Weekend news recap: Multiple kaiju stories!

It’s a good week to be a fan of giant monsters, as several neat things have hit on that front:

  • If you haven’t checked out the latest Japan Animator Expo short, Power Plant No. 33, go check it out. It’s from Patema Inverted and Time of Eve‘s Yasuhiro Yoshiura and boasts some of the best giant monster animation since…I dunno, ever.

power plant no 33

  • Here’s a demo for Gotouchi Kaiju (“Local Monsters“), which appears to be a multimedia campaign from  sculptor Hiroshi Sagae and the indie-kaiju eiga program at Osaka University of Arts. [via MAT]

gotouchi kaiju

  • There’s going to be a new Ultra Fight series starring Ginga S‘s Ultraman Victory (making this a spinoff of a sequel to an insert of a recap clip show, by my count). The Ultra Fight concept, by the way, is a show consisting of 3-minute episodes, featuring no plot, just action sequences of an Ultraman and a monster duking it out (similar to stuff like Go! Godman or Greenman), and has been a part of Tsuburaya’s monster suit-recycling program since 1970. Koichi Sakamoto will be directing the new installment, Ultra Fight Victory, so if nothing else the battles that we get ought to be pretty stylish. [via tokunet]

victoryknight

  • 44 years after Godzilla vs. Hedorah, giant monsters can still be used to send an environmental message:

  • Funimation has a trailer for the dubbed version of Nobunagun, the anime about teenagers getting superpowers from historical celebrities to fight against kaiju, all while making geeky allusions to classic alien invasion movies and TV shows:

  • Neca‘s going to be releasing a 6″ Baby Otachi in their Pacific Rim toy line. Unfortunately it will not come with Hannibal Chau and a goddamned shoe as accessories.
  • Baby_Otachi1-590xThe Cross Ange PS Vita game will allow players to pilot aerial mechs against an army of dragons. I’ve got to wonder if the game will be as gleefully, needlessly, hilariously sadistic as the anime is.

  • The trailer for the Azito x Tatsunoko Legends Xbox 1 game looks quite Ultraman-inspired:

godzilla kaiju collection

Not everything is about kaiju, though. Shocking, right?

  • Shotaro Ishinomori’s Zelda: A Link to the Past manga ran in Nintendo Power in 1992, and the 1993 collected edition is quite out of print now. Thankfully, Viz has rescued the license, so the world’s most prolific comic artist ever will at least have one title in print stateside again. Gotta say, I prefer the older edition’s cover (below on the right), though. [via crunchyroll]

zelda link to the past mangazelda link to the past manga old cover

  • The American horror flick Annabelle got a creepy Japanese poster by mangaka Nori Ochazuke (Curse of Sadako Yamamura). [via ANN]
  • annabelle japaneseThe superhero manga My Hero Academia is going to be added to the US edition of Shonen Jump. Haven’t checked this one out personally, but buzz has been good. [via crunchyroll]
  • my hero academia viz Digital Manga’s running a kickstarter to get Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster in print. This dark sci-fi thriller about a disfigured psychotic is definitely one of the Tezuka manga that I’ve been most looking forward to.

tezuka alabaster

  • Mezco’s going to be producing new American Gigantor toys. That’s…unexpected. [via ANN]

That’s a wrap for this week’s news; catch you next time!

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5 Responses to Weekend news recap: Multiple kaiju stories!

  1. I love that Kaiju short animation! Lots of cool stuff coming from there!

    I just stumbled on something interesting this morning. Are you at all familiar with Gojimaga? Apparently it’s a magazine/comic in Japan, maybe fan made? They have some cool comics, though. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/uw7tac/41670723.html

    • kevnder says:

      Yep, Gojimaga (Godzimaga?) is a “doujinshi” series, meaning that it’s not official merchandise, but the companies sort of permit its existence… Japan isn’t as militant about copyright violations as Hollywood is. The cool thing about Gojimaga is that it’s actually drawn by the same folks who had done official Godzilla manga, including Shinji Nishikawa, Takayuki Sakai, and Tetsuya Kawaishi. They’ve been selling them at Comic Market (a massive twice-annual doujinshi event in Japan) for the past two years, but it’s a low-circulation, fan-run project, sort of like when Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow sell their original fan art prints at G-Fest.

      • Thanks! I bet these are really awesome! Another thing to try to track down when I head over to Japan in a month. Have you read any of them?

      • kevnder says:

        I snagged the first one from a Mandarake store (BTW, I highly recommend checking out Nakano Broadway when you make your trip over there!), but haven’t come across the other three yet. I haven’t looked too hard, though; I bet some of them pop up on yahoo auctions from time to time.

  2. Oh, so long as I we are writing about Godzilla fan comics, I actually have a friend who has probably done more Godzilla fan comics than anyone: http://kaijukid.deviantart.com/

    Most of his comics are there, but his Godzilla vs. Gamera comic is also on Toho Kingdom. He also did a Godzilla vs. King Kong comic ages ago, and I have the only surviving copy, but he doesn’t want to share it with anyone :(

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