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    Funimation Releasing KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS Film in Theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting September 13 Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Jennifer St Clair and Brian Eley KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS key art, courtesy of Funimation. ©TSUTOMU NIHEI, KODANSHA/KOS FILM PARTNERS In a sweeping new story based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Earth is destroyed and humankind lives on a massive spaceship called Sidonia to defend themselves  from hostile aliens. Welcome to KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, the epic adventure tale set a thousand years in the future where the fate of humans rests in the hands of a brave few. Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, brings the popular sci-fi anime KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA to theaters and television. Funimation announced today it has partnered with Polygon Pictures for the film release

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Sites: ani.tv/ultraman_trigger, m-78.jp/trigger (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Blu-ray Box Vol. 1. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions` latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga), only began airing on TV Tokyo this month, but the Japanese home video release has already been announced. ULTRAMAN TRIGGER' Blu-ray BOX VOL.1 (『​ウルトラマントリガー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.1、Urutoraman Torigā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 24, 2021 with VOL.2 following on March 29, 2022 ULTRAMAN TRIGGER was created as a homage to ULTRAMAN TIGA, the first of the beloved "Heisei Trilogy" series known as “TDG” series (ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Emulating the core TIGA story elements such as the legend

    PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME Available October 12th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks laugh-out-loud anime series, PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME. A Special Steelbook release will be available on October 12th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. NAKAIMO ~ MY LITTLE SISTER IS AMONG THEM! Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      10/5/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 The terms of Shougo Mikadono's late father's will are strangely specific:  To claim his substantial inheritance, Shougo must first transfer to Miryuin Private Academy, find a nice girl from among the student body, and convince

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. The collection includes all three Daiei giant monster movies that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep

    The popular Heisei series ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA are coming to DVD in North America from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA to follow later this year. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to J.W. Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Minneapolis, MN (July 10, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the North American DVD* release of ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA. This collection of 3 Ultraman series will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, an exclusive collectible spine mural and episode guides. The first in the series, ULTRAMAN TIGA, is set to arrive on October 5, 2021. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.

    Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Source: Mill Creek Entertainment  Mill Creek has announced a new contest for Ultraman fans!  Enter now to win a ticket to the  ultimate ULTRAMAN DAY experience: ULTRAMAN CONNECTION LIVE! The 4-hour livestream event will be held this Saturday, July 10 starting 8:00pm EDT at ultramanconnection.com . Enter to win your ticker at https://forms.office.com . 300 winners randomly selected and notified by email with the link. The contest ends July 9, 2021 at 11:59PM PST. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek is also offering a special deal on  SECRETS OF THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN Collection, their new Blu-ray set exclusively sold on DeepDiscount.com that contains  9 episodes of the original ULTRAMAN series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions.  Use the Promo Code SPACIUMBEAM and

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://megamiryou.com (Japan) © 2021 Ikumi Hino / Mother of the Goddess Sentai announced today that it acquired irreverent comedy series MOTHER OF THE GODDESS’ DORMITORY (女神寮の寮母くん。, Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun, 2021) for the Summer 2021 simulcast season. Sentai will distribute the series to audiences in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal and Central and South America. Down-on-his-luck Koushi Nagumo wanders the streets unemployed, homeless and in search of his next meal. His fortunes improve after a chance meeting with a vivacious young woman whose proposition seemingly solves nearly all his problems. Thanks to her, Koushi enters the welcoming halls of a dormitory at a women’s college… only this particular assignment is no stuffy, sleepy affair. The Goddess’ Dormitory is known for housing the college’s most unruly students! If he wants to

      ©1997 MADHOUSE Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©1997 MADHOUSE Sophisticated yet unsettling, the groundbreaking psychological thriller PERFECT BLUE makes its North American SteelBook debut September 14, 2021 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.   The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA, TOKYO GODFATHERS), the critically-acclaimed PERFECT BLUE has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new SteelBook edition features a new exclusive 12-page art booklet, the digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation, as well as a bevy of bonus features including Lectures by Satoshi Kon, an Into the Blue featurette, the Angel of Your Heart recording sessions, the full English version of Angel of Your Heart, interviews with the English cast and crew, and theatrical trailers and TV

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 HYDRA FILM PARTNERS Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 HYDRA FILM PARTNERS Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed Japanese martial arts extravaganza HYDRA (ヒドラ, Hidora, 2021). Directed by Kensuke Sonomura (action director from the RESIDENT EVIL games, VENDETTA & DEGENERATION) and starring Masanori Mimoto (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, DEATH NOTE), HYDRA co-stars newcomer Miu and Tasuku Nagase (IWANE: SWORD OF SERENITY).  After retiring as an assassin, Takashi (Masanori Mimoto) leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived: soon, he is recruited for a final job that he simply can’t refuse. HYDRA debuts on Digital, Blu-ray (SLP: $19.98)

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release PORCO ROSSO and FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on September 21, 2021 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.    With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.    Porco Rosso and From Up on Poppy Hill now join SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE,

    The classic series THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 come to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 dropping September 14, 2021 Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to .W. Starrett, Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to announce the North American DVD* debut of THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80! Both complete series collections will be on 6 DVD discs and will have an MSRP of $34.99. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) is the eighth Ultraman television series and the first Ultraman anime show. The animation was done by Sunrise, the

    Wraparound cover art for the Blu-ray collection GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT Complete Series. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Fan Favorite Series Makes North American Debut On Home Video! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment will release Tsuburaya Productions' GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT (電光超人グリッドマン, Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman) The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $40.99 on August 17, 2021. The show first aired on Japanese television  in 1993-94, with the heavily-reworked Americanzied version, SUPERHUMAN SAMURAI SYBER-SQUAD, syndicated by DiC Entertainment in 1994-95. Tsuburaya and Trigger launched the anime reboot SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.グリッドマン, SSSS.Guriddoman) in 2018. In the series, three computer-savvy kids, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei created their own videogame superhero, but then discover it possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters in

      The latest film in the legendary Japanese anime franchise will premiere in over 240 countries and territories excluding Japan Source: Amazon press release Official Site: https://www.evangelion.co.jp/final.html (Japan) Photo courtesy of Amazon. © khara / Project Eva. © khara / EVA Production Committee © khara Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive global premiere (outside of Japan) of the highly anticipated Japanese anime blockbuster 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:?, 2021) on August 13th. EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final chapter of the new theatrical edition of Evangelion. The anime film – which is the highest-grossing in all movies by chief director Hideaki Anno and most-watched movie in Japanese theatres in 2021- is from directors Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama and Mahiro Maeda as well as legendary creator, screenwriter and chief director Hideaki Anno (SHIN GODZILLA). To

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://getterrobot-arc.com (Japan) © Go Nagai・ Ken Ishikawa / Dynamic Planning ・ Masao Otome Institute Sentai announced today that it acquired partial rights to the anime TV series GETTER ROBO ARC (ゲッターロボ アーク, Gettārobo Āku, 2021), the hotly anticipated next chapter of the iconic GETTER ROBO saga, based upon the original work of Ken Ishikawa and legendary mangaka Go Nagai. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and Central and South America. The world is on the brink of apocalypse following an onslaught of invaders. To fight the attacking hoard, one of the original Getter Robo pilots, Hayato Jin, has finished Getter Arc, a new fighting unit based on the final work and ultimate masterpiece of Professor Saotome. Now the son of Ryoma – one

    Photos courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ©2019 3Y Film. NEZURA 1964 ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the independent kaiju films THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku, 2019) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020). Limited Edition VHS and Blu-rays will be made available soon with wide-release DVDs to follow. Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa, THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL is a remake of the long-lost 1934 film by Yoshiro Edamasa, which was quite possibly the first-ever daikaiju film from Japan. The film boasts an all-star cast of tokusatsu/kaiju actors that includes Akira Kubo (INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER/MONSTER ZERO, SON OF GODZILLA), Akira Takarada (star of

    GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – Part 1 Available September 14th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its September slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks highly anticipated film follow-up to the GIRLS UND PANZEr anime series. GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – Part 1 will be available on English dubbed Blu-ray September 14th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. HEAVEN'S MEMO PAD Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      9/7/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 Narumi Fujishima has never fit in with his classmates.  Joining the gardening club didn't make him Mr. Popularity, as there was only one other member… but when he's introduced

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler     Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the  independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019). The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://mahoushoujyo-anime.com/ (Japan) © Kentaro Sato (Akita Shoten) / Magical Girl Site Production Committee Sentai announced today that it acquired MAGICAL GIRL SITE (魔法少女サイト, Mahō Shōjo Saito, 2018), the darkly surreal, reality mangling series that flips the magical girl genre completely on its head. Sentai will distribute Magical Girl Site in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal. Aya Asagiri’s life could not get any worse. Relentlessly bullied by peers and family, she spirals into darkness and despair. Nearing rock bottom, she receives a mysterious invitation from Magical Girl Site, a website promising to grant her lifechanging magical powers. At first, Aya dismisses the lure as just another cold-hearted prank, but a fateful choice makes clear that dark abilities now grow within her.    As she discovers dangerous new powers, Aya

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's GIANTS AND TOYS (巨人と玩具, Kyojin to Gangu, 1958), a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. Masumura's muse Ayako Wakao (THE BLUE SKY MAIDEN, RED ANGEL) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover, Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father's, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya's beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya's back marks her as the

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2020 Beimo Film LLC Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2020 Beimo Film LLC Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of THE PAPER TIGERS, a homage to feel-good martial arts films like THE KARATE KID.  The audience-pleasing film shows how three dedicated kung fu disciples grew into washed-up, middle-aged men—now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death. The award-winning feature film debut of Director Tran Quoc Bao,  THE PAPER TIGERS stars Alain Uy (HELSTROM, TRUE DETECTIVE), Ron Yuan (MULAN, MARCO POLO), and Mykel Shannon Jenkins (THE GODS, UNDISPUTED III: REDEMPTION). Following its world premiere at the Fantasia Film

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