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    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. © Daisuke Aizawa, KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden First-Ever Dual World Premiere Event of Episode 1 in Both Sub (July 1) and Dub (July 4) Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto HIDIVE, AMC Network’s fast-growing anime streaming service and home to some of Japan’s hottest new series, announced today that it will host the world premiere of THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season (陰の実力者になりたくて!, Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) in Los Angeles, Calif. at next month’s Anime Expo, the largest annual anime convention in North America. Presented in partnership with Kadokawa, this first-ever dual world  premiere event features separate English subtitled and dub premieres of THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season Episode 1 on July 1 and July 4, respectively. Each premiere will include a post screening Q&A session. The July 1 subtitled premiere will include Japanese cast member

    Logo courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©2023 Aniplex of America Inc. Source: Aniplex of America press release Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America returns to Anime Expo 2023 with a star-studded schedule of special events, premieres, and guests at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 4th weekend. To see the full schedule of Aniplex of America events and special guests at Anime Expo 2023, visit:  Kicking off the festivities on Saturday, July 1st will be the world premiere of FATE/STRANGE FAKE -WHISPERS OF DAWN-, where fans will be the first to experience a new Holy Grail War in the western American city of Snowfield with the English dub screening presented by Aniplex of America. This exclusive event happening at the Main Events stage will have special appearances by directors Shun Enokido and Takahito Sakazume. Later in the day, join Aniplex

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese animated film I AM T-REX (我是霸王龙, Wo shi ba wang long, 2022). Directed by Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, this fantasy adventure for the whole family features an all-new English dub. After Fang, a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise, the king’s son, a young T-Rex, escapes. The T-Rex begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land — and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley. I

    Source: KADOKAWA CORPORATION Animation Group, Qdopp Media Relations press release   The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE has reunited for an exciting new project. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2020 Shogo Sugitani/KADOKAWA/Pompo Project The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE (映画大好きポンポさん, Eiga Daisuki Ponpo-san, 2021), a film that captured the hearts of many with its love for movies, has reunited for an exciting new project! Shingo Adachi, who is known for his work on LYCORIS RECOIL and SWORD ART ONLINE, will be in charge of character design. Kenta Matsukuma, who made his film music composition debut with POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE and went on to contribute to KAMEN RIDER BLACK SUN, will compose the music. Animation production will be handled by CLAP, whose latest work, THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES, was selected for the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This film marks

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat It’s all-out war! San Diego becomes a battleground this July, with thousands of superfans fighting for elbow room at one of the coolest cons in the country! Comic-Con International, which runs from July 19-23, will be host to hundreds of companies, chief among them Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD, and they’re bringing an army of exclusives! Read Diamond Select's report for details on the complete line of exclusives (including Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, Star Wars and more) and make your plan of attack, but come by booth 2607 early, because they won’t last forever! Not attending? Reserve yours online at and (while supplies last) and they’ll ship out after the show! PACIFIC RIM (10th Aniversary) Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box

    Source: Toei Animation Co, Ltd press releaseOfficial Site: GIRLS BAND CRY key art. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Toei Animation Toei Animation has released  details, artwork and two music videos for their upcoming  anime, GIRLS BAND CRY (ガールズバンドクライ,  Gāruzu Bando Kurai). The film focuses on the members of the girls' band "Togenashi Togeari" (トゲナシトゲアリ,  meaning "Prickly Ant"), who are played by five singers/voice actors selected in the "Girl's Rock Audition" hosted by agehasprings. The movie is directed by Kazuo Sakai, with character designs by Nari Teshima, CG direction by Mari Kondo and Jae Hoon Jung, music by Kenji Tamai (agehasprings), and production by Toei Animation. The staff who have created works that attract young people have gathered together to take on the challenge of creating an original CG animation with an illustration quality never seen before.   Listen to the cries of

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto It’s official: Anime’s favorite pirates—Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hats crew—will drop anchor in Los Angeles this July. Legendary anime studio Toei Animation revealed today plans to host a major “One Piece” celebration as the headline event of its Anime Expo programming schedule this year. “One Piece” has achieved a production milestone with completion of the series’ 1000th dub episode and to commemorate this momentous occasion Toei Animation and Crunchyroll will co-host the “One Piece Episode 1000 Dub World Premiere” on July 2 at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE during Anime Expo 2023. Along with the 1000th dub episode screening, this specially produced celebration will feature a variety of fan experiences, including an autograph signing session with Toei Animation animators and dub actors Sonny

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Allison Rodman Japan Society and Escape From Tribeca, the Tribeca Festival’s official psychotronic sidebar, are pleased to present a special 55th anniversary screening of the 1968 Toho tokusatsu classic DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. One of the Showa era’s biggest Godzilla spectacles, director Ishiro Honda, special effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya (ULTRAMAN), and composer Akira Ifukube send kaiju across the earth for innovative action and destruction spanning Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Moscow, and New York. Featuring an all-star cast including Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Varan, Baragon, and King Ghidorah—Japan Society and Tribeca are bringing the best of Japan’s monsters to NYC!   DESTROY ALL MONSTERS 『怪獣総進撃 』 Dir. Ishiro Honda, 1968, 86 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi. Screening is followed by

    Source: GKIDS and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Sites: (Japan), (North America)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto US poster for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © I.T. PLANNING, INC. © 2022 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Film Partners GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, and globally acclaimed and industry-leading animation studio Toei Animation, announced today that THE FIRST SLAM DUNK (ザ・ファーストスラムダンク, Za Fāsuto Suramu Danku, 2022 will host its North American premiere at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Anime Expo is the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, having hosted numerous premieres of top Japanese anime films, with regular attendance of over 100,000 attendees annually. THE FIRST SLAM DUNK North American Premiere Monday, July 3, 2023 – 12:00 pm PacificMain Events Hall

    Logo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Chairman and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) is pleased to announce that TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2023 (aka ツブコン / TsubuCon), the largest celebration of all Tsuburaya Productions' works for fans, will include the program "ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE ~Ultraman Spirits 2023~” (ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE~ウルトラマン魂2023~,  ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE~Urutoraman Tamashī 2023~). The concert will be held at Tokyo Dome City Hall on Sunday, November 26, 2023. In collaboration with the anime song event organizers "ANIME JAPAN FES," Tsuburaya will present a premium live performance composed mainly of theme songs from the Ultraman series, along with video clips, for a rare night in which fans can witness the history of Ultraman. Additional details will be announced soon.   ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE ~Ultraman Spirits 2023~

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners Japan Society to Host Screening in Celebration of Upcoming Nationwide Theatrical Release from Fathom EventsSource: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Allison Rodman   Photo courtesy of Japan Society. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners   Japan Society (New York)  is ecstatic to announce the North American premiere of Hideaki Anno’s SHIN KAMEN RIDER on May 23, 2023. Japan Society is a 116-year-old nonprofit organization focused on growing the connections between the U.S. and Japan, and we are deeply honored to present the big screen evolution of one of Japan’s most iconic heroes in the biggest city in America. This premiere event is held in partnership with Fathom Events and Toei Co. Ltd., who will bring the film

      Celebrate 3 days of Ultraman movies, exclusives, and special guests! Photo courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Bay Area Film EventsOfficial Site:  Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan have an update for ULTRAFEST, the 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! Front and back of the event exclusive Baltan card by artist Gaz Gretsky. Photo courtesy of RRParksCARDS. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS The complete theater screening lineup should be announced next week, with ticket sales launching shortly thereafter. As previously announced, the screenings will include new 4K compilations from Tsuburaya of the original ULTRAMAN series. The award-winning hit SHIN ULTRAMAN (2022)

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 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 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Red Ranger Legends in 3-Dimensions Bust. This ½ scale, approximately 10-inch bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and sits atop a detailed pedestal base. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.  The bust is designed by Joe Allard and sculpted by Salvador Gomes The retail price for this item is $175.00. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There is one (1) prize, consisting of one

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Tokyo Dome Resort Operations, Inc. press release Official Site: For much more information about the Godzilla Real Escape Game, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture; Representative: Takayuki Iwase), in cooperation with SCRAP Corporation (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Representative: Takao Kato), has announced that their Real Escape Game "Godzilla Approaching: Hotel Escape" (ゴジラ迫るホテルからの脱出, Gojira Semaru Hoteru Kara no Dasshutsu) has been extended until Sunday, July 23, 2023. Also known as "Atami Godzilla Escape" (熱海ゴジラ脱出, Atami Gojira Dasshutsu), the Godzilla event is held at Atami Bay Resort Korakuen, a tourist retreat complex that includes the Atami Korakuen Hotel, which opened 1965. Atami was the site of the final battle in the 1962 film KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (キングコング対ゴジラ, Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira), and has

    Fathom Events presents a nationwide screening of SHIN KAMEN RIDER on May 31st! Photo courtesy of Toei. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners Source: Fathom EventsOfficial Site: Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners   Takeshi Hongo awakens to discover he has been transformed into a grasshopper-hybrid cyborg. Becoming the Masked Rider, he must fight the mysterious evil organization SHOCKER to protect all of mankind... On May 31st, Fathom Events brings Hideaki Anno’s SHIN KAMEN RIDER (シン・仮面ライダー, Shin Kamen Raidā, 2023) to theaters across the U.S. for a special one-night event. The film is the latest entry in the "Shin Japan Heroes Universe" project, a promotional collaboration between Toho, Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei that features characters from this movie alongside those from SHIN GODZILLA

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director and CEO Takayuki Tsukagoshi) has announced that the concept movie ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' (ウルトラセブン IF Story 『55年前の未来』, Urutorasebun IF Story '55-nen Mae no Mirai'), will be released this fall as part of the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) celebrating the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) televsion series. Though more than half a century has passed since its initial broadcast, ULTRASEVEN is still remembered and enjoyed by people all over the globe.  This short film connects the present and future through an "If Story," an episode which "may have existed" as part of the series at the time of its original run in 1967. Running 7 minutes,  ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Cleopatra Entertainment, LLC Special Thanks to Tim Yasui   On May 26th, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will bring SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) back to select locations for a limited theatrical run. The movie is an adaption of the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67) television series from writer/producer Hideaki Anno (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION) and director Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), the co-directors of the award-winning box office smash SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016).   Visit the Alamo Drafthouse website listings for additional information and to buy tickets... Subtitled Version Dubbed Version   Theater Lineup Alamo Drafthouse North Village 4      Austin, TX        5/26/23-6/1/23 Alamo Drafthouse Wrigleyville 6        Chicago, IL       5/26/23-6/1/23

    Friends can ride the Godzilla Interception Operation zipline together this summer! Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. ©TOHO CO., LTD. For a limited time, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture is offering an upgrade to their 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. "Godzilla Interception Operation" allows visitors to truly experience the might and power of the King of the Monsters with a 120-meter-long sculpt of Shin Godzilla's upper body. Participants become members of the National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster and take on missions, including two zipline courses, "Internal Surveillance Course" (体内監視コース, Tainai Kanshi Kōsu) and "Surface Surveillance Course" (体表監視コース, Karadahyō Kanshi

    Author: Keith AikenSource:  PARCO Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Event Site: Photo courtesy of PARCO. © TOHO CO., LTD.  PARCO Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) is hosting the "GODZILLA THE ART by PARCO" exhibition at GALLERY X BY PARCO on the B1F of Shibuya PARCO through Monday, May 15, 2023. This exhibit launches the art project "GODZILLA THE ART," a series of events running into 2024 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Godzilla.  Under the supervision of anatomist Takeshi Yoro, contemporary artists and creators from various fields will express Godzilla with their own sensibilities. As the first phase, "GODZILLA THE ART by PARCO" features Japanese artist Isamu Gakiya and Korean artist NOH Sangho, displaying their interpretations of Godzilla. Various other projects are also in the works, so please check back with SciFi Japan for further announcements.    

    Fans in Japan can now write to Ultraman -- and get a reply. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Entrants Will Receive Reply From Ultraman on July 10th!Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan)  On Friday, April 28, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Chairman and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) began accepting applications for "Letters to Ultraman" (ウルトラマンへの手紙, Urutoraman e no Tegami), a joint project with Sukagawa City in Fukushima Prefecture, the birthplace of director Eiji Tsuburaya. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent extension of the "Sukagawa City M78 Land of Light" (すかがわ市M78光の町, Sukagawa Ichi M78 Hikari no Machi) program that named Sukagawa as the sister city to Ultraman's homeland, the Land of Light in Nebula M78.  Sukagawa City is known for its monuments of Ultraman heroes and monsters, the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum, and other Tsuburaya-themed attractions. Open

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