All posts by Nick Izumi

Nick Izumi is, for all intents and purposes, a human being. We’ve checked repeatedly, and he continues to assure us this is true. Nick is the cofounder of the Wisconsin Anime Convention “Daisho Con,” and occasionally smells like flour and memories of your forgotten youth. He also created and stars in a series of reviews on youtube called "The Nick Izumi Show." You should watch it. Nick also used to be the co-host on Pher Sturz’s Otaku Tonight prior to its disbanding in Fall of 2016.

Hayao Miyazaki Coming Out of Retirement AGAIN

Everybody loves Hayao Miyazaki, and if you don’t what’s wrong with you? His filmography up through Spirited Away were all instant classics and while his recent movies didn’t exactly float MY boat, they seemed pretty well received by about everyone else. After his last film, The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement, only to come back to do a CG short, Boro the Caterpiller, for the Studio Ghibli museum in 2013. After that he claimed he was going to retire, well that’s not the case again as he has announced that he is, indeed coming out of retirement to make another movie.

I want to make a note that I am not using the phrase “one last film” because it has been used far too many times by people trying to describe Miyazaki’s career. See the paragraph above only describes the last two times he has attempted to retire, but Miyazaki has “retired” more than six times. And while I love the man’s work, I just don’t think its worth noting when he “retires” anymore, since he always seems to decide to make another movie after taking a few years off. Sometimes you can’t keep a good artist down, and I’m fine with that.

Look forward to Miyazaki’s new film whenever he finishes it.

via: io9

Shin Godzilla Review

To say Hideaki Anno had a lot to accomplish with Shin Godzilla might be the biggest understatement of the year. Making the first Japanese Godzilla film in more than a decade is a pretty tall order on its own. But this one also had to mend Toho’s pride after getting Out-Godzilla-ed by Americans in 2014. I’m pleased to say that I think Anno successfully fulfilled this tall order,  but how he went about doing it is what I think is truly amazing.

Shin Godzilla is a great movie. Let me put that up front. The cast is very strong, the titular god-lizard is the stuff of nightmares, and, after processing the film for a couple days I feel safe in saying that this is Hideaki Anno’s best film. Continue reading Shin Godzilla Review

Legends of Tomorrow Previews the Justice Society of America

So at the end of Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow we were introduced to Hourman who said he came from the Justice Society of America. Fans of the comics know the JSA as the World War II predecessors to the Justice League and sure enough that’s what they’re gonna be in the show. Lets take a look!

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That’s (Left to right) Stargirl, Doctor Midnight, Hourman, Obsidian, Vixen and Commander Steel! And we’ve got a better look at Obsidian and Doctor Midnight in the next picture.

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Stargirl looks AGGRESSIVELY 40s Comic hero, I’m sort of sad everyone else has the super-muted costumes that have been the standard since Arrow, but I still think they look great.

Be sure to check them out October 20th.

Via: io9

Our First Live Action Ghost in the Shell Teaser is here I guess…

So we here at Nerd & Tie haven’t exactly been excited for the American Produced Ghost in the Shell movie.  But we finally got our first five teasers. So here they are…

So yeah, some scenes out of context… and an uncomfortable reminder of just how white-washed this film is.  I’m not sure what I make of this. Like is this supposed to generate buzz? What was the point of #4 anyway.

Anyway, the American Live Action Ghost in the Shell is coming in 2017, whether we want it or not.

The Netflix Death Note Movie is Still Happening

I keep forgetting that this movie is happening. Then things like that happen and I feel like I have to talk about it.  So how about the Green Goblin as a death god? Well that’s what you’re getting since Willem Dafoe will be providing the voice of the apple-loving god of death Ryuk, in the upcoming film.

Dafoe has a great voice, so that’s actually pretty exciting. He’s also the biggest name on this cast list so far which also features Straight Outta Compton’s Keith Stanfield and that kid from The Fault in Our Stars. 

We’ll see how this movie turns out in 2017.

Do We Really Need an American Live Action SAO?

You didn’t ask for this. I didn’t ask for this, but apparently someone did.  Skydance Media (Star Trek Beyond) announced today that they have acquired the global live action rights to the still popular light-novel-turned-anime Sword Art Online, with the intention of making it into a TV series.

For those who aren’t familiar Sword Art Online follows a group of young people trapped inside a fantasy-based MMORPG where Game Over means you actually die. Obviously, this is not the first series to use this premise, but its certainly one of most popular and has spawned tons of imitations in recent anime. That said, I’m having trouble not seeing this as silly. Honestly, when I hear this idea, the best case scenario I can imagine is The Guild trying to take itself seriously. Add in the cringe-inducing idea of harem anime elements done with real people, and this just feels uncomfortable, but its not up to me. There it is, whether you want it or not.

The pilot is being written by Laeta Kalongridis, the executive producer on Birds of Prey so there’s that too.

Look out for live action Sword Art Online in the near future.

via: Anime News Network

Groot and Rocket Raccoon are Headed to the ISS

In the last couple years NASA has been trying to reach out to the public with pop culture references, so maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has teamed up with Marvel for a next International Space Station Mission patch. This upcoming embroidery will feature two of the comic publishing giant’s most beloved space-faring characters.

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That’s right, Groot and (a shockingly adorable) Rocket Raccoon are on this, frankly, fantastic patch.

Honestly, this is a great idea. NASA is pretty dependent on public good will for support and this should is a pretty great way to get that.

via: The Washington Post

Matt Ryan is Returning to Constantine (In an Animated Movie)

Considering that the show was canceled, its pretty amazing that Matt Ryan has become synonymous with Constantine. Fans can’t help but be excited whenever he gets to play Constantine, even if he isn’t playing the same version of the character that was on NBC and Arrow.  It looks like fans have a treat coming from DC’s animated films as Matt Ryan is set to play John Constantine once again in the new Justice League Dark movie.

The film will also feature Zatanna, Deadman, Etrigan the Demon, Black Orchid and (my other favorite) Swamp Thing, in addition to the not-so-dark Justice League making cameos throughout.

The DC animated movies tend to be pretty fun and this first preview looks promising.

Justice League Dark will be in stores Fall 2016

You Can See Godzilla Resurgence in an American Theater

This past weekend at Comic Con was filled with more than just new trailers, we also finally got information on an American release for Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Gojira (Godzilla Resurgence) After a long wait, we finally can confirm (as of last Friday) that Funimation has picked up the rights for the US distribution of the film and are going to be bringing it to American theaters.

Its probably safe to assume that, much like the recent Dragonball Z and the live action Attack on Titan Films, this film will have a limited US theatrical release, but frankly, I couldn’t be more excited. Most of the Millenium Godzilla movies were not given a US theatrical release, so the chance to see Japanese Godzilla on the big screen once more is incredibly exciting!

Godzilla Resurgence opens in Japan, this week.

via: io9

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Confirms the Return of Thrawn

Back in February you might recall that we reported on a rumor that Grand Admiral Thrawn would be returning to Star Wars Canon in the new season of Rebels. Well the trailer for season three is here, and sure enough, the blue-skinned super tactician has wandered back into Canon from the mysterious badlands known as LEGENDS and as a Grand Admiral no less.

It looks like they are already setting him up as a force to be reckoned with and while I imagine the timeline will be quite different now, as the Thrawn trilogy of novels are still considered LEGENDS, its still very cool to see this popular EU character back in the main story.

Check out the new trailer to get a first look at Thrawn along with some other really cool stuff, such as Tom Baker as a force-adept monster!