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BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Trailer and Photo Gallery

SciFi Japan - 17 April, 2017 - 05:24
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © Hiroaki Samura / Kodansha © 2017 "Blade of the Immortal" Film Production Committee
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/mugen (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided a trailer and several photos from BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (無限の住人, Mugen no Junin), the new live action feature film based on the samurai manga by Hiroaki Samura. The movie will open in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, April 29th. Continued...
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FATE/GRAND ORDER English Version to be Launched in Summer 2017

SciFi Japan - 16 April, 2017 - 18:35
Popular Mobile Game is Coming to North America Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: fate-go.jp (Japan), fate-go.us (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino
© TYPE-MOON / FGO PROJECT
Notes Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan), Aniplex Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) and DELiGHTWORKS Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) announced at the Aniplex industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington their plans to launch an English version of FATE/GRAND ORDER (フェイト/グランドオーダー, Feito/Gurando Oodaa) in North American territories in Summer 2017. The game will be available on both iOS and Android platforms. FATE/GRAND ORDER is one of the most successful mobile role-playing game in Japan. Players will become Masters, and together with characters called Heroic Spirits (also known as Servants) they will embark on a journey to the past called Grand Order. “FATE/GRAND ORDER has done incredibly well in Japan. It brings me a great joy to know that the fans in North America will soon be able to enjoy the game as well.” said Atsuhiro Iwakami, president of Aniplex Inc. “The epic story and exciting battle system come together as the ‘greatest Holy Grail War in history.’ I hope we can bring this excitement to as many people as possible.” Continued...
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The Hunt For Pikachu Is On In This Summer’s Let’s Find Pokémon! Special Complete Edition

SciFi Japan - 16 April, 2017 - 12:12
Logo courtesy of VIZ Media. ©2008 The Pokémon Company International. ©1995-2008 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. Pokémon properties are trademarks of Nintendo.
Seek-And-Find Activity Book Returns In A Revised and Updated Hardcover Edition Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delights POKÉMON fans of all ages with the release this summer of the Let's Find Pokémon! Special Complete Edition. Continued...
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Kinji Fukasaku’s COPS VS THUGS Blu-ray/DVD Combo in May from Arrow Video US

SciFi Japan - 15 April, 2017 - 13:39
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Image courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © 1975 Toei Co., Ltd.
Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, COPS VS THUGS (県警対組織暴力, Kenkei Tai Soshikibouryoku, 1975) was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970's. Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made. Continued...
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CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017 Press Notes and High-Res Images From Toho

SciFi Japan - 15 April, 2017 - 00:00
The Nohara Family gets mixed up in an alien invasion in CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017, the 25th Shin-chan movie. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © Yoshito Usui/Futabasha ・ Shin-Ei ・ TV Asahi ・ ADK 2017
25th Shin-Chan Anime Film Opens in Japan This Weekend Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shinchan-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017, opening in Japan this Saturday, April 15th. The movie is the 25th feature film based on the manga series created by Yoshito Usui. Continued...
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Aniplex of America Acquires KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU for Summer 2017

SciFi Japan - 14 April, 2017 - 18:46
Japan’s Newest Social Phenomenon Receives TV Series Adaptation Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: katsugeki-touken.com (Japan), Katsugeki-ToukenUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Nitroplus · DMM GAMES / KTR project
At the Nitroplus panel at Sakura Con in Seattle, Washington today, Aniplex of America announced the acquisition of KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU (活撃 刀剣乱舞, 2017) for their summer 2017 line up. Based on the immensely popular game TOUKEN RANBU ONLINE developed by DMM Games/Nitroplus, the series will be produced by the much loved ufotable, known for their groundbreaking work on FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] and GOD EATER. Aniplex of America also showed a trailer for the series, which they plan to start streaming in July 2017. Since its debut in 2015, the online game spawned a rabid fan movement within Japan and has been described as nothing short of a social phenomenon thanks to their very popular characters. As a result, the series promises a high quality production with stunning visuals and captivating storylines revolving around these individuals. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA International Update: German Trailer

SciFi Japan - 14 April, 2017 - 01:12
SHIN GODZILLA German trailer, courtesy of Splendid Film. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Splendid Film GMBH, More Publicity Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), das-monster-kommt.de (Germany) Special Thanks to Sabine Meiger German film distributor Splendid Film GMBH has provided the theatrical trailer for SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016). The movie will be released in Germany and Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) starting May 3rd.
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Bio-Masters: Wave 2

Glyos Transmission Blog - 13 April, 2017 - 20:54
A seemingly endless variety of exotic and unpredictable entities dwell within the depths of the ever moving Quallerran Research Vessel Rydine. Under the steady watch of Overseer Elpherios, these incredible creatures are carefully tested and monitored in a focused effort to understand and unlock their true potential.

Through the use of concentrated Rayexx Beams, Elpherios super charges two otherworldly subjects recently obtained near a strange prismatic structure drifting inside the Crethicay Triangle. Only through the use of specialized control implants can the unstable Rayexx Beams be harnessed, usually with extraordinary results.

What secrets do these unique aliens conceal and how can the Rayexx Beams be used to advance the Quallerran mission?  It's Overseer Elpherios' task to find out...


Our friend Pat Bussey has his second official Bio-Masters release set for tonight, April 13th, at 8:30PM Central Time! Both of Pat's new color choices match right up with our recent Rayexx and Neo Nonillia runs, so the building possibilities are ready and waiting.

Great work, Pat! Love that art!


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Sonny Chiba’s WOLF GUY Blu-ray/DVD Combo in May from Arrow Video US

SciFi Japan - 13 April, 2017 - 16:12
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Image courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © 1975 Toei Co., Ltd.
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is WOLF GUY (ウルフガイ 燃えろ狼男, Urufugai Moe Ro Ookamiotoko, 1975), one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Continued...
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VIZ Media Releases New Original Novel Tokyo Ghoul: Past

SciFi Japan - 13 April, 2017 - 13:00
New Prose Story From The Bestselling Manga Series Depicts The Mysterious And Harrowing World Of Ghouls Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. TOKYO GHOUL-SEKIJITSU- © 2014 by Sui Ishida, Shin Towada/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, notably expands its catalog of original novels inspired by the smash hit Tokyo Ghoul with the print and digital release of Tokyo Ghoul: Past on April 18th. The latest novel is the third release in an ongoing series of original stories, each focusing on a lead character from the bestselling manga series created by Sui Ishida. Tokyo Ghoul: Past was written by Shin Towada and debuts under the VIZ Signature imprint. The novel will be released in print with an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. It also be will available digitally for $8.99 from VIZ.com/read, the VIZ Manga App, and worldwide through Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play. Before the steel frame incident in the 20th Ward, there were reports of Ghouls lurking among the masses in Tokyo, carefully stalking their prey. Tokyo Ghoul: Past covers the events that occurred before the opening act of Tokyo Ghoul -- a time when Kaneki was still human, the Kirishimas still lived together, and Rize enjoyed her feasts. Continued...
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DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. – REUNION on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD May 16th

SciFi Japan - 13 April, 2017 - 05:46
Toei's anime feature film DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. – REUNION will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD in North America by Shout! Factory. Image courtesy of Shout! Factory. © Akiyoshi Hongo, TOEI ANIMATION
Animated Feature Film Reunites the Characters and Cast From the Classic Pop Culture Series Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Tom Chen The enthralling monsters battles and classic adventures of DIGIMON have captured a special place in the hearts of millions and continue to stand as an enduring global pop culture phenomenon since the late 1990s. On May 16, 2017, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Toei Animation, is proud to present new anime feature DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. – REUNION (デジモンアドベンチャーtri.再会, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Sakai, 2015) on home entertainment shelves in the U.S. and Canada. Continued...
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Playtime

Glyos Transmission Blog - 12 April, 2017 - 17:33
Thanks to the super talented Megan Kelly for the above illustration!

Starting this weekend, some serious playtime is in order for my brother and I. We've been given an opportunity to tour a bit of Europe with our amazing friend Iyeoka, in support of her new album Gold. JBo and I will be on drum and bass duty, along with fellow Destroyer/Macrotone/Viper Andy Bergman on sax, and Kenyan artist Blinky Bill on guitar. The Macrotones recently did a track with Iyeoka which will be available on a split record with Destroy Babylon next week!

For anyone interested, here's her new single, "Who Would Follow", and the song that has taken the world (wide web) by storm, "Simply Falling".

Full tour dates below. Şerefe!


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Quallerran Overseer Elpherios

Glyos Transmission Blog - 10 April, 2017 - 14:03
Quallerran Overseer Elpherios was the first of his kind to fuse with Axis Technology, pioneering a special "Evolver" separation method that placed the dark Villser Virus strains into another symbiotic, Axis-born lifeform called an "Axillioid".

Though granted a host of incredible new metamorphic abilities in this "Evolver" state, Elpherios now remains mortally connected to his bonded Axillioid, destined to follow the strange creature's fate, stand or fall. 

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Stomps Past Half a Billion at the Worldwide Box Office

SciFi Japan - 9 April, 2017 - 19:09
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2017 WARNER BROS.ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND TENCENT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jack Horner Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures’ global blockbuster KONG: SKULL ISLAND has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was announced April 6 by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Mary Parent, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production for Legendary. Continued...
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Thank You!!!

Glyos Transmission Blog - 9 April, 2017 - 14:04
Thank you for being part of the "Skate Wars" last week! This wave has a lot of funny connections to a pivotal time back in my youth, so it was extra neat to see that some of you enjoyed the stuff. I still clearly remember scratching out the original drawings for the Skate Wars guys as a kid and wanting to make versions that I could carry around. Thanks to you, that's become a reality.

As always, we continue to shuffle the production numbers, particularly with the crossover editions. Both the Vector Jump and OSM Cyclops runs were boosted up to hopefully meet the demand from folks that were visiting for just those specific figures. As of this writing, only a handful of each remain since popping them up, so it looks like we hit the right combination this time. Special thanks go out to Jesse D, Gary and Mel for letting Pheyden's cousins come over for dinner.

All orders placed since Wednesday night have hit the post, with just a few that came in late yesterday and the international orders left to go out, first thing tomorrow morning. The traffic was higher than usual so we've been hustling hard to keep things moving. Extra special thanks to Megan and her daughter Aeris for assisting with the late shift! It's so great to have a new addition to the family, especially a little peanut like Aeris.

Our next round is set to land in mid-May and should make some of you builders out there smile.

Thanks again from the whole family!


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More Ultraman Figures from Bandai in April

SciFi Japan - 9 April, 2017 - 07:10
Photos courtesy of Bandai Co. © Tsuburaya Productions
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai's “Ultra Hero 500” line continues with new soft vinyl figures of characters from the upcoming Tsuburaya Productions mini-series, ULTRAFIGHT ORB (ウルトラファイトオーブ 親子の力、おかりします!, Urutorafaito Oobu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for June 2017

SciFi Japan - 7 April, 2017 - 15:06
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Barabas and Ultraman Belial © Tsuburaya Productions. Godzilla and Hedorah TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Spectreman © P-Production.
Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted an early look at X-Plus’ giant monster figures for June 2017 that included photos of unpainted prototypes. X-Plus has now provided complete product specs and more than 40 HUGE high-res pics of all the painted figures so we’re back with an update. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MS IGLOO Collection and GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT: DECEMBER SKY Coming July 2017

SciFi Japan - 7 April, 2017 - 09:41
Images courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming releases of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MS IGLOO Collection and GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT: DECEMBER SKY on Blu-ray and DVD on July 11, 2017. Continued...
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