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5:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Ninja Vanish! Garage Hero's Hayate project gets its own page

As Garage Hero continues to work hard on completing Gun Caliber, the team has gone ahead and created a page for Hayate: Asakusa's Ninja Hero, a ninja-themed tokusatsu project that's aimed towards children. At the moment, the ...

Salvador GRodiles




Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition photo
Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition
by Salvador GRodiles

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies can be hard to follow, Gun Caliber’s titular character manages to get the job done without having to worry about the usual issues that plague many heroes.

As Bueno and Garage Hero continue to work hard on Gun Caliber, a bootleg version of the movie was officially streamed on YouTube during Easter Weekend (April 18th through the 20th) as a means to give their viewers a taste of what’s to come. Judging from the content shown in the video, the only thing that was missing was the film’s official soundtrack, which’ll be composed by Koichi Terasawa (Rider Chips) in the completed version.

While it seemed that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition was only going to be shown once, Bueno and Garage Hero have decide to feature an encore stream of the film’s bootleg version from August 15th through the 17th; thus giving more people the opportunity to catch a peak at the movie itself. As a person’s who’s been fascinated with the tokusatsu medium, it’s no surprise that I was excited to revisit Bueno’s creative story.

Since the film isn’t finished yet, this post will only be an Impressions piece. Once Gun Caliber's completed version is out, you can expect a full review with a score in the future. That being said, it’s time for us to take a look at Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition.

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Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of photo
Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of
by Josh Tolentino

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announcement comes by way of General Manager Toshio Suzuki on the TV program Jounetsu Tairiku.

That's not the whole story, though the sexy headline would lament the fact that "Ghibli is dead!". Read on for more details about how this isn't really the end for the house Miyazaki built.

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4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

So I guess the Ninja Turtles are Japanese Kappa, now?

That seems to be the story Paramount have gone with in their new "Legend of the Yokai" trailer for this year's big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, opening on August 8th. According to the stylized animations and ster...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Devil's Path, The Pinkie, and Greatful Dead

It's been a little while since my last one of these, and I'm sorry about that. But I haven't actually died or anything, and there's still more to come! With just three days left in the festival (tonight included), some of the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Mole Song's Snow White Murder Case

Japan Cuts has officially begun. Last night, the festival kicked off with the latest Takashi Miike film to hit our shores, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, and then Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, which I've alr...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell? photo
Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2014 Japan Cuts film festival, which means today starts our official roundup series. We're kicking things off with two of the biggest films to play at the festival, Sion Sono's brilliant Why Don't You Play in Hell and Takashi Yamazaki's not-so-good The Eternal Zero.

Since not all of the many Japanese films played at the New York Asian Film Festival make the crossover, I've added my thoughts on some of the more compelling NYAFF-only things to come out of Japan this festival season. They may have already come and gone, but you should definitely keep your eye out for them in the future.

So without further ado, let's get's get this party started.

[For the next couple of weeks, Japanator's sister site Flixist will be covering the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival. They will be rounding up their coverage here for your convenience. For their full coverage, click hereFor their coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival, which is a Japan Cuts partner, click here. Keep up with the Japanator roundups here.]

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4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Three cheers for the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the third annual announcement of the Japan Cuts film festival by a Flixist writer. For those who don't know, Japan Cuts is the biggest Japan-focused festival in North America, and it has returned wi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Arpeggio of Blue Steel heads to the big screen next year

I was a bit shocked with myself, that my favorite anime of last year was actually the sci-fi/moe mash-up, Arpeggio of Blue Steel. Usually, I base my initial interests off two things, either mecha design or character design. W...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 06.26.2014

The new Lupin live-action trailer is here!

The live adaption of the classic anime thief Lupin III, is set to hit theaters in Japan on August 30th, but you don't have to wait that long to get a glimpse. There's a new trailer making its rounds, and this time the video ...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 06.12.2014

Ken Watanabe does Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven

Japanator's about more than anime, don't you know! It's also about watching dignified hunks like Ken Watanabe do a samurai take on Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, and that's exactly what this is.  Yurusarezaru...

Josh Tolentino





1:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Akira Project is out: Watch the whole thing here

Well, that was quick. Just last week CineGround's crowdfunded adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's masterpiece was giving folks a peek behind the curtain, but after a few days, it looks like this weekend was the day to unleash th...

Josh Tolentino