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    Screening and Talk Show on March 31st Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account:@ heros_ultraman A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The new Tsuburaya Productions 3DCG anime series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) will exclusively stream worldwide on Netflix this coming Monday, April 1st. The show is based on the popular Ultraman manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, and plays as a direct sequel to the original, live-action ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-1967) television series. The night before ULTRAMAN debuts on Netflix, Tsuburaya will screen the first two episodes at a world premiere event to be held at the Marunouchi Piccadilly 1 cinema in Tokyo. Following the screening there will be an on-stage discussion with special guests, including ULTRAMAN directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki, and voice actors Ryohei Kimura (Shinjiro Hayata/Ultraman), Takuya Eguchi (Dan Moroboshi/Seven), Megumi Han (Seiji Hokuto/Ace) and

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: m-78.jp/rb/movie (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai has released soft vinyl figures of characters from ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (?????????????????????????, Gekij?-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru). The movie is now playing in Japanese theaters. Ultra Hero Series 63: Ultrawoman Grigio/ ????????????63 ????????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660337379 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: February 2, 2019 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.80 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero Series 64: Ultraman Groob/ ????????????64 ?????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660337386 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: February 2, 2019 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.80 US, Tax Included)

    Source: Netflix Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account: @ heros_ultraman Special Thanks to Yifei Yang and Ami Yamaguchi Netflix has provided SciFi Japan with the English language key art for their upcoming anime series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) from Tsuburaya Productions. All 13 episodes will exclusively stream on Netflix in over 200 countries, including the United States and Japan, on Monday, April 1st. Once there was a "Giant of Light" that defended world peace from the threat of giant monsters and alien invasions. His name was Ultraman. Time has now passed since he completed his mission, in which he bonded with scientific investigation team member Shin Hayata, and departed the Earth. During this time humanity welcomed an age of prosperity. But it was no more than just the illusion of peace... Now, when the world once again needs the power of a "Giant of

    Source: Netflix Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account:@ heros_ultraman Special Thanks to Ami Yamaguchi and Yifei Yang Netflix has provided SciFi Japan with new images from their upcoming anime series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) from Tsuburaya Productions. All 13 episodes will exclusively stream on Netflix in over 200 countries, including the United States and Japan, on Monday, April 1st. About Netflix Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 139 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres

    Author: Edward L. Holland Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Special Thanks to Shunsuke Yagi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Wonderfest attendees and professionals alike gathered to celebrate all facets of goods emphasizing tokusatsu, anime, and home-grown characters. 150 exuberant fans of the hit ULTRAMAN manga series by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi pressed into the Kotobukiya special stage on Sunday, February 10th to learn more about the 13-episode ULTRAMAN series, which bridges the comic serialization of Eiji Tsuburaya’s timeless superheroes and kaiju featured in HERO’S magazine into a modern anime directed by Kenji Kamiyama (GHOST IN THE SHELL: S.A.C., 009 RE:CYBORG, BLADE RUNNER BLACK LOTUS) and Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED, HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE, STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS). Wonderfest in Chiba, with its 8 grandiose halls of exhibitors, was the perfect showcase for the highly anticipated anime from Tsuburaya Productions.

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: s-tette.jp Experience the world of Godzilla, Ultraman and their co-creator, Eiji Tsuburaya, the God of Special Effects, in Sukagawa, Fukushima as the region continues to rebound from the Great Eastern Earthquake. On January 11, 2019, after 5 years in the making, the Sukagawa Citizens Exchange Center tette building opened to hundreds in attendance. During the opening ceremony Mayor Katsuya Hashimoto said, “Our brand-new community center tette (hands) is Sukagawa city’s main place for cultural exchange and citizens’ activities and we are committed to nurturing citizens here long into the future. We also honor tokusatsu (special effects) master, Eiji Tsuburaya born in Sukagawa city, for his accomplishments at the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum, an archival center that will disseminate Japanese special effects to the world.” The dreaming spirit of Tsuburaya, who was inspired by Merian C. Cooper’s KING KONG

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: m-78.jp/rb/movie (Japan) Official Twitter:twitter.com/ultraman_series A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. and distributor Shochiku Co., Ltd. have provided SciFi Japan with another update for ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (?????????????????????????, Gekij?-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru) -- this one a gallery of large, high resolution photos. The latest Ultraman theatrical feature film will open in Japanese cinemas on March 8, 2019. 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

    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 GIANT high-res photos of their Event Exclusive products sold at this weekend`s Japanese hobby show, Wonder Festival 2019 Winter. In addition to the exclusives, X-plus is exhibiting upcoming releases and offering overstock and imperfect (display figures, damaged packaging, etc) items at reduced prices at their booth, #2-23-01. The 2019 Winter Festival was held today (Sunday, February 10) at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 1-8 (2 Chome-1 Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture) from 10:00am-5:00pm. Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla (2016) All Soft Vinyl Assembly Kit Red Clear Ver. /??30????? ????????????? ???(2016) ???????? ??????Ver. Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd.

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: tsubu-con.com Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo. President and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) will hold the global fan event “TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019” on December 14th (Sat) and 15th (Sun) in Tokyo Dome City. ? “TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019” to be held in Tokyo Dome City! The main venue of “TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019” will be set in Tokyo Dome City, with activities planned for a large stage with various guests, a diverse event program for core fans and families and the largest Ultraman related merchandising store ever assembled will be held in different facilities within the venue. Furthermore, we will be holding “TSUBURAYA Wonder Festival” together with KAIYODO Co., Ltd.. Pre-registered dealers (corporate and personal) may exhibit and sell their works during the event in the venue. ? About “TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019” “To spark viewers’ imaginations, provide hope for the future,

    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 an update (including exclusive large promotional images) for their upcoming anime series ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman). All 13 episodes will exclusively stream on Netflix in over 200 countries, including the United States and Japan, on Monday, April 1st. Joining the previously-announced lead actors Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Megumi Han and Hideyuki Tanaka is a supporting cast that includes Sumire Morohoshi, Kenjiro Tsuda and Ken Uo. The movements of the characters are created through motion-capture performances by the likes of Katsuyuki Yamazaki, Shinji Kasahara and Teruaki Ogawa, actors who have worked in live-action productions familiar to tokusatsu fans. On Sunday, March 31 (the day before the series is released), Tsuburaya will host a world premiere screening in Tokyo. Further details

    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 75 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in April 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: Hedorah /?????? ??? Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/ultraman-archives (Japan) Special Thanks to Saori Izumi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced the second ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES Premium Theater Screening & Special Talk will focus on ULTRA Q Episodes 16: GARAMON STRIKES BACK (???????, Garamon no Gyakush?). Tsuburaya launched the ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES (????????????) Project in October 2018 as a way to generate a deeper appreciation of the 50 year heritage of the Ultraman Series, both for longtime fans and those unfamiliar with the franchise. The centerpiece of Premium Theater 2 will be a live event at the Aeon Cinema Itabashi, Tokyo, on Saturday, February 16 starring guests Katsuro Onoe and Toshio Miike. Katsuro Onoe started his filmmaking career as art director on the cult hit BURST CITY (????, Bakuretsu Toshi, 1982) and worked his way up to becoming special effects director

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions On October 1, 2017, the Chinese animation studio Guangzhou BlueArc Culture Communications Co., Ltd. released DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN (??????????, G?ngti? f?ilóng zh? zàijiàn àotèmàn), a 3D computer animated film featuring Tsuburaya Productions` Ultraman. But BlueArc hadn`t licensed the character from Tsuburaya, but rather from UM Corporation, a Japanese company claiming it had worldwide rights outside Japan to Ultraman. Tsuburaya Productions has long disputed this claim, with the case against UMC being heard in multiple countries, most recently the United States (where Tsuburaya prevailed in 2018). Today (January 18, 2019), BlueArc released DRAGON FORCE: RISE OF ULTRAMAN (??????????, G?ngti? f?ilóng zh? àotèmàn juéq?), a sequel to the 2017 film, in Chinese cinemas. Tsuburaya Productions has issued the following statement in response... Notice on unauthorized use of ULTRAMAN character in Chinese film We, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd, (“TPC”), express our views on the

    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 March 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 Daikaiju Series Limited Edition: Godzilla (2016) Second Form Clear Version /????????? ????

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Studios and Distributors! Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to remain 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, 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. This allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation, and also run larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Thanks to all our writers, contributors, sources and readers for your support! Be sure to check

    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 February 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 ULTRA NEW GENERATION: Fiveking (Light Up Version) /??????? ULTRA

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: ultra-expo.com/2019/prism (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/m78expo Official Hashtag: #????EXPO Ultraman heads to Tokyo Dome City for the holidays! The ULTRA HEROES EXPO 2019: New Year Festival in Tokyo Dome City (????????????? ???? ????????????? ?? ????????, Urutora H?r?zu Ekisupo 2019 Ny?i Y? Fesutibaru in T?ky? D?mushiti) will be held from December 29th (Sat), 2018 ~ January 6th (Sun), 2019 at Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall. Last year, the Expo attracted more than 64,000 visitors. Running for 9 days, this year`s event will feature an expanded lineup and improved layout to offer attendees a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. The highlight of the Expo will be the "Ultraman Battle Stage" live shows starring the cast of latest Ultraman series, ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018] -- Yuya Hirata as Katsumi Minato/Ultraman Rosso, Ryosuke Koike as Isami Minato/Ultraman

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: ulfes.com/2018/osaka (Japan) Official Twitter: #????? The ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL has been a popular annual event in Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Tokyo for decades, attracting more than 4.9 million visitors to date. Now the Festival will now also be held in Hirakata Park, Osaka, starting this Saturday! Experience the excitement of ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL in Hirakata Park 2018-2019 (????????????? in ??????? 2018-2019, Urutoraman Fesutibaru in Hirakata Paaku 2018-2019) through the gigantic “Ultraman Brothers VS Army of Monsters and Aliens” (??????VS????, Urutora Ky?dai VS Kaij? Gundan) photo spot, the fascinating live-action stage show with radio control lights and huge LED screens, the “Gigantic Battle Diorama”, and more! The will also be two special event nights that start after the main ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL closes for the day. “Ultraman Dark Hero Special Night” will take place on December 25th and “ULTRAMAN GAIA 20th Anniversary HYPERSPACE Festival”

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: kaijustep.com A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for their new Ultraman KAIJU STEP (?????????, Kaijuu Suteppu) Project, the family-friendly campaign devoted to young children and their “first steps” in life. In cooperation with developer LIDDELL Co., Ltd., TPC has launched the official KAIJU STEP Instagram, which features photos of the “Little Kaiju” in everyday settings such as playgrounds and parks. The Instagram page is targeted to women of all ages, including moms, in the hopes of expanding the brand to a wider audience. Tsuburaya will also conduct digital marketing using Instagram Influencer for the first time in the company`s history. The marketing company CtoC Press Release (EMERALD POST) will be sending KAIJU STEP updates to users via 20,000 registered Influencers. Through Wednesday, December 12, Tsuburaya is

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