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The best of Japan for American fans
Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look into Japanese wrestling! This time out we look at my favorite wrestling show on American TV as it returns for a second season. Can AXS keep up everything that made this show amazing during its first season? What does the producers pick to highlight from New Japan wrestling action? Take a read and find out!   read feature

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NJPW's presence in the U.S. grows
Being a fan of professional wrestling in the United States, you've got choices. Of course there is the biggest game in town in Vince McMahon's WWE, who have dominated the market practically  unopposed since 2001. Behind ... read feature

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Ayakashi Zamurai

Check out Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai teaser

Sounds like a sword-clashing good time
Apr 27
Garage Hero's Hayate web series may have been put on hold, but their latest project, Ayakashi Zamurai, has received its first teaser. Based on the trailer's content, it looks like the group's hitting us with another fun proj... read
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Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

It's happened
Mar 26
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... read
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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan live action movie footage is here

In the flesh
Mar 19
The good stuff starts at the 0:57 second mark. Get hyped. read
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Dragon Ball Z fan film

Now here's a Dragon Ball Z fan film that gets it right

Give these folks a job!
Feb 25
Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:... read
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Check out a Hollywood pro's ultraviolent take on Power Rangers

We goin' grim, we goin' dark!
Feb 25
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... read
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Ghost in the Shell

Fans don't want to see Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi

Speak your mind
Feb 18
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... read
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Ghost in the Shell

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

Black Widow gets a Cyberbrain
Jan 06
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... read
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Prophecy unveils a creepy new live-action trailer

Dec 22
The uber popular manga Prophecy, written by Testuya Tsutsui is getting an adaptation on the big screen in Japan. The tale of unfulfilled justice and judgment makes its debut in theaters on June 6th, adding to the already solid summer movie line-up. I hope the film can give the slow burning crime thriller a bit of justice, as the shots look pretty good so far! read
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The Akira Project

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

Dec 02
It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree... read
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Yakuza Kick: Let's take a look at The Making of Yakuzambie

It's time go behind the scenes of Yakuzambie
Nov 27
There's something interesting about witnessing a film's team talk about their experience on certain projects. Whether it's learning about the actors' thoughts on their work or the director's inspiration, I've always found th... read
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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

Colossal cosplay
Nov 19
I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b... read
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Garage Hero's Yakuzambie short is now on YouTube

Yakuza Kick!
Nov 17
Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that we can't watch a few zombies get killed on screen. Since Garage Hero uploaded Yakuzambie on their YouTube channel, we can now experience this moment, as we see a Yakuza membe... read
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Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Just in time for Halloween
Oct 29
Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started whe... read
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A Hollywood remake of Space Battleship Yamato is prepping for launch

Anything would be better than the Japanese remake
Sep 09
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... read
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So I guess the Ninja Turtles are Japanese Kappa, now?

Yokai in a half-shell
Jul 22
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... read
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Lupin III

The new Lupin live-action trailer is here!

I'm not sure how I feel about this yet
Jun 26
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 ... read
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The Akira Project

The Akira Project is out: Watch the whole thing here

May 10
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... read
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The Akira Project teases behind-the-scenes goodness

And it actually looks good!
May 03
Hollywood isn't the only party trying get some hot Akira live-action, err...action. The Canadians are, too! Montreal-based production outfit CineGround is hard at work on The Akira Project, an effort dedicated to doing ... read
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Princess Jellyfish live-action cast revealed

Casting announcements!
Apr 26
A short while ago we reported on the announcement of a Princess Jellyfish film (based off of Akiko Higashimura's manga), but the listing neglected an important detail: whether it was live-action or animated. I surmised that i... read
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Lupin III

Lupin III live-action teaser arrives

Now with less Japanese TV personalities covering up the video.
Apr 25
Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you want to see a short teaser for the upcoming Lupin III live-action adaption? I bet you do! This 30-second clip came out a few days ago, but it was covered in the typical trappings of Japanese TV, so... read
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Lupin III

First images of Lupin III live-action film actors in costume

Apr 09
A while back we heard tale of a live-action Lupin III film on the way. Now, we've gotten our first look at the actors in costume, so you can judge them! Yes, judge them. Who looks like a washed-up cosplayer? Who looks like a ... read
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"Turn your biggest lie into the truth."
When I saw the trailer, Smuggler gave me mixed impressions. As a live action adaptation of a manga by Shohei Manabe, I approached this title cautiously; I've seen more than enough manga and anime adaptations to know that many... read feature

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Holy crap: the new Godzilla movie looks amazing

I can't even tell you how excited I am.
Feb 25
I love Godzilla and I'm so excited that the upcoming Hollywood adaptation is actually respecting the source material. I don't mean that it's rigidly adhering to the old films -- I mean that it really understands what makes G... read
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TV & Film

Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film

Suspended 15 meters above the ground
Feb 22
They're really serious about promoting the upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live-action film. So serious, that the studio had its star actress Fuka Koshiba suspended 15 meters in air from a crane while dressed in costume... read
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New trailer for sentai comedy Joshizu

Where's the pink one?
Feb 07
Yuichi Fukuda's sentai comedy Joshizu has a new 40 second trailer out now. The comedy revolves around Naoko Akagi (played by Mirei Kiritani), a busy career-oriented woman who's been chosen as Red in a new all-female super he... read
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Recently My Sister Is Unusual getting live-action movie

Feb 06
It is absolutely no secret that I do not like ImoCho (Recently My Sister Is Unusual). I watched one episode and checked out simply because the series made me physically uncomfortable to watch. So why am I bringing this up? Be... read
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Live action Patlabor

Live action Patlabor films get a new trailer

Please be good please be good please be good
Feb 06
  My singular hope for Mamoru Oshii's live action The Next Generation: Patlabor films is that they're good, solid, fun. I don't need them to be groundbreaking or even modern classics. I just want to be able to watch... read
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Say I Love You

Live-action Say 'I Love You' gets trailer

Get your tissues ready
Feb 06
I absolutely adored the anime adaptation of the shoujo romantic drama Say 'I Love You'. I thought that it was extremely well done and just a very sweet and touching story. However once I heard that it was getting a live actio... read
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Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 live-action adaption on the way

Keiji Inafune's Kickstarter success will be adapted by Tim Carter's production company.
Feb 06
Video games! Who needs 'em! What's really cool is live-action, that's what! Keiji Inafune may be riding a wave of success after his Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 blazed past Kickstarter goals and into the internet... read
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Ghost in the Shell

Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell adaptation gets a director

If only it were the Puppetmaster
Jan 27
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... read
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Attack on Titan

Live action titans are insanely awesome

Time to buy a Subaru Forester
Jan 24
How many of you are excited about the live action Attack on Titan movie? I know I am! One of the things that I am also excited to see is how they are going to do the titans in the movie. Are they going to be live action or C... read
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Live action Patlabor

Live action Patlabor is looking great in these new shots

Please be good please be good please be good
Jan 19
More than almost anything in the world, I want the upcoming live action Patlabor TV series to be awesome. It's a property that I have a deep love for, and nothing would please me more than to see it done justice with actual p... read
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Kiki's Delivery Service

Jiji gets computerized

How cute, yet strange
Jan 16
Who else is super excited for the live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film? We've been keeping you updated since it was first announced. However, I think this is by far the coolest thing I've heard about the film since the be... read
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Whew, I guess there's no new Tekken movie after all

Saved by the rumor mill
Jan 15
I think we just dodged a bullet, friends. The rumor burning up the internet about a new Tekken live-action movie was mistaken. It seems that actor Kane Kosugi, who was pegged to star in the rumored movie (given the title Tekk... read
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Live action Patlabor project to feature working mecha

Suidobashi Heavy Industry's 4-meter robot to make cinematic debut
Jan 13
You might remember Suidobashi Heavy Industry's KURATAS that hit WonFes back in 2012. The robot blazed around the Internet, catching lots of peoples' eyes -- when Suidobashi started taking orders for the mech, it nabbed over 3... read
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Film & TV

Our first real look at Hollywood's adaption of Kite

Is it cringe-worthy?
Jan 06
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... read
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Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service seems cringe-worthy

Normally I'd be excited, but...
Dec 11
By now, you may have already happened upon this trailer for the upcoming live-action Kiki's Delivery Service, and if you're like me, you must have found it painful to watch. Although I loved the original animated featur... read
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Full trailer for Haganai's live action film is now live

Are you excited?
Dec 06
Haganai, short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is a light novel written by Yomi Hirasaka. It has been given several manga adaptions, and even has a 12 episode anime. Well now, the series is going to get its own live action ... read

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