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    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

    Source: Sentai press release ©Hiroshi Fukuda/Shogakukan Sentai announced tthat it has acquired the MUSHIBUGYOU (ムシブギョー, 2014-15) OVA collection, based upon the shonen anime series of the same name. Sentai will distribute the three-part OVA to audiences in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa as well as Latin America. As giant insects lay waste to the land of Edo, the Insect Magistrate Office gathers powerful warriors to defend the populace from the invading threat. A rookie swordsman named Jinbee Tsukishima seeks to atone for past sins by joining their ranks, but he’ll need to prove his worth if he wants to find redemption and curb the insect infestation. Produced by Seven Arcs Pictures (TRINITY SEVEN, MUSHIBUGYOU, VIVID STRIKE!), the MUSHIBUGYOU OVA is directed by Takayuki Hamana (ERIN, LIBRARY WARS, ARTE) with character design

    Celebrate Ultraman Day with SECRETS OF THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN, a Blu-ray collection of select English dubbed ULTRAMAN episodes! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Exclusive Release for Ultraman Day! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to .W. Starrett The set features the incredible Marvel Comics cover art by Arthur Adams. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Minneapolis, MN (June 16, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to announce Secrets of The Rise of Ultraman Collection, a Blu-ray set containing 9 exclusive episodes of the original Ultraman series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. Ultraman and the Science Patrol will fight for peace against Kemular, Goldon, Seabozu, Skydon, and more! Included in this exclusive Blu-ray release is a 12-page collectible booklet and episode guide. Enjoy 228 minutes of this classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy with the

    Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. © 2021 Legendary. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Official Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Lina Morales Today sees the release of GODZILLA VS. KONG on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and DVD. From Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by Adam Wingard (THE GUEST, YOU’RE NEXT) and stars Alexander Skarsgård (THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, TV’s BIG LITTLE LIES) and Millie Bobby Brown (TV’s STRANGER THINGS). ABOUT GODZILLA VS. KONG Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged

    Win Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION Blu-ray sets from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION. The ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE set includes the complete television series ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru, 2007) and ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru Nebā Endingu Odessei, 2008) and the 2009 theatrical feature MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaijū Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu Za Mūbī) on 5 Blu-ray discs with an MSRP of $45.99. The ULTRAMAN

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://escha-chron.jp/ (Japan) © Terminal/Escha Chron Project Sentai announced today that it acquired ESCHA CHRON (エスカクロン, Esukakuron, 2017) , the two-episode original video animation (OVA) produced by Studio Lerche. Sentai will distribute the OVA to audiences in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America. Escha and Chron are as different as night and day, but together they eke out a life in the colorless world of Terminal, a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the far-flung future. Their monochromatic lifestyle changes, however, when they arrive in the present-day Transit, where color and music abound. There they encounter new sights and sounds unlike anything they’ve seen before, and with each new experience, their home world of Terminal gradually begins to change. The ESCHA CHRON OVA is animated by Studio Lerche (SCHOOL-LIVE!, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, GIVEN) and

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