I did not see this one coming, but it might be interesting to see what comes out of this. The creative folks at Gainax have decided that they want to take a shot at producing their own live-action TV show. Teaming up with director Nobuhiro Yamashita (Cream-Lemon, Linda Linda Linda, and My Backpage), this new series shall be known as EA's Rock.
The premise of the show involves a group of heroes known as the Kankaku Senshi Gokan Five (Hmm, I wonder who they are making a reference to?). Their hard work has allowed them to save the Earth countless times, thanks to the trust that they have in each other. However, there are times when evil decides to give up on world domination, so the superhero job market ends up taking a huge plummet. Now the former heroes of the Gokan Five have decided find work at a bar in the city of Tokyo known as Shooting Bar EA (It is also a real bar.). EA is no ordinary bar, since there is also an airsoft shooting range located inside the bar. (Now that's my kind of bar.).
Other than the two people mentioned earlier, manga artist Hiroyuki Ohashi (City Lights, Ongaku to Manga) is in charge of the character designs for the series (Could that mean that we might encounter some monsters in the show?). You can also expect Gainax veteran Hiroyuki Yamada (Daicon specials, Abenobashi, Royal Space Force) as the project planner, along with Yoshinori Asao (material photography producer for Panty and Stocking).
This is looking to be more of a sitcom series than a tokusatsu series, which I don't mind at all. With Gainax involved, we might see various references to previous shows finally take form in live-action. Best of all, it is going to be a 13 episodes series with each episode running at 15 minutes, and they are also going to appear on Nico Nico Douga. Ea's Rock will begin its broadcast in April, for those who want to see what Gainax does with this series.
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