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    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: https://seven55th.m-78.jp/ (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: https://gkids.com/ghiblifest/   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: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Godzilla-Tokyo-SOS?date=2023-03-22   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: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Godzilla-Against-Mechagodzilla?date=2022-11-03   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: https://www.ultraman-kikin.jp/ (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series 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: https://g-doan.net/(Japan), https://www.crunchyrollmovienight.com/ (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: https://seven55th.m-78.jp/ (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: https://www.aca-cinema-japan.com   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)

      Tsuburaya kicks off the 55th anniversary of Ultraseven this October. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: https://seven55th.m-78.jp/ (Japan) 55 years ago, there was a future... Fifty-five years before SHIN ULTRAMAN, there was an immortal hero who loved the Earth and mankind, standing between them and many alien invaders... His name is Ultraseven.   Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced of the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) with the anniversary logo and key art (both shown here) and the launch of the official website. The event kicks off this October, the month the ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) televsion series premiered in Japan.  Full details will be announced in the near future.   ■What Is ULTRASEVEN? In 1967, ULTRASEVEN was broadcast following the

    Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment press release Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Chris Johnsen   On July 10, 2022 Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to be a part of the annual, internationally celebrated ULTRAMAN DAY! As the exclusive North American home video distributor of the majority of the Ultraman series, Mill Creek boasts an unmatched deep catalog of Ultraman releases, featuring Complete Series sets, collectible SteelBook® titles, Movies & Specials Collections, all released over the past 4 years on DVD and high-definition Blu-ray™! In honor of Ultraman Day 2022, Mill Creek is offering ALL its Ultraman titles currently in stock at 50% off MSRP!   And that is not all! From 7/1-7/10, Mill Creek is holding DAILY “Enter-to-Win” contests via their social media accounts! Visit https://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt starting June 30 to enter. Each daily contest will

    Get 50% off all Ultraman Blu-rays and DVDs at DeepDiscount.com. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Chris Johnsen and Spencer Kopp   Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Ultraman Day 2022 is coming up fast on July 10, 2022!  To celebrate another year of everyone's favorite legendary warrior, Mill Creek Entertainment is having a GIGANTIC SALE on all Ultraman DVD's and Blu-rays, and a HUGE GIVEAWAY of Ultraman Blu-rays every day through July 10th.   Through July 10 50% off ALL Ultraman DVDs, Blu-rays, and Steelbooks on DeepDiscount.com (Movies, Complete Series, Steelbooks...EVERYTHING, including ULTRA Q and NEO ULTRA Q)   Through July 9 Daily Blu-ray Giveaways. Follow Mill Creek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for details on how to enter. Five winners per day. Each daily giveaway entry also

      Ultraman Z, Ultraman Trigger and Trigger Dark in ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS Ultraman Connection Event & Screening Tonight at 6:00pm PST Official Site: https://m-78.jp/trigger/episodez/ (Japan), ultramanconnection.com/ultraman-trigger-episode-z (US) Special Thanks to Tsuburaya Productions, Iceberg Theory Starlight Runner, and The Licensing Group Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS  The movie ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z (ウルトラマントリガー エピソードZ, Urutoraman Torigā Episōdo Zetto), following the story of the ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga, 2021-22) series, will have its international premiere today.  This story acts as an epilogue, set two years after the events of Trigger’s final battle against Megalothor, and will answer mysteries left in the wake of that struggle. What brings Kengo Manaka/Ultraman Trigger (Raiga Terasaka) back, and why Ultraman Z is once again fighting the forces of

      Photo courtesy of The Licensing Group. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS   Source: Ultraman Connection Official Site: ultramanconnection.com/ultraman-trigger-episode-z Special Thanks to Tsuburaya Productions, Iceberg Theory Starlight Runner, and The Licensing Group Ltd Ultraman Connection is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win tickets to the Ultraman Connection Watch Party - Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z Event & Screening on March 18th. This special streaming event will allow fans to enjoy the global premier of ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z with in-studio cast members Raiga Terasaka (Kengo Manaka/Ultraman Trigger), Runa Toyoda (Yuna Shizuma/Yuzare), and Kohshu Hirano (Haruki Natsukawa/Ultraman Z). Following the premier, there will be a discussion with additional details from the guests.   The Ultraman Connection Watch Party - Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z bundle can also be pre-ordered now for only $11.99. Pre-order "screening only" tickets

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee ONE PIECE, the  global hit anime series from Toei Animation, will air its 1,000th episode this November. To celebrate this franchise milestone, Toei Animation and Fathom Events will present ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD as a special two-night theatrical event on November 7 (English Dub) & November 9 (English Sub) in select U.S. theaters. This will be the first-ever U.S. theatrical release of ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD – the 2009 movie written by creator Eiichiro Oda and 10th film in the ONE PIECE franchise. As part of this special event, moviegoers will also experience the U.S. premiere of the ONE PIECE: MUGIWARA CHASE featurette.

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Celebrate Godzilla’s Birthday This November with a 48-hour Marathon and Godzilla vs. TokuSHOUTsu: Friday Night Kaiju, Featuring 17 Classic Kaiju Films Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin This November, celebrate 67 years of Godzilla with your fellow Kaiju and toku fans with two monstrous events on TokuSHOUTsu and Shout! Factory TV. Utilizing high-definition restorations of the films, these marathons mark the first time these titles are available on either channel. The party kicks off on November 3rd with a 48-hour Godzilla movie marathon starting at 12 am PT on Shout! Factory TV with 17 Kaiju films starting with GODZILLA, THE UNCUT JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA) with subsequent films, including GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955), airing in chronological order. Following the two-day birthday marathon, fans can keep the party going

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Jessica Xie This year Toho International, Inc. is celebrating Godzilla Day like never before with a bunch of fun-filled activities and merchandise! ●      On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the month-long celebrations kick off with screenings of 1954 GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) in 4K restoration. Exclusively screened at Alamo Drafthouse cinemas across the nation, including LA, NYC, San Francisco and many more, the 11/3 screenings of GODZILLA in 4K act as the film’s worldwide premiere. Alamo is also screening classic films GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, SHIN GODZILLA, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE during Godzilla’s birth-month. Find more info on the website here: drafthouse.com/los-angeles/movies/godzilla. ●      To continue celebrating the iconic monster’s 67th birthday, Toho has treated fans to all-new products to show off their true

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