Maser Patrol podcast episode 36: “Neon Reference Evangelion” at ACen 2018

I did a short panel presentation at Anime Central, running through some of the pop culture influences on the Evangelion TV franchise. Enjoy, and apologies in advance for the low energy (it was the first panel of the morning)!

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 35: Unstructured Ultraman

Windows updates were the Zetton to my computer’s Ultraman this Sunday, so I didn’t have any of my slides for the Ultraman panel at Anime Central. Fortunately, the crowd was great, and we were able to improvise something audio-only, even if it wasn’t exactly as advertised. On the plus side, this being a single audio file with no video, I could slap together something really quickly to put up as a podcast, so you’re actually getting this faster than if it was on YouTube like originally intended. (I’ll still probably do something for video down the road with the original presentation.)

Enjoy!

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Only news recap this May

Another two-week recap this week, and unfortunately due to travel it looks like this will be the only one this month. (Awkward timing with the new Godzilla flick coming out, I know.) I’ve been busy putting together the weekend’s panels for ACen, as well as checking out some of the recent Japanese (and related) releases:

  • Lu Over the Wall is well worth seeing; even if it’s a bit predictable, Masaki Yuasa’s presentation is a hoot.
  • The New Legends of Monkey is more entertaining than I was anticipating.
  • Not remotely SF/horror/fantasy, but Aggrestsuko is great, too. There was even a Daimajin reference.

On to the news, though there’s not all that much.

  • Funimation is releasing Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will next month.

  • Third Window Films is putting Osamu Tezuka’s Cleopatra and 1001 Nights on UK BD. (NSFW trailer)

That’s a wrap! Back to panel prep; hope to see some folks at the con!

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Weekend news recap, plus panel announcements!

Before diving into the happenings of the week, here’s a breakdown of conventions I’ll be talking at over the summer!

Anime Central:

  • Neon Reference Evangelion – Saturday May 19th @ 10:45 AM (it’s at the same time as another Evangelion panel that’s covering the same stuff…yeah, I don’t know how that happened, either)
  • Ultraman for Anime Fans – Sunday May 20th @ noon

G-Fest: The schedule isn’t posted yet, so I shall refrain from giving away too much, but I should be doing a giant robot movie panel and one on kaiju jidai geki. Times will be posted when the final program is up.

Anyway, on to the news of the week!

  • To start things off, a trailer for Ultraman R/B. Between that and the announcement of another big win in the Chaiyo case, it’s a good week for Tsuburaya.

  • Section 23 surprised us with two tokusatsu releases on the horizon: the second season of Garo (which they’re calling Makai Senkyu instead of Makai Senki for some reason) and Minoru Kawasaki’s kaiju wrestling picture Dai-kaiju Mono! It’s great news to see that film licensed, since Kawasaki’s filmography has slipped out of western attention in recent years. Oddly, Daikaiju Mono is being handled by Sentai Filmworks instead of Kraken Releasing, but Garo is still with that label, but with some of the way 23 have divied up anime in the past it can be hard to understand.
  • A trailer is up for Attack on Titan season 3.

  • Pacific Rim had another anime collaboration poster, this time with Mazinger Z: Infinity. Non-scale, obviously.

  • The Mob Psycho 100 drama finally hits US Netflix on May 22.

  • Also in May… Kong: King of the Apes Season 2. (I might make myself watch this one too.)

  • Anyone wondering about the Mechagodzilla design in Ready Player One should read this post on Astounding Beyond Belief’s new blog.
  • Akira Takarada has joined the cast of The Great Buddha Arrival, giving the project some extra kaiju cred.
  • Finally, this Fist of the North Star shower gel commercial will make you a Tough Boy.

Well…. maybe one more randomly inexplicable thing.

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Weekend news: Amazon Riders, City on the Edge of Battle, Ultraman R/B, and more!

This week has been a wild ride for fans of Japanese scifi/fantasy/horror!

  • Kicking things off, we finally have trailer for Godzilla: The City on the Edge of Battle! They’re…still not showing us Mechagodzilla.

  • We also got an official look at the new Ultraman series! It’s not “lube”, “rube”, or “Louvre”, as initially speculated, but “R/B”, with two heroes in red and blue. I wonder if Lupinranger vs. Patranger has anything to do with the decentralization of heroes.

  • Amazon Riders” is finally streaming on the US version of Amazon Prime! The gory show is only the third Kamen Rider thing (after Kamen Rider V3 and Masked Rider the First) to get a legit US release, meaning that we’re being presented a pretty skewed look at the franchise as a whole, but as a fan on the darker side of the property, Amazons is right up my alley!

  • Platinum Games has a yokai-focused release on the horizon, titled World of Demons. It looks surprisingly old-school in the monster designs, going back to Sekien, I suppose.

  • The latest trailer for Bleach looks okay, for what’s there, but could really use more Chad.

  • The Kaiju Remix Series now has a Gomora figure up for preorder. These continue to be neat looking, but expensive items.

  • Finally, the Godzilla shop is now offering a kigurumi, presumably for wearing out on your daily chores.

That’s a wrap! Not a lot of news, but getting Amazons alone is enough to get excited about, the rest is icing!

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Kaiju Video Games

Oh, wow! I was on the Kaiju Transmissions podcast again! Go listen to Byrd, Matt, and I chatting about kaiju video games. Find out what we think should get a movie adaptation next after Rampage!

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Weekend news recap: Japanese poster madness

The Rampage movie was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Now I’m tempted to track down the poster by Kouji Tajima.

 Awesome Japanese posters for US properties have been coming at rapid pace lately, such as this Pacific Rim Uprising poster by the legendary Masami Obari:

There’s also a poster cross-promoting Pacific Rim and the Godzilla anime. Artist Hidetaka Tenjin took it *very* seriously:

This is a sacred duty. Currently, Godzilla and giant robots can be likened to a traditional form of Japanese art, so a drawing such as this is something that will be exposed to the strict eyes of my highly discerning senpai here in Japan. One must wonder how an outward appearance that is drawn with a quality that is mentally anguished over can coexist within the limited space of a single sheet together with the spiritual realm of the history associated with it, and will it be an illustration full of the necessary energy, so surely a challenge to draw an exciting image such as this is one that rarely appears in the human lifetime.

Speaking of Japanese/US cross-promotional posters, they’re doing a neat collaboration between Avengers: Infinity War and My Hero Academia.

…and while we’re at it, we might as well mention Katsuhiro Otomo doing the poster for Isle of Dogs.

Aside from that, it hasn’t been a heavy news week:

  • Here’s a trailer for Kyuranger vs Space Squad:

The movie will have a tie-in as well, Hero Mama League, featuring three former Sentai heroines turned moms.

  • Shout Factory is doing a marathon of all of Ultraman Leo starting next week. Fingers crossed that it leads to a box set!

  • Finally, we have a trailer for The Meg. It’s a little weird that The Asylum isn’t cashing in on this one with a new Mega Shark flick, isn’t it?

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