Here it is: the first full trailer for Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla In Japan). This movie looks incredibly disturbing and will absolutely stand out as the scariest interpretation of the Big G ever. The new movie clearly takes direct inspiration from Godzilla’s look in the original 1954 film and turns up the nightmarish quality of the giant radioactive dinosaur up to 11.
It’s interesting to note that Toho also announced today that the new film will include 328 well-known performers from Japanese cinema in various roles and cameos. It seems as though everyone wanted to be in this movie.
Here’s a shorter cut of the new trailer:
As the Shin Godzilla media storm was starting up, Toho announced a line of merchandise under the title “Godzilla vs. Evangelion“. What originally began as an April Fool’s prank that supposedly revealed a new movie featuring these two franchises ended up being a cool cross-promotion featuring shirts and buttons. The best part of the crossover is this piece of official art by Mahiro Maeda:
This new trailer should satisfy many of the fans I’ve seen online who were getting angry at the lack of advertising for the new film as they are too used to Hollywood-style marketing blitzes. Anno and Higuchi’s new film hits Japanese theaters on July 29th.
Sources: Crunchyroll, The Good, The Bad, and the Godzilla, The official Shin Godzilla website
The official website for the upcoming Berserk film updated today with the information that veteran Berserk composer Susumu Hirasawa will be providing the theme song for the film and that Evangelion’s Shiro Sagisu will be composing the film’s soundtrack. This is outrageously cool.
Volume 36 of Kentaro Miura’s epic manga series is scheduled to go on sale on the 23rd of this month which will also coincide with the manga returning from hiatus in the pages of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine. A new television commercial for the upcoming film is also being prepared for release and may also begin to be shown on Japanese TV starting on the 23rd as well.
Also, it should be mentioned that Dark Horse comics will be publishing the english edition of volume 35 on October 4th. Since this is the North American edition, no one in the states has any excuse to not buy this.
Berserk Golden Age I: Egg of the Supreme King hits Japanese theaters in January 2012.
Animation Studio Gainax released their FLCL Blu-ray box set last week in Japan. This limited edition set features all six episodes of the 1999 Original Video Animation series and also includes some new art from character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, such as the box cover above.
The box set is available off of websites such as CD Japan and will set you back $173.61. Now unlike the Blu-ray release of the most recent Evangelion movie, the FLCL box set includes english subtitles. The collection also includes a number of music videos by The Pillows as well as commentary by director Kazuya Tsurumaki and production footage.
Funimation announced several months ago that it would be re-releasing FLCL here in the United States on DVD as well as Blu-ray. No other information pertaining to the release is available at the moment but hopefully Funimation will be just bringing this new edition of the series stateside and not creating some sort of upscale from the old American DVD’s.
So until the American release by Funimation sometime in the future this Japanese edition is looking pretty great.
There was also a little celebration for the Blu-ray release of FLCL which included a talk with the director as well as a screening of the episodes. I’m including a cool sketch by director Kazuya Tsurumaki that was present at the gathering last week.
Hayao Miyazaki’s film ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ is being digitally remastered and is set to be released on Blu-Ray on July14th in Japan. Interestingly enough, the Japanese Blu-Ray release will include an english subtitle and dub track as well as a subtitle an dub track for several other languages such as Korean, German, and French. The Blu-Ray will also include a commentary track by Hideaki Anno (the director of Evangelion as well as a key animator in Nausicaa) as well as a recent conversation between him and Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. It isn’t clear if the bonus extras and commentary will also have english subtitles but I’m hoping that the language options apply to the film as well as the disc extras.
The Blu-Ray release is being handled by Walt Disney Studios Japan so an American Blu-Ray release can’t be far behind. Although it seems that fans should probably pick up the Japanese Blu-Ray seeing as it already has an english language track and so that they can be sure to get all of the commentaries and extras which are usually dropped from stateside releases of foreign films.
Lastly, this is also the first in a series of Blu-Ray releases of all of the older Studio Ghibli films. I’m excited to see what they do with ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ and ‘Princess Mononoke’.
After posting the Gunbuster Pachinko advertisement I decided to take a look at similar promotional videos for the very successful Evangelion line of Pachinko machines. Posted above are the best ones I could find…Japan takes these games very seriously it seems. One of the videos even features Kaworu piloting Eva Unit-04…which was never even seen in the original series.
GAINAX and Heiwa are releasing a Gunbuster Pachinko game much like they have done with Evangelion. The Evangelion versions of these gambling machines have been a huge success in Japan and maybe if these new Gunbuster versions sell enough they will do another sequel! yay!
Here are two TV advertisements for two Evangelion figure lines in Japan. These are pretty fun.