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Ultraman 80 in New Google Commercial

30 July, 2014 - 13:10
Chromebook: For Students commercial with Ultraman 80. © 2014 Google
Official Site: Google Chrome Special Thanks to William Winckler Google has licensed Ultraman 80 from Tsuburaya Productions for their new TV/Broadband commercial promoting their latest globally launched ChromeBook model. The hero appears in the Chromebook: For Students spot (via footage from the classic ULTRAMAN 80 television series) shooting his trademark Super Edge attack to metaphorically "protect the laptop from a computer virus."
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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for October/November 2014

29 July, 2014 - 20:54
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
Bandai Figures and Collectibles to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for figures and collectibles coming from Bandai's Tamashii Nations in October and November 2014. Fans and collectors can purchase Bandai Tamashii Nations products from authorized Bluefin dealers, including SciFi Japan's sponsor Anime Jungle. Continued...
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Godzilla Encyclopedia: New 60th Anniversary Edition Now on Sale

29 July, 2014 - 13:22
Source: Kasakura Publishing
TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
In November 2004, the Japanese company Kasakura Publishing released Godzilla Encyclopedia, a 50th anniversary special edition with photos and information on the film series from the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) to GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira Tokyo Esu Oo Esu, 2003). Kasakura has now released a new 60th anniversary Godzilla Encyclopedia: New Edition (ゴジラ大事典【新装版】, Gojira Daijiten [Shinsoo-Ban]), updated by original author Kohei Nomura. Produced with the cooperation of Toho Co., Ltd., the book runs 400 pages, including 16 pages in full color. Author: Kohei Nomura Publisher: Kasakura Publishing Co., Ltd. Language: Japanese Size: A5 (21.2 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm) Pages: 400 ISBN: 978-4-7730-8725-3 Release Date: July 25, 2014 Price: ¥2,800 (Approximately $27.49 US)
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DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS Expanding to Additional Theaters August 5th

29 July, 2014 - 09:00
Image courtesy of courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © Bird Studio/ Shueisha. © "2013 Dragon Ball Z" Production Committee
FUNimation, Screenvision and Fathom Events Bring First New DRAGON BALL Z Film in 17 Years to the Big Screen Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dragonball2013.com (Japan), dragonballz.com/battleofgods (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Fathom Events has joined FUNimation Entertainment and Screenvision to bring Earth’s greatest heroes to the U.S. in DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS (ドラゴンボールZ 神と神, Doragon Booru Zetto: Kami to Kami, 2013). Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new DRAGON BALL Z feature film in 17 years when it comes to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning August 5. Continued...
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GODZILLA Week 11 Box Office: Update

28 July, 2014 - 15:45
© 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Latest Box Office Numbers from Warner Bros. and Toho Source: Rentrak Corporation, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian and Tom Molter Today Warner Bros. received from Toho the official Japanese weekend box office numbers for GODZILLA. The confirmed weekend results for GODZILLA in Japan came in roughly on par with Sunday’s forecast with a 3 day number of ¥683,500,000 (Approximately $6,709,860 US) and 460,000 admissions from 427 Toho screens. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN), Part 4 on DVD in October

28 July, 2014 - 09:39
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam-unicorn.net (Japan), gundamuc.rightstuf.com (US)
Cover art for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN), Part 4. Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. are pleased to announce MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN), Part 4 will be available on October 7, 2014. This DVD set will include episode 7, which concludes the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) (機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン), Kidoo Senshi Gandamu Yunikon) series. It features both English and Japanese audio, plus English and Spanish subtitles. On-disc extras will include The Story So Far, episode EX "One Hundred Years of Solitude", promotional videos, TV commercials and character highlights. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC is based upon the best-selling novel by Harutoshi Fukui (Aegis). The seven OVAs were originally released on Blu-Ray in Japan. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC features theatrical quality animation and the entire series is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, known for directing HHUNTER X HUNTER and LE CHEVALIER D’EON. Yasuyuki Muto is the writer and music is provided by the talented Hiroyuki Sawano. Continued...
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GODZILLA Week 11 Box Office Report: Godzilla’s Triumphant Homecoming

27 July, 2014 - 16:10
GODZILLA dominated the box office in Japan this weekend. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 27, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation, Warner Bros. Entertainment Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian and Tom Molter GODZILLA stomped into Japan this weekend, dominating the market at #1 with an outstanding 3 day projected gross of ¥704,000,000 (Approximately $6.95 million US). The film was screened in both 2D and 3D with English subtitled or Japanese dubbed options, drawing over 481,000 admissions from 427 Toho Cinemas screens. Continued...
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Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah Announced for GODZILLA Sequels

26 July, 2014 - 16:29
"Let Them Fight!" Godzilla will be joined by some old friends and foes in the sequels to Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA. © TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Legendary Pictures Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Legendary Pictures thrilled Godzilla fans at San Diego Comic-Con today with the announcement that Toho favorites Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah would be returning to the big screen in sequels to the new GODZILLA from Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull was on hand to break the news and screen new “classified Monarch footage” teasing the monsters. Continued...
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New GODZILLA Blu-ray and DVD Advertisement from Warner Bros.

26 July, 2014 - 12:34
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Home Video Editions Street September 16th Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided a new advertisement for their Blu-ray and DVD release of GODZILLA, coming September 16th. For more information of the various home video formats and editions, please see SciFi Japan's report with cover art and specs. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses MOMOKYUN SWORD

26 July, 2014 - 07:21
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: momokyun.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Kibidango Project
Big things come in small packages, but no one expected anything quite like Momo in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, MOMOKYUN SWORD (モモキュンソード, Momo Kyun Soodo, 2014). This comedy adventure series is directed by Shinsuke Yanagi (A CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN, RO-KYU-BU! SS) with series composition by Tsuyoshi Tamai (LADIES VS. BUTLERS!, STRIKE WITCHES), art direction by Chikako Shibata (AZUMANGA DAIOH, KINMOZA!) and animation production by Project No. 9 (RO-KYU-BU!) and Tri-Slash (YOWAMUSHI PEDAL). It was written in the stars the day Momoko came down the river, floating inside a giant peach found by an old childless couple. Although her fate might not yet be known to her, she was brought to this village to defend it. Now that she is all grown up, Momoko is prepared to fight. And while she might not be the sharpest sword in the sheath... what she lacks in smarts, she makes up for with her unwavering determination! MOMOKYUN SWORD will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. Continued...
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S.H. Figuarts: “INJUSTICE Ver.” Batman and Joker

26 July, 2014 - 02:01
Photos courtesy of Bluefin. TM & © DC Comics
Bandai Figures to be Sold in Japan and America Starting November 2014 Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim What better way to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary than with ambitiously awesome Batman and Joker action figures from Japan’s premium collectors label -- Bandai Tamashii Nations? Available only as Tamashii Web exclusives in Asia, these action figures have been made specially available for fans in North America by distributor Bluefin Corp. Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA: Godzilla in Yokosuka/第20話・EXTRA 「ゴジラが横須賀へ!」

24 July, 2014 - 19:00
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE In this episode of SciFi JAPAN TV: EXTRA, we take a more in-depth look at the special GODZILLA screening in Yokosuka, Japan hosted by Monster Attack Team magazine, as featured in last week's episode of SciFi JAPAN TV. The event saw original Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima return to the Yokosuka base where he served during World War 2 to share some wartime stories and enjoy the new GODZILLA movie with the troops. Continued...
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Artworks of Yasushi Torisawa -The Attack of Toho Monsters-

24 July, 2014 - 12:09
Cover art for the new book, Artworks of Yasushi Torisawa -The Attack of Toho Monsters-. TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 Yasushi Torisawa
Source: Hobby Japan Hobby Japan will release Artworks of Yasushi Torisawa -The Attack of Toho Monsters- (酉澤安施画集 東宝怪獣大進撃!, Torisawa Yasushi Gashuu Toho Kaijuu Daishingeki!) in Japan on July 26th. Continued...
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November 2014 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

24 July, 2014 - 08:19
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
LOG HORIZON Available November 25th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its November slate of releases; including the swords and sorcery series LOG HORIZON which will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Additional releases for October include the HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD/Blu-ray Combo; DVD and Blu-ray editions of I COULDN’T BECOME A HERO SO I RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO GET A JOB, AMAGAMI SS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and MY MENTAL CHOICES ARE COMPLETELY INTERFERING WITH MY SCHOOL ROMANTIC COMEDY; TARI TARI, HIDAMARI SKETCH x HOSHIMITTSU, STELLA WOMEN’S ACADEMY and NATSUYUKI RENDEZVOUS on Blu-ray; and JEWEL BEM HUNTER LIME on DVD. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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GURREN LAGANN to Debut on Toonami in August

24 July, 2014 - 02:25
Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: gurren-lagann.net (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/gurrenlagann (US) Special Thanks to E.J. Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © GAINAX, KAZUKI NAKASHIMA / Aniplex, KDE-J, TV TOKYO, DENTSU
Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced that the legendary TV anime series GURREN LAGANN (天元突破グレンラガン, Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan, 2007) will debut on Adult Swim’s TOONAMI Saturday line-up this August. The first episode will premiere on August 16th at 2:00am EST. From the SAME team that brought us KILL la KILL, GURREN LAGANN comes from the genius minds of Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Script Writer/Series Composition Kazuki Nakashima. In response to its global popularity, the series was also adapted into two full-length films, GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE -CHILDHOOD'S END- (劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 紅蓮篇, Gekijooban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Gurren-Hen, 2008) and GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE -THE LIGHTS IN THE SKY ARE STARS- (劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 螺巌篇, Gekijooban Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann Lagann-Hen, 2009). Aniplex of America re-released the GURREN LAGANN TV Series on home video last year featuring both the original Japanese and English dub which features many popular voice actors such as Yuri Lowenthal (as Simon), Kyle Hebert (as Kamina) and Michelle Ruff (as Yoko). This past July, Aniplex of America also released the GURREN LAGANN Movies in a Double Feature Blu-ray Set (Japanese Language only with English subtitles). Continued...
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GODZILLA Week 10 Box Office Report

23 July, 2014 - 09:22
© 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 20, 2014 Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Official Site: Godzillamovie.com This past weekend saw some box office improvement for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA. After opening in 3,952 theaters on May 16th, the numbers had fallen to a low of 303 locations by the July 11-13 weekend. But this weekend saw a slight expansion to 326 as GODZILLA began the transition from first-run cinemas to secondary and "discount" theaters where it will finish out its run before the Blu-ray and DVD release on September 16th. Continued...
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PIFAN Godzilla Anniversary Program Update

22 July, 2014 - 22:59
A selection of Godzilla movies are now playing at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Photo courtesy of PIFAN. © 1989 Toho Co., Ltd.
Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival As previously reported, The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea is screening seven Godzilla films, including the 1954 original, for its special 60th anniversary program this month. Continued...
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Multiple GODZILLA Blu-ray and DVD Editions Coming from Warner Bros.

21 July, 2014 - 19:21
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release several different Blu-ray and DVD Editions of GODZILLA. Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Home Video Editions Street September 16th Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Alyssa Some, Gemma Cacho and Emily Zalenski Nature controls man, not the other way around, in GODZILLA arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on September 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An epic action adventure directed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS), Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA is the long-awaited big screen return of the King of the Monsters. Continued...
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SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Two 2199 Movies

21 July, 2014 - 14:41
Trailers for the SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 theatrical feature films VOYAGE OF RECOLLECTION and ARK OF THE STARS. Video courtesy of Shochiku. © 2012 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Committee
Information Compiled by: Tim Eldred, Cosmo DNA Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: yamato2199.net The classic anime SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (宇宙戦艦ヤマト, Uchuu Senkan Yamato) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a variety of events, exhibitions and merchandising plus two theatrical features based on the recent SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 series. Continued...
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Japanese Edition of Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization to be Released July 25th

21 July, 2014 - 08:04
Source: Kadokawa Shoten
Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Shoten. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC.
On the same day the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures opens in Japan, publisher Kadokawa Shoten will release the film's novelization, ゴジラ, through their Kadokawa Bunko imprint. The book is the Japanese language edition of the American book, Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization, written by Greg Cox (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises novels) from the screenplay by Max Borenstein and story by David Callaham. Cox's novel has been translated by Akira Katagiri (Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography) for the Japanese release. Promoted as the "latest Hollywood Godzilla, which pays homage to the original version of 1954", GODZILLA pits Toho’s iconic monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten mankind's very existence. Continued...
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