Weekend news recap for August 2

It’s been a busy week, but let’s take a break and recap some of the neat Japanese-ish science fiction stories that have broken, shall we?

  • In the biggest story of the week, it sounds according to one of August Ragone’s sources as though designer Mahiro Maeda (Ultraman Great, the Gamera trilogy, Evangelion, and lots of other cool stuff) and sculptor/designer Takayuki Takeya (Zeiram, Final Fantasy VII, the SIC line,and lots of other cool stuff) will be working on the 2016 Godzilla film. Both of them have amazing aesthetics; I can’t wait to see what they do with Godzilla!
takeya godzilla skeleton model kit

One of Takeya’s previous Godzilla scupts

  • On a related note, Toho Kingdom has an interview up with Bandai America, in which they say that they’ll be focusing on merchandise from the 2016 Godzilla film. Interesting… while US marketing of characters doesn’t necessarily coincide with presence of the films themselves (look at the entire history of the Trendmasters Godzilla toy line), we can probably still take this as a good sign for the movie’s distribution prospects.

hammerhead animator expo


  • Speaking of Ultraman, have you ever wanted to snuggle up with King Joe, the robot invader that nearly defeated Ultraseven in his first two-parter? Well now you can… weirdo. The Ultra kaiju personification project has started selling hug pillows, because Japan.

kingjoe hug pillow

  • The upcoming movie Nihon Local Hero Daikessen seeks to unite local heroes from across Japan, the independent and seldom-recognized characters that are usually limited to remote prefectures. The film hits in November; for more information check out this article on tokunation.


  • Also, we finally have a good look at the Kamen Rider Ghost costume, now that Toei’s actually announced the show properly. [via tokunation]


In American media news:

steven universe science lessons

Trailer time!

  • The TV miniseries tie-in to the Attack on Titan movies:

  • A brief teaser for Miike’s Terra Formars movie:

  • The Dekaranger: 10 Years After special:

  • The first part of Digimon Tri, due December 18. I wasn’t wild about the cover of “Butterfly” that they used until the very end of the trailer:

  • The One Punch Man anime looks very faithful to the manga:

  • The Castlevania pachinko game promises “erotic violence”, which is really what everyone needs out of a slot machine.

  • Oops, I’m like a month late with this trailer for Biku: Yami giri no chi, the spin-off of Garo: Makai no Hana. Biku’s not one of my favorite Garo characters, but this still looks like fun.

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

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