Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mazinger Z bust & coin set

In New Zealand Dollars, you could now theoretically give a machine two Mazingers and get five Transformers as change. $5 silver coins, legal tender in The Cook Islands, featuring the face of Go Nagai’s iconic Super Robot, are being offered as … Continue reading

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Attack on Titan Nendoroid

I’m most fond of cute things which shouldn’t be, which is why I’m exuberant about the signature giant monster from Attack on Titan getting a figure in the Nendoroid line: It certainly supplants the Death Note and Symphogear Nendoroid figures as most inappropriate use of chibi style. … Continue reading

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Ryuhei Kitamura teases Versus follow-up…again

Director Ryuhei Kitamura knows where his bread is buttered, which is why he’s been teasing a sequel/remake/Americanization of his 2000 breakout zombie-vs-yakuza hit Versus periodically ever since its initial release. His latest statement came out this week, during promotions for his … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim convention footage

Warner Bros just posted their Wonder Con trailer for Pacific Rim. It’s the most exciting trailer for the film yet.

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Sadako 3D 2 trailer

Quickly following the licensing news for America getting Sadako 3D, the teaser trailer for its sequel has hit. Sadako 3D 2 (ugh) hits theaters in Japan on August 30th, and hopefully will inspire just as many bizarre promotional campaigns as … Continue reading

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Japanese media adaptations from Hollywood big-names round-up

Three tidbits of interesting live-action adaptation news: 1) Fresh off of his upcoming big screen movie version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, actor Tom Cruise is already attached to star in another movie based off a … Continue reading

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Transformers getting another anime

It seems that the upcoming Transformers Go toy line is getting an anime adaptation, the first Japanese Transformers cartoon since 2000. Unlike the US-made Transformers cartoons, the Japanese series have had a pretty good track record when it comes to … Continue reading

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Maiden Japan rescues New Dominion Tank Police

With Maiden Japan reissuing old anime such as Black Magic M66 and Patlabor, Dominion Tank Police is an obvious next step: it’s a zany police comedy about a futuristic police force, whose main character drives a mech that she’s obsessed … Continue reading

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First episode of Fire Leon available online

Because I’m a bad tokusatsu blogger, I didn’t find out about Fire Leon until today. It’s an ambitious project from Bushiroad, the premise of which is to unite many of Japan’s local super heroes (heroes with cheaper shows, only airing … Continue reading

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France Five complete set

The French Super Sentai parody Jushi Sentai France Five, featuring silly characters with names like Yellow Baguette and Pink a la Mode, has been running for a long time: it began back in 2000 and just ended this month with … Continue reading

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Studio Trigger’s Little Witch Academia posted online

Studio Trigger posted the entirety of Little Witch Academia, a 26-minute anime film (about a school for witches, obviously) from director Yoh Yoshinari (Panty & Stocking) on youtube with English subtitles! As a loyal Gainax fan, Trigger’s work intrigues me, … Continue reading

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The Evil Within trailer

Here’s a trailer for The Evil Within, previously known as Project Zwei, a 2014 survival horror game from Resident Evil‘s Shinji Mikami. The four-armed monster looks neat, but overall, the trailer doesn’t show very much. via crunchyroll

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New Lupin III vs. Detective Conan movie

The 2009 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan TV movie was pretty great, so it looks like interested parties are trying to rebottle that lightning for a theatrical film, coming this December. I’ve got no idea how that’s going to work, since … Continue reading

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Tezuka’s Garon gets anime short

The title giant from Osamu Tezuka’s Majin Garon is getting a new 22-minute standalone anime short, Garon the Guardian, at the Hyogo prefecture’s Osamu Tezuka museum. It’ll run from April 27-May 14, celebrating the museum’s 20th birthday, and hopefully get … Continue reading

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“Real” trailer

This title is as much a semantic nightmare as Another, but here’s a trailer for the upcoming Japanese movie Real, not to be confused with the wheelchair basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue. Actually, it’s a film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 1: Spring 2013 TV season

Hey, we decided to try a podcast. Check it out to get our two cents on a handful of new anime and tokusatsu that started airing this cours, plus random tangents about Kimagure Orange Road, Gunbuster, Birdy the Mighty, and … Continue reading

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New Kikaider project coming?

Early reports coming out of Super Hero Wars Z screenings say that there’s a teaser at the end for a new Kikaider project. Kikaider (or Kikaida, if you insist) has always been the best-represented Japanese superhero in the US: we … Continue reading

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Ultraman Ginga details!

Tsuburaya registered a copyright for Ultraman Ginga last March, which is often sort of a non-story (see Power Rider), and then teased that an announcement would be coming soon. Well, here it is, the next Ultraman, who will be starring … Continue reading

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Live-action Gatchaman suits

New shot of the live-action Gatchaman costumes, also a trailer. At this point, I must say I’m underwhelmed. Not by the quality of the live-action costumes (or their much-hyped 20 million yen price tag), but by the begrudging nature by … Continue reading

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Sadako 3D coming to US Blu Ray

Ah, shark-jumping silliness. Some people think that this is where a slasher movie cycle is at its weakest, but I think that the creative freedom is really entertaining: I like to see Freddy fighting Jason, I like to see Pinhead … Continue reading

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Hurricaneger 10th anniversary special

Either 2002’s Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger is really popular in Japan, or its cast is really willing to do reunions. The three central protagonists got back into costume for a two-parter in 2011’s Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, more fanfare than any other team got, and now there’s … Continue reading

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SH Figuarts Jetman news

In a bit of truly odd distribution, it looks like the SH Figuarts action figure of Red Hawk from Chojin Sentai Jetman is available through Toys ‘R Us in North America. The obvious question is “why,” as the show has … Continue reading

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Random Hero on Crunchyroll

Asian TV/movie streaming service Crunchyroll has not been as kind to tokusatsu as it has for anime, but it seems they’ve at last started to simulcast a Japanese live-action superhero show, though it’s more of an adult comedic drama than … Continue reading

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Ziguru Hazeru short 1

Megahouse is producing a series of shorts as an advertisement for its Ziguru Hazeru toy line, which appears to draw inspiration from Journey to the West. The commercials are directed by master mecha animator Masami Obari, though, so they might … Continue reading

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Gatchaman Crowds anime this July

As tends to happen when there’s a live-action revival of anime in theaters, a new TV anime version has been announced for Gatchaman this July: Gatchaman Crowds. In a weird move, though, this anime won’t follow the aesthetics of the … Continue reading

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Torkaizer trailer

Here’s a trailer for Torkaizer, an animated giant robot production coming out of the United Arab Emirates. The premise is of an Emerati tourist in Tokyo stumbling upon a giant robot that he must use to prevent an alien invasion. … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero cover

Guillermo del Toro announced at WonderCon that Pacific Rim would have a prequel comic, Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, a revelation that would have been a little more surprising if the book hadn’t been up for preorder on amazon … Continue reading

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