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    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:  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:  https://ghostxghost.com/products/ghidorah-the-three-headed-monster-t-shirt-preorder  

    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

    Source: The "Sea and Japan Project" Public Relations Office press release Official Site: https://okinawa.uminohi.jp/event/machinaka2023/   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

    Photo courtesy of Spiral Toy. © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Spiral Toy press release “Serizawa’s got that lizard juiced!” - Rick Stanton (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) Spiral Studio is proud to present the second Artisan Dynasty release from Spiral Toy! Made in collaboration with designers Kazumitsu Akamatsu and Masami Yamada.  AD-GZ19002: Godzilla (2019) is cast in a silver glitter-infused clear vinyl. Using interior and exterior clear paint, Akamatsu-sensei and Yamada-sensei have managed to capture Godzilla’s signature look and retain the charm of its sparkling effect!    This release is exclusive to the Spiral Toy website.     PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  ・Product Code: AD-G19C2 ・Price: $225.00 ・Dimensions - H: 25cm / W: 12 cm / L: 25 cm  ・Materials: Silver Glitter-Infused Clear Soft Vinyl  ・Edition Size: 200 Units  ・Est. Arrival: December 2023 Photo courtesy

    Young children can make their own Chibi Godzilla crafts at the Nijigen no Mori theme park. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. The "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" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture will add a new Godzilla-themed venue where preschool age children can enjoy their first handcrafting experience with their families and friends. Entitled “Chibi Godzilla Good Friends" (ちびゴジラなかよしこうさく, Chibi Gojira Nakayoshi Kōsaku), the attraction will lauch on Saturday, July 8 and become a permanent part of "Godzilla Interception Operation," continuing after the end of the park's summer "Awaji GODZILLA Festival".

      Photos courtesy of Youtooz. © 2021 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary   Source:  Youtooz Special Thanks to Austin Long and Aylin Senem Piskin Since  2021, the collectibles company Yootooz has produced and released three waves of Godzilla figures; two based on the Legendary/Warner Bros.' film GODZILLA VS KONG and the third based on the classic movies from Toho. These figures are available from Youtooz.com and retailers (including Amazon, BigBadToyStore, and Entertainment Earth) in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. New Godzilla items are in the works with details to be announced at a later date.   Photo courtesy of Youtooz. © 2021 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary GODZILLA VS. KONG Drop 1 Released September 10, 2021.  

      Kakiyasu Honten has partnered with Godzilla for a limited restaurant collaboration. Photo courtesy of Kakiyasu Honten Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD. ©KAKIYASU HONTEN   Source: Kakiyasu Honten Co., Ltd. press release Kakiyasu Honten Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture / President: Yasumasa Akatsuka) is a general food company whose history stretches back more than 150 years with the opening of their first Gyunabe-ya ( a beef hot-pot restaurant) in 1871. In the year's since, the company has expanded to cover take-out, home cooking, dressed meats, delicatessens, Japanese confectionery, processed foods, and traditional-style restaurants that have become known for their popular shigure (beef and other foods boiled and simmered in soy sauce) dishes. This week, Kakiyasu has released their first collaboration product with Godzilla,  the world's favorite giant monster produced and licensed by Toho Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo / President: Hiroyasu Matsuoka). The "Godzilla Japanese

      Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Source:  Ghost X Ghost Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher  Ghost X Ghost has released several licensed enamel pins of Godzilla and other Toho monsters...  ■ Hedorah Head Soft Enamel Pin Soft enamel pin on black metal, approx. 2" wide, with double posts and rubber clutches, bagged on a card back.  Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Designed by Christian Gonzalez Price: $12.00 Order Link:  https://ghostxghost.com/products/hedorah-head-soft-enamel-pin                    ■ Hedorah METALCROPOLIS Logo Soft Enamel Pin Soft enamel pin on black metal, approx. 3" wide, with double posts and rubber clutches, bagged on a card back. Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM &

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releasesOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ See a live performance of the GODZIBAN puppet show! Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. On June 10th, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture kicked off the "Awaji GODZILLA Festival", a summer fest offering exclusive events, games, exhibitions, merchandise and foods to Godzilla fans. The festival expands on the park's "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 ~), a permanent attraction centered around a life-size Shin Godzilla, 120 meters long, which has landed on Awaji Island. Participants become members of the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster  (NIGOD) and take on missions such as a zipline, in which participants plunge into Godzilla's meticulously detailed body, and a shooting game in which they

    Source: The "Sea and Japan Project" Public Relations Office press release Official Site: https://okinawa.uminohi.jp/event/machinaka2023/   Photo courtesy of the Nippon Foundation. © TOHO CO., LTD. The Nippon Foundation's "Sea and Japan Project" is hosting their second annual Godzilla-themed event in Okinawa*. Entitled "Godzilla vs. Okinawa Raids Again" (ゴジラ対沖縄の逆襲, Gojira Tai Okinawa no Gyakushū), the event will be held from June 17 - August 20 at locations featured in the 1974 movie GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira), among them the Gyokusendo limestone cave in Okinawa World, Cape Manzamo, and the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle on Kokusaidori Street in Naha. Participants can take part in a free stamp rally at 10 stores on Kokusaidori, get limited edition "red seals" (a collectible Shinto seal stamp) available exclusive at Shuri Castle, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and other local facilities; and encounter a life-size Godzilla appearing via AR at the Manzamo Area Revitalization

    Photo courtesy of CAVITYCOLORS. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  CAVITYCOLORS Special Thanks to Henry Chapman CAVITYCOLORS has released their Godzilla Heisei Era Monster Series Part 2 line of shirts, featuring stunning artwork of the 1990s versions of Godzilla and his foes. These shirts can be ordered at https://cavitycolors.com/collections/godzilla-legacy-series.   Photo courtesy of CAVITYCOLORS. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. GODZILLA: HEISEI ERA - T-SHIRT Art by: Yannick Bouchard Unisex black t-shirt  XS - 5X 100% cotton $30 Available on June 13th at 5:00pm EST                         Photo courtesy of CAVITYCOLORS. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. GODZILLA: HEISEI ERA - CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT Art by: Yannick Bouchard Unisex black crewneck sweater XS

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE We have another update on the upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35), courtesy of production companies 3Y Film and MRTS, with the first teaser trailer, two new posters, and a new addition to the movie's cast.   HOSHI 35 is directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964). The movie is using traditional Japanese FX techniques (aka tokusatsu), and features a cast comprised of fan favorite genre stars. It is scheduled for release in Japan in October 2023.   The film's teaser trailer offers the first look at the long-awaited return of Godzilla Heisei Series actress Megumi Odaka. In 1987, Ms. Odaka won the second Toho Cinderella Grand Prix, an competition for aspiring actresses, and soon began acting in movies and TV shows. Her most famous role was

    Enjoy the World of Godzilla and Japanese CultureSource: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Through July 17th, 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" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture is hosting the "Awaji GODZILLA Festival" for fans to further enjoy the world of Godzilla and Japanese culture. During the event, visitors who purchase the "Special Set Ticket" (スペシャルセット券,  Supesharu Settoken) can enjoy two exciting games, including the "Yumiya Challenge" (弓矢チャレンジ, Yumiya Charenji), an archery competition which recreates the story of "Godzilla Interception Operation," and the "Tosenkyo Challenge" (投扇興 「とうせんきょう」ゲーム,  Tō ōgi Kyō 「Tōsen Kyō」 Gēmu), a traditional Japanese fan-tossing game.  According to their results, players will be awarded gorgeous

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a collection of three Godzilla Vinimates Two Packs. Each Pack includes 2 articulated 4″ vinyl figures designed by Barry Bradfield, packaged in a full-color window box. Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84616) ● Godzilla 1954 black-and-white figure from the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) ● Godzilla 1999 from GODZILLA 2000 ( ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999) Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84617) ● Godzilla 1962 from KING KONG VS GODZILLA (キングコング対ゴジラ, Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira, 1962) ● Mechagodzilla from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira, 1974) Godzilla Vinimates Two Pack (SKU: 84618) ● Godzilla 1995 (Burning Godzilla) from GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH (ゴジラVSデストロイア, Gojira Tai Desutoroia,

    Source: Shogakukan Inc. Official Website: https://serai.jp/ (Japan) Cover of the July 2023 issue of Serai. Photo courtesy of Shogakukan. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.  Nostalgic but new!  The July issue of Shogakukan's Super Premium Magazine Serai (サライ, Serai) offers a feature article on FX legend Eiji Tsuburaya plus a special supplement of painted postcards depicting Tsuburaya's Ultraman characters.The main article is "Eiji Tsuburaya, Pioneer of Japanese Special Effects " (円谷英二が拓いたニッポンの特撮, Tsuburaya Eiji ga Hiraita Nihon no Tokusatsu). As the creator of the internationally renowned icons Godzilla and Ultraman, Tsuburaya became known as the "god of special effects". He was born on July 7, which is now called "Special Effects Day" in Japan. The Super Premium Magazine Serai article looks back at the history of special effects from a modern perspective  and the influence of Eiji Tsuburaya on later generations of filmmakers and artists.

    Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher  The King of the Monsters comes to the stage in the next METALCROPOLIS t-shirt from Ghost X Ghost! With art by Jason Edmiston and logo by Christophe Szpaidel, it is available for pre-order until Friday, June 16 at Noon PST. Ghost X Ghost! also have their first pin of the King himself, designed by Christian Gonzalez.   ■ Godzilla METALCROPOLIS T-Shirt  Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, has been reimagined as a metal band! This is the latest in our METALCROPOLIS series of designs- taking your favorite characters, and making them METAL! Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt. This is a pre-order timed edition, available from Friday, June 9th until Friday, June 16th at noon PST.  

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