Weekend News Catch-up: Gintama and Metropolis
Posted November 9, 2009on:
It was an eventful weekend as I sat around the house watching football and playing Bayonetta, so let’s do a quick round-up of the various weekend tidbits from around the ‘net! This week’s round-up includes:
– A new trailer for the upcoming Gintama movie
– Two classics of anime, Prince Planet and Metropolis, now available for free
– Dates set for Madhouse’s Marvel anime
Gintama Movie Teaser Online
Over the weekend, the official site for the upcoming Gintama movie, Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen, posted a 30-second teaser trailer. The movie won’t be available until next year’s Golden Week (April 29-May5), but anticipation is high for the samurai sci-fi parody anime.
(Source: Moon Phase)
Prince Planet and Metropolis Now Streaming Free
Video site Crackle, which also hosts the horribly-dubbed Asian edition of “Samurai X” (AKA Rurouni Kenshin), has added the full-length dub version of Metropolis to its lineup. I’ll probably recommend this one for watching over next weekend, as it’s simply gorgeous. The dual adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga and the classic silent film isn’t something you should miss.
Meanwhile, Hulu and YouTube have started showing episodes of the 1960s classic Prince Planet, which was one of the first anime that ever aired in the United States dubbed. It was also one of the first anime ever, which you can tell by its black-and-white animation. It’s interesting to note that in the ’60s, Prince Planet was considered too violent for American audiences, so if you want to see some history, you should check it out.
Madhouse’s Marvel Adaptations Get Release Dates
Anime News Network dug through Japanese industry site animeanime.biz to find the juicy news hidden within all the corporate moonspeak: famed studio Madhouse has two of its anime adaptations of Marvel characters scheduled for broadcast next year. Marvel Anime: Iron Man is scheduled for Q2 2010, while Marvel Anime: Wolverine will follow closely in Q3. Neither anime will hit US shores officially until 2011.
I saw a preview for both at San Diego Comic-Con last year, and let me tell you: Iron Man made me drool. The animation was top-notch, the designs were fantastic, and the action was insane. Meanwhile, Wolverine just looked like Ninja Scroll with Wolverine instead of a samurai.