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VIZ Media Launces New Paranormal Shojo Manga Kiss of the Rose Princess

30 October, 2014 - 05:21
A Mystical Girl and Her Knights Embark on a Quest to Save the World From the Forces of Evil Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 1. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Aya SHOUOTO 2009
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces a thrilling new paranormal shojo manga adventure with the launch of Aya Shouoto’s Kiss of the Rose Princess on November 4th. The new series will be available for the first time digitally as well as in print under the Shojo Beat imprint. Kiss of the Rose Princess is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. A digital version of Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 1 also will debut on November 4th for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Future editions of the 9-volume series will be released in-print and digitally on a bi-monthly basis. Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?! Continued...
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Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 1 Box Set Now in Stores

29 October, 2014 - 16:55
Diamond Select's Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 1 Box Set are now on sale. Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2014 Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys has a bunch of new items arriving at comic shops and specialty stores across North America this week. The lineup includes the first series of Godzilla Minimates, originally scheduled for September but now shipping to stores. Continued...
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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for January/February 2015

29 October, 2014 - 08:59
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 January and February 2015. Fans and collectors can purchase Bandai Tamashii Nations products from authorized Bluefin dealers, including SciFi Japan's sponsor Anime Jungle. Continued...
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Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank from Diamond Select Toys in 2015

29 October, 2014 - 02:00
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat
Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2014 Diamond Select Toys. MECHAGODZILLA, GODZILLA and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1974, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Diamond Select Toys has dropped a heaping plateful of new listings on comic shops and online retailers, including a Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl figural bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974's GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira). Standing 12 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as a removable head for coin retrieval. The Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank won't be out until spring of next year, but you can pre-order the item now, via your local shop or your preferred web store. Continued...
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NO FACE: New Short Film from the Producers of SciFi JAPAN TV

28 October, 2014 - 16:44
Source: ACTV Japan Turn off the lights and put on your headphones, the SciFi Japan TV team’s short horror film NO FACE (ノーフェース) is online now! Written and directed by JR Lipartito, NO FACE is about a man who plays a survival horror game that becomes a true matter of life and death. Continued...
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VIZ Media Releases All You Need is Kill Manga by the Creator of Death Note

28 October, 2014 - 05:54
Takeshi Obata Adapts the Award-Winning Japanese Novel that Inspired EDGE OF TOMORROW Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
The All You Need is Kill manga omnibus edition will be released on November 4th. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga masterpiece with the release of All You Need is Kill as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4th. All You Need is Kill collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. Takeshi Obata’s All You Need is Kill originally premiered in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally -- the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death? Continued...
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S.H.MonsterArts: Gamera (1996) Coming in January/February 2015

27 October, 2014 - 12:59
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 1996 KODOKAWA ・ NTV ・ Hakuhodo ・ Fujitsu ・ Nippan
Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Drop everything and get your hands (or claws) on this amazing articulated Gamera (1996) collectible figure from S.H.MonsterArts! This spectacular rendition of Gamera from GAMERA 2: ADVENT OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来, Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996) was brought to life by Tomoo Haraguchi, the famous kaiju sculptor who created the monsters for the film. Continued...
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Revisit the Very Beginning of the POKÉMON Saga in POKÉMON SEASON 1

27 October, 2014 - 08:23
Classic Animated Series Debuts in a New DVD Box Set Containing More than 27 Hours of POKÉMON Fun Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 Pokémon. © 2014 Pokémon. © 1997 Nintendo, Creatures, GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces the release, for the first time ever, of the entire POKÉMON INDIGO LEAGUE animation in one comprehensive DVD set. POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION contains all 78 episodes (more than 27 hours) of this legendary POKÉMON season on 9 DVDs and will be released on October 28th. POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will carry an MSRP of $54.98 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. Take a trip back to the very beginning, when the adventures were just getting started! In POKÉMON INDIGO LEAGUE, Ash Ketchum celebrates his tenth birthday and he's ready to do what many 10-year-olds in the Kanto region set out to do -- become a Pokémon Trainer! Things don't go exactly the way he planned when he ends up with a Pikachu instead of a different partner Pokémon, and winning Gym Badges turns out to be much tougher than he thought. Luckily, he's got Gym Leaders Brock and Misty at his side, along with a bevy of new Pokémon friends, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. Continued...
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KAIJU GAIDEN: Documentary on Independent Kaiju Films on Kickstarter

26 October, 2014 - 17:33
KAIJU GAIDEN Poster A by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Jeff Zornow. © 2014 Kaiju Gaiden
KAIJU GAIDEN Poster B by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Matt Frank. © 2014 Kaiju Gaiden
Official Site: kaijugaiden.com Kickstarter Campaign Page: Kaiju Gaiden Special Thanks to Mark Jaramillo A new documentary entitled KAIJU GAIDEN is currently in production and in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. KAIJU GAIDEN is a documentary film spotlighting independent kaiju films and the filmmakers behind them. Many of these films are relatively unknown, obscure, or exist only as a rumor even among hardcore tokusatsu fans. It is the first time that the public will hear from the filmmakers and actually see footage from their films. Continued...
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Hyper Solid Series: Godzilla 2000 from Art Spirits

26 October, 2014 - 13:10
TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Art Spirits In November, the Japanese model and figure company Art Spirits will release a new PVC Godzilla as part of their Hyper Solid Series. The pre-painted and assembled figure is sculpted by Takashi “T” Yamawaki, the popular artist behind numerous Godzilla garage kits from T’s Facto. While Yamawaki's T’s Facto kits are generally movie-accurate depictions of Godzilla, the Art Spirits figure is a more stylized representation of the King of the Monsters' design from GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999), reflecting the sculptor's desire to make Godzilla "spiky and really evil looking". Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS

26 October, 2014 - 08:24
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: vap.co.jp/gokukoku (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Lynn Okamoto / Shueisha © VAP ・ YTE ・GENCO ・ DAX PRODUCTION
The night’s sky hides a dark secret that will threaten the lives of not only one, but many in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS (極黒のブリュンヒルデ, Gokukoku no Buryunhirude, 2014). From Lynn Okamoto, original creator of legendary series ELFEN LIED, BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi (KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN!, STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION LEVEL 2) with character designs by Hiroaki Karasu (MAOYU, GATCHAMAN CROWDS), scripting by Yukinori Kitajima (HAMATORA, SENRAN KAGURA), and animation production by ARMS (ELFEN LIED, SAMURAI GIRLS). A high school senior Murakami Ryota had a childhood friend called Kuroneko who died in an accident. Ryota had made a promise with Kuroneko that he will prove there are aliens in the universe. In order to fulfill his promise, he joined the astronomy club at the school as its only member and kept observing the stars almost every night. Continued...
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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary With Commerative Anthology

26 October, 2014 - 03:43
Comic Artists, Muralists, Toy Creators and Authors Pay Homage to the Global Icon in a Special Release Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Celebrate 40 years of big smiles with Hello Kitty, Hello 40, now available in stores. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, joins the global celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of global pop icon Hello Kitty with the release of Hello Kitty, Hello 40, available now. The hardcover full-color anthology features a notable line-up of some of Hello Kitty’s biggest fans paying tribute in the best way they know how: through their stories and art. Hello Kitty, Hello 40 is published under VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint, and carries an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN. A digital version of Hello Kitty, Hello 40 is also available for $14.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Fans also will be able to find digital versions for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores. Continued...
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SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199: A VOYAGE TO REMEMBER Update

25 October, 2014 - 17:15
YAMATO 2199 voice actors Kikuko Inoue and Takayuki Sugo with theme composer Nana Mizuki at the week 2 stage greeting for SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199: A VOYAGE TO REMEMBER. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2014 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Committee
Author: Tim Eldred, Cosmo DNA Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: yamato2199.net Following a round of stage greetings during the opening weekend of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199: A VOYAGE TO REMEMBER (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 追憶の航海, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Tsuioku no Kokai), members of the film's cast and crew returned to Shochiku Multiplex Theaters’ Marunouchi Piccadilly 2 for a big hit gratitude stage greeting on Saturday, October 18th. Captain Okita's voice actor Takayuki Sugo and Starsha Iscandar's voice actor Kikuko Inoue were joined on stage by Nana Mizuki, who composed the end title song "Blue". The event was MC’d by animator Osamu Kobayashi (PARADISE KISS). Continued...
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February 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

25 October, 2014 - 07:32
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
SPACE BROTHERS COLLECTION 1 Available February 24th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its February slate of releases, including the hit space adventure series SPACE BROTHERS which will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Additional releases for February include DVD and Blu-ray editions of LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE, HOZUKI’S COOLHEADEDNESS, GOLDEN TIME COLLECTION 2, MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR: THE NEW FILES and ENGAGED TO THE UNIDENTIFIED; plus DIABOLIK LOVERS on Blu-ray; REIDEEN COLLECTION 2 on DVD and the long-awaited LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS COLLECTOR’S EDITION Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set. 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: Godzilla Millennium Special Color Edition Coming in April/May 2015

24 October, 2014 - 16:01
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 1999 Toho Pictures, Inc. GODZILLA and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1999, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Millennium Godzilla from GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999) makes a comeback with a stunning new coloration concept by famous kaiju sculptor Yuji Sakai. From his classic dorsal plates, to the tip of his tail, every scale is painted flawlessly. Articulated joints are masterfully placed for optimum posing possibilities without detracting from the superb sculpt. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV #31: First Look: No Face / 第31短編ホラー映画『NO FACE』予告

23 October, 2014 - 18:30
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This week, SciFi JAPAN TV are the filmmakers! SFJTV producers JR Lipartito and Jim Ballard present a teaser for a short horror film they’ve made in collaboration with YouTube Space and Legendary Pictures. The finished film will debut on SciFi Japan TV next Tuesday, October 28th! Be sure to come back for new episodes of SciFi JAPAN TV every Thursday! Continued...
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Win The Art of Japanese Monsters Softcover Edition!

23 October, 2014 - 13:40
Win the Complete Reference Guide to Godzilla and Japanese Science Fiction Posters From Around the World Source: Sean Linkenback
Win the new softcover edition of Linkenback's The Art of Japanese Monsters. Image courtesy of Sean Linkenback. © 2014
The softcover edition of The Art of Japanese Monsters is now available from Amazon and other retailers. In celebration of the release, author Sean Linkenback is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a free copy of this great book! Written by Linkenback (Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles) with a new cover illustration by Alex Wald (American Splendor, Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star), this reference guide to Japanese science fiction film posters from 1954 to present contains artwork from over 60 different films, including the Godzilla, Gamera, and Mothra series; RODAN, GAPPA, the Majin films, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, THE H-MAN, and many more. Running 208 full color pages, The Art of Japanese Monsters has a retail price of $39.99... but here is your chance to get the book for free! Continued...
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Shochiku’s SNOW ON THE BLADES to Premiere at Hawaii International Film Festival

23 October, 2014 - 07:14
A lonesome samurai (Kiichi Nakai) searches for his master's assassin (Hiroshi Abe) in SNOW ON THE BLADES. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. © 2014 "SNOW ON THE BLADES" Film Partners
Press Notes and High-Res Photos from New Samurai Film Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: zakurozaka.com (Japan) After opening in Japan in September, Shochiku's SNOW ON THE BLADES (ざくろ坂の仇討, Zakuro-zaka no Adauchi) will have its international premiere on November 2nd at the Hawaii International Film Festival 2014. Continued...
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Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke: The First Story from VIZ Media

22 October, 2014 - 22:00
Oversized Hardcover Contains Watercolor Illustrations and Original Fable that Inspired the Groundbreaking Film Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Princess Mononoke: The First Story presents Hayao Miyazaki’s original watercolor artwork and thoughtfully written fable that inspired the 1997 hit film. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. Mononoke Hime (1980 nen Shoki Settei Ban) by Hayao Miyazaki © 1993 Nibariki © 1993 Studio Ghibli
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a treat to readers and fans of famed director and pioneering creative visionary, Hayao Miyazaki, with the release of Princess Mononoke: The First Story. The oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover release is published under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint and carries an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. The beautifully illustrated storybook features Hayao Miyazaki’s original watercolor artwork, which complements his thoughtfully written fable about man’s need to maintain ecological balance with nature that became the origin for the 1997 feature film. An afterward written by Miyazaki lends further context and insights to the Mononoke story and its deep and lasting impact upon the director. This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20 for January 2015

22 October, 2014 - 08:00
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Jeff Zornow's subscription variant for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
IDW Publishing's Godzilla: Cataclysm comic book mini-series ends this December, but the on-going Godzilla: Rulers of Earth series continues into 2015 with the 20th issue. It’s Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla for the ultimate rematch. The Cryog invasion reaches its zenith as new monsters attack across the globe! What unexpected character will Lucy meet? Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20 will be coming to comic book shops and retailers in January. Continued...
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