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    Author: Bob Johnson Source: Tsuburaya Productions YouTube Channel Special Thanks to William Winckler, William Winckler Productions, Inc. In May of 2006, Tuburaya Productions Co., ltd. launched its own Tsuburaya Productions Channel on YouTube, featuring an eclectic collection of video clips, trailers, short episodes and specials focusing on their "New Generation" Ultraman series. These include ULTRAMAN GINGA, ULTRAMAN ORB, ULTRAMAN X, ULTRAMAN GEED and more. The channel is designed to appeal to English speaking audiences, as well as native Japanese fans. Certain fare is offered with English subtitles. A recent offering is their first English dubbed series, ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutor?, 2015). ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY originally aired in 3 minute segments after the show NEW ULTRAMAN RETSUDEN (?????????, Shin Urutoraman Retsuden, 2013-16). It was compiled into one 40 minute film for home video release in Japan. In an agreement with William Winckler Productions, the

    Across entertainment and pop culture, Japanese monsters continue to feature heavily in conversations of western fans. In 2018, Capcom’s inch-perfect execution of Monster Hunter: World earned them critical acclaim and helped to grow their audience. Now, in 2019, there is a new wave of monsters earning the awe of the western audience. The King of the Monsters draws closer Hunters, beware! The Eater of Elders, Nergigante gets a new Arch-Tempered form spring 2019! pic.twitter.com/IReGgUSEqR — Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) December 10, 2018 In 2014, one of Japan’s most infamous monsters screeched back into the limelight in the movie GODZILLA. Easily one of the best monster movies ever made, GODZILLA rekindled people’s love of the kaiju theme. Now, in 2019, we finally get to see the sequel, with Godzilla being joined by many of his most feared enemies. In the first film, it

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Studios and Distributors! Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to remain the one and ONLY English language website devoted to Japanese fantasy films and TV that is officially press registered with all five major Japanese studios (Toho, Toei, Shochiku, Nikkatsu and Kadokawa), several Japanese production companies, plus their distributors and licensees. While other sites will run information and images taken from Japanese news sources and publications, SciFi Japan regularly posts content provided directly to us by the companies and people making and releasing Japanese movies, programs and merchandise. This allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation, and also run larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Thanks to all our writers, contributors, sources and readers for your support! Be sure to check

    Source: El Rey Network El Rey Network is taking over the holidays with the fifth annual “Kaiju Christmas” movie marathon, featuring 96 hours of classic Toho Godzilla films from the Sony Pictures vaults, Sony`s 1998 GODZILLA remake, and the Godzilla-inspired CLOVERFIELD from Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. The invasion starts with 1992`s GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA on Saturday, December 22nd at 6:00 AM ET. To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the ElReyChannelfinder. El Rey Network’s "Kaiju Christmas" Marathon Film Lineup GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (1991) Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country`s future economic reign. GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1992) In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II (1993) The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a preserved

    POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Trailer 1 courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2018 Pokémon. © 1997-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Directed by Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, MONSTERS VS ALIENS), the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon -- one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The movie also stars Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (LADY BIRD, TV’s BIG LITTLE LIES) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE LAST SAMURAI) as Lt. Yoshida. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is set for

    Director Adam Wingard takes the helm to bring the long-awaited face-off between these two iconic titans to the big screen. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Following the global success of 2014’s GODZILLA and 2017`s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and in the lead-up to the 2019 release of the highly anticipated GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA VS. KONG. Beginning production today, the epic action adventure will pit two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another -- the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong -- with humanity caught in the balance. GODZILLA VS. KONG is being directed by Adam Wingard (THE GUEST, THE NEXT). The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (BIG LITTLE LIES, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL), Millie Bobby Brown (STRANGER THINGS, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Rebecca Hall (CHRISTINE, PROFESSOR MARSTON

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie The world of Pokémon comes to life! The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon — one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that

    Tickets Now Available for New Animated Pokémon Movie, Shown in U.S. Cinemas on November 24, 26, 28, and December 1 Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan), fathomevents.com/events/pokemon-the-movie (US) Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach, Julie Safer and Shirley Kim #PokemonThePowerOfUs This fall, Fathom Events and The Pokémon Company International invite Pokémon fans to experience the highly anticipated POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US (???????????? ??????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta, 2018) on the big screen, with U.S. screenings on November 24, 26, 28 and December 1, plus additional events in select territories. Tickets for U.S. screenings of POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US are now available for purchase at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US will be shown in more than 800 movie theaters in the US on November 24 and

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and giant, high-res photos of their DefoReal Series figures based on the 2017 movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, courtesy of X-Plus’ Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Star Ace Toys, Ltd. The DefoReal line combines the cute “Super Deformed” figure style (known for large heads, squat, chubby bodies and stubby limbs) with more realistic features. These figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. DefoReal Series: Kong /デフォリアル コング Sales Agent: Star Ace Toys Product Size: Height Approximately 14cm (5.5 Inches) Material: PVC Specifications: Complete Painted Figure Package: Window Box Shipping: December 2018

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released photos from a promotional event, held the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. The film will be released in the summer of 2019. Warner Bros. Pictures will handle distribution of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster monster reboot for GODZILLA. About Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force in the industry. Warner Bros. Pictures produces and distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-22 films each year, employing a business paradigm

    Toei Animation Inc. & Fathom Events Release the Final Chapter Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan), fathomevents.com/digimon-adventure-tri (US) Special Thanks to Katherine and Erik Stein Following the exciting debut cinema broadcasts of DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: LOSS (???????????tri.?4?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 4-shoo `Sooshitsu’, 2017) and DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: COEXISTENCE (???????????tri.?5?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 5-shoo `Kyousei’, 2017), the third exciting installment -- DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: FUTURE (???????????tri.?6?????????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 6-shoo `Bokura no Mirai’, 2018) -- is set to hit select big screens nationwide in September. In addition to the thrilling anime feature, moviegoers will view exclusive recaps from the previous two features before the screening and will also be treated to taped interviews with Digimon cast members. In this climatic finale, the DigiDestined have suffered; friends are lost, there is a new threat from a mysterious and newly formed Digimon, and

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the title treatment for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman — with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America in Summer 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

    Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ddPR Special Thanks to Danny Duran Universal Studios Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on Blu-ray. Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances, the boxed set includes all Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the studio that pioneered the horror genre with imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror in unforgettable films from the 1930s to late-1950s. From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring

    Author: Andrew Nguyen Special Thanks to Jeff Guba From July 18 to the 22, the San Diego Convention Center hosted the annual event known as San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Although primarily focused on comic books since its beginnings in 1970, SDCC has in recent years become an enormous entertainment industry trade show where the biggest names in entertainment go to interact with fans. In recent years, multiple conventions all over the country have adapted the name Comic-Con in the hope of attracting more visitors. From 2010 to 2014, the Godzilla series has had a presence at SDCC due to the movie GODZILLA that was produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures and released in 2014. The biggest presence of Godzilla in the lead-up to the release of the first movie was in 2013 with a Godzilla museum and Virtual Reality experience hosted by Legendary Pictures.

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided press notes and a gallery of high-res images from the 21st feature-length Pokémon anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US (???????????? ??????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Minna no Monogatari), opening in theaters across Japan on July 13th. INTRODUCTION One year from the success of the 20th feature film, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! (???????????? ???????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta!, 2017), a young, talented production team presents a completely new Pokémon story. This summer, let‘s all step towards an adventure never seen before! STORY The “Wind Festival” is held annually in Fura City, a place where the locals live with the wind. The legendary Pokémon Lugia is expected to appear on the final day of the festival, and the attendees hope to receive its

    International Hit Anime Series Scheduled to Premiere in July 2018 in Japan Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season3 (Japan), funimation.com/shows/attack-on-titan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On April 27th, Funimation announced its acquisition of Season 3 of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin), one of the top global anime franchises and a fan favorite with North American audiences from the moment it first premiered in 2013. As part of its agreement with Kodansha, Funimation has secured the international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the series in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The new season will premiere this July in Japan. “We’re thrilled to be bringing back ATTACK ON TITAN for its third season in 2018 and on the heels of the series’ long awaited and exciting return last year,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO

    Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan), fathomevents.com/digimon-adventure-tri (US) Special Thanks to David Syatt Following the exciting February cinema debut broadcast of DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: LOSS (???????????tri.?4?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 4-shoo `Sooshitsu’, 2017), Fathom Events and Toei Animation Inc. will partner again to bring the next installment -- DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: COEXISTENCE (???????????tri.?5?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 5-shoo `Kyousei’, 2017) -- to the big screen on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. local time. In addition to the electrifying anime feature, moviegoers will watch exclusive recaps from the previous features before the screening and will also be treated to taped interviews with cast talent. Meicoomon once again begins to rampage when she sees her partner Meiko injured by a mysterious man. Meicoomon, who disappeared into the Real World, is a distortion itself -- in possession of too much power, and a key

    Author: Andrew Nguyen On October 3, 2017, Wesleyan University Press, a subsidiary of Wesleyan University which is based in Connecticut, released a long-awaited biography on director Ishiro Honda by long time Japanese film historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski. Titled ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA, the biography, nearly a decade in the making, dealt with Japanese director Ishiro Honda in his film work and in his personal life. Well known as the director of the Godzilla movies and other Japanese Sci-Fi Films, Honda also worked on documentaries, dramas, comedies, and later in life films that were directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, who Honda had been a lifelong friend all the way back to the 1930s when they worked under director Kajiro Yamamoto. As the book became available to the public, several organizations that dealt with Science fiction and horror held

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided additional high-res images from YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017 (?? ?????? ??????? ?????, Eiga Yokai Uotchi Shadousaido Onio no Fukkatsu), opening in Japan on December 16th. The fourth film in the anime franchise features the classic yokai of GEGEGE NO KITARO. About Toho Company. Ltd. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan for twelve

    Info and High-Res Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming release, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017, the fourth feature film in the anime franchise based on the hugely successful video games by LEVEL-5 Inc. YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017 is set 30 years after the adventures of the young boy Kenta Amano in the anime series. It features a new cast of supporting characters and will be both more serious and funnier than previous entries. The Yo-Kai now have two forms; their traditional "lightside" appearance and a new "shadowside" for going into battle. In a move sure to delight fans, the film will also feature the legendary yokai Kitaro and his friends. Introduced in the manga GeGeGe no Kitaro (???????) created by Shigeru Mizuki,

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