We skipped last week because it was slow, but let’s make up for it this time, reviewing kaiju, henshin hero, and Japanese SF news since the start of the year!
- Out of nowhere, a trailer hit for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which had previously been announced as Valencia (remember the original Cloverfield filmed under the title Cheese, as though the name “Cloverfield” wasn’t cryptic enough). Hitting March 11, this movie looks to be quite a departure from what we’d previously expected from a Cloverfield sequel, with JJ Abrams calling it a “blood relative” of the original. I’m simultaneously intrigued and concerned by such a shift (we could have a Halloween III on our hands)… but maybe with a new movie we’ll finally get some more merchandise? Maybe an affordable action figure or an English release of the Cloverfield Kishin manga?
- Pacific Rim Maelstrom continues to either be cancelled or not. There’s been speculation that the acquisition of Legendary by Dalian Wanda Group may be a good sign, since Pacific Rim did well in China, but again, I’ll remain skeptical until I see a trailer… and even then not everything with a trailer winds up happening. At least a theme park attraction is going ahead.
- A trailer for the second Digimon Adventure Tri movie:
- A trailer for the movie adaption of Lychee Light Club. I remember not being big on the original manga, but the movie’s robot costume looks neat.
- It’s looking like The Boy and the Beast will be coming out in the US on March 4.
- Edit: Liza, the Fox Fairy, the Hungarian yokai flick, will be screening in Chicago this spring (found out at the Love & Peace screening!).
- Shout Factory will be streaming a Zyuranger marathon next weekend with August Ragone hosting. The DVD set was light on special features, so I’m looking forward to the commentary.
- Funimation is finally doing a dub for Garo: Honoo no Kokuin. One step closer to a BD release!
- An advertisement for Chogokin’s new Mazinger/Hello Kitty crossover line.
- Dragonball Z might not have actual Legos, but these Bandai toys are looking pretty close. Perfect for your Goku vs. Superman reenactments.
- Bluefin has been teasing a MonsterArts for the 2001 Godzilla from Giant Monsters All-out Attack, the first new sculpt for the line in a year.
- A new kaiju fiction anthology just hit: The Mammoth Book of Kaiju. Don’t know much about this one, aside from Undead Backbrain’s Robert Hood writing the introduction.
- New Ultraman manga hitting collected releases in Japan: Ultraman Super Fighter Legend: New Chapter and Ultra Monster Personification Project Feat. POP Comic Code. The former is a continuation of the old Super Fighter Legend series (based on the Kinnikuman-inspired toyline of armor-upgraded Ultras), the latter is one of many manga interpreting the enemy monsters as cute girls… needless to say, not exactly entry-level material.
- Like everyone else, we’ve got to say an RIP to David Bowie. It’s an uncommon musician/actor who gets to star in his own Shotaro Ishinomori manga.
That’s a wrap for this week; leave a comment if we missed something major!