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    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has provided high res photos of the packaging for their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures. Both figures are now available from retailers for the SRP of $24.99 each. Please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for photos of the figures. About NECA, Inc. NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) provides wholesale merchandise based on a wide variety of licenses. They are one of the largest providers of wholesale licensed movie merchandise in the country. With products from popular licenses like THE HUNGER GAMES, PACIFIC RIM and GODZILLA, the company provides vendors with the hottest licensed merchandise they can get.

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has launched a notable new manga series with the debut of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation. The new manga series is a spin-off from the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, which has been one of Yen’s most successful literary releases. The new series by Fuse, author of the original That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, features artwork by Sho Okagiri and Mitz Vah. Volume 1 is available now in-print and digitally on Yen Press partner platforms. About That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation With all its innovations, the kingdom of Tempest-founded by the demon lord Rimuru-is a

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Sharpen your pencils, grab your books and get ready to learn all you can about Loot Anime’s August ‘School’ themed crate. Be THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL, KEEP YOUR HANDS OF EIZOUKEN and chow down with SAIKI K. The August crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including an exclusive THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL T-shirt, one of the first products made from the new hit series that debuted in July. Also included is a MY HERO ACADEMIA Perfect Bound Notebook and more awesome items from your favorite anime shows. To unbox this educational assortment of anime items be sure to order by August 27 at 9:00pm PST. Anime Crates start at

    For a long time in the world of gaming, there have been two principal titans. The first is the combined might of the west, generally consolidated around the UK and the United States. The other is Japan, the relatively smaller nation which is responsible for perhaps more contributions to gaming than all other countries combined. When comparing gaming to other forms of international entertainment such as movies, and novels, the cultural divide between the West and Japan has often proven far too great for translation to succeed. While there are obvious exceptions to this in anime and manga, in general terms, pushing for a transfer is commonly seen as simply not worth the effort. So why is it then, that gaming has so easily bucked this trend? From RPGs to action-shooters, the jump has been an immensely successful one, and we want to

    For a long time in the world of gaming, there have been two principal titans. The first is the combined might of the west, generally consolidated around the UK and the United States. The other is Japan, the relatively smaller nation which is responsible for perhaps more contributions to gaming than all other countries combined. When comparing gaming to other forms of international entertainment such as movies, and novels, the cultural divide between the West and Japan has often proven far too great for translation to succeed. While there are obvious exceptions to this in anime and manga, in general terms, pushing for a transfer is commonly seen as simply not worth the effort. So why is it then, that gaming has so easily bucked this trend? From RPGs to action-shooters, the jump has been an immensely successful one, and we want to

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Sharpen your pencils, grab your books and get ready to learn all you can about Loot Anime’s August ‘School’ themed crate. Be THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL, KEEP YOUR HANDS OF EIZOUKEN and chow down with SAIKI K. The August crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including an exclusive THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL T-shirt, one of the first products made from the new hit series that debuted in July. Also included is a MY HERO ACADEMIA Perfect Bound Notebook and more awesome items from your favorite anime shows. To unbox this educational assortment of anime items be sure to order by August 27 at 9:00pm PST. Anime Crates start at

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has launched a notable new manga series with the debut of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation. The new manga series is a spin-off from the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, which has been one of Yen’s most successful literary releases. The new series by Fuse, author of the original That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, features artwork by Sho Okagiri and Mitz Vah. Volume 1 is available now in-print and digitally on Yen Press partner platforms. About That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation With all its innovations, the kingdom of Tempest-founded by the demon lord Rimuru-is a

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has provided high res photos of the packaging for their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures. Both figures are now available from retailers for the SRP of $24.99 each. Please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for photos of the figures. About NECA, Inc. NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) provides wholesale merchandise based on a wide variety of licenses. They are one of the largest providers of wholesale licensed movie merchandise in the country. With products from popular licenses like THE HUNGER GAMES, PACIFIC RIM and GODZILLA, the company provides vendors with the hottest licensed merchandise they can get.

    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)

    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

    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 Nations and Bandai America

    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 for future release. 86 Eighty-Six,

    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 Prize: A. There

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming titles during the Yen Press Industry Panel that was a part of the Anime Expo Lite virtual event. Acquisitions included manga titles, A Witch’s Love at the End of the World, Strawberry Fields Once Again, The Vampire & His Pleasant Companions, Slasher Maidens, Eniale & Dewiela and Mieruko-chan, new light novels for The World’s Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten, Unnamed Memory, King of the Labyrinth and Reign of the Seven Spellblades, and an art book, Overlord: The Complete Anime Artbook. These titles are all set for release in December 2020. Overlord: The Complete Anime Artbook By Hobby Book Editorial Department A deep dive into the planning and making

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC has announced its latest publishing acquisitions, which include manga debuts for The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap, Wolf & Parchment and Sword Art Online Project Alicization. New light novels titles include A Certain Magical Index SS and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and a new art book acquisition for Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Ten Year Calvados. Additional titles will be announced during the Yen Press Industry Panel at Anime Expo Lite on July 3rd. A Certain Magical Index SS (light novel) Story by Kazuma Kamachi Illustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura Kamijou Touma faces his roughest challenge yet -- a classroom hot pot party! Meanwhile in London, the women`s dorm in a base of magicians may never see another day as wild as

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press delivers a compelling and emotional new manga release with the debut of Little Miss P: The Second Day, the latest release in the acclaimed ongoing graphic novel about an anthropomorphized period. Little Miss P has gained wide attention in Japan for dealing with the often-taboo topic of menstruation. The first volume of the series was published in-print and digitally by Yen Press last year. A Japanese live action film based on the manga is also set to be produced. Little Miss P: The Second Day is available now in-print and digitally from Yen Press’ online partners. Because everyone’s cycle is different, there’s a Seiri-chan (or period) for each person. But they all look (more or less) the same, so it’s easier to call them ‘Seiri-chan’ as a group. When that Seiri-chan knocks on

    Have fun in the sun with Hello Kitty and Friends! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Loot Crate is bringing the sunshine indoors with August’s ‘Hello Vacation!’ themed Sanrio Crate. Go for a swim, catch some rays or just relax and recharge with new and exclusive Hello Kitty and Friends collectibles and gear. The August crate includes an adorable, stackable Tiki Muglet set and other wonderful items. These crates sell out fast, so you don’t want to miss out on getting these amazing summer fun surprises. To unbox supercute Sanrio items inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by August 15 at 9:00pm PST. Hello Kitty and Friends Crates start at $39.99 plus shipping and handling while supplies last. Subscribe to the Hello Kitty and Friends crate and bring some sunshine into your

    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 MONOPOLY: GODZILLA board game. Demolish the competition in a city-terrorizing twist on the classic Hasbro game by collecting iconic kaiju in their familiar settings -- such as Rodan on Monster Island (formerly known as Boardwalk) and Mothra on Infant Island (formerly known as Park Place) -- in order to reign supreme. Navigate the MONOPOLY game board with custom sculpted tokens of the giants Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Minilla, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla! MONOPOLY: GODZILLA is now available (SRP: $39.99) from retailers. The game is designed for 2-6 players and recommended for ages 8+. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes, with each prize consisting of one (1) MONOPOLY: GODZILLA board game. B. Prizes will be shipped

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Premium Bandai and other retailers are now taking proerders for new Hyper Modeling Series GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS figures from Bandai`s Art Spirits division. Based on the 2019 feature film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the six figures will be available separately and in a set. Hyper Modeling Series: Godzilla (2019)/ ?????? ??? (2019) Distributor: Art Spirits Manufacturer: Plex Product Size: Length Approximately 9cm (3.5 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: October 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥1,600 (Approximately $14.93 US) Hyper Modeling Series: King Ghidorah (2019)/ ?????? ???????2019? Distributor: Art Spirits Manufacturer: Plex Product Size: Wingspan Approximately 21cm (8.3 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: October 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥1,600 (Approximately $14.93 US)

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com, hufworldwide.com/huf-x-godzilla Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz This summer, HUF goes head to head with the world’s mightiest King of the Monsters in the Godzilla vs. HUF Collection, a new range of apparel and accessories celebrating one of the most recognized symbols of Japanese pop culture worldwide. Godzilla first appeared in the 1954 Japanese science-fiction film GODZILLA (???, Gojira) directed by Ishir? Honda and produced by Toho studios in Tokyo. Godzilla’s immediate impact on post-World War 2 Japanese culture was instantly recognized as a powerful metaphor for nuclear destruction, inspiring numerous films, video games, comics, novels, and television shows for the past 65 years. Working closely with Toho Studios -- which has produced 32 Godzilla films -- HUF has hand-selected the most memorable big-screen moments starring the “titan of terror” and his supporting kaiju characters for a capsule of

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