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New Hardcover Memoir from Hayao Miyazaki – Turning Point: 1997-2008

26 March, 2014 - 21:10
Collection of Essays, Interviews, Memoirs and Illustrations from the Legendary Animation Director Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
On April 8th, VIZ Media will release an English language edition of Hayao Miyazaki's Turning Point: 1997-2008. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Nibariki
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the release of Turning Point: 1997-2008, an insightful collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The new title covers the critical stage in the legendary director’s career when his animated films such as PRINCESS MONONOKE (もののけ姫, Mononoke-Hime, 1997), HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004) and PONYO (崖の上のポニョ, Gake no Ue no Ponyo, 2008) began to garner a significant international audience. Turning Point: 1997-2008 will debut as a hardcover edition on April 8th and will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN. Turning Point: 1997-2008 is the companion second volume to the earlier Miyazaki chronicle, Starting Point: 1979-1996, which was originally published by VIZ Media in 2009. VIZ Media will release Starting Point: 1979-1996 in a new paperback edition on April 8th under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. VIZ Media will also be releasing a stunning full-color hardcover edition, The Art of The Wind Rises, based on Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and final feature film, on April 8th. Continued...
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L♡DK Live Action Movie from Toei this April

26 March, 2014 - 13:52
Popular Romance Manga Adapted as Feature Film Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: love-ldk.jp (Japan)
Theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2014 "L♡DK" Production Committee
Toei will release the live action film L♡DK - LIVING TOGETHER (L・DK ラブ同居, L・DK Rabu Dookyo) in theaters across Japan on April 12th. The movie is based on the manga series L♡DK (エルディーケー, Erudiikee) by Ayu Watanabe, which debuted in the March 2009 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine. The manga has sold more than 3.4 million copies as of November 2013, and was named the top shojo (girls) manga by Media Factory's Da Vinci magazine "E-Book Award 2013". L♡DK is directed by Yasuhiro Kawamura, who previously helmed the films NODAME CANTABILE THE MOVIE II (のだめカンタービレ 最終楽章 後編, Nodame Kantabire Saishuu Gakushou-Kouhen, 2010) and AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE (映画 ひみつのアッコちゃん, Eiga Himitsu no Akko-chan, 2012). Lead actress Ayame Gouriki also starred in the live action GATCHAMAN (ガッチャマン, 2013) and KUROSHITSUJI/BLACK BUTLER (黒執事, 2014) movies, while Kento Yamazaki's credits include ANOTHER (アナザー, Anazaa, 2012) and LOVE FOR BEGINNERS (今日、恋をはじめます, Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu, 2012). Continued...
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July 2014 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

26 March, 2014 - 07:30
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 Available July 1st Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its July slate of releases, including the 13 episode action series based on the hit game DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 THE ANIMATION which will be released on bilingual DVD. Additional releases for July include DVD and Blu-ray editions of GATCHAMAN CROWDS COMPLETE COLLECTION, MAJESTIC PRINCE COMPLETE COLLECTION, THE SEVERING CRIME EDGE COMPLETE COLLECTION, PROBLEM CHILDREN ARE COMING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, AREN'T THEY? COMPLETE COLLECTION, TO LOVE RU ~ DARKNESS and FLOWERS OF EVIL COMPLETE COLLECTION, plus SNAFU COMPLETE COLLECTION, SASAMI-SAN@GANBARANAI! COMPLETE COLLECTION, PHOTO KANO COMPLETE COLLECTION and YUYUSHIKI COMPLETE COLLECTION on DVD. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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S.H.MonsterArts Predator Wolf (Heavy Armed Ver.) from Bluefin

26 March, 2014 - 01:16
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ALIEN VS PREDATOR™ & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ALIEN VS PREDATOR™ & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Coming August/September 2014 Source: Bluefin Corp. press release S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim S.H.MonsterArts continues its aim to be the number one series of high quality monster action figures on the market today with the newest addition coming straight from ALIEN VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM -- the Predator Wolf (Heavy Armed Ver.)! This deluxe figure is only available as a web exclusive in Japan, but comes to North American shores as a regular release thanks to Bluefin Distribution. Faithfully proportioned as it appeared in the 2007 film, the set portrays the character after he picks up additional tools from the crashed ship in the movie. Continued...
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Win KING KONG VS GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on Blu-ray!

25 March, 2014 - 02:10
Win KING KONG VS GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and SciFi Japan! Photos courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. © 1962, 19767 Toho Co., Ltd. © 1963, 1968 Universal Studios
Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Cecilia Sandoval and Haley Lierman Universal Studios Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win KING KONG VS GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on Blu-ray. The films will be available on Blu-ray (SRP $19.98 each) from retailers April 1st, but here is your chance to win both for free! Continued...
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JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END

24 March, 2014 - 17:00
The Curse that Froze the World with Fear Returns Source: Showgate Official Site: juon-movie.jp (Japan)
Advance poster. Image courtesy of Showgate. © 2014 "Ju-On -The Beginning of the End-" Production Committee
Five years after the release of the JU-ON: WHITE GHOST/JU-ON: BLACK GHOST double-feature in Japan and THE GRUDGE 3 in America, the long-running J-Horror franchise returns with JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END (呪怨 -終わりの始まり-, Juon: Owari no Hajimari), opening at the Shinjuku Wald 9 and other Japanese cinemas on June 28th. The 10th film in the JU-ON/THE GRUDGE series* is written and directed by Masayuki Ochiai. No stranger to the J-Horror genre, Ochiai had previously directed PARASITE EVE (パラサイト・イヴ, Parasaito Ivu, 1997), HYPNOSIS (催眠, Saimin, 1999), INFECTION (感染, Kansen, 2004) and SHUTTER (シャッター, Shattaa, 2008). JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END brings the story back to the cursed house where the Saeki family came to their gruesome end and unleashed a terrifying curse that kills all who set foot inside. Promotional materials for the film promise it will reveal the long-hidden, shocking truth behind that curse and how it spread to create hell on earth. Continued...
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SEVEN WARRIORS Storm Onto Blu-ray & DVD April 22nd

24 March, 2014 - 14:15
Blu-ray and DVD cover art for SEVEN WARRIORS. Images courtesy of Well Go USA. © Maverick Film Ltd.
All-Star Cast in Modern Retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland Legendary actor, stuntman, fight choreographer and pioneer of Hong Kong’s New Wave Movement, Sammo Hung (IP MAN 2: LEGEND OF THE GRANDMASTER) co-directs (with Terry Tong) and stars in the action-packed martial arts drama SEVEN WARRIORS (忠義群英, Zhongyi Qunying, 1989), debuting on Blu-ray and DVD April 22nd from Well Go USA Entertainment. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses PROBLEM CHILDREN ARE COMING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, AREN’T THEY?

24 March, 2014 - 08:55
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: mondaiji.tv (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2013 Taro Tatsunoko ・ Yu Amano/Kadokawa Shoten/ Project No-Name
The battle for supremacy will be anything but fun and games in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, PROBLEM CHILDREN ARE COMING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, AREN’T THEY? (問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ?, Mondaiji-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Soo Desu Yo?, 2013). This otherworldly action comedy series is directed by Keizou Kusakawa (CAMPIONE, RO-KYU-BU!) with series composition by Noboru Kimura (AMAGAMI SS, MOTTO TO LOVE RU), music by Shiro Hamaguchi (GIRLS UND PANZER), and animation production from diomedea inc. (POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S, SQUID GIRL). On the world known as Little Garden, factions and communities compete for power via Gift Games, in which individuals with unusual abilities are set against each other. But where there are winners, there are also losers, and the group called the “No Names” has been so devastated in their conflicts with the Demon Lords that almost all of their 120 remaining members are still children! For surviving leaders Jin and Black Rabbit there seems to be only one hope: Bring in outside recruits and gamble that their new abilities will somehow reverse the tide! Continued...
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SHADY on UK DVD

24 March, 2014 - 04:17
Source: Third Window Films Official Movie Site: kashikoi111.web.fc2.com (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/shady (UK) Special Thanks to Adam Torel
DVD cover art for SHADY. Image courtesy of Third Window Films. © Ryohei Watanabe
SHADY (かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う, Kashikoi Inu wa, Hoezu ni Warau), one of the most talked about Japanese films of 2013, is now on DVD (Region 2) in the United Kingdom from distributor Third Window Films. See what all the fuss is about! Director Ryohei Watanabe’s debut film concerns two teenage girls and their friendship. The first is Misa, a stocky girl who is viciously dubbed "Pooh" at school, due to her surname “Kumada” (bear + rice paddy) and masculine frame. She obviously has no friends and can only let down her guard around her pet parrot and the goldfish in the science room at school. The other is Izumi, a cute and popular classmate who says she can’t make and keep friends because all the other girls are jealous of her looks. The two become best of friends owed to them both being such firm outsiders. Although somewhat puzzled by Izumi's interest in her, Misa is excited about having a friend for the first time ever. Their blossoming friendship starts off as endearing but as the two spend more and more time together the sheen of the relationship peels away and Izumi's initial angelic demeanor gradually transforms into a demonic one. And as that darkness and violence eventually bleed into the mix, what could just be another tale of teenage friendship gone awry becomes a genuinely disturbing thriller. Continued...
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GODZILLA International Trailer

23 March, 2014 - 12:31
GODZILLA international trailer, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: Godzillamovie.com An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, GODZILLA is a Legendary Pictures production directed by Gareth Edwards. Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film will be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX in select theatres and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Continued...
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First Look: Sony “Toho Godzilla Collection” Blu-ray Back Covers and Title Treatments – Update

22 March, 2014 - 19:11
Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. © 2003, 2004, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the back cover art and title treatments for their "Toho Godzilla Collection" GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. + GODZILLA: FINAL WARS double feature Blu-ray set. The new images have been added to SciFi Japan's March 20th report. Continued...
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IFUKUBE AND GODZILLA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION

22 March, 2014 - 12:00
GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Be Part of an Event Unlike Any Other Author: John DeSentis Official Site: kickstarter.com/ifukube-and-godzilla-a-musical-celebration "Ifukube and Godzilla: A Musical Celebration" is an effort to raise funds to put on a concert honoring the iconic musical connection between the man and the monster. The Kickstarter Campaign is now just about halfway over and to this point it has been hugely successful as fans and friends from all over have come together to help make this historic event a reality. But now the real push begins and the organizers of this concert need your support. Continued...
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RANMA ½ Debuts March 25th in High Definition Limited Edition Blu-ray Sets

22 March, 2014 - 08:46
Contents of the RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set. Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan
One of Anime’s Greatest Titles Returns in New 3-Disc Blu-ray And DVD Sets with an Array of Special Features Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, is proud to announce the March 25th release of the first of seven sets of the venerable RANMA ½ (らんま½) anime series as a special new Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and also as a Standard Edition DVD Set. Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10 Preview

21 March, 2014 - 02:00
A whale gets the fright of its life in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10, coming next week from IDW. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE IDW Publishing has sent SciFi Japan an exclusive preview of the first seven pages from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10. The countdown to the biggest battle yet begins as Sanda, Gaira, Destoroyah, Manda, Titanosaurus and Gezora join Godzilla for the latest issue of the fan-favorite comic book series! Continued...
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First Look: Sony “Toho Godzilla Collection” Blu-ray Back Covers and Title Treatments

20 March, 2014 - 11:32
Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the back cover art and title treatments for three of their four "Toho Godzilla Collection" double feature Blu-ray sets scheduled for May 6, 2014. The SRPs for these discs are $19.99 each. Continued...
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Japanese Toys at the San Francisco Airport

19 March, 2014 - 23:32
Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport/Nicole Mullen ©2013
Author: Bob Johnson Special thanks to Nicole Mullen and Kelvin Godshall Official Website: Fly SFO Photos taken by Bob Johnson As toy collectors, many fans scour the internet, check on eBay, maybe hit local comic or toy stores and if they are lucky, make the trek to Japan to search out the latest and greatest items on the shelves. Some delve into the past. paying large sums of money for a toy or two either from their childhood or maybe one that just catches their eye. These toys are usually hard to find and expensive or difficult to come by. However, if you are a Japanese toy collector, fan or just have a casual interest in the past, you will want to check out "Japanese Toys: From Kokeshi to Kaiju" a new exhibit in, of all places, Terminal 3 of the San Francisco International Airport. The exhibit runs through April 2014 and contains so many vintage and rare items that it is like walking down a path to an amazing display of nostalgia and the crazy, imaginative world of Japan. Continued...
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Ultimate Large Scale Godzilla Figure from JAKKS Pacific Now Available

19 March, 2014 - 15:39
The Ultimate Large Scale Godzilla Figure from JAKKS Pacific is now on sale at Toy “R” Us. Photo courtesy of JAKKS Pacific. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2013 JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Source: JAKKS Pacific, Inc. press release Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Victoria Venturi Leading U.S. toy and consumer products company, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has released the Ultimate Large Scale Godzilla Figure for its Big Figures line. Inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ much-anticipated feature film, GODZILLA, the figure comes with 12 points of articulation, a height of 24” and a length of over 43” -- making it one of the largest toys in Godzilla's 60 year history. The Ultimate Large Scale Godzilla Figure is available now exclusively at Toy “R” Us and will be made available to retailers nationwide as the film's May 16, 2014 release draws closer. The suggested retail price is $49.99. Continued...
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New MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: SAMURAI Photos and Trailer

19 March, 2014 - 05:01
Kuranosuke Sasaki stars in the samurai comedy MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: SAMURAI. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. © 2014 "Mission Impossible: Samurai" Production Committee
Shochiku has released a trailer and new images for their upcoming samurai comedy MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: SAMURAI (超高速!参勤交代, Chokousoku! Sankin Kotai), which will open in Japan on June 21, 2014. The film will have its world premiere at the Okinawa International Movie Festival on March 21st, where it will screen under the alternate title ULTRAFAST! SANKINKOTAI. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13 for June 2014

18 March, 2014 - 20:13
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Jeff Zornow's cover for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
The fan-favorite series continues due to popular demand with lucky number 13! IDW has provided SciFi Japan an advance look at Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13, coming to comic book shops and retailers in June 2014. While Godzilla's disappearance has brought calm to the planet, a threat from the past is set to resurface and take back the world they once had control over. No monster is safe and no future is certain as one of Godzilla's greatest enemies prepares to return in a way nobody saw coming! Continued...
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First Look: New “Toho Godzilla Collection” Blu-rays from Sony

17 March, 2014 - 12:31
Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Maureen Shanahan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has given SciFi Japan an exclusive first look at their new Godzilla Blu-rays scheduled for early May. Click the link for the press release, product specs and packaging art! Continued...
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