Time for our regularly-scheduled quick recap of what’s new this week in the world of Japanese-ish SF, fantasy, and horror!
- Godzilla is now appearing in a pamphlet on pollen allergies, complete with a pollen monster. I demand this guy gets a Toho kaiju series 6″ action figure, a MonsterArts, a trading card, and inclusion in the next fighting game!
- I’ve yet to buy any X Plus releases, but this one with the train is pretty tempting:
- A promo for the Ultra 10 Braves collaboration between Sengoku Enbu Kizna, Sanada 10 Braves and Ultraman.
- A trailer for Kamen Rider 1, with news that Hiroshi Fujioka will be reprising the role of the original 1971 Kamen Rider. Not sure how I feel about this being a Kamen Rider Ghost tie-in rather than a standalone… I know that Masked Rider The First and The Next had significant problems, but they still have more potential longevity than the last batch of crossover movies.
- Sentai Filmworks has licensed Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R, the new TV show based on the 2002 OVA that spun off from Soul Taker.
- A new trailer for Peeping Eye, now with the English title The Stare:
- A Chinese live-action adaptation of several Junji Ito stories is in the works.
- For those who like the “kid’s drawing” aesthetic, Swimmy Design has just the clothing line for you. It’s cool that they got as many studios involved as they did, if nothing else.
- New trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings:
- Chan Wook Park (Oldboy, Thirst) will be doing a live-action movie adaptation of Project Itoh’s The Genocidal Organ. Since the anime version is hitting soon, these will be an interesting comparison.
- The Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga is finally ending. How did that outlast the real Evangelion manga again?
- A new comic is coming out based on Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, the Americanized version of Star Musketeer Bismark. I sort of wonder if the American comics based on Voltron, Robotech, Battle of the Planets, Power Rangers, etc get released in Japan, or if that’s too confusing.
- The ability to pose in front of an explosion is a service that no cosplayer should be without; I wonder if these licensed pyrotechnicians could do a US tour?