Embedded below is the new trailer for Zebraman 2, the sequel to the 2004 Takashi Miike film Zebraman. The first film is very enjoyable and blended the idea of an ordinary guy turned superhero with elements of fantasy and references to Japanese television. It also featured a fantastic catchy rock soundtrack by Koji Endo.

The sequel reunites the original director, writer and main star and looks to be even more firmly placed in the sci-fi/fantasy genre than the first. The premise is as follows

Set in 2025, Shinichi Ichikawa/Zebraman is suffering from amnesia and the film sees him battling against an evil organisation that is trying to take over the world.

Miike is a fantastic visual director and this trailer really shows off his imaginative style with a great use of the black and white striped motif.

Zebraman 2 is slated for release in Japan by Toei on May 1st 2010 and has a straight to DVD tie-in film directed by Nishiumi Kenichiro with the incredible title, Revenge of the Zebra Miniskirt Police.

(Trailer courtesy of Twitcha> and photo courtesy of Sanspo)