Time for the regular news recap of Japanese-inspired SF, horror, and fantasy media. Let’s kick things off with trailer time!
- The Simpsons‘ annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode will feature a Godzilla parody this year:
- Here’s a look at Armor Hero Captor, the latest in the long-running Chinese Armor Hero superhero franchise:
- A trailer for the haunted apartment flick The Inerasable:
- Harmony, one of the movies in the Project Itoh anime… um, project, is looking pretty good:
- An ad for Active Raid, from the director of Code Geass:
- The fourth act of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Diamond is Unbreakable (AKA Diamond is Not Crash) is getting a TV adaptation. I’m glad that they didn’t just call is quits with Stardust Crusaders; that happens too often.
- The art style in the new City Hunter OVA makes it sort of look like a motion comic. That’s a little disappointing.
- A new Full Metal Panic anime adaptation is in the works! I know Dragon Magazine titles can go a while between new shows (see Slayers), but I wonder if the success of Amagi Brilliant Park had a hand in this.
- An even more surprising revival, Tatsunoko announced a new TV series based around their Nurse Witch Komugi character, from an 2002 magical girl comedy OVA that spoofed various Tatsunoko properties with characters from Soul Taker. I guess they’ve been on a roll with the likes of Gatchaman Crowds and Yatterman Night, and wanted to revive a property a little more off the beaten path?
- Also Masamune Shirow and Koushi Rikudou’s Pandora in the Crimson Shell cyberpunk manga is getting an anime adaptation. Not much surprise there, even if Shirow has been off the radar for non-Appleseed/GitS properties lately.
- In yet another anime project possibility, Toho has registered a domain that appears to be for an anime adaptation of My Hero Academia. Let’s face it, as a popular Shonen Jump title, that was inevitable.
- Trigger did this for the special features on the Toy Story That Time Forgot home video release.
- Shinji Higuchi and Kenji Tanigaki have a new project, Voices, starring Rina Takeda.
- McFarland Press will be printing a new book titled The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema’s Biggest Monsters. I’ve seen some complaints about the cover, but since McFarland used to print nothing but blank covers, I think that it’s a step up.
- Stone Bridge Press will be publishing the manga biography The Osamu Tezuka Story in English next July.
- This new light novel imprint sounds pretty cool: Masamune Shirow illustrating The Third, a Hideyuki Kikuchi vampire novel illustrated by Guin Saga artist Jun Suemi, and Masami Yuuki getting more work! Here’s hoping they get picked up for English distribution.
- Criterion’s Lady Snowblood collection is now up for preorder!
That’s a wrap for this week’s news, but we’ve got a Halloween-themed podcast coming in the next few days. Stay spooky!