Time for our regularly-scheduled recap of the neatest kaiju/henshin hero/super robot/magical girl/etc stories of the week!
Movie production news:
- We were all psyched for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, and now it looks like the production’s been halted. Or maybe not? Either way, things seem dicey and subject to change at a moment’s notice. Make sure to buy some tickets for Crimson Peak when it comes out on October 16 to give Universal some faith in Guillermo del Toro’s box office power, and remember that the Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift comics are still scheduled for this November.
Let’s be real here: there’s a long history of del Toro’s projects getting thrown under the bus, yet he still delivered what’s arguably the best kaiju flick in the past decade. I’m not sure what Legendary currently has in mind for Godzilla, King Kong, Jurassic Park, etc, but it’s unlikely that any of them will top whatever’s planned for Maelstrom.
- In other bummer news, the production house responsible for several of the The Ring and The Grudge entries, including the US remakes, has filed for bankruptcy. Several of the news articles that I’ve found about it mention Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis as well, but I believe that’s just because Takashige Ichise founded the company right after producing that movie.
- This week’s Japan Animator Expo short, Neon Genesis Impacts, gives a window into the life of a three-girl civilian rock band living in Tokyo-3 during the Evangelion saga.
Well, that was all depressing. Let’s take a dessert break to cheer up, maybe get something Ultra-tasty from Patisserie Swallowtail?
- We have two Garo trailers here: our first real look at Guren no Tsuki (the new anime season, the 7th season overall), and one for Biku’s spin-off movie from Makai no Hana (the fourth season).
- The Kamen Rider Ghost trailer has a motorcycle in it, and is therefore less panic-inducing than Kamen Rider Drive was:
- We’re getting a sequel to Sailor Suit and Machine Gun? That movie’s from 1981; how long has the protagonist been in high school?
- Speaking of unexpected sequels, Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Library War) will be doing a sequel to the Death Note movies. Got to admit, this is more intriguing to me than the last TV series was.
- Still not digging the animation style for the Ajin (AKA Demi Human) movies:
- Zeno Pictures announced plans to release the infamous Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman (AKA 6 Ultra Brothers vs. the Monster Army) on DVD in Belgium, in Thai with an assortment of subtitles, including English! This movie has had English adaptations before, but this is the first subtitled release to my knowledge; and it’s interesting as a Tsuburaya/Chaiyo co-production and arguably the nucleation point for one of the most horrendous copyright battles in the history of entertainment.
- The Attack on Titan movies’ tie-in miniseries, Hangeki no Noroshi, is now streaming with English subtitles at AnimeLab. It’s region-locked for Australia and New Zealand, so here’s hoping Funimation copies Madman’s example for North America.
- Symphogear G is now on Crunchyroll, marking the first time that the three seasons of the hot-blooded magical girl franchise have been available at once. We’ve been on a rewatch here, and it’s a lot of fun.
- Disney is preventing people from importing Bandai’s Star Wars kits into the USA. Well, that’s infuriating.
- A line of figures is now up for characters from Mamoru Hosoda’s movies from Studio Chizu, around 10 cm and $10 a pop (the Boy and the Beast come as a two pack). Guess Hosoda’s officially a brand!
- This bishoujo version of a Magma alien from Ultraman Leo sort of works. Who’s to say they don’t have girls on planet Magma?
- So, you’ve already got your Ultraman soap dispenser and Ultraman bath bombs, your Ultraman towel and towel hanger; what more could an Ultra-fan need to take a bath? The people at Kawahara have an answer:
- Funko’s adding a new line to their Mystery Minis brand, this time titled “Best of Anime”. I really question who decided that Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Black Butler, Sword Art Online, and Attack on Titan constitute the best of anime, especially since Funko apparently also has licenses for Astro Boy, Gigantor, Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z? If nothing else, you can get a Golion (sorry, Voltron) in their upcoming second Science Fiction wave… oh, hey, there’s Godzilla and Iron Giant!
- Now for something truly unexpected: a toy line based on the Momotaro commercial series for Pepsi. There’s a Real Action Hero for Momotaro, a vinyl figure of the oni, and a Bearbrick set of both. Definitely expensive luxury items, but for strong contenders for hardcore collectors who want to get into a “what’s the most obscure kaiju in your collection” contest.
That’s a wrap for this week, seeya later!