Fandom Report for October 26, 2016: Nintendo Switch, SAG-AFTRA voice actor strike, and new Toonami content

Toonami

Toonami already confirmed a November screening of Children Who Chase Lost Voices, on top of releasing a new motivational video and a teaser for its third installment of The Intruder.

Now, Toonami has more details about its new micro-series by Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii. I first heard about this session when Toonami staffers discussed the project at Anime Expo in July 2016, and at that time they said the plan for a joint project with Oshii started with a commercial bumper he had designed for Adult Swim. Re-watching that bumper, I see a lot of similarities between it and the plot summary for this new animated series.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo previewed its new video game system, Switch, coming March 2017.

There is a preview of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, coming to both Switch and Wii U.

While the patent reveals what the game system may include, Wired talks about what Switch needs, especially as the system is confirmed to have no backward capability for physical Wii U and 3DS games.

The game system has already become a dog, in one of Shou Tucker’s worst scientific experiments.

Video Games

SAG-AFTRA voice actors are on strike from performing for numerous video game companies. Portions of SAG-AFTRA’s key issues are here. Ubiquitous video game voice actor Steve Blum explains demands (transcript here).

Nintendo releases mash-up merchandise featuring Pikachu as Super Mario.

Super Mario speed runners set new world records.

TellTale has a new trailer for its Batman game.

The unreleased Super Nintendo version of Rayman has been recovered.

A fan has made a 3D-style conversion of classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2D gameplay.

Animation

MetLife drops Snoopy and the Peanuts group as its corporate mascots.

Aardman is developing a sequel to Shaun the Sheep.

The Incredibles and Toy Story sequels switch spots in release schedule.

An auction takes place for the scenario planning for the early Mickey Mouse animated short, “Steamboat Willie.”

Muppets

Indiegogo has launched a crowdsourcing campaign for a Sesame Street documentary.

Muppet Babies is returning to television.

Marvel

The trailer for the newest X-Men Wolverine film, Logan, is out–and this is one of the most impressive trailers I have seen of any Marvel film, Disney or otherwise. X-23 is confirmed for the film.

All episodes of Jessica Jones Season 2 will be directed by women.

Mads Mikkelsen talks about Doctor Strange, and Marvel released the film’s ending theme song–which sounds like something out of The Legend of Zelda. (H/T Wired)

Tim Miller will not be returning as director for Deadpool 2.

The 1990s X-Men animated series will get Funkos.

DC Comics

I reviewed the newest episodes of Lucifer (he gets a new catch phrase in the worst way), Supergirl (heavy-handed political allegory that may benefit from the twist ending), and The Flash (idiot plot undermines any fun to the story).

Facial recognition studies look at how Superman can pose as Clark Kent with just a pair of eyeglasses.

Kyle Hill has another Because Science segment, looking at the Flash’s Infinite Mass Punch, showing that academic stuff does sell.

The United Nations’ decision to make Wonder Woman its honorary ambassador has led to criticism regarding whether the character reinforces negative body image expectations and United States imperialism.

Music

Jamie Loftus, who has not been a Weird Al fan, asks why men are into his music and comedy.

Film

Donald Glover is Star Wars Lando Calrissian.

RIP Steve Dillon

Steve Dillon, co-creator of Preacher and illustrator for The Punisher and Hellblazer passed away at 54. Comics Alliance has more.

RIP Kevin Meaney

Kevin Meaney, known for his acting in animation such as Dr. Katz, Garfield and Friends, and Rocko’s Modern Life passed away at 60.

RIP Michelle McNamara

Patton Oswalt discusses the passing of his wife with the New York Times.

RIP Kaneta Kimotsuki

The voice actor behind Doraemon, Cyborg 009, Yuki Yuna Is A Hero, and more passed away at 80.

Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture

Preview content is available for the new Full Metal Panic animated series.

Yuka Yuna Is A Hero gets a second season.

One Piece creator Oda works on earthquake recovery for his hometown.

Cosplay and Halloween Outfits

HYDE, lead vocal for L’Arc-en-Ciel and VAMPS, cross-cosplays as Harley Quinn, while Tokyo Comic-Con bans men from cosplaying as female characters.

A parent has created a Nintendo Famicom Halloween outfit for him and his children.

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