Trailer for Second Season of “Miraculous” Released!

For those who do not know, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is a French 3D cartoon that is a clever hybrid of Japanese magical girls and American superheros. Despite being aimed at young girls, it seems to have a very broad international fan base. I rather like it myself: the heroine Marinette (AKA Ladybug) is very endearing, her interactions with Adrien (AKA Cat Noir) are amusing and their adventures are simple but fun.

The trailer for the second season is quite long and shows a number of little snippets, although these have probably been edited from a handful of the first few episodes. The battle between Ladybug and Cat Noir caught my eye: they have fought before, but only when Cat Noir was being controlled by someone else. This battle seems to be a serious one, but it is a kid’s show, so maybe I’m overthinking things.๐Ÿ˜…

The first season ofย Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir aired in 2015. The trailer for the second season has no information about when (or where) it will start airing, but my guess is early 2018.ย Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happy Birthday Kizuna Ai!

Today (June 30) is the Japanese “virtual” YouTuber Kizuna Ai’s (first?) birthday. So Happy Birthday, Ai-chan!๐Ÿ˜Š You can visit her YouTube channel by clicking here. She also has a gaming channel, which you can visit by clicking here. And if you’re simply wondering who Kizuna Ai is, you can read the post I wrote about her in April by clicking here.

Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!๐Ÿ˜Š

Four New Ads for “Biohazard: Vendetta” Released!

The 3d-animated film Biohazard: Vendetta (aka Resident Evil: Vendetta), was released last Saturday in Japan. I have absolutely no idea how it is faring at the box office, but I came across four new short promo clips for it on YouTube today. Apparently, they were used to promote the film on Twitter (or “Twetter”, as it says in the YouTube description for each clip).๐Ÿ˜‹ Anyway, each one features a different character.

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New Trailer for “Biohazard: Vendetta” Released!

A new trailer for the upcoming Biohazard: Vendetta (aka Resident Evil: Vendetta) 3d-animated film has just come out. This film centres on the heroic trio of Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers, who must face off against yet another bloodthirsty horde of mutants unleashed by the new owner of not one, but two incredibly evil and powerful corporations. Yes, in the end itโ€™s basically the same old Resident Evil plot, but this film does look like itโ€™s going to be fun.

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Self-proclaimed World’s First Virtual YouTuber, Kizuna Ai

Tumblr can be a great way to find out about things that are trending in pop culture. As an example, I first found out about Miraculous, the French 3D animated female superhero show, on Tumblr. And today, I found out about Kizuna Ai.

According to Tumblr, Kizuna Ai is “a virtual anime YouTuber girl created with Miku Miku Dance”, but in her own words, she is simply the world’s first virtual YouTuber.

Ai first appeared in December last year, but she already has about 80 YouTube videos. That’s some output! I’ve only seen a handful of them so far, but one thing I can already say is this: she’s great! She has a really cute voice and her dialogue is very funny. Of course, the virtual YouTuber thing is a bit of a stretch: there’s a voice actor involved and possibly a separate motion actor, too. In fact, the whole thing is apparently a professional project. According to ouenblog.com (which is a Japanese blog devoted to YouTubers), Kizuna Ai is the product of a new company called Activ8, which probably created her to promote many the services they offer. One of these services is something they refer to as “character business production”. Ai herself has her own website, kizunaai.com, where you are able to download Ai’s 3D model for free!

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Trailer for “Biohazard: Vendetta” Released!

Biohazard: Vendetta is an upcoming Japanese CG animated film set in the Biohazard (AKA Resident Evil) universe. It looks like standard game-turned-movie fare: lots of action and very little plot, but the imagery is high-quality so it might be quite entertaining. The main characters will be Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers, although it looks as though poor Rebecca is going to be relegated to damsel-in-distress in this particular outing. You can check out the trailer below.

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Promised Town — 3D Animated Short

Promised Town 02A few days ago, I found out about Promised Town, a 3D animated short made by a Japanese artist IKEDA. The full title in Japanese is something like Imaginary 3D Battle Action Animation “Promised Town” (Japanese Ver.). If you like 3D anime, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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