Since October, anime distributor Discotek has been teasing big news on a sports license. This weekend, that news dropped. Yowamushi Pedal series 1 and series 2 Grande Road will be released on home video English subtitles. Along with this, they announced plans to released Lupin the 3rd Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and Blu Ray. This will be their first title to have a brand new English dub, included along with Japanese with English subtitles.
UCC Ueshima Coffee started selling its new carbonated coffee drink "FULL THROTTLE" in Japan since May 19, and has featured Devilman, one of Go Nagai's most famous manga series from the 1970s, in the TV CM and various advertisements. Check the video after the jump.
Japanese internet provider company So-net has recently launched a new FTTH internet access service "NURO" and has run an advertisement campaign called "NURO DEVILMAN" featuring Go Nagai's classic manga from 1970s, Devil Man. Check the CMs with the opera version of the 1972 TV anime theme song after the jump.
Mazinger Z is a super robot manga/anime series created by Go Nagai in 1970s and no doubt one of the most popular robots in the genre. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, NODA-YA in Miyagi Prefecture will release a 1/18 scale Mazinger Z figure in Spring 2014. Check the details of the 1m-tall figure after the jump!
If Osamu Tezuka is the "God of Manga," then Go Nagai is manga's legendary dirty uncle, a transgressive figure, enemy to the PTA who pioneered genres from combining mecha to transforming magic girls. The Mazinger Z and Cutie Honey author will soon be getting an interesting tribute in America with the Q Pop shop/gallery, located in the historic Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, planning an exhibit in June. More after the jump.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mazinger Z, Bandai's Tamashii toy division has released a special commemorative edition of the titular robot in a special battery-powered "Soul of Chogokin DX" figure along with a new 20-page one-shot manga that explains the origins of Mazinger Z, authored by Go Nagai. Hit the jump for the interview excerpt.