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    Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season2 (Japan), funimationfilms.com/attackontitan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto To prepare fans for the long awaited arrival of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2, Funimation has acquired and will be releasing the ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 recap movies (Part 1: GUREN NO YUMIYA and Part 2: JIYUU NO TSUBASA) this March. These two full length movies (120-minute run-time each) will cover the first and second half of ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 respectively and will each screen for one night only. Part 1 will screen on March 27, 2017. Part 2 will screen on March 28 or 29, 2017 depending on theater location. Part 2 features a special Season 2 teaser following the film’s credits. This limited release will be shown in 19 select Reading and Alamo Drafthouse theater locations across the U.S. Dates for each

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures has provided the complete final credits for KONG: SKULL ISLAND, opening March 10, 2017. For much, much more on this film, please see the KONG: SKULL ISLAND Production Notes and High-Res Photos here on SciFi Japan. Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures present A Legendary Pictures Production A Jordan Vogt-Roberts Film KONG: SKULL ISLAND CAST James Conrad.............................................................................................................TOM HIDDLESTON Preston Packard............................................................................................................SAMUEL L. JACKSON Mason Weaver ...................................................................................................................BRIE LARSON Hank Marlow ...................................................................................................................JOHN C. REILLY Bill Randa..............................................................................................................JOHN GOODMAN Houston Brooks.............................................................................................................COREY HAWKINS Victor Nieves ...................................................................................................................JOHN ORTIZ San ...................................................................................................................JING TIAN Jack Chapman ...................................................................................................................TOBY KEBBELL Mills..............................................................................................................JASON MITCHELL Cole...............................................................................................................SHEA WHIGHAM Slivko ...................................................................................................................THOMAS MANN Reles..............................................................................................................EUGENE CORDERO Landsat Steve ...................................................................................................................MARC EVAN JACKSON Young Marlow/Marlow’s Son ...................................................................................................................WILL BRITTAIN Gunpei Ikari..............................................................................................................MIYAVI Senator Willis ...................................................................................................................RICHARD JENKINS Secretary O’Brien............................................................................................................ALLYN RACHEL Athena Captain............................................................................................................ROBERT TAYLOR Voice of General Ward ...................................................................................................................JAMES MICHAEL CONNOR Voice

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: biohazard-vendetta.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming computer animated film, BIOHAZARD: VENDETTA (??????? ??????, Baiohazaado Vendetta). The movie is based on CAPCOM’s multi-million dollar video game series -- known internationally as RESIDENT EVIL-- that established the “survival horror” genre and has shipped over 71 million units worldwide (the latest entry, RESIDENT EVIL: BIOHAZARD, goes on sale January 23rd), and the live-action film franchise that has grossed more than $900 million at the worldwide box office. VENDETTA is the third BIOHAZARD/RESIDENT EVIL animated feature, following DEGENERATION (?????????????????? Baiohazaado Dijenereeshon) in 2008 and DAMNATION (??????? ???????, Baiohazaado Damuneeshon) in 2012. The new movie is directed by Takanori Tsujimoto (THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-, ULTRAMAN X) with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami (PSYCHO-PASS, THE TORTURE CLUB) and music from Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE

    Agreement with Kodansha Brings Global Hit Anime Series Back to U.S. & Canada Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season2 (Japan), funimation.com/shows/attack-on-titan (US) Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2 and the return of the worldwide hit anime series which was first introduced to U.S. and Canadian audiences in 2013. ATTACK ON TITAN Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in April 2017 in Japan. “ATTACK ON TITAN became an instant hit since it first streamed in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring fans the long-awaited Season 2 of the series,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “ATTACK ON TITAN is truly a worldwide phenomenon that has continued to grow at a non-stop pace. Fans can look forward to an exciting second season.” “ATTACK ON TITAN is based on the New York

    Special Event Includes Never Before Seen Studio Ghibli Short Film! Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Site: spiritedaway15.com By popular demand -- a third show has been added to the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning classic, SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001) on December 8th! Don’t miss the film`s return to select cinemas nationwide for THREE days only: December 4th (English dub), December 5th (Japanese w/ English subtitles), and December 8th (English)! Stay after the show for an exclusive screening of the short film GHIBLIES: EPISODE 2, never before released in North America! This special event is presented by Fathom Events, GKIDS, Studio Ghibli, and Hot Topic. For theater details and to purchase tickets, please visit fathomevents.com/event/spirited-away. And, in celebration of SPIRITED AWAY, win exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise from Gund, Kinokuniya, and GKIDS! Click here to enter to win!

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: hirunehime.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures Japan have released a new trailer and poster for ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET (???? ????????????, Hirune Hime ?Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari?), the first feature film from anime studio Signal.MD. The movie will open in Japan on March 18, 2017. For more information on ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET (Hirune Hime) Anime Film Trailer & Images from Warner Bros. Japan

    Author: Bob Johnson Sources: Benevolent Monster Productions, Bay Area Film Events Bay Area Film Events and Benevolent Monster Productions/Studio 7 Entertainment present LONG LIVE THE KING, a brand new feature length documentary about the enduring appeal of the character King Kong, and how he has inspired so many great filmmakers and artists since 1933. The documentary covers the 1933 classic, in addition to SON OF KONG, Dino De Laurentiis’ KING KONG (1976), Peter Jackson`s KING KONG (2005), as well as the Rankin Bass Cartoon series of the 1960s and from the Far East, Toho`s Japanese incarnations of Kong, from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) and KING KONG ESCAPES (1967)! The evening will be about all things KONG and along with the documentary, BAFE will be showing the original 1933 classic KING KONG, the film that started it all! Special guests will be on-hand, including documentary producers Frank

    New “Monster” Cross-Media Hobby, Game and TV Animation Project Source: Toei Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: b-boys.jp/apm (Japan) Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (President: Katsuhiro Takagi, headquartered in Nakano-ku, Tokyo), Bandai Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Masaru Kawaguchi, headquartered in Taito-ku, Tokyo) and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (President: Satoshi Oshita, headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo) have announced that they are to start a new joint project entitled DIGIMON UNIVERSE: APPLI MONSTERS (???????????????????, Dejimon Yunibaasu Apuri Monsutaazu), aimed primarily at young male audiences. The project is set to commence as of Fall 2016. The new DIGIMON UNIVERSE: APPLI MONSTERS television animation is scheduled to begin airing terrestrially in fall 2016. Related merchandise, games and magazines, etc., including toys and children’s digital card games will also be released across various different media. At the same time, new information is also being made continuously available via the official DIGIMON UNIVERSE:

    Special One-Night Fathom Events Screening and Multi-City Theatrical Release Planned Nationwide Source: Source: ELEVEN ARTS press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths Leading Los Angeles based Film Distribution Company ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation announced today that they will release the English language version of internationally acclaimed anime film DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. – CHAPTER 1: REUNION (???????????tri.??, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Sakai, 2015). ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation plan a one-night Fathom Events screening in 300+ US movie theaters on September 15, 2016, followed by a traditional multi-city national theatrical release in major cities. DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. is a Japanese action-adventure anime film series produced by Toei Animation. DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. – CHAPTER 1: REUNION is the first English language feature film in the wildly popular series, which has not yet been released to American audiences. This release marks the first DIGIMON English

    19th Pokémon Film Opens in Japan July 16th Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Summer Pokémon! The hit series powers up in POKÉMON THE MOVIE XY&Z! Do you hear the voice of the “Soul Heart”? The popular Pokémon franchise returns to cinemas with its 19th feature-length anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE XY&Z (???????????XY&Z??????????????????????, Pokemon Za Muubii XY&Z `Borukenion to Kikoo (Karakuri) no Magiana`). Toho will release the film in theaters across Japan on July 16th. STORY In this latest cinematic adventure, Satoshi (Ash) meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust -- and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! A denizen of the Nebel Plateau in Kalos -- a haven for Pokémon harmed by mankind -- Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away from

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late June 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Daikaiju Series: PACIFIC RIM Leatherback /??????? ???????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm (9.8 Inches) Material: PVC (Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Blind Box Shipping: Late June - Early July, 2016 Price: ¥16,999 (Approximately $155.73 US, Tax Included) Shounen Ric Exclusive

    Everyone has different ways to relax, and for us it’s watching monsters wreck cities. Very few will dispute that Godzilla is the ultimate Kaiju. Since its first appearance in Ishir? Honda’s 1954 sensation, movie fans around the world have watched avidly as Godzilla has wreaked havoc on numerous cities during its many reinventions. The eagerly anticipated sequel to Warner Bros 2014 reboot is slated for release in 2018. To ensure you don’t miss out on your monster fix in the meantime, here is a list of some heavyweight kaiju films old and new that are certainly worth your time! GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER Some people will claim that Gamera simply rode off the back of Godzilla’s success. Although there are many similarities, over the years Gamera has gained popularity and become an exceptional kaiju in its own rite. Check out the original GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER (1965).

    Celebrate Gamera’s 50th Anniversary With Eleven Classic Movies on October 17th Source: Shout! Factory, Think Jam press releases Special Thanks to Michael Gonzalez Following the success of Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon in July, Shout! Factory TV has once again teamed up with the monster magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland to bring you the Kaiju Movie Marathon: Gamera’s Revenge! Featuring 11 Gamera films and hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone, the monster mayhem will stream live for 16 hours on October 17 from 8am ET to midnight ET. The marathon marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gamera movie release in Japan. The marathon will feature all 11 classic Gamera movies in chronological order from both the original Showa series (1965-1980) and the Heisei trilogy (1995-1999). The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: kiseiju.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Humankind’s extinction begins this fall as PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- (??? ?????, Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu, 2014-2015) invades Toonami, the hugely popular Adult Swim anime block. Sentai Filmworks announced during their Anime Expo 2015 panel that PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- is heading to Adult Swim, basic cable`s #1 network with young adults for over a decade. PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- chronicles a silent, sinister alien invasion and follows 17-year-old Shinichi, whose life gets seriously complicated when one would-be invader assumes control of his right hand. Originally broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV, the series is produced by MADHOUSE and adapted from the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror manga created by Hitoshi Iwaaki. PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- is scheduled to begin broadcast on Toonami this October. Detailed schedule information will be released as soon as it becomes available. For Sentai Filmworks’

    And this time he`s bringing some friends... June 20, 2015 - San Leandro, CA; Bay Area Film Events is bringing the King of all Kaiju back to the Bal Theatre for their fourth annual Godzilla Night! This year features an expanded show with an extra, bonus matinee. First up at 3:00PM is a matinee of the film that kicked off Godzilla Night in 2012, the biggest monster battle of them all, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. Along with the 1962 full-color classic, there will also be Godzilla clips and trailers. The main show kicks off at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM) with a mini film fest based on the upcoming documentary KAIJU GAIDEN. "Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story

    Classic English Dubbed Movie Now Available to U.S. Audiences Source: William Winckler Productions press release Special Thanks to William Winckler Anime studio Production Reed and William Winckler Productions have brought the classic 1982 magical girl anime series FAIRY PRINCESS MINKY MOMO (???????? ???? ??, Mahoo no Purinsesu Minkii Momo) to U.S. audiences as new English-dubbed feature films, now available as Downloads to Own on Amazon Instant Video. Each Amazon Instant Video Download to Own MINKY MOMO movie runs 82-minutes, and retails for $14.95. The first movie is titled MINKY MOMO: THE FAIRY PRINCESS OF DREAMLAND. The entire 1982 MINKY MOMO series will eventually be released as new English dubbed compilation feature films on Amazon. In MINKY MOMO, a princess from a magical world is sent to Earth to help people recover their lost hopes and dreams. Using her magic, and with the aid of her magical

    Special Appearance at Anime Jungle in Little Tokyo on July 16th Source: Anime Jungle Event Site: animejungle.net/20140716 Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota, Yoichi Kakuma and Mark Jaramillo Following his appearance as a guest at G-Fest in Chicago this past weekend, daikaiju movie director Shinpei Hayashiya will be stopping in Los Angeles for a special event at Anime Jungle on Wednesday, July 16th at 8:30 pm. Shinpei Hayashiya has achieved success in Japan as a master of Rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic monologue. He is also a big fan of kaiju films, and has directed two movies that have been released to Japanese theaters: REIGO VS YAMATO (???????, Shinkaijuu Reigoo, 2005/2008) and DEEP SEA MONSTER RAIGA (?????, Shinkai-juu Raiba, 2009). Mr. Hayashiya also directed the legendary independent production GAMERA 4: TRUTH (???4 ??, Gamera 4 Shinjitsu, 2003). At Wednesday`s "Shinpei Night -Shinpei

    See a Great New Japanese Movie on the Big Screen for Free, Courtesy of Japan Society and SciFi Japan Source: Japan Society Official Site: japansociety.org/japan-cuts-2014 Special Thanks to Jason Serrano The 2014 New York Asian Film Festival/Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema is now in full swing. Running through July 10 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and July 10-20 at Japan Society, the combined festival will feature more than 70 films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A`s with filmmakers, and other special events. Our friends at Japan Society are offering SciFi Japan readers two chances to win free tickets to see some of the great new films on their schedule. Our first contest features three movies premiering next weekend... the twisted MARUYAMA, THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER; the award-winning MISS ZOMBIE; or THE RING director Hideo Nakata`s MONSTERZ starring Tatsuya Fujiwara (DEATH NOTE)

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), elevenarts.net/evangelion3 (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment will release the highly anticipated third installment of the "Rebuild of Evangelion" series, EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012), in theaters across the U.S. and Canada on January 10, 2014. The following EVANGELION: 3.0 presskit is courtesy of Eleven Arts... ELEVEN ARTS and FUNimation Present EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO Coming to Select Theaters January 2014 RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2014 RUNNING TIME: 106 Minutes LANGUAGE: English Dubbed, Japanese with English Subtitles OFFICIAL SITE: elevenarts.net/evangelion3 FACEBOOK: facebook.com/EvangelionMovie SYNOPSIS EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO continues the ground breaking rebuild with stunning robot battles and mind-bending revelations. Shinji Ikari just woke up fourteen years after starting the Third Impact. He hasn’t aged, but everything

    Source: Pony Canyon, Inc., Electro 89 Official Site: god-tongue.com (Japan) The Japanese comedy GOD TONGUE: KISS PRESSURE GAME THE MOVIE (????? ??????? THE MOVIE, Goddotan Kisugaman Senshuken THE MOVIE, 2013) is now being offered for international distribution. The following photos and production notes are courtesy of Pony Canyon and Electro 89... INTRODUCTION That super popular variety show that sparks fire in late-night viewers -- TV Tokyo`s GOD TONGUE -- is now a movie! Will resisting kisses save the world?  GOD TONGUE -- the popular, late-night Saturday TV show hosted by Ogiyahagi and Gekidan Hitori. Since its premier in 2005, it has given birth to many popular segments, such as “Majiuta Senshuken” and “Majigirai 1/5,” and its DVDs have sold 500,000 copies. It has a zealous following of fans, like the characters played by Masami Nagasawa and Mirai Moriyama in the movie Moteki who are shown enjoying

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