With G-Fest on the horizon once again, Amanda has outdone herself and provided another translation of an overlooked Godzilla manga! This time it’s Godzilla-artist-extraordinaire Shinji Nishikawa‘s short story “Miss Kano’s Disgrace” from the anthology Gigantis the Fire Comic. It’s a comedic take on our favorite Futurians.
Again, we’re presenting this story here since the source anthology is long out of print (a few used copies are still available), and highly unlikely to ever get picked up for English-language distribution. Still, if IDW, Viz, or another company does decide to do an official English translation, please toss these and support the official release! As with the other translation, there were numerous other stories in this anthology worth checking out as well.
Like the previous manga scanlations, the chapter is presented in its original right-to-left reading format.
Translation notes are included in the actual file this time, but here they are as well:
- The title is a pun on the L’umiliazione di Canossa, or “The Humiliation of Canossa”. We thought that “The Humiliation of Kano-san” sounded awkward (and a little porny) in English, so we went with “Miss Kano’s Disgrace” instead.
This is obviously a parody of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, but there are some other pop-cultural references throughout as well. Needless to say, if you haven’t seen Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Biollante, watch those first.
- Page 2: Cameos from MechaniKong from King Kong Escapes and a guy that looks like Sanda from War of the Gargantuas.
- Page 8: The Futurians popping out of a drawer is a reference to Japan’s favorite robot cat from the future, Doraemon. Doraemon has a variety of high-tech gadgets, such as the “Anywhere Door” alluded to on the page.
- Page 9: The “Time Furoshiki” is another one of Doraemon’s gadgets.
- Page 10: If you haven’t seen Invasion of Astro Monster, stop reading and go watch it.
- Page 15: Wilson and Grenchko say “Arahora Saucer”, a nonsense phrase which is how Boyacky and Tonzler respond to orders in Yatterman. We went with “One Two Yes Sir” because existing Yatterman translations use it.
- Page 15: Satellite FAHPs are a reference to the Markalite FAHPs from The Mysterians.
- Page 18: Moonlight SY-3 is from Destroy All Monsters.
- Page 30: 110 is the Japanese equivalent of 911.
Itching for more? This isn’t the last “Miss Kano” story that Nishikawa did; it was followed up in 1993 with “Godzilla Raids Again – Miss Kano’s Vindication”. It looks pretty amusing as well.
I’ve got some downtime now, and since the last news recap was during the middle of the week, this seems like an appropriate time to summarize.
As you maybe recall from last week, Annecy was going on, hence an addendum within a couple hours to show off the Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters title monster silhouette. That was far from the only neat animation stuff to hit around that time, however:
- The Genco booth at Annecy gave us a confirmation of the existence of and first look at Patlabor EZY. The visual is certainly evocative of the poster for the first Patlabor movie! Kazunori Ito is writing for it, but it sounds like it’s a ways off.
- Also at the Genco booth: A poster for an anime version of Pluto, Naoki Urasawa’s awesome revisionist take on the classic Astro Boy story arc. People have been clamoring for this for a while, especially with the Atom the Beginning anime coming out now.
- The show also had a new trailer for the Mazinger Z movie. Mazinger looks weird in CGI.
For the less anime-inclined, there was a little video game show called E3. Highlights that caught our eye include:
- A Shadow of the Colossus remake for PS4. If I understand, this is a full remake, unlike the PS3 version, which was just re-skinned for HD?
- Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid Prime 4 (whose trailer was too boring to post):
- And a Dragonball game from the Guilty Gear people:
Returning to the subject of anime:
- In a move nobody anticipated, Irresponsible Captain Tylor is getting a sequel starting July 11 in the form of TV anime shorts, titled Irresponsible Galaxy☆ Tylor. The protagonists appear to be descendants of the original ones (our lead is named “Banjo”), and it may take some getting used to the modern character designs… this is almost giving a Space Dandy vibe.
- We’ve already got teasers for Attack on Titan season 3?
On that note, let’s take it full circle and bring the topic back to kaiju:
- A full trailer for Ultraman Geed. With July 8 approaching, here’s hoping that Crunchyroll or Toku pick it up.
- Somewhat shockingly, War of the Gargantuas’ (and Godman‘s) Gaira has never had a Bandai figure...until now. This webshop figure, at 18 cm, is awkwardly sized in between the ~6 inch Movie Monsters/Godzilla Island line and the 8 inch traditional figures, but here’s hoping they keep it up with unconventional monster selections!
- Finally, official synopses confirmed what we were already expecting- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2018) will have Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Hopefully they each get their due (I’ve been much more concerned about how Mothra and Ghidorah are portrayed than I ever was about Godzilla), but they seem to be in good hands.
I think that’s a wrap for this week. Sure, I could post about the new Wonder Woman manga or the Sailor Moon teddy bears that Steiff is doing or the new Honda commercial with a kaiju battle, but this seems like enough for the time being. As always, please leave a comment if there have been any egregious omissions, though!
This week’s news recap is a little late, but odds are I won’t be able to post one next weekend, so that may be for the best. Plenty to discuss this time around, though!
- Toku is streaming Henge via Amazon Prime, which I believe is its first official English release. They should be adding some Ultraman shows in the coming months, according to SciFi Japan.
- Speaking of Hajime Ohata projects, Shingo Honda’s Hakaijuu manga is ending. Hopefully it gets picked up for US distribution at some point; it’s always been a winner for creepy monster designs.
- A Pacific Rim board game is coming (we’ll see how well it scales with the Heroclix?), along with Mini-mates and some other stuff.
- Zhang Ziyi joined the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I wonder if she’ll be playing a Japanese person, as she tends to do (TMNT, Princess Raccoon, Memoirs of a Geisha).
- The short Welsh giant monster spoof Congaaargh!, which will play at G-Fest, got a nice little write-up. It looks like the folks behind it want to make a feature.
- Footage is online for Godzilla the Real (the theme park ride at Universal Osaka):
- There will be a Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters presentation Wednesday at Annecy. Rampant speculation leads us to expect an actual design or trailer to leak shortly thereafter.
- An ad for the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid/Kyuranger movie:
Looks like Kamen Rider Build is the next series? Huh.
- Yoji Shinkawa did a new dust jacket for Wonder Woman Anthology. Does she have a perm?
- Infini-T Force will have its premiere at Anime Expo. Guess they want to sell this one to Americans; hopefully it winds up streaming on a good service.
- Astro Boy: Edge of Time is coming to Steam! I’m pretty meh on CCGs, but this has great designs and it’s free.
- The latest Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure trailer shows us the stands. They look about how one would expect.
- This visual for Megazone 23 XI seems pretty spot on, but it just feels wacky to hold out any hope for Megazone 23 ever becoming a TV series.
- Genocidal Organ will play in US theaters on July 12 and 13. It’s the least exciting of the Project Itoh movies, but glad that it got completed.
That’s a wrap for this week. As always, please leave a comment if something is missing!
Naturally, less than an hour after this recap was posted, a new poster showed up on the Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters twitter. Sounds like the plan is to make this Godzilla bigger than the previous one (for the fourth film in a row), and this one is certainly evocative of the 2014 design, though it’s still fairly shadowy in the poster (remember the first reveal for Shin?). “Despair is evolving” is one heck of a great tagline, at any rate!
We had a special edition this week for the announcement that Adam Wingard would be directing Godzilla vs Kong, and not a whole lot has happened since. A few things of note:
- The City Shrouded in Darkness is adding Gamera and a certain mobile (*cough*Gundam*cough*) franchise to the roster.
- The weekend of G-Fest, The Music Box will be doing a 70mm screening of Kong: Skull Island with Jordan Vogt-Roberts in attendance. I assume that’ll sell out fast!
Speaking of G-Fest, the schedule is up now. As a reminder, your humble Maser Patrol admin will be doing the panels “Kaiju Anime” and “Kaiju Manga Raids Again”.
- Katokutai’s latest music video. It looks like their new album is mostly repeats of stuff from previous ones, but the Ultraseven cover is rad.
- An ad for the 5th Digimon Adventure tri movie, out in August:
So… yeah, that’s all we noticed this week; it’s been quiet. (Maybe that’ll jinx it, and a Monster Planet trailer will drop as soon as this gets posted. Hint.)
Adam Wingard has been a rising star in the horror world for a few years now (Horror Etc did an episode about him that was pretty good), but fans have noticed a trend with him lately: remakes of Asian properties (Death Note hits Netflix soon, I Saw the Devil is in the works). On top of that, he’s been very vocally broken up on Twitter about the passing of Yoshimitsu Banno. This all starts to click together with the reveal that he’ll be the director of 2020’s Godzilla vs Kong.
It’s an interesting choice. As far as we’ve seen, Wingard is definitely a horror guy more than a monster guy (as opposed to Michael Dougherty), but his work is generally solid, gripping, and often inspired. Legendary’s outside-the-box director selection paid off big time with Kong: Skull Island, so overall we’re pretty optimistic about this one as well. Or who knows, maybe they’re taking the franchise in a progressively more horrific direction? Either way, looking forward to it!
…how surreal is it that we know this much about the movie after the one that’s not done shooting yet?
There wasn’t a weekly news recap last weekend due to ACen (though we got that panel up), so we’re playing catch-up this week. There wasn’t as much cool industry news at the con as there was last year, but I did learn:
- Contrary to previous reports, Funimation does not have the Parasyte duology license.
- Somebody has the US license to Kodoku Meatball Machine. (Incidentally, Midori-Impuls just announced that and The Ninja War of Torakage for German release.)
- In case you somehow missed it, the North American street date for Shin Godzilla is August 1.
On to other stuff:
- Seven Seas has upped the ante again with a batch of manga licenses for stuff that we never would have imagined coming stateside.
This includes Go Nagai’s original Devilman, a seminal work that’s been long-neglected stateside (though it was released in Japan in a long out-of-print English bilingual edition) – it’s compulsary reading for manga fans, and will also inform Seven Seas’ releases of Devilman G, and (their related new license) Devilman vs. Hades.
Similarly, with their impending release of Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, they picked up Leiji Matsumoto’s original Captain Harlock.
Despite Americans’ general disinterest in the Saint Seiya franchise, they picked up the female (*gasp*)-lead spinoff Saintia Sho, presumably because it has an anime version in the works… how’s that going to work if most of the audience here doesn’t know the source material?
And on that note, the most awesomely unexpected acquisition: the Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project!!! I mentioned that this could be a possibility in the past, but I still sort of can’t believe it. Then again, Viz is somehow getting their Ultraman manga into stores without much perplexity.
Lastly, they got a post-apocalyptic slice-of-life manga about a girl and her giant spider, Giant Spider and Me.
- Speaking of Saint Seiya, a live-action Hollywood version is in production. Honestly, I don’t know why they’d bother with an English-version; they should cut out the middleman and film in Spanish or Portuguese.
- Taiwanese band Mayday has a music video featuring Ultraman Neos:
- The Kaiju Club website has a trailer now, which is good seeing as it starts next week.
- Kyuranger‘s 18th episode will have Gavan and Dekaranger show up, to promote the Space Squad movie. The Kikaider episode of Kamen Rider Gaim was better than the actual movie, so this could be great.
- Based on this trailer for Noboru Iguchi’s Ghost Squad, I assume at this point his scripts are just getting written through some sort of Mad Libs generator.
- Mamoru Hosoda has announced his next film will be titled Mirai, and has a theme of family (big surprise there). It’s about a four-year-old boy time traveling and seeing his parents/siblings across different time periods.
- Figuarts is planning a figure of Dan Morobashi, which is cool (despite all of the Anne Yuri figures I’ve acquired, I haven’t ever gotten a Dan). Hopefully this leads to other Ultras in human form, but since the Takeshi Hongo figure they showed off last year never got released, I won’t hold my breath.
- Science Patrol cosplay uniforms could be yours for the low price of 12800 yen.
- A trailer for Netflix’s Castlevania, starting July 7. The trailer is determined to remind you it’s based on a video game:
- Speaking of Netflix, a trailer for Joon Ho Bong’s Okja, hitting June 28:
- Overwatch just introduced a “Sentai” skin, perpetuating an incorrect definition of the word to an entirely new audience. Thanks for that, Blizzard.
- Lastly, Tom Woodruff Jr. is working effects on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. We know there are some practical effects planned, so that could be cool.
I think that’s it for those two weeks, but it was a bit of a whirlwind, so as always, please leave a comment if we left something out. In the meantime, we’ll be checking out Blame on Netflix.
For those who missed the “Godzilla vs. Anime” panel at Anime Central, here’s a handy upload.
A couple slips of the tongue:
- At one point I say that The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms had done well in Japan; I meant that it had done well in America and was soon to release in Japan.
- When asked if the new Godzilla movie would get a dub, I said they all did. Actually, the 1954 original technically does not have a dub. Conversely, King Kong vs. Godzilla hasn’t ever officially been made available subtitled (fansubs abound).