Friday, September 30

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‘Your Name’ Director’s New Anime Has A Girl Romancing A Chair

Lewd.Screenshot: CoMix Wave Films / 東宝MOVIEチャンネル / KotakuWhile most anime have a muscle-bound hunk or an aloof loner as a protagonist’s romantic partner, the new film from the director of international box-office hit Your Name goes a slightly different route. Suzume, the film’s leading lady, romances a wooden chair. This isn’t an Onion article, that’s the for-realsies premise of the film.The film is Suzume, or Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume Locking Up the Doors). Produced by anime studio CoMix Wave Films, it follows a 17-year-old girl from Kyushu named Suzume who, after a chance encounter with a mysterious man, must close magical doors across Japan that contain world-ending catastrophes behind their thresholds. Where does the deeply romantic chair-kissing/sitting come in, you ask? Well, you s...
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Edgerunners Mods Are Really Popular Right Now

“Looks like a prison from here, a cage of light.”Image: CD Projekt Red / UJBCyberpunk 2077 might be getting its first major expansion next year, but that hasn’t stopped fans from creating their own mods for the game so they can finally have Netflix’s popular anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, in the game for realsies. Following the release of animation studio Trigger and developer CD Projekt Red’s 10-episode anime tie-in series, Cyberpunk 2077 has experienced a resurgence as one of the most popular games on Steam. Since our last article on the matter, in which Cyberpunk 2077 averaged a total of 85,555 concurrent players, the open-world role-playing game is now pulling big boy numbers with CDPR claiming that the game has had a whopping one million players each night across platforms.Read...
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Huge Grand Theft Auto VI Leak Shows Gameplay And Characters

Image: Rockstar GamesA user on GTAForums, who claims to have also been behind the recent hack of Uber, has just dumped nearly 100 videos online claiming to show development footage of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto VI, which are currently cicrulating across pretty much every social media platform.Matching much of what Bloomberg reported earlier this year—including that the game will co-star a woman and be set in Vice City—the videos are very much in-development footage, with unfinished textures and models all over the place, and code playing out in real-time across many of them. The leaker is currently taking requests asking people what else they’d like to see in more videos.In one, a white male playable character encounters a racist NPC by a poolside, and as the conversation transpires you c...
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Cyberpunk 2077’s First Expansion Out Next Year, Keanu Returning

Screenshot: CDPR / KotakuBetter late than never, Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its first major expansion, CD Projekt Red announced in a Twitch livestream today. It’s called Phantom Liberty, it’s out next year, and it will feature the return of Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand. It won’t, however, be available on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.That last snippet shouldn’t be too much of a shock, seeing as an intergenerational launch was perhaps most responsible for Cyberpunk 2077's well-documented-woes. Following three delays, the open-world shooter finally hit PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in December 2020. On next-gen consoles and high-end PCs, it worked (mostly) as intended. But on last-gen consoles, it was a buggy, subpar disaster. CD Projekt Red spent much of the following year getting Cyberpunk 2077 ...
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The 10 Most JRPG-Ass Songs To Grace The Weather Channel

When there are patches of clouds in the sky and you can see the sun, it is not going to storm.Image: Square Enix / Kotaku / tomazl (Getty Images)Some might say the best way to predict the weather is to look out your window, but thanks to modern-day technology like The Weather Channel, we can check the weather with ease while listening to bomb-ass music that sounds ripped right out of a Japanese RPG soundtrack.A viral post made the rounds on Twitter this week showcasing a very “JRPG sounding” track from the Weather Channel. Don’t believe me? Listen to this storm alert track and tell me it doesn’t sound like a Final Fantasy song. As Motherboard’s senior Janus Rose so eloquently put it, “it’s giving Jenova.”Turns out, aside from playing instrumentals of famous songs like Sublime’s “What I’ve ...
Alt-Girl Fashion Has Gone Viral on TikTok—Here’s What It Is
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Alt-Girl Fashion Has Gone Viral on TikTok—Here’s What It Is

Photo: Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of Blumarine; Imaxtree/Reveligion; Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli; Imaxtree/Fernando Claro Considering the recent return of all things Y2K-related, it was only a matter of time before low-rise jeans and butterfly-adorned pieces made way for darker flashbacks from the past—aka, the return of emo fashion. Anyone who neared adolescence or was fully a teenager from ...
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Halo Voice Actor Directs Nutty Biden Film FT Ex-Star Wars Lead

Image: The Unreported Society / 343 Industries / Halopedia / KotakuOver the weekend, a trailer for a blatantly right-wing biopic about president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, made the rounds. It looks all kinds of bonkers. Also, it’s directed by a voice actor from Bungie’s Halo trilogy. Hey, let’s all give it up for the gaming angle!The film, titled My Son Hunter, has been threatened since late last year. It’s being brought to us by production company The Unreported Society, which “strives to broadcast truth that the media tries to cover up.” (Former projects including ObamaGate the Movie and a podcast about the Harvey Weinstein trial.) My Son Hunter stars London mayoral hopeful (1.9% of the vote) Laurence Fox in the titular role, with ‘80s soap star John James playing Joe Biden. Actor an...
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The Best Cosplay Photos From Japan Expo 2022 Paris, France

Just like big shows in the US, cosplay conventions are slowly returning to the calendar in Europe as well, and that includes Japan Expo, held in France and the biggest of its kind on the continent.It’s been three years since we last ran a gallery from the show, which is billed as “the biggest festival for Japanese culture and entertainment in Europe”. This year’s event took place between July 14-17 in Paris, and while there aren’t attendance figures available yet, the last one—held in 2019—brought over 250,000 people through the doors of the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center.AdvertisementThe photos below were kindly provided to us by Stéphane You, and you can check out more of his work at his Instagram and Facebook pages. Cosplayer: CosplaybakiiiPhoto: Stéphane YouCosplayers: Cosplay...
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Dragon Ball Voice Actor Accused Of Sexual Assault May Pay More

Photo: Amanda Edwards (Getty Images)In 2019, embattled anime voice actor Vic Mignogna, accused of sexual harassment by several parties, filed a defamation lawsuit against former employer Funimation and several other voice actors. The court ruled against him in October of that year, prompting him to file an appeal. Yesterday, he not only lost his appeal on all counts, but may be required to pay additional legal fees to the defendants of his suit.The Court of Appeals in the Second Appellate District of Texas found that Mignogna did not provide enough evidence to prove that some of the statements made against him were false or that any were made with malice. According to the court’s decision, Mignogna will not only be responsible for paying off fees related to his appeal, but will likely have...