Alright, time for the regular run-down of this week’s nifty Japanese science fiction, fantasy, and horror media stories!
From a production perspective:
- So, the big news this week is about Shin Godzilla. Yep, that’s officially the title of the new movie; we’ll have to put it up there with Urusei Yatsura and Kill la Kill in the pantheon of pun titles that won’t translate very well. Anyway, the cast has been announced: Hiroki Hasegawa (Attack on Titan, Love & Peace), Yutaka Takenouchi (a Japanese Academy Award-nominated actor with a respectable, but monster-less, filmography), and Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan). Looking forward to getting more familiar with two of these actors when Attack on Titan hits US theaters this Wednesday! [via The Good The Bad and Godzilla]
- Of course, some would argue that something else is this week’s big news: We also got the first visual for the upcoming Macross Delta TV series, which Shoji Kawamori has said will include much more Valkyrie-on-Valkyrie dogfighting.
- Another week, another excellent short from the Japan Animator Expo. This one is Ragnarok, from Big O creator Kazuyoshi Katayama, and it’s got music, robot fights, and geeky Easter eggs for everything from Red Baron to Evangelion to Captain America.
- I admit to having fallen off of Kamen Rider Drive, but since it’s happening, it’s still worth mentioning that Kamen Rider Chaser is getting a V-Cinema release in April.
- Sunrise is teasing about the prospect of more Tiger & Bunny. Don’t toy with our hearts like this!
- Animeigo will be running a crowdfunding campaign for a reissue to the Bubblegum Crisis spin-off A.D. Police.
- Digital Manga will be running another campaign to release Osamu Tezuka’s 1965 Wonder 3 manga (the anime version was released in the US as The Amazing Three). For those not familiar, it’s about a group of three extraterrestrial agents living on Earth in the disguises of a rabbit, horse, and duck, and is fondly remembered, despite not being quite the national icon that Astro Boy is.
- Reminder that Parasyte hits Toonami next Saturday.
- Young Black Jack is looking pretty good. Expecting a lot of obscure Tezuka cameos!
- A full trailer for Chronicles of a Ghostly Tribe:
- The latest PV for Digimon Adventure tri:
One last bit of news:
- Saban is pushing their Smile Pretty Cure adaptation, Glitter Force, again. While seeing Saban’s treatment of the show isn’t exactly exciting, it would be pretty cool if this were to result in a Shout Factory-subtitled DVD box set… just saying. Or maybe we’ll get cheap action figures of the Precure Robo showing up in every Walmart?
That’s a wrap for this week. Make sure to go watch Attack on Titan Pt. 1 this Wednesday or Thursday at your local cinema, if you’re able!