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Indivisible: First Look

Teaser Animated trailer released during Anime expo 2018. Animation by Studio Trigger known for Kill La Kill.

Indivisible is an upcoming, fighting RPG game made by Lab Zero Games, the same developers who made Skullgirls. Although Skullgirls focuses on mainly on fighting skills, Indivisible expands to the platform/RPG genre.

Indivisible produced by 505 Games

Indivisible was initially announced back in Anime Expo 2015 during a Skullgirls panel. On October 5th 2015, Lab Zero Games launched a crowdfunding campaign for $1.5 million dollars to produce an entire full game. Then on November 23, 2015, the Indivisible demo was released on Steam, generally receiving positive reviews and by December 2nd of that same year, the crowdfunding campaign was reached its goal of $1.5 million.

Screen shot from the demo. Download the game on Steam here.

Being a huge fan of the artwork that Lab Zero Games produces in their games, I decided to try the demo out myself. Just as their previous game, Skullgirls, Indivisible was produced using 2D, hand-drawn, techniques. Which in MY opinion Indivisible has one of the best hand animations, it has a art style that is more modern, and unlike other games such as, Cuphead which was meant to mimic the 1930s art style, Indivisible is a more modern rendition of that concept. Of course Cuphead is different genre. In comparison, Wakfu, produce by Ankama Games, is another game that is similar to Indivisible in that they both have similar art styles, though have very different gameplays:

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Left: Wakfu (Produce in Adobe Flash); Right: Indivisible (Produce using hand drawn 2D traditional animation)

There are many things about Indivisible that I loved, however its art direction and its gameplay is what got me mesmerized. The mixture of beautiful natural artistic direction, the detailed characters & the energetic cast alongside the dynamic Lab Zero Games team make the game a remarkable experience to play.
Unfortunately, Lab Zero Games fans will have to wait a bit along as the game’s initial release date, January 2018, was pushed back to some time in mid 2019. Although a specific date hasn’t been set yet.

Delayed set back to 2019 confirm by Lab Zero Games

For now, the demo is available on steam for FREE download and you can visit the game’s official website to be updated on its process here.

GIVEAWAY!

In honour of Indivisible, we’ve are giving away an official Indivisible Original Soundtrack CD brought to you by Lab Zero Games. Indivisible’s in-game music is composed by Hiroki Kikuta, who has worked in Super Nintendo’s Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Soul Calibur V & Koudelka.

 

How to win:
Like our facebook page here & Share this article via Twitter or Facebook using the #TKNIndivisible tag. You’ll automatically be entered to win this exclusive Indivisible Original Soundtrack CD. You have until August 11th 2018 to enter! The winner will be announced on August 12th 2018 via our facebook page. Good luck!

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ANIME EXPO 2018

Anime Expo 2018 was a complete success!

AX18Day1.jpg For the 27th time, Anime Expo came back with full force from July 4th – July 8th drawing fans from 70 different countries. This year over 110,000 people attended Anime Expo, thats 2,342 more attendees than in Anime Expo 2017, making a local economic impact of $100 million to the city of Los Angeles.

Although Anime Expo went off without a hitch, there were a few slight inconveniences.

Before Anime Expo even began, they were altered to a possible threat made against AX and its attendees. According to Anime New Network, the threat was made by a man who allegedly stated via text, “These cons are due for a high school shooting, by a high school kidd [sic]. I’m working on a case at the moment. Shit u [sic] not.” although he did not specifically stated Anime Expo as a target, Anime Expo responded by promptly by ‘alerting local law enforcement to take appropriate actions in accordance with their procedures.‘ in a statement the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) said:

“Just as in 2017, we are working with security teams and local law enforcement, including K9 teams and traffic control officers, to maintain the safety of our event. Additionally, as previously announced, we are utilizing RFID badges for AX this year and will have security checks at each entrance. We encourage attendees to check our mobile app and maps to get familiarized with the various designated entrances.”

Thankfully, AX came and went without incident. Although the seriousness of this threat wasn’t felt among con goers; With public shootings happening all over the country on a daily basis, ‘indirect’ threats such as these, should NOT be taken with grain of salt. Though it may be a slight inconvenience, security checks at AX do their job by preventing such incidents to ever happen. If you would like to read more details on this situation please read Anime News Network’s article here.

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Moving on to more lighter but heated topics:

Los Angeles suffered a huge heat wave during day 2 & day 3 of Anime Expo with temperatures reaching up to 108°. Although the convention center had functioning air conditioning, outside the heat was unbearable. Mailing AX badges eliminated “LineCon” or the long tedious, on-site registration line. Attendees were still not happy about waiting in line to get inside the convention center due to bag checks. Attendees also took to social to suggest that Anime Expo should cap their tickets due to overcrowding.

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Do agree that Anime Expo should cap their badges? leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your opinions.

Be as it may, the heatwave was no match for hard working, determined cosplayers, whom in the middle of the scorching sun, went all out in their cosplays. Check these awesome cosplays:

We interviewed some of these wonderful cosplayers and this is what they had to say, about why they attended Anime Expo 2018 and how we dealt with the heat weave:

Before I jump on to a different topic, a HUGE  shoutout to these guys at Alove yogurt, who, in the middle of the scorching sun, passed out these delicious yogurts to con goers

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Thanks guys! (Peach Flavor was the best!)

In addition to the 110K attendees,  over 150 guests and industry made appearances including, Go Nagai, Hiromi Wakabayashi, Mari Okada, Sean Danconia, Santa Inoue, and SUSHIO. Booths also held guest appearances as with, Project Sekai who had Nekopara’s creator, Sayori in attendance for fan autographs.

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Since taking photos of Sayori was prohibited, here’s her signature dedicated to me, Krystal.

The Exhibit & Entertainment Halls also featured more than 524 Exhibitors (74 Exhibitors more than AX 2017) Among them was AnimePls, a new Anime brand that is dedicated to bringing you exclusive merchandise from various anime series including: Hatsune Miku, Attack On Titan, Yugioh, My Hero Academia & Aggretsuko! Check their booth from AX 2018.

Near the end of Anime Expo; Funimation and LootCrate collaborated on an AX Afterparty held at the Globe Theater in Downtown Los Angeles during the night of Day 3.

Attendees able to receive a free goodie bag which contained Loot Crate exclusives

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There were so many things that went down at this year’s anime. From newly produced anime series to exclusive Anime Expo events and merchandise. If you missed out this year, don’t worry, Anime Expo will be back in 2019! Tickets are now on sale! For now enjoy our entire Anime Expo 2018 photoset:

Special Thanks to:

  • Anime Expo & Anime Expo Press Staff
  • The Anime Pls Team
  • Cosplayer, Mystic Taku
  • Luis Alexander &
  • My wonderful assistant, Vincent Reyes

Author’s Note:

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This year’s Anime Expo was special mainly because we, My assistant & I, attended AX as Press, which was such an honor! We hope to attend next year as Press as well. Unfortunately, I got very ill between Day 0 – Day 2 and although we were able to take photos and film, I wasn’t able to fully capture everything I wanted at AX nor accomplish. During Day 3, I was feeling much better, we ended up filming the last day of AX, alongside, interviewing awesome cosplayers! I hope you enjoyed our mini AX video (found above) and I’ll personally bring you much more Anime Con coverage beginning with ANIMANGA 2018 coming this August!

PUMA X SEGA (Official Sonic The Hedehog Shoes)

Sega & shoe brand, Puma teamed up to make the best collaboration SEGA has ever been involved in:

Classic SONIC THE HEDGEHOG RS-0 inspired Shoes!

These nostalgic RS-0 shoes were released on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018*

According Puma’s official website, details of these limited edition RS-0 shoes are as follows:
DETAILS:
-RS-0 Sonic takes inspiration from Sonic the Hedgehog and the world he protects
-The upper’s textured suede represents Sonic’s fur
-Upper also features micro ventilation perforations, embroidered PUMA Formstrip, deboss of Sonic’s head and gold rings
-Metallic gold rings on lace ends – relates to the classic gold rings collected in the video game
-16Bit Grass Print on heel is a nod to the Green Hill Zone
-Checkered footbed is inspired by the roads Sonic runs on
-Outsole features translucent red rubber + Sonic logo Under Print
-Tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding

These shoes are currently SOLD OUT. A Puma representative made a statement regarding the future availability of these shoes, and stated “This was a limited release, and there will be no additional production of the shoe”, It is, however, available to purchase on these following platforms at buyer’s own risk: E-bay, Amazon & stockx.com.

Following the release of these shoes,  Nice Kicks, a  popular shoe store in Downtown Los Angeles, held a HUGE SEGA party with VERY special guests.

Special guests included, game designer/game director, S & Japanese-American rock band, Crush 40 (Jun Senoue & Johnny Gioeli)! For the first time, in a long time, Crush 40 performed LIVE in Los Angeles. Performing Sonic classics such as, Open your Heart, Live and Learn, I am…All of Me, and their new song, Green Light Ride for the new sonic game, Sonic Racing! Watch the entire concert provided by yours truly, The Kitsune Network:

check out our photos from the concert:


Personal Afterthoughts

Watching Crush 40 and meeting band members, Johnny and Jun was surreal. As a child I remember playing Sonic Adventure XD and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, I remember not skipping title screen just to hear Crush 40’s theme. I would like to Thank you Crush 40, for making my childhood great with their catchy rockin songs and Thank you Mr.Iizuka, for making the greatest Sonic game ever; the Adventure series.

 

Interview with: Jason Paige – Vocal artist of the famous, Pokémon Theme song!

You may not recognize his face but you’ll definitely recognize his voice! Join us in our quick interview with Pokemon Theme song singer, JASON PAIGE:

We interviewed Jason Paige at AniFest 2018 in Torrance, California. Although we were there primarily for Jason, here are some photos from Anifest & a quick video.

Check this short video of some of the booth at AniFest:

 

Nissin Foods X Dissidia

The anticipated arcade game developed into a full blown PS4 game, Final Fantasy Dissidia: NT is finally coming to the US on January 30th 2018!

And much like Final Fantasy XV, Nissin Foods collaborated with Square Enix to bring you;

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Buy one of these specially marked Final Fantasy Cup Noodles and get an exclusive Noctis Royal Raiment download! This is an exclusive Dissidia Final Fantasy NT content.

…and yes, its the same code for each and every  specially marked Final Fantasy Cup Noodles.

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Noctis Royal Raiment

According the Nissin’s official website, you MUST ” saved your receipt to redeem your code” For more details & FAQ about this offer, visit the official site here. Deadline to redeem codes is 06/30/2018 and codes expire on 1/30/2028.

Here’s a preview of the specially marked Final Fantasy Cup Noodles (click to expand):

 

“That’s nice but where can I buy them?” You can buy at the following locations:

Food4Less, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, basically ANYWHERE you’d find Cup Noodles. Find the nearest store on Nissin’s store locator!

Take a look at our short, little trip to hunt these down:

GET THEM WHILE SUPPLY LASTS!

 

FINAL FANTASY XV INTERVIEW

We had the honor to Interview FINAL FANTASY XV cast members, RAY CHASE & ROBBIE DAYMOND aka Noctis and Promto! Check out our interview below, make sure to end til the end to learn how to enter into our FINAL FANTASY XV autograph giveaway!


I would to personally thank, Ray and Robbie; for accepting our interview request, Alondra; for being an awesome assistant, Gregorio Escalante Gallery; for letting us film on location and finally, special thanks to YouTube Channel, Pauly Mike for providing the in-game footage used in our interview. Thank Everyone!


Check these awesome photo taken by our lovely photographer, Alondra!


FINAL FANTASY XV autograph giveaway!

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Share, comment, & subscribe to our channel and you may have a chance to win THIS autographed print from Noctis and Promto!

Deadline Jan.10th 2017!


Speaking of SQUARE ENIX related giveaways, we are giving this one-of-a-kind, Life Is Strange VideoPak STRAIGHT from the Los Angeles SQUARE ENIX OFFICES!

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This is a reusable mini tablet with 2 pre-loaded Life Is Strange videos. You can use a standard USB charging cable to charge and add limited videos of your own via your PC!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO ENTER!

Giant TRACER Statue on Hollywood Blvd!

This beautifully well-made Tracer statue appeared on Hollywood Blvd on May 21st!

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Placed there by the Overwatch team at Blizzard ent. This statue weighs about 3 tons and according to Twitter user, @The_bluejacket it took 3 forklifts to set up this amazing statue!

In total, there are 3 Overwatch  figure statues around the world, standing around 15 feet tall! Characters & locations are as follows:

Character

Location
TRACER Hollywood & Highland, CA
GENJI  The Centre Pompidou; Paris, France
PHARAH Busan, Korea

We currently have no information as to when will the statues be gone, If you want to visit this awesome statue, do so by going to Hollywood & Highland  (Or the other locations depending where you are). If you live in the Los Angeles area, there will be a fan gathering being planned on Tuesday; May 24 FROM 5 PM – 8 PM, check out the facebook event page for more details.


Enjoy our slideshow of the photos I took during my visit to see the TRACER statue!

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If you visit and take a selfie with the statue, post it on our FACEBOOK WALL, we’d love see it!

KINGDOM HEARTS World Tour!

Originally announced on April 28th 2016, the  KINGDOM HEARTS World Tour has been the best thing announced since KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained (North America) & Final Fantasy XV!

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According to the announcement, The concert is split into two parts. Beginning in August 11th 2016, with KINGDOM HEARTS  -First Breath (Brass concert), which is an exclusive concert in Japan ONLY. The second part, KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour (Orchestra concert) will begin in Japan on, March 10, 2017.

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Fans can purchase the presale tickets to KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour via Wildfaery or wait until all tickets go on sale starting May 14, 2016. Please note that only 150 VIP tickets available at each World Tour concert for $189 and will include a meet and greet with Yoko Shimomura.

Check below for a list of the current pricing for each World Tour concert:

Concert Location + Date Pricing
March 10, 2017
Tokyo International Forum Hall A (Japan)
TBD
March 18-19 2017
Salle Pleyel (France)
VIP – $189
Gold – $133
Category 1 – $77
Category 2 – $49
March 24-25 2017
Central Hall Westminster (United Kingdom)
VIP – $184
Gold – $128
Category 1 – $78
Category 2 – $56
May 6-7 2017
Esplanade Concert Hall (Singapore)
VIP – $190
Gold – $139
Category 1 – $78
May 28 2017
Mercedes Benz Arena (China)
TBD
June 10/14 2017
Dolby Theatre (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
TBD
June 24, 2017
United Palace Theatre (New York City, NY, USA)
VIP – $189
Gold – $134
Category 1 – $109
Category 2 – $79
Category 3 – $59

(Source: KHInsider)

For more information visit the KHInsider.com

Borderlands 3 CONFIRMED

Giants over at Gearbox Software officially announced Borderlands 3!

At the most anticipated convention PAX East the company unveiled the title to the public and the awaiting fans. CEO and President of Gearbox Randy Pitchford, holding a panel for the company informing everybody on the situation. Randy states: “obviously theres going to be another borderlands”. the room being lit with cheers and pure excitement randy continued: “There is already a lot of easter eggs in Battleborn for Borderlands although it is from past borderlands games. We will continue to finish borderlands once battleborn and its DLC is completed”. CEO shocking the series saying “Borderlands 3 will NOT be the title of the game. For all we know it could be borderlands 4”.

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Battleborn, also being a Gearbox Software game for PlayStation 4, Art Director Scott Kester attended the panel informing the public he will also be doing the art for the well awaited Borderlands 3.

Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X Android/iOS US release

In 2002 the wonderful minds at renowned video game development studio, Square Enix and the most famous cartoon movie creators of all time, Disney, teamed up to create a game, that has both inspired and shape the gaming industry as well as fans. That game was Kingdom Hearts.

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With multiple games under the series’ belt, the gaming giants at SQUARE ENIX announced, in 2013, the making of Kingdom Hearts: X , but has since kept quite. That is until 2015 when they officially announced the western release date for the game. The game itself is the first game in the series exclusively for iOS and Android!

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SQUARE ENIX made the announcement on April 4th, 2016 on their official US website.

The game follow the same genre and a turn-based battle system (much like SQUARE ENIX’s Final Fantasy series). According to SQUARE ENIX, Unchained X is designed for fans and for those who are not familiar with the series.image

The game takes place hundreds of thousands of years before the time we know, Users can play as customized avatar keyblade wielder which user customized a name . There are five keyblade UnionUnicornis, Anguis, Leopardos, Ursus, and Vulpeus all led by a Foreteller. At the beginning of the game you’ll pick a keyblade master to train you and follow throughout the game. As a keyblade wielder, You have a job to master and unlock the full power of the keyblade while at the same time driving the darkness away from the world. You can use cards to attack much like the battle system in Kingdom Hearts: RE Chain of Memories.You’ll be able to use the medals’ power “warriors beyond your time” to call upon them from the future to aid you in your endeavors.

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The game is considered to be CANNON or part of the original stoyline.

For newcomers this game represents “the beginning of the beginning”. The game explains everything from the “Tome of Prophecy” all the way to “The Ancient Keyblade War” that is continuously referred to in the series. This game also answers all questions left throughout the series up until the the title Dream Drop Distance.

 

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Image by: Tetsuya Nomura

 

Along with the release of the game, Creative Director & Head Artist, Tetsuya Nomura had something to say to the fans:

I hope fans and newcomers alike will find
themselves absorbed in the brand new
adventure that reveals the origins of the
Kingdom Hearts Series.

 

SQUARE ENIX released the game on April 7, 2016 and is available on Android/iOS!

Head over to the PLAY STORE or APP STORE now!

Here’s a sneak peek of the game’s prologue: