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    Front and back packaging artwork for the ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series & ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX Blu-ray set. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. Series: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM. Movie: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA FILM PARTNERS. All Rights Reserved. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp June 18, 2024 – New York, NY – Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT), is excited to announce the release of ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series and ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX, coming to Blu-ray and Digital July 30, 2024. This summer release comes from Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently announced extension and expansion of its current partnership with Tsuburaya Fields Media & Pictures Entertainment, Inc. The deal includes digital and physical rights for a full slate of episodic series and feature films from the international

    ULTRAMAN: RISING premieres worldwide on Netflix on June 14th. Photo courtesy of Netflix ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ULTRAMAN: RISING RELEASES ON NETFLIX ON JUNE 14, 2024 Source: Netflix Official Site: https://netflix.com/ultramanrising (US), https://m-78.jp/videoworks/ultraman-rising/ (Japan)   Photo courtesy of Netflix ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS LOGLINE When Tokyo is threatened by rising monster attacks, an all-star athlete reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman, discovering that his greatest challenge isn’t fighting giant monsters: It’s raising one.   SYNOPSIS With Tokyo under siege from rising monster attacks, baseball star KEN SATO reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman. But the titanic superhero meets his match when he adopts a 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju. Sato must rise above his ego to balance work and parenthood while protecting the baby from forces bent on exploiting her for their own dark plans. In partnership with Netflix,

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.ultra-expo.com/osaka2024/Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/m78expo Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 Umeda Summer Festival poster art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatake) will hold the "Ultra Heroes EXPO 2024 Umeda Summer Festival" (ウルトラヒーローズEXPO2024 うめだサマーフェスティバル,  Urutora Hīrōzu EXPO 2024 Umeda Samā Fesutibaru) at Umeda South Hall in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture (13-1, Umeda 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka Prefecture) and Hanshin Umeda Main Store (1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture) from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 25, 2024.   About "Ultra Summer Osaka" "Ultra Heroes EXPO" is a popular summer event for the Ultraman series, where fans can enjoy events and exhibits. Also known as "Ultra Summer Osaka" (ウルサマ大阪,  Urusama Osaka), the 2024 event will include the live stage show "NEW GENERATION THE LIVE," the "Ultra Shot" photo sessions with different Ultra Heroes, the

    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

    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

    Logo for the new series, ULTRAMAN ARC. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN ARC PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO New Series Coming July 6th Worldwide in 11 Languages! Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Sites: https://ani.tv/ultraman_arc/, https://m-78.jp/arc/ (Japan)Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN ARC Japanese advance key art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN ARC PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with images and press notes for their upcoming television series ULTRAMAN ARC (ウルトラマンアーク, Urutoraman  Āku). The show will premiere in Japan at 9:00 am JST on Satuday, July 6th, 2024 on the 6 channels in the TV Tokyo Network, and is scheduled to be simultaneously broadcasted and distributed in six countries and regions overseas. An English dubbed version of ULTRAMAN ARC will be simulcast on the ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL YouTube channel.  Introduction The newest Ultraman TV show, ULTRAMAN ARC, is a special

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their Blu-ray set of BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02: ULTRAMAN VS. ALIEN BALTAN. This collection presents 11 Alien Baltan episodes and 2 movies from across the Ultraman franchise, starting with their first appearance in the original 1966 ULTRAMAN series and continuing through to 2016's ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE. The sets contains both HD and SD content on Blu-ray with the original Japanese soundtracks plus English subtitles. BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02: ULTRAMAN VS. ALIEN BALTAN is on sale now and has a SRP of $19.99. The set can be ordered from deepdiscount.com,  amazon.com and other retailers (both online and in stores). OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes, with each

    Source: Titan Books press release Special Thanks to Isabelle Sinnott and Hannah Scudamore Photo courtesy of Titan Books. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS In the not-too-distant future, Earth is besieged by aliens. However, the mysterious Dan Moroboshi comes to the defense of humanity, transforming into his true form—the towering Ultraseven—when the planet is endangered. Alongside his allies, the six elite members of the Terrestrial Defense Force, Ultraseven will give everything he has to stop the myriad of foes who are prepared to bring ruin and destruction to the people of Earth. Adapting the classic and genre-defining series ULTRASEVEN in the ever popular Ultraman mega-saga, Hugo and Scribe award-winning author Pat Cadigan brings a fresh take to the iconic and action-packed adventures of Earth's monster-battling savior. Pat Cadigan  is a science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, three-time winner of the Locus Award, twice winner of the Arthur

    Source: Titan Books Special Thanks to Daisy Saunders Photo courtesy of Titan Books. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Titan Books is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win ULTRAMAN: The Official Novel of the Series by award-winning author Pat Cadigan. This trade paperback novel adapts the original 1966 special effects television series by Tsuburaya Productions. Synopsis:        Pursuing a fugitive space monster, a Being of Light enters Earth’s atmosphere. Accidentally colliding with a patrolling jet, piloted by Science Patrol Agent Shin Hayata, the Being merges with the pilot to save his life and vows to defend the Earth. Now whenever the planet is threatened by alien invaders, terrifying monsters or any threat beyond the capabilities of humanity, Shin Hayata transforms into the towering Ultraman to restore peace and save the day. Dive into the action-packed adventure as told by Hugo,

    Ultraman Blazar faces his deadliest foe yet in ULTRAMAN BLAZAR THE MOVIE: TOKYO KAIJU SHOWDOWN. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN BLAZAR SPECIAL EDITION PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: https://m-78.jp/blazar-movie/ (Japan) Official X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/TsuburayaGlobal, https://twitter.com/ultraman_series Movie poster art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN BLAZAR SPECIAL EDITION PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Masayuki Nagatake) has revealed that ULTRAMAN BLAZAR THE MOVIE: TOKYO KAIJU SHOWDOWN (ウルトラマンブレーザー THE MOVIE 大怪獣首都激突, Urutoraman Burēzā Za Mūbī Daikaijū Shuto Gekitotsu) will b e released nationwide run Japan on February 23, 2024. It will pick up from the events depicted in the recent Ultraman television series, ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā), which began airing in July 2023, was broadcast every Saturday at 9:00 am on TV Tokyo, simulcast in multiple territories, and shown dubbed in English on the Ultraman Official Youtube

    Wraparound packaging art for the BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02: ULTRAMAN VS. ALIEN BALTAN Blu-ray set. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Over the past 50+ years, many of the monsters and aliens introduced in Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman franchise have become pop culture icons, both in Japan and abroad. The popularity of these characters has inspired the BATTLE KAIJU SERIES, a new Blu-ray collection from Mill Creek Entertainment devoted to some of the greatest Ultraman foes. The second volume looks at Alien Baltan, the Space Ninjas widely recognized as the greatest rivals to Ultraman and his fellow Ultra Brothers. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02 - ULTRAMAN VS ALIEN BALTAN collects 11 Alien Baltan episodes and 2 movies from across the Ultraman franchise, starting with their

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://ani.tv/ungs2/ (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN NEW GENERATION STARS returns for a second season in January. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced the second season of ULTRAMAN NEW GENERATION STARS (ウルトラマン ニュージェネレーション スターズ,  Urutoraman Nyū Jenerēshon Sutāzu), will launch on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The series will be broadcast on TV Tokyo starting at 9:00 am every Saturday. The "New Generation Ultraman" line began with Ultraman Zero, the son of Ultraseven, who will celebrate his 15th anniversary in 2024. Based on Zero's popularity, the television TV series ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga) started in 2013. Since then, a new Ultraman series with new Ultra Heroes has been released on TV every year.  This past January saw the debut of ULTRAMAN NEW GENERATION STARS, a television series that explores the history and depicts the

    Netflix has released images from the upcoming anime film ULTRAMAN RISING. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Netflix Official Site: https://netflix.com/ultramanrising (US)Special Thanks to Lamarco McClendon Netflix has provided images and the first trailer from ULTRAMAN RISING, the American-produced, CG-animated feature film scheduled for worldwide streaming in 2024. Synopsis Based on the beloved Japanese character, Netflix’s ULTRAMAN RISING follows baseball superstar Ken Sato as he returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman. He soon finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe. Ken must go on a heroic journey, balancing parenthood, his estranged father, and the relentless Kaiju Defense Force to rise beyond his ego and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman. Boco. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ▼Overview Title: ULTRAMAN RISING

    Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle key art with logo. Image courtesy of Seibu Railway Co. © SEIBU Railway Co., LTD. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Seibuen Amusement Park press release   Photo courtesy of Seibu Railway Co. © SEIBU Railway Co., LTD. Next week, Seibuen Amusement Park (Location: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, General Manager: Tomohiro Nishida), Seibuen Amusement Park (Location: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, General Manager: Tomohiro Nishida) will hold "Prefectural Citizen Appreciation Days" for residents to enjoy the park at a discount. November 13th is ``Ibaraki Prefectural Citizen's Day'' and November 14th ``Saitama Prefectural Citizen's Day.'' Set in the Sunsey Hill Shopping District, there is the ``Sunset Street Lights Illumination'' where guests are enveloped in nostalgic and warm light, and the ``Yuhi-oka Residents Gathering Shopping District Specialty Boogie Woogie Festival'' where unique residents sing, dance, and engage guests. Please

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ⓒTsuburaya Pproductions/Photography: Manabu Nakanishi Source: UKPHOTO press release Starting October 27, photographer Manabu Nakanishi will hold the “55 Years of ULTRASEVEN Inheritance" photo exhibition as part of the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen). For this exhibit, Nakanishi has recreated 55 special effects scenes from the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) televsion series under the supervision of Tsuburaya Productions. The images will range in size from 6-sheet to full or double-sheet. Ultraseven Postcard Book. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ⓒTsuburaya Pproductions/Photography: Manabu Nakanishi November 2023 issue of Digital Camera Magazine. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ⓒTsuburaya Pproductions/Photography: Manabu Nakanishi There will be merchandising for the event, including a photobook that will be available only at the venue, plus many other photo goods such as calendars, T-shirts, hoodies, and more. The tie-in Ultraseven

    Get new SHIN JAPAN HEROES UNIVERSE underwear from HIPSHOP. Photo courtesy of HIPSHOP. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. © 2023 HIPSHOP Source: Provision Co., Ltd. press release HIPSHOP,  a Japanese brand that develops items that brighten up everyday life and make it fun, will launch the "HIPSHOP SHIN JAPAN HEROS UNIVERSE Series" with a collection of boxer briefs depicting Shin Godzilla, Shin Evangelion, Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider. The set will be available starting this Friday, October 20th at HIPSHOP stores, online stores, EC malls, and other retailers across Japan. The "Shin Japan Heroes Universe" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース, Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu) project was launched in 2021 as a partnership between Toho, Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei to create a dream collaboration between four of Japan's most famous "heroes" in various marketing and merchandising campaigns, based on the

    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

    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 

    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

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