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    Source: Titan Books press release Special Thanks to Daisy Saunders   Photo courtesy of Titan Books On the 19th of September, Titan Books will be publishing Gastronogeek: An Anime Cookbook., a cookbook full of 40 recipes dedicated to anime and inspired by the greatest works of recent years, from NARUTO to ATTACK ON TITAN. The cookbook comes from chef and pop-culture expert, Thibaud Villanova, who has also authored The Unofficial Zelda Cookbook and The Unofficial Ghibli Cookbook.   Dive into an incredible gourmet universe of anime, from the great classics of the 80s to newcomers on the small screen. Re-discover the most essential and popular works of the moment in this collection in the most gourmet way possible, from the ONE PIECE Sanji and Tajiro Curry to the YOUR NAME Dream Souffle Pancakes! Teeming with cult references, this gourmet tribute will immerse you in astonishing anime universes:

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Kotei Kobayashi - SB Creative Corp./Shut-In Vampire Princess Committee Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group) Anime fans can look forward to laughs this fall with today’s announcement that HIDIVE has acquired the new fantasy comedy TV series THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS (ひきこまり吸血姫の悶々, Hikikomari Kyūketsuki no Monmon, 2023). Based on the popular shōnen light novel series of the same name written by Kotei Kobayashi and illustrated by Riichu, THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS will premiere this October as an exclusive simulcast on HIDIVE as part of its Fall 2023 Season. “We’re thrilled to have acquired THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS as a HIDIVE exclusive simulcast series,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “This new series joins our exciting Fall 2023 Season line-up and will definitely be a

    Photo courtesy of Studio Ghibli. ©2023 Studio Ghibli ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S FIRST FEATURE IN 10 YEARSSource: GKIDS Official Site: (US)   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, has announced the North American release of 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"

    Photo courtesy of Toei. ©2023 Pretty Cure All Stars F the Movie Production Committee Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Toei. ©2023 Pretty Cure All Stars F the Movie Production Committee Toei has provided information and pics for PRETTY CURE ALL STARS F THE MOVIE (映画プリキュアオールスターズF, Eiga Purikyu Aōrusutāzu Efu), the 20th anniversary film in the "All Stars" series. The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, September 15th.   STORY All Precure gather together! But then, they all fall apart~~~! Where am I? --When Sora wakes up, she finds herself in a mysterious world. It seems that she has been separated from Mashiro and the others....But that's when she met Yui, Manatsu, and Prim!   I met a lot of friends, but for some reason, they all have hazy

    Gamera and Gyaos rumble once again in GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Netflix Official Sites: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth With the worldwide release only days away, Netflix has finally released stills from GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), their new 6 episode anime series based on the long-running daikaiju film franchise. Boco. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ▼Series Overview Title: GAMERA -Rebirth- Distributor: Netflix worldwide distributionRelease Date:September 7, 2023 Cast Boco: Hisako Kanemoto Joe: Yoshistugu Matsuoka Junichi: Aki Toyosaki Brody: Subaru Kimura Tazaki: Mamoru Miyano Emiko: Saori Hayami   Staff Original Story: KADOKAWA Director: Hiroyuki Seshita Assistant Director: Keisuke Ide Series Composition: Kenta Ihara, Hiroshi Seko, Hiroyuki Seshita

    Photo courtesy of ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 Source: ANGEL CHAMPAGNE press release Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: Photo courtesy of ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 The innovative and creative champagne brand ANGEL CHAMPAGNE began selling "ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION" on Monday, September 4, 2023. The limited edition tie-in product for the ULTRAMAN anime on Netflix sold out on the first day. Based on ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008, the bottle and case gleam in metallic red and silver, inspired by the world of ULTRAMAN. The ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION comes with an original box and store bag featuring the ULTRAMAN suit and logo.   ◆Details Product Name:ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITIONContent:750mlCountry of Origin: FranceGrape Varietal:Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, MeunierAlcohol Content: 12.5%Price: 198,000円

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese  action/adventure GOODBYE MONSTER (山海经之再见怪兽, Shanhai Jing: Zaijian Gaoshou, 2022). After accidentally ruining his island, a doctor is banished, but he has one last chance to redeem himself after a young boy comes to him for healing in this magical anime for the whole family. Synopsis:        After disobeying orders and using an untested idea to defeat the Dark Spirit, a promising young doctor accidentally destroys his island and is banished from Kunlun Hospital, forbidden from ever practicing

    Nationwide releases in the U.S. to screen both subtitled and dubbed versions of legendary Director Satoshi Kon’s PERFECT BLUE, TOKYO GODFATHERS and PAPRIKA as well as iconic anime films GHOST IN THE SHELL and COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIESource: Iconic Events Releasing press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab)   Photo courtesy of Iconic Events Releasing. Iconic Events Releasing, a company specializing in distributing special engagement theatrical events to theatres, brings the action and bold visual storytelling of anime to the big screen as it announces a slate of upcoming nationwide theatrical events for the latest installment of AX Cinema Nights. A different acclaimed anime feature will be screened at over 300 theatre locations across the country beginning in September and continuing through February 2024. Celebrated films will include a Satoshi Kon Film Festival that will screen 3 of the legendary Director’s most renowned anime feature films

    Photo courtesy of Studio Ghibli. ©2023 Studio Ghibli Source: Studio Ghibli   Studio Ghibli has finally released images of the latest film from legendary Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The movie opened in Japanese cinemas on July 14th with the title HOW DO YOU LIVE? (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka) but is being marketed internationally as THE BOY AND THE HERON. GKIDS has acquired North American distribution rights with a theatrical release planned for late 2023.   Knowing that moviegoers would turn out to see the first new feature film by Miyazaki in a decade, Studio Ghibli decided to limit promotion of THE BOY AND THE HERON to a single Japanese poster. No other press materials, images, trailers, synopses, advertisements, or information about the movie were made available to the public prior to, and in the weeks following, its release in Japan.

    Photo courtesy of AMCN Entertainment Group. ©Fujino Omori-SB Creative Corp./Danmachi4 Project Source: Aiming Inc. press releaseOfficial Site: Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group)  Tokyo, Japan - Aiming Inc. (CEO: Tadashi Shiiba) announces that its new battle action RPG game IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?: BATTLE CHRONICLE (aka DanChro) will be releasing in 81 countries around the world.   ■  All About IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?: BATTLE CHRONICLE IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?: BATTLE CHRONICLE is a brand new battle action RPG set in the world of IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?" (also referred to as Danmachi.) Relive the story of IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? and

      Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. ©Masamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee Source: SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO press releaseOfficial Site: The GHOST IN THE SHELL SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH (『攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045』×THE SUGAR PUNCH, Kōkaku Kidōtai: SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH) pop-up store opened at 2G TOKYO on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will run for one week, closing next Tuesday, August 29th. Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. © 2023, THE SUGAR PUNCH THE SUGAR PUNCH was launched as a "creator platform" involving various creators in fashion, graphics, video, music, and art to reimagine the titles that manga geek graphic designer SUGAR fell in love with. Based on the love for the original works, graphic designs were created to serve as "advertisements" for the original titles, and brand logos were created for each work to match the logos of the original

    KOREAN CINEMA’S GOLDEN DECADE: THE 1960s Restrospective includes THE STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG ; LET’S MEET AT WALKERHILL; THE GREAT MONSTER YONGGARY; SPECIAL AGENT X-7; and THE HOUSEMAID. Photos courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center and Janus Films. Source: Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema press release Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths (Emma Griffiths PR) Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announce “Korean Cinema’s Golden Decade: The 1960s,” a sweeping retrospective that features 24 films from this remarkable period in Korean film history. The series will run from September 1–17 and is one of the largest retrospectives ever of 1960s Korean Cinema outside of Korea, including many rarely screened films, several presented on 35mm archival prints. Photo courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center. Long before Bong Joon Ho, Hong Sangsoo, and Park Chan-wook catapulted South Korean cinema onto the world stage,

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its November slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. FAMILIAR OF ZERO Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         1250 min.Street Date:      11/7/2023Format:             BDLanguage:        Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $99.98 Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière's name is longer than her list of positive accomplishments at the Tristain Academy of Magic. Cursed by her fellow students with the horrible nickname "Louise the Zero", she hopes that summoning a surprisingly strong Familiar will turn her luck around… but instead of some cool mythical creature, Louise summons a normal human from Japan! Now Sato Hiraga is magically bound to an incompetent sorceress, but there may be more to her seemingly mediocre magical powers than meets the eye

    Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Allison Rodman Japan Society’s Monthly Anime Series Presents THE ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA This In-Person Showcase of Classic, Underseen, and Contemporary Anime Begins with A Book Give-Away and is Followed by a Summer’s End Reception   Photo courtesy of Japan Society. © 1997 BE-PAPAS/CHIHO SAITO/SHOGAKUKAN • SHOKAKU • TV TOKYO ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA 『少女革命ウテナ アドゥレセンス黙示録』 Dir. Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1999, 87 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Tomoko Kawakami, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Takehito Koyasu, Kotono Mitsuishi. As summer ends and the school year begins, we invite you to attend Ohtori Academy, where you’ll follow schoolgirl Utena Tenjou on her quest to become a prince. Influenced by the works of Herman Hesse, Riyoko Ikeda (The Rose of Versailles), and Shuji Terayama, Kunihiko Ikuhara’s ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA re-envisions and expands on the themes and motifs of the beloved

    Source: Netflix press release Official Site: (Japan), (US)   Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©Uru Okabe/Shogakukan/GLMA shut-in older brother. A high-achieving younger brother. A father who is not respected by his own children.A mother who neglects her own household. This is a broken family, and none of its members know that they are all players in an online game. Starting October 12, an anime adaptation of hit manga Good Night World (グッド・ナイト・ワールド, Guddo Naito Wārudo) will begin streaming only on Netflix, and it features this family seeking salvation as a pseudo-family in that online game. The original manga is written by Uru Okabe and has been published in Ura Sunday and MangaONE by Shogakukan since 2016. The theme songs for GOOD NIGHT WORLD will be performed by Kuzuha and Nornis, members of the popular VTuber group NIJISANJI!   Staff Based

    Photo courtesy of AMCN Entertainment Group. ©︎ Daiki Kobayashi/SQUARE ENIX, Ragna Crimson Project Source: King Records press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group)   Photo courtesy of AMCN Entertainment Group. ©︎ Daiki Kobayashi/SQUARE ENIX, Ragna Crimson ProjectIt was announced that the first episode of RAGNA CRIMSON (ラグナクリムゾン, Raguna Kurimuzon) will be a one-hour special on 9/30/2023. The popular manga turned anime tells the story of an ultimate battle of humans against dragons, the “absolute strongest beings” that conquer the world with its mighty powers. Along with a new key visual and the latest promotion video, the names of actors Junichi Suwabe, Fairouz Ai, Mamiko Noto, and Hiroki Touchi were announced as additional cast members. Ragna Crimson, created by Daiki Kobayashi (serialized on Square Enix’s Monthly Gangan Joker magazine), follows the journey of a boy named Ragna, a young “dragon hunter.” He uses a

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Mizuki Productions, Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release, NetflixOfficial Site: (Japan), (US)   Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Mizuki Productions, Toei Animation A new anime version of AKUMA KUN (悪魔くん) will be distributed worldwide on Netflix starting Thursday, November 9. The series is the latest adaptation of the popular manga of the same name by Shigeru Mizuki (GeGeGe no Kitarō), which tells the story of a genius boy called “Akuma Kun” who aims to create, with the help of the actual demon Mephisto and his minions, an ideal world where all humanity can live in happiness. Since its debut in 1963, the manga has been revived many times with different protagonists and settings, and been adapted for film and television. A TV anime series that was broadcast in 1989-90 became a huge hit.

    The student filmmakers of the kaiju short film MIDNIGHT THE ERA have started a crowdfunding campaign. Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku Professional voice-over recording for independent animation! Film production combining animation and special effects! Source: Studio MujakuSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Last December, SciFi Japan ran an exclusive preview of MIDNIGHT THE ERA, an independent kaiju short film that was being created through a combination of  animation and traditional Japanese tokusatsu FX techniques. One notable aspect of MIDNIGHT THE ERA is that it is being produced by Studio Mujaku, a group of 30 university students who have split their time between their school duties and making this movie.  Led by director Hanasuke Okada and producer Kakeru Taiga, the team is striving for "the highest level of perfection" and have decided they need to hire professional voice actors and sound engineers to do the dubbing

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: Netflix Official Site: Netflix has released additional photos from their live action adapatation of ONE PIECE. The 8-episode series premieres worldwide August 31, 2023 at 12:00 am PDT. For more on netflix's ONE PIECE please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan.   Taz Skylar as Sanji, Mackenyu Arata as Roronoa Zoro, Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc. (L to R) Vincent Regan as Vice-Admiral Garp, Morgan Davies as Koby, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc.

    Collector’s Edition 4K UHD and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc Available October 17, 2023; Digital Download to Own Available October 3, 2023 Source: Shout! Factory press release, GKIDS Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, with home entertainment distribution from Shout! Studios, announced it will issue the critically acclaimed fourth and final installment of the new theatrical “Rebuild” editions of the EVANGELION franchise in an expansive 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Set, Standard Edition Blu-ray; and as a digital download-to-own. To celebrate the acclaimed feature’s home entertainment release, GKIDS will be bringing the feature back to cinemas in select markets this fall.  EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban) was released in Japanese theatres in 2021, where it was a critical and box office

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