“009 Re: Cyborg” trailer

If I were still running Streamline Pictures, I’d be fighting to pick up a film like this. It looks friggin‘ cool! This new anime feature updates Shotaro Ishinomori’s 1960s manga, Cyborg 009, a classic character who has appeared in animated series and features in the 1960s and 70s, the 90s and 2000s. Kenji Kamiyama directs this reboot in 3D for Production I.G.009 Re: Cyborg will open simultaneously in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea on October 27th.


Just for fun, compare the trailer above to the original 1966 Toei feature (below):


  • http://croovman.deviantart.com/gallery/ Stav Levi (croovman)

    Wow, it not being keyframe animation makes it much less distinguished from regular 2D anime

  • Chris Sobieniak

    There certainly needs to be another Streamline Pictures for stuff like this.

  • http://hobsonproductions.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    I remember watching the TV series version on Toonami. It was awesome! I look forward to what this new reincarnation has to offer.

  • Mel

    To be honest, not too fond of the overall art style. I love how the original 009 had a particular character design. I wish that carried over to the feature. This just looks very generic to me.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      That was my thought too Mel, I felt they should’ve kept more to Ishinomori’s vision of the characters but I can see why they had to change it up a bit here.

  • Skip

    For me the 1966 version has more charm.

  • NAveryW

    The effects animation is as great as ever, but cel shaded CG anime humans still feel too uncanny valley. Everyone’s made of solid chunks that move like… well, video game characters, which makes complete sense.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    It does look generic – but it looks good anyway. With a proper English dub – and perhaps the substitution of a new score in place of the typically baffling, wrong-sounding anime music – this could be entertaining.

    • High Minded Civilian

      Please elaborate on “wrong-sounding” anime music, since that confuses me, and also why you insist on an English dub.

      • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

        I’ve lost patience with subtitles. My mind starts to wander when I’m reading them, and my eyesight grows worse by the year, making them difficult to make out sometimes. It’s also very distracting to hear characters babble on in a language I don’t understand with cadence and timbre that frequently evokes the surprised squeals of electrocuted babies.

        As for anime soundtrack music, it frequently sounds inappropriate to me and pushes me away. Oddly florid cues, or grating J-pop sounds accompany action that would have more power accompanied by almost any other style of music, or no music at all. I enjoy western-sounding rock or symphonic scores.

        It’s personal preference, that’s all.

        • Chris Sobieniak

          It also doesn’t help when the Japanese post-record their dialogue after the animation was finished, but that’s another thing!

        • Mark P.

          So your saying a Japanese movie made for Japanese people, doesn’t fit your North American taste. Just Wow.

          And “…surprised squeals of electrocuted babies…” this is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in a while. Maybe you should learn a bit of Nihongo before watching a little bit of Anime, hey Paisan!

          • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

            Re:
            “So your saying a Japanese movie made for Japanese people, doesn’t fit your North American taste. “

            Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying!

            Hollywood movies are increasingly being dubbed into Japanese and other languages. Sometimes different musical scores are substituted for international releases to better fit the audience. Localization of entertainment is a thing.

  • Alissa

    Kinda like the Uncanny Valley-esque look they’ve got going here, fits the whole cybernetic-not-normal thing. Just wish they had kept the old art style, but I trust I.G. This should be awesome.

  • Charles M.

    Compared to the 1966 version, which I personally was unaware it even existed, I have to give it to the Old Skool. I am starting to understand with he passage of time comes the passing of technique. This version seems too action-packed to me, a cross between Ghost in a Shell and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. I remember Toonami aired Cyborg 009 and that version appealed to me stylistically while maintaining a serene balance of action. Anyway, it still looks good.

  • Alê Camargo

    Can’t really understand all the negative coments about this.

    It looks and sounds really good to me.

  • Gray64

    If I remember correctly, the most recent remake of the series (not counting this film) kept much of the original’s cartooniness. Still, this looks very pretty.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It had. Sadly thought it did not get as much coverage in the US as it was shoved at a late time slot and only a few episodes came out on DVD domestically.

  • victoria

    They took all the cartoony charm outta it, might as well have filmed it in live action.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You could say that about a lot of current anime today.

  • http://rubikunsreviews.livejournal.com Rubi

    What happened to Streamline Pictures exactly? Seems like you stopped releases suddenly just a couple years before the anime boom started in earnest. Shame you didn’t survive long enough to release Mind Game (WHY has nobody licensed that movie?).

  • Chris Sobieniak

    For those uninformed of what Cyborg 009 is, here’s a good blog review of the series and it’s many incarnations.
    http://letsanime.blogspot.com/2011/11/cyborg-009-story.html

  • caleb

    r.i.p. hand drawn anime – hello computer

  • Vik

    Cyborg 009 meets Ghost in the Shell, but it looks like fun anyway. I am a fan of the old school Cyborg 009 and anime series, but I still look forward to seeing this version.

    • Ama

      I totally got a Ghost in the Shell vibe watching this (particularly the intro to the SAC series). This looks cool, but I do miss the designs from the ’66 version of the show (and the reboot on Cartoon Network’s Toonami). Just personal preference though. Can’t wait to check it out once there’s an english sub/dub.

  • Joe Horne

    i’ll check it out. big fan of the series. prefer the early 80′s version…now if you can imagine the bottom trailer using the tops technology….yeah baby…..

    • Chris Sobieniak

      They really do need to go back to doing the really fun stuff again than to try to be all hard-edge and all that.