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    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release THE CAT RETURNS and WHISPER OF THE HEART, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on March 16, 2021 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers. With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America. THE CAT RETURNS and WHISPER OF THE HEART now join SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Mill Creek Entertainment's transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE is pleased to announce the availability of the ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S set to purchase and stream exclusively in high-definition on movieSPREE’s website and apps, ahead of the release on Blu-ray! This Ultra collection contains the complete series of ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガS, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014) along with the theatrical feature ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! THE 10 ULTRA WARRIORS! (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガS 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) as well as the bonus miniseries ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (ウルトラファイトオーブ 親子の力、おかりします!, Urutorafaito Ōbu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2015) in one Ultra-impressive collection for only $39.99! Purchase and add to your movieSPREE library at Ultraman Ginga/Ginga S + Ultra Fight Victory - Series &

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Ryûhei Kitamura’s VERSUS (-ヴァーサス-, Vāsasu, 2000). A relentless one-of-a-kind sensory assault chock-full of hyper-kinetic fight scenes, gangster shootouts, sword-slashing violence and gory zombie horror, VERSUS was a key title amongst the barrage of innovative horror and action movies that appeared as if from nowhere from Japan at the turn of the millennium, leading to a new wave of appreciation for Asian extreme cinema. The VERSUS Blu-ray will be released December 8 by Arrow Video US. The set features new High Definition (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the original 2000 cut and 2004’s ULTIMATE VERSUS, featuring over 10 minutes of new

    Come to the land where gods and mankind reside together! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce that the action-packed FATE/GRAND ORDER ABSOLUTE DEMONIC FRONT: BABYLONIA (Fate/Grand Order -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア-, Feito/Gurando Ōdā -Zettai Majuu Sensen Babironia, 2019-20) will be receiving two Blu-ray box set releases in 2021. Each box set will be housed in a sleek box featuring an exclusive illustration by character designer Tomoaki Takase (OCCULTIC;NINE, SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND) containing three Blu-ray discs with PVs, CMs, textless opening and endings, as well as web previews. Box set I features the first half of the series (episodes 00-11) in both the original Japanese and English audio, plus recap episodes I and II in Japanese, along with a special booklet

    A mysterious invitation turns Kaname Sudo’s world upside down in an unpredictable battle of superpowers! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), darwinsgame-anime.comm (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is excited to announce the release of DARWIN’S GAME (ダーウィンズゲーム, Dāwinzu Gēmu) as a complete Blu-ray set on March 16, 2021. The set will contain all eleven episodes of the thrilling series in both English and Japanese audio, along with web previews, and textless opening and ending on three Blu-ray discs. Featuring an electrifying box art illustration by character designer Kazuya Nakanishi, the complete Blu-ray set includes a special booklet with character information. Adapted from the original manga series by FLIPFLOPs, which was serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Champion by AKITASHOTEN, the animated series premiered in January 2020 and was produced by studio Nexus (COMIC GIRLS, GRANBELM) and directed

    FOOD WARS! THE FOURTH PLATE! Available February 23rd Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its February slate of releases which includes the fourth season of Sentai Filmworks smash hit series, FOOD WARS!, available on Blu-ray February 23rd with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release… TWITTERING BIRDS NEVER FLY ~ THE CLOUDS GATHER Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 85 min. Street Date: 2/2/2021 Format: BD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

    Kamihama City, the city where Magical Girls and Uwasa are gathering. Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America has announced the latest addition to their Blu-ray catalogue: MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY (マギアレコード 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ外伝, Magia Rekōdo: Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Gaiden, 2020) Blu-ray Vol. 1. The Blu-ray set will be released on March 16, 2021 with all thirteen episodes from season one in both English and Japanese audio on three Blu-ray discs along with all four versions of the textless openings and ending, trailers, commercials, and the adorable animated “Magia Report” commercials. Featuring package illustrations by character designer Junichiro Taniguchi, the set also comes with an exclusive booklet featuring end card illustrations from every episode, as well as a soundtrack CD. The

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced that it acquired MAJESTIC PRINCE: GENETIC AWAKENING (マジェスティックプリンス 覚醒の遺伝子, Ginga Kikōtai Majesutikku Purinsu Kakusei no Idenshi, 2016), the feature-length successor to the popular MAJESTIC PRINCE anime series, for release in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Team Rabbits returns with even more mecha and combat action. Their leader, Izuru, has fallen into a coma following critical injuries he sustained in a fierce battle with his sworn enemy, Jiart. Now Asagi steps up to command Team Rabbits, but does he have what it takes to live up to his brother Izuru’s legacy? There’s no time for second-guessing as Asagai and Team Rabbits take the ultimate stand against a terrifying new enemy, the likes of which they’ve never faced. Explosive mecha action unfolds against a backdrop of alien warfare and gripping

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired KAIJI, the amusingly sinister, 52-episode survival series produced by Madhouse and based on the manga of the same name. Sentai previously licensed KAIJI spinoff series, MR. TONEGAWA – MIDDLE MANAGEMENT BLUES -. Sentai will distribute the series in the Unites States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central America, South American, South Africa, Spain and Portugal. Kaiji Ito has serious issues. Not only is he a social misfit, but he’s also a deadbeat petty gambler. After he gets duped into co-signing a loan for his friend, he’s stuck owing the Yakuza millions! Things start looking up when he’s given the opportunity to win his life back by gambling with other lucky participants on a mysterious casino ship, but he quickly realizes that more than just money is at

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to VENUS WARS (ヴイナス戦記, Vinasu Senki, 1989), hailed by critics for its importance in forging Japanese anime’s popularity in the West. Sentai will distribute the film in the United States, Canada and Mexico. When war breaks out between the Venusian nations of Ishtar and Aphrodia, hotheaded motorcyclist Hiro Seno and bubbly reporter Susan Sommers find themselves caught in the crossfire and trapped behind enemy lines. As Susan desperately broadcasts the realities of war to the masses, Hiro must put aside his aversion to warfare and fight not only for his life, but for the life of every last citizen of Venus. Produced by Triangle Staff (SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN), VENUS WARS is directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the film’s original creator who also serves as the film’s scriptwriter and character designer. The

    Source: Arrow Films Special Thanks to James Flower Often cited as one of the best films of the 2000s and possibly the definitive example of extreme Asian cinema, OLDBOY (올드보이, Oldeuboi, 2003) is a brutal, lyrical modern classic of the revenge genre. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors… Directed with immense flair by Park

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (반도, Bando, 2020), the next nail-biting chapter in director Yeon Sang-ho’s acclaimed TRAIN TO BUSAN Korean zombie saga. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best– or worst — of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances. TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA debuts on 4K Ultra Combo Pack (SLP: $34.98), Blu-ray Combo Pack (SLP: $29.98) and DVD (SLP: $24.98) November 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film comes

    Source: Wright Film press release Special Thanks to Tanaka Hara You still don’t know all of the epic story… Walt Disney Japan Co., Ltd. has announced that NEW KABUKI: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (新作歌舞伎『風の谷のナウシカ』, Shinsaku Kabuki Kaze no Tani no Naushika) will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on January 20, 2021. The live stage performance ran from December 6-25, 2019 at the Shinbashi Enbujo theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Tickets for the shows sold out in a single same day. The kabuki show is based on Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki’s 1982 manga series masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Windm which Mayazki adapted into a internationally acclaimed anime feature film in 1984. The live version presents all seven volumes of the manga, including major story elements that were not depicted in the

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new KAIJU CLASH DOUBLE FEATURE Blu-ray containing REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS and RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS. The two daikaiju films were written, produced and directed by Shinpei Hayashiya. REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS (深海獣レイゴー, Shinkaijū Reigō, 2005/2008) is set during World War II. The battleship Yamato, the largest and strongest of its time, is on patrol when a lookout spots a massive shape half-submerged in the distance. Believing it to be an enemy submarine, they fire and score a direct hit. But they are shocked when the object emits a strange cry as it sinks beneath the waves. Soon after, something much bigger arrives, the massive kaiju Reigo, seething

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for ULTRAMAN 55TH ANNIVERSARY ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES: ULTRAMAN MovieNEX Release (ウルトラマン55周年記念ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES『ウルトラマン』MovieNEX発売, Urutoraman 55 Shūnenkinen ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES “Urutoraman” MovieNEX Hatsuba), a deluxe Blu-ray box set which will be available in Japan on November 25. ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu) is the gold standard of Japanese special effects television series. At the time of its original broadcast in 1966, it recorded an audience rating high of 42.8%. Even now, 55 years after the hero’s debut, new generations of Ultraman are born, and the franchise has expanded to the whole world. Using the latest technology, the 39 episodes that are the starting point for the immortal giant hero have been restored to the clearest possible image quality. In addition, the

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Sogo Ishii`s BURST CITY (爆裂都市 BURST CITY, Bakuretsu Toshi Bāsuto Shiti, 1982). The movie is an explosive Molotov cocktail of dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and riotous performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU. In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear power plant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf. The BURST CITY Blu-ray

    BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Available January 19th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its January slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks action-packed assassin anime BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, available on Blu-ray January 19th. Product details follow, in order of release... BLACK BULLET Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 1/5/2021 Format: BD Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 The Gastrea virus spreads like wildfire, causing each infected host to rapidly mutate, gaining new powers and abilities with every stage of development, even while they continue to attack, kill and infect multiple new hosts. Unable to fight a pandemic enemy that turns defenders into adversaries, the shocked remnants of the human race are forced to retreat into cities surrounded by giant monoliths made of Varanium,

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Following an exclusive North American streaming acquisition from Mill Creek Entertainment and Indigo Entertainment earlier this year, Shout! Factory TV will release its first collection of films and series from Tsuburaya Productions’ iconic Ultraman library November 1 on both Shout! Factory TV platforms and Shout’s Tokusatsu channel TokuSHOUTsu, available on Pluto TV. The first offering from the beloved and renowned library will include five complete television series and two films spanning over 50 years of historic fandom, from the first of the Ultraman series, 1966’s ULTRA Q, to the 2018 ULTRAMAN GEED film. The full offering launching November 1 includes series ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN, ULTRASEVEN, ULTRAMAN ORB and ULTRAMAN GEED alongside films ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE: LET ME BORROW THE POWER OF BONDS! and ULTRAMAN GEED THE MOVIE: CONNECT THE WISHES! Classic Ultraman series ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN

    Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler In August, Arrow Films released GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a deluxe Blu-ray box set of the entire Gamera movie series. The limited edition set quickly sold out so Arrow will be reissuing the discs in two standard box sets and a special edition SteelBook. While the new sets will not come with the printed bonus content (books, map, art cards) packaged with THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, the discs will have all of the extras from the limited edition. There will also be High Definition (1080p) versions of all twelve films, with lossless original Japanese audio and a complete collection of English dub tracks, including classic American International dubs on the Showa era films remastered from original MGM elements. The Showa box will include the first eight movies: GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER (大怪獣ガメラ, Daikaijū Gamera,

    The sixth classic ULTRAMAN series gets its North American, high-definition debut! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Minneapolis, MN (October 22, 2020) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next release from the Ultraman superhero library! ULTRAMAN TARO (ウルトラマンタロウ, Urutoraman Tarō) will arrive on Blu-ray as both a special edition SteelBook® for $55.99 and in standard packaging for $45.99 on January 12, 2021. This release denotes the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the entire available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. ULTRAMAN TARO is the sixth entry in the Ultraman series, premiering in Japan in April 1973. After being

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