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Studio Ponoc releases teaser for new film ‘The Imaginary,’ directed by ‘Spirited Away’ key animator

Studio Ponoc's The Imaginary Teaser

Studio Ponoc released a teaser trailer on Dec. 7 for its latest anime film titled “The Imaginary,” based on the 2015 children’s novel of A.F. Harrold.

Background: The anime film, which is expected to premiere in the summer of 2022 in Japan, is Studio Ponoc’s first feature film since “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” in 2017. 

Cybersleuths believe next ‘Valorant’ agent will be Filipino based on Riot Games clues

‘Valorant’ agent could be Filipino

Cybersleuths have potentially spotted some juicy teasers about the next agent of Riot Games’ popular shooter “Valorant,” suggesting that the next character could be a Filipino from Taguig, Philippines.

Their findings: The speculation of a Filipino agent first came after Riot Games posted a teaser video in November, showing Valorant agent Killjoy’s desk and computer setup, Sportskeeda reported.

Netflix releases dazzling teaser for anime film ‘Bubble’ from ‘Attack on Titan,’ ‘Death Note’ director

Bubble anime film Netflix

Netflix released a teaser trailer on Dec. 6 for its new anime film titled “Bubble,” directed by “Death Note” and “Attack on Titan” director Tetsuro Araki.

All-star talents: “Bubble” features all-star talents and creators such as Hiroyuki Sawano, who composed the “Attack on Titan” soundtrack, and voice actor Yuki Kaji, who voiced the show’s main character “Eren Yeager.”

BTS’ Jin goes viral as ‘cute candle guy’ for his reaction to his blooming flower birthday candle

BTS’ Jin garnered over 100 million views on Weibo in just a day with his reaction to a blooming flower candle lit for his birthday. 

The “cute candle guy”: To celebrate his 29th birthday celebration on Dec. 4, the K-pop star went live on South Korean livestreaming service V Live. His surprise and amazement over his flower candle blossoming and spinning circulated on social media.  

New ‘Spider-Verse’ film hints at the arrival of an Indian Spider-Man

Indian Spiderman Spider-Verse

An upcoming Spider-Man film may feature a South Asian version of the web-slinging superhero.

Return to the Spider-Verse: The unannounced first look at Sony’s animated film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” caught fans by surprise with its release on Sunday, confirming the return of major characters and also hinting at the arrival of at least one new hero. 

BTS members join Instagram, all surpass 10 million followers within hours

All seven members of BTS launched their individual Instagram accounts on Monday shortly after announcing their upcoming break, expected to last until next spring. Fans around the globe have already flocked to their accounts, with each of the members gaining millions of followers within hours of joining. 

The announcement: On Sunday, BTS’s management company Bighit Entertainment notified fans on Twitter that the group would be taking “an extended period of rest” for the first time in two years after finishing off the remainder of this year’s scheduled events. 

Director Destin Daniel Cretton will return for ‘Shang-Chi’ sequel

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi” 2: In addition to leading the sequel, Cretton signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective to develop a new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series for Disney Plus, according to Deadline.

Ariana Grande accused of ‘Asianfishing’ in new photos, praised by Oli London for looking ‘cute and oriental’

Ariana Grande was accused of “Asianfishing” after photos of her surfaced on the internet in which she appeared to have different facial features. 

The photos were posted by New York-based photographer Katia Temkin on Instagram and were widely circulated on Twitter. In them, Grande poses in a green oversized blazer with a white ascot tied in a bow around her neck, an outfit she wore on “The Voice.”

Popular streamer wears racist costume to BTS concert, carries photoshopped picture of V as Mao Zedong

Banned Twitch Streamer at BTS Concert

A banned Twitch streamer drew outrage on Twitter for attending BTS’ Los Angeles concert while wearing a racist costume and displaying a Photoshopped picture of BTS member V as Mao Zedong.

What happened: Twomad, whose real name is Muudea Sedik, ignited the fury of BTS’ fan base, collectively known as the ARMY, after posting two pictures of himself wearing a yukata and a conical hat inscribed with Chinese characters while attending the K-pop group’s concert last week.