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Horror Game Adaptation ZERO THE MOVIE Opens in Japan

24 September, 2014 - 12:29
Production Info, trailer and Hugh-Res Photos from Kadokawa Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: zero-movie.jp (Japan)
Japanese poster courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. © 2014 "Zero The Movie" Film Partners
This week, Kadokawa Pictures will release ZERO THE MOVIE (劇場版 零~ゼロ~, Gekijooban Rei ~Zero~) in theaters across Japan. The film is an adaptation of the novel Rei ~Zero~ Onnanoko Dake ga Kakaru Noroi by Eiji Otsuka, author of MPD Psycho (多重人格探偵サイコ, Tajuu-Jinkaku Tantei Saiko, 1997) and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (黒鷺死体宅配便, Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin, 2002), and is based on the hit horror video game series FATAL FRAME (known as ZERO in Japan) that has sold more than 1.3 million copies. Kadokawa is promoting the movie as "the birth of unprecedented paranormal mystery." ZERO THE MOVIE is directed by Mari Asato. Asato studied under director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, PULSE) and writer Hiroshi Takahashi (THE RING), and has helmed the horror films JU-ON: BLACK GHOST (呪怨 黒い少女,Ju-on: Kuroi Shoujo, 2009) and BILOCATION (バイロケーション, Bairokeeshon, 2013). Continued...
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Burning Godzilla Bank and Godzilla Metal Bottle Opener from Diamond Select Toys

24 September, 2014 - 02:00
Photos courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2014 Diamond Select Toys. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat The future is now! By which we mean that a bunch of future releases from Diamond Select Toys are now up for pre-order from your local comic shop or specialty retailer! This month's limeup includes a new Burning Godzilla Bank and a Classic Godzilla Metal Bottle Opener. Read on for details, and pre-order today at your local comic shop! Continued...
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Win GODZILLA 2015 Wall Calendar from Trends International!

23 September, 2014 - 07:00
Win the GODZILLA 2015 Wall Calendar from Trends International! Photo courtesy of Trends International. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Source: Trends International Special Thanks to Michelle Kesler and Samantha Cameron Trends International is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their GODZILLA 2015 Wall Calendar. Measuring 11.5″ x 11.5″ (closed), this Premium Wall Calendar feature 13 dazzling images from the 2014 movie GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Also included are Moon phases and national holidays, plus a bonus page for September – December 2014 at-a-glance. The suggested retail price is $14.99, but here is your chance to get the GODZILLA Calendar for free! Continued...
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Fantastic Adventures Await in POKÉMON BW: ADVENTURES IN UNOVA Set 1 DVD

23 September, 2014 - 03:32
Ash, Pikachu and Their New Friends in the Latest POKÉMON Anime DVD Box Set Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 Pokémon. © 1997-2012 Nintendo, Creatures, GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces that Pokémon fans will embark on an exciting adventure through the Unova region where they will meet their favorite Pokémon when the home media release of POKÉMON BW: ADVENTURES IN UNOVA DVD SET 1 launches on September 23rd. POKÉMON BW: ADVENTURES IN UNOVA DVD SET 1 features more than 9 hours of animated fun contained on 4 discs. The new set is rated ‘TV-V7’ (for Viewers Over the Age of 7) and will carry an MSRP of $26.95 U.S. / $31.98 CAN. In BW: ADVENTURES IN UNOVA, Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan have foiled Team Rocket's latest evil plan, and a new danger lurks on the horizon! But first, with eight Gym badges in hand, Ash is ready to take on the region's ultimate challenge: the Unova League, where he'll face familiar rivals and new opponents in his ongoing quest to become a Pokémon Master! Meanwhile, Iris has been having some trouble connecting with her powerful and stubborn Dragonite -- can a visit home to the Village of Dragons help sort things out for the aspiring Dragon Master? And what exciting new adventures await our heroes beyond the Unova League? The answers will come as the journey continues! Continued...
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Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Figures Available Wednesday

22 September, 2014 - 13:11
Three X-Plus Toho 12” Series vinyl figures and a Godzilla Millennium Sofubi will be released in the United States for the first time. Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1962, 1968, 1972, 1999, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
New X-Plus and Marmit Vinyl Paradise Figures from PREVIEWS Source: Diamond Comic Distributors press release Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland Three PREVIEWS Exclusive Toho 12” Godzilla Vinyl Figures are available in comic shops this Wednesday, September 24 in addition to an exclusive Godzilla Millennium Sofubi. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Release GURREN LAGANN TV Series on Blu-ray

22 September, 2014 - 05:22
Contents of the GURREN LAGANN Blu-ray Volume 1 Set. Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © GAINAX, KAZUKI NAKASHIMA / Aniplex, KDE-J, TV TOKYO, DENTSU
Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: gurren-lagann.net (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/gurrenlagannbd (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera and Joanna Metoki At their industry panel at Nan Desu Kan in Denver, Colorado, Aniplex of America Inc. announced that the GURREN LAGANN (天元突破グレンラガン, Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan, 2007) television series will be released on Blu-ray. Previously only available as part of the GURREN LAGANN BD Set (Import), the TV series will now be available in a domestic Blu-ray release. Continued...
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A LETTER TO MOMO Arrives On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and VOD October 21st

21 September, 2014 - 12:52
On October 21, Hiroyuki Okiura's A LETTER TO MOMO will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD in North America. Images courtesy of Cinedigm. © 2012 "A Letter to Momo" Film Partners © 2014 Cinedigm Entertainment Corp.
From the Creators of GHOST IN THE SHELL and PATLABOR and the Director of JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE Source: Cinedigm, GKIDS Inc., Bender/Helper Impact Official Website: momo-letter.jp (Japan), gkids.tv/momo (US) Special Thanks to Geovani Rocha “Hiroyuki Okiura brings a dash of magic to this modern-day story” (Variety) when A LETTER TO MOMO (ももへの手紙, Momo e no Tegami, 2012) arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and VOD October 21 from GKIDS, in conjunction with Cinedigm. An official selection in the Toronto Int’l Film Festival and a Grand Prize Winner in the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the A LETTER TO MOMO Blu-ray and DVD includes an English dub voice over and native Japanese bonus audio tracks, as well as English subtitles. Continued...
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World Trigger Doubles the Fun With Manga Vol. 1 & 2 Debut

21 September, 2014 - 08:33
Images courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2013 by Daisuke Ashihara/SHUEIHSA Inc.
VIZ Media Launches New Sci-Fi Action Series in Print and Digitally on October 7th 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, announces the print and digital launch of creator Daisuke Ashihara’s thrilling sci-fi action manga series -- World Trigger (ワールドトリガー, Waarudo Torigaa) -- in a dedicated graphic novel format on October 7th. The series is currently being serialized chapter-by-chapter SIMULTANEOUS to Japan in the pages of the digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump. Continued...
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TOKYO TRIBE: Director Sion Sono Interview at “L’Étrange Festival 2014″

20 September, 2014 - 12:34
Director Sion Sono talks about TOKYO TRIBE and his other films. Photo courtesy of Frédéric Ambroisine.
Interviewer: Fabien Mauro Translator: Miyako Slocombe Special Thanks to Sion Sono, Xavier Fayet and Diane Malherbe (L’Étrange Festival), Frédéric Ambroisine L’Étrange Festival Official Website: etrangefestival.com/2014 (English) Sion Sono has become one of the most internationally acclaimed directors from Japan today. His latest film, TOKYO TRIBE (トウキョウ トライブ, Tokyo Toraibu), made its European Premiere on September 8th at the 20th edition of L’Étrange Festival at Le Forum des Images in Paris. Following the screening, Sion Sono spoke with interviewer Fabien Mauro to reveal some secrets behind the making of his new cinematic achievement, discuss aspects of his previous films and tease some new projects to come. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Details OTORIMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set

20 September, 2014 - 08:05
Contents of the OTORIMONOGATARI Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © NISIOISIN/KODANSHA, ANIPLEX, SHAFT
The Third Arc of the “Monogatari Series Second Season” to be Released on Blu-ray this October Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: monogatari-series.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/monogatarisecondseason (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera At their industry panel at Nan Desu Kan in Denver, Colorado, Aniplex of America Inc. announced the details of their release of OTORIMONOGATARI (囮物語), the third arc to the MONOGATARI SERIES SECOND SEASON (<物語>シリーズ セカンドシーズン, <Monogatari> Shiriizu Sekandoshiizun, 2013). Following their release of KABUKIMONOGATARI on August 26th, the OTORIMONOGATARI arc will be released in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Set on October 28th. Pre-orders for this product have begun on the official homepage. Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16 Exclusive Preview

19 September, 2014 - 14:00
Godzilla has a sense of déjà vu in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16, 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 five pages from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16. The issue -- which brings an epic conclusion to the current story arc -- will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, September 24th. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV #27: Tokyo SOS Director / 第27話『東京SOSの監督』

18 September, 2014 - 19:00
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Masaaki Tezuka, director of GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (ゴジラxメガギラス, Gojira tai Megagirasu, 2000), GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラxメカゴジラ, Gojira x Mekagojira, 2002) and GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラxモスラxメカゴジラ東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mechagodzilla Toukyou SOS, 2003), talks about his work on the Godzilla series in this exclusive interview for SciFi JAPAN TV! Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for November 2014

18 September, 2014 - 12:10
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Aribunta, Garamon, Alien Cool, Ultraman Tiga and Zoffy © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late November 2014. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Acquires YOUR LIE IN APRIL for Fall Season

18 September, 2014 - 06:54
The Award-winning Story’s Anime Adaptation to Begin Streaming this October Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: kimiuso.jp (Japan), YourlieinApril.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Naoshi Arakawa, Kodansha/Your lie in April Committee
Aniplex of America, Inc. recently announced at their industry panel at Nan Desu Kan (Denver, CO.) that they have acquired YOUR LIE IN APRIL (四月は君の嘘, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, 2014), one of this Fall season’s most highly anticipated anime series. This romantic drama series will begin its simulcast schedule this October and will be available for fans to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service and Crunchyroll. The start date and time of the streaming schedule will be announced at a later date. Aniplex of America has also launched their official English homepage YourlieinApril.com where fans can enjoy details on this upcoming series, including detailed character descriptions and an English subtitled trailer. YOUR LIE IN APRIL is an anime adaptation of the original manga series created by the author Naoshi Arakawa and is currently serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine since 2011. The series has won the 37th Annual Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Manga for Young Male category in 2013. A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE, BLUE EXORCIST, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC) will be responsible for the animation production. Continued...
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VIZ Media Manga to be Showcased at International Pop Culture and Comic Conventions

18 September, 2014 - 03:45
Logo courtesy of VIZ Media. © VIZ Media
Simon & Schuster UK to Feature VIZ Titles in India and London; Madman at Major Shows Across Australia and New Zealand Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, expands its global footprint as it collaborates with key multi-national distribution partners to showcase the company’s manga properties at several upcoming high-profile international comics and pop culture conventions taking place in markets eager for high quality, officially licensed English manga content. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Vol. 4 TPB and Godzilla: Cataclysm #5 for December 2014

17 September, 2014 - 12:54
Left to Right: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 4 TPB, Godzilla: Cataclysm #5. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer and Rosalind Morehead IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 4 TPB, and the final issue of the five part mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm. All three publications are coming to comic book shops and retailers in December 2014. Continued...
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SKIT! Creative App Takes on Godzilla

17 September, 2014 - 02:00
Image courtesy of SKIT! GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Create Fun Animated Shorts of the World's Most Famous Monster Source: SKIT! Official Site: skitapp.com/godzilla Special Thanks to Curt Blakeney SKIT!, the smart phone and tablet app that creates fun animated shorts, is going toe to claw with Godzilla, the legendary mutated reptile. On September 16th, Warner Bros. released the Blu-ray version of the blockbuster 2014 movie GODZILLA and also released the movie’s skitable assets -- including Godzilla, backgrounds, props fx, and more -- for the community to create with via the SKIT! story app. Continued...
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Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla (2014) Maquette Now on Sale!

16 September, 2014 - 16:42
Sideshow Collectibles is now taking orders for their Godzilla (2014) maquette. Photo courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Source: Sideshow Collectibles Special Thanks to Tara Duffy Just in time for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the visionary 2014 sci-fi action film presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Sideshow is proud to unleash the world’s most revered monster -- Godzilla! Designed and developed using original digital assets from the film, Godzilla arrives in all of his glory with awe-inspiring accuracy and detail. Dominating over a landscape reduced to rubble with his atomic roar, don’t miss your chance to bring home the big-screen behemoth with this epic work of art, a perfect tribute to the King of the Monsters! Continued...
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Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 Preview

16 September, 2014 - 02:00
Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 will be available from comic book shops and retailers on September 17th. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer and Rosalind Morehead The second issue IDW's latest Godzilla mini-series -- Godzilla: Cataclysm -- will be released this week. An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught? Continued...
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Godzilla Sofubi Take Over in September

15 September, 2014 - 13:07
MEDICOM Toy’s Godzilla Vinyl Wars Godzilla 1962 Sofubi, Gigan Sofubi and Bear Model Godzilla 1974 Sofubi figures. Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1962, 1972, 1974, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Diamond Offers New Soft Vinyl Figures Source: Diamond Comic Distributors press release Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland MEDICOM Toy Corporation rolls out another line of Sofubi with three new Godzilla Vinyl Wars (GVW) Figures and an exclusive Spider-Man soft vinyl figure available for fans to pre-order from the September PREVIEWS catalog. These imported exclusives are scheduled to release in comic book specialty shops in January and February 2015. Continued...
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