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    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee 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 Kadokawa Corporation has announced Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators in Japan in celebration of the worldwide release on Netflix for their new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). The first project is "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by Penguin Box, creator of the hit baby shark manga Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ) published by Kadokawa. The artist has reimagined Gamera and the enemy monsters from in cute  SD ( Super Deformed) forms which will be used for upcoming merchandising. Fans can now download free "Mini Gamera" wallpaper  for smartphones and PCs at https://gamera-rebirth.com/special/digicon.html   Gamera. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Gyaos. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth

    Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Megahouse press releases Megahouse, a division of Bandai Namco Group, has launched their "Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY" line of three-dimensional character puzzles. The figures can be played with by assembling and disassembling 40 separate parts -- including muscles, bones, and internal organs -- and can also be displayed as is. The first two characters in the line are the Ancoent Monster Gomora and Space Dinosaur Zetton,  kaiju that were introduced in the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) television series. Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ● Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY Gomora (解体パズルFANTASY ゴモラ, Kaitai Pazuru Fantajī Gomora) Product Size:  Height Approximately 100mm (3.9 Inches)Release Date: Late June 2023Price: 4,180円 (Approximately $28.28 US, Tax Included) Product Site: https://www.megahouse.co.jp/megatoy/products/item/3941/ Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo

    Source: Apple TV+ press releaseOfficial Site: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/monarch-legacy-of-monsters/Special Thanks to Hannah Stamer, Alizee Serena, Evan Seymour and Phil Zimmerman   Today, Apple TV+ unveiled the first teaser for MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, and shared that the highly anticipated ten-episode series will premiere globally on Friday, November 17. Based on Legendary’s Monsterverse, and starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski, MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS will debut with the first two episodes, followed by one episode every Friday through January 12. Anders Holm as Bill Randa (played by John Goodman in KONG: SKULL ISLAND) and Mari Yamamoto as Keiko in Episode 3 of MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS. Photo courtesy of Apple TV+. © 2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Following the thunderous

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022). 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), and Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, DEATH TRANCE, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND).  Synopsis:        Long plagued by poverty and crime, Kaiko City has been torn apart by rampant corruption and growing violence between the local

    Source: Titan Books press release Special Thanks to Daisy Saunders   Photo courtesy of Titan Books On the 19th of September, Titan Books will be publishing Gastronogeek: An Anime Cookbook., a cookbook full of 40 recipes dedicated to anime and inspired by the greatest works of recent years, from NARUTO to ATTACK ON TITAN. The cookbook comes from chef and pop-culture expert, Thibaud Villanova, who has also authored The Unofficial Zelda Cookbook and The Unofficial Ghibli Cookbook.   Dive into an incredible gourmet universe of anime, from the great classics of the 80s to newcomers on the small screen. Re-discover the most essential and popular works of the moment in this collection in the most gourmet way possible, from the ONE PIECE Sanji and Tajiro Curry to the YOUR NAME Dream Souffle Pancakes! Teeming with cult references, this gourmet tribute will immerse you in astonishing anime universes:

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Kotei Kobayashi - SB Creative Corp./Shut-In Vampire Princess Committee Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://hikikomari.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group) Anime fans can look forward to laughs this fall with today’s announcement that HIDIVE has acquired the new fantasy comedy TV series THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS (ひきこまり吸血姫の悶々, Hikikomari Kyūketsuki no Monmon, 2023). Based on the popular shōnen light novel series of the same name written by Kotei Kobayashi and illustrated by Riichu, THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS will premiere this October as an exclusive simulcast on HIDIVE as part of its Fall 2023 Season. “We’re thrilled to have acquired THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS as a HIDIVE exclusive simulcast series,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “This new series joins our exciting Fall 2023 Season line-up and will definitely be a

    Photo courtesy of Fanattik. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: FanattikSpecial Thanks to Freya Warrington The UK gifts and collectibles company Fanattik has revealed their first wave of Godzilla products. These items will be available from retailers in multiple territories worldwide, including the United States, and can be purchased now from https://www.wearefanattik.com/.   Photo courtesy of Fanattik. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla Kaiju Tin Sign Kaiju Activity Detected! Warn you and your friends of a potential impending Godzilla attack with this vibrant embossed tin sign. In the style of the original 1954 Japanese film, this tin sign brings this original classic back to life! Price: $13.00Size: Length 26.2cm, Width 0.2cm, Height 28cm (10.3 x .08 x 11 Inches)                 Photo courtesy of Fanattik.

    Photo courtesy of Studio Ghibli. ©2023 Studio Ghibli ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S FIRST FEATURE IN 10 YEARSSource: GKIDS Official Site: https://gkids.com/films/the-boy-and-the-heron/ (US)   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, has announced the North American release of THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan's celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. The movie will open in theaters and IMAX across America on December 8, 2023. Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (translated as HOW DO YOU LIVE?), the film is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film "Spinning Globe"

    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: https://youtu.be/5jxQHR-hOZI?si=ac2PJrJvxQZQAorE   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: https://2023allstars-f.precure-movie.com/ (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: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (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: https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzilla231103 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godzilla231103/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@godzilla.toho 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: https://angelchampagne.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelchampagnej Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angel_champagne_japan/ 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: https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzilla231103 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godzilla231103/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@godzilla.toho   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: https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzilla231103 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godzilla231103/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@godzilla.toho 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: https://godzillagames.jp/battle_line/  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

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