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Game On: EARTH DEFENSE FORCE Series

Game On: EARTH DEFENSE FORCE Series

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What do you get when you mix third-person shooters, Dynasty Warriors, and giant alien monsters? Earth Defense Force! Or as it is known in Japan, Chikyû Bōeigun / 地球防衛軍. In these next series of games, our friends at Fighting Frogs Ultra assume the role of a soldier in the midst of an alien invasion! From the Playstation 2 era to Playstation 4, there will be more cosmic kaiju than any Ultra can handle!  The first Earth Defense Force game never really saw the light of day in the western market, but once again it didn't stop FFU from giving you the monster-killing action that you all deserve. Let's get started! https://youtu.be/XbNEnM3AE3k   You might also like: DEADPOOL’s Ryan Reynolds is DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Plus: Dogs & Cats Live Together, Mass Hysteria...
I KILL GIANTS Trailer – “Dark Omens Are Totally Cool”

I KILL GIANTS Trailer – “Dark Omens Are Totally Cool”

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It's Hammer Time. Bringing the Joe Kelly graphic novel to life in splendid form, I Kill Giants summons up a gaggle of monsters ready to ransack the small town young Barbara Thorson (as in "Son of Thor") calls home. Not if she has anything to say about it. A coming-of-age tale set against the imaginative backdrop of monsters and magic, from Danish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Anders Walter, crafting this tale from a script penned by the comic series' original writer Joe Kelly. Any dedicated comic book fan is likely to have come across Kelly's words at some point in their time as readers, as his fingerprints are all over the scene. From Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool over at Marvel, to Superman's Action Comics, Wonder Woman, and Justice League of America. If it flies...
OUTER MAN – Maybe Sometimes The Bad Guys Should Win

OUTER MAN – Maybe Sometimes The Bad Guys Should Win

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Who says the big, scary monsters always have to take the L? Special-effects action director Kawasaki Minoru disagrees, and in this comedic flick, he sets about telling the tale of a world obsessed with the fictional television heroism of Outer Man. The superhuman giant battles enormous kaiju to save the world from their uncanny evils to the wonderment of adoring tokusatsu fans everywhere, but then something extraordinary happens. Outer Man, who was only a TV character, suddenly appears in the real world. But instead of protecting mankind, he'd rather be a prick and destroy it. The actors of the Outer Man TV show must band together to fight this new menace or die trying. I guess. This wacky premise that sees the heroes transform into a monster to stop the Ultraman-esque figure from wre...
Final PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Trailer – A KAMEN RIDER Suits Up

Final PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Trailer – A KAMEN RIDER Suits Up

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Pacific Rim: Uprising is almost upon us. The bright and sunny sequel to the dark, rain soaked Guillermo Del Toro original is set to rally the troops for an all-out brawl against the other dimensional Kaiju, who have returned to the post-war-torn world believed to have been saved from their monstrous wrath in the last installment. Alas, too much popcorn is on the line to say goodbye to the giant beasties and their eternal enemies, the robotic Jaegers with their shouty human pilots. Among them this time is John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) who carries the torch after the departure of his character's father, portrayed last time by Idris Elba. Boyega leads a cast of mostly fresh faces including Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, and Adria Arjona to join returning stars Rinko K...
GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

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Earth of the future has seen better days, as the giant lizard Godzilla has been having his way with the planet for thousands of years while the humans who abandoned it have tried and mostly failed to colonize other, less hellish planets than the one they once called home. This is the premise as we step into Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first of an interlocking three-part film story about the atomic beasty and his reign over an apocalyptic world. In Toho Studios' six-decade history with the giant monster and his scaly friends, we've never seen his towering form rendered with animation in a feature before. As a longtime kaiju fan, from witnessing his first terrifying rampage across Tokyo in 1954's Gojira to Legendary's recent Hollywood offering, 2014's Godzilla, I looked forward t...
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...
2018 Marks the 60th Anniversary of Tokusatsu Legends

2018 Marks the 60th Anniversary of Tokusatsu Legends

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Senkosha Productions is celebrating sixty years of justice with the anniversaries of some of the tokusatsu subgenre's pioneering superstars, who paved the way for the many heroic stories to follow decades after their inception. Among them are the classic superhero shows Moonlight Mask and Planet Prince, as well as the mecha series Super Robot Red Baron. 1958's black-and-white Moonlight Mask series was hailed as one of Japan's first live-action television superheroes. His identity never truly revealed (though heavily implied with the constant disappearing acts played by lead character Iwai Juro, conveniently absent when the title hero shows up to save the day), his adventures took him across 130 episodes and 6 movies. Within this massive tome of stories was TV's first famed kaiju, the ...
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. 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...
ULTRAMAN GEED & The Ultimate Mic Drop of Episodes 22 & 23

ULTRAMAN GEED & The Ultimate Mic Drop of Episodes 22 & 23

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After a short break from the high drama discussed in our last review, the Ultraman Geed series picks right back up for the final leg of its sprint toward the finish line. And with only four episodes left to make it happen, this show is pulling out all the stops, laying one side of the story to bed while digging up others from a restless tomb. It's daddy issues galore in episodes 22 and 23! We begin as the opportunistic writer Ishikari Aire arrives at her secluded home at night and senses she's being watched. Out of nowhere, the villainous Fukuide Kei is upon her, as creepy as he's ever looked, just standing there motionless, as if he's been waiting in that spot the whole time. It's a bit alarming, since she helped the poor alien through his hobo phase after Big Daddy Belial was killed...