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      Shizuka, Nobita, Doraemon, Gian and Suneo are back on the big screen in DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA'S EARTH SYMPHONY. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © Fujiko Pro/Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shin-Ei, ADK 2024 Source: Toho Co., Ltd Official Site: https://doraeiga.com/2024/ (Japan)Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central) Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © Fujiko Pro/Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shin-Ei, ADK 2024 Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images from DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA'S EARTH SYMPHONY (映画ドラえもん のび太の地球交響楽(ちきゅうシンフォニー), Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Chikyū Shinfonī), the 43rd film in the long running Doraemon franchise. The latest installment will coincide with the 90th anniversary celebration of Doraemon’s creator, Fujiko · F · Fujio. This film will mark Kazuaki Imai’s third entry in the movie series, having previously directed both DORAEMON: NOBITA'S TREASURE ISLAND (2018) and DORAEMON: NOBITA'S NEW DINOSAUR (2020). DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA'S EARTH

    Photo courtesy of Crunchyroll. ©Koyoharu Gotoge/SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable Tanjiro and the Demon Slayer Corps Come to North American Theaters Beginning February 23 with a Special One-Day-Only World Tour Red Carpet Premiere Event on February 10Source: Crunchyroll press releaseOfficial Site: https://kimetsu.com/anime/hashirageikohen/ (Japan), https://demonslayer-anime.com/worldtour2024/ (US)Special Thanks to Tommy Foye Photo courtesy of Crunchyroll. ©Koyoharu Gotoge/SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable Joining forces once again, Aniplex of America, Crunchyroll, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be distributing DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING- (鬼滅の刃 柱稽古編, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hashira Geiko-Hen) on February 23 in North American theaters, including in IMAX and premium large formats (PLFs). The highly anticipated worldwide theatrical event brings Tanjiro and the Demon Slayer Corps back to the big screen to deliver more thrilling tales. DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING- will allow fans to revisit the gripping finale of the Swordsmith

      Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved. Souce: Bioworld press releaseOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/shopatsuko Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shopatsuko/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@shopatsuko Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopatsuko/ Special Thanks to Rae D'Agnillo Atsuko, Bioworld’s premiere brand for fans of Japanese culture, has announced the availability of new apparel based on the massively popular ATTACK ON TITAN. Featuring stylish green prints, fans and fashion lovers can now enjoy new apparel celebrating the dark fantasy action manga and anime. The new collection includes the Levi Black Tee (MSRP: $32), the Rumbling Black Long Sleeve (MSRP: $42), and the Rumbling White Long Sleeve (MSRP: $42). Fans can shop the new collection on the Atsuko website. Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved. Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

    Photos courtesy of Great Eastern Entertainment. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Great Eastern EntertainmentSpecial Thanks to Jess Bansal The merchandise company Great Eastern Entertainment, Inc. has shared information and photos for their current line of Godzilla collectibles. While there are a few items based on the classic Toho films, Great Eastern has primarily focused on monsters and characters from the 2021 Netflix anime series GODZILLA SINGULAR POINT (ゴジラ S.P <シンギュラポイント>, Gojira Shingyura Pointo), offering a rather unique lineup in comparison to most Godzilla licensees. Great Eastern Entertainment's Godzilla product are licensed for sale in the United States and Canada, and can be purchased  from the company's Amazon Store and other retailers. Retailers interested in carrying these items can order them directly from Great Eastern Entertainment's wholesale site. Most products are currently in stock, with a few items available soon.   GODZILLA ORIGINAL SERIES  

    Source: Shout! Studios press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/digimon-adventure/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Tom Chen (Shout! Studios) and Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Shout! Studios, a multi-platform media company, and Toei Animation Inc., the legendary anime studio, announced a new home entertainment distribution deal to bring DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING), the highly anticipated 2023 feature film based on the original TV sequel series from the globally popular Digimon anime franchise, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.. The announcement was made by Melissa Boag, Shout! Studios’ Executive Vice President, and Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. This multi-year partnership provides Shout! Studios with North American home entertainment distribution rights to DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada, including all packaged media

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Sentai Home Video has announced its April 2024 slate of anime Blu-ray releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. BLACK BULLET COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionsRun Time:         325 min.Street Date:      4/2/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $49.98 It’s been 10 years since mankind was nearly wiped out by a parasitic virus known as Gastrea. With the survivors of war-torn Japan now forced to live within a protective barrier of monoliths, the Gastrea threat is diminished but still present. When a Gastrea does rear its ugly head, it’s up to the government employed Civil Security agents to take them down. Enter Promoter Rentaro Satomi and his Initiator, Enju Aihara, as they battle this growing threat that may soon overtake humanity

    Source: ComscoreSpecial Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official Domestic and Global box office estimates for the weekend of December 24, 2023, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. GODZILLA MINUS ONE's North American run is winding down, with the film losing 637 screens this past week. The movie dropped to 9th place in the US box office, with a domestic total to date of $40.357.817. GODZILLA MINUS ONE has also dropped out of the Top 10 for international box office. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $94.6M and YTD 2023 (at $8.725B through Sunday) is up 21%

    Source: ComscoreSpecial Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official Domestic and Global box office estimates for the weekend of December 17, 2023, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $77.8M and YTD 2023 (at $8.583B through Sunday) is up 22% vs. 2022. Read on for the official reports from Comscore... Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – December 17, 2023, by Paul Dergarabedian  Notable Domestic Openers:  Warner Bros.’ WONKA is the golden ticket this weekend taking the top spot in its domestic debut with $39.0 million

      Photo courtesy of Iconic Events Releasing. ©Satoshi Kon/Madhouse/Tokyo Godfathers Committee. All Rights Reserved. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Director Satoshi Kon’s Landmark Anime Film with Nationwide Theatrical Releases Presented in Stunning 4KSource: Iconic Events Releasing press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Photo courtesy of Iconic Events Releasing. ©Satoshi Kon/Madhouse/Tokyo Godfathers Committee. All Rights Reserved. Iconic Events Releasing, a company specializing in distributing special engagement theatrical events to theatres, highlights one of anime’s most poignant and critically acclaimed films as it invites fans to theatrical screenings of TOKYO GODFATHERS (東京ゴッドファーザーズ, Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu, 2003) at special theatrical events across North America from December 11-13 in the latest installment of Anime Expo Cinema Nights. Anime Expo Cinema Nights invites you to celebrate TOKYO GODFATHERS, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA, PERFECT BLUE), as it returns to theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary with

    Netflix has released images from the upcoming anime film ULTRAMAN RISING. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Netflix Official Site: https://netflix.com/ultramanrising (US)Special Thanks to Lamarco McClendon Netflix has provided images and the first trailer from ULTRAMAN RISING, the American-produced, CG-animated feature film scheduled for worldwide streaming in 2024. Synopsis Based on the beloved Japanese character, Netflix’s ULTRAMAN RISING follows baseball superstar Ken Sato as he returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman. He soon finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe. Ken must go on a heroic journey, balancing parenthood, his estranged father, and the relentless Kaiju Defense Force to rise beyond his ego and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman. Boco. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ▼Overview Title: ULTRAMAN RISING

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its February 2024 slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. TEARS TO TIARA Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         650 min.Street Date:      2/6/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $79.98 For dozens of generations, the legions of the Divine Empire seemed unstoppable, brutally tearing asunder nation after nation and subjugating their people. Then one of the Empire's power-hungry priests made the mistake of attempting to resurrect an ancient Demon Lord. Instead of binding Arawn as planned, the Demon Lord chose to rescue the intended sacrifice - the young high priestess Riannon - and formed an alliance with her potentially legendary brother Arthur and the Gael Clan. Now the Empire will reap the seeds

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its January 2024 slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. IS IT WRONG TO TRY AND PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? S4 P2 Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         275 min.Street Date:      1/2/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 Despite recruiting assistance from other Familias, the Hestia Familia's mission to the lowest level of the Dungeon they have ever been to is perched on the brink of disaster. Not only is the team shattered and split, but something is wrong with the Dungeon, as monsters are appearing on levels where they've never appeared before. As a battered Bell and Ryu are pursued across the 37th floor by the monstrous Juggernaut, the

    Get new SHIN JAPAN HEROES UNIVERSE underwear from HIPSHOP. Photo courtesy of HIPSHOP. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. © 2023 HIPSHOP Source: Provision Co., Ltd. press release HIPSHOP,  a Japanese brand that develops items that brighten up everyday life and make it fun, will launch the "HIPSHOP SHIN JAPAN HEROS UNIVERSE Series" with a collection of boxer briefs depicting Shin Godzilla, Shin Evangelion, Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider. The set will be available starting this Friday, October 20th at HIPSHOP stores, online stores, EC malls, and other retailers across Japan. The "Shin Japan Heroes Universe" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース, Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu) project was launched in 2021 as a partnership between Toho, Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei to create a dream collaboration between four of Japan's most famous "heroes" in various marketing and merchandising campaigns, based on the

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Yoshihiro Togashi 1990-1994 Yu Yu Hakusho/WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP (Shueisha Inc.) © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: Netflix press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81243969#YuYuHakusho #YoshihiroTogashi More than three decades after Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書, Yū Yū Hakusho) first captured the imagination of readers, the beloved manga gets a live-action adaptation that will debut exclusively on Netflix on December 14. Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke Urameshi. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Yoshihiro Togashi 1990-1994 Yu Yu Hakusho/WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP (Shueisha Inc.) © 2023 Netflix, Inc. The original manga by the legendary Yoshihiro Togashi made waves when it was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump for four years from 1990. The series breathes new life into the story, and fans old and new can expect to encounter their favorite characters in ways that have never been seen before. The story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi,

    Source: GKIDS Official Site: https://gkids.com/films/the-boy-and-the-heron/ (US)   Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, has announced the English voice cast THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan's celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. The movie will open in theaters and IMAX across America on December 8, 2023. Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (translated as HOW DO YOU LIVE?), the film is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film "Spinning Globe" was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu. English Voice Cast Shoichi Maki: Christian Bale The Parakeet King:

    North American Premiere Screening at Anime NYC 2023 on November 17 Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://sokushicheat-pr.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Ⓒ An exciting new isekai anime adaptation is headed to HIDIVE next season. The popular streaming service HIDIVE revealed today that the new fantasy adventure TV show MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS OVERPOWERED (full title MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS SO OVERPOWERED, NO ONE IN THIS OTHER WORLD STANDS A CHANCE AGAINST ME!) will be joining its upcoming Winter 2024 season line-up as an exclusive simulcast series. MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS OVERPOWERED is based on the popular isekai novel written originally by Tsuyoshi Fujitaka and illustrated by Chisato Naruse, and the manga serialization by Hanamaru Nanto. This is the newest title in the slate of anime TV series acquired as part of Sentai Filmworks’ (Sentai) multi-year agreement with Mainichi

    The Galaxian Wars return with a new generation of Knights of the Zodiac!Source: ABLAZE press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab)  COVER A by Jérôme Alquié. Photo courtesy of Ablaze. ©1985 Masami Kurumada (AKITASHOTEN) ©Alquié – Dollen – Kana (Dargaud-Lombard s.a.) Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE expands with the launch on October 11th of the new full color series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Time Odyssey. The series will be published in print and digitally and features story and art by Jérôme Alquié who notably created the Space Pirate Captain Harlock series with the legendary Leiji Matsumoto that was published by ABLAZE in 2022. New issues of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Time Odyssey will debut monthly. Issue 1 features two brand new covers, Cover B by Lesley “Leiriix” Li, and Cover C by David Mack, in addition to the

    North American Premiere Screening to be Held November 17 at Anime NYC 2023 Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://mabotai.jp/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ⒸTakahiro, Yohei Takemura/SHUEISHA/Chained Soldier Production Consortium In anticipation of its upcoming Winter 2024 season, HIDIVE announced today that it has acquired the new action dark fantasy TV series CHAINED SOLDIER (魔都精兵のスレイブ, Mato Seihei no Sureibu, 2024). Based on the long-running shōnen manga title of the same name by Takahiro and Yohei Takemura, CHAINED SOLDIER is set to premiere as an exclusive simulcast next January on the popular anime streaming service from AMC Networks. HIDIVE also revealed that it will host the North American premiere of CHAINED SOLDIER with a special screening of the first two episodes on November 17 at Anime NYC in New York City.   “We’re thrilled to host the North American premiere of CHAINED SOLDIER at

    Source: Fathom Events press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/digimon-adventure-02-the-beginning/Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei This November the DigiDestined are back in theaters with a brand new movie.  Toei Animation and Fathom Events revealed today details for the U.S. theatrical release of DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING, 2023) as a two-day event on November 8 & 9. It is present day and the chosen children from DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 have returned with all new adventures — but now they’re 20 year old young adults! Fans are invited to join the fun and can watch the movie in 750 theaters across the United States through Fathom Events. DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING will be presented nightly at 7:00 pm local time in both English dub (November 8) and Japanese with English subtitles

    Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher GHOST X GHOST has signed a licensing agreement with Harmony Gold for the classic anime series, ROBOTECH! GXG will be producing limited edition apparel, posters, pins, and skate decks based on both original art and classic imagery from the legendary series. ROBOTECH is a sweeping science-fiction anime epic of humans defending their home world against alien domination. The saga is told through the eyes of characters caught up in a series of wars that erupts when a mysterious spacecraft crash-lands on Earth at the turn of the millennium. The secrets of alien knowledge aboard this vessel were unlocked, leading to the development of "Robotechnology" and the creation of a vast arsenal of robotic "mecha" to defend the Earth against the alien threats that would eventually strike to lay claim to the mysterious power source known as "protoculture." ROBOTECH

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