Monthly Archives: February 2014

Weekly news wrap-up: Kikaider Reboot edition

Movie news: The most exciting piece of news from the last week is the reveal of the new Kikaider and Hakaider from Kikaider Reboot. While I think that Hakaider’s looked better (see the 1995 film), I’m pleasantly surprised with the … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Gakidama (1985)

Today’s selection: Gakidama (1985, dir. Masayoshi Sukita) Subgenre: Body Horror, Kaibutsu Available from: fansub-only Gakidama is Tsuburaya’s entry into the whole “little humanoid monster” genre that Gremlins and Ghoulies made popular in the mid 1980’s. It’s an effective, hour-long picture … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Super Dimension Odyssey Tritia (2005)

Today’s selection: Super Dimension Odyssey Tritia (2005, dir. Masayoshi Shiki) Subgenre: Magical girl Available from: Switchblade Short review: Groan. Long Review: GROAAAAAAAAAN. I try to support region 1 DVD releases of tokusatsu titles, but sometimes it’s difficult. Why, you may … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Warning from Space (1956)

Today’s selection: Warning from Space (1956, dir. Koji Shima) Subgenre: Disaster/Space Opera Available from: Public domain¬†(dub-only, fansubs are available) If The Mysterians is the Japanese answer to War of the Worlds, Warning from Space is its answer to When Worlds … Continue reading

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Weekly news round-up

Movie stuff: A whole host of photos from the 2nd/3rd live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies have turned up online. See more at crunchyroll. Souta Fukushi, star of Kamen Rider Fourze, is set to lead in In the Hero, a movie about … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tomie (1999)

Today’s selection: Tomie (1999, dir. Ataru Oikawa) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Adness Tomie is probably the biggest modern Japanese horror franchise that hasn’t had some sort of American remake treatment (though I’m sure School of Ghosts fans may want to … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Drifting Classroom (1987)

Today’s selection: The Drifting Classroom (1987, dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi) Subgenre: Disaster Available from: fansub-only The English edition of Kazuo Umezz’s manga The Drifting Classroom has parental advisory stickers on the front, which strikes me as funny given that it ran … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Today’s selection: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973, dir. Jun Fukuda) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Media Blasters (if you get lucky, you might get one of the leaked versions with audio commentary!) Odd that this gem of a title came up on … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)

Today’s selection: Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972, dir. Toshihiro Iijima) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: fansub-only Reposting an old review: There are only a handful of golden-age Japanese kaiju movies that have never gotten any sort of English release. The bunch includes … Continue reading

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Cool toys from WonderFest

A boatload of pictures of upcoming figurines showcased at WonderFest have begun surfacing on message boards. A lot more can be found on 2chan, 4chan, tomopop, etc, but here are a few of the highlights that really stuck out to … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Bermuda Depths (1978)

Today’s selection: The Bermuda Depths (1978, dir. Tsugunobu Kotani) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Warner Some might take issue with calling an American movie tokusatsu, but The Bermuda Depths was produced in a partnership between Rankin-Bass and Tsuburaya Pro, so I’ll … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: 8-man (1992)

Today’s selection: 8-man (1992, dir. Yasuhiro Horuichi) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Image (dub-only) As we gear up for the Robocop remake, a lot of movies are being called Robocop-rip-offs just because they start with the main character dying and … Continue reading

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News aggregation for February 8

A few cool stories and trailers from the last week: The latest Dragonball Bardok special was unforgivable BS, but it may ¬†have got somebody thinking: with all this fanfare about Goku’s dad, what was his mom like? Well, Akira Toriyama’s … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Space Sheriff Gavan – the Movie (2012)

Today’s selection: Space Sheriff Gavan – the Movie (2012, dir. Osamu Kaneda) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: fansub-only Space Sheriff Gavan, for those who don’t know, was a 1982 TV series that kicked off the whole Metal Heroes franchise. 2012 … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 9: the Slayers franchise

Not a lot of introduction needed for this one: Slayers is a fantastic anime, so we fanboyed-out about it for a couple hours. You can watch it for free on hulu or youtube. Seriously, it’s pretty great. Direct download

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Onmyoji (2001) and Onmyoji 2 (2003)

Today’s selection: Onmyoji and Onmyoji 2 (2001 and 2003, dir. Yojiro Takita) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy Available from: Geneon Onmyoji is based on Baku Yumemakura’s 1988 novel, the first of over a dozen in that novel series. It’s part of the … Continue reading

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Slow news week

Not a lot to say this week, but hey, there’s more Godzilla stuff to buy! The Sony-animated Godzilla the Series will be coming to DVD on April 29. The 40-episode series is fantastic (don’t let the movie that it’s spun … Continue reading

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