Robotech, Astro Boy Looking at Live-Action Movies

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm


Honestly, though, I think it'll be a while before we see either one, if ever. As any toy or anime collector can tell you, the Robotech/Macross rights are a nightmarish minefield. However, it appears that the latest writer to attempt it will be Michael Gordon, whose G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra script doesn't exactly inspire hope in fans of '80s cartoons.

Meanwhile, the folks making Astro Boy just sound flat-out delusional.

"We've seen him as a manga, an anime and an animated movie but we've never seen him as a live-action movie or him as a superhero," said Nalbandian. "We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man."
I'll grant you maybe AN Iron Man, but THE Iron Man? Let's just say that if you find a kid who's as entertaining as Robert Downey Jr, he'll probably have better things to do.

Blu-ray Today: Studio Ghibli Is Great When Pigs Fly, and the Rest of the Time Too

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

Pom Poko - Okay, Disney, let's see if I have your logic straight here:

Song of the South is considered unreleasable because it tells a G-rated tale, absent historical context, set in what was decidedly a non G-rated time immediately following the Civil War. Sins of omission and so forth. Got it.

In Pom Poko, a family of Japanese raccoon dogs fights to protect their land from developers...using, among other things, the power of their magic scrotums. This is just fine to distribute, so long as the English dub calls them "pouches."

Lesson learned: it is okay to like furry characters with huge nutsacks, but not to act like slavery didn't ruin people's lives. As that is pretty much the Topless Robot philosophy also, it seems I'm more in tune with Disney than I thought.

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Blu-ray Today: Book of Life, Spying on Sasha Grey and Playing in Hell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

The Book of Life - For whatever reason, Fox was gung-ho about inviting me to various pre-release events to hype this uniquely Mexican-American animated feature, but less interested in making it easy to see the full movie, or even push it for the Animated Feature Oscar. I wouldn't necessarily put that down to its quality - more likely, they simply didn't know what to do with a film that uses CG to make its characters look like they're literally made of wood, then has the main hero actually die and become a skeletal form of himself quite early on. Not to mention that there's a soundtrack which includes Latin-style takes on the likes of Biz Markie, and Ice Cube plays God (I know they don't actually call him that, but c'mon).

I'm curious to see it some day - maybe it'll get a theatrical rerelease when Pixar puts out their Dia de los Muertos movie.

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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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TR's 10 Best Anime of 2014

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am


While 2014 wasn't exactly a banner year for Japan's animation industry, the humble island nation still managed to crank out more than a few good-to-great anime releases over the past year, be they TV series or movies or anything else in-between.

As the year winds down, let's do the hip thing that all kids these days do on the Internet, and go back and list, in no particular order, the best anime that 2014 had to offer!

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If Ghostbusters Were an '80s Anime

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm


"Are Ryu the Keymaster?" a line I'd totally have put in this fan animation by Nacho Punch. But they were smarter and more grammatical than me.

Yes, it's true. This editor has no dick-tentacle.

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It's Official: ScarJo Is Motoko in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:58 am


Variety has confirmed it. She was offered the role back in October.

I'm not particularly bothered by this, given that it was always likely they were going to go with an American star anyway. More troubling is that the director is Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman, whose track record indicates a director more interested in banging the leading lady than making any kind of coherent story.

Sanders is also reportedly attached to Universal's Van Helsing reboot, which makes perfect sense - I'm guessing a female Van Helsing this time. That he can bang.

TR's 10 Best Manga of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am


It's that time again: time to struggle to pigeonhole a vibrant, diverse corner of the comics world into a neatly-arranged, 10-entry list. It's been another pretty good year for manga in the west; global megahit Attack on Titan has done little but pick up momentum, gathering tie-ins, spinoffs, and an in-production movie, even as the manga itself has been teetering dangerously between stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid. Naruto came to a close in November, Yen Press has been feverishly adding light novels to their already robust selection of manga, and Seven Seas have a bizarre breakout hit in Monster Musume, which has topped the New York Times manga charts no less than six times in 2014. It's a fun read, but it's also a sex comedy that often stops just short of being actual porn, so it's not quite right for this list. What is right for manga's best of 2014? Try these on for size.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Demon Queen Statue With Interchangeable Silicone Boobs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm


Yamato USA's latest figurine, Demon Queen from the light novel Maoyu, has quite the interesting feature...

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Weekstarter: Naked Hermaphrodite Pooh, Bloodsucking Games, Medieval Goats and More

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout

It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.

Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstar

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