News & trailers for week of April 20th

That time of the week again!


  • Stand By Me Doraemon is the first time Doraemon has been done in a CGI movie. More and more classic anime characters are making the transition (lately Captain Harlock, Cyborg 009, and Saint Seiya come to mind); is this the future?

  • A trailer for Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone, from director Takeshi Koike (Redline). It looks really reminiscent of A Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

  • Sentai Filmworks’ advertisement for Short Peace, now showing theatrically across North America:

  • The latest trailer for Yuichi Fukuda’s sentai-parody film Joshizu:

  • An extremely teaser-ish look at the movie spinoff for Garo: The One Who Shines in Darkness [via tokunation]:

  • A trailer for the feature film of Houjin Yatsurugi, a local hero show from Chiba. Apparently it’s soon to start its fourth season, and has a spinoff Gaion Sigma, also getting a movie. [via crunchyroll]


  • Panty-masked super hero Hentai Kamen has been revived for a new series, running in the new anthology Garaku.mag (the original ran in Shonen Jump, but I’m not sure it’s still a good fit for the series). [via ANN]
  • Hiroshi Sakurazaka is writing a sequel to his novel All You Need is Kill. The original novel just got reissued by Viz under the Edge of Tomorrow title (to capitalize on the Hollywood adaptation), including a prominant image of Tom Cruise as the Japanese teenage protagonist. [via ANN]
  • Speaking of Haikasoru, they just announced a new anthology Phantasm Japan. Authors include Miyuki Miyabe (of Brave Story), Project Itoh (of The Genocidal Organ), and Sayuri Ueda (of Cage of Zeus), but the book appears to have mostly western names.

Also, some amusing internet videos:

  • A Ghibli-meets-other-anime video from College Humor would be offensive if it weren’t actually pretty funny:

  • Youtube metal musician 331Erock covers famous Akira Ifukube themes.

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