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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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CONFESSION OF MURDER Hits Blu-ray & DVD April 15th

17 March, 2014 - 06:32
CONFESSION OF MURDER Blu-ray and DVD cover art. Images courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2012 Showbox/Mediaplex and Dasepo Club
He’s a Killer. He Didn’t Get Caught. And He’s About to be Famous. Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland Writer/Director JUNG Byung-gil (ACTION BOYS) unleashes endless action and suspense when CONFESSION OF MURDER (내가 살인범이다, Naega Salinbeomida, 2012) debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 15th from Well Go USA Entertainment. When the statute of limitations expires on a series of high-profile murders, a handsome and mysterious young man emerges with a tell-all book, taking credit for the crimes. As he seduces the media into following him to book signings and televised debates, the officer who hunted him falls deeper into obsession, and the victims’ families plot their own revenge. Continued...
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The Art of Japanese Monsters Leatherbound Deluxe Edition

16 March, 2014 - 09:00
Limited Signed and Numbered Edition of Japanese Science Fiction Film Poster and Lobby Card Reference Guide Source: Sean Linkenback
A signed, Leatherbound Deluxe Edition of The Art of Japanese Monsters will have a print run of only 100 copies. Cover image courtesy of Sean Linkenback. © 2014
Anticipation for Sean Linkenback’s new poster-art book, The Art of Japanese Monsters had already been building in advance of its scheduled May 14th arrival date and now Linkenback has announced a deluxe version that is sure to whet the appetite of collectors: The Art of Japanese Monsters Leatherbound Deluxe Edition • Limited to 100 numbered copies • Each copy will be hand-bound in heirloom-quality leather • 20 Additional pages of posters (a whopping 250 pages total!) • Exclusive print from Hugo-Award winning artist Bob Eggleton • Each print will be autographed by Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima Due to the logistics of the actors' signing, the Leatherbound Deluxe Edition will not be able to ship until the first week of June. But Linkenback will start accepting pre-orders today (March 16th) through his Kaiju Posters Database Facebook page. And, with only 100 copies available, it will not take long for the edition to sell out. Linkenback stressed that he will NOT be offering The Art of Japanese Monsters Leatherbound Deluxe Edition through Diamond, Amazon, or any other traditional booksellers. The edition can only be purchased through Kaiju Posters Database and at conventions this summer while supplies last. Continued...
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FLU: Production Notes for Korean Thriller

16 March, 2014 - 00:00
Region 1 DVD on March 18th Source: CJ Entertainment America, MPRM Communications Official Site: theflu2013.interest.me (Korea) Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Jill Gurich
Promotional art for FLU. Photo courtesy of CJ Entertainment America. © 2013 CJ E&M CORPORATION
CJ Entertainment has provided production notes and images from their viral outbreak thriller FLU (감기, Gamgi, 2013), debuting on DVD in North America March 18th. A human trafficker is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a Bundang hospital, covered in red rashes and coughing up blood. In less than 24 hours since the death of the first patient, similar cases of disease-related deaths are reported all over Bundang. The medics despair over the super virus that has no known cure, but they soon find hope when they hear of a sole survivor who may have developed antibodies against this ruthless viral mutation. As medical professionals rush to find the sole individual with the potential key for a cure, fatalities rise and soon the government has no choice but to quarantine the city. Amidst the ensuing panic, wild desperation, and violence, the struggle for life between the infected and non-infected begins to spiral out of control. Continued...
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ONE THIRD: Tatsuya Fujiwara Stars in Crime Caper

15 March, 2014 - 13:25
Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Ryuichi Kosugi star in ONE THIRD. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. © 2014 "Sanbunnoichi" Film Committee
Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: sanbunnoichi.jp (Japan) Kadokawa's 65th anniversary celebration of their Kadokawa Bunko publishing imprint continues with the theatrical heist caper ONE THIRD (サンブンノイチ, Sanbunnoichi). Based on the 2012 novel Sanbunnoichi by Hanta Kinoshita, the film is the third feature directed by Hiroshi Shinagawa following his smash hits DROP (ドロップ, Doropu, 2009) and SLAPSTICK BROTHERS (漫才ギャング, Manzai Gyangu, 2011). Shinagawa had written his previous films, but fell in love with Kinoshita's novel and decided he had to adapt it for the big screen. Continued...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Fone Update

14 March, 2014 - 21:55
The five-member lineup of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fone series is now available for Android, with iPhone Editions coming soon. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex ・ Madoka Movie Project ・ Madoka Movie Project Rebellion © anifone/ LEGS Singapre Pte Ltd.
All 5 Members Now Available for Android; iPhone Editions Coming Soon Source: AniplexUSA, anifone.com press release Official Site: madoka.anifone.com, twitter.com/madoka_anifoneE Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki The five-member lineup of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fone series is finally complete! Following the Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi Versions, The Mami Tomoe, Kyoko Sakura and Sayaka Miki Versions are here! The Madoka Magica fone fully customizes everything from your home screen to the design of your tools to match each Magical Girl, and it also includes original voice clips and gallery images exclusive only to the Madoka Magica fone! Continued...
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AH MY BUDDHA Collection Available June 3rd

14 March, 2014 - 12:42
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: buddha.rightstuf.com Special Thanks to Jessica Heemsbergen
Cover art for the AH MY BUDDHA Collection. Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © 2005, 2006 Bohemian K and Toshinori Sogabe / Wani Books, AT-X and VAP
Anime producer Lucky Penny Entertainment is pleased to announce that the AH MY BUDDHA Collection will be available on June 3, 2014. The DVD set will feature the complete 26-episode anime series, in a single DVD keepcase, with English audio, Japanese audio and English subtitles. On-disc extras will include clean openings and closings, promotional videos and the U.S. trailer. AH MY BUDDHA, also known in Japan as AMAENAIDE YO!! (あまえないでよっ!!), is based upon the manga by Toshinori Sogabe, which was originally serialized in Comic Gum anthology magazine and later collected into 7 volumes. Sixteen-year-old Ikkou Satonaka has raging hormones that make every other boy's look simply weak in comparison. When he gets turned on, he's literally turned into a super-powerful Buddhist monk capable of vanquishing the most evil of spirits! Ikkou's parents send him to the Saienji Temple to train to become a proper monk under the watchful eye of his grandmother. One of his first challenges is to learn to control his lusty desires -- but that's easier said than done when he's surrounded by a bevy of beautiful nun trainees who keep losing their clothes! Can Ikkou pull himself together, or will his pervy nature win out? Continued...
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Exclusive TIGER & BUNNY Goods to be Sold at Select Screenings of TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING

13 March, 2014 - 23:46
Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment Official Movie Site: tigerandbunny.net/movie2 (Japan), elevenarts.net/tigerandbunny-therising (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright
Promotional art for TIGER & BUNNY -THE RISING-. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © Sunrise/ T&B Movie Partners
This weekend, Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS and VIZ Media will be working together to bring TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING (劇場版 タイガー&バニー -The Rising-, Gekijoo-ban Taigaa Ando Banii -The Rising-, 2014), the newest installment in the TIGER & BUNNY series to theaters in major cities throughout the U.S. As a special treat for Los Angeles moviegoers, Little Tokyo's own Anime Jungle will be opening shop at the Downtown Independent movie house, selling TIGER & BUNNY goods imported directly from Japan. In addition to these items, which will only be available at the Los Angeles screenings, Anime Jungle will have a wide array of other TIGER & BUNNY items from among their stock available for purchase. The shop will open for customers from one hour before show time during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday screenings. Once all of the merchandise for the weekend has been sold, Anime Jungle's special distribution of the items at the Los Angeles screenings will cease. Only individuals who are valid ticketholders will be able to purchase anything from the shop after they have been granted entry and admission. Continued...
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KING KONG VS GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES Blu-ray Wraparound Cover Art

12 March, 2014 - 19:24
KING KONG VS GODZILLA packaging artwork. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. © 1962 Toho Co., Ltd. © 1963 Universal Studios
Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Haley Lierman and Sara Macaulay A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Universal Studios Home Entertainment has provided SciFi Japan with a first look at the wraparound cover art for their upcoming Blu-ray editions of KING KONG VS GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES. USHE will release the Americanized, English dubbed versions of the two Toho King Kong films on April 1st, 2014. The SRP is $19.98 each. Continued...
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DESTROY ALL MONSTERS and GODZILLA VS MEGALON Blu-ray/DVD Specs and Press Release

11 March, 2014 - 16:30
Godzilla attacks the United Nations in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, returning to Blu-ray and DVD in July 2014. © 1968 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Carl Morano A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SciFi Japan has an update to last week's 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) Blu-ray/DVD exclusive. Media Blasters has provided product specs and a first look at the press release going out later this week. Continued...
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SHORT PEACE: North American Theatrical Trailer

11 March, 2014 - 04:04
Trailer for the North American theatrical release of SHORT PEACE, courtesy of Eleven Arts Entertainment. © SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE © KATSUHIRO OTOMO/MASH・ROOM/SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE
Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment Official Movie Site: shortpeace-movie.com (Japan), elevenarts.net/shortpeace (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright ELEVEN ARTS and Sentai Filmworks have released a trailer for the North American theatrical release of SHORT PEACE (ショート・ピース, Shooto Piisu, 2013). A new omnibus film from AKIRA's director, Katsuhiro Otomo, SHORT PEACE consists of the animated shorts COMBUSTIBLE (火要鎮, Hi no Yoojin), GAMBO (がんぼ), A FAREWELL TO ARMS (武器よさらば, Buki yo Saraba) and the Academy Award nominated POSSESSIONS (九十九, Tsukumo). Continued...
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VIZ Media Adds TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING San Francisco Theatrical Screening

10 March, 2014 - 19:10
22 Major U.S. Cities to Screen All-New Japanese Superhero Anime Action Film Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab Official Movie Site: tigerandbunny.net/movie2 (Japan), elevenarts.net/tigerandbunny-therising (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Promotional art for TIGER & BUNNY -THE RISING-. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © Sunrise/ T&B Movie Partners
VIZ Media has announced a special theatrical screening of the new anime feature film TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING (劇場版 タイガー&バニー -The Rising-, Gekijoo-ban Taigaa Ando Banii -The Rising-, 2014) for fans based in the San Francisco Bay area on March 22nd at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located inside the dynamic Japanese pop culture entertainment venue in San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. In partnership with ELEVEN ARTS, the second and latest action-packed feature film in the smash hit Japanese superhero franchise is also debuting in a national theatrical premiere at select theaters in 21 U.S. cities Friday, March 14th through March 26th. TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING, which premiered in Japan in February, will screen at the ultra-modern NEW PEOPLE Cinema on Saturday, March 22nd at 2:30pm and again at 6:00pm. Pre-sale tickets for the special NEW PEOPLE premiere are on sale now for $15.00 each (plus service fees) and are available exclusively at the theatre box office or at brownpapertickets.com/event/582176. A special TIGER & BUNNY premium clear movie file card and a full-color mini double-sided poster also will be given to attendees while supplies last. Continued...
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