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    The 2014 heartfelt, coming-of-age series receives a stunning new home video release as a complete Blu-ray set! Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: kimiuso.jp (Japan), yourlieinapril.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce the Your lie in April (四月は君の嘘, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, 2014-15) Complete Blu-ray Set arriving just in time for the holiday season on December 22, 2020. For the first time ever, fans can now own all twenty-two episodes of the heartwarming series in six Blu-ray discs, housed in a beautiful box featuring illustration by character designer Yukiko Aikei. The Blu-ray set includes thirteen collectible illustration cards, plus audio commentary by the English cast and director (Episode 1 and 22), English bloopers, the English trailer, as well as textless openings and endings. (SWORD ART ONLINE, BLUE EXORCIST). Directed by Kyohei Ishiguro (OCCULTIC;NINE) with series

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new ULTRAMAN R/B Blu-ray + Digital set. The set includes Tsuburaya Productions` 25-episode series ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [ウルトラマンR/B(ルーブ), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018] and the 2015 feature film ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE: SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (劇場版ウルトラマンR/B セレクト!絆のクリスタル, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru). Both ULTRAMAN R/B and ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE are presented with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. ULTRAMAN R/B will be available on Blu-ray + Digital (SRP: $49.99) on Tuesday, October 13. Mill Creek`s Ultraman titles can be ordered from UltramanOnAmazon as well as other retailers (both online and in stores). Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service, movieSPREE. The series and movie will also be available for

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Koji Shima`s WARNING FROM SPACE (宇宙人東京に現わる, Uchūjin Tokyo ni Arawaru, 1956), the first Japanese science fiction film to be made in color. The movie features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message... that could be humanity`s last hope for survival. The WARNING FROM SPACE Blu-ray will be released October 13 by Arrow

    "Welcome to the Clock Tower, the mystery-filled mecca for mages.” Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: anime.elmelloi.com (Japan), elmelloi-anime.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America announced today that the LORD EL-MELLOI II’S CASE FILES {RAIL ZEPPELIN} GRACE NOTE (ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿 -魔眼蒐集列車 Grace note-, Rōdo Erumeroi Nisei no Jikenbo -Magan shūshū ressha Grace note-, 2019) anime series is coming to home video as a Complete Blu-ray Box Set! This set features all fourteen episodes with both Japanese and English audio, housed in a special package illustrated by Character Designer Jun Nakai. along with a myriad of bonus content including textless opening and ending, PV collections, web previews, as well as an exclusive special booklet. The box set includes a brand new English dub featuring an all-star cast led by Lucien Dodge (FATE/ZERO, GOD EATER ) as Lord El-Melloi II and Kayli Mills

    Source: Third Window Films press release Special Thanks to Adam Torel UK distributor Third Window Films is pleased to announce the world`s first Blu-ray release of THE TASTE OF TEA (茶の味, Cha no Aji, 2004). Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as SHARK SKIN MAN AND PEACH HIP GIRL for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city. As the lazy days pass by, each member of

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai has acquired rights to IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? BLOOM, the third season of the delightfully energetic slice-of-life anime series IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? (ご注文はうさぎですか? BLOOM, Go Chūmon wa UsagiDesu Ka? BLOOM, 2020), for audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The colorful cast of Is the Order a Rabbit? is back to charm audiences as they beam cuteness, coffee and bunnies galore! Adapted from the four-panel manga series of the same name, IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? BLOOM finds Cocoa, Chino, Rize, Chiya, Tippy and all your Rabbit House favorites weathering the transition between summer and autumn as they serve up more of the adorable antics and cute capers that made their earlier adventures so beloved. Whether at school or at

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the pulse-pounding action-adventure epic INVINCIBLE DRAGON, starring China’s next-level action superstar Max Zhang (IP MAN 3, MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY). Director Fruit Chan (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER) assembled a dynamic supporting cast, including champion UFC fighter Anderson Silva (NEVER SURRENDER, TAPPED OUT), Kevin Cheng (MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY) and Stephy Tang (THE EMPTY HANDS) for Zhang, who portrays a brilliant but trigger-happy detective who pays a high price when he is outsmarted by a vicious serial killer. INVINCIBLE DRAGON debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98), Digital and DVD (SLP: $24.98) October 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film is presented in the original Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles, has a runtime of approximately 99 minutes

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra SRS is proud to announce the latest Kaiju addition to their growing line, Daisuke Sato’s beautiful and amazing HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の國, Sagiri no Kuni, 2020). 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 and a fantastic monster suit, it offers a new aesthetic in the world of kaiju films. Limited edition pre-sales have started with copies expected to ship by late November. Only 1000 will be sold on Blu-ray, which will include reversible artwork featuring both pieces of the artwork from Tomoaki Matsumoto and Matt Frank, a 35 min making of and is

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S Blu-ray + Digital set. The set includes Tsuburaya Productions` 12-episode series ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013), the 16-episode sequel series, ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガS, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014), the feature film 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) and the special 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). The two series are presented in Japanese with English subtitles while ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY come with both the original Japanese audio and an English dub. ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S is now available

    ASSASSINS PRIDE Available November 24th; AHIRU NO SORA Available December 15th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its November and December slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks action-packed shounen sports anime AHIRU NO SORA, available on Blu-ray December 15th with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release... GRANBELM Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 11/3/2020 Format: BD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $59.98 Was going back to school at night to retrieve a forgotten lunch box a really bad mistake? That`s how it seems when Mangetsu Kohinata suddenly finds herself pulled into a strange world where girls in giant magical armor are engaged in a ferocious battle. While the timing was unfortunate, it turns out

    Featuring A Collectible 160-Page Book, Pilot Film, Original CD Soundtrack, Special Bonus Content, and More! Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: b-animation.jp (Japan), B: THE BEGINNING | Netflix (US) Special Thanks to Tom Chen From the renowned animation powerhouse Production I.G. (PSYCHO-PASS, GhHOST IN THE SHELL, ATTACK ON TITAN) and director Kazuto Nakazawa (PARASITE DOLLS, animation director of KILL BILL: Vol. 1) comes the popular action suspense anime series, B: THE BEGINNING (2018). Directed by Nakazawa and Yoshinobu Yamakawa (LITTLE BUSTERS!), this gripping, character-driven crime procedural uniquely blends the visual marvel of anime, dystopian sci-fi supernatural fantasy, and gritty mystery narrative in equal measures. The series music is composed by Yoshihiro Ike (BLOOD: THE LAST EMPIRE, TIGER & BUNNY), with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. B: THE BEGINNING SEASON ONE, packed with bonus content, arrives on national home entertainment shelves at

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment has asked SciFi Japan to share the following update... ATTN Ultra-Fans! It has come to our attention that the initial manufacturing run of ULTRAMAN GINGA COLLECTION did not include the accompanying booklet and digital redemption code. We apologize for this oversight and encourage purchasers to fill out the following form, http://bit.ly/UltramanGingaForm, so we can issue booklets and codes. Proof of purchase must be provided via the instructions detailed in the form. Thank you for your continued support of Mill Creek Entertainment and our lineup of Ultraman Blu-rays! For further details on the ULTRAMAN GINGA COLLECTION, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. About Mill Creek Entertainment Mill Creek Entertainment is the home entertainment industry’s leading independent studio for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital

    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: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to shounen fantasy series MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT (精霊の守り人, Seirei no Moribito, 2007), based upon the works of award-winning author Nahoko Uehashi. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. An invisible world known as “Nayug” exists parallel to this one. The egg of the Water Spirit from Nayug has been laid within Chagum, the Second Crown Prince of New-Yogo — and as a result, Chagum’s father, the Emperor, has ordered him killed. After he’s ensnared in an assassin’s trap, Chagum is saved by a spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa who agrees to protect Chagum as part of her journey to atone for the sins of her foster father. As Chagum interacts with

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new GRAVEYARDS OF HONOR Blu-ray Set. Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema — Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY, BATTLE ROYALE) and Takashi Miike (DEAD OR ALIVE, AUDITION) — present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita’s gangster novel Graveyard of Honor, each tapping into the zeitgeist of a distinct period of Japanese history, in this exclusive two-disc set. Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku’s original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku’s earlier Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to shounen fantasy series MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT (精霊の守り人, Seirei no Moribito, 2007), based upon the works of award-winning author Nahoko Uehashi. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. An invisible world known as “Nayug” exists parallel to this one. The egg of the Water Spirit from Nayug has been laid within Chagum, the Second Crown Prince of New-Yogo — and as a result, Chagum’s father, the Emperor, has ordered him killed. After he’s ensnared in an assassin’s trap, Chagum is saved by a spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa who agrees to protect Chagum as part of her journey to atone for the sins of her foster father. As Chagum interacts with

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Toei’s BLACK TEST CAR/THE BLACK REPORT from maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (BLIND BEAST). BLACK TEST CAR (黒の試走車, Kuro no Shisō-sha, 1962) is a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry, which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films. In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, THE LAST EMPEROR) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s

    Official Site: notzilla.movie Facebook: facebook.com/NotzillaMovie Special Thanks to Avery Guerra The hilarious award-winning kaiju comedy spoof NOTZILLA is releasing today (August 18, 2020) from Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions with distributors Indie Rights for digital and Allied Vaughn for the region-free physical media editions. When a scientist from Japan smuggles a monster’s egg into the United States, what could possibly go wrong when it actually hatches — and alcohol makes it grow taller than a skyscraper? The race is on as the monster drinks beer and wreaks havoc, the Japanese scientist tries to shrink it, and a crazed weapons physicist tries to nuke the monster—and possibly take the entire city of Cincinnati with it! NOTZILLA can now be streamed on Amazon and other services. The Blu-ray (SLP: $19.99) and DVD (SLP: $16.99) is available from online retailers and can also be purchased directly through

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema — Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY, BATTLE ROYALE) and Takashi Miike (DEAD OR ALIVE, AUDITION) — present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita’s gangster novel Graveyard of Honor, each tapping into the zeitgeist of a distinct period of Japanese history, in this exclusive two-disc set. Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku’s original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku’s earlier Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his portrayal of a gangster utterly without honor or ethics, surviving by any means necessary in a world of brutal criminality.

    Official Site: notzilla.movie Facebook: facebook.com/NotzillaMovie Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the hilarious award-winning kaiju comedy spoof NOTZILLA. When a scientist from Japan smuggles a monster’s egg into the United States, what could possibly go wrong when it actually hatches — and alcohol makes it grow taller than a skyscraper? The race is on as the monster drinks beer and wreaks havoc, the Japanese scientist tries to shrink it, and a crazed weapons physicist tries to nuke the monster—and possibly take the entire city of Cincinnati with it! NOTZILLA debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $19.99) and DVD (SLP: $16.99) August 18 from Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions and Allied Vaughn. The film has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

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