It’s been a slow news week, at least from the perspective of someone who’s ambivalent about about Pokemon Gen 3 remakes, the 30th birthday of Transformers, and the theatrical Power Rangers reboot. However, there were a couple of things that caught my eye this week:
- When asked “What’s an anime that’s well-known in Japan but not in the US?”, one of my top answers is almost always Doraemon; the iconic series about a time-traveling robot cat only recently got a manga release in English via kindle. Well, now it’ll finally be coming to to TV as well: the 2005 series will be airing on Disney XD this summer with predictable Americanization and expected censorship for Japanese children’s cartoons. [via Japan Times]
- Yuichi Fukuda (Hentai Kamen, The Hero Yoshihiko) is set to direct a live-action TV series based on Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Skull Man, Blazing Transfer Student, G-Gundam)’s 2007 autobiographical manga Aoi Honoh, starting in July. Shimamoto also designed the costumes for Fukuda’s upcoming movie Joshi-Zu. Side note: Since Shimamoto’s classmates Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hideaki Anno appear in the original manga, this could mean that there would be two concurrent shows on TV with fictionalized versions of the Gainax founders (the other being Insufficient Direction). [via ANN]
- Along the lines of dramas about mangaka, the Shonen Jump series Bakuman, a manga about a fictional manga duo by real-life manga duo Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, is getting adapted into a movie next year. Ryunosuke Kamiki (Great Yokai War) and Takeru Satoh (Rurouni Kenshin, Kamen Rider Den-Oh) star, and it will be directed by Hitoshi Ohne (Vampire Host, Lion Maru G, Akihabara@Deep TV). [via ANN] While the series was adapted into a somewhat popular anime, it doesn’t seem like quite as sure a thing as the duo’s previous hit, Death Note.
- A full Ju-On: Beginning of the End trailer:
- A trailer for Shion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe, based on the futuristic gangster manga (this barely qualifies as science fiction, but as I said, it’s a slow week)
- A fan-made live-action Akira trailer:
- It’s hilarious that they felt the need to release an official statement that the Legendary Godzilla isn’t fat:
- Speaking of that film, it’s got a mockbuster coming from Halcyon International, under the title The Creature Returns. It looks as close to plagiarism as legally allowable, which is to be expected. [via Dread Central]
- Playing hard on the nostalgia market, Chogokin is celebrating 40 years by making a transforming toy of the Tower of the Sun, from the 1970 World Fair in Osaka. At a hefty 17000 yen, it seems like a piece of merch targeted at people who can remember the event outside of merely being the backdrop of Gamera vs. Jiger and 20th Century Boys.