It’s been a hell of a busy month for trailers, live-action and anime alike. Without further ado, let’s jump into it!
1. FLCL Season 2 & 3
It’s been 2 weeks and I’m now ~10,000% into this. The animation style is great. And my god, the pillows sound incredible. When Sawao Yamanaka’s (lead singer) voice hits, it feels like time hasn’t passed since 2003 (I swear that’s a good thing). I could not be happier with FLCL’s trailer. Give this to me.
I mean, it had to happen at some point, right? I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve only seen about 120 episodes of Bleach. It became way too repetitive for my liking and I stopped. This trailer really doesn’t give us a ton to work off of. We see a weird CG arm fall to the ground (most likely referencing Ichigo’s first fight against a hollow) and then Ichigo doing a cool pose in front of an inferno. Sure, why not?
3. No Game, No Life Zero’s Third Promotional Film
I’m still so confused by this movie. Is it because I don’t understand Japanese? Probably. It definitely has the look, feel, and sound of the original series. But why…why must this be a prequel?
4. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Trailer Three
A trailer’s purpose is to continually build hype for a movie. The trailers for JJBA have been perfect. I was excited for the first one, pumped for the second trailer, and now I’m tweaking for this movie. Oh my god, it looks awesome. August 4 cannot get here soon enough.
This is a great example of a first trailer. We establish the main character, we see a couple quick cuts of a red-eyed monster, and a slow, smoky reveal of Godzilla himself. That combined with Godzilla’s patented roar. My god, I’m all-in. Truthfully, all you have to do is throw Godzilla’s name on the title and I’m there. I can’t wait to see the next entries!
6. Lupin the III: Castle of Cagliostro
Is this cheating? Yeah. Kinda. Don’t care. This is the first time Castle of Cagliostro will have a theatrical release in the US (I refuse to count ONE screening in New York in 1991). This release is in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Lupin the III. Just incredible. Plus, this was Miyazaki’s directorial debut. How can anyone not see this? The Castle of Cagliostro will debut sometime this fall. When I know a definitive release date, I will let all of you know.