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The two Viking bands later clash when their commanders seek to capture the young Danish Prince Canute, Askeladd's company succeeding but are forced by Thorkell's forces to take refuge for the winter in the frozen north of England near the Danish encampment at Gainsborough. Upon finding the effeminate Canute timid and heavily dependent on his caretaker Ragnar, a deeply disappointed Askeladd briefly changes his initial plan of backing the prince to hold him ransom. But a sudden attack by Thorkell's brigade forces Askeladd to change his mind, murdering Ragnar to force Canute to stand up for himself. The prince brings both Thorkell and Askeladd's remaining forces under his command as he confronts his father, who decides not to kill Canute after he proves his worth, while adamant to have Harald as his heir.
Canute and his companions formulate a plot to put him on the throne, but things don't go according to plan.
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Basically the instigator behind the Siege of Mandalore that was so essential to the plot of the recently-ended Clone Wars series from Dave Filoni, Kryze likely has a bone to pick with Moff Gideon, who was revealed to have the Darksaber during The Mandalorian's Season 1 finale. Whatever her story may be in the series, it's almost certainly linked to this weapon and Gideon's possession of it.
How Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano tie into all this alongside Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin and Baby Yoda...well, that's another story entirely. However, fans wanting to get a good grasp on the breadth of The Mandalorian's plotting should probably start doing their Filoni homework by binging his animated Star Wars shows in the following months.
The Mandalorian will return to reward fans' homework diligence in October.
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Nogizaka46 idol group members Minami Umezawa, Asuka Saitō, and Mizuki Yamashita star in the live-action project as the characters Sayaka Kanamori, Midori Asakusa, and Tsubame Mizusaki. They also perform the film's theme song "Fantastic Sanshoku Pan" (Fantastic Three-Filling Bun). Rock band Thinking Dogs perform the series' theme song "Heavenly ideas."
The live-action project also stars Sakurako Konishi as student council
president Tōru Dōtonbori, Ema Grace as student council secretary Sowande
Sakaki, Riko Fukumoto as attack squad leader Hisashi Ashima (character name romanizations not official), Ryō Matsuzaki as student council treasurer Shunya Ō, Suzunosuke as Kuroda, Masayuki Deai as Asakasa, and Masahiro Takashima as Fujimoto-sensei.
The manga follows Midori, Tsubame, and Sayaka, an energetic trio of first-year high school girls who come together in the Eizouken (Video Research Club) to turn their anime dreams into a reality. Midori is nervous to create an anime alone. She meets Tsubame who appears to be a well-to-do girl but she really has artistic dreams of being an animator. Midori's best friend Sayaka has the financial sense to bring the project to fruition and joins the pair on their quest.
Ōwara launched the manga in Shogakukan's Gekkan! Spirits magazine in 2016. The series was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018, and it won the top Bros. Comic Award in 2017. Dark Horse Comics licensed the manga, and will release the first volume on October 6.
The manga inspired a television anime by Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU that premiered on NHK General on January 5, and ended on March 22 with 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.
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Unlikely heroes Finn (a silly kid with an awesome hat) & Jake (a brassy dog with a big kind heart), are the best of friends and always find themselves in the middle of heart pounding escapades as they traverse the mystical Land of Ooo.
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[Source: Syfy] San Diego Comic-Con will indeed go on as scheduled this
summer — from the comfort of your living room.
After initially scrapping the 51-year-old convention for the first time in its history due to coronavirus concerns, organizers of the granddaddy of all cons have announced that they're putting on a virtual edition that will enable convention goers to cosplay all they want on their cozy couches at home.
No doubt regular attendees will appreciate not having to stand in line for hours on end to cram into Hall H. The legendary room has become a hotbed for Hollywood studios teasing their biggest superhero tentpoles, not to mention a go-to source for breaking entertainment news.
A virtual version of the fan-favorite con is clearly better than nothing, though it's still unclear exactly what that looks like, or even whether it's taking place on the previously scheduled dates of July 23-26. Nor do we know what Hollywood and comic book talent will be zooming in to participate.
A rep for Comic-Con wasn't immediately available for comment.
Still, this is welcomed news, seeing as it wasn't a certainty that an online SDCC confab would even happen at all when organizers confirmed they were calling things off back in mid-April due to the spread of COVID-19.
"Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer said at the time.
That announcement, which came in the wake of a string of other cancellations, including WonderCon Anaheim and SXSW, also noted that Comic-Con would be rescheduled for July 22-25, 2021. Presumably that date will still stand next year.
While others attempted to put together other cyber events, such as last month's HomeCon, the lone major live-action convention holdout is Disney's Star Wars Celebration 2020, which as of press time is still scheduled to go on in August.