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    Learn about threats facing the sea with Chibi Godzilla and his friends. Photo courtesy of Shinagawa Aquarium. © TOHO CO., LTD.   Source: Shinagawa Aquarium press release   Photo courtesy of Shinagawa Aquarium. © TOHO CO., LTD. Shinagawa Aquarium (Shinagawa, Tokyo; Director: Masakatsu Suzuki) will host "Chibi Godzilla and the Mystery Solving SDGs - Let's Protect the Richness of the Sea" (ちびゴジラと学ぶ謎解きSDGs -海のゆたかさをまもろう編-, Chibi Gojira to Manabu Nazotoki SDGs - Umi no Yutaka-sa o Mamorou-hen)  from Saturday, April 22 to Sunday May 21 to help children learn about marine environmental issues while also having fun solving a mystery.   This event was planned to commemorate the release of the new anime series CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ちびゴジラの逆襲, Chibi Gojira no Gyakushū).  It is an edutainment mystery game where visitors to the Shinagawa Aquarium, using a puzzle-solving kit, learn

    Source: Bay Area Film EventsOfficial Site:  Image courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan are pleased to present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival coming to the 4-Star Theater in San Francisco the weekend of July 21-23.  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guests, merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more! Details are still being finalized, but the theatrical screenings will include the award-winning hit SHIN ULTRAMAN (2022) and new 4K compilations from the original ULTRAMAN series. There will also be sales and giveaways of event-exclusive Ultraman collectibles! Much more infomation about this festival will be announced soon, so please check back here and visit the official site:     ULTRAFEST July 21-23, 2003

    Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Daisuke Aizawa・KADOKAWA/Shadow Garden On Friday afternoon anime fans were treated to a special edition of the HIDIVE Industry Panel as part of the streaming channel’s Anime Boston 2023 fan experience. On the heels of the North American premiere of【OSHI NO KO】(【推しの子】) Episode 1 earlier in the day, attendees were welcomed back to the Sheraton Boston Hotel by hosts HIDIVE’s Star Butler and Jacki Jing (THE CIRCLE). During the hour-long panel, the host duo announced a trio of acquisitions, shared upcoming English dubs and showcased new video content, including a greeting from the Japanese cast of URUSEI YATSURA. Topping the list of acquisition announcements was fan-favorite series THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW (陰の実力者になりたくて!,  Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!), which will return to HIDIVE for a second season. It will be joined by the new fantasy

    The Godzilla Real Escape Game will run an additional 2 months at the Atami Korakuen Hotel. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Author: Keith Aiken Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: Due to popular demand, the run of the "Godzilla Approaching: Hotel Escape" (ゴジラ迫るホテルからの脱出, Gojira Semaru Hoteru Kara no Dasshutsu) Real Escape Game in Atami has been extended by 2 months. Developed by SCRAP Co., Ltd. (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Takao Kato) in partnership with Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Representative: Takayuki Iwase), the game launched on Friday, May 27, 2022 and was originally scheduled to end on Sunday, March 26, 2023.  The event will now run through Sunday, May 28, 2023, giving participants a chance to flee from Godzilla during Japan's Golden Week holiday season (Saturday, April 29 - Friday, May 5). The

    Logo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS TSUBURAYA CONVENTION, the Biggest Festival for Tsuburaya Productions Fans, will be Held at Tokyo Dome City for the First Time in Four Years! Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Chairman and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) is pleased to announce TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2023 (aka ツブコン / TsubuCon), the largest celebration of all Tsuburaya Productions' works for fans. The first event was held in December 2019, and in 2021 a new presentation was held online due to the Corona pandemic. This time, as a real event to mobilize the audience, it will be held in Tokyo Dome City on November 25 and 26, 2023. Tsuburaya Productions will celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 12, 2023. At TsubuCon, cast members, characters, and creators from Tsuburaya Productions' works will appear to provide information

    Three generations of Mechagodzilla are featured on the new exclusive postcard for the Mechagodzilla Special Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Author: Keith Aiken Source: Pasona Group Co. Ltd. press release Official Site: The popular "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~) attraction at the "Nijigen no Mori" animation theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture, has announced an update to their current exhibit. Flying Mechagodzilla prop from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II. Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD. On December 3, 2022, the "Mechagodzilla Special Exhibition" (メカゴジラ特別展, Mekagojira Tokubetsu-ten)  featuring Mechagodzilla suits, props and photos from  movies like GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), opened in the "Godzilla Interception Operation's"

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. Source: Netflix press releaseSpecial Thanks to Patrick Sebastian Henkel Returning to Japan 2023, Netflix revealed their diverse slate of current and upcoming anime releases for 2023... Photo courtesy of Netflix. ŌOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERSSERIES Coming in 2023 Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga masterpiece Ōoku: The Inner Chambers will be adapted into an anime for the first time. Inspired by the Ōoku, the historic women’s quarters of the Edo Castle, this tale unravels the history of the inner chambers, where gender roles have been reversed. When a mysterious plague causes a rapid decline in the male population, the nation’s women are forced to take up the central roles of authority in Edo society. Curious as to why women take the names of men when succeeding the family line, Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, consults an archive of the Ōoku,

    Photo courtesy of The Mahoning Drive-In. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: The Mahoning Drive-In Theater, Exhumed FilmsOfficial Site: Thanks to Avery Guerra Get ready to rumble on June 29 - July 2 when Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, PA present GODZILLA-PALOOZA RAIDS AGAIN!   Prepare yourself for four gargantuan nights of giant monster mayhem on the big screen! See Godzilla and his friends take on some of their most colossal foes over one whopping weekend of epic battles and stomping destruction!   The Mahoning Drive-In Theater 635 Seneca RoadLehighton, PA 18235 Visit for FAQ.   Thursday, June 29th: GODZILLA VS MEGALON (1973)   Friday, June 30: TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975) MOTHRA (1961) GODZILLA 2000 (1999)

    Photos courtesy of HIDIVE. Weekend Line-Up Will Also Feature THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW English Dub Cast Panel and Special Screenings of both TSURUNE THE MOVIE: THE FIRST SHOT and RE:CYCLE OF THE PENGUINDRUMSource: HIDIVE press releaseSpecial Thanks to Scott Barretto In less than two weeks, HIDIVE will present one of its largest ever fan experiences at this year’s Anime Boston 2023 (April 7 – 9). Encompassing multiple panels, numerous screenings and bonus content, HIDIVE will be showcasing some of its top series and films set to debut online and in theaters this spring. The company’s event line-up kicks off on Thursday, April 7 at 11:30 am with the North American premiere of the special 90-minute first episode of【OSHI NO KO】ahead of the series’ global TV and streaming launch in Japan and on HIDIVE on April 12. Guests will be treated to a special pre-show video featuring the

      Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan) Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced the "ULTRASEVEN=6+1 Exhibition: The Future of Diversity as Seen by Alien Seven" (ULTRASEVEN=6+1展 ~宇宙人セブンが見た多様性の未来~, Urutorasebun = 6 + 1-ten ~ Uchūbito Sebun ga Mita Tayō-sei no Mirai ~) will be held at the PARCO South Building 9F in Nagoya City and at PARCO FACTORY on the 7th floor of the Ikebukuro PARCO main building in Tokyo. The event, which will explore the world of Ulraseven through contemporary art, is the latest part of the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) that kicked off last October, the month the ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) televsion series premiered in Japan.    What Is ULTRASEVEN? In 1967, ULTRASEVEN was broadcast following the conclusion of ULTRAMAN. In the early days of

      Image courtesy of GKIDS. © 2015-2023 GKIDS, INC. © 1988 STUDIO GHIBLI © 2022 Toho Co., Ltd. © 2008 Studio Ghibli - NDHDMT © 1989 Eiko Kadono - Studio Ghibli - N © 1984 Studio Ghibli - H © 1986 Studio Ghibli © 1997 Studio Ghibli - ND © 1992 Studio Ghibli - NN © 2013 Studio Ghibli - NDHDMTK © 2004 Studio Ghibli - NDDMT © 2001 STUDIO GHIBLI - NDDT Source: GKIDS press releaseOfficial Site:   Studio Ghibli Fest is back and bigger than ever! From March to November, experience all ten of Hayao Miyazaki's iconic animated films made at Studio Ghibli in this first-ever nationwide retrospective. Each film will have an exclusive selection from the documentary series 10 YEARS WITH HAYAO MIYAZAKI so you can step behind the scenes with the animation master. New to this year is

      Toho and Fathom Events present a nationwide screening of GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS on March 22nd! Photo courtesy of Toho. © & TM Toho Co., Ltd Screenings at 450+ Theaters Across the United States on March 22nd Author: Keith AikenSource: Fathom EventsOfficial Site:   Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © & TM Toho Co., Ltd   Following their successful "Godzilla Day" anniversary screening of director Masaaki Tezuka's GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA  (ゴジラ×メカゴジラ, Gojira × Mekagojira, 2002) last November 3rd, Toho Co., Ltd. and Fathom Events are partnering once again to bring the direct sequel, GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), to cinemas across the United States on Wednesday, March 22nd.  In addition to the main feature, this screening will include the computer animated short film, GODZILLA VS. GIGAN

      Toho and Fathom Events celebrate Godzilla Day with a nationwide screening of GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA on November 3rd! Photo courtesy of Toho. © & TM Toho Co., Ltd 20th Anniversary Screening at 450+ Theaters Across the United States on November 3rd! Author: Keith AikenSource: Fathom EventsOfficial Site:   Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © & TM Toho Co., Ltd   For Godzilla fans around the world, November 3rd is recognized as "Godzilla Day", the anniversary of the monster's first onscreen appearance in the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954). This year, Toho Co., Ltd. and Fathom Events are celebrating Godzilla Day with a special 20th anniversary screening of director Masaaki Tezuka's GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA  (ゴジラ×メカゴジラ, Gojira × Mekagojira, 2002).  In addition to the feature film, this screening will include Japanese content never before seen on the

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and Toei Animation have joined forces to activate two of the world’s most iconic anime titles at New York Comic Con from October 6-9, 2022 – DRAGON BALL SUPER and ONE PIECE. Located in the Toei Animation Booth 2537 at Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, Dim Mak and Toei Animation will present an immersive experience for fans to engage with their favorite characters while shopping the official merchandise exclusively unveiled at the event. Steve Aoki. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. DIM MAK x DRAGON BALL SUPER follows the Universe Survival Arc as Goku discovers and achieves power level “Ultra Instinct” to rescue the multiverse from instant annihilation. The action-packed collection

    Ultraman Z, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman and Ultraman Decker offer their support to sick children with the Ultrakids Project. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS In 2011, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. launched the “Ultraman Foundation” (ウルトラマン基金,  Urutoraman Kikin), an incorporated organization that helps chidlren dealing with trauma and health problems.  The Ultraman Foundation recently collaborated with Solaputi Kids' Camp on the “Ultrakids Project” (ウルトラキッズプロジェクト, Urutora Kizzu Purojekuto),  an online event for children who are being treated for serious and life-threatening diseases, struggling with surgery, and enduring painful medical procedures.  This event for "Ultrakids" was live streamed to 30 hospitals and medical facilities across Japan on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022. The Ultrakids Project kicked off with the “Ultra Hero Show ~ Support Ultra Heroes with Ultra Charge! ~

      Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 All Rights Reserved Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications  Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win THEY CRAWL BENEATH, the the practical effects-driven Sci-Fi creature feature  reminiscent of the fun horror films of the 1950s. Directed by Dale Fabrigar (D-RAILED, LONELY BOY), the nail-biting thriller stars Michael Pare (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), Joseph Almani (LAW OF ATTRACTION), Arthur Roberts (NOT OF THIS EARTH), Merrick McCartha (TWISTED TWIN), Karlee Eldridge (HOUSE OF BODIES), Elena Sahagun (TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION) and Natalia Bilbao (NO MAN’S LAW). Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 All Rights Reserved THEY CRAWL BENEATH had its world premiere at the Texas Frightmare Festival and will also be screening at the Horror Hotel Film Fest and the Halloween Horror Picture Show.  

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto All eyes will be on legendary anime studio Toei Animation when it takes over New York’s iconic Times Square as part its largest ever fan experience at this year’s New York Comic Con 2022. This showcase of franchise properties, including ONE PIECE FILM RED, DRAGON BALL SUPER and WORLD TRIGGER, will offer fans an array of experiences over four days from October 6 – 9 and will encompass celebrity panel, screenings, a Dim Mak pop-up, giant and life sized character displays  and more. Toei Animation’s event line-up kicks off on Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 pm with the U.S. Red Carpet Premiere of ONE PIECE FILM RED, which opens November 4 in theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The finale takeover event happens Saturday,

    Image courtesy of Shochiku. © SOTSU • SUNRISE Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.Author: Andrew Nguyen Official Site:, (US)   Image courtesy of Shochiku. © SOTSU • SUNRISE After defending its main headquarters in Jabruo, South America, the Earth Federation Forces prepare to launch an operation to capture Odessa, the headquarters of the Principality of Zeon’s Earth Attack Force and the key linchpin of Zeon’s supply network on Earth. Amuro Ray, the pilot of the titular Gundam mobile suit, and the White Base, an Earth Federation spaceship that he is serving on, head to Belfast to resupply before the operation. On the way to Belfast, the White Base is given a new mission; to head to an uninhabited island, commonly known as the "Island of No Return" to wipe out any Zeon stragglers. Amuro and his friends set out to search for any Zeon spies,

      Tsuburaya brings select 4K episodes of ULTRASEVEN to Japanese theaters this October. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced that five select episodes of the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) televsion series will be screened in 4K at sixteen theaters across Japan from Saturday, October 1st through Thursday, October 13th, 2022. The screenings will kick-off the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) celebration and mark the first time that ULTRASEVEN will be shown in 4K cinemas.   Ultraseven 55th Anniversary 4K Special Screening Information   Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Episode 7: SPACE PRISONER 303 (宇宙囚人303, Uchū Shūjin 303)   Director: Toshitsugu Suzuki Screenplay: Tetsuo Kinjo Special Effects: Toru Matoba        

    Photo courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. Ⓒ Dark Star Pictures, LLC 2022 Source: Dark Star Pictures press release MISSING (Sagasu, さがす, 2021) Japan, 2021 (In Japanese with English Subtitles), 124 Minutes Directed by: Shinzô Katayama Starring: Aoi Ito, Hiroya Shimizu, Misato Morita, Jirô Satô ****SPECIAL LOS ANGELES SCREENING WITH ACA CINEMA PROJECT **** Tuesday, September 27th at 5:00PM Followed by Zoom Q and A with filmmaker Shinzô Katayama Location: Harmony Gold Theater (7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) Further details:   Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting plan a US theatrical release for MISSING on November 4, 2022, an On Demand release on November 18, 2022, and the Blu Ray release for the film to follow on December 6, 2022. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Busan International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival. Depressed and in debt following the death of his wife, Santoshi (Jiro Sato)

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