Our Favorite Shows That Are Almost Anime

This week on IGN Anime Club, MirandaKallieMike, and Meghan discuss what qualifies as anime and goes in depth with some of their favorite not-quite-anime shows, like Avatar: The Last Airbender and RWBY.

In this week’s Watch Party, the club discusses Psycho-Pass episodes 1 and 2 (available on Blu-ray, Funimation, and Hulu). We’ll be back next week to talk about episodes 3 and 4. To join in the discussion, tweet or post a message on Facebook with your thoughts on the episodes and use the hashtag #IGNime or email IGN Anime Club at ign_animeclub@ign.com.

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16 Rare Pokemon World Championships Toys and Merch

The Pokemon World Championships took place over the weekend, and a Poke Center was set up in San Francisco’s Marriott hotel, featuring event-exclusive Pokemon merchandise.

Here are some of our favorite items from the store, including some non-exclusive but very cute Pokemon plush. Click right to see them all:

A bag was given to players taking part in the tournament, too, which included some items that were only given to competitors. Check out our full unboxing in the video below:

The 2017 Pokemon World Championships will be held in Anaheim, CA.

Alanah Pearce is an editor at IGN, and while she isn’t quite ready to compete in the World Championships, she does have the Kanto gym badges tattooed on her. You can find her on Twitter @Charalanahzard.

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New to Amazon Prime for September

Coming to Amazon this September are a bunch of new Amazon originals, including the third season of Transparent, comedian Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, a new series written and directed by Woody Allen, and a Todd Solondz movie. Also, movies like The Witch, Apollo 13, Man on a Wire, and Good Will Hunting.

And for purchase, there’s Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and more.

Check it out!

IGN SPOTLIGHT

  • Wiener-Dog (AMAZON ORIGINAL)*

Amazon Original Movie by Todd Solondz about a dachshund that passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

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Director Leaves Gambit for DC's Dark Universe Film

Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman has reportedly left the director’s chair of Gambit for the supernatural superhero pic Dark Universe, Warner Bros.’ and DC Films’ planned feature film version of Justice League Dark.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that 20th Century Fox’s Gambit has indeed lost its director, but that Channing Tatum remains attached to star. THR adds that a search is underway for another director — the X-Men spinoff’s third– to make a January start date.

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Star Wars #22 Review

Star Wars #21 introduced readers to the SCAR Troopers, a crack team of Imperial soldiers tasked with bringing down the pesky Rebel Alliance. Issue #22 shifts focus back to those Rebels as they launch a bold attack against the Empire. One would assume that’s where the two groups come face-to-face, but apparently readers will have to wait a while for the big rematch between Luke Skywalker and Sergeant Kreel. But while Star Wars has taken on a slightly more episodic feel recently, the simple joy of seeing Han, Luke and Leia in action never gets old.

The idea of a ragtag band of Rebels doing battle with an Imperial fleet might be nothing new, but writer Jason Aaron puts a fun spin on the conflict by having our heroes attempt to steal a Star Destroyer rather than destroy it. That results in a winning blend of familiar Star Wars elements – epic space battles, heroic sacrifices and a steady stream of banter between Han and Leia. It’s also satisfying to see Sana remain an active participant in the story. There’s only so much Aaron can do to create a sense of danger surrounding characters like Han, so it’s important to have a handful of new faces like Sana who can both shake up the familiar character dynamics and leave readers questioning their ultimate fate.

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Halo 5: Forge Coming to PC in September

Halo 5: Forge, Halo’s level-creation experience from Halo 5: Guardians, will arrive on the Windows Store for Windows 10 on September 8, Microsoft announced today. Halo 5: Guardian’s ninth free content update, Anvil’s Legacy, will debut on Xbox One on the same day, adding “significant updates” to the console version of Forge.

The Windows 10 Halo creation tool is free, and will include keyboard and mouse support, increased resolution, and the ability to publish creations to the Xbox One. Halo 5: Forge will also allow PC users to host and play custom matches with up to 16 players, introducing a “new content browser” that spans Xbox One and PC.

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Spider-Man: Stan Lee Weighs in on Rumored Zendaya Role

Disney Channel star Zendaya is rumored to star as a very familiar character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and comic book creator Stan Lee has come forward to give his approval of her possibly taking on the role.

Warning: Possible Spider-Man: Homecoming spoilers ahead.

The current official word from Sony is that Zendaya will play a character named Michelle, but reports surfaced last week, claiming the actress will actually star as Mary Jane Watson. While some have taken issue with the iconic character being played by a black actress, the man who actually created MJ has no problem with the rumored casting, according to the Toronto Sun.

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Hidden Details in the Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel Trailer

The first trailer for Dark Souls 3′s DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, has arrived, and it appears we’ll be returning to The Painted World of Ariamis, an optional area in the original Dark Souls.

Why would the story of Dark Souls 3 lead us back to this cold and lonely place?

You can watch our shot-by-shot trailer breakdown all the way at the top of the page for more insight, or scroll through our theories below.

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Beyond: Our PS4s Are Standing By For Titanfall!

This week, everyone’s on vacation or MIA, so the show has been taken over by LADIES. That’s right, this week, it’s Alanah “Wild America” PearceKallie “Man of the House” PlaggeMiranda “Tom & Huck” Sanchez, and a mysterious newcomer to the show who is totally not just Max “Home Improvement” Scoville wearing a wig.

Anyway, this week we discuss the Titanfall 2 early tech alpha demo thing, the leaked Playstation Slim (Neo?) photos, the Playstation Plus price increase, Alanah’s review of ValleyMetal Gear Survive, and how much we want a Sex & The City game. Don’t worry, those smelly boys will be back next week.

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