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Godzilla Collectibles from April 2016 Diamond Previews

9 April, 2016 - 09:55
Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Danielle Szarka Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new Godzilla items available in comic book shops beginning May 2016. These Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's April edition of the Previews Catalog, on sale now. Continued...
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2 April, 2016 - 02:51
Director Leste Chen Returns to His Mystery-Thriller Roots Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas
Image courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2014 Wanda Media Ltd.
Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win director Leste Chen's (DOOMSDAY REVERSE, THE HEIRLOOM) mystery-thriller THE GREAT HYPNOTIST (催眠大師, Cuīmián Dàshī, 2014) on DVD. Starring Chinese Superstar Zheng Xu (LOST IN THAILAND) and Hong Kong singer/actress Karen Mok (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS), THE GREAT HYPNOTIST pits a confident hypnotherapist against a belligerent patient in a battle of wills. Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng) is a nationally renowned therapist incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes off, he meets a patient named Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok) who brings him a complex problem. Xu Ruining discovers that with this particular case, the struggle between the doctor and the patient isn’t as easy as he’d expected. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses TANA-KUN IS ALWAYS LISTLESS

31 March, 2016 - 09:48
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano
© Nozomi Uda / Square Enix • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of TANA-KUN IS ALWAYS LISTLESS (田中くんはいつもけだるげ, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge, 2016). Adapted from the popular web manga series published by Square Enix, this unconventional, surrealist comedy follows an exhausted high school boy who, despite multiple attempts from his friends, still manages to spectacularly... sleep. Much to the chagrin of the energetic (at times bossy) Ohta, Tanaka is often found in a blissful state of lethargy, possessing the ability to doze off in any situation, especially in mid-sentence! The series was directed by Shinya Kawatsura (KOKORO CONNECT, NON NON BIYORI), with series composition by Akemi Omode (GET BACKERS, TALES OF THE ABYSS) and character design by Haruko Iizuka (INU x BOKU SECRET SERVICE, SCHOOL-LIVE!). Animation production was handled by SILVER LINK., the same studio responsible for WATAMOTE and CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT. Continued...
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VIZ Media Partners With Simon & Schuster Australia For Manga Sales & Distribution

31 March, 2016 - 04:39
Agreement to Manage VIZ Media’s Extensive Manga Catalogue Across Australia and New Zealand Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
One-Punch Man Vol. 1. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2012 by ONE, Yusuke Murata/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, and Simon & Schuster Australia announce a comprehensive sales and distribution agreement to manage VIZ Media’s extensive manga catalogue across Australia and New Zealand. Simon & Schuster has been the exclusive distribution partner of VIZ Media for the United States and Canadian markets since 2004, the United Kingdom since 2007, and India starting in 2014. The new agreement will see the Australian arm of the business provide a full range of retail and wholesale distribution services for VIZ Media’s substantial library of manga titles. Simon & Schuster Australia will also manage the distribution of all VIZ Media’s imprints including Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump Advanced, Shojo Beat, Shonen Sunday, Perfect Square, VIZ Signature, Studio Ghibli Library and Haikasoru. “I am delighted to join my colleagues in New York, London and New Delhi in bringing VIZ Media to our customers in Australia and New Zealand,” said Dan Ruffino, Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Australia. “We know there is a keen market here and look forward to working closely with VIZ Media to grow sales and awareness.” Continued...
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DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ Wins the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film

30 March, 2016 - 21:42
Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: (Japan), (US)
Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Bird Studio/ Shueisha. © "2015 Dragon Ball Z" Production Committee
Toei Animation Co., Ltd. announced that DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no 'F', 2015), an animated film produced and distributed by the Company that was released last April, won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film at the 39th Japan Academy Awards. DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ , the 19th installment in the series, marked the first time that the original writer of Dragon Ball, Mr. Akira Toriyama, was actually involved in production. Mr. Toriyama wrote the screenplay for the film. The movie was released on April 18, 2015 in Japan and made 3.7 billion yen at the domestic box office. It was then released in 44 other countries, becoming a smash hit. The box office sales worldwide including that of Japan has reached 7.7 billion yen as of writing. In the United States, the movie was shown at approximately 1,000 theaters, which was an incredible achievement, and ranked ninth among Japanese animated films to be released there to date. Continued...
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Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 3 Now in Stores

30 March, 2016 - 04:21
Diamond Select's Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 3 is now on sale. Photos courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2016 Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys has a bunch of new items coming to comic shops and specialty stores across North America this week. The lineup includes the third series of Godzilla Minimates. Continued...
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Godzilla: Oblivion #1 Preview

29 March, 2016 - 08:00
Godzilla returns to American comics with a new mini-series, Godzilla: Oblivion. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing's latest Godzilla comic book mini-series -- Godzilla: Oblivion -- will be available from retailers this week. SciFi Japan has details on the four variant editions of the first issue, plus HUGE high-res scans from IDW for the first five pages and all four covers. Read on for Godzilla-sized samples of artwork by Brian Churilla, James Stokoe and Agustin Graham Nakamura! Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla Comics for June 2016

23 March, 2016 - 08:00
IDW has announced Godzilla: Oblivion #4, Godzilla Treasury Edition and Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 for June 2016. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Oblivion #4, the Godzilla Treasury Edition featuring the works of writer-artist James Stokoe, and the trade paperback Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 collecting the first half of the fan-favorite series. All three publications are coming to comic book shops and retailers in June 2016. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for April 2016

22 March, 2016 - 12:55
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Gamera, Daimajin and Barugon © KADOKAWA 1966. Ultraman Tiga, Liveking and Ultraman © 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 photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late April 2016. The lineup includes several reissues commemorating the 50th anniversaries of Ultraman, Daimajin and the second Gamera movie, GAMERA VS BARUGON. Continued...
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