Weekly news recap: Apocalypse uncancelled

The big buzz lately is, of course, the Pacific Rim Uprising trailer that played at NYCC this weekend. I’ve seen lots of people posting various re-uploads (with ugly watermarks), but it makes sense to go straight to Legendary for the video:

It is certainly a lot brighter (less contrasty) than the prior film, and doesn’t quite capture the same aesthetic, but it’s got some interesting design work going on.
Anyway, there was plenty of tie-in stuff at NYCC, including a batch of figures that are now up on Big Bad Toystore, and at least one prototype still waiting for approval.

On top of that, there was also a prequel novel announced, the redundantly-titled Pacific Rim Uprising: Ascension, bridging the decade between the two settings. It comes out February 27, so we should have a whole month to finish it before the movie comes out.

That was only one of the prequel novels to upcoming kaiju flicks announced this week, though, the other being a prequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse is written by Renji Ohki (who also wrote the Expelled from Paradise novelization), tells the story of humanity getting trashed and abandoning the earth, and hits on October 25.

Keeping on kaiju news for a little bit, BraveStorm has a new poster. It’s weird that fandom hasn’t been making a bigger deal about this movie.

A making-of thing got posted online, too:

The Blu Ray release for Digimon Tamers includes a brand new audio drama. Normally, I’d say that a supplement like that has no chance at ever getting translated, but seeing as the Digimon Tamers 1984 short story did, the popularity of the show might just push it.

Oh, and there’s a Biollante figure coming to the Bandai Movie Monsters series. Always nice to fill in the gaps there!

Moving on to superhero stuff, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final is bringing back some of the stars from earlier in the decade, and we’re pretty stoked. It’s not entirely clear how some of them will be restored to their default forms after their respective finales, but hey, worst comes to worst they just show up.

ANN has an interview about the upcoming OVA Batman Ninja, or, as the Japanese title calls it, Ninja Batman.

According to Tatunoko’s Twitter account, only Ken is named Gatchaman, the rest of the team isn’t. That reeks of revisionist history to me, trying to justify not putting the other science ninja team members into Infini T Force.

Finally, Garo: Vanishing Line has been picked up by Crunchyroll, and it’ll be getting a simul-dub from Funimation as well (no surprise there). In other streaming news, Ultraman Neos and Ultraseven X just got added to Verizon’s go90 streaming service… which makes it that much weirder that they’re still not on Crunchyroll yet.

That’s a wrap for this week, later!

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