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BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Trailer and Photo Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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More Ultraman Figures from Bandai in April

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

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

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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GHOST IN THE SHELL Production Notes and High-Res Images

6 April, 2017 - 17:00
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. © 2017 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Source: Paramount Pictures Official Site: ghostintheshell.tumblr.com (US), ghostshell.jp (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a new movie. In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, The Ghost in the Shell. Continued...
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ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Movie Collection on Australian DVD

3 April, 2017 - 11:16
Source: Madman Entertainment Official Movie Site: ansatsu-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock
DVD cover art. Image courtesy of Madman. © 2016 Fuji Television Network, Shueisha, J Storm, Toho, Robot © Yusei Matsui / Shueisha
Kill the teacher, save the planet! The Australian label Madman Entertainment will release the ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Movie Collection on Region 4 DVD April 5, 2017. The set contains both live action movies, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM (映画 暗殺教室, Eiga Ansatsu Kyooshitsu, 2015) and ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: THE GRADUATION (映画 暗殺教室 卒業編, Eiga Ansatsu Kyooshitsu: Sotsugyoo-hen, 2016), based on the hit manga. It's time for a double period of Assassination Classroom! A tentacle-d teacher that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. Now, the students of Class 3-E must wipe out their new teacher before graduation, or he wipes out the Earth! In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, Class 3-E will be learning all about assassination. But by the time graduation rolls round, these students may have learned something even more valuable. Continued...
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ReLIFE: New Manga Adaptation from Shochiku

2 April, 2017 - 22:35
Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. ©2017 “ReLIFE” Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: relife-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku has provided information and high-res photos for their romantic drama ReLIFE (リライフ, Riraifu), opening in Japan on April 15th. The film is an adaptation of the manga series by So Yayoi, published on the free comic App "comico" which has been downloaded 21 million times worldwide. Continued...
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A SILENT VOICE In Australian & New Zealand Cinemas Beginning April 6th

2 April, 2017 - 10:00
Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: koenokatachi-movie.com (Japan), asilentvoice.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock
Australian theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Madman. © YOSHITOKI OIMA, KODANSHA/ A SILENT VOICE THE MOVIE PRODUCTION COMMITEE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Madman Entertainment will bring A SILENT VOICE (映画 聲の形, Eiga Koe no Katachi, 2016) to Australian and New Zealand cinemas for a limited run starting April 6, 2017. Based on the highly regarded, award-winning manga by Yoshitoki Oima, the film was made by Kyoto Animation (THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, LUCKY STAR) and Naoko Yamada, the director of K-ON! A SILENT VOICE was a strong contender against Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. (君の名は。, Kimi no Na wa.) as anime film of 2016, reaching #21 in the Japanese box office charts for that year. Release Date: April 6, 2017 Strictly Limited Season Runtime: 129 Minutes Rating: M - Mature Themes Language: Japanese w/ English Subtitles Continued...
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X-Plus June 2017 Preview

1 April, 2017 - 18:25
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Spectreman © P-Production. Hedorah and Godzilla. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
HUGE 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 an early look at their giant monster figures scheduled for release in June 2017. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses FRAME ARMS GIRL

1 April, 2017 - 01:43
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: fagirl.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano
© KOTOBUKIYA / FAGirl Project
Sentai Filmworks unboxes their newest acquisition for the Spring 2017 anime simulcast season, FRAME ARMS GIRL (フレームアームズ・ガール, Fureemuaamuzu Gaaru, 2017), inspired by the popular Frame Arms model kit series! Ao Gennai, an ordinary high school girl, opens a package that was mistakenly delivered to her house. To her surprise, what lies within is a a small robot named Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl with an evolving personality. Ao discovers that Gourai is actually a newly developed prototype, and that she is the first person to activate her. Follow Ao’s antics as she learns the ups and downs of being Gourai’s owner... which will include putting her into competitive fights! Continued...
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