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ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Preview

28 February, 2015 - 13:57
Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Ginga Victory versus Etelgar. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015 "Ultraman Ginga S The Movie" Film Partners
Press Notes and High-Res Images from the Latest Ultraman Film Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: m-78.jp/ginga/movie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku have released press notes and new images from the next 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!!), opening in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Continued...
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Dark Fantasy Manga Series Requiem of the Rose King Debuts from VIZ Media

28 February, 2015 - 07:59
New Series by the Creator of Otomen Based on Shakespeare’s Richard III Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 AYA KANNO / AKITASHOTEN
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers an engrossing new series from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary manga with the launch of Requiem of the Rose King on March 10th. Inspired by an early draft of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of literature’s most famous and polarizing political dramas, Requiem of the Rose King was created by Aya Kanno, widely known for her previous manga series Blank Slate and Otomen (both published by VIZ Media). Requiem of the Rose King is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Future volumes of the continuing series are scheduled to be published domestically twice a year. In the series, Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, is a tortured soul who believes he is damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil. Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21 Exclusive Preview

27 February, 2015 - 03:00
The Gargantuas Sanda and Gaira battle the alien Trilopods in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21, coming next week from IDW. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Sneak Peek at the Latest Issue of IDW's Godzilla Comic Book Series! 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 #21. The issue -- featuring Godzilla, Rodan, Baragon, Sanda, Gaira, Kumonga, Zilla, Battra, Gorosaurus, King Caesar, Kumonga, Mechagodzilla, Megaguirus, Moguera, Mothra, SpaceGodzilla and the new Trilopod monsters -- will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, March 4th. Continued...
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Godzilla 1989 & Biollante Light Up Ver. Set from Premium Bandai

26 February, 2015 - 13:24
Photo courtesy of Bandai Co., Ltd. Godzilla and Biollante TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai and X-Plus are partnering on a limited edition Godzilla 1989 & Biollante Light Up Ver. Set from GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989). Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Release MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC Complete DVD Sets

26 February, 2015 - 07:30
Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Naoshi Komi/SHUEISHA, ANIPLEX, SHAFT, MBS
Fan Favorite Second Season to be Released Beginning This March! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: project-magi.com (Japan), magi-usa.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Fans of the popular fantasy adventure anime series, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC (マギ The Kingdom of Magic, 2013-2014) were excited to hear Aniplex of America announce at Katsucon (National Harbor, MD) their plans to release the series on two Complete DVD Sets starting this March. The Complete DVD Set Volume 1 will be released on March 31st and Volume 2 will be released on May 26th. Along with a new English dubbed trailer, Aniplex of America also confirmed several voice actors who will be joining the all-star cast for the highly anticipated second season of the Magi franchise. Continued...
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SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 Schderg Model from Bandai Hobby

25 February, 2015 - 14:14
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 2012 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Committee
Collectible to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Special Thanks to Xavier Lim In April, Bandai Hobby will release the multilayer aircraft carrier Schderg from SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199, aka STAR BLAZERS 2199) as part of their Mecha Collection plastic model kit line. One of the ships of the Domeller fleet, the Schderg features its own personal display base and measures approximately 4” long. Continued...
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Claymore and Rosario + Vampire Complete Series Premium Manga Box Sets Coming This Fall

25 February, 2015 - 08:56
Images courtesy of VIZ Media. Claymore © 2001 by Norihiro Yagi/SHUEISHA Inc. Rosario + Vampire © 2004 by Akihisa Ikeda/SHUEISHA Inc.
Sets to Feature Entire Series Runs With Exclusive Premium Items Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, details two substantial forthcoming manga releases set for the Fourth Quarter that feature new complete series box sets for Claymore and Rosario + Vampire. Both sets will be published under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint and will arrive in time for the start of the 2015 Holiday shopping season. Continued...
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June 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

24 February, 2015 - 22:19
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA Available June 9th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its June slate of releases, including Sentai Filmworks’ acquisition of KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA. Animated by Polygon Pictures and directed by Kobun Shizuno, this groundbreaking space opera depicts the last remnants of humanity as they struggle against an alien enemy in the cold vastness of space. KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and in a special Collector’s Edition. Additional releases for June include DVD and Blu-ray editions of HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER SEASON 4, SPACE BROTHERS COLLECTION 3, MARDOCK SCRAMBLE: THE TRILOGY, CAPTAIN EARTH COLLECTION 1, MAGICAL WARFARE COMPLETE COLLECTION and HAIKYU!! COLLECTION 1. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Release WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT on DVD

24 February, 2015 - 14:34
A Totally Original Series from the Studio that Brought SWORD ART ONLINE and BLUE EXORCIST! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sekaiseifuku-zzz.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/zvezda (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT cover art. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © hunting cap brothers /Aniplex, Project ZP
Aniplex of America announced at their Katsucon (National Harbor, MD) panel their plans to release WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT (世界征服〜謀略のズヴィズダー〜, Sekai Seifuku: Booryaku no Zuvizudaa, 2014) on a Complete DVD Set on April 28th. The set will feature the entire series including the OVA episode and numerous bonuses that fans of this original sci-fi series with a comedic twist would not want to miss. Pre-orders for the set are now available on the official homepage. Directed by Tensai Okamura (BLUE EXORCIST, DARKER THAN BLACK) and produced by the studio A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE, SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND, BLUE EXORCIST) WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT Plot first saw its simulcast schedule in January 2013 with episodes streaming on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu and DAISUKI. The story of WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT follows a little girl named Kate Hoshimiya and her colorful subordinates as they plot for world domination. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA

24 February, 2015 - 07:55
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: knightsofsidonia.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Tsutomu Nihei ・ Kodansha / KDS Production Committee
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest license, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (シドニアの騎士, Shidonia no Kishi, 2014). Animated by Polygon Pictures and directed by Kobun Shizuno, this groundbreaking space opera depicts the last remnants of humanity as they struggle against an alien enemy in the cold vastness of space. A thousand years after the alien Gauna destroyed the Earth, a small remnant of humanity still fights on to survive, fleeing on the gargantuan asteroid-based spaceship Sidonia. But centuries of flight and warfare have changed mankind in incredible ways: Genetic engineering has allowed humans to photosynthesize like plants, reproduction occurs through cloning, and a third gender has been created to balance the population. And, even though it’s been a century since the last encounter with the Gauna, military service is mandatory, with all those able enough enlisted to pilot the Garde robots that stand as Sidonia’s front line of defense. Continued...
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March 2015 Godzilla Collectibles Available from Diamond

23 February, 2015 - 15:40
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland
Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2015 Diamond Select Toys. GODZILLA and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1974, 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new Godzilla items available in comic book shops beginning May 2015. These Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's March Previews Catalog, on sale now. Find your nearest comic shop at findcomicshop. Continued...
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VIZ Media Announces Sweet New DORAEMON Partners

23 February, 2015 - 09:14
Japan’s Beloved Character Featured on Tasty New Dorayaki Pancakes from JFC and Special Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: dora-world.com (Japan), doraemon.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © Fijiko-Pro
VIZ Media brings aboard tasty new brand partners for DORAEMON as it announces delicious new snack products inspired by the beloved titular character’s favorite food, Dorayaki, to be offered by JFC International and Beard Papa’s. VIZ Media is the North & Latin American master merchandise licensee for the celebrated anime property, overseeing the licensing and development of a range of products across a variety of consumer categories. JFC International, Inc. is a leading global distributor of Asian specialty foods and snack products. The company is featuring an officially branded DORAEMON Dorayaki that features an imprinted design of the character, with each package featuring 1 of 20 collectable stickers. Dorayaki is a type of pancake enjoyed widely as a snack in Japan that is filled with sweet red bean paste. Beard Papa’s is an international chain of cream puff stores that was originally founded in Japan. For a limited time, orders for customers that purchase of 6 or more Beard Papa’s cream puffs will come packaged in a special DORAEMON collaboration take-out box. Select Beard Papa’s Café store locations, including the Upper Westside (NY) store in Manhattan (2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024), will also carry this flavor. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Announces HANAMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set Details

22 February, 2015 - 22:09
Unexpected Alliances are Formed in the Dramatic Fifth Arc of the Monogatari Series Second Season Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: monogatari-series.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/monogatarisecondseason (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera and Joanna Metoki
HANAMONOGATARI Blu-ray cover art. Artwork subject to change. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © NISIOISIN/KODANSHA, ANIPLEX, SHAFT
Aniplex of America announced the details of their HANAMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set release at their industry panel at Katsucon (National Harbor, MD). The sixth installment of the popular Monogatari Series Second Season is planned to be released on April 21st , with pre-orders begins today on their official homepage and through official retailers for sale in the U.S. and Canada. The HANAMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set will feature all 5 episodes of the “Suruga Devil” arc on 2 Blu-ray discs. The set will include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Bonus contents and materials will feature both the textless opening and ending, the episode 5 with alternate OP/ED, a PV & CM collection, the deluxe booklet, a pin-up postcard set, all encased within the package illustrated by the character designer, Akio Watanabe. Continued...
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Gender-Bending Martial Arts Comedy RANMA ½ Volume 5 Blu-ray and DVD Arrives March 3rd

22 February, 2015 - 13:31
Contents of the RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Volume 5. Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan
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, delivers more RANMA ½ (らんま½) anime action and comedy to fans with the March 3rd home media release of Set 5 of the celebrated gender-bending martial arts action comedy based on the popular manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Release Double Feature Blu-ray Set of THE GARDEN OF SINNERS –RECALLED OUT SUMMER- and (EXTRA CHORUS)

22 February, 2015 - 08:38
THE GARDEN OF SINNERS –RECALLED OUT SUMMER- and THE GARDEN OF SINNERS –RECALLED OUT SUMMER- (EXTRA CHORUS) will be released in a Blu-ray set. © KINOKO NASU / Seikaisha, Aniplex, Kodansha, Notes, ufotable
Final Installment of the Mega-Hit Animated Movie Series Coming to Blu-ray this April Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: karanokyoukai.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/thegardenofsinners (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Fans at Katsucon (National Harbor, MD) were excited to hear Aniplex of America announce their plans to release THE GARDEN OF SINNERS –RECALLED OUT SUMMER- (空の境界 未来福音, Kara no Kyookai: Mirai Fukuin, 2013) and THE GARDEN OF SINNERS –RECALLED OUT SUMMER- (EXTRA CHORUS) (空の境界 未来福音 extra chorus, Kara no Kyookai: Mirai Fukuin extra chorus, 2013) in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Set (2-disc set) on April 21st. Continued...
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Nozomi Entertainment Acquires PLEASE TEACHER! and PLEASE TWINS!

22 February, 2015 - 04:06
© Please! / BANDAI VISUAL
Official Site: please-please.jp (Japan), please-teacher.rightstuf.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Heemsbergen Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is excited to announce the acquisition of the PLEASE TEACHER! (おねがい☆ティーチャー, Onegai Tiichaa aka Onegai ☆ Teacher) anime series and its sequel spinoff series, PLEASE TWINS! (おねがい☆ツインズ, Onegai Tsuinzu aka Onegai ☆ Twins). Continued...
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Thriller MAN FROM RENO

21 February, 2015 - 10:00
Opens in Theaters March 27, 2015 Source: Strategy PR/Consulting press release Official Movie Site: manfromrenomovie.com Special Thanks to Emily Lu
Ayako Fujitani (GAMERA Trilogy) stars in the award-winning MAN FROM RENO. Photo courtesy of Eleven Arts. © ELEVEN ARTS
Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, has announced the acquisition of North American rights to filmmaker Dave Boyle's atmospheric thriller MAN FROM RENO which has been nominated for the "John Cassavetes" prize at this year's Independent Spirit Awards (to be held February 21st at 2pm PT / 5pm ET). Commenting on his company's acquisition of the film Mr. Gallagher said, "We are honored to continue our collaboration with Dave Boyle on his award winning MAN FROM RENO. His stylish and assured filmmaking have gained a considerable audience and we are excited to help new fans discover this film." MAN FROM RENO is already a multi-award winning film, having scored accolades and trophies from The Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 (Winner of "Best Dramatic Feature"), the San Diego Asian Film Festival 2014 (Winner of the "Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature") and the Dallas Asian Film Festival 2014 (Winner of the "Jury Award for Best Asian American Narrative Feature"). The film will make a limited theatrical bow in New York City and Los Angeles on March 27th before expanding on April 10th, 2014. The cross-platform cable/satellite/telco and internet VOD and EST distribution is planned for summer 2015. Continued...
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My Hero Academia Manga to Launch This August

21 February, 2015 - 05:36
New Action Title from the Pages of Weekly Shonen Jump Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
My Hero Academia Vol.1. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi/SHUEISHA, Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the acquisition of its newest title with the addition of My Hero Academia to its extensive manga publishing catalog. My Hero Academia is a new breakout hit by Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of Barrage (also published by VIZ Media). His new series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will launch in North America in August in print and also digitally across all territories serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App. The title also will be available internationally from select VIZ Media content partners’ proprietary digital platforms. “We're excited to launch full volumes for the popular My Hero Academia, fresh from the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Though a cruel twist of fate makes life hard for aspiring hero Izuki, he is positive he’s destined for something greater, and fans will cheer for Izuki on his journey as his life changes forever when All Might bestows his superpower upon him!” Continued...
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Warner Bros. UK Reschedules Release of RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS

20 February, 2015 - 13:51
Epic Finale Opens in the United Kingdom on Friday, April 17th Source: Warner Bros. Pictures UK, Maven Publicity press releases Official Site: kuroshitsuji-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Louise Rivers
UK theatrical poster, courtesy of courtesy of Warner Bros. UK. © Watsuki Nobuhiro/ Shueisha. © 2014 "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" Production Committee
The theatrical release date for Warner Bros. UK's RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編, Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo hen, 2014) has now been moved to Friday, April 17, 2015. The company has also released new poster artwork for the highly-anticipated action epic. All good things must come to an end and in Keishi Ohtomo's live-action final chapter of Nobuhiro Watsuki's best-selling manga. Following on from the RUROUNI KENSHIN 2: KYOTO INFERNO (るろうに剣心 京都大火編, Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen, 2014) cliff-hanger; in this final chapter, Shishio (Tatsya Fujiwara) has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru (Emi Takei) with him. After jumping overboard into the sea, Kenshin (Takeru Sato) is saved by his former mentor, Hiko Seijuro (Masaharu Fukuyama) and in order to stop Shishio in time, Kenshin enlists the help of his old master to train for the ultimate battle between hero and villain in an epic blood-drenched showdown! Does Kenshin have what it takes to defeat Shishio, or is Shishio’s sheer insanity just too much to handle? Continued...
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Aniplex of America Acquires THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD- Theatrical Feature

20 February, 2015 - 07:26
Key art for the upcoming theatrical anime feature, THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD-. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © KOKOSAKE PROJECT
From the Creative Team that Brought ANOHANA Comes an All New Movie Project Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: kokosake.jp (Japan), AnthemoftheHeart.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Aniplex of America announced at Katsucon (National Harbor, MD) their acquisition of THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD- (心が叫びたがってるんだ。, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda), an original theatrical feature produced by the same creative staff that brought fans ANOHANA -THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY THE MOVIE- in 2013. Aniplex of America has also launched the official U.S. homepage of THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD- which features the latest artwork and teaser trailer. Continued...
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