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GODZILLA vs His Budget: Japan’s Toho Studios Co-Financing Future Hollywood Films

GODZILLA vs His Budget: Japan’s Toho Studios Co-Financing Future Hollywood Films

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It's a new day for kaiju fans. The giant lizard Godzilla is enjoying his biggest time in the sun in years as there are several separate titles with his character and related mythology all actively building toward release, both from Japanese studio and primary rightsholder Toho Studios as well as from the US moviemakers at Legendary Pictures. It's a great time to be alive for anyone with an affinity for giant monsters and the humans who flee in terror from them. Unto that breach, word has come down that Toho will now officially co-finance international film productions with their properties, including animated vehicles like Pokemon, live-action adaptations of anime triumphs like your name, and of course, the King of Monsters himself. Nikkei reports on the three-year deal, which sees To...
It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

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Grab your popcorn and load up on pocky. Mazinger Z: INFINITY is coming to the United States to treat anime fans to a pulse-pounding action/adventure experience best seen in movie theaters. For a limited time only, the latest entry in the Mazinger super robot manga and anime saga can be found on the big screen courtesy of Viz Media and Fathom Events. We talked about the project a couple months back when the trailer dropped, featuring the voice of Kamen Rider W's Kikkawa Kouji, who sings the film's official ending song, "The Last Letter". Now, as the movie finally sees its Japanese debut, the Toei Animation flick makes its way to US shores for a two-day event across the country. https://youtu.be/qZ2OYb1wxZc Viz and Fathom's official synopsis follows: Ten years ago, the villainous sci...
MOB PSYCHO 100 Teaser – Do You Even Lift?

MOB PSYCHO 100 Teaser – Do You Even Lift?

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Actor Tatsuomi Hamada is leaping from one beloved super-powered franchise to another, as he bids farewell to his starring role as giant monster-fighter Ultraman Geed and slips into the maddening role of high school psychic Mob in the live-action Mob Psycho 100. Based on the monstrously successful manga and anime of the same name, Hamada's Mob will face challenges big and small, encountering others of his peculiar kind as the series rolls out to an international audience on Netflix. The first promotional video follows. This fleeting glimpse into the series, directed by Ultraman Geed chief Sakamoto Koichi, comes via BS Japan, who starts airing the series in its home country along with neighboring station TV Tokyo shortly after its Netflix debut. The video features Mob demonstrating some...
GODZILLA Netflix Trailer – The “Largest Godzilla Ever” Finally Unleashed

GODZILLA Netflix Trailer – The “Largest Godzilla Ever” Finally Unleashed

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At long last, he arrives. Ever since the Godzilla franchise branched out, sending the atomic lizard on a rampage through the landscape of animation with Toho Studios' new anime film trilogy, international kaiju fans have wondered when they were going to get a chance to see his first outing, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters for themselves. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Netflix, the Polygon Pictures 3D animated feature makes its way to our screens this January. And here's a nifty new trailer to prove it. https://youtu.be/B-3do2pM4pM Oh my. I think I need a moment. Be right back, rewatching at max volume till my ears bleed. Okay, I'm back. Looks like the film was in good hands with directing duo Shizuno Kobun and Seshita Hiroyuki, along with writer Urobuchi Gen of the tokusat...
Here’s Where THE☆ULTRAMAN Airs This January

Here’s Where THE☆ULTRAMAN Airs This January

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In 1979, four years after the last live-action Ultraman series had left the airwaves, Tsuburaya Productions decided to take their giant hero franchise into a new arena with The☆Ultraman, the first animated entry into the beloved Ultra Series. Now, for the first time, US audiences will be able to catch the show on television, thanks to the fine folks at TOKU. Continuing to kick giant monster ass, after airing such titles as Ultraman Leo and Gridman: The Hyper Agent in recent months, the TOKU channel has made itself a destination for fun, nostalgic film and television offerings in the imaginative tokusatsu subgenre. The☆Ultraman represents the next step on their apparent quest to get everything the kaiju kings at Tsuburaya have ever produced on American TV. This news comes to us ...
INUYASHIKI Teaser: KAMEN RIDER DEN-O Joins the Dark Side

INUYASHIKI Teaser: KAMEN RIDER DEN-O Joins the Dark Side

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Take flight with this new Inuyashiki teaser trailer. The upcoming film adapts the popular manga series, in which the title character, an aging salaryman with a dreadfully ordinary life, suddenly becomes extraordinary when a fateful explosion changes everything. But along for the ride is another who has been gifted with the same strange abilities Inuyashiki now possesses. And this guy doesn't share his wholesome philosophy about what to do with the considerable power they now wield. Shenanigans, as they inevitably must, will ensue. Despite the fact that our unlikely lead hero gleefully sings the Astro Boy theme song when he first discovers his gifts, this story may not be quite as bright and happy as it sounds. Writer/illustrator Oku Hiroya's original comic, recently given the anime tr...
INFINI-T FORCE Movie Trailer: Gatchaman’s Swan Song?

INFINI-T FORCE Movie Trailer: Gatchaman’s Swan Song?

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Infini-T Force takes the next step in its continuing adventures, reintroducing a beloved character from the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman series, whose awesomeness can clearly only be contained by the sheer enormity of a movie theater screen. Tatsunoko Productions' television crossover event, combining the universes of four of their classic animated hero series into a single narrative, Infini-T Force has summoned up the lead characters of Gatchaman, Hurricane Polimar, Tekkaman, and Casshan, dropping them into a unified battle against evil, but until now, few of their former allies have been allowed more than a passing mention. Joe the Condor makes his triumphant return in 3D animated glory with the upcoming Infini-T Force: Farewell Gatchaman, My Friend. And with a title as ominous as t...
GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Gets the Manga Treatment, Film Sequel Named

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Gets the Manga Treatment, Film Sequel Named

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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is stomping its way into the print medium with a new comic based on this, the first official animated feature for the long-running Godzilla franchise. The giant lizard's story will be told in manga form based on the character designs from the film, with new material only found in this version of the tale. Published in Shonen Jump this March and illustrated by Youth Kurahashi. Meanwhile, the kaiju anime trilogy continues its rampage as the second of the three gets its title. What a marvelous year it will be for monsters. Natalie brings us the news for the manga, which will feature added backstory for the film's cast of characters, as we await the arrival of the next post-apocalyptic kaiju throwdown just months later. And the name of that throwdown, t...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

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Welcome to the second installment of a brand new series here on HJU, Scholars Talking Toku. My name is Justin Mullis. I’m a scholar working in the academic field of religious studies with a life long love of Japanese pop-culture. Earlier this year an essay I wrote, “Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman” was published in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. I recommend you pick it up! As a result of my work on this essay I came to realize that there were a number of scholars, like me, who were interested in the topic of Japanese superheroes, through separated both geographically and by areas of expertise. The goal of ...
Get Hyped on GRIDMAN: THE HYPER AGENT’s Blu-ray Promo

Get Hyped on GRIDMAN: THE HYPER AGENT’s Blu-ray Promo

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Gridman: The Hyper Agent is back in more ways than one. Tsuburaya Productions' digital monster-fighting superhero was announced to get his own time slot on American television, then an even bigger surprise was sprung on us- SSSS.GRIDMAN, the new anime reimagining of the original Gridman was coming in the fall of 2018. Now, an official promotional video has dropped for the Hyper Agent Blu-ray, now presenting as a prelude to the upcoming animated take. Gridman served as the source material for the US adaptation, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, in which a group of high school kids faced Mega-Virus monsters in a digital battlefield to protect the world from electronic peril. If you were a youngling in the early 90s, you might find one or two nostalgic moments in this brief reminder. Parti...