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    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ultra-expo.com/2020/prism (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/m78expo Official Hashtag: #????EXPO Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. will present the ULTRA HEROES EXPO 2020: New Year Festival in Tokyo Dome City (?????????EXPO 2020 ????????????? IN ????????, Urutora H?r?zu Ekisupo 2020 Ny?i Y? Fesutibaru In T?ky? D?mushiti) from December 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020 at Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall. The venue is divided into “Ultraman Battle Stage” live shows and the “Expo Venue”. The “Ultraman Battle Stage” theater holds 930 seats, with 800 reserved and 130 standard available for each show. All of the reserved seats sold out at EXPO 2019, so this year the shows will be held five times a day during the exhibition. The daily showtimes are 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm and 4:15pm. The “Ultraman Battle Stage” will be based on the current television series, ULTRAMAN TAIGA (?????????, Urutoraman Taiga, 2019) with

    Closing Ceremony Features Special Guests Representing Ultraman Works from the Showa, Heisei and Reiwa Eras Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tsubu-con.com/program/h04-05 A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced that ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE?The Symphony? will be held at Tokyo Dome City on Sunday, December 15, 2019. The two-part concert is among the programs taking place during TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019, the largest festival in the history of Tsuburaya Productions. ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE is a must-attend event for Ultraman fans, presenting the history of the Ultraman series through performances by the musical artists DEEP SQUAD, Ryota Fujimaki, Maana, May J. and Arashi Moritomo from T-BOLAN along with a full orchestral performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic. The “Symphony Ultra Cosmo” (??????????, K?ky?kyoku Urutora Kosumo) program composed by Toru Fuyuki (ULTRASEVEN, RETURN OF ULTRAMAN) will be performed in this symphony, with narration written by

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: kaijustep.com A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for their new anime series THE KAIJU STEP WANDABADA (???????????????, Kaij? Suteppu Wandabada). The show premieres 5:20pm today (Japan Standard Time) on NHK E-TV`s “Mini Anime” programming block. This will be the first Tsuburaya series to have a first-run broadcast on NHK E-TV. THE KAIJU STEP WANDABADA is part of the family-friendly KAIJU STEP campaign that is particularly focused on young children. The stories feature monsters and aliens from the ULTRAMAN series, but reimagined as little kids. These “Little Kaiju” (?????????, Ch?sana Kaij?) live on a little planet somewhere in space where they try new things, meet new friends and take their “first steps” in life. The anime stars the characters Little Pigg, Little Kane and Little Dada from the picture books

    First ULTRAMAN YouTube Exclusive Series To Be Released Globally in Japanese, English and Chinese Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/galaxy-fight A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: NEW GENERATION HEROES (?????????????? ????????????????, Urutora Gyarakush? Faito Ny? Jener?shon H?r?zu), the first completely new Ultraman series to be produced exclusively for internet distribution. Similar to the previous series ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutor?, 2015) and ULTRA FIGHT ORB (??????????? ????????????, Urutora Faito ?bu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2017), ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: NEW GENERATION HEROES will be made up of mini-episodes, each running only a few minutes. ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: NEW GENERATION HEROES will premiere worldwide on the ULTRAMAN Official YouTube Channel starting September 29 at 10:00am (JST), with new episodes released each Sunday. In addition to the original Japanese audio,

    ULTRAMAN ORB and ULTRAMAN GEED are Slated for Blu-ray Release on November 19 -- ULTRASEVEN SteelBook and Standard Blu-ray Releasing on December 10! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne, J.W. Starrett, Michael Kedor and Katie Samuels A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Mill Creek Entertainment (Minneapolis, MN) is pleased to announce the next group of releases from the Ultraman superhero library recently licensed from Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd for North American home entertainment distribution. ULTRAMAN ORB and ULTRAMAN GEED will be making their North American debut as Blu-ray combo packs that include the complete series and subsequent feature films that concluded each respective storyline for $39.98 each on November 19, 2019. The 1967 series ULTRASEVEN will also be making its Blu-ray debut in limited edition SteelBook® packaging for $49.98 and a standard Blu-ray release will also be made available for $39.98 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 daikaiju-sized photos of their monster figures scheduled for release in October 2019. 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: Godzilla (2019) /?????? ???(2019) Manufacturer: PLEX Corporation Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka On March 11, 2011, a large-scale earthquake (maximum seismic intensity of seven) occurred in Japan. I was at the office in Tokyo at that time. Tokyo did not receive much physical damage, but the trains were stopped and the traffic was disrupted. Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture were the severely damaged areas. Sukagawa-city of Fukushima, well known as the birthplace of Eiji Tsuburaya, was also disaster area. The Sukagawa city office building was so damaged by the earthquake that the office workers had to evacuate. In May, 2017, a new office building was completed and an Ultra Hero came there from Nebula M78. A 3.5m tall monument of Father of Ultra was erected on the square of the city office building. In addition, an outdoor lamp with a Mother of Ultra design was set on the right side of the monument, and an Ultraman

    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 FX movie figures scheduled for release in September 2019. 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: Alien Varduck -- Shonen-Ric Exclusive /??????? ??????? ????

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions In 2015, longtime friends and collaborators Hideaki Anno -- creator of the anime NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (???????????, Shin Seiki Evangelion, 1995) -- and Shinji Higuchi -- director and FX director for the Gamera Trilogy (1995-99) and the live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin, 2015) movies -- co-directed SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira) for Toho Co., Ltd. and Cine Bazar. Released in 2016, the film was a box office smash as well as a critical hit, winning Best Picture and Best Director awards for Anno and Higuchi at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize. Now, Anno, Higuchi, Toho and Cine Bazar are teaming up with Tsuburaya Productions to present their spin on the latter`s iconic superhero, Ultraman. Entitled SHIN ULTRAMAN (?????????, Shin Urutoraman), the movie is an adaption of the original ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman K?s? Tokusatsu Shir?zu, 1966-67) television

    Veteran Ultraman directors form partnership to produce new Japanese style sci-fi / fantasy films and television series for worldwide distribution and licensing. Source: William Winckler press release Manhattan, New York, July 2019 - New Japanese style sci-fi/fantasy film and television productions are being developed by veteran Ultraman directors Takeshi Yagi (ULTRAMAN COSMOS, UULTRAMAN MEBIUS, SUPERIOR 8 ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and William Winckler (English language writer/director of ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY). The slate of new projects / IPs are joint U.S. – Japanese productions, developed in partnership by Yagi and Winckler. Classic Japanese style monster movies, new Japanese superheroes, horror films, and fantasy titles, combining traditional FX and today’s CG are planned. Yagi and Winckler state, “We will be making amazing new films and series fusing Japanese and classic Hollywood storytelling. These will be fresh, new, original stories, full of unique

    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 more than 70 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in August 2019. 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. Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla(1995) “Hong Kong

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for their new Ultraman KAIJU NO SUMIKA (?????????) Project. Translated as "Home of the Monsters", KAIJU NO SUMIKA is a campaign set in a new world populated by the Kaiju and aliens from the past Ultraman works, and will include merchandising, live events and more. ? What is KAIJU NO SUMIKA? Monsters and aliens have appeared in the works of Tsuburaya Productions for decades. From their actions, what were they trying to tell us..? The answer to this question could lead to a solution of something bigger, something universal, something we humans need to take well care of. KAIJU NO SUMIKA is world to be set in a group of works that portray those monsters and aliens not as enemies of any kind, but in their natural state. KAIJU NO

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account: @ heros_ultraman A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Based on the positive reaction to the 13 episode 3DCG animation series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman), which has been exclusively distributed worldwide on Netflix since April 1, 2019, production of a second season is now underway. The series is based on the Ultraman manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, which depicts a new Ultraman with a physical appearance distinct from all previous versions. The comic has been serialized in the Japanese monthly magazine HERO’S since 2011, with the English language edition available in North America from VIZ Media. News of the second season for the anime was revealed on Tuesday, June 11 (local time) at the Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy in France. ULTRAMAN co-directors Kenji Kamiyama (009 RE:CYBORG, NAPPING PRINCESS) and Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED, HARLOCK:

    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 more than 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their monster figures scheduled for release in July 2019.

    Author: Edward L. Holland Special Thanks to Tsuburaya Productions On February 16, 2019 the ULTRA Q episode, GARAMON STRIKES BACK was screened at Aeon Itabashi, Tokyo theater during the second stage of the ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES series of events by Tsuburaya Productions with special guests SFX art directors Katsuro Onoue (PUNK SAMURAI SLASH DOWN, SHIN GODZILLA, ATTACK ON TITAN, GAMERA) and Toshio Miike (SHIN GODZILLA, ULTRAMAN SAGA, GAMERA, KAMEN RIDER BLACK). The artisans spoke about miniature filmmaking and highlighted the significance of the meteorite, robot kaiju Garamon, designed by Tohl Narita (ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN, ULTRASEVEN) crafted into a suitmation costume by Ryosaku Takayama (ULTRA Q, GAMERA, ULTRAMAN, ULTRA SEVEN) and brought into Japanese homes on television sets across the nation in 1966. The simultaneous feed to 14 Japanese theaters included promo videos, introductions by movie critic, Takashi Shimizu and the eerie appearance of a

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/taiga, ani.tv/taiga (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and large high-res images from ULTRAMAN TAIGA (?????????, Urutoraman Taiga), their upcoming series featuring a new hero who is the son of Ultraman Taro. The main character, Hiroyuki Inoue, is also able to transform into different Ultramen. Introduction Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo. President and COO: Masayuki Nagatake) will begin broadcasting their newest TV series, ULTRAMAN TAIGA, from July 6th, 2019 at 9:00am on TV Tokyo. The Ultraman Series has been bringing heroes to the world for more than 50 years, starting with the first ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu), which made its debut in July 1966. ULTRAMAN TAIGA marks the 7th of the “New Generation Heroes” series, which have aired annually on TV Tokyo since the launch of ULTRAMAN GINGA (?????????,

    Bandai Figures to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Bluefin Distribution has provided product specs and photos of figures based on the new ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman, 2019) anime series. The figures are coming from Bandai`s Tamashii Nations in August and September 2019. S.H. Figuarts Ultraman (Ultraman The Animation Ver.) ULTRAMAN, star of the Netflix-produced new animated show of the same name, joins S.H.Figuarts! Designed along with the animation, the figure features accurate proportions and a full range of motion to capture all of his dynamic poses. The set includes the figure, two pairs of optional hands, an Ultra Slash effect part, a Specium Beam effect part, a Specium Beam arm part, and a Specium Blade. Product Size: Height Approximately 160mm (6.5 Inches) Material: ABS, PVC Shipping:

    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 more than 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster and anime figures scheduled for release in June 2019. 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: Godzilla (1971) "Tagonoura Landing" Ver. /??????

    Author: Edward L. Holland Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE 24 hours in advance of the ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) anime series beaming on Netflix to 200 expectant countries, a sold-out world premiere was held Sunday, March 31st at the Marunouchi Picccadilly 1 theater in in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Premium ticket holders saw the first two episodes, and were treated to special guest appearances by the directors and voice actors. Based on the manga created by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, serialized in HERO’S magazine and distributed by Viz Media in the United States, the series by Production I.G. x Sola Digital Arts is a bold step in a different direction. Original Ultraman Shin Hayata, without his knowledge, passes a bit of his ultra-essence to his son. Shinjiro Hayata, like his father, decides to help the

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