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    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with a new batch of high-res photos from ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The film will open at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. About Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years` experience, it is one of Japan`s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their latest collaboration with Bandai; an Ultraman Zero Light Up Version figure produced to commemorate the Japanese launch of the ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017) television series. Ultraman Zero comes with a display stand featuring a light up gimmick that illuminates the figure`s eyes and color timer, along with a switch operation to change the color timer from blue to blinking red. Two LR44 button batteries are included for testing the light up feature. This item is sold exclusively by the Premium Bandai website and Shounen Ric, and will not be available from retail stores. Recommended for fans and collectors ages 15

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted an early look at X-Plus` giant monster figures for April 2017 that included photos of unpainted prototypes. X-Plus has now provided complete product specs and high-res pics of the painted figures so we`re back with an update. Note: The previously announced Keizer Ghidorah figure has been rescheduled for May. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Toho 30cm Series: Godzilla 1995 /??30????? ????1995? Sales

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) The latest Ultraman products from the Japanese toy company Bandai include figures from ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!), the DX Orb Slasher, plus two 9-inch soft vinyl figures from the Ultra BIG series. Ultra Hero Orb 06: Ultraman Orb (Orb Trinity)/ ??????????? 06 ????????? ?????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660087168 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: February 25, 2017 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.76 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster DX: Suddeth/ ??????DX ??? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660087267 Product Size: Height Approximately 180mm (7 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: February 25, 2017 Price: ¥1,620 (Approximately $14.39 US, Tax Included) Ultra

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with an early look at their giant monster figures scheduled for release in April 2017. Some items are still in the unpainted prototype stage, so we`ll run a full update with complete product information and painted figure pics as soon as they`re available. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Toho 30cm Series: Godzilla 1995 /??30????? ????1995? Sales Agent:

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in March 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Toho Daikaiju Series: Titanosaurus /????????? ????????? Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately 28cm (11 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Late March

    ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE 60 second trailer. Video courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku. © 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with an update for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!), with two new trailers, info and pics of promotional merchandise, and new high-res photos. In ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE, the titular hero joins forces with Ultraman Zero and Ultra Seven to rescue the “New Generation Heroes” Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X and prevent an unprecedented global crisis. To battle the villains led by Murnau, Juggrus Juggler and Alien Gapiya Suddeth, Orb will also take on the new “Orb Trinity” form via the “Trinity Fusion” with X,

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) Translations: Kevin Grays A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have issued a new update and high-res photos for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE focusing on the guest actors providing voices for some of the film`s aliens. As previously reported, “Two As One”, the theme song for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE, will be performed by the five-man dance group, Da-iCE (pronounced "Dice"). But two members of Da-iCE -- lead performer Taiki Kudo and vocalist Sota Hanamura -- are also making their voice acting debuts in the movie as, respectively, the evil Cicadawoman and Alien Kukaratch. "I used to watch ULTRAMAN GREAT and ULTRAMAN POWERED [both Japanese dubbed versions of English language Ultraman shows] but I never thought that I would have the opportunity to actually work on an Ultraman movie,"

    Source: William Winckler Productions, Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Note: We ran into some trouble clearing the prize for yesterday`s ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE contest so we`re relaunching it with an alternative prize. We apologize for the inconvenience. Everyone who entered yesterday is automatically included in this Ultraman Movie Double Feature contest. For the first time, Ultraman movies will be screened at select theaters across the United States and Canada. Beginning this month, Tsuburaya Productions and distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc. will bring the two most recent films -- ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015) -- to cinemas as a double feature with all-new English language dubs by William Winckler Productions. A list of booked theaters can be found here. In celebration of the theatrical release, William Winckler Productions is now offering SciFi

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Japanese Studios and Distributors Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to be the one and ONLY English language website devoted to Japanese fantasy films and TV that is officially press registered with all five major Japanese studios (Toho, Toei, Shochiku, Nikkatsu and Kadokawa), several Japanese production companies (including Tsuburaya Pro, Nippon TV, Tohokushinsha and Showgate), plus their distributors and licensees. While other sites will run information and images taken from Japanese news sources and publications, SciFi Japan regularly posts content provided directly to us by the companies and people making and releasing Japanese movies, programs and merchandise. And this allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation and also more, larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Please look over the handy list below to sample some

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/uz (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has released the Theme Song CD for the series ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE), premiering 9:00 am Saturday, January 7, 2017 on TV Tokyo. The album features alternate versions of the song "GO AHEAD ? Susume! Ultraman Zero ?" (GO AHEAD??????????????, Go Aheddo ? Susume! Urutoraman Zero ?) by songwriter Keizo Nakanishi and composer Takao Konishi, originally created for ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL (???????? THE MOVIE ?????????????, Urutoraman Zero THE MOVIE Chou Kessen! Beriaru Ginga Teikoku, 2010). The main track is performed by singer/actor Ichiro Mizuki and the Japanese pop band Voyager, with additional solos versions by Mizuki and Voyager, and a karaoke version (Minus–One) using Voyager`s chorus. Also included is the soundtrack for the second half-season of the ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016) series,

    New Ultraman Movie Double Feature to Have Theatrical Screenings at Select Theaters Across the U.S. Source: William Winckler Productions, Inc., Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The following theaters are now selling advance tickets for the Ultraman Movie Double Feature of ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015) screening in early January 2017. Both films will be shown with all-new English language dubs by William Winckler Productions. Additional information can be found at the links at the end of this article. Note: This is NOT a list of all theaters that will be screening the Ultraman Movie Double Feature, but only venues currently offering advance tickets. An updated theater list will be posted on SciFi Japan soon. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA • NEW MISSION -- 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 -- January 17 •

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax/products (Japan) Ultraman Ginga joins Bandai`s Ultra BIG series of higher-quality 9 inch soft vinyl figures in December. Ultra BIG Soft Vinyl: Ultraman Ginga/ ????BIG??? ????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item #: 4549660087335000 Size: Height Approximately 230mm (9.2 Inches) Release Date: December 17, 2016 Price: ¥2,160 (Approximately $18.73 US, Tax Included)

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Three consecutive days... three Ultraman exclusives on SciFi Japan! As promised in our ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Update this past Friday, here is the second batch of high-res photos direct from Tsuburaya Productions and the film`s distributor, Shochiku. Enjoy! Shochiku will release ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Advance tickets can be purchased at theaters, FamilyMart stores with FamiPort ticket kiosks and the following official Ultraman memorabilia shops... · Ultraman World M78 -- Tokyo Station · Ultraman World M78 -- Tokyo Skytree Town · Solamachi · Ultra Athletic -- LaLaport, Yokohama · Ultraman CLUB -- Nagoya · Ultraman Stadium · Ultraman World M78 -- Kobe · Ultraman World M78 -- Kochi Avenue · Ultraman World M78 -- Canal City,

    Product Info and High-Res Photos Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in January and February 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Toho Daikaiju Series: Shin Godzilla (Second Run) /????????? ???????? ?2????2017?1?????? Note: This item was originally announced for December but advance sales far exceeded X-Plus` expectations, forcing the company to rethink their release plans. On October 28th, X-Plus

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/uz (Japan) In 2013, Tsuburaya Productions began offering the 10 episode series ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLE (?????????????, Urutoraman Zero Kuronikuru) for worldwide sales. Produced specifically for release outside Japan, the show followed the adventures of Ultraman Zero, the popular son of Ultra Seven, using footage from the various Zero movies, original video specials, and online programs. ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLE was distributed in Asian countries in 2015. Now the series has been reconfigured for release in Japan. In January 2017, the revamped ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE will begin airing on six TV Tokyo affiliates plus BS Japan. Tsuburaya Productions has created a fresh framework for the show with new narration by Mamoru Miyano, the voice actor for Ultraman Zero. In the spring of 2017, ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE will be joined by a completely new series, ULTRAFIGHT ORB

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided information and high-res images for their upcoming theatrical feature based on the ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016-17) television series. In ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE, the titular hero joins forces with Ultraman Zero and Ultra Seven to rescue the "New Generation Heroes" Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X and prevent an unprecedented global crisis. To battle the villain Murnau -- apparently named after NOSFERATU director F.W. Murnau -- Orb will also take on the new "Orb Trinity" form via the "Trinity Fusion" with X, Victory and Ginga. The film is being directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi, lead director on the ULTRAMAN ORB series. Taguchi worked on FX for the Godzilla franchise starting with GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS (??? × ????? G????, Gojira

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Ultraman Ace for their Real Master Collection PLUS line of statues with bonus features. Previously released as a soft vinyl figure (May 2013) and a standard Real Master Collection statue (May 2014), Ultraman Ace is sculpted in his classic "hero appears" pose. The poly resin figure comes with a display stand that includes a gimmick to illuminate Ace’s eyes and color timer, and change the color timer from blue to blinking red. This item will have a limited production run of only 100 pieces. It is sold exclusively online from the company`s official Shounen Ric website and will not be available from retail stores. Orders begin Monday, November 22, 2016. Real Master

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