Procrastination and distraction has gotten the better of me again, but the inundation of kaiju news items in the past couple of days has made it impossible to put off a recap any longer.
- A Godzilla vs. Kong image from Toyfair has been making the rounds online, giving a better look at how the Legendary Godzilla will be tweaked this time. The back spines seem to be reverting back towards the 2014 design, which is puzzling, though I suppose only the most diehard of fans would particularly care.
- This student film Giganto Makhia looks quite promising:
- A new Garo season has been announced, titled Versus Road. The premise, being set around some sort of VR headset, initially seems rather out-of-character for the franchise, though if they tie it into Vanishing Line‘s computer stuff it could work nicely.
- Kobun Shizuno has an upcoming film, Sayonara Tyrano (sic). It’s adapted from the same book series as Heart and Yummie and You Are So Yummy – Happy to Be with You, but I don’t believe there’s any direct connection between the movies themselves.
- A new Digimon series has been announced for April, and because they’re completely creatively bankrupt, it looks like a straight remake of the original Digimon Adventure (right after the alleged “last movie”). This doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, Toei.
- The trailer has been posted for the last two installments in the Rurouni Kenshin film series, The Final/The Beginning. It’s fantastic that the entire manga’s story is finally getting adapted!
Home video news:
- Arrow’s Gamera box set is up for preorder, and it’s a doozy. Audio commentary from Ed Godziszewski, Steve Ryfle, David Kalat, August Ragone, Kyle Yount, Matt Frank, and (apparently) the team behind Japan’s Green Monsters, the best possible transfers, and a reprint of the Dark Horse Gamera comics make this an easy shoo-in to buy, but it sounds like there are still more features left to be announced!
- Speaking of Arrow, they have a Shinya Tsukamoto set on the way as well. I’ve lamented that Tetsuo the Iron Man and its sequel have been woefully out of print for far too long stateside, so this is a welcome upgrade, along with new copies of Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, A Snake of June, Vital, Kotoko, Killing, The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo, and Haze. Audio commentary is by Tom Mes, who literally wrote the book on the man, so it’s a solid collection as well.
- Raiga vs. Ohga (now titled God Raiga vs. King Ohga) is up for preorder from SRS. Make sure to preorder stuff from them to ensure they get properly pressed discs instead of BD-Rs; Attack of the Giant Teacher only did 60 copies in preorders and had to be burned instead of pressed.
- SRS has also licensed Norman England’s The iDol. Previously the film was only available as a special feature on the German DVD release of New Neighbor, so hopefully some more Americans will be able to see it now. It’s quite a fun little picture, and the 13 years it took to get US distribution is far too long.
- Keith Aiken confirmed on Facebook that Mill Creek is also working on a release of Gridman the Hyper Agent. Given the success of SSSS.Gridman, it’s a no-brainer, but still a pleasant surprise.
- Disney+ will be adding Marvel Future Avengers on February 28. I’ve long been perplexed at the myriad Japanese Marvel projects not getting US releases, so here’s hoping this does well. We’d really like to see Disk Wars!
Video game news:
- A Kickstarter campaign to port The Wonderful 101 to Switch was funded in no time. This is no great surprise, since it’s been one of the more conspicuous titles to so far have not been updated for the newer platform.
- A Record of Lodoss War game is coming to Steam. It’s a platformer where you play as Deedlit (fun fact: MM9 author Hiroshi Yamamoto was the guy who played Deedlit in the original D&D campaign that Lodoss was based on!)
- There’s also a Kickstarter up for Kaichu, a giant-monster-themed dating sim. That’s a pretty good pun for the title.
- Symphogear XD is finally available internationally! Just in time for that, they got a collaborative crossover campaign with Attack on Titan. They’re hitting all the big kaiju franchises!
Print media news:
- Viz just announced a ton of cool new licenses, including:
- The insane shonen action manga Chainsaw Man
- The Revolutionary Girl Utena sequel novel
- A deluxe edition of The Mermaid Saga
- Junji Ito’s killer planet story Remina
- A short story collection from Naoki Urasawa
- The ULTRAMAN anime is getting a novelization. I guess that’s what happens when you’re the most-watched anime on Netflix.
- Godzilla is getting his own Monopoly and Jenga games. I assume there’s a lot more demolition of the hotels than there is in traditional Monopoly?
- It’s nice to see how even though Yasushi Nirasawa passed too soon, his redesigns of Ultraman monsters continue to be realized in merchandise. Acro has a Metron coming in April.
- Finally, Uchuu Kaijuu posted a fan-translation of Daiji Kazumine’s Godzilla manga from The Godzilla Comic. Always a pleasure to see more people tackling the overlooked world of Godzilla manga!
That’s quite a recap, but as always, if something fell through the cracks, please leave a comment! Until next time!