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China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, News, Toku, Ultraman, Uncategorized
It's been a strange few years for the Ultraman franchise. First hitting the airwaves in 1966, Tsuburaya Productions' red-and-silver hero captivated audiences year after year, raising a legacy that endures to this day. But in the interim, their enterprise was beset with legal troubles and financial woes that threatened its livelihood and left its future in international waters uncertain. And so we come to today, where an unauthorized creation based upon a stolen brand is being advertised to the masses, setting a grim precedent for the Ultraman property going forward. The title's current standing is merely the end result of a lengthy gauntlet of court battles dating back as early as the mid-1990s, in which two-time Thai collaborator Sompote Saengduenchai (The 6 Ultra-Brothers vs. The Mo...
Ultraman Geed: Here We Go (Away)

Ultraman Geed: Here We Go (Away)

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
In the new Ultraman Geed, the young son of the nefarious Ultra villain Belial must rise up to save humanity from ultimate extinction. It's the perfect launchpad for an epic entry into the tome of Ultraman stories, years in the making. With the pedigree on display here, you'd have no reason not to think this would rock every sock on this and all other Earths. But while the show isn't totally abysmal, we can't tell yet if it counts as great either. If you just glance the stats for this show, it would seem to have the building blocks of something remarkable. Since Belial's debut in the Ultra Galaxy Legends movie, the ambitious Ultraman-gone-bad has grown in popularity, challenging literal armies of Ultra heroes across the multiverse. The idea that he might have a son who opposes him, ...
Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

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  Well, they finally did it. An American adaptation of Death Note, one of the most beloved anime and manga titles to come out of Japan this side of the 21st century. It was only a matter of time before Tsugumi Ohba's harrowing psychological mind-screw was given the remake treatment by the good ole U.S. of A. And, despite the snarky title for this review, and the tidal wave of negativity sweeping the interwebs over this film, I find that it may not quite be the trainwreck some of its more vocal detractors insist it is. But, before my name ends up in the pages of a dark notebook in a shadowy room somewhere, let's just say that it's not a masterpiece either. Contrary to the gospel of the surging masses, the truth is more likely somewhere in between. Which - fortunately or unfortun...