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.
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
- The 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:
- While I’m at it, there’s a new Godzilla smartphone game coming in Japan.
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]
- The American horror flick Annabelle got a creepy Japanese poster by mangaka Nori Ochazuke (Curse of Sadako Yamamura). [via ANN]
- The 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]
- 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.
- 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!