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Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

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Welcome to the start 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! When I started working on this essay I believed that I was breaking new ground, that work by academics on Japanese superheroes was probably minuscule to nonexistent. What I soon realized however was that a number of scholars were in fact interested in this...
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...
Gundam Takes Flight in Latest READY PLAYER ONE Trailer

Gundam Takes Flight in Latest READY PLAYER ONE Trailer

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Ah, hell. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry decided to drop trailers for their mega-blockbuster these past two weeks. Must be another Star Wars December. This time, it's Ernest Cline's heavyweight pop culture champion Ready Player One, the bestselling book given life via the man who helped generate a large part of the very fan fervor his sci-fi adventure sought to invoke - famed director Steven Spielberg. And with this second extended look at the film, we have a ton of new iconic characters, images, and music cues to add to the growing pile that has nerds of all ages adjusting in their seats. Among these totemic titans is the anime super-robot tearing up the skies in a battle for the Oasis. No, it's not Voltron, like so many have misidentified him as. And no, it's not the Iron Giant, though he ...
SSSS.GRIDMAN Anime Teaser – Back To Bust More Mega-Virus Skulls

SSSS.GRIDMAN Anime Teaser – Back To Bust More Mega-Virus Skulls

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The monster menagerie at Tsuburaya Productions is on a roll this season, delivering one surprising announcement after another to the enraptured heart-eyed fans of their action/adventure titles. We got a tease for the new Ultraman anime coming in 2019, based upon the current manga series of the same name. We're shaking and crying as we wait to get our hands on the new Redman comic, reviving the old school hero in a new medium. Both of these announcements surrounding the good news that Tsuburaya scored a major victory in its extensive legal battle over the international rights to some of their most beloved material. But wait, there's more! After rolling out a sweet Blu-ray release for their live-action special effects series Gridman: The Hyper Agent, they've at last released a brief tea...
ULTRAMAN Anime Teaser – The Classic Hero Reborn

ULTRAMAN Anime Teaser – The Classic Hero Reborn

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The Ultraman franchise continues flying to new heights this season, as Tsuburaya Productions announces the arrival of the first animated title for the long-running superhero brand since 1980. We recently discussed possibilities for the mysterious countdown leading up to this announcement, courtesy of the eponymous manga series published in the pages of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero magazine, guessing (among other things) that there could be an anime adaptation of the popular comic in our future. And now, we have the first official teaser video to confirm it. Beginning in 1966, the giant monster-fighting Ultraman wowed audiences with its live-action special effects wizardry and imaginative action, giving birth to a lineage that endures to this day, where dozens of new entries into the saga...
Watch: ANIME CRIMES DIVISION Episode 3

Watch: ANIME CRIMES DIVISION Episode 3

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Here's the third episode of Anime Crimes Division, from RocketJump. The first and second episodes of this web series saw the formation of a new team struggling to clean up the streets of Neo Otaku City. Now, in the season finale, the division is tasked with tracking down a serial killer of the Gundam persuasion. All set? Ready... GO! https://youtu.be/zcxcjTr_Pm4 In addition to helping fund this celebratory exercise in nerd hilarity, Crunchyroll is offering a 30-day free trial to their services.   You might also like: ULTRAMAN Anime Teaser – The Classic Hero Reborn JOHN WICK vs SPACE SHERIFF VOICER – Keanu Reeves Meets His Hero, Sonny Chiba KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 12: How To Build Bridges & Get Over Them
ULTRAMAN: Time Is Running Out, But For What?

ULTRAMAN: Time Is Running Out, But For What?

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Ultraman's Color Timer is blinking out! The long-running monster-fighting superhero franchise has seen action in just about every entertainment medium his enormous, red-and-silver frame could fly through, not excluding animation, live-action, television, film, and comics. Now, Tsuburaya Productions is prepping its salivating worldwide fanbase for a new announcement, and the otaku are all a-Twitter with speculation about what this might be. The official announcement will come to us courtesy of the current manga series by Shimizu Eiichi and Shimoguchi Tomohiro, a sequel to the first transforming hero story in the Ultra Series, simply titled Ultraman. And, to make sure no Ultra fan could possibly forget this occasion, a handy website has begun a countdown to the exact time that this m...
Watch: ANIME CRIMES DIVISION Episode 2

Watch: ANIME CRIMES DIVISION Episode 2

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Here's the second episode of Anime Crimes Division, from RocketJump. The first episode saw a new duo hit the streets in Neo Otaku City. This time, the division must infiltrate an underground Yu-Gi-Oh tournament in search of a rarity... https://youtu.be/h9cokcBph5M In addition to helping fund this celebratory exercise in nerd hilarity, Crunchyroll is offering a 30-day free trial to their services.   You might also like: KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 12: How To Build Bridges & Get Over Them ULTRAMAN GEED Blows Minds in MOB PSYCHO 100 Poster REDMAN Strikes a Pose in New Comic Preview From Matt Frank
ULTRAMAN GEED Blows Minds in MOB PSYCHO 100 Poster

ULTRAMAN GEED Blows Minds in MOB PSYCHO 100 Poster

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As the Ultraman Geed television series soars closer to its final episode, its young star Tatsuomi Hamada has already found his next big gig in the new Mob Psycho 100. This live-action adaptation of the eponymous manga and anime sees title character Mob forced to unleash his considerable psychic powers, to what may be disastrous effects on the fragile world around him. A glimpse into that world, which already appears to be crumbling under the weight of some pretty immense psionic energy, can be found in this newly-released poster. As previously reported, Tatsuomi is joined by his series director from Ultraman Geed, Sakamoto Koichi, whose list of credits in the world of live-action special effects is as long as Geed's finisher beam, including such illustrious titles as Power Rangers, Su...
ANIME CRIMES DIVISION – Pulling Out The Big Guns

ANIME CRIMES DIVISION – Pulling Out The Big Guns

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From the mad genius Youtube megastars of RocketJump comes this latest web series to rock your socks. Cleaning up the mean streets of Neo Otaku City, the Anime Crimes Division is the last line of defense against the unending horde of offenders against anime, that lovable entertainment medium with fans as rabid as an Ozaru Saiyan in heat. Producing quality content inspired by the likes of anime, sci-fi, fantasy, and action properties of all types, RocketJump has been wowing their fans for years. Now, they team up with the anime streaming overlords at Crunchyroll to bring us this new series, packed with more references than you can shake a Moon Stick at. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urk_kp76RoI&t In addition to helping fund this celebratory exercise in nerd hilarity, Crunchyroll...