Hello internet! To get a feel for the subject matter of this ‘blog, here’s a sampling of some of the new movie and TV releases coming out over the upcoming year. More details and eventual reviews will be posted as they’re uncovered.
January 12: The 1966 paranormal investigation series that spun-off Ultraman returns to TV with 12 episodes of Neo Ultra Q! I was a big fan of the previous modernization, Ultra Q Dark Fantasy, back in 2004, so I look forward to seeing what this attempt brings to the table. It’s been confirmed to introduce several new monsters and has a few up-and-coming directors attached; hopefully there’ll be some new stories as iconic as the original.
February 3: Everyone’s favorite magical girl brawler franchise enters its 10th year and 8th cast of characters this year with Doki Doki Pretty Cure! It looks to be using a 4-girl starting team (based around playing cards again), so hopefully it works as well as Smile PreCure (with 5 members) has this year. Also expected in PreCure’s annual massive crossover film (the sixth such, by my count), uniting 32 Cures (the villains should really just go home already) in March.
February 17: I’m pretty psyched for Jyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, the 37th official (for now) entry in the long running Super Sentai TV franchise. It’s to be directed by action maestro Koichi Sakamoto (Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle the Movie, Kamen Rider Fourze), who has yet to lead us astray, and written by Riku Sanjo (Beet the Vandel Buster, the Guyver OAV, MD Geist), which seemed to be a winning combination for Kamen Rider Fourze and the Kamen Rider W Forever movie. This is the third time sentai has gone with a dinosaur motif, continuing my long-held suspicion that Toei productions has been actively trolling Saban by making series that would be difficult to adapt into Power Rangers. Areas of trepidation, on the other hand, involve the ugly, lopsided main robot, which seems to have a lot of yellow in it for a team without a yellow ranger.
February 23: Twisted genius Keita Amemiya is bringing yet another chapter of his magnum opus to the big screen with Garo: Dragon of the Blue Cries, continuing the colorful naming scheme from titles like “Beast of the White Night” and “Red Requiem”. The film follows Kouga on a journey through an alternate realm following the events of Garo: Makai Senki, so make sure to watch the entries in order if at all possible to avoid spoilers. A third Garo TV series, The One Who Shines in Darkness, has also been confirmed as in production, so it’s a good time to be a Garo fan!
March 30: After a long period without, nostalgia set in, and there was suddenly a crash of new Dragonball media. Some was good (the 2008 Jump anime tour short), some was infuriating (the re-cut hackjob Dragonball Kai, the incredibly misguided Dragonball Evolution, the eyebrow-raising new Bardock special), but either way, this year will bring us a new DBZ feature, Battle of the Gods.
Sometime this spring: Set in a post-apocalyptic world where regular folks live in constant fear of giant man-eating humanoids, the Attack on Titan manga by Hajime Isayama is pretty good. There’s an anime TV series coming in the spring, with a live-action version in development at Toho.
July 13: Pacific Rim is the movie that ought to be on every kaiju fan’s mind for this year. Guillermo del Toro has yet to make a bad film, and the more details that come out, the better this looks (rocket punches, in Hollywood?!). Fingers crossed for a decent toy line as well!
Sometime this summer: There’s going to be a live-action adaptation of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, starring Tori Matsuzaka of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, with designs by Shinji Aramaki. Not sure to make of this until a proper still or trailer is released; even then…. I’m still disappointed from the amazing yet never-to-be Gatchaman trailers that Imagi Animation released before the company went under.
Sometime this fall: As excited as I am to see a new Tiger & Bunny story, rather than another compilation movie, I can’t help but think that this trailer is perhaps channeling Christopher Nolan a bit too hard: