It’s the weekend, so it’s time for a round-up of a few of the niftier stories pertaining to Japanese-ish monster, robot, and superhero media!
- There’s a new trailer for the Japanese Godzilla PS3 game, already up for preorder. I’m not terribly enthusiastic when comparing this to the recent Atari games, but I’ll certainly give it a try. The 2014 Godzilla is DLC, suggesting that they might be pulling shenanigans when it comes to pricing and/or accessibility for international audiences, but apparently Biollante and Jet Jaguar have been confirmed for the game, so I wonder (especially with Jet Jaguar) if a US release is in the works.
- New trailer for the Parasyte movies! Still looking good….
- Here’s a new trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent. Reminder that it comes out in the UK on September 26th.
- The first teaser for Kamen Rider Drive:
- The new Garo anime Honoo no Kokuin, is starting October 3, immediately following the end of Makai no Hana. Still no word on if there will be a simulcast, but that hasn’t stopped Garo fans before.
Also: Shaman King and Ultimo author Hiroyuki Takei is helping with the character designs. He must be busy!
- A look at the upcoming Resident Evil game, Resident Evil: Revelations 2. It’s going to be coming out next year as one of those chapter-by-chapter releases, like the Walking Dead games.
- A trailer is out for the new season of the Australian spy spoof Danger 5. Is that a Super Sentai parody in there at 2:11?
- In an attempt to make Terra Formars even more like Attack on Titan, it’s getting a spinoff manga, Terra Formars Gaiden: Rain Hard. The manga is done by Satoshi Kimura in Ultra Jump, and as the title implies, will be about the short-lived character Reinhard. This is still a relative rarity for manga (as opposed to American comics), but the trend of multiple concurrent manga series from separate authors within the same continuity is becoming more and more prevalent. [via ANN]
- Discotek picked up the DVD rights to the Yoroiden Samurai Troopers and Bokurano anime series. Samurai Troopers is a 1989 Sunrise production that sort of capitalized on the success of Saint Seiya, with a similar motif, and was localized to the US as Ronin Warriors (Discotek doesn’t have the rights to this dub, however). Bokurano, on the other hand, is a notoriously depressing 2007 series about a group of doomed children who have to fight death matches in a giant robot to save the world. The anime is slightly less depressing than the manga (available from Viz), much to the chagrin of the original mangaka, who disavowed it. Personally, neither of these are day-one purchases as far as I’m concerned, but they’re certainly the sort of things I might pick up if I stumble across them at a store or convention.
- Andrés Muschietti, director of the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama, has been picked for an upcoming Hollywood live-action adaptation of the kaiju-themed video game Shadow of the Colossus. The game is light on plot and would require a fairly heavy retool to be done as a narrative film, but hopefully this movie retains some of its aesthetics (and Kow Otani music!). [via crunchyroll]
- There’s a PS Vita game coming out soon that features Tatsunoko characters anthropomorphised as cute girls. Including ones that were already cute girls to begin with. Weird. [via ANN]
- Reminder that the 2014 Legendary Godzilla isn’t the only one hitting BD now. Actually, I’m surprised at how much Mothra they worked into this trailer. Too bad about the dubtitles, but they aren’t as bad as they could be (it gives me cognitive dissonance every time Moll is called Mona, for example).
- According to SciFi Japan’s interview with Yoshimitsu Banno, his autobiography The Man Who Made Godzilla Fly is coming to amazon kindle this month in an English translation. Let’s hope the book is better translated than what’s currently on the cover: