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First Look: Matt Frank’s Cover for Godzilla in Hell #2

19 July, 2015 - 00:56
Click on the above image to see Matt Frank's textless cover art for Godzilla in Hell #2 cover art by Matt Frank. Image courtesy of Matt Frank. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Matt Frank Official Site: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Bobby Curnow A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE IDW Publishing Godzilla artist Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) has offered SciFi Japan readers an exclusive preview of his cover artwork for Godzilla in Hell #2. Frank has drawn the Subscription Variant cover, available to customers who subscribe to Godzilla in Hell through comic book shops and other retailers. Continued...
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New ULTRAMAN Onyx Figures from Marusan in September

18 July, 2015 - 02:00
Ultraman, Zetton and Pigmon. Photos courtesy of Marusan. © Tsuburaya Productions
New Wave of Jet Black Monster Figures from ULTRAMAN Source: Marusan Toys, Inc. In September, Marusan Toys will reissue three of their classic vinyl figures from Tsuburaya Productions' ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-1967) with new jet black colors. The figures will be sold separately, each packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard header. Continued...
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Kaiju Movie Marathon on Shout! Factory TV Live July 18

16 July, 2015 - 09:02
Shout! Factory TV and Famous Monsters of Filmland present a streaming marathon of classic Toho monster movies and Ultra Series episodes this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 1965 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Shannon Meehan Shout! Factory TV is partnering with the original monster fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland to present a Kaiju movie marathon of catastrophic proportions! With programing ranging from GODZILLA: The Uncut Japanese Original to TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA, this event will be a visceral thrill ride, with promises of the utmost destruction along the way. Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon will be streaming from midnight to midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday July 18th at and on Pluto TV, CH 427. Continued...
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Godzilla Collectibles from August 2015 Diamond Previews

15 July, 2015 - 20:29
Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new Godzilla items available in comic book shops beginning September 2015. These Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's August edition of the Previews Catalog, on sale in late July. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla in Hell #4 for October 2015

15 July, 2015 - 08:00
Left: Ibrahim Moustafa's cover for Godzilla in Hell #4. Right: Artist’s Edition cover by Jeff Zornow. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla in Hell #4, coming to comic book shops and retailers in October 2015. Promising a "fantastic new style for The King of Monsters", each issue of this five part mini-series is by a different creative team. Issue #4 is written by Brandon Seifert (The Fly: Outbreak) and drawn by Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound: Ghouls Night Out). Continued...
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Godzilla in Hell #1 Preview

14 July, 2015 - 13:26
Godzilla goes where Godzilla has never gone before in Godzilla in Hell #1. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing's latest Godzilla comic book mini-series -- Godzilla in Hell -- will be available from retailers this week. SciFi Japan has details on the four variant editions of the first issue, plus HUGE high-res scans from IDW for the first five pages and all four covers. Read on for Godzilla-sized samples of James Stokoe and Jeff Zornow's artwork! Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses NON NON BIYORI REPEAT

14 July, 2015 - 08:02
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2015 Atto ・ KADOKAWA Publishing / asahigaoka Project II
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, NON NON BIYORI REPEAT (のんのんびより りぴーと, Non Non Biyori Ripiito, 2015), the second season of the slice of life comedy series, as part of its Summer 2015 anime season lineup. Based on the manga from original creator Atto, NON NON BIYORI REPEAT is set in a quiet country village, where Hotaru and her three best friends will once again find ways to make their time together as fun as possible, while enjoying everything that the open spaces of the countryside has to offer. The principal staff will return for the new season of NON NON BIYORI, including director Shinya Kawatsura as well as Reiko Yoshida, who will once again be handling series composition. Mai Otsuka will be providing character designs, and music will be composed by Hiromi Mizutani. Animation production will be handled by Silver Link., whose previous projects included FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA and DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA. Continued...
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TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE Available October 6th

14 July, 2015 - 02:01
Nozomi Entertainment Announces the Litebox-style DVD Release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon
Cover art for the TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE DVD collection. Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © 2011 SJ ・ TYA / TAMAYURA COMMITTEE © SJ ・ TYA / TAMAYURA COMMITTEE
Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce the DVD collection of TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE (たまゆら〜hitotose〜, 2011) will be available October 6, 2015. A heartwarming story of a girl, her father's camera, and happy memories! As a little girl, Fuu Sawatari’s father taught her to love photography. They took pictures everywhere they went. But after he passed away, seeing those photographs only served as a reminder of her loss, so she locked them away to be forgotten. Years later, her brother Kou finds their father’s picture album, and as he flips through its pages, the pictures remind Fuu of all the happy memories of her father that she will carry with her forever. Now, as the shy Fuu enters her first year of high school, she once again takes up her father's old camera, determined to take wonderful pictures that will bring joy and happiness to others. Continued...
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GASSOH Press Notes

13 July, 2015 - 08:51
Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. © 2015 Hinako Sugiura · MS. HS / "Gassoh" Film Partners
Notes, Trailer and Images from Manga Adaptation Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Gassoh (合葬), the manga masterpiece by the late Hinako Sugiura, has been made into a live-action film starring Yuya Yagira (NOBODY KNOWS, UNFORGIVEN) and Koji Seto (RUNWAY BEAT). The Tokugawa Shogunate is nearing an end in the late 18th century, and the fate of three youthful samurai who have become involved in the Shougitai's Battle of Ueno will be decided. Continued...
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VIZ Media Announces Exciting New Manga and Novel Acquisitions

13 July, 2015 - 05:11
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © VIZ Media, LLC.
Six New Titles Announced For 2016 Release Include Action And Shojo Titles 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, has detailed a wide array of brand new manga and prose novel acquisitions that include several notable titles to be launched during the Winter and Spring 2016 seasons. Continued...
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Sion Sono’s THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS Press Notes

12 July, 2015 - 11:47
Photo courtesy of GAGA Corporation. © 2015 "The Virgin Psychics" Film Partners​
Source: GAGA Corporation Official Movie Site: / (Japan) I am psychic! You are psychic! Everyone is psychic... but still virgin! Hot on the heels of his new movie, TAG (リアル鬼ごっこ, Real Onigokko), master filmmaker Sion Sono (WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, TOKYO TRIBE) returns to the big screen with THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS (映画 みんな!エスパーだよ!, Eiga Minna! Esupa Dayo!), based on the manga by Kiminori Wakasugi (Detroit Metal City). Continued...
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Aniplex of America Set to Release the First Arc of DURARARA!!×2 This Fall

11 July, 2015 - 13:00
The Colorful Gang of Ikebukuro is Coming Back to Blu-ray and DVD! Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Cover art for DURARARA!! X 2. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © 2014 Ryohgo Narita/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/Ikebukuro Dollars
Aniplex of America Inc. announced at their industry panel at Anime Expo their plans to release the first arc of DURARARA!!×2 (デュラララ!!×2, 2015), the sequel to the hit anime series DURARARA!!, on Blu-ray and DVD starting this September. Volume 1 is planned to be released on September 29th and Volume 2 is planned to be released on November 24th. Pre-orders will begin today for fans in North, Central and South America on the official U.S. DURARARA!!×2 website. Since its first season debuted in 2010, the DURARARA!! anime series has taken the fan community by storm. The eccentric characters and innovative storyline unique to this title all return in DURARARA!!×2 where the story fast forwards to 6 months following the incidents that occurred at the end of the first season. It looked as though the city of Ikebukuro has finally found peace but everyone knew that their ordinary days were about to change. Responding to the popularity of the DURARARA!! franchise, Aniplex of America Inc. launched the English dubbed episodes of DURARARA!!×2 on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll and Hulu just weeks after the subbed episodes were simulcast. Continued...
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Toei Official English Title List – Update 2015

10 July, 2015 - 14:29
© Toei Co., Ltd.
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. SciFi Japan has updated our list of English and Japanese titles for live action and animated movies, television programs and home videos produced and/or released by Toei Co., Ltd. (東映株式会社). Several older titles have been added, as well as new Toei releases into late 2015. Rather than relying on any of the many unofficial fan translations, this list features the official English titles created and used by Toei. Information has been culled from multiple sources, including materials from Toei's International Sales & Promotion Department and Ishimori Production, US copyright registrations, Toei sales catalogs and publicity materials, Toei screenings at film festivals and trade shows, and organizations such as the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (of which Toei is a founding member) and UniJapan. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN

10 July, 2015 - 10:11
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2015 Sunkaku Head / Shueisha ・ “UMARU-CHAN” Project
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN (干物妹!うまるちゃん, 2015), as part of its Summer 2015 anime season lineup. Based on the original manga series by Sunkaku Head, the series reveals the secret life of 16-year-old Umaru, whose schoolmates believe to be beautiful, kind, intelligent and practically perfect in every way. Only her brother Taihei knows the real Umaru, who lives on snack foods, refuses to help with the chores and spends all her time sleeping and watching TV... until the day a classmate catches her in the act, and Umaru must come up with an even bigger lie to conceal the truth! Directing the twelve episode series is Masahiko Ohta (LOVE LAB, BRIGHTER THAN THE DAWNING BLUE, MITSUDOMOE) while series composition is provided by Takashi Aoshima (SABAGEBU! - SURVIVAL GAME CLUB-, LOVE LAB, INDIAN SUMMER). Aya Takano (POLAR BEAR'S CAFE) adapts the character designs from Head’s originals, Yasuhiro Misawa (LOVE LAB, KOKORO CONNECT, ARCANA FAMIGLIA) provides the music and Doga Kobo (ENGAGED TO THE UNIDENTIFIED, ANOTHER, KOIHIME MUSO, MAJESTIC PRINCE) is in charge of overall animation production. Continued...
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Win Donnie Yen’s KUNG FU KILLER on Blu-ray!

10 July, 2015 - 02:00
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland
Image courtesy of Well Go USA. © Emperor Motion Pictures
Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their Blu-ray edition of KUNG FU KILLER (一個人的武林, Yī Gè Rén De Wǔ Lín, 2014), starring legendary Hong Kong action icon Donnie Yen! Donnie Yen (IP MAN trilogy, HERO) is back in top form bone-crunching, martial arts action thriller. When a vicious serial killer targets top martial arts masters, convicted criminal and kung fu master Hahou (Yen) is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, they soon have their doubts about Hahou’s true allegiance, causing Hahou to be hunted by an unstoppable killer (Wang Baoqiang) and the entire police force. Louis Fan (FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE), Wang Baoqiang (ICEMAN) and Charlie Yeung (BANGKOK DANGEROUS) also star for Director Teddy Chen (BODYGUARDS & ASSASSINS, THE ACCIDENTAL SPY) in the action-packed drama that won “Best Action Choreography” at the 2015 Hong Kong Film Awards. KUNG FU KILLER hits Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98) and DVD ($24.98) July 21st and includes a behind-the-scenes featurette that explores the making of some of the key sequences. Continued...
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POWER RANGERS: TRICKSTER TREAT on DVD and Digital HD September 15th

9 July, 2015 - 13:29
Source: Lionsgate, Bender/Helper Impact press release Official Site:
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release a collection of Halloween-themed POWER RANGERS episodes in September. Image courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment. © 2015 SCG Power Rangers LLC.
It’s all tricks and treats in Saban’s POWER RANGERS: TRICKSTER TREAT, arriving on DVD and Digital HD on September 15th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From the top-rated kid’s live-action series, these fright-fueled, spine-tingling Halloween adventures follow the Rangers as they have a strange encounter with a mysterious medium who conjures “visions” of monsters past! The Saban’s POWER RANGERS: TRICKSTER TREAT DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. It’s Halloween, and the Power Rangers’ biggest foes are determined not to let them ruin any of their ghastly mayhem! And there’s no time for treats, as the team must outwit Trickster’s nightmare-inducing dream beams, visit a mysterious fortune teller who summons visions of past opponents and escape the haunted forest, all while battling the creepiest of creatures and keeping humanity safe. But is there a monster from the spirit world and beyond that can defeat the Power Rangers? Continued...
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Aniplex of America Announces Release Plans for FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] Blu-ray and DVD

9 July, 2015 - 05:13
Timeless Masterpiece Produced by Renowned ufotable Coming this Summer Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Box art for the Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © TYPE-MOON, ufotable, FSNPC
Aniplex of America Inc. announced at their industry panel at Anime Expo their plans for their domestic release along with the list of its English cast members of the epic masterpiece FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] (フェイト/ステイナイト- 『UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS』, Feito/Sutei Naito: Unlimited Blade Works, 2014). Aniplex of America Inc. has confirmed that the first season will be available in both a Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and Complete 1st Season DVD Set August 25th. Pre-orders for both SKUs will be available starting today on the official U.S. FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] homepage for North, Central and South America. Both versions of the release will feature the entire first season (episodes #00-#12) uncut with the original Japanese and English audio with English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus contents include the textless opening and ending sequences. In addition to all the features mentioned above, the Limited Edition will also include the Original Soundtrack I, a 24-page deluxe booklet and an exclusive collectible Weis Schwarz PR card while supplies last. The Limited Edition will also include a double-sided wrap for the Blu-ray case and a beautiful chipboard box featuring an illustration by the original character designer, Takashi Takeuchi. All 13 episodes will be featured across a total of 4 Blu-rays for the best visual experience. Continued...
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New ULTRAMAN X Cyber Cards from Bandai

8 July, 2015 - 16:12
Photos courtesy of Bandai Co. © Tsuburaya Productions
Product Line for Latest Ultraman Show Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions' new ULTRAMAN X (ウルトラマンX, Urutoraman Ekkusu) series continues the recent trend of tying the Ultraman shows directly to products and merchandising from Bandai. In the program, protagonist Daichi Ozora (Kensuke Takahashi) becomes Ultraman X through a transformation device called the Xdevizers. Ozora also uses Cyber Cards -- data cards created by the Earth defense team “Xio” (Xeno Invasion Outcutters) -- to create "Monsarmor", armor and weapons based on monsters and heroes from the Ultra Series. Continued...
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PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- Invades Toonami

8 July, 2015 - 12:29
The hit horror anime PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- is coming to Toonami in October. Image courtesy of Sentai Filmworks. © Hitoshi Iwaaki/Kodansha Ltd. © VAP/NTV/4cast
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Humankind’s extinction begins this fall as PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- (寄生獣 セイの格率, Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu, 2014-2015) invades Toonami, the hugely popular Adult Swim anime block. Continued...
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DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ in Australian & New Zealand Cinemas August 6th

8 July, 2015 - 08:06
Image courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © Bird Studio/ Shueisha © 2015 Dragon Ball Z the Movie Production Committee
Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: (Japan), (Aus) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment is proud to announce the latest blockbuster film in the DRAGON BALL Z franchise, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no 'F', 2015) will screen across 69 locations and counting in Australia and New Zealand from August 6th, 2015. Continued...
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