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Fans of classic tokusatsu (special effects) television have something new to look forward to on the domestic front. Shout! Factory officially opened pre-orders for Ultra Q, the 1966 show that kicked off the Ultra series prior to Ultraman.
Renowned director and effects master Eiji Tsuburaya's 28-episode series offers up Twilight Zone-esque chapters that play out like self-contained mystery kaiju films. Shout! Factory's 6-disc set includes the complete series, digitally remastered in color. Some have taken issue with the fact that it's not coming out in its original black and white format, but this is a fantastic series either way.
On April 1st it was revealed that the celebration for the anniversary of Hurricanger would be a new movie. Devised by actors Nao Nagasawa and Kouhei Yamamoto, the movie will reunite actors and characters alike for what looks like the penultimate Hurricanger experience. The release date is August 9th, and it’ll be available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Film and television company Toei announced last week that it would be recruiting members to join the enemy force in Kamen Rider, the Shockers. The “Shocker Project's” official website opened to invite visitors to join the Shockers for world domination. The fictional organization is looking for those with high amounts of intelligence and physical strength.
The May 26 recruitment drive will be held as a public event at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, with tickets costing 1,000 yen (about US$10), and free for children 2 and under. The event will last between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, and all attendees will receive a proof of the Shockers with their name on it as a present.
In the 19th century, Yotsuya Kaidan was staged as a kabuki play along side the story of the 47 Ronin. The story of the vengeful spirit of a samurai's betrayed wife first became a movie in 1912, then was adapted about 18 times in the next two decades, and over 30 times to date. No stranger to remakes, the ever prolific Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) has now taken on what's probably the most influential dead wet girl horror story (think The Ring).
Kodansha had revealed the plot details for the upcoming Kamen Rider Hibiki novel. Written by the series' writer, Tsuyoshi Kida, the novel will revolve around a different "Hibiki" who met the classic Ishinomori hero, Henshin Ninja Arashi.
The ph9 website of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and 009 Re:Cyborg director Kenji Kamiyama began streaming the live-action independent short film "Silicon;BootDrive" on Saturday. Kamiyama contributed to the story which was written and directed by A.T. The two previously collaborated on the opening of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and the live-action preview for 009 Re:Cyborg.
Kis-My-Ft2 idol group member Taisuke Fujigaya will star in this summer's live-action television adaptation of Kamen Teacher, a manga by GTO creator Tohru Fujisawa. The titular role will be the first teacher role for Fujigaya, as well as his first special-effects (tokusatsu) and motorcycle action role. The story blends elements of school drama and hero action genres.
The manga centers around Gōta Araki, a special Instructor in the Kamen Teacher Program which gives problem schools a complete overhaul. When he dons a mask, Araki becomes "Kamen Teacher Hayato Jūmonji," a hero for justice. He brings light to troubled schools by putting down delinquents.