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      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

    Official Site: https://godzilla.store/chibigodzilla/Official Twitter: @chibigodziSpecial Thanks to Andrew Nguyen   Photo courtesy of Toho. © 2023 TOHO CO., LTD.   The latest entry in the long-running Godzilla series, the anime CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ちびゴジラの逆襲, Chibi Gojira no Gyakushū), will premiere in Japan at 7:00am on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The show is part of the TV Tokyo station's Iniminimanimo (eeny, meeny, miney, mo) block of children's programming. Chibi Godzilla was introduced in 2018 as part of the lead-in for Godzilla's 65th anniversary the following year. He was designed by Chiharu Sakazaki, a popular illustrator known for Suica Penguin (Suicaのペンギン, Suika no Pengin), a character appearing on East Japan Railway Company’s prepaid IC cards, and Chiba Prefecture's mascot Chi-ba+kun (チーバくん).  Chibi Godzilla  is intended to be an "introductory Godzilla" that younger children can relate to and hopefully become the first step in creating

      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

    Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   3Y Film and MRTS have provided an update for their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The company's fundraising campaign for the project on the popular Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake is just a few days from ending it's run and is looking to finish at over 400% of it's original goal! There are also some new casting announcements to share... Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.   Yoko Ishino -- Best known by kaiju fans for her role as reporter Yukari Yamane in GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH (ゴジラVSデストロイア, Gojira tai Desutoroia, 1995), Ishino has an extensive list of credits in theatrical features and television, including the Toho sci-fi release TOKYO BLACKOUT (首都消失, Shuto Shōshitsu, 1987), THE INNOCENT SEVEN (七人の弔, Shichinin no Tomurai,

    Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps The makers of WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū tai Goura) have provided an update on the indie kaiju film from director Shinpei Hayashiya (REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS). The latest addition to the movie's cast is tokusatsu veteran Yumiko Tanaka, whose resume includes the Kamen Rider series MASKED RIDER SUPER-1 (仮面ライダースーパー1, Kamen Raidā Sūpā Wan, 1980-81), GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku, 2022) and the upcoming HOSHI 35 (星35). She also had a cameo role in Toho's THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1984) as Akemi, the assistant to news photographer Goro Maki. The filmmakers are

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new SpaceGodzilla  (GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA Variant) soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   From the depths of the cosmos … a crystal-covered comet crashes into the waves off Baas Island. Do you know where your LittleGodzilla is?  SpaceGodzilla debuts in our Toho Soft Vinyl line with the definitive GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA colorway, commemorating SpaceGodzilla’s one and only appearance on film.   Designed, sculpted and painted by Hector Arce, this soft vinyl stunner measures in at 9.5” tall, 6.5” wide and 10" in length, and is limited

    Gamera the flying turle returns in 2023 with GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Kadokawa Pictures press release Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth  Kadokawa Pictures have provided a new press release and high-res images for their upcoming Gamera anime...   The new "GAMERA -Rebirth-" animation series of the giant monster Gamera will be released worldwide on Netflix!     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Kadokawa has decided to produce a new work "GAMERA -Rebirth-"  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu)for the giant monster "Gamera." Today sees the release of the animation announcement video plus the first image of the enemy monster "Gyaos"! The new work GAMERA -Rebirth- is a 6-episode anime series that will be distributed worldwide on Netflix!! Please

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   3Y Film and MRTS have provided an update for their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The company's fundraising campaign for the project on the popular Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake is still going strong, currently sitting at a whopping 345% of its goal with 27 days still to go. There are also some new casting announcements to share... Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.   Shoko Nakajima -- The voice for the film's monster, Hoshikuzu, will be provided by Shoko Nakajima, a popular professional wrestler for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling. Nakajima also portrays Miyarabi, a female King Caesar, in the Godzilla puppet web series, GODZIBAN (怪獣人形劇 ゴジばん Kaijū Ningyōgeki Gojiban, 2019-present).              

      Source: Hollywood Theatre Official Site: https://hollywoodtheatre.org/# Special Thanks to Michael Calhoun   The Hollywood Theatre (located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212) is screening some classic giant monster movies this coming weekend. These giants deserve to be seen on the big screen so be sure to attend if you're in the area! Tickets can be purchased online or at the Hollywood Theatre Box Office, which opens 30 minutes prior to the first showing of the day/evening. Tickets for most films are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors (65+)/children, and $7 for members. Special events may have different pricing; please check online event descriptions for the most accurate info. For additional details please visit the theater's official website. ©1933 RKO Pictures Inc.  KING KONG in 35mm A 35mm print of

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new JET JAGUAR Soft Vinyl (Golden Anniversary Variant) soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   Punch! Punch! Punch! Celebrating 50 years of GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, this special variant of our previously released Jet Jaguar Soft Vinyl figure is inspired by the character’s golden anniversary. This incredible colorway is limited to just 200 units and has 4 points of articulation! On sale now at https://mondoshop.com/products/jet-jaguar-soft-vinyl-golden   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. 3Y Film and MRTS have announced that Robert Scott Field has been added to the cast of their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). Robert is a very familiar face to kaiju fans, having previously portrayed Android M11 in the hit GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH (ゴジラVSキングギドラ, Gojira tai Kingu Gidora, 1991) and one of the human hosts of Ultraseven 21 in the series ULTRAMAN NEOS (ウルトラマンネオス, Urutoraman Neosu, 2000-01). His recent credits include cameos in THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku, 2019) and GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙 Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga,, 2019) and voicework in The Asylum's MONSTER ISLAND (2019).  He has also been a frequent guest and MC for the annual G-Fest convention. Robert Scott Field joins a cast that already includes his Godzilla

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   3Y Film and MRTS have provided an update for their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The company had launched a fundraising campaign for the project on the popular Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake. It has been a great success, having smashed it's goal and currently sitting at 286% with 64 days still to go. There are also some new casting announcements to share... Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.   Yoshinori Tanaka -- Tanaka has appeared in Minoru Kawasak's kaiju comedy MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020) and 3Y Film's NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020) and GHOST CAT RHAPSODY  (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku, 2022).                        

    SciFi Japan is pleased to present an early look at the new film, KAIJU: ISLAND OF FIRE. Photo courtesy of North Star Pictures JP. ©3North Star Pictures JP Source: North Star Pictures JPOfficial Site: https://www.kaijumultiverse.com/Special Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   North Star Pictures JP have revealed the first details and advance artwork for their upcoming monster movie, KAIJU: ISLAND OF FIRE. The first film in a planned franchise, the story begins when a geological anomaly is discovered by a team of scientists on an ancient Japanese Island. After the members of a construction team, who were in the process of building a new military base there, go missing, a combined military and science task force is sent to investigate. Once on the island, the task force encounters a foreboding, fiery landscape now home to a strange and terrifying creature, capable of

    Concept art from the upcoming kaiju short film, MIDNIGHT THE ERA. Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku Author: Keith AikenSource: Studio MujakuSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku   SciFi Japan is pleased to present an exclusive preview of MIDNIGHT THE ERA, an upcoming kaiju short, created by an exceptional team of university students, that combines animation with traditional Japanese tokusatsu FX techniques. MIDNIGHT THE ERA is being produced by the independent film studio, Studio Mujaku. Established in Noivember 2021, Studio Mujaku is fully staffed by college students, mainly those studying art. The movie is being financially backed through a fundraising campaign, with a tentative completion date of July 2023. Unlike many student works, MIDNIGHT THE ERA will not be released on YouTube. Instead, it is scheduled to premiere at the Summer 2023

    3y Film has announced a new kaiju film, HOSHI 35. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Author: Keith AikenSource: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   Our friends at 3Y Film, the Japanese production company behind THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku, 2019) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020), and MRTS have shared an exclusive first look at their next kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). ‘Hoshi’ means ‘star’ in Japanese and, like the English word, has several meanings. The movie, which will use traditional Japanese FX techniques (aka tokusatsu), will be directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964, GHOST CAT RHAPSODY).  Daisuke Sato (HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG) is also working on the film as cinematographer and part of the kaiju modeling team. 3Y Film has a tradition of bringing back actors known for their work

    Gamera the flying turle returns in 2023 with GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Kadokawa Pictures press release Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth  Kadokawa Pictures have provided the official press release and high-res images for their new Gamera project...   Gamera, resurrection. "GAMERA -Rebirth-" New Production and Global Distribution on Netflix! Production of the new work "GAMERA -Rebirth-" of the giant monster "Gamera," that has been loved by monster fans all over the world from the Showa era to the Heisei era, has been announced!     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee From the Showa era to the Heisei era, Kadokawa has decided to produce a new work "GAMERA -Rebirth-"  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu)of the giant monster "Gamera", that

      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 Shout! Factory. © Delightful Love Letter to Japanese Pop Culture  Debuts Everywhere on Digital and  On Demand October 11, 2022 Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Eric McEver, Jeff Hammer, Bob Eggleton and Sarah J. De Bruin IKÉ BOYS key art by award-winning artist, Bob Eggleton. Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©   A charmingly offbeat fantasy adventure that mixes live action, original animation, and tokusatsu special effects, the new feature film IKÉ BOYS will debut on Digital and On Demand on all major platforms October 11, 2022 from Shout! Studios. Heart-warming yet comedic, IKÉ BOYS is a coming-of-age story of adventure and friendship set amongst high school friends in late ’90s Oklahoma who escape the dull reality of daily life via a shared obsession with all things Japanese. A love letter to kaiju, anime

    Mill Creek Entertainment brings three more Ultraman sets to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Spencer Kopp, CJ Johnsen and J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to present the North American DVD* debut of three Ultraman titles. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. The ULTRAMAN ZEARTH Double Feature includes the 1996 movie ULTRAMAN ZEARTH ウルトラマンゼアス, Urutoraman Zeasu) and its 1997 sequel, ULTRAMAN ZEARTH 2 (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦・光と影, Urutoraman Zeasu Tsū: Chōjin Taisen Hikari to Kage). Zearth was introduced as part of the 30th anniversary of Ultraman, and offered a more comedic take on the franchise with

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new BIOLLANTE - Midnight Bloom Variant soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   Godzilla’s half sister, the genetically modified Biollante, has joined our Toho Soft Vinyl line! Beginning with last month's Cherry Blossom SDCC exclusive, we are so excited to continue our journey with this latest drop. Designed, sculpted and painted by Hector Arce, this massive soft vinyl figure measures at 8.5” tall, 8” wide and 11" in length, from front of the tentacle to the back of the figure! 

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