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 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.

  • 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, AliensToxic 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!

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Bye Bye Jupiter and Gunhed

Another guest spot on Kaiju Transmissions! This time I try to defend two very unpopular 1980s Koichi Kawakita special effects films from Toho, so it could be controversial!

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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:

  • I guess those who backed The Great Buddha Arrival are getting their discs soon. I admit to having passed on it during crowdfunding, but am still keen to see it eventually.
  • A Detective Pikachu sequel is already in the works. That probably means good things for the first one, but time will tell.
  • A Resident Evil TV series is in development for Netflix. My money is on CGI-animated like the direct-to-video flicks, but they may surprise us.
  • A toy of Godzilla based on the original storyboards is getting sold at Wonder Festival. That’s an awesome concept, so hopefully someone can run with it for a wider release!

…and that’s all I wrote. Told you this was a short one!

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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. Welcome to any newcomers finding the blog after that Kaijucast episode, by the way!

  • A new kaiju comedy VR experience is coming to Sundance: Kaiju Confidential. It looks neat, though I imagine many fans don’t have a headset to experience it on.

  • Somehow I completely missed it until now, but Shingo Honda’s grim kaiju survival manga Hakaijuu actually has been getting a US release on the Kindle store, under the title Creature!

  • Seven Seas will be releasing the Evangelion Anima novels in English. This is fantastic news, especially since the fan translation efforts were shut down. Really, I’m surprised it’s taken as long as it has; we’ve all been waiting with eager anticipation. (Now for Ultraman Another Genesis…)

  • Blast’s Kickstarter for their new project Blader has a week to go. It looks great, so everyone make a pledge!

  • A new teaser for Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System:

  • Speaking of Urobuchi stuff, Kamen Rider Gaim‘s Zangetsu is getting his own stage play. This poster looks pretty moody (for a melon-themed superhero), so I’ll assume it isn’t about the characters playing soccer.

  • In other Rider news, Kamen Rider Zi-O is getting a web spinoff in March called Rider Time Shinobi, about Shinobi, obviously. Between this and Kaiju District Gyaras, Toei really is going full force into this streaming service thing.

  • Also on the web will be a four-episode series as a prequel to the live-action School Live film. Given the nature of School Live, this seems unnecessary, but it does seem like more and more Japanese movies have the compulsion to do these sorts of tie-ins nowadays.
  • Also a web original: an upcoming anime based on Kagoshima’s local heroes, Kiirender.

That’s a wrap for now; as always, if there’s something I missed, please leave a comment!

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 40B: Gridman (part 2)

The second part of our Gridman podcast episode gets into the main focus: reviewing the new series SSSS Gridman. Spoiler: we liked it. Also, spoilers for the rest of the show.

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Show notes:

  • They made a new suit for promotional purposes; compare old versus new:

  • A trailer for SSSS Gridman:

  • Ninja Slayer:

  • Some of the familiar animation cuts:

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 40A: Gridman (part 1)

In this episode, Kevin, Justin, Connor (earning our explicit tag), and Matt (of Kaiju Transmissions) sit down for a long round-table about the awesome recent anime series SSSS Gridman. We got carried away and went for a solid four hours, so the first part, here, will focus on the original Gridman the Hyper Agent, Denkou Choujin Gridman: The Demon King’s Counterattack, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, and Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero. Look for the second half soon!

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  • Syber Squad:

  • Boys Invent Great Hero:

  • If it wasn’t clear, “Yume no Hero” is beloved (we opened with the Katokutai cover):

We intended to talk about the influence that Gridman appears to have had on Digimon, but then we forgot. Oh, well, there’s still plenty that was covered.

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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, hyperbolic conclusions, like the folks taking Into the Spider-verse producer Philip Lord’s joke tweets about Leopardon seriously, or the ones who think that the oxygen destroyer being in King of the Monsters is evidence of Destoroyah getting included as well….*throws shade*)

  • Kicking things off, we now have a trailer for Kaiju District Gyaras.  It looks fun, hopefully someone picks the series up over here!
    (I previously reported on this having a space monster, not sure what led to that conclusion; sorry!)

  • There’s finally a trailer for Tokusatsu Gagaga, one of the shows I’m most anticipating this season. Hopefully it does the manga justice, but so far I like what I’m seeing!
  • A trailer for the Ultraman R/B movie. Fitting for the series, the antagonist appears to be yet another evil Ultraman. What are the odds of Winkler doing an English dub of this one?

  • There’s going to be a 4-episode crossover miniseries titled Super Sentai Saikyou Battle, evidently with whichever former core Sentai cast members they could easily bring together for a team. Since Koichi Sakamoto is directing, I bet it’s going to be a hoot, but man, the franchise just keeps getting more and more tricky to track down all of the side pieces of. Like… would Shout Factory ever pick this up?

  • The Island of Giant Insects is getting an OVA. The original manga is not for the squeamish, but the uncomfortable nature of it is arguably what makes it horror, after all.

  • A teaser for the anime series based on the hit post-apocalyptic manga Dr. Stone:

  • One Cut of the Dead was bootlegged and uploaded to Amazon Prime by some unauthorized parties. While the incident may have damaged the impending legit release in the UK (via Third Window Films), I hope that the additional exposure could give the movie a better chance of being picked up in the US, as a silver lining to the whole affair. There are several suspicious titles on Amazon Prime that I suspect are similarly unauthorized, but I don’t want to cast aspersions.

Well, that should be relatively caught-up now….oh, one last thing! Make sure to check out Kaijucast’s Emergency Broadcast #8 next Sunday at 2 PM PST. I’ll be a “special guest”, along with ever-enthusiastic Matt Frank! Tune in; there are prizes!

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