Category Archives: News

End-of-Year Maser Patrol News Recap

Apologies: I’ve been bad about making timely news recaps this year. 2020 has been terrible, and the general stresses of the world combined with some personal life situations/tragedies have made it difficult to find the time and motivation to pour … Continue reading

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Loose news round-up (plus random thoughts)

The recent Godzilla SP announcement proved to be the kick in the pants that I needed to get a new post together…however, WordPress had some other plans, changing up the interface something fierce, hence this being a bit delayed. At … Continue reading

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Watch/Read/Buy: a recent media-merchandise roundup (US-focused)

Since I’ve been negligent for the past couple of months, I thought it might be good to do a quick rundown of some of developments regarding the recent and upcoming kaiju/henshin hero/J-horror releases that folks on this side of the … Continue reading

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News recap: RIP Nobuhiko Obayashi

Welcome back! Hopefully everyone is following good social distancing guidelines, but in case you need some help, our favorite kaiju heroes are here to help:   おそとから帰ってきたら、手洗いうがいを忘れずにねっ!!#ゴジばん #ゴジラ #Godzilla pic.twitter.com/sMy2WZHbtQ — 怪獣人形劇 ゴジばん (@godziban_jp) April 9, 2020 On to the … Continue reading

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March news recap – plenty of new kaiju and hero media is a good reason to stay inside

In the overall scope of world events, this March has been one of the most impactful months in recent memory, as COVID has interrupted plans on all scales. On the Japanese pop culture end, events ranging from the Tokyo Olympics … Continue reading

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Kaiju-fied news recap

In a rare event, there was actually so much kaiju-adjacent news in the past week that rather than posting at the standard biweekly rate, I’m opting to do a recap today! To start with, Minoru Kawasaki’s Monster Seafood Wars has … Continue reading

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February news recap

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. Production news: A Godzilla vs. Kong … Continue reading

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New Year’s news recap

Happy new year (admittedly a couple weeks late)! I’ve been distracted from putting together news recaps for a while, but that just means a lot more things to cover this time around. Let’s break it down by category: Godzilla news: … Continue reading

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News recap: First TsubuCon quite a success!!

This weekend was the first ever Tsuburaya Convention (TsubuCon), attached to Wonder Festival. As an inaugural outing, there were a number of fantastic announcements and reveals, including: The first look at Shin Ultraman has been unveiled. A lot of folks … Continue reading

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News recap for the end of November

It’s been a wild few weeks with Thanksgiving and year-end festivities, but this previous weekend I made it out to Anime NYC, where I learned that: The English-dubbed episode of Godziban was very difficult for its Japanese voice actors, suggesting … Continue reading

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Two-week news recap: Godzilla turns 65 in style

November 3rd was Godzilla’s 65th birthday, and it was a wild Godzilla Festival in Tokyo this year. The Nijigen no Mori theme park, best known for ziplines and a replica of the village from Naruto, is adding a life-size Shin … Continue reading

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Slow news week recap

Not a whole lot to report for the past couple of weeks, but here goes nevertheless. Starting on a sad note, RIP Hiroshi Sagae. He had a lot of fantastic ideas, and was always an enthusiastic and friendly fellow, and … Continue reading

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Mid-month news recap

Time for a quick recap of some of the interesting happenings in tokusatsu and anime in the past couple of weeks: Tsuburaya’s latest Ultra Fight series, Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes, is looking pretty interesting on a couple of … Continue reading

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At long last, a news recap!

Long time, no post! It’s a busy time to be an otaku, as this last week saw the North American theatrical releases of Tokyo Ghoul S, Takashi Miike’s First Love, and Promare, which are all pretty fun (well, Promare was … Continue reading

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Quick news recap

I had a few spare minutes today, so here are some neat things that either came up in the previous week, or I simply neglected to mention last time. The big news of the week is that Anno and Higuchi … Continue reading

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Last weekly news recap for a bit

I’ve got a couple of busy travel weeks ahead, so it’s possible that there won’t be a news recap for the month of August. Still, it’s a fine time to leave things, as there were a lot of exciting developments … Continue reading

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RIP Greg Shoemaker (1947-2019)

One of the best movies I stumbled across to cover when I was writing Kaiju for Hipsters was War of the Wizards. It’s not a difficult movie to find, by any stretch of the imagination, but generally speaking, you just … Continue reading

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Monstrous G-Fest summary and news recap

Back from a very busy G-Fest! It was wild with many panels to do, and several more to attend, but here are a few of the highlights: The upcoming video game Dawn of the Monsters was announced. You can see … Continue reading

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Quick news recap (no Godzilla this time edition)

With  G-Fest, NYAFF, and other exciting things right around the corner, this may be the last news recap for a while. I’ve already spoken about the numerous exciting movies playing at G-Fest (e.g. Attack of the Giant Teacher, Howl from … Continue reading

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Post-Godzilla news recap

Hope everyone enjoyed Godzilla:King of the Monsters! Now we’re in the lead-up to the next big event, G-Fest XXVI in Chicago July 11-14, which is now only a month away. The schedule is up on the website, so if you … Continue reading

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Godzilla’s Eve news recap

As of this writing, the first wave of public screenings for Godzilla: King of the Monsters is impending quickly, so it’s about time to discuss some of the stuff that’s been going on to publicize the film. First, some attractions … Continue reading

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News recap: Ultraman Taiga trailer, Meister Titano, and King of Monsters music!

What’s this? A news recap only one week since the last one? Perhaps we can make this a regular thing; at any rate, this week is heavy on monster-related tidbits. We have our first Ultraman Taiga teaser trailer. So far, … Continue reading

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April news recap

Long time, no update, due to a relative shortage of stuff to talk about and general business. We’ll see how that holds up over the coming months; somehow I committed myself to a whopping six panels at this year’s G-Fest, … Continue reading

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Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island

I figured this could use its own news post: Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island, the latest entry of John LeMay’s series on lost and unmade kaiju films is available on Amazon now! In addition to John’s usual … Continue reading

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Weekly news update: Independent kaiju film extravaganza!

Actually on time for a news post for once, but there’s much to discuss! The main thing of interest this week is Gemstone’s amateur Godzilla video contest. With a 3 million yen prize and Shinji Higuchi himself as a judge, … Continue reading

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Mid-March news recap

Apologies for the laziness in news recaps, lately. By the time I get around to posting, people have already said that Hideaki Anno is making an Ultraman, then that he’s not, then that he is, and then that he’s not … Continue reading

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Mid-February news recap

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 … Continue reading

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Split-second news recap

There really wasn’t much to cross the feed this week, but here’s a rundown: A new trailer for Promare looks about as Studio Trigger as it gets: Arrow is releasing Takashi Miike’s Terra Formars movie in the US! It’ll be nice … Continue reading

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Slow news week recap

Between the Gridman podcast recording and the guest spot on Kaijucast, I didn’t have much time last weekend to do a news recap, but there also wasn’t a whole lot to go over. So, instead, this weekend is another two-fer. … Continue reading

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First news recap of 2019!

Long time, no post! It’s been hectic between holiday travels and computer malfunction, but now everything’s ready to take a quick gander at some of the latest happenings in Japanese genre fiction. (I’ll try not to jump to any baseless, … Continue reading

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Weekly news recap: Attack on Titan Tide edition

It seems like a lot of the time, these roundups begin with a disclaimer that it’s been a slow news week. Well, this is not one of those weeks! Let’s kick things off with that Godzilla: King of the Monsters … Continue reading

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News recap: Come for the monsters, stay for the Netflix flogging and gender politics!

I’ve been procrastinating on another update until we can see the much-touted second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but what the heck, everyone’s going to be posting that everywhere, so it can wait until next time. In the meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Biweekly news recap: This Thanksgiving we’re grateful for Detective Pikachu

It’s been a couple of busy weeks between Thankgiving and Anime NYC, but here we are again for another two-week roundup of Japanesey genre goodness. First of all, RIP Stan Lee, who, in addition to Spider-man and other Marvel properties, … Continue reading

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Weekly news post (plus some photos from the Osaka Godzilla store)

It’s been a slow news week, but hey, at least Godzilla: The Planet Eater came out. It’s a wild ride with religious and Lovecraftian themes, body horror, even more implied horror, and mishaps. In short, other people will probably hate … Continue reading

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Almost timely news recap

How was everyone’s Halloween? Did you have a chance to go to Universal Studios Osaka and get menaced by a zombie King Kong? (The page is gone now, but I saved this image beforehand.) Anyway, on to the news… Godzilla’s … Continue reading

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Giant news recap

It’s been over a month since the last news roundup, due to numerous mundane responsibilities of life. Some of them were more fun than others, though, as I recently had the chance to be on Kaiju Transmissions (also linked in … Continue reading

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Late news recap

It’s another light news week this week, and another late recap. Kicking things off with Godzilla, as I’m sure you’re aware, we got a new poster for The Planet Eater, which hits November 9. That Ghidorah is going to make … Continue reading

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Nearly kaiju-free news recap?!

Another two-week summary here, since it’s been light. In fact, you’d hardly know there was any giant monster content this week if you weren’t looking for it. The big news this week is that Gaina (formerly Fukushima Gainax) announced the … Continue reading

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Slow couple of weeks’ recap

Not a whole lot has been going on news-wise for the past couple of weeks, but here’s a quick recap regardless: Shinsuke Sato’s Bleach movie hits Netflix on September 14. Speaking of Netflix, they’re allegedly making a sequel to Adam … Continue reading

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News recap: Discotek for the win

Discotek really went insane with their latest batch of acquisitions at Otakon this weekend. First, license rescues of Galaxy Express 999 (good, since the last release of that show was awful), Giant Robo (one of the best OVAs ever made), … Continue reading

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Quick news recap

Not a whole lot to talk about this week, but here goes: Has it already been a decade since Kamen Rider Decade? Evidently so, as Toei is reusing the concept for Kamen Rider Zi-O (not to be confused with Kamen … Continue reading

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Back to news recapping…

SDCC is upon us, with G-Fest before that and Anime Expo before that, well… there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s start with the Godzilla-sized Godzilla in the room. That’s certainly better than the initially-posted teaser, which had a continuity … Continue reading

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Status update

Howdy all! Sorry for the long no-posting delay; I’ve had a bunch of travel and other commitments eating up a fair chunk of time. Well, at least nothing major’s happened, right? It’s not like Matt Frank’s Gamera: Last Hope doujinshi … Continue reading

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Only news recap this May

Another two-week recap this week, and unfortunately due to travel it looks like this will be the only one this month. (Awkward timing with the new Godzilla flick coming out, I know.) I’ve been busy putting together the weekend’s panels … Continue reading

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Weekend news recap, plus panel announcements!

Before diving into the happenings of the week, here’s a breakdown of conventions I’ll be talking at over the summer! Anime Central: Neon Reference Evangelion – Saturday May 19th @ 10:45 AM (it’s at the same time as another Evangelion panel that’s … Continue reading

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Weekend news: Amazon Riders, City on the Edge of Battle, Ultraman R/B, and more!

This week has been a wild ride for fans of Japanese scifi/fantasy/horror! Kicking things off, we finally have trailer for Godzilla: The City on the Edge of Battle! They’re…still not showing us Mechagodzilla. We also got an official look at … Continue reading

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Weekend news recap: Japanese poster madness

The Rampage movie was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Now I’m tempted to track down the poster by Kouji Tajima.  Awesome Japanese posters for US properties have been coming at rapid pace lately, such as this Pacific … Continue reading

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Actually weekly news recap

Hopefully this will mark a return to news recaps hitting on consecutive weekends (for a little while at least)! Not a whole lot to report, so let’s get to it. Shout Factory’s releasing Timeranger on DVD July 31! It’s sort … Continue reading

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Back for another news recap (no foolin’)

This isn’t an April Fools’ prank; I’m finally getting back on the news recap wagon! It’s been a while since the last post, since then we’ve gotten Pacific Rim Uprising, Ready Player One,  I Kill Giants, Swordgai, the new FLCL, … Continue reading

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Another two-week news roundup!

Another update missed last weekend, which will probably continue biweekly for the next two months or so. The big news of the previous weekend is that they gave this guy an Oscar: No, not Baltan, the other guy. Normally, I … Continue reading

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