After a few years of relative quiet, Shotaro Ishinimori's Kikaider is set for a major resurgence. On May 18 a new version of the android hero will team with Kamen Rider Gaim in the 30th episode of the character's eponymous tokusatsu series to fight Kikaider's classic rival Hakaider. One week later on May 24 the conscience-circuit-equipped robot will star in a solo film, Kikaider REBOOT, which could result in an ongoing TV series. Though action figure fans will have to wait until April of 2015 to unbox it, Bandai Japan has opened preorders for a limited edition S.H. Figuarts action figure incarnation of the character's 1971 manga and TV style.
Metal Gear and Kinnikuman (a.k.a. M.U.S.C.L.E.) fans have some heavily-articulated action figure options on the horizon. Following a few years of concentrating on mid-to-larger-scale action figures, Kaiyodo's Revoltech line is returning to the more miniature market with "Revolmini" Solid Snake and Kinnikuman toys standing about 4.33-4.5" tall, respectively.
It's a pretty good time to be a Sailor Moon fan. Not only is there a new animated series set to kick off with a worldwide release this summer and a new line of high-end action figures to populate your bookshelves, but there's also a resurgence of material created by fans as the franchise gets ready to relaunch.
Case in point: Moon Animate Make-Up, a full-length recreation of an episode of the original Sailor Moon anime, featuring a different animator for every shot of the show. And yes: That includes the "Sailor Moon Says" PSA at the end.
Hayao Miyazaki, the cartoonist behind Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and director of films including Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Howl's Moving Castle, has been pretty outspoken about his feelings about the popular trends in anime. He's not a big fan.
But what if he was? Odds are the films he made at Studio Ghibli would look pretty doggone different. CollegeHumor has dug deep into that question and come up with some examples of how his movies might look different under the effects of some other... popular influences. Prepare for a little Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Sailor Moon and more.
Since 2009 Kodansha has printed a combined 30 million copies of Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan manga, which so far includes 12 volumes and a number of spinoffs. That breaks down to around 16,438 volumes of manga a day for five years. Now, that may not seem like a ton in a market where the number one manga, One Piece, has sold more than 300 million (and counting) copies across 71 volumes since 1997, but one needs only look at North American comic sales numbers to concur that it's still a statistic worth celebrating. And celebrate they did last night at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Japan with a 200-foot-tall projection featuring the series signature man-eating Colossal Titan and the humans who fight them at something approaching a 1:1 scale.
Action figure collectors will soon be able to assemble Sailor Moon's core crew of Sailor Scouts. This September Sailor Jupiter will join Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus as part of Banai's S.H. Figuarts line. Like the other figures in the line, SJ seems modeled principally after the Sailor Moon anime that originally ran in the '90s, but it should still sit fine with readers of creator Naoko Takeuchi's manga and the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal anime based on her art style.
The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.
The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined Akira, Doraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It's...harrowing.
Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Good Smile Company and Max Factory's Mikasa Ackerman Figma from Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan manga and its anime adaptation. I'll go ahead and spoil the review and just say it: This figure rules. Hit the jump to see why in our full video review.
Fans got their first look at Bandai's S.H. Figuarts take on Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto this past February at Toy Fair 2014, but now the action figure's proper release information has been unscrolled. Over at the Tamashii website, it's been loosed that this Naruto: Shippuden era version of the character will arrive in Japan in July and the United States in an estimated September.
For those of you planning on permanently relocating to Japan to take advantage of their readily available Kamen Rider churros and Attack on Titan deca-decker cheeseburgers, we have some good news on the job front! It seems that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is in need of some stalwart crimefighters to hit the streets, and to get the word out about their latest recr
uitment drive, they're teaming up with the producers of the upcoming The Next Generation -Patlabor- movie.
I can't read Japanese, but I can only assume this poster means that they're recruiting for the division of the police that cruise around in giant robots battling giant robot crime. If that is, in fact, the case, I doubt they'll have any trouble meeting their recruitment quota.