News recap for June 21

Hey, this is the 500th post on this ‘blog! I suppose I could do something extra-special, but that sounds time-consuming. I’ll just post another drawing with a bunch of monsters on it instead:

more kaijin

Anyway, on to some Japanese-ish monster news…

Movie news

  • Well, we knew that there was a new Cyborg 009 anime film in production, and we knew that there was new Devilman. What I don’t think anyone was expecting, however, was Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman! It looks pretty gorgeous, actually.

  • A trailer for the Kamen Rider Drive/ Shuriken Sentai Ninninger double feature summer movies:

  • Shizuo Nakajima posted some footage from his legendary fan film Wolf Man vs. Godzilla on facebook. Very American Werewolf in London-inspired.

TV news

  • Another visual has been released for Netflix’s upcoming animated series Kong: King of the Apes. So, it looks like in addition to a very Rankin Bass-esque design for Kong himself, we’re getting dinosaurs with laser eyes… how very Hannah Barbera!

kong-king-of-apes

  • Ultraman X is actually looking pretty alright, based on the trailers. Kiyotaka Taguchi has done a decent job with Ginga S, so I’m willing to bet we won’t see a huge departure from it.

  • The new Ushio & Tora TV anime looks great:

Book news

  • Project Nemesis is getting a comic adaptation from Famous Monsters, here’s a cover by Bob Eggleton, and one by Matt Frank, who’s doing all of the interior art (I guess he’s free now that his Godzilla run is over?). I wonder how it’ll handle the references to Island 731?

nemesis-issue1nemesis1

  • Another Tezuka Kickstarter campaign is live, this time for his shojo anthology manga Storm Fairy. Not one of his most exciting titles, but still might be worth checking out.

storm fairy

Game news

  • So I guess E3 was a thing that happened. The most overwhelming story, as y’all probably know, was the announcement of a remake of Final Fantasy VII, something which has been rumored for so long that it’s sort of become a Duke Nukem Forever-style joke. Anyway, it has been pointed out that Parasite Eve‘s Aya does make a cameo in the new trailer, so that’s something.

  • Also, this trailer for Godzilla Vs, which looks pretty literally translated from Japanese. My question: since when is Space Godzilla the “Combat Creature”?

  • Also, there’s been a lot of speculation that Digimon: Cyber Sleuth might be getting a North American release. Cool, if true.

Merch news

  • This might not actually be news per se, but it was to me, and thus might to others. Dunk has a new line of figures in a line called Kaiju Remix, which reimagines classic Ultraman monsters in a truly monstrous fashion (as opposed to reimagining them as moe girls, which seems far more popular). Anyway, it looks like Bemlar and Gamakujira are coming soon, while Astromons and Semi-ningen are already out. They’re pricy, but look at these sculpts:

remix bemlar remix gamakujira

Convention news

  • Did you miss your chance to pick up a spark-doll-styled vinyl figure of the 2011 manga Ultraman? Well, it’ll be available at SDCC bundled with the release of the first volume for $30. Suddenly, it makes a lot more sense for manga authors Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi to be at the con, if the first copies are released there!

CC15-Ultraman-Figure

  • Sadly, it looks like Yukijiro Hotaru won’t be attending this year’s G-Fest after all, so I guess I’ll have to store all of those Zeiram/Mikazuki questions I had prepped. They have announced that Noboru Kaneko (star of Gaoranger and Tokyo SOS) will be attending, though.

That’s all we got for this week! Let’s see what the next 500 posts bring…

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