News recap for January 30

Time for our regularly-scheduled quick recap of what’s new this week in the world of Japanese-ish SF, fantasy, and horror!

Kaiju

  • 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!

Godzilla pollen allergy flier

  • I’ve yet to buy any X Plus releases, but this one with the train is pretty tempting:

x plus 54 godzilla train

Heroes

  • A promo for the Ultra 10 Braves collaboration between Sengoku Enbu KiznaSanada 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.

Horror

  • 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.

Etc

taku yoshimizu japanese classics

  • 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?
  • 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?

cosplay explosives

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