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Ultraman: The Red-Suited Stepchild

Ultraman: The Red-Suited Stepchild

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Toku, Ultraman
The tokusatsu fandom is a fun bunch, but it can sometimes be a bit unforgiving when things don't quite look or sound right to our eyes. If it doesn't shout its name, wear a big, plastic device that people somehow believe is just a watch despite it looking nothing like one, and demonstrate a convenient array of sweet martial arts moves, it's not always going to register with some of us in the English-speaking fan community. So many were introduced to this subgenre through the likes of Saban's Power Rangers, and their many follow-ups, all of which adhered to a pretty strict formula of roll calls, teamwork, and big cheesy slogans. Maybe this contributes to the reluctance some have expressed over the years to jump into the wildly-successful, long-running Ultraman franchise. Let's face it....
Premium Bandai Opens An International Survey

Premium Bandai Opens An International Survey

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Henshin Justice has once again called upon the Kamen Roller for assistance, as his team at Hero Club and various sites begun re-posting this ongoing story. During the summer Premium Bandai opened up a survey for overseas customers inquiring about their interests in products. Bandai want take another chance at distributing Premium Web Shop Exclusives again internationally, and this survey meant to help show them what people will interested in purchasing if Bandai decides to bring down their imaginative wall. Now, for people who may be cautious on if the survey's selection is limited, I can confirm it is not since  practically everything is including! Exclusives like Rider SHFs, Super Sentai Artisan items, Gundam Model Kits, and clothing present so for Tokusatsu and/or Anime fans this is s...
KOICHI KAWAKITA Has Passed Away – The Man Who Redefined Godzilla for the 1990s December 5, 1942 – December 5, 2014

KOICHI KAWAKITA Has Passed Away – The Man Who Redefined Godzilla for the 1990s December 5, 1942 – December 5, 2014

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Toho's visual effects director who forged and shaped Godzilla's look for the 1990s, Koichi Kawakita, passed away on December 5, 2014, with the family releasing the news today in Japan. The cause of death is being withheld at this time. Funeral and memorial services are to be announced. Kawakita graduated Nakano Broadcasting High School in 1960 and began his higher education at Kokusai Junior College. Intensely interested in movies, since seeing THE MYSTERIANS (1957), he began working a part-time position at Toho Studios that same year. Offered a full-time position at Toho, he dropped out of college in 1962. Although headhunted for an Executive position, Kawakita expressed his desire to become a member of the Visual Effects Department, and was taken under the wing of Eiji Tsuburaya, the...
THE “JAPANESE GODZILLA” WILL RISE AGAIN! Toho to Produce a New “Godzilla” in 2016

THE “JAPANESE GODZILLA” WILL RISE AGAIN! Toho to Produce a New “Godzilla” in 2016

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Missing: Last seen in GODZILLA FINAL WARS, 2004. SCOOP: It's big and it's terrible, and this incredible news broke just two hours ago in Japan and is spreading like wildfire in Japan. And while I didn’t see this one coming, and some may think it could be a hoax, the announcement was published in the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal, Nikkei, and the respected movie news website, Eiga.com — I've combined elements from several stories and the translations are my own: Toho Company Ltd. will be producing an all-new Godzilla film to be released in 2016. This will be the first “Domestic Godzilla” in 12 years since GODZILLA FINAL WARS (2004). In a press conference today, Toho announced that they’ve launched the “Godzilla Conference” as an organization to discuss and...