Happy Star Wars Day! (In case anyone’s curious, there are no plans to discuss Star Wars VII announcements on this ‘blog, even if the franchise was inspired by Battle in Outer Space, Space Battleship Yamato, Kikaider, and countless jidai geki. Unless there’s a new manga tie-in.) Also, Happy Children’s Day Eve!
Anyway, it’s been a good week for Japanese-inspired American media.
- This week brought us possibly the best-looking Godzilla trailer to date:
- In other Legendary Godzi-news, apparently Akira Takarada’s scenes got cut from the film, but he’s still listed in the end credits. (Really, there’s a lot of stories breaking for this film, but I’m trying to at least moderately avoid spoilers.) Also, there’s a Fiat commercial on the air, adding to the pantheon of silly Godzilla tie-in ads up there with Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper, and Snickers:
- The 10th anniversary of Megas XLR has prompted the following fake teaser:
- Geoff Darrow and Frank Miller will be launching some new The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot stories in the the rebranded Dark Horse Presents comic anthology in August. For those not familiar, the series is about an Astro Boy-inspired robot kid superhero and his super robot idol. The original only ran for two issues, but inspired a 26-episode TV series on Fox, so it’s neat to see it revived after nearly two decades. It seems that the ninja comic Kabuki will also be running in the anthology. [via comic book resources]
- Speaking of Frank Miller, his comic Ronin is up for adaptation into a show on Syfy (one of four comic-based titles, also including Clone, Pax Romana, and Letter 44). Since Ronin‘s plot is sort of similar to Samurai Jack (an ancient samurai stuck in the post-apocalyptic future battling his old magical nemesis) there could definitely be an audience for it. [via comics alliance]
- In another bit of comic news, the upcoming Spider-man crossover event Spider-verse has promised every incarnation of Spider-man will be featured, including Takuya Yamashiro, the one from the 1978 Toei production. Of course, there are other Japanese Spider-men, such as Kakeru Amano (Spider-man J), and Yu Komori (Ryoichi Ikegami’s Spider-man manga), not to mention the Marvel Manga-verse, but let’s wait and see.
- A sixth Resident Evil movie is in production now, with Paul WS Anderson back at the helm and Li Bingbing returning as Ada Wong. Since the series seems to be following Star Trek‘s trend of making even numbered films the better ones, we’re due for a treat. [via crunchyroll]
- Also worth mentioning is that Famous Monsters of Filmland is doing another of their annual kaiju-themed issues for June 2014 (issue #274). Bob Eggleton will be doing cover art for the retail, alternative retail, subscriber, and Big Wow Con cover versions.
Now, on the Japanese side of things:
- If the success of Free! can tell you anything, it’s that if you make an interesting April Fools Day Joke, fans will demand that it become reality. Chiyomaru Shikura of MAGES (The Science Adventure series: Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes) announced a project on April 1st called “Specium;Boys” (specium being a fictional element from the Ultraman universe). Well, now the official website for something called Spacium Shonen has launched, complete with Ultra-kaiju in the background. Does this mean an Ultraman visual novel is on the way?
- A superhero drama titled Magical Boy Cherry’s starts on TV Tokyo June 21st. It stars Fumika Shimizu (Kamen Rider Fourze, Hentai Kamen) and the boy band ABC-Z as a team of heroes whose powers depend on them keeping their virginity. [via crunchyroll]
- Here’s a trailer for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Much like the last movie, this one is also getting a tie-in manga.
- Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion manga has been going since 1994 (before the show aired), and is in some respects superior to the TV series. The 14th and final volume will go on sale in Japan on November 20th, with 28 pages not included in the magazine run of the manga. After all, if there’s one thing Evangelion needs, it’s more endings. [via ANN]
- A trailer for Takashi Miike’s take on Yotsuya Kaidan, titled Over Your Dead Body:
- A new promo for the Record of Lodoss War MMORPG:
- NISA will be releasing Cardcaptor Sakura on home video in the US. The 70-episode show will be available in either three $47.99 DVD sets or a $249.99 complete BD with an art book. [via crunchyroll]
That’s it for this week, you may now resume any Star Wars Day/Cinco de Mayo/Golden Week festivities!