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    Front and back packaging artwork for the ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series & ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX Blu-ray set. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. Series: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM. Movie: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA FILM PARTNERS. All Rights Reserved. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp June 18, 2024 – New York, NY – Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT), is excited to announce the release of ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series and ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX, coming to Blu-ray and Digital July 30, 2024. This summer release comes from Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently announced extension and expansion of its current partnership with Tsuburaya Fields Media & Pictures Entertainment, Inc. The deal includes digital and physical rights for a full slate of episodic series and feature films from the international

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, LBHpr  Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese martial arts thriller BLIND WAR (盲战,  Mang Zhan, 2022). The film tells the story of the former SWAT captain, permanently injured during a failed mission for which he took responsibility. After gradually getting out of the haze, his old enemy reappeared and threatened his daughter.  Directed by Huo Suiqiang (DEMON SEALER BUREAU)​, BLIND WAR stars Andy On (SPECIAL I.D., RIDE ON, 100 YARDS)​, Li Zixiong, Yang Xing (QIMEN DARK BLADE), Wang Hanyangm (MARTIAL UNIVERSE 2: NINE TALISMAN TOWER), Qi Shenghan, Zhang Yaqi (THE LEGEND OF ENVELOPED DEMONS), Wu Jingxuan, Cheng Sihan, and Zhou Hongbo. BLIND WAR is now available on Blu-ray (SLP:

    Source: Playmates Toys Limited Special Thanks to Sarah Gumina International toy titan Playmates has provided SciFi Japan with product info and large photos of their new GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Giant and Battle Roar Shimo figures. The company had planned to release these figures in Fall 2024 but has moved up the date, with the Shimos now available from some retailers and going wider in the coming weeks. Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary 7" Battle Roar Shimo Figure Unleash Shimo’s mighty battle cry with the GODZILLA X KONG: 7" Battle Roar Shimo figure. Simply press the button

    Photo courtesy of Insight Editions. 2024 © Insight Editions by Arenathemes. All Rights Reserved © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Insight Editions Special Thanks to John Schork, Jaime Factor and Alex Fishman Insight Editons has provided SciFi Japan with an early look at their new "making of" book, The Art of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. This 224 page slipcased hardcover will be available on June 25th. Dive into the creation of GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE with this deluxe art book. Featuring commentary from the filmmakers, this volume explores how a team of world-class artists brought stunning creatures and epic battles to life for an all-new, big screen Monsterverse adventure. Illustrated with stunning visuals from the production, including never-before-seen concept art and storyboards, this book is the ultimate companion

    Titanic Creations presented a fully articulated figure of Yongary, loaded with accessories! Photo courtesy of Titanic Creations. © 1967 Keukdong Entertainment Company © 2024 Titanic Creations. All Rights Reserved. Source: Titanic Creations press release Official Site: https://www.titaniccreations.com/yongary Special Thanks to Elijah Thomas Titanic Creations, LLC is proud to bring you Yongary from the 1967 film YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (대괴수 용가리, Daegoesu Yonggary)! For the first time, this classic Korean kaiju is being brought to life in stunning detail and is completely articulated. Along with this, Titanic Creations will include over 15 accessories to bring the figure to life on collectors’ shelves. Box art by Matt Frank. Photo courtesy of Titanic Creations. © 1967 Keukdong Entertainment Company © 2024 Titanic Creations. All Rights Reserved. “Yongary is a treasure of a kaiju, and we are so happy to bring this monster to collectors in

    Source: MVD Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski Photo courtesy of MVD. On July 9th, Synapse Films presents the global debut of the Thai/Korean production CROCODILE (จระเข้, Crak̄hê, 1981) on Blu-ray, from a new restoration of the original English 35mm camera negative.    Move aside Jaws. Watch out Godzilla. When Mother Nature rebels against humankind for defying her laws, she strikes back with unbelievable fury creating the largest and most savage crocodile on earth... there is a giant crocodile on the loose! Mutating and getting larger possibly because of an atomic explosion, the crocodile's thirst for blood also grows as it rampages through a small quiet beach town devouring anything in its path.   Dr. Tony Akom (Nat Puvani) and Dr. John Stromm (Min Oo) are on a perfect family vacation, but it takes a tragic turn when three of their loved ones

    ULTRAMAN: RISING premieres worldwide on Netflix on June 14th. Photo courtesy of Netflix ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ULTRAMAN: RISING RELEASES ON NETFLIX ON JUNE 14, 2024 Source: Netflix Official Site: https://netflix.com/ultramanrising (US), https://m-78.jp/videoworks/ultraman-rising/ (Japan)   Photo courtesy of Netflix ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS LOGLINE When Tokyo is threatened by rising monster attacks, an all-star athlete reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman, discovering that his greatest challenge isn’t fighting giant monsters: It’s raising one.   SYNOPSIS With Tokyo under siege from rising monster attacks, baseball star KEN SATO reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman. But the titanic superhero meets his match when he adopts a 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju. Sato must rise above his ego to balance work and parenthood while protecting the baby from forces bent on exploiting her for their own dark plans. In partnership with Netflix,

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION One Piece Activation on the Exosphere, the Exterior of Sphere in Las Vegas, to Take Place June 10 – 16 with a Takeover on June 11 Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto WHAT: Legendary anime studio Toei Animation is planning to soft launch a new global One Piece English language YouTube channel. The channel will be home to English-speaking fans around the world and their source for official news, information and special video content about One Piece. Fans can subscribe to the official One Piece English language YouTube channel starting in June. The new YouTube channel soft launch is timed with the start of a week-long One Piece activation on the Exosphere, the exterior of Sphere in Las Vegas,

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://dungeon-people.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Sui Futami/Futabasha Publishers Ltd., Dungeon People Production Committee A truly labyrinthian adventure awaits fans this summer with today’s announcement that new fantasy comedy series DUNGEON PEOPLE (ダンジョンの中のひと, Danjon no Naka no Hito, 2024) will stream exclusively on HIDIVE starting in July. Based on the popular seinen manga by Futami Sui, DUNGEON PEOPLE joins the slate of  Summer 2024 titles set to simulcast on AMC Network’s HIDIVE anime streaming service. Ahead of the series’ debut next month, HIDIVE will host the North American premiere of DUNGEON PEOPLE Episode 1 on July 6 at Anime Expo 2024 in Los Angeles, Calif.   “We’re excited to brings DUNGEON PEOPLE to fans this summer as part of HIDIVE’s exclusive simulcast line-up,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “This new fantasy comedy will entertain subscribers

    THE LAST UNICORN will be released in a 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo Pack and a SteelBook. Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. © ITC Films, Inc. 1982 Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo Pack. Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. © ITC Films, Inc. 1982 One of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, THE LAST UNICORN (1982) has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land, seeking others of her kind. Available on 4K UHD for the first time as a 4K UHD +Blu-ray combo pack on August 20, 2024 from Shout! Studios, the new release is a 4K Transfer of the 35mm interpositive along with Dolby Vision, and includes a number of bonus features including a Q&A with Peter S. Beagle and more! The

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://ririsa-official.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Yu Hashimoto/SHUEISHA, Ririsa Project Love and laughs are in store for shonen fans next season with today’s announcement that the new romcom drama series 2.5 DIMENSIONAL SEDUCTION (2.5次元の誘惑(リリサ),  Nitengo-jigen no Ririsa, 2024) will stream exclusively this summer on HIDIVE, the popular anime streaming service from AMC Networks.  Celebrating the world of cosplay, 2.5 DIMENSIONAL SEDUCTION is not simply a romcom, it is also a serious teen drama about passionate teenagers and their endeavors overcoming both their worries and dilemmas to become the best cosplayers they can possibly be. Based on the widely read manga series by Yu Hashimoto, 2.5 DIMENSIONAL SEDUCTION is now the latest addition to HIDIVE’s expanding line-up of simulcasts for its Summer 2024 season. In advance of the series’ debut in July, HIDIVE will host the North

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.ultra-expo.com/osaka2024/Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/m78expo Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 Umeda Summer Festival poster art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatake) will hold the "Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 Umeda Summer Festival" (ウルトラヒーローズEXPO2024 うめだサマーフェスティバル,  Urutora Hīrōzu EXPO 2024 Umeda Samā Fesutibaru) at Umeda South Hall in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture (13-1, Umeda 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka Prefecture) and Hanshin Umeda Main Store (1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture) from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 25, 2024.   About "Ultra Summer Osaka" "Ultra Heroes EXPO" is a popular summer event for the Ultraman series, where fans can enjoy events and exhibits. Also known as "Ultra Summer Osaka" (ウルサマ大阪,  Urusama Osaka), the 2024 event will include the live stage show "NEW GENERATION THE LIVE," the "Ultra Shot" photo sessions with different Ultra Heroes, the

    Source: Legendary Comics Special Thanks to Alex Fishman and Brie Dorsey Photo courtesy of Legendary Comics. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Legendary Comics is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted, the official graphic novel prequel to the latest blockbuster film in the Monsterverse franchise, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE. Written by Brian Buccellato and brought to life by artists Dario Formisani, Drew Johnson, and colorists Zid and Niezam, this thrilling tale offers fans an immersive journey into the depths of the Hollow Earth. A twisted Skull Island trophy hunter lures his prey, setting his sights on the most formidable game of all. Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted is now available from retailers. The paperback graphic novel runs 104 pages and retails

    The GODZILLA VS. KONG Escape Room is now open at 60out HHLA. Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2024 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. ©2024 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary Source: 60out Immersive Entertainment Center press release Special Thanks to Brooke Cockrell 60out has opened the world’s first GODZILLA VS. KONG escape room at their new flagship location is in the heart of Los Angeles. Bookings can be made at www.60out.com. Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2024 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. ©2024 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary The GODZILLA VS. KONG escape room, licensed from Legendary Entertainment, is an immersive adventure that takes you deep into Hollow Earth. Get ready to unravel mysteries, solve puzzles, and navigate thrilling challenges. Pre-book your adventure now and unleash the hero within. This launch

      GODZILLA MINUS ONE is now streaming in North America! Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd press releaseOfficial Site: https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp/ (Japan), https://godzilla.com/ (US)Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzilla231103 (Japan), https://twitter.com/Godzilla_Toho (US) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godzilla231103/ (Japan), https://www.instagram.com/godzilla_toho/ (US) TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@godzilla.toho Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tohogodzillaofficial/ (US) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Godzilla_Toho (US)  The wait to watch the record-breaking, Academy Award-winning GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0, ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan, 2023) on demand in North America is officially over. Fans of the King of the Monsters can now stream GODZILLA MINUS ONE on Netflix, with GODZILLA MINUS ONE and GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR (ゴジラ-1.0/C,ゴジラマイナスワン/マイナスカラー, Gojira Mainasu Wan/Mainasu Karā, 2024) digital purchase and digital rental available across popular platforms. GODZILLA MINUS ONE is available to stream on Netflix starting June 1, subtitled and dubbed in Japanese, English, and more languages in North America. GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR will be available to stream on Netflix

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. Ⓒ Tatsunoko Production   Source: Shout! Studios, Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Japan Society, Shout! Studios, and Anime NYC present a very special screening of SPEED RACER: THE MOVIE on 35mm with original “Trixie” Voice Actress Corinne Orr. This event is in celebration of SPEED RACER coming to major digital platforms in both English and Japanese for the first time through Shout! Studios beginning June 1. Japan Society is a 117-year-old nonprofit organization with a goal of bringing the U.S. and Japan together, and it is honored to present this evening recognizing SPEED RACER’s artistic and cultural merit on the occasion of it being newly accessible for a whole new generation. A 1992 theatrical compilation produced by Speed Racer Enterprises and Streamline Pictures - one of the pioneering American distributors of

      Photo courtesy of Keith Sherman and Associates. ©I・K/AMPC Source: Keith Sherman and Associates press releaseOfficial Site: https://attackontitan-themusical.com/ Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shingekimusical Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/attackontitan_themusical YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@shingekimusical Special Thanks to Scott Klein Photo courtesy of Keith Sherman and Associates. ©I・K/AMPC ATTACK ON TITAN: THE MUSICAL, a new live 2.5D Musical entertainment based on the wildly popular manga (comic book) by Hajime Isayama and published by Kodansha, will play New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street) from October 11-13, 2024. Directed by breakdance world champion Go Ueki (HYPNOSISMIC -Division Rap Battle- Rule the Stage), ATTACK ON TITAN: THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Osaka and Tokyo in January, 2023 to great success. The New York City Center engagement marks the musical’s first international performance. ATTACK ON TITAN: THE MUSICAL has book by Masafumi Hata, music supervision by KEN THE 390, and lyrics by Kaori Miura, and combines

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://danmachi.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Fujino Omori- SB Creative Corp./Danmachi5 Project HIDIVE brings welcome news for anime fans with the announcement that the beloved fantasy action series DANMACHI – IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか, Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka) will return for Season 5 as part of its Fall 2024 simulcast season.  DANMACHI – IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? Season 5 will stream exclusively on HIDIVE, the fan-centric anime service from AMC Networks, and be available in the U.S. and Canada as well as overseas markets including the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Based on the award-winning light novel series created by Fujino Omori, DANMACHI – IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN

      Toho brings the new anime film UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY – BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA to Japanese cinemas this weekend. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP Source: Toho Co., Ltd Official Site: https://movie-umamusume.jp/ (Japan)Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central) Special Thanks to Sachiko Tanaka Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images from UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY – BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA (劇場版『ウマ娘 プリティーダービー 新時代の扉』, Gekijō-ban “Umamusume Puritīdābī Shin Jidai no Tobira”). The mobile game-turned-anime follows anthropomorphized horse girls, each based on famous Japanese racehorses throughout history, as they study and train at the Tracen Academy to become the best racers and pop idols in Japan. Both the film’s screenwriter and scenario director previously worked together on the 2023 four-episode OVA series, UMAMUSUME PRETTY DERBY: ROAD TO THE TOP

    Source: Media Blasters press releaseSpecial Thanks to Carl Morano Photo courtesy of Media Blasters. © Machine Girls Film Partners (Belleville, New Jersey)  Media Blasters Inc. is pleased to announce the sibling pairing of two of the best-selling, high-octane Tokyo Shock hits of all time- THE MACHINE GIRL CHRONICLES with the original MACHINE GIRL and the official follow-up, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS!  The double-disc blu-ray destroyer will be locked and loaded on June 25th! THE MACHINE GIRL: JACKED!- Ami is your average schoolgirl trying to provide a normal life for her younger brother and herself following the tragic death of their parents. But her whole world comes crashing down when her brother and his friend are brutally murdered by a ruthless gang of bullies headed by the spoiled brat son of a local yakuza boss!  When Ami sets out to avenge her slain sibling, she soon

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