Monthly Archives: July 2013

Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (2008)

Today’s Selection: Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (2008, dir. Takeshi Yagi) Subgenre: Henshin Hero, Kaiju Available from: Fansub only If you loved Ultraman Mebius, but wish that the series would acknowledge Heisei-era Ultaman as much as it does Showa-era, this might … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009)

Today’s selection: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) Subgenre: Body Horror, Kaijin Available from: MPI I already wrote about this movie years ago for a previous ‘blog, so I’ll just copy-and-paste: The Bullet Man is the second reworking … Continue reading

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Toei Robot Girls TV anime coming in January

Remember Toei Robot Girls? It’s a marketing line from back in 2009, re-imagining Toei’s classic super robot properties as cute girls, and even got a minute-long commercial: Anyway, there’s going to be a TV series coming in January, with 10-minute … Continue reading

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Naoki Urasawa writes short kaiju manga

Naoki Urasawa’s manga as of late (20th Century Boys, Monster, Billy Bat, Pluto) has been chocked full of subtle nods to golden-age science fiction, which is why it’s exciting to know that he’s working on a manga story explicitly about … Continue reading

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Doraemon manga getting a North American release on the kindle

Ask an average Japanese person to name an iconic anime or manga character, and you most likely won’t hear Voltron, Speed Racer, or Spike Spiegel. You more than likely will hear Doraemon, Fujiko Fujio’s famous blue cat robot who’s been … Continue reading

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MonsterArts Mothra, Godzilla 2000

The Heisei Godzilla series is close to wrapping up its MonsterArts releases with the announcement of Mothra. Well, they still have the Mothra and Battra larvae, Mecha King Ghidorah, and Biollante’s rose form. There’s also still the Yamato Takeru monsters … Continue reading

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Sadako theme park attraction

The Ring’s Sadako now has an attraction at the Tokyo Joypolis, called Sadako 3D 2: Sadako’s Child. The haunted house is being marketed as a great date destination for couples, as the following video shows, but I dunno, wouldn’t it … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Oh! My Zombie Mermaid (2004)

Today’s Selection: Oh! My Zombie Mermaid (2004, dir. Naoki Kudo and Terry Ito) Subgenre: Wrestling, Mermaid Available from: Discotek The original Japanese title translates to “Ah, the House of Pro-Wrestling”, but the English title was changed to Zombie (which doesn’t … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ultraman Gaia – Battle in Hyperspace (1998)

Today’s selection: Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace (1998, dir. Kazuya Konaka) Subgenre: Henshin Hero, Kaiju Available from: Image When Ultraman Tiga got its US release, Image made an odd licensing choice: rather than picking up Tiga’s tie-in movies, they instead … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 5: Specific Rim

Better late than never? Here are our thoughts on Pacific Rim. In a nutshell: The movie is awesome, and we have some harsh words for its detractors. (And harsh words in general, if you’re easily offended.) If you haven’t seen … Continue reading

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More on Kamen Rider Gaimu

It’s difficult to sort real news from runaway rumors, but now it does appear that the upcoming Kamen Rider Gaimu will be using a fruit motif. The series director is Ryuta Tasaki (who directed Kamen Riders Agito, Ryuki, 555, Den-oh, … Continue reading

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Creamy Mami reaches its goal on animesols

Things were looking bleak for animesols, as Blue Blink, Tekkaman, both Yatterman shows, and the Tezuka movies (my favorite of the lot) failed to meet there crowdfunding goals to manufacture DVD box sets. Creamy Mami, for whatever reason, provoked a … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The World Sinks Except Japan (2006)

Today’s selection: The World Sinks Except Japan (2006, dir. Minoru Kawasaki) Subgenre: Disaster Available from: Synapse I’ve never been a big fan of Minoru Kawasaki; most of his movies feel like a joke that’s gone on too long. Today’s selection … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Vampire Doll (1970)

Today’s selection: Vampire Doll (1970, dir. Michio Yamamoto) Subgenre: Vampire Available from: Warrior (R2 UK DVD, fansubs also available) Also called The Bloodthirsty Doll and Legacy of Dracula, this is the first of Toho’s Bloodthirsty trilogy (also called their Dracula … Continue reading

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Bandai/toy round-up

With SDCC and more, Bandai has had a lot of stuff on display as of late. First, on the American side of things: Power Rangers Megaforce is going to have a line of Ranger Keys, though they look tiny and … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Karate Robo Zaborgar (2011)

Today’s selection: Karate Robo Zaborgar (2011, dir. Noboru Iguchi) Subgenre: Henshin Hero (well, a bike that transforms into a hero) Available from: Well-Go A remake/sequel/parody of 1974’s Electroid Zaborgar TV series, Noboru Iguchi’s take on Zaborgar is crazy enough that … Continue reading

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Kamen Rider Gaimu’s second rider?

Since the show doesn’t come out until October, I’d expect a secondary rider for Kamen Rider Gaimu to be popping up in December, yet the following image has appeared online as both the primary and secondary of the season (the … Continue reading

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Knifehead battles Japan’s greatest

To promote the Japanese release of Pacific Rim, the kaiju Knifehead appeared on a Japanese gameshow to battle sumo wrestler Naomi Watanabe and boxer Yamasaki Shizuyo: via crunchyroll

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Chroma Squad video game kickstarter

A kickstarter page has launched for Chroma Squad, an American computer game where the player manages a studio making a sentai show. It looks like they’re going for a retro, tactical RPG simulator style of game engine, and the game … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Movie War Ultimatum (2012)

Today’s selection: Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum (2012, dir. Koichi Sakamoto) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Fansub-only For those unfamiliar of how the Kamen Rider franchise’s “Movie War“s go, it’s a three-act story: the … Continue reading

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Samurai Jack is back (in comic form)

IDW has announced a comic book continuation of Genndy Tartakovsky’s tragically postponed cartoon series Samurai Jack: a five-issue miniseries, starting in October, called Rope of Eons. Fans have given up hope on the show coming back to the air after … Continue reading

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Miss Zombie trailer

The latest movie from director Sabu (who also directed Bunny Drop and played Fujikuro in Zeiram 2) is about the delivery of a mysterious package, containing a handgun and a scarred-up, blank-faced woman, effectively a zombie (played by Ayaka Komatsu, … Continue reading

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Trailer for The Wonderful 101 game

Here’s a trailer for The Wonderful 101, a “mass-hero action game” for the WiiU. It’s from Hideki Kamiya of Devil May Cry, Okami, and Bayonetta fame, so it seems to have a decent pedigree. The game hits September 15 in … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Dead Rising (2010)

Today’s selection: Dead Rising (2010, dir. Keiji Inafune) Subgenre: Zombie Available: when you buy the game Also called Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun, this feature-length movie is a heck of an incentive to purchase the Capcom game Dead Rising 2, even … Continue reading

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New trailer for Tiger & Bunny: The Rising

A new trailer for Tiger & Bunny: The Rising has been posted, prominently featuring Barnaby’s new partner, Golden Ryan (making this Lion & Bunny, maybe?). The movie comes to theaters in Japan on February 8, unless it gets delayed again. … Continue reading

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Attack of the Friday Monsters game trailer

Here’s a trailer for Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, a life-simulation game that just hit the North American and European 3DS eshops. The concept plays on the weekly repetition of super hero shows; the main character lives … Continue reading

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All You Need is Kill getting American graphic novel

Surprisingly not renamed to cash in on The Edge of Tomorrow, Viz has announced an American graphic novel adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need is Kill. It’s being adapted by Haikasoru editor Nick Mamatas with art by Lee … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Evil Brain from Outer Space

Today’s selection: Evil Brain from Outer Space (1958/1959/1964, dir. Akira Mitsuwa and Chogi Akasaka) Subgenre: Henshin hero Available from: Image among others (it’s public domain) The first three American-made “Starman” compilations of Japan’s Super Giants film serials used related stories; … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Unholy Women (2006)

Today’s selection: Unholy Women (2006, anthology) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Fansub-only As a film that played on the western festival circuit with some fanfare, I’m a little shocked that no distributor has picked up Unholy Women for distribution. It’s a … Continue reading

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Legendary’s Godzilla looks like he needs to go on a diet

Those around SDCC this weekend should make sure to check out Legenday Picture’s Godzilla Encounter exhibit in a nearby building. It seems to have lots of props and memorabilia from the franchise, as well as a look at the design … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The X From Outer Space (1967)

Today’s selection: The X From Outer Space (1967, dir. Kazui Nihonmatsu) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Criterion In 1967, the kaiju boom was in full effect, with Toho head and shoulders above other studios, Tsuburaya on the upswing, and Daiei playing … Continue reading

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Discotek rescues a bunch more titles

A new batch of Discotek announcements just hit facebook! Well, the bad news is that Discotek Media’s latest bunch of acquisition news didn’t include any live-action or titles that hadn’t previously been released in the US, however, there’s still some … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Isola (2000)

Today’s selection: Isola (2000, dir. Toshiyuki Mizutani) Subgenre: ESPer Available from: Adness Isola is based on the first novel from Yusuke Kishi, who also wrote the base story for the recent anime From the New World. It’s a mid-range psychological … Continue reading

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Godzilla 2013 Comic Con poster

Hey, it’s that time of year again, when the folks at Legendary Pictures put out some Godzilla promotional material for San Diego Comic Con and ignore G-Fest (not that we hardcore fans’re bitter or anything….): this poster gives another ambiguous … Continue reading

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All You Need Is Kill retitled

In fairness, All You Need Is Kill is a weird title for Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s original novel, but I’m not that wild about the upcoming Warner Brothers adaptation changing the name to The Edge of Tomorrow. Given the Groundhog Day-ish nature … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Princess Blade (2001)

Today’s selection: The Princess Blade (2001, dir. Shinsuke Sato) Subgenre: Martial arts Available from: Discotek ADV had cinema distribution once upon a time, so movies like Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and The Princess Blade actually got wide-release theatrical play … Continue reading

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Youtube gamer fan film for Pacific Rim

I don’t know quite how to categorize this fun youtube short for Pacific Rim; parody, tie-in, fan film, what? It’s a nice little low-budget piece that has some unexpected faces in it.

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Super Monster Gamera (1980)

Today’s selection: Super Monster Gamera (1980, dir. Noriaki Yuasa) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Shout Factory (you might want to get the Elvira version, though) There are bad Gamera movies. Below them, there are really bad Gamera movies, the ones that … Continue reading

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Seven Cube, manga about Ultraseven otaku

The free online manga magazine Champion Tap is now running Seven Cube, a manga series about schoolgirls who are obsessive fans of Ultraseven, and have uniforms much like the Ultra Garrison’s. The “cube” comes from the main character, Nana, having … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Specter (2005)

Today’s selection: Specter (2005, dir. Junya Okabe) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: fansub-only Specter is a collaboration between Konami and Buildup Co.,who also did Dark Soldier D, Akiba Chan, and some effects for Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Ultra Galaxy, Stray … Continue reading

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Japanese creators weigh in on Pacific Rim

Seems that the minds behind some major Japanese mecha/kaiju franchises are putting their praise to Pacific Rim. To kick things off, Hideo Kojima, the dude behind Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders, and character designer on Godzilla Final Wars had the following to say … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ultraman Zearth (1996)

Today’s selection: Ultraman Zearth (1996, dir. Shinya Nakajima) Subgenre: Henshin hero, Kaiju Available from: Beyond Home Entertainment (dub-only, R4 Australian DVD), but fansubs are also available In honor of today being July 10 (Ultraman Day), I’m limiting the randomizer to … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Alive (2002)

Today’s selection: Alive (2002, dir. Ryuhei Kitamura) Subgenre: Kaijin, Esper Available from: Media Blasters Alive was Kitamura’s follow-up after breaking into the spotlight with Versus in 2002. It follows Versus in that it’s also stylish, with thumping techno score, muted … Continue reading

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Innocent Lillies trailer

How many movies can Koichi Sakamoto make while also working on a year-round TV show? In addition to Travelers: Dimensional Police and 009-1, he has a movie called Innocent Lillies coming in September. Here’s a trailer: Update: Japanator reports that … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Rodan (1956)

Today’s selection: Rodan (1956, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Classic Media Rodan was Ishiro Honda’s third monster movie, after Godzilla and Half Human, and the third giant monster movie that Toho produced. It was the first kaiju film … Continue reading

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Gatchaman Crowds’ uniforms aren’t very uniform

Here’s a look at three G-suits from the upcoming Gatchaman Crowds: Aside from having the classic Gatchaman logo, there’s not much cohesion between them, nothing to suggest that they belong to the same team. That may be the point, who knows? … Continue reading

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Monster Earth 2 novel coming this winter

I was a little lukewarm on the Mechanoid Press alternate-history kaiju anthology novel Monster Earth, as some of the chapters were interesting and some were meh. However, I’m still interested to what they have in store for continuing the anthology’s … Continue reading

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Viz rescues Deadman Wonderland

Tokyopop’s edition of the Deadman Wonderland manga ended after 5 volumes, with less than half of the series translated. Since the anime adaptation did well on [adult swim], it makes sense that Viz has decided to pick up the title … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Rabbit Horror 3D (2011)

Today’s selection: Rabbit Horror 3D (2011, dir. Takashi Shimizu) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Well Go USA I think I already talked about this one somewhat, but Rabbit Horror 3D, or Tormented 3D as it’s called in the US, is a … Continue reading

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NYAFF ad spoofs Game of Thrones

The latest advertisement for the New York Asian Film Festival seems to be imitating a certain popular HBO show: Also, this Hentai Kamen movie theater etiquette service announcement really ought to play at every theater, everywhere, forever: via crunchyroll

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