Welcome to this week’s anime news recap. This week, America and Japan seem to be swapping movies and anime for new adaptations, and we see some new developments in old manga series as well as a trailer for the new Sailor Moon musical DVD.
Japanese Studios Talk about Pacific Rim Cartoon Adaptation
Guillermo del Toro gave Godzilla a run for his money when he directed the Kaiju (giant monster) film Pacific Rim. The Hollywood film pits giant, interdimensional lizard creatures against manned giant robots in a city-destroying death match. With the worldwide success of the film, talks of a sequel and even a cartoon series quickly followed. This past week, Del Toro has begun talking with different Japanese studios in hopes that they can animate the Pacific Rim series. Although there is no mention of any specific studios, Del Toro stated that he has a few different ones in mind. The animated series and the sequel are both in development with a hopeful release date no later than April 2017.
The Origins of Mecha Naruto
What is Mecha Naruto? The simple, obvious answer: a mechanical replica of Naruto that was revealed in Weekly Shonen Jump, although not as a canon story character. Mecha Naruto has been revealed to be a playable character in the upcoming Naruto game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. It is also said that Mecha Naruto will appear in the anime in the near future, where his true origins will be revealed. In the game, the robot will have three forms which mimic the Kyubi (Nine-tailed fox) transformations. From its normal form, it can transform into Kyubi Mode (which is based off the first part of the Kyubi/Naruto transformation) and then Kyubi Mode (Mecha Kurama Version), which is a mechanized version of the Nine-Tailed Fox.
Gus Van Sant Rumored To Be Directing Live-Action Death Note
Its been a growing trend in Hollywood to adapt successful Japanese anime series into films: Dragon Ball Evolution, Speed Racer, and the animated Astro Boy. With rumors flying around with plans to adapt other series like Naruto and Bleach, it seems Death Note is one of the more likely ones to happen. This one has been revealed to be in development for some time; however, it seems that the original director Shane Black has left to direct a new Predator movie, and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) will be taking his place. This comes from the Tracking Board which is a website that provides news on movies and the like.
Two Japanese live-action Death Note films have already been released, both directed by Shuusuke Kaneko in addition to a spin-off film, L: Change the World, directed by Hideo Nakata. All three were licensed by Viz Media, and saw a limited theatrical release in the United States.
Wrapping up for this week, this past Wednesday the DVD for the latest Sailor Moon musical, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: La Reconquista, was released and with it a trailer for the DVD. The musical recants the fights between the Sailor Scouts and the Dark Kingdom. It is also interesting to note that this musical revival features an all-female cast.
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