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GODZILLA RESURGENCE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho

14 June, 2016 - 00:00
Direct from Toho, SciFi Japan has high-res images from GODZILLA RESURGENCE. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Press Notes and Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from their upcoming film, GODZILLA RESURGENCE (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira). We are pleased to share a mix of images -- some new, some previously released -- in larger sizes and higher quality than has been seen before. Continued...
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More X-Plus USA GODZILLA SERIES Figures from Diamond in 2017

13 June, 2016 - 12:16
Godzilla 1989 and 1991 figures sculpted by Yuji Sakai are coming from X-Plus USA in 2017. Photo courtesy of John Stanowski. © TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Additional Figures from Sculptor Yuji Sakai Source: Diamond Comic Distributors, X-Plus Co., Ltd. Additional Material: John Stanowski / Kaiju Addicts Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Hot on the heels of their recently announced GODZILLA 12IN SERIES 2016-17 lineup, Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed two more figures for 2017. The new additions are sculpted by Yuji Sakai, the artist renowned for his work on the Toho films as well as hugely popular collectibles including model kits, statues, toys, books and the S.H. MonsterArts line. SciFi Japan has Diamond's product information for these new X-Plus USA Godzilla figures, along with -- as always -- exclusive high-res photos courtesy of X-Plus Japan. Continued...
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KAMEN RIDER GHOST THE MOVIE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toei

12 June, 2016 - 13:07
Kamen Rider Dark Ghost crosses Gan Gun Sabers with Kamen Rider Ghost in Toei's KAMEN RIDER GHOST THE MOVIE. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © “Ghost · Zyuohger” Movie Production Committee © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK · Toei © 2016 TV Asahi · Toei AG · Toei
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: ghost-zyuohger.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This past week, new photos and promotional artwork for the upcoming KAMEN RIDER GHOST / ZYUOHGER THE MOVIE double feature were released to Japanese media outlets and subsequently reposted by fan sites. SciFi Japan now has larger, high-res versions of those images direct from Toei... plus additional photos not available elsewhere! Continued...
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X-Plus USA GODZILLA SERIES 2016/2017 Lineup from Diamond

11 June, 2016 - 12:19
Photo courtesy of John Stanowski. © TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors, X-Plus Co., Ltd. Additional Material: John Stanowski / Kaiju Addicts Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi, Gee Okamoto, Kazuma Matsubara and Zach Oat A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Diamond Comic Distributors will distribute several Godzilla figures from X-Plus USA following their current wave of GODZILLA KAIJU 12IN SERIES monsters. The first new figure is scheduled for November 2016. SciFi Japan has Diamond's product information for X-Plus USA’s 2016-17 lineup, along with exclusive high-res photos of the figures, courtesy of X-Plus Japan. Continued...
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New IDW Godzilla Trade Paperback Exclusive Previews

10 June, 2016 - 19:01
SciFi Japan previews the trade paperback collections, Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 and Godzilla Treasury Edition, coming next week from IDW. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE IDW Publishing has provided SciFi Japan with previews of their new Godzilla trade paperback collections, Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 and Godzilla Treasury Edition. Both volumes will be available from comic shops and retailers on June 15th. Continued...
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Assassination Classroom Manga Creator To Appear At 2016 NY Comic Con

10 June, 2016 - 12:55
VIZ Media and Japan Society Welcome Best-Selling Manga Creator to NYCC for Events and Autograph Sessions Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
ANSATSU KYOSHITSU © 2012 Yusei Matsui/SHUEISHA Inc
ReedPOP, the world's leading producer of pop culture events, today announced that author and artist of Assassination Classroom (暗殺教室, Ansatsu Kyoshitsu), Yusei Matsui, will be appearing at New York Comic Con this October for events and Autograph Sessions. Matsui is appearing at NYCC in partnership with VIZ Media, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution and global entertainment licensing, and the Japan Society, a nonprofit cross-cultural institution in New York. One of the most popular and best-selling manga series in the United States, Assassination Classroom is a humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher -- an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength. The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth -- unless his students can destroy him first. Making matters even more complicated, he turns out to be the best teacher they have ever had! The series is a consistent New York Times bestseller, with each volume released appearing on the list during the first few weeks of publication. The series has also been adapted as an anime that airs in Japan and North America, as well as well as two live-action films. Continued...
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New ULTRAMAN ORB Ultra Fusion Cards and Collectibles from Bandai

9 June, 2016 - 05:27
Photo courtesy of Bandai Co. © Tsuburaya Pro © Ultraman Orb Production Committee ・ TV Tokyo
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions' new ULTRAMAN ORB (ウルトラマンオーブ, Urutoraman Oobu) series continues the recent trend of tying the Ultraman shows directly to products and merchandising from Bandai. Continued...
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Studio Ghibli’s ONLY YESTERDAY Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD

8 June, 2016 - 16:42
ONLY YESTERDAY, the acclaimed film from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, will be released on home video in North America July 5th. Images courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. © 1991 Hotaru Okamoto – Yuko Tone – Studio Ghibli – NH
Source: Source: GKIDS Inc., Universal Studios Home Entertainment Official Movie Site: gkids.com/films/only-yesterday (US) Studio Ghibli’s ONLY YESTERDAY (おもひでぽろぽろ, Omoide Poro Poro, 1991) comes to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in North America from GKIDS and Universal Studios Home Entertainment on October 6th. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Announces CHARLOTTE English Dub and Product Release Details

8 June, 2016 - 12:44
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © VisualArt's/Key/Charlotte Project
Key’s Second Original Anime to Receive English Dub and Home Release Official Site: charlotte-anime.jp (Japan), charlotteanime.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum At their industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas, Aniplex of America announced their plans to dub and release the popular anime series CHARLOTTE (シャーロット, Shaarotto, 2015) on Blu-ray this August. The all-star creative team of Jun Maeda (Original Story/Screenplay), Na-Ga (Original Character Design), and P.A. Works (Animation) reunited five years after making the hit anime ANGEL BEATS! to create this completely original anime series. Volume 1 is scheduled for release on August 16th and Volume 2 on November 15th. Continued...
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Win THE MIDNIGHT AFTER on DVD!

8 June, 2016 - 05:59
16 strangers on a bus. An apocalyptic accident. Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland
Image courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2014 Golden Scene Company Ltd.
Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the critically-acclaimed, end-of-the-world satire THE MIDNIGHT AFTER (那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅van, Na ye ling san ngor jor seung liu wongkok hoi wong daibo dik hung van, 2014) on DVD. Innovative Director Fruit Chan (MADE IN HONG KONG, DURIAN DURIAN) seamlessly blends a variety of genres -- including mystery, thriller, sci-fi and comedy -- in the film, with Variety’s Maggie Lee noting that “Fruit Chan bends genre like it’s putty in his hands, distilling the macabre from the everyday and making the apocalyptic seem absurdly matter-of-fact.” In Hong Kong, a group of 16 people on a city bus emerge from a tunnel to find the entire population of the city has vanished. Based on a cult internet novel Lost on a Minibus to Taipo by “Mr. Pizza,” the film follows the eclectic group as they deal with horrific discovery. Continued...
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Bandai Launches ULTRAMAN ORB Figure Line

7 June, 2016 - 12:00
Photos courtesy of Bandai Co. © Tsuburaya Pro © Ultraman Orb Production Committee ・ TV Tokyo
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) In conjunction with the July debut of Tsuburaya Productions' new series, ULTRAMAN ORB (ウルトラマンオーブ, Urutoraman Oobu), the Japanese toy company Bandai will introduce their line of figures based on the show. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Host SWORD ART ONLINE Festival at Anime Expo 2016

6 June, 2016 - 23:17
Event will Feature All-Star English Cast and Exclusive Entertainment to Celebrate the Upcoming Movie in 2017 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: swordart-online.net (Japan), SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki and Alex Crum
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © REKI KAWAHARA/ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO Project © 2014 REKI KAWAHARA/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAOII Project
Aniplex of America is proud to announce that they will be hosting the SWORD ART ONLINE Festival at this year’s Anime Expo to celebrate the worldwide release of 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-) in 2017. This exclusive event will be on July 2nd, 2016, (Day 2 of the convention) in Petree Hall (Live Programming 1) and features 11 members of the English dub cast from the series including: Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito), Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Cassandra Lee Morris (Leafa), Stephanie Sheh (Yui), Michelle Ruff (Sinon), Ben Diskin (Death Gun), Christine Cabanos (Silica), Sarah Williams (Lisbeth), Patrick Seitz (Agil), Kirk Thornton (Klein) and Erica Mendez (Yuuki) along with Alex von David (ADR Script Writer/Director) as the MC. Aniplex of America has also confirmed that they will be welcoming some secret guests who will only be revealed at the event. Continued...
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Additional ONE-PUNCH MAN Product Partners Announced

6 June, 2016 - 18:12
A Variety Of High Quality Consumer Products Based On The Smash Hit Anime/Manga Action Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: onepunchman-anime.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
© ONE, Yusuke Murata/SHUEISHA, Hero Association HQ
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, continues to expand consumer product licenses for the hit anime/manga action property, ONE-PUNCH MAN (ワンパンマン, Wanpanman). The One-Punch Man manga series has become one of the most popular graphic novel titles in North America and is regularly on literary bestseller lists such as the New York Times and Nielsen BookScan, while the anime counterpart is watched by millions of fans online. VIZ Media will showcase ONE-PUNCH MAN among its extensive catalog of multimedia properties at the upcoming 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, NV. As the fan base for ONE-PUNCH MAN continues to expand across multiple key demographics throughout North America, the property will be well-supported by a diverse range of consumer products beginning later this year. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Announces THE ASTERISK WAR English Dub and Product Release Details

6 June, 2016 - 05:37
Images courtesy of Aniplex of America. © 2015 Yuu Miyazaki, PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION / Asterisk Project
Popular Anime Adaptation Slated to Receive English Dub and Home Release Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: asterisk-war.com (Japan), AsteriskWar.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas their plans to dub and release the first season of THE ASTERISK WAR (学戦都市アスタリスク, Gakusen Toshi Asutarisuku, 2015) on Blu-ray starting this September. This anime series based on the hit light novel by Yuu Miyazaki will be released in two volumes, with limited and standard editions available for both. Volume 1 is scheduled for release on September 20th and Volume 2 on November 22nd of this year. Continued...
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ERASED: Tatsuya Fujiwara Stars in Manga Adaptation

5 June, 2016 - 04:45
Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kasumi Arimura co-star in ERASED. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © 2016 "ERASED" Film Partners
Information, Trailer and High-Res Photos from Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures Inc. Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/bokumachi (Japan) Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara -- internationally known for his performances in the BATTLE ROYALE (バトル・ロワイアル, Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000) and DEATH NOTE (デスノート, Desu Noto, 2006) films -- stars in ERASED (僕だけがいない街, Bokudake ga Inai Machi), the live-action adaptation of the hit manga by Kei Sanbe. The movie was released by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan on March 19th and is now being offered to foreign distributors by Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures Inc. Continued...
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TWISTED JUSTICE: Press Notes for New Toei/Nikkatsu Crime Film

4 June, 2016 - 06:27
Cops become criminals in the new film TWISTED JUSTICE from Toei and Nikkatsu. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2016 "Twisted Justice" Film Partners
World Premiere at NYAFF Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Nikkatsu Corporation Official Movie Site: nichiwaru.com (Japan) The Worst Cops in Japan! Ever since his major film debut with THE DEVIL’S PATH (凶悪, Kyoaku, 2013) starring Takayuki Yamada, swept domestic film awards, director Kazuya Shiraishi has been receiving offers of various film projects. Shiraishi, who is from Hokkaido, has been warming his plans for making TWISTED JUSTICE (日本で一番悪い奴ら, Nihon De Ichiban Warui Yatsura), a film based on the 'Inaba Case', an actual case which occurred in Hokkaido in 2002, and called the biggest scandal in Japan’s police history. Continued...
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New ONE-PUNCH MAN Consumer Products On The Way

4 June, 2016 - 00:31
Multiple Licenses Granted Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: onepunchman-anime.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
© ONE, Yusuke Murata/SHUEISHA, Hero Association HQ
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced several notable new product licensing partners for the hit anime/manga action property, ONE-PUNCH MAN (ワンパンマン, Wanpanman). The announcement comes ahead of VIZ Media’s participation at the upcoming 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, NV later this month and positions ONE-PUNCH MAN for penetration into the substantial North American consumer market. The manga series is widely read and featured regularly on literary bestseller lists such as the New York Times and Nielsen BookScan, while the anime counterpart is watched by millions of fans online. The new product partners cover a diverse array of consumer categories including apparel, collectible figures, posters, and other personal accessories. Partners include Ata-Boy, Inc., Bioworld Merchandising, Inc., Great Eastern Entertainment, Isaac Morris Limited, and Trends International LLC. Products from these companies are carried by some of the nation’s leading retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, FYE, Game Stop, Hot Topic, JC Penny’s Target, and Walgreens. Continued...
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Gigantic Series: Godzilla 2001 Illuminated Dorsal Fins Ver. from X-Plus and Bandai Premium in September 2016

2 June, 2016 - 17:00
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their latest collaboration with Bandai; a new version of the Gigantic Series: Godzilla 2001 from GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃, Gojira Mosura Kingu Gidora: Daikaijuu Sookoogeki). Continued...
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PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA TV Series Blu-ray Box Set from Aniplex of America

2 June, 2016 - 07:33
The Magical Girls Return in a Complete Box Set for the First Time Source: Aniplex of America Official Site: madoka-magica.com (Japan), MadokaMagicaUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki and Alex Crum
*Artwork not final. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS
Aniplex of America recently announced their plans to release the PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ, Maho Shojo Madoka Magika, 2011) TV series in a complete Blu-ray Box Set this summer. The set will include all 12 episodes along with various bonus contents and materials. Since its streaming debut in 2012, this will be the first time a complete box set has seen a domestic release. Pre-orders have begun on the official U.S. homepage). The release date is currently set to August 23rd, 2016. Continued...
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GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK Coming September 2016

1 June, 2016 - 18:25
Images courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming releases of GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK. Both titles will be available on Blu-ray and DVD September 6, 2016. Continued...
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