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    Source: 20th Century Fox Japan Official Site: (US), (Japan) 20th Century Fox Japan has provided a trailer, poster art, high-res photos and logo for the Japanese release of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (Japanese title — アリータ:バトル・エンジェル, Arīta: Batoru Enjeru). Produced by James Cameron (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, TITANIC, AVATAR) and directed by Robert Rodriguez (DESPERADO, SIN CITY), the movie is based on the science fiction manga series Battle Angel Alita (銃夢, Gunnm). Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned cyborg Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, but soon discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices

    See where the worldwide phenomenon began with the original Japanese series that inspired the Power Rangers franchise! Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Before MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, there was Super Sentai! Shout! Factory is proud to present NINPUU SENTAI HURRICANEGER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, available for the first time in North America on March 26th, 2019. This 8-Disc DVD collection includes all 51 adventure-filled episodes of NINPUU SENTAI HURRICANEGER (???????????, Ninp? Sentai Harikenj?, 2002-2003). In the Hayate`s Way Ninja Academy, three of its pupils aren`t exactly fitting in. But because their Sensei believes them to have potential, he regularly spends the morning personally subjecting them to rigorous training. While the other students are having their graduation ceremony, a clan of evil space warriors known as the Jakanja infiltrated the school, killing most of the students. Now the trio of misfits must come

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and giant, high-res photos of their DefoReal Series soft vinyl figures based on famous American horror movie franchises, courtesy of X-Plus’ Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Star Ace Toys, Ltd. The DefoReal line combines the cute “Super Deformed” figure style (known for large heads, squat, chubby bodies and stubby limbs) with more realistic features. Characters from modern horror movies are particularly suited to being represented in this format. These figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. DefoReal Series: Jason Vorhees /?????? ??????????? Manufacturer: Star Ace Toys Product Code: SA6007 Product Size: Height Approximately 14.5cm (5.7 Inches), Length Approximately 8cm (3.1 Inches), Width Approximately 9.5cm (3.7 Inches) Material: PVC Specifications: Painted;

    Source: 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, B/HI press release Official Site: Social Media: @AlitaMovie (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Special Thanks to Briana Rojas Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has announced new details about their line of merchandise inspired by ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the latest theatrical release from visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY). The lineup of film-inspired products for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL includes figures, collectible prop replicas, cosplay and costumes, novelizations, making-of books and subscription gifts. Starring Rosa Salazar (the MAZE RUNNER franchise), Christoph Waltz (DJANGO UNCHAINED) and Keean Johnson (NASHVILLE), and based on Battle Angel Alita (??, Gunnm), the acclaimed manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the highly-anticipated film hits theaters worldwide beginning on February 5, 2019 and opens in the U.S. on February 14. From licensing partners such as Funko, Weta Workshop, Titan Books, Loot Crate, Hot Toys, Prime 1 and Rubie’s,

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE An era ends. A new one begins... Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with some early information and high-res promotional images for HEISEI KAMEN RIDER 20TH COMMEMORATIVE WORK: KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER* (????????20?????????????????????? FOREVER, Heisei Kamen Raidaa 20 Sakuhin Kinen Kamen Raidaa Heisei Jenereeshonzu Foebaa), opening in Japan on December 22, 2018. Starring the heroes of the two most recent television series -- KAMEN RIDER BUILD (?????????, Kamen Raidaa Birudo, 2017-18) and KAMEN RIDER ZI-O (?????????, Kamen Raidaa Jio, 2018) -- the movie also brings together all of the major Riders introduced during the Heisei Period (1989-2019)... Masked Rider Kuuga, Masked Rider Agito, Masked Rider Ryuki, Masked Rider Faiz, Masked Rider Blade, Masked Rider Hibiki, Masked Rider Kabuto, Masked Rider Den-O, Masked Rider Kiva, Masked Rider Decade, Kamen

    Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation announced some upcoming releases today during their Industry Panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2018... New Release (Home Video) – Death Note Live Action Movies (DEATH NOTE & DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME) • From Director Shusuke Kaneko, the 2006 Japanese live action thrillers DEATH NOTE (?????, Desu Noto, 2006) and DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME (??????the Last name, Desu Noto the Last name, 2006) based on the original manga and combined in a first ever single release. • Japanese language with English subtitles • Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital • Street date: 01/22/19 New Release (Home Video) – DEATH NOTE: Light up the NEW World • From Director Shinsuke Sato, the 2016 Japanese live action thriller DEATH NOTE: Light up

    Kouga Continues His Mission Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today that it has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the two-part, live-action GARO SPECIAL: BEAST OF THE DEMON NIGHT (???GARO?????? ????? GARO Supesharu Byakuya no Majuu, 2006) for audiences in the USA and Canada. HIDIVE subscribers can stream the first part of this epic tale on September 24, 2017 at 15:00 UTC and will be able to watch the thrilling conclusion on October 1, 2017 at 15:00 UTC with English subtitles and an English-language dub. While on his new assignment, a young Makai Priestess named Rin visits Kouga. She claims that the dead Priest, Amon, wants to speak to him. Kouga soon learns that his friend Jabi did not die as he presumed but the Makai Tree absorbed her. The only way for Kouga to save her is to don the golden GARO armor and team

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today that it acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the second season of the live-action series GARO for subscribers in the USA and Canada. Kouga, the bearer of the golden GARO wolf armor, makes his two-episode premiere on August 16, 2018, at 17:00 UTC with two episodes being released every Thursday. Series Description: In the war against the nightmarish creatures known as Horrors, Mankind`s most formidable line of defense has always been the power of the Makai Knights. But now, one by one, the Knights are being mystically marked for death by a mysterious magic user in a crimson mask. Even Kouga is among the afflicted, with the accursed mark slowly draining his strength. Who is this masked adversary and how has he (or she) been able to target the Knights so effectively? All signs point to a betrayal from within

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and large, high-res photos from GINTAMA 2: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN (??2 ???????????, Gintama 2 Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni soko Aru), the sequel to the 2017 box office hit GINTAMA (??). Both live-action films are based on Hideaki Sorachi`s manga, which has sold more than 55 million copies to date. The comic`s fusion of sci-fi, action, comedy, and samurai period film are given life on the big screen, thanks to returning director Yuichi Fukuda and a cast headed by Shun Oguri. STORY Gintoki Sakata (Shun Oguri), Shinpachi Shimura (Masaki Suda) and Kagura (Kanna Hashimoto) are out of work and running low on money so they take up part-time jobs to pay the rent. However, they encounter shogun Shigeshige Tokugawa

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today it has acquired the streaming rights to the theatrical live-action movie GARO: RED REQUIEM (???GARO??RED REQUIEM?, 2010), premiering on July 18, 2018, at 17:00 UTC for US and Canadian subscribers. Follow Kouga, the bearer of the gold wolf armor, as his mission leads him to a city plagued by followers of a Horror known as Karma. As he sets out to cleanse the city of this evil, he is aided by three Makai priests who all have a personal vendetta against Karma. Despite their skills and strength, Karma’s malice is beyond what they have seen and must work together to destroy her and her cursed army. GARO: RED REQUIEM is directed by the famed film and video game designer/director, Keita Amemiya (IRON ARMOR MIKAZUKI, MASKED RIDER DECADE) and includes the talents of Ryosei Konishi as Kouga Saejima, Mary Matsuyama

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Fantasia Festival Special Thanks to Nicole Richardson and Ted Geoghegan The 33nd Fantasia International Film Festival kicks off today (July 12) and runs through August 1 at the Concordia Hall Cinema, the Cinémathèque québécoise and the McCord Museum in Montreal. With more than 130 feature films to choose from, there`s something for cinephiles of every tastes. Here are some of the Japanese movies sure to interest readers of SciFi Japan... AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (??, Ajin, 2017) 9:40 PM Friday, July 27, Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall) Kei (Takeru Satoh, RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy, INUYASHIKI) becomes a medical intern in order to save his ill sister, Eriko (Minami Hamabe, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016). One day he is killed in an accident, but as an immortal human known as an Ajin, he comes back to life immediately afterward. Chased by the government

    GOLDEN WIND, New Season of the Anime,and DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Live-Action Film Join VIZ Media’s Catalog Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announced the latest additions to the multi-generational action adventure property with the JOJO`S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: GOLDEN WIND anime and the JOJO`S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE live-action film. VIZ Media has secured the home media, online rights and TV broadcast rights for both properties. VIZ Media is the North American-based master distributor for the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE anime series and also publishes print and digital editions of the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for the anime series. JOJO`S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: GOLDEN WIND (?????????? ????, JoJo

    12th Edition Includes Over 30 Films Never Before Seen in NYC, With Unprecedented Number of Special Guests Source: Japan Society press release Official Site: japan-cuts-2018 Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett, Michele Debreceni and Caitlin Hughes Japan Society announces the full lineup of the 12th annual JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. Described by The New York Times as “meticulously curated” and “an annual highlight of New York’s film calendar,” the summer festival brings a wide range of the best and hardest-to-see films made in and around Japan today -- from blockbusters, independent productions and anime, to documentaries, avant-garde works, short films, and new restorations. This year’s edition spans ten days -- from July 19 through July 29 -- and features 28 feature-length films and 9 short films across the Feature Slate, Classics: Rediscoveries and Restorations, Documentary Focus, and Experimental Spotlight sections. Among

    Photos: Andrew Nguyen On July 5th, Legendary and Sunrise announced at Anime Expo 2018 their plans to co-produce the first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise hit mecha anime, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM. SciFi Japan`s Andrew Nguyen attended the Sunrise GUNDAM panel and has shared some photos from the event. For more information on the live-action GUNDAM please see Legendary`s press release.

    Multi-platform Animated Juggernaut to be Translated into Live-Action Film for the First Time Source: Source: Legendary Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Sheana Knighton Legendary and Sunrise announced today at Anime Expo 2018, plans to co-produce the first-ever live-action feature film version of GUNDAM, based on Sunrise’s massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise. The billion dollar property was created in 1979 and has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. GUNDAM continues to dominate master toy licensee Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception. The original GUNDAM series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity`s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living

    Director Shinsuke Sato To Introduce Premiere Event At NYC’s Japan Society Source: Anime NYC press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Peter Tatara Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll and Japan Society have announced that the live-action BLEACH feature film, adapted from the bestselling manga and anime series by Tite Kubo, will have its U.S. Premiere on July 28th at JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film at New York’s Japan Society shortly following its release in Japanese theaters. BLEACH, which tells the story of a supernaturally gifted teenager who trains to battle evil spirits, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for manga and anime fans around the world, with the original manga series having sold over 120 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 2001. BLEACH director Shinsuke Sato will make a rare appearance at Japan Society, introducing

    New Promo Art For Upcoming Double Feature Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with high-res images of the new posters and key art for their 18th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature, KAMEN RIDER BUILD THE MOVIE: BE THE ONE / LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER EN FILM (??? ??????????Be The One?????????????VS????????????en film, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Birudo Be The One/ Kaitoo Sentai Rupanrenjaa VS Keisatsu Sentai Patorenjaa en film). The movies open in Japan on August 4. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei is one of the Japanese majors in cinema, covering production, distribution and exhibition through its own theater chains. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto.

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and large, high-res photos from BLEACH (????, Buriichi), the live-action feature film based on the hit supernatural manga by Tite Kubo. The serialized manga debuted in Shueisha`s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2001, with the 74 collected volumes having sold more than 120 million copies worldwide. BLEACH is co-written and directed by Shinsuke Sato. Sato has a history of successfully adapting manga for the big screen; his credits include the movies GANTZ (??, Gantsu, 2011), GANTZ II: PERFECT ANSWER (?? PERFECT ANSWER, Gantsu Pafekuto Ansaa, 2011), DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world (????? Light up the NEW world, Desu Noto Light up the NEW world, 2016) and INUYASHIKI (?????, 2018). The main character, Ichigo Kurosaki, is played by Sota Fukushi.

    Authors: Avery Guerra and Bob Johnson Sources: GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL Website, Facebook Page Official Kickstarter Page: help-actress-peggy-neal-return-in-new-kaiju-film A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Being a fan of certain genres can sometimes be a full-time endeavor. When people get really serious about their interests, then activities elevate beyond just watching movies or starting collections. Many start writing about or reviewing films/TV. Others get to a position where they can author books. It is special though, when you can actually create a film within the genre you love. This is something that Avery Guerra is endeavoring to do now. Below is his story, including information about how other fans can help make this dream come true. Avery has assembled a talented crew and a cast that reads like a who’s who of Japanese kaiju cinema. Including an actress who has been in retirement from film for years. Now he

    Legendary “Defender Of The Universe” Debuts In A Compact New Super Mini-Pla Kit Featuring 5 Fully Articulated Lions That Combine To Form The Iconic Giant Robot Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, announces an exciting new release for pop culture, giant robot and anime fans as it opens pre-orders for the Voltron Super Mini-Pla from Bandai Shokugan brand. Voltron is the newest addition to the Super Mini-Pla product line from Bandai Shokugan and is set for release in September by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now; MSRP will be $62.00. Bluefin is the official North American master distributor for Bandai Shokugan. The legendary hero from one of the greatest giant robot anime action series of the 1980s

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