Toei Animation is producing one of the most epic and controversial anime once again. The name is Gaiking – definitely an example of a huge phenomenon in the mecha robot genre and in anime history. Of course, people will also remember it with the copyright controversy between Toei Animation and original creator Go Nagai that took them 10 years in court to solve… It’s a good thing they did, so we can see the new and upgraded CGI (Computer-generated imagery) version of the demon mecha in 2012.
The anime series first aired in 1976, when Go Nagai and Toei were still in good terms. An alternative version TV series was shown in 2005 and 2006. The story is about “The Shogun Warriors” mega mecha, led by Gaiking – a great sky demon dragon who travels between our world and the alternate reality of Darius to stop the evil army of Zela from conquering the reality we live in.
Not much is revealed for the plot of the movie, but it’s already known that USA director/VFX supervisor Matthew Gratzner (“Aeon Flux”, “Iron Man”, “Shutter Island”, “Resident Evil”) and special effects specialist Jules Urbach (“Dark Country”) are behind the Gaiking 2012 remake. It will feature the awarded Light Stage Technology, used in “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. It’s basically an image-based facial rendering system, who creates realistic human and object appearance in any light environment.
Hit? A remake of a successful franchise that brought a lot of money to Matel (who produced the merchandise) and Marvel (who made a comic). An “Avatar”-style mega production that will be an eye candy for every 3D and mechanics lover. If you like technology in all of its forms, you’ll probably run to see it.
Miss? If you love classy anime mecha like the Gundam franchise, Evangelion, Code Geass, Ghost in the Shell and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, you’ll probably hate the plot-less Hollywood-style 3D with lots of details and very little depth. Of course, we might be surprised…but don’t count on it.
By Death Scythe