GAIKING: THE SHOGUN WARRIORS MOVIE!

Lynxara

Nice post!!
What the screaming blue hell. "Hollywood is making a live-action Gaiking under the old Shogun Warriors license" is about the last thing I expected to see today.

I never thought I'd live in a world where Alex Ross was going to draw Gaiking. I really didn't.
 
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KouAidou

二番目の翻訳者
I never thought I'd live in a world where Hollywood would make a Super Robot movie I could actually be excited about.

But Gaiking? Gaiking, standin' out there, lookin' like Gaiking? The only thing that could possibly make this more awesome would be a CGI Daiku Maryu in all his die-cast glory.

(And Pete.)
 

KamenRiderShinzo

Everywhere You Go
The only things I'm disappointed about are Gaiking not being in its original colours (silver, what the hell?) and the pilot being some random female. I was hoping the pilot will be an adapation of Sanshiro Tsuwabuki, but instead, we get a character that isn't familiar at all! That makes me lose hope that the characters won't be exacly the same, seeing as the pilot won't be a baseball player. But then again, this is test footage, right? So that should mean that all this footage and hopefully the character aren't final, because I really want Gaiking to be in its original colours and the pilot to be similar to its anime counterpart. Otherwise, I won't see how the story is going to be the same. On the bright side, I can't wait for some awesome mecha action!

There's also a Captian Harlock movie being made with the same technology, right?:D

EDIT: Nevermind, I read the whole article. This is definately not final. Phew.:D
 
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KouAidou

二番目の翻訳者
Yeah, sadly it's based on the Shogun Warriors toy line instead of the show proper, so they may or may not adapt from the story of the show.

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. And a baseball player who's down on his luck would be a pretty appealing main character for Americans, too (you could even keep him Japanese, thanks to the popularity of Ichiro).

Gaiking's villains aren't very memorable, so you could change them and I wouldn't mind.
 

NeonZ

New Member
I don't think this is meant to be an adaptation of the original show. Even the 2006 series had a new story with only a few homages to the original, this probably will follow suit. A few names might stay, but everything else will be different.

As for... Shogun Warriors... Really, at this point, it clearly has nothing to do with THAT, aside from name silly brand recognition. The Shogun Warriors that I've seen had AI robots, they weren't the piloted robots from the original Japanese shows.
 

Aoi Kurenai

Mad Skillz
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.
Bwa, I've always thought Hollywood was more anglo centered than anything else.
 

KouAidou

二番目の翻訳者
Bwa, I've always thought Hollywood was more anglo centered than anything else.
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.

(Letting Sanshiro stay Japanese is mostly wishful thinking on my part, but I do think the popularity of Japanese baseball players in America makes it slightly more plausible than it would be otherwise.)
 

KamenRiderShinzo

Everywhere You Go
Well, I don't want the pilot to be a female in the end. I have nothing against them, they're awesome in anime like Gunbuster, but I think Gaiking's pilot should be male, and Sanshiro or a non-asian should be the main character and is still a baseball player. Even if they won't make him a baseball player, I still want the pilot to be a young hot-blooded male.
 

Blue Saint

Member
I blame Michael Bay for this. I love Super Robots but you just can't add any sense of realism to them and expect them to work let alone these highly detail and mechanical aspects. I mean if you yell loud enough inside one you can power up the photon energy reaction generator that powers the fire laser burst so you can kill the space dinosaur Greek god spaceship. This is going to end up like the American Godzilla, taking an awesome yet goofy over the top concept and turning into a gritty serious affair which will fail.
 

August

"Shocker Gundan, Banzai!"
Don't get your panties in a bunch, naysayers, before you actually hear more about the production... in fact, Toei is right on top of this thing:

This is an international co-production between Toei Animation and several foreign investments (GAIKING and the other Super Robots are huge in Europe and South America to this day, with big fan bases). The production was officially announced yesterday at the Tokyo International Anime Fair:

Corrected link: http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/comments/20100328_taf2010_gaiking_making/

There will be more news and photos on AICN tomorrow.
 
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FlashNeko

Member
I have to say, this is damned surprising.

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.

Jaw... officially dropped.
 

NeonZ

New Member
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.
Toei is bigger and has more connections than Sunrise. Especially, stepping out of the "anime" field.
 
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Lynxara

Nice post!!
Bandai ran the Gundam brand into the ground here. Shogun Warriors has huge nostalgia value and the license is much cheaper.

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.

Gaiking's original colors would look garbagey in live-action (and they're pretty garish in the original). I like the more detailed look combined with Gaiking's truly ridiculous giant horns and crazy skull-face. If they find a way to keep Face Open in, it will be glorious.

Honestly original Gaiking doesn't have very memorable characters except Pete, that's the only guy I'd like to see a version of in the cast. Don't even bother to call him Pete, just make him a carrier commander who is a complete jerk to the main pilot but also a sensitive intellectual who loves archaeology.

Gaiking's pilot can be whatever so long as s/he doesn't make Gaiking less interesting. Even Sanshiro was a bog-standard type of protagonist back in his day, so why shouldn't Hollywood get to come up with their own?

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.

That's the word from the Italian fandom, anyway. I don't know if this would affect the Hollywood production if it wanted to carry some characters over-- certainly SRW has managed to deal with Nagai to get Gaiking into more recent games.

Gaiking Neo was butt, anyway, so I'm glad it's not going to be the last word on the Gaiking license. If this movie actually comes out it's probably going to be a lot better, even if it's not a very great movie.
 

NeonZ

New Member
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.
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...

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.
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).

Gaiking Neo was butt, anyway, so I'm glad it's not going to be the last word on the Gaiking license.
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.

It's certainly better than the new Dancougar or Gravion and I thought it still had better pacing than GaoGaiGar. I'd even rate it higher than Shin Mazinger (which had some awesome moments, but was too often clearly an ego trip of its director...).
 

Kivat

Some kind of Beast mode
This looks cool. I don't have the slightest clue what this is or what it's about, but I really like that trailer.
 
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