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Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Releases for January/February 2015

SciFi Japan - 29 October, 2014 - 08:59
Photos courtesy of Bluefin.
Bandai Figures and Collectibles to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: (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 January and February 2015. 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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Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank from Diamond Select Toys in 2015

SciFi Japan - 29 October, 2014 - 02:00
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat
Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2014 Diamond Select Toys. MECHAGODZILLA, GODZILLA and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1974, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Diamond Select Toys has dropped a heaping plateful of new listings on comic shops and online retailers, including a Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl figural bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974's GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira). Standing 12 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as a removable head for coin retrieval. The Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Figural Bank won't be out until spring of next year, but you can pre-order the item now, via your local shop or your preferred web store. Continued...
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NO FACE: New Short Film from the Producers of SciFi JAPAN TV

SciFi Japan - 28 October, 2014 - 16:44
Source: ACTV Japan Turn off the lights and put on your headphones, the SciFi Japan TV team’s short horror film NO FACE (ノーフェース) is online now! Written and directed by JR Lipartito, NO FACE is about a man who plays a survival horror game that becomes a true matter of life and death. Continued...
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Thank You!!!

Glyos Transmission Blog - 28 October, 2014 - 14:53
Thank you for making Sunday's release a successful one!

With the ever changing trends in the independent toy world, we are more grateful than ever for your interest and support of Glyos. Without the connections that we share together, this whole adventure would be meaningless, and the fact that we've survived for all this time is a testament to those bonds.

It's been a year of many strange turns, and I believe more than ever that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the way that we interface with our collecting habits. The rise of the independent action figure has been elevated to even greater heights by groups like the Four Horsemen and Boss Fight Studio, with powerful (and well publicized) Kickstarter campaigns that proved both inspirational and eye opening. Fresh companies that also emerged through Kickstarter were Warpo and IAmElemental, both of whom established themselves quickly with exciting and comprehensive campaigns. When you begin to analyze just how small the amount of people that truly make up the independent toy fan base is in comparison to the mainstream toy world, you really start to understand how incredibly risky all these unique and smaller projects actually are.

The pre-order model is quickly becoming the only way for anything to remotely stand a chance of getting produced, targeting the core audience and asking for a commitment up front (where you essentially purchase multiple waves of a toy line at one time) that in nearly all cases becomes a better deal with the more you spend. This is an excellent method for those of us who choose to go "all in", but if someone only wants a taste, the single unit cost usually falls a bit on the high side. This system seems to be the major draw of the Kickstarter model, and I'm extremely interested to see how it evolves as more companies have no choice but to use it. Personally, I'm thankful that Kickstarter exists, even if it has forced certain older models closer to their commercial graves. In many ways, the emergence of the crowd funded model has equalized and rationalized the basic viability of any given project proposal.

Moving forward, we will continue to keep the releases on the smaller side for the majority of 2015 (with only a few slightly larger waves planned), as well as placing additional focus on a few other projects that delve into the mythos of the Glyos System, reminiscent of our older booklets. Some new partner companies will begin to emerge next year, and some older partnerships will separate and travel in different directions. I'm fairly certain that 2015 will continue the roller coaster ride that has been in full effect since 2013, keeping things moving through thick and thin. That being said, no matter what occurs, we'll stay present and focused on bringing you our very best.

Thank you for reading and for inspiring us to keep pushing into the unknown!

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VIZ Media Releases All You Need is Kill Manga by the Creator of Death Note

SciFi Japan - 28 October, 2014 - 05:54
Takeshi Obata Adapts the Award-Winning Japanese Novel that Inspired EDGE OF TOMORROW Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
The All You Need is Kill manga omnibus edition will be released on November 4th. Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga masterpiece with the release of All You Need is Kill as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4th. All You Need is Kill collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by and through the VIZ MANGA App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. Takeshi Obata’s All You Need is Kill originally premiered in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally -- the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death? Continued...
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S.H.MonsterArts: Gamera (1996) Coming in January/February 2015

SciFi Japan - 27 October, 2014 - 12:59
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © 1996 KODOKAWA ・ NTV ・ Hakuhodo ・ Fujitsu ・ Nippan
Articulated Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Drop everything and get your hands (or claws) on this amazing articulated Gamera (1996) collectible figure from S.H.MonsterArts! This spectacular rendition of Gamera from GAMERA 2: ADVENT OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来, Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996) was brought to life by Tomoo Haraguchi, the famous kaiju sculptor who created the monsters for the film. Continued...
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Revisit the Very Beginning of the POKÉMON Saga in POKÉMON SEASON 1

SciFi Japan - 27 October, 2014 - 08:23
Classic Animated Series Debuts in a New DVD Box Set Containing More than 27 Hours of POKÉMON Fun Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Photo courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 Pokémon. © 2014 Pokémon. © 1997 Nintendo, Creatures, GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces the release, for the first time ever, of the entire POKÉMON INDIGO LEAGUE animation in one comprehensive DVD set. POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION contains all 78 episodes (more than 27 hours) of this legendary POKÉMON season on 9 DVDs and will be released on October 28th. POKÉMON Season 1: INDIGO LEAGUE - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will carry an MSRP of $54.98 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. Take a trip back to the very beginning, when the adventures were just getting started! In POKÉMON INDIGO LEAGUE, Ash Ketchum celebrates his tenth birthday and he's ready to do what many 10-year-olds in the Kanto region set out to do -- become a Pokémon Trainer! Things don't go exactly the way he planned when he ends up with a Pikachu instead of a different partner Pokémon, and winning Gym Badges turns out to be much tougher than he thought. Luckily, he's got Gym Leaders Brock and Misty at his side, along with a bevy of new Pokémon friends, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. Continued...
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THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: DAY 27! Harvey Hart's Dark Intruder (1965)

August Ragone - 27 October, 2014 - 02:00
Halloween 2014 is dedicated to beloved Horror Host, Bob Wilkins!

KTVU's "Creature Features" presentation on March 3, 1973!

"On the twenty-seventh day of Halloween, my true blood gave to me, twenty-seven ancient demons, twenty-six vampire maidens, twenty-five monkey brains, twenty-four missing corpses, twenty-three bubbling caverns, twenty-two immortal curses, twenty-one bloody vamps, twenty cobwebbed corridors, nineteen bats flying, eighteen butcher chops, seventeen premonitions, sixteen bullets silver, fifteen limbs severed, fourteen Igors fluting, thirteen nightmares tormenting, twelve hunchbacks helping, eleven brains transplanting, ten ghouls feeding, nine yetis chilling, eight mummies crumbling, seven monsters growling, six feathered freaks, five undead things, four maniacs, three evil kisses, two fiendish hands, and an atomic voodoo zombie!"

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Tracker's Way

Glyos Transmission Blog - 26 October, 2014 - 20:30

The new store is live!

Be sure to refresh the Buildstation as well:

Have fun!

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Traveler Harcoriun

Glyos Transmission Blog - 26 October, 2014 - 18:51
Traveler Harcoriun operates as Tracker's partner when called upon, and stands as one of the original participants involved in the Glyaxia controlled Axis Evolution Program. 

Throughout numerous missions, Harcoriun has exhibited an almost reckless willingness to push the limits of the Axis Tech, regardless of the risks. Despite this dangerous characteristic, Tracker trusts few as implicitly as Harcoriun.

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KAIJU GAIDEN: Documentary on Independent Kaiju Films on Kickstarter

SciFi Japan - 26 October, 2014 - 17:33
KAIJU GAIDEN Poster A by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Jeff Zornow. © 2014 Kaiju Gaiden
KAIJU GAIDEN Poster B by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Matt Frank. © 2014 Kaiju Gaiden
Official Site: Kickstarter Campaign Page: Kaiju Gaiden Special Thanks to Mark Jaramillo A new documentary entitled KAIJU GAIDEN is currently in production and in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. KAIJU GAIDEN is a documentary film spotlighting independent kaiju films and the filmmakers behind them. Many of these films are relatively unknown, obscure, or exist only as a rumor even among hardcore tokusatsu fans. It is the first time that the public will hear from the filmmakers and actually see footage from their films. Continued...
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Standard Style

Glyos Transmission Blog - 26 October, 2014 - 13:16
Tracker was awakened during the initial development of the Sarvos Program, and served as the main experimental prototype for the duration of the project's early life cycle.

Unknown to the majority of Travelers that are granted the rank of Sarvos, an inhibitor mechanism is imbedded within the core of the Sarvos armor, which acts as a kill switch in the event a Sarvos goes rogue or defies its orders. The primary reason behind the genesis of the Sarvos Program was to gain absolute control of the strongest Travelers- by tempting them with even greater power. The secret price of this advancement is only realized after it's too late to turn back. 

The only known Sarvos that has discovered a way to directly override this effect is Tracker.

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Hyper Solid Series: Godzilla 2000 from Art Spirits

SciFi Japan - 26 October, 2014 - 13:10
Source: Art Spirits In November, the Japanese model and figure company Art Spirits will release a new PVC Godzilla as part of their Hyper Solid Series. The pre-painted and assembled figure is sculpted by Takashi “T” Yamawaki, the popular artist behind numerous Godzilla garage kits from T’s Facto. While Yamawaki's T’s Facto kits are generally movie-accurate depictions of Godzilla, the Art Spirits figure is a more stylized representation of the King of the Monsters' design from GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999), reflecting the sculptor's desire to make Godzilla "spiky and really evil looking". Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS

SciFi Japan - 26 October, 2014 - 08:24
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Lynn Okamoto / Shueisha © VAP ・ YTE ・GENCO ・ DAX PRODUCTION
The night’s sky hides a dark secret that will threaten the lives of not only one, but many in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS (極黒のブリュンヒルデ, Gokukoku no Buryunhirude, 2014). From Lynn Okamoto, original creator of legendary series ELFEN LIED, BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi (KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN!, STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION LEVEL 2) with character designs by Hiroaki Karasu (MAOYU, GATCHAMAN CROWDS), scripting by Yukinori Kitajima (HAMATORA, SENRAN KAGURA), and animation production by ARMS (ELFEN LIED, SAMURAI GIRLS). A high school senior Murakami Ryota had a childhood friend called Kuroneko who died in an accident. Ryota had made a promise with Kuroneko that he will prove there are aliens in the universe. In order to fulfill his promise, he joined the astronomy club at the school as its only member and kept observing the stars almost every night. Continued...
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Infected Halloween Dokuwashi!

Super7 - 24 October, 2014 - 16:38

Super7 x DKE x Scott Wilkowski Infected Halloween Dokuwashi is here! The 4″ tall spooky spirit totem with ghoulish glowing skeleton insides is going trick-or-treating this halloween! His glow-in-the-Dark resin skeleton is cast suspended in translucent orange resin, creating a uniquely creepy and cute Halloween horror.

Available as a made-to-order edition during the week of Halloween, the Infected Halloween Dokuwashi will be offered for pre-sale Monday, October 27th 12Noon PST through Midnight on Halloween Night, Friday October 31st. Figures will ship in December. $85 ea.

Available online now!

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The History of Robot Anime

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:43


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


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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