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    ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HAYAO MIYAZAKI'S FIRST FEATURE IN 10 YEARSSource: GKIDS press release   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, announced its acquisition of North American distribution rights to THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan's celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (translated as How Do You Live), the film is an original story written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by the Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, and features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The all-rights deal marks a continuation of GKIDS' long-standing relationship with Ghibli. GKIDS will release THE BOY AND THE HERON theatrically in North America later this year. Informally referred to in English-language

    Director Hiroyuki Seshita discusses his new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth- at Anime Expo. Photo by Andrew Nguyen. Author: Andrew Nguyen Introduction: Keith Aiken Source: Kadokawa Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Special Thanks to Anna Haas and Yuna Kishita   Earlier this month,  Kadokawa invited Andrew Nguyen of SciFi Japan to take part in a round table interview with Hiroyuki Seshita, director of the upcoming anime GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu).   Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee   Seshita is a well-known director and supervising director whose credits include KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! (ブラム, Buramu, 2017). He also co-directed the Anigoji Trilogy of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its October slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. IMMORAL GUILD Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      10/3/2023 Format:             BDLanguage:        Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $59.98 Protecting the land from monsters is a noble profession, but Kikuru wants to retire from the Guild and explore other options while he's still young. Before he can ride off into the sunset, however, he'll have to find acceptable replacements to care for the Guild in his absence. Lucky for him, four new recruits just turned in their applications! The catch? They're all young women, and the local monster population has been developing some VERY disturbing new appetites when it comes to female adventurers.

    Photo courtesy of CROOZ Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. Source: CROOZ Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: https://shop-list.com/men/lp/column/sl_sjhu (Japan) Photo courtesy of CROOZ Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. The Japanese entertainment company CROOZ Inc. has announced the sale of "Shin Japan Heroes Universe" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース, Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu) exclusive T-shirts on their fashion shopping site "SHOPLIST.com by CROOZ". Pre-orders of the SJHU brand, a miraculous project that is a collaboration of the four movies SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016), EVANGELION: 3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban, 2021), SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) and SHIN KAMEN RIDER (シン・仮面ライダー, Shin Kamen Raidā, 2023), will begin on Friday, July 7, 2023. The Shin Japan Heroes Universe project was launched in 2021 as a partnership

    Shinnosuke Nohara gets super powers in his first 3DCG film, NEW DIMENSION! CRAYON SHIN-CHAN THE MOVIE. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©Yoshito Usui/New Dimension Crayon Shin-chan Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://www.shinchan-movie.com/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, NEW DIMENSION! CRAYON SHIN-CHAN THE MOVIE: GREAT PSYCHOKINETIC BATTLE ~ FLYING HAND-ROLLED SUSHI ~ (しん次元!クレヨンしんちゃんTHE MOVIE 超能力大決戦 ~とべとべ手巻き寿司~, Shin Jigen! Kureyon Shinchan THE MOVIE Chō Nōryoku Daikessen ~ Tobetobe Temakizushi ~ ), opening in Japan on April 4th. The movie is the 31st feature film for the popular TV anime and manga series created by Yoshito Usui, and follows the comedic misadventures of Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara, a mischievous five-year-old who often says inappropriate things and cannot resist pretty ladies, regardless of their age. Shin-chan`s family includes his baby sister Himawari,

    Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime streaming service HIDIVE, home to some of Japan’s hottest new series,  delighted fans this evening with a bevy of announcements during its highly anticipated Anime Expo Industry Panel. Taking center stage, HIDIVE's panel hosts Star Butler and Jacki Jing (Netflix’s THE CIRCLE) revealed a trio of exciting acquisitions as well as other exciting news, including upcoming English DUBCAST editions. And as a special treat for the audience, HIDIVE’s panel concluded with the U.S. subtitled premiere of LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO, the new comedy-fantasy series from Kadokawa premiering July 3 and streaming exclusively on HIDIVE. Leading the list of acquisitions was the late-breaking announcement that THE DREAMING BOY IS A REALIST, the eagerly awaited new rom-com from Pony Canyon, will be joining HIDIVE’s new Summer Simulcast Season. Based on the popular light novel series written

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. © Daisuke Aizawa, KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://shadow-garden.jp/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto WHAT:   HIDIVE will simulcast THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season (陰の実力者になりたくて!, Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) in both English sub and dub – day and date with the Japanese TV broadcast. This dual sub and dub simulcast marks a first for HIDIVE, the fast-growing anime streaming service from AMC Network. Based on Daisuke Aizawa’s hilarious isekai light novel series of the same name, the upcoming second season of the critically acclaimed fantasy-action series THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW will premiere this October as part of HIDIVE’s Fall 2023 Simulcast Season.  As part of this simulcast announcement, HIDIVE released the official English subtitled trailer for THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season here.  HIDIVE will be hosting the dual world premiere of THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season this

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©Bird Studio/Shueisha ©SAND LAND Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://sandland.jp/ (Japan)   A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©Bird Studio/Shueisha ©SAND LAND Production Committee  Toho has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, SAND LAND (サンドランド,  Sando Rando). The adaptation of Akira Toriyama's acclaimed manga is scheduled for nationwide release in Japan on August 18th.   IntroductionAkira Toriyama is a legendary manga artist who has created numerous works and characters, including the phenomenally popular manga Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru) which has sold 260 million copies worldwide, Dr. Slump (Dr. スランプ, Dokutā Suranpu), which has taken the world by storm, and character designs for the popular DRAGON QUEST game series. More than 20 years after it was first published, SAND LAND, a manga that has

    Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Source: Fantasia International Film Festival press releaseSpecial Thanks to Jacob Klemmer The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 27th edition with a large and varied program of screenings, workshops, and launch events running from July 20 through August 9, 2023, taking place at the Concordia Hall Cinema, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque Québécoise and Cinéma du Musée. The festival’s complete lineup will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is proud to reveal a selected wave of titles, along with a very special event.    BRIGHT SPOTLIGHTS ON SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA ILLUMINATE FANTASIA’s 27th EDITION   Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Since the selection of Kang Je-gyu’s GINGKO BED at Fantasia’s 1998 edition, the festival has become one of the premiere destinations for South Korean cinema. Over the years, Fantasia’s

    Photo courtesy of KADOKAWA Co. © KADOKAWA Source: KADOKAWA Co. press release   KADOKAWA CORPORATION, the Japanese publisher & anime company, known for hits as Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and OVERLORD is excited to announce the details of their Autograph Sessions and guests during Anime Expo 2023, taking place from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Autograph Sessions: [Bungo Stray Dogs] Kafka Asagiri Saturday, July 1 START 2:00 PM END: 3:30 PMKentia Hall - TABLE NUMBER: AUT-G 7Description: Tickets will be distributed at Gilbert Lindsey Plaza from 8AM - 1PM the day of the autograph session.Session: Guest of Honor   [Bungo Stray Dogs] Kafka Asagiri and Chiaki Kurakane Sunday, July 2  START: 1:00 PM END: 2:30 PMKentia Hall - TABLE NUMBER: AUT-G 7Description: Tickets will be distributed at

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 Black Clover the Movie Production Committee ©Yūki Tabata/Shueisha Source: NetflixOfficial Site: https://bclover-movie.jp/ (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81448990 The popular comic Black Clover, which has been published in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha) and has sold over 17 million copies, has been made into a movie for the first time! Entitled BLACK CLOVER: SWORD OF THE WIZARD KING (ブラッククローバー 魔法帝の剣, Burakku Kurōbā: Mahōtei no Ken), the film premiered on Netflix globally on June 16, 2023 (pushed back from March 31). The movie presents an original story not depicted in the comics. The film is supervised by Yūki Tabata, the author of the original manga, and will tell the story of the Wizard King, which was not revealed in the original manga. In a world where magic is everything, Asta, a boy who was born with no magic, aims to become the "Wizard King,"

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: Netflix press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/80217863 Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Eiichiro Oda © 2023 Netflix, Inc. The 8-episode live action series ONE PIECE  premieres worldwide on Netflix on August 31, 2023 at 12:00 am PDT. Based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history by Eiichiro Oda, ONE PIECE is a legendary high-seas adventure unlike any other. Monkey D. Luffy is a young adventurer who has longed for a life of freedom since he can remember. Luffy sets off from his small village on a perilous journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, ONE PIECE, to become King of the Pirates! But in order to find the ultimate prize, Luffy will need to assemble the crew he’s always wanted before finding a ship to sail, searching every inch of the vast blue seas, outpacing

    Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners Source: GKIDS press release, Shochiku Co., Ltd.Official Sites: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/kagaminokojo/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/lonely-castle-in-the-mirror/ (North America) GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, will bring LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR (かがみの孤城, Kagami no Kojō, 2022) to select theaters nationwide for event showings on June 21 and 22nd only. From critically acclaimed Director Keiichi Hara (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL, THE WONDERLAND), the film features animation from the lauded A-1 Pictures, and is adapted from the beloved novel of the same name by Mizuki Tsujimura. US poster for LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR held its International Premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival – marking the first

    Photos courtesy of HIDIVE. Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On July 4th weekend, HIDIVE marks its return to Anime Expo with plans for its largest fan experience to date. During the four-day weekend at North America’s largest annual anime convention, HIDIVE will showcase some of the most anticipated series from its 2023 summer and fall simulcast seasons line-ups. Fans will be treated to a range of experiences including screenings, interactive panels, photo ops and giveaways, including a record half dozen major premieres. HIDIVE kicks-off July 1 Opening Day of Anime Expo with premieres for three tops titles. Starting off is the world premiere of returning fall simulcast series THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season, a first ever dual world premiere featuring separate English subtitled and dub screenings of Episode 1 on July 1 and July 4 respectively — each with their own post-screening

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://darkgathering.jp/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ⒸKenichi Kondo/SHUEISHA, Dark Gathering Anime Production Committee Anime fans are in for a truly scary good time this summer with today’s news that HIDIVE has acquired Pony Canyon’s highly anticipated new horror-supernatural series DARK GATHERING (ダークギャザリング, Dāku Gyazaringu, 2023). Based on Kenichi Kondo’s popular shounen manga series of the same name, the DARK GATHERING anime adaptation was first revealed last summer and is now set to premiere this July in Japan and as an exclusive summer simulcast on HIDIVE’s streaming service. “We’re proud to have acquired this one-of-a-kind series from Pony Canyon and eager to premiere DARK GATHERING as a HIDIVE exclusive series in July,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “Japanese horror is truly unique in the genre as well as a true rarity in anime, so we’re thrilled

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. © Daisuke Aizawa, KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden First-Ever Dual World Premiere Event of Episode 1 in Both Sub (July 1) and Dub (July 4) Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://shadow-garden.jp/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto HIDIVE, AMC Network’s fast-growing anime streaming service and home to some of Japan’s hottest new series, announced today that it will host the world premiere of THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season (陰の実力者になりたくて!, Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) in Los Angeles, Calif. at next month’s Anime Expo, the largest annual anime convention in North America. Presented in partnership with Kadokawa, this first-ever dual world  premiere event features separate English subtitled and dub premieres of THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW 2nd Season Episode 1 on July 1 and July 4, respectively. Each premiere will include a post screening Q&A session. The July 1 subtitled premiere will include Japanese cast member

    Logo courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©2023 Aniplex of America Inc. Source: Aniplex of America press release Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America returns to Anime Expo 2023 with a star-studded schedule of special events, premieres, and guests at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 4th weekend. To see the full schedule of Aniplex of America events and special guests at Anime Expo 2023, visit: https://aniplexusa.com/ax2023/  Kicking off the festivities on Saturday, July 1st will be the world premiere of FATE/STRANGE FAKE -WHISPERS OF DAWN-, where fans will be the first to experience a new Holy Grail War in the western American city of Snowfield with the English dub screening presented by Aniplex of America. This exclusive event happening at the Main Events stage will have special appearances by directors Shun Enokido and Takahito Sakazume. Later in the day, join Aniplex

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese animated film I AM T-REX (我是霸王龙, Wo shi ba wang long, 2022). Directed by Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, this fantasy adventure for the whole family features an all-new English dub. After Fang, a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise, the king’s son, a young T-Rex, escapes. The T-Rex begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land — and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley. I

    Source: KADOKAWA CORPORATION Animation Group, Qdopp Media Relations press release   The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE has reunited for an exciting new project. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2020 Shogo Sugitani/KADOKAWA/Pompo Project The creative team behind POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE (映画大好きポンポさん, Eiga Daisuki Ponpo-san, 2021), a film that captured the hearts of many with its love for movies, has reunited for an exciting new project! Shingo Adachi, who is known for his work on LYCORIS RECOIL and SWORD ART ONLINE, will be in charge of character design. Kenta Matsukuma, who made his film music composition debut with POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE and went on to contribute to KAMEN RIDER BLACK SUN, will compose the music. Animation production will be handled by CLAP, whose latest work, THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES, was selected for the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This film marks

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its September slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. CALL OF THE NIGHT Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         325 min.Street Date:      9/5/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 After being bitten by the vampire Nazuna while wandering late at night, insomniac student Ko Yamori unhappily learns that he's NOT becoming a vampire himself. Apparently, if you're bitten by a vampire that you're not in love with, you just get a bloodthirsty friend instead of a supernatural blood connection.   But being vamped is one of the few things to ever intrigue Ko, so he makes it his goal to

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