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      Toho brings the new anime film UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY – BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA to Japanese cinemas this weekend. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP Source: Toho Co., Ltd Official Site: https://movie-umamusume.jp/ (Japan)Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central) Special Thanks to Sachiko Tanaka Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images from UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY – BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA (劇場版『ウマ娘 プリティーダービー 新時代の扉』, Gekijō-ban “Umamusume Puritīdābī Shin Jidai no Tobira”). The mobile game-turned-anime follows anthropomorphized horse girls, each based on famous Japanese racehorses throughout history, as they study and train at the Tracen Academy to become the best racers and pop idols in Japan. Both the film’s screenwriter and scenario director previously worked together on the 2023 four-episode OVA series, UMAMUSUME PRETTY DERBY: ROAD TO THE TOP

    Source: KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 press release Official Site: https://www.kaijubrooklyn.com/kaiju2 Special Thanks to John Bellotti, Jr Photo courtesy of Kaiju Brooklyn. BrooklynONE Productions and Robo7 proudly announce the return of the colossal KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 event, set to captivate audiences at Industry City on June 1st, 2024. Following the immense success of the inaugural KAIJU BROOKLYN, this year's installment promises even more monstrous thrills, excitement and live entertainment. KAIJU BROOKLYN 2, a unique collaboration between two visionary production companies, is set to take the audience on an unforgettable journey into the world of Japanese giant monsters, superheroes and robots. Industry City, a dynamic and expansive venue, will provide the perfect backdrop for this epic spectacle, offering attendees an immersive experience like never before.   KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 51 35TH STREET BUILDING 5/6 BROOKLYN NY 11232

    Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. © 2024 Legendary. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary.   Source: Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Michael Foell and Liza Nedelman   Titans Combine Forces for the Ultimate Team-up when the Action-packed Adventure Becomes Available for Purchase and Rental Debuts for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental on May 14 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on June 11 5-Film 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Monsterverse Also Available this Summer The latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE, which follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, debuts for purchase and rental Digitally at home on May 14. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, GODZILLA

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of May 12, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic/Global Box Office Estimates – May 12, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $94.35M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $2.29B through Sunday) is down 22% vs. 2023. ■ Notable Domestic Openers 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET

    GEMNIBUS vol.1, an omnibus of short stories by young filmmakers, will receive a limited 2-week theatrical release in Japan this month. Image courtesy of Toho. © 2024 TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: https://gemstone.toho.co.jp/gemnibus/vol1/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Toho. © 2024 TOHO CO., LTD. Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for GEMNIBUS vol.1 (ジェムニバス vol. 1, Jemunibāsu Boryūmu Wan), an omnibus of short stories from Toho's digital production brand, GEMSTONE Creative Label. GEMNIBUS vol.1 will receive a limited 2-week theatrical release in Japan starting May 28th.   INTRODUCTION Toho's new project to discover fresh talent! Don't miss the limited release of this new-age film by four up-and-coming creators! GEMSTONE Creative Label is a content creation label launched by young employees of Toho Co. It

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. ©2023 Studio Ghibli AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DEMAND IN 4K ON ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON JUNE 25  Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2023 Studio Ghibli Fresh off a historic Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature, the latest and long awaited cinematic masterpiece from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, THE BOY AND THE HERON (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka, 2023), will be released July 9 on 4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray + DVD, and in a Limited Edition Steelbook that includes 4K UHD + Blu-ray, featuring Dolby Vision plus Dolby Atmos for the ultimate home entertainment experience from GKIDS with home entertainment distribution from Shout! Studios. This is the first title from Studio Ghibli to ever be released on 4K UHD. THE BOY

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 28, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. This weekend, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE opened in Japan and crossed the $500 million mark worldwide!   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 28, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $64.5M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $2.006B through Sunday) is down

    Photo courtesy of Toho. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: https://www.godzillaxkongmovie.com/ (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GodzillaVsKong (US) Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong (US), @GodzillaMovieJP (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzillavskong (US), @GodzillaMovieJP (Japan) Japanese poster courtesy of Toho. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary While Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国, Gojira x Kongu Aratanaru Teikoku) opened in North America and most international markets in late March, the Japanese release begins today. Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with a press release and images for the film's theatrical run in Godzilla's homeland...   INTRODUCTION The world is now witnessing...The Anniversary Blockbuster (Godzilla's 70th anniversary x

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 21, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 21, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $65.4M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.981B through Sunday) is down 19% vs. 2023. ■ Notable Domestic Openers Universal’s R-rated horror film ABIGAIL opened in the

    Source: Penguin Random House press release Special Thanks to Garrett Bond and Casey Nugent Penguin Random House is publishing a series of illustrated Godzilla children's books as part of their Penguin Young Readers line. The first book, Love From Godzilla, was released last December with Brave Like Godzilla and the non-fiction What is the Story of Godzilla? coming this June.   Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. BRAVE LIKE GODZILLA By Charlie Moon; Illustrated by Jordan Bradley and Milo MoorePenguin Young Readers LicensesOn Sale 6/25/2024Ages 4 -8 HardcoverISBN 9780593662199$14.99 EBookISBN 9780593751602$8.99 Face your fears with Minilla and Godzilla in this original picture book, just in time for Godzilla's 70th anniversary in 2024! Minilla and his friends are having

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 14, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 14, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $74.3M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.887B through Sunday) is down 16% vs. 2023 ■ Notable Domestic Openers In the top spot, A24’s CIVIL WAR opened

    Photo courtesy of Apple TV+. © 2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Apple TV+ press releaseOfficial Site: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/monarch-legacy-of-monsters/Special Thanks to Sana Abbaali, Alizee Serena, Evan Seymour and Phil Zimmerman Apple TV+ today announced that its broadly acclaimed, global hit Monsterverse series MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, from Legendary Entertainment, has been renewed for a second season. On the heels of the monstrous success of MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, Apple TV+ has also struck a new multi-series deal with Legendary Entertainment, which includes a second season of MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, and multiple spinoff series based on the franchise.   “MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS has left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds and imaginations of audiences around the world, led by the brilliance of Chris, Matt, Kurt, Wyatt and the incredibly gifted talented cast and creative team,” said Morgan Wandell,

    Conan Edogawa celebrates his 30th anniversary with his 27th feature film, DETECTIVE CONAN: >THE MILLION DOLLAR PENTAGRAM. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2024 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved. Source: Toho Co., Ltd.Official Site: https://www.conan-movie.jp/2024/ (Japan)Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central) Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2024 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.     TMS Entertainment is marketing the film internationally with the English title CASE CLOSED: THE MILLION-DOLLAR PENTAGRAM.   IntroductionCelebrating its 30th anniversary, Gosho Aoyama's original manga series, has already reached 104 volumes (with a cumulative total of more than 270 million copies sold worldwide!) The popularity of the DETECTIVE CONAN series has proven to be at an all-time high, with the TV anime series having aired more than 1,000 times. The 26th movie, DETECTIVE CONAN: BLACK IRON SUBMARINE (名探偵コナン

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 7, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 7, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $86.1M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.785B through Sunday) is down 10% vs. 2023. ■ Notable Domestic Openers In the 2nd spot, Universal’s MONKEY MAN opened

    Win a pair of passes to G-FEST 2024, coming this July to Rosemont, IL. Photo courtesy of G-FEST. © 2024 G-FEST. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: G-FEST Special Thanks to Payton Lees and Stan Hyde Photo courtesy of G-FEST. © 2024 G-FEST. The organizers of the annual kaiju event G-FEST are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a pair of free passes to this year's show -- a  $150 value! More than just a convention, G-FEST offers a multifaceted experience tailored to cater to diverse interests within the kaiju genre. Each year, attendees are treated to an eclectic lineup of activities including panels, engaging Q&A sessions featuring actors and crew from kaiju films, fan-led presentations on intriguing topics, exhilarating contests, and a fully equipped video gaming area. Whether you aspire

    Source: Titan Books Special Thanks to Isabelle Sinnott and Hannah Scudamore Photo courtesy of Titan Books. © 2024 Legendary. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary. Titan Books is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE - Official Movie Novelization, the paperback adaptation of the latest blockbuster film in the Monsterverse franchise, starring Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry. This time the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla face a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The latest epic will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever. Writer Greg Keyes returns

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of March 24, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Remarking on the spectacular opening weekend number for GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE, Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore Senior Media Analyst, told SciFi Japan that, "The allure and appeal of GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE in cinemas was undeniable for movie fans around the globe who clearly understand the necessity to view two of literally the biggest movie stars in the world within the immersive environment of the movie theatre and the result was

    Source:  Monogram International, Inc.Special Thanks to Ashley Reyes  Photo courtesy of Monogram International. © 2024 Legendary. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary   Monogram International has released an unboxing video of their GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE 3D Foam Bag Clip Series 1 Collection. The video can be viewed at Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Unboxing.   GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE 3D Foam Bag Clip Series 1 Blind Bag Manufacturer: Monogram International, Inc.Item Number: 75065Product Size: Approximately 2.5 InchesRelease Date: April 2024MSRP: $6.99           About Monogram International, Inc. Monogram International is a leading impulse and collectible company established in 1971 in the U.S. Monogram carries an innovative line of world-famous licenses that have captured the hearts and imaginations of enthusiasts

    SciFi Japan is pleased to share the official production notes for GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE! Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source; Warner Bros. PicturesSpecial Thanks to Liza Nedelman   SPOILER WARNING: This Article Contains Plot Details For A New Movie The epic battle continues!  Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of GODZILLA VS. KONG with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond. GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE theatrical poster.

    Photo courtesy of MADRINAS. © 2024 Madrinas Brands LLC. © 2024 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: MADRINAS Special Thanks to Austin Shone MADRINAS is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration – the GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Boba Tea Collection! This collection features two flavors that unleash the monster in you: Kong's Cookie Crumble Milk Tea and Godzilla's Honeydew Milk Tea! It's the perfect way to celebrate the epic next chapter of these two legendary characters while enjoying delicious MADRINAS Boba Tea! Monsterverse fans can also bundle these flavors together in The GODZILLA X KONG Boba Tea Collector's Box, a true tribute to the Titans as they team-up in their all-new movie! This is a Limited-Edition Collaboration. All GODZILLA X KONG Madrinas Products can be purchased as a Pre-Order and are expected to ship in April 2024. Products are exclusive to www.madrinas.com.  

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