Monthly Archives: June 2013

Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ring 0 – Birthday (2000)

Today’s selection: Ring 0 – Birthday (2000, dir. Norio Tsuruta) Subgenre: Kaidan, ESPer Available from: DreamWorks Whether it’s Psycho 4, Phantasm Oblivion, or Hannibal Rising, there’s a tendency for the fourth installment in a horror franchise to return to the … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 4: The movies of Keita Amemiya

Here’s episode four of the podcast, dedicated to the movies of Keita Amemiya, his movies and short films (his TV shows and games will be later podcasts… and maybe artbooks, manga, and stage shows, we’ll see). This episode’s topics include: … Continue reading

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Latest Kill La Kill promo

Since the show doesn’t actually start until October, I can understand Studio Trigger playing their cards pretty close to their chest regarding Kill La Kill. Nonetheless, the latest promo actually has some animation in it, so I figured it’s worth … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Dragonhead (2003)

Today’s selection: Dragonhead (2003, dir. George Iida) Subgenre: Disaster Available from: Media Blasters Dragonhead is based on Minetaro Yoshizuki’s manga (released in English from Tokyopop) about the immediate following of an apocalyptic disaster, following the depressing plight of some surviving … Continue reading

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Rurouni Kenshin live-action to get two sequels

There will apparently be two more live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies starting next summer, and both will feature the Kyoto arc, which seems to be the resounding favorite storyline if the sheer number of remakes of it are to be believed. … Continue reading

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Valverave season 2 trailer

While Sunrise’s vampire robot show Valverave wasn’t the best mecha series of the season, it was a heck of a season to contend with. A second season is starting in October, so have a look at the trailer: via crunchyroll

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Print edition of Robot God Akamatsu released

The English-language super robot webcomic Robot God Akamatsu now has a print edition available on amazon for $12.99. If you want to try James Biggie and Franky B Washington’s story before you buy it, the entire thing is still up … Continue reading

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Symphogear G trailer

The last trailer for the new season of Symphogear was just made up of footage from season one, but now we’ve got a proper one. The show starts July 4th, less than a week away!

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Return of Daimajin (1966)

Today’s selection: Return of Daimajin (1966, dir. Kenji Mizumi) Subgenre: Historical fantasy, Kaiju Available from: Mill Creek Return of Daimajin is the second installment in the Daimajin trilogy, and a source of some confusion since ADV screwed up their DVD … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: 20th Century Boys 2- The Last Hope

Today’s selection: 20th Century Boys 2- The Last Hope (2009, dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi) Subgenre: *defies categorization* Available from: Viz I guess a problem of randomly-selected movies is that sometimes you wind up with something like this. Would I recommend today’s … Continue reading

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World War Kaiju kickstarter campaign

A new Kickstarter campaign has come up for a graphic novel entitled World War Kaiju. While the premise reminds me a bit of the so-so novel Monster Earth, this comic looks pretty cool for illustrations from Arkham Horror‘s artist, and … Continue reading

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Danger 5 renewed for another season

In case you haven’t heard of it, Danger 5 is a modern Australian TV show that imitates the zany, over-the-top antics of Italian and Japanese productions from the 1970’s. The original miniseries is on youtube, and series proper is on … Continue reading

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Akira Toriyama launching new manga

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, Akira Toriyama will be launching a new manga in the July 13th issue. Titled Ginga Patrol Jako, it will apparently be one of three new series for the anniversary celebration. Knowing Toriyama, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Ninja Dragon (1990)

Today’s selection: The Ninja Dragon (1990, dir. Go Nagai) Subgenre: Ninja Available from: CPM Go Nagai is a much better mangaka than a director, if his only directorial credit is to be an indicator. While it’s hard to imagine a … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Demon of Mount Oe (1960)

Today’s Selection: Demon of Mount Oe (1960, dir. Tokuzo Tanaka) Subgenre: Historical fantasy Available from: Fansub-only When Iwakura did a set of candy-trading figures back in 2005, many collectors in the west were confused as to what the rhino-bull monster … Continue reading

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Kamen Teacher teaser

Here’s a teaser for the Kamen Teacher toku-drama, based on Tohru Fujisawa’s manga. The show starts July 6. via jefusion

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Today’s selection: Tokyo Gore Police (2008, dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura) Subgenre: Body horror, splatter Available from: Media Blasters After Death Trance and Machine Girl, today’s movie is, by my count, the third movie that Media Blasters co-produced with Japanese companies under … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Aquarian Age- Juvenile Orion (2009)

Today’s selection: Aquarian Age – Juvenile Orion (2009, dir. Hidetaka Tahara) Subgenre: ESPer (I guess?) Available from: Discotek Ugh, when this popped up in the random selector, I seriously considered hitting refresh, but decided not to cheat and went with … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Red Tears (2011)

Today’s selection: Red Tears (2011, dir. Takanori Tsujimoto) Subgenre: Vampire Available from: Xenon Red Tears (AKA Monster Killer) is a police procedural where the answer to whodunit, revealed about halfway in, is vampires. Martial arts legend Yasuaki Kurata plays a … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Matango (1963)

Today’s selection: Matango (1963, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Media Blasters Based on the William Hope Hodgson story “The Voice in the Night”, Matango (AKA Attack of the Mushroom People) is the third of Honda’s loosely-thematically-connected “mutant trilogy”, … Continue reading

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Live-action Gatchaman trailer

The new trailer for the upcoming live-action Gatchaman is inspiring a lot more confidence than the teaser did. It’s giving me a similar vibe to the live-action Yatterman movie, so here’s hoping it lives up to the pantheon of live-action … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Parasite Eve (1997)

In an effort to raise awareness of the wide variety of neat Japanese SFX titles available (and otherwise), I’ll be posting about a randomly-selected movie each day, unless I’m traveling without internet. These will be fairly short, depending on how … Continue reading

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Kamen Rider Girls join Shocker

As an inversion, the Kamen Rider-themed pop group Kamen Rider Girls has a new single “SSS ~Shock Shocker Shockest~”, coming out 7/24, paying tribute to the show’s secret evil organization rather than its heroes. Here’s a preview: This is part … Continue reading

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Teaser and poster for new Tiger Mask film

New promo materials for Shochiku’s upcoming Tiger Mask. via crunchyroll

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Marine Boy gets US DVD release from Warner

As fans of The Green Slime, The Last Dinosaur, or The Bermuda Depths may know, the Warner Archive Collection is a service that makes burn-on-demand DVDs of Warner’s extensive collection of obscure titles. One of the latest additions to their … Continue reading

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Ultraman Ginga promo

Here’s a promo for Ultraman Ginga, from the Tokyo Hobby Show. There was also a toy commercial that was six times the length of the trailer, so I guess we can tell where Tsuburaya/Bandai’s priorities lie. via jefusion

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Action Kamen getting his own manga series

Meta-fiction is a funny thing. Things like Getsumen to Heiki Miina or Kujibiki Unbalance start as a show-within-a-show (in this case, in Train Man and Genshiken, respectively) then fans latch onto the idea, producers notice, and it becomes something real. … Continue reading

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Incomplete news briefs

Hi all. I’ve been stuck with very limited internet access this week, behind firewalls that cut off a lot of sources of information. However, a few stories have slipped into my inbox, so I figure I’d throw them together into … Continue reading

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New Gatchaman Crowds images

Gatchaman Crowds seems to be shaping up to look not very much like the original, with a schoolgirl protagonist, cute animal mascot, bikini-clad team member, effeminate commander, and lack of costumes in the promotional material. In fact, the only similarity … Continue reading

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US trailer for Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

The anime horror film Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack, based on Junji Ito’s manga, is coming to North American DVD in July. The film, about a swarm of sea creatures merging with robots to roam the land, is worth a watch … Continue reading

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Animated promo for Hero Company

To promote the third volume of of Kazuhiko Shimamoto’s  dessert-themed sentai spoof manga Hero Company, Tatsunoko animated a short: It’s great to see Shimamoto’s work animated, as he’s usually overlooked (Blazing Transfer Student got 2 episodes, Anime Tencho got a … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 2: Rumiko Takahashi part 1 (1978-1987)

Here’s the new episode of our podcast, which, for accounting purposes, will get called episode 2, even though we recorded it after episode 3 (the original file got lost). This one will focus on mangaka Rumiko Takahashi, and the myriad … Continue reading

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