The Gaiking Teaser Trailer has premiered. Jules Urbach and Matthew Gratzner‘s Gaiking (2012) plot synopsis: “The story chronicled the battle between the crew of the semi-transformable carrier Daiku Maryu (also called the Kargosaur in the US version) (also known as The Great Space Dragon) and the Super Robot Gaiking invented by Dr. Daimonji (Prof. Hightech in the English language version of the show) against an invading race of aliens called the Dark Horror Army from the planet Zela whose home planet is facing destruction by a black hole as their population starts to mutate (the fact that their bearded ruler now wears his face on upside-down is considered only a minor mutation). Notable aspects of the series include the dinosaur-based designs of the Daiku Maryu and its support machines and the use of part of the carrier to form the main robot. The robot Gaiking was piloted by former baseball star named Sanshiro Tsuwabuki (Sanshiro’s name was changed to Aries Astronopolis for the English version with the carrier being called the ‘Great Space Dragon’, a literal translation of ‘Daiku Maryu’.” I hope the film is as ambitious as this teaser trailer. Gaiking is part of the Shogun Warriors (Gaiking, Raideen, Combataller V, Voltes V, Daimos, Getter Robo, Mazinger, Great Mazinger and Grendaizer) that was brought to the United States in the late seventies, early eighties. I actually saw re-runs of one of them, Tranzor Z (changed from Mazinger Z), many times on television. The plot (from the cartoon) to Gaiking sounds interesting. Hopefully they keep it in the live-action version.
According to Urbach, the film will not take place on Earth, but on several alien worlds, and unlike “Transformers”, will not be a GCI cluster-f**k. Instead the film maker and his staff intend on using life-sized robots.
Yes, you read that right, life-sized “Shogun Warrior” robots. I don’t know quite how they intend to pull that off, but Urbach insists that the only way to get the ‘true feel’ of these titanic machines is to use life-sized props.
I can’t say that I disagree with that idea, if they have the skill, and funding, to make it work properly, without it looking ultra-cheesy.
Check out the Gaiking teaser trailer below and leave your thoughts on it. Gaiking will be released some time in 2012.