Welcome to this week’s news recap. To anyone wondering about Godzilla’s naughty bits, I suggest having a heart-to-heart with Stan Lee:
You tell ’em, Stan! Hopefully your legacy is never tarnished by Marvel using something from the Japanese porn parody of one of your characters… oh, crap, nevermind.
With that out of the way, let’s discuss the kaiju/henshin hero/J-horror news of the week!
- Remember the Japan Animator Expo short The Dragon Dentist? It’s getting a full-length TV movie in two parts starting in February. It’s neat to see one of the Expo’s shorts get expanded this way, and it really makes me hopeful for the prospects that some of the other ones had… maybe The Ultraman? Cassette Girl? A 90-minute version of Me Me Me?
- MonsterArts will be doing Shin Godzilla‘s kaiju A/B. Not posting pictures on the off chance anyone in the world hasn’t had it spoiled yet.
- Godzilla artist extraordinaire Chris Scalf has a new comic coming out in November titled Kronen’s Kaiju.
- I must admit to never having heard of the 1987 kaiju comic Daikazu (author Mike Wolfer did work on Dark Horse’s Godzilla run), but that’s also getting a reissue in November under the title War Monsters.
- The Hebikara from Nausicaa is getting a super-articulated figure. 12800 yen, released in October.
- It pays to be one of the best Super Sentai teams ever, because Dekaranger just keeps coming back. This time, it’ll be in a crossover with Space Sheriff Gavan (who it’s been previously established hangs out with Doggie… or at least the original one did; this one looks like Gavan G from the new movies), for a 2017 movie titled Space Squad.
On top of that, there will be a “Girls in Trouble” special as well. I can’t wait!
- The movie version of Max Steel, which has been shelved for a few years, appears to finally be on track for a release, though youtube seems hell-bent on region locking the trailer, which is not a great sign.
- This week’s episode of Steven Universe had animation by Trigger’s Takafumi Hori. Allegedly it was only for the musical number, but the second fight scene of the episode had noticeably improved fight choreography than the rest of the series normally features.
- I wasn’t able to track down all of Fewture’s SD Garo figures, which is unfortunate because Messiah was a build-a-figure that requires getting every single one. Nicely enough, they will be releasing a complete box, for a whopping 35800 yen. If you want figures of the various horrors from the first season, this is really the only way to go.
- A kickstarter project has launched for Astro Boy: Edge of Time, a stylish Osamu Tezuka-themed collectible card game. I’m not huge on CCGs, but the involvement of creators like Hiroya Oku (Gantz, Inuyashiki) and Suda 51 (No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw) has me intrigued… maybe they’ll do an art book?
- The long-anticipated next American Ring movie, Rings, looks pretty fun, though I’m really hoping that it raises interest enough to get Sadako vs. Kayako distributed over here, too.
- I don’t know for sure if the upcoming short Muga is more of a horror or action/scifi flick, but it looks awesome.
That’s a wrap for this week! Expect a new podcast up soon (maybe…. if Audacity will stop crashing).