Lots of pictures below, including a look at a bootleg Iron Man and the Peach Princess.
The Discovery Channel, in a bid to prove that it isn’t totally useless, has, in partnership with the Japanese National Museum and the Japanese network NHK, captured the first video footage of a live giant squid.
Dead giant squid, some up to 60 feet long, have washed up on shore before; but this 32 foot specimen marks the first time the once-mythical sea monster has been observed alive in its natural habitat. This is because the deep-sea creatures are notoriously skittish, fleeing from the slightest sound or light source. The Japanese scientists got around that problem by using near infra-red light, invisible to both human and squid eye. The team had to make 100 dives before finally catching sight of one at 2000 feet deep. They then followed it down another thousand, filming it the whole way.
Tsunemi Kubodera, the zoologist who lead the team, was quite happy with the results: “I’ve seen a lot of giant squid specimens in my time, but mainly those hauled out of the ocean. This was the first time for me to see with my own eyes a giant squid swimming. It was stunning, I couldn’t have dreamt that it would be so beautiful. It was such a wonderful creature.”
Discovery is producing a special around the footage which it plans to air this year.
Here’s the latest NSFW (very gory) trailer for the new reboot of Evil Dead, the classic low budget horror film starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and directed by Sam Raimi (Oz: The Great and Powerful). Campbell and Raimi are both producers on the new film. Sam Raimi also has a writing credit, along with Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), and the new director Fede Alvarez.
Sentai Filmworks is killing in the Anime Expo licensing derby, which is especially impressive when you consider the fact that they didn’t even bother to show up. The latest is the upcoming NoitaminA series Natsuyuki Rendezvous.
It’s about a young man named Hazuki who takes a part-time job at a flower shop after falling in love with its beautiful proprietress; but in a Maison Ikkoku-like twist, he discovers that she is recently widowed and still in love with her late husband. Making matters worse, the ghost of said husband is still hanging around, and Hazuki is the only one who can see him.