Kōtarō Isaka is a Japanese novelist with a formidable resume. He has written 25 novels, 15 short story collections, had film adaptations made of his work in both Japan and South Korea, and his work is now making a splash stateside with Sony Pictures' Bullet Train, a recently debuted film that adapts his novel Maria Beetle. We had the opportunity to interview the prolific author about his literary career, writing the novel Maria Beetle, and how it felt to have his work adapted into a major Hollywood motion picture! Hit the jump to read more.
Bullet Train officially hits theaters in North America on August 5 (that's today!) and Crunchyroll is celebrating by partnering with Sony Pictures Entertainment to give away a very special poster for the film. Hit the jump for more details!
Famed manga artist Hiro Mashima, a fan of the original Japanese novel and Brad Pitt, took a break from his usual fantasy worlds to get in on Bullet Train's gritty action by redrawing eight of the film's character posters ahead of its August premiere. Get on board after the jump!
After first being unveiled in 2015 as a literal promotional vehicle for the franchise, the Type 500 Eva bullet train that has captivated Japanese otaku and even the mainstream press will finally be retired this Spring in Japan, but not before giving commuters one last chance to ride its lavishly detailed train cars. Hit the jump for the details.
What would you do if you had a whole Bullet Train all to yourself for a day? JR Kita Kyushuu is holding a contest titled "DREAM Kyusyuu Shinkansen (DREAM Kyushuu Bullet Train)". Applicants are to enter their "dream" of what they will do if they had a Bullet Train all to themselves. Click for more details!