Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno - Final Preview

The cinematic adventures of Himura Kenshin and gang rages on with Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first part of two back-to-back sequels, hit the silver screens across Asia following its astoundingly successful release in Japan earlier on.
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno - Final Preview

Cub: First Look - Undead Monday

In Cub, a classic horror is in progress as a traumatized young boy has to fend off a most terrifying horror in the form of a feral boy. We have our First Look at the promising horror film courtesy of the release of its first trailer this Undead Monday.
Cub: First Look - Undead Monday

The Walking Dead Season Five: New Poster & Images - Zombie of the Week

With the much-anticipated Season Five of The Walking Dead just a month away, AMC has released the first poster and a slew of new images for the latest season of the live-action TV adaptation of the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.
The Walking Dead Season Five: New Poster & Images - Zombie of the Week

The Flash: New Trailers & Poster

While the live-action television adaptation of DC Comics' The Flash on The CW won't exactly come to us in a flash, The CW is certainly making the much-anticipated TV series' presence felt with its recent wave of marketing campaign.
The Flash: New Trailers & Poster

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends - First Look

We have last checked out the cinematic adventures of Himura Kenshin and gang with our Final Preview for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Now brace yourself for the concluding chapter of the two back-to-back sequels with the latest trailer of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen).
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends - First Look

American Horror Story: Freak Show - First Look - Undead Monday

This Undead Monday, we take a First Look at the fourth outing of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology with American Horror Story: Freak Show.
American Horror Story: Freak Show - First Look - Undead Monday

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - New Image of Batmobile

We have had our First Look at Ben Affleck's Batman and the trusty Batmobile in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, earlier on. Now we can have a closer look at everybody's favorite superheroic form of transport courtesy of director Zack Snyder.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - New Image of Batmobile

The Great Ace Attorney: First Look

In the latest installment of Capcom's much-beloved Ace Attorney series, we not only revisit the Meiji Period for the Phoenix Wright's ancestor aspiring ancestor Ryuunosuke Naruhodou as the new protagonist, but also an encounter with The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes himself in Victorian London.
The Great Ace Attorney: First Look

Rurouni Kenshin X Hello Kitty

Hello... Kenshin? With the concluding chapter of the Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy, The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen) released in Japan this weekend, Sanrio has conjured an unlikely mash-up of the classic manga/anime series with their very own Hello Kitty.
Rurouni Kenshin X Hello Kitty

Rurouni Kenshin X Hello Kitty

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Hello... Kenshin? With the concluding chapter of the Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy, The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen) released in Japan this weekend, Sanrio has conjured an unlikely mash-up of the classic manga/anime series with their very own Hello Kitty. 


Continuing Rurouni Kenshin's unstoppable conquest at Japan's box office, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the concluding chapter of the two back-to-back sequels to 2012's Rurouni Kenshin has been released in Japan yesterday to incredible fanfare. We have previously covered both films in the two-part sequel and are considerably impressed by The Great Kyoto Fire (るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Kyoto Taika-hen). While the second live-action adaptation of the fan-favorite story arc of the popular manga/anime series of the same name was effectively faithful to the original source material, we fully expect substantial departure in the third film based on what we saw in the final trailer.

In commemoration of the released of the much-anticipated film, Sanrio has conjured one hell of a mash-up of series protagonist and antagonist, Himura Kenshin and Shishio Makoto respectively, with their iconic character, Hello Kitty herself. And the result is truly rather unspeakably enticing. Check out the image right below to witness the incredible aberration yourself.




The Great Ace Attorney: First Look

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In the latest installment of Capcom's much-beloved Ace Attorney series, we not only revisit the Meiji Period for the Phoenix Wright's ancestor aspiring ancestor Ryuunosuke Naruhodou as the new protagonist, but also an encounter with The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes himself in Victorian London. 



As far as finger-pointing antics are concerned, we here at The Daily Zombies have our fair share of coverage of the popular Ace Attorney video game series from Capcom. From his live-action adaptation by the notably prolific director Takashi Miike to the unlikely crossover with Level-5's Professor Hershel Layton himself in Professor Layton VS Gyakuten Saiban (レイトン教授 VS 逆転裁判), we were of the opinion that we have seen it all with the (overtly) enthusiastic defense attorney, Phoenix Wright. Until now.


Set to be released in Japan exclusively for Nintendo 3DS (as always) in 2015, the latest chapter of the much-beloved Ace Attorney video game series will be a prequel that will place the player back to the Meiji Period to play the role of the ancestor of Phoenix Wright, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou. And if you think that pretty much covers most of the novelty factor of this latest installment, you are just plain wrong. As the Great Detective himself will be showing up to meet the Great Ace Attorney. Yes, we are talking about Sherlock Holmes, and of course, his trusty sidekick, Iris Watson. 




Iris Watson? But of course, for this age of renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch's epic portrayal of the Great Detective, it is rather fair for us to expect a little gender switch here. Okay, more than a little here.


Check out the trailer (without Sherlock Holmes) right below for the antics of the hot-blooded Great Ace Attorney in Meiji Period.





And here are the official images followed by some official descriptions.


Descriptions for protagonist Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, his assistant Susato Mikotoba, Sherlock Holmes and the young Iris Watson

Ryuunosuke Naruhodou - The protagonist. A student of the Imperial Yuumei University of the Empire of Japan. Taking advantage of a certain event, he aims at becoming an attorney. To learn the ways of the new justice system, he travels to the British Empire as a exchange student with the fire of justice burning in his chest.

Susato Mikotoba - A young girl who supports Ryuunosuke as a “Legal Assistant” because of certain circumstances. She enjoys reading foreign detective novels and is a virtuous woman of old Japan with big dreams of leadership.

Sherlock Holmes - The most famous detective in the world. With his excessively sharp powers of observation and inference, to seek the real truth, sometimes he must go to the opposite side of reality. “The Rampage of Ethics” has already begun. A miracle meeting between the great detective and a certan attorney sparks a major turnabout in the courts of London.

Iris Watson - A young girl who lives with Holmes. She is only eight-years-old, has a medical doctorate, and has penned the popular London novel series, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” Her power of reasoning is rumored to surpass that even of the great detective.



And here are the screenshots of the title.






The courts of both London and Tokyo.



Concept art for the title.

The Great Ace Attorney, kwown as Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken (大逆転裁判 ‐成歩堂龍ノ介の冒険, "Great Turnabout Trial: The Adventure of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou") in Japan, is currently in development by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS and is set for release in Japan in 2015. 


Z Nation: Final Preview - Zombie of the Week

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Do we need another zombie drama series on television now? SyFy and The Asylum (AKA the folks behind the ludicrous "mockbuster" films and Sharknado) attempt to answer that question tonight with Z Nation. 


Interestingly, what is stopping AMC's The Walking Dead from getting our Zombie of the Week attention four weeks in a roll is actually another zombie drama series. Tonight, SyFy will be premiering Z Nation with its 13-episode first season. 

Produced by The Asylum, the folks behind the ludicrous "mockbuster" films and Sharknado, we can't help but wonder how SyFy or The Asylum must have kicked themselves having missed out on the opportunity to premiere a zombie drama series. For SyFy, they are after all a channel for science fiction drama while for The Asylum, well, zombie drama can be really cheap. Based on what we have saw from the trailers and images from Z Nation, it certainly shows. If you need evidence on how we have been truly pampered by the excellent quality of zombie make-up for AMC's critically acclaimed live-action TV adaptation of the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, just check out the trailer and image from Z Nation right below.






The first poster for the series.

Official images from the series.









Here's the official synopsis of the series:

Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Starring Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson and Keith Allan, Z Nation will be premiering on SyFy tonight.

Futures End 3D Lenticular Covers

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To commemorate the third anniversary of The New 52, all ongoing titles from DC Comics released in September boldly go five years into the future to tie into The New 52: Futures End. We take a look at some of the more noteworthy 3D lenticular covers of these titles. 


First up, we here at The Daily Zombies have to first confessed that we chose Batman: Eternal over Futures End as the weekly series to follow (we don't get free comics here and the pursuit of a weekly title sure ain't cheap). Nevertheless, the recent Futures End event running across all ongoing titles from DC Comics released in September has captivated us with the usual unpredictability that comes with those "What If" types of story arcs as demonstrated before with DC's very own Armageddon 2001 event back in 1991 (that certainly goes a long way to tell you how old we are). In this particular event, all titles involved are flash forward to five years later to give us a good look of what actually took place to establish the status quo. 

Having survived the gimmicky covers trend back in the 90s, we are not exactly enthusiastic over the announcement of the 3D lenticular covers that come with these titles participating in the event. However, with the concept of portraying the present and future (five years later) via the flicking effect of the covers, these covers did pull off the stunt with pleasant results in most cases. With about half of these participating titles released by now, we take a look at some of these covers that are among the most enticing either by the sheer strength of looking great or depicting exciting story development. Check them out right below, complete with the respective solicitation details of the title. 


Action Comics (2011-) #1: Futures End

With the Man of Steel missing, ordinary people around the world start to mysteriously exhibit his strengths and abilities.

Written by
Sholly Fisch

Pencils
Pascal Alixe
Vicente Cifuentes

Inks
Pascal Alixe
Vicente Cifuentes

Cover by
Lee Weeks


Aquaman (2011-) #1: Futures End

Mera has claimed the throne of Atlantis for herself, and she’s sentenced her unfaithful husband, Aquaman, to death!

Written by
Dan Jurgens
Pencils
Alvaro Martinez
Inks
Raul Fernandez
Cover by
Yvel Guichet


Batgirl (2011-) #1: Futures End

Barbara Gordon has become Bête Noire – a.k.a. The Black Beast! Part Batman and part Bane, she leads a squad of female agents through the Gotham Underground!

Written by
Gail Simone
Pencils
Javier Garron
Inks
Javier Garron
Cover by
Clayton Thomas Mann



Batman (2011-) #1: Futures End

Bruce Wayne is using dangerous science to help him continue his war on crime. What is it, and what forced Bruce to resort to such extremes?

Written by
Ray Fawkes
Scott Snyder

Cover by
Jason Fabok


Grayson (2014-) #1: Futures End

Branded a traitor, Dick Grayson has become the most powerful hero in the newly resurgent and dominant Mother Russia—and now, he must battle the Beast from the East in one final struggle for supremacy!

Written by
Tom King

Tim Seeley
Pencils
Stephen Mooney
Inks
Stephen Mooney
Cover by
Andrew Robinson



New Suicide Squad (2014-) #1: Futures End

Amanda Waller’s covert war against the United States reaches the boiling point as the Suicide Squad takes the White House!

Written by
Sean Ryan
Pencils
Andre Coelho
Inks
Scott Hanna
Cover by
Jeremy Roberts

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - New Image of Batmobile

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We have had our First Look at Ben Affleck's Batman and the trusty Batmobile in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, earlier on. Now we can have a closer look at everybody's favorite superheroic form of transport courtesy of director Zack Snyder. 


Interestingly, we get to have not one but two good look at Batman's ever-trusty Batmobile this week. Following the announcement of the official release date and special editions complete with a "transforming" Batmobile statue for Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios' swan song to the best-selling, critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series,  Zack Snyder, the director of both Man of Steel and its much-anticipated sequel pitting the Man of Tomorrow and the Dark Knight against each other, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has taken to Twitter to release a good close-up image of the new Batmobile after the release of several leaked images of the iconic vehicle taken by bystanders.

So without further ado, check out the latest version of the Batmobile, complete with a right mix of Christopher Nolan's realism and Tim Burton's over-the-top style right below(click on it to view in hi-res).


A follow-up to Snyder's 2013 film Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features returning stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane reprising their roles in the first film, while including Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, as well as Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto. The film is set to release in theaters on 6th May 2016.


Batman: Arkham Knight - Limited Editions & Release Date Unveiled

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Be the Goddamn Batman on June 2, 2015, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announcing the official release date of Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios' swan song to the best-selling, critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series with not one but two special editions. 


Without a shadow of a doubt, the most anticipated game of 2015 just received an official worldwide release date. Brace yourself for the purportedly all-consuming immersive "Be The Batman" experience with the upcoming epic conclusion of Rocksteady Studios' genre-defining trilogy of Batman: Arkham video game series (not including Warner Bros. Games Montreal's prequel title, Arkham Origins) come June 2nd, 2015.

Accompanying the official launch date announcement, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have also announced the release of not one but two special editions of the much-anticipated title: The Limited Edition and the Batmobile Edition.  Both editions come with their respective goodies that no self-respecting fans of the critically acclaimed series should even consider missing out. In summary, the Batmobile Edition is the more expensive version with a "transforming" Batmobile statue while the cheaper Limited Edition comes with a Batman memorial statue. Both versions shared similar goodies in the form of an art book, Steel Book case, issue #0 of the Arkham Knight comic book, and an exclusive skin pack with three New 52 skins.

You can check out the details from the official press release right below along with the official image of both editions. 

Batman™:Arkham Knight Set for June 2, 2015 Release
With Two Collector's Editions

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015. Also revealed, are two collector's editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition. Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.


Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will include:

· Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight

· Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc

· Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book

· Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52

· Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham's Protector, the Dark Knight

· SRP:

o Console – $99.99 / 119.99 € / 89.99£

o PC – 99.99€ / 74.99£


Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition will include:

· Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight

· Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc

· Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book

· Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52

· Transforming Batmobile Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realised in exquisite detail by TriForce

· SRP: $199.99 / 199.99€ / 169.99£ (Console only)

And here's the synopsis of the title presented in the press release:

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever.

Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

Be the Batman.

Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to be released worldwide on June 2nd, 2015, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

American Horror Story: Freak Show - First Look - Undead Monday

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This Undead Monday, we take a First Look at the fourth outing of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology with American Horror Story: Freak Show. 


Well, it will be Halloween soon enough and if there's something you can count on for your small screen entertainment during All Hallow's Eve, it will be AMC's The Walking Dead, and of course, yet another new installment of FX's horror anthology by co-creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Story.

Featuring the return of Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy,  and Evan Peters, with Michael Chiklis joining the cast, Freak Show will touch on the carnival aspect of the horror genre with a story set in Jupiter, Florida, circa 1952. In this particular Freak Show run by none other than Jessica Lange's character, Elsa Mars, Sarah Paulson plays a pair of Siamese Twins, Bette and Dot Tattler, Kathy Bates is a bearded lady, Angela Bassett is a three-boob lady, with Michael Chiklis being the strongman of the Freak Show. And all that is before John Caroll Lynch's role as Twisty, the killer clown show up.

Here's a good sneak peek at the film with the release of the first official trailer of the series. Check it out right below, followed by the images.





And here's the creepy first poster of the season, featuring most of the cast at work.





Here's the official synopsis of the series:

American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Like its earlier predecessors, American Horror Story: Coven is a thirteen-episode series kicking off this Wednesday at FX.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends - First Look

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We have last checked out the cinematic adventures of Himura Kenshin and gang with our Final Preview for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Now brace yourself for the concluding chapter of the two back-to-back sequels with the latest trailer of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen)


Spoiler Alert: The last we saw Himura Kenshin, the protagonist of the live-action adaptation of るろうに剣心, AKA Rurouni Kenshin, in Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, this was exactly where we left him. Lying stranded on a beach, and more importantly. carried away by a handsome dude. But of course, we knew that the handsome dude is none other than Masaharu Fukuyama (福山雅治), better known as professor Manabu Yukawa in the Fuji TV drama series, Detective Galileo, based on the novel series by renowned mystery writer Keigo Higashino (東野 圭吾). And we even know that Fukuyama is playing the mystery role of Hiko Seijuro XIII, the fan-favorite character who is the reclusive master of Kenshin.

Before we engage in endless debates on how Seijuro is missing his muscle-bound appearance with the portrayal of Fukuyama as the character, we must say that his inclusion is a pleasant surprise, which is incidentally also an apt description of the second film, Kyoto Inferno. Incredibly faithful to the source material, Kyoto Inferno moves at a comfortable pace (your mileage might just vary depending on your familiarity of the original manga) while trying its very best to incorporate all the finer details, making the film extremely friendly to fans of the original manga and anime series.

So here we are at the concluding chapter, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen) , and we are pretty hopeful that this might just work out like no other live action adaptation of manga have ever done.

And with no further ado, check out the trailer below followed by the posters and official images from the film.



Here are the posters released for the film.










First released in Japan on August 1st,  The Great Kyoto Fire (るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Kyoto Taika-hen) is currently hitting the silver screens across Asia with no announcements made for any US releases for now. The concluding chapter, The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen)  will be released in Japan on September 13th. 

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends - First Look

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