Didja hear the news? The 1975 Takara-sponsored Go Nagai classic Steel Jeeg is getting a remake! It's supposed to be a direct sequel to the original series, set fifty years later. (I can only pray the original protagonist makes an appearance, still clad in his trademark leisure suit and gold chains, at age 70.) The Haniwa Genjin are back, Jeeg's head is now formed by a motorcycle (rather than the main character himself, as in the original), and he'll get some new weapons, including "space parts" and "sea parts." Mmm... parts. There's also unconfirmed rumors of cross-overs with Ga-Keen and the other "Magnemo" robots. Dare we hope for a remix of that savagely manly Isao Sasaki theme song? Probably not, but a freak can dream.
One caveat: Nagai isn't handling the mechanical design this time around. Word on the street is that it's being overseen by Toshiyuki Horii, whose last project was the 2005 series "Gunparade Orchestra." The show itself is being directed by Jun Kawagoe, who also helmed "Shin Getta Robo."
"Kotetsu Gami Jeeg" ("Steel God Jeeg") debuts on April 5th on Japan's WowWow channel... At 11:30pm, which should give you a sense of who the audience is: hikikomori shut-ins. And me.