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October 2017 Blu-ray and DVD Releases from Section23 Films

SciFi Japan - 21 June, 2017 - 17:56
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
GARO TV COLLECTION 1 Available October 17th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ Limited Edition Premium Box Set for the supernatural coming-of-age tale, FLYING WITCH! Additional releases for October include the THE DRAGON DENTIST, HINAKO COMPLETE COLLECTION and LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS RIKKA VERSION Blu-ray + DVD Combos plus GARO TV COLLECTION 1, PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION COMPLETE COLLECTION, SLAVE PRINCESS OLIVIA, LOG HORIZON COMPLETE COLLECTION, GOLDEN TIME COMPLETE COLLECTION and AMAGAMI SS / AMAGAMI SS+ COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray. Read on for plot descriptions, product specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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X-Plus August 2017 Update: Firemons From ULTRAMAN ACE

SciFi Japan - 21 June, 2017 - 15:41
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Daikaiju Series figure of the "Flame Super Beast" Firemons from the ULTRAMAN ACE (ウルトラマンA(エース), Urutoraman Eesu, 1972-1973) television series. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA International Exclusive: Italian Info, Trailer and High-Res Pics from QMI / Stardust

SciFi Japan - 20 June, 2017 - 19:04
Photo courtesy of QMI/Stardust. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: QMI / Stardust, Minerva Pictures, Dynit s.r.l. Official Site: (Japan), (Italy) Special Thanks to Arianna Monteverdi, Sara Sagrati, Agata De Laurentiis, Ilaria Ricci and Stefano Ricci After opening in Japan last summer, Toho’s SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) has played in cinemas around the world. The film's international release continues this July in Italy. SciFi Japan previews this event with information, photos, poster art and a trailer, courtesy of Italian distributor, QMI / Stardust. Continued...
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse Kicks Into Gear as the Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

SciFi Japan - 19 June, 2017 - 15:51
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Following the global success of 2014’s GODZILLA and this year’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. Continued...
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Bio-Masters: Wave 3

Glyos Transmission Blog - 18 June, 2017 - 12:49
Cosmic Dungeon Master, Pat Bussey, currently has the third wave of his awesome Bio-Mass Monsters available now, over in his updated store.

Inspired by TSR's legendary Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and continuing the fantasy themed month of June across the sister Glyos companies, Pat's latest assortment is loaded with awesome colors and three special "Dark Fortress" builds (one of which even includes a "Contaminated" Hub Set).

Being able to watch Pat's creative process once again has been a blast, as he really does sink a lot of effort into the accompanying illustrations and story elements of his launches to flesh things out. Pat even constructed a scratch built set for his pics! A true passion project, all the way.

Killer work, Pat! Everything about this round is a knockout!

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Real Master Collection PLUS: Garamon Statue from X-Plus

SciFi Japan - 17 June, 2017 - 12:26
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Garamon for their Real Master Collection PLUS line of statues with bonus features. The popular monster was introduced in ULTRA Q Episode 13: GARADAMA (ウルトラQ 13: ガラダ). Continued...
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Toei Animation Shares MAZINGER Z Feature Film Details At Annecy International Animation Film Festival

SciFi Japan - 16 June, 2017 - 16:03
Promotional art. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Go Nagai/Dynamic Planning - MZ Film Partners
Official Synopsis, First Footage, And More Revealed! Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to David Syatt Toei Animation gave the world a first-look at its highly-anticipated MAZINGER Z feature film (劇場版マジンガーZ, Gekijooban Majingaa Z) at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the largest animation festival in the world. First announced in February with only an image, fans across the globe have waited eagerly for key details on how the big screen will adapt the revered anime series. Now -- for the first time since 1974 -- MAZINGER Z is finally back! Continued...
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BANDAI UNLEASHES THE "GREEN GARGANTUA"! Vinyl Display Figure Breaks Loose in September

August Ragone - 15 June, 2017 - 14:00

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Bandai issues it's first vinyl figure of Gaira, the Green Gargantua!

COLOSSAL GARGANTUAN BREAKING NEWS! Announced earlier today via the Twitter feed of the journal, Tokusatsu Hi-Ho (Special Effects Treasures), the online-only Bandai Premium service of the eponymous global toy juggernaut, will be issuing a 18 cm (7.08") soft vinyl figure of the fan favorite Green Gargantua, Gaira, from the popular Toho spectacle THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966).

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Iconic aggressive pose developed by suit actor Haruo Nakajima!

Coinciding with this announcement, Tokusatsu Hi-Ho’s latest issue will feature an article on the upcoming figure as well as an interview with legendary monster suit maker Eizo Kaimai, who had created the very man-eating mutant this sofubi (soft vinyl figure) is based on – so, we can imagine that this has passed his snuff. Tokusatsu Hi-Ho Vol. 6 is available from bibliopolists in Japan, starting tomorrow.

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Run to the hills... Run for your lives... Gaira's looking for dinner!

The Bandai Premium website followed suit with four very important, key, details, and lots of images; which have transposed to this report (Bandai states that the actual product will differ from these intended for illustrative purposes). Most of the text on Bandai’s page for this figure is nothing more than a stream of colorfully hyperbolic points, such as “Beware! Run from this man-eating monster!”

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My Green Gargantua's back... and you're gonna be in trouble!

But, as mentioned above, there are four key pieces of information, the first being the size of the figure, which is 18 cm - which fits in with the original Bandai "Godzilla Series", to better appeal to adult collectors (relative movie sizes notwithstanding) - and the ad copy exclaiming, "This is the figure [we] always wanted to see in stores - now, at last, it's available via the Web!"

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Sideview of the unpainted prototype for the upcoming release!

While, we've got the size of this thing nailed down, there's the matter of release date and - most importantly to all of you hyperventilating, nail-bitting, vinyl-sniffers out there - price. Each unit will be retailing for ¥3,999 JPY or $36.00 USD. Preorders through Bandai Premium's website go live at 11:00 am, June 16th (Japan Time). Scheduled for shipment this September, Gaira will be ready to  eat  meet you...

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Kenji Seki's details pop in this shot of the unpainted prototype!

Last, but not least, the graphics and press features what appears to be a series line moniker, "Kaiju Bangaichi" (which can/may be roughly translated as "Monster No-Man's Land" or transliterated as "Monsters of Unknown Realms"). Even though we haven't stopped breathing into our paper bags, yet, could we soon see the Brown Gargantua, Sanda? And... Other giant monsters Bandai had previously passed over?

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Monstrous angled view of the popular bad guy from the 1966 movie!

Stay tuned for more gargantuan information as it comes up from the darkest depths to devour you! Or will you devour it?

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TOKU is Now Available for Amazon Prime Members

SciFi Japan - 9 June, 2017 - 13:00
The TOKU network's selection of Ultraman series are among the programming coming to TOKU's new Amazon Prime channel. Photo courtesy of TOKU. © Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
Source: TOKU press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango Olympusat Inc., has announced that TOKU, the only 24/7 live and on-demand television network dedicated to eye-catching anime, popular live-action titles and cult classics from Asia dubbed into English, is now available for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Channels. Continued...
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Bit Figs: Wave 6

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 June, 2017 - 20:30

The new wave of Bit Figs is available now at the Culture Pirates shop!

Mega Bit Pheyden Cosmic Wave Starcrosser is not only the first to feature special effects plastic and the new belt paint app, but these figures were run in a lower durometer for extra pliability. In hand they have a softer "minifig" feel, similar to the old Japanese Keshi lines. A limited number of unpainted sets are available as well.

Also in store is the debut of Animal Series 2: Marine Bit Figs! Five all-new coastal characters are available now in mystery 5-packs. They'll be floating around vending machines nationwide this summer where you'll have the chance to score a super rare deluxe painted figure!

Rounding things out is the second series of enamel pins, featuring new colors for Iken and Oni. We've also restocked the original glow-in-the-dark Glyos Button Set 1.

As a special thank you to all early supporters, here's a limited time offer:

Enter discount code COSMICWAVE at checkout for 20% off any order $25 and up! Expires this Friday 6/9 at midnight.

Thanks and have fun!

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SciFi Japan - 7 June, 2017 - 15:48
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry
Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming release of MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION on Blu-ray September 5, 2017. Available on Blu-ray in North America for the first time ever, the Collection contains all three MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM compilation movies with amazing new footage! MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION is written and directed by the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, and features original Japanese theme songs by music legend GACKT. Continued...
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Shark Bit

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 June, 2017 - 09:24
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Octo Bit

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 June, 2017 - 18:21
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Bit Gull

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 June, 2017 - 09:24
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Yo-Kai Watch #2 Extended Preview

SciFi Japan - 6 June, 2017 - 08:00
The fan-favorite Jibanyan battles the sinister Snartle in Yo-Kai Watch #2, on sale tomorrow from IDW. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2017 LEVEL-5/YWP
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Katie Courtney and Kahlil Schweitzer The second issue of IDW Publishing's all-new Yo-Kai Watch comic book series will be available from comic book shops and retailers tomorrow, June 7th. IDW has provided SciFi Japan with an extended preview featuring additional pages not available from other press outlets. Continued...
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Bit Fish

Glyos Transmission Blog - 5 June, 2017 - 20:01
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Bit Crab

Glyos Transmission Blog - 5 June, 2017 - 11:58
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SHIN GODZILLA English Language Blu-ray/DVD Details and High-Res Artwork

SciFi Japan - 5 June, 2017 - 11:09
Photos courtesy of Funimation Entertainment and Madman Entertainment. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Product Info For North America, Australia and New Zealand Source: Funimation Entertainment, Madman Entertainment Official Site: (Japan), (US), (Australia) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski and Ben Pollock Last month, North American distributor Funimation Entertainment and Australian distributor Madman Entertainment announced they would be releasing Toho's SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) on home video in their respective territories. Both companies have now provided SciFi Japan with additional details as well as large, high-res packaging artwork for the various upcoming editions of the film. Continued...
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HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY, TETSUYA NAKAYASHIKI! "Mr. Kamen Rider" Was Born on June 5, 1948

August Ragone - 5 June, 2017 - 02:00

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The main hero suit actor during the Showa "Kamen Rider" series.

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Cosmic Summer Waves

Glyos Transmission Blog - 4 June, 2017 - 13:51
Catch the next wave of Bit Figs this Wednesday June 7th @ 9:30 PM ET!

In addition to sparkling new Bit Pheyden sets (painted and unpainted), we'll be debuting the all-new Animal Series 2, hitting vending machines nationwide this summer! Five new characters will be revealed throughout the week, stay tuned!

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