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It was two years ago that Buichi Terasawa, creator of the classic Space Adventure Cobra manga, first revealed that he had received an offer for a live-action film adaptation of his space-opera. That was "off-the-record, though"... Now, at last, it's official: the rights for a live-action Cobra franchise are safe and secure, in the hands of Alexandre Aja - the French filmmaker whose latest directorial work is this month's fright film Piranha 3D (and previously directed The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors).

Space Adventure Cobra

News of this comes from the Deadline website, who received some interesting comments from Alex Aja. Among others, he talks about his childhood days of watching the classic TV anime series Cobra from 1982, which had quite a following here in Europe (though less so in the U.S.). So his closing statement - "I have been carrying this inside me for 30 years" - isn't that much of an exaggeration (...)

>  Continue reading 'Space Adventure Cobra 3D Movie(s) Planned'...
In the last week of slacking, several news about live-action movies (and a TV drama) have crossed my interwebs browsing paths, while piling up tons of anime news for a similar "round-up" post - that one will be coming up shortly after this.

To start off, we've just uploaded a "proof of concept" trailer for a CG-heavy live-action movie project called Samurai, which is being planned by a small team headed by Jerry O'Flaherty (Gears of War art director). The film's style mimics that of 300, but uses the Unreal 3 game engine to render the props and environments. Twitch has a bit more info on the project, if you're interested.

Live-Action News Round-up, June 2010

Next, ANN had a minor update about the live-action TV drama Moyashimon, based on the manga of the same title authored by Masayuki Ishikawa, which previously had an anime adaptation in 2007. The drama's official website posted a third preview trailer (click the pink thingie in the menu at the bottom), ahead of its July 8 TV debut in Japan, as the first live-action series on the Fuji TV's popular late-night Noitamina timeslot. The story is about (...)

>  Continue reading 'Live-Action News Round-up, June 2010'...
Imagine having to shelter a lonely 6-year-old girl who's just lost her father... who in turn was your grandfather! Now, if you somehow managed to wrap your mind around the idea of an illegitimate loli-aunt, and are starting to get those kind of weird thoughts... better snap out of it. This may sound like a sick plot, but the Bunny Drop manga tells a relatively normal slice-of-life / comedy story. Normal enough to make it into a live-action movie, it turns out.



The film adaptation is being announced this week in a women's magazine called Feel Young, published in Japan by Shodensha. Over there, the Bunny Drop manga is better known as Usagi Drop. It's authored by Yumi Unita, who's been serializing it in said magazine since 2005, and so far it was compiled into 8 volumes.

The first 4 volumes are focused on the "loli" version of Rin (...)

>  Continue reading 'Bunny Drop Manga Gets Live-Action Movie'...
After completely missing the point with Alice in Wonderland, highly appreciated (by some) director Tim Burton now eyes Mai the Psychic Girl, an 1985 adventurous manga created by Kazuya Kudo and Ryoichi Ikegami. The history between Burton and the said manga seems to have deeper roots than one would originally think, with the production rights jumping back and forth between him and Sony since the late 1980s.



Now, after wrapping up his latest disappointingly non-loli project, Burton has all the time in the world to focus his skills on bringing Mai to the big screen, probably along with some very cutely designed backgrounds, a talking goth cat and a pink mushroom. Let's just hope Johnny Depp stays out of this one.
Close to 100 clips were stuffed into our trailers section over the past few days, some new ones, though most of them admitedly old, originally from January and even from last December. We wouldn't expect any sane person to have watched them already without missing a single one, so this here simple list should come in handy.

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>  Continue reading 'Winter 2009-2010 Trailers Round-up'...
Staying true to its core theme, the Vampire Hunter D anime franchise is slowly rising back from the grave, a decade after its latest incarnation as the 2000 anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. That said, the overall franchise has since spawned several novels, manga and video games, but nothing else in the moving-pictures department. Not until word came out about a new VHD anime series, as well as a VHD live-action film. Plus a new novel titled "Yashakiden", by the way.



The news originated in a recent interview with the original novels' author Hideyuki Kikuchi, published by the Canadian horror fan magazine Rue Morgue (via AnimeVice). Despite his 60 years of age, Kikuchi is still working his shriveled ass off to keep his blood-sucking baby in great shape. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Vampire Hunter D Live-Action, New Anime'...
That's not to say immediately after Avatar 2, as there should still be an Avatar 3 to complete the trilogy. But certainly after Avatar 2, at some point, mister James 'Slowpoke' Cameron is expected to finally bring his vision of Battle Angel Alita into a live-action movie. One that he's been talking about since 2002, if Google's cached memory serves us right. And one of the very few anime-to-live-action adaptations that stands a real chance at awesomeness. You see, we've had this throbbing thing for ass-kicking lolis, ever since Chocolate...



The latest report on this topic came a couple of days ago from producer Jon Landau, who also confessed his and Cameron's initial ignorance towards the Battle Angel Alita franchise - better known as Gunnm in Japan. As it turns out, it was filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) who brought it to Cameron's attention. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Battle Angel Alita Live-Action, After Avatar 2'...
Freeloaders sure make some fun characters... in anime, yes, but less so when they breathe alcohol fumes down your neck in real life, interfering with your hedonistic (and every once in a while lucrative) activities. On the other hand, such interference is the perfect excuse for our latest "radio silence", that eventually prompted this here round-up.

- Eden of the East the Movie II - the 2nd anime film to follow this year's excellent TV series is being not only expanded, but - saldly - delayed as well. The extra 30 minutes of footage planned by Production I.G will translate into 2 more months of waiting, until March 2010. The first film, by the way, is premiering tonight in Japan.

- Fate/stay night TV Reproduction - just ahead of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime film's theatrical debut, the 2006 TV series will be condensed into 2 specials, with new opening sequences and new ending theme songs. The TV reproduction's DVD and Blu-ray release is set for January 22, 2010 - one day before the new movie premieres.

- House of Five Leaves (Sarai-ya Goyou) - a new TV anime series based on a historical samurai manga by Natsume Ono (Ristorante Paradiso). The original storry follows the lives of the House of Five Leaves gang members in Edo-era Japan, during the height of the shogun's rule. Begins in 2010.

- Kiss x Sis - epic joy! Yet another OVA episode has been green-lit, oh-so-hawt on the heels of the freshly revealed TV anime series. This will be the 4th OVA volume, but since the first one was titled "Episode 0", this one will be "Episode 3". Releasing on June 4, 2010.

- Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) - based on a romantic comedy light novels series created by Tomohiro Matsu and illustrated by Peco (of some eroge fame), which is also spawning an upcoming manga adaptation. Specific details about the anime's format or release timeframe are missing for now.

- Mini-Skirt Space Pirates - if you were expecting it anytime soon, (...)

>  Continue reading 'November Anime News Round-up'...
Just as the Gantz manga entered its "Final Phase" this month, it was announced that two live-action movies are now in the making. The filming will be done starting from next month, until next April, however fans will have to wait for another year after that, for the theatrical premiere. As it stands now, the first movie will debut in early 2011, and the second one will follow in spring 2011.



Whether you know it from its original manga version created by Hiroya Oku, or from the 2004 anime adaptation (that is, if you know it at all), Gantz is one hell of a brutal and nerve-racking series; enough so that the initial TV airing was splattered with censoring and even skipped an episode altogether. Thus, naturally, expectations for the movies should be pretty high from head start. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Gantz Live-Action Movies In 2011'...
Prior to this month, a terrible drought had plagued our trailers section, with no additions whatsoever since mid July (not unlike the rest of the website). But by now we're pretty much back on track, having posted over 100 trailers so far this month; and there's plenty more to come, mostly (ero-)gaming related. So in case you missed any of them, here's a complete list for your streaming pleasure.

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>  Continue reading 'Summer-Autumn 2009 Trailers Round-up'...
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