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Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III goes peak Disney, includes Big Hero 6 world


Inflatable Keyblade to follow?
Aug 16
// Josh Tolentino
Let's face it: Kingdom Hearts III has been in development for so long that it's practically associated with a now bygone period of Japanese game development, dominated by the dread spectre of Square Enix at the height of...
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Robotech

Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options


It's happened
Mar 26
// Josh Tolentino
Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...
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Power/Rangers

Check out a Hollywood pro's ultraviolent take on Power Rangers


We goin' grim, we goin' dark!
Feb 25
// Josh Tolentino
Don't you love it when, for some trick of fate or circumstance, the idle fantasies you used to dream up when you were a dumb kid somehow come true? That's what happened for a lot of folks a couple days ago when Director Jose...
Ghost in the Shell photo
Ghost in the Shell

Fans don't want to see Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi


Speak your mind
Feb 18
// Hiroko Yamamura
The internet erupted as you might expect when DreamWorks Pictures announced that the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi had gone to Caucasian actress, Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. It looks like...

Ghost in the Shell photo
Ghost in the Shell

Hello, Major: Scarlett Johansson is the star of Ghost in the Shell


Black Widow gets a Cyberbrain
Jan 06
// Josh Tolentino
At times it seems like Dreamworks' planned live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has been in development hell for so long that we were contemplating writing a script that automatically tagged any story about it wi...
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?


Yup, still funny
Nov 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a...
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Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki receives honorary Oscar


Miss you
Nov 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Legendary writer and director, Hayao Miyazaki accepted an honorary Oscar this weekend, highlighting his prolific career. While the road hasn't been smooth over the past few years for the Studio Ghibli head honcho, there's no...
Fury photo
Fury

Let a Girls und Panzer girl take all the tension out of Fury


A tank movie for tank otaku
Nov 03
// Josh Tolentino
[Update: It seems Kadokawa's taken down the video. We'll update the post with a new source as soon as we can find one.] Far be it from me to tell people how to promote things, but the way Brad Pitt's new war movie Fury, abou...
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Yamato

A Hollywood remake of Space Battleship Yamato is prepping for launch


Anything would be better than the Japanese remake
Sep 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Fans of classic Japanese space opera have a reason to celebrate of be concerned, depending on your predisposition. US based Skydance Productions has acquired the rights to produce the remake of the seminal Leiji Matsumoto 197...
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TMNT

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


Yokai in a half-shell
Jul 22
// Josh Tolentino
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...
Godzilla photo
Godzilla

New Godzilla poster is retro-awesome


Also some director featurette or whatever.
Apr 19
// Ben Huber
I think I'll take a few more excuses to write about Godzilla before the film comes out! Yes, this new Godzilla poster is just about perfect. I wish it was a tad more detailed, but other than that, it's pretty spot-on. I'd lik...
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Hollywood

Daily Beast claims Hollywood has been "ripping off" anime


Claims Transcendence rips off Serial Experiments Lain
Apr 18
// Pedro Cortes
With this week's release of Transcendence, a movie where a scientist played by Johnny Depp escapes his death by digitizing himself, talk has started up again about concepts that first appeared in anime showing up in big Holly...
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Viz

Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel


Trying to capitalize on Edge of Tomorrow adaptation
Apr 16
// Brad Rice
With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version...
Setsubun photo
Setsubun

Robocop's prime directives need to adjusted


Now that's a bizarre crew
Feb 06
// Hiroko Yamamura
Every year in Japan, cheerful hoards of people gather on February 3rd to celebrate Setsubun. The holiday is basically a way to ring in the new year, and rid your life and home of any bad spirits. It's pretty festive occasion...
Ghost in the Shell photo
Ghost in the Shell

Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell adaptation gets a director


If only it were the Puppetmaster
Jan 27
// Josh Tolentino
Oh boy, here we go. It's been more than half a decade since Dreamworks acquired the rights to produce a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, and mostly it's been all quiet. Many had simply consigned the idea to vapor...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino

Gundam creator Tomino to collaborate with Legacy Effects


Hollywood effects studio and famed Gundam creator's studio team up.
Jan 15
// Ben Huber
Here's one of your favorite things, internet: an announcement of an announcement! The creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, will be collaborating with the Hollywood special effects company Legacy Effects to create "movies base...
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Film & TV

Our first real look at Hollywood's adaption of Kite


Is it cringe-worthy?
Jan 06
// Tim Sheehy
Hollywood's upcoming live-action adaption of Yasuomi Umetsu's anime cult-classic Kite has been in development for years. Thanks to this new trailer, we're finally getting our first real look at the film, and i...
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Films

All You Need is Kill film adaptation looks amazing


I can't wait
Dec 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
When I first heard that Hiroshi Sakurazaka's classic sci-fi light novel, All You Need is Kill was getting the Hollywood treatment, I got a bit worried. It was initially announced that Brad Pitt was attached to the film as th...
Film photo
Film

Miyavi to star in Hollywood film?


Really?
Oct 11
// Tim Sheehy
Popular Visual Kei artist, and human peacock, Miyavi has managed to pique the interest of Hollywood executives, and more specifically, actor-turned-director Angelina Jolie, who have cast the musician in their upcoming film Un...
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Gundam meets Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim faces off with Gundam


Gundam vs Jaeger?
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
After becoming a living mecha god after his recent Pacific Rim movie, you'd think that director Guillermo del Toro would be hard to impress. A news crew followed the visionary around Tokyo, making a few stops to buy stuff, a...
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Live action Akira

Live action Akira refuses to die!


Could it really happen?
Aug 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Apparently no one got the memo on how to kill things with fire, as the live action version of the classic anime film, Akira has reared its head again! Last we heard, the project was put back on the shelf due to budget reasons...
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47 Ronin

Keanu and his 47 Ronin spice up a classic tale


Is he the one?
Jul 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Looking at the trailer for the upcoming Universal Studio's film, 47 Ronin, you might not guess that the movie is inspired by a group of real samurai. The tale actually goes back to the 18th century, and follows a group of sa...
Robotech photo
Robotech

Leonardo DiCaprio believes in Robotechnology


Just a rumor
Jul 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
In what may actually pan out to be a wild rumor, mega Hollywood star Leonard DiCaprio has been heard uttering a word that elicits extreme emotions in many anime fans, "Robotech." Yes, the lovechild of Carl Macek's Harmony Gol...
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Old Boy Trailer

Can the Old Boy remake bring anything new?


Why a remake?
Jul 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
When the film adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya's Old Boy manga was released in Korea, it sent shockwave across the film industry. The grittiness, plot, and twists still have people talking today, and its place in histo...
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TV & Film

New Pacific Rim featurette goes behind-the-scenes


with three seconds of new footage!
Jun 29
// Tim Sheehy
Warner Brothers have released a brand new featurette for Guillermo del Toro's Giant Robot-love letter, Pacific Rim. The three and a half minute clip takes us behind-the-scenes to outline the plot, and introduce us to several of its characters. Fortunately -- or not, depending on how you view things -- there isn't much in the way of new footage, so at least you won't be spoiled too much.
Kiefer Sutherland x MGS photo
Kiefer Sutherland x MGS

Woah: Konami announce Kiefer Sutherland as Snake's voice


'Kiefer? Kiefer?! Kiefeeeerrrr!'
Jun 08
// Josh Tolentino
Well, this is a surprise. After months of practically-confirmed rumors surrounding Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has gone and confirmed that indeed, David Hatyer will not be the playing the voice of Snake....
Tokyo Vice live-action photo
Tokyo Vice live-action

Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice filmed with Daniel Radcliffe


Harry Potter and the Japanese Underworld
May 02
// Josh Tolentino
Here's some sweet news for fans of a diverse range of things. Fans of Harry Potter, fans of Japanese gangsters, fans of books, and fans of movies can now rejoice together, as Jake Adelstein's book Tokyo Vice is getting a...
Old Boy poster photo
Old Boy poster

Spike Lee's Old Boy remake gets a poster


What's the lines mean?
Apr 17
// Hiroko Yamamura
I never picked up the original Old Boy manga, but I was a really big fan of the Chan Woo Park film. Ever since I heard Spike Lee had decided to remake the film for Western audiences, I've been quite wary of the concept. Howev...
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Battle Royale will not be making its way to American TV


BR Act has been ended!
Jan 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
Fans of the controversial and popular and Japanese film and novel, Battle Royale can let out a hearty sigh of relief. It was announced a while back the the CW had been in talks about acquiring&nb...
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Anime snubbed at the Oscars, again


Should have guessed...
Jan 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
We were all pretty hyped to hear that some really fantastic anime films had made the Oscar short list for possible nominations. Well, you know what happens when you get your hopes up! Ghibli's lovely, From Up on Poppy Hi...

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