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    Source: Pony Canyon Official Site: gridman.net Special Thanks to Toshiya Kitabayashi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Sales agent Pony Canyon has revealed that the Tsuburaya Productions superhero anime series, SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.??????, SSSS.Guriddoman) will have its world premiere at Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Further details are scheduled to be announced tomorrow (June 13) on the Anime Expo official website. SSSS.GRIDMAN is an animated adaptation of the 1993 live-action series GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT (??????????, Denkoo Choojin Guriddoman). The show will air in Japan beginning this October with international airdates TBA. About Pony Canyon Inc. Pony Canyon has been at the forefront of Japan`s video entertainment industry. Pony Canyon also develops digital software, utilizing the latest interactive and multimedia technology. Pony Canyon is a part of the Fuji Media Holdings Inc. which is Japan`s largest and influential media conglomerate. About

    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 July 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 Daikaiju Series: Spacegodzilla /???????????????? Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product Size: Height Approximately 26cm (10.2

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/rb, ani.tv/rb (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with an update on ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)], their upcoming television series featuring a pair of Ultraman brothers. Having already introduced the show`s new Ultramen -- Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Blu -- and lead actors Yuya Hirata and Ryosuke Koike, Tsuburaya Pro has now revealed some additional members of the main cast; Arisa Sonohara as the pair`s little sister, Asahi Minato, Ginnojo Yamazaki as their father, Ushio, and Motoki Fukami as research company president, Makoto Aizen. More information on the Ultraman Brothers, their transformation device and weapons have also been shared. The cast and crew of ULTRAMAN R/B will make their first public appearance during the INTERNATIONAL TOKYO TOY SHOW 2018 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Hall on June 7th. See below for details. ULTRAMAN R/B will premiere

    Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango As part of its industry-leading efforts to provide its audience with more top-quality tokusatsu content, 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 feature the network premiere of three Ultraman Mebius side stories; ULTRAMAN MEBIUS GAIDEN: GHOST REBIRTH, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS SIDE STORY: HIKARI SAGA and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS SIDE STORY: ARMORED DARKNESS. “Last March we introduced our audience to one the most successful characters in the Ultra Series in recent years, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. The premiere was received with great success, leading to a very special and highly-anticipated presentation of all three of Ultraman Mebius’ side stories,” stated Jesús Piñango, Director of TV Content Strategy at Olympusat. “Since its inception, TOKU has played a big role creating a strong and passionate tokusatsu fanbase

    Source: Night Shining, Inc. Official Site: nightshininginc.com/redman Special Thanks to Matt Frank and Jesse Wittenrich He is Redman, the Kaiju Hunter... Trapped in a desolate and yet somehow familiar world populated with an vast array of the ferocious beasts known as "Kaiju," Redman continues his endless Red Fight, battling tirelessly to cull the monsters. With each fierce battle, the mysterious, blood-splattered "hero" sinks closer to his prey, ready to strike. This while a sinister form watches and records his every move... The Tsuburaya Productions series REDMAN (?????, Reddoman) debuted April 24, 1972 as part of GOOD MORNING! KIDS SHOW (????!??????, Ohay?! Kodomo Sh?, 1965-1980), a popular weekday morning series for small children that aired on the Nippon Television Network. It ran for 138 episodes, ending on October 3rd of the same year, and featured numerous monsters recycled from Tsuburaya`s Ultra Series. While each

    “The bond of the Ultraman Brothers!” Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: ulfes.com/2018 (Japan) #????? The ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL (?????????????), the unmissable family event that had attracted a total of over 4.7 million visitors, is coming back to Sunshine City, Ikebukuro. This year will be the 28th Ultraman Festival to be held in Tokyo. Experience the world of Ultraman with a whole host of activities, photo shoot locations, and events that will attract all families across three generations. These include a “3-D display”, which you cannot only see, but also experience with all five senses; the “Ultra Live-Action Stage Show”, featuring spectacular LED screens and wireless control lights; the “Gigantic Diorama”, a fun-filled delight for both children and adults; a “meet and greet” section where you can meet the heroes anytime... and much more! The announcement event for ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 was held

    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 200 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in June 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: Type-3 Kiryu (2002 Version) Heavy Arms Type (Night Fighting Version) /??30?????3???(2002?)????(????Ver.) Sales

    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. On January 15, 2018, UMC and their co-defendants Golden Media Group, Inc. and TIGA Entertainment Company, Ltd. filed a Motion for New Trial. The court denied their motion on March 28 and, on April 18, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. ordered and adjudged the jury`s verdict. He declared that UMC, TIGA, GMG, and Ultraman USA are prohibited from engaging in or authorizing any copying, reproduction, preparation of derivative works, distribution, sale or other transfer of ownership, rental, lease, lending or public performance of any audio-visual or other creative works or products based on Ultraman characters or stories in the United States. The judge also ordered the co-defendants to pay

    Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango As part of its efforts to provide its audience with top-rated Asian-Pacific entertainment, 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 feature for the first time in the U.S. the highly-anticipated tokusatsu television series, ULTRAMAN COSMOS. Starting April 23rd, weekdays at 7 p.m. EST, the TOKU audience will be able to enjoy one of the most popular titles in the Ultra franchise, ULTRAMAN COSMOS. Internationally acclaimed, the series follows the adventures of Ultraman Cosmos, a powerful giant warrior from an unknown galaxy. Committed to protect humanity from all terrestrial and alien threats, Ultraman Cosmos fights against the evil Chaos Header, a powerful virus that either infects monsters or replicates more violent and aggressive versions of them. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions,

    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 figures scheduled for release in May 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: Godzilla Earth /??30????? ??????? Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product Size: Height

    Source: Sideshow Collectibles press release Shinjiro Hayata, the hero of the SF comic Ultraman (??????, Urutoraman), is recreated as a highly detailed 1/6 scale statue, capturing the crisp metallic detail of his iconic suit. The sculpt features both the color timer on the chest and eyes glowing with LED. The arms are interchangeable with the Spacium Blade. The Ultraman head is also interchangeable with the Shinjiro head, and the statue can be displayed unmasked, holding the mask in his left hand, which creates a totally different atmosphere. The sculpting and painting technique captures both the hard and soft material of the suit and is another wonderful highlight. This is the ultimate Ultraman statue thoroughly supervised by the original writer/artist Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Pre-order now at sideshowtoy.com/Make-a-Store. Ultraman 1:6 Scale Statue ? Contents Ultraman Shinjiro Head Arms with

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: m-78.jp/geed/movie (Japan) ULTRAMAN GEED THE MOVIE: CONNECT THE WISHES! (??? ????????? ????! ??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Jiido Tsunagu ze! Negai!!) opened in theaters across Japan on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Tsuburaya Productions has provided an update with additional images and a new press release that reveals their official English names for the film and some of the characters it introduces... ULTRAMAN GEED THE MOVIE: CONNECT THE WISHES! – Release information! ULTRAMAN GEED, the hugely popular show which concluded last December, has returned as a movie! This time, we will see Riku Asakura, AKA Ultraman Geed, and his cohorts in Okinawa, Japan -- the Paradise in the South Seas, fighting to defend Earth against the Gigantic Mechanical Brain Gillvalis and the Galactron Army, intent on eliminating all intelligent lifeforms throughout the universe. Riku’s strong conviction awakens Geed 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 No sooner did we run our report on X-Plus Co., Ltd`s Giant Monster Figure Lineup for April 2018, then they announced a few more daikaiju for the month. The Japanese collectibles company has now provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their latest additions. 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.

    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 70 daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in April 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 Daikaiju Series: Sanda /????????? ??? Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product Size: Height Approximately 24cm (9.4

    SAMURAI CAT and AMAZING DETECTIVE DI RENJIE 2 Also Airing in March Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango 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 feature for the first time in the U.S. the critically-acclaimed Chinese historical period drama television series AMAZING DETECTIVE DI RENJIE 2 (?????2, Shen Tan Di Renjie 2, 2006). “We are proud to introduce the second installment of the highly-rated Chinese series AMAZING DETECTIVE DI RENJIE to the American audience,” stated Jesús Piñango, Director of TV Content Strategy at Olympusat. “We feel confident that this series is going to enjoy great success, it features a captivating story that successfully blends historical elements with exciting crime fiction.” Starting March 21st, every Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST, the TOKU audience will continue to

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions` ULTRAMAN has teamed up with the anime series MR. OSOMATSU for a super-powered collaboration! The television anime MR. OSOMATSU (?????, Osomatsu-san) is based on Fujio Akatsuka’s original comedy manga, Osomatsu-kun, featuring the six brothers as adults -- now good for nothing, lazy, NEETs (Not currently engaged in Employment, Education or Training). The first season aired from October 2015 to March 2016 on TV Tokyo, and the first volume DVD sold an extraordinary 120,000 copies. In 2016, it was nominated for Japan’s “Buzzword of the Year Prize,” and became a huge nationwide hit. The highly anticipated second season began airing on TV Tokyo on October 2, 2017, at 1:35 AM. (The series is licensed in North America by VIZ Media and streaming on Crunchyroll.) The Ultraman franchise and MR. OSOMATSU both share a common theme of six brothers, naturally leading them to unite.

    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 toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and 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 offering overstock and imperfect (display figures, damaged packaging, etc) items at reduced prices at their table, #4-01-02. The 2018 Winter Festival will be held Sunday, February 18th 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: Godzilla 1995 Burning Clear Version /??30?????????1995 ????????Ver. Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately 33cm (13 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Unpainted; Some Assembly Required

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: k-j-m.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions has provided new photos of their entertainment restaurant KAIJU MUSUME 6 (????? ??? ????, Kaijuu Musume Shikkusu). The limited-run establishment opened in Tokyo`s Roppongi district on January 26 and will run for one year only. 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 than fifty years` experience, it is one of Japan`s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in

    Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango As part of its efforts to connect its viewers with more top-quality Japanese content, 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 feature for the first time in the U.S. four of the most highly-anticipated titles in the Ultra Series: THE ULTRAMAN, ULTRAMAN GINGA, ULTRAMAN GAIA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S. “Tokusatsu is one of the most popular Japanese genres, and certainly a big part of our programming offering. TOKU has played a big role introducing new audiences to the genre through the U.S. premiere of multiple acclaimed series and movies, creating a strong and passionate fanbase,” stated Jesús Piñango, Director of TV Content Strategy at Olympusat. Starting on January 29th, every Monday at 8 p.m. EST,

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: k-j-m.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd., in cooperation with THINKR Co., Ltd., will open the entertainment restaurant KAIJU MUSUME 6 this Friday, January 26th. The limited-run establishment will be open in Tokyo`s Roppongi district for one year only. KAIJU MUSUME 6 is the latest step in Tsuburaya`s “ULTRA KAIJU HUMANIZATION PROJECT”, a promotional campaign in which monsters from the Ultraman Series are re-imagined as as young women and schoolgirls. The line includes the anime series KAIJU GIRLS (??? [?????????], Kaijuu Musume [Kaijuu Gaaruuzu]), a manga serialized in Kadokawa Publishing’s Dengeki G’s Magazine (??G’s????), plus novels, apparel, videos and collectibles. KAIJU MUSUME 6 will allow customers to experience the world of the new "Ultra Monster animation plan" with monster-themed food and drink. The look of the restaurant and employee uniforms have been designed by

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