Executioners from Shaolin turns 40!

   Star Wars isn’t the only film [that I care about] that turns 40 this year. The Shaw Brother’s classic, Executioners from Shaolin, was also released in 1977. It was a great year, I was 7 and having a great time with great shows, and toys… it also was the year my lovely wife was born.

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Paraphrasing Wikipedia: This movie, directed by the late & Great Lau Kar-leung, is a multi-generational story of revenge pitting the disciples of Shaolin temple against the Daoist priest, Pai Mei. [Wudan never mentioned in this film]

Princess Mononoke 🐺

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Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli (1997)

   So, I guess, I’ve been living under a rock for roughly 20 years now. I have never seen this movie. Sure, I’ve heard of it, but when I watch Japanese Animation it’s usually containing Ninja, Samurai or Giant Mechs & Kaiju. It is entirely understandable how a movie about a “Princess” could fly under my radar. Last week it was being played in select theaters, and a much younger co-worker was all about it. I was curious so that evening I went home and found a trailer for the film. I was surprised to find out that it was just my sort of thing. My wife was impressed as well. I found it on Netflix, the next thing you know it’s here and we’re enjoying it immensely.

   According to the young man that I work with, I have more to look forward to in other titles from Studio Ghibli. I cannot wait!

Go Nagai’s Mazinger Z: Dynamic Super Battle Robots | AniMonday

  While I am not familiar with all of the robots, two of them are new to me, I love some animated giant robot on Kaiju action. This has made Monday a bit more bearable. I may have to make every Monday an AniMonday.

  1. Mazinger Z
  2. Great Mazinger
  3. Jeeg
  4. Govarian
  5. God Mazinger
  6. Grendizer
  7. Shin Getta
  8. Mazinkaizer
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Kamen Rider 1 movie news!

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   Apart from everything looking like a over glorified toy commercial in all the newer incarnations for the Kamen Rider, the concept sounds cool. I am constantly afflicted with the nostalgia bug and this is the medication that I need. When they brought back all of the Ultramen a few years ago, I almost had a nerd overload!

CULT FACTION

The following information has now been released:
Hongo Takeshi/Kamen Rider 1 returns to Japan in order to protect Mayu Tachibana, his former friend and mentor’s (Tachibana Tobei) granddaughter. He  he meets the Ghost Riders, Takeru and Makoto who have been investigating her.
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Also a new faction, Nova Shocker arises and is lead by former Shocker mutants Igura (Nao Nagasawa), Urga (Tsuyoshi Abe) and Buffal (Kozo Takeda) – they are also after Mayu.
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Written by Toshiki Inoue and Hiroshi Fujioka and directed by Osamu Kaneda, Kamen Rider 1 The movie will premiere in Japanese cinemas on 26th March 2016.
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#Animation #Nostalia: Battle of the Planets, the original #Sentai

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   Being a creature fueled by nostalgia, from time to time I am haunted (in an awesome way) by memories from all of my childhood favorites. This evening I flashed on “Battle of the Planets“. An adaption of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, produced by Sandy Frank productions, It follows the adventures of G-Force. In a battle against Spectra, an alien force bent on destroying/taking over the world, five teens work together as a task force in defense of the planet.

   I am more of a fan of the Japanese version of the show now, but that has a place in my heart that will never go away.

Japanese Sci-Fi: The War In Space / 惑星大戦争 (1977)

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   The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE, is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.

   I’ve been looking for a copy of this film for a while. It was playing one day on channel 2 out of San Francisco in the late 70’s and I was able to watch a little bit of it. The main ship really stuck with me, along with the action and colors. The movie probably isn’t all that great and my geek nostalgia goggles are really thick on this subject but I have enjoyed watching far worse films… just ask Mrs. Multiverse 😉

Vintage Collection: Ultraman | ウルトラマン Family Poster Set (circa 1970’s)

IMAG2887   Back in the early 80’s, 1981-ish, I had a “friend”. Well I thought he was a friend. I was more his friend than he was mine. That is either here nor there. He let me borrow this awesome poster set while he borrowed a prized comic book of mine. It was a Captain America that I had picked up from 7-11 the week before. It was drawn by one of my favorite artists, John Byrne. Many times I attempted to make contact with this kid, but he had moved away. He stayed in contact with a few others I knew but blew me off.

   In hindsight, I got the better part of the deal, obviously. Heck, I replaced that copy of Captain America vol. 1 #254. Couple that with what I am about to share, well I think I came out on top. I don’t know a lot about the set but it features the Ultraman Family up to that point in time. It also shows a ton of the monsters (kaiju) that they fought.

   With no further ado, I present to you the ultimate Henshin Heroes (no offense, Kamen Riders), Tsuburya’s very own…

ULTRAMAN, err men, errrrr people.

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An Art Style From A Long Time Ago, Meets A Galaxy Far, Far Away

   These limited edition, fully licensed, woodblock prints were designed by artist Masami Ishikawa, engraved by master engravers, and hand printed by a master printer.