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    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,

    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

    Source: Titan Books press release Special Thanks to Daisy Saunders Photo courtesy of Titan Books. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS 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, Clarke and Scribe Award-winning author Pat Cadigan. Titan Books will release ULTRAMAN: The Official Novel of the Series by Pat Cadigan, a bold adaptation of the classic series in a paperback novel format, in the United States and United Kingdom on December

    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

    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

    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

    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,

    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

    Photo courtesy of DADAGRAM. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©MONSTROUSA Source: DADAGRAM press releaseMONSTROUSA Official Site: https://shop.monstrousa.com/ Photo courtesy of DADAGRAM.©MONSTROUSA On September 12th, DADAGRAM (ダダグラム, Dadaguramu), a Shimokitazawa-based costume design company (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo), launched its new apparel brand "MONSTROUSA" (モンストローサ, Monsutorōsa) with an original  collection commemorating the 55th anniversary of Ultraseven. Actor and costume designer Kaishi Iwao (THE NAKED DIRECTOR, TRILLION GAME) is supervising the design and production of the Ultraseven line. While there are countless apparel brands in the world, an apparel brand handled by a costume shop is truly rare. Costume makers do not make clothes for an unspecified "someone," but rather tailor them for each and every person who will wear them. With the MONSTROUSA brand, the design team will make clothes that bring out the individuality of each person who wears them through the meticulous attention to detail that can only be achieved by

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee 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 In celebration of the worldwide release on Netflix for their new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), Kadokawa Corporation has partnered with the anime event origanizers Machi★Asobi to host "GAMERA -Rebirth- Collaboration Cafes" at five Machi★Asobi CAFE locations across Japan. Starting this Tuesday, September 12, the cafes will serve meals and drinks like "Monster Summer Vegetable Zaku Curry" and "Gamera's Maritozzo" inspired by the anime series. The cafes will be offering free GAMERA -Rebirth- luncheon mats and coasters to customers. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Customers who order any of the Gamera-themed meals will receive a free A3 size (11.7 x 16.5 inches) luncheon mat with GAMERA -Rebirth- artwork

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee 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 Kadokawa Corporation has announced Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators in Japan in celebration of the worldwide release on Netflix for their new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). The first project is "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by Penguin Box, creator of the hit baby shark manga Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ) published by Kadokawa. The artist has reimagined Gamera and the enemy monsters from in cute  SD ( Super Deformed) forms which will be used for upcoming merchandising. Fans can now download free "Mini Gamera" wallpaper  for smartphones and PCs at https://gamera-rebirth.com/special/digicon.html   Gamera. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Gyaos. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth

    Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Megahouse press releases Megahouse, a division of Bandai Namco Group, has launched their "Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY" line of three-dimensional character puzzles. The figures can be played with by assembling and disassembling 40 separate parts -- including muscles, bones, and internal organs -- and can also be displayed as is. The first two characters in the line are the Ancoent Monster Gomora and Space Dinosaur Zetton,  kaiju that were introduced in the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) television series. Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ● Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY Gomora (解体パズルFANTASY ゴモラ, Kaitai Pazuru Fantajī Gomora) Product Size:  Height Approximately 100mm (3.9 Inches)Release Date: Late June 2023Price: 4,180円 (Approximately $28.28 US, Tax Included) Product Site: https://www.megahouse.co.jp/megatoy/products/item/3941/ Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. press release To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions' 1998-99 series ULTRAMAN GAIA  (ウー25th Anniversary ver.ルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia), the Agulater transformation device used by Hiroya Fujimiya (played by Hassei Takano) to become Ultraman Agul has been revised as the "Ultra Replica Agulater ー 25th Anniversary ver." (ウルトラレプリカ アグレイター25th Anniversary ver., Urutora Repurika Agureitā ) by Premium Bandai, the official mail order site of Bandai Namco. All parts are completely newly sculpted from the previous Ultra Replica version released in 2017. The main body of the Agulaterr has been made significantly thinner by reworking the internal structure, and the details have been reproduced to more accurately recreate its appearance of the prop used in the series. The brace parts have also been redesigned with a focus on appearance. The material and structure have been changed from the soft

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