Hollywood Actor Nicholas Hoult, aka X-Men’s Beast, Headlines AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

“What a Lovely Day” and a “Beastly” good time it is for movie and pop fans around the region as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood actor Nicholas Hoult as the latest celebrity headliner to hit the stage of the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Hoult, who made his acting debut with the 1996 Canadian-British film Intimate Relations, is best known for playing mutant scientist Beast in X-Men: First Class and  X-Men: Days of Future Past, War Boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, protagonist Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer, and R in Warm Bodies.

In the past, Hoult  starred in the independent, science fiction drama Young Ones opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and directed by Jake Paltrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also starred opposite Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man to rave reviews.

Hoult’s most recent movie appearances were in Drake Doremus’ film Equals, a futuristic drama also starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the British independent production Kill Your Friends, based on a novel by John Niven.

 He has recently finished shooting writer/director Danny Strong’s directorial debut Rebel in the Rye, in which he plays a young J.D. Salinger; and he will also be seen in the film Sand Castle for director Fernando Coimbra, in which he portrays an American soldier on a mission to help a village at the end of the war in Iraq.

For the fans of Hoult, APCC Manila is offering Autograph, Photograph and Meet & Greet session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

Hollywood Child Star Millie Bobby Brown to Bring ‘Stranger Things’ Phenomenon to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

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Things take a turn for the stranger as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood child actress Millie Bobby Brown as the latest celebrity guest of the biggest pop culture gathering happening from August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

 Brown is most known for her current role in the ongoing sci-fi thriller series Stranger Things, in which she stars opposite Winona Ryder and David Harbour. Her portrayal of the enigmatic Eleven earned her high praises, including that of Variety.com chief TV critic Maureen Ryan.

 She wrote, “Millie Bobby Brown is about to be cast in a lot of projects. With a very small number of lines, Brown gave an indelible performance as Eleven; the ways she subtly yet movingly conveyed fear, sadness, doubt, love and a yearning for connection will stay with me for a long time.”

 Previously, Brown was cast after an extensive search as a lead in the series Intruders, opposite Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and John Simm.  Brown also took on a recurring role in the series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as Young Alice. She has also guested in a number of cult favorites such as Modern Family, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy.

For the fans of the Stranger Things star, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the adorable child actress, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

 For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

Review: Attack on Titan 2: End of the World

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A month after the screening of its first live action movie, Attack on Titan returns to the big screen with the sequel, Attack on Titan 2: End of the World.

SPOILER ALERT! Article can reveal important details of the plot. Continue at your own risk

The movie started with the highlights from the first movie, giving the viewers a chance to review where it left off: a failed mission to close the hole on Wall Maria and the unsure future for protagonist Eren (Haruma Miura) after transforming into a Titan.

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Eren, now perceived as a threat, is captured by the legion lead by the Kubal (Jun Kinumura). All rifles are pointed in his direction, ready to shoot. But before they can execute his order, a titan comes down from the roof and snatches Eren away.

Convinced that Eren has met his untimely end with the titan, the remaining members of the legion decides to continue with their original mission of closing the hole in Wall Maria. Armin remembers the dud bomb back in their hometown and suggest that it may still have enough firepower to blast the wall. They take one of the trucks and make their way to the Monzen district.

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Meanwhile, Eren wakes up in a strange white room where a single jukebox was playing “The End of The World” by Skeeter Davis. Shikishima appears out of nowhere and explains to Eren the origin of the titans.

Back with the Hanji and her team, they successfully extract the dud bomb and transport it back to the wall.  They are stopped by Shikishima and his men who plan to destroy the inner walls using the stolen ammunition. Eren engages into a titan battle with Shikishima to protect the dud bomb.

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They managed to escape Shikishima and plant the bomb on the wall.  But their problems does not stop there. The Colossal Titan appears at the other side of the wall and tries to stop the bomb from exploding. Shikishima makes a surprise re-appearance and fights the Colossal Titan. The bomb explodes, taking the two titans with it. Wall Maria is plugged up and the humans can live in peace once more.

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The end of the movie left us with more questions than answers. The existence of the “white room”, the origins of the Titans, and the government conspiracy is just a few of these. The story line was too fast paced that it gave little room for the story and characters to develop. And the surprise in the after credits leaves you wondering if everything they went through was just a part of a vicious cycle that they are destined to repeat in the near future.

Attack on Titan 2: End of the World still showing in Philippine cinemas.

animeph project would like to thank Pioneers Films and Magic 89.9 for the invitation in the advance screening of Attack on Titan: End of World live-action movie

All photos from Youtube

ONE OK ROCK to perform in Manila next year.

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The official website for ONE OK ROCK has announced that the Japanese rock band is coming to Manila for their 2016 35xxxv Asia Tour at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 19. More details coming soon.

The Asia tour will start in Hong Kong on January 14, then Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. Before the Asia Tour, the group will perform first in the US.

The group is composed of Toru Yamashita, Tomoya Kanki, Takahiro Moriuchi and Ryota Kohama.

Attack on Titan’s Hiana invites Filipinos to watch the movie in theaters

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Ayame Misaki, one of the cast of the live-action Attack on Titan movie, greets her fans in the Philippines on a 46-second video uploaded on Youtube. She is saying this in Filipino.

Misaki also invites her Filipino fans to watch the movie in the theaters. She portraying “Hiana,” an original character from the movie .

Attack on Titan movie is still screening in theaters nationwide.

Check out the video below:

Philippine release of “Love Live! The School Idol Project” movie sets on October 7

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SM Cinema through its official Facebook page has announced the premiere date for the upcoming “Love Live! The School Idol Project” anime movie.

The movie will open on October 7, exclusively at SM Cinema and is distributed by Odex, Pte. Ltd.

The 102-minute movie was released in Japanese theatres on June 13, 2015. Aside from the Philippines, the movie will also debut in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Indonesia this October.

SYNOPSIS
Although μ’s, the defending champions of the school idol tournament, plans to dissolve their group after the graduation of their senior members, they receive news that leads them to holding a concert event! The 9 girls continue to learn and grow in this new and unfamiliar world. What is the last thing that these girls can do as school idols? ~official website

Japanese drama “Amachan” premieres this October on TV5

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TV5 has partnered with Japan International Broadcasting (JIBTV) to air “social phenomenon” Japanese drama TV series Amachan” this coming October.

In their press launch held at Palace Pool Club, JIBTV’s President and CEO Yoshihiko Shimizu said that lot of Filipinos will be able to relate to Amachan’s story. He also said that if “Amachan” is well received in the Philippines, they can offer to bring in more Japanese shows in the country.

JIBTV is a subsidiary of the Japanese national public broadcasting organization, NHK.

“Amachan” premiered last April 1, 2013 and it ran for 15 minutes per episode with a total of 156 episodes. The series was a success in terms of rating, earning an average 20.6% rating over the span of the series, second in the last decade. It has also won the “Galaxy Award” for best television program of 2013.

The series was also broadcast in Taiwan and Thailand.

SYNOPSIS
Summer holidays… Amano Aki follows her mother, Haruko, to her hometown in Kitasanriku. There, she meets her maternal grandmother, Natsu, for the first time. Natsu is a woman diver, and Aki thinks that is just so cool. Aki is a second year high-school student, and she struggles to keep up with the fast-paced life in Tokyo. Having been confined indoors most of the time, everything she sees in the rural town is exciting to her. But most of all, seeing her grandmother diving under the fierce surf along the coastline, leaves a huge impact on her. “I think I would like to be a diver too…”

“Ang Pinaka” lists Philippines’ Top 10 “Hot” Female Cosplayers

The March 15 episode of GMA News TV’s magazine show “Ang Pinaka” has listed down the “Top 10 Hot Female Cosplayers” in the Philippines.

Guest panelist for the show are Freelance Artist Marko Villaluz, Wheninmanila.com Senior Features Editor Sam Beltran and Cosplay.ph Director Guy Singson.

Here are the top 10 hot female cosplayers:

  1. Alodia Gosiengfiao
  2. Myrtle Sarrosa
  3. Jin Joson aka behindinfinity
  4. Tza Gomez
  5. Ashley Gosiengfiao
  6. Stephanie Sumbe
  7. Kristell Lim
  8. Erika Garbin aka Ae Ri
  9. Jessica Ouano
  10. Ayumi Kassinique

The said episode was a “tribute to some of the most exciting cosplayers who have made a mark and created an impact in the world of cosplay in the country.”

Amagi Brilliant Park’s Isuzu Sento on Otaku Asia Magazine – Dec 2014 – Jan2015 Issue

The December-January issue of local Otaku Asia (OA) Anime Magazine will feature Isuzu Sento from this season’s Amagi Brilliant Park anime.

The 104-page magazine will also include an O-kun calendar that has birth dates of your favorite anime characters, OA staff and OA ambassador, Liui Aquino; and a helpful map of Divisoria for aspiring cosplayers.

The magazine will be available this week in all leading bookstores nationwide.

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