Buichi Terasawa's Space Adventure Cobra is one of those anime/manga that has an international following, but not really in North America. France is especially partial to the sci-fi, which is basically Jean-Paul Belmondo as a pirate fighting space bounty hunter with a Psycho-gun laser arm.
While at Lollapalooza 2012, French dance music outfit Justice spoke about the Cobra origins of their latest music video. They told Fuze.
"It came from an idea we had in Australia," Auge says of the "New Lands" video. "We were watching footy on television and we were amazed at this half-football, half-boxing [sport]. It was fun. We also took inspiration from some eighties anime called Cobra. At some point [in the anime series], they are playing a sport called rugball, a blend of rugby and American football and baseball. So yeah, basically we wanted to make some futuristic, violent game."
Director Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) has been promising to make a live action adaptation of the movie. Discotek is releasing the 1982 Space Adventure Cobra anime movie in North America.