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    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners SciFi Japan is pleased to share -- courtesy of SRS Cinema -- a first look at the cover art for the Blu-ray of Kadokkawa Pictures' THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu, 2021). Right click on the photos to take a closer look at the beautiful painted artwork by Bob Eggleton, the award winning fantasy artist and lifelong kaiju fan. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS is director Takashi Miike's sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the Yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s.  STORY

    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 terrifying Korean horror-comedy GANGNAM ZOMBIE (강남좀비, Gangnamjombi, 2023). In the wealthy Gangnam district in the heart of Seoul, mass chaos ensues when previously normal people suddenly begin viciously attacking other citizens, leading an elite former taekwondo athlete to take on one final match against the walking dead. GANGNAM ZOMBIE is directed by LEE Su-seong (MEMORIES, HOUSE WITH A GOOD VIEW) and stars Ji Il-ju (BLADES OF BLOOD), PARK Ji-yeon (DEATH BELL 2: BLOODY CAMP) from the chart-topping girl group T-Ara, and CHO Kyung-hoon (NORTH KOREAN GUYS).  Synopsis:        Soon after previously normal people begin viciously attacking other citizens in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam

    Source: University of Minnesota Press Special Thanks to Heather Skinner and Jeffrey Angles Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Press. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. University of Minnesota Press is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win signed copies of  GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN: THE ORIGINAL NOVELS. This book collects the 1955 novellas for the first two Godzilla movies by Shigeru Kayama (author of the original story treatments for both films), translated into English for the first time ever by Jeffrey Angles, Professor of Japanese Literature and Translation at Western Michigan University. All prize copies will be personally signed 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 University of Minnesota Press, major retailers like amazon.com and

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat It’s almost October, which means it’s time for the October Previews catalog to unleash its pre-order goodness on an unsuspecting public! This month, there are a variety of items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD, including more AEW Minimates, a new Indiana Jones statue, their first Rebel Moon action figures, a new Matrix diorama, new Pacific Rim action figures, and the usual goodies from Marvel and Star Wars! Read Diamond Select's report for details on the complete line-up of pre-orders, then find a store at comicshoplocator.com or order at diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com! PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Special Ops (Series 3) Deluxe Action Figure Set A Diamond Select Toys release! Un-cancel the apocalypse! The Jaegers and Kaiju of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, are back,

    The ULTRAMAN NEXUS series comes to TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION in October. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://imagination.m-78.jp/ (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/m78_imagination Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) will add the ULTRAMAN NEXUS (ウルトラマンネクサス, Urutoraman Nekusasu, 2004) series to their official Japanese subscription digital platform service TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION starting Monday, October 2, 2023.  To commemorate the series' debut on the service, a video commentary and interview with Takuji Kawakubo, who played the main character Kazuki Komon, has been uploaded to Tsuburaya's YouTube channel. In addition, Mr. Kawakubo will take part in a simulcast viewing event for ULTRAMAN NEXUS Episode 1 "Night Raid" on October 2 at 7:30 p.m. JST, the 20th anniversary of the episode's original TV broadcast. TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION Premium Plan subscribers can also join the 

    Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Gregg Katzman The menace of Zoospora spreads! The new monster on the block is going after Anguirus and the only hope against either is a robot called MOGUERA! The only hope, that is, unless Doctors Honda and Wiggum can find out any information about this new threat from the Voice! And where is Godzilla? Written by Andrew MacLean with art by Jake Smith. Variant covers by Andrew MacLean, Jake Smith, Hazen Becker and Tom Scioli. In Shops: September 27, 2023 Price: $4.99 Pages: 32 For information on how to acquire Godzilla comics and graphic novels from IDW, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

    Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher Jet Jaguar - Protector T-Shirt, featuring metallic silver ink, and Jet Jaguar Head Pin Set are now available for preorder from Ghost X Ghost! Preorders for the shirt run until FRIDAY, September 29th at NOON PST.   ■ Jet Jaguar - Protector T-Shirt Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. JET JAGUAR, the Robotic Protector, as seen through a filter of 80s pop art, vintage punk, and street, all with a modern twist. Features metallic silver ink!Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt.   ESTIMATED DELIVERY - Q4 2023 Designed by GXG Printed by Bay Merch Price: $30.00 Order Link:  https://ghostxghost.com/products/jet-jaguar-protector-t-shirt?mc_cid=11d697d4d7&mc_eid=5df0f56949         ■ Jet Jaguar Head Soft Enamel Pin Set Photo courtesy of

    The ULTRASEVEN: 55TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray set collects 55 of the best episodes, movies and specials featuring the popular Ultra Hero. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Last fall, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. kicked off the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen), celebrating the anniversary of the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) televsion series. Over the past year there have been Ultraseven anniversary exhibitions, screenings and merchandising in Japan.  Now Mill Creek Entertainment joins in on the fun with the ULTRASEVEN: 55TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray set, coming November 14, 2023! Running 27 hours and 25 minutes, the ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY is a "best of" collection of 55 select Ultraseven-themed episodes, movies and specials from across the Ultraman franchise. Alongside the original incarnation of the hero and his Dan Moroboshi alter ego, this

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://seikengakuin.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ⒸYū Shimizu, Asagi Tohsaka/KADOKAWA/Excalibur Academy Project Ahead of the kick-off of its Fall 2023 season, HIDIVE revealed that it has acquired the new action fantasy TV series THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY (聖剣学院の魔剣使い, Seiken Gakuin no Makentsukai, 2023) based on the popular shōnen light novel series written by Yū Shimizu, illustrated by Asagi Tōsaka and adapted into manga by Keigen Asuka. The long-awaited THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY series premieres October 2 and joins the recently announced title THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS as an exclusive simulcast series during HIDIVE’s upcoming Fall 2023 season. “We’re excited to bring THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY to fans as an exclusive simulcast series on HIDIVE this fall,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “Together with THE VEXATIONS OF A

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. The Nijigen No Mori theme park has announced that a nighttime version of their "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 ~) zip line ride will start on September 23. "Godzilla Interception Operation" is the world's only entertainment attraction where you can fully experience the power and power of Godzilla, with the theme of the world's largest life-size Godzilla that landed on Awaji Island. Participants become members of the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster  (NIGOD) and after receiving an explanation of the "Godzilla Interception Operation" that unfolds against Godzilla who has appeared on Awaji Island through a movie-like attraction video produced by Toho. Godzilla, which had been inactive on Awaji Island, has been observed to have minute changes

    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 Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©ペンギンボックス・KADOKAWA/おでかけ子ザメ As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. First up was "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ), with cute SD-style versions of Gamera and his foes by manga artist Penguin Box. The second project was a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. For the third collaboration, Kadokawa has circled back to Penguin Box for a crossover with the artist's hit baby shark manga, Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ). This series, which depicts the heartwarming daily life of a little shark, began as a short story posted

      The new Godzilla is featured on limited edition labels for Tantakatan shiso shochu. Photo courtesy of Oenon Group. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©OENON Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Source: Oenon Group press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.oenon.jp/tantakatan/ (Japan)   The alcoholic beverage company Oenon has announced a collaboration with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, commemorating both the 30th anniversary of Oenon's "Tantakatan" shiso shochu and GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), the 30th domestic live-action film in the Godzilla series! Photo courtesy of Oenon Group. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©OENON Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Shiso shochu is a distilled liquor made from shiso (aka perilla) leaves. Oenon's "Tantakatan" series, which is said to carry a "fresh aroma from Hokkaido," comes from carefully selected red shiso plants. It is characterized by its refreshing aroma and easy-to-drink taste. It is recommended to drink

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow SRS Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of Yoshikazu Ishii’s YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen, 2022). Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S. SRS builds upon a successful relationship with Ishii following their release of his prior production, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (アタック・オブ・ザ・ジャイアントティーチャー, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Tīchā) back in 2019, and believes YUZO will be an even greater success. YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO stars genre

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Nijigen No Mori theme park's popular attraction, "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 ~), is hosting the "Mothra Paper Airplane Flying Competition" (モスラ紙ヒコーキをとばしたい会, Mosura-shi Hikōki o Tobashitai Kai), a craft experience for elementary school students and younger, through December 3, 2023. In this event, visitors can create their own original Mothra Paper Airplane by painting their favorite colors on the Mothra art paper. Visitors can not only take home their Mothra Paper Airplane but also enter it in the Competition, which will be held at a time TBA on the large lawn in front of the "Godzilla Interception Operation" area. In the competition, participants see which paper airplane will fly the furthest, and the winner will receive a medal badge

    © 2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary NYCC panels to include screenings of monumental new Apple original series MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS based on Legendary’s Monsterverse, acclaimed fan-favorite FOR ALL MANKIND and thrilling new drama series THE CHANGELINGSource: Apple TV+ press releaseOfficial Site: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/monarch-legacy-of-monsters/Special Thanks to Sana Abbaali  Apple TV+ has revealed plans for a towering New York Comic-Con lineup that will include advance screenings, as well as showcase the gifted creative teams, of highly anticipated upcoming series MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS; returning and celebrated space drama FOR ALL MANKIND; and, the compelling new drama series THE CHANGELING. The news comes of the heels of Apple TV+ becoming the home to some of this year’s most acclaimed sci-fi hits, including SILO, FOUNDATION and INVASION. Fans heading to New York Comic-Con on this year will be treated

    Photo courtesy of Volks Inc. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Volks Inc. press release Volks Inc. (Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto), a designer, manufacturer, and retailer of model and toy products, will launch a new series called the "Orient Hero Collection" (オリエントヒーローコレクション, Oriento Hīrō Korekushon), an update of the legendary "Orient Hero Series" (オリエントヒーローシリーズ, Oriento Hīrō Shirīzu) Garage Kit (GK) series that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. The first items to be released will be two popular monsters from Tsuburaya Productions' RETURN OF ULTRAMAN series; Gudon and Twintail. These kits will be available exclusively at the "Hobby Round 29" (ホビーラウンド29, Hobī Raundo 29) event hosted by Volks on Sunday, October 1st. The original "Orient Hero Series" was a Volks GK line created in 1985 and based on the concept of "creating a three-dimensional embodiment of all the heroes created by the East." The series, which has produced numerous

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Site: https://godzillagames.jp/battle_line/Special Thanks to Yuna Kishita   Godzilla series artist Shinji Nishikawa has created a promotional illustration for the GODZILLA BATTLE LINE/GAMERA -Rebirth- Collaboration. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Kadokawa Corporation has provided SciFi Japan with a large, high quality image of the promotional artwork for the collaboration between their  GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu, 2023) anime series and the Toho smartphone game "Godzilla Battle Line" (ゴジラ バトルライン, Gojira Batoru Rain). Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita,  GAMERA -Rebirth- is a 6 episode series based on the live-action Gamera movies that depicts Gamera fighting five enemy kaiju first introduced in films made from 1967-1971. The anime show was released worldwide on Netflix this past September 7th. Launching in 2021, the "Godzilla Battle Line" game allows players to build their own

    The main cast of ULTRAMAN BLAZAR will appear every day!Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.ultra-expo.com/prism2024/Official X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/m78expo Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 New Year Festival poster, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatakei) will host the "Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 New Year Festival in Tokyo Dome City" (ウルトラヒーローズEXPO 2024 ニューイヤーフェスティバル IN 東京ドームシティ,  Urutora Hīrōzu EXPO 2024 Nyū Iyā Fesutibaru IN Tōkyō Dōmu Shiti) at Ikebukuro Sunshine City (3-1-4 Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo) from Friday, December 29, 2023 to Monday, January 8, 2024 at Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall. "Ultra Heroes EXPO" is a popular year-end and New Year's holiday event for the Ultraman series, with the 2024 festival held under the theme of "Deliver Your Thoughts". At this event, the "NEW GENERATION THE LIVE" stage show will be performed daily. On stage will be Ultraman Blazar,

    Lead Actor Ryunosuke Kamiki to Throw Out the First Pitch Source: Toho Co., Ltd, Yomiuri Giants press releases 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 New key visual for the Yomiuri Giants/Godzilla collaboration. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. © Yomiuri Giants. All rights reserved. Toho and the Yomiuri Giants (読売ジャイアンツ, Yomiuri Jaiantsu) have revealed further details for their GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) collaboration event for the Giants' home game against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at the Tokyo Dome on October 1st.   To promote the event, a new key visual has been released featuring the Yomiuri Giants' players and Godzilla. The design includes the phrase "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. Godzilla Seat

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat 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_rebirthSpecial Thanks to Yuna Kishita Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. Following "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by manga artist Penguin Box, the second project is a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. Nights with a Cat began as a short story that Kyuryu Z posted on his Twitter page. It quickly developed a wide readersip who had fallen for the charms of

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