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    GODZILLA MINUS ONE Partners With Kwansei Gakuin University's New Moon Festival 2023

    GODZILLA MINUS ONE Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus Version Poster. Photo courtesy of Kwansei Gakuin University TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Kwansei Gakuin University. All rights reserved.

    GODZILLA MINUS ONE Tokyo Marunouchi Campus Version Poster. Photo courtesy of Kwansei Gakuin University. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Kwansei Gakuin University. All rights reserved.

     Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Kwansei Gakuin University press release
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    Godzilla, who will celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2024, and Kwansei Gakuin University, which will celebrate its 135th anniversary, are teaming up for the first collaboration between the King of the Monsters and an university. The two will collaborate on a variety of projects during the university's New Moon Festival 2023 (新月祭2023,  Shingetsusai 2023), including the creation of visuals that reflect the long histories of both Godzilla and Kwansei Gakuin University and the challenges they share in extending beyond Japan to the world stage.


    ■ New Mooni Festival 2023 (University Festival) Dates and Times

    Saturday, October 21 / Sunday, October 22: Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe Sanda Campus
    Saturday, November 4 / Sunday, November 5: Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus
    Saturday, November 11 / Sunday, November 12: Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya Seiwa Campus

    New Moon Festival 2023 (University Festival) Version Poster. Photo courtesy of Kwansei Gakuin University TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Kwansei Gakuin University. All rights reserved.


    ■ Collaboration Visuals

    Three types of collaboration visuals have been unveiled, promoting the latest movie GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) with the Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus, the Tokyo Marunouchi Campus, and the New Moon Festival 2023. These images will be displayed on large panels during the Festival, and featured on limited edition novelties distributed at the event.


    ■ Godzilla & Kwansei Gakuin University Special Diorama

    On Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, a special diorama depicting Godzilla and the Kwansei Gakuin University campus building on the same scale will be exhibited in the central auditorium of the Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus.


    ■ Godzilla Photo Rally

    Attendees can participate in the photo rally by visiting the Godzilla panels set up in the venue of the New Moon Festival 2023. Participants will receive a Godzilla/Kwansei Gakuin University collaboration sticker and be entered in a lottery to win a clear file. Clear file winners who also post their rally photos to social media will receive an acrylic key ring.


    ■ Chibi Godzilla Greeting Event!

    Chibi Godzilla will come to three campuses of Kwansei Gakuin University -- the Kobe Sanda Campus, Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus and Nishinomiya Seiwa Campus! Also, Chibi Godzilla sun visors will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Tokyo Marunouchi Campus 15th Anniversary Event

    Kwansei Gakuin University's Tokyo Marunouchi Campus will host a special screening and talk show to commemorate the release of GODZILLA MINUS ONE and the 15th anniversary of the campus.

    After a screening of the first Godzilla film, the cultural significance of Godzilla and its roots will be examined through a live seminar moderated by Professor Yukimitsu Tsukada, Kwansei Gakuin University.  Seats are limited, so be sure to register early.

    What is Godzilla? -Exploring the Roots of GODZILLA MINUS ONE event. Photo courtesy of Kwansei Gakuin University TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Kwansei Gakuin University. All rights reserved.


    Film: GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954)
    Date: Sunday, November 19, 1:30 -3:10 p.m.
    Talk Show:  "What is Godzilla? -Exploring the Roots of GODZILLA MINUS ONE" (ゴジラとは何か —『ゴジラ-1.0』のルーツを探る—, Gojira to wa Nani Ka —“ Gojira -1.0 no Rūtsu o Saguru —)
    Date: Sunday, November 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Venue: Kwansei Gakuin University, Tokyo Marunouchi Campus
    Speakers: Kazuaki Kishida (Producer of GODZILLA MINUS ONE, Toho Co.)
        Go Miyazaki (Godzilla Room, Toho Co., Ltd.)
    Moderator: Yukimitsu Tsukada (Professor, Faculty of Law, Kwansei Gakuin University)
    Venue Capacity: 100 people online, 40 people face-to-face (on-site participation) 
    Admission: Free *Reservation required (first-come-first-served basis)


    GODZILLA MINUS ONE will be released in Japan on November 3 and open in North American cinemas on December 1, 2023. For more on information, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan...

    About Kwansei Gakuin University

    Kwansei Gakuin was founded in 1889 in Kobe by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, with the aim of training missionaries and educating young people based on Christian principles.

    Kwansei Gakuin has served as an integrated institution for over 125 years, offering comprehensive education from the kindergarten to the graduate school level.


    About Toho Co. Ltd.

    Toho Company provides high-quality entertainment to a wide range of customers through its film production, distribution, and exhibition business, which is solidly supported by its real estate business including the Shinjuku Toho Building and Hibiya Chante, animation production, DVD software production and sales, and TOHO Cinemas' efforts to expand its network of multiplex cinemas. Among these, "Godzilla," which has been around since 1954, is Toho's flagship IP that has many fans around the world and has been loved for many years.


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