Patlabor, the classic anime, has received a live adaptation for the Japanese cinemas in two movies recently covering different chapters. So what better way to help promotions than by putting up a giant life sized Ingram mecha in downtown Tokyo. In the area of Kichijoji, this mecha proved to be quite the sight.
Watch the mecha go up…
The movie, K Missing Kings, is a follow-up to the previous K anime series which will be launching this July in Japan. The film will be having its world premiere at the Anime Expo and Japan Expo. The Shingo Suzuki directed feature hits Japanese cinemas on July 12 which is just a couple of days after Anime Expo and Japan Expo at Los Angeles and Paris, respectively.
K promo poster
If you want to find out more, hit up the site which launched recently and is a bit cryptic.
It was inevitable that hugely popular series, Attack on Titan, would be receiving a live action adaptation but who exactly will be filling in the shoes of the characters we all know and love?
The first bit of casting has leaked out pointing towards the casting of Japanese singer turned actor, Haruma Miura in the film. No word on who he’ll be playing but rumours are rife on the interwebs that he’ll be taking over the role of Eren.
Miura has previously starred in Bloody Monday, Samurai High School, Last Cinderella and is also a member of J-Pop boy band, Brash Brats. Filming looks set to take place at Hashima island otherwise known as Gunkanjima. It’s a long abandoned island in the area of Nagasaki.
If the island looks vaguely familiar, it was used in the James Bond film, Skyfall as the enemy stronghold.
Here’s a great looking trailer for a new Japanese martial arts called High Kick Angels. The movie stars Kanon Miyahara, a young 17 year female old who in 2007 actually won the 7th All Japan Boys’ and Girls’ Karatedo Championships. Production duties are being handled by Fuyuhiko Nishi, who previously looked after High Kick Girl! (2009) and KG-Karate Girl (2011). Seems to be a bit of a pattern here.
The flick will hit the Japanese cinemas on the 14th of June while video site Nico Nico Douga will be doing a pay per view stream of the film as well. The plot of the movie revolves around a group of girls who belong to a movie club who watch action movies and have a love for Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Inspired by the movies they watch, they head to a derelict school to make a film called “High Kick Angels” and instead end up encountering a number of men who storm the building. Finding themselves trapped, they take on the men in a battle. The tagline for the movie says it all: “Ever get your ass kicked by a high school girl?”
The Next Generation -Patlabor-, the live action movie, has released a trailer for the next chapter in the live action adaptation set for Japan. The second chapter will hold both the 2nd and 3rd episodes of the new series and features shots of the AV-98 Ingram in all its CGI glory.
The first installment containing episodes 0 and 1 will be hitting up Japan tomorrow on April 5th. This new chapter will be screening across Japanese cinemas on May 31st for 2 weeks only. Now that’s a limited run!
The Ghost in the Shell ARISE border: less project was an incentive to allow 5 young Japanese film makers to produce short films inspired by the cult classic series and the new anime movies. The films were screened for the first time on March 28th at the Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi in Tokyo.
The five films were recently posted online to YouTube, you can check out the different visions shown by the film makers below.
(03:19) directed by Yoshihito Sasaguchi with Katsuyuki Motohiro as the general director
(08：22) directed by Junta Yamaguchi
(03：30) directed by Shintaro Ono
“Shimamura Yuki wa Tanaka Kenji wo Wasurenai”
(Yuki Shimamuwa won’t forget about Kenji Tanaka)
(10：01) directed by Daisuke Yamaoka
(02：52) directed by Kaori Umewaki
AnimeJapan 2014 launched yesterday in Japan on March 22nd. This is the first time the event has been run and was held at the Tokyo Big Sight and featured a few cool display items. One of them was the AV-98 Ingram (16m-tall) and the transporter truck which drives it around.
These are both being presented and used in the live action The Next Generation – Patlabor movies.
We’ve seen the 1:1 ratio figure of the Gundam over at Odaiba but here’s a new one to join the ranks. Recently unveiled, the 8 metre tall figure was shown off at Lalaport Toyosu and is all to promote the live action Patlabor movie, THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-. The movie hits up Japanese cinemas on April 5th but check out the video below which shows the amazing figure off.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is currently in the middle of her 2nd world tour and will be performing in Australia next week for her many fans. Not content with that, she recently unveiled the artwork for her forthcoming 9th single, “Family Play”. The single, as previously posted here, will be also be used for the upcoming Crayon Shin-chan movie, Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back.
We still have to wait until the single releases on April 16 but the artwork for all three releases of the single can be seen below.
Single, CD+DVD, Limited Edition A, Maxi
Single , CD+DVD, Limited Edition B, Maxi
Crayon Shin chan is a very popular series in Japan and has spawned a massive franchise which keeps the fans happy. Now fans will have more reason to be happy with the news that the upcoming Crayon Shin chan feature film, Crayon Shin-chan: Gachinko! Gyakushu no Robo To-chan (Serious Battle! Robot dad strikes back), will have the theme song provided by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Kyary’s new song, “Family Party” which releases on April 9th, will be used which is also her first original theme song in her career. The track is being produced by Yasutaka Nakata who has also handled production duties on her past singles and albums.