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VIZ Media Announces Release of The Complete Pokémon Pocket Guide

19 January, 2017 - 09:09
The 2-volume Complete Pokémon Pocket Guide is newly revised and back in print. Images courtesy of VIZ Media. ©2008 The Pokémon Company International. ©1995-2008 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. Pokémon properties are trademarks of Nintendo. Pokémon DIAMOND PEARL ZENKOKU ZENKYARA DAIZUKAN JOU/GE © 2007 Jungle Factory/SHOGAKUKAN
Comprehensive Two-Volume Guidebook Detailing Pokémon Vital Stats and Descriptions is Back with Revised Edition Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, kicks off 2017 with the release of The Complete Pokémon Pocket Guides. Back in print and newly revised and updated, this two-volume collection will be available individually and also in a combined box set.The Pokémon Pocket Guides are informative guidebooks that feature full-color pictures, descriptions and stats for every single Pokémon up through the Diamond and Pearl generation as well as Abilities, moves and Evolutions. Continued...
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Makoto Shinkai Masterpiece YOUR NAME. To Open In North American Theaters April 7, 2017

18 January, 2017 - 23:17
Funimation Films Will Debut Animated Global Pop Culture Phenomenon in Both English-Language Dub and Japanese with English Subtitles Source: Funimation Films press releases Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto
Image courtesy of Funimation Films. © 2016 “your name.” Film Partners. All Rights Reserved
Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s animated blockbuster and global pop culture hit YOUR NAME. (君の名は。, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) in North American theaters on April 7, 2017. The film will be released in both English-language Dub as well as the original Japanese-language with English subtitles. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai (5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, THE GARDEN OF WORDS), YOUR NAME. has already received critical acclaim and commercial success overseas, dominating the burgeoning Asian box office to quickly become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time released in Japan -- behind only SPIRITED AWAY, TITANIC and FROZEN. YOUR NAME. has also since become the second highest-grossing Japanese animated film released in Japan, surpassing legendary works from Hayao Miyazaki including PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and PONYO. “It’s truly a joy to be part of a film like YOUR NAME. that has surprised everyone’s expectations and quickly captivated the hearts and attention of audiences and films critics alike,” said Gen Fukunaga, Founder and CEO of Funimation Entertainment. “I have always believed that a touching and beautifully told story can mesmerize mainstream audiences regardless of a film’s genre. YOUR NAME. is the perfect example of this and will be one that journalists will point to for years to come.” Continued...
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THE RING Franchise Returns to America With RINGS

18 January, 2017 - 03:13
Contortionist Bonnie Morgan returns as the evil spirit, Samara, in RINGS, the latest entry in THE RING series. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Right Reserved.
Trailers and High-Res Pics from New Horror Film Source: Paramount Pictures Official Site: RingsMovie.com Special Thanks to Brandon Nichols After a 12 year hiatus, THE RING is revived in America with the new movie, RINGS. Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (BEFORE THE FALL), the film stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe (THE 5TH WAVE), Johnny Galecki (BIG BANG THEORY), Aimee Teegarden (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, SCREAM 4), Bonnie Morgan (THE RING TWO) and Vincent D’Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, JURASSIC WORLD, DAREDEVIL). Continued...
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND – New Japanese Trailer and Poster

16 January, 2017 - 21:26
2nd Japanese trailer for KONG: SKULL ISLAND, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © 2017 WARNER BROS.ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND PATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided a new trailer and poster for the Japanese release of KONG: SKULL ISLAND, a reimagining of the mythic King Kong by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Continued...
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MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO Coming March 2017 from Nozomi Entertainment

13 January, 2017 - 09:36
Source: Nozomi Entertainment press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry
Image courtesy of Nozomi Entertainment. © XEBEC / Project NADESICO • TV TOKYO © 1998 XEBEC / NADESICO PRODUCTION COMMITTEE
Tatsuo Sato's Comedy Masterpiece Returns in High Definition! Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO Complete Collection, available on Blu-ray and DVD April 4, 2017. MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO (機動戦艦ナデシコ, Kidoo Senkan Nadeshiko, 1996-1997) is directed by Tatsuo Sato (BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS, STELLVIA), with character designs by Keiji Gotoh (SENGOKU COLLECTION, UTA~KATA) and animation by XEBEC (THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE, FAFNER, LAGRANGE – THE FLOWER OF RIN-NE). Continued...
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VIZ Media Debuts Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Manga Series

13 January, 2017 - 03:16
Manga Publisher’s POKÉMON Library Expands With An All New Action-Packed Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. ©2017 The Pokémon Company International. ©1995-2017 Nintendo/ Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. TM, ®, and character names are trademarks of Nintendo. POCKET MONSTERS SPECIAL © 1997 Hidenori KUSAKA, Satoshi YAMAMOTO/ SHOGAKUKAN
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, adds to its extensive POKÉMON collection with the release of the Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series, now available. The series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto, and is based on the best-selling POKÉMON BLACK 2 and WHITE 2 video games. The Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and volumes will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each. Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 delivers a brand new adventure featuring readers’ favorite Pokémon game characters that jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this latest action-packed manga series! “Get ready for tons of action and fun new characters and Pokémon in this special three-volume story arc,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “New adventures of Pokémon Trainers Blake and Whitley continue in this exciting series set after the dramatic events of Pokémon Black & White. We know fans of all ages will not want to miss this fresh story arc set in a Pokémon Trainers’ School!” Continued...
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GUKOROKU – TRACES OF SIN Press Notes

12 January, 2017 - 06:43
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, FilmPressPlus Official Site: gukoroku.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Richard Lormand A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © 2017 Hirune Hime Production Committee
Warner Bros. Pictures Japan and international publicity agent FilmPressPlus have provided press notes and high-res photos for their new mystery, GUKOROKU – TRACES OF SIN (愚行録, Gukoruku). The movie opens in Japan on February 18th. GUKOROKU - TRACES OF SIN is a haunting and intense tale of the demons we face every day -- inside and out. Satoshi Tsumabuki (THE ASSASSINS by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, THE LITTLE HOUSE by Yohji Yamada, VILLAIN by Lee Sang-il ) and Hikari Mitsushima (HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI by Takashi Miike, LOVE EXPOSURE by Sion Sono) star as the reporter Tanaka and his troubled sister Mitsuko. A graduate of Łódź Film School and director of short films selected at New Directors, New Films and Sitges, Kei Ishikawa makes his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay by Kosuke Mukai (LINDA LINDA LINDA, MATSUGANE POTSHOT AFFAIR by Nobuhiro Yamashita), based on the Naoki Prize nominee novel Gukoroku by Tokuro Nukui. Office Kitano’s Makoto Kakurai produces with executive producers Masayuki Mori & Takio Yoshida (OUTRAGE BEYOND, HANA-BI by Takeshi Kitano). The crew includes director of photography Piotr Niemyjski (FOREIGN BODY by Krzysztof Zanussi) and casting director Takefumi Yoshikawa (Academy Award for Best Foreign Film DEPARTURES by Yojiro Takita). GUKOROKU - TRACES OF SIN was shot in selected locations around Tokyo in Spring 2016. Continued...
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Gigantic Series: Godzilla (1995) Model Kit from X-Plus

11 January, 2017 - 03:09
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD.
Product Info and High-Res Photos Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Gigantic Series event exclusive figure kit of Burning Godzilla from Toho's GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH (ゴジラvsデストロイア, Gojira Tai Desutoroia, 1995). Continued...
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Shin Godzilla Red Figure Kit from X-Plus and Kadokawa in March 2017

10 January, 2017 - 09:20
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Kadokawa Corporation Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their new collaboration with the publishing giant Kadokawa Corporation; a limited edition red color figure kit of Shin Godzilla. Continued...
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Groundbreaking Anime GHOST IN THE SHELL Returns To Theaters For Limited Engagement February 7 – 8, 2017

10 January, 2017 - 03:00
Major Motoko Kusanagi and Batou. © 1995 • 2008 Masamune Shirow /Kodansha Ltd./Bandai Visual Co. Ltd./Manga Entertainment Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters Source: Funimation Films, Lionsgate press release Official Site: funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto The GHOST IN THE SHELL (攻殻機動隊, Kookaku Kidootai) franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement. The original GHOST IN THE SHELL movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version. Continued...
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ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD Arrives Tomorrow

9 January, 2017 - 21:07
The Sunny Is Reaching Shore! Source: Funimation Films press releases Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecegold (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto
Image courtesy of Funimation Films. © Eiichiro Oda/ 2016 "One Piece" Production Committee
Toei Animation's ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD (ワンピースフィルムゴールド, Wan Piisu Firumu Goorudo) hits select theaters TOMORROW from Funimation Films. It's only playing until January 17th -- don't miss it! The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the ONE PIECE anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012. ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD has been a smash hit in Japan and has grossed more than $47.8 million at the box office -- making it the biggest ONE PIECE movie ever and the 6th highest grossing film of 2016. "We're confident that this film will create a new generation of fans for the franchise as well as grow the audience for its animated series," said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. "ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD is a new milestone for the world-wide phenomena that is ONE PIECE," said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. "We're pleased to add this film to our long history with the ONE PIECE franchise. Fans will not be disappointed when they see it in theaters." Continued...
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HONNOUJI HOTEL Info and High-Res Photos from Toho

8 January, 2017 - 20:17
Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: honnoji-hotel.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Theatrical poster, courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2017 "Honnouji Hotel" Production Committee
Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, HONNOUJI HOTEL (本能寺ホテル, Honnouji Hoteru). Described as "a spectacular epic inspired by one of the greatest mysteries in Japanese history", the film opens in Japanese cinemas on January 14. HONNOUJI HOTEL is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. Continued...
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Win the Korean Zombie Thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN on Blu-ray!

6 January, 2017 - 16:41
Win the critically-acclaimed, box office smash zombie apocalypse thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN on Blu-ray from Well Go USA! Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2016 Next Entertainment World & RedPeter Film
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Official Site: traintobusan.co.kr (South Korea), wellgousa.com/theatrical/train-to-busan (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the critically-acclaimed, zombie apocalypse thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN (부산행, Busanhaeng, 2016) on Blu-ray. Certified Fresh (96%) on Rotten Tomatoes, horror fans can take a harrowing TRAIN TO BUSAN, where a group of terrified passengers trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train must fight the zombie hordes from a countrywide viral outbreak to make it to their last bastion of refuge... or so everyone hopes. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MOVIE TRILOGY Blu-ray and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0083 Coming April 2017

6 January, 2017 - 08:44
Images courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming releases of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MOVIE TRILOGY on Blu-ray and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0083 on Blu-ray and DVD April 4, 2017. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Begin Ticket Sales for SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – Nationwide Theatrical Release

6 January, 2017 - 01:37
Ticket Sales to Begin January 6 on the Official Homepage Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sao-movie.net (Japan), sao-movie.net/us (US) Official Twitter: twitter.com/sao_anime Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Image courtesy of Electro 89. © 2016 Reki Kawahara/Published by KADOKAWA ASCII-MediaWorks/SAO MOVIE Project
Aniplex of America announced today that they will begin ticket sales for the upcoming nationwide theatrical release of the highly anticipated movie, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-), this Friday, January 6th, on their official homepage at 12:00 p.m. (PST). Aniplex of America, along with the film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS, will be kicking off their national release of this mega-hit animated feature on Thursday, March 9th with a special one-night Fathom Event. SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – will be distributed in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Continued...
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KUROKO’S BASKETBALL: LAST GAME Info and High-Res Images from Shochiku

5 January, 2017 - 14:02
Allen, Nick, Nash Gold Jr., Zach and Jason Silver are the arrogant American street basketball team, Jabberwock. Image courtesy of Shochiku Co. © Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha ・ Kuroko's Basketball Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: kurobas.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images for the upcoming anime film, KUROKO’S BASKETBALL: LAST GAME (劇場版 黒子のバスケ LAST GAME, Gekijooban Kuroko no Basuke Rasuto Geemu). The movie opens in Japan on March 18, 2017. Continued...
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Studio Ghibli’s THE RED TURTLE Comes to America

3 January, 2017 - 13:27
American theatrical trailer for the new Studio Ghibli film, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. © 2016 Studio Ghibli – Wild Bunch – Why Not Productions – Arte France Cinéma – CN4 Productions – Belvision – Nippon Television Network – Dentsu – Hakuhodo DYMP – Walt Disney Japan – Mitsubishi – Toho
Source: Sony Pictures Classics Official Movie Site: red-turtle.jp (Japan), sonyclassics.com/theredturtle (US) Distributor Sony Pictures Classics has provided information and images for the American release of Studio Ghibli’s latest film, THE RED TURTLE (LA TORTUE ROUGE), a co-production with Wild Bunch and Why Not Productions. The movie will open in New York and Los Angeles on January 20, 2017, with additional cities to be announced. Continued...
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Win a Signed Ultraman Movie Double Feature English Voice Cast Photo!

2 January, 2017 - 19:36
The voice cast for the Ultraman Movie Double Feature includes Paul Stanko (Musashi Haruno/Ultraman Cosmos), William Winckler (writer/producer/director/ Ultraman X), Nick Clark (Hikaru Raido/Ultraman Ginga) and Britain Simons (Daichi Ozora). Photo courtesy of William Winckler Productions.
Source: William Winckler Productions, Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Note: We ran into some trouble clearing the prize for yesterday's ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE contest so we're relaunching it with an alternative prize. We apologize for the inconvenience. Everyone who entered yesterday is automatically included in this Ultraman Movie Double Feature contest. For the first time, Ultraman movies will be screened at select theaters across the United States and Canada. Beginning this month, Tsuburaya Productions and distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc. will bring the two most recent films -- ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015) -- to cinemas as a double feature with all-new English language dubs by William Winckler Productions. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA Statues from Chikyu-Boueigun

2 January, 2017 - 06:52
Chikyu-Boueigun is releasing a 4 forms of Shin Godzilla statue set. Photo courtesy of Chikyu-Boueigun. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD.
Source: Chikyu-Boueigun (Japan) This March, Japanese kaiju product manufacturer Chikyu-Boueigun will offer two new Godzilla statue releases based on the creature designs from SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016). Continued...
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Win a Signed ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE English Dub Script!

1 January, 2017 - 09:03
Ultraman X stands with Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman in ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, coming this month to North American theaters! Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE ©2016 UX FILM PARTNERS
Source: William Winckler Productions, Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SciFi Japan kicks off 2017 with our first exclusive and first giveaway of the New Year! For the first time, Ultraman movies will be screened at select theaters across the United States and Canada. Beginning this month, Tsuburaya Productions and distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc. will bring the two most recent films -- ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015) -- to cinemas as a double feature with all-new English language dubs by William Winckler Productions. A list of booked theaters can be found here. In celebration of the theatrical release, William Winckler Productions is now offering SciFi Japan readers the chance to win a copy of the English dubbing screenplay for ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, signed by writer/producer/director (and English voice of Ultraman X) William Winckler. This one-of-a-kind item will make a unique addition to any Ultraman fan's collection! Continued...
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