Happy Valentine’s Day! This day we commemorate the time Ivy won the Soul Calibur, Jill defended Raccoon City, and Vincent did whatever the plot of Dirge of Cerberus was about. If you’ve had your fill of chocolate, take a break to recap some of the week’s interesting Japanese-ish science fiction/fantasy/horror fiction developments!
Henshin Heroes & Superhumans:
- Crunchyroll finally posted the complete series of Ultraman Nexus, which Tsuburaya’s youtube page had prepared us for four months ago. This is awesome news, because it’s a great series underrated in Japan upon initial airing, and a favorite of many older (i.e. streaming-savvy) fans, so we rejoiced… and CR blindsided us by also posting Ultraman Gaia. This is knock-you-over awesome, since Gaia is a highly-regarded entry, written by Chiaki Konaka (Armitage III, Digimon Tamers, Big O) and pretty much without fansubs past episode 5 or so. The Ultraman Gaia movie did actually get an official North American DVD release back in the early 2000s, so now we’ll finally have some context for it!
- A new trailer for Garo: Divine Flame. Looking good; hope Funimation picks this up!
- A trailer for Mob Psycho 100, from One Punch Man‘s author.
- I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought that the Attack on Titan live-action miniseries tying into the movie was awesome, because it looks like Terra Formars is doing something similar: a web show titled Terra Formars: A New Hope will give more backstory to the characters in the theatrical film, five days before it releases.
- A few WonFes reveals: Figma Saitama, Figma Hentai Kamen (display at your own risk), Nendoroid Ushio & Tora:
- Shout Factory has licensed the French animated magical girl series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.
- Stretching a bit, but there were also new Steven Universe trading figures announced at Toy Fair.
- Shochiku has a movie coming soon titled Ninja The Monster, from director Ken Ochiai (the 2013 Tiger Mask). Apparently it has a monster.
- Neca is sort of stealing MonsterArts’s thunder by announcing a 2001 Godzilla figure at Toy Fair.
- Normally I’m not a fan of Pops, but this Kanegon is kind of nice:
- The limited-animation monster show Kagewani is getting a second season. (By the way, the same programming block will also have a new Hiroyuki Imaishi series titled Space Patrol Luluco.)
- People with poor reading comprehension have been reporting that the new Voltron: Legendary Defender series is being made by Guillermo del Toro, on the basis that it will be on Netflix just like one of del Toro’s actual shows. I guess we could be more hyped for a new US-produced super robot program, but pretty much every previous incarnation of Voltron has been terrible, so, y’know…
- Viral marketing for Universal Studios’ new King Kong attraction; sort of based on the 2006 film, but leaving out key elements (i.e. the New York rampage):
- Vertical has licensed Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom and Harta’s zombie manga Immortal Hounds. Oh, and I guess the Bakemonogatari novels, too.
- Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, or its punched-up American movie-esque title Erased, is probably the best show on this season. They’re doing an interesting media blitz, with the original manga and TV series ending in March, with the live-action movie version hitting then too. As if that wasn’t enough opportunities for spoilers to leak out, there will also be a novel released at the same time, explaining the killer’s true motivation.
- Sakyo Komatsu’s disaster novel Japan Sinks, the basis of the 1973 and 2006 tokusatsu films, 1975 TV series, and Minoru Kawasaki’s parody The World Sinks Except Japan, is getting reissued in English, which will be a easier grab than tracking down the 1976 edition.
- Puzzle & Dragons is getting a TV anime. I guess if Angry Birds can get a movie anything is possible.
- Hideo Kojima now has an independent studio.
- Dimension W will be coming to Toonami, to nobody’s surprise. The show was practically tailor-made for the Toonami audience.
That’s a wrap for this week; go watch some Ultraman!