There was no news recap last weekend, for two reasons:
- The recap before that had come midweek.
- Netflix decided to blitz everyone with a new Cloverfield movie completely unannounced prior:
Cloverfield Paradox wasn’t a very good movie, and the reshoots that shoehorned in a connection to the original Cloverfield made it worse. That said, I gave it a click and haven’t canceled my Netflix subscription, so I may be a part of the problem. However, Netflix keeps announcing release dates, so we can’t complain too much. Here’s a few:
- Fullmetal Alchemist: February 19 (Amanda says this was a letdown, so caveat)
- Voltron: Legendary Defender season 5: March 2
- Sword Gai: March 23
Also, Crunchyroll has decided to stream the Thunderbolt Fantasy movie, The Sword of Life & Death. This is great, both as we’re getting to see more awesome puppet battles, and it sets a precedent for them to release more movies that tie into their shows (*cough* Ultraman Geed *cough*). So go watch it!
There’s still neat stuff on actual television, though. NHK has an adaptation of Miyuki Miyabe’s feudal-era kaiju novel Koujin airing on the 17th!
Hopefully that reaches US shores in some shape or form. Of course, the best way to demonstrate that there’s a market for Japanese cinema is to go watch it when it’s playing, so as a reminder: Mazinger Z: Infinity is playing in US cinemas this Sunday and Monday!
It’s certainly a good time to be a Go Nagai fan. Cutie Honey Universe is looking pretty decent so far as well:
…not to mention that Keita Amemiya’s been loading up his Twitter with Devilman drawings. Man, I’d like an artbook of those.
- A trailer for the Ultraman Geed movie mentioned earlier. I really hope it gets some sort of distribution here, since we’re still waiting on DVDs for those movies that came to US theaters last winter.
- By the way, Toku picked up the rights to Outerman, which might be my favorite Minoru Kawasaki kaiju movie. Currently that doesn’t mean a whole lot, since not many folks get the channel, but since they finally added some more Ultraman stuff to their streaming options on Amazon, perhaps this will follow suit.
- As if Kaiju Sakaba weren’t enough, there will also now be a Kaiju Girls-related restaurant in Tokyo.
- The live-action Blood C movie is getting a sequel:
- A look at Shinji Higuchi’s anime Hisone & Masotan, starting in April. As a reminder, it’s about a self-defense officer and her dragon pal.
- Takashi Miike is doing another magical girl show, this time titled Mahou x Senshi Majimajo Pures. It doesn’t look particularly different from the last one, which I guess is still airing now.
- Speaking of magical girls, this PreCure 15th anniversary ad seems designed to make us all feel old.
- Also 15 years old this year is Kamen Rider 555. Of course the darkest Kamen Rider series is doing a collaboration with Hello Kitty to celebrate.
- Yusuke Murata has a Back to the Future graphic novel coming out April 20:
- We finally have a look at the Movie Monsters Series Biollante:
Well, that seems like an adequate recap for now, but who knows what the next week may bring?