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    Licensing Growth in Apparel and Home Categories Highlights Unwavering Strength of Dragon Ball Franchise and its Fandom Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On the heels of last year’s global 30th anniversary of DRAGON BALL Z, Toei Animation Inc., and its agent Funimation announced licensing gains for the iconic Dragon Ball franchise since Licensing Expo 2019. These licensing agreements with both new and existing licensees span numerous product categories and include the game titles DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT, and DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ and the TV series DRAGON BALL Z and DRAGON BALL GT as well as DRAGON BALL SUPER, the complete series (Eps 1 – 131) of which is now available as of October 5, 2020 in English dub on Hulu. Produced by Toei Animation and distributed in the U.S. & Canada by Funimation, the Dragon Ball anime franchise consists of 20 feature films

    Two New Volumes of Haruhi Suzumiya Every Month Leading Up to the June 2021 Release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press announced publication plans for the Yen On edition of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, written by Nagaru Tanigawa with art by Noizi Ito. The relaunch of the iconic series will start with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, scheduled for January 2021 release. Two additional volumes will be released every month from February 2021 to May 2021. Yen Press also announced a print release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya, the highly-anticipated new volume of the light novel series, scheduled for June 2021. With two new releases each month from January to May 2021, all ten of the previous Haruhi Suzumiya light novels will be available to collect

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has announced a quartet of upcoming titles that include notable new manga and light novel releases. The new acquisitions include When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and the light novel series and manga adaptations of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister. When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles Story and Art by Chisaki Kanai Ouka Namae, a magician`s pupil, is incapable of feeling emotion. That is...he`s almost incapable. There is one particular circumstance when his feelings rise to the surface, but the scenario that unleashes them is too dark to even contemplate... When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles is a dark supernatural manga that was originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press. This upcoming print edition collects

    All of Sam’s haunting stories of Halloweens past and present together for the first time ever in one definitive collection, now on sale online and in stores Source: Legendary Comics press release Special Thanks to Tracy Brown In time for Halloween and in celebration of the beloved horror saga, Legendary Comics has released the omnibus of the TRICK ‘R TREAT comic book collection from the deliciously dark imagination of the film’s creator Michael Dougherty (writer and director of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, and the holiday horror hit, KRAMPUS). The celebratory edition — uniting the past two previously released graphic novels for the first time ever and featuring a new special introduction from Dougherty, new cover art and other cool extras — is now on sale in stores and online. “In these unprecedented and hard times, it is important to

    A Deluxe Limited-Edition Box Set of the Iconic Light Novel Series Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced the acquisition of the Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition, a deluxe limited edition box set of the iconic Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec. Spanning twenty volumes of Sword Art Online, this special boxed set includes exclusive prints and a poster featuring gorgeous art by abec! With two beautiful collector`s edition volumes, this boxed set is an absolute must-have for fans of the series! For nearly a decade, Sword Art Online has been one of the most beloved franchises in the world of light novels, manga and anime. This deluxe box set appeals greatly to passionate fans of the series as well as collectors of limited edition offerings,

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brand Tamashii Nations. Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts and the Star Wars Meisho Movie Realization line continues with all new figures available for pre-order. Available Exclusively at Premium Bandai USA Tamashii Nations is cranking their power level off the charts with S.H.Figuarts RADITZ, available now for pre-order on Premium Bandai USA. This highly articulated figure brings the character to life from the hit anime series DRAGON BALL Z. Collectors can recreate the fateful scene where Raditz takes on the might of Goku and Piccolo on earth. This single event set earth’s mightiest heroes on a path no one could have ever dreamed imaginable. Tamashii Nations is proud to introduce

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com, pintrill.com/collections/godzilla Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz PINTRILL has released its second series of collectible pins with Toho’s Godzilla. Series 2 is a chibi (short, cute) adaptation of some of the most famous monsters in the Godzilla universe. The series consists of chibi monster pins of Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah, and Rodan. These daikaiju are known as Toho`s "Big Five" -- monsters who appeared in the first three Godzilla series (Showa, Heisei and Millennium), have the highest international popularity, and have been featured in American productions like Legendary`s Monsterverse films and READY PLAYER ONE. PINTRILL presents each monster on a black nickel plated brass pin that includes a double black rubber pin clutch. Each pin measures approximately 0.5" x 0.5" x 2mm and retails for $12.00. The pins are now live exclusively via pintrill.com.

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Grab your shovel and dig up the latest Loot Anime crate just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year. Awaken all of the ghosts, ghouls and spirits when you summon the ‘Undead’ October themed Anime crate. The October crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including MOB PSYCHO 100, HOW TO KEEP A MUMMY, Junji Ito, ANGELS OF DEATH and YUME! Exclusives include an Angels of Death Tee, Mob Psycho Neck Gaiter, How to Keep a Mummy Phone Screen Cleaner and more. To unearth this undead assortment of anime items be sure to order by October 27 at 9:00pm PST. Loot Anime crates start at $28.95 plus shipping and handling. Supplies are limited, so get yours before it

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press amps up the horror with the release of the new manga, King of Eden. The visceral new work is written by Takashi Nagasaki is the acclaimed co-author (along with famed creator Naoki Urasawa) of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master, Keaton, Billy Bat and Pluto. With stunning artwork by SangCheol Lee, King of Eden demonstrates a rare and flawlessly executed collaboration between Korean and Japanese creative forces. King of Eden is available now in print and digitally. Summary Entire villages are going up in flames across the globe, with the same man left standing at the scene every time. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a highly contagious virus where those infected fly into a blind rage, killing anything and everything that crosses their path. As the death toll rises, agencies from nations around the world

    Highly Collectible Mehve Glider Set Previously Released Only in Japan from Premium Bandai Now Available for First Time to Studio Ghibli Fans in North America Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto While the popularity of its films has never waned over its 35-year history, Studio Ghibli is now enjoying a major resurgence as mainstream audiences everywhere experience its films for the first time — digitally. To address fan and collector demand, BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin), a BANDAI NAMCO Group company and the master distributor of officially licensed Studio Ghibli merchandise in North America, announced plans to offer exclusive limited-time and limited-run product for the first time ever in North America via its direct-to-consumer website BluefinBrands.com. Today’s announcement is accompanied by Bluefin’s first such exclusive release — the Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set (Full Action

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press launches the new series I Don’t Know How To Give Birth. From manga creator, Ayami Kazama, comes a personal, informative, and cute autobiography of an artist approaching her first experience with childbirth. A humorous and heartfelt autobiographical comic essay of a manga artist new to the challenges of motherhood. Follow her maternal journey as she learns the ins and outs of pregnancy and childbirth — and the impossibility of finding comfy maternity underwear! I Don’t Know How To Give Birth is available now. About Yen Press, LLC ­­Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific

    It’s time for a supercute celebration! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush RSVP for the party of the year as Loot Crate celebrates Sanrio’s 60th anniversary with the October ‘Anniversary’ themed Sanrio® Crate! Kick off the celebration with new and exclusive Hello Kitty® and Friends collectibles and gear. The October Anniversary crate includes a Loot Crate exclusive Hello Kitty Cake Figure, a Loot Crate exclusive Jewelry Pouch and other supercute items showcasing 60 years of Hello Kitty and Friends. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting these amazing anniversary-themed surprises. To unwrap the gift of exclusive Sanrio items & more inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by October 15 at 9:00pm PST. Sanrio Crates start at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. These crates sell out fast, so

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced new variant editions of their recently released Godzilla 1989 and 2003 figures. Both will be available exclusively from Target in early September. Product details for the 2003 Godzilla follow. Check the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for similar info on the 1989 figure. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 2003 Godzilla “Hyper Maser Blast” Variant Based on its appearance in the 2003 film, GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), Godzilla stands approximately 6” tall and measures 12” long from head to tail. Featuring over 30 points of articulation and an articulated tail, this Godzilla from the Millennium Era is painted in yellow highlights replicating the energy strikes from the JSDF’s Maser Cannons. The figure measures

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced its latest title acquisitions today, which include several manga — Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition, Grim Reapder and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition, Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, The World’s Finest Assasin Reincarnated Into Another World, Adachi and Shimamura, Dear NOMAN, Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan –, Mama Akuma, Mint Chocolate, Sasaki and Miyano, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess, and the novel and comic adaptation of the highly-anticipated Solo Leveling. Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition Story and Darren Shan Art by Takahiro Arai Discover the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak, now back in a new omnibus form! Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced new variant editions of their recently released Godzilla 1989 and 2003 figures. Both will be available exclusively from Target in early September. Product details for the 1989 Godzilla follow. Check back next week for similar info on the 2003 figure. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 1989 Godzilla “Biollante Bile” Variant This version of the beloved monster is based on its appearance during the final battle from the film, GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989). Godzilla is painted with splashes of bright green to replicate the acidic sap spewed by Biollante. The figure measures 6″ tall and 12” long from head to tail and comes with a radioactive blast effect part. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated

    Source: The Op Special Thanks to Jamie Scharbarth and Jake Davis usaopoly (The Op) is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition game. The titan of terror is trying to bring your tower down with a heat ray. Featuring custom game play, players remove and replace blocks according to the directives to keep it standing through every threatening roll of the dice. Beware, Godzilla marches toward the tower raising the threat of destruction with every step! The game comes with 54 Hardwood Jenga Blocks, Custom Godzilla Approach Track, Custom Godzilla Die and a loading tray to assemble the Jenga Block Tower. JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition is now available (SRP: $19.99) from retailers. The game is designed for 2 or more players and recommended for ages 8+. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen New manga acquisitions news today from publisher Yen Press as the company announces 3 new titles set for print and digital debut in November and December of this year. 86 Eighty-Six Story by Asatao Asato Artwork by Motoki Yoshihara Original illustrations by Shirabii Long besieged by the fully autonomous killing machines known as the Legion, the Republic of San Magnolia endeavors to turn the tide of war by employing autonomous weapons of their own… Enjoy Asato-Asato’s award winning novel in fully illustrated manga form! Filled with political and military intrigue, 86 Eighty-Six has grown rapidly in popularity appealing to core fans of light novels as well as fans of military science fiction series such as Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam. An anime adaptation of 86 Eighty-Six has been announced

    First Round of 2020 SDCC Exclusives Feature Dragon Ball and Godzilla Franchises and S.H.Figuarts, S.H.MonsterArts, FiguartsZERO, Dragon Stars and Final Blast Series Lines Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Fans need wait no longer because tonight BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) officially drops this year’s collection of anime and kaiju San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figures. For 2020, Bluefin, the BANDAI NAMCO Group company and leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products in North America, is offering nine different figures from the Dragon Ball and Godzilla franchises across five of the most popular figure lines from Tamashii Nations and Bandai America. “With San Diego Comic-Con happening virtually this year, we’re excited to offer our 2020 event exclusive to the general public for the very first time,” said Adam Newman, CMO of Bluefin. “This collection of Tamashii

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced that their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures are rolling out from their warehouse this week and will soon be available from retailers. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 1989 Godzilla This version of the beloved monster is based on its appearance in the 1989 film, Godzilla vs Biollante. The figure measures 6″ tall and 12” long from head to tail and comes with a radioactive blast effect part. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail! Godzilla will come packaged in collector friendly window box packaging with opening flap. Item Number: 42898 Release Date: July 2020 SRP: $24.99

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Tatsuru Kaneda Bandai Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch figure set. The next release in Bnadai’s “Kaiju Out of the Law” series includes two Jet Jaguar figures (one in his giant pose, the second in a flying pose), two sets of replacement arms, and the flash flash effect parts for the robot’s transformation from human sized to giant. This item is now available for international preorders on the Premium Bandai website. Kaiju Out of the Law: Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch Set/ 怪獣番外地 ジェットジャガー パンチパンチパンチセット. Manufacturer: Bandai Product Size: Jet Jaguar Giant Pose Height Approximately 20cm (7.9 Inches), Jet Jaguar Flying Pose Height Approximately 21cm (8.27 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: December 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥19,800 (Approximately $185.40 US, Tax Included)

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