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    The Godzilla Real Escape Game will run an additional 2 months at the Atami Korakuen Hotel. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: For much more information about the Godzilla Real Escape Game, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. 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), has announced the extension of the one-day course of the Real Escape Game "Godzilla Approaching: Hotel Escape" (ゴジラ迫るホテルからの脱出, Gojira Semaru Hoteru Kara no Dasshutsu). Also known as "Atami Godzilla Escape" (熱海ゴジラ脱出, Atami Gojira Dasshutsu), the Godzilla event is being held at Atami Bay Resort Korakuen, a popular tourist retreat complex that includes the Atami Korakuen Hotel, which opened 1965. Atami was the site of the final battle in the 1962

    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

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd.   The first wave of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) merchandising has been revealed by Toho and Bandai...   Theater Advance Merchandise Sales of GODZILLA MINUS ONE theater advance merchandise begin on Friday, July 14 at theaters across Japan, Godzilla Store locations (Tokyo, Osaka) and the store's official website, and "The Visual World-crafting of YAMAZAKI Takashi, Film Director" exhibition at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art.   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ■ Godzilla-1.0 Sticker Set (ゴジラ-1.0ステッカーセット, Gojira Mainasu Wan Sutekkā Setto) Price: ¥550 (Approximately $3.98 U.S., Tax Included) Release Date: July 14, 2023 Sticker Sizes: 10 x 9.3cm (3.9 x 3.6 Inches), 8 x 9.3cm (3.1 x 3.6 Inches), 8.5 x 9.8cm (3.3 x H2 Inches), 5.5 x 10cm (2.2 x 3.9 Inches) Package

    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: (Japan), (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

    Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary ©2023 - I.M.P.S. (Brussels) Source: 60out Immersive Entertainment Center press release Special Thanks to Jane Gillespie Immersive entertainment in Southern California is about to be transformed as award-winning 60out Immersive Entertainment Center – a leader in the industry and a favorite of celebrities – has opened a state-of-the-art flagship location at HHLA (the former Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.) This highly anticipated 60out will be the largest and most innovative immersive entertainment center on the west coast, blending the latest technology, pop culture, and spectacle. Hotel on Road 66. Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. 60out at HHLA will feature six cutting-edge experiences – including official escape rooms for The Smurfs and

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Official Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: Special Thanks to Takehiro Yamamoto   A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Japanese teaser poster. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Seven years after SHIN GODZILLA, the worst "despair" in history strikes.From zero to minus, Godzilla strikes down Japan!A 70th anniversary commemorative film by director Takashi Yamazaki! Toho has provided SciFi Japan with the official press release and poster art for GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), the upcoming film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla's birth. The movie will be released in Japan on November 3, 2023. The worst despair in the series' history strikes Japan!After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero.Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state.The most desperate situation in the history of

    Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI Source: MIXI Corporation press release Kotodaman Official Website: Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI MIXI Co., Ltd. (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Hiroki Kimura) will collaborate with Godzilla for the first time on July 10th with their hit word-fighting smartphone app "Kyoudou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman" (共闘ことばRPG コトダマン, Kyōtō Kotoba RPG Kotodaman). Developed by Sega, Kotodaman is a free RPG in which players compete by solving Japanese slang word puzzles to unleash attacks on yheir opponents. Since its launch in 2018, the game has run partnerships with other popular Japanese bards such as Persona and Kamen Rider.  In this collaboration, Godzilla will attack Kotodaman's annual summer festival "God in Japan"! (ゴッドインジャパン,  Goddo In Japan) and be featured in a new version of the "Great Defeat Event" (大討伐イベント, Daitōbatsu Ibento),

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson Super7 is heading to San Diego Comic Con, July 19–23, with a selection of Godzilla exclusives! Visit the Super7 Booth #2543 to purchase the following items... Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction King Ghidorah and Hedorah Figures The sun shines longest these summer days, but once the sun finally goes down, the SDCC edition Toho ReAction Figures of King Ghidorah and Hedorah can light up the night with their otherworldly glow!   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction Godzilla 1954 With Tokyo Train Figure We know Godzilla collectors are just

    The Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is a large-scale GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS diorama on display. Photo courtesy of Washington Hotel Shinjuku. TM & © TOHO CO. Hotel Presents Second Installment of the Popular Giant Godzilla Diorama with Realistic Sounds Source: Fujita Kanko, Inc. press releases Official Site: Special Thanks to Honda-san (Shinjuku Washington Hotel) The Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo, known for its Godzilla-themed rooms and the giant Godzilla head on its 8th floor terrace, has updated the special Godzilla diorama installed on the building's 8th floor lobby. Photo courtesy of Washington Hotel Shinjuku. TM & © TOHO CO. The first diorama was first exhibited on March 1st of this year and featured a Godzilla design based on the Heisei "VS" Series of the 1990s. Many visitors from Japan and abroad enjoyed the elaborately re-created world of "Godzilla" with the monster's sharp teeth, eyes, and facial expressions, as

    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: (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 " 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

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. At Nijigen No Mori theme park's popular attraction, "Godzilla Interception Operation" (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 ~), the emergency special mission "Splash Godzilla" (スプラッシュ ゴジラ,  Supurasshu Gojira) will be held for a limited time from Saturday, July 1st to Sunday, October 1st. "Splash Godzilla" is a summertime expansion of the park's Godzilla's zip line ride. Surprisingly, it is confirmed that the body temperature of Godzilla, which lies dormant on Nijigen no Mori, Awaji Island, has risen sharply! At NIGOD (National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster) the decision is made to launch "Splash Godzilla", which sprays a large amount of water to cool Godzilla. Participants glide on a zip line as a member of the team and examine Godzilla's body

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   REBIRTH OF MOTHRA Trilogy star Megumi Kobayashi has joined the cast of HOSHI 35. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. 3Y Film and MRTS have announced that Megumi Kobayashi has been added to the cast of their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). Ms. Kobayashi is a model, actress and singer who performs Jazz under the stage name meg. She starred in Toho's REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (モスラ, Mosura, 1996),  REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II (モスラ2 海底の大決戦, Mosura Tsū Kaitei no Daikessen, 1997) and REBIRTH OF MOTHRA III (モスラ 3 キングギドラ来襲, Mosura Surī Kingu Gidora Raishū, 1998) as Moll, one of the Elias, the tiny priestesses of Mothra in the trilogy.  She also had a supporting role in the 2006 film, GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち〜ガメラ〜, Chīsaki Yūshatachi 〜 Gamera 〜) as Miyuki Aizawa, the mother of the

    DeAgostini Japan is releasing a magazine/figure collection with over 60 Toho monsters in a unified 1/700 scale. Photo courtesy of DeAgostini Japan. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: DeAgostini Japan press releaseOfficial Website: Cover for the first issue. Photo courtesy of DeAgostini Japan. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. The collectibles company DeAgostini Japan will begin selling their bi-weekly magazine Toho Monsters Collection (東宝怪獣コレクション,  Tōhō Kaijū Korekushon) at bookstores across Japan and on the official DeAgostini website from Saturday, August 12, 2023. This is the first collection in the history of Toho's Godzilla franchise to feature over 60 different Toho monster figures in a unified 1/700 scale, with each issue packaged with a monster or piece of a larger figure. Various Godzillas and monsters from differentt generations will be included in this collection, with authentic specifications that pay close attention to modeling, coloring, and

    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: (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:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher King Ghidorah finally arrives at Ghost X Ghost, thanks to Tom Whalen and his fantastic t-shirt and poster art! Shirt PREORDERS run for 7 DAYS until July 7th at NOON PST. Poster is a PREORDER, with an edition of 100.   ■ GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER T-Shirt  Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan team up against GHIDORAH, the THREE-HEADED MONSTER in this limited edition t-shirt by Tom Whalen! Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt. This is a pre-order timed edition, available from Friday, June 30th until Friday, July 7th at noon PST.   ESTIMATED DELIVERY - Q3 2023 Illustration by Tom Whalen Printed by Bay Merch Price: $30.00 Order Link:  

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©Bird Studio/Shueisha ©SAND LAND Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (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

    Source: The "Sea and Japan Project" Public Relations Office press release Official Site:   Photo courtesy of the Nippon Foundation. © TOHO CO., LTD. Running through August 20th, "Godzilla vs. Okinawa Raids Again" (ゴジラ対沖縄の逆襲, Gojira Tai Okinawa no Gyakushū) is the second annual Godzilla-themed event* in Okinawa hosted by the Nippon Foundation's "Sea and Japan Project" to combat litter on the island and its surrounding waters. In partnership with Little Monsters Co., Ltd. the event held the "Operation Machinaka Garbage Pickup" (まちなかごみ拾い大作戦, Machinaka Gomi Hiroi Daisakusen) on Saturday, June 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. On that day, Fifteen volunteers gathered in front of the Tenbusu Naha on Kokusaidori Street, a popular destination for locals and tourists. Despite the rain, the event went off without a hitch as participants collected 25 bags (30 liters) of trash in 3 hours. There were many plastic

    Photo courtesy of Spiral Studio. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary Photo courtesy of Spiral Studio. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary Source: Spiral Studio Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Ash S "Mothra, Queen of the Monsters" - Dr. Ilene Chen The collectibles company Spiral Studio Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and large, high-res photos of the latest statue in their Ultimate Masterline Series. Following the releases of King Ghidorah (2019) and Burning Godzilla (2019) under the "Battle in Boston Series", here comes Queen of the Monsters herself... Mothra 2019 (Imago Form) from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Spiral Studio proudly presents Mothra 2019 (Imago Form) in two versions - ST-MIS005: Standard Edition and ST-MIS006: Mystical Edition

    Toho Studios is looking to eliminate all CO2 emissions from electricity usage. Photo courtesy of Toho Co.; Ltd. © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Toho Co., Ltd. and JERA Co., Inc. are pleased to announce that they have signed a basic agreement as part of their efforts to achieve zero CO2 emissions from electricity consumption at Toho Studios, one of the largest film studios in Japan. Toho, internationally known for its business in the entertainment field centered on movies, and JERA, an energy company pioneering efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions in the energy field, have agreed to gradually introduce "24/7 Carbon Free Electricity"「24/7(twenty-four seven)カーボンフリー電力, 24/7 (twenty-four-seven) Kābon Furī Denryoku」at Toho Studios from FY2024 as part of efforts to achieve zero CO2 emissions from power consumption at Toho Studios.  Through this initiative, the two companies will continue to work toward the realization of a

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Super7 has revealed the next figure in their Super7 Super Cyborg line. The preorder and street dates will be announced soon. Super7 Super Cyborg Toho Clear Mechagodzilla Figure The latest Super7 Super Cyborg brings you the 11” tall Toho clear Mechagodzilla features nine points of articulation including a hinged jaw and Cross Attack Beam laser chest panel, a see-through plastic shell, and five removable panels that expose the inner workings of its arms, legs, and torso! Arriving this Fall! Inspired by the 1974 film GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA Figure is 11” scale with ninee points of articulation Features see-through plastic shell and five removable panels The perfect gift for any Godzilla fan

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