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Magic: Legends Goes into Open Beta Next Week!

18 Mar

Magic: LegendsMagic: Legends is nearly ready to cast a spell on you, and WotC knows licensing out this game to Arc Game is theirs. This developer has a Diablo-like RPG is ready to go into open beta for PC users–launching next week March 23rd–and hopefully by the end of the year or early next, be available on the PS4 and Xbox consoles.

The videos for this game look exciting! The only downside is that this world is not MMO. Instead, it’ll be limited to whoever has a mouse and keyboard on hand. Star City Games wrote, “The game takes place after the Great Mending of Dominaria but before the Hour of Devastation on Amonkhet. Magic: Legends is focused on co-op RPG play but also offers a 1v1 PvP experience as well.”

This card game’s real time fantasy adventuring makeover is good, and is in par to how fantasy magic should be realistically done. Mages have to learn from a book (or a crib sheet of cards) of spells to summon creatures and cause damage at will. It doesn’t matter about how many times the magiks can be done in the day, but the fact players are running around in different worlds, embarking on quests is at the core of many a medieval style fantasy.  

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At the end of these adventures are opportunities to expand the repertoire of spells. Some of them are for all player character classes. Others will be unique. The only shame with this franchise is these games not operating in a shared environment. It’d be tough to do to validate ownership digital cards from Magic Arena, MtG Go and past products. The physical card game should remain as is, unless future releases start to offer one time redemption barcodes to allow for integration elsewhere.

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The Masters of Spinjitzu Heads into Season 14 This Weekend!

4 Mar

Teletoon Premiere Date

March 7, 2021

Please check listings for showtimes in your area.

The next season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu may well go full on Island of Doctor Moreau! Or should that be discovering the secrets of this franchise’s version of Easter Island? Officially, the story is about rescuing Misako, Master Wu, and Clutch Powers. They went on an expedition and the trailer suggests what they are searching for is an amethyst crystal. When Clutch is involved, I’m guessing the team up was to search for some relic about this world’s past.

This concept behind this chapter might be appropriate to celebrate the tenth anniversary year of the series.

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The Prince’s Voyage Set to Land in America May 18th!

2 Mar

Coming May 18, 2021
From SHOUT! STUDIOS

This spring, Shout! Studios invites you to embark on an extraordinary journey with The Prince’s Voyage when this highly anticipated animated feature debuts on a two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital on May 18, 2021.

Directed by the venerable French animator Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Rowing Across the Atlantic) and Xavier Picard (King Arthur and the Knight of Justice), this movie is a beautiful and exciting movie adventure that promotes acceptance and diversity. Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, The Prince’s Voyage Blu-ray Combo Pack contains insightful bonus content and is a must-have for collectors and animation enthusiasts.

A production of Blue Spirit Productions (Oscar®-nominated My Life as a Zucchini) and Melusine Productions (Wolfwalkers), The Prince’s Voyage screened at The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Animation First, and Chicago International Film Festival to great audience enthusiasm. Filmmaker Jean-François Laguionie received an Honorary Cristal Award at the 2019 Annecy for his illustrious career in animation.

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Korea’s K-Pop “Treasure” is Coming to Japan March 31st

18 Feb

Release date: March 31, 2021

Korea’s hottest boy band is preparing for a Japanese language debut!

In 2020 they dominated the rookie category at many awards ceremonies, including the Mnet Asian Music Awards, and in order to grow, they must blow up other markets. Feb 14th saw the release of their song “Beautiful” in another language, and it’s a hit! As a follow-up, they will release the album “The First Step: Treasure Effect,” March 31st!

This release will be the fourth consecutive work in their THE FIRST STEP series of releases that has already achieved over 1 million sales since the release of “Chapter One” in Korea in August 2020. The album will include the Japanese version of “Beautiful” and hits such as “Boy,” “I Love You,” “MMM” and “My Treasure,” with all 13 tracks on the album sung in Japanese. A Blu-ray/DVD is also planned, featuring music videos for the Japanese versions for the very first time.

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From Art to Music with Millennium Parade’s Debut Album!

12 Feb

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Not everyone will know of Millennium Parade, an arts collective from Japan whose music can’t be easily pigeon-holed. They are led by Daiki Tsuneta, frontman of J-Pop band King Gnu, and can be categorized as New Wave or Trip Hop. The debut self-titled album is a fresh exhilarating experience for me, and their sound is similar to but not quite like the sound from the virtual band’s Gorillaz. But anime fans will know them because they’re the composers of the opening song, “Fly with Me” for Netflix’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045.

This work draws from Japanese folklore, and this supernatural world has modern tonality embedded in the lyrics. The songs take ideas from Hyakki Yagyo – The Night of One Hundred Demons and transform the images, stories and lore from this Asiatic world into evocative melodies that’s both a meditative and a clubbing experience. On the cover, a “Tezutsu Hanabi” (the oldest form of Japanese fireworks, encased in bamboo and held by hand) which was traditionally used to protect from evil spirits, and was also used to pray for a good harvest, is held by Ebisu (one of the 7 Gods of Fortune).

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