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      Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Bay Area Film EventsOfficial Site: https://www.bayareafilmevents.com/ultraman  Celebrate 3 days of Ultraman movies, exclusives, and special guests! Image courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan are pleased to present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival coming to the 4-Star Theater in San Francisco the weekend of July 21-23.  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guests, merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more!   • Special screening of the all-new SHIN ULTRAMAN Saturday night! SHIN ULTRAMAN posters for all who attend. • West Coast Premiere of special 4K restorations of episodes from the original 1966 ULTRAMAN Series! • Special matinee of the Tsuburaya/Hanna-Barbera co-produced animated movie

    Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime streaming service HIDIVE, home to some of Japan’s hottest new series,  delighted fans this evening with a bevy of announcements during its highly anticipated Anime Expo Industry Panel. Taking center stage, HIDIVE's panel hosts Star Butler and Jacki Jing (Netflix’s THE CIRCLE) revealed a trio of exciting acquisitions as well as other exciting news, including upcoming English DUBCAST editions. And as a special treat for the audience, HIDIVE’s panel concluded with the U.S. subtitled premiere of LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO, the new comedy-fantasy series from Kadokawa premiering July 3 and streaming exclusively on HIDIVE. Leading the list of acquisitions was the late-breaking announcement that THE DREAMING BOY IS A REALIST, the eagerly awaited new rom-com from Pony Canyon, will be joining HIDIVE’s new Summer Simulcast Season. Based on the popular light novel series written

    Win 3 Power Rangers Minimates sets from Diamond Select Toys! Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a collection of three MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Minimates sets. These 2-inch Minimates figures are designed by Barry Bradfield, feature 14 points of articulation, removable helmets and fully interchangeable parts and accessories!   Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Minimates Series 1 Box Set (SRP: $29.99) ● Series 1 includes the Blue Ranger, Pink Ranger, Green Ranger and robot Alpha 5! All four come packaged on a full-color blister card.    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. ©

    Get up to 65% off all Ultraman Blu-rays and DVDs at DeepDiscount.com. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Spencer Kopp and Chris Johnsen   Ultraman Day 2023 is coming up fast on July 10, 2023!  To celebrate another year of everyone's favorite legendary warrior, Mill Creek Entertainment is having a MASSIVE SALE on all Ultraman DVD's and Blu-rays, and GIVEAWAYS of Ultraman Blu-rays every day July 1-10 on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Accounts, including two ULTIMATE GRAND PRIZES.   JULY 1-10 Complete your ULTRAMAN Collection during Mill Creek's ULTRAMAN DAY Sale! Get any ULTRAMAN DVD or BLU-RAY at 50% off at DeepDiscount.com (Movies, Complete Series, Steelbooks...EVERYTHING!!!) *SELECT TITLES UP TO 65% OFF     WIN BLU-RAYS EVERY DAY THROUGH JULY 9! Visit Mill Creek's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to enter to win an Ultraman Blu-ray

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://ultrafukushima2023.com (Japan) Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS The Ultra Fukushima Executive Committee (consisting of Fukushima Prefecture, Sukagawa City, Tsuburaya Productions, TV-U Fukushima, and Radio Fukushima) will hold "Great Adventure! Ultraman AR Stamp Rally in Fukushima 2023" (大冒険!ウルトラマンARスタンプラリーinふくしま2023,  Daibōken! Urutoraman AR Sutanpu Rarī in Fukushima 2023) throughout Fukushima Prefecture from Thursday, July 13 to Thursday, November 30. In addition, "Ultra Heroes EXPO New Generations World in Sukagawa" (ウルトラヒーローズEXPO ニュージェネレーションズワールド IN 須賀川,  Urutora Hīrōzu EXPO Nyū Jenerēshonzu Wārudo IN Sukagawa) will be held from Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 20 in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, where visitors can meet and greet the New Generation Ultramen as a project linked to this stamp rally. This stamp rally is a live/digital event using an application that utilizes augmented reality (AR) technology on smartphones. By reading the markers set at 30 tourist facilities

    Source: The "Sea and Japan Project" Public Relations Office press release Official Site: https://okinawa.uminohi.jp/event/machinaka2023/   Photo courtesy of the Nippon Foundation. © TOHO CO., LTD. Running through August 20th, "Godzilla vs. Okinawa Raids Again" (ゴジラ対沖縄の逆襲, Gojira Tai Okinawa no Gyakushū) is the second annual Godzilla-themed event* in Okinawa hosted by the Nippon Foundation's "Sea and Japan Project" to combat litter on the island and its surrounding waters. In partnership with Little Monsters Co., Ltd. the event held the "Operation Machinaka Garbage Pickup" (まちなかごみ拾い大作戦, Machinaka Gomi Hiroi Daisakusen) on Saturday, June 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. On that day, Fifteen volunteers gathered in front of the Tenbusu Naha on Kokusaidori Street, a popular destination for locals and tourists. Despite the rain, the event went off without a hitch as participants collected 25 bags (30 liters) of trash in 3 hours. There were many plastic

    Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Source: Fantasia International Film Festival press releaseSpecial Thanks to Jacob Klemmer The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 27th edition with a large and varied program of screenings, workshops, and launch events running from July 20 through August 9, 2023, taking place at the Concordia Hall Cinema, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque Québécoise and Cinéma du Musée. The festival’s complete lineup will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is proud to reveal a selected wave of titles, along with a very special event.    BRIGHT SPOTLIGHTS ON SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA ILLUMINATE FANTASIA’s 27th EDITION   Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Since the selection of Kang Je-gyu’s GINGKO BED at Fantasia’s 1998 edition, the festival has become one of the premiere destinations for South Korean cinema. Over the years, Fantasia’s

    Photo courtesy of KADOKAWA Co. © KADOKAWA Source: KADOKAWA Co. press release   KADOKAWA CORPORATION, the Japanese publisher & anime company, known for hits as Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and OVERLORD is excited to announce the details of their Autograph Sessions and guests during Anime Expo 2023, taking place from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Autograph Sessions: [Bungo Stray Dogs] Kafka Asagiri Saturday, July 1 START 2:00 PM END: 3:30 PMKentia Hall - TABLE NUMBER: AUT-G 7Description: Tickets will be distributed at Gilbert Lindsey Plaza from 8AM - 1PM the day of the autograph session.Session: Guest of Honor   [Bungo Stray Dogs] Kafka Asagiri and Chiaki Kurakane Sunday, July 2  START: 1:00 PM END: 2:30 PMKentia Hall - TABLE NUMBER: AUT-G 7Description: Tickets will be distributed at

    Young children can make their own Chibi Godzilla crafts at the Nijigen no Mori theme park. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. The "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~) attraction at the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture will add a new Godzilla-themed venue where preschool age children can enjoy their first handcrafting experience with their families and friends. Entitled “Chibi Godzilla Good Friends" (ちびゴジラなかよしこうさく, Chibi Gojira Nakayoshi Kōsaku), the attraction will lauch on Saturday, July 8 and become a permanent part of "Godzilla Interception Operation," continuing after the end of the park's summer "Awaji GODZILLA Festival".

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releasesOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ See a live performance of the GODZIBAN puppet show! Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. On June 10th, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture kicked off the "Awaji GODZILLA Festival", a summer fest offering exclusive events, games, exhibitions, merchandise and foods to Godzilla fans. The festival expands on the park's "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~), a permanent attraction centered around a life-size Shin Godzilla, 120 meters long, which has landed on Awaji Island. Participants become members of the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster  (NIGOD) and take on missions such as a zipline, in which participants plunge into Godzilla's meticulously detailed body, and a shooting game in which they

    Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners Source: GKIDS press release, Shochiku Co., Ltd.Official Sites: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/kagaminokojo/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/lonely-castle-in-the-mirror/ (North America) GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, will bring LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR (かがみの孤城, Kagami no Kojō, 2022) to select theaters nationwide for event showings on June 21 and 22nd only. From critically acclaimed Director Keiichi Hara (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL, THE WONDERLAND), the film features animation from the lauded A-1 Pictures, and is adapted from the beloved novel of the same name by Mizuki Tsujimura. US poster for LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR held its International Premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival – marking the first

    Photo courtesy of Northern National Collectors’ Convention. © 2023 The Northern National Collectors' Convention. Super G Offers First-Ever Kaiju Convention Experiences in Canada Source: Northern National Collectors’ Convention press release Special Thanks to Avery Guerra and Tim Bean   Brimstone Games presents the Northern National Collectors’ Convention (Northern National) is pleased to announce the launch of its Super G program this fall at Caesars Windsor, from September 29 to October 1, 2023.   “Super G will represent an entire fandom dedicated to the culture of the kaiju film franchises,” says Northern National president, Jeremy Renaud. “Kaiju translates to strange beasts in the genre of Japanese giant monster movies. For fans, Super G will offer first-ever Kaiju convention experiences in Canada.”   Super G will offer fans a variety of guest celebrities and artists, direct from Japan and around the world,

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray set of BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 01: ULTRAMAN VS. RED KING. This collection presents 16 episodes featuring the Skull Monster Red King from across Tsuburaya Prouctions' Ultraman franchise, starting with his first appearance in the original ULTRAMAN series and continuing through to 2019’s ULTRAMAN R/B. The sets contains both HD and SD content on Blu-ray with the original Japanese soundtracks plus English subtitles. BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 01: ULTRAMAN VS. RED KING will be available on June 27 and has a SRP of $19.99. The set can be ordered from deepdiscount.com,  amazon.com and other retailers (both online and in stores). OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes,

    Source: The "Sea and Japan Project" Public Relations Office press release Official Site: https://okinawa.uminohi.jp/event/machinaka2023/   Photo courtesy of the Nippon Foundation. © TOHO CO., LTD. The Nippon Foundation's "Sea and Japan Project" is hosting their second annual Godzilla-themed event in Okinawa*. Entitled "Godzilla vs. Okinawa Raids Again" (ゴジラ対沖縄の逆襲, Gojira Tai Okinawa no Gyakushū), the event will be held from June 17 - August 20 at locations featured in the 1974 movie GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira), among them the Gyokusendo limestone cave in Okinawa World, Cape Manzamo, and the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle on Kokusaidori Street in Naha. Participants can take part in a free stamp rally at 10 stores on Kokusaidori, get limited edition "red seals" (a collectible Shinto seal stamp) available exclusive at Shuri Castle, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and other local facilities; and encounter a life-size Godzilla appearing via AR at the Manzamo Area Revitalization

    Photo courtesy of TOKYOPOP.  Nation’s Biggest Anime Convention Will Host Panels Powered by TOKYOPOP for LoveLove Romance Imprint and BIPOC Manga Brand Noir Caesar Source: TOKYOPOP press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Publisher TOKYOPOP heads to Anime Expo 2023 with a slate of not-to-be- missed panels, special guests and special booth activities and premiums that will be available during the convention. Anime Expo will take place July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. The annual event draws more than 100,000 attendees and is the nation’s biggest dedicated anime fan convention. TOKYOPOP will be located on the main exhibit area in Booth #1615. Additional details on Anime Expo are available at: https://www.anime-expo.org. TOKYOPOP AX 2023 Panels: Noir Caesar: Powered by TOKYOPOPMonday, July 3rd at 3:00pm-4:30pmPanel Room: 404 Founded by former NBA player and self-proclaimed “Blerd,” Johnny

    Photo courtesy of Seibuen Amusement Park. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Seibuen Amusement Park press release Official Website: https://www.seibu-leisure.co.jp/amusementpark/ultraman_teaser/index.html (Japan) Seibuen Amusement Park (Headquarters: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, President: Tatsuya Yoda) has announced that "Ultraman the Ride: The Great Duel of the Century" (ウルトラマン・ザ・ライド 世紀の大決闘,  Urutoraman za Raido Seiki no Daikettō),  the world’s largest indoor ride attraction based on Ultraman, will open on Friday, July 14th.  The ride is produced by the same creative team behind the award-winning “Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle” (ゴジラ・ザ・ライド大怪獣頂上決戦, Gojira za Raido Daikaijū Chōjō Kessen) and is part of the park's year-long "Tobikkiri Sugo YEAR 2023!" celebration. "Ultraman the Ride" allows guests to experience heart-stopping excitement and an unprecedented sense of immersion with their entire body as they travel through the skies with Ultraman as rookie members of the Science Special Search Party (aka Science Patrol) and fight together against monsters. This

    Photos courtesy of HIDIVE. Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On July 4th weekend, HIDIVE marks its return to Anime Expo with plans for its largest fan experience to date. During the four-day weekend at North America’s largest annual anime convention, HIDIVE will showcase some of the most anticipated series from its 2023 summer and fall simulcast seasons line-ups. Fans will be treated to a range of experiences including screenings, interactive panels, photo ops and giveaways, including a record half dozen major premieres. HIDIVE kicks-off July 1 Opening Day of Anime Expo with premieres for three tops titles. Starting off is the world premiere of returning fall simulcast series THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season, a first ever dual world premiere featuring separate English subtitled and dub screenings of Episode 1 on July 1 and July 4 respectively — each with their own post-screening

    Enjoy the World of Godzilla and Japanese CultureSource: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Through July 17th, the popular "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~) attraction at the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture is hosting the "Awaji GODZILLA Festival" for fans to further enjoy the world of Godzilla and Japanese culture. During the event, visitors who purchase the "Special Set Ticket" (スペシャルセット券,  Supesharu Settoken) can enjoy two exciting games, including the "Yumiya Challenge" (弓矢チャレンジ, Yumiya Charenji), an archery competition which recreates the story of "Godzilla Interception Operation," and the "Tosenkyo Challenge" (投扇興 「とうせんきょう」ゲーム,  Tō ōgi Kyō 「Tōsen Kyō」 Gēmu), a traditional Japanese fan-tossing game.  According to their results, players will be awarded gorgeous

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a collection of three Godzilla Vinimates Two Packs. Each Pack includes 2 articulated 4″ vinyl figures designed by Barry Bradfield, packaged in a full-color window box. Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84616) ● Godzilla 1954 black-and-white figure from the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) ● Godzilla 1999 from GODZILLA 2000 ( ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999) Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84617) ● Godzilla 1962 from KING KONG VS GODZILLA (キングコング対ゴジラ, Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira, 1962) ● Mechagodzilla from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira, 1974) Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84618) ● Godzilla 1995 (Burning Godzilla) from GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH (ゴジラVSデストロイア, Gojira Tai Desutoroia,

    Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP © KADOKAWA Experience the terror of Sadako, Japan's great horror icon, in English or Japanese! Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: https://mysterycircus.jp/sadako/ (Japanese), https://mysterycircus.jp/s/sadako/en/ (English)  TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is now hosting SADAKO AND THE CURSED VIDEO (貞子 呪いのビデオからの脱出, Sadako Noroi no Bideo Kara no Dasshutsu), a new Real Escape Game featuring the world famous J-Horror icon. Sadako was introduced in Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel Ring (リング, Ringu), which told the story of a cursed video that kills whoever sees it. The story was first adapted for Japanese television before finding international acclaim with the 1998 feature film version. The climactic scene of Sadako crawling out of a TV screen to murder one of her victims sent shockwaves through Japan and led to a series of sequels (the most recent being 2022's SADAKO DX) as well as a

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