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    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

    Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Megahouse press releases Megahouse, a division of Bandai Namco Group, has launched their "Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY" line of three-dimensional character puzzles. The figures can be played with by assembling and disassembling 40 separate parts -- including muscles, bones, and internal organs -- and can also be displayed as is. The first two characters in the line are the Ancoent Monster Gomora and Space Dinosaur Zetton,  kaiju that were introduced in the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) television series. Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ● Dismantling Puzzle FANTASY Gomora (解体パズルFANTASY ゴモラ, Kaitai Pazuru Fantajī Gomora) Product Size:  Height Approximately 100mm (3.9 Inches)Release Date: Late June 2023Price: 4,180円 (Approximately $28.28 US, Tax Included) Product Site: https://www.megahouse.co.jp/megatoy/products/item/3941/ Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Megahouse. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. press release To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions' 1998-99 series ULTRAMAN GAIA  (ウー25th Anniversary ver.ルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia), the Agulater transformation device used by Hiroya Fujimiya (played by Hassei Takano) to become Ultraman Agul has been revised as the "Ultra Replica Agulater ー 25th Anniversary ver." (ウルトラレプリカ アグレイター25th Anniversary ver., Urutora Repurika Agureitā ) by Premium Bandai, the official mail order site of Bandai Namco. All parts are completely newly sculpted from the previous Ultra Replica version released in 2017. The main body of the Agulaterr has been made significantly thinner by reworking the internal structure, and the details have been reproduced to more accurately recreate its appearance of the prop used in the series. The brace parts have also been redesigned with a focus on appearance. The material and structure have been changed from the soft

    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 ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 Source: ANGEL CHAMPAGNE press release Official Site: https://angelchampagne.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelchampagnej Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angel_champagne_japan/ Photo courtesy of ANGEL CHAMPAGNE. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 3 The innovative and creative champagne brand ANGEL CHAMPAGNE began selling "ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION" on Monday, September 4, 2023. The limited edition tie-in product for the ULTRAMAN anime on Netflix sold out on the first day. Based on ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008, the bottle and case gleam in metallic red and silver, inspired by the world of ULTRAMAN. The ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITION comes with an original box and store bag featuring the ULTRAMAN suit and logo.   ◆Details Product Name:ANGEL CHAMPAGNE Vintage2008 ULTRAMAN EDITIONContent:750mlCountry of Origin: FranceGrape Varietal:Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, MeunierAlcohol Content: 12.5%Price: 198,000円

    All 393 soft vinyl figures are illustrated! Source: Kodansha Ltd. press release Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Many people who love the Ultraman series have purchased soft vinyl figures of the different heroes and monsters from the franchise. TV Magazine Deluxe 262: Definitive Edition - Ultra Soft Vinyl Series Complete Super Encyclopedia (テレビマガジンデラックス262 決定版 ウルトラソフビシリーズ コンプリート超百科, Terebi Magajin Derakkusu 262 Ketteiban Urutora Sofubi Shirīzu Konpurīto Chō Hyakka), to be released on September 4th by the Japanese publisher Kodansha, is a guide to the current lineup of products from Bandai's "Ultra Hero Series" and "Ultra Monster Series." The book covers figures from the original Ultraman to the latest hero Ultraman Blazar, and monsters from Alien Baltan to the latest figure, Baby Demaaga. Furthermore, subsets such as the large "DX" series and the "Advance" series with its fun gimmicks and actions are included. A

      Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. ©Masamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee Source: SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO press releaseOfficial Site: https://shibuya.parco.jp The GHOST IN THE SHELL SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH (『攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045』×THE SUGAR PUNCH, Kōkaku Kidōtai: SAC_2045 x THE SUGAR PUNCH) pop-up store opened at 2G TOKYO on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will run for one week, closing next Tuesday, August 29th. Photo courtesy of SEEKER CREATIVE STUDIO. © 2023, THE SUGAR PUNCH THE SUGAR PUNCH was launched as a "creator platform" involving various creators in fashion, graphics, video, music, and art to reimagine the titles that manga geek graphic designer SUGAR fell in love with. Based on the love for the original works, graphic designs were created to serve as "advertisements" for the original titles, and brand logos were created for each work to match the logos of the original

      Garage kit maker Hiroshi Asakawa sculpts all the monsters from ULTRAMAN Episode 8: THE MONSTER ANARCHY ZONE. From left to right - Magula, Red King, Pigmon, Chandlar and Suflan. Photo courtesy of Hobby Japan. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Hobby Japan Co., Ltd. press release   Cover to ASU KOUBOU: ULTRA MONSTER MUSEUM. Photo courtesy of Hobby Japan. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Hobby Japan, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Daisuke Matsushita) has released Asu Koubou: Ultra Monster Museum (アス工房 ウルトラ怪獣ミュージアム, Asu Kōbō Urutora Kaijū Myūjiamu), a collection of Ultra Monster works, at bookstores across Japan. The book is also available from Japanese bookstores and hobby shops in North America. Asu Koubou: Ultra Monster Museum is a showcase for Hiroshi Asakawa, head of the garage kit studio Asu Koubou (アス工房, Asu Kōbō), who has been sculpting all of the monsters that appeared in the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) television series.

    Impress Holdings, Inc. press release<Official Site:  https://www.rittor-music.co.jp/product/detail/3720317429 Cover to the new book The Adventures of Akio Jissoji by author Takeshi Yagi. Photo courtesy of Impress Holdings. © 2023 Rittor Music,Inc., an Impress Group company Akio Jissoji (1937-2006) joined Tsuburaya Productions in the company's earliest days and established himself as a standout director on ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman 1966-67) and ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) due to his use of creative camera angles and framing, lighting and shadows, and other storytelling techniques. He would then direct New Wave films for the Art Theatre Guild, including the award-winning -- and controversial - The Buddhist Trilogy consisting of THIS TRANSIENT LIFE (無常, Mujō, 1970), MANDARA (曼陀羅, 1971) and POEM (哥(うた), Uta, 1972).  Additional credits would include FX films like TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS (帝都物語, Teito Monogatari, 1988) and adaptations of horror and mystery stories by novelist Edogawa Rampo, such as WATCHER IN

    Photo courtesy of White Monkey Inc. © WhiteMonkey All Rights Reserved. White Monkey Inc. press release White Monkey Inc. will hold an unveiling event at ASAGE CAFE in Kuramae, Tokyo, on Saturday, August 26, to celebrate the launch of its new fruit-scented "infused coffee." Company CEO Himena Tsukimiya will attend to sell and serve the new product directly to customers. This event is open to the public. Himena Tsukimiya, CEO of White Monkey and Ultraman actress. Photo courtesy of White Monkey Inc. © WhiteMonkey All Rights Reserved. In addition to her entrepreneurial efforts, Tsukimiya is an actress with multiple credits. She currently stars in the television series ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā) as Emi Aobe, the intelligence expert for the anti-monster team SKaRD.   ▼ Comment from Himena Tsukimiya, CEO of White Monkey Inc. "I want to be the vitality to live

    Photo courtesy of Cospa Co., Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Shirts Featuring Zetton, King Joe and Kanegon! Source: Cospa Co., Ltd. press release Last week, Cospa Corporation announced a new wave of T-shirts and tote bags based on the Godzilla series. Not wanting to leave the Ultraman series out,  the Japanese costume and apparel company has just revealed three new additions to their line of Ultraman goods. These products will be available from hobby stores across Japan this November, though fans can get them early at a pair of Ultraman events... ○ "TSUBURAYA EXHIBITION 2023 - 'The Power of Imagination' Tsuburaya Productions and Ultraman" at Matsuzakaya Museum of Art through Monday, September 24 and at Ikebukuro Sunshine City through Thursday, August 24. ○ "Ultra Heroes EXPO 2023 Summer Festival" at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo through Monday, August 28.  View Cospa's full line of Ultraman

    ULTRAMAN REGULOS will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: https://m-78.jp/galaxy-fight/regulos/ja/ (Japan), https://m-78.jp/galaxy-fight/regulos/english/ (English) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release of ULTRAMAN REGULOS (ウルトラマンレグロス, Urutoraman Regurosu, 2023), the latest entry in their streaming "Ultra Galaxy Fight" line. The six-episode series streamed on Tsuburaya Productions' subscriber service "TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION" in Japan and on Ultraman Connection in North America. In addition to the series, the Blu-ray and DVD wil include the special ULTRAMAN REGULOS: FIRST MISSION (ウルトラマンレグロス ファーストミッション, Urutoraman Regurosu: Fāsuto Misshon, 2022), while the Blu-ray will also feature a recording of the "ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT Special Night" (ウルトラギャラクシーファイトスペシャルナイト完全版, Urutora Gyarakushī Faito Supesharu Naito Kanzenban) live event that was held on December 27, 2022.  ● ULTRAMAN REGULOS Blu-ray Distributor: BANDAI NAMCO Filmworks Release Date: Wednesday, November 22,

    Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: NTT QONOQ, Inc. press releaseOfficial Site: https://xrcity.docomo.ne.jp/contents/ultraseven-ar196837/ (Japan) NTT QONOQ, a division of the mobile network services company NTT DOCOMO, has launched "Case File AR196837: A Star and a Girl" (CaseFile AR196837 星と少女,  CaseFile AR 196837 Hoshi to Shōjo) as an official tie-in to ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' (ウルトラセブン IF Story 『55年前の未来』, Urutorasebun IF Story '55-nen Mae no Mirai'), a short concept movie developed by Tsuburaya Productions as part of their year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen). The mysterious girl (Mion Okai). Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Running 7 minutes,  ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' connects the present and 55 years into the future through an "If Story," an episode which "may have existed" as part of the original ULTRASEVEN television

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN BLAZAR PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Sites: https://ani.tv/ultraman_blazar/, https://m-78.jp/blazar/ (Japan)Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series  Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese home video release for their latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOX VOL.I (『​ウルトラマンブレーザー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.I、Urutoraman Burēzā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 22, 2023 with VOL.II following on February 28, 2024. ULTRAMAN BLAZAR began airing on Saturday, July 8, 2023 on the TV Tokyo network, and has been trending #1 worldwide on Twitter. Episodes are simulcast worldwide on the Official Ultraman YouTube channel with multiple dub options, including English, Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian. The ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOXes use a special walnut box design. Each volume includes a 24-page, full color booklet with secrets about the production of ULTRAMAN BLAZAR, plus a SPECIAL DISC containing exclusive bonus footage.  

    The Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association is now running a tourism campaign with the Ultraman series. Photo courtesy of Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association press release Official Site: https://ultra-daikokai.com/ Beginning this Tuesday, August 8th, the Kagoshima Passenger Ship Association will run "Go! Go! Ultra Great Voyage"(ゴー!ゴー!ウルトラ大航海, Gō ! Gō ! Urutora Dai Kōkai), an Ultraman-themed event for parents and children taking the sight-seeing ferry around the Amami Islands southwest of Kyushu. The campaign runs through November 7th and includes Ultra Hero special cabins and a stamp rally to win limited edition Ultraman collectibles. The Kagoshima Passenger Boat Association released a statement: "We hope that many people will take a boat trip to the Amami Islands, including the World Natural Heritage sites of Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima. We hope that the tie-in campaign with the Ultraman series will provide an

    Graniph has partnered with the Ultraman Series for new clothing and collectibles. Photo courtesy of Graniph Co., Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: Graniph Co., Ltd. press release Graniph Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Akihiko Murata) will launch a collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Series starting Tuesday, August 15, 2023. A total of 29 items including T-shirts, blousons, socks, hats, and kids' items featuring a wide range of Ultra Heroes and monsters will be available from Graniph's official online store and their retail locations across Japan. Pre-orders have begun on the official site and will run until 11:59 pm on August 14. Some Graniph stores in Japan will hold events to celebrate the release of the Ultraman Series product line. From Tuesday, August 15 - Monday, August 28, a 2.5-meter (8 foot) tall statue of Ultraman will be installed inside the flagship store located in the

    Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco Filmworks. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM 2 Source: Bandai Namco Filmworks press release Official Sites: https://anime.heros-ultraman.com/ (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/80231373 (US) Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/heros_ultraman   Bandai Namco Filmworks has released the the 2nd Season of the Netflix ULTRAMAN  (ウルトラマン) anime series in a Japanese Blu-ray BOX Special Limited Edition. Based on the manga series by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the series was directed by Kenji Kamiyama, director of the GHOST IN THE SHELL: S.A.C. series, and Shinji Aramaki, director of the APPLESEED series,. Production I.G and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS handled production of the animation, which presented a fusion  between the detailed texture of the Ultraman suit in 3DCG and the dynamic action unique to animation. Season 1 premiered on Netflix in 2019, and quickly became a hit in Japan and abroad. Season 2 followed in 2022, and the

    The 57-year history of the Ultraman series is gathered in Kodansha's Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024. Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Kodansha Ltd. press release The cover design depicts the familiar silhouette from the opening of ULTRASEVEN.Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that their Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024 (ウルトラマン&怪獣手帳 2024,Urutoraman ando Kaijū Techō 2024) will be released on September 11, 2023.  Featuring a stylish red vinyl cover with the silhouette of Ultraseven and the silver foil stamping of the Ultra Guard mark, the book acts as a daily planner, diary and comprehensive Ultra Series information guide. This year marks the third anniversary of the Ultraman & Monsters Notebook series, and the 2024 edition has been reworked to make it even more fun and

    Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   JR-Cross press release Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS JR East Cross Station Foods Company Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Foods Company President: Mitsuhiro Fukaya) will hold its first "Ultraman" collaboration campaign at all 68 Beck's Coffee Shops in Japan from Tuesday, August 1 to celebrate the airing of  ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). In addition to sales of new Ultraman "drink coupons" (6 types in total) and water bottles (limited quantities),  the "Ultraman Collaboration Design Beck's Coffee Shop Drink Coupon Complete Set" (ウルトラマンコラボデザイン ベックスコーヒーショップドリンク回数券コンプリートセット, Urutoraman Korabodezain Bekkusu Kōhī Shoppu Dorinku Kaisūken Konpurīto Setto) with a luxury ticket holder will be sold at some stores and on the e-commerce site "Ekinet". In addition, customers can participate in the "New

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