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Q Hayashida's "Dai Dark": Equal Parts Grotesque & Silly

Q Hayashida's "Dai Dark": Equal Parts Grotesque & Silly

by Renzo Adler May 03, 2021

Dai Dark, published by Seven Seas, is the latest manga from Q Hayashida (Dorohedoro), which is as silly and frivolous as it is morbid and bleak. Dai Dark follows Zaha Sanko, a nearly seven foot tall teenager with a gift that’s also a curse. Zaha, who comes from a world on the other side of black holes known as Darknest, possesses superhuman strength and the ability to control Dark Flesh, but everyone in the known universe wants him dead because Zaha’s bones will grant any wish to whoever claims them. 
The Horror of "Resident Evil Village"

The Horror of "Resident Evil Village"

by Renzo Adler April 28, 2021

Resident Evil Village, set to be released May 7 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows will be continuing the same balancing act of new and classic elements that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had.
Is "Godzilla Vs. Kong" the Ultimate Culmination of the MonsterVerse?

Is "Godzilla Vs. Kong" the Ultimate Culmination of the MonsterVerse?

by Renzo Adler April 08, 2021

It’s been seven years since Gareth Edwards released Godzilla in 2014, kicking off the American “Monsterverse” (which has certainly panned out better than the Dark Universe), and was followed by Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Now Kong and Godzilla square off for the first time in almost 60 years in Godzilla Vs. Kong, and after decades of waiting the resulting film was surprisingly decent. 

Sculptors Issue 4 Quick Read

Sculptors Issue 4 Quick Read

by Renzo Adler March 22, 2021

We take a look at the latest issue of the modeling exhibition magazine Sculptors, which is currently available in the Phantasmic store.

You can see our coverage of the third issue here.


The Super Creators: H.R. Giger in Japan

The Super Creators: H.R. Giger in Japan

by Renzo Adler March 04, 2021

Hans Ruedi Giger (1940 - 2014) took the creeping unknowable world of nightmares, and brought them to life through airbrush, plasticine, and paint. His book Necronomicon, released in 1977, garnered the attention of writer and producer Dan O’Bannon and from there, the rest of science fiction history was rewritten in thanks to a script about the working class being subjected to the the dual terrifying whims of Corporations and uncaring cosmic horror in Alien. A global sensation, the reverberations Alien had are multitude, and one of those was introducing Giger to the world at large. How were those reverberations felt in Japan? 
"Shin Ultraman" Trailer and Posters Revealed

"Shin Ultraman" Trailer and Posters Revealed

by Renzo Adler January 28, 2021

Tsuburaya Productions has released the trailer for the eagerly anticipated "Shin Ultraman", slated for release in the summer of 2021. Helmed by Shinji Higuchi and written by Hideaki Anno, the two previously collaborated on 2016's Shin Godzilla
The Nirasawa Filmography: Deep Fear

The Nirasawa Filmography: Deep Fear

by Renzo Adler January 25, 2021

During his artistic career, Yasushi Nirasawa has done concept art for video games going as far back as the early 90s with Beast Wrestler on the Sega Genesis. By 1998, the world of games was evolving to new narrative and visual heights. Colloquially considered one of the best years in video game history, it includes titles such as Half LifeParasite EveMetal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil 2.
The Nirasawa Filmography: Archangel Thunderbird 

The Nirasawa Filmography: Archangel Thunderbird 

by Renzo Adler January 15, 2021

Yasushi Nirasawa’s (1963 - 2016) career spanned garage kits, video games, film, and comics. In the realm of TV he was particularly prolific in his work for the Kamen Rider series in Japan. In the English speaking world however, the first time viewers got to see his unique character designs on TV came courtesy of Sci-Fi Channel UK.


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