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    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sao-alicization.net (Japan), sao-alicization.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is delighted to announce the next home video release of the SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION series, with the SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD Complete Blu-ray Set coming June 22, 2021! The complete Blu-ray set comes with six Blu-ray discs and includes all 23 episodes plus 2 recap episodes in both English and Japanese audio, housed in a stunning box featuring art by abec (Original Illustrator/ Character Design Concept). The set also includes bonus content such as trailers, commercials, textless openings and endings, as well as audio commentary by Japanese cast and staff members, along with a special booklet and an original soundtrack CD by the acclaimed composer, Yuki Kajiura. SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD Complete Blu-ray Set is

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: swordgai-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/SWORDGAI The Animation (US) Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to brutal action series SWORDGAI THE ANIMATION (ソードガイ The Animation, Sōdo Gai The Animation, 2018) for audiences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Latin America. In this world, sentient, powerful swords rain death on a powerless populace. Gai Ogata’s parents are murdered by Shiryu, a cursed blade with an endless thirst for blood. From childhood, Gai is transfixed on Shiryu, training as a blacksmith in hopes of someday surpassing the sword’s deadly guile with a creation of his own. But when another tragic turn of events costs Gai his arm, his master repurposes Shiryu into an unconventional prosthetic, binding Gai to the bloodthirsty weapon permanently. Now Gai must learn

    These beloved ULTRAMAN series and films will have their North American, high-definition debut! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Minneapolis, MN (March 17, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next releases from the Ultraman superhero library! On June 15, ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE — containing two complete television series and a movie will be on 5 Blu-ray discs with an MSRP of $45.99 — and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION — containing two movies and two specials across 3 Blu-ray discs will have an MSRP of $34.99. These exciting debuts come off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. Originally released in 2007, the

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on Steelbook on June 22, 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. THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY join THE CAT RETURNS, WHISPER OF THE HEART, SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and PONYO in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films. THE

    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 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

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment The street date for Mill Creek’s ULTRAMAN LEO Blu-ray has changed. The special edition SteelBook (SRP $55.99) and standard packaging ($45.99) will now be released on May 25, 2021. For product info and ordering links please see the earlier 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 distribution. With direct sales pipelines to all primary retail and online partners, Mill Creek Entertainment licenses, produces, markets and distributes a dynamic array of film and television content to over 30,000 retail stores and thousands of websites reaching millions of customers across North America. Mill Creek Entertainment’s expansive library includes Oscar®-winning theatrical feature films, Emmy®-winning classic and current TV series, original documentary productions and pop-culture favorites that enlighten, educate and entertain.

    AHIRU NO SORA Available May 25th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its May slate of releases which includes Season 3 & 4 of Sentai Filmworks hit series, AHIRU NO SORA, available on Blu-ray May 25th and also included in the Season 1-4 Limited Edition Premium Box Set! Product details follow, in order of release… GATE Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 600 min. Street Date: 5/4/2021 Format: BD Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $59.98 When a dimensional rift appears in downtown Tokyo and begins spewing an army of monsters and men in medieval armor, 33-year-old JSDF officer Yoji Itami’s hobbies of fantasy novels and video games suddenly complement his military training and help rout an invasion from another world! They also

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: wiiber.com (Japan), wellgousa.com/films/crazy-samurai-400-vs-1 (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the groundbreakingly innovative action epic CRAZY SAMURAI: 400 vs. 1 (狂武蔵, Kyō Musashi, 2020). 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) has crafted an epic achievement in action choreography around martial arts icon Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRL), who plays Japan’s most legendary swordsman — Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), a warrior undefeated in at least 60 documented duels — as he takes on his most difficult battle. CRAZY SAMURAI: 400 VS. 1 debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98) and DVD (SLP:

    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! We have made a series of updates, corrections and revisions to the booklet included in the RETURN OF ULTRAMAN complete series releases. We are now making a replacement booklet available for consumers who have purchased the collection. If you’re interested in receiving an updated booklet, please fill out the following form, http://bit.ly/ReturnOfUltramanBooklet. 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 RETURN OF ULTRAMAN standard Blu-ray and special edition SteelBook sets, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. About

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: baki-anime.jp (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired BAKI (グラップラー刃牙, Gurappurā Baki), the brutal martial arts anime series, for release in a home video complete collection. Sentai’s release will feature the original Japanese with English subtitles together with an all-new English dub. Five vicious convicts escape death row. They make their way to Tokyo intent on committing violent blood sport. Now they’re after Baki Hanma. With the onslaught looming, Baki must enlist Kaoru Hanayama, Doppo Orochi, Sea King Retsu and Goki Shibukawa, each with his own unique combat ability, if Baki wants to live to brawl another day. From the mind of the series’ original creator, Keisuke Itagaki, BAKI adapts the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga” of the second manga series. BAKI is produced by TMS Entertainment (GUGURE! KOKKURI-SAN, MEGALOBOX , LUPIN THE 3rd) and

    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 Blu-ray of Toei’s SHOGUN’S JOY OF TORTURE (徳川女刑罰史, Tokugawa Onna Keibatsu-shi, 1968), cult director Teruo Ishii’s 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 Buddhist nunnery are not allowed to go unpunished after abbess Reihō (Yukie Kagawa) and

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release Official Site: sandaikaijyu.pal-ep.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra SRS Cinema keeps the indie kaiju rolling with MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020) on limited edition Blu-ray and VHS. In the latest film from the amazing Minoru Kawasaki (THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!), Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn’t get any worse an enormous mutant octopus monster emerges from the deep and heads into a clash of the titans with the gargantuan

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: babylon-anime.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to the suspense-filled thriller BABYLON (バビロン, Babiron, 2019), the anime series based on Mado Nozaki’s popular light novels. Sentai plans to release the series on Blu-ray as well as digital sell-through via select outlets. Zen Seizaki, dedicated prosecutor with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, is assigned a seemly cut-and-dry case of false advertisement on part of a pharmaceutical company. But what starts as a routine investigation soon turns into something much darker, the strange details of the case painting a portrait of corruption and deceit that permeates the mayoral election being run in the newly formed Shiniki District. Soon Seizaki discovers depravity that puts at risk the very fabric of the Japanese justice system — not to mention Seizaki’s own sense of right and wrong. The

    Source: Shout! Factory Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan and Tom Chen On May 11th, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory imprint will release a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the 1976 KING KONG remake. The timeless story of a beauty (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a beast returned to the screen in this ambitious production from producer Dino De Laurentiis (SERPICO, DEATH WISH) and director John Guillermin (TOWERING INFERNO). The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man — KING KONG! Charles Grodin (THE HEARTBREAK KOD, MIDNIGHT RUN) is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast (Rick Baker) to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, IRON MAN) is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp.

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: wellgousa.com/films/ne-zha (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed epic THE SWORDSMAN (검객, Geomgaek, 2020). From first time writer/director Choi Jae-hoon, the film stars Jang Hyuk (VOLCANO HIGH, WINDSTRUCK), Kim Hyeon-soo (BE WITH YOU), Joe Taslim (THE RAID: REDEMPTION, FAST & FURIOUS 6), Jeong Man-sik (BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS), Lee Na-kyung (BATTLE FOR INCHEON: OPERATION CHROMITE) and Lee Min-hyuk (A LOVE TO KILL). After being blinded in a coup against the king, Joseon’s greatest swordsman (Jang Hyuk) goes into hiding, far removed from his city’s anguish. But when traffickers kidnap his daughter, he has no choice but to unsheathe his sword once more. THE SWORDSMAN debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98), Digital and DVD (SLP: $24.98) February

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: karakuri-anime.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it will release KARAKURI CIRCUS (からくりサーカス, Karakuri Sākasu, 2018-19), adapted from Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga of the same name, for home video this spring. Hailed as one of the best series from the Fall 2018 season, the 36-episode series blends unique artwork, characters and storytelling with gripping action all set within a complex, enigmatic world. Following his father’s untimely demise, Masaru Saiga inherits the family fortune as well as his father’s company. Too bad he also inherited a target on his back since his unscrupulous relatives want to murder Masaru and take what’s rightfully his! The only thing standing between Masaru and assassination is a sickly clown named Narumi Kato, a white-haired girl name Shirogane who claims she’s Masaru’s guardian, and the mysterious puppet left to Masaru by his father upon his

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: wellgousa.com/films/ne-zha (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the animated-feature JIANG ZIYA (姜子牙, 2019), the acclaimed follow-up to the international blockbuster NE ZHA (哪吒之魔童降世, Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì, 2019).Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and written and directed by Yang Yu (aka Jiao Zi), JIANG ZIYA is the second chapter in the magical Fengshen Cinematic Universe, a fate-defying, action-packed legendary tale retold through vibrant Chinese animation. 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 debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98),

    HERO MASK Available April 27th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its April slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ action packed series, HERO MASK, available on Blu-ray April 27th. Product details follow, in order of release… ELFEN LIED Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 350 min. Street Date: 4/6/2021 Format: BD Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Critics have described ELFEN LIED as “weird,” (Anime Planet), “surprisingly sadistic,” (Gamers Edge), and “addictive”(Animesou). No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young

    The seventh classic ULTRAMAN series gets its North American, high-definition debut! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Minneapolis, MN (January 26, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next release from the Ultraman superhero library! ULTRAMAN LEO (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reo) will arrive on Blu-ray as both a special edition SteelBook for $55.99 and in standard packaging for $45.99 on April 13, 2021. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the entire available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. ULTRAMAN LEO is the seventh and final entry in the first wave of the Ultraman Series, premiering in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: gkids.com/films/earwig-and-the-witch (US) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan EARWIG AND THE WITCH (アーヤと魔女, Āya to Majo, 2020), the first new release in four years from the legendary Studio Ghibli, will be released on digital platforms on March 23, as well as in both a Limited Edition Steelbook and a Blu-ray + DVD combo on April 6 from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (TALES FROM EARTHSEA, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the feature is based on the children’s novel Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle), and marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature. The all-star voice cast for the English dub features the voices of Richard E. Grant (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?,

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