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Mazinger Z vs Transformers crossover manga

Announced on Japanese side Villagebooks is an unexpected but cool upcoming crossover.

Plot: Hiroto Ishikawa
Synopsis: Naoto Tsushima
Artist: Hayato Sakamoto,
Hayato Yoshioka, Hidekazu Yoshiya, Yoshiya Yoshioka, Masayuki Fujisawa, Makoto Tsushima
Cover: Akira Nagai
Gallery Art: Funazu Nonaka, Go Oshima, Yuki Isao, Fumitaka

D180223 has posted a video containing all the known information about it:

Authors Answer 102 – Graphic Literature

This reminds me of a few graphic novels on my to-read list.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Comic books and graphic novels are very popular. Both children and adults read them. There are comics for children, comics and graphic novel for adults. Although they are filled with pictures, they encourage people to read. But are they literature?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 102 – Do you consider comic books and graphic novels to be legitimate forms of literature?

Linda G. Hill

I’ve never actually read one, but why not?

Elizabeth Rhodes

Yes. They are legitimate storytelling mediums with their own styles. The presence of illustration does not change this. Comics have a history of not being taken seriously, but I don’t think anyone who still holds on to this view has taken a look at a comic or graphic novel from recent times. The mediums have come a long way.

D. T. Nova

Graphic novels, absolutely so.

There’s more of a continuum than a sharp definition of distinct categories, so whether…

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Japanese X-Men openings

No need for very much explanation here. This video is the openings (and eyecatches) from the Japanese dub of the 90’s X-Men cartoon.  The songs are “Rising” and “Dakishimetai Dare Yori Mo” by Ambience.

The animation here is so much better than in the actual episodes.

How did Cable get so prominent in the first opening? He was only in like three episodes. And the Brood were in less than that.

Kakero! Spider-Man

So I’ve decided to do a mini-series of posts this month about Japanese takes on familiar non-Japanese characters. I’ll start with what’s probably the one I have the most to say about: Spider-Man.

Basically, what happened was that there was a deal between Marvel and Toei that let each use the other’s characters in any way they wanted.  Neither company actually did as much with this as you’d think; Marvel used two Toei anime robots (Combattler V and Danguard Ace) in their Shogun Warriors comic, Toei made an animated movie based on The Tomb of Dracula (one of Marvel’s horror comics), and then there was this tokusatsu version of Spider-Man, and one other thing.

They definitely went for the “in any way they wanted” part; this Spider-Man is a different character with a different origin involving aliens, who only wears the same costume and has similar powers. (And first idea they had would have been even more different; Spider-Man was almost the sidekick of a time-traveling Yamato Takeru!)

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