Wow, last Wednesday sure was a great time for kaiju fans: a new issue of Godzilla in Hell, the finale of the first story arc in Kaijumax (the comic every tokusatsu fan should be reading), and the first of three (or four, now) limited screenings of the first Attack on Titan movie. Personally, I had a huge grin on my face for most of the show (well, except for one part with messed up subtitling, which the theater staff was able to resolve in a timely manner), and am hotly anticipating the second film and its BD release. Waiting for that day, you could say.
Unfortunately, it does sound like reception of the release has been mired by the subtitle glitch and a plethora of loud detractors, whose major beef pretty much boils down to “this detail or that one is different from the manga/anime.” I agree; there are numerous superficial incongruities, but it works as a standalone film, and it maintains the essence of the franchise’s spirit… which is more than I can say for most Attack on Titan ephemera.
Speaking of which, Funimation will be streaming the Attack on Titan Junior High anime series this season; let’s continue to keep fingers crossed for the live-action TV miniseries!
So, yeah, if you haven’t seen the first movie, give it a shot on October 7. Unless the lack of post-apocalyptic German architecture or the fact that they have gas engines for stuff other than jetpacks is a deal-breaker, I guess. Anyway, let’s recap some news stories:
- Continuing the Funimation news, they’ll be streaming the upcoming Garo anime, Guren no Tsuki, as well. Well, technically they confirmed “Garo season 2”, but I think we can assume that Makai Senki is off the table.
- Funi also says that they’ll get Evangelion 3.33 out next year. Like, for real this time. Totally. Promise.
- Crunchyroll has started streaming the anime short series Kagewani. Not the best-animated thing in the world, but there are some giant monsters of the Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds variety.
- This ad for the Hero Company OVA is narrated by Kazuhiko Shimamoto. Based on Blue Blazes, I’ll just assume he always talks like that.
- Guillermo del Toro mentioned that he might give Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams a role in Pacific Rim 2, if it happens. Seems like a good way of cross-pollinating fandoms.
- Shout Factory TV will be doing a marathon of the first 11 Gamera films on October 17, hosted by August Ragone.
- Jam Project’s Ricardo Cruz is going solo, and his music video is a blast.
That’s a wrap for this week. Reminder that if Attack on Titan doesn’t work for you, Garm Wars is also out on VOD now, and Yakuza Apocalypse starts this week, too!