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    Source: The Loot Company Special Thanks to George Roush The Loot Company is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win July’s ‘Red, White and Blue!’ themed Anime Crate. Show off your Ultraman love, display your Mobile Suit Gundam pride and get cute with a Sailor Moon capsule containing a random collectible. The July crate includes colorful items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting an awesome Ultraman XL T-shirt, Mobile Suit Gundam figure, Sailor Moon capsule and more. The Anime Loot Crate will ship in early August and retails for $28.95. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There is one (1) prize, consisting of one (1) July Anime Loot Crate. B. The prize will be shipped to the contest winner so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: toy.bandai.co.jp/series/ultraman (Japan) In conjunction with the debut of Tsuburaya Productions` new series, ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) ????????(???), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)?, the Japanese toy company Bandai has introduced their line of figures based on the show. The ULTRAMAN Z characters are the latest additions to Bandai`s Ultra Hero and Ultraman Monster Series of 5 inch scale soft vinyl figures. Ultra Hero Series 74: Ultraman Z Original/ ???????????? 74 ????????? ????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660476740000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: June 13, 2020 Price: ¥660 (Approximately $6.18 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero Series 74: Ultraman Z Original - Limited Edition/ ???????????? 74 ????????? ????? ???? Customers who purchased the Ultraman Z Original figure from Ultraman Official Shop M78 and other

    Author: Benjamin Chaffins* Special thanks to Edward L. Holland #KAIJUDEFEAT COVID #Capsulemonster The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the entire world to its core and the spread of the nasty virus has only gotten worse after countless cases have been confirmed across the globe. In order to address this pandemic, directors Shinji Higuchi, Katsuro Onoue, and many others participated in KAIJU DEFEAT COVID!, a project to help inspire kaiju and anime fans worldwide to be safe and get through this pandemic together. Edward L. Holland, life-long Godzilla and tokusatsu historian and photojournalist also helped to promote this project. Along with Kyle Yount from the podcast, Kaijucast, he solicited others from the Monster Attack Team magazine Facebook page to recruit additional fans. It was fairly successful and they even received contacts from Thailand as well. Director Higuchi really liked the Thai group’s contributions and asked

    Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Loot Crate is shooting off its own colorful fireworks display with July’s ‘Red, White and Blue!’ themed Anime Crate. Show off your Ultraman love, display your Mobile Suit Gundam pride and get cute with a Sailor Moon capsule containing a random collectible. The July crate includes colorful items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting an awesome Ultraman T-shirt, Mobile Suit Gundam figure, Sailor Moon capsule and more. To unbox this radiant assortment of anime items be sure to order by July 27 at 9:00pm PST. Anime Crates start at $28.95 plus shipping and handling. Subscribe to the Anime crate and bring some color into your life! About the Loot Company The Loot Company™ is

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced a year-long Ultraman-themed co-promotion with Fuji Baking Co., Ltd., which will kick off July 1, 2020. The first wave will be four special packages for Fuji`s Gin-Choco W (????W, meaning "Silver Chocolate W"), a popular creme-filled, chocolate-covered pastry introduced by the company in 1987. Focusing on the first three Ultra Series -- ULTRA Q (?????, Urutora Q, 1966), ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman K?s? Tokusatsu Shir?zu, 1966-67) and ULTRASEVEN (???????, Urutora Sebun, 1967-68) -- Gin-Choco W`s traditional silver packaging is matched with the classic silver Ultraman body design to create a strong sense of nostalgia for customers. The four designs are: ? Ultraman (??????, Urutoraman) ? Ultraman x Space Dinosaur Zetton (??????×???? ????, Urutoraman × Uch? Ky?ry? Zetton) ? Ultraseven x Hallucination Alien Alien Metron (???????×????? ??????, Urutorasebun × Genkaku Uch?jin Metoron Seijin) ? Ultra Q: Ancient Monster

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_z, m-78.jp/z (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with their complete press kit for ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』. While much of this material was previously revealed in earlier press releases, we are pleased to share the full contents in one comprehensive article. ULTRAMAN Z will begin broadcasting on Japanese television at 9am this Saturday, June 20, 2020. Introduction “Chant my name with me! Ultraman Zett!!” Celebro, an alien parasite that destroys planets by using Devil Splinters, deadly debris scattered across the various dimensions of the universe, a set his sights on Earth. Standing in his way is the new hero, Ultraman Zett. Zett is the latest Ultra Hero, and an admirer of Ultraman Zero, the popular son of Ultraseven who is now celebrating his

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in July 2020. The company`s official Shonen-RIC as X-Plus website offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers, with shipping on some items also now available to customers in North America, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers, including SFJ sponsor Anime Jungle. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Daikaiju Series: Keylla Ver. 2 -- Shonen-RIC Exclusive /??????? ??? Ver.2 ???? Product

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_z, m-78.jp/z (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with two updates for ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) ????????(???), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)?. The latest Ultraman series focuses on two young heroes: Haruki Natsukawa (played by Kohshu Hirano), a new pilot for the anti-monster robot force “STORAGE,” and Ultraman Z, a new hero and disciple of Ultraman Zero with a passionate heart. ULTRAMAN Z will begin broadcasting on TV Tokyo and other TXN Networks at 9am on Saturday, June 20, 2020. The broadcast schedule is as follows... ? TV Tokyo (Tokyo)Every Saturday 9:00-9:30am ? Kitanihon Broadcasting (Toyama) Every Sunday 5:00-5:30am Starting July 5 ? Hiroshima Home TV (Hiroshima) Every Sunday 5:20-5:50am Starting July 5 ? Shizuoka Daiichi Television (Shizuoka) Every Sunday 5:30-6:00am Starting July 5 ? TV-U Fukushima (Fukushima) Every Sunday 6:15-6:45am Starting July 26 ? Ishikawa TV (Ishikawa) Every Sunday

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and BIG photos of their giant monster figures, now available as part of their Shonen-RIC Spring Daikaiju Festival 2020 (????? ?????????? 2020, Sh?nen Rikku Haru no Daikaij? Matsuri 2020). The figures are available on the company`s official Shonen-RIC as X-Plus website. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Daikaiju Series: Booska (B Type) Yellow Ver. -- Shonen-RIC Exclusive /??? ????(B???) ????Ver. ???? Product Size: Height Approximately 22cm (8.7 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Specifications: Complete Painted Figured On Sale Date: May 2020 Price: ¥8,800 (Approximately $81.64 US, Tax Included) ? Contents Booska Support Arm Display Stand

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster and anime figures scheduled for release in June 2020. The company`s official Shonen-RIC as X-Plus website offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers, with shipping on some items also now available to customers in North America, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers, including SFJ sponsor Anime Jungle. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Ultra Daikaiju Series 5000: Gavora /???????????5000 ??? Manufacturer:

    Source: FanSets, LLC Official Site: fansets.myshopify.com/collections/ultraman Special Thanks to Lew Halboth and John Garrison Over the past several months Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd., in association with The Licensing Group Ltd., has been very active in signing up partners to produce official Ultraman products for North America. Last summer, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the home entertainment distribution rights to the Ultraman library and they are now releasing the shows and movies on Blu-ray and Digital. Marvel Entertainment has licensed Ultraman for a new comic book series that will debut later this year. Now comes a new line of officially licensed Ultraman collectible pins from FanSets. Based in Aurora, CO, FanSets is owned and run by Lew Halboth and John Garrison. The company manufactures pins based on iconic brands such as DC Comics, Harry Potter and Star Trek. FanSets is a Global Partner for Classic Ultraman, with a license

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: dynazenon.net (Japan) Official Twitter: @SSSS_PROJECT During TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. announced SSSS.DYNAZENON (SSSS.??????, SSSS.Dainazenon), their next original anime series to be co-produced with TRIGGER, Inc. SSSS.DYNAZENON (pronounced “Dynazenone”) would be set in the same universe as the popular 2018 series SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.??????, SSSS.Guriddoman), and again directed by Akira Amemiya. Today, Tsuburaya released the new key art along with character and cast information for SSSS.DYNAZENON. The artwork depicts the main characters Gauma (voiced by Daiki Hamano), Yomogi Asanaka (Junya Enoki), Yume Minami (Shion Wakayama), Koyomi Yamanaka (Yuuichirou Umehara) and Chise Asukagawa (Chika Anzai). Tsuburaya also teased a future update revealing how these characters will relate to the mecha shown in the teaser artwork from TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019 (see below). View a SSSS.DYNAZENON preview video here. CREDITS Cast Gauma:

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: game.heros-ultraman.com Official Twitter: UltramanBeultra The new smartphone game app, ULTRAMAN: BE ULTRA, has launched in Japan. The game is based on the Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. animated series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman), which was distributed worldwide on Netflix in April 2019 and recently began broadcasting on Japanese television. Tsuburaya has revealed that the game will soon be available for play outside of Japan, with details TBA. ? J-Idol Rena Sayama and Alien Adad Are Here! In ULTRAMAN: BE ULTRA players can use various characters that appear in the anime series and the original comics. Characters can be be acquired by using Spacium, the in-game currency for buying upgrades, items and other rewards. Two new characters have been added to the game: Rena Sayama, the J-Idol who love Ultraman, and Adad, an alien with advanced fighting skills.

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release #StayHomeWithULTRAMAN Tsuburaya is launching a free program called “Stay At Home With Ultraman” to support our fans as they stay indoors. We believe in the strength of our fans and the bright future that is waiting for us. Together, we can overcome these trying times. Starting from Sunday, May 3rd, we will launch our updated weekly video distribution program “Ultra Science Fiction Hour.” In this program, we will show ten episodes carefully selected to express a message we want to send to our fans. (A joint plan with the Ultraman Foundation.) Additionally, today, Friday, May 1st, we will release virtual backgrounds to make online communication more fun. The Stay At Home With Ultraman program will continue to grow from here, so please look forward to it. ? What is Stay At Home With ULTRAMAN? Starting with the Ultraman series, Tsuburaya Productions has

    New Season Coming with New Characters Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: kaijustep.com Official Instagram?instagram.com/kaijustep Tsuburaya Productions has revealed that production has begun on the second season of the anime series KAIJU STEP WANDABADA (????????? ?????, Kaij? Suteppu Wandabada). The show currently airs every Friday at 5:20pm (Japan Standard Time) during NHK E-TV`s “Mini Anime” programming block. In the second season, four new “Kaiju Kids” (?????????, Ch?sana Kaij?) will be joining in an all-new adventure: Little Jami the walking dictionary, Little Guts the mischief maker, Little Muge the book worm, and the newly designed Little Ele! The show will be even more fun with the addition of these new friends. Tsuburaya Pro will be showing never-before-seen clips from season 2 and production videos, featuring the voice of series narrator Akiyoshi Nakao, on their ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL YouTube Channel. ? New Characters from Season 2

    Details on New Theme Song, Game Characters, the Live-action Promotional Video and More! Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account: @ heros_ultraman A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with multiple updates containing more information and images for their ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) anime series. Based on the manga of the same name by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the 3DCG animated show focuses on Shinjiro Hayata, the teenage son of Shin Hayata, the former human host of the original Ultraman. Having inherited some of Ultraman`s power, Shinjiro dons a metallic suit to become the next generation Ultraman. In April 2019, ULTRAMAN started streaming in over 200 countries (including the United States and Japan) exclusively on Netflix. The series was critical and viewing hit, ranking first in anime and sixth overall for “the most-watched shows in Japan” on

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and nearly 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in May 2020. The company`s official Shonen-RIC as X-Plus website offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers, with shipping on some items also now available to customers in North America, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers, including SFJ sponsor Anime Jungle. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Deforeal Series: Mothra (2019) / ?????? ???(2019) Manufacturer: PLEX Corporation Product

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_z, m-78.jp/z (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and large high-res images from ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) ????????(???), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)?, their upcoming television series featuring a new Ultra Hero who is mentored by Ultraman Zero. Introduction Introducing Ultraman Zero’s disciple, a young, hot-blooded superhero! Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo. President and CEO: Masayuki Nagatake) will begin broadcasting their newest TV series, ULTRAMAN Z, from Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 9:00am on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The newest Ultra Hero is Ultraman Zett, the disciple of Ultraman Zero, the popular son of Ultraseven who is now celebrating his tenth anniversary! An admirer of Zero, Zett worked hard to become a member of the “Inter Galactic Defense Force.” With a passion inherited from his teacher Zero, Zett is an

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: kaiju-gk.jp/anime/black (Japan) HIDIVE announced today that it acquired streaming rights to the raucous anime comedy feature, KAiJU GIRLS BLACK (?????? ?????????????, Kaij? Musume (Kuro) ~Urutora Kaij? Gijin-ka Keikaku~, 2018) for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, and South, Central and Latin American countries. The movie, which stars anthropomorphized girl versions of monsters from Tsuburaya Productions` ULTRAMAN franchise, begins streaming on HIDIVE beginning March 20, 2020 at 17:00 UTC. After years of war against the monstrous kaiju, the world finally knows a time of prosperity and peace -- but the presence of the kaiju can still be felt. Girls with the souls of kaiju are born every so often, and each is gifted with the unusual abilities of kaiju! An organization called GIRLS has collected the kaiju girls to

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions On November 20, 2017, SciFi Japan broke the news that a jury in Los Angeles Federal Court had ruled in favor of Tsuburaya Productions in their dispute with UM Corporation over the international rights to Ultraman. Tsuburaya Productions has now issued the following statement in both English and Japanese regarding the final court decision... Notice of Winning Final Court Judgment in U.S. Lawsuit Regarding “Ultraman” Rights Regarding the U.S. Lawsuit against UM Corporation (“UMC”), in which we had previously announced Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (“TPC”)’s victory in a jury trial in our previous “Notice of Winning Judgment in U.S. Lawsuit Regarding ‘Ultraman’ Rights,” dated April 24, 2018 and, following our prevailing judgment at the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit (the “Appeal Court”) on December 5, 2019, TPC is pleased to announce that our victory is now completely final.With UMC failing

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