Old-school manga pioneer Go Nagai and his body of work might not possess the resounding acclaim and support that someone like, say, Osamu Tezuka does, but he still manages to get out an anime adaptation every year or two. In 2009 we got Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen, which took the original Mazinger Z storyline and turned it into a balls-out ode to the entire fictional universe of Go Nagai. In 2011, we’ll be getting the 3-part Mazinkaiser SKL OVA, a grim gunkata-influenced reimagining of Mazinkaiser, itself a hardcore reimagining of Mazinger Z created for the Super Robot Wars franchise of video games. Mazinkaiser SKL will be directed by Jun Kawagoe, who has a track record of adapting pre-existing Go Nagai properties into solid anime (Kotetsushin Jeeg, New Getter Robo, Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo).
Until Osamu Tezuka ceases to oversaturate the American market, I’ll have to settle for Go Nagai by way of his anime adaptations, and not his manga. Just count it a small miracle that SKL has already been licensed.
I can’t remember the last time that I was excited about TWO licensed anime in the same year that I hadn’t already been familiar with via fansubs, manga, or an earlier release. The anime film Redline will be coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2011, and I can hardly wait. This movie has been floating around for a few years now, but a final cut of the film was made for the October 2010 Japanese theatrical wide release.
The film is animated by Madhouse’s Takeshi Koike, best known for the World Record short included in The Animatrix, and for creating unrealistically high expectations for 2010′s Iron Man anime by working on its first trailer (Koike did not go on to work on the series). The film will be a triumph of animated mainstream action sensibilities, with little to no CG enhancement. Visit the official YouTube account, which is full of hi-def trailers to drool over.
Toriko, the only ongoing Weekly Shonen Jump manga that has the old familiar feeling of Jump titles in the 80s-90s (Fist of the North Star, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Dragonball, Kinnikuman, City Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), is being turned into a television show, set to air in Japan in the timeslot currently being held by the regurgitated Dragonball Kai, after that series ends early next year. I’d say the odds are decent that this will get licensed or simulcast, considering the manga is already being released by Viz. There was a Toriko anime special created for the 2009 Jump Super Anime Tour which was streamed with English subtitles (it’s floating around on YouTube and elsewhere, not sure if the official streams are still in place).
This is a series that features ridiculous over-the-top adventure, all for the sake of killing big monsters and creating delicious meals out of them. If the television show is anything like the special, it will be excellent, hearkening back to an era where testosterone was a key ingredient in the majority of Weekly Shonen Jump manga.