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Artist Vin Hill might still be a relative newcomer to the video game industry, but his conceptual sketches for a Japanese Assassin’s Creed game are truly spectacular.

Vin’s overall idea is to set an Assassin’s Creed game in Kyoto, Japan during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century–this was a rather turbulent time during Japan’s history, as the entire nation was rushing forward into modernity after centuries of self-imposed exile from the outside world. I really hope this becomes an actual game soon!

Check out some more of Vin’s art after the break…

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The Guardians of the Galaxy have been turned into anime characters and they’ll make their debut in the Japanese Marvel Disk Wars television show. As you’d expect, they’ve anime-ified the characters which will either make you squeal in delight or cry out in horror, depending on your point of view.

Star-Lord gets crazy, spiky anime hair and Thanos is now even more beefed up. Groot is a bit, odd, and somewhat creepy although Gamora seems to have fared the transition pretty well. The only character that’s really not at all right is Rocket Raccoon who has an overly cute and way too big head. Still, Star-Lord’s awesome anime hair makes up for it all.

(via io9)

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in Japan on September 13th, and the trailers airing over there for the Marvel film are the best. They’re focused on Rocket and Groot, and one of them includes images of actual raccoons before the Guardians footage. I wish they were subtitled in English, but the trailers still manage to be funny without that. Man, now I want to watch Guardians again.

Watch the spots after the break – prepare to laugh.

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This October, Studio Ghibli will release The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in theaters in the US and here’s your first look thanks to /Film. Directed by Isao Takahata, it tells the folk tale of a baby princess found by a bamboo cutter and the life that follows.

The English-language version of the movie will feature James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead roles. Although you won’t hear them in this trailer, you will get to enjoy a look at this beautiful film.

See the trailer after the break.

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Yes, that’s an honest to goodness statue of Godzilla being erected in the middle of a beautiful park in Tokyo. It’s set to be officially unveiled later this week, but these shots give a good look at it right now. The size of the thing is impressive, especially when you see it from above with people there for scale. Check out his tail popping out from the lawn in the back.

See more pictures after the break.

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This retro-style video is the amazing work of one Joshua Kahan who has not only created a parody of Doctor Who, but several other nerdy franchises. Really, you have to watch this one more than once because you’ll be laughing so hard you’ll miss half of it the first time.

There are references to the Japanese Super Sentai and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with Cybermen who’ve morphed into the Putty Patrol. The best part may be the Sonic Screwdriver/Green Ranger Dragon Dagger flute. Mighty Morphin Doctor is here to save us all!

See the video after the break.

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These new images from Sailor Moon Crystal will get you even more excited for the series premiere on July 5th. That’s this weekend! The 20th anniversary series will be available on Neon Alley and Hulu and will surely be on more than a few must-see lists. Hopefully these sneak peeks that include Mamoru in his glasses and the Moon Tiara Attack will keep you happy for the next few days until the show debuts.

See more pictures after the break.

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Netflix is expanding their original programming with a new anime series based on the manga series Knights of Sidonia. The first season has already been broadcast in Japan and will debut on Netflix this coming Fourth Of July.

Here’s the synopsis:

The first Netflix original anime series, Knights of Sidonia, based on the popular manga series of the same name, follows Nagate, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered refugees who escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier and now occupy the massive ship Sidonia. When Nagate’s talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia’s elite defenders against the Guana, shapeshifting aliens bent on eliminating humans from existence.

You’ll be able to view all 12 episodes of Knights Of Sidonia starting July 4th on Netflix.

Take a look at the trailer after the break.

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This Japanese ad for the Mercedes-Benz GLA has a real-life Mario trying to sell you a car. It starts with some cute 8-bit animation of the GLA in Mario’s world, but ends with a real Mario getting out of a real car. He’s kind of badass, even with his freakily huge nose, but I’m not sure he’s going to convince me to buy a Mercedes.

See the video after the break.

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So the above figure of Gon, a character from the anime/manga series Hunter x Hunter, doesn’t seem all that crazy or intense right? You’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? I’m not blown away by this!”

Stay with us after the break to check out the full image…

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