Gaiking (2012? 2013?) – Directed by James Urbach – Starring Who the Hell Knows.
If you’re a regular reader here at the Anxiety, you know I’ve been in a bit of a nostalgic mood lately: Transformers, The Hobbit, Star Blazers, Spider-Man, Voltron … all parts of my childhood back in the ’70s and ’80s and all reassessed in the past few weeks.
I was also a fan of the FORCE FIVE cartoon, which was five different Japanese shows rolled into one anthology: Gaiking, Dangard Ace, Starvengers, Grandizer, and Spaceketeers. I barely remember the show, but I remember a few of the big robots, and the one that I remember liking the best was GAIKING.
Because it was a giant robot space dragon. And a giant robot. Maybe they were the same? I don’t know. Look, there was a giant robot space dragon and a giant robot with a dragon’s head for his chest. How awesome was that? Answer: Very.
I haven’t seen the cartoon since I was a kid, and since GAIKING was only one of the five cartoons they showed, it was only on 20% of the time. According to the Never Wrong, I was lucky to get even that, since FORCE FIVE didn’t have a huge syndication package.
But still … giant robot space dragon. That sticks with you.
And now it’s back. A message from a friend this morning had me looking around the net for GAIKING info and look what I found – a teaser for a live-action GAIKING movie? Are you freaking kidding me? How awesome is that? Unfortunately, this is just about all the information I can find. I’m sure there must be some website somewhere with complete information, because the IMDB page for GAIKING is … as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.
But this teaser looks pretty darn awesome. I mean, yeah, it shows NOTHING. It shows a bunch of lights turning on and switches being flipped and someone in black leather pulling on levers and pavement getting pushed up from below (sucks to be those cars, I guess), and then the giant, freaking GAIKING robot emerging from the Earth to stand in the middle of a city street and look freaking awesome.
Now, granted, AICN apparently had this story a year ago, so I’m sort of like the guy who calls you and demands to know, “Holy crap? Have you heard of Honey Nut Cheerios? Best! Cereal! Ever!” But I don’t remember any of you telling me about it, so I’m guessing maybe you don’t know.
Let’s go with you not knowing.
I hope GAIKING gets a release date in the U.S. Heck, I hope the movie actually really exists.
And if you like good sci-fi action stories with strong female leads, please check out my 2011 novel, HARPSICHORD AND THE WORMHOLE WITCHES.