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Live in Los Angeles? Q Pop's holding a Tatsunoko Tribute Art Show

May 27
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something wonderful about seeing a place hold an art show to commemorate the greatness of certain things. Whether it's a beloved franchise or a show that many folks grew up with, the best thing about these events is s...
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Speed Racer

Speed Racer's rights return to Tatsunoko

Licensing lawsuit finally settled.
Jan 04
// Ben Huber
Briefly: Tatsunoko has gotten back the licensing rights to their beloved anime series, Speed Racer (aka Mach Go Go Go). For a while the rights were tied up in the court system as Speed Racer Enterprises, the company set up by...
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Gatchaman Crowds S2

Gatchaman Crowds season 2 confirmed

Gatcha, Gatcha Gatcha Gatchaman~
Oct 26
// Elliot Gay
As far as I'm concerned, Tatsunoko's Gatchaman Crowds was the surprise of last season. I was on the fence after seeing the character designs, but I'm really glad I gave it a fair shot. The characters are a blast, and the over...

First Impressions: Gatchaman Crowds

Jul 15 // Hiroko Yamamura
 Let's be totally clear here: Yes, this isn't your father's Gatchaman. After the first episode it's obvious that none of your favorite characters and locals have just jumped into the modern anime era. This is probably what I love about this show. In an age of remakes and retellings of older series. Gatchaman Crowds isn't trying to make you remember the death of Joe the Condor, or make a new version of the always-right Ken Washio. This is a whole new crew, and what a crazy bunch they are. The main character of our story is Hajime Ichinose, a overly excitable chick who really digs stationary. She's brought into the fold by JJ, a powerful guardian of the earth, who has all sorts of crazy powers. If it gives you any indication of the show's mood, the fact that they'd name their all powerful leader something like JJ, and not Master Control Ninja, shows the anime's silly nature. The other main character of the first episode is Sugane Tachibana, who seems like de facto leader of the team. He has a sweet sword, and has the ability to manipulate time and space. Yeah, those seem like pretty sweet powers. We do get to meet the rest of the team, but haven't gotten to see them in action yet. We see the lazy and detached Joe Hibiki, who apparently has some ability to control fire. Next up is O.D. who can't transform into a Gatchaman for some reason, and his cat Altair. There's Utsu-tsu, who we see hanging out casually in a bikini, and acting distant. Lastly we have Paiman, who looks to be giving the team orders and guidance. He also looks a lot like a panda bear, but you don't want him hearing you say that. Basically, Hajime is gifted her new powers by JJ for some unknown reason, receiving an all powerful NOTE, which grants her the communications of the G-Crew. The NOTE is basically a little notebook, which also acts a cellphone. The NOTE allows the team to communicate, and receive JJ's communications, as well as allows their transformations into Gatchaman. All the gear looks cute and ready to be sold as tie in products, but I like how they chose such a lighthearted object. Who would have guessed a notebook? The team is hunting members of a hostile alien race, referred to as MESS. These MESS can disguise themselves as pretty much anything, and seem to be just minding their own business in Japan, carrying on as objects or people. To keep their identities secret, the G-Crew are able to use a power called Amnesia Effect, seemingly freezing time, and causing anyone around the incident to forget what has happened. Also, part of the effect is that the hidden MESS show their true form, which is a fast moving block of various colors. Imagine an evil glowing Rubik's Cube. You busy remember there was a Rubik's Cube cartoon? Man that was dumb Anyways, Hajime and Sugane transform into their Gatchaman forms, which look nothing like their 70's counterparts. They do however, look pretty cool. My only complaint about the transformations is that the suits just don't really go togther. Individually they all look cool, but don't speak like a team set of suits, but that may come to grow on me. Also, given their magical nature, there isn't much science to what's going on. Once you bring magic into a situation like this, the sci-fi nut in me that cares about how the suit works takes a back seat. So for now, let's just say they are magical suits. Sugane has his super powered samurai sword, along with his Dr Who-like abilities. Hajime sports some nutty looking school girl type suit, which totally looks like something out of Phantasy Star Online. She's sporting some scissor-based throwing knives, and so far some fantastic enthusiasm. What did I think? I liked it. It's a bit too early to tell if Im just excited by a new show, but so far it seems to be on point. I'm so very happy that they have thrown out pretty much any similarities with the original show. I'm hoping at some point they do justify the reason for the show being Gatchaman, but for now I'm content waiting. There's the Gatchaman logo, and we do get a glimpse of Berg Katze, but this is its own weird thing. The character designs and artwork were a bit off-putting to me at first. I'm usually attracted to gritty super detailed anime series, but something about they away they depict Japan, and the use of colors if quite pleasing. The show has a real "hip" vibe to it, in a Panty & Stocking or Gurren Lagann kind of way. Everything is bright, pretty and overstated, but has some nicely done action and battle scenes. You could say the show looks borderline silly, but that's really part of its fresh appeal. One of my friends described the show to me as what the taste of fruit-flavored candy would look like as an anime. I thought that was a pretty accurate summary. I hope things don't stick on Hajime showing off how enthusiastic and cute she is for the entire series. I can see how the show could take a turn for the dark side later. Or, maybe I'm hoping for it. The show has style for miles, and some fantastic music to boot. I have to admit that watching the show was an entertaining, pleasant venture. However, the old school Gatchaman fan in is hoping for some dark bloody action to show its face at some point. I mean, what's the point of all this cheeriness if you can't have to oppressive darkness to contrast against. And if there's aver been a villain you can count on to bring everything crashing down, it's Berg Katze. Can the hermaphrodite alien, engineered by Soisai X bring some nasty to this chipper show? I'm counting on it. [Watch Gatchaman Crowds simulcasting on Crunchyroll!]
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Gatchaman returns with a fresh new face
Deep breath time. The anime I've been fearing all year is finally here. A lot has changed in the world since the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman hit the airwaves back in 1972. Perhaps that's why people (including myself...

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Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman joins the Crunchyroll Crowd this Friday

The anticipation is extreme!
Jul 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
The Gatchaman news just keeps coming! After revealing some information on the Super Science Ninja Team's suits and powers, Crunchyroll has announced their simulcast plans. Ready for the long wait? Since I'm sure you already g...
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Gatchaman Crowds

Do you want to still be part of this Gatchaman Crowd?

What do you think?
Jul 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
I just don't know what to think here. The official Gatchaman Crowds website has finally taken off the veil on Gatchaman information we've all been waiting for. Yeah... it's um, different. The original Gatchaman theme song is ...

AX '13: Sentai and Tatsunoko make friendly, nabs 11 shows

Also licenses Stella Womens Academy, High School Division Class C3
Jul 05
// Brad Rice
One of the big splashes Sentai Filmworks made at its AX panel earlier today was the announcement that it's worked out a licensing deal with Tatsunoko productions to bring a portion of their library over to the US in some form...
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Di Gi Charat & Gatchaman

License Reminder! Sentai gets Di Gi Charat and Gatchaman

Will Sentai's release of Gatchaman do good?
Jun 25
// Salvador GRodiles
Actually, Sentai has already talked about their plans for both shows already at their panel during Anime Boston 2013. However, they decided to make their announcement more official by reminding us in a more professional ...

Friday Night Fights: Yamato vs Soyokaze

Jun 21 // Salvador GRodiles
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Will Tylor's luck prevail against the Yamato Cannon?
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Toriko was at an advantage with his strength that's capable of destroying mountains, but Sanji wasn't going to give up that easily. Despite, Sanji's refusal to use his hands in combat, his master...

Gatchaman Crowds photo
Gatchaman Crowds

There's a familiar face in this Gatchaman Crowd

My favorite villain!
Jun 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Some more art work has been released from the upcoming Super Science Ninja Team Gatchaman remake. Just when I said I was happy to see little evidence of the previous shows in the new Gatchaman Crowds, a very familiar face... ...
Hero Company Vol. 3 promo photo
Hero Company Vol. 3 promo

Hero Company's promo makes you wish that it was an anime

Oh wait, it's not an anime?
Jun 03
// Salvador GRodiles
For a second, I thought that we are about to see a new trailer for an upcoming Tatsunoko series. But alas, this trailer is only a commercial for the June 5th release of the third volume of Hero Company, an ongoing manga that...
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Go Nagai vs Shinbo. Go!
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! It looks like I made a grave mistake in pitting Dix-Neuf against Ideon. Even with Dix-Neuf's ability to slam planets into Ideon, there was no way for the machine to dodge Ideon's Black Hole Canno...

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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Yellow has a sexy voice!
Mar 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
Today we take a trip all the way back to 1983, and visit Tatsunoko's often overlooked series, Genesis Climber Mospeada. Most remember the series in its reworked and translated Harmony Gold version, Robotech: The Ne...

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Way back
Dec 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
For this week's Old School Thursday, we're going waaaay back. All the way back to the ground breaking 1972 anime classic, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The show was aired in the states under the titles, Battle of The Planets...

Anime Sols to stream anime in a whole new way in 2013

Kickstarting and streaming come together at last.
Nov 07
// Salvador GRodiles
Now this is something that I would love to get behind, since Anime Sols is going to not only going to stream anime titles, but they are also giving users the power to donate money to help their favorite titles get a...

Speed Racer director works on Tatsunoko's new project!

Mar 22
// Salvador GRodiles
A few weeks back, Tatsunoko announced that they wanted to do a new anime project to celebrate their 50th birthday. Director of Speed Racer Hiroshi Sasagawa will be directing the new series known as Devander, which features a ...

Tatsunoko turns 50, celebrates with new project

Feb 27
// Bob Muir
Tatsunoko Production is turning 50 years old, making it one of the oldest anime studios in Japan. They were founded on October 19, 1962 and has been putting out anime almost every year since 1965. In 2005, they released Karas...

Gintama and Sket Dance worlds collide for anime specials!

Sep 05
// Chris Walden
Those of you that read Shonen Jump will know that back in April both Gintama and Sket Dance had special crossover chapters, a little like the Toriko and One Piece special we saw earlier this year. Well, these chapters are abo...

Anime on Demand to simulcast [C] for the UK

Apr 20
// Bob Muir
[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, the new series by Tatsunoko, has a long and confusing name. I don't know if this is the standard yet, but how about we just stick with [C]? It rolls off the tongue a lot easier,...

Learn the secrets of Japan's economy in these [C] promos

Mar 10
// Josh Tolentino
And we mean secret secrets, not that pansy-ass medieval wolf-goddess stuff Lawrence deals with in Spice and Wolf. We're talking freakonomics. Well, you won't learn them from the promo per se, but from [C] The Money of Soul an...

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