Monthly Archives: October 2013

News and trailers from the past few days

Under the weather, so I’m just going to throw a whole bunch of links in here: Gatchaman Crowds has been renewed for a second season Space Dandy will air on [adult swim] in the US before it airs in Japan … Continue reading

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Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

Toei and Marvel have teamed up to create a new anime, and unsurprisingly, it seems blatantly toy-centered. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will feature regular children who can summon Earth’s mightiest heroes from portable disks, Pokemon-style. Unlike several Marvel anime … Continue reading

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Kill La Kill ending vs Sukeban Deka ending

As pointed out on crunchyroll:

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Carved (2007)

Today’s selection: Carved (2007, dir. Koji Shiraishi) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Tartan Carved is a movie about the Kuchisake Onna, or “slit mouthed woman”, an urban legend that began in the 1970’s, and, depending on who you ask, could be … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Goke, The Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Today’s selection: Goke, the Body Snatcher from Hell (1968, dir. Hajime Sato) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Criterion To start, let’s just clarify that nobody in this movie is from Hell, and the body-snatching is more of the “Invasion of-” than … Continue reading

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Upcoming merchandise

Three things have been announced lately, so I’ll consolidate posts: 1) Sentai Filmworks has rescued the Time Bokan OVA, which crosses over several Tatsunoko properties (mostly from Time Bokan, obviously) and was previously available from CPM. via ann 2) Movic … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Sweet Home (1989)

Today’s selection: Sweet Home (1989, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Fansub-only Five people go to an abandoned mansion to film a documentary – has that set-up ever led to anything other than a horror film? I mean, especially … Continue reading

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Sequel to Project Nemesis coming soon

Jeremy Robinson’s kaiju novel Project Nemesis was perhaps a bit overhyped (e.g. adverts calling it the “first iconic American kaiju novel”), but it was still a fast-paced, entertaining read that I would not hesitate to recommend to fans of giant … Continue reading

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Manga Reborn digital manga kickstarter

This is crowdfunding for crowdsourcing: Manga Reborn has launched a kickstarter for a digital manga service in English that would get the rights to obscure Japanese manga, then have fans translate them. Their first round of titles includes: New Give … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Yatterman (2009)

Today’s selection: Yatterman (2009, dir. Takashi Miike) Subgenre: Henshin Hero, Mecha Available from: Discotek Many have called Miike’s Yatterman a zany, self-aware parody of the classic Tatsunoko children’s anime of the same name, but let’s face it, both the original … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Garo – Dragon of the Blue Cries (2013)

Today’s selection: Garo – Dragon of the Blue Cries (2013, dir. Keita Amemiya) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Fansub-only You know how when you get used to drinking diet soda, you sort of forget how flavorful the real thing is, … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 7: Fall 2013 TV season and Pokemon Origins

It’s been a while since there’s been a podcast, so we decided to shoot the breeze about the current Japanese TV season and the recent Pokemon Origins miniseries. As a word of warning, the audio sort of sucks this time. … Continue reading

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Megahouse Digimon figures

We often get figures for the Digimon, but how often do we see their human companions represented in toy form? Megahouse’s GEM line is scratching that itch with 1/10th scale Taichi and Yamato, coming in January for 4,000 yen each. … Continue reading

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NYCC manga licensing news: A whole lot of Attack on Titan, Terra Formars, and other odds and ends

English-speaking Attack on Titan fans have a lot to be excited about: Vertical has announced plans to translate the Before the Fall light novel series, a prequel set 70 years before the main story. There are three novels out in … Continue reading

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Pupa anime trailer

The horror anime Pupa doesn’t have a release date yet, but is due sometime this fall. A trailer has finally premiered, with a look at the heroine (-ish) Yume, hungry for for her older brother in a way quite different … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998)

Today’s selection: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998, dir. Okihiro Yoneda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Fansub-only (though a dub has aired on Syfy) The third entry is the best of the 1990s’ Rebirth of Mothra trilogy, though that’s not saying a … Continue reading

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Trailers for Higanjima TV series and Samurai Flamenco

Somehow I missed that a trailer had already been released for the Higanjima vampire/ survival horror TV series starting October 24, directed by Takashi Miike. The show’s OP is also online now, from the same animation studio that did great OPs … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Assault Girls (2009)

Today’s selection: Assault Girls (2009, dir. Mamoru Oshii) Subgenre: Cyberpunk Available from: Well Go Reposting an old review: Pretentious, beautiful, action-packed, allegorical, confusing, nerdy, imaginative, and tedious: This must be a Mamoru Oshii film. Assault Girls is a feature length follow up to Oshii’s Assault Girl … Continue reading

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SwordGai manga gets animated promo

SwordGai is a manga series running in Gekkan Hero’s, written by Toshiki Inoue with designs by Keita Amemiya (the same duo responsible for things like Jetman, Hakaider, Mikazuki, and Gouraigan). As Hero’s likes to do, they posted an animated promo, … Continue reading

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Earth Devastating B-Rank Girlfriend Z: Great Space War cell phone game

The smartphone dating-sim/pachislot game from Level 5 titled Earth Devastating B-Rank Girlfriend Z: Great Space War sure knows something about attention with its title, but more exciting news is that it’s going to feature Go Nagai’s heroines, including Devilman Lady … Continue reading

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Rubies has a line of Pacific Rim Halloween costumes

Rubies is making a line of Pacific Rim Halloween costumes, which should be showing up in stores everywhere (that Halloween is celebrated, at least). Dress up to cancel the apocalypse! via kaiju battle

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Magic Serpent (1966)

Today’s selection: The Magic Serpent (1966, dir. Tetsuya Yamauchi) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy Available from: Image (low quality dub-only release, fansubs also available) Any fan of Naruto should probably watch The Magic Serpent: it’s got ninjas with crazy powers, like the … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Onechanbara – the Movie (2008)

Today’s selection: OneChanbara: the Movie (2008, dir. Yohei Fukuda) Subgenre: Zombie Available from: Media Blasters Do you like zombie movies? Do you like hot lady zombie hunters in ridiculously impractical fetishistic attire? The OneChanbara (from “onee-chan”= big sister and “chanbara”= swordplay) … Continue reading

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