Monthly Archives: August 2013

Space Dandy trailer

Not long after Kids on the Slope, Cowboy Bebop/Macross Plus director Shinichiro Watanabe is back for a new sci-fi show starting in 2014: Space Dandy. The trailer looks like a lot of fun!

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Sexy Rangers (2011)

Today’s selection: Sexy Rangers (2011, dir. Shinji Nishikawa) Subgenre: Henshin Heroine Available from: Cinema Epoch This is your regular reminder that while the Super Sentai franchise has never been officially released in North America, we do have official subtitled DVDs … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 anime trailers

It’s early still, but trailers and teasers are beginning to emerge for the autumn 2013 anime season. First, the latest look at Kill La Kill, Studio Trigger’s schoolgirl battle series, which looks very much like the stuff that the same … Continue reading

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Media Blasters licenses Ultimate Girls

Media Blasters has acquired the license to the 2005 12-episode anime series UG: Ultimate Girls, prompting immediate backlash from anime and tokusatsu fandoms alike. I think this is somewhat unwarranted, because, while the show is sort of a sleazy fan-service-fest, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Death Kappa (2010)

Today’s selection: Death Kappa (2010, dir. Tomo’o Haraguchi) Subgenre: Kaiju, Yokai Available from: Media Blasters This is an old review from when the movie first came out, reposted from a previous ‘blog: God bless Fever Dreams Productions. Somehow, the US … Continue reading

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Bunch of random news shorts

Lots of neat stuff in the news lately, so little time. Here’s a rundown: *Toyota has started marketing their new Char… um, I mean their new car, the Auris, with everyone’s favorite Gundam villain. While a bright red car is … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Hentai Kamen (2013)

Today’s selection: Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero (2013, dir. Yuichi Fukuda) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Still on theatrical circuit in North America I’ve talked about it before on this ‘blog, but Hentai Kamen, the film adaptation of Keishu Ando’s … Continue reading

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New line of Ultra-kaiju themed bishoujo figures

Remember Bandai’s Ultra Heroine bishoujo figure line? It was similar to the Girls in Uniform line, only for Ultraman characters. In the second set, they went a little weird and started having cute girl character versions of Ultraman/Ultraseven’s alien villains … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ashura (2005)

Today’s selection: Ashura (2005, dir. Yojiro Takita) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy, Yokai Available from: Animeigo NB: The Japanese title is Ashura jo no Hitomi (Eyes of Ashura Castle), in case you need to keep it straight wih the 2012 Keiichi Sato … Continue reading

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Kamen Rider Gaim trailer

Here’s a subtitled trailer for Kamen Rider Gaim, which starts October 6. The trailer has the sengoku-style rider on a horse rather than a motorcycle, a glimpse of the other riders, and an emphasis on fruit (which continues to baffle … Continue reading

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Monsters 2: Dark Continent trailer

Gareth Edwards’ 2010 British kaiju film Monsters felt more like an exercise in world-building than a proper narrative. As such, it comes as little surprise that a follow-up is on the way (sans Edwards’ direction) in the form of Monsters: … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Gamera, Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Today’s selection: Gamera, Guardian of the Universe (1995, dir. Shusuke Kaneko) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Mill Creek Gamera, Guardian of the Universe was more than a giant monster movie; it was a revolution for the genre. Since the inception of … Continue reading

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Shigeru Mizuki’s Kaidan drama

Fuji TV will air a 2-hour anthology on August 31, Mizuki Shigeru no Gegege no Kaidan, based on some of Shigeru Mizuki’s short ghost stories. The framing arc will feature the cat girl and Daddy Eyeball from Kitaro, and the segments … Continue reading

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Danguard Ace movies up for preorder

Yikes, I guess I should get around to finishing Shout Factory’s Gaiking and Starzinger collections, as they’ve just announced a Danguard Ace set, due November 19 for about $20. Like the previous collections, this is a newly-produced 330-minute-long dub-only compilation of … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Cromartie High School (2005)

Today’s selection: Cromartie High School (2005, dir. Yudai Yamaguchi) Subgenre: Defies categorization Available from: Media Blasters The director of Battlefield Baseball is really the perfect choice for adapting the madcap adventures of Cromartie High School into a movie, not because … Continue reading

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Pictures of new Pacific Rim NECA figures

Not super exciting, since we knew that they were coming, but here are pictures (courtesy of twitter) of NECA’s 18″ Knifehead kaiju, out in November: and their 7″ battle damaged Gipsy Danger:

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider ZO (1993)

Today’s selection: Kamen Rider ZO (1993, dir. Keita Amemiya) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: fansub-only This was already discussed in the Keita Amemiya movies podcast episode, but in case you don’t want to listen to that, here’s the gist: This … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Golden Bat (1966)

Today’s selection: The Golden Bat (1966, dir. Hajime Sato) Subgenre: Superhero Available from: Fansub-only The Golden Bat is often referred to as the first  modern Japanese superhero, which I’m not sure about agreeing with. The character debuted not in manga, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Lady Battle Cop (1990)

Today’s selection: Lady Battle Cop (1990, dir. Akihisa Okamoto) Subgenre: Henshin Hero (well, a cyborg who puts on armor via montage) Available from: ADV (VHS; amazon says that it’s Section 23, but they didn’t exist when the tape was made) … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Today’s selection: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Media Blasters Contrary to popular belief, Toho’s SF legacy started not with Godzilla, but with Invisible Man, so it makes sense that, post-King Kong vs. Godzilla, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: ESPY (1974)

Today’s selection: ESPY (1974, dir. Jun Fukuda) Subgenre: Esper Available from: Paramount (dubbed, censored VHS. Fansubs also available.) Today I refer you not to the annual ESPN award show, but the “spy” movie with “ESP” (get it?). It’s like James … Continue reading

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Recommended reading: Korean cartoon knock-offs

Mike Toole posted a great write-up on Topless Robot, of 10 Korean animated knock-offs of non-Korean properties. Check it out for a fun and educational read; interestingly enough Taekwon V doesn’t even make the cut!

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Dragon Blue (1996)

Today’s selection: Dragon Blue (1996, dir. Takuya Wada) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: ADV I already wrote about this movie once for a previous ‘blog, so I’ll just copy-and-paste: There’s a misperception in the North American anime community that the recently-formed … Continue reading

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Official look at Patlabor’s live-action Ingram

From the Taiwan International Comic Exposition:

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Hideaki Anno to craft new live-action TV series

Hideaki Anno is at his best on the rare times when he’s allowed to work on projects without “Evangelion” in the title, and it appears another is coming up. This October, the live-action drama Ando Lloyd~ A.I. Knows Love?~ will … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Dogora (1964)

Today’s selection: Dogora (1964, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Media Blasters Quick, what’s the biggest monster in the Godzilla universe? There’s a reason why Space Godzilla has the title of “space monster”, King Ghidorah has the title of … Continue reading

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Ultraman promotional motion comic

In case you haven’t heard about Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga, know that it’s stylish, radically different, and one of the most intriguing titles running in the overall exciting Monthly Comic Magazine Hero’s manga anthology. Speculation has been … Continue reading

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Dark Horse to print Monsters! & Other Stories

Dark Horse comics will be printing the 152-page comic anthology Monsters! & Other Stories, from Brazilian artist Gustavo Duarte, for release on January 15. The first of the three short stories is kaiju-centric: more information at comicsalliance

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Wild Zero (1999)

Today’s selection: Wild Zero (1999, dir. Tetsuro Takeuchi) Subgenre: Zombie Available from: Synapse Wild Zero is one of the mandatory cult classics, not just for fans of Japanese cinema, but in general, and is matched only possibly by Versus in … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Grudge (2004)

Today’s selection: The Grudge (2004, dir. Takashi Shimizu) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Sony Just as the success of Hideo Nakata’s Ring elevated Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On from being a segment in the School of Ghosts G anthology to a theatrical feature, … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 6: Rumiko Takahashi part 2 (1987-2013)

After numerous failed attempts, the second half of our Rumiko Takahashi retrospective finally got recorded successfully! For reference, the first half was what we’re calling episode 2. This episode is mostly us talking about how great Ranma 1/2 is, how … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Today’s selection: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971, dir. Yoshimitsu Banno) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Sony There are few directors to only direct a single Godzilla movie (seven of twenty-nine pictures), and they align well with the films that tend to be … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Attack of the Super Monsters (1982)

Today’s selection: Attack of the Super Monsters (1982, dir. Toru Sotoyama, Tom Wyner) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Televista This is one of those US-made compilation movies, in this case combining four episodes of the 1977 Tsuburaya series Dinosaur War Aizenborg. … Continue reading

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Sentai Filmworks picks up Sacred Seven (and more), Funimation rescues some other Sunrise/Bandai shows

Sacred Seven was a henshin hero anime from Sunrise which had the unfortunate timing to air while Tiger & Bunny was still going. It fell through the cracks, and while legal streams were available, it never got a US home … Continue reading

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Shogun Warriors revival

I didn’t find out about this until recently, but Toynami had a booth at SDCC 2013 teasing a Shogun Warriors revival. Unlike previous Shogun Warriors, these don’t appear to be repackaged Jumbo Machineders or licensed characters at all (as far … Continue reading

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Del Toro in Japan

With Pacific Rim‘s Japanese premier this weekend, director Guillermo del Toro has been touring (and shopping) across the country, as shown on Japanese variety shows:

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Mothra (1961)

Today’s selection: Mothra (1961, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Sony Man, where to start when talking about Mothra, the second most important kaiju film ever made? I assume most people know the story, since it’s iconic (and not … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tomie – Forbidden Fruit (2002)

Today’s selection: Tomie: Forbidden Fruit (2002, dir. Shun Nakahara) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Adness Also called Tomie: The Final Chapter, this is the fifth of the nine movies so far made from Junji Ito’s Tomie manga (following slasher movie rules, … Continue reading

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Footage from Imagi’s dead Zelda project

If the tantalizing test footage from Imagi’s cancelled Gatchaman and Tetsujin 28 projects weren’t enough to make one mourn the premature demise of the Hong Kong-based animation studio, another bit of footage has emerged on the internet: a Legend of … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Prince of Tennis (2006)

Today’s selection: The Prince of Tennis (2006, dir. Yuichi Abe) Subgenre: Sports Available from: Fansub-only For those not familiar, Prince of Tennis is one of Shonen Jump‘s most popular tournament fighting titles, though the fighting in this case takes place as tennis matches. Make no … Continue reading

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Live-action Patlabor sighted

A full size Ingram prop has been sighted in Yokohama, presumably for Mamoru Oshii’s 2014 live-action Patlabor movie. The thing is both enormous and nice-looking; since it couldn’t have been cheap, I wonder what’ll become of it after the filming … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Down to Hell (1997)

Today’s selection: Down to Hell (1997, dir. Ryuhei Kitamura) Subgenre: Zombie Available from: Fansub-only There’s been buzz about a sequel or remake of Versus ever since it came out, but what most people fail to mention is that Versus itself … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)

Today’s selection: Godzilla Final Wars (2004, dir. Ryuhei Kitamura) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Sony Final Wars is the film made to commemorate 50 years of Godzilla, and 50 years of Toho science fiction movies in general. I think that it … Continue reading

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Voicetorm 7 to get TV motion comic

Seiyu Sentai Voicetorm 7 is a sentai-parody manga about a team of voice actors who defend the earth from anti-otaku forces. In an odd move, it’s getting a TV series not as a tokusatsu or an anime, but as a motion … Continue reading

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Kamen Teacher/Ino Head Gargoyle crossover

Young Jump and Young Magazine will each be printing half of a two-chapter crossover between two of Tohru Fujisawa’s popular mangas: Kamen Teacher Black and Ino Head Gargoyle. Titled Kamen Teacher Police,the story will have Kamen Teacher meeting up with … Continue reading

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Digimon Adventure on Netflix, subtitled!

While Digimon Tamers and Digimon Adventure 02 were available in Japanese with English subtitles on hulu and crunchyroll for a while, the original anime series, Digimon Adventure, had previously only been available in its (admittedly not terrible) edited English dub. That’s … Continue reading

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Ultraman Ginga first theatrical special

I haven’t really been loving Ultraman Ginga as much as other Ultraman shows, but it’s worth mentioning that it will have a limited theatrical special in Japanese theaters on September 7th.  It’s the first of two cinematic events, which is … Continue reading

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Trailer for Noboru Iguchi’s Nuigulumar Z

Nuigulumar Z looks to be one of the most otakuriffic movies ever made. Based on the novel by otaku rock’n’roll icon Kenji Ohstuki (who also wrote the novel Stacy) which was in turn based on his 2000 song, the movie stars cosplay … Continue reading

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Live-action Higanjima prequel in the works

There’s been an announcement in Young Magazine that a live-action adaptation of the manga Higanjima: Saigo no 47 Hime is in the works. The manga is a prequel to the original Higanjima manga, which was adapted into 2010’s tokusatsu movie Higanjima: … Continue reading

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Black Jack TV reaches goal on animesols

With two hours to go, the 2004 Black Jack TV series became the second show to get a successfully crowdfunded DVD release on animesols. The company has expressed interest in bringing out the 1990s’ Black Jack OVAs, as well, ten of the … Continue reading

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