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SciFi Japan - 27 August, 2014 - 06:59
Holiday Adventures on DVD and Digital Download this November Source: Lionsgate, Bender/Helper Impact Official Site: Special Thanks to Geovani Rocha and Sydney Robertson
POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: ROBO KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will be available on November 18th. Image courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment. © 2013 SCG Power Rangers LLC.
Get in the holiday spirit with the Power Rangers Megaforce as one Power Ranger takes a journey to learn the true meaning of Christmas in POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: ROBO KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD November 18 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Saban's hit POWER RANGERS series spreads holiday cheer while also delivering MEGA action and adventure as Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake work together to defend the planet from evil. The all-new holiday release also includes two festive bonus episodes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Robo Knight learns the true meaning of the holiday season from a group of children when he is mistaken for a donated Christmas toy and is later shipped off in a charity crate to a far-away foreign land. Continued...
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Yoshiura Yasuhiro’s PATEMA INVERTED Opens this Friday in NYC

SciFi Japan - 27 August, 2014 - 01:02
One Week Run at IFC Center Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Site: (Japan), (US)
US theatrical poster. Image courtesy of GKIDS. © Yasuhiro YOSHIURA/Sakasama Film Committee 2013
Don't miss the gravity-bending, sci-fi anime film PATEMA INVERTED (サカサマのパテマ, Sakasama no Patema, 2013), playing one week only at the IFC Center starting this Friday, August 29th. Showing in both English subtitled and English langauge versions, this new feature from TIME OF EVE director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she tumbles headlong into a void -- and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.” When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Continued...
Categories: Otaku Culture

Roteaugen Armored Infantry 1/18 Scale 3D Printed Figures

Prometheum5's collected works - 26 August, 2014 - 18:53


Folks that follow me on Twitter and Instagram have been seeing these new figures for a few weeks now, but it’s time for a proper reveal.  The Roteaugen infantry are the first release in my effort to transition the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries line of 3D printed toys to 1/18 scale to be compatible with some of my other favorite toy lines.


The Roteaugen (Red eye) infantry system is named for the effect its Indirect Battlefield Awareness System (IBAS) has on its users.  On a battlefield dominated by hulking power armor and heavy weapons, rank and file soldiers are happy to suffer a little eye irritation for the increased survivability the Roteaugen suit affords.  The suit consists mainly of lightweight plate armor over an impact resistant semi-rigid undersuit.  Shock absorbing endo-actuators on the lower legs provide the wearer with the ability to carry heavier weapons, run faster, and cushion falls, such as in airborne deployment.  The IBAS headset provides real-time enhanced tactical data on the battlefield and targets, as well as suit and equipment status Heads Up Displays (HUD).






The 1/18 scale Roteaugen figure stands four inches tall, features thirteen points or articulation (swivel neck, elbows, and knees, ball and socket shoulders, hips, and ankles), and is made entirely from 3D printed ABS plastic treated with an acetone vapor bath for smoothness and durability.  There is a 5 mm port in the back for compatibility with all sorts of existing accessories.  I brought a couple early samples to the East Coast Chogokin Summit last month in CollectionDX-themed black and red, and the first real release will be through FOE Gallery this weekend.  I’ll put up another post about the FOE release tomorrow, but for now enjoy these photos of the early samples.


Banimon Multi Mech 2

Glyos Transmission Blog - 26 August, 2014 - 15:32
A few more Banimon Multi Mech forms and a look at the core design configuration from the top.

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Banimon Multi Mech 2

Glyos Transmission Blog - 26 August, 2014 - 15:32
A few more Banimon Multi Mech forms and a look at the core design configuration from the top.

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations February/March 2015 Web Exclusives

SciFi Japan - 26 August, 2014 - 12:14
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
Bandai Figures and Collectibles to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for upcoming limited edition figures and collectibles available in Japan and parts of Asia only through the Tamashii web store in February 2015. These items will be released in North America through Bluefin in March. Continued...
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Paranormal Action Comedy BLOOD LAD on Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD

SciFi Japan - 26 August, 2014 - 02:01
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2013 Yuuki KODAMA / Kadokawa Shoten / BLOOD LAD Partners
An Otaku Vampire Obsessed With the Human World Falls for a Pretty Girl That Becomes a Ghost Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, gives fans and viewers the opportunity to add BLOOD LAD (ブラッドラッド, Buraddo Raddo, 2013) to their personal home media collections as it announces the release of the complete anime series as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and also as a Standard Edition DVD set, on September 2nd. VIZ Media is the exclusive North American master licensor for the BLOOD LAD anime property. Continued...
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Red Union Fighter Blockman CD-1-L 1/18 Micro-scale

Prometheum5's collected works - 20 August, 2014 - 08:00


Another 3D printed Microman scale (1/18) CD-1-L Blockman figure has been added to the ranks!  This one was a commission by a big Micro collector and friend of mine, looking to add some cross-pollinated SFLand action to his collection.  This guy was painted at the same time as the Brute Squad Bounce Torotise, featuring similar techniques and finish.  Painted with Monster Kolor and acrylics.


Here’s the family photo of the three fully painted Blockmen I’ve completed.  More photos after the jump.







PRS-Red-Blockman-08Red vs. Blue!



ToyboxDX - 16 August, 2014 - 18:47


You know it’s funny, after all the years of collecting this stuff the idea of a “favorite”, for me at least, is kind of a foriegn idea, somewhat fleeting. BUT, An old friend of mine recently called me out, saying “Sjoen, your favorite toys have been just about whatever fit the situation or changed by year or whatever, and was never consistent..”.

There are so many potential reactions to this. Yet, the only one that matters to me, you are witnessing here. There are no favorites! There are only, just like anything else in life, momentary enlightenments. We are never keen on anything in particular for very long. LOVE for example, in my personal opinion cannot be coined upon inanimate objects by sane people, thefore “favorites” to me at least don’t really exist when it comes to collecting due to the fact that I don’t associte my brand of collecting with “love” often.. Ha!

As time passes, and tastes change, so do the characters I adore. The fact that one would even have to answer such a mundane question after 20 years of collecting is beyond me..

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

PBT-002 Bounce Tortoise 1/12 Scale “Brute Squad” for Monster Kolor Show at P!Q in NYC

Prometheum5's collected works - 15 August, 2014 - 19:21



The Tenacious Toys and Monster Kolor Custom Toy Show opens at P!Q in Grand Central Terminal NYC tonight.  The theme of the show was toys painted with Monster Kolor paints, and what would an MK show be without some real type, flat finish, weathered 3D printed mecha action?  I was asked to participate and couldn’t say no.  I was pretty short on time, but I was able to dig into my stash and piece together one last classic 1/12 scale Bounce Tortoise, the last of its kind.  This Tortoise is from Brute Squad, featuring a red and white scheme where I tried some new tricks for adding color variation while applying the main colors, and a new acrylic wash mix that I’m pretty pleased with.  The other thing I tried on this guy was to skip my usual chipping step.  All the weathering here is a combination of airbrushed fading, color modulation, and washes.  I’m pretty pleased with the results, and hope to see some great pics of the last Bounce Tortoise making its debut at the opening tonight!







The History of Robot Anime

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:43


The Japanese government commissioned a report on the history of Japanese robot animation. Yes, the government. My government's robot studies are undoubtedly focused on stuff like killer Predator and Reaper drones. Japan's? Astro Boy, Tranzor Z, and Voltron. More power to 'em, I say. (Pun intended.) "Japan" and "robots" go together like chocolate and peanut butter. It's fair to say that no other country has become so intimately associated with robots both real and fictional.

But until now, precious few have explored the history of the robot shows that are a virtual synonym for Cool Japan. Ryusuke Hikawa wrote the majority of the report. He's been on the front lines of otaku culture since day one, chairing the fan club that played a big role in getting the Space Cruiser Yamato movies made back in 1977. Today he's one of Japan's top anime critics and I can't think of anyone better suited to have authored the report along with Sunrise's Koichi Inoue and writer Daisuke Sawaki. 

AltJapan was hired via the Mori Corporation to translate the 90-page beast into English. And now it's available for free download on the Agency for Cultural Affair's Media Arts Content site. (Scroll down for the  English link.)

Categories: Otaku Culture

Hello, Doraemon

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:15


The English-language ebook editions of Fujiko F. Fujio's classic manga "Doraemon" have started coming out. AltJapan translated it for Voyager Japan in association with Fujiko Productions - some 12,000-plus pages over the course of last year, easily the biggest manga localization with which we have ever been involved. It's finally being released in 3-episode chunks: volumes one through ten have come out via the Kindle Store as of this posting. (Apologies if you can't see them - they're only available for download in North America at present.)

This release is a really big deal. Doraemon is Japan's single most popular character, yet the comic has never been officially released in English. There have been a handful of bilingual editions created for students of English, but never a truly localized edition intended purely for enterainment's sake.

If you've never read Doraemon, you can't truly call yourself a connosieur of manga. I challenge anyone to find a middle-aged or younger Japanese person, otaku or not, who hasn't read at least a few pages (and probably a lot more than that.) It is the first sci-fi most Japanese read. It's part of the fabric of Japanese life in the same way that classic Disney films or Peanuts are in the West. The cast of characters are archetypes: Nobita the nerd, Sneech the rich kid, Big G the bully, Shizuka the neighborhood idol. They are given homage in countless other works, parodied in nationwide advertising campaigns for car companies. People casually drop references to them in daily conversations in the same way an American might refer to Homer Simpson's love of donuts or Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown. 

So why hasn't it ever come out in English before? It's hard to say. Perhaps because manga and anime are often associated with dark, edgy imagery in America, and that's the last word anyone would ever apply to Doraemon. It is kids' entertainment par excellence, but quintessentially Japanese kids' entertainment, meaning it's filled to the brim with subtle cultural references, occasional nudity, and inevitable toilet humor of the sort that sends certain types of parents into a tizzy. And simply due to the age of the series - it debuted in 1969 - modern-day analogues of many of Doraemon's "22nd century" gadgets are available to anyone with a credit card. The Asahi Shimbun quotes a "former industry ministry official" theorizing that Americans can't sympathize with a passive loser like Nobita, but that can't be right - Charlie Brown is an even gloomier protagonist, minus any hope of salvation from a pal like Doraemon.

Whatever prevented Doraemon from getting an English release didn't stop it from being translated into many European and Asian languages, where it retains a huge following (particularly in SE Asia.) The English-speaking world is simply behind the curve on this one, and it's been our loss - until now. Doraemon is a cornerstone of Japanese pop culture, and it has been an honor to be part of the team that is bringing it out in English for the very first time.

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