while keeping the machine cool during extended usage. Built for dependable game sessions, content creation, and outfitted with a Wi-Fi 5 option supporting Gigabyte speeds, this highly portable laptop is built for work and play.
No desktop is complete without a keyboard and the Pavilion Gaming Keyboard 800 features quiet, yet quick red mechanical switches complete with 100 percent anti-ghosting with n-key rollover, a comfortable detachable wrist rest and four-zone LED lighting with on-the-fly backlit modes.
These additions to the Pavilion Gaming ecosystem pair brilliantly with the new HP 22x and HP 24x gaming displays. Both come with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate1 and 1ms response time1, AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ technology9, high-quality integrated speakers and adjustable stands. The HP 24x features G-SYNC® Compatible15 and micro-bezels for a truly immersive gaming experience.
Pricing and Availability16
OMEN X 27 Display is expected to be available in September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $649.99.
OMEN Mindframe Prime Headset is expected to be available this August in Europe for a starting price of €199.99 and in North America this January via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $199.99.
OMEN Encoder Keyboard is expected to be available in October via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $99.99.
OMEN Transceptor Bags are expected to be available this August in Europe for a starting price of €49.99 and in North America this September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $49.99
Pavilion Gaming Desktop is expected to be available late August via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $699.99.
Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available in September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99.
Pavilion Gaming Keyboard 800 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $79.99.
HP 22x is expected to be available in August starting in Europe via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price €169.99.
HP 24x is expected to be available in August via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $279.99
If you’re like me and can’t get enough Jojo in your life. I got some good news for you. The first half of part 4 is finally out on dvd. And it’s loaded with tons of great content that’ll fill that missing void you have while jojo is off the air.
One thing that I really appreciate about JoJo is that they always make visually pleasing products. If it’s not with the mangas looking like a book with it’s hardcover and great artwork. The DVD set does the same. The box has none other than Josuke Higashikata doing a jojo pose. And on the backside it has his stand looking like it’s ready for a fight. And of course the artwork is great with a neonish style that reflects in the light. Making it that much more appealing to look at.
Once opening it you’ll see two things one being the Blu Ray of JoJo. With Josuke and Jotaro both on the cover. The other thing you’ll see is an art box of the first part of part 4. It’s filled with tons of great content such as directors comments on every episode the DVD set covers. It even has notes on the art drawings but unfortunately they are not in english. But none other it’s still pretty cool to see all the hard work that went on behind the scenes.
With the actual Blu ray box inside of it there is an ad for part 4 of the jojo manga. As well as the CD’s with all the JoBros on the cover of them. It has three CD’s and all of them of course have different episodes throughout the season. The first two are straight forward and don’t have any extras. But they all do give you and option to watch it in DUB or SUB.
Once you get to CD 3 that’s where it has all of the extras. The extras were pretty awesome and definitely worth the watch. They include three interviews with the DUB voice actors. Those being Billy Kametz (Josuke Higashikata) Zach Aguilar (Koichi Hirose) and Jalen K. Cassell (Okuyasu Nijimura). All three interviews are great and it’s always nice to put a face to the name as well.
It also has its own art gallery too showing off parts of the town in part 4 of JoJo. As well as characters that come up throughout the season too. Lastly it has comes with the first half of the seasons intros and endings, but the best part it comes with english subtitles so you can even sing along if you want too.
Of course the extras does have with tons of extra Viz Media properties to expose you to as much anime as they can which honestly a great thing to do.
But if you’re truly a JoJo fan all of these should just encourage you to buy the DVD set even more. And if you’re not a JoJo you should definitely give it a go! One great thing about JoJo is that even if you haven’t watched the prior seasons they you can pretty much jump into any season and for the most part fully understand whats going on. JoJo is one of those animes that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. So the fact that this DVD set is out is just what I needed. And you should definitely go out and buy it as soon as you can too.
It’s not too often you when see an anime or manga be converted into a good live action movie. Just like video game live action movies the bar is set pretty low. But after watching Kingdom directed by Shinsuke Sato it broke all of those stereotypes. The movie does a fantastic job at staying true to the source material and adapting it well to a live action movie. It was nothing short of a great movie that is definitely worth a watch even if you’re unaware of Kingdom.
The movie takes place in a historical fiction time in China, and follows a boy named Xin played by Kento Yamazak an orphan who dreams of becoming the greatest general who ever lived. But as the movie progress his dream becomes a little more complicated. He soons finds himself in the middle war between two brothers fighting for the throne. Xin quickly alines himself with Yin Zheng played by Ryo Yoshizawa. A king who was betrayed by his younger brother for the throne. The dynamic between Xin and Zheng was brilliant they both bounced off one another because of how opposite both characters were. It’s clear even from the very beginning that Xin is hot headed and very impulsive it’s one of his flaws, but at the same time one of his more admirable traits. While on the other hand Zheng is a lot more calm and collective. Throughout their adventure you see how both are depended one one another.
A great example is when they run into Diao played by Kanna Hashimoto. Xin is clear on not trusting her because of a previous encounter. But as previously mentioned Zheng is always thinking two steps ahead. Hashimoto did a fantastic job at playing diao because she was the comedic relief. Multiple times throughout the movie tensions get extremely high and you’ll see her doing something so goofy it’ll make you feel better for that split moment. At first glance you wouldn’t think that a character such as herself would even play a vital role in the movie. But every batman does need there robin and she fantastic at assisting the team whenever she was needed the most. And it was hard not to fall in love with her character.
One character that’ll differently stand out from the crowd is Yang Duan He played by Masami Nagasawa. She plays as the leader of the mountain clan. Right off the bat when they first introduce her you can tell she’s a badass. Leading a tribe of people up deep in the mountains far away from everyone else. With her people backstory perhaps being one of the more depressing ones throughout the film. But that doesn’t stop her from leading her people into greatness. She was that perfect cherry on top in the final acts of the movie.
As mentioned before the movie does a great job at making this come to life. While watching this you can tell that the cast and crew where really passionate about this. While watching the fight scenes which were breathtaking they stay true source material. Every fight was greatly choreographed and got me more immersive than the last one. If it wasn’t with the sword to sword combat to the special effects added to showcase how powerful certain characters where it becomes hard to choose what was a favorite. Because both greatly together and it’s hard to picture it done any other way.
As mentioned before, it isn’t easy converting Animes/Mangas into live action movies. But they made it look like childsplay with this. It was a great movie from start to finish with a story that’ll keep you so immersed you’ll never want it to end. The cast did a breathtaking job at making me feel what they felt and sinking me into it. And everyone behind the scenes team did amazing with all the visual effects. Funimation did a really great with this movie and you should do yourself a favour and see it! It’s set to come out August 16th 2019.
So San Diego comic con is great for a number of reasons. But one of the best is the movie news that always comes from it. And it seems that marvel may have just laid out phase 4. It’s important to note before going forward that Marvel has not come out and said this is phase 4 but it does look like it. Also we will not be going into the shows for Disney + solely because they’ve already been announced.
For starters we got The Eternals starring Angelia Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani with many many more. The movie is going to be directed by Chloe Zhao and is going to be in theatres November 6th 2020. The film is about a race of immortal aliens sent to earth by the celestials to protect mankind from Deviants.
Up next we got Shang-Chi And The Legends Of The Ten Rings. It will be staring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung. And directed by Destin Daniel the movie is set to come out on february 12th, 2021. The film will be about the real Mandarin isn’t happy about being impersonated like he was in Iron Man 3. To go further on that the Ten Rings have been in the MCU already. They were the group that kidnapped Tony in the first Iron Man.
The next one is one fans have been waiting for, for a long time. That being DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. It’s set to star Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen with Scott Derrickson back directing. And in theatres May 7th 2021. From what know so far it’ll take place years after Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home. It seems like he’s going to have to defend a lot more than New York City and Sanctum. The Derrickson said he wants to go for a more gothic horror tone for this new movie.
With the recent news of Thor we finally got some more news on his movie. It’s going to be called THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman. With Taika Waititi coming back to directe it. The movie is set to come out on November 5th 2021. It seems like Portman will play a big part in this movie, and it’s interesting to hear because she wasn’t even in Thor 3 at all. Not much has been said about the plot but Portman did tease the idea of her becoming thor. She did come out holding Mjolnir and her and Waititi did confirm that he will be using a lot of Jason Aaron’s Thor. Which had a female thor so it’s safe to say we will have Jane Foster as Thor!
I think we all saw Black Widow coming since certain imagines have made there way to the internet. But it will be starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. And directed by Cate Shortland and is set to release May 1st 2020. The movie is supposed to be before Iron Man 1 when she was still a spy and working with SHIELD. It’s set to shin a light on her when she was still young and making mistakes in the field. So it’ll be interesting to see a backstory for this character finally.
Lastly we got a BLADE MOVIE! We don’t really know anything at all about the movie, such as the release date or the plot at all.It will have Mahershala Ali as Blade and thats all we really know. But one thing is for sure Blade is coming back to the big screen soon!