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‘The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara’ at Japan Society NY

9 March, 2015 - 20:40
New York's Japan Society will screen 35mm prints of war films starring two of the most powerful actresses in Japanese cinema, Shirley Yamaguchi and Setsuko Hara. Photos courtesy of Japan Society. Setsuko Hara portrait © The Pacific War Photos of Pfc Glenn W. Eve.
From WWII Propaganda to Postwar Reincarnations, Film Series Reveals How Roles of Two of Japan's Greatest Actresses Transformed with the Nation Source: Japan Society All Film Descriptions Written by Markus Nornes Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett New York, NY -- Japan Society continues its Stories from the War series, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, with the 2015 Globus Film Series The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara, Saturday March 21 through Saturday, April 4, at Japan Society. Continued...
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9 March, 2015 - 08:00
Australian Blu-ray and DVD cover art for RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO. Images courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © Watsuki Nobuhiro/ Shueisha. © 2014 "Rurouni Kenshin" Production Committee
Revenge of the Fallen Assassin Source: Madman Entertainment Official Movie Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock On March 11, 2015, the feature film RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO (るろうに剣心 京都大火編, Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen, 2014) will be released in DVD and Blu-ray editions by the Australian label, Madman Entertainment. Continued...
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VIZ Announces 2 New Shojo Manga Series Acquistions

9 March, 2015 - 03:53
Blood Mary © Akaza Samamiya/SHUEISHA Inc. Honey So Sweet © 2Amu Meguro/SHUEISHA Inc.
Double Shot of Blood Mary and Honey So Sweet Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the acquisition of two new shojo manga series -- Blood Mary, by Akaza Samamiya, and Honey So Sweet, by Amu Meguro. Continued...
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American Bandai Creation Godzilla Figures Now Available in Japan

8 March, 2015 - 06:19
Photos courtesy of Bandai Co., Ltd. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai Toho monster figures produced for the American "Bandai Creation" line have been released in Japan under the "Movie Monster EX Series" moniker. Continued...
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PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- Infects Sentai Filmworks

7 March, 2015 - 15:32
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
Image courtesy of Sentai Filmworks. © Hitoshi Iwaaki/ Kodansha Ltd. © VAP/NTV/4cast
The invasion has begun as Sentai Filmworks announces its acquisition of North American, South American, UK, Australian, and New Zealand rights to the highly acclaimed series PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- (寄生獣 セイの格率, Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu, 2014-2015). Animated by MADHOUSE, directed by Kenichi Shimizu, and broadcasted by Nippon TV in Japan, this adaptation of the groundbreaking horror manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki is brought to life in the most gruesome way imaginable. Unbeknownst to mankind the world is quietly being invaded. Alien beings known as “Parasytes” begin infiltrating humans one by one, burrowing into their brains to take complete control of both their bodies and their identities. With an insatiable hunger for human flesh, these cold and calculating creatures mutate into grotesque monsters who feed on the unsuspecting when they’re not hiding behind the faces of everyday people. Continued...
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DURARARA!! X 2 English Dub Set for Streaming Starting March 10

7 March, 2015 - 09:16
Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Key art for DURARARA!! X 2. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©2014 Ryohgo Narita/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/Ikebukuro Dollars
Following the announcement of DURARARA!! (デュラララ!!, 2010) being available for streaming in English, Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced that the English Dub of DURARARA!! X 2 (デュラララ!!×2, 2015) will begin its streaming schedule starting Tuesday, March 10th. The first episode will be available for fans to stream on, Crunchyroll and the Aniplex Channel with new episodes added every Tuesday. This will be the first time for Aniplex of America to release an English Dub for an animated series while it’s still being broadcast in Japan. Fans will be excited to know they don’t have to wait until DURARARA!! X 2 is finished to enjoy the show in English. The entire English cast of DURARARA!! will be reprising their roles and will be joined by new cast members for this second season. The star-studded cast including Kari Wahlgren, Yuri Lowenthal, Steve Blum, Bryce Papenbrook, Johnny Yong Bosch and Crispin Freemen will be joined by Vic Mignogna, Lex Lang and many more talented members. Continued...
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Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB Exclusive Preview

6 March, 2015 - 15:42
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE IDW Publishing has provided SciFi Japan with an exclusive preview of their trade paperback collection of the Godzilla: Cataclysm mini-series. The five part series is scripted by acclaimed writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Venom) with artwork from Russ Manning Award nominee Dave Wachter (Breath of Bones, Night of 1000 Wolves). The Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, March 11th. Continued...
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Japanese/Indonesian Horror-Thriller KILLERS on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD April 7th

6 March, 2015 - 09:10
Blu-ray and DVD artwork for KILLERS. Photos courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2013 NIKKATSU/Guerilla Merah Films
From the Creators of THE RAID Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Once you start, where do you stop? KILLERS (KILLERS キラーズ, Kirazu, 2014), the blood-spattered sophomore feature from the Mo Brothers (MACABRE), debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD April 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Produced by Gareth Evans (THE RAID, THE RAID 2), the horror-thriller features a psychopathic Japanese executive who accidentally triggers a journalist’s “dark side” as they begin to connect over the Internet and make a complicated bond. The film stars Kazuki Kitamura (KILL BILL: Volumes 1 & 2, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO), Oka Antara (THE RAID 2), Rin Takanashi (LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, SHINKENGER, NEO ULTRA Q), Luna Maya (MY BLACKBERRY GIRLFRIEND) and Ray Sahetapy (THE RAID). Continued...
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New GIGANTOR Merchandise Coming from Funko

5 March, 2015 - 17:35
Funko will be releasing figures based on the classic anime series GIGANTOR. Photos courtesy of William Winckler Productions. TM & © Entercolor Technologies Corp.
New Product and Video Releases from Fred Ladd / Entercolor Technologies Corp. Source: William Winckler Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE American toy company Funko has licensed the classic black and white, 1960's GIGANTOR TV series property for all new GIGANTOR merchandise, from writer/producer/director Fred Ladd (GIGANTOR, KIMBA THE WHITE LION, ASTRO-BOY) and his company Entercolor Technologies Corp., thru GIGANTOR official merchandise licensing agent William Winckler Productions, Inc. Fred Ladd / Entercolor Technologies Corp. is the owner of the classic GIGANTOR TV series and its merchandising for all English speaking world territories, and has owned and exercised all English speaking rights since the 1960's. Continued...
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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for June/July 2015

5 March, 2015 - 09:49
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
Bandai Figures and Collectibles to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: (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 June and July 2015. In related news, Bluefin has announced that the Bandai Tamashii Nations Movie Realization STAR WARS line will be officially available in North America starting in June 2015. The distributor has also added new manufacturing partners Studio Ghibli, X-Plus, Beast Kingdom, Pullip and Hero Cross to their catalog. Continued...
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5 March, 2015 - 04:00
The Australian label Madman is releasing THE COLLECTED WORKS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI on DVD and Blu-ray in April. Photo courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © 2013 Nibariki • GNDHDDTK
Source: Madman Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Ben Pollock The Australian label Madman proudly presents THE COLLECTED WORKS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI, available on DVD and Blu-ray April 15, 2015. Presenting the complete feature-length works of Hayao Miyazaki, world renowned artist, auteur and founding member of the iconic Studio Ghibli. This special limited edition box-set collects Miyazaki's 11 feature films -- from THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO to the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY and his final masterpiece, THE WIND RISES. It also features a bonus disc offering a rare look at some of his earliest works, presented with English translations for the first time. Continued...
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HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE on Digital HD, On Demand and DVD March 31st

4 March, 2015 - 19:14
Source: Ketchup Entertainment, Click Communications press releases Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Tyler Gagnon
DVD cover artwork for HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE. Image courtesy of Ketchup Entertainment. © LEIJI MATSUMOTO/ CAPTAIN HARLOCK Film Partners
Director Shinji Aramaki (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD, HALO LEGENDS, APPLESEED, APPLESEED EX MACHINA) unleashes an interstellar thrill ride with HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE (キャプテンハーロック, Kyaputen Haarokku, 2013) on Digital HD, On Demand and DVD from Ketchup Entertainment! Based on Leiji Matsumoto's classic manga and anime TV series, this DVD includes both the original Japanese version and the English language audio starring David Matranga (APPLESEED, JOURNEY TO AGATHA), Emily Neves (STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION, JOURNEY TO AGATHA), and Rob Mungle (BLUE SEED, LADY DEATH). A mysterious space pirate of the future, Captain Harlock, is determined to return his death ship and loyal crew to a battered Earth, which has been declared off-limits by the intergalactic Gaia Coalition. The rogue captain comes up with an incredible plan to go back in time to rescue Earth, but that includes the destruction of everything, as it exists. A young soldier of the Gaia Coalition volunteers to go undercover on the infamous skull ship and assassinate Harlock, but he soon discovers things are not as they seem. As dark secrets of the past are uncovered, the fate of the entire universe teeters on a very thin edge. Continued...
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Burning Godzilla Bank and Godzilla Metal Bottle Opener Now in Stores

4 March, 2015 - 15:30
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat
Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2015 Diamond Select Toys. GODZILLA and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
It’s a big New Toy Day for Diamond Select Toys! Hitting comic shops today are a whole bunch of new products, including banks, Minimates, bottle openers and action figures based on Godzilla, Aliens, Star Trek, My Little Pony and the films of Kevin Smith! Pick them up at your local comic shop, or order online from your favorite retailer! Continued...
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4 March, 2015 - 07:39
Two Godzilla movies will be airing this month on the Sony Movie Channel. © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Sony Movie Channel The King of the Monsters stomps back to the Sony Movie Channel in March for a special Godzilla two-pack of network premieres. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (怪獣総進撃, Kaiju Soshingeki, 1968) and GODZILLA VS MEGALON (ゴジラ対メガロ, Gojira Tai Megaro, 1973) will be shown multiple times throughout the month, with Monday, March 23 a special "RARE KAIJU" night with the two films airing back-to-back twice starting at 10:00pm EST. Both film are dubbed in English. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for April 2015

3 March, 2015 - 13:01
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla and Mothra TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Ultraman © 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 April 2015. Continued...
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New Chogokin Hello Kitty from Bandai Tamashii Nations

3 March, 2015 - 10:45
Photos courtesy of Bluefin. Chogokin Hello Kitty (Red Stripe Ver.) © 1976, 2015 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S555155 Chogokin Hello Kitty (Blue Ver.) © 1976, 2014 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for two Chogokin Hello Kitty releases from Bandai Tamashii Nations. This ultimate combination of Japan cute and cool brings together the adorable Hello Kitty and awesome diecast robot line -- Chogokin (means "super alloy"in Japanese). Continued...
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ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Photos and Final Trailer

2 March, 2015 - 14:09
ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE final trailer, courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015 "Ultraman Ginga S The Movie" Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku have provided the final trailer for the latest Ultraman movie, ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガS 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!). The film will open in Japanese theaters on March 14, 2015. Continued...
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S.H. Figuarts: Superman “INJUSTICE Ver.” from Bandai Tamashii Nations

2 March, 2015 - 10:26
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. TM & © DC Comics
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. TM & © DC Comics
Bandai Superhero Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for the next release in Bandai's dynamic S.H.Figuarts Injustice line-up... the iconic caped superhero, Superman! Sculpted in meticulous detail and featuring an unparalleled range of movement (including the articulated cape), Superman's design is as he appears in the popular INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US game. Continued...
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1 March, 2015 - 14:43
Kamen Rider Drive encounters a new masked rider in the upcoming movie, SUPER HERO TAISEN GP: KAMEN RIDER NO. 3. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © "Super Hero Taisen GP" Production Committee © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK · Toei AG · Toei Video · Toei Co., Ltd.
High-Res Images, Info and Trailer from Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with press notes, high-res photos and a trailer for their latest Kamen Rider movie, SUPER HERO TAISEN GP: KAMEN RIDER NO. 3 (スーパーヒーロー大戦GP 仮面ライダー3号, Suupaa Hiiroo Taisen GP Kamen Raidaa 3-Go). The film opens in Japanese theaters on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Continued...
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New Bandai Hobby GUNDAM Collectibles from Bluefin

1 March, 2015 - 08:46
Photos courtesy of Bluefin. © SOTSU · Sunrise
Source: Bluefin Corp. Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for GUNDAM figures and collectibles coming from Bandai Hobby Nations in April and May 2015. Continued...
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