Movie Wars 2011: Ankh Returns?!!

The finale to Kamen Rider OOO was quite amazing. The only part of it that most people didn’t like was Ankh’s death at the end of the final fight scene. And his death has left many to ask what they plan on doing for the next Movie Wars now that Ankh was gone and the Core Medals were destroyed. Well, it looks like Ankh might just make a return in the next Movie Wars!

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Speculation came after he posted this pic of himself with the Ankh haristyle on his personal blog. While the associated post talked about thanking people for watching the show, some have wondered whether this was a sign that Ankh would be making a return.

I’m not sure about that, but it does turn out that they had planned on killing of Ankh from the very beginning! In an interview with Hyper Hobby magazine, producer Takebe Naomi, with Watanabe Shu, discussed how they had planned to get rid of Ankh from the very beginning, how they had planned on sealing him away at first, and how they never even discussed the possibility of bringing him back!

They also talked about Eiji’s background a little bit, how he is a politician’s son who uses his mother’s maiden name to avoid being recognized, and how he has an older politician brother (even Shu didn’t know that).

Shu wanted to get into more action stuff himself in the show, but they were never able to add anything like that to the show, Takebe agreed to discuss doing that with him and the production staff for the next Movie Wars. Maybe they’ll talk about reviving Ankh while they’re at it.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Live Action Voltron Movie Announcement: No Micheal Bay this time!

Alright, I know that a live action adaptation for the Voltron series had been announced before (almost three years ago now), and that it was recently scrapped, despite the vast amount of concept art that was released for it (with that whole Transformers/Michael Bay-esque thing going on with it). But this time, it’s going to be different. It’s real, and it’s happening as I type this post.

World Events Productions (WEP), who brought the original Voltron series to the states, announced at it’s Comic-Con panel on Thursday (partly associated with Nickelodeon’s booth), that Relativity Media, along with Atlus Productions, had optioned to produce a live action adaptation of the Voltron animated series.

And while this announcement is official, many Voltron fans have yet to really celebrate the news, partly due to the fact that Comic-Con is still going, but also out of fear from another cancelation. Given the fickle and money-driven nature of Hollywood, I can’t blame them.

Personally, the only thing that I see as a possible concern is this live-action adaptation of the series crossing into Power Rangers’ territory. And you know what happens when two giant robots run into each other:

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Of course, since they’re both on Nickelodeon Networks now, they probably wouldn’t fight each other, too big a risk to job security.

More on this as news comes out.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Samurai in San Diego: The Power is on at Comic-Con!

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2011 kicked off yesterday (7/21), and guess who showed up for the party? That’s right, the Samurai Rangers! They came this year as part of Nick’s exhibit at the convention, and they’ve been showing off stunts and posing for photos with conventioners since they first popped up yesterday. Here are a few photos from the event:

As you can see here, Brittany Anne Pirtle, who plays Emily/the Yellow Samurai Ranger, was interview by NBC to talk about her role in the show, and about Nickelodeon’s booth at Comic-Con. Video of the interview can be found here:

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You like the little “stunt show”?

As part of the Power Rangers Samurai exhibition, there will be an “Origins of the Samurai Power Rangers” panel hosted by Paul Schrier (Bulk), between 7-8 pm on Saturday, where attendees will get a chance to see the origins special 3 months before it airs on Nick, followed by a one-on-one interview with the cast of the show. So, if you happen to be at or headed over to Comic-Con this weekend, be sure to drop in on that! (And maybe send me some “leaked” footage from the event.) 😉

-M.C., the wishing-he-could-go-to-Comic-Con Quantum Twin