Vintage 1983 Cliff Hanger promotional flyer. Cliff Hanger was a game created by Stern electronics in the vein of Dragon’s Lair that utilized footage from The Castle of Cagliostro and The Mystery of Mamo. This was the original artwork they created for this release! An interesting bit of Cagliostro history…
For those who want 600dpi archival scans, download them here!
Dawn didn’t know what to expect when she agreed to pile into a van with a mixture of friends and acquaintances and take a road trip down to Daytona Beach for spring break. She spent her entire freshman year studying her butt off at university, and she’s never really been out partying. At…
In case you’re curious how the Castle of Cagliostro cover restoration is going, here’s some progress images! This restoration was done by the super talented Shihfu and the less talented myself. I’m still going over some of the lines on my end so it’s not quite done yet, but it’s close!
Please note this is a work in progress and the final version may change significantly! Thanks.
SUPER AMALA MIDNIGHT: EXTRA EXTREME EXTEND EDITION is here! Come to AX and get this new 124 page comic of Megaten megagoodness!
Are you ready for the SUPER AMALA MIDNIGHT: EXTRA EXTREME EXTEND EDITION (Volume 2)?! It’s bursting at the seams with 124 pages of Shin Megami Tensei comics! Stories include:
- Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Teenage Love
- Soul Hackers: Legend of the Man-itou
- Persona 2: Boundless Suffering (Persona 2: Eternal Punishment)
- Digital Devil Saga 2: Better Luck Next Life
- Mad Salt DeSu (Devil Survivor 1&2)
- Mikado Midnight (Persona 3/Persona 4 Arena/Shin Megami Tensei IV)
- Doctor Demifiend (Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne)
- Amala Network Sleepover (?) 2014 (everything else)
In Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Teenage Love, Raidou’s life is turned upside down when a familiar looking high schooler confesses her love to Raidou.
Also in the Devil Summoner universe, in Soul Hackers: Legend of the Man-itou, Nemissa possesses the hacker instead of Hitomi!
If you like seeing the Digital Devil Saga Embryon crew suffer in the real world, then Digital Devil Saga 2: Better Luck Next Life is just for you! Also Sheffield may or may not be wearing pants.
In Persona 2: Boundless Suffering, Maya becomes a silent protagonist and Tatsuya runs around like a madman trying to make sure no one remembers anything, kinda like in a game that wasn’t released on the PSP over here in the West.
If you like the Devil Survivor characters, then man, you’ve got problems. But one of those problems isn’t a lack of comics about them!! In Mad Salt DeSu, Abel is butthurt that he wasn’t invited to last year’s Super Wanton Violence in Amala Midnight Fight Championship. Itching for a battle, he invites his friends to start their own, but everyone else is too busy wasting time on the internet to care.
In Mikado Midnight, Aigis and Elizabeth, on their never-ending quest to free the Persona 3 hero from his fate, jump through the Amala Network and into the world of Shin Megami Tensei IV! And then they make a giant mess and ruin the entire game.
If you want the Demifiend to be your psychiatrist, then you probably need a doctor. AND WOW, HOW CONVENIENT! Doctor Demifiend is here!
In Amala Network Sleepover (?) 2014, everyone in the Shin Megami Tensei universe is invited to a sleepover in the barracks of the Shin Megami Tensei IV samurai, but the Persona 4 crew is too posh to stay in a shitty place like that and kidnap everyone to party at the P4 mansion!
Come get your copy of this 124 page beast for $30 at Anime Expo 2014 this July 3-6 at Artist Alley table number D40! And if you don’t have a copy of the first volume of Super Amala Midnight, we’ll have it in stock at AX also for $30! Or get both books together for a special con price of $50!
Tell your friends! Or don’t tell your friends and then laugh when they don’t get a copy! THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
David Hayter, the English voice for Lupin the Third in the 2000 version of The Castle of Cagliostro has graciously agreed to participate in… something for Discotek’s upcoming Blu-ray! For right now, it’s a mystery! But we want YOU to submit your questions for him! Mr. Hayter recently wrote and directed the feature film Wolves, but he is also famous for voicing Snake in the Metal Gear game series, and for penning the script for the popular X-Men feature film. He also co-wrote X2: X-Men United and Watchmen.
We have just a couple of ground rules:
1. This is not a Metal Gear / X-Men / Watchmen / Guyver 2: Dark Hero / Wolves interview. If you do ask a question relating to his other projects, please try to make sure it’s tied to Cagliostro somehow.
2. Please try to think outside the box a little with your questions. What we mean by that is, try to ask things someone else might not have thought to ask already.
Submit your questions through our ask.fm page:
Thank you so much for your feedback. We look forward to reading your questions!
Please spread the word!
Work in progress of the Castle of Cagliostro keyart restoration, courtesy of Shihfu!
It is going to be bootiful.
Those of you who follow us on Twitter (plug: Brady’s @ashuraou and Reed’s @Lupinthe3rdcom) and who follow Lupin Central have already seen a quick-and-dirty comparison between the 2006 Special Edition DVD and the upcoming Discotek DVD. Here’s a little more elaborate comparison with better range of color and scenery. On the left are the 2006 versions (using the same footage as Studio Ghibli’s 2001 Japanese DVD). Notice the black overscan frame, the paler colors, and the edge enhancement on the lines. The 2014 render features richer colors, better use of space, and softer but more natural line work.
Of course, Discotek’s Blu-ray will be an even better improvement in picture quality, but for those who are still rockin’ DVD-only setups, there’s still good reason to upgrade to the Discotek release when it lands sometime around August. Even though it won’t have the Storyboard mode (it’s only one disc, sorry!), it still features audio commentary, both English dubs, and a variety of special features. We’ll talk more about those soon…
—Brady & Reed
You may not have noticed this when you originally watched it, but as Lupin and Jigen stuffed all their money into their car during the getaway at the beginning, it was right into Goemon’s tolerant face No wonder he ditched them before they headed to Cagliostro.
Did you notice where Goemon was during the casino robbery getaway in the beginning of Castle of Cagliostro?
We bnadass now.
When a movie comes out in Japan, promotional stills are created before the film is even completed. Often these include alternate takes that differ from the final material or even depict unique scenes which never made it into the film at all. Cagliostro is no different! With a movie this old, though, the source for some of these stills has aged and has required some restoration.
When the source is from a film or slides, color aberrations and shifts like this are the norm in older material. The blue will become green, skintones might become more red, and in the end they require hue adjustments to correct. You can also see some deterioration that needed to be cleaned up. Using the official film program from the original 1979 release, though, we’ve been able to match the original colors very closely. We’ll be showing more of this stills soon and talk about some of them specifically.
For now, here’s some before and afters of stuff that’s not even in the movie!
Wherein I talk like a nerd about promotional stills and Lupin stuff.