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    Launching the Most Super-Charged Season with Special Keys to Unlock the Power of Every Ranger EVER Source: Saban Brands, Burson-Marsteller Official Site: powerrangers.com Special Thanks to Gretchen Toy, Becky Coulter and Kelsey Lynch Saban Brands and Nickelodeon have announced that the all-new season of POWER RANGERS, Saban’s POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE, will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Following its debut, the show will air regularly Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with encores airing Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 22 on Nicktoons. Now entering its 21st season, the POWER RANGERS franchise remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series on television. The new series will deliver super mega action, humor, excitement and entertainment, in addition to the core themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness and helping others. In the

    Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.Figuarts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shfiguarts (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Angel Grove`s resident brainiac joins the S.H.Figuarts line in the form of the highly anticipated Blue Ranger from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (aka Tricera Ranger from ZYURANGER)! As with the previous Black Ranger figure, the Blue Ranger will feature the second special piece needed to construct the legendary Power Blaster. The upcoming S.H.Figuarts Yellow Ranger release will then feature the final part needed to complete this ultimate weapon! The S.H.Figuarts Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger also features the character`s signature Power Lance weapon in both separated (two parts) and connected variations. To top it off, the genial genius then includes the Thunder Slinger and Blade Blaster; as well as 3 sets of interchangeable hands to take signature combat poses. Preorder yours today;

    Additional High-Res Photos from the Upcoming Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: majotaku.jp (Japan) Toei has provide additional high-res photos from their upcoming live action film, KIKI`S DELIVERY SERVICE (??????, Majo no Takkyuubin, 2014). Directed by Takashi Shimizu (JU-ON/THE GRUDGE J-Horror franchise), the movie will be released nationwide in Japan on March 1, 2014. For more information on KIKI`S DELIVERY SERVICE, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: Live Action KIKI`S DELIVERY SERVICE Preview

    Festival Tomorrow in Torrance, CA Author: Mark Jaramillo Official Site: fujiyamaichiban.com Japan has a rich history of colorful live action heroes gracing television and theater screens to the delight of fans of all ages. Some of the more popular franchises have spawned live events at various venues and festivals. Up until its closing in September 2014, the Ultramanland amusement park in Japan had daily stage shows featuring costumed actors in elaborately choreographed battle scenes complete with light and sound effects. Unfortunately, American fans have only had the opportunity to read about or view videos of the Japanese shows on the internet. Now, an authentic Japanese hero has been created in America to defend the Earth and act as an ambassador of Japanese culture. This original hero is known as FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN! Fujiyama Ichiban is a new character from Samurai Action Studio, a Japanese

    A Look at the Latest "Super Sentai VS Series" Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: kyoryu-gobus.jp (Japan) Toei Co., Ltd. has provided photos and credits for KYORYUGER VS GO-BUSTERS (??????????????????????????????????????, Juuden Sentai Kyooryuujaa tai Goobasutaazu: Kyooryuu Daikessen! Saraba Eien no Tomo yo), aka ZYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER VS TOKUMEI SENTAI GO-BUSTERS. The new "Super Sentai VS Series" movie opens in Japanese cinemas on January 18, 2014. Sayonara Kyoryuger... Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger and Tokumei Sentai G-Busters -- two great teams co-star in the latest chapter of the "Super Sentai VS Series"! They are joined by former dinosaur squadrons for the challenge of the ultimate "Great Dinosaur War"!! --Toei publicity materials for KYORYUGER VS GO-BUSTERS CREDITS Japanese Release Date: January 18, 2014 (nationwide) Cast Daigo Kiryu/ Kyoryu Red: Ryo Ryusei Ian Yorkland/ Kyoryu Black: Syuusuke Saito Nobuharu Udo/ Kyoryu Blue: Yamato Kinjo

    New Photos from Upcoming Kamen Rider Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie-taisen.com (Japan) Toei has released additional high-res images from their latest Kamen Rider "Movie Wars" film, KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD (??????×?????? ???????? ????????MOVIE???, Kamen Raidaa × Kamen Raidaa Gaimu & Uizaado Tenkawakeme Sengoku Muubi Daigassen). The movie opens in Japan on December 14th. For more information on KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD Press Notes

    Press Notes and High-Res Photos from the Upcoming Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: majotaku.jp (Japan) Toei has released information and new high-res photos from their upcoming live action film, KIKI`S DELIVERY SERVICE (??????, Majo no Takkyuubin, 2014). The movie is based on the novel series Kiki`s Delivery Service by author Eiko Kadono, the first volume of which was published January 25, 1985 by Fukuinkan Shoten. In 1989, the story was first adapted in the hit Studio Ghibli anime film of the same name by director Hayao Miyazaki. Four years later, theater director Yukio Ninagawa brought Kiki`s to the stage as a musical. In 2009, discussions began for a live action movie version, which will be released nationwide in Japan on March 1, 2014. 13-year-old Kiki hopes to become a full-fledged witch. Abiding by the rules of her training, she must leave

    Source: Universal Pictures, Toho Towa Official Site: 47roninmovie.com (US), 47ronin.jp (Japan) Universal Pictures has released production notes and photos for 47 RONIN. The movie will open in North America on December 25, 2013. Distributor Toho Towa will release the film in Japan on December 6th... Universal Pictures presents -- in association with Relativity Media -- Keanu Reeves in 47 RONIN, starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki. The music is by Ilan Eshkeri, and the costume design is by Penny Rose. 47 RONIN is edited by Stuart Baird, ACE, and its production designer is Jan Roelfs. The director of photography is John Mathieson, BSC, and the executive producers are Scott Stuber, Chris Fenton, Walter Hamada. 47 RONIN is produced by Pamela Abdy, p.g.a., and Eric McLeod. The film’s screenplay is by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, and the screen story is by Chris Morgan &

    Bandai Figures and Accessories to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for figures and collectibles coming from Bandai`s Tamashii Nations. All items will be released in Japan in March 2014 and North America in April 2014. Fans and collectors can purchase Bandai Tamashii Nations products from authorized Bluefin dealers, including SciFi Japan`s sponsor Anime Jungle. S.H.Figuarts: Kamen Rider Kabuto (Rider Form)/ S.H.Figuarts ????????? ???????? "Walking the path of Heaven; the man who will rule over all." The continually evolving S.H.Figuarts series has achieved yet another milestone in action figure technology! Kamen Rider Kabuto rejoins the S.H.Figuarts series, this time featuring enhanced articulation without compromising the accuracy of the design. By capturing the proportions

    Latest Kamen Rider "Movie Wars" Film Opens in Japan on December 14th Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie-taisen.com (Japan) Translation: Elliot Gay Official English Title: KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD Japanese Title: ??????×?????? ???????? ????????MOVIE???, Kamen Raidaa × Kamen Raidaa Gaimu & Uizaado Tenkawakeme Sengoku Muubi Daigassen (Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: Decisive Sengoku Movie Wars) INTRODUCTION The latest Heisei Rider series, KAMEN RIDER GAIM (?????????????, Kamen Raidaa Gaimu), is the 15th entry in the franchise since 2000. This newest project -- KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD -- takes advantage of that momentous occasion by bringing the full lineup of Heisei Riders to the screen! In the KAMEN RIDER WIZARD portion, characters from the TV series make appearances and the story continues in some surprising new ways. In the KAMEN RIDER GAIM portion, Riders and Sengoku Period generals

    Live Action Theatrical Series Based on the Anime/Manga Franchise Coming in 2014 Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: patlabor-nextgeneration.com Translations: Elliot Gay The hit anime and manga MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR (??????????, Kidoo Keisatsu Patlabor) goes live-action with THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- (? ???? ???????? -??????-, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon - Patoreibaa -) in 2014. Created by Headgear -- the manga/anime group made up of Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL, THE SKY CRAWLERS), Kazunori Ito (GHOST IN THE SHELL, the Gamera Trilogy), Masami Yuki (Birdy the Mighty), Yutaka Izubuchi (RAHXEPHON, Gundam series, DYNAMAN) and Akemi Takada (GATCHAMAN, URUSEI YATSURA) -- PATLABOR began as a manga series in 1988 and has continued with two OVA series, an animated television series, and four anime films. Rather than remaking any of the existing PATLABOR stories, THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- will be an original story set in the timeline of the anime

    Source: Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd. press release Official Site: ore-ore.jp (Japan), ore-ore.jp/english (US) Additional Material: Japan Society Special Thanks to Ted Geoghegan I`m Hitoshi. One day, I met another me. He told me that he`d met another Hitoshi last week. Now it looks like everyone`s turning into me -- and some of them have decided to get rid of the others... by any means necessary. Pictures Dept. is proud to present IT`S ME, IT`S ME (??, Ore Ore, 2013), the Japanese sci-fi sensation that`s blown away festival audiences worldwide! Coming to select US theaters on November 8th, this dreamy, otherworldly adventure from acclaimed director Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO) delivers dark turns, clever comedy, and stunning special effects in a brilliant, genre-defying tale of multiplicity. Kazuya Kamenashi of a popular boy-band, KAT-TUN, stars as the protagonist, Hitoshi, who is at ?rst disoriented in

    New Films Coming to Sydney and Melbourne Source: Japan Foundation, Sydney press release Official Site: japanesefilmfestival.net Special Thanks to Amanda Thompson The 17th Japanese Film Festival’s two flagship cities Sydney and Melbourne have extended their line-up to include an extra 20 titles, including internationally acclaimed dramas, wacky ‘only in Japan’ comedies, several thought-provoking titles, and ‘so hot right now’ releases. In addition to the national program, 13 box office hits have been announced, with 7 more to be announced on Tuesday, 8th of October. For full details of titles released to date, please go to japanesefilmfestival.net. Only in Japan! Just when you thought you’d seen it all… crime fighting takes an eccentric turn in this nonsensical parody in HK / FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (HK ????, HK Hentai Kamen, 2013), where the raunchy meets the ridiculous. Ryohei Suzuki, also starring in GATCHAMAN, plays

    Bandai Figures to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for figures and collectibles coming from Bandai`s Tamashii Nations. All items (except for the Predator Wolf figure) will be released in Japan in January 2014 and North America in February 2014. Fans and collectors can purchase Bandai Tamaashii Nations products from authorized Bluefin dealers, including SciFi Japan`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Toy Freakz. S.I.C. Kamen Rider No. 1 (New)/ S.I.C. ???????1? The exquisitely sculpted S.I.C. (Super Imaginative Chogokin) series welcomes its 15th year with a special commemorative product: Introducing a complete remake of Kamen Rider No.1 (Shinichigo) from MASKED RIDER (??????, Kamen Raidaa, 1971-1973)! Portrayed in superb proportion, and aesthetically crafted by sculptor Kenji

    Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.Figuarts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shfiguarts (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim It`s time for some Breakdance-jitsu! The original Black Ranger from MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (aka the Armored Mammoth Ranger from ZYURANGER) joins the S.H.Figuarts line-up with a full array of accessories and special bonus parts! Following the release of the Red and Pink rangers, the S.H.Figuarts Mighty Morphin Black Ranger will usher in the release of the Yellow and Blue Rangers, with a special part for construction of the legendary Power Blaster. The upcoming S.H.Figuarts Yellow and Blue Ranger releases will then feature the additional parts needed to complete this ultimate weapon! S.H.Figuarts Mighty Morphin Black Ranger also features additional accessories for the Power Axe, Thunder Slinger, and Blade Blaster; as well as interchangeable hand parts (4 right, 3 left). Whether it`s Zach,

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: elevenarts.net/space-battleship-yamato (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright The news that the live-action film SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (???????, Supeesu Batorushippu Yamato, 2010) will finally receive a limited theatrical release in North America has caught the attention of fans. Beginning October 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, the movie will then screen in Honolulu, San Francisco, and Canada. In response to SciFi Japan reader requests, theatrical distributor Eleven Arts Entertainment has provided some additional information... • LA, SF, and Honolulu are the only markets confirmed at this moment for the United States, though more cities may be added based on demand from fans. • The Canada screening locations may be confirmed this week. • Following the theatrical run, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO will be released on home video in North America. Check back with SciFi Japan for details soon. The following

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: elevenarts.net/space-battleship-yamato (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (???????, Supeesu Batorushippu Yamato, 2010), the live-action film adaptation of the legendary sci-fi anime series of the same name, will be released in limited theaters beginning Friday, October 19, 2013 in North America, distributed by ELEVEN ARTS. Beginning in Los Angeles, the film will then screen in Honolulu, San Francisco, and Canada. The film will be widely available at more than 20 Cineplex theaters in Canada on November 11, 2013. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, and featuring the most influential star in Asia, Takuya Kimura cast as the lead role, with the supporting heroine of the film being played by Meisa Kuroki. The film, originally released in Japan, earned over $40 million from Japanese box. North American fans of the series will finally get

    Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.Figuarts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shfiguarts (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Bluefin Distribution will be attending New York Comic Con 2013 from October 10-13. Visit Booth #1612 for new products on display and product unveilings by Tamashii Nations and Bandai Shokugan. • The last U.S. regional event for the GunPla Builders World Cup, an international Gundam model competition will be at NYCC! Details for this contest are available at the NYCC website and Bluefin website. • New upcoming GunPla products including GunPla Build Fighters series, All Gundam Project, and possibly MG Sazabi Ver. Ka on display! • All Exclusives that have not sold out will be available from Bluefin`s Premium Site directly in the future at a higher price. Retailers may purchase exclusives, but must do so at the Bluefin booth at NYCC at the same price as attendees just like in previous years. •

    Monster Magazine Publishes First New Issue in 12 Years Source: David McRobie David McRobie`s fanzine Xenorama: The Journal of Heroes and Monsters took a 12 year break before returning this past July with issue #15. Now, a mere two months later, comes Xenorama #16. The latest issue features an in-depth SPACE GHOST episode guide plus articles on DOCTOR WHO, Gamera and the kung fu classic AVENGING WARRIORS OF SHAOLIN (aka SHAOLIN RESCUERS). Writer Christopher Elam takes a look back at the POWER RANGERS on their 20th anniversary with his latest "Ranger Report", which he started writing for Xenorama 20 years ago as well. There`s also a fun look at THE CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT, the "lost" dinosaur movie from Hammer Films, written by new contributor John LeMay. And, as always, Godzilla makes an appearance as well. SciFi Japan`s Dan Ross once again provides the great cover

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