‘Blue Lock’ confirms release date with a new poster and trailer

As the summer anime schedule winds down the fall 2022 schedule is becoming much clearer, and Blue Lock is making its stamp by confirming its October release date with a new trailer and poster.

This fall is going to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory as there will not only be some massive action franchises making their return with new episodes, but a number of promising new originals and adaptations will be premiering too. One of the most intriguing is the rougher edged take on soccer with Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura’s original manga series, Blue Lock.

Blue Lock has been steadily revealing new details and clips from the upcoming anime production as it readied for its release this fall, but this newest update is the fullest yet as it has now been revealed that the anime will be kicking off on 8 October. To celebrate the confirmation of its release date this October, Blue Lock has revealed a new trailer and poster for the series on its official Twitter account.

Blue Lock will be premiering on 8 October and Crunchyroll will be streaming the series alongside its launch. Tetsuaki Watanabe will be directing the new anime for 8-Bit and the confirmed cast includes the likes of Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira, Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi, Yuki Ono as Rensuke Kunigami, Soma Saito as Hyoma Chigiri, Masatomo Nakazawa as Wataru Kuon, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Jingo Raichi, Shoya Chiba as Yudai Imamura, Shugo Nakamura as Gin Gagamaru, Daishi Kajita as Asahi Naruhaya, Ryunosuke Watanuki as Okuhito Iemon, Aoi Ichikawa as Gurimu Igarashi, Kenichi Suzumura as Ryosuke Kira, Hiroshi Kamiya as Jinpachi Ego, Eri Yukimura as Anri Teieri, and Junichi Suwabe as Shouei Barou, Natsuki Hanae as Ikki Niko, Ryota Suzuki as Junichi and Keisuke Wanima, and Takahiro Sakurai as Sae Itoshi. 

Here is the official synopsis: After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan’s team struggles to regroup. But what’s missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win. The Japan Football Union is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, and who can be the decisive instrument in turning around a losing match…and to do so, they’ve gathered 300 of Japan’s best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team…and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way?

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ new poster revealed, film hits theaters in 2023

Sony’s catalog of Spider-Man characters is growing exponentially with Dakota Johnson led Madame Web and Aaron Taylor-Johnson led Kraven the Hunter set to release next year. But perhaps the most awaited feature from the studio is the animated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Recently, the movie’s producer Christopher Miller shared the first poster for the new feature on Twitter saying, “Here is a fun little poster made for the Across the Spider-Verse crew.”

The poster sees Miles Morales going up against Spider-Man 2099. The artistic style is very unusual just like the rest of the franchise and features a likeness to comic book aesthetics: on a yellow and orange backdrop Miles can be seen in his black and red suit and Spider-Man 2099 is seen donning a blue and red suit. The movie’s predecessor Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse was a visual delight with a feel of walking into the comic book panels and won the Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards — being the first non-Disney/Pixar film to win the award since 2011 Rango. Across the Spider-verse seems to be walking in its footsteps.

The movie is the second in the franchise and part one of a two-parter story with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse expected in 2024. Across the Spider-verse follows Miles (Shameik Moore) after the events of the first movie and will see him re-teaming with Spider Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and a group of new Spider-people going up against Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Issac). While the previous movie introduced very niche characters to the big screen like Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) the characters for the new ones are kept tightly under wraps though Jake Johnson will be making a return as hilarious Peter B Parker.

A previously revealed trailer gave us a glimpse of the colourful multiverse in store and did reveal that Spider-Man 2099 aka Miguel O’Hara will be integral to the sequel’s plot. Each dimension depicted a new animation style while Miller later confirmed that the story will take place across six universes and features about 240 unique minor and major characters, however, according to the producer, “the story is personal and centers on Miles and his family, along with Gwen and a handful of others.”

The second part of this multiverse-centric trilogy is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. The screenplay is by Miller, Phil Lord, and David Callaham.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-verse is set for a 2 June 2023 release.

Marvel releases first trailer for Disney+ animated series ‘I Am Groot’

As a part of the Marvel Studios animation San Diego Comic-Con panel, the studio revealed the first trailer for the upcoming I Am Groot. The announcement also confirmed that the series will consist of five shorts premiering on 10 August.

There’s no guarding the galaxy from this mischievous toddler! So get ready as Baby Groot takes center stage in his very own collection of shorts, exploring his glory days growing up, and getting into trouble, among the stars. I Am Groot, five original shorts featuring several new and unusual characters, stars everyone’s favourite little tree, Baby Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

The brief glimpse showcased Groot as he traveled across various intergalactic locales. The trailer even came with a brand-new poster. The sneak peek looks to include some of the most photorealistic animation seen from Marvel Studios yet. 

The five shorts are seemingly going to be a simple, charming excursion across the universe with Groot, but as of now, at least looks like it will be a fun time while it stays around. Groot doesn’t look to be changing the fate or direction of the MCU from the looks of this trailer but instead, these shorts will serve as interstitial content for those looking for some Marvel-themed fun. 

The executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, and James Gunn. I Am Groot will begin streaming on Disney+ on 10 August.

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