Last Week’s Episode: Anime Dubs are a Flat Circle

Last Week's Episode

I know this isn’t a music column but the only two thing s I want to listen to for the rest of the week are Swedish folk music and Cruel Angel’s Thesis, so this column is dedicated to Ari Aster’s Midsommar and Netflix’s incredible ability to resurrect arguments I only hazily remember from anime forums of yore.


So! Neon Genesis Evangelion, which hasn’t been available to stream in English…ever, has a few changes that were immediately (and I mean, like, hours after it dropped on Netflix) noticed by fans. First, the iconic end credit song, Fly Me to the Moon, wasn’t there. Secondly, a relationship that’s long been considered canonically queer & romantic was abruptly shoved back into the ambiguity zone. Personally, it bums me out — but the rewatch has also been pretty rewarding even knowing that going in. Spoilers at the source! [Vox]

VIZ Media almost had a similar scandal — a fan pointed out on Twitter that the accompanying booklet to the new Sailor Stars release labeled the relationship between Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune “friendship.” Millennial fans probably remember the infamous original English dub that related the romantic pair to “cousins,” but VIZ clarified on Twitter that the booklet was an error and their localization retains their original sapphic love. I love a happy ending!

In other Evangelion news, the first ten minutes of the fourth film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series (a reimagining of the anime series spearheading by Hideaki Anno) will be screened at at Japan Expo in Paris, and then at Anime Expo and other locations July 6. It’s actually happening!? [Hypebeast]

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, a new series for Boomerang where Scoob & the gang solve crimes with celebrities and superheroes, just dropped a trailer! []

While Toy Story 4 is essentially printing money, in China it lost at the box office to Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, the film’s first theatrical release there. [io9]

Director Wes Ball (Maze Runner) tweeted the news that the Mouse Guard (David Peterson) film adaptation has been shelved, which is a real shame because the test footage made it look like a visual feast.

Comic Movies

Hints abound regarding Florence Pugh’s character in Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow film, and those hints point to Yelena Belova, a rival Black Widow. [CinemaBlend]

Taika Waititi has been reportedly attached to Flash Gordon, which Fox is considering as an animated film. [Newsarama]

Michelle Rejwan (a co-producer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was named SVP of Live Action Development and Production for Lucasfilm…but Lucasfilm continues to not hire any women to direct. [IndieWire]

Sony producer Amy Pascal has said that she thinks Black Cat/Felicia Hardy is “a really great character,” which headline writers appear to interpret as confirmation that a Black Cat film is still on the table (she also said “I think we have a plan for that” regarding the long discussed Silver & Black film that was to feature Silver Sable as well). [ScreenRant]

Since Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) project Silver & Black seems to be on the backburner, she’s now directing an adaptation of  Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s The Old Guard for Netflix. Chiwetel Ejiofor has just joined the cast. [AVClub]

Can’t wait to see Tom Hardy jump into a whole-ass aquarium soon because he’s confirmed for Venom 2. []

In a classic monkey’s paw wish, Transparent creator Jill Soloway has been hired to replace Bryan Singer on Red Sonja for Millennium Films. While they are certainly a step-up, Soloway’s response to harassment claims on the set of their hit show was mired in mistakes and make me less than excited for them to tackle a property with sexual assault as essentially the lead’s origin story. [Deadline]

Grab Bag

The cast of Angel, a show I have a deep affection for and that I’m afraid of ever rewatching, reunited for a cover shoot celebrating its 20th anniversary (!!!). [EW]

Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.