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 domainĀ (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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