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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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KONG Has Come Ashore in Los Angeles

5 March, 2017 - 09:38
Beachgoers discover the massive footprints of Kong at Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles. 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 is having some fun promoting their new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The studio has planted massive footprints on a Los Angeles beach, in what promises to be just first sign the giant ape is on the loose in the city. Read on for the official press release. Continued...
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Funimation Acquires ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 Recap Movies; Limited Theatrical Release to Open March 27, 2017

5 March, 2017 - 04:46
Image courtesy of Funimation Entertainment. © Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/"ATTACK ON TITAN" Production Committee.
Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season2 (Japan), funimationfilms.com/attackontitan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto To prepare fans for the long awaited arrival of ATTACK ON TITAN (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2, Funimation has acquired and will be releasing the ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 recap movies (Part 1: GUREN NO YUMIYA and Part 2: JIYUU NO TSUBASA) this March. These two full length movies (120-minute run-time each) will cover the first and second half of ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 respectively and will each screen for one night only. Part 1 will screen on March 27, 2017. Part 2 will screen on March 28 or 29, 2017 depending on theater location. Part 2 features a special Season 2 teaser following the film’s credits. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA Tops 40th Japan Academy Film Prize

4 March, 2017 - 08:10
SHIN GODZILLA took home seven Japan Academy Film Prizes. Photo courtesy of Funimation Films. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
Official Site: japan-academy-prize.jp (Japan) The Nippon Academy-sho Association hosted the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize (第40回日本アカデミー賞) in Tokyo on March 3rd. Toho's SHIN GODZILLA -- the top grossing Japanese live-action movie of 2016 -- took top honors with awards for best picture, co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and five technical categories. Continued...
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Ultraman in English: William Winckler Interview

3 March, 2017 - 15:00
Dubbing director William Winckler discusses his work creating and distributing the English dubbed versions of ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE and other Ultra titles. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2016 UX FILM PARTNERS
Author: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This past January saw a first for the Ultraman franchise when the two most recent Ultraman movies received a limited theatrical run in North America as an English dubbed double feature. The screenings were put together by Tsuburaya Productions and William Winckler, the veteran dubbing director who supervised the English language versions of ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガS 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンX きたぞ!われらのウルトラマン, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016). Continued...
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