All posts tagged: Yu Sasuga

Terraformars (Live-Action) – Review

It’s the future. Well, no, it’s currently the present, but eventually it will become the future. In saying that, though, by the time the future comes along it will be regarded as the present, but let’s not split hairs. It’s the future, and it’s time for the more significant citizens of Earth to begin searching for another planet to relocate to and subsequently destroy, so the Japanese government looks towards Mars, the red planet, as our race’s ambitious next step. Do not let it’s colour deceive you though, as it turns out, Mars is incredibly cold! Far too cold to live on! It goes against everything the primary colours stands for and yet we still make the attempt to terraform it. I know what you’re thinking; “Frank, how did we do it?“, well I have the answer: Cockroaches and moss. When I first bought my new car, most people said that black was a bad choice of colour because it absorbs heat far greater than any other. I took that knowledge to Secret NASA and …

Terra Formars Volume Ten – Review

Mars is a planet 225 million kilometers away from Earth, and that is at it’s closest. It’s a planet so far away that it would take between 150 and 300 full days to reach it’s surface. Matt Damon was recently marooned on the red planet, and the mission was so arduous that it took a Childish Gambino to get him home to us. The point I’m trying to make is that Mars is quite a long way from Earth, and yet not even those currently inhabiting it cant seem to escape from the child-like politics on Earth. Terra Formars’ latest arc is one that revolves around China’s heel turn as they attempt to seize control of the mission so as to return to Earth the sole survivors accompanied by what would be the only source of research data from the exhibition. Having said data in the palm of their hands, being the only country in the world with it, would make China the superpower they have always wanted to be, so their Annex soldiers will …

Terra Formars Volume Eight and Nine – Review

No longer is the war on Mars being fought by two different planetary races. At one point in time this mission to the red planet was for the sake of not only combatting the forces of the Cockroaches, but to capture live specimens for experimental use back on Earth. You may have forgotten this, but there’s a virus spreading across Earth that is a direct cause of the evolution process that developed thanks to the terraforming of Mars. Part of the reason why the Annex I were sent there in the first place was to bring back samples of which Earth scientists could create a cure from, but like anything else that has evolutionary traits, the Cockroach samples can not only be used in the medical field…it can also be used for warfare. In the previous volume it was revealed that the Chinese soldiers on Mars, who were once a part of the Annex I mission, turned heel against the rest of the crew under orders from their superiors back on Earth. While there is a …

Cheesy But Charming – Live-Action Terra Formars Film Full Trailer Released

In my humble opinion; Japanese director Takeshi Miike is one of the greatest filmmakers to ever exist. What makes him so good? Well, there are many different factors, as there usually is, but the most defining is his ability to adapt abnormal stories from Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture as a whole into worthwhile live-action films that not only do the source material justice, but that keeps audiences glued to screens regardless of their history with said source material. His upcoming film, a live-action representation of the hit Manga series Terra Formars written and illustrated by Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana respectively, is already exciting fans of the series the world over, and it only just got it’s first full trailer. Thus is the power of a Takeshi Miike’s illustrious career as an award-winning filmmaker. Up until today, audiences had only seen short teasers of the film showing glimpses of what’s to come, which, as it usually does, worked well to accumulate some hype that will only serve this movie well. Then again…I am a …

Terra Formars Volume Seven – Review

The thing about space travel is that it’s quite dangerous, as well as being extraordinarily expensive. Once you leave the gravity of Earth, who the hell knows what is going to happen next. If you’re a crew of half-bug people on your way to Mars, chances are some weird stuff is going to go down…like bipedal cockroach men, but that’s something you’ve been trained to deal with, kind of. What happens when, after almost a week of trying to survive against said cockroach men, you’re then having to deal with the forces of…other humans? Terra Formars is now into it’s seventh volume, and it just continues to get more and more exciting. Madman Entertainment have been doing a fantastic job bringing this thrilling science-fiction story to Australia and New Zealand, and, once again, us here at SnapThirty have been given a chance to review the latest volume which takes a huge stride to the left and begins branching off on a storyline I saw coming a while ago, but I’m very much glad is now …

Terra Formars Volume Six – Review

An Earth day lasts twenty four hours. Do you know how long a full day on Mars lasts? Not too much longer than that, maybe only about forty minutes. This means that Earth and Mars have similar rotations. Now if you were to ask me how long a day on Mars lasts after only reading through Madman Entertainment’s hit Manga Terra Formars, I’d probably tell you it lasts a great deal longer. Actually, if we’re determining the length of a Mars day going strictly off of the Manga’s release schedule…a complete Mars day lasts for almost five months, but I don’t know why you’d determine the length of another planet’s day by using the release schedule of a popular science-fiction series. I most likely would, this is why I’m a writer for an online publication and noy an astronaut. We’re now into the sixth volume of Terra Formars, five of which have focused on the soldiers of Annex I and one of which works as somewhat of a prequel to the events of the series’ …

Terra Formars Volume Five – Review

This may seem somewhat outlandish but I beg that, before you jump to aggressive conclusions, you think about just what it is that I’m about to say: We live in a strange age that glorifies and celebrates mediocrity, especially in the world of pop culture. I’ve seen countless Anime and Manga rise to stardom undeservedly, I’ve seen many characters who’ve risen to an unjustified level of popularity, I’ve seen what I consider to be the downfall of story/character writing and now I’m seeing one hell of an overall shift. In recent months I’ve been able to experience some of the most exciting Anime and Manga of all time thanks to my role here at SnapThirty. Before we started this website, I thought the industry was at an all-time low…and I truly think, even now, that it was. Since then things have been looking up. I was introduced to Manga like World Trigger, Assassination Classroom, Gangsta, and yes, Terra Formars. I then came to realise that an overall storyline is not just what makes a series …

Leading Man Cast For Takashi Miike’s Live-Action Terra Formars Film

Let’s think back for a hot minute: When was the last time any news broke about the upcoming live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s hit Manga Terra Formars? I think the last time we heard anything about this movie was all the way back when it was actually announced. That was a few months ago at this point in time but today we’ve been given a little bit more information on this exciting new movie and it comes in the form of the very first confirmed cast member. If you don’t know what Terra Formars is…please stop reading this article and go do your research. It’s crazy that you wouldn’t know about this incredible Manga and it’s less-than-incredible Anime adaptation so I’m just going to assume that you do. Well a while back it was announced that legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike – famous for movies like Ace Attorney, Ichi The Killer, and Crows Zero – has started with the early production stages of his very own live-action adaptation about the trained killers who’re …

Terra Formars Volume Four – Review

I havn’t always been this way but, as of recent years, I’ve come to believe in the true concept of evolution. Why I would disbelieve it is something you’d have to ask a very young Frank Inglese, but the fact that I now believe in that particular process of growth means that I, myself, have gone through a sort of evolution. I now believe that those who do not evolve will become obsolete; something many around me have been preaching for some time but something that I havn’t quite come to terms with until now in my old age…of twenty one. Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s hit Manga Terra Formars deals a great deal with the idea of rapid growth and evolution, with some startling and frankly terrifying results. Many years ago, Humans tried their hand at terraforming Mars because, well…I think maybe Earth is on it’s last legs. A viable option to replace Earth would have to be to change Mars and that’s exactly what the scientific citizens of Earth did. Too bad that those …

Terra Formars Volume Three – Review

Let me lay it down for you: Eventually, so I’ve been lead to believe, this planet will be no more. With the inevitable death of the Earth will come the eradication of every single native species…that includes us humans. This is why we have to start thinking about alternative existence plans. Lucky for us, there are a whole bunch of other planets hanging around in the same solar system as ours that would gladly allow for us to change it’s overall makeup to resemble Earth. This is what we call ‘Terraforming’, though it’s a little more complicated than what I just described. – Excerpt from “Terra Formars” Volume One Review By this point in “Terra Formars”, Earth has tried their hand at colonising Mars a couple of times but, for some mysterious reason, the crews sent to the red planet all come back dead…or, in fact, not at all. Volume three follows the story of Annex I, the fourth group to head to Mars, on their trip across the stars. Unfortunately they’re attacked by those …

“Terra Formars” Live-Action Film To Be Directed By Takashi Miike

There’s always a huge worry when it comes to live-action film adaptations of your favorite Anime or Manga and it usually lies in who it is that’s decided to spearhead development. An unfit director could mean the death of a film and it strikes at the hearts of all the series’ fans. It looks as though “Terra Formars” will not be causing too much distress with its live-action adaptation (which has just been green-lit) because the man behind it all will be none other than Takashi Miike. Yes, Takashi Miike, possibly one of the best directors, period, but also one of the most suited to adapt a story like “Terra Formars”. He is, without a doubt, my favorite Japanese director and with films like “Crows Zero”, “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”, “Tokyo Tribe, and “Ichi The Killer” under his belt, I can imagine most of you reading this love his work too. As far as detailed information goes; there really isn’t any. The announcement in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine stated only that the film has been green-lit …

Terra Formars Volume Two – Review

For weeks now I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth thanks to the appalling Anime adaptation of a Manga I find myself very exciting to continue reading; “Terra Formars”. Riddled with censorship, the Anime has so far only worked to diminish what positive popularity the Manga had built. This hasn’t stopped me from wanting to continue the Manga, though. If anything, it has made me want to read the Manga even more with the hopes that it will explain more and show all the things the Anime refused to and thanks to our friends as Madman Entertainment I’ll be able to keep reading the Manga completely for free! Though…from what I’ve read so far, I would have no problems at all paying full price for every new release. Volume two marks the beginning of a whole new generation of characters and the third crew to be sent off to Mars. This time, though, they know what’s up there waiting for them and they’ve made some pretty serious preparations to avoid the slaughter that occurred …

Crunchyroll Picks Up Streaming Rights For “Terra Formars” Anime

Arguably one of the most anticipated Anime series’ of the Fall season, ‘Terra Formars’ has just been picked up by online Anime distributor Crunchyroll. The series, based on Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s Manga series of the same name, follows a crew of ‘astronauts’ who have been sent to Mars on an extermination mission of which they may not return. Two OVA episodes have already aired in Japan and serve as somewhat of a prequel to the Anime. What was shown in the two episode arc was that of what happened in the first Manga volume so my suggestion is that you pick it up and give it a read through before you head to Crunchyroll to watch the series. No actual episode count has been released as of yet so when it comes to that we’re pretty much in the dark. My hopes: The series goes on for as long as it possibly can. I reviewed the first volume of the Manga (Click Here to read) and immediately fell in love with the series …