It’s been a busy few weeks for me, between work, conventions, and preparing to watch Alita: Battle Angel. Speaking of which, have you seen Yukito Kishiro’s new poster for it?
The movie’s pretty decent, too, but we’ll probably do a podcast to ramble about that at some point in the near future. Anyway, on to some of the Japanese genre fiction happenings in the interim:
- Tsuburaya’s YouTube channel has started putting up dubbed episodes of Ultra Fight Victory. It’s a small step, but one in the right direction.
- Ultraman R/B the Movie seems to be downplaying the crossover aspect that most Ultraman movies have been keen on a bit. Geed is in this trailer, for sure, but he’s not all over it.
- This trailer for Super Boy Detectives Club Neo Beginning looks like a fine modernization of the Rampo Edogawa classic.
- Sumire Sukeban Chainsaw totally looks like the sort of thing that Tokyo Shock would have put out ten years ago.
- This May will see a new installment in the Ring movie series, directed by the great Hideo Nakata. It’s based on the novel Tide, and titled Sadako, which is a bit aggravating when you remember that the previous novel (S) was also adapted as a movie titled Sadako.
- I’m hoping Ryusoulger will be good, but the trailer just sort of feels like Super Sentai on autopilot to me. We’ll see next month.
- This teaser for Kamen Rider Build‘s V-Cinema spinoff Kamen Rider Grease gives us the absolute minimum content possible.
- The latest remake of Yokai Ningen Bem (for the franchise’s 50th anniversary) looks pretty jazzy.
- Polygon Pictures is working on Transformers: War for Cybertron for Netflix. Man, Netflix loves Polygon Pictures.
- Hot on the heels of that Masakazu Katsura retrospective, a trailer hits for the new game Astral Chain, which also features his designs. The gameplay looks pretty fun, too.
- For its 20th anniversary, the comic series Giant Killer (which is sort of a kaiju version of Hellboy) is getting a deluxe hardcover edition. I’ve already bought this series three times, so what’s another going to hurt, right?
- There’s going to be a Mazinger Z vs Transformers crossover anthology manga released next month. Transformers have already met Ghostbusters and Star Trek within the past year, so this isn’t all that surprising.
- Viz picked up Junji Ito’s adaptation of No Longer Human. After Frankenstein, it makes sense.
Lastly, there was both Wonder Festival and Toy Fair.
- On the SSSS.Gridman front, we got a Ghoulghilas, a few more Akanes, and like… five Rikkas. Meanwhile, I don’t think there’s been a single figure of Yuta, so they know what their fans are in it for.
- Slayers‘ Naga is getting a Nendoroid. I can sort of understand why they went with her rather than Gourry, but hopefully they get to the real series cast eventually.
- The shadowy monster from the Space Invaders cabinet art wasn’t something I’d expect to get a super-articulated figure, but here we are.
- The Movie Monsters Series is doing Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as is Neca. Jakks also has some stuff, but I think the other lines will cover just about everything that they will.
- Also, bag clips with a single human character:
- Super 7 is doing a lot with the MUSCLE line, only without Kinnikuman. Instead they have Robotech and Transformers (for peak Americanization), Mega Man, Aliens, Toxic Avenger, and even Universal Monsters under the more generic “keshi” title.
I think that’s a wrap, but as always, please leave a comment if something got overlooked. Until next time!