"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sneak peek at the all-new character!


From "Newtype: The Live", July 2009. © Kadokawa Publishing

A blow-up focusing on the face. ©Kadokawa Publishing

Even though I received my copy of the magazine about three weeks ago, I didn't have time to post these photos before leaving for G-Fest in Chicago. But still, after being home for a week, and working on other projects, I finally got around to it — so, here you go!

According to the article in the July 2009 issue of Newtype: The Live, this new Daimajin character will stand 20 meters tall (approximately 66 feet), which is significantly taller than the character featured in the original 1966 trilogy.

Click here for my previous blog entry: Giant Majin Strikes Again! about the upcoming television series, DAIMAJIN KANNON, currently shooting in Japan. The miniature effects are being shot in Studio No. 1 at Kadokawa Studios (formerly Daiei).

Kadokawa has announced that the series will premiere this October. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

The 289-foot Great Kannon in Kita-no-Miyato Park, Hokkaido. Any resemblance is strictly coincidental.


xenorama said...

I hope this is a cool show- at least it's something different! so tired of all the mecha in the current shows, a little stone age bashing will be good!


Godzilla2000master said...

This must be the aforementioned pictures from ClubTokyo forums. He looks alittle diffrent...

Thanks for Shareing this August!

August Ragone said...

Yeah, word must have gotten around pretty fast -- before I could post them myself to the other forums!


I've added a photo of the 88-meter Dai Kannon in Hokkaido... any resemblance is strictly coincidental.


Ninja Dixon said...

Looks amazing! :)

Roehm21 said...

Very nice bit of information August. Sadly I have never seen any of the Daimajin films. Probably about time for me to get caught up on those.

Also it took me awhile to do it but I am now a follower of your blog. Keep up the good work.

cologeek said...

You can get the first two films in a double feature for under $8 at Amazon.com right now. The movies are definitely worth having.
I haven't been this excited about a new series from Japan since Garo!