Monthly Archives: September 2013

Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Message from Space (1978)

Today’s selection: Message from Space (1978, dir. Kinji Fukasaku) Subgenre: Space Opera Available from: Shout Factory (dub only), Eastern Star Reposting an old review with some changes: The boom of space operas following in the aftermath of Star Wars during … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Parasite Doctor Suzune – Genesis (2011)

Today’s selection: Parasite Doctor Suzune: Genesis (2011, dir. Ryu Kaneda) Subgenre: Exorcist/Paranormal Investigator Available from: Media Blasters Parasite Doctor Suzune: Genesis is the first of two live-action movies based on a manga series by the singly-named Haruki. I haven’t read … Continue reading

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First trailer for Kamen Rider Wizard/Gaim movie war

The first trailer for the upcoming Kamen Rider Wizard/Kamen Rider Gaim crossover movie, Sengoku Movie War, aired during the finale of Wizard this week, a little odd since Gaim hasn’t even started yet. The movie hits December 14, so I … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Body of the Prey (1968)

Today’s selection: The Body of the Prey (1968, dir. Kenneth Crane) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Public domain Notes: This movie might not technically be considered Japanese, depending on circumstances Reposting from an old review: The Body of the Prey is … Continue reading

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Christmas cakes up for preorder!

I don’t normally talk about food here, but Lawson in Japan is offering up some pretty snazzy Christmas cakes for Dokidoki Pretty Cure, Kamen Rider Gaim, and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Of course, the Bandai Evangelion cake is creepier: And lastly, … Continue reading

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Haikasoru adds Miyabe’s Ghosts of Ancient Japan

Apparitions: Ghosts of Ancient Japan, a novel my Miyuki Miyabe (author of Crossfire, ICO, and Brave Story), is now up for preorder from Haikasoru. It hits November 19, just a little too late for Halloween, sadly. via haikasoru

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Gackt adds another superhero role to his roster

Pop sensation Gackt has already played Riderman, but he’ll soon be adding another henshin hero to his filmography with the part of BIMA Legend in the Indonesian hero show BIMA Satria Garuda. His episodes will be the 22nd and 23rd … Continue reading

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Subtitled Kill La Kill trailer

The show starts October 3rd! via ann

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The next generation Patlabor looks an awful lot like the first one

A press conference video has just gone up for Mamoru Oshii’s upcoming The Next Generation – Patlabor, and for a movie set in 2013 (of the Patlabor timeline) the cast of characters seems oddly familiar. Shigeru Chiba is reprising his role … Continue reading

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Recommended short film: Secondary Education

A ten-minute short about a science teacher secretly fighting monsters, also containing an electrical conductivity lesson: Now that’s edutainment! via hju

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987)

Today’s selection: Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987, dir. Hiroaki Yoshida) Subgenre: Animation Hybrid Available from: Sony (VHS) Reposting an old review: Twilight of the Cockroaches is one of those forgotten Japanese classics that used to come on American TV with … Continue reading

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New Syfy kaiju series Creature At Bay

Syfy and Bryan Singer are developing a show for Syfy called Creature at Bay, about a small town recuperating from a kaiju rampage. It’s hard to make a call about this one before actually seeing a still or trailer, but … Continue reading

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Switchblade Pictures licenses Iron Girl

I haven’t discussed Switchblade Pictures much on this ‘blog, despite them being one of the few companies releasing Japanese films in English, simply because most of their output recently (e.g. Hellhole: Inmate 611 and Big Bad Mama-san) has been outside … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Battle Heater (1989)

Today’s selection: Battle Heater (1989, dir. Joji Iida) Subgenre: Yokai Available from: BCI In the yokai tradition, there’s a subset called tsukumo-gami, which are disused inanimate objects infused with a spirit, be they sandals, lanterns, umbrellas, etc – anything old … Continue reading

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Media Blasters releasing another Eko Eko Azarak movie

The Eko Eko Azarak franchise, about a schoolgirl exorcist, is both awesome and frequently overlooked; as far as I know, three of the six movies have had a US release, one more movie has been fansubbed, two of the 39 … Continue reading

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Gekkan Hero’s offers new Gurren Lagann manga

In case I haven’t stressed enough yet how awesome Monthly Comic Magazine Hero’s is, here’s neat another story from them: a new (well, based-on a drama CD) Gurren Lagann manga from writer Kazuki Nakashima and artist Saki Nonoyama, subtitled Otoko Ippiki-hen. … Continue reading

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle coming to the west

Following Viz’s announcement of the incredible difficulties involved in bringing the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga to the US, it’s surprising that the PS3 game tie-in will be hitting North America and Europe next year. Don’t get me wrong: the game … Continue reading

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Monster Rush shorts start on Ultraman Retsuden

Daikaiju Rush: Ultra Frontier is the latest card battle game in the Ultraman/Ultra Galaxy card game series, also serving as a video game franchise. Tying into this, a series of three-minute CGI-animated shorts for the series has started airing each week … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Gunhed (1989)

Today’s selection: Gunhed (1989, dir. Masato Harada) Subgenre: Mecha Available from: ADV Gunhed is the crowning jewel of practical-effects giant robot movies, rivaled perhaps only by Robot Jox. Ironically, it almost wasn’t: as originally conceived, it was going to be … Continue reading

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Vividred Operation, Zetman home video releases

Vividred Operation made a minor splash in the mecha fandom upon its release earlier this year, because, despite being a magical girl show, several of the story aspects were structurally similar to Mazinger Z. The series has been streaming on … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (2008)

Today’s selection: Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (2008, dir. Shinpei Hayashiya) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: fansub-only Director Shinpei Hayashiya made a bit of a name for himself with fan films such as Gamera 4: Truth and Godzilla X Deathguirus, despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Spider-man “Episode 0” (1978)

Today’s selection: Spider-man (1978, dir. Koichi Takemoto) Subgenre: Henshin hero, Mecha Available from: rip-only, previously available streaming at Marvel.com Reposting an old review from a previous ‘blog, with slight updates. In case you missed it, Marvel used to stream the entire … Continue reading

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Kaiju Rising anthology novel Kickstarter

Kaiju in the literary format have had quite the boom in recent years, and the (creative) success of Pacific Rim has only bolstered things. Inspired by this, a kickstarter campaign has launched for Kaiju Rising, an anthology novel of 19 … Continue reading

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Tiger Mask movie full trailer

Here’s the full trailer for Ken Ochiai’s live-action adaptation of the classic wrestling hero manga Tiger Mask. The movie stars Eiji Wentz, and will debut in Japan on November 9. Hopefully it turns out better than the American version… via … Continue reading

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Garo’s rival Zero is back for his own series!

There have been numerous Garo spin-offs lately: a new season with an entirely new cast, Kiba: Dark Knight Apocrypha about the first season’s villain, Whistle of the Phantom Peach or The Tougen Flute (these things really need official English titles) about … Continue reading

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Buddy Spirits anime promo

Here’s a short anime promo for Buddy Spirits, a manga by Zenki‘s Yoshihiro Kuroiwa. There’s no actual anime planned for the series yet; this is just an advertisement for the manga, but dang if does it not look cool. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Travelers – Dimension Police (2013)

Today’s selection: Travelers: Dimension Police (2013, dir. Koichi Sakamoto) Subgenre: Parallel world Available from: Kadokawa (R2 Japanese DVD has English subtitles) If someone were to ask “what’s Koichi Sakamoto all about”, you could reply with a list: dutch angles, leering … Continue reading

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Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills coming to DVD

Mill Creek has a complete DVD box set up for preorder for the 1994 American series Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, due for release October 1. The show was one of DIC’s attempts to get into the kyodai/henshin hero … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Battle League Horumo (2009)

Today’s selection: Battle League Horumo (2009, dir. Katsuhide Motoki) Subgenre: Yokai Available from: Viz The Azure Dragon club at Kyoto University is a very normal college club, a fact that they mention repeatedly and without any prompting. You could find … Continue reading

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More info on Innocent Lillies

It turns out, contrary to what was previously reported, Koichi Sakamoto’s live-action magical girl story Innocent Lillies is not technically a movie. The movie that will be released in Japan on September 21 is a compilation of ten 10-minute episodes, which … Continue reading

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Legendary’s Godzilla is ready for his close-up

Those who went to SD Comic-Con’s Godzilla Encounter (or just watched the spycam footage on youtube) already got a face-full of next year’s Godzilla design, but for those less-fortunate, this may be a big reveal: A Godzilla poster that popped up … Continue reading

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Ultraman rice art in full bloom

Inakadate-mura in Aomori is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tsuburaya Pro with tanbo art: planting different-colored rice to make patterns visible from above (think Nazca lines). Check out Scifi Japan for more info!

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Super Sentai base simulator available for iPhone and Android

Ever wanted to create and manage a secret base for a Super Sentai team? Now you can with the Super Sentai Battle Base mobile game. A player can form their own custom team from the 37 Super Sentai series, mix … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokustatsu: Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together (1984)

Today’s selection: Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together (1984, dir. Minoru Yamada) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: fansub-only If one were to claim that the “real” Kamen Rider franchise concluded with this 1984 TV special, it would be … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Electric Dragon 80000V (2001)

Today’s selection: Electric Dragon 80000V (2001, dir. Sogo Ishii) Subgenre: Artsy Available from: Discotek Electric Dragon 80000V is… unusual. Well, not if you frequently watch black-and-white arthouse fare such as Pi, Eraserhead, and Tetsuo the Iron Man, but otherwise, it’ll … Continue reading

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Toei’s internet channel announcement

Toei has announced that they’re going to have a pay internet channel in the US starting sometime next month, targeting Japanese audiences, but eventually adding English subtitles to their shows a year down the road, as part of the Cool … Continue reading

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Music video for Archaia’s Cyborg 009 comic

It sort of defeats the point of doing an “American take” on Cyborg 009 if you’re going to advertise with a Japanese song, but Archaia’s upcoming graphic novel has been featured in a music video for “Seeds” by Lyu:Lyu. I … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Wolf Guy – Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)

Today’s selection: Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975, dir. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) Subgenre: Martial Arts, Kaijin Available from: fansub-only Reposting an old review from my previous ‘blog: The official international title for this movie seems to be Howl the Wolf-Man, but since … Continue reading

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Captain Earth reunites Star Driver team

The team of director Takuya Igarashi and writer Yoji Enokido, who previously collaborated on the dazzling and flamboyant super robot show Star Driver, are reuniting for Bones’ upcoming robot anime Captain Earth, according to Newtype magazine. Star Driver was one … Continue reading

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Animesols adds Hurricane Polymar

If you liked New Hurricane Polymar, or are just really curious about that weird martial-arts super hero in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, know that animesols has just added a crowdfunding campaign for a complete series DVD boxset of the original 1974 … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: My Soul is Slashed (1991)

Today’s selection: My Soul is Slashed (1991, dir. Shusuke Kaneko) Subgenre: Vampire Available from: fansub-only I don’t know how a movie called “Kamitsukitai” (I want to bite) winds up with two unrelated English titles without ever seeing an English release, … Continue reading

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Robocop remake trailer

I present the trailer for the new Robocop movie, a remake eight years in development. The 1987 Paul Verhoeven film will forever be the definitive version of the character, but after the okay Robocop 2, the abysmal Robocop 3, the … Continue reading

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Animesols crowdfunds second of Tezuka’s 24 Hour TV Specials boxset

The first DVD set of Osamu Tezuka’s 24 Hour TV specials (with Undersea Super Train Marine Express, Bander Book, and Fumoon) failed to get crowdfunding during animesols’ last attempt, but animesols was undeterred and launched a campaign for the second … Continue reading

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Sentai Filmworks licenses Gatchaman Crowds

It was predictable when Sentai Filmworks license-rescued the original 1972 Gatchaman anime (sort of from themselves, as it was an ADV title) that there must have been a motive for it: either the new live-action Gatchaman film (unlikely, since they shy away from live-action … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokustatsu: Gamera the Brave (2006)

Today’s selection: Gamera the Brave (2006, dir. Ryuta Tazaki) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Media Blasters Gamera the Brave is not Gamera 4. I figured I’d start with that, since it had a lot of backlash upon release for just that … Continue reading

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