Star Wars: Tamashii Nations’ Darth Maul… 素晴らしい!

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   If I could afford anything in this line, I would get this guy. Next to the Stormtroopers in Yoroi, this design resonates with my love of Star Wars and my admiration of the Feudal Japanese aesthetic. Darth Maul is simply stunning. The character was one of my favorite parts of the Phantom Menace, and I totally dig the treatment that this gives him.

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“Ultraman world M78 Osaka” opening event

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The very 1st graphic I used for my 1st website circa 1996

   This place looks awesome. This would be like a “Star Wars Store” having a grand opening. I would love to visit Japan for a number of reasons, this is now another one. I’ve been an Ultraman fan for as long as I can recall, ever since it was imported to the U.S. back in the early 70’s. As a matter of fact, watching Ultraman is among some of my earliest memory. For some time, I’ve owned the first season and I love to watch it from time to time. Check out my collection of Ultraman Family Posters, if you have a few minutes.

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

Star Wars: There’s a NEW Force Awakens Trailer in Town.

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   So this morning I woke up early to a new trailer dropping on the internet. The title said “International” but it is from Japan. I guess that makes it “international” but I’ll call it Japanese. That is neither here nor there. This trailer has new footage. Not a lot but just enough to keep watching it as much as the last.

   I am posting the original link to the video since it is the official Star Wars Japan site and that won’t be susceptible to removal by lawyers and such. Click the image above and enjoy.

   Oh, and May The Force Be With You ^_^

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.