The tokusatsu phenomenon known as Kamen Rider owns a great deal of its success to the man who originally donned the grasshopper themed helmet, Hiroshi Fujioka. Fujioka will return to the franchise that he left nearly 38 years ago. Fujioka’s Hongo Takeshi aka Kamen Rider 1 will appear alongside the already announced Kamen Rider X actor Ryo Hayami. The theme of this years annual team up/crossover/beat down film is Showa […]
Ultraseven is the second installment of the long running Japanese film and television franchise based on the television character Ultraman. Ultraman, and Ultraseven of course, is an amalgam of western super hero archetypes and japanese moral and ethical codes. The first majorly successful Japanese superhero was named Starman. He was essentially a superman archetype. Ultraman, following in Starman’s footsteps, was also deeply influenced by the big blue crusader. Ultraman was […]
For those who love classic Anime this may or may not be a good thing. Gatchaman or Battle of the Planets as it was released over here is getting the feature film treatment in Japan. Thankfully the trailer looks better than recent Japanese live action reboots. The film is being produced by Toho and looks visually stunning.
I strive to be a well-rounded, moral person. I’ve tried to accomplish this daily goal ever since I can remember. Due, in large part, to the super heroes that I read as a kid. Spider-man, Batman, Superman, and Captain America fundamentally changed me as a human being. I tried to be like them. So much so, that I took to dressing like Zorro on trips to the local grocery store. […]