Bwa, I've always thought Hollywood was more anglo centered than anything else.Personally I think Gaiking would be one of the easier super robot stories to adapt over. It already does the "cast of characters from all different nations" thing that Hollywood likes so much, anyway.
They are, in the sense that the main character needs to be white. But it's totally okay to surround your white main character hero with an ethnically diverse cast.Bwa, I've always thought Hollywood was more anglo centered than anything else.
Toei is bigger and has more connections than Sunrise. Especially, stepping out of the "anime" field.I would have expected a Live Action Gundam movie (that's not G-Savior) or the Voltron movie finally escaping Developmental Hell before something like THIS.
Hm... doing a quick search, you're right... But I remember reading a comic with a seemingly AI Combattler V attacking the Fantastic 4... I guess I must be remembering the story completely wrong...Marvel's Shogun Warriors comics didn't use AI, I think they had human pilot characters. They just weren't the characters from the original show (and kinda boring, tbh). Either Raideen or Combattler was piloted by a black guy with an enormous afro, for instance.
That's wrong. There was a legal battle, but Go Nagai ended with no rights over any part of Gaiking. He didn't even create the characters originally, only the mecha itself. And, like you've said, SRW has no problems including Gaiking characters, something that it can't do to series with legal conflicts. Legal conflicts is the reason Tekkaman Blade was dropped from SRW Gakuen, even though every other series based on the K/W engine was there (well, taking in account things like SEED units getting in, branded as Destiny units, Mazinger units getting in, branded as Mazinkaiser units).Regarding Gaiking Neo not using anything but oblique references to the original cast, I've heard that's because Toei only owns the mechanical designs to Gaiking. Due to a lawsuit, the characters are owned by Go Nagai, so you have to get his permission to do anything with them.
I thought it was pretty good for what it was, an episodic Super Robot series. The actual plot relevant episodes generally were handled well, besides, unfortunately, the first few ones. I also loved the way it used the theme song as a battle theme, like many classic SR shows.Gaiking Neo was butt, anyway, so I'm glad it's not going to be the last word on the Gaiking license.