How come Japan gets all the shiny cool stuff?!?

It looks like we have about two months to learn to speak Japanese and book a trip because on August 24th the land of the rising sun will be able to see director Toya Sato’s live action adaption of GATCHAMAN! Better known here in the U.S. as BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, the new film is described as follows:

Set in the near future, Gatchaman follows the story five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo, as they try to protect the world from the mysterious terrorist group who call themselves Galactor. With technology far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a “stone,” our five heroes will be called “Gatchaman.”

The trailer looks like some serious “live action anime” fun and makes me wonder if a live action VOLTRON could’nt be far behind . . .

I would love to chat about it more but I have to start tearing into “Conversational Japansese for Dummies.”

Hey – if you speak Japanese already or at least read it – can someone explain to me why it says “Bump of Chicken” in the lower right hand corner of the screen at the 1:02 mark?

Say┼Źnara for now !

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVKaIFxQa98&w=560&h=315]

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When not working hard to protect democracy against the forces of evil or training to be a Jedi Knight like his father before him, New York Writer/Artist/Scribbler of Nonsense, Brian McKevitt spends a lot of time drawing superheroes and zombies and his friends. Occasionally he confuses them and ends up drawing his friends as zombie superheroes.

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  1. Convoy

    I wonder if I’ll be able to see this anywhere in NYC? And I think if Pacific Rim is successful, we’re going to see news of studios interested in live action versions of Voltron, Macross/Robotech, Manzinger Z, Gaiking, etc etc.

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  2. Miles Quatermass

    I always thought Science Ninja Team Gatchaman had the absolute coolest costumes of any superhero group ever.

    Shame we never got that CGI Gatchaman movie that was being made here in the US (I remember seeing the trailers at Comic-Con in 2009 or 2010) because it looked pretty good.

    Bump of Chicken – popular Japanese rock band, I believe. They’ve been around for years, and have written music and songs for quite a few movies and anime shows.

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  3. Roberto Suarez

    Man I used to love this cartoon as a kid, but I don’t know about this trailer. The series was pretty goofy, and the approach here seems more serious. And no matter how good the special effects are, the comparisons to Power Rangers are unavoidable.

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