This past fall I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Maui, where I got to eat a bunch of shave ice, surf while shark fins visibly poked up from the waves and eat at this place that housed a giant sculpture of a sea turtle eating pizza. It was dope. Still, as always, it seems I've been bested by Tsuburaya's Ultraman, who seemed to have an even better time vacationing in the Hawaiian islands with his family.
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If you had to compare Tsuburaya's Ultraman to a Western superhero concept, the closest comparison would probably be... Captain Marvel or a much friendlier version of Alan Moore's Marvelman? Every incarnation of the longrunning Japanese tokusatsu and anime empire is different, but more often than not, the hero is the result of a nobel member of a kind of cosmic pantheon merging with a human host (or taking on a human form) to defend planet Earth from invading kaiju from space. In Japan's Monthly Hero's Magazine, however, manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi present a normal human donning a special high tech suit to protect the planet as Ultraman.
Movies: Wolverine adds another blade to his arsenal in the latest "Samurai" The Wolverine international movie poster.
Upcoming: Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC have released Nimit Malavia's Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen cover. The OUaT TV series tie-in is due
Video: Mass Effect 3 and new Mass Effect: Paragon Lost OVA voice actor (and eternal hero of millions of people like me) Freddie Prinze Jr. accidentally called anime "Japanimation," but apologized for the incredibly minor gaffe. Dudes, cut FPJr. some slack!
Awesome: Jason G
If you've previously thought that empty soda, beer or energy drink cans belonged in a trash can, get ready to change your mind as you gaze upon the wonders that are Japanese artist Makaon's can-based sculptures.Makaon's website
Movies: The first image of Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright in Japan's upcoming Ace Attorney live action film from Otona Fami magazine doesn't merit any objection from me.
Auctions: The Comic Bo