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October 2017 Blu-ray and DVD Releases from Section23 Films

21 June, 2017 - 17:56
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
GARO TV COLLECTION 1 Available October 17th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ Limited Edition Premium Box Set for the supernatural coming-of-age tale, FLYING WITCH! Additional releases for October include the THE DRAGON DENTIST, HINAKO COMPLETE COLLECTION and LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS RIKKA VERSION Blu-ray + DVD Combos plus GARO TV COLLECTION 1, PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION COMPLETE COLLECTION, SLAVE PRINCESS OLIVIA, LOG HORIZON COMPLETE COLLECTION, GOLDEN TIME COMPLETE COLLECTION and AMAGAMI SS / AMAGAMI SS+ COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray. Read on for plot descriptions, product specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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X-Plus August 2017 Update: Firemons From ULTRAMAN ACE

21 June, 2017 - 15:41
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 Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Daikaiju Series figure of the "Flame Super Beast" Firemons from the ULTRAMAN ACE (ウルトラマンA(エース), Urutoraman Eesu, 1972-1973) television series. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA International Exclusive: Italian Info, Trailer and High-Res Pics from QMI / Stardust

20 June, 2017 - 19:04
Photo courtesy of QMI/Stardust. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: QMI / Stardust, Minerva Pictures, Dynit s.r.l. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), shingodzilla.stardust.it (Italy) Special Thanks to Arianna Monteverdi, Sara Sagrati, Agata De Laurentiis, Ilaria Ricci and Stefano Ricci After opening in Japan last summer, Toho’s SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) has played in cinemas around the world. The film's international release continues this July in Italy. SciFi Japan previews this event with information, photos, poster art and a trailer, courtesy of Italian distributor, QMI / Stardust. Continued...
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse Kicks Into Gear as the Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

19 June, 2017 - 15:51
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Following the global success of 2014’s GODZILLA and this year’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. Continued...
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Real Master Collection PLUS: Garamon Statue from X-Plus

17 June, 2017 - 12:26
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Garamon for their Real Master Collection PLUS line of statues with bonus features. The popular monster was introduced in ULTRA Q Episode 13: GARADAMA (ウルトラQ 13: ガラダ). Continued...
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Toei Animation Shares MAZINGER Z Feature Film Details At Annecy International Animation Film Festival

16 June, 2017 - 16:03
Promotional art. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Go Nagai/Dynamic Planning - MZ Film Partners
Official Synopsis, First Footage, And More Revealed! Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: mazingerz-world.com (Japan) Special Thanks to David Syatt Toei Animation gave the world a first-look at its highly-anticipated MAZINGER Z feature film (劇場版マジンガーZ, Gekijooban Majingaa Z) at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the largest animation festival in the world. First announced in February with only an image, fans across the globe have waited eagerly for key details on how the big screen will adapt the revered anime series. Now -- for the first time since 1974 -- MAZINGER Z is finally back! Continued...
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TOKU is Now Available for Amazon Prime Members

9 June, 2017 - 13:00
The TOKU network's selection of Ultraman series are among the programming coming to TOKU's new Amazon Prime channel. Photo courtesy of TOKU. © Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
Source: TOKU press release Official Site: amazon.com/toku Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango Olympusat Inc., has announced that TOKU, the only 24/7 live and on-demand television network dedicated to eye-catching anime, popular live-action titles and cult classics from Asia dubbed into English, is now available for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Channels. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION Blu-ray Coming September 2017

7 June, 2017 - 15:48
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry
Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming release of MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION on Blu-ray September 5, 2017. Available on Blu-ray in North America for the first time ever, the Collection contains all three MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM compilation movies with amazing new footage! MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION is written and directed by the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, and features original Japanese theme songs by music legend GACKT. Continued...
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Yo-Kai Watch #2 Extended Preview

6 June, 2017 - 08:00
The fan-favorite Jibanyan battles the sinister Snartle in Yo-Kai Watch #2, on sale tomorrow from IDW. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2017 LEVEL-5/YWP
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Katie Courtney and Kahlil Schweitzer The second issue of IDW Publishing's all-new Yo-Kai Watch comic book series will be available from comic book shops and retailers tomorrow, June 7th. IDW has provided SciFi Japan with an extended preview featuring additional pages not available from other press outlets. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA English Language Blu-ray/DVD Details and High-Res Artwork

5 June, 2017 - 11:09
Photos courtesy of Funimation Entertainment and Madman Entertainment. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Product Info For North America, Australia and New Zealand Source: Funimation Entertainment, Madman Entertainment Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US), godzilla.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski and Ben Pollock Last month, North American distributor Funimation Entertainment and Australian distributor Madman Entertainment announced they would be releasing Toho's SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) on home video in their respective territories. Both companies have now provided SciFi Japan with additional details as well as large, high-res packaging artwork for the various upcoming editions of the film. Continued...
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Win OPERATION MEKONG Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack!

4 June, 2017 - 06:41
An Explosive Crime Drama by Dante Lam Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas
Image courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment. © 2016 BONA ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the action-packed Chinese-Hong Kong thriller OPERATION MEKONG (湄公河行動, 2016) on Blu-ray. Inspired by a true story, acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam (STOOL PIGEON, UNBEATABLE) brings his “shoot first, ask questions later” cinematic approach to this violent crime thriller, which stars Zhang Hanyu (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN), Eddie Peng (TAI CHI HERO), Chen Baoguo (MOMENT IN PEKING), Sun Chun (1911), Feng Wenjuan (HELIOS), Wu Xudong (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN) and Carl Ng (THE VIRAL FACTOR). A band of elite narcotics officers are sent by the Chinese government to uncover the truth behind the ambush of two Chinese commercial vessels traveling down the Mekong River. When it’s discovered the drugs seized from the ships had been planted by a notorious drug cartel, a multi-country joint task force is assembled to stop the criminals. The road to justice is, however, paved with dangerous and deadly obstacles. Continued...
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MOTHRA VS GODZILLA Toho Tokusatsu Museum Set from X-Plus and Premium Bandai

3 June, 2017 - 16:03
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto In July 2016, X-Plus and Bandai partnered on the first "Toho Tokusatsu (Special Effects) Museum” Limited Set, featuring palm-sized, high quality soft vinyl figures of the original 1954 Godzilla and the 2004 version from GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ, Gojira Fainaru Uoozu). This September sees the release of a second set, this time featuring the titular monsters from the classic MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (モスラ対ゴジラ, Mosura Tai Gojira, 1964). Continued...
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VIZ Media Launches the Acclaimed Manga Series Golden Kamuy on June 20th

3 June, 2017 - 00:31
New Series Depicting A War Veteran’s Quest For Hidden Gold In Japan’s Wild Northern Frontier Launches This Summer Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2014 by Satoru Noda/ SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, proudly announces the forthcoming launch of the acclaimed manga series Golden Kamuy on June 20th. The series debuts in print under the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. Future volumes of Golden Kamuy, which is ongoing in Japan, will be published in English by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis. In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto searches the wilderness of the Japanese frontier of Hokkaido for a hoard of hidden gold. With only a cryptic map and a native Ainu girl to help him, Saichi must also deal with every murderous cutthroat, bandit and rogue who knows about the treasure! Continued...
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Win Ringo Lam’s SKY ON FIRE on Blu-ray!

2 June, 2017 - 16:36
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas
Image courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment. © 2016 Tianbang Development, Ltd.
Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the explosive crime drama SKY ON FIRE (冲天火, Chongtian huo, 2016) on Blu-ray. Legendary filmmaker Ringo Lam (CITY ON FIRE, FULL ALERT) returns to his Hong Kong roots with high-speed car chases, dramatic plot twists and fiery gunfights. The film also marks Daniel Wu’s return to Asian cinema following his stateside success on the TV series INTO THE BADLANDS and the international blockbuster WARCRAFT. Also starring Zhang Ruoyun in his feature film debut, Zhang Jingchu (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION), Chang Hsiao Chuan (WILD CITY) and Amber Kuo (LORD OF SGANHAI). In this driving, non-stop action thriller, the chief security officer at a top-secret medical facility (Daniel Wu) finds himself caught in an explosive battle when a young thief and his accomplices steal a groundbreaking curative medicine which can potentially cure cancer. After discovering the true origins of the medicine, the officer must decide whom he can trust to protect the cure from falling into the wrong hands and prevent an all-out war from bringing the city to its knees. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for August 2017

1 June, 2017 - 20:25
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla and Kiryu TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Ultraman Jack and Muruchi © Tsuburaya Productions
Product Info and GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in August 2017. Continued...
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CRAYON SHIN-CHAN: O-O-O-NO SHINNOSUKE Coming to Amazon Prime Video (Japan)

29 May, 2017 - 22:46
Amazon Original CRAYON SHIN-CHAN SPINOFF Season 4 to Stream Exclusively Starting May 31st Source: Amazon Prime Video, Wright Film Inc. press releases Special Thanks to Richard Jeffery and Ayame Yamamoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Key art. Image courtesy of Amazon Prime Video. © Yoshito Usui/Futabasha ・ Shin-Ei ・ TV Asahi ・ ADK
Amazon announced the latest installment in its CRAYON SHIN-CHAN SPINOFF (クレヨンしんちゃん外伝, Kureyon Shinchan Gaiden) series which is highly rated on Amazon Prime Video. CRAYON SHIN-CHAN: O-O-O-NO SHINNOSUKE (クレヨンしんちゃん外伝 お・お・お・のしんのすけ, Kureyon Shinchan Gaiden o o o no Shinnosuke) will start streaming exclusively with unlimited viewing on Amazon Prime Video from May 31, 2017. The fourth spinoff depicts a small country town overrun by yokai monsters and is complete in 13 seven-minute episodes, with new episodes streaming every Wednesday. Amazon Prime members can watch and download the programs via the free Amazon Prime Video app for iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, game consoles, smart TVs and online at amazon.co.jp/primevideo. “Children love dinosaurs, robots, aliens, idol singers and yokai monsters,” commented director Akira Shigino. “Will the yokai-packed O-O-O-NO SHINNOSUKE be really popular with kids? I’m both a little nervous and a little relaxed. Shin-chan appears as a yokai and uses their battle techniques. His dignified figure is different from usual. Shin-chan is a lonely yokai looking for his mother. He meets a girl. She tells him her dreams. Their thoughts intersect in the port town.” Continued...
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JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SEASON 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Set From VIZ Media

29 May, 2017 - 11:05
Front and back box art for the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SEASON 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Images courtesy of VIZ Media. © Hirohiko Araki/SHUEISHA, JoJo's Animation Project
Multi-Generational Action/Adventure Anime Series Debuts On Home Media This Summer Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, excites anime and action/adventure fans with preorders for the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Continued...
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Win SPEED RACER: The Complete Series on Blu-ray!

28 May, 2017 - 13:34
Source: Funimation Entertainment Special Thanks to Scott Lonski
Win SPEED RACER: The Complete Series on Blu-ray from Funimation Entertainment and SciFi Japan! Image courtesy of Funimation. © TATSUNOKO PRODUCTION
Funimation Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of their new SPEED RACER: The Complete Series Blu-ray. The 5-disc set includes all 52 episodes of the 1967 anime series with the classic English dub starring Peter Fernandez and Corrine Orr. Speed Racer is an 18-year-old boy who dreams of driving his car, the incredible Mach 5, in professional races around the world. When the going gets tough and meddling crooks try to keep him from the finish line, he always finds a way to make it through. Join Trixie, Pops, Spritle, Chim Chim, and the whole gang as they root for Speed in the most nail-biting, death-defying races in history! SPEED RACER: The Complete Series will be released on Blu-ray (SRP $29.98) and DVD ($24.98) by Funimation on May 30th. The episodes are presented in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, dubbed in English with English subtitles for the hearing impaired. The series has a total runtime of approximately 1300 minutes. Continued...
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September 2017 Blu-ray and DVD Releases from Section23 Films

27 May, 2017 - 09:19
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
CHIHAYAFURU Available September 12th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its September slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ Limited Edition Premium Box Set for the fan favorite, CHIHAYAFURU! Additional releases for September include the TAMAKO LOVE STORY Blu-ray + DVD Combos; MATOI THE SACRED SLAYER COMPLETE COLLECTION and GOOD WITCH OF THE WEST COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray and DVD; and SEX HYPNOTIST ZERO on Blu-ray. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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Manga in Theory and Practice Hardcover How-To Book From VIZ Media

26 May, 2017 - 19:22
Gain Unique Insights And Learn Creative Techniques From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Creator Hirohiko Araki Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
ARAKI HIROHIKO NO MANGAJYUTSU Image courtesy of VIZ Media. ©2015 LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/ SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, offers JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fans and budding artists tremendous insight into the art of creating manga with the June 6th release of Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga. The new hardcover release features unique instructions on drawing techniques, as well as fascinating explorations of character development, conceptualizing storylines, and scripting dialogue as set forth by Hirohiko Araki, one of the most esteemed creators at work today. Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga published in a deluxe hardcover print edition under the Shonen Jump imprint and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN. Hirohiko Araki is the author of one of the longest-running and most beloved manga of all-time, the epic fan favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (also published in English by VIZ Media). According to him, “manga is the ultimate synthesis of all forms of art,” and in this book he reveals the secrets behind how to make the magic happen using concrete examples from his own work. Read all about his “golden way” of manga: the character histories he draws up for each of the characters he creates, his methodology for storytelling inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway, and many other aspects of manga creation in this how-to guide penned by an industry legend. Continued...
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