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    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: laidbackers.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired home video and digital sell-through rights for LAIDBACKERS (レイドバッカーズ-, Reidobakkāzu-, 2019), Japan’s hilarious final theatrical anime of the Heisei era. Sentai will distribute the feature in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America and the Netherlands. Four former heroes are now living quiet, reincarnated lives in present day Kyoto, Japan. They bask in the warm contentment of being ordinary, modern folk without much important to do. But their idyllic lives are shattered when a precocious elementary schooler who is secretly a reincarnated demon king they once defeated shows up and starts making some serious demands! Now the former heroes must band together with their arch nemesis, because it’s do or die for team LAIDBACKERS! LAIDBACKERS is a production of Studio

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new, extras-packed Blu-ray of JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA (공동경비구역 JSA, Gongdong Gyeongbi Guyeok Jeieseuei, 2000), the award winning South Korean thriller from the director of OLDBOY. Before OLDBOY, before THE HANDMAIDEN, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee

    The Over-the-Top Action Epic Starring Action Icon Tak Sakaguchi Debuts Exclusively on Streaming Service Hi-YAH! February 12 Before Hitting Digital, Blu-ray & DVD March 2 Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: wiiber.com (Japan), wellgousa.com/films/crazy-samurai-400-vs-1 (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland #CrazySamurai Leading Japanese martial arts icon Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRL) stars in the groundbreakingly innovative action epic CRAZY SAMURAI: 400 vs. 1 (狂武蔵, Kyō Musashi, 2020), which will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! on February 12, before hitting Digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The highlight of this extraordinary film is a 77-minute action sequence shot in one continuous take, a “marathon battle [that] rivals any ever filmed” (Forbes). Director Yuji Shimomura (DEATH TRANCE, RE: BORN)

      From the Debauched Mind of Exploitation Legend Teruo Ishii, an Anthology of Taboo Delights and Horrors! Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler   From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (ORGIES OF EDO, HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN) comes SHOGUN’S JOY OF TORTURE (徳川女刑罰史, Tokugawa Onna Keibatsu-shi, 1968), the infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The first tale sees the beautiful Mitsu (Masumi Tachibana) going to horrifying lengths to tend to her older brother Shinzō (Teruo Yoshida), a carpenter injured in a work accident, but the law catches up on them and metes out a terrifying retribution after they violate the ultimate taboo. In the second, unfettered passions in a

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler On March 16, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent monster movie KONGA TNT (2020) from director Brett Kelly (ATTACK OF THE JURASSIC SHARK). KONGA TNT is an experimental movie project made while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly took unused footage from previous movies and combined it with new footage shot by himself and actor/FX artist John Migliore along with writer Trevor Payer. After becoming injected with a formula derived from an alien ship, a lab gorilla escapes from his containment and befriends two young boys. The alien formula causes the gorilla to grow to gargantuan size and rampage throughout the city and the boys must find a way to save their simian friend before the army takes him down.

      Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer   SciFi Japan is kicking off the New Year with a new contest! Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRAMAN TARO (ウルトラマンタロウ, Urutoraman Tarō, 1973-74). The set contains stunning high definition video for all 53 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. In this sixth entry in the Ultraman series, young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack shortly after being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory). At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth

    One People, Two Countries, Every Life on Earth at Stake Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler On January 19, Arrow Video will release a deluxe Blu-ray edition of JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA (공동경비구역 JSA, Gongdong Gyeongbi Guyeok Jeieseuei, 2000), the award winning South Korean thriller from the director of OLDBOY. Before OLDBOY, before THE HANDMAIDEN, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young-ae,

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: nonnontv.com/tvanime (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to NON NON BIYORI NONSTOP (のんのんびより のんすとっぷ, Non Non Biyori Non Sutotsupu, 2021), the highly anticipated third season of the charming slice-of-life anime series NON NON BIYORI. Since its premiere, NON NON BIYORI swelled the hearts of anime fans with endearing characters, engaging storylines and laugh out loud moments. Sentai’s licensed territory includes the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Aland Islands, Portugal, Spain and Latin America. The cast and main creative team from the earlier installments of NON NON BIYORI teamed up again for NON NON BIYORI NONSTOP! Now fans can rejoin Renge, Natsumi, Komari and former big-city-girl Hotaru as they experience an idyllic life in the Japanese countryside. Fresh excitement brews as someone

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: kaiyari.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to REDO OF HEALER (回復術士のやり直し 〜即死魔法とスキルコピーの超越ヒール〜, Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahō to Sukiru Kopī no Chōetsu Hīru, 2021), the dark fantasy anime series based on the light novel series written by Rui Tsukiyo. Sentai’s licensed territories include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greenland, Faroe and Åland Islands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. In a dark world of monsters, adventurers and mages, some of the most gifted healers are subjugated to brute force even by the hands of their compatriots. But one mage, Kayal, gains the ability to rewind time, turn the tables and right all wrongs. REDO OF HEALER is a production of Studio TNK (KANDAGAWA JET GIRLS). It

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC Official Site: sandaikaijyu.pal-ep.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2020 daikaiju movie MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume). Preorders are scheduled to begin in February for Blu-ray and VHS Special Editions which will ship in early 2021. MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS is the latest production from writer/director Minoru Kawasaki, the internationally renowned cult filmmaker behind such works as THE CALAMARI WRESTLER (いかレスラー, Ika Resurā, 2004), THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN (日本以外全部沈没, Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu, 2006), CRAB GOALKEEPER (かにゴールキーパー, Kani Gōrukīpā, 2006), MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (ギララの逆襲/洞爺湖サミット危機一発, Girara no Gyakushū / Tōyako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu, 2008), EARTH DEFENSE WIDOW (地球防衛未亡人, Chikyū Bōei Mibōjin, 2014) and KAIJU MONO (大怪獣モノ, Daikaijū Mono, 2016). Kawasaki specializes in comedic

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: mujina-company.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired CUTE EXECUTIVE OFFICER (幼女社長, 2021), the delightful short-format anime comedy series based on the manga Youjo Shacho. Sentai will deliver the series to audiences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Portugal. She’s not a genius. She’s not a prodigy. Heck, she’s not even old enough to vote! But somehow Najimu Mujina scored a totally above-average job as the president and “CEO” of the Mujina Company, where she navigates the world of adults with infectious, bright-eyed charm and enthusiasm. Whether it’s golfing with colleagues, negotiating contracts or pestering her executive assistant, Yuki, her hilarious antics are sure to captivate audiences of all ages. CUTE EXECUTIVE OFFICER is produced by Project No.9 (GIRLS BEYOND THE WASTELAND,

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: jiang-ziya-2020 (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland JIANG ZIYA (姜子牙) — the acclaimed follow-up to the international blockbuster NE ZHA (哪吒之魔童降世, Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì, 2019) and the second chapter in the magical Fengshen Cinematic Universe—is a fate-defying, action-packed legendary tale retold through vibrant Chinese animation and debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD February 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. To earn his place with the gods, commander Jiang Ziya must vanquish the fox demon behind a brutal clan war. Upon learning the creature’s fate is tied to that of a young girl, he faces an impossible choice: can he sacrifice one to save many? JIANG ZIYA NVINCIBLE DRAGON debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98), Digital and DVD (SLP: $24.98) February 9, 2021 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film has a

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen Every drink has a story, and every story has a drink to accompany it. Hidden in the Ginza district’s back alleys in Tokyo, we find Eden Hall, an intimate bar run by Ryuu Sasakura, the bartender prodigy known to mix the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. However, not anyone can find Eden Hall, but it must find you! Anime series BARTENDER (バーテンダー, Bātendā), based on the best-selling Japanese manga of the same name by Araki Joh and illustrated by Kenji Nagatomo, is a charming and heartfelt anthology series that brims with captivating slice-of-life narratives and scrumptious-looking anime. Since its initial debut in 2006, BARTENDER developed a worldwide cult following. This acclaimed series was directed by Masaki Watanabe (BATTLE SPIRITS, BAKUMATSU, KADO – THE RIGHT ANSWER), written by Yasuhiro Imagawa

    Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler In March 2021, Arrow Video will release a Blu-ray double feature of THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS (透明人間現わる, Tōmei Ningen Arawaru, 1949) and THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY (透明人間と蝿男, Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko, 1957). Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera. In THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release THE CAT RETURNS and WHISPER OF THE HEART, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on March 16, 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. THE CAT RETURNS and WHISPER OF THE HEART now join SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: moviespree.com/ultraman Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Mill Creek Entertainment's transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE is pleased to announce the availability of the ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S set to purchase and stream exclusively in high-definition on movieSPREE’s website and apps, ahead of the release on Blu-ray! This Ultra collection contains the complete series of ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガS, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014) along with the theatrical feature ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! THE 10 ULTRA WARRIORS! (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガS 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) as well as the bonus miniseries ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (ウルトラファイトオーブ 親子の力、おかりします!, Urutorafaito Ōbu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2015) in one Ultra-impressive collection for only $39.99! Purchase and add to your movieSPREE library at Ultraman Ginga/Ginga S + Ultra Fight Victory - Series &

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Ryûhei Kitamura’s VERSUS (-ヴァーサス-, Vāsasu, 2000). A relentless one-of-a-kind sensory assault chock-full of hyper-kinetic fight scenes, gangster shootouts, sword-slashing violence and gory zombie horror, VERSUS was a key title amongst the barrage of innovative horror and action movies that appeared as if from nowhere from Japan at the turn of the millennium, leading to a new wave of appreciation for Asian extreme cinema. The VERSUS Blu-ray will be released December 8 by Arrow Video US. The set features new High Definition (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the original 2000 cut and 2004’s ULTIMATE VERSUS, featuring over 10 minutes of new

    Come to the land where gods and mankind reside together! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: anime.fate-go.jp (Japan), anime.fate-go.us/ep7-tv (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce that the action-packed FATE/GRAND ORDER ABSOLUTE DEMONIC FRONT: BABYLONIA (Fate/Grand Order -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア-, Feito/Gurando Ōdā -Zettai Majuu Sensen Babironia, 2019-20) will be receiving two Blu-ray box set releases in 2021. Each box set will be housed in a sleek box featuring an exclusive illustration by character designer Tomoaki Takase (OCCULTIC;NINE, SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND) containing three Blu-ray discs with PVs, CMs, textless opening and endings, as well as web previews. Box set I features the first half of the series (episodes 00-11) in both the original Japanese and English audio, plus recap episodes I and II in Japanese, along with a special booklet

    A mysterious invitation turns Kaname Sudo’s world upside down in an unpredictable battle of superpowers! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: darwins-game.com (Japan), darwinsgame-anime.comm (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is excited to announce the release of DARWIN’S GAME (ダーウィンズゲーム, Dāwinzu Gēmu) as a complete Blu-ray set on March 16, 2021. The set will contain all eleven episodes of the thrilling series in both English and Japanese audio, along with web previews, and textless opening and ending on three Blu-ray discs. Featuring an electrifying box art illustration by character designer Kazuya Nakanishi, the complete Blu-ray set includes a special booklet with character information. Adapted from the original manga series by FLIPFLOPs, which was serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Champion by AKITASHOTEN, the animated series premiered in January 2020 and was produced by studio Nexus (COMIC GIRLS, GRANBELM) and directed

    FOOD WARS! THE FOURTH PLATE! Available February 23rd Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its February slate of releases which includes the fourth season of Sentai Filmworks smash hit series, FOOD WARS!, available on Blu-ray February 23rd with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release… TWITTERING BIRDS NEVER FLY ~ THE CLOUDS GATHER Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 85 min. Street Date: 2/2/2021 Format: BD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

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