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DORAEMON Makes United States Product Debut, Just in Time for the Holidays!

23 November, 2014 - 06:02
VIZ Media Partners With Hot Topic to Offer Exclusive T-Shirts and Highlights Collectables Available from the Official Website Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: dora-world.com (Japan). doraemon.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Doraemon Eating Dorayaki Girls T-Shirt from Hot Topic. Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © Fijiko-Pro
VIZ Media gives DORAEMON fans a fun way to display their love of the hit anime adventure comedy that currently airs on the Disney XD channel. The company has announced it is teaming up with pop culture and alternative apparel retailer Hot Topic to offer the first-ever officially U.S. licensed DORAEMON t-shirts. Shirt designs offered by Hot Topic include “Many Doraemon” and “Doraemon Waving,” available in distinctive men’s and women’s styles, as well as “Doraemon Eating Dorayaki,” available exclusively in women’s sizes. Shirts are available now at 30 Hot Topic store locations nationwide as well as online at search.hottopic.com/doraemon. VIZ Media is the exclusive North and Latin American master merchandise licensee for the celebrated anime property, overseeing the licensing and development of a range of DORAEMON products across all categories. The company has announced a variety of additional products and collectables available from the official DORAEMON online store, brought to you by Yes Anime at shop.doraemon.com. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses FAMILIAR OF ZERO: KNIGHT OF THE TWIN MOONS

23 November, 2014 - 03:00
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: mxtv.co.jp/zero2 (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© 2007 Noboru Yamaguchi ・ Media Factory/ Familiar of Zero Production Committee
When your hero’s a zero and decides to stick around, there’s not much to do but soldier on in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, FAMILIAR OF ZERO: KNIGHT OF THE TWIN MOONS (ゼロ・の・使い魔: 双月・の・騎士, Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi, 2007). This magical comedy series is directed by Yuu Kou (UTA NO PRINCE SAMA, LOVELESS) with character designs by Masahiro Fujii (DREAM EATER MERRY, HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER!!), art direction by Yoshinori Hirose (BEST STUDENT COUNCIL, KAMPFER), and animation production by J.C. Staff (EXCEL SAGA, GOLDEN TIME). Louise the Zero and her familiar Saito are back for another round of chaotic magic and even more chaotic romance. With the Albion invasion put to a stop, it seems as if peace has finally returned to the Kingdom of Tristain. After Saito sacrifices his only chance to return to Tokyo in order to remain at Louise’s side, it seems like the relationship between this fiery mage and her familiar should finally find a little peace as well. FAMILIAR OF ZERO: KNIGHT OF THE TWIN MOONS will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18 Exclusive Preview

21 November, 2014 - 19:06
Megaguirus bugs Godzilla in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18, 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 provided SciFi Japan with an exclusive preview of the first five pages from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18. The issue -- featuring Godzilla, Battra, Mothra, Ebirah, Meganulon and Megaguirus -- will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, November 26th. Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is also one of twelve titles included in IDW's second-annual Artist’s Edition Month. The cover for the Retailer Exclusive edition of G:ROE #18 is scanned directly from Jeff Zornow's original artwork. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA: The Man Who Became Godzilla / ゴジラになった男〜EXTRA〜

21 November, 2014 - 01:54
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Back in episode 3 of SciFi JAPAN TV in 2012, we featured a special photo exhibition event dedicated to the life and work of Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla suit actor, held in his hometown of Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture. This week, SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA revisits the 2012 event with lots more footage from Mr. Nakajima's panel discussion! Continued...
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Win GAMERA: THE SHOWA & HEISEI COLLECTION Blu-ray Box Set!

20 November, 2014 - 13:05
Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Chris Smith
Win the GAMERA: THE SHOWA & HEISEI COLLECTION from Mill Creek! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment. © Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. NHFN/1965/1966/1967/1968/ 1969/1970/1971/1980/1995/1996/1999
Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new GAMERA: THE SHOWA & HEISEI COLLECTION Blu-ray box set. The COLLECTION packages all of Mill Creek's Gamera Blu-rays together in one 4-Disc set, and includes GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER (1965), GAMERA VS. BARUGON (1966), GAMERA VS. GYAOS (1967), GAMERA VS. VIRAS (1968), GAMERA VS. GUIRON (1969), GAMERA VS. JIGER (1970), GAMERA VS. ZIGRA (1971), GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER (1980), GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (1996) and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (1999). Check here for product specs and a complete list of contents. GAMERA: THE SHOWA & HEISEI COLLECTION retails for $44.98 but here is your chance to get the set for free! Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Screen Toei’s EXPELLED FROM PARADISE in US Theaters

20 November, 2014 - 07:09
Urobuchi and Mizushima’s State-of-the-Art CG Masterpiece to Premiere in Select Theaters this December Source: Aniplex of America, Inc. press release Official Site: rakuen-tsuiho.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/expelledfromparadise (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki and EJ Rivera
Key art for EXPELLED FROM PARADISE. Image courtesy of AniplexUSA. © TOEI ANIMATION, Nitroplus / EFP Society
Aniplex of America, Inc. had just announced on their Aniplex Live Show that they will be screening the highly-anticipated science fiction feature EXPELLED FROM PARADISE (楽園追放 -Expelled From Paradise-, Rakuen Tsuihoo -Expelled From Paradise-, 2014) in theaters across the U.S. this December. Even before its Japanese theatrical debut, critics have praised EXPELLED FROM PARADISE for its groundbreaking themes and fluid animation. Tickets will be available through the Aniplex of America’s official website starting November 20th. Moviegoers will also receive an exclusive theatrical poster featuring the title’s keyart with their ticket purchase while supplies last. EXPELLED FROM PARADISE will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS and will be featured in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Directed by Seiji Mizushima (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, GUNDAM 00) and written by Gen Urobuchi (PUELLA MAGI ADOKA MAGICA, FATE/ERO), EXPELLED FROM PARADISE is a totally original project utilizing the most state-of-the-art 3DCG technology. With two of the most prominent creators of the Japanese animation industry collaborating for the first time, EXPELLED FROM PARADISE explores topics of societal evolution through unique characters and dynamic action sequences within an innovative science fiction framework. Continued...
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Toei’s LINGERING SPIRITS Opens this Week

19 November, 2014 - 23:17
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: omoinokoshi.com (Japan)
LINGERING SPIRITS theatrical poster. © 2014 "Lingering Spirits" Partners
Imagine that you will disappear from this world tomorrow... What thoughts would you share today? After premiering last month at the Busan International Film Festival's Asian Film Market, Toei's LINGERING SPIRITS (想いのこし, Omoi no Koshi) will open in Japanese cinemas this Saturday, November 22nd. Based on the novel Kanojo Tono Jozuna Wakarekata by Takaya Okamoto, LINGERING SPIRITS is being promoted as a "heart-tugging masterpiece" in the tradition of RESURRECTION (黄泉がえり, Yomigaeri, 2002), BE WITH YOU (いま、会いにゆきます, Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu, 2004) and UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN (ツナグ, Tsunagu, 2012). Okamoto co-wrote the screen story and screenplay, while UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN director helmed the film. Masaki Okada (CONFESSIONS, VILLAIN, AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE, BEYOND THE MEMORIES, THE APOLOGY KING) stars as Gajirou Honda. Described in publicity materials as "a scumbag", Honda is a self-centered young man who cares nothing but girls and money. His negligence results in a car accident that claims the lives of the driver and passengers... three pole dancers. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21 for February 2015

19 November, 2014 - 09:00
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Jeff Zornow's cover for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
It's the start of the biggest storyline yet in IDW Publishing's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21, coming to comic book shops and retailers in February 2015. New monsters wage war with Toho favorites Godzilla, Rodan, Baragon, Sanda, Gaira, Kumonga and Zilla! Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS: GODDESSES

19 November, 2014 - 06:23
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/kaminomi3 (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Tamiki Wakaki, Shogakukan/ TV Tokyo
The God of Conquests returns to once again win his way into the hearts of young girls and goddesses everywhere in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS: GODDESSES (神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇, Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-Hen, 2013). From original creator Tamiki Wakaki (Weekly Comic Magazine Shonen Sunday), GODDESSES is directed by Satoshi Osedo (BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES [as episodic director], HAJIME NO IPPO: NEW CHALLENGER [as episodic director]) with series composition by Hideyuki Kurata (THE FRUIT OF GRISAIA, OREIMO), music by Hayato Matsuo (HELLSING ULTIMATE, MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH), and animation production by manglobe (BROKEN BLADE, ERGO PROXY). THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS: GODDESSES will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. Continued...
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VIZ Media Hosts SAILOR MOON Virtual Moonlight Party 2 this Friday

19 November, 2014 - 03:00
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Toei Animation
November 21st Virtual Live Stream Soiree Coincides With Neon Alley Episode Premieres Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press release Official Site: sailormoon-official.com (Japan), VIZ.com/sailormoon (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, continues to celebrate the triumphant return of the classic SAILOR MOON anime series and marks the premiere of the latest high definition Episodes 24-36 -- featuring the brand new English dub cast -- available to stream on Neon Alley and Hulu starting on Friday, November 21st beginning at 7:00pm (PST). The release time and date for the remaining English episodes of this epic first season will be announced during the event. These latest exclusive dubbed episodes will be available for a limited time only during the Holiday season! Continued...
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March 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

18 November, 2014 - 20:17
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS ~ GODDESSES Available March 10th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its March slate of releases, including the continued hit series THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS ~ GODDESSES which will be released on both DVD & Blu-ray. Additional releases for March include DVD and Blu-ray editions of FAMILIAR OF ZERO: KNIGHT OF THE TWIN MOONS, STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION, OUTBREAK COMPANY COMPLETE COLLECTION, GINGITSUNE COMPLETE COLLECTION and DEVILS AND REALIST COMPLETE COLLECTION; plus PLACE TO PLACE on Blu-ray. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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Godzilla: Cataclysm #4 Preview

18 November, 2014 - 03:09
Manda is just one of the Toho monsters featured in Godzilla: Cataclysm #4, available from comic book shops and retailers on November 19th. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW's Godzilla: Cataclysm mini-series continues with issue #4, on sale tomorrow. An epic battle between Godzilla and Mothra that could determine the fate of humanity. Hiroshi must confront the fears he’s kept secret for so long. Will a desperate act be enough to save Hiroshi’s family? Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses GINGITSUNE

17 November, 2014 - 14:09
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: gingitsune.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Sayori Ochiai/Shueisha • GINGITSUNE Partners
The life of a shrine keeper is never easy, but for Makoto Saeki and her spirit friend Gintaro, problems are never far away in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, GINGITSUNE (ぎんぎつね, 2013). This supernatural slice of life series is directed by Shin Misawa (CAPETA, INITIAL D) with series composition by Hiroshi Yamaguchi (DESERT PUNK, NOBUNAGUN), music by Tatsuya Katou (CELESTIAL METHOD, MEDAKA BOX), and animation production by Diomedea (CAMPIONE!, KANTAI COLLECTIONn -KANCOLLE-). Although Makoto Saeki’s life is quiet, it’s anything but ordinary! As the 15th successor to the Saeki Shrine, Makoto is gifted with the ability to see spirits of all sorts. But there’s one spirit in particular who has been at Makoto’s side since childhood -- Gintaro, the huge silver fox who’s occupied her family’s shrine for over 350 years! Continued...
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THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 1 Available February 2015

17 November, 2014 - 10:50
Nozomi Entertainment Announces the Litebox-style DVD Release Official Site: tms-e.com (Japan), rov.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Heemsbergen
Cover art for the THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 1 DVD. Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © Ikeda Riyoko Production • TMS
Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce that THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 1 (ベルサイユのばら, Berusaiyu no Bara, 1979-1980) will be available on February 3, 2015. Also known as “Lady Oscar,” this new value-priced DVD set will feature the series’ first 20 episodes with Japanese audio, English-language subtitles and English on-screen translations. On-disc extras will include the clean opening and clean closing. THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, PART 1 is based upon the best-selling manga by Riyoko Ikeda (Dear Brother, a.k.a. Oniisama e...), which was originally serialized in Shueisha’s shoujo anthology magazine Margaret from 1972 through 1973, and later collected into 10 volumes. In addition to its anime adaptation, it inspired a short story collection (also written by Ikeda), a French-Japanese live-action film, and multiple musicals staged by Japan’s famed Takarazuka Revue. This 40-episode anime adaptation of The Rose of Versailles originally aired on Japanese television from October 1979 through September 1980. It features animation by TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., as well as direction by Tadao Nagahama (ROMANCE ROBOT TRILOGY) and Osamu Dezaki (NOBODY'S BOY – REMI, DEAR BROTHER, AIM FOR THE ACE!). Continued...
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Sion Sono’s TOKYO TRIBE Gets International Release

16 November, 2014 - 16:54
© 2014 INOUE SANTA/TOKYO TRIBE FILM PARTNERS
English Subtitled Version Also Screening in Japan Source: Nikkatsu Corporation Official Movie Site: tokyotribe-movie.com (Japan) The biggest domestic hit of director Sono Sion's career, the manga adaptation TOKYO TRIBE (トウキョウ トライブ, Tokyo Toraibu, 2014) will soon be released outside Japan. Distributor Nikkatsu Corporation has announced that the movie has been licensed for release in North America, the United Kingdom, German-bloc Europe, French-speaking Europe, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses DEVILS & REALIST

16 November, 2014 - 12:00
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: makai-ouji.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Madoka Takadono • Utako Yukihiro/Ichijinsha / Dairou Kouho Project
A life of leisure is turned on its head as a once well-off gentleman must now make an underworld changing decision in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, DEVILS & REALIST (魔界王子 devils and realist, Makai Oji: Devils and Realist, 2013). This supernatural comedy series, based on the manga series featuring story by Madoka Takadono and art by Utako Yukihiro, is directed by Chiaki Kon (NODAME CANTABILE: PARIS, WHEN THEY CRY - HIGURASHI) with series composition by Michiko Yokote (PRINCESS TUTU, xxxHOLIC), and animation production by Doga Kobo (LOVE LAB, ENGAGED TO THE UNIDENTIFIED). William Twining leads the perfect life of an aristocratic noble: he’s handsome, wealthy, intelligent, and takes great pride in his family’s lineage, all while dreaming of his future in high society. After his wealthy uncle goes bankrupt from bad investments, William worries about losing his good name. When he’s told his tuition has yet to be paid at the prestigious Stradford School, he quickly rushes to his estate -- only to find that the debt collectors have taken everything and his uncle is missing. Continued...
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Right Stuf Acquires LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON

16 November, 2014 - 07:05
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: mxtv.co.jp/half_moon (Japan), half-moon.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Heemsbergen
Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © Tsumugu Hashimoto / Mediaworks • PONY CANYON
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. is excited to announce the acquisition of the LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON (半分の月がのぼる空, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, 2006) anime series. Right Stuf’s Lucky Penny Entertainment label will release LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON as a complete 6-episode DVD collection in the spring of 2015. The program is based upon the light novels of the same name by Tsumugu Hashimoto. In addition to the anime adaptation, the light novel series also inspired a series of drama CDs, a live-action television drama, and a live action film. LOOKING UP AT THE HALF-MOON is directed by Yukihiro Matsushita (MARIA WATCHES OVER US), and features character designs by Mitsuru Ohara (PEACH GIRL), music by Shinkichi Mitsumune (REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, ROZEN MAIDEN), and animation by Group TAC (BLACK BLOOD BROTHERS, GILGAMESH). The series originally aired in Japan on the WOWOW television network in 2006. Continued...
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Catch the Premiere of INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT on Toonami this Weekend!

15 November, 2014 - 23:00
Venerable Fantasy Action Anime Series Reaches Grand Finale Beginning this Weekend!! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: yasya-kanketsu (Japan), adultswim.com/inuyasha-the-final-act (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Rumiko Takahashi/ Shogakukan Inc. • Yomiuri TV • Sunrise 2009
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, is proud to announce the domestic broadcast premiere of INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT (犬夜叉 完結編, InuYasha Kanketsu-hen, 2009-2010), the finale to the long-running animated adventure saga, set to be broadcast on Adult Swim’s Toonami. The first episode of the final story arc of the famed action/adventure/fantasy anime series will premiere at 2:00am EST on Sunday, November 16th with future episodes to air each subsequent Sunday. Check local listings for channel availability and specific regional broadcast times. Adult Swim’s Toonami is the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network for offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT is based on the massively popular manga series (also published by VIZ Media, rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi. The INUYASHA anime series has run for 193 episodes in total and has also spawned several popular feature films. Continued...
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Diecast Age: Nautilus from X-Plus in December 2014

15 November, 2014 - 16:01
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Disney
Product Specs and High-Res Photos from X-Plus Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE In addition to their usual assortment of Toho and Tsuburaya Productions kaiju figures, the Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. will release a diecast Nautilus from Disney's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA in late December 2014. Continued...
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VIZ Media Spotlights Anime, Manga & Books for Holiday Gifting

15 November, 2014 - 08:35
Photos courtesy of VIZ Media.
2014 Holiday Releases Include New Bu-ray And DVD Titles, Manga Box Sets, Shojo and Action/Sci-fi Manga Series 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, has announced a compelling array of new anime releases, manga, special box sets, novels and other titles that will make ideal gifts to suit a wide range of budgets and interests to delight readers and fans of all ages this holiday season. Continued...
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