This week, Shawne Kleckner, head of RightStufAnime/Nozomi Entertainment did a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) about their Kickstarter for Aria. The subject of the 2004 anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's award-winning Monster came up. He downplayed the possibility of a release, explaining "this one is stuck in a licensing quagmire that isn't likely to be resolved anytime soon."
An icon among mangaka in Japan and an artist rapidly growing into the international conscious, Naoki Urasawa has a storied career over three decades long, which has travelled around the world and across genres. Take a look at Urasawa's exploration of the human psyche and unmatched mystery, after the jump!
Guillermo Del Toro, the prolific writer and director of movies such as Pacific Rim and Hellboy took to offering a slight update on the status of the long-awaited live-action adaptation of the psychological horror/thriller manga Monster, authored by Naoki Urasawa. However, it might not be the update fans were expecting. Hit the jump for the statement.
One of Japan's largest newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun, is organizing Sugoi Japan, a program to promote Japanese popular media by compiling lists of the best examples. Following conversations with pop culture authority Kaichiro Morikawa, author Fuminori Nakamura, and feminist manga critic Yukari Fujimoto, they've posted an endorsement from director Guillermo del Toro, in which he mentions plans for an adaptation of the manga Monster.
At this weekend's Otakon, Viz Media annoucned that they will be bringing back what was once on the most popular series in anime. Martial arts sex comedy Ranma 1/2 is set to return, with the anime coming to Neon Alley, Blu-ray and DVD, along with new reprints of the manga. Ranma 1/2 programming is also being planned for the upcoming New York Comic Con. More after the jump.
While July's Pacific Rim will be the first Guillermo del Toro movie to hit theaters since 2008's Hellboy II, the Mexican filmmaker has certainly been keeping busy. Speaking at theHero Complex Film Festival, Del Toro said he has submitted a pilot script for the adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's award winning Monster manga to HBO and was waiting to hear from the cable network if the series would go forward. See what else he had to say,
Award winning manga author Naoki Urasawa can seem like a product manager as much as much as a artist, as he steers teams of research assistants and illustrators. So, it's not surprising to learn that he has very specific parameters for how the HBO live action version of his Monster can be developed. Find out what he wanted after the jump.