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Ultraman Z Makes Stunning YouTube Premiere

Ultraman Z Makes Stunning YouTube Premiere

by Renzo Adler June 25, 2020

There’s no shortage of the fantastical on TV and streaming services these days. Star Trek: Picard has fleets of massive starships doing battle, while the Marvel movies dominate the pop cultural landscape. But spectacle without joy is a hollow affair, just a bloated tech demo.  Ultraman Z is the perfect union of spectacle, joy, and vision. Ultraman Z is the latest in the long lineage of giant protectors from space, born from Tsuburaya Productions, since the 1960s. Ultraman has delighted audiences for decades, and with so many TV shows, movies, cartoons, and Scatman parody singles, it can be challenging to imagine the show still feeling fresh in 2020. The story, at a glance, is indeed boilerplate. Ultraman Z, a hot blooded rookie of the Galactic Defense Force, lends assistance to Haruki (Koshu Hirano), a hot blooded rookie to the Earth organization STORAGE, which protects Japan from giant monsters
Phantasmic Quick Read: Early Nirasawa

Phantasmic Quick Read: Early Nirasawa

by Renzo Adler June 03, 2020

Yasushi Nirasawa (1963 - 2016) was one of the greats of the garage kit and tokusatsu world. In this video we're taking a look at his earliest published collections of art and sculptures: Fantastic Creature World and Creature Core.
Ghostrunner: First Person Cyberpunk Ninja Hack & Slash Previewed

Ghostrunner: First Person Cyberpunk Ninja Hack & Slash Previewed

by Renzo Adler May 21, 2020

The ninja represents a sort of ideal in video gaming. From the first moments Ryu Hayabusa nimbly leapt off the walls in Ninja Gaiden, games have been trying to encapsulate the speed, agility, and lethality of ninja. Ghostrunner, from developer One More Level, aims to capture that speed and fluidity while dropping the player into a grungy cyberpunk world.
Takayuki Takeya: Ifu no Zokei Quick Read

Takayuki Takeya: Ifu no Zokei Quick Read

by Renzo Adler May 05, 2020

In 2016, Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno created a terrifying new vision of a classic movie monster with Shin Godzilla. It was belched forth from the ocean and slithered across the usually sleepy neighborhood of Kamata, knocking cars aside effortlessly, and grew to spew lasers across Ginza. 

The Mad World of Toei Tokusatsu is Now on YouTube!

The Mad World of Toei Tokusatsu is Now on YouTube!

by Renzo Adler April 16, 2020

A creature with five faces belches flame from the top of a skyscraper. A young girl finds out she’s descended from an Egyptian goddess that fought demons. A superhero does battle against someone making counterfeit merchandise of them! The spectacular world of Toei’s tokusatsu TV shows have only existed on the periphery of mainstream US access  for decades. 
Do the Mandarake Mambo!

Do the Mandarake Mambo!

by Renzo Adler March 27, 2020

Where do you go if you want classic horror manga, toys going as far back as the 1950s, 1970s idol photo albums, and some doujinshi that was just published the other day? Mandarake
Phantasmic Unboxing: Vintage Japanese Magazines

Phantasmic Unboxing: Vintage Japanese Magazines

by Renzo Adler March 27, 2020

In this Phantasmic unboxing we take a look at garage kit magazines, horror manga, and tokusatsu magazines from 70s, 80s, and 90s.

 

Sculptors No. 3 Quick Read

Sculptors No. 3 Quick Read

by Renzo Adler March 19, 2020

In this special video Quick Read, we take a look at the third issue of the hobby and modeling magazine Sculptors!


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