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Godzilla (2014) Maquette Contest from Sideshow Collectibles

SciFi Japan - 10 June, 2014 - 04:04
Win a Godzilla (2014) maquette from Sideshow Collectibles! Image courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Source: Sideshow Collectibles Special Thanks to Tara Duffy Sideshow Collectibles is bringing the King of the Monsters to life, and they're giving you the chance to win one of the soon-to-be-released Godzilla maquettes! Enter their contest at sideshowtoy.com/whats-new/godzilla. The Godzilla maquette contest runs through July 15th. Continued...
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RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Volume 2 on July 24th

SciFi Japan - 10 June, 2014 - 01:05
The Hilarious Gender-Bending Martial Arts Mayhem Continues in HD Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen
Blu-ray box art courtesy of VIZ Media. © Rumiko Takahashi/ Shogakukan
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers the next installment of the celebrated return of the classic RANMA ½ anime series in new, digitally restored, High Definition Limited Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD Box Sets with the release of Volume 2 -- covering Episodes 24-46 -- on June 24th. VIZ Media is releasing the revered gender-bending martial arts action comedy, based on the popular manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, in its original Japanese series order across seven Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets. Each contains a wealth of special bonus features and other extras that fans will not want to miss. RANMA ½ is rated TV-14. The RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set, Volume 2 carries an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $66.15 CAN. The set features 23 episodes on 3 discs, presented for the first time ever in full 1080p High Definition resolution with the series’ original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio. The Standard Edition DVD set is available with an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN. Continued...
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Full Fusion 2

Glyos Transmission Blog - 9 June, 2014 - 18:37
Still working on the newly sculpted parts, including an alternate head and a couple of other bits. Full reveal tomorrow!

Been listening to a combo of classic 80's metal (TNT, Lillian Axe, Dokken and Stryper) and Little Dragon to fuel the fire while I chop away! Skeleden is turning out to be one Savage Traveler!

Conceptual drawings, progress pics and maybe even some 8-bit action are all on deck for this week.

We also have a little surprise in store for this coming Sunday, June 15th at 9:30 PM EST. More on that also coming tomorrow!


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Super7 13th Anniversary Party!

Super7 - 9 June, 2014 - 13:26

Super7 is celebrating our 13th Anniversary this Friday the 13th! Join us if you dare at the Super7 Store for our Lucky 13th Birthday Party!

Come out to the Super7 Store Friday the 13th at 7pm for a trip down the Skullbrain Memory Lane and trade terrible tales of toys that got away, or brag big about bad to the bone scores!

Food and Drink will be on hand, along with some super special Super7 Anniversary Lucky Bags, a sampling of the Super7 Historical Toy Archive, and who knows what additional surprises!

7pm, Super7 Store at 1427 Haight St, SF, CA.

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Full Fusion

Glyos Transmission Blog - 9 June, 2014 - 04:58

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GODZILLA Week 4 Box Office Report

SciFi Japan - 9 June, 2014 - 02:00
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Ford Brody in GODZILLA. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 8, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation Official Site: Godzillamovie.com In sixth place at both the domestic and international box office, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' GODZILLA earned $5.95 million in the US and another $5.4 million from foreign territories. To date, the movie has hauled in $394 million worldwide. This coming week should be an important one in GODZILLA's theatrical run as the film opens in China -- the second largest theatrical market -- on June 13th and is expected to cross $400 million worldwide. Continued...
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Perfect Square Acquires New Manga Series Pokémon Adventures X & Y

SciFi Japan - 8 June, 2014 - 23:49
© 1995-2013 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. TM, ®, and character names are trademarks of Nintendo. © 1997 Hidenori KUSAKA, Satoshi YAMAMOTO/SHOGAKUKAN
VIZ Media Imprint to Release All-Ages Manga Inspired by the Latest Generation of POKÉMON Video Games Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the acquisition of the domestic publishing and digital media rights for the Pokémon Adventures X & Y manga series. The manga is based on the POKÉMON X and POKÉMON Y video games, which launched globally for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in October 2013. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for July 2014

SciFi Japan - 8 June, 2014 - 08:01
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Gander, Grand King and Ultraman © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late July 2014. Continued...
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Aniplex of America to Release SILVER SPOON Season 1 on DVD

SciFi Japan - 8 June, 2014 - 05:22
From the Author of the Hit Series Fullmetal Alchemist Comes a Story of Farm Work, Friendship, and the Freshest Food! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: ginsaji-anime.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/silverspoon (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Contents of the SILVER SPOON – Complete 1st Season DVD Set-. Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Hiromu Arakawa, Shogakukan/EZONO Festa Executive Committee
Aniplex of America has announced plans to release the first season of SILVER SPOON (銀の匙, Gin no Saji, 2013) in a complete DVD set on July 15th. Pre-orders have already begun through official Aniplex of America retailers. SILVER SPOON is an anime adaptation of the manga series originally created by author, Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), which has been awarded both the 5th Manga Taisho Award and the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2012. The unique story follows Yugo Hachiken, a young man who decides to attend an agricultural high school in the countryside of Hokkaido prefecture in order to escape the academic pressures he had to live within the city. The series demonstrates how Yugo, who is initially burned-out, comes to see his life through a different light as he engages with his classmates and works with the animals on the farm at Oezo Agricutral High School a.k.a. Ezono. The anime series is directed by Tomohiko Ito, best known for his work with SWORD ART ONLINE, and the animation was produced by A-1 Pictures, notable for their work on popular titles such as SWORD ART ONLINE, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC, BLUE EXORCIST, and OREIMO 2. Continued...
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Picking Bones

Glyos Transmission Blog - 8 June, 2014 - 01:52
A few clear views of the Titan Skeleton.

All the small indents where you see a pin going through to secure a joint will be insert molded in full production, which means that those holes will not be visible. This is the same process that is used on the Four Horsemen's Power Lords, and yields a solid combination of functionality and finish.

I can't help thinking about the days of my youth when I look at this figure, playing Sega's Golden Axe at the Acton Bowladrome in between my blasted summer school classes. The face in particular reminds me of the massive skeleton on the Character Select Screen. The skeletons in the actual game were real mean enemies that drove me nuts, but man did I love playing round after round on that glorious cabinet.

So, in my weirdo mind, this Titan Skeleton is also kind of a neat little homage to one of my favorite games of all time.


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K MISSING KINGS to Hit Theaters Across North America this Summer

SciFi Japan - 8 June, 2014 - 00:37
Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment Official Movie Site: k-project-twwp.com (Japan), elevenarts.net/k-missingkings (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright
© GoRA ・ GoHands/k-project
The wait is over for fans of the popular anime series K. ELEVEN ARTS and STARCHILD have announced K MISSING KINGS (劇場版 K MISSING KINGS), the brand-new follow up feature film to the original anime series, coming to select theaters throughout North America. The world premiere is to be held at Los Angeles's Anime Expo on Saturday, July 5. Shortly afterwards, the film will be released in select theaters across the United States starting Friday, July 18, 2014. This is a rare opportunity for fans to catch the movie on the big screen only a week after it premieres in Japan. At this time, the film is also scheduled for a limited screening throughout Canada in late September. Ticketholders in attendance will be receiving a limited edition giveaway item based on the movie to be unveiled at a later date. This special present will be available at both United States and Canadian screenings while supplies last. Fans can look forward to watching the film in the original Japanese accompanied by English subtitles. Continued...
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Silhouette Studies

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 June, 2014 - 11:21
Pushing the lighting around truly reveals the excellent silhouette on this slender menace.


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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for September/October 2014

SciFi Japan - 7 June, 2014 - 03:23
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
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 in September and October 2014. Fans and collectors can purchase Bandai Tamashii Nations products from authorized Bluefin dealers, including SciFi Japan's sponsor Anime Jungle. Continued...
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Super7 at SDCC 2014!

Super7 - 3 June, 2014 - 15:31

Super7 is traveling through Deep Space, picking up the most strange and wonderful surprises to bring to San Diego. Stay tuned for details and full reveals of our Special SDCC Exclusives over the coming weeks, and be sure to stop by Booth #5245 and say hello..

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ToyCon UK Exclusives at Hang Gang!

Super7 - 29 May, 2014 - 18:30

Europe’s premiere collector toy event, ToyCon UK has come and gone, but a few Super7 x The Hang Gang exclusive releases are available online! Check out the ToyCon Leroy C. and Pocket Rose Vampire!

Designed by Invisible Creatures, this version of the might Leroy C. is cast in black and metallic silver swirl vinyl and is the first Super7 figure to ever feature a metallic swirl. He has Yellow and metallic silver sprays and stands 4″ tall. Available here!Image

 

 

This adorable little critter was designed by Josh Herbolsheimer and is cast in yellow and brown vinyl, with gold, brown and red sprays.  Available here!

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Tauntaun Cuts Print

Super7 - 29 May, 2014 - 18:05

The Star Wars Printed Saga continues with the Tauntaun Cuts Limited Edition Print!

Perfect for a galactic butcher shop far, far away, the Tauntaun Cuts print highlights the choicest cuts of meat inside the furry snow-romping creature which, though they smell bad on the outside, are delicious on the inside. The Tauntaun Cuts print is silkscreened on 16″ x 20″ heavy archival stock with white, black and grey with metallic silver flake inks, in a hand numbered edition of 200.

Available Thursday June 5th, 12noon PST exclusively at super7store.com. $50 ea.

 

Tauntaun Cuts Print June 5th

Tauntaun Cuts Print June 5th

 


Super7 13th Anniversary Lucky Bags

Super7 - 29 May, 2014 - 17:09

Super7 is celebrating our Lucky 13th Anniversary with some KILLER Lucky Bags!

The 13th Anniversary Lucky Bags are available in two sizes, featuring a variety of limited edition vinyl figures. Each bag contains a mix of large, small, and medium figures, unseen and unknown samples and tests, one-of-a-kind hand-painted custom pieces and other random rarities! No two bags are alike!

Large Lucky Bags containing six figures will be available for $250 and Small Bags of three figures for $125.

Available Friday the 13th in the month of June, 12noon PST online, and at our retail store for our 13th Anniversary Party!

The 13th Anniversay Celebration begins Friday, June 13th, 7pm PST at the Super7 Store:

Super7
1427 Haight St
SF, CA

 

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2014 13th Anniversary Super7 Lucky Bags!

2014 13th Anniversary Super7 Lucky Bags!


The History of Robot Anime

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:43

Robots

The Japanese government commissioned a report on the history of Japanese robot animation. Yes, the government. My government's robot studies are undoubtedly focused on stuff like killer Predator and Reaper drones. Japan's? Astro Boy, Tranzor Z, and Voltron. More power to 'em, I say. (Pun intended.) "Japan" and "robots" go together like chocolate and peanut butter. It's fair to say that no other country has become so intimately associated with robots both real and fictional.

But until now, precious few have explored the history of the robot shows that are a virtual synonym for Cool Japan. Ryusuke Hikawa wrote the majority of the report. He's been on the front lines of otaku culture since day one, chairing the fan club that played a big role in getting the Space Cruiser Yamato movies made back in 1977. Today he's one of Japan's top anime critics and I can't think of anyone better suited to have authored the report along with Sunrise's Koichi Inoue and writer Daisuke Sawaki. 

AltJapan was hired via the Mori Corporation to translate the 90-page beast into English. And now it's available for free download on the Agency for Cultural Affair's Media Arts Content site. (Scroll down for the  English link.)

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Hello, Doraemon

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:15

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The English-language ebook editions of Fujiko F. Fujio's classic manga "Doraemon" have started coming out. AltJapan translated it for Voyager Japan in association with Fujiko Productions - some 12,000-plus pages over the course of last year, easily the biggest manga localization with which we have ever been involved. It's finally being released in 3-episode chunks: volumes one through ten have come out via the Kindle Store as of this posting. (Apologies if you can't see them - they're only available for download in North America at present.)

This release is a really big deal. Doraemon is Japan's single most popular character, yet the comic has never been officially released in English. There have been a handful of bilingual editions created for students of English, but never a truly localized edition intended purely for enterainment's sake.

If you've never read Doraemon, you can't truly call yourself a connosieur of manga. I challenge anyone to find a middle-aged or younger Japanese person, otaku or not, who hasn't read at least a few pages (and probably a lot more than that.) It is the first sci-fi most Japanese read. It's part of the fabric of Japanese life in the same way that classic Disney films or Peanuts are in the West. The cast of characters are archetypes: Nobita the nerd, Sneech the rich kid, Big G the bully, Shizuka the neighborhood idol. They are given homage in countless other works, parodied in nationwide advertising campaigns for car companies. People casually drop references to them in daily conversations in the same way an American might refer to Homer Simpson's love of donuts or Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown. 

So why hasn't it ever come out in English before? It's hard to say. Perhaps because manga and anime are often associated with dark, edgy imagery in America, and that's the last word anyone would ever apply to Doraemon. It is kids' entertainment par excellence, but quintessentially Japanese kids' entertainment, meaning it's filled to the brim with subtle cultural references, occasional nudity, and inevitable toilet humor of the sort that sends certain types of parents into a tizzy. And simply due to the age of the series - it debuted in 1969 - modern-day analogues of many of Doraemon's "22nd century" gadgets are available to anyone with a credit card. The Asahi Shimbun quotes a "former industry ministry official" theorizing that Americans can't sympathize with a passive loser like Nobita, but that can't be right - Charlie Brown is an even gloomier protagonist, minus any hope of salvation from a pal like Doraemon.

Whatever prevented Doraemon from getting an English release didn't stop it from being translated into many European and Asian languages, where it retains a huge following (particularly in SE Asia.) The English-speaking world is simply behind the curve on this one, and it's been our loss - until now. Doraemon is a cornerstone of Japanese pop culture, and it has been an honor to be part of the team that is bringing it out in English for the very first time.

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