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    THE MUST-HAVE SET BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON APRIL 23 2024 Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©Ishimori Production Inc. and Toei Company, Ltd. Shout! Studios in collaboration with Toei Company Ltd. proudly presents a spectacular Kamen Rider collection, KAMEN RIDER GEATS: The Complete Series, as it becomes available for the first time in national home entertainment shelves on April 23, 2024. Fans of the much-loved superhero franchise can add to their tokusatsu collection by pre-ordering their 8-disc set on ShoutFactory.com. Customers purchasing this Blu-ray collection directly from the online store will receive an exclusive poster while supplies last. A newer entry in the Kamen Rider franchise, KAMEN RIDER GEATS completed airing in August 2023, making this release the shortest wait for all tokusatsu fans eager to take home

      Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved. Souce: Bioworld press releaseOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/shopatsuko Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shopatsuko/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@shopatsuko Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopatsuko/ Special Thanks to Rae D'Agnillo Atsuko, Bioworld’s premiere brand for fans of Japanese culture, has announced the availability of new apparel based on the massively popular ATTACK ON TITAN. Featuring stylish green prints, fans and fashion lovers can now enjoy new apparel celebrating the dark fantasy action manga and anime. The new collection includes the Levi Black Tee (MSRP: $32), the Rumbling Black Long Sleeve (MSRP: $42), and the Rumbling White Long Sleeve (MSRP: $42). Fans can shop the new collection on the Atsuko website. Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved. Photo courtesy of Bioworld. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ATTACK ON TITAN Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

    Source: Shout! Studios press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/digimon-adventure/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Tom Chen (Shout! Studios) and Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Shout! Studios, a multi-platform media company, and Toei Animation Inc., the legendary anime studio, announced a new home entertainment distribution deal to bring DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING), the highly anticipated 2023 feature film based on the original TV sequel series from the globally popular Digimon anime franchise, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.. The announcement was made by Melissa Boag, Shout! Studios’ Executive Vice President, and Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. This multi-year partnership provides Shout! Studios with North American home entertainment distribution rights to DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada, including all packaged media

    The practical spfx micro-budget supernatural indie found footage horror film WELL SHARK is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in North America. ©2023 ALBATROS CO,.LTD.   Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Key art is by Stefan Motmas. Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©2023 ALBATROS CO,.LTD. SRS Cinema has licensed WELL SHARK (イド・シャーク, Ido Shāku) for release in North America. Directed, written and produced by Taichirou Natsume, the film is a practical spfx micro-budget supernatural indie found footage horror. SYNOPSIS Psychic Investigation Big Summer, a group which looks into psychic phenomena and the occult, received a video said to have been filmed at a haunted place. The video shows a couple of YouTubers who were filming a deserted old well when they

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra 3Y Film and MRTS have revealed that their new kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35), had its successful premiere screening this past week. Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964), the movie uses traditional Japanese FX techniques (aka tokusatsu) in the tradition of the classic Godzilla and Gamera films. HOSHI 35 has attracted fan attention in both Japan and the United States for its cast, which is made up of a veritable 'who's who' of genre veterans, starting with Godzilla Heisei Series star Megumi Odaka. She is joined by her GODZILLA VS SPACEGODZILLA co-star Jun Hashizume (ULTRAMAN Z ), Daijiro Harada (GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA ll, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE), Hiroshi Miyasaka (AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS, SHALL WE DANCE?, ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: THE DESTINED CROSSROAD), Yumiko Tanaka (MASKED RIDER SUPER-1, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA), Akihiro Ugajin (BATTLE

    Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps SRS Cinema has licensed director Shinpei Hayashiya`s WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS. GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū Tai Goura) for release in North America. This continues an ongoing relationship between the distributor and filmmaker as SRS has previously released Hayashiya`s daikaiju movies REIGO; KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS (深海獣レイゴー Shinkaijū Reigō,, 2005/2008),  RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS ( (深海獣雷牙 Shinkaijū Raiga, 2009) and GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙, Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga, 2019). Details are being finalized, but SRS Cinema is expected to soon announce preorders for Blu-ray and VHS Special Editions for early 2024, with a wide release DVD edition to

    Source: Fathom Events press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/digimon-adventure-02-the-beginning/Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei This November the DigiDestined are back in theaters with a brand new movie.  Toei Animation and Fathom Events revealed today details for the U.S. theatrical release of DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING, 2023) as a two-day event on November 8 & 9. It is present day and the chosen children from DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 have returned with all new adventures — but now they’re 20 year old young adults! Fans are invited to join the fun and can watch the movie in 750 theaters across the United States through Fathom Events. DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING will be presented nightly at 7:00 pm local time in both English dub (November 8) and Japanese with English subtitles

    GKIDS and Shout! Factory bring the SPIRITED AWAY stage play to Blu-ray and Digital. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd.   THE FIRST-EVER STAGE PRODUCTION OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN CAIRD Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Academy Award-winning animated feature is brought to life in Tony Award-Winner John Caird’s stage adaptation masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage. Filmed during the hit production’s 2022 run at the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed stage show will be available on all major digital platforms and on Blu-Ray this November 14, 2023 from GKIDS with distribution from Shout! Studios. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd. The wondrous stage play adaptation entertaining in master puppetry, brilliant costuming, magical sets

    Win the Thai monster movie CREEPY CRAWLY on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022). When travelers arrive in Thailand during the pandemic, they must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel run by a secretive manager and staff. Unusual incidents begin at night, but no one is prepared for the shocking horror of a hundred-legged monster taking over the bodies of guests. Co-written and co-directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon (THE BEAST BELOW) and Pakphum Wongjinda (POSSESSED), CREEPY CRAWLY stars Chanya McClory (SANG KRASUE 2), Pirat Nitipaisalkul [AKA Mike Angelo] (THE MISFITS), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (FRIEND ZONE).

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business, Cinema City press releases Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee On October 15, the Cinema City theater complex in Tachikawa, Tokyo will host a pair of special screenings for the first episode of GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). Between the two there will be a live talk show with the anime series' director Hiroyuki Seshita, lead voice actor Hisako Kanemoto (Boco) and sound director Yoshikazu Iwanami. Cinema City is known for their "Extreme Bombastic Screening" where the theater's ultra-high-spec sound system is altered for each screening to create an overwhelming sense of immersion for the audience. For GAMERA -Rebirth-,  Yoshikazu Iwanami will meticulously adjust the audio to maximize the sensation of Kaiju in Cinema City.   ■ GAMERA -Rebirth- Episode 1 Screenings With Talk

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Originally released this past summer as a San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive, the PACIFIC RIM 10th Aniversary Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box Set from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD is now available from stores across North America! Read on for details, then find a store near you at www.comicshoplocator.com, or order online at diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com. PACIFIC RIM 10th Aniversary Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box Set A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the PACIFIC RIM with this all-new box set celebrating the film's 10th anniversary! Featuring a battle-damaged version of the original Gipsy Danger, and a "Shakedown Test Colors" version of Gipsy Avenger, this action figure two-pack

    POWER RANGERS COSMIC FURY will premiere on Netflix this Friday, September 29th. Photo courtesy of Netflix. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: NetflixOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81586549 POWER RANGERS COSMIC FURY will premiere on Netflix on September 29th, 2023 at 12:00am PDT. The newest installment in the Power Rangers saga, POWER RANGERS: COSMIC FURY follows the team from POWER RANGERS: DINO FURY who embarks on a new journey into outer space. As they navigate their way through this new territory, they will uncover new Cosmic abilities and work together to fend off the return of the infamous villain Lord Zedd and save the universe.   (L-R) Chance Perez as Javi Garcia/Black Ranger, Jacqueline Joe as Fern/Orange Ranger, Hunter Deno as Amelia Jones/Red Ranger, Kai Moya as Ollie Akana/Blue Ranger, and Tessa Rao as Izzy Garcia/Green Ranger.

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners SciFi Japan is pleased to share -- courtesy of SRS Cinema -- a first look at the cover art for the Blu-ray of Kadokkawa Pictures' THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu, 2021). Right click on the photos to take a closer look at the beautiful painted artwork by Bob Eggleton, the award winning fantasy artist and lifelong kaiju fan. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS is director Takashi Miike's sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the Yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s.  STORY

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the terrifying Korean horror-comedy GANGNAM ZOMBIE (강남좀비, Gangnamjombi, 2023). In the wealthy Gangnam district in the heart of Seoul, mass chaos ensues when previously normal people suddenly begin viciously attacking other citizens, leading an elite former taekwondo athlete to take on one final match against the walking dead. GANGNAM ZOMBIE is directed by LEE Su-seong (MEMORIES, HOUSE WITH A GOOD VIEW) and stars Ji Il-ju (BLADES OF BLOOD), PARK Ji-yeon (DEATH BELL 2: BLOODY CAMP) from the chart-topping girl group T-Ara, and CHO Kyung-hoon (NORTH KOREAN GUYS).  Synopsis:        Soon after previously normal people begin viciously attacking other citizens in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat It’s almost October, which means it’s time for the October Previews catalog to unleash its pre-order goodness on an unsuspecting public! This month, there are a variety of items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD, including more AEW Minimates, a new Indiana Jones statue, their first Rebel Moon action figures, a new Matrix diorama, new Pacific Rim action figures, and the usual goodies from Marvel and Star Wars! Read Diamond Select's report for details on the complete line-up of pre-orders, then find a store at comicshoplocator.com or order at diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com! PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Special Ops (Series 3) Deluxe Action Figure Set A Diamond Select Toys release! Un-cancel the apocalypse! The Jaegers and Kaiju of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, are back,

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©ペンギンボックス・KADOKAWA/おでかけ子ザメ As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. First up was "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ), with cute SD-style versions of Gamera and his foes by manga artist Penguin Box. The second project was a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. For the third collaboration, Kadokawa has circled back to Penguin Box for a crossover with the artist's hit baby shark manga, Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ). This series, which depicts the heartwarming daily life of a little shark, began as a short story posted

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow SRS Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of Yoshikazu Ishii’s 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 Saidai no Kessen, 2022). Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S. SRS builds upon a successful relationship with Ishii following their release of his prior production, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (アタック・オブ・ザ・ジャイアントティーチャー, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Tīchā) back in 2019, and believes YUZO will be an even greater success. YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO stars genre

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Site: https://godzillagames.jp/battle_line/Special Thanks to Yuna Kishita   Godzilla series artist Shinji Nishikawa has created a promotional illustration for the GODZILLA BATTLE LINE/GAMERA -Rebirth- Collaboration. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Kadokawa Corporation has provided SciFi Japan with a large, high quality image of the promotional artwork for the collaboration between their  GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu, 2023) anime series and the Toho smartphone game "Godzilla Battle Line" (ゴジラ バトルライン, Gojira Batoru Rain). Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita,  GAMERA -Rebirth- is a 6 episode series based on the live-action Gamera movies that depicts Gamera fighting five enemy kaiju first introduced in films made from 1967-1971. The anime show was released worldwide on Netflix this past September 7th. Launching in 2021, the "Godzilla Battle Line" game allows players to build their own

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirthSpecial Thanks to Yuna Kishita Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. Following "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by manga artist Penguin Box, the second project is a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. Nights with a Cat began as a short story that Kyuryu Z posted on his Twitter page. It quickly developed a wide readersip who had fallen for the charms of

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee For 40 years, master kaiju illustrator, Yuji Kaida, has amazed fans worldwide with his artwork for books, posters, model kits, CD and home video covers, dioramas and more depicting the likes of Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman. Today, Kadokawa released a new Kaida illustration as part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix.   Comment from Yuji Kaida At first, I was worried about whether the charm of the monsters could be brought to life in an anime. But when I watched the series, I was captivated by the dynamic actions of the monsters, which were depicted in realistic 3D. The

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