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    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese animated film I AM T-REX (我是霸王龙, Wo shi ba wang long, 2022). Directed by Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, this fantasy adventure for the whole family features an all-new English dub. After Fang, a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise, the king’s son, a young T-Rex, escapes. The T-Rex begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land — and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley. I

    Source: KADOKAWA CORPORATION Animation Group, Qdopp Media Relations press release   The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE has reunited for an exciting new project. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2020 Shogo Sugitani/KADOKAWA/Pompo Project The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE (映画大好きポンポさん, Eiga Daisuki Ponpo-san, 2021), a film that captured the hearts of many with its love for movies, has reunited for an exciting new project! Shingo Adachi, who is known for his work on LYCORIS RECOIL and SWORD ART ONLINE, will be in charge of character design. Kenta Matsukuma, who made his film music composition debut with POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE and went on to contribute to KAMEN RIDER BLACK SUN, will compose the music. Animation production will be handled by CLAP, whose latest work, THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES, was selected for the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This film marks

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its September slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. CALL OF THE NIGHT Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         325 min.Street Date:      9/5/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 After being bitten by the vampire Nazuna while wandering late at night, insomniac student Ko Yamori unhappily learns that he's NOT becoming a vampire himself. Apparently, if you're bitten by a vampire that you're not in love with, you just get a bloodthirsty friend instead of a supernatural blood connection.   But being vamped is one of the few things to ever intrigue Ko, so he makes it his goal to

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://www.helck-anime.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Nanao Nanaki, Shogakukan/Helck Production Committee Anime streaming service HIDIVE, in partnership with Nippon TV, revealed today its plans for the North American premiere of Episodes 1 & 2 of new action-fantasy series HELCK (ヘルク, Heruku) at Anime Expo 2023 next month. The screening of HELCK will be presented in English subtitles and take place on Saturday, July 1 in the Platinum Ballroom at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, Calif. Earlier this year, HIDIVE announced its acquisition of HELCK, which is based on the popular shōnen manga written and illustrated by Nanaki Nanao. The new series will debut after Anime Expo as part of HIDIVE’s Summer 2023 Simulcast Season. HELCK North American Premiere Episode 1 & 2 Screening Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm Pacific Platinum Ballroom

    Source: Toei Animation Co, Ltd press releaseOfficial Site:  https://girls-band-cry.com/ GIRLS BAND CRY key art. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Toei Animation Toei Animation has released  details, artwork and two music videos for their upcoming  anime, GIRLS BAND CRY (ガールズバンドクライ,  Gāruzu Bando Kurai). The film focuses on the members of the girls' band "Togenashi Togeari" (トゲナシトゲアリ,  meaning "Prickly Ant"), who are played by five singers/voice actors selected in the "Girl's Rock Audition" hosted by agehasprings. The movie is directed by Kazuo Sakai, with character designs by Nari Teshima, CG direction by Mari Kondo and Jae Hoon Jung, music by Kenji Tamai (agehasprings), and production by Toei Animation. The staff who have created works that attract young people have gathered together to take on the challenge of creating an original CG animation with an illustration quality never seen before.   Listen to the cries of

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto It’s official: Anime’s favorite pirates—Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hats crew—will drop anchor in Los Angeles this July. Legendary anime studio Toei Animation revealed today plans to host a major “One Piece” celebration as the headline event of its Anime Expo programming schedule this year. “One Piece” has achieved a production milestone with completion of the series’ 1000th dub episode and to commemorate this momentous occasion Toei Animation and Crunchyroll will co-host the “One Piece Episode 1000 Dub World Premiere” on July 2 at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE during Anime Expo 2023. Along with the 1000th dub episode screening, this specially produced celebration will feature a variety of fan experiences, including an autograph signing session with Toei Animation animators and dub actors Sonny

    Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Filmworks. © SOTSU • SUNRISE Source: Bandai Namco Filmworks press release Bandai Namco Filmworks will release "MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM A NEW TRANSLATION Original Art Collection BOX" (機動戦士Ζガンダム A New Translation 原画集BOX, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gandamu A New Translation Gengashū BOX), a commemorative set looking back on the MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM A NEW TRANSLATION theater version trilogy released from 2005 to 2006. The collection includes three original picture books containing selected original drawings from the trilogy and a mini illustration book, all housed in a newly-drawn three-sided box. Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Filmworks. © SOTSU • SUNRISE MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM (機動戦士Ζガンダム, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gandamu) is the second "Gundam" TV series that was broadcast from 1985 to 1986. The film version of MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM A NEW TRANSLATION was a compilation of all 50 episodes of the TV

    Photo courtesy of King Records. ©︎ Daiki Kobayashi / SQUARE ENIX / Source: King Records press releaseOfficial Site: https://ragna-crimson.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto   Photo courtesy of King Records. ©︎ Daiki Kobayashi / SQUARE ENIX / RAGNA CRIMSON (ラグナクリムゾン, Raguna Kurimuzon), the dark fantasy anime telling the story of the epic battle between humanity and dragonkind, will start its TV broadcast on Saturday, September 30, 2023. A second trailer, featuring cast members Takehito Koyasu and Reina Ueda, has also been released. Daiki Kobayashi’s action manga of the same name is currently serialized in Monthly Gangan Joker. The titular Ragna is a dragon hunter, armed with a silver blade and tasked with felling draconic prey. The anime announcement generated buzz both in Japan and overseas. The anime will begin its broadcast on September 30th on TOKYO MX, MBS, and BS11.

    Source: Hero's Inc. press release Official Website: https://anime.heros-ultraman.com   Photo courtesy of Hero's. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi / Hero's Hero's, Inc. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Katsuya Shirai) will release ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS, a collection of illustrations and designs for the ULTRAMAN manga and anime by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, on May 29, 2023. Among the book's contents aree artwork (including newly drawn pieces), an extended interview with Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, an exclusive newly-drawn manga, character profiles, and a first look at designs for the Ultraman C-type suit and Zetton. ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS celebrates the manga, which is currently serialized in Japan on the manga distribution site Comiplex (with the English translation published by VIZ Media) and the final season of the anime series, which debuted worldwide May 11th on Netflix.   ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS Written by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Netflix Photo courtesy of Netflix. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary There are many Titans, but there is only ONE KING. First announced back in 2021, the Netflix and Legendary Television anime series SKULL ISLAND will premiere worldwid on Netflix on June 22nd. A new chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise, SKULL ISLAND is a thrilling animated adventure series that follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth — a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong. Featuring animation by Powerhouse Animation (CASTLEVANIA, BLOOD OF ZEUS), the series is written and executive produced by Brian Duffield (UNDERWATER, THE BABYSITTER) and Jacob Robinson. About the Franchise Bigger than any single monster, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli  Toho has released the teaser poster for HOW DO YOU LIVE? (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka), the latest feature film by internationally accalimed director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. While the story is an original work by Miyazaki, the title of this movie is borrowed from the book How Do You Live? written by Genzaburo Yoshino, which the director read as a boy and was moved by.   Details                            Release Date: Friday, July 14, 2023 (Japan)Release Information: Nationwide Roadshow   Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki ©2023 Studio Ghibli             About Toho Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion

    Source: GKIDS and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Sites: https://slamdunk-movie.jp/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/the-first-slam-dunk/ (North America)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto US poster for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © I.T. PLANNING, INC. © 2022 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Film Partners GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, and globally acclaimed and industry-leading animation studio Toei Animation, announced today that THE FIRST SLAM DUNK (ザ・ファーストスラムダンク, Za Fāsuto Suramu Danku, 2022 will host its North American premiere at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Anime Expo is the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, having hosted numerous premieres of top Japanese anime films, with regular attendance of over 100,000 attendees annually. THE FIRST SLAM DUNK North American Premiere Monday, July 3, 2023 – 12:00 pm PacificMain Events Hall

    Source: KADOKAWA Co. press release   Photo courtesy of KADOKAWA Co. © Yoshiki Takaya/KADOKAWA   KADOKAWA Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Takeshi Natsuno) has announced that it will release Yoshiki Takaya Art Book: The Bio-Boosted Armor Guyver Illustration Chronicle (高屋良樹画集 強殖装甲ガイバー イラストレーション クロニクル, Takaya Yoshiki Gashū-kyō Kyōshoku Sōkō Gaibā Ilasutorēshon Kuronikuru) on July 26th. This is the first art book of manga artist Yoshiki Takaya's masterpiece, Bio-Booster Armor Guyver and covers not only the series, but also illustrations created for products such as figure packaging. The author has carefully selected color illustrations going back to the manga's 1985 debut in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Captain (月刊少年キャプテン, Gekkan Shōnen Kyaputen) and all the way up to the present. Each illustration comes with a comment from Mr. Takaya revealing behind-the-scenes stories and details. This is a book designed to make Guyver fans

    Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. Source: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: https://dondafulfestival-20th.taiko-ch.net/ (Japan), https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/taiko-no-tatsujin-rhythm-festival (US) BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. has announced the "Shin Japan Heroes Universe Pack" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース パック,  Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu Pakku) is now available for purchase for their game TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL  (太鼓の達人 ドンダフルフェスティバル,  Taiko no Tatsujin Dondafuru Fesutibaru). Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL is the latest entry in the "Taiko no Tatsujin" (Taiko Drum Master) series for Nintendo Switch.  The player joins the main character, DON-chan, and their guide, Kumo-kyun, on a journey to become a Taiko master in Omiko City. The game includes 76 songs, more

    New teaser art courtesy of Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Netflix press release Netflix has announced their CG-animated ULTRAMAN feature film -- first announced back in May 2021 -- will debut on the streaming service in 2024. Produced in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions, the movie is co-directed by Shannon Tindle (THE CROODS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS) and John Aoshima (GRAVITY FALLS, DUCKTALES). This is a separate project from Netflix's ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019) anime series which will release its third and final season on March 11th.   Synopsis Netflix’s ULTRAMAN 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

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. Source: NetflixOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81186862 The 6-episode anime series YAKITORI: SOLDIERS OF MISFORTUNE (ヤキトリ, Yakitori) premieres worldwide on Netflix on May 18, 2023. This useries is adapted from a brand-new military science fiction novel from Carlo Zen, who made his refreshing debut with The Saga of Tanya the Evil. Akira Ihotsu is a young man who spends his days rebelling against an oppressive society on a future Earth, which is ruled and controlled by Shoren, the Pan-Star System Trade Federation. One day, he is scouted by Pupkin, a “cook” for Shoren, and volunteers to join the planetary orbital infantry force “Yakitori” — a brutal unit whose missions average a shocking death rate of 70%. Along with misfits from several other nations, Akira makes a stand against his pre-determined fate. Japanese key art. Photo courtesy of Netflix. English

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its August slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. VERMEIL IN GOLD Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      8/1/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 Magic student Alto Goldfield isn't having much luck at summoning, but it's required to advance to the next grade. Then he chances upon an old grimoire and summons a lot more than he anticipated - a very beautiful and naked demon girl named Vermeil! The good news: she's willing to become his familiar! Unfortunately, she also wants to "bond" in another way, live off his mana, and isn't crazy about wearing clothes. This

    Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © I.T. PLANNING, INC. © 2022 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Film Partners Japan Academy Prize-Winning Box Office Smash Hit  Feature Directed by Original Manga Creator Takehiko Inoue Source: GKIDS and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Sites: https://slamdunk-movie.jp/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/the-first-slam-dunk/ (North America)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it has acquired North American distribution rights for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK  (ザ・ファーストスラムダンク, Za Fāsuto Suramu Danku, 2022) from globally acclaimed and industry-leading animation studio Toei Animation. US poster for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © I.T. PLANNING, INC. © 2022 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Film Partners The smash hit film opened domestically in Japan on December 3, 2022, and has gone on to break box office records in a

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Blu-ray cover art. Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation SRS Cinema has revealed the cover art for their Blu-ray edition of THE STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG (홍길동, Hong Gil-Dong, 1967), the first animated feature film from  South Korea. The movie was adapted from a comic strip that was based on an ancient story of a Korean hero. A special boy is born on a day where hurricanes and wicked spirits struck medieval Korea. The citizens and family learn that the infant has superhuman strength and cunning intelligence. As the boy grows up, he vows to his family, the emperor of Korea and the high deities to rid Korea of chaos and disorder caused by wicked beings. Presales for the limited

    Learn about threats facing the sea with Chibi Godzilla and his friends. Photo courtesy of Shinagawa Aquarium. © TOHO CO., LTD.   Source: Shinagawa Aquarium press release   Photo courtesy of Shinagawa Aquarium. © TOHO CO., LTD. Shinagawa Aquarium (Shinagawa, Tokyo; Director: Masakatsu Suzuki) will host "Chibi Godzilla and the Mystery Solving SDGs - Let's Protect the Richness of the Sea" (ちびゴジラと学ぶ謎解きSDGs -海のゆたかさをまもろう編-, Chibi Gojira to Manabu Nazotoki SDGs - Umi no Yutaka-sa o Mamorou-hen)  from Saturday, April 22 to Sunday May 21 to help children learn about marine environmental issues while also having fun solving a mystery.   This event was planned to commemorate the release of the new anime series CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ちびゴジラの逆襲, Chibi Gojira no Gyakushū).  It is an edutainment mystery game where visitors to the Shinagawa Aquarium, using a puzzle-solving kit, learn

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