As we get ready to pile into movie theaters for the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film, we return to an old gem in the annals of live-action special effects TV, with the strange anomaly that was 1978's Spider-Man.
A rare Japanese-produced adaptation from an original Marvel Comics creation, this Spidey bears some similarities to the more familiar wall-crawler from New York, but in other ways... maybe not so much. Still, the hero, whose televised adventures lasted 41 episodes, has made some strides in recent pop culture, having appearances in comic book crossovers where he encounters other webslingers in the Spider-Man multiverse, along with his giant mech Leopardon. Because nothing says "spider power" like a kaiju-sized robot themed after a cat.
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2008 saw the return of Kamen Rider to American television after over a decade of absence. The Japanese action hero franchise survived its ups and downs with the previous English-language adaptation in the form of 1995's divisive Masked Rider only to face a new challenge when Adness Entertainment picked up the brand rights for their own take.
The American Kamen Rider Dragon Knight would adapt the visuals from the original Kamen Rider Ryuki, but it would have a tough time finding a big audience on the now-defunct CW4Kids television block. But, for a passionate few, it represented the possibilities for a beloved franchise to branch out toward wider appeal someday soon.
Some of us are still waiting for the time when Kamen Rider may be recognized as easily as the likes of the Avengers, ...
From Studio Mir, the animation giants that brought forth Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra comes a new action/adventure title waiting to consume your soul. Young Koji and his magical companion are having a merry time in their fantastical land, until their fun in the sun is thwarted by a band of metallic malcontents bent on spoiling the mood. Well, we can't have that, can we?
Check out our first look at Koji here.
This new fantasy adventure series comes from Avatar and Korra writer Alexander Snow, sporting animation just as wicked as seen in those beloved titles.
Wherever this potential gem arrives in full series form, we can only hope it's soon.
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Not content to pass up the opportunity for a little cross-promotion, Toei Animation is having some fun with two of the big names among its fleet of mega-franchises. Sadly, this crossover is only here as a marketing tool for two separate releases, which have basically nothing to do with each other except they both involve giant things blowing stuff up. We'll take it!
Godzilla: Planet Eater is the third and final act in the 3D animated trilogy for the giant lizard in his first fully-animated film saga. Its release this month just happens to coincide with that of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, the next installment for the ongoing super robot anime legend. So, Toei Animation is letting their promotional powers combine, and giving them their own commercials and artwork to hype fans of both ...
One last battle remains to decide the fate of a post-apocalyptic Earth in Godzilla: Planet Eater, the third and final film in this 3D animated giant monster trilogy.
From Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures, the series plays out as a three-act storyline for the King of Monsters, which finally reaches its conclusion this year, featuring one of Godzilla's most famous foes, the golden dragon King Ghidorah. There's no shortage of kings among the kaiju, are there?
This time, King Ghidorah's looking a bit different, as the anime tale brings us a new vision of the beast whose divergent sights are about to be set against his enormous, reptilian co-star. If nothing else, you can't fault this series for lack of ideas. They've got more imagination packed into this thing than several live-acti...
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As the first promotional trailer dropped last July, Bat in the Sun, with their partners at Qualcomm Snapdragon and G Fuel, promised a more complete version of legendary Street Fighter video game heroes Ryu and Chun-Li duking it out with the spandex-clad combatants of the Power Rangers television series. After months of waiting, their battle is finally at hand. And with it comes a smorgasbord of Ranger references and a load of stunts to entertain you, while also asking if you would please keep playing the Power Rangers Legacy Wars mobile game many fans have been digging so much lately.
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As we wait to see what shape the Power Rangers television franchise takes next, it might be fun to have a look back on one of the brand's recent offerings. The title about a group of young heroes tasked with defending the world from evil in multi-colored outfits has been molded onto many grafts over the years. From the surprising success of the comics by publisher BOOM! Studios to the continued push for more fresh content on the Power Rangers Legacy Wars mobile game, fans new and old have had a lot to sink their teeth into, depending on their preferred niche. Chief among them was the 2017 film that arrived with far too little fanfare not to be swallowed up by the Disney adaptations, Marvel super-smashers, and generally flashy spectacle flicks all screaming for the attention of moviegoers...
Watashi wa Hyper Agent Gridman.
After a long wait, Tsuburaya Productions is finally ready to unveil the new SSSS.Gridman.
This animated effort inspired by the live-action original bears many similarities to its tokusatsu predecessor, but also a few differences. For one, the impending monster mayhem doesn't seem to be confined to a digitized world within computers, as seen in the 1993 series Gridman the Hyper-Agent. Those look like physical buildings getting smashed to pieces as enormous kaiju tangle with the hero of the hour, in a populated area. Among them is a cast of angsty youngsters whose paths may be inextricably linked to the red and white savior known as Gridman.
SSSS.Gridman begins October 6, 2018.
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What, you expected the last movie to be the final installment just because it contained the word "final" in the title? How little you know this franchise.
The heroes of Kamen Rider are back yet again, in this latest crossover blowout film promising to gather up the heroes from several incarnations of the long-running property, across all of the 21st Century Heisei Era. Headlining this bad mamma-jamma is the newest lead hero among them, Kamen Rider Zi-O. The time-traveling wannabe king is about to get a royal crash course in heroing as he combines forces with a greater congregation of past Kamen Riders than even his own show would likely allow. If you can't be the last, at least be the foreverest... or something.
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After Power Rangers Turbo failed to reignite the Power Ranger Mania that had swept the early 90s, a new season would emerge that saw the protectors of Earth launch their franchise to new heights. Setting controls to outer space, the show took on new challenges, broadened the scope of its story, and created a new style that recaptured the imaginations of many viewers, keeping the Power Rangers name alive for years hence.
Youtube channel The Disney Brain deconstructs this shift from the mild fender-bender of the Turbo season to the rocketing fan-favorite adventure that was Power Rangers in Space, examining the innovations of plotting, characterization, and overall expanding ambition of this benchmark in Ranger history.