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    Famed anime studio behind joins livestream event running July 3rd & 4th; All panels also to be available via VOD July 5th to 16th Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 proudly presents a special Studio Trigger panel as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4 . Come join “Doodle with Studio Trigger” stream with creatives, including Lead Designer, Shigeto Koyama, who brought fans beloved anime series such as PROMARE and KILL la KILL!, and Sushio, the renowned Character Designer for KILL la KILL!. Make a request! Ask some questions! Or simply chill out with us... There may even be some sneak peeks

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: https://aniplex-online-fest.com/en/ Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex Online Fest 2021 kicks off July 4th weekend with a bang on July 3, 2021 (PDT) with hosts Sally Amaki of idol group 22/7 and Maxwell Powers on YouTube. The online event is thrilled to announce the special guests that will appear in the programs, including Natsuki Hanae (voice actor of Tanjiro Kamado) and Satoshi Hino (voice actor of Kyojuro Rengoku) for DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (voice actor of Kirito) and Haruka Tomatsu (voice actress of Asuna) for SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE -PROGRESSIVE- ARIA OF A STARLESS NIGHT, and Kenji Akabane and Minami Tanaka for FATE/GRAND ORDER ANIME PROJECT.  The PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT X MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY  program will feature  Aoi Yuki (voice actress of Madoka Kaname), Eri

    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

    Photos courtesy of Legendary Comics. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2021 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2021 Source: Legendary Comics Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Tracy Brown and Sarah Jarvis Legendary Comics is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their GODZILLA VS. KONG prequel graphic novels Godzilla Dominion and Kingdom Kong! Godzilla Dominion is written by New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes (the  New Jedi Order series, Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization) with art by Drew Edward Johnson (DC’s Wonder Woman, Supergirl; Legendary Comics’ Godzilla Aftershock). It features a unique story that picks up after the events of the film GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel

    Famed Glad Museum Collection opens vault of iconic animation cels to fans June 25-27 Source:  Heritage Auctions press release Special Thanks to Eric Bradley  Production animation cels and backgrounds from the most critically-acclaimed and culturally-influential anime films, television series and characters to headline a three-day auction event June 25-27 at Heritage Auctions. The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is the first of its kind held by any major U.S. auction house to pay homage to the craft of anime animation art. “With 928 lots, this will be the world’s largest auction to feature top-grade anime, manga and even classic American animation,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “From feature films to television series, the sale is packed with iconic scenes and characters.” The auction features top selections from the Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad,

    Digital-first publisher of Japanese light novels and manga joins livestream event running July 3rd & 4th; All panels also to be available via VOD July 5th to 16th Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 proudly presents the J-Novel Club panel as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4th. Join the team at J-Novel Club for all the latest news and announcements they are bringing to Anime Expo Lite! Also bring your best questions for the panel team to answer immediately after the announcement segment! J-Novel Club is a digital publishing company offering officially licensed and translated light novel and manga titles for its community of online

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: https://aniplex-online-fest.com/en/ Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex Online Fest 2021 is excited to announce the line-up of music artists that will be featured in the online event from Aniplex over the July 4th weekend. Musical acts will include some of the biggest names in anime music, including Aimer, ClariS, LiSA, ReoNa, and SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]. The online event, which saw over 800,000 viewers from all over the world in July 2020, will feature programming from popular Aniplex shows, music performances, and more on YouTube for free on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (PDT). Aniplex Online Fest 2021 revealed on May 27th their first round of programming, which includes DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE -PROGRESSIVE- ARIA OF A STARLESS NIGHT, FATE/GRAND ORDER ANIME PROJECT, and PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT X MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©Pineapple Movie Limited   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©Pineapple Movie Limited Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed MMA thriller UNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN (潛龍狙擊, Qián lóng jūjī, 2019). An undercover cop’s daring plan to infiltrate a notorious drug ring is severely compromised when a rival agency attacks mid-trade and kills the gang’s leader. Their cover blown, both teams are forced to unite and take to the high seas in an attempt to overthrow the ruthless smuggler behind it all.  First-time co-directors Lui Koon Nam and Frankie Tam assembled an exciting cast – including Philip Ng (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, CHASING THE DRAGON), Van Ness Wu (IP MAN 4, DRAGON BLADE), and Andy On (SPECIAL

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES FILM PARTNERS   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES FILM PARTNERS Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES (アルキメデスの大戦, Archimedes no Taisen, 2019). Directed by award-winning filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki (ALWAYS -SUNSET ON THIRD STREET, THE ETERNAL ZERO, “Godzilla the Ride"), the film is a fictionalized depiction of the behind-the-scenes struggles of building the Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, during WWII. From renowned producer/distributor Toho (GODZILLA; MY HERO ACADEMIA, YOUR NAME), THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES stars Suda Masaki (DROWNING LOVE), Emoto Tasuku (AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING), Hamabe Minami (THE PROMISED NEVERLAND), Shofukutei Tsurube (FAMILY OF STRANGERS), and Kobayashi Katsuya (THE

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: https://aniplex-online-fest.com/en/ Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce the return of Aniplex Online Fest 2021 on Saturday, July 3, 2021 (PDT). After the successful inaugural event in July 2020, which welcomed over 800,000 viewers from all over the world, Aniplex Online Fest is scheduled to feature programming from popular Aniplex shows, performances from the biggest musical acts, and more, streaming worldwide for free this summer. Aniplex Online Fest 2021 is also proud to reveal the main visual illustrated by Saki Takahashi and the first round of the programming line-up, which includes DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE -PROGRESSIVE- ARIA OF A STARLESS NIGHT, FATE/GRAND ORDER ANIME PROJECT, and PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT X MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY. For more

    Registration open now for ticketed livestream event running July 3 & 4; All proceeds to benefit Hate Is A Virus Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 adds a vivid array of video game and visual novel brands to this year’s two-day, livestream convention, commencing on Saturday, July 3rd and continuing through July 4th. Programming will include exclusive game related panels and special online content presented by Sekai Project and WayForward with additional participants to be announced shortly. Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream ends on July 4th, ticketholders will be able to

    Special Guest Ian Sinclair (English Voice of “Whis”) Will Join Fans for Hour-Long Livestream Countdown of the Top 10 Greatest Fights in the Acclaimed DRAGON BALL SUPER Series Source: Toei Animation Inc., Funimation press release Last December, fans were asked to name the greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all times and the response was overwhelming. The answers have now been tabulated, and “the winners” will be revealed on Saturday, March 27 at the special global fan event “Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles” announced today by Toei Animation and Funimation together with a promotional video. Special guest and DRAGON BALL SUPER voice actor Ian Sinclair (English voice of “Whis”) will join co-hosts Justin Rojas (Toei Animation) and Lauren Moore (Funimation) for an hour-long livestream countdown of the Top 10 greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all time as chosen by fans. Starting

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: tohostage.com/spirited_away Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Toho Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce the world premiere of a new theatrical production based on Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). This production will be the first ever stage adaptation of the 2001 animated masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki which became a massive box office hit in Japan and earned worldwide acclaim including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Daddy Long Legs), who has been an admirer of the film for years will write and direct the stage adaptation Chihiro, the heroine of the story, is a 10-year-old girl moving with her parents to their new home. They lose

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: mahoningdit.com The Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, PA is sure to delight monster and sci-fi movies fans with great events this July and August. First up is SCHLOCK-O-RAMA IV, a 10 film event the kicks off Friday, July 24 and features such greats as KING KONG VS GODZILLA, VALLEY OF GWANGI, FORBIDDEN PLANET, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS and BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS. Then on Tuesday, August 4, the Toho classic DESTROY ALL MONSTERS will be screened in 35mm. Read on for details... The Mahoning Drive-In Theater 635 Seneca RoadLehighton, PA 18235 SCHLOCK-O-RAMA IV General Ticket (Per Person) $10.00 Friday 7/24: BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS Q VALLEY OF GWANGI MONSTROID Saturday 7/25: KING KONG VS .GODZILLA WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN THE GIANT GILA MONSTER Sunday 7/26: FORBIDDEN PLANET HOUSE ON HAUNTED

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

    Author Andrew Nguyen From October 26-28, 2018, the Los Angeles Convention Center played host to the annual Stan Lee’s LA Comic-Con. Formerly known as Stan Lee’s Comikaze, it followed the lead of other conventions in adapting the Comic Con name when it rebranded in 2016. Although the focus of the convention is on comic books, it also deals with animation and live-action properties.

    Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ddPR Special Thanks to Danny Duran Universal Studios Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on Blu-ray. Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances, the boxed set includes all Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the studio that pioneered the horror genre with imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror in unforgettable films from the 1930s to late-1950s. From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack of Steven Spielberg’s action adventure READY PLAYER ONE. Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, READY PLAYER ONE stars Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, MUD), Olivia Cooke (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, TV’s BATES MOTEL) and Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY, TV’s BLOODLINE). The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (TV’s MASTER OF NONE), T.J. Miller (DEADPOOL, TV’s SILICON VALLEY), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Simon Pegg (the STAR TREK and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES, DUNKIRK). READY PLAYER ONE will be available in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack of RAMPAGE. Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure as a primatologist trying to stop gigantic mutated creatures. Directed by Brad Peyton, RAMPAGE also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (MOONLIGHT), Malin Akerman (TV’s BILLIONS), Jake Lacy (TV’s GIRLS), Joe Manganiello (TV’s TRUE BLOOD), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s THE WALKING DEAD); as well as P.J. Byrne (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Marley Shelton (TV’s RISE), Breanne Hill (TV’s FRONTIER), Jack Quaid (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Matt Gerald (TV’s DAREDEVIL), Jason Liles (DEATH NOTE), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s THE BRAVE), and Will Yun Lee (TV’s HAWAII FIVE-O). RAMPAGE will be available in a 4K

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