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    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ngc (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and large promotional pics for their new television series, ULTRAMAN NEW GENERATION CHRONICLE (?????? ????????????????, Urutoraman Nyuu Jenereeshon Kuronikuru), which will air on Saturday mornings in Japan starting January 5, 2019. ULTRAMAN NEW GENERATION CHRONICLE will follow the style of the previous "Chronicle" series ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? ? ?????, Urutoraman Zero Za Kuronikuru, 2017) and ULTRAMAN ORB THE CHRONICLE (????????? ? ?????, Urutoraman Oobu Za Kuronikuru, 2018) by using footage from previous shows and movies, mixed with new content. The show will focus on the 2013-2018 "New Generation Ultra Heroes" Ultraman Ginga, Victory, X, Orb, Geed, Rosso and Blu. The 2018 feature film ULTRAMAN GEED THE MOVIE: CONNECT THE WISHES! (??? ????????? ????! ??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman

    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 of their next collaboration with Bandai; a light up figure of Fiveking from ULTRAMAN GINGA S (??????????, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014). The body of the super-combined monster is made up of the Heisei Ultra Kaiju Fire Golza, Melba, Gan-Q, Reigubas and Ultra C.O.V. X-Plus first released Fiveking in June 2015. This new edition comes with a gimmick that illuminates the figure`s eyes, spines and the Gan-Q eye on the left arm. The light-up feature requires two AA batteries (sold separately). This item is sold exclusively by the Premium Bandai website and Shonen-Ric, and will not be available from retail stores. Daikaiju Series

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/rb/movie (Japan) Official Twitter:twitter.com/ultraman_series A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for the next Ultraman theatrical feature film, ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (?????????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru). The movie will open in Japanese cinemas on March 8, 2019. ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND is based on the ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)] television series that has been airing in Japan since July 2018. ULTRAMAN R/B was the first Ultraman series to feature, from the start, two brothers who transform into Ultramen. Promoted as a "dynamic tokusatsu family drama", show follows the adventures of Katsumi/Ultraman Rosso (Yuya Hirata) and Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu (Ryosuke Koike); their younger sister, Asahi, a high school student; their

    Event To Be Held Every 2 Years Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has issued a dual-language press release for their upcoming global fan event, TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019... “To spark viewers’ imaginations, provide hope for the future, and cultivate kindness in young viewers’ hearts.” The above quote from Eiji Tsuburaya, the founder of Tsuburaya Productions, is the roots of Tsuburaya Productions and our continuous goal for the future. This large-scale global fan event “TSUBURAYA CONVENTION” shall be held for the first time in winter 2019 to show our appreciations to all our fans across the universe who have supported us until now! We shall be sharing the front line of Tsuburaya Productions where surprises and excitement are imagined and created, and we shall also be revisiting the classic works seeking for new discovery by investigating the works from unique and

    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 January 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 (1964) /?????? ???(1964) Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: kaijustep.com A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for their new Ultraman KAIJU STEP (?????????, Kaijuu Suteppu) Project. The family-friendly campaign is particularly focused on young children, and will include merchandising, anime shorts, live events and more. The main characters of KAIJU STEP are the “Little Kaiju” (?????????, Chiisana Kaijuu), based on the monsters and aliens of the ULTRAMAN series, who are popular along with the Ultra Heroes. Over the decades, the creatures have become more than just enemies defeated by the heroes; each has their own special powers, looks, and characteristics which make them all unique. With KAIJU STEP, some of the most popular kaiju from the ULTRAMAN series have been redesigned as though they are little kids. The story is set on the “little planet” where the unique Little Kaiju try

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Japan Transocean Air Official Site: ultraman.jta-okinawa.com A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new Ultraman JET (??????JET). As a promotional tie-in with Japan Transocean Air (JTA), a commercial airline based in the city of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, the 165 seat Boeing airliner is emblazoned with the images of the original Ultraman and the heroes from the most recent Ultraman series, ULTRAMAN GEED (?????????, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017) and ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018]. The Ultraman-themed aircraft will fly between Okinawa, the surrounding islands and the Japanese mainland though April 2019. The JTA Ultraman flights were arranged in partnership with the General Incorporated Foundation, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) and the Minamihabara-machi Tourism Association to promote tourism to the region. Okinawa is the birthplace of the late Tetsuo

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/rb, ani.tv/rb (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with new information and high-res photos from the latest Ultraman series, ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018]. Actress and idol Kaori Manabe has been cast as Mio Minato, mother of brothers Katsumi/Ultraman Rosso (Yuya Hirata) and Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu (Ryosuke Koike) as well as their younger sister, Asahi (Arisa Sonohara). A researcher in the field of space archeology, Mio vanished 15 years ago, leaving her husband Ushio (Ginnojo Yamazaki) to raise their children on his own. At the time of her disappearance, she had been studying the Ruebe Gyro and Ruebe Crystal with Makoto Aizen (Motoki Fukami), the president of Aizentech who has since become the evil Ultraman Orb Dark. Mio now comes back to her family under equally mysterious circumstances. What happened to

    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 200 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in December 2018. 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: Mururoa -- Shonen Ric Exclusive /??????? ???? ????????????

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with some early information for their upcoming ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES (????????????) Project. The Ultraman Series, produced by Tsuburaya Pro for more than half a century, has achieved a strong reputation, not only for its hero and monster characters, but for elements such as its world view and themes. The new ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES turns a spotlight on all generations of the franchise -- including ULTRA Q (????Q, Urutora Kyuu, 1966), the starting point of the Ultraman Series -- to allow fans and newcomers alike a deeper appreciation of these works. Through production materials, video testimonials by cast and crew members, new viewpoints and commentary from outside experts, etc., Tsuburaya Pro will convey the appeal of Ultraman in its various forms (movies, television, animation, publications and commercialization) in ways that even those unfamiliar with the

    New "Dark Hero Project: Kicks Off in October Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/solamachi/darkness (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and giant, high-res photos for their upcoming Ultraman exhibition, DARKNESS HEELS WORLD, where the villains are the protagonists! Beyond the Ultramen, aliens and kaiju, there are also darker characters with unique personalities in the franchise who have become very popular, particularly among younger fans. This past summer, these characters were featured in a "Dark Hero Special Night" (??????? ????????, Daakuhiiroo Supesharu Naito) stage show held during ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018, and tickets sold out in a single day. This inspired Tsuburaya Pro to develop the "Darkness Heels" project focused on key villains from successive generations of the Ultraman series with the theme of “whispers and temptations from the dark”. DARKNESS HEELS WORLD is the first event

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ulfes.com/2018 (Japan) #????? Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese DVD release of ULTRAMAN THE LIVE ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 (?????? THE LIVE??????????????2018, Urutoraman THE LIVE Urutoraman Fesutibaru 2018) on February 15, 2019. The DVD features two "Ultra Live Stage" performances from the 2018 ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL, the summer vacation event held in Tokyo from July 20-August 27. This year`s show attracted more than 100,000 attendees, bringing the total number of visitors to the annual ULTRAMAN FESTIVALs to over 4.8 million. Ahead of the street date, advance copies of ULTRAMAN THE LIVE ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 will be available for purchase at two Ultraman events. The ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL IN HIRAKATA PARK 2018-2019 (????????????? in ???????2018-2019, Urutoraman Fesutibaru in Hirakata Paaku 2018-2019) is scheduled from Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Sunday, January 20, 2019. The Festival will be closed from Tuesday, January 8-Friday, January 11 and

    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 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster and anime figures scheduled for release in October 2018. 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 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 (1984) /?????? ???(1984) Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/rb, ani.tv/rb (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new characters coming to the latest Ultraman series, ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018]. ? Ultraman Orb Dark The jet black villain, Ultraman Orb Dark, debuts in ULTRAMAN R/B Episode 8: THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR ME (???????????? Sekaijuu ga Ore o Matteiru), airing the morning of Saturday, August 25. The evil Ultraman transforms via the Orb Ring Neo and wields the Orb Dark Calibur, variations of the devices used by the original Ultraman Orb. ? Saki Mitsurugi (Performer: Ayane Kinoshita) A new main character, Saki Mitsurugi, will be introduced in ULTRAMAN R/B Episode 11, airing Saturday, September 15. A mysterious beautiful girl, Saki suddenly appears during

    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 large, high-res photos of their Event Exclusive products to be sold at the upcoming Japanese hobby show, Wonder Festival. In addition to the exclusives, X-plus will be displaying new products and offering overstock and imperfect (display figures, damaged packaging, etc) items at reduced prices at their table, #2-09-01. The 2018 Summer Festival will be held Sunday, July 29 at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 1-8 (2 Chome-1 Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture) from 10:00am-5:00pm. The admission fee is ¥2,500 (Approximately $22.48 US, Tax Included). Gigantic Series: Godzilla 1962 Soft Vinyl Assembly Kit /???????????????(1962) ???????? Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Assembled

    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 120 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in September 2018. This month marks a big change for X-Plus, as they have updated their Japanese Shounen Ric website into the international Shonen-Ric as X-Plus site, with shipping on some items also now available to customers in North America, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. The new Shonen-Ric will continue to offer Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures will still be sold by stores and online retailers, including SFJ sponsor Anime Jungle. Most X-Plus figures are

    Announcement Made at Anime Expo 2018 Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix press releases Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo / President: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) and Fields Corporation (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo / Chairman, President and Group CEO: Hidetoshi Yamamoto) will release the new anime ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) on Netflix from spring 2019. The comic Ultraman, which has been made into a series on the HERO’S monthly magazine (Author: Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi), will be produced in full 3DCG animation. The anime ULTRAMAN was introduced as one of the featured animations in the Anime Expo 2018 NETFLIX?ANIME panel, held in Los Angeles on July 5, 2018. Through this event, ULTRAMAN attracted attention from all over the world. After half a century from the launch of the first live-action ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-67), the anime ULTRAMAN will finally step

    Streaming Lineup Includes Multiple Ultraman Series Source: TOKU press release Official Site: Watchtoku.com Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango On July 6th, TOKU, the only 24/7 live and on-demand television network dedicated to eye-catching anime, popular live-action titles and cult classics from Asia dubbed into English, will launch WATCHTOKU, its new and exciting online streaming video service to feature unlimited access to sought-after movies and series, including exclusive U.S. premieres and fan-favorite tokusatsu titles. TOKU’s new VOD service combines high-quality video and multicultural scripted content available on any device with an internet web browser, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Fans can subscribe by visiting Watchtoku.com to enjoy their free 14 day trial immediately, and then pay just $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year to access to TOKU’s unrivaled titles. The on-demand content available on TOKU’s new VOD service comprises world-renowned franchises and sagas, including acclaimed

    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 150 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in August 2018. 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. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla (2016) /??30????? ????????????? ???(2016) Sales Agent: Plex

    Source: Anime Expo press release Official Site: gridman.net Yesterday, SciFi Japan broke the news that the Tsuburaya Productions superhero anime series, SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.??????, SSSS.Guriddoman), would have its world premiere at at Anime Expo 2018. Anime Expo has now issued a press release with additional details... Anime Expo to host World Premiere of SSSS.GRIDMAN, Studio TRIGGER’s upcoming animation series! We are excited to welcome Studio TRIGGER’s Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi as Guests of Honor for Anime Expo 2018! Animator and character designer, Masaru Sakamoto, and animation producer, Masato Takeuchi, will also join Koyama and Wakabayashi for a Q&A session during the SSSS.GRIDMAN premiere event. Sakamoto, Koyama, and Wakabayashi will also do autograph signings throughout the weekend (schedule TBA). Event Details ? Date: Friday, July 6 ? Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ? Room: LACC / Main Events (Hall B) Anime Expo 2018 will run from

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