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Gainax To Produce Live-Action TV Show EA'S ROCK

Brace yourself for super sentai slackers.

We don’t cover show announcements that often these days, but when one pertains to Gainax producing their first live action show, attention is most certainly due. ANN’s relayed the studio’s announcement of EA’s ROCK, which sounds a bit like the super-sentai answer to downbeat slacker superhero comedies like THE SPECIALS and NO HEROICS, et al. It’ll be about what the Kankaku Senshi Gokan Five do with themselves after a long dry spell of Earth-shaking threats has forced them to get real jobs at an Airsoft Shooting Arcade.

(And by the way - - are there any Airsoft Shooting Arcades in the States? I bet you get to go full-auto in one of those. That prospect's totally rad.)

The plan right now is to roll out a season of 13 micro-episodes starting in April. They’re saying it’s going to be about the “listless minutiae of everyday life,” but I’ve got a hunch there’s going to plenty of hysterics peppered in the humdrum. My mind’s positively reeling at the prospect of seeing how the sort of madcap comedy in FLCL and ABENOBASHI looks like with real people.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

cynically_happyon Feb. 24, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.

I'm not really one for japanese live action shows but this sounds like it too much potential to be amazing to not watch, so heres to hoping it turns out to be good

AlKusanagion Feb. 25, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.

I judge my Gainax viewing experience by the number of hot 14 year olds designed by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, so unless they're casting Erina Ikuta they've already got a strike against them...

zaldaron Feb. 25, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.

@AlKusanagi: I do hope you realize how disturbing that is.

Kelleth moderator on Feb. 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.

I wish they did this with their original Sentai project from when they where still Daicon in 1982. Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon

Edit: Also btw, Next month TV Asashi will be starting a Super Sentai spin-off called Hokonin Sentai Akibaranger. Which is for the more adult fans that watched the franchise for so long. And in May there will HOPEFULLY be a release of the 5th episode of Jushi Sentai France Five which is a French parody series inspired by Dai-Nippon.

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