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    Concept art of the Monkey D. Luffy balloon for this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION Iconic Character from Global Hit Anime Series Created by Eiichiro Oda and Produced by Toei Animation to Debut as Featured Character Balloon on Thanksgiving Day Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) This Thanksgiving, anime’s favorite pirate Monkey D. Luffy will embark on his newest adventure. However, this time, the beloved captain of the Straw Hats isn’t setting sail across the sea. Instead, he’ll be venturing down the streets of New York City— as part of the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! On November 23, 2023, Monkey D. Luffy, from the celebrated global anime franchise ONE PIECE, will debut as one of the iconic featured character balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As the most iconic

      GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK and SHIN GODZILLA round out GODZILLA MINUS ONE director Takashi Yamazaki's 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 is hosting four special theatrical screenings of select Godzilla films. GODZILLA MINUS ONE director Takashi Yamazaki. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. 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 are being held at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo with a classic movie showing every other week. Yamazaki

      The alien monster Orga attacks Godzilla in GODZILLA 2000, coming to theaters on November 1st. Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © & TM Toho Co., Ltd Source: Fathom Events press releaseOfficial Site: Thanks to Colette Carey © & TM Toho Co., Ltd   Just in time for Godzilla Day 2023, the King of All Monsters reigns again, as Fathom Events and Toho International present a special screening of GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999)—returning to theaters nationwide on November 1 at 7:00 pm local time. Originally released dubbed in English by TriStar Pictures in the United States in August of 2000, the Fathom screenings will be presented in Japanese language with English subtitles. This will be the first time the original Japanese version of GODZILLA 2000 will be screened in American cinemas. Get ready to crumble!

    GKIDS and Shout! Factory bring the SPIRITED AWAY stage play to Blu-ray and Digital. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd.   THE FIRST-EVER STAGE PRODUCTION OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN CAIRD Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Academy Award-winning animated feature is brought to life in Tony Award-Winner John Caird’s stage adaptation masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage. Filmed during the hit production’s 2022 run at the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed stage show will be available on all major digital platforms and on Blu-Ray this November 14, 2023 from GKIDS with distribution from Shout! Studios. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd. The wondrous stage play adaptation entertaining in master puppetry, brilliant costuming, magical sets

    Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Playmates ToysSpecial Thanks to Sarah Gumina Playmates Toys recently surprised Godzilla fans and collectors by releasing a new GODZILLA VS. KONG Hollow Earth diorama with no prior announcement. They have now provided SciFi Japan with product info and large photos, giving a look at this latest additions to the playmates MonsterVerse toy line.. MonsterVerse: Hollow Earth Figures & Diorama Set (6" 2-Figure Bundle with Godzilla, Kong, Diorama and Accessories) Legends collide as Godzilla and Kong, the two most powerful forces of nature, clash in a spectacular battle for the ages! The monster war rages on the surface and deep within our world as the secret realm of the titans—known as the Hollow Earth—is revealed! Both figures come with “battle damage” feature—remove to

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Sites: (Japan), (North America) Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners Step into the fantastic adventure LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR (かがみの孤城, Kagami no Kojō, 2022) now on Blu-ray and all major digital platforms from GKIDS with distribution by Shout! Factory. Bonus features include trailers and an art gallery of the film’s stunning visuals. LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is available to order from GKIDS and Shout! Factory, as well as Amazon. From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL, THE WONDERLAND) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together. Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school

    Win the Thai monster movie CREEPY CRAWLY on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022). 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).

      Photo courtesy of Hamanako Boat Racing Corporation. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©BOAT RACE HAMANAKO All rights reserved. Source: Hamanako Boat Racing press releaseGⅠ Hamanako Prize Official Site: (Japan) Boat Race Hamanako Official X (Twitter):   GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) will be released in theaters across Japan on November 3. Directed, written, and VFX by Takashi Yamazaki, it is one of the most talked-about films of the year, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the world-famous King of the Monsters and the 30th live-action Godzilla film produced in Japan. It will be released in more than 500 theaters nationwide, the largest number among Toho's films, and will be screened overseas, mainly in North America. The scenes where Godzilla confronts humans at sea  were filmed in places such as the Enshu Sea off the coast of the Tenryu River and within Lake

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business, Cinema City press releases Official Sites: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee On October 15, the Cinema City theater complex in Tachikawa, Tokyo will host a pair of special screenings for the first episode of GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). Between the two there will be a live talk show with the anime series' director Hiroyuki Seshita, lead voice actor Hisako Kanemoto (Boco) and sound director Yoshikazu Iwanami. Cinema City is known for their "Extreme Bombastic Screening" where the theater's ultra-high-spec sound system is altered for each screening to create an overwhelming sense of immersion for the audience. For GAMERA -Rebirth-,  Yoshikazu Iwanami will meticulously adjust the audio to maximize the sensation of Kaiju in Cinema City.   ■ GAMERA -Rebirth- Episode 1 Screenings With Talk

      Celebrate Godzilla all year long with the 2024 GODZILLA 70TH ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR. Photo courtesy of Hagoromo. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©FUJITA KANKO INC. All Rights Reserved. Source: Hagoromo press release Publisher Hagoromo Co., Ltd. has offered a first look at the cover and some interior pages for their 2024 Godzilla 70th Anniversary Calendar (2024年版 ゴジラ70周年記念カレンダー, 2024 Nenban Gojira 70 Shūnen Kinen Karendā). Scheduled to be released in Japan on November 4, 2023, this premium calendar is designed to please both longtime and new Godzilla fans for an entire year! The cover features the key art from the new movie GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan). The inside pages are filled with photos from all 30 live-action Godzilla movies produced in Japan by Toho.  Enjoy a year of famous scenes from the Godilla series, starting with the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) for

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2017 Japanese suspense thriller LIVERLEAF (ミスミソウ, Misumisō). A live-action adaptation of the manga by Rensuke Oshikiri, the film depicts a grandiose tale of revenge fueled by the intertwining emotions of people who have endured abuse, bullying, and other forms of trauma. LIVERLEAF was directed by Eisuke Naito and stars Anna Yamada (SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE) and Hiroya Shimizu (SADAKO). Story Haruka Nozaki (Anna Yamada) transfers to a new school, but she is bullied there. The only person on her side is her classmate Mitsuru Aiba (Hiroya Shimizu). Haruka

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s Morphin’ time! The latest Legends in 3D half-scale bust is none other than the Green Ranger, as he appeared on the classic MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS television show. Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this highly detailed bust is limited to only 1000 pieces, and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. SKU: 84803a UPC: 699788848036 Edition Size: 1000 SRP: $200.00 Fnd a store near you at, or order online at

      Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd and the Yomiuri Giants. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Yomiuri Giants. All rights reserved. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release, Yomiuri Giants Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: This Sunday, October 1st, the Yomiuri Giants will host a special GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) promotion during their home game at the Tokyo Dome against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Merchandising for the collaboration is now available to order on the Giants' official online store. The physical official "GIANTS STOREs" will start selling some of the products on the day of the game. The items all feature the main artwork for the collaboration depicting the Yomiuri Giants' players, Godzilla and "89 is my life.~野球とは、人生そのものだ。~" (89 is my life. ~Baseball is life itself.~), the official catchphrase for the team's 89th season. List of Products

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Originally released this past summer as a San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive, the PACIFIC RIM 10th Aniversary Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box Set from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD is now available from stores across North America! Read on for details, then find a store near you at, or order online at and PACIFIC RIM 10th Aniversary Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box Set A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the PACIFIC RIM with this all-new box set celebrating the film's 10th anniversary! Featuring a battle-damaged version of the original Gipsy Danger, and a "Shakedown Test Colors" version of Gipsy Avenger, this action figure two-pack

    Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: The popular "Godzilla Interception Operation" (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 ~) attraction at the Nijigen No Mori theme park will have its 3rd anniversary on October 10th. To celebrate the event, Nijigen No Mori is offering a limited "Premium Ticket with Original MA-1 Jacket" (オリジナルMA-1ジャケット付きプレミアムチケット, Orijinaru MA-1 Jaketto-tsuki Puremiamu Chiketto) which gives buyers admission to the park's Godzilla-themed attractions (including the theater, zip line, shooting game, and museum) plus an exclusive Godzilla design jacket. The "Original Reversible MA-1 Jacket with SHIN GODZILLA Movie Design" (「シン・ゴジラ」をデザインしたオリジナルのリバーシブルMA-1ジャケット,  Shin Gojira o Dezain Shita Orijinaru no Ribāshiburu MA-1 Jaketto)  is a flight jacket style developed by the U.S. Air Force, now adorned with a design based on the 2016 blockbuster movie SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira).  Furthermore,

    POWER RANGERS COSMIC FURY will premiere on Netflix this Friday, September 29th. Photo courtesy of Netflix. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: NetflixOfficial Site: POWER RANGERS COSMIC FURY will premiere on Netflix on September 29th, 2023 at 12:00am PDT. The newest installment in the Power Rangers saga, POWER RANGERS: COSMIC FURY follows the team from POWER RANGERS: DINO FURY who embarks on a new journey into outer space. As they navigate their way through this new territory, they will uncover new Cosmic abilities and work together to fend off the return of the infamous villain Lord Zedd and save the universe.   (L-R) Chance Perez as Javi Garcia/Black Ranger, Jacqueline Joe as Fern/Orange Ranger, Hunter Deno as Amelia Jones/Red Ranger, Kai Moya as Ollie Akana/Blue Ranger, and Tessa Rao as Izzy Garcia/Green Ranger.

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION ©Akiyoshi Hongo, TOEI ANIMATION Programming Line-Up Includes Trio of Panels Featuring Multiple Japanese Guests Together with a Multi-Booth Fan Experience Including a Special One Piece Booth Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Legendary anime studio Toei Animation returns to New York Comic Con (“NYCC”) this year to celebrate a trio of its top franchises. For 2023, guests at one of the largest annual pop culture conventions in North America will be treated to a bevy of location-based entertainment experiences spotlighting  Dragon Ball, One Piece and Digimon over four consecutive days. From October 12 – 15, Toei Animation will showcase these three fan-favorite properties with a line-up spanning celebrity panels to multiple exhibition spaces (Booths #2635 & #2821), which will include not only a pop-up shop, life-sized statues,

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Ⓒ2022 Mei Hachimoku, Shogakukan / The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Film Partners Romantic Fantasy to Open in Theaters Throughout the United States on November 3; World English Dub Premiere & Movie Panel to Take Place at New York Comic Con Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: tunneltosummer.comSpecial Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group) HIDIVE, AMC Networks’ fast-growing anime streaming service, and IFC Films unveiled today their U.S. theatrical release for the critically acclaimed anime film THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES (夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口, Natsu e no Tonneru, Sayonara no Deguchi, 2022). The highly anticipated romantic fantasy, which is based on the popular light novel and manga series of the same name by Mei Hachimoku, will open in theaters starting Friday, November 3 throughout the United States. THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES recently took top honors

      The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun hot spring amusement park will host a GODZILLA MINUS ONE collaboration starting in mid-October. Photo courtesy of Fujita Kanko Inc. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©FUJITA KANKO INC. All Rights Reserved. Source: Fujita Kanko Inc. press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan) The all-weather hot spring amusement park Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ( Address 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0407; Manager: Motonobu Matsuyama) will host a special event with the new movie GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) from Friday, October 20, 2023 until Monday, January 8, 2024. This event is a collaboration between Yunessun, which underwent a major renovation this past July -- the biggest since the spa's opening -- and GODZILLA MINUS ONE, a film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla. In addition, the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo, which is famous for its landmark ``Godzilla Head'', will also be included in this project, providing a

    Special Thanks to Jeffrey Angles and Heather Skinner (University of Minnesota Press) After many, many years, SciFi JAPAN TV is back with a special episode! Join SFJ's co-editors Bob Johnson and Keith Aiken for an in-depth interview with Jeffrey Angles, Professor of Japanese Literature and Translation at Western Michigan University, about his new book, GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN: THE ORIGINAL NOVELS. Published by University of Minnesota Press,  GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN: THE ORIGINAL NOVELS. This book collects the 1955 novellas for the first two Godzilla movies written by Shigeru Kayama (author of the original story treatments for both films), now translated into English for the first time ever by Professor Angles. GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN: THE ORIGINAL NOVELS will be released in both paperback and Ebook editions on October 3. The cover price is $19.95. The book can be ordered directly from

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