Anime’s Hottest New Heroes To Hit the Big Screen with MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES with U.S. and Canadian Theatrical Release Set for September 25 Debut
First Feature Film of the Global Hit Anime Franchise to Screen as Five-Day Limited Engagement Source: Funimation Films press release Official Movie Site: heroaca-movie.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/myheroacademia (US) Special Thanks to Scott BarrettoToday, during an exclusive interview with IGN, voice actors Christopher R. Sabat and Justin Briner, stars of the MY HERO ACADEMIA series, revealed the theatrical release dates for the eagerly anticipated new film MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES (僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ～２人の英雄～, Boku no Hiiroo Akademia THE MOVIE ～２-ri no Hīroo～, 2018). Funimation Films can confirm that the official theatrical dates for MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES are September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2, 2018. This first ever feature film in the MY HERO ACADEMIA franchise from Toho Co. Ltd., will screen in both Japanese (English subtitles) and English dub on separate dates during its five-day run in over 400 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES will be available in English dub on September 25, 27 and 29 and in the original Japanese (English subtitles) on September 26 and October 2. Continued...
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel VillegasWell Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack of the Chinese military action hit OPERATION RED SEA (红海行动, Hóng Hǎi Xíng Dòng, 2018). Famed action director Dante Lam returns with this explosive follow-up to his 2016 box office smash OPERATION MEKONG. Set amid militant unrest in a fictional Middle Eastern country, it tells the stories of a ship’s crew and the Chinese Navy's elite Jiaolong (Sea Dragon) Assault Team as they rescue Chinese citizens and foreign refugees, resolving a potential nuclear crisis along the way. A massive box office hit, the film is China’s first modern naval film and a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the party's 19th National Congress. OPERATION RED SEA stars Zhang Yi (GOLDBUSTER), Huang Jingyu (GUNS AND KIDNEYS), Hai Qing (FINDING MR. RIGHT), Du Jiang (THE WASTED TIMES), Jiang Luxia (LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS), Yin Fang (FIST & FAITH), newcomer Wang Yutian and Simon Yam (IP MAN). Continued...
Huge thanks go out to all of you for a super release! The different elements that came together for this 11th anniversary wave truly represented a little bit of our past, present and future. It's always fun to see old friends again, and opening new boxes of Hades, Argen and Pheyden in their familiar colors definitely made us smile around here when they arrived. Then welcoming the new Zetonian/Mechabon mold into the family really sealed the deal for this round to be something extra special.
Over the last few weeks, between the Toyfinity debut of the Zetonian form and our follow up reveal of the Mechabon form, we've been internally celebrating the completion of a project that Toyfinity's John Kent and I started over a year ago (with some of it actually dating back all the way to the first new Maxx Zero concepts). As always, working with John and the Toyfinity team was great, and we were able to create another new character together, through the study and reimagining of the classic robots we grew up loving. There's a lot of hidden stuff within this beefy little 'bot, but we know that the coolest discoveries will come from what each of you finds within the parts.
Looking towards the next couple months, our next wave is set for early September, and will feature the return of the Mechabon, and maybe even a Miniborg for good measure. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a new Toyfinity assortment in August that spotlights the Zetonian and delves deeper into its origin story.
As of this writing, all orders have been shipped out, so be on the lookout for those packages! Yet again, Michelle and Pj kept the boat afloat and moved with precision and speed through a pretty big stack of orders. Those new Mechabons are heavy little buggers! Barn tunes included another round of TBS with a follow up mix of new MGMT and much to Michelle's chagrin, Winger. I waited until Pj went home to turn that selection on.
The last 11 years have been the best. Thank you so much for the opportunity to squeak out a few more. New projects are rounding the corner, and as long as we can, we'll keep at it.
In closing, I also want to personally express my deep gratitude to Ron Daley, who has been building figures with me since the beginning. We worked side by side throughout the entire process of prototyping the new Zetonian/Mechabon, and hopefully the end result brings you as much happiness as we had while making it.
Source: HIDIVE press releaseHIDIVE announced today it has acquired the streaming rights to the classic slice-of-life animated movie, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO (グスコーブドリの伝記, Gusuko Budori no Denki, 2012), premiering on July 21, 2018, at 17:00 UTC for subscribers in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and other select territories. Based on a beloved novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO explores the story of Gusuko as he tries to find his place in the world after suffering the loss of his home to a natural disaster. As he wanders the countryside, contemplating what his future holds, the beauty of the landscape reflects Gusuko’s thoughts and feelings, creating a dynamic setting which mesmerizes and enthralls. Mixing otherworldly elements with a melancholic story, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO touches the philosophical topics of destiny, free will and the true meaning of life. Continued...
New York Comic Con and Anime Expo Join Forces Source: Anime Expo press release Official Site: Anime-Fest-At-NYCC-x-Anime-ExpoJoin Anime Expo in New York at Pier 94 October 4-7, 2018 for Japanese guests, prolific artists, and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activations, a curated Artist Alley, live music, and creative Japanese pop culture classes. More surprises will be revealed in the coming months as Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo creates programming and content that brings the best of both worlds into one major anime festival. Tickets for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo will go on sale on July 15. Tickets are available to fans with Fan Verification accounts at a discounted rate when they purchase their New York Comic Con badges (or if they’ve already purchased NYCC badges) and will be made available to the general public not attending NYCC as well. Pricing for badges range from $10-$25 for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo.
Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon MeehanProvocative cult hit MIND GAME (マインド・ゲーム, Maindo Geemu, 2004) from anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa (DEVILMAN Crybaby) will be released in a Blu-ray + DVD combo on August 28, 2018 by GKIDS and Shout! Factory, with bonus features including director’s commentary and a feature-length film animatic. Yuasa’s first feature film MIND GAME is a boundary-pushing tale that embodies the 1960s and 70s acid animation. The rarely seen film comes to the US for the first time with this release. Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride in this gloriously colorful and unconstrained cult classic. Continued...
Source: HIDIVE press releaseHIDIVE announced today it has acquired the streaming rights to the theatrical live-action movie GARO: RED REQUIEM (牙狼〈GARO〉～RED REQUIEM～, 2010), premiering on July 18, 2018, at 17:00 UTC for US and Canadian subscribers. Follow Kouga, the bearer of the gold wolf armor, as his mission leads him to a city plagued by followers of a Horror known as Karma. As he sets out to cleanse the city of this evil, he is aided by three Makai priests who all have a personal vendetta against Karma. Despite their skills and strength, Karma’s malice is beyond what they have seen and must work together to destroy her and her cursed army. GARO: RED REQUIEM is directed by the famed film and video game designer/director, Keita Amemiya (IRON ARMOR MIKAZUKI, MASKED RIDER DECADE) and includes the talents of Ryosei Konishi as Kouga Saejima, Mary Matsuyama as Rekka and Masahiro Kuranuki as Shiguto. Continued...
Funimation Acquires New DRAGON BALL SUPER Movie for Theatrical Distribution January 2019 in U.S. and Canada
Company Joins Seven-City Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018 to Promote New Film from Original Creator Akira Toriyama Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dbmovie-20th.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott BarrettoEarth’s mightiest Saiyan Goku is set to return to U.S. and Canadian theaters with today’s announcement that Funimation Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new DRAGON BALL SUPER movie, entitled DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY (ドラゴンボール超 ブロリー, Doragon Booru-Choo Burorii, 2018). This is the twentieth film in the DRAGON BALL franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama. As part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film. This latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the DRAGON BALL franchise. DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY is anticipated to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later. Continued...
Wave 74 is live!
Huge thanks go out to Ralph for creating two brand new illustrations to commemorate our 11th anniversary and the launch of the Mechabon/Zetonian! Incredible as always, Ralph!
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