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      Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. ©Masamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee Source: SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO press releaseOfficial Site: The GHOST IN THE SHELL SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH (『攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045』×THE SUGAR PUNCH, Kōkaku Kidōtai: SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH) pop-up store opened at 2G TOKYO on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will run for one week, closing next Tuesday, August 29th. Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. © 2023, THE SUGAR PUNCH THE SUGAR PUNCH was launched as a "creator platform" involving various creators in fashion, graphics, video, music, and art to reimagine the titles that manga geek graphic designer SUGAR fell in love with. Based on the love for the original works, graphic designs were created to serve as "advertisements" for the original titles, and brand logos were created for each work to match the logos of the original

      Garage kit maker Hiroshi Asakawa sculpts all the monsters from ULTRAMAN Episode 8: THE MONSTER ANARCHY ZONE. From left to right - Magula, Red King, Pigmon, Chandlar and Suflan. Photo courtesy of Hobby Japan. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Hobby Japan Co., Ltd. press release   Cover to ASU KOUBOU: ULTRA MONSTER MUSEUM. Photo courtesy of Hobby Japan. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Hobby Japan, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Daisuke Matsushita) has released Asu Koubou: Ultra Monster Museum (アス工房 ウルトラ怪獣ミュージアム, Asu Kōbō Urutora Kaijū Myūjiamu), a collection of Ultra Monster works, at bookstores across Japan. The book is also available from Japanese bookstores and hobby shops in North America. Asu Koubou: Ultra Monster Museum is a showcase for Hiroshi Asakawa, head of the garage kit studio Asu Koubou (アス工房, Asu Kōbō), who has been sculpting all of the monsters that appeared in the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) television series.

    Impress Holdings, Inc. press release<Official Site: Cover to the new book The Adventures of Akio Jissoji by author Takeshi Yagi. Photo courtesy of Impress Holdings. © 2023 Rittor Music,Inc., an Impress Group company Akio Jissoji (1937-2006) joined Tsuburaya Productions in the company's earliest days and established himself as a standout director on ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) and ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) due to his use of creative camera angles and framing, lighting and shadows, and other storytelling techniques. He would then direct New Wave films for the Art Theatre Guild, including the award-winning -- and controversial - The Buddhist Trilogy consisting of THIS TRANSIENT LIFE (無常, Mujō, 1970), MANDARA (曼陀羅, 1971) and POEM (哥(うた), Uta, 1972).  Additional credits would include FX films like TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS (帝都物語, Teito Monogatari, 1988) and adaptations of horror and mystery stories by novelist Edogawa Rampo, such as WATCHER IN

    Photo courtesy of White Monkey Inc. © WhiteMonkey All Rights Reserved. White Monkey Inc. press release White Monkey Inc. will hold an unveiling event at ASAGE CAFE in Kuramae, Tokyo, on Saturday, August 26, to celebrate the launch of its new fruit-scented "infused coffee." Company CEO Himena Tsukimiya will attend to sell and serve the new product directly to customers. This event is open to the public. Himena Tsukimiya, CEO of White Monkey and Ultraman actress. Photo courtesy of White Monkey Inc. © WhiteMonkey All Rights Reserved. In addition to her entrepreneurial efforts, Tsukimiya is an actress with multiple credits. She currently stars in the television series ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā) as Emi Aobe, the intelligence expert for the anti-monster team SKaRD.   ▼ Comment from Himena Tsukimiya, CEO of White Monkey Inc. "I want to be the vitality to live

    Photo courtesy of Cospa Co., Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Shirts Featuring Zetton, King Joe and Kanegon! Source: Cospa Co., Ltd. press release Last week, Cospa Corporation announced a new wave of T-shirts and tote bags based on the Godzilla series. Not wanting to leave the Ultraman series out,  the Japanese costume and apparel company has just revealed three new additions to their line of Ultraman goods. These products will be available from hobby stores across Japan this November, though fans can get them early at a pair of Ultraman events... ○ "TSUBURAYA EXHIBITION 2023 - 'The Power of Imagination' Tsuburaya Productions and Ultraman" at Matsuzakaya Museum of Art through Monday, September 24 and at Ikebukuro Sunshine City through Thursday, August 24. ○ "Ultra Heroes EXPO 2023 Summer Festival" at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo through Monday, August 28.  View Cospa's full line of Ultraman

    ULTRAMAN REGULOS will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: (Japan), (English) Official Twitter: Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release of ULTRAMAN REGULOS (ウルトラマンレグロス, Urutoraman Regurosu, 2023), the latest entry in their streaming "Ultra Galaxy Fight" line. The six-episode series streamed on Tsuburaya Productions' subscriber service "TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION" in Japan and on Ultraman Connection in North America. In addition to the series, the Blu-ray and DVD wil include the special ULTRAMAN REGULOS: FIRST MISSION (ウルトラマンレグロス ファーストミッション, Urutoraman Regurosu: Fāsuto Misshon, 2022), while the Blu-ray will also feature a recording of the "ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT Special Night" (ウルトラギャラクシーファイトスペシャルナイト完全版, Urutora Gyarakushī Faito Supesharu Naito Kanzenban) live event that was held on December 27, 2022.  ● ULTRAMAN REGULOS Blu-ray Distributor: BANDAI NAMCO Filmworks Release Date: Wednesday, November 22,

    Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: NTT QONOQ, Inc. press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan) NTT QONOQ, a division of the mobile network services company NTT DOCOMO, has launched "Case File AR196837: A Star and a Girl" (CaseFile AR196837 星と少女,  CaseFile AR 196837 Hoshi to Shōjo) as an official tie-in to ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' (ウルトラセブン IF Story 『55年前の未来』, Urutorasebun IF Story '55-nen Mae no Mirai'), a short concept movie developed by Tsuburaya Productions as part of their year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen). The mysterious girl (Mion Okai). Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Running 7 minutes,  ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' connects the present and 55 years into the future through an "If Story," an episode which "may have existed" as part of the original ULTRASEVEN television

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN BLAZAR PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Sites:, (Japan)Official Twitter:  Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese home video release for their latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOX VOL.I (『​ウルトラマンブレーザー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.I、Urutoraman Burēzā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 22, 2023 with VOL.II following on February 28, 2024. ULTRAMAN BLAZAR began airing on Saturday, July 8, 2023 on the TV Tokyo network, and has been trending #1 worldwide on Twitter. Episodes are simulcast worldwide on the Official Ultraman YouTube channel with multiple dub options, including English, Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian. The ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOXes use a special walnut box design. Each volume includes a 24-page, full color booklet with secrets about the production of ULTRAMAN BLAZAR, plus a SPECIAL DISC containing exclusive bonus footage.  

    The Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association is now running a tourism campaign with the Ultraman series. Photo courtesy of Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association press release Official Site: Beginning this Tuesday, August 8th, the Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association will run "Go! Go! Ultra Great Voyage"(ゴー!ゴー!ウルトラ大航海, Gō ! Gō ! Urutora Dai Kōkai), an Ultraman-themed event for parents and children taking the sight-seeing ferry around the Amami Islands southwest of Kyushu. The campaign runs through November 7th and includes Ultra Hero special cabins and a stamp rally to win limited edition Ultraman collectibles. The Kagoshima Passenger Boat Association released a statement: "We hope that many people will take a boat trip to the Amami Islands, including the World Natural Heritage sites of Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima. We hope that the tie-in campaign with the Ultraman series will provide an

    Graniph has partnered with the Ultraman Series for new clothing and collectibles. Photo courtesy of Graniph Co., Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: Graniph Co., Ltd. press release Graniph Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Akihiko Murata) will launch a collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Series starting Tuesday, August 15, 2023. A total of 29 items including T-shirts, blousons, socks, hats, and kids' items featuring a wide range of Ultra Heroes and monsters will be available from Graniph's official online store and their retail locations across Japan. Pre-orders have begun on the official site and will run until 11:59 pm on August 14. Some Graniph stores in Japan will hold events to celebrate the release of the Ultraman Series product line. From Tuesday, August 15 - Monday, August 28, a 2.5-meter (8 foot) tall statue of Ultraman will be installed inside the flagship store located in the

    Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco Filmworks. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 2 Source: Bandai Namco Filmworks press release Official Sites: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter:   Bandai Namco Filmworks has released the the 2nd Season of the Netflix ULTRAMAN  (ウルトラマン) anime series in a Japanese Blu-ray BOX Special Limited Edition. Based on the manga series by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the series was directed by Kenji Kamiyama, director of the GHOST IN THE SHELL: S.A.C. series, and Shinji Aramaki, director of the APPLESEED series,. Production I.G and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS handled production of the animation, which presented a fusion  between the detailed texture of the Ultraman suit in 3DCG and the dynamic action unique to animation. Season 1 premiered on Netflix in 2019, and quickly became a hit in Japan and abroad. Season 2 followed in 2022, and the

    The 57-year history of the Ultraman series is gathered in Kodansha's Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024. Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Kodansha Ltd. press release The cover design depicts the familiar silhouette from the opening of ULTRASEVEN.Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that their Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024 (ウルトラマン&怪獣手帳 2024,Urutoraman ando Kaijū Techō 2024) will be released on September 11, 2023.  Featuring a stylish red vinyl cover with the silhouette of Ultraseven and the silver foil stamping of the Ultra Guard mark, the book acts as a daily planner, diary and comprehensive Ultra Series information guide. This year marks the third anniversary of the Ultraman & Monsters Notebook series, and the 2024 edition has been reworked to make it even more fun and

    Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   JR-Cross press release Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS JR East Cross Station Foods Company Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Foods Company President: Mitsuhiro Fukaya) will hold its first "Ultraman" collaboration campaign at all 68 Beck's Coffee Shops in Japan from Tuesday, August 1 to celebrate the airing of  ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). In addition to sales of new Ultraman "drink coupons" (6 types in total) and water bottles (limited quantities),  the "Ultraman Collaboration Design Beck's Coffee Shop Drink Coupon Complete Set" (ウルトラマンコラボデザイン ベックスコーヒーショップドリンク回数券コンプリートセット, Urutoraman Korabodezain Bekkusu Kōhī Shoppu Dorinku Kaisūken Konpurīto Setto) with a luxury ticket holder will be sold at some stores and on the e-commerce site "Ekinet". In addition, customers can participate in the "New

    Aoyagi Sohonke presents 7 Ultraman versions of the Aoyagi Uiro confectionery. Photo courtesy of Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. ©Aoyagi Sohonke ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. press release The sweets company Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Moriyama-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, President: Takashi Goto), which manufactures and sells foods such as “Aoyagi Uiro” (a traditional Japanese confectionery from Nagoya made from rice flour, sugar, water, and seasonal ingredients.) and “Frog Manju” (shaped pastries filled with red bean paste), has partnered with Tsuburaya Productions to produce limited  “Aoyagi Ultraman Uiro” (青柳ウルトラマンういろう, Aoyagi Urutoraman Uirō) snacks. Buy all 7 flavors and become as happy as this kid. Photo courtesy of Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. ©Aoyagi Sohonke ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS This food was created to commemorate the start of the latest Ultaman television series ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā), which premiered this past July 8th.

    Hochi Shimbun Co., Ltd. press release   Cover design and bonus collectibles for the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Special Limited Edition. Photo courtesy of Hochi Shimbun. ©The Hochi Shimbun / ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Japanese newspaper publisher Hochi Shimbun Co., Ltd. has revealed that the tabloid newspaper Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Special Issue (ウルトラセブン55周年特別号, Urutorasebun 55 Shūnen Tokubetsu Gō), celebrating fifty-five years of ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68), will go on sale from news sellers and other retailers on July 29th. Running 24 fulll-color pages + 8 posters, the publication is must-have collectible for ULTRASEVEN fans. Cast members Koji Moritsugu (Dan Moroboshi), Yuriko Hishim (Anne Yuri), Sandayu Dokumamushi (Shigeru Furuhashi) and Bin Furuya (Amagi) have each chosen their "three most memorable episodes" and introduced them with nostalgic photos. The front page of the bonus "Extract Poster" features "All Enemy Monsters & Aliens" from UlLTRASEVEN, and the back page is dedicated to Ultraseven's

    Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Source: Max Toy Company, LLC.Special Thanks to Mark Nagata This upcoming weekend (July 21-23), Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival at the 4-Star Theater (2200 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121).  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guest Dore Kraus (star of ULTRAMAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE), merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more! For complete details, please see the report here on SciFi Japan. Adding to the fun will be sales of two limited edition figures based on the hit movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022). Sculpted and painted by Mark Nagata of Max Tox Company, the

    Crazy Bump inc. press release   Image courtesy of Crazy Bump inc.. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Crazy Bump inc., a company that holds and manages exhibitions featuring manga, anime, tokusatsu and other subcultures, will hold the "ULTRASEVEN POP UP STORE" (ウルトラセブンPOP UP STORE, Urutorasebun POP UP STORE) at the Hands Hiroshima Store from Tuesday, July 18 to Sunday, August 20, 2023. It is the 55th anniversary of the first broadcast of ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) in 1967! The historical masterpiece ULTRASEVEN is still highly regarded as the best work in the Ultra series, with its advanced and colorful modeling, universal and profound story, and the appearance of not only monsters but also intelligent aliens. The series was followed by several sequels, and boasts a popularity that has never cooled down, transcending generations. This POP UP STORE in Hands Hiroshima will focus on ULTRASEVEN and the 2007 sequel ULTRASEVEN X (ウルトラセブン エックス,

    Fans celebrate the opening of Ultraman the Ride. Photo courtesy of Seibuen Amusement Park. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Seibuen Amusement Park press release Official Website: (Japan) Seibuen Amusement Park (Location: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture; General Manager: Tomohiro Nishida) held a press event on Thursday, July 13, prior to this weekend's opening of "Ultraman the Ride: The Great Duel of the Century" (ウルトラマン・ザ・ライド 世紀の大決闘,  Urutoraman za Raido Seiki no Daikettō), the world’s largest indoor ride attraction based on Ultraman More than 200 Ultraman fans joined the Science Special Search Party members on stage for this event. Red and silver ticker tape with an Ultraman motif flew in the air and a huge pillar of fire roses up as fans shouted "Let's go!" The opening of "Ultraman the Ride," the attraction that will represent Seibuen Amusement Park in 2023, was celebrated with great fanfare. Before the event began,

    After a frustrating first pressing the SHIN ULTRAMAN Blu-ray and DVD have been reissued with corrected subtitles. Photo courtesy of Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment. © 2022 Shin Ultraman Production Committee Source: Cleopatra Entertainment, LLC Special Thanks to Tim Yasui Tim Yasui, VP/General Manager of Cleopatra Entertainment, has reached out to SciFi Japan to let Ultraman fans know that subtitling errors on their SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) Blu-ray and DVD editions have been corrected.   The issues have been resolved, with proper subtitles now in place for the main dialogue scenes, the forced narrative sequence that opens the film, and the lyrics for the theme song as it plays during the end credits.  New Blu-rays and DVDs have been pressed and should be available from distributor MVD Entertainment and then general retailers by next week.    

      Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©13AM Games Jirahs - Orange Crystal, Jirahs - Glow in the Dark, Megadon - Yellow Crystal, and more will be available exclusively at G-Fest XVIII this weekend!! Source:  Seismic, LLC. press release Seismic is continuing both of its popular toy lines: the DAWN OF THE MONSTERS toy line and Ultraman Vinyl Oddysey with brand new toys available exclusively at the popular kaiju convention G-Fest, taking place this weekend July 14-16 in Rosemont, IL. To celebrate Ultraman Day, Seismic is announcing two new limited edition variants of its popular Jirahs soft vinyl toy for G-Fest. Jirahs will have a limited Crystal Orange version with translucent soft vinyl and a brand new Glow in the Dark version. Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of

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