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    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow SRS Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of Yoshikazu Ishii’s YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen, 2022). Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S. SRS builds upon a successful relationship with Ishii following their release of his prior production, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (アタック・オブ・ザ・ジャイアントティーチャー, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Tīchā) back in 2019, and believes YUZO will be an even greater success. YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO stars genre

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Site: https://godzillagames.jp/battle_line/Special Thanks to Yuna Kishita   Godzilla series artist Shinji Nishikawa has created a promotional illustration for the GODZILLA BATTLE LINE/GAMERA -Rebirth- Collaboration. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Kadokawa Corporation has provided SciFi Japan with a large, high quality image of the promotional artwork for the collaboration between their  GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu, 2023) anime series and the Toho smartphone game "Godzilla Battle Line" (ゴジラ バトルライン, Gojira Batoru Rain). Directed by Hiroyuki Seshita,  GAMERA -Rebirth- is a 6 episode series based on the live-action Gamera movies that depicts Gamera fighting five enemy kaiju first introduced in films made from 1967-1971. The anime show was released worldwide on Netflix this past September 7th. Launching in 2021, the "Godzilla Battle Line" game allows players to build their own

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirthSpecial Thanks to Yuna Kishita Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. Following "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by manga artist Penguin Box, the second project is a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. Nights with a Cat began as a short story that Kyuryu Z posted on his Twitter page. It quickly developed a wide readersip who had fallen for the charms of

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee For 40 years, master kaiju illustrator, Yuji Kaida, has amazed fans worldwide with his artwork for books, posters, model kits, CD and home video covers, dioramas and more depicting the likes of Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman. Today, Kadokawa released a new Kaida illustration as part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix.   Comment from Yuji Kaida At first, I was worried about whether the charm of the monsters could be brought to life in an anime. But when I watched the series, I was captivated by the dynamic actions of the monsters, which were depicted in realistic 3D. The

    Digimon returns to the big screen with the new movie DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING. Photo courtesy of Toei. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/digimon-adventure/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Toei. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Toei has provided information and pics for their upcoming anime feature film, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, October 27th.   INTRODUCTION In 1999, the Digimon Series became a huge hit and attracted many children with the release of the movie DIGIMON ADVENTURE and the animated TV series DIGIMON. The first animated TV series, DIGIMON ADVENTURE (1999-2000), was followed by a second series, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 (2000-2001). In the second series, Daisuke Motomiya, Veemon, other new "DigiDestined" and their

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth In celebration of the worldwide release on Netflix for their new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), Kadokawa Corporation has partnered with the anime event origanizers Machi★Asobi to host "GAMERA -Rebirth- Collaboration Cafes" at five Machi★Asobi CAFE locations across Japan. Starting this Tuesday, September 12, the cafes will serve meals and drinks like "Monster Summer Vegetable Zaku Curry" and "Gamera's Maritozzo" inspired by the anime series. The cafes will be offering free GAMERA -Rebirth- luncheon mats and coasters to customers. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Customers who order any of the Gamera-themed meals will receive a free A3 size (11.7 x 16.5 inches) luncheon mat with GAMERA -Rebirth- artwork

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Kadokawa Corporation has announced Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators in Japan in celebration of the worldwide release on Netflix for their new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). The first project is "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by Penguin Box, creator of the hit baby shark manga Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ) published by Kadokawa. The artist has reimagined Gamera and the enemy monsters from in cute  SD ( Super Deformed) forms which will be used for upcoming merchandising. Fans can now download free "Mini Gamera" wallpaper  for smartphones and PCs at https://gamera-rebirth.com/special/digicon.html   Gamera. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Gyaos. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth

    Source: PLAN A ltdSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   Photo courtesy of PLAN A and Avery Guerra. ©PLAN A PLAN A has shared an early look at their upcoming movie, HOT SPRINGS SHARK ATTACK (温泉シャーク, Onsen Shāku). The film is directed and written by Morihito Inoue, an indie filmmaker who won the "National Monster Movie Championship" (全国自主怪獣映画選手権, Zenkoku Jishu Kaijū Eiga Senshuken) in two consecutive years, 2018-19. HOT SPRINGS SHARK ATTACK is produced by Masayuki Nagata (WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS GOURA) with music by Joe Jimba and spfx by Yusuke Miki (ULTRAMAN Z, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A BLACK HOLE, BRUSH OF THE GOD).   The producers launched a fundraising campaign on the Japanese crowdfunding website Campfire and have already hit 1140% of their goal!   Trailer: https://youtu.be/5jxQHR-hOZI?si=ac2PJrJvxQZQAorE   Synopsis   Several visitors to an Onsen (hot

    Gamera and Gyaos rumble once again in GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Netflix Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth With the worldwide release only days away, Netflix has finally released stills from GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), their new 6 episode anime series based on the long-running daikaiju film franchise. Boco. Photo courtesy of Netflix. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ▼Series Overview Title: GAMERA -Rebirth- Distributor: Netflix worldwide distributionRelease Date:September 7, 2023 Cast Boco: Hisako Kanemoto Joe: Yoshistugu Matsuoka Junichi: Aki Toyosaki Brody: Subaru Kimura Tazaki: Mamoru Miyano Emiko: Saori Hayami   Staff Original Story: KADOKAWA Director: Hiroyuki Seshita Assistant Director: Keisuke Ide Series Composition: Kenta Ihara, Hiroshi Seko, Hiroyuki Seshita

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland Prepare to be terrified by an ancient creature from local Thai folklore in the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022), debuting on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Halloween on October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. When travelers arrive in Thailand during the pandemic, they must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel run by a secretive manager and staff. Unusual incidents begin at night, but no one is prepared for the shocking horror of a hundred-legged monster taking over the bodies of guests. Co-written and co-directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon (THE BEAST BELOW) and Pakphum Wongjinda (POSSESSED), CREEPY CRAWLY stars Chanya McClory (SANG KRASUE 2), Pirat Nitipaisalkul [AKA Mike Angelo] (THE MISFITS), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (FRIEND ZONE).

    Godzilla and Gamera will fight in a special collaboration for the GODZILLA BATTLE LINE game. Photo courtesy of Toho. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd., KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Site: https://godzillagames.jp/battle_line/  The two great monsters, Gamera and Godzilla, finally collide! Toho's smartphone game "Godzilla Battle Line" (ゴジラ バトルライン, Gojira Batoru Rain) has announced a special collaboration with the Kadokawa anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu).   The new season of the game, "Final Battle! Godzilla vs Gamera Rebirth" (頂上決戦!ゴジラ vs ガメラ・リバース, Chōjō Kessen! Gojira vs Gamera Ribāsu) will begin on Thursday, September 7, the same day that GAMERA -Rebirth- is distributed worldwide on Netflix. GAMERA -Rebirth- director Hiroyuki Seshita previously co-directed the Anigoji Trilogy of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira: Kaijū Wakusei, 2017), GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese  action/adventure GOODBYE MONSTER (山海经之再见怪兽, Shanhai Jing: Zaijian Gaoshou, 2022). After accidentally ruining his island, a doctor is banished, but he has one last chance to redeem himself after a young boy comes to him for healing in this magical anime for the whole family. Synopsis:        After disobeying orders and using an untested idea to defeat the Dark Spirit, a promising young doctor accidentally destroys his island and is banished from Kunlun Hospital, forbidden from ever practicing

    Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©SRS Cinema Ron Bonk, owner of the indie production & distribution company SRS Cinema (now known as a top distributor for Asian monster cinema) is working with director Brett Kelly (RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK, OUIJA SHARK, SHE-REX and much more) on their first kaiju collaboration, KAIJU GLAM METAL SHARK ATTACK. Bonk promises an exciting, fun and action packed movie, stating "Yes, we have giant monsters, we have a giant monster shark, and this giant monster shark shreds!!!"   To help with production and publicity, Bonk has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Depending on their donation, fans can be listed in the credits for a "special thanks" up to top billing as an executive producer. They can also take advantage of some campaign specific perks, such as “Be a scared citizen”,

    Photo courtesy of WayForward. © 2023 13AM Games. All rights reserved. Published by WayForward Technologies Inc. The fight rages on with a new playable character, new Arcade Mode, Japanese VO, and a lot more!Source: 13AM Games press release The most titanic beat-'em-up in video games is getting even bigger! Independent game studio WayForward and developer 13AM Games are excited to announce that a new free update plus new premium downloadable content are now available for the critically acclaimed kaiju brawler, DAWN OF THE MONSTERS. Adding new playable character Meteor Temujin, new Arcade Mode, extra character skins, Japanese voiceovers, and more, the new DAWN OF THE MONSTERS expansions are available on PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox, and PC, and will be released soon on Nintendo Switch. A trailer showcasing the new features can be seen at https://youtu.be/_Y_XJ8Fsu_c. The premium DAWN OF THE MONSTERS: ARCADE + Character DLC

    The makers ofHOSHI 35 present the first look at the suit for the film's monster, Hoshikuzu . Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE 3Y Film and MRTS have provided a first look at the monster suit for the adult Hoshikuzu from their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The monster will appear onscreen in two forms, with the prop for the baby Hoshikuzu version revealed back in June. The adult Hoshikazu will be played by suit actor Akira Ohashi, known for portraying Gamera in GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera 2 Rregion Shūrai, 1996), Trauma Gamera and Iris in GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒), King Ghidorah in GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK (ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijū Sōkōgeki, 2001), and the titular creature in 3Y

    KOREAN CINEMA’S GOLDEN DECADE: THE 1960s Restrospective includes THE STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG ; LET’S MEET AT WALKERHILL; THE GREAT MONSTER YONGGARY; SPECIAL AGENT X-7; and THE HOUSEMAID. Photos courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center and Janus Films. Source: Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema press release Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths (Emma Griffiths PR) Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announce “Korean Cinema’s Golden Decade: The 1960s,” a sweeping retrospective that features 24 films from this remarkable period in Korean film history. The series will run from September 1–17 and is one of the largest retrospectives ever of 1960s Korean Cinema outside of Korea, including many rarely screened films, several presented on 35mm archival prints. Photo courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center. Long before Bong Joon Ho, Hong Sangsoo, and Park Chan-wook catapulted South Korean cinema onto the world stage,

    Photo courtesy of Small Town Monsters and Justin Cook PR. © 2023 Small Town Monsters Source: Small Town Monsters press releaseSpecial Thanks to Justin Cook Photo courtesy of Small Town Monsters and Justin Cook PR. © 2023 Small Town Monsters This summer, Small Town Monsters lifts the veil on Alaska’s long and dark history of Sasquatch lore with their latest investigative documentary ON THE TRAIL OF BIGFOOT: LAND OF THE MISSING. On August 22nd, director Seth Breedlove, along with a team of experts and adventurers, invites audiences to explore the last frontier through a darker lens than ever before. ON THE TRAIL OF BIGFOOT: LAND OF THE MISSING is the follow up to this year's LAST FRONTIER, picking up on threads established in that film and carries them into a terrifying and bizarre conclusion to Breedlove and Small Town Monsters' work in Alaska. Amongst

    Win a set of three PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING - Deluxe Jaeger Action Figures from Diamond Select Toys! Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a set of three Deluxe Select Action Figures from the mechs-vs.-kaiju movie PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING! Series 1 depicts the film's Jaeger robots Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena and Bracer Phoenix, each measure between 6.75" and 8.75" tall, and feature approximately 16 points of articulation, plus interchangeable parts! Each Jaeger is packaged in full-color window box, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks, these figures have a retail price of $29.99 each. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There is one (1) prize, consisting of the PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING -

    The student filmmakers of the kaiju short film MIDNIGHT THE ERA have started a crowdfunding campaign. Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku Professional voice-over recording for independent animation! Film production combining animation and special effects! Source: Studio MujakuSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Last December, SciFi Japan ran an exclusive preview of MIDNIGHT THE ERA, an independent kaiju short film that was being created through a combination of  animation and traditional Japanese tokusatsu FX techniques. One notable aspect of MIDNIGHT THE ERA is that it is being produced by Studio Mujaku, a group of 30 university students who have split their time between their school duties and making this movie.  Led by director Hanasuke Okada and producer Kakeru Taiga, the team is striving for "the highest level of perfection" and have decided they need to hire professional voice actors and sound engineers to do the dubbing

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Comic-Con is over, and the reveals from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD set the world reeling! With new action figures, statues, busts and Minimates from such lines as Marvel, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, AEW, Avatar The Last Airbender, G.I. Joe, Pacific Rim and Lord of the Rings, it was the best of all worlds! Now you can pre-order these great reveals through your local comic shop or online. Read Diamond Select's report for details on the complete line-up of pre-orders, then find a store at comicshoplocator.com or order at diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com! PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Special Ops DLX Action Figures Series 2 Asst. A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to get back to work! While still on the lookout

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