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Win HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + HUNTER X HUNTER Vol. 1 Blu-ray!

SciFi Japan - 23 February, 2018 - 13:00
Win the HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and HUNTER X HUNTER Vol. 1 Blu-ray from Viz Media and SciFi Japan! Photos courtesy of VIZ Media. ©POT (Yoshihiro Togashi) 1998-2012 ©2013 "HUNTER x HUNTER" Film Partners. © POT (Yoshihiro Togashi) 1998 © VAP・NTV・Madhouse/Shueisha
Source: VIZ Media Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis VIZ Media, LLC, is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of the anime feature film HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE (劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影-ファントム・ルージュ-, Gekijoo-ban HUNTER×HUNTER Hiiro no Genei -Fantomu Ruuju-, 2013). And, as a bonus, they've also thrown in Volume 1 of the HUNTER X HUNTER anime series on Blu-ray! Continued...
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Endearing & Hilarious Manga Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War Available Next Month!

SciFi Japan - 23 February, 2018 - 01:47
Two High School Geniuses Fall In Love — But Refuse To Admit It — In This Clever New Romantic Comedy Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. KAGUYA-SAMA WA KOKURASETAI ~TENSAITACHI NO REN'AI ZUNO SEN~ © 2015 by Aka Akasaka /SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the release of the new romantic comedy Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War on March 6th. The series, by creator Aka Akasaka, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the SHONEN JUMP imprint. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War also launches digitally via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published by VIZ Media on a bi-monthly basis. As leaders of their prestigious academy’s student council, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite! But it’s lonely at the top… Luckily for them, they’ve fallen in love! There’s just one problem -- they both have too much pride to admit it. And so begins the daily scheming to get the object of their affection to confess their romantic feelings first... Love is a war you win by losing. Continued...
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ULTRAMAN Teams Up With MR. OSOMATSU: “We are the six Mr. Ultra-Matsu brothers!”

SciFi Japan - 22 February, 2018 - 00:07
ULTRAMAN and MR. OSOMATSU meet with the "six Mr. Ultra-Matsu brothers!" collaboration. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © Fujio Akatsuka/Mr. Osomatsu-Project
Source: Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions' ULTRAMAN has teamed up with the anime series MR. OSOMATSU for a super-powered collaboration! Continued...
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THE SWINDLERS — Available Exclusively on Digital March 6

SciFi Japan - 21 February, 2018 - 17:05
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas
Image courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment. © 2017
High stakes and fast talk are the game when the South Korean crime caper THE SWINDLERS (꾼, Kkun, 2017) debuts on digital March 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jang Chang-won, THE SWINDLERS stars Yoo Ji-tae (OLDBOY), Hyun Bin (SECRET GARDEN), Bae Seong-woo (NO TOMORROW), Park Sung-woong (NEW WORLD), newcomer Nana and Ahn Sae-ha (WILL YOU BE THERE?) in the fast-paced tale of a group of con men go on a quest to hustle a Bernie Madoff-style scam artist. Continued...
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VIZ Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series The Young Master’s Revenge

SciFi Japan - 21 February, 2018 - 14:41
Plans For Revenge Go Awry In This Romantic Comedy From The Creator Of Meteor Prince Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Photo courtesy of VIZ Media.© Meca Tanaka 2015/ HAKUSENSHA, Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the print and digital release of The Young Master's Revenge on March 6th. The series, by creator Meca Tanaka, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the SHOJO BEAT imprint. Meca Tanaka is also the creator of the acclaimed shojo manga series Meteor Prince (also published by VIZ Media). Volume 1 of The Young Master's Revenge carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes will be published by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis. In The Young Master's Revenge, when Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan -- he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him! Continued...
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VIZ Media Celebrates Studio Ghibli With The Art of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

SciFi Japan - 21 February, 2018 - 00:33
New Hardcover Art Book Edition Features Vivid Illustrations, Concept Sketches, And Interviews From The Beloved Film Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2010 Studio Ghibli - NDHDMTW
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, expands its renowned Studio Ghibli library with the release of a new hardcover edition of The Art of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY on March 6th. The vividly illustrated art book will be released exclusively in print with an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN. It features story notes, commentary, and artwork from THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (借りぐらしのアリエッティ, Karigurashi no Arrietty). Based on the classic novel by Mary Norton, the 2010 film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the youngest director to ever helm a film for Studio Ghibli. The studio’s founder, Hayao Miyazaki, also supervised the production of ARRIETTY as a developing planner. Yonebayashi has gone on to direct WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (思い出のマーニー, Omoide no Maanii, 2014) and Studio Ponoc’s first feature film, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (メアリと魔女の花, Meari to Majo no Hana, 2017). Continued...
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VIZ Media Delivers Feline Fun With NEKO ATSUME: KITTY COLLECTOR Titles

SciFi Japan - 20 February, 2018 - 20:17
Celebrate the award-winning mobile game NEKO ATSUME: KITTY COLLECTOR with two new collector books this spring. Photos courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2017 Hit-Point / KADOKAWA CORPORATION
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, excites pop culture and cat fans as it announces the release of Neko Atsume Kitty Collector: Where Am I Meow? and Neko Atsume Kitty Collector Haiku: Seasons of the Kitty. Continued...
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A SPIRIT OF THE SUN Will Shine as Maiden Japan’s New Acquisition

SciFi Japan - 20 February, 2018 - 16:00
Source: Maiden Japan press release
© 2006 Kaiji Kawaguchi・SHOGAKUKAN / "A Spirit of The Sun" PARTNER
February brings the addition of A SPIRIT OF THE SUN (太陽の黙示録, Taiyoo no Mokushiroku, 2006) to Maiden Japan’s ever-growing collection of anime titles. Based on the epic manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi and directed by Masayuki Kojima, the acclaimed director of titles like MONSTER (モンスター, Monsutaa, 2004-05), MADE IN ABYSS (メイドインアビス, Meido in Abisu, 2017) and BLACK BULLET (ブラック・ブレット, Burakku Buretto, 2014), the feature film explores a frighteningly possible world in which a series of natural disasters force the Japanese people to flee their homeland. When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shattered and torn in two. With millions dead and the life-sustaining national infrastructure destroyed, mass evacuation of much of the country’s population was the only alternative. Continued...
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Active Duty

Glyos Transmission Blog - 20 February, 2018 - 12:00
Enlistment begins this Sunday, Feb. 25th at 9:30 PM EST.

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Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa Review

SciFi Japan - 19 February, 2018 - 10:00
Author: Richard Pusateri
Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa presents a definitive look at the life of the famed director. © Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa, the first English language biography of the Japanese director, is also a history of Japanese cinema in the twentieth century and a thumbnail sketch of Japanese society during that tumultuous century. Authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, describe the social and, to a lesser degree, political path that led director Ishiro Honda to be a social progressive and committed pacifist whose beliefs subtly shaped the characters in his films. Ryfle and Godziszewski, two of the founding fathers of English language scholarship of Japanese science fiction, and specifically the giant monster movie genre (or kaiju eiga in Japanese), wanted to pay tribute to Ishiro Honda, the director of the most fully realized of those movies. Achieving that required many years of research including traveling to Japan, interviewing Japanese principals, watching Japanese movies, delving into studio archives and using source material written in Japanese. Ryfle and Godziszewski spent that time carefully researching Honda’s life and the product of their labors is a well-crafted, concise and eminently entertaining overview of a fine director’s career beyond kaiju eiga that has been overlooked in North America. Continued...
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Mega Merge

Glyos Transmission Blog - 19 February, 2018 - 05:08
Over the last week, a new Glyos based crossover project we've been working on has finally surfaced online, that being Mega Merge. This collaborative effort came about thanks to our old friend, Jesse DeStasio (Knights of the Slice monarch), and his long standing relationship with toy manufacturer, Just Toys International. After many discussions and brainstorming sessions over the last year and a half, our three groups ultimately united to bring the Mega Merge brand to life.

The Onell Design end of the Glyoverse has quietly operated along the edges of an industry that focuses almost entirely on popular licensed properties. Though we are completely dedicated to creating original material, we also have a passion for the classics, and have mixed many tributes into the DNA of our releases over the years. Through teamwork with some of our great partner companies, we've even been lucky enough to work directly on a few legitimate classic property relaunches as well.

Though it's fun to visit the worlds of officially licensed characters, the general direction of Glyos around these parts remains grounded in the weirdo stories that we've been exploring for the last decade. Our new cousin, Mega Merge, on the other hand, will be focused exclusively on licensed stuff, particularly characters from video games, both old and new.

Long time Glyos builders may not immediately be into every technical design decision made with Mega Merge, as the primary directive with this new line is to capture the authentic look and feel of the licensed character first, not just to turn out a super parts-optional figure. That being said, there are actually many cool combinations that can be achieved with what's available just within the first Fallout selections, you just need to approach the building process from a different angle.

The pricing is super competitive with Mega Merge, with the initial offerings landing at only $10 USD per character. This is a major boon for the project, and a lot of work went into nailing that price point for the debut rollout.

If you dig what you've seen so far, maybe give it a shot. Some solid expansions are in the works, and if things shake out the right way, we could see some really fun vintage waves surface along with the current modern properties -and they'll all be fully Glyos compatible.

You can find the first wave for pre-order here.

Thanks for checking things out!


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STUDIO GHIBLI FEST Returns to U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2018

SciFi Japan - 19 February, 2018 - 03:00
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS and Fathom Events are partnering on a second series in 2018. Image courtesy of Fathom Events. © Nibariki
Series Highlights Nine of Studio Ghibli’s Most Treasured Films on the Big Screen Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com After a successful series in 2017, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured films to U.S. cinemas throughout 2018. Starting in March, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide (offering both dubbed and subtitled versions), along with some very special surprises for Fathom Events attendees only. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Acquires PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION and Launches Official U.S. Site

SciFi Japan - 17 February, 2018 - 04:35
Based on the smash hit JRPG series, PERSONA5 the Animation premieres April 2018 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: p5a.jp (Japan), P5Ausa.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © ATLUS © SEGA/ PERSONA5 the Animation Project
Aniplex of America launched the official U.S. website and announced the acquisition of PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION (ペルソナ5アニメ, Perusona 5 Anime), the highly-anticipated anime adaptation of the best-selling JRPG series by game developer, ATLUS. The Aniplex of America YouTube page also released an English subtitled trailer giving fans a sneak peek into what to expect this spring season. Following the release of the anime OVA PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION –THE DAY BREAKERS–, which coincided with the Persona 5 game’s release, fans will now get to enjoy a full length TV series detailing the adventures of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Key creators of the original game reunite for the highly anticipated series, including sound composer Shoji Meguro providing the stylized and jazz-themed soundtrack, Katsura Hashino credited for the Original Concept, and ATLUS’s own Shigenori Soejima providing the series’ Original Character Design. Critically acclaimed animation studio A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE, BLUE EXORCIST) will produce the series with Director Masashi Ishihama (ERASED, YOUR LIE IN APRIL) bringing the game to the TV screen. The series is scheduled to premiere April 2018. Continued...
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Bluefin Marks 30th Anniversary Of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO With A Colorful Array Of Studio Ghibli Licensed Consumer Products At Toy Fair 2018

SciFi Japan - 16 February, 2018 - 19:21
Totoro Rain Bus Stop Petite Puzzle. Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 1988 Nibariki • G
Leading Collectibles And Toy Distributor Celebrates The Landmark Anime Film And Other Renowned Studio Ghibli Titles With More Than 200 Officially Licensed Lifestyle Products Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, heads to one of the industry’s biggest annual events and will introduce attendees to the Studio Ghibli lifestyle brand at Toy Fair 2018. Continued...
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Bluefin Showcases New Bandai Shokugan Collectibles At Toy Fair 2018

SciFi Japan - 16 February, 2018 - 14:45
Visit Bluefin during New York Toy Fair 2018 at Booth #5331 Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen
Shokugan Super Mini-Pla Power Rangers Titanus. Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 2017 SCG Power Rangers LLC
Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, heads to New York City this month and announces its participation at Toy Fair 2018 with a variety of new and notable products from the Bandai Shokugan brand. This year, Bluefin celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the launch of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS with the Shokugan Mini-Pla Titanus kit, to augment Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits, which are available now from leading retailers. Both releases are fully articulated and faithfully recreate the proportions and details from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TV series. By combining all 5 Zords from the Megazord kits with the Dragonzord kit, fans can create the all-powerful Mega Dragonzord! Both kits can also be combined with the Titanus unit to form the Ultrazord -- the ultimate Power Rangers robot. Continued...
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Wonder Festival 2018 Winter Exclusives from X-Plus

SciFi Japan - 15 February, 2018 - 13:52
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Garamon © Tsuburaya Productions
Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Event Exclusive products to be sold at the upcoming Japanese hobby show, Wonder Festival. Continued...
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Action-Packed HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE Movie Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD Next Week

SciFi Japan - 13 February, 2018 - 17:59
Feature Length Movie Based On The Popular HUNTER X HUNTER Series Debuts On Home Video Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. ©POT (Yoshihiro Togashi) 1998-2012  ©2013 "HUNTER x HUNTER" Film Partners
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces an exciting feature film addition to its HUNTER X HUNTER catalog with the release of HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE (劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影-ファントム・ルージュ-, Gekijoo-ban HUNTER×HUNTER Hiiro no Genei -Fantomu Ruuju-, 2013). The action-packed movie, which is based on the popular HUNTER X HUNTER anime series, will be released on February 20th as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. The Combo Pack’s MSRP will be $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN. A standard DVD-only edition will also be available with a MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. In the film, someone has stolen Kurapika's eyes -- and according to him, it was another survivor from his clan who were massacred for their Scarlet Eyes! Gon and Killua begin investigating on his behalf, but shortly after they've begun, the Phantom Troupe appears! Continued...
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“Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda” — Author Talk in NYC

SciFi Japan - 12 February, 2018 - 23:38
Author Steve Ryfle will talk about the life and career of director Ishiro Honda at Japan Society. Courtesy of Honda Film, Inc..
Author Steve Ryfle Gives New Insights into Japan's Most Famous Movie Monster Maker at Japan Society Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett On February 21st, the Japan Society in New York welcomes author Steve Ryfle (Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa) to pull back the curtain on GODZILLA creator Ishiro Honda. Continued...
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New KAIJU MUSUME 6 Photos from Tsuburaya Productions

SciFi Japan - 12 February, 2018 - 04:01
Tsuburaya Productions has provided new pics of their Ultra Monster-themed restaurant KAIJU MUSUME 6. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Productions
Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: k-j-m.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided new photos of their entertainment restaurant KAIJU MUSUME 6 (カイジュウ ムスメ シックス, Kaijuu Musume Shikkusu). The limited-run establishment opened in Tokyo's Roppongi district on January 26 and will run for one year only. Continued...
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TOKYOPOP Engages IDW International as Global Sales Agent

SciFi Japan - 11 February, 2018 - 14:50
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © TOKYOPOP
IDW International to Represent TOKYOPOP’s Vast Catalogue of Manga IP Source: IDW Publishing press release Special Thanks to Steven Scott IDW Publishing and TOKYOPOP have announced that IDW’s international arm will be managing the TOKYOPOP foreign rights catalogue for non-English language markets. IDW International oversees all international licensing of the diverse IDW catalogue and its partners, which continues to grow year after year. TOKYOPOP’s foreign rights catalogue consists of over 100 manga and graphic novel IPs featuring a diverse range of characters and stories from talented creators worldwide. Continued...
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