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    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra The 1962 Daiei film THE WHALE makes its long-awaited North American premiere on Blu-ray. Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962 Distributor SRS Cinema has announced the launch of preorders for their limited edition Blu-ray of THE WHALE GOD (鯨神, Kujiragami). Released by Daiei (now Kadokawa) in 1962, the film was directed by Tokuzo Tanaka, stars Kojiro Hongo (Gamera series) and Takeshi Shimura (SEVEN SAMURAI, GODZILLA), with music by Akira Ifukube (GODZILLA, RODAN), and features stunning life-size practical effects. This is the first official North American release for THE WHALE GOD-- thanks to SRS Cinema. Note: Fans can be a part of this release - submit a testimonial about what this release means to you, and maybe we will include it in the extras! Email Ron Bonk at This email address is being protected from

    Photo courtesy of Toy's King. Hedorah and Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Virus King ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Toy's King press release The toy purchasing company Toy's King (headquartered in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya; Yusuke Yamamoto, President), operator of T-BASE JAPAN, will be selling at the sculpture and figure festival, Wonder Festival 2023 [Summer], on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Photo courtesy of Toy's King. © TOY'S KING. T-BASE JAPAN sells original soft vinyl products from creators and artists. It carries many products that can only be purchased at the T-BASE stores in Shibuya and  Ginza, or at special events. For Wonder Festival,  T-BASE will exhibit and sell soft vinyl figures of special effects monsters such as Toho's Godzilla and Hedorah, Virus King from the indie daikaiju movie YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei

    Photo courtesy of Sun-Star Stationery Co. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Sun-Star Stationery Co. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Sun-Star Stationery Co., Ltd. press release Sun-Star Stationery Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Taito-ku, Tokyo; President: Yukiyoshi Yoshimatsu) is now taking pre-orders for their Godzilla PET Bottle Holders (ゴジラ ペットボトルホルダー, Gojira Petto Botoru Horudā) on the Premium Bandai site. There are three cute plushie designs, featuring monsters from the 2004 film GODZILLA FINAL WARS (ゴジラ FINAL WARS, Gojira FINAL WARS), each made to hold standard PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic beverage bottles. The Godzilla and Gigan designs can hold 500-600ml (17-20 ounce) bottles, while Mothra is for 280-350ml (9.5-12 ounce) bottles. The inner fabric contains an aluminum sheet to reduce the risk of condensation droplets leaking from the bottles. The zipper and hook & loop fastener make it

    Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Playmates Toys Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Gumina Playmates has provided SciFi Japan with product info and photos of their new Titan Tech Rodan. The figure is part of the Monsterverse Titan Tech Monsters series  that already includes Godzilla and Kong. Titan Tech Rodan is a Target Exclusive and will be arriving on store shelves across North America in September. Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Monsterverse: 8” Titan Tech Transforming Rodan Action Figure Legends collide as Godzilla, Kong and

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Special Thanks to Anna Haas and Yuna Kishita KADOKAWA Corporation has provided SciFi Japan with English and Japanese language press notes for GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), their new anime series based on the long-running daikaiju film franchise. The 6 episode series will be distributed worldwide on Netflix on September 7, 2023. A presentation this past weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego revealed new details, artwork and a trailer (all included  in this article). Tie-in Japanese language novels and an online manga series have also be announced. For more on GAMERA -Rebirth- , please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan... GAMERA -Rebirth- Official Press Release From

    Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong cover artwork by Christian Duce. Photo courtesy of DC. © & TM DC. All Rights Reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary HEROES AND MONSTERS COLLIDE IN THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE YEAR! DC press release DC and Legendary Comics are celebrating the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2023 with a colossal announcement: DC will collide with Legendary’s Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong, the cataclysmic crossover event of the year you never expected! In partnership with Toho International, the 7-issue series, launching in October, is from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (The Flash, Injustice, Detective Comics), bestselling artist Christian Duce (Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point) and colorist Luis Guerrero! Photo courtesy of DC. © & TM DC. All Rights Reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved.“As a comics fan—there’s nothing more fun and

    Source:  Super7 Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Fans of Godzilla and Kaiju collectors everywhere rejoice, because looming on the horizon are a pair of new titans to add to your collection! Super7’s latest Toho ULTIMATES! are a pair of Heisei-era favorites: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. and SpaceGodzilla! Featuring intricate sculpting and premium paint detail, these 7” scale, highly articulated, made-to-order Toho ULTIMATES! are ready to take on foes, human and Kaiju alike, and garner a place of honor in your Godzilla collection! Super7 is also offering the figures together as a Toho ULTIMATES! Wave 4 collection that comes with an excluisive set of alternate heads specific to these characters. See below for details.                     Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO

      The Godzilla (2023) SOFVICS figure is the first prize revealed for Bandai Spirits' Ichiban Kuji Lottery Godzilla-1.0. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Bandai SpiritsOfficial Site: TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Bandai Spirits has revealed details and prizes for their upcoming GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) Ichiban Kuji Lottery. Ichiban Kuji is a Japanese character lottery where participants win original colectibles based on a specific brand like Godzilla, My Hero Academia, Wizarding World, Dragon Ball Z, Toy Story and Crayon Shin-chan. Customers can purchase their entries online and at the Ichiban Kuji Official Shop, convenience stores, bookstores, hobby shops, and other retailers  across Japan, with each entry guaranteed to win one of the products offered in the lottery.  In addition, the contestant who purchases the last lottery entry at a shop will get a special "Last One" prize. Members of the

      The Eat Asia chain has opened Godzilla-themed restaurants in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Angelotti – Licensing & Entertainment Business. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Author: Keith Aiken Source:  Angelotti - Licensing & Entertainment Business, Toho Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Luiz Angelotti A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Eat Asia - Chácara Flora features Godzilla decor. Photo courtesy of Angelotti – Licensing & Entertainment Business. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Over the past several years, Toho Co., Ltd. has greatly increased their international promotion of the Godzilla brand. Helped by the worldwide success of the "Monsterverse" film series from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., Toho has expanded their international office in Los Angeles, achieved wide distribution of their Godzilal anime titles through Netflix,  signed a multitude of merchandising deals for both the Monsterverse and "Classic Godzilla" lines, launched themed Godzilla channels on YouTube

    The Godzilla Real Escape Game will run an additional 2 months at the Atami Korakuen Hotel. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: For much more information about the Godzilla Real Escape Game, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. SCRAP Co., Ltd. (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Takao Kato), in partnership with Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Representative: Takayuki Iwase), has announced the extension of the one-day course of the 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). Also known as "Atami Godzilla Escape" (熱海ゴジラ脱出, Atami Gojira Dasshutsu), the Godzilla event is being held at Atami Bay Resort Korakuen, a popular tourist retreat complex that includes the Atami Korakuen Hotel, which opened 1965. Atami was the site of the final battle in the 1962

    ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S FIRST FEATURE IN 10 YEARSSource: GKIDS press release   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, announced its acquisition of North American distribution rights to THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan's celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (translated as How Do You Live), the film is an original story written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by the Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, and features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The all-rights deal marks a continuation of GKIDS' long-standing relationship with Ghibli. GKIDS will release THE BOY AND THE HERON theatrically in North America later this year. Informally referred to in English-language

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd.   The first wave of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) merchandising has been revealed by Toho and Bandai...   Theater Advance Merchandise Sales of GODZILLA MINUS ONE theater advance merchandise begin on Friday, July 14 at theaters across Japan, Godzilla Store locations (Tokyo, Osaka) and the store's official website, and "The Visual World-crafting of YAMAZAKI Takashi, Film Director" exhibition at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art.   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ■ Godzilla-1.0 Sticker Set (ゴジラ-1.0ステッカーセット, Gojira Mainasu Wan Sutekkā Setto) Price: ¥550 (Approximately $3.98 U.S., Tax Included) Release Date: July 14, 2023 Sticker Sizes: 10 x 9.3cm (3.9 x 3.6 Inches), 8 x 9.3cm (3.1 x 3.6 Inches), 8.5 x 9.8cm (3.3 x H2 Inches), 5.5 x 10cm (2.2 x 3.9 Inches) Package

    Director Hiroyuki Seshita discusses his new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth- at Anime Expo. Photo by Andrew Nguyen. Author: Andrew Nguyen Introduction: Keith Aiken Source: Kadokawa Official Site: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Special Thanks to Anna Haas and Yuna Kishita   Earlier this month,  Kadokawa invited Andrew Nguyen of SciFi Japan to take part in a round table interview with Hiroyuki Seshita, director of the upcoming anime GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu).   Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee   Seshita is a well-known director and supervising director whose credits include KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! (ブラム, Buramu, 2017). He also co-directed the Anigoji Trilogy of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE

    Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary ©2023 - I.M.P.S. (Brussels) Source: 60out Immersive Entertainment Center press release Special Thanks to Jane Gillespie Immersive entertainment in Southern California is about to be transformed as award-winning 60out Immersive Entertainment Center – a leader in the industry and a favorite of celebrities – has opened a state-of-the-art flagship location at HHLA (the former Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.) This highly anticipated 60out will be the largest and most innovative immersive entertainment center on the west coast, blending the latest technology, pop culture, and spectacle. Hotel on Road 66. Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. 60out at HHLA will feature six cutting-edge experiences – including official escape rooms for The Smurfs and

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: Special Thanks to Takehiro Yamamoto   A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Japanese teaser poster. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Seven years after SHIN GODZILLA, the worst "despair" in history strikes.From zero to minus, Godzilla strikes down Japan!A 70th anniversary commemorative film by director Takashi Yamazaki! Toho has provided SciFi Japan with the official press release and poster art for GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), the upcoming film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla's birth. The movie will be released in Japan on November 3, 2023. The worst despair in the series' history strikes Japan!After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero.Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state.The most desperate situation in the history of

    Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI Source: MIXI Corporation press release Kotodaman Official Website: Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI MIXI Co., Ltd. (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Hiroki Kimura) will collaborate with Godzilla for the first time on July 10th with their hit word-fighting smartphone app "Kyoudou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman" (共闘ことばRPG コトダマン, Kyōtō Kotoba RPG Kotodaman). Developed by Sega, Kotodaman is a free RPG in which players compete by solving Japanese slang word puzzles to unleash attacks on yheir opponents. Since its launch in 2018, the game has run partnerships with other popular Japanese bards such as Persona and Kamen Rider.  In this collaboration, Godzilla will attack Kotodaman's annual summer festival "God in Japan"! (ゴッドインジャパン,  Goddo In Japan) and be featured in a new version of the "Great Defeat Event" (大討伐イベント, Daitōbatsu Ibento),

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson Super7 is heading to San Diego Comic Con, July 19–23, with a selection of Godzilla exclusives! Visit the Super7 Booth #2543 to purchase the following items... Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction King Ghidorah and Hedorah Figures The sun shines longest these summer days, but once the sun finally goes down, the SDCC edition Toho ReAction Figures of King Ghidorah and Hedorah can light up the night with their otherworldly glow!   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction Godzilla 1954 With Tokyo Train Figure We know Godzilla collectors are just

    The Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is a large-scale GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS diorama on display. Photo courtesy of Washington Hotel Shinjuku. TM & © TOHO CO. Hotel Presents Second Installment of the Popular Giant Godzilla Diorama with Realistic Sounds Source: Fujita Kanko, Inc. press releases Official Site: Special Thanks to Honda-san (Shinjuku Washington Hotel) The Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo, known for its Godzilla-themed rooms and the giant Godzilla head on its 8th floor terrace, has updated the special Godzilla diorama installed on the building's 8th floor lobby. Photo courtesy of Washington Hotel Shinjuku. TM & © TOHO CO. The first diorama was first exhibited on March 1st of this year and featured a Godzilla design based on the Heisei "VS" Series of the 1990s. Many visitors from Japan and abroad enjoyed the elaborately re-created world of "Godzilla" with the monster's sharp teeth, eyes, and facial expressions, as

    Photo courtesy of CROOZ Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. Source: CROOZ Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: (Japan) Photo courtesy of CROOZ Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. The Japanese entertainment company CROOZ Inc. has announced the sale of "Shin Japan Heroes Universe" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース, Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu) exclusive T-shirts on their fashion shopping site " by CROOZ". Pre-orders of the SJHU brand, a miraculous project that is a collaboration of the four movies SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016), EVANGELION: 3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban, 2021), SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) and SHIN KAMEN RIDER (シン・仮面ライダー, Shin Kamen Raidā, 2023), will begin on Friday, July 7, 2023. The Shin Japan Heroes Universe project was launched in 2021 as a partnership

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. At Nijigen No Mori theme park's popular attraction, "Godzilla Interception Operation" (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 ~), the emergency special mission "Splash Godzilla" (スプラッシュ ゴジラ,  Supurasshu Gojira) will be held for a limited time from Saturday, July 1st to Sunday, October 1st. "Splash Godzilla" is a summertime expansion of the park's Godzilla's zip line ride. Surprisingly, it is confirmed that the body temperature of Godzilla, which lies dormant on Nijigen no Mori, Awaji Island, has risen sharply! At NIGOD (National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster) the decision is made to launch "Splash Godzilla", which sprays a large amount of water to cool Godzilla. Participants glide on a zip line as a member of the team and examine Godzilla's body

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