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    Photo courtesy of Gen X Games. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Gen X Games Special Thanks to Jaime LC The Spanish company Gen X Games has published a trio of Godzilla card and board games, based on the classic Toho franchise and the two most recent Monsterverse films...   Photo courtesy of Gen X Games. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. GODZILLA TOTAL WAR TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Choose a Kaiju, engage in an epic battle and prove who is the strongest! GODZILLA TOTAL WAR is an easy to learn, quick to set up and fun to play card game based on the movie GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. Choose one of the 12 Kaijus from the Toho films  and join the battle. Play cards and special hits to eliminate your opponents faster. Fight the legendary monsters

    Godzilla crawls through Kamata in production art for SHIN Godzilla, drawn by the film's co-director, Shinji Higuchi. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Film and special effects director Shinji Higuchi’s mind revealed over more than 600 pages! Source:  PIE International press release PIE International has announced the publication of Shinji Higuchi Special Effect's Field Notes: Visual Plans and Sketches, an art book by the popular film director and special effects director, Born on September 22, 1965, Higuchi made his movie industry debut working on the 1984 film THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira). In 1995, he worked as a special effects director on GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera: Daikaijū Kūchū Kessen), for which he won the Japan Academy Awards Special Award. In addition, Higuchi has worked on many hit movies, including the Evangelion series, creating storyboards and image boards. His major

    Bushin, the new Daimajin, joins forces with the Yokai in THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   SRS Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of Kadokkawa Pictures' THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu, 2021), director Takashi Miike's sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the Yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS brings back many of the classic Yokai from folklore and the earlier movies. It also introduces Bushin, a new interpretation of of the ancient god Daimajin from Daiei's 1966 movie trilogy.   In the year 20xx, cities located along the Fossa Magna,

    Photo courtesy of FYE. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Monsterverse © LEGENDARY Source: FYESpecial Thanks to Andrew Gunther and Eric Rosenfield   The pop culture retailer FYE (For Your Entertainment) has provided SciFi Japan with information and large photos of their Godzilla exclusive collectibles. These items  --many now marked down from their SRPs --  can be purchased from FYE stores and fye.com/. FYE is planning another wave of Godzilla items for this year's Godzilla Day (November 3, 2023). Photo courtesy of FYE. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla 1995 Burning LED Light An FYE Exclusive. The Godzilla 1995 Burning LED Light is the perfect addition to any Godzilla fan's collection! This highly detailed figurine features the iconic Godzilla as he appeared in the 1995 movie GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH, with his signature burning red LED eyes. Made

    Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher  Ghost X Ghost just put up extras of their Rucking Fotten x GXG Double Feature 2.5 collab variants. These two t-shirts are in stock, and ready to ship. Available in sizes Small to 6XL. Quantities are very limited.   ■ Mothra vs Godzilla - Ghost Variant - Rucking Fotten x GXG T-Shirt Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt.   Ghost X Ghost and Rucking Fotten have teamed up to bring you new a vision of your favorite Godzilla films!     Designed by Rucking Fotten  Printed by Bay Merch Price: $30.00 Order Link:  https://ghostxghost.com/products/mothra-vs-godzilla-ghost-variant-rucking-fotten-x-gxg-t-shirt?mc_cid=70bffd5a27&mc_eid=5df0f56949           ■ Destroy

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Allison Rodman Japan Society and Escape From Tribeca, the Tribeca Festival’s official psychotronic sidebar, are pleased to present a special 55th anniversary screening of the 1968 Toho tokusatsu classic DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. One of the Showa era’s biggest Godzilla spectacles, director Ishiro Honda, special effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya (ULTRAMAN), and composer Akira Ifukube send kaiju across the earth for innovative action and destruction spanning Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Moscow, and New York. Featuring an all-star cast including Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Varan, Baragon, and King Ghidorah—Japan Society and Tribeca are bringing the best of Japan’s monsters to NYC!   DESTROY ALL MONSTERS 『怪獣総進撃 』 Dir. Ishiro Honda, 1968, 86 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi. Screening is followed by

    Source:  PIE International, Diamond Comics Distributors The incredible billingual (Japanese and English) book  GODZILLA History of Formative Arts 1954-2016 was first published in 2021. For those who missed it the first time out, Diamond Comics Distributors has relisted the book for a June 14 release in comic shops and bookstores nationwide. To find a Diamond affilitate store near you visit comicshoplocator.com. Additional bookstore locations in North America, Asia, and Europe can also be found here.   Photo courtesy of PIE International. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©2021 Kishikawa Edit Office, Ltd./ PIE International GODZILLA History of Formative Arts 1954-2016 The ultimate book of Godzilla showcasing a massive archive of rare material and stunningly beautifully design. From its first cinematic release as GODZILLA in 1954 to its latest incarnation as SHIN GODZILLA in 2016, this book offers a massive collection

    Photo courtesy of Spiral Toy. © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Spiral Toy press release “Long live the king” - Dr. Emma Russell (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) Spiral Studio is proud to present the first Artisan Dynasty release from Spiral Toy! Made in collaboration with designers, Kazumitsu Akamatsu and Masami Yamada.     AD-GZ19001: Godzilla (2019) is cast in a silver glitter-infused clear vinyl. Akamatsu-sensei and Yamada-sensei have managed to capture Godzilla’s signature look and retain the charm of glitter infused vinyl.     This release is exclusive to the Spiral Toy website.     PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  ・DIimensions - H: 25cm / W: 12 cm / L: 25 cm  ・Materials: Silver Glitter-Infused Clear Soft Vinyl  ・Edition Size: 200 Units  ・Pre-order Starts: May 26, 2023 - 01:00 P.M. (EST)  ・Est. Arrival: July 2023 About Spiral Studio At Spiral Studio, we are

    Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  S-TRUST Co., Ltd. press release S-TRUST Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Osaka, Representative Director: Kingo Ida)h as announced their limited amusement-only prizes, “Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX” (ゴジラおこしミドルBOX, Gojira Okoshi Midoru BOX) and “Godzilla Okoshi Multi BOX” (ゴジラおこしマルチBOX, Gojira Okoshi Maruchi BOX), will be available at arcades and online crane games across Japan beginning the second week of June 2023. The prizes include Kaminari Okoshi (traditional Japanese rice puff snack crackers) with a Godzilla collectible sticker.   Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ■ Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX (With Stickers) The Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX inlcludes one of six different BIG stickers depicting scenes from GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954)

    Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Pyramid America Special Thanks to Michael Gondek and Mark K. Horowitz Pyramid America has produced a variety of Godzilla-themed merchandise that are now available from retailers nationwide. Wholesalers can order these products directly from Pyramid America at PyramidsOrderFormForWholesaleAccountsONLYi.   ■ 11oz Ceramic Mugs Dimensions: 3.75” Height x 3.125” Diameter x 4.55” Width (with handle) Holds 11 fluid ounces   Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla - Big Ben SKU: MGA84003 Spacegodzilla attacks London.                   Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla - Clouds SKU: MGA84004  

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson and Nikki Arthur   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Super7 has just revealed the next figure in their Toho ReAction line. The preorder and street dates will be announced this summer. Toho ReAction Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring Figure Everyone’s favorite size-changing sentient robot, Jet Jaguar, is flying in to help quell Kaiju chaos! Celebrating 50 years since its first appearance in the 1973 film GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, this 3.75” scale, articulated Toho ReAction Figure of Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring features unique sculpt detailing, including a new head design and arms that can be raised into its signature flying pose. Let the Toho ReAction figure of Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring save your Kaiju collection from becoming just another average monster menagerie! Inspired by the 1973 film GODZILLA VS MEGALON

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Netflix Photo courtesy of Netflix. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary There are many Titans, but there is only ONE KING. First announced back in 2021, the Netflix and Legendary Television anime series SKULL ISLAND will premiere worldwid on Netflix on June 22nd. A new chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise, SKULL ISLAND is a thrilling animated adventure series that follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth — a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong. Featuring animation by Powerhouse Animation (CASTLEVANIA, BLOOD OF ZEUS), the series is written and executive produced by Brian Duffield (UNDERWATER, THE BABYSITTER) and Jacob Robinson. About the Franchise Bigger than any single monster, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Studio Ghibli  Toho has released the teaser poster for HOW DO YOU LIVE? (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka), the latest feature film by internationally accalimed director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. While the story is an original work by Miyazaki, the title of this movie is borrowed from the book How Do You Live? written by Genzaburo Yoshino, which the director read as a boy and was moved by.   Details                            Release Date: Friday, July 14, 2023 (Japan)Release Information: Nationwide Roadshow   Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki ©2023 Studio Ghibli             About Toho Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion

    Source:  Fukuya Co., Ltd. (FUKUYA USA Inc.) Special Thanks to Masahito Watanabe In 2018, the Japanese premium company Fukuya Co., Ltd. launched FUKUYA USA  to produce game prizes for American amusement parks and facilities such as arcades, bowling alleys and theme restaurants. In 2021, FUKUYA USA released their first officially licensed Godzilla product  - a trio of small plush figures that were exclusively available at Round1 Bowling & Amusement locations across the US.  This coming month sees some new Godzilla releases, including FUKUYA's first retail Godzilla collectibe.   Photo courtesy of Fukuya Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Classic Godzilla Small Plush (Amusement Prize) Small plushes of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra were offered as game prizes exclusively at Round1 Bowling & Amusement locations in the United States. Release Date: February 2021 Size: 4~5 Inches Material: PolyesterMade in China

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TTITk Source: Bandai Namco press release Shin Japan Heroes Official Website:  https://sjhu.jp/ Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TTITk Bandai Toys Division Co., Ltd. will release "S.J.H.U.PROJECT Shin Universe Robo"(S.J.H.U.PROJECT シン・ユニバースロボ,  S.J.H.U.PROJECT Shin Yunibāsu Robo), a rtransforming obot toy in which the characters Shin Godzilla, Evangelion Unit 01, Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider combine into one. This is the latest announcement in the Shin Japan Heroes project, a dream collaboration between characters from the 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) that were made under the supervision of writer/director Hideaki Anno.  This project  was launched in 2021 by Toho, Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei and presents four of Japan's leading "heroes" in various marketing and merchandising

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Tokyo Dome Resort Operations, Inc. press release Official Site: https://realdgame.jp/atami-godzilla/ For much more information about the Godzilla Real Escape Game, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture; Representative: Takayuki Iwase), in cooperation with SCRAP Corporation (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Representative: Takao Kato), has announced that their 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) has been extended until Sunday, July 23, 2023. Also known as "Atami Godzilla Escape" (熱海ゴジラ脱出, Atami Gojira Dasshutsu), the Godzilla event is held at Atami Bay Resort Korakuen, a tourist retreat complex that includes the Atami Korakuen Hotel, which opened 1965. Atami was the site of the final battle in the 1962 film KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (キングコング対ゴジラ, Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira), and has

    Photo courtesy of Monogram International. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Monogram International, Inc.Special Thanks to Rhea Tagorda and Mike Normann The 5th Series of  Monogram International's Godzilla Classic 3D Foam Bag Clip will be available from retailers nationwide in June. Photo courtesy of Monogram International. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla Classic 3D Foam Bag Clip Series 5 Introducing Monogram’s new 2023 blind bag product containing an assortment of 11 different characters from Toho’s Godzilla! This Series 5 collection features characters like 1965 Godzilla, 2nd Form of Shin Godzilla, 2004 Gigan, 1967 Kumonga, Battra Larva, 1956 Rodan, Shobijin, and many iconic characters and poster-inspired designs from the movie collection! Each blind bag comes with 1 random collector's keyring made of 3D foam and PVC. The character accessory averages about 2.5 inches in height without the bag clip. Great for

    Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. Source: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: https://dondafulfestival-20th.taiko-ch.net/ (Japan), https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/taiko-no-tatsujin-rhythm-festival (US) BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. has announced the "Shin Japan Heroes Universe Pack" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース パック,  Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu Pakku) is now available for purchase for their game TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL  (太鼓の達人 ドンダフルフェスティバル,  Taiko no Tatsujin Dondafuru Fesutibaru). Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL is the latest entry in the "Taiko no Tatsujin" (Taiko Drum Master) series for Nintendo Switch.  The player joins the main character, DON-chan, and their guide, Kumo-kyun, on a journey to become a Taiko master in Omiko City. The game includes 76 songs, more

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL Movie Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://kintori-movie.jp/ (Japan)   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL Movie Production Committee The "interrogation room" - detectives fight for the truth, criminals cover up their crimes. It is their final battlefield. Toho has provided information and images for the feature film EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL (劇場版「緊急取調室 THE FINAL」, Gekijōban “Kinkyū Torishirabe Shitsu THE FINAL ”). It is a continuation of the TV Asahi drama series, EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM, which aired for four seasons from 2014 to 2021. The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, June 16h. The series and film follow the explots of a special interrogation team of Investigation Division 1, the Emergency Case Response Interrogation Team that confronts

    Friends can ride the Godzilla Interception Operation zipline together this summer! Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awajishima/ Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. ©TOHO CO., LTD. For a limited time, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture is offering an upgrade to their 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. "Godzilla Interception Operation" allows visitors to truly experience the might and power of the King of the Monsters with a 120-meter-long sculpt of Shin Godzilla's upper body. Participants become members of the National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster and take on missions, including two zipline courses, "Internal Surveillance Course" (体内監視コース, Tainai Kanshi Kōsu) and "Surface Surveillance Course" (体表監視コース, Karadahyō Kanshi

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