Regular Topless Roboteers will know my fascination with Yatterman, the classic Japanese anime that sounds like an old ’60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, except it was made in Japan and thus totally insane. What I haven’t mentioned (but have been following closely) is that there’s a live-action Yatterman movie coming out in Japan in a few months, directed by none other than Takashi Miike, the guy behind Ichi the Killer and many of Japan’s most horrifyingly disturbing films.
Now here’s the weird thing — you’d think that a Miike-directed film of a weird, old-school anime would be twisted beyond measure, right? Well, having watched this trailer — which I recommend doing either stone cold sober, or drunk out of your mind, there’s no room for middle ground here — it seems like an incredible authentic representation of the anime. So Takashi Miike has been out-weirded.
That’s how fucked up Yatterman is. This makes me very, very uncomfortable. (Via FilmDrunk)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.