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TOKYO TRIBE: Director Sion Sono Interview at “L’Étrange Festival 2014″

20 September, 2014 - 12:34
Director Sion Sono talks about TOKYO TRIBE and his other films. Photo courtesy of Frédéric Ambroisine.
Interviewer: Fabien Mauro Translator: Miyako Slocombe Special Thanks to Sion Sono, Xavier Fayet and Diane Malherbe (L’Étrange Festival), Frédéric Ambroisine L’Étrange Festival Official Website: (English) Sion Sono has become one of the most internationally acclaimed directors from Japan today. His latest film, TOKYO TRIBE (トウキョウ トライブ, Tokyo Toraibu), made its European Premiere on September 8th at the 20th edition of L’Étrange Festival at Le Forum des Images in Paris. Following the screening, Sion Sono spoke with interviewer Fabien Mauro to reveal some secrets behind the making of his new cinematic achievement, discuss aspects of his previous films and tease some new projects to come. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Details OTORIMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set

20 September, 2014 - 08:05
Contents of the OTORIMONOGATARI Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © NISIOISIN/KODANSHA, ANIPLEX, SHAFT
The Third Arc of the “Monogatari Series Second Season” to be Released on Blu-ray this October Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera At their industry panel at Nan Desu Kan in Denver, Colorado, Aniplex of America Inc. announced the details of their release of OTORIMONOGATARI (囮物語), the third arc to the MONOGATARI SERIES SECOND SEASON (<物語>シリーズ セカンドシーズン, <Monogatari> Shiriizu Sekandoshiizun, 2013). Following their release of KABUKIMONOGATARI on August 26th, the OTORIMONOGATARI arc will be released in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Set on October 28th. Pre-orders for this product have begun on the official homepage. Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16 Exclusive Preview

19 September, 2014 - 14:00
Godzilla has a sense of déjà vu in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16, 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 five pages from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16. The issue -- which brings an epic conclusion to the current story arc -- will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, September 24th. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV #27: Tokyo SOS Director / 第27話『東京SOSの監督』

18 September, 2014 - 19:00
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Masaaki Tezuka, director of GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (ゴジラxメガギラス, Gojira tai Megagirasu, 2000), GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラxメカゴジラ, Gojira x Mekagojira, 2002) and GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラxモスラxメカゴジラ東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mechagodzilla Toukyou SOS, 2003), talks about his work on the Godzilla series in this exclusive interview for SciFi JAPAN TV! Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for November 2014

18 September, 2014 - 12:10
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Aribunta, Garamon, Alien Cool, Ultraman Tiga and Zoffy © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late November 2014. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Acquires YOUR LIE IN APRIL for Fall Season

18 September, 2014 - 06:54
The Award-winning Story’s Anime Adaptation to Begin Streaming this October Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Naoshi Arakawa, Kodansha/Your lie in April Committee
Aniplex of America, Inc. recently announced at their industry panel at Nan Desu Kan (Denver, CO.) that they have acquired YOUR LIE IN APRIL (四月は君の嘘, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, 2014), one of this Fall season’s most highly anticipated anime series. This romantic drama series will begin its simulcast schedule this October and will be available for fans to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service and Crunchyroll. The start date and time of the streaming schedule will be announced at a later date. Aniplex of America has also launched their official English homepage where fans can enjoy details on this upcoming series, including detailed character descriptions and an English subtitled trailer. YOUR LIE IN APRIL is an anime adaptation of the original manga series created by the author Naoshi Arakawa and is currently serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine since 2011. The series has won the 37th Annual Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Manga for Young Male category in 2013. A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE, BLUE EXORCIST, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC) will be responsible for the animation production. Continued...
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VIZ Media Manga to be Showcased at International Pop Culture and Comic Conventions

18 September, 2014 - 03:45
Logo courtesy of VIZ Media. © VIZ Media
Simon & Schuster UK to Feature VIZ Titles in India and London; Madman at Major Shows Across Australia and New Zealand Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, expands its global footprint as it collaborates with key multi-national distribution partners to showcase the company’s manga properties at several upcoming high-profile international comics and pop culture conventions taking place in markets eager for high quality, officially licensed English manga content. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Vol. 4 TPB and Godzilla: Cataclysm #5 for December 2014

17 September, 2014 - 12:54
Left to Right: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 4 TPB, Godzilla: Cataclysm #5. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer and Rosalind Morehead IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 4 TPB, and the final issue of the five part mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm. All three publications are coming to comic book shops and retailers in December 2014. Continued...
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SKIT! Creative App Takes on Godzilla

17 September, 2014 - 02:00
Image courtesy of SKIT! GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Create Fun Animated Shorts of the World's Most Famous Monster Source: SKIT! Official Site: Special Thanks to Curt Blakeney SKIT!, the smart phone and tablet app that creates fun animated shorts, is going toe to claw with Godzilla, the legendary mutated reptile. On September 16th, Warner Bros. released the Blu-ray version of the blockbuster 2014 movie GODZILLA and also released the movie’s skitable assets -- including Godzilla, backgrounds, props fx, and more -- for the community to create with via the SKIT! story app. Continued...
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Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla (2014) Maquette Now on Sale!

16 September, 2014 - 16:42
Sideshow Collectibles is now taking orders for their Godzilla (2014) maquette. Photo courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Source: Sideshow Collectibles Special Thanks to Tara Duffy Just in time for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the visionary 2014 sci-fi action film presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Sideshow is proud to unleash the world’s most revered monster -- Godzilla! Designed and developed using original digital assets from the film, Godzilla arrives in all of his glory with awe-inspiring accuracy and detail. Dominating over a landscape reduced to rubble with his atomic roar, don’t miss your chance to bring home the big-screen behemoth with this epic work of art, a perfect tribute to the King of the Monsters! Continued...
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Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 Preview

16 September, 2014 - 02:00
Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 will be available from comic book shops and retailers on September 17th. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer and Rosalind Morehead The second issue IDW's latest Godzilla mini-series -- Godzilla: Cataclysm -- will be released this week. An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught? Continued...
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Godzilla Sofubi Take Over in September

15 September, 2014 - 13:07
MEDICOM Toy’s Godzilla Vinyl Wars Godzilla 1962 Sofubi, Gigan Sofubi and Bear Model Godzilla 1974 Sofubi figures. Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1962, 1972, 1974, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Diamond Offers New Soft Vinyl Figures Source: Diamond Comic Distributors press release Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland MEDICOM Toy Corporation rolls out another line of Sofubi with three new Godzilla Vinyl Wars (GVW) Figures and an exclusive Spider-Man soft vinyl figure available for fans to pre-order from the September PREVIEWS catalog. These imported exclusives are scheduled to release in comic book specialty shops in January and February 2015. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses LOVE STAGE!!

15 September, 2014 - 09:23
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2014 Eiki Eiki ・Takashi Zaou/Published by KADOKAWA/ "LOVE STAGE!!" Partners
All the world’s a stage, and for two boys the spotlight will shine brightly upon their stars in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, LOVE STAGE!! (ラブ ステージ, Rabu Suteeji, 2014). This romantic comedy series is directed by Kenichi Kasai (HONEY AND CLOVER, BAKUMAN) with series composition by Michiko Yokote (KOBATO, PRINCESS TUTU), art direction by Hirotsugu Kakoi (HATSUKOI LIMITED, KYOUSOGIGA) and animation production by J.C. Staff (DREAM EATER MERRY, THE FAMILIAR OF ZERO). Daydreamer Izumi Sena is the black sheep of his family. With a model for a mother, a singer for a father, and a brother who fronts one of the most popular bands around, you’d think Izumi would be destined for stardom. Despite being born into a family of stars, Izumi has no desire to be in the spotlight, and his only dream is to become a world-class manga artist. But in an unexpected turn of events, Izumi finds himself not only pulled onto the set of a commercial, but forced to dress as a girl! LOVE STAGE!! will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. Continued...
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14 September, 2014 - 12:57
Set of Nikkatsu Action Classics Coming in October Source: Arrow Films
STRAY CAT ROCK: THE COLLECTION features five films starring Meiko Kaji. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © Nikkatsu
The iconic Meiko Kaji (LADY SNOWBLOOD, BLIND WOMAN'S CURSE) leads a vicious girl gang in STRAY CAT ROCK: THE COLLECTION, a super-cool series of Nikkatsu 'New Action' films from the 1970s. Kaji began her reign as the badass action queen of the era in these five tales of rebellious youth, starring alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (LOVE LETTER) and Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES). Directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: #701’S GRUDGE SONG) and Toshiya Fujita (LADY SNOWBLOOD) the films feature a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of color, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end. Continued...
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14 September, 2014 - 01:46
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2014 Hiroshi Hiroyama ・TYPE-MOON/Published by Kadokawa/"Prisma☆​​Ilya 2wei!" Partners
The Fate universe will once again “kaleid” with an extra dose of magical girl misadventures in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA 2WEI! (フェイト カレイドライナープリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ!, Feito/Kaleid Rainaa Purizuma ☆ Iriya Tsuvu~Ai!, 2014). This magical girl action series is directed by Shin Oonuma (DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, ef: a tale of memories) with art direction by Ken Tateishi (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, KOTOURA-SAN), sound direction by Masanori Tsuchiya (BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS, FIVE NUMBERS!) and animation production by SILVER LINK (WATAMOTE, PENGUINDRUM). The magical girls are back, and ready for another round of adventure! After successfully recovering the Class Cards, eighth graders-turned magical girls Illya and Miyu think they can finally take it easy. But as fate would have it, the girls are once again called back into active duty when they find out that the Cards have left some very nasty side effects on their world. Continued...
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Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100 on UK DVD

13 September, 2014 - 08:27
Source: Yume Pictures Official Site: (Japan)
DVD cover art for the UK DVD release of R100. Image courtesy of Yume Pictures. © 2013 “R100” Production Committee/ © Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd.
A bored furniture salesman gets more than he bargained for when he joins an elite S&M club in R100. The whip-cracking mayhem from director Hitoshi Matsumoto (SYMBOL, BIG MAN JAPAN) comes to DVD in the United Kingdom from distributor Yume Pictures. A very ordinary man (Nao Omori) who takes care of his son while his wife lies in a coma, enters a very ordinary building. Following a seductive ride on a merry-go-round, he signs up with an exclusive club. Membership is one year only and cannot be cancelled under any circumstances. Happily he endures dominatrix intrusions in his daily life, until they get a little too close to his unsuspecting family. With a courage not displayed in his professional life as a bed salesman, he tries to cancel his membership, evoking the wrath of the American CEO, who descends upon Tokyo to teach him a lesson. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA: Smog Monster Director [20 Minute Edition]

11 September, 2014 - 19:00
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This week we present a 20 minute edition of SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA featuring Yoshimitsu Banno, director of 1971’s GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (ゴジラ対ヘドラ, Gojira Tai Hedora), released theatrically in the U.S in 1972 as GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER. Mr. Banno also served as Executive Producer on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA (2014). In this exclusive video interview Mr. Banno discusses his early years at Toho Studios, the inspiration for GODZILLA VS HEDORAH, the development of this year's GODZILLA, and much more! Continued...
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New Sony “Toho Godzilla Collection” Blu-rays Now on Sale

11 September, 2014 - 02:00
"Toho Godzilla Collection" trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment press release Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released a trailer for their new "Toho Godzilla Collection" Blu-ray sets, now available from retailers nationwide. The SRPs for these discs are $19.99 each. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Host US Premiere of Fate/stay night in Los Angeles

10 September, 2014 - 21:31
Fans to Witness the Beginning of the 5th Holy Grail War on the Big Screen! Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © TYPE-MOON, Aniplex, ufotable
Fans of the animation production company ufotable and the Fate/ franchise are definitely in for a treat! Aniplex of America, Inc. recently announced that they will be hosting an exclusive U.S. premiere event for the critically-acclaimed anime series, Fate/stay night (フェイト/ステイナイト, Feito/sutei naito, 2014). The event will be at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles on September 28th in partnership with ELEVEN ARTS. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for this premiere event starting today at Aniplex of America, Inc. had also confirmed Fate/stay night will begin its streaming schedule through Hulu and Crunchyroll from October. The specific date, time, and platforms will be announced at a later date. This Los Angeles premiere event is in conjunction to the Fate/stay night premiere events occurring in multiple countries worldwide. Fans will enjoy the very first episode of Fate/stay night before it airs on television. Attendees of the Premiere Event will receive a Fate/stay night giveaway while supplies last. It has been confirmed by both TYPE-MOON and ufotable that it will be featuring the Unlimited Blade Works arc. This arc will focus on the heroine Rin Tohsaka, her summoned servant Archer, and the situations involving the other participants of the fifth Holy Grail War. Continued...
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Kodoja: A Kaiju Graphic Novel Live on Kickstarter

9 September, 2014 - 21:25
Artists turn to Kickstarter to fund project..
Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown Turns to Kickstarter to Print the Collected Story Into a Hardcover Graphic Novel. Source: Kodoja Official Kickstarter Site: Kodoja: A Graphic Novel With a Soundtrack. Author: Keith Foster Like any good giant monster story, this one has a soundtrack, in this case the music is part Akira Ifukube, part James Brown and the drums of Led Zeppelin, what the band calls "giant monster funk". Continued...
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