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    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the award-winning epic fantasy CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS (封神第一部:朝歌风云, Fengshen Part 1: Chao Ge Fengyun, 2023) from director Wuershan (PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND). After killing the emperor, King Zhou reigns as a tyrant so brutal that he earns Heaven’s wrath. To save the mortal world, the gods intervene and invest in a champion brave enough to challenge the king—even if it may cost him everything. CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS stars Kris Phillips (THE MONKEY KING 2), Li Xuejian (THE WANDERING EARTH II), Huang Bo (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), Yu Shi (BORN TO FLY),

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://elyase-anime.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Synechdoche (AKITASHOTEN)/Elf-san Production Committee Fans are in for an oversized summer of laughs with today’s announcement that AMC Network’s HIDIVE will stream the new comedy series PLUS-SIZED ELF (エルフさんは痩せられない。, Erufu-san wa Yaserarena, 2024) as an exclusive simulcast during the anime streaming service’s Summer 2024 season. Premiering in July, PLUS-SIZED ELF is based on the pair of popular seinen manga titles created by Synecdoche. “We’re excited to present the new series PLUS-SIZED ELF as part of our exclusive line-up of simulcasts this summer,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “Without a doubt, fans can expect some extra-large laughs from what is sure to be a larger-than-life comedy. Get ready some fun!” Naoe-kun, a massage therapist, is about to head home for the day when he's saddled with a rather strange

    Source: KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 press release Official Site: https://www.kaijubrooklyn.com/kaiju2 Special Thanks to John Bellotti, Jr Photo courtesy of Kaiju Brooklyn. BrooklynONE Productions and Robo7 proudly announce the return of the colossal KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 event, set to captivate audiences at Industry City on June 1st, 2024. Following the immense success of the inaugural KAIJU BROOKLYN, this year's installment promises even more monstrous thrills, excitement and live entertainment. KAIJU BROOKLYN 2, a unique collaboration between two visionary production companies, is set to take the audience on an unforgettable journey into the world of Japanese giant monsters, superheroes and robots. Industry City, a dynamic and expansive venue, will provide the perfect backdrop for this epic spectacle, offering attendees an immersive experience like never before.   KAIJU BROOKLYN 2 51 35TH STREET BUILDING 5/6 BROOKLYN NY 11232

    The computer animated film ULTRAMAN RISING premieres worldwide on Netflix on June 14th. Photo courtesy of Netflix ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix Official Site: https://netflix.com/ultramanrising (US), https://m-78.jp/videoworks/ultraman-rising/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productiions has provided SciFi Japan with new images, trailers and press notes for ULTRAMAN RISING, the feature-length CG animated film co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Netflix which will be distributed worldwide on Netlflix on June 14th.   US key art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Japanese key art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ■ What is ULTRAMAN RISING? The Netflix film ULTRAMAN RISING is directed and written by Shannon Tindle, co-writer and character designer for KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016), working with co-director John Aoshima and co-writer Marc Haimes (both of whom also worked on KUBO). The movie is produced

    Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. © 2024 Legendary. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary.   Source: Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Michael Foell and Liza Nedelman   Titans Combine Forces for the Ultimate Team-up when the Action-packed Adventure Becomes Available for Purchase and Rental Debuts for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental on May 14 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on June 11 5-Film 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Monsterverse Also Available this Summer The latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE, which follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, debuts for purchase and rental Digitally at home on May 14. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, GODZILLA

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of May 12, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic/Global Box Office Estimates – May 12, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $94.35M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $2.29B through Sunday) is down 22% vs. 2023. ■ Notable Domestic Openers 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray NORYANG: DEADLY SEA (노량: 죽음의 바다,  Noryang: Jugeumui Bada, 2023), which brings to a close Director Kim Han-Min’s epic nautical trilogy that began with THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS (2014) and continued with HANSAN: RISING DRAGON (2022).  In the final chapter, legendary Korean admiral Yi Sun-Sin faces his final fight at the historical Battle of Noryang, the last major battle of the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).  The cast includes Kim Yun-seok (ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU)​, Baek Yoon-sik (JEON WOOCHI, TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS), Jung Jae-young (CASTAWAY ON THE MOON), and Huh Joon-ho (DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN). NORYANG: DEADLY SEA debuts on DVD (SLP: $19.98),

    GEMNIBUS vol.1, an omnibus of short stories by young filmmakers, will receive a limited 2-week theatrical release in Japan this month. Image courtesy of Toho. © 2024 TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: https://gemstone.toho.co.jp/gemnibus/vol1/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Toho. © 2024 TOHO CO., LTD. Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for GEMNIBUS vol.1 (ジェムニバス vol. 1, Jemunibāsu Boryūmu Wan), an omnibus of short stories from Toho's digital production brand, GEMSTONE Creative Label. GEMNIBUS vol.1 will receive a limited 2-week theatrical release in Japan starting May 28th.   INTRODUCTION Toho's new project to discover fresh talent! Don't miss the limited release of this new-age film by four up-and-coming creators! GEMSTONE Creative Label is a content creation label launched by young employees of Toho Co. It

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. Ⓒ Tatsunoko Production   MACH GOGOGO ALSO RIDES ON DIGITAL JUNE 1, 2024 Source: Shout! Studios Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   The innovative car racing anime series SPEED RACER will be revving up for all major digital platforms on June 1, 2024 from Shout! Studios. Fans of the iconic racing adventure will be treated to all 52 episodes as it becomes available for video-on-demand. MACH GOGOGO (マッハゴーゴーゴー, Mahha GōGōGō), the original 1967 Japanese-language television series adaptation from Tatsunoko Production, will also be available for video-on-demand on all major digital platforms. The popular Japanese franchise originated as a manga series created by anime pioneer, and founder of Tatsunoko Production, Tatsuo Yoshida. The manga’s success in Japan spawned the adapted TV series MACH GOGOGO. It later gained popularity in the United States as SPEED RACER, an

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. ©2023 Studio Ghibli AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DEMAND IN 4K ON ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON JUNE 25  Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2023 Studio Ghibli Fresh off a historic Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature, the latest and long awaited cinematic masterpiece from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, THE BOY AND THE HERON (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka, 2023), will be released July 9 on 4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray + DVD, and in a Limited Edition Steelbook that includes 4K UHD + Blu-ray, featuring Dolby Vision plus Dolby Atmos for the ultimate home entertainment experience from GKIDS with home entertainment distribution from Shout! Studios. This is the first title from Studio Ghibli to ever be released on 4K UHD. THE BOY

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 28, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. This weekend, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE opened in Japan and crossed the $500 million mark worldwide!   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 28, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $64.5M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $2.006B through Sunday) is down

    Photo courtesy of Toho. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: https://www.godzillaxkongmovie.com/ (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GodzillaVsKong (US) Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong (US), @GodzillaMovieJP (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzillavskong (US), @GodzillaMovieJP (Japan) Japanese poster courtesy of Toho. © 2024 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary While Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国, Gojira x Kongu Aratanaru Teikoku) opened in North America and most international markets in late March, the Japanese release begins today. Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with a press release and images for the film's theatrical run in Godzilla's homeland...   INTRODUCTION The world is now witnessing...The Anniversary Blockbuster (Godzilla's 70th anniversary x

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 21, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 21, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $65.4M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.981B through Sunday) is down 19% vs. 2023. ■ Notable Domestic Openers Universal’s R-rated horror film ABIGAIL opened in the

    Source: Penguin Random House press release Special Thanks to Garrett Bond and Casey Nugent Penguin Random House is publishing a series of illustrated Godzilla children's books as part of their Penguin Young Readers line. The first book, Love From Godzilla, was released last December with Brave Like Godzilla and the non-fiction What is the Story of Godzilla? coming this June.   Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. BRAVE LIKE GODZILLA By Charlie Moon; Illustrated by Jordan Bradley and Milo MoorePenguin Young Readers LicensesOn Sale 6/25/2024Ages 4 -8 HardcoverISBN 9780593662199$14.99 EBookISBN 9780593751602$8.99 Face your fears with Minilla and Godzilla in this original picture book, just in time for Godzilla's 70th anniversary in 2024! Minilla and his friends are having

    Source: Comscore Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 14, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.   Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 14, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian   A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $74.3M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.887B through Sunday) is down 16% vs. 2023 ■ Notable Domestic Openers In the top spot, A24’s CIVIL WAR opened

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Distributor SRS Cinema has announced the launch of preorders for their limited edition Blu-ray of TWAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS. GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū Tai Goura), a brand-new kaiju movie from Shinpei Hayashiya, director of the Reigo / Raiga / Ohga series!! The cast and crew includes suit actros Mizuho Yoshida (GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, ZEIRAM) and Akihiko Ohashi (GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION, GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS), cinematographer/VFX/editor Masayuki Nagata (ATAMI MONSTER), composer Yasuhiro Ueda (ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, ULTRAMAN ZERO VS DARKLOPS ZERO), monster designer Shinji Nishikawa (GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE, GODZILLA 2000), suit and prop makers Naofumi Kanamori and Tomohiro Matsumoto (REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS), CG

    Photo courtesy of Apple TV+. © 2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Apple TV+ press releaseOfficial Site: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/monarch-legacy-of-monsters/Special Thanks to Sana Abbaali, Alizee Serena, Evan Seymour and Phil Zimmerman Apple TV+ today announced that its broadly acclaimed, global hit Monsterverse series MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, from Legendary Entertainment, has been renewed for a second season. On the heels of the monstrous success of MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, Apple TV+ has also struck a new multi-series deal with Legendary Entertainment, which includes a second season of MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS, and multiple spinoff series based on the franchise.   “MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS has left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds and imaginations of audiences around the world, led by the brilliance of Chris, Matt, Kurt, Wyatt and the incredibly gifted talented cast and creative team,” said Morgan Wandell,

    Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©Shin Ultraman Film Partners ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©Shin Ultraman Film Partners ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS A highly detailed soft vinyl toy of the fan-favorite kaiju is available for Pre-Order now! Source:  Seismic, LLC. press release Special Thanks to Alex Ashraf Rushdy  From the immensely popular SHIN ULTRAMAN film by Evangelion mastermind Hideaki Anno and director Shinji Higuchi comes Gomess from Seismic Toys’ Ultraman Vinyl Odyssey line! Standing at 9.5 inches / 24 cm tall, this premium Gomess collectible sports 5 points of articulation, a lush hand painted color scheme, and an extremely detailed sculpt by famed kaiju artist D0PEP0PE. Gomess famously uses a modified Shin Godzilla design and model, just like his first appearance in 1966's ULTRA Q! “Gomess represents a shift in our Ultraman

    Butt Detective, Suisen and Brown tackle a new case in BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: FAREWELL MY BELOVED PARTNER (BUTT). Photo courtesy of Toei. © Troll and Poplar Publishing / 2024 Butt Detective the Movie Production Committee Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://oshiri-movie.com/ (Japan) Photo courtesy of Toei. © Troll and Poplar Publishing / 2024 Butt Detective the Movie Production Committee Toei has provided information and pics for their new anime feature film, BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: FAREWELL MY BELOVED PARTNER (BUTT) (映画おしりたんてい さらば愛しき相棒(おしり), Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Saraba Aishiki (Oshiri)). The second theatrical feature based on the widely successful Butt Detective franchise opened in Japanese cinemas on March 20th. Based on the picture book series by author Troll, BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: FAREWELL MY BELOVED PARTNER (BUTT) continues the animated adaptation that has been airing on Japanese television since 2018.  The movie features prolific voice actors

    Conan Edogawa celebrates his 30th anniversary with his 27th feature film, DETECTIVE CONAN: >THE MILLION DOLLAR PENTAGRAM. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2024 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved. Source: Toho Co., Ltd.Official Site: https://www.conan-movie.jp/2024/ (Japan)Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central) Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2024 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.     TMS Entertainment is marketing the film internationally with the English title CASE CLOSED: THE MILLION-DOLLAR PENTAGRAM.   IntroductionCelebrating its 30th anniversary, Gosho Aoyama's original manga series, has already reached 104 volumes (with a cumulative total of more than 270 million copies sold worldwide!) The popularity of the DETECTIVE CONAN series has proven to be at an all-time high, with the TV anime series having aired more than 1,000 times. The 26th movie, DETECTIVE CONAN: BLACK IRON SUBMARINE (名探偵コナン

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