I’m going to say maybe 100 TR readers vaguely recall when Cartoon Network’s Toonami used to air Cyborg 009, and maybe 15-20 of you remember it fondly. Well, that 15-20 of you, good news — Cyborg 009 is returning with a series directed by Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fame, as announced in this promo video. It’s your basic introduction to the nine cyborgs who decide they want to protect humanity instead of harming it, as well as their powers; alas, it’s clearly going to be cel-shaded CG, which has the misfortune of making it look like those Appleseed movies or a videogame. Still, Stand Alone Complex was awesome (and for my money the best Ghost in the Shell series out there, anime or manga) and moody cyborgs are right in Kamiyama’s wheelhouse, so I’m looking forward to this. Although the chances of someone bringing it over to America are pretty much nil. You 15-20 Cyborg 009 fans — how many of you own the Cyborg 009 DVDs? Yeah, that’s why it’s not coming over. (Via ANN)
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.