Things are still a bit hectic at HQ, but since there’s a little downtime now, it’s the perfect opportunity to recap some of the cooler stories to pop up in the last 10 days or so.
- Mothly Hero‘s magazine has quickly become my go-to anthology for awesome manga projects, though it’s been fairly ignored by the English-speaking fandom. Case in point: the manga series Swordgai, by heavyweights of the tokusatsu industry Keita Amemiya and Toshiki Inoue, has never been scanlated. That may change, however, with the recent announcement of a TV anime adaptation.for spring 2016. The studio involved is DLE, which has me a little skeptical, but hopefully it’s a hit and it leads to other titles from the magazine getting noticed (fingers crossed for Hero Company!).
- Speaking of anime adaptations of Keita Amemiya works, this is a reminder that Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames premiers on Japanese TV today.
- There will also be a manga version of Garo for the first time (after tokusatsu, anime, light novels, and video games, this seems like a no-brainer), starting in the October 25th issue of Comic Gum. The manga will be drawn by Yuki Yogo, artist of Shin Mazinger Zero and the 2007 Wolf Guy: Okami no Monsho manga. [via ANN]
- Back on the Monthly Hero’s track, the magazine announces that they would be releasing two new series for classic characters: a manga for Kamen Rider Kuuga, written by Toshiki Inoue (who also scribed the original TV show) and drawn by Hitotsu Yokoshima, and also a Tetsuwan Atom (AKA Astro Boy) prequel called Atom the Beginning, by Tetsuro Kasahara (Rideback) with input from Masami Yuuki (Birdy the Mighty, Patlabor). Given Viz’s somewhat successful release of Pluto, might that be the Hero’s title with the best shot of getting a US release someday?
- There’s a pretty cool trailer for Mamoru Oshii’s Garm Wars: The Last Druid:
- The 1996 OVA Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend is coming to DVD in Japan, complete with a Kinnikuman-style toy set. I’ve always had a soft spot for this anime, weird as it may be. [via the tokusatsu network]
- Three lost minutes of the Ishiro Honda science fiction classic Battle in Outer Space have been found. Since it’s not exactly one of the titles high on Columbia Home Video’s priority list, I guess I’ll be looking for fansubs of the extended edition whenever it’s available in Japan. Also, it sounds like a nicer print of King Kong vs. Godzilla is now possible thanks to some recovered elements. [via The Good the Bad and Godzilla]
- The Kickstarter for the independent tokusatsu documentary Kaiju Gaiden is live! Everyone please go pledge for it! They even have chibi Wolfman figures as an incentive.
- The 11th issue of Monster Attack Team is also up for purchase now.
- Timecrimes writer Nacho Vigalondo wants to do a practical effects kaiju film. Good luck, I guess! [via dread central]
- An animated King Kong series titled Kong – King of the Apes is slated for Netflix in 2016, from producer Avi Arad. By my count, that makes this the fourth animated Kong incarnation, after 1966’s The King Kong Show, the 1998 musical The Mighty Kong, and Kong: The Animated Series in 2000. This CG animated series will have 1 movie and 12 episodes, take place in 2050, and have Kong square off against robotic dinosaurs… that sounds like a good start to me. After all, the ’66 series spun off into the Toho film King Kong Escapes, so maybe this show can have a Dr. Who and Mechnikong of its very own. [via EW]
- And on a final note: Is it just me, or is Big Hero 6 looking less and less like the source material?
That’s a wrap for the time being; expect a (long overdue) podcast to get posted sometime before the next news recap (hopefully) at the end of next week!