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X-Plus Releases Garamon Green Ver. Super Festival Figure

23 January, 2015 - 08:00
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Exclusive High-Res Photos from X-Plus Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The 67th edition of the international model and toy show, Super Festival, was held at the Science Museum in Tokyo on January 11th, 2015. The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. produced a limited "Green Version" of the ULTRA Q monster Garamon for the event. Continued...
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LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON Available April 7th

23 January, 2015 - 05:22
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: mxtv.co.jp/half_moon (Japan), half-moon.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon
Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © Tsumugu Hashimoto / Mediaworks • PONY CANYON
Anime producer Lucky Penny Entertainment is pleased to announce that LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON (半分の月がのぼる空, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, 2006) will be available on April 7, 2015. This DVD set will contain the complete six-episode series. LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON features Japanese audio, English subtitles, and English on-screen translations. On-disc extras will include the clean opening, clean closing, and promotional videos. The series is based upon the light novels of the same name by Tsumugu Hashimoto, which has also inspired a series of drama CDs, a live-action television drama, and a live-action film. LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON is directed by Yukihiro Matsushita (MARIA WATCHES OVER US), and features character designs by Mitsuru Ohara (PEACH GIRL), music by Shinkichi Mitsumune (REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, ROZEN MAIDEN), and animation by Group TAC (BLACK BLOOD BROTHERS, GILGAMESH). The series originally aired in Japan on the WOWOW television network in 2006. Continued...
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May 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

22 January, 2015 - 18:27
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
SONI-ANI: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION Available May 26th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its May slate of releases, including Sentai Filmworks’ acquisition of SONI-ANI: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION, which will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Additional releases for May include DVD and Blu-ray editions of PATLABOR: THE MOVIE, STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION LEVEL 2, MUV-LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE COLLECTION 2, FAMILIAR OF ZERO: RONDO OF PRINCESSES, THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS - THE OVA COLLECTION and NINJA SCROLL. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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Win Studio Ghibli’s THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS on DVD!

21 January, 2015 - 22:26
Source: Cinedigm, GKIDS Inc., Bender/Helper Impact Official Movie Site: yumetokyoki.com (Japan), gkidsfilms.com/kingdom (US) Special Thanks to Geovani Rocha
DVD cover art. Image courtesy of Cinedigm. © 2013 dwango
GKIDS and Cinedigm are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the Studio Ghibli documentary, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (夢と狂気の王国, Yume to Kyoki no Ohkoku, 2013), on DVD. First premiering at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS is a fascinating, never-before-seen look inside the quirky and wonderful world of Studio Ghibli, creators of masterpieces like PRINCESS MONONOKE (もののけ姫, Mononoke Hime, 1997), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and the Oscar-winning SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata, for a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu, 2013) and Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013). THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS will be available from retailers on January 27th, but here is your chance to win the DVD for free! Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 and Vol. 5 TPB for April 2015

21 January, 2015 - 09:00
Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 5 TPB. Both publications are coming to comic book shops and retailers in April 2015. Continued...
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Nozomi Entertainment Acquires SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~

21 January, 2015 - 05:21
Official Site: mag-garden.co.jp/sketchbook (Japan), sketchbook.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon
© 2007 Totan Kobako / MAG Garden・full color's
Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is excited to announce the acquisition of the SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~ (スケッチブック ~full color'S~, Suketchibukku ~full color'S~, 2007) anime series. Nozomi Entertainment will release SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~ as a complete 13-episode DVD collection in the summer of 2015. The slice-of-life comedy anime is based on the manga series Sketchbook by Totan Kobako, which first appeared in the monthly magazine Comic Blade in 2002. SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~ is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike (WAGNARIA, KALEIDO STAR), and features character designs by Isao Sugimoto (AI YORI AOSHI, SHAKUGAN NO SHANA), music by Ken Muramatsu (NATSUYUKI RENDEZVOUS), and animation by Hal Film Maker (ARIA). The series originally aired in Japan in October 2007 on TV Tokyo. Continued...
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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for May/June 2015

20 January, 2015 - 16:51
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
Bandai Figures and Collectibles to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for figures and collectibles coming from Bandai's Tamashii Nations in May and June 2015. Continued...
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New South Korean Monster Movie Announced

19 January, 2015 - 18:44
The director of CHAW returns with a new creature feature in 2015. CHAW © 2009 Polygon Entertainment LLC/Soo Jack Films
"Burnt Rodent" Coming from the Director of CHAW Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Taewon Entertainment Jung Woo-sung stars in the new Korean creature feature JAKSEOUI BYEON: MULGOEUI SEUPGYEOK (작서의 변: 물괴의 습격). The official English title is not yet available, but can literally be translated into "THE INCIDENT OF BURNT RODENT: ATTACK OF THE STRANGE CREATURE". The film is helmed by Shin Jung-won, who brought us CHAW (차우, Chaw, 2009), in which a giant killer boar terrorizes a small mountain town. Shooting begins at the end of February. Taewon Entertainment is producing. Continued...
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KILL LA KILL Coming to Toonami on February 7th

19 January, 2015 - 14:19
Smash-Hit Anime Series to Join the Adult Swim Saturday Night Lineup Source: Aniplex of America Official Site: kill-la-kill.jp (Japan), KilllaKill.com (US) Special Thanks to Emmanuel Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © TRIGGER, Kazuki Nakashima/ Kill la Kill Partnership
Fans at OTAKON Vegas were ecstatic when Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel today that their fan-favorite title, KILL LA KILL (キルラキル, Kiru ra Kiru, 2013) will be debuting on TOONAMI starting on February 7th from 11:30PM (EST/PST). TOONAMI is the animation programming block that airs on Adult Swim each Saturday night. KILL LA KILL is a totally original anime series directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima -- the same dream-team that brought anime fans the revolutionary title GURREN LAGANN. Since its simulcast debut in October 2013, this action-packed series was extremely well received by critics and fans alike. Otaku USA Magazine applauded KILL LA KILL as a series that “will remind you why you became a fan of anime in the first place,” and KOTAKU’s Richard Eisenbeis praised it as being a “rare breed of anime,” and how its innovative storyline “perfectly mixes comedy and action while reveling in taking everything to the extreme.” Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION LV.2

19 January, 2015 - 08:43
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: seitokai-no-ichizon.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Aoi Sekina/Kira Inugami • Fujimi Shobo • Hekiyou Gakuen Seitokai
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION LV.2 (生徒会の一存 Lv.2, Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2, 2015). The direct sequel to season 1 of STUDENT COUNCIL’S DISCRETION, this comedy slice of life series with animation production by AIC made its debut online before being broadcast on television, and aims to tear down the 4th wall brick by brick. Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but Hekiyo Academy’s Student Council may go a step further and rewrite their entire universe! At least, that’s what could happen as the second season gets underway and the Council decides that their own anime might need a little spicing up. Should they introduce new characters? Add a boy’s love subplot? Or should they just continue to do what worked previously and spend most of their time chattering between themselves while working towards odd goals that might turn out to have been a little misguided in retrospect? Continued...
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THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 2 Available April 7th

19 January, 2015 - 05:01
Nozomi Entertainment Announces the Litebox-style DVD Release Official Site: tms-e.com (Japan), rov.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon
Cover art for the THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 2 DVD. Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © Ikeda Riyoko Production • TMS
Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce that THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 2 (ベルサイユのばら, Berusaiyu no Bara, 1979-1980) will be available on April 7, 2015. Also known as “Lady Oscar,” this new value-priced DVD set will feature the series’ final 20 episodes (21-40) with Japanese audio, English-language subtitles and English on-screen translations. On-disc extras will include an interview with director Osamu Dezaki. THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES is based upon the best-selling manga by Riyoko Ikeda (Dear Brother, a.k.a. Oniisama e...), which was originally serialized in Shueisha’s shoujo anthology magazine Margaret from 1972 through 1973, and later collected into 10 volumes. In addition to its anime adaptation, it inspired a short story collection (also written by Ikeda), a French-Japanese live-action film, and multiple musicals staged by Japan’s famed Takarazuka Revue. This 40-episode anime adaptation of The Rose of Versailles originally aired on Japanese television from October 1979 through September 1980. It features animation by TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., as well as direction by Tadao Nagahama (ROMANCE ROBOT TRILOGY) and Osamu Dezaki (NOBODY'S BOY – REMI, DEAR BROTHER, AIM FOR THE ACE!). Continued...
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PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE -REBELLION- Blu-ray and DVD

18 January, 2015 - 20:03
Limited and Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD on April 7th Source: Aniplex of America Official Site: madoka-magica.com (Japan), MadokaMagicaUSA.com/rebellion (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
*Artwork not final. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Movie Project Rebellion
MADOKA MAGICA fans were excited to hear the news they have been waiting for. Aniplex of America announced at their OTAKON Vegas industry panel on Saturday their plans to release PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE -REBELLION- (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ[新編]叛逆の物語, Gekijoo-ban Mahoo Shojo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari, 2013) on a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Soundtrack CD Combo Set, Standard Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD. The street date for all three SKUs will be April 7th and pre-orders can be made now through the official homepage. Both limited and standard editions of REBELLION will include the original Japanese and English audio with English and Spanish subtitles. The Limited Edition and the Standard Edition Blu-ray will include numerous bonus contents such as the textless opening and ending sequences, theatrical trailer, commercials and some videos featuring collaborations with the MONOGATARI SERIES franchise which is also created by studio SHAFT. The Limited Edition will also include the exclusive original soundtrack CD, a deluxe booklet and a postcard set. Continued...
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PRETTY CURE ALL STARS: SPRING CARNIVAL♪: New Images and Trailer from Toei

18 January, 2015 - 08:42
Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2015 Pretty Cure All Stars SC Movie Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-allstars.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided SciFi Japan with new high-res images and trailer for their upcoming anime film, PRETTY CURE ALL STARS: SPRING CARNIVAL♪ (映画 プリキュアオールスターズ 春のカーニバル♪, Eiga Purikyua Ooru Sutazu: Haru no Kaanibaru♪). The movie will be released in Japan on March 14, 2015. Continued...
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FUNimation Announces New Options for Subscription Streaming Service

18 January, 2015 - 06:30
© 2014 FUNimation Productions, LTD.
New SubPass Now Available! Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.com/subscribe Special Thanks to Scott Lonski For fans of subtitled anime, FUNimation has just launched the subscription 'SubPass', which gives fans unlimited access to subtitled anime. Episodes can be streamed in HD, commercial-free, right after Japanese broadcast, and across multiple devices! Continued...
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DURARARA!! Complete Blu-ray Box Set on Sale April 7th

18 January, 2015 - 02:04
Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: durarara.com (Japan), durararausa.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Key art for DURARARA!!. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Ryohgo Narita/ASCII MEDIA WORKS/Ikebukuro Dollars/MBS
Thanks to popular demand, fans of DURARARA!! (デュラララ!!, 2010) will have another opportunity to purchase the series in a complete set. Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that the hit anime series DURARARA!! will be released in a Complete Blu-ray Box set on April 7th. Previously only available in the now sold out Limited Edition BD Lunch Box Set, the Complete Blu-ray Box Set includes the popular English Dub featuring an all-star English cast. The DURARARA!! Complete Blu-ray Box set features the entire series (24 TV episodes +2 OVAs) on 5 Blu-Ray Discs. Pre-orders for this set have started and is a US and Canada exclusive while supplies last. This Blu-ray set will be coming out just in-time as the second series, DURARARA!! X 2, is now streaming with new episodes every Saturday on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu and Crunchyroll. You can get more information on DURARARA!! and DURARARA!! X 2 on the official website. Pre-orders for the Complete Blu-ray Box Set can be made through the official website. Continued...
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THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- Movie Trailer

17 January, 2015 - 15:01
Teaser trailer for THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-. Video courtesy of Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. © 2014 HEADGEAR/"THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-" PARTNERS
Source: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation Official Site: patlabor-nextgeneration.com Special Thanks to Mai Kato Tohokushinsha Film Corporation has released an advance trailer for the live-action feature film, THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- CAPITAL CITY SHOWDOWN (THE NEXT GENERATION パトレイバー 首都決戦, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon – Patoreibaa - Shuto Kessen). Directed by Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL, THE SKY CRAWLERS) and continuing from the recently concluded THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- theatrical series, the movie opens in Japan on May 1, 2015. Continued...
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SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL New Black Moon Story Arc Starts Simulcasting Today

17 January, 2015 - 08:24
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Kodansha ・ Toei Animation
Brand New Episodes Available for FREE on Neon Alley Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab Official Site: sailormoon-official.com (Japan), VIZ.com/sailormoon (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media delivers exciting news to anime fans and followers of the SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL (美少女戦士セーラームーン, Bishoojo Senshi Seeraamuun, 2014-) with the premiere of the new Black Moon story arc on January 17th with Act. 14: CONCLUSION AND COMMENCEMENT – PETITE ÉTRANGERE. Continued...
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PERSONA3 THE MOVIE #2 Blu-ray Imports from Aniplex of America

16 January, 2015 - 18:29
Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: AniplexUSA.com/p3m Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
*Artwork not final. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © ATLUS ©SEGA/PERSONA3 the Movie Committee
Aniplex of America has announced that they will be distributing the SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI PERSONA3 THE MOVIE #2 MIDSUMMER KNIGHT'S DREAM (劇場版「ペルソナ3」第2章, Gekijooban Perusona 3 Dai Ni Shoo, 2014) on both collector’s and standard edition Blu-ray imports in over 50 territories starting March 11th. Pre-orders can be made on Aniplex of America’s official PERSONA3 THE MOVIE website. MIDSUMMER KNIGHT'S DREAM is the second installment of the PERSONA3 feature film series which originally premiered in Japanese theaters last June. Along with the first film, SPRING OF BIRTH, these theatrical features are an adaptation of the popular RPG game series with the same name originally created by ATLUS. Both editions of this import Blu-ray features the Director’s Cut Version of MIDSUMMER KNIGHT'S DREAM, including 4 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Both editions include numerous bonuses including the Original Theatrical Version, the audio commentary, trailers, and commercials. Continued...
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THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE Premieres in 20 U.S. Cities

16 January, 2015 - 11:34
The World’s Most Popular Ninja Fights to Save the Planet this February Source: Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: naruto-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis, Erika T. Wright and Erik Jansen
US poster for THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO / 2007 SHIPPUDEN © NMP 2014
VIZ Media and Los Angeles-based film distributor ELEVEN ARTS will debut the highly anticipated seventh feature film in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series in a limited theatrical engagement around the United States starting February 20, 2015. Anime fans and filmgoers nationwide have a very special opportunity to catch the epic, big-screen action of THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE (ザ・ラスト‐ナルト・ザ・ムービー‐, Za Rasuto: Naruto za Muubii, 2014) in over 20 cities, including New York, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more! The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. The run time of the film is 112 minutes. Attendees also will receive a special commemorative NARUTO film poster (while supplies last). Continued...
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VIZ Media Celebrates Weekly Shonen Jump‘s 3-Year Anniversary

16 January, 2015 - 07:46
Limited Time Promotion Marks The Milestone With 4 FREE Digital Issues Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Issue 01-19-15. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. ONE-PUNCH MAN © 2012 by ONE, Yusuke Murata/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, celebrates the 3 Year Anniversary of the launch of the official digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, the world’s most popular weekly manga magazine. To mark the milestone, VIZ Media invites readers to sample Weekly Shonen Jump for FREE with a special promotion. For a limited time, beginning with the January 19 edition, four complete issues (Jan. 19; Jan. 26; Feb. 2 and Feb. 9) of Weekly Shonen Jump will be available to read for free at shonenjump.viz.com. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Weekly Shonen Jump and the special limited time promotion are available to readers in the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand at shonenjump.viz.com and through the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App for iOS and Android devices. Additionally in North America, the free Weekly Shonen Jump issues also will be available via the VIZ Manga App and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App for iOS and Android devices. Continued...
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