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Thu, 11 Apr ’13

Bento Box: Street Fighter, Gatchaman and Naruto, Oh My!

Plus a Ghost in the Shell-themed Porsche!

Kicking it on the Street – Street Fighter: Legacy creator Joey Ansah has begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an upcoming live-action series titled Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Hoping to raise nearly one million dollars to cover production costs, the campaign is set to run through May 3rd. The series will take place in Japan and delve deeper into the stories of such beloved characters as Ken, Ryu and Gotetsu. If all goes according to plan (and your wallets open wide enough), the team hopes for a winter 2013 release. We can hadouken hardly wait.

Crowd Around –
 Thirty-eight years ago, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman left Japanese airwaves and the man-bird sized hole in the hearts and viewing schedules of many otaku. Well, thirty-eight years later…look who’s back. Kenji Nakamura will be rebooting the series under the name Gatchaman Crowds in anticipation of the live-action adaptation due out in the fall. While details are sparse, a few images have made their way onto the web and first reaction has definitely been positive to say the least. This summer, prepare to relive the childhood you never had.

There Goes our Social Lives –
 In news that should both delight and make people seriously consider their life choices, game developer Tencent has announced that on April 18th the company will finally release the full details of the upcoming and highly anticipated Naruto Online game. We’ll do a full report once the goods are out there, but just knowing that very soon we can live in the world of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura is making the workweek all the more better. So get excited, stock up on some ramen and clear out your schedule because this is going to be bigger than a Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.

Ghost in the Porsche –
 To celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise, the Pacific Racing Team has redecorated their prize vehicle with Ghost in the Shell art and customizations. The newly styled racing car is officially titled “Nac Kokaku Kidotai Arise DR Porsche” (easy for them to say) and will be competing in its first race in Okayama over the weekend. No word on if the car is powered by a sentient cyborg…but we bet it still goes pretty fast.