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PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE: More High-Res Images from Toei

SciFi Japan - 14 March, 2017 - 08:50
Three teams of Precures team-up in PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. ©2017 PDSMC ©2016 Pretty Cure Dream Stars! the Movie Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-dreamstars.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided additional high-res images from PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE (映画プリキュアドリームスターズ!, Eiga Purikyua Doriimu Sutaazu!), opening in Japanese theaters on March 18th. Continued...
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Award Winning Sci-Fi Novel Orbital Cloud Debuts From VIZ Media

SciFi Japan - 14 March, 2017 - 03:34
Author Of Gene Mapper Returns With A Tense Thriller About International Agents Battling Space-Based Terror Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © VIZ Media, LLC
VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint expands its catalog of works by the renowned Japanese author Taiyo Fujii with the publication of his celebrated novel Orbital Cloud on March 21st. The gripping near-future thriller will be released in print with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. An eBook edition will debut on March 21st in the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store. Taiyo Fujii is a winner of the Nihon SF Taisho Award as well as the prestigious Seiun Award and Japan’s “Best Science Fiction” Award, a rare triple-crown victory that has propelled the author to the country’s top echelon of SF writers and also garnered him wide international acclaim. Orbital Cloud is set in the year 2020. Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some suspicious orbiting space debris. Rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station. Halfway across the world, at NORAD, Staff Sergeant Daryl Freeman begins his own investigation of the threat. Continued...
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GAKI ROCK: ASAKUSA 6TH- WARD HONOR STORY — Manga Adaptation Coming to Amazon Prime Video (Japan)

SciFi Japan - 13 March, 2017 - 13:57
The live-action manga adaptation GAKI ROCK: ASAKUSA 6TH- WARD HONOR STORY is the latest Japanese Amazon Original series. Photo courtesy of Amazon Prime Video. © CLUSTAR inc.
Drama Series About Honor Among Street-Punks in Downtown Tokyo to Start Streaming from April 14 Source: Amazon Prime Video, Wright Film Inc. press releases Special Thanks to Richard Jeffery, Ayame Yamamoto and Sarasa Saiki A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Amazon Prime Video (Japan) has provided a press release, high-res photos and the trailer for its latest Japanese Amazon Original series GAKI ROCK: ASAKUSA 6TH- WARD HONOR STORY (ガキ☆ロック〜浅草六区人情物語〜, Gaki☆Rokku 〜 Asakusa Roku Kuhito Jomonogatari 〜), a dramatization of the popular manga Gaki Rock (ガキ☆ロック) . Continued...
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VIZ Media Announces New NARUTO Novel With Release of Naruto: Sasuke’s Story – Sunrise

SciFi Japan - 13 March, 2017 - 07:30
Latest Novel Focuses On Naruto’s Best Friend And Rival Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sunrise. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. NARUTO SAKURA-HIDEN SHIREN,HARUKAZE NI NOSETE © 2015 by Masashi Kishimoto, Tomohito Ohsaki/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, adds a brand new addition to the continuing series of NARUTO novels with the debut of Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sunrise. Readers are invited to join Sasuke Uchiha on his journey to atone for his sins following the conclusion of the Great Ninja War. Sasuke's Story - Sunrise is available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Shin Towada and features original cover art by NARUTO creator, Masashi Kishimoto. Currently available NARUTO novels include Naruto: Kakashi's Story, Naruto: Shikamaru's Story, Naruto: Sakura's Story, Naruto: Itachi's Story - Daylight and Naruto: Itachi's Story - Midnight. Continued...
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NETFLIX ACQUIRES ANIMATED "GODZILLA" MOVIE Streaming Service Distributing Globally in 2017!

August Ragone - 13 March, 2017 - 05:00
アニメーション映画『GODZILLA』Netflixで全世界独占配信決定!

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Netflix Japan's tweet announcing the worldwide deal on March 13th.

On Monday, March 13 at 6:30 pm (Japan Time), Netflix Japan's Twitter account posted an announcement, see below and in the above image, concerning the upcoming animated feature from Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures, titled GODZILLA, which was announced via this blog back in an entry on August 18th, 2016. And that announcement is not only true and verified, but also very exciting for Big G fans all across the globe, so here's the tweet, itself:

Netflix Anigodzi Tweet Blog

This is my translation: "Created by the gifted tag team of Kobun Shizuno x Hiroyuki Seshita x Gen Urobuchi and Polygon Pictures, the animated movie 'GODZILLA' will be exclusively distributed worldwide by Netflix! Release date to be announced soon!"

According to Cinema Today, and other Japanese entertainment news services, Netflix will begin streaming the film across the globe after it's theatrical release in Japan (tentatively scheduled for this July; pending official announcement, all dates are subject to change), and will see this new animated feature streaming in 190 countries. As for release on physical media for home video (DVD/Blu-ray) stay tuned to this blog for information as it develops.

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Concept art set in the mutated forest of Japan's "Old Tanazawa".

The aforementioned talents on this first animated Godzilla feature are responsible for such projects as GARGANTIA (2013), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (2014), AJIN: THE DEMI-HUMAN (2016), and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (Seasons 4 & 5; 2011-2013). Set on a far future Earth, the voice cast includes Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama), Jun'ichi Suwabe (Prince of Tennis), Kana Kanazawa (Steins Gate), and Mamoru Miyano (Death Note). No other credits have yet been announced.

Check out the official website and this blog for further news!

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Saban’s POWER RANGERS (2017) — Video Clips and Behind the Scenes Footage from Lionsgate

SciFi Japan - 12 March, 2017 - 20:06
Behind the scenes footage from Saban's POWER RANGERS. Video clip courtesy of Lionsgate. © 2017 Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. POWER RANGERS © 2017 SCG Power Rangers LLC.
Source: Lionsgate Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) Lionsgate has provided a B-roll (behind the scenes footage) and two more clips from Saban’s POWER RANGERS, opening in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017. Based on POWER RANGERS created by Haim Saban and Toei Company Ltd. -- and developed from the Japanese "Super Sentai" franchise -- the film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands. Continued...
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SOUND OF THE SKY BLU-RAY COLLECTION Coming June 2017 from Nozomi Entertainment

SciFi Japan - 12 March, 2017 - 13:57
Source: Nozomi Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry
Image courtesy of Nozomi Entertainment. © Paradores/ Aniplex/1121
Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of SOUND OF THE SKY BLU-RAY COLLECTION. Sound of the Sky Blu-ray Collection will be available June 6, 2017. The anime is directed by Mamoru Kanbe (ELFEN LIED, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, YOUR LIE IN APRIL), with music by Michiru Oshima (FULLMETAL ALCHMIST, MAGIC USER'S CLUB, BOYS OVER FLOWERS) and series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino (CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION, BLACK BUTLER, ACCEL WORLD). Available on Blu-ray in North America for the first time ever, the Collection contains all 12 episodes of the TV series plus two special bonus episodes. Special Features inlude the US Trailer, an Alternate Version of Episode 1, Episode Previews, and an Art Gallery. Continued...
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DESTRUCTION BABIES on UK Blu-ray and DVD April 10th

SciFi Japan - 12 March, 2017 - 08:10
UK Blu-ray and DVD cover art for DESTRUCTION BABIES. Photos courtesy of Third Window Films. © 2016 "Destruction Babies" Film Partners
"THE MOST EXTREME 108 MINUTES IN JAPANESE CINEMA HISTORY" Source: Third Window Films press release Special Thanks to Claire Marty On April 10th, Third Window Films will release the breakthrough film of Tetsuya Mariko, DESTRUCTION BABIES (ディストラクション・ベイビーズ, Disutorakushon Beibizu, 2016), on Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom. Continued...
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Premiere Footage

SciFi Japan - 11 March, 2017 - 07:19
KONG: SKULL ISLAND Premiere Soundbites. Video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2017 WARNER BROS.ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ KONG: SKULL ISLAND is now in theaters. Warner Bros.has released new video showing the film's premiere and a compilation of footage from the “KONG on the loose in Los Angeles” promotional campaign. Enjoy! Continued...
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The Quallerran: Part 2

Glyos Transmission Blog - 10 March, 2017 - 14:31
Long ago, a Quallerran starship found its way through the Zorennor Rift, unexpectedly plunging directly into the midst of an intense battle between the Delphi and a massive Voss Biovessel. Before evasive maneuvers could be taken, the Quallerran craft's control field was damaged in the crossfire, forcing a deadly crash on a small planet that would eventually come to be known as Syncros.

Of the three crew members, only one Quallerran survived the impact. Undaunted, the interstellar explorer continued on its mission, transmitting each and every new discovery through its Syncrobine Link out into space, in an effort to reach Quallerra. 

After many cycles marooned on Syncros, the lone Quallerran finally laid itself to rest deep within an unmarked cavern, reunited at last with its fallen brethren and destined to fade from existence... or so it would seem.

Time passed, and the Glyos System experienced many changes. Alien invaders continuously emerged from the unpredictable Zorennor Rift, causing great turmoil among the indigenous creatures of Glyos, forever altering the landscape of a once harsh but ordered system. Even under the protection of the benevolent Delphi, all life in Glyos seemed trapped within a state of endless conflict.

Eventually, a fragile balance was restored, which led to the growth of many powerful and advanced civilizations.

Throughout it all, the forgotten Quallerran lay buried under rock and time, until a secret expedition uncovered their still intact tomb...     

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ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Update: Live Stage Show Celebrates End of Production

SciFi Japan - 10 March, 2017 - 14:26
The stars of ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE attend a celebration for the end of the film's production. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku. © 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with a another batch of high-res photos from ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンオーブ 絆の力、おかりします!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The film opens at cinemas across Japan this Saturday, March 11th. Continued...
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Review

SciFi Japan - 9 March, 2017 - 16:26
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2017 WARNER BROS.ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND PATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Author: Richard Pusateri Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Marlena Green This is another glowingly positive review of KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which will reinforce the prevailing opinion that it is very good and you should not hesitate to see it. Continued...
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND — Kong Footprint Sightings in Los Angeles

SciFi Japan - 9 March, 2017 - 11:45
New Kong-sized footprints found at Runyon Canyon Park. Photo by Eric Charbonneau, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Photos and Video from Warner Bros. Pictures Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures continues their "KONG on the loose in Los Angeles" campaign leading up to Friday's release of the new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The studio has released new photos and video showing signs of the damaged caused by the giant ape's trek through the city. Continued...
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Ultraman Belial Light Up Figure from X-Plus and Premium Bandai in June 2017

SciFi Japan - 9 March, 2017 - 01:21
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their latest collaboration with Bandai; a light up Ultraman Belial figure produced as a tie-in to the ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (ウルトラマンゼロ THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017) television series. Continued...
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Saban’s POWER RANGERS (2017) — More Posters and Videos from Lionsgate

SciFi Japan - 8 March, 2017 - 16:25
Saban’s POWER RANGERS (2017) All-Star Trailer. Video courtesy of Lionsgate. © 2017 Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. POWER RANGERS © 2017 SCG Power Rangers LLC.
Source: Lionsgate Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) Lionsgate has provided their latest promotional videos and high-res poster images for Saban’s POWER RANGERS, opening in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017. Based on POWER RANGERS created by Haim Saban and Toei Company Ltd. -- and developed from the Japanese "Super Sentai" franchise -- the film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands. Continued...
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KONG Watch Continues in Los Angeles

SciFi Japan - 7 March, 2017 - 18:06
New Kong-sized footprints found at Microsoft Square at LA Live. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures continues their "KONG on the loose in Los Angeles" campaign for the new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. After planting massive footprints at Dockweiler Beach, the studio has displayed signs of the damaged caused by the giant ape's trek through the city. Continued...
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KAMEN RIDER AMAZONS Returns to Amazon Prime Video (Japan) Beginning April 7

SciFi Japan - 7 March, 2017 - 02:16
Photo courtesy of Amazon Prime Video. © 2017 "Kamen Rider Amazons" Production Committee © Ishimori Production Inc. and Toei Company, Ltd.
Second Season of the Highly-Rated Series Features New Stars You Maejima and Ayana Shiramoto Source: Amazon Prime Video, Wright Film Inc. press releases Official Site: amazon.co.jp/仮面ライダーアマゾンズ, toei.co.jp/tv/amazons (Japan) Special Thanks to Ayame Yamamoto, Richard Jeffery and Sarasa Saiki A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Amazon Prime Video (Japan) has provided SciFi Japan with a press release, trailer and high-res images for the upcoming Season 2 of their streaming series, KAMEN RIDER AMAZONS (仮面ライダーアマゾンズ, Kamen Raidaa Amazonzu). Continued...
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X-Plus Launches New FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE With 30cm Vakishim

SciFi Japan - 6 March, 2017 - 01:47
Unpainted prototype. 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 Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Vakishim, the first giant monster soft vinyl figure in their new FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE. Continued...
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