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Trese, Pacific Rim anime coming to Netflix

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Get hyped! A new set of anime is coming to Netflix including popular Philippine comic book Trese and sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim.

Netflix made the announcement during the See What’s Next Asia event held in Singapore which is geared towards connecting the rest of the world with content with Asian roots.

“The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan, or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

Netflix has been home to some of the best anime with titles like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and My Hero Academia currently in their library. Netflix original anime like Castlevania and DEVILMAN crybaby have also been hits.

Banking on the success of those content, the popular streaming service will add the following titles to their library:

Trese

Created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo, the story follows Alexandra Trese as she takes on a criminal underworld littered with mythical creatures from the Philippine folklore. The anime will be helmed by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra) and will be produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.

Pacific Rim

If you love giant robots and colossal monsters, then this is right up your alley. Pacific Rim is set in the same universe as the two live-action feature films and follow two siblings — an idealistic teenage boy and his naive younger sister — who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents. Co-showrunners: Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). Production company: Legendary Entertainment (Kong: Skull Island; Pokemon: Detective Pikachu).

Altered Carbon

This is another series that has live-action roots. The anime will explore new elements of the Altered Carbon mythology. It will be written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and Tsukasa Kondo. Animation will be handled by Anima.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage

This is a survival story on steroids. A young couple struggles to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world hit with a mysterious disease called “Cagaster” that turns people into giant murderous insects. Directed by Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!). Animation studio: Gonzo (Hellsing, Afro Samurai).

Yasuke

A retired ronin in a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic is forced to take up his sword again when he is tasked to transport a mysterious child who’s on the crosshairs of dark forces. It’s created and directed by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Cannon Busters), who is also serving as Executive Producer. Grammy nominee Flying Lotus will compose the music and be an Executive Producer on the show. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) will be the voice of the protagonist Yasuke (based on the historical samurai of African origin who fought with Oda Nobunaga). Animation studio: MAPPA (Yuri On Ice, Kakegurui).

All these titles look highly promising, so get ready to binge-watch and watch out for these titles when we inevitably include them on our monthly Now Playing list!

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Global Sources: Lovots

A robot meant to love and be loved

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Feeling lonely? Here’s a robot who exists to love and be loved.

Meet Tomato and Wasabi. These Lovots (derived from the words Love and Robot) were developed by a Japanese startup called GrooveX.

They aren’t the typical robots that try to be an all-around helper. Its purpose is to stay cute, get your attention, interact with you, and make you happy. Emotional bonds with robots may seem implausible, but it’s difficult to ignore them. Especially with their kind, googly eyes that draw your attention.

Moreover, they laugh when you play with them, fall asleep when you cuddle and remembers if you were mean as if they have emotions.

While this may be shocking and groundbreaking, the creators of Lovot believe this robot can make an impact on relieving stress. For now, it’s too early to tell but one thing’s for sure: Lovots are here for you to love and they won’t leave you, unlike your ex.


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Global Sources: Sustainable Cases

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At a show like Global Sources iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but what caught our attention are companies with a commitment to sustainability.

Shenzhen Bobotel Technology

Take Shenzhen Bobotel Technology for example, who makes eco-friendly cases made of wheat straw — a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic.

They can make cases for your iPhone, Samsung, or Huawei phones, in any color you desire. Each case starts at 90 cents at a minimum order of 50 units.

C&V Global

Guangzhou-based C&V Global offers similar products, too. The company has been certified by the Global Recycled Standard.

They have iPhone cases made from recycled plastic waste. In its purest form, it looks like a simple, clear jelly case but it can come in a variety of colors in both matte and glossy finishes.

They also make biodegradable cases made of wheat straw or bamboo fiber and thermoplastics. These cases can be engraved with your favorite pro-environment slogans as well.

The product decomposes naturally after two years if you decide to discard them. You can buy the cases through CTunes.


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Global Sources: UNIQ Charging Solutions

Stay unique through great design

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It’s easy to get lost in a sea of similar products nowadays. One way brands can stand out is through great design. Just take a look at Singaporean designer brand Uniq. This brand creates stylish mobile accessories without sacrificing function.

Its product portfolio ranges from fast charging power banks, wireless chargers, phone cases, travel adapters, and other accessories.

For instance, Uniq has the Fuele series, which are power banks that have built-in power delivery capable of up to 66W fast charging. There’s also the Hyde Series, which is all about wireless charging power banks with hidden stands.

Check out the rest of their portfolio on uniqcreation.com


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