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    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. press release To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions' 1998-99 series ULTRAMAN GAIA  (ウー25th Anniversary ver.ルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia), the Agulater transformation device used by Hiroya Fujimiya (played by Hassei Takano) to become Ultraman Agul has been revised as the "Ultra Replica Agulater ー 25th Anniversary ver." (ウルトラレプリカ アグレイター25th Anniversary ver., Urutora Repurika Agureitā ) by Premium Bandai, the official mail order site of Bandai Namco. All parts are completely newly sculpted from the previous Ultra Replica version released in 2017. The main body of the Agulaterr has been made significantly thinner by reworking the internal structure, and the details have been reproduced to more accurately recreate its appearance of the prop used in the series. The brace parts have also been redesigned with a focus on appearance. The material and structure have been changed from the soft

    Source: PLAN A ltdSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   Photo courtesy of PLAN A and Avery Guerra. ©PLAN A PLAN A has shared an early look at their upcoming movie, HOT SPRINGS SHARK ATTACK (温泉シャーク, Onsen Shāku). The film is directed and written by Morihito Inoue, an indie filmmaker who won the "National Monster Movie Championship" (全国自主怪獣映画選手権, Zenkoku Jishu Kaijū Eiga Senshuken) in two consecutive years, 2018-19. HOT SPRINGS SHARK ATTACK is produced by Masayuki Nagata (WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS GOURA) with music by Joe Jimba and spfx by Yusuke Miki (ULTRAMAN Z, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A BLACK HOLE, BRUSH OF THE GOD).   The producers launched a fundraising campaign on the Japanese crowdfunding website Campfire and have already hit 1140% of their goal!   Trailer:   Synopsis   Several visitors to an Onsen (hot

    Photo courtesy of Toei. ©2023 Pretty Cure All Stars F the Movie Production Committee Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Toei. ©2023 Pretty Cure All Stars F the Movie Production Committee Toei has provided information and pics for PRETTY CURE ALL STARS F THE MOVIE (映画プリキュアオールスターズF, Eiga Purikyu Aōrusutāzu Efu), the 20th anniversary film in the "All Stars" series. The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, September 15th.   STORY All Precure gather together! But then, they all fall apart~~~! Where am I? --When Sora wakes up, she finds herself in a mysterious world. It seems that she has been separated from Mashiro and the others....But that's when she met Yui, Manatsu, and Prim!   I met a lot of friends, but for some reason, they all have hazy

    Gamera and Gyaos rumble once again in GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Netflix Official Sites: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth With the worldwide release only days away, Netflix has finally released stills from GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), their new 6 episode anime series based on the long-running daikaiju film franchise. Boco. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ▼Series Overview Title: GAMERA -Rebirth- Distributor: Netflix worldwide distributionRelease Date:September 7, 2023 Cast Boco: Hisako Kanemoto Joe: Yoshistugu Matsuoka Junichi: Aki Toyosaki Brody: Subaru Kimura Tazaki: Mamoru Miyano Emiko: Saori Hayami   Staff Original Story: KADOKAWA Director: Hiroyuki Seshita Assistant Director: Keisuke Ide Series Composition: Kenta Ihara, Hiroshi Seko, Hiroyuki Seshita

      Toho has announced the main cast of GODZILLA MINUS ONE. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. 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. Toho has provided SciFi Japan with their latest official press release for GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), announcing the main cast for the film.   INTRODUCTION Live and fight. Godzilla suddenly appears in a scorched earth of Japan.Can the nameless people left behind live to survive and fight back? In GODZILLA MINUS ONE, a film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla, the director, screenwriter, and VFX director is Takashi Yamazaki.The symbol of despair is now

    Photo courtesy of ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 Source: ANGEL CHAMPAGNE press release Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: Photo courtesy of ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 The innovative and creative champagne brand ANGEL CHAMPAGNE began selling "ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION" on Monday, September 4, 2023. The limited edition tie-in product for the ULTRAMAN anime on Netflix sold out on the first day. Based on ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008, the bottle and case gleam in metallic red and silver, inspired by the world of ULTRAMAN. The ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION comes with an original box and store bag featuring the ULTRAMAN suit and logo.   ◆Details Product Name:ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITIONContent:750mlCountry of Origin: FranceGrape Varietal:Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, MeunierAlcohol Content: 12.5%Price: 198,000円

      GODZILLA MINUS ONE director Takashi Yamazaki is hosting four special theatrical screenings of select Godzilla films in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: TikTok:   Leading up to the release of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), the film's writer/director/FX director, Takashi Yamazaki, will host four special theatrical screenings of select Godzilla films in Japan this September and October. The "Takashi Yamazaki Selection Godzilla Screenings in Commemoration of GODZILLA-1.0 Release" (「『ゴジラ-1.0』公開記念 山崎貴セレクション ゴジラ上映会」, "Gojira - 1.0 ” Kōkai Kinen Yamazaki Takashi Serekushon Gojira Jōeikai) series will be held at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo. Yamazaki, who is a big Godzilla fan, has chosen four classic Godzilla films. He will also attend each screening to take part in a post-movie discussion about his love

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: Special Thanks to Takehiro Yamamoto   Toho has released a new trailer 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 and open in North American cinemas on December 1, 2023. For more on GODZILLA MINUS ONE, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan... GODZILLA MINUS ONE Official Press Release, Trailers and Teaser Posters -- Direct From Toho! North American Theatrical Release December 1! GODZILLA MINUS ONE Director Takashi Yamazaki Gets Exhibition in Matsumoto City GODZILLA MINUS ONE Merchandising -- Wave One! Bandai Spirits Announces GODZILLA MINUS ONE Japanese Prize Lottery Tokyo International Film Festival 2023 to Open

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland Prepare to be terrified by an ancient creature from local Thai folklore in the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022), debuting on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Halloween on October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 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).

    Godzilla and Gamera will fight in a special collaboration for the GODZILLA BATTLE LINE game. Photo courtesy of Toho. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd., KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Site:  The two great monsters, Gamera and Godzilla, finally collide! Toho's smartphone game "Godzilla Battle Line" (ゴジラ バトルライン, Gojira Batoru Rain) has announced a special collaboration with the Kadokawa anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu).   The new season of the game, "Final Battle! Godzilla vs Gamera Rebirth" (頂上決戦!ゴジラ vs ガメラ・リバース, Chōjō Kessen! Gojira vs Gamera Ribāsu) will begin on Thursday, September 7, the same day that GAMERA -Rebirth- is distributed worldwide on Netflix. GAMERA -Rebirth- director Hiroyuki Seshita previously co-directed the Anigoji Trilogy of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira: Kaijū Wakusei, 2017), GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA

    All 393 soft vinyl figures are illustrated! Source: Kodansha Ltd. press release Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Many people who love the Ultraman series have purchased soft vinyl figures of the different heroes and monsters from the franchise. TV Magazine Deluxe 262: Definitive Edition - Ultra Soft Vinyl Series Complete Super Encyclopedia (テレビマガジンデラックス262 決定版 ウルトラソフビシリーズ コンプリート超百科, Terebi Magajin Derakkusu 262 Ketteiban Urutora Sofubi Shirīzu Konpurīto Chō Hyakka), to be released on September 4th by the Japanese publisher Kodansha, is a guide to the current lineup of products from Bandai's "Ultra Hero Series" and "Ultra Monster Series." The book covers figures from the original Ultraman to the latest hero Ultraman Blazar, and monsters from Alien Baltan to the latest figure, Baby Demaaga. Furthermore, subsets such as the large "DX" series and the "Advance" series with its fun gimmicks and actions are included. A

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese  action/adventure GOODBYE MONSTER (山海经之再见怪兽, Shanhai Jing: Zaijian Gaoshou, 2022). After accidentally ruining his island, a doctor is banished, but he has one last chance to redeem himself after a young boy comes to him for healing in this magical anime for the whole family. Synopsis:        After disobeying orders and using an untested idea to defeat the Dark Spirit, a promising young doctor accidentally destroys his island and is banished from Kunlun Hospital, forbidden from ever practicing

    Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher   The METALCROPOLIS series of designs by Ghost X Ghost takes your favorite characters, and makes them METAL!  If you missed out on some of their Metalcropolis Godzilla T-shirts you're in luck, as they've created some variants, available only on! In addition to those, Ghost x Ghost  also made a variant color of the Godzilla Kingu design, as a hoodie. Click on the links below to order. PLEASE NOTE: these items are being sold and fulfilled by rather than Ghost x   ■ Mechagodzilla Metalcropolis T-Shirt Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Exclusive Godzilla Store Color Variant Mechagodzilla, the mechanical terror, has been reimagined as a metal band! Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt. Illustration by Matt Ryan Tobin

      Photo courtesy of Tokyo International Film Festival. ©Tokyo International Film Festival All Rights Reserved. Source: Tokyo International Film Festival press release   The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is excited to announce this year’s Opening and Closing Films.   PERFECT DAYS, from legendary German filmmaker, writer and photographer Wim Wenders, will open the 36th TIFF. Leading actor Koji Yakusho was honored with the Best Actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film, and Wenders praised him as his own Chishu Ryu, star of TOKYO STORY, the masterpiece by world-renowned director OZU Yasujiro. This is an immensely exciting occasion for TIFF, as it allows us to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ozu’s birth with Wim Wenders, one of his biggest fans, in Tokyo. Wenders is serving as the Jury President of this year’s edition, and will present the Asian Premiere of

    Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Gregg Katzman Some time ago, mysterious crystals fell to an alien planet, becoming the subject of a planetwide religion existing at odds with the planet’s government. After years of conflict, the leader of what has become a powerful cult uses the crystals to summon his “god” and unleash it on his world. Little does he know he has only summoned the terrifying SPACEGODZILLA! …And SpaceGodzilla hears no prayers. Don’t miss this all-new one-shot by superstar Godzilla artist Matthew Frank! Variant covers by Alexis Ziritt and Bob Eggleton. In Shops: Aug 30, 2023 Price: $7.99 Pages: 52 For information on how to acquire Godzilla comics and graphic novels from IDW, please contact your local comic

    Nationwide releases in the U.S. to screen both subtitled and dubbed versions of legendary Director Satoshi Kon’s PERFECT BLUE, TOKYO GODFATHERS and PAPRIKA as well as iconic anime films GHOST IN THE SHELL and COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIESource: Iconic Events Releasing press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab)   Photo courtesy of Iconic Events Releasing. Iconic Events Releasing, a company specializing in distributing special engagement theatrical events to theatres, brings the action and bold visual storytelling of anime to the big screen as it announces a slate of upcoming nationwide theatrical events for the latest installment of AX Cinema Nights. A different acclaimed anime feature will be screened at over 300 theatre locations across the country beginning in September and continuing through February 2024. Celebrated films will include a Satoshi Kon Film Festival that will screen 3 of the legendary Director’s most renowned anime feature films

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. On Saturday, September 2, the Nijigen-no-mori theme park's popular attraction "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (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 ~ will launch a new craft event. The "Godzilla Unglazed Color Painting Experience" (ゴジラ素焼き色塗り体験, Gojira Suyaki-Shokunuri Taiken)  is perfect for the autumn season of art. In this event, visitors will be able to create their own Godzilla by color-painting the own design on Nijigen-no Mori's original "Unglazed Godzilla," a white figurine of the original Godzilla. Visitors will also be able to take their painted Godzillas home. as souvenirs Godzilla continues to evolve with the upcoming November 3 rdrelease of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan). a film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla's birth! Parents

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners In the Yakuza Underworld, Corruption Runs Deep Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland In a city plagued with poverty and crime, a corrupt businessman decides to run for mayor by eliminating opponents from the rival mafia. A former police captain serving time for murder is secretly released to head a special task force to arrest him in the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022), exploding on Blu-ray and DVD September 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The sophomore effort from director Kensuke Sonomura (HYDRA), BAD CITY stars legendary Japanese actor Hitoshi Ozawa (Takeshi Kitano’s BOILING POINT, Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE), Akane Sakanoue (ALICE IN BORDERLAND, ULTRAMAN X), Masanori Mimoto (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, HYDRA, Takashi Miike’s YAKUZA APOCALYPSE), Lily Franky (Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Academy Award-nominated SHOPLIFTERS),

    Photo courtesy of DeAgostini Japan. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: DeAgostini Japan press release Godzilla fans in Japan can now pre-order "Godzilla Osechi 2024" (ゴジラおせち2024, Gojira Osechi 2024) for the upcoming New Year's holiday season. Osechi is a collection of small, traditional Japanese New Year's delicasies presented in a wooden display box.  This will be the fourth consecutive year that the collectibles company DeAgostini Japan has released a Godzilla-themed Osechi. With 2024 marking the 70th anniversary of the first GODZILLA (ゴジラ , Gojira) released in 1954, the fourth edition of the "Godzilla Osechi" will offer extras commemorating the history of the King of the Monsters. Special features includea poster of all the previous Godzillas and trading cards featuring Godzilla and other monsters from the anniversary films. In addition, a deluxe Oshechi edition with an ornament of Godzilla (1954) will be available  in limited quantities.

    Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©SRS Cinema Ron Bonk, owner of the indie production & distribution company SRS Cinema (now known as a top distributor for Asian monster cinema) is working with director Brett Kelly (RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK, OUIJA SHARK, SHE-REX and much more) on their first kaiju collaboration, KAIJU GLAM METAL SHARK ATTACK. Bonk promises an exciting, fun and action packed movie, stating "Yes, we have giant monsters, we have a giant monster shark, and this giant monster shark shreds!!!"   To help with production and publicity, Bonk has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Depending on their donation, fans can be listed in the credits for a "special thanks" up to top billing as an executive producer. They can also take advantage of some campaign specific perks, such as “Be a scared citizen”,

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