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Farewell to Haruo Nakajima, The Heart of Japanese Monsters

5 September, 2017 - 23:41
Haruo Nakajima as a young actor and Hollywood's Godzilla star on the Walk of Fame.
On August 7, 2017, the news came out that Haruo Nakajima, beloved Godzilla and Kaiju suit actor and a pioneer of the art, had passed away. Word spread through fandom quickly via social media and the outpouring a affection, grief and shock was amazing and heartfelt. At SciFi Japan, we felt a fitting tribute needed to be done and it was something that should not be rushed or thrown together. Over the last month we have been talking to people who worked closely with Mr. Nakajima to bring him to the US and around the world, to meet his fans and share his stories of the golden years of suit acting in Japanese films. We start off with an overview of his life and career, written by author Ed Godziszewski, followed by remembrances from a variety of colleagues that traveled with him over the last few years. Continued...
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VIZ Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series Queen’s Quality

21 August, 2017 - 03:57
The Supernatural Sweepers Are Back in Sequel to Paranormal Romance Series QQ Sweeper Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2016 Kyousuke MOTOMI/SHOGAKUKAN
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the sequel to shojo manga creator Kyousuke Motomi’s acclaimed series, QQ Sweeper, with the launch of Queen's Quality on September 5th. Queen's Quality is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of the series, which is ongoing in Japan, will be published in English four times a year. In Queen's Quality, Fumi Nishioka lives with Kyutaro Horikita and his family of “Sweepers,” people who specialize in cleaning the minds of those overcome by negative energy and harmful spirits. Fumi has always displayed mysterious abilities, but will those powers be used for evil when she begins to truly awaken as a Queen? Continued...
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NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO Movie Comes to Theaters Nationwide for Two-Day Event in October 2017

19 August, 2017 - 09:13
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: ngnl.jp (Japan), nogamenolifezero.com (US) Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano
© YK,K/NGNL0P
Sentai Filmworks, Azoland Pictures and Fathom Events will release the highly anticipated animated feature film, NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ ゼロ, Noogeemu Nooraifu Zero, 2017), to movie theaters across the U.S. for two days in October 2017. NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO will debut in select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM local time with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The English-dubbed production by Sentai Filmworks will debut on Sunday, October 8 at 12:55 PM local time. In addition to the feature, movie theater audiences will all see exclusive content featuring special footage of members of the cast and crew of NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineups for October and November 2017

18 August, 2017 - 15:41
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla and Destoroyah TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Ultraman Tiga © 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 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 October and November 2017. Continued...
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GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Update

17 August, 2017 - 12:47
Godzilla rampages in new high-res images from the upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2017 TOHO CO., LTD.
New Information, Trailers, Poster and Images! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Polygon Pictures, Netflix Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Godzilla of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS shows his face!! The true form of Godzilla is finally revealed! Powerful battle scenes also revealed to the public! Visuals and preview trailer released!! Toho Co., Ltd. and Polygon Pictures have released some updates for their upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei) featuring the new poster art, details on additions to the voice cast, another batch of high-res images, and two edits of the latest theatrical trailer. Continued...
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Win COLOSSAL Blu-ray Combo Pack From Universal Studios Home Entertainment!

2 August, 2017 - 00:32
Source: Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Official Site: SheIsColossal.com Special Thanks to Rebecca Wolfson
Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. © 2016 COLOSSAL MOVIE PRODUCTIONS, LLC
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray Combo Pack of Voltage Pictures/Neon's COLOSSAL. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, the movie blends Japan's daikaiju film genre with American independent film tropes. COLOSSAL stars Anne Hathaway (LES MISÉRABLES, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), Jason Sudeikis (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, HORRIBLE BOSSES), Tim Blake Nelson (O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, INCREDIBLE HULK) and Dan Stevens (LEGION, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens), is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. Continued...
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English Episode Titles for August 2017 Ultra Series on TOKU

31 July, 2017 - 14:15
The TOKU network has provided English episode titles for the Ultra Series premiering this August. Pictured: NEO ULTRA Q Episode 3: The Businessman Who Came from the Sky. Photo courtesy of Point Set and FieldWorks. © 2013 Tsuburaya · WOWOW
Source: TOKU Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango Last week, the TOKU television network announced the U.S. premieres of three shows from Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Series. TOKU has now provided SciFi Japan with the English episode titles for NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES. Continued...
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GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Press Notes From Toho

30 July, 2017 - 12:49
Direct from Toho -- information and giant, high-res images from their upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2017 TOHO CO., LTD.
Information and BIG Images -- Direct from Toho! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Polygon Pictures, Netflix Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from their upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei). Produced by Polygon Pictures, the first-ever high quality animation of the iconic monster roars onto screens in Japan this November from Toho, and worldwide exclusively on Netflix in late 2017/early 2018. Continued...
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Win SHIN GODZILLA Blu-ray Combo Pack and Promo Poster From Funimation!

29 July, 2017 - 16:00
Win a SHIN GODZILLA Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and promotional poster from Funimation Entertainment and SciFi Japan! Photos courtesy of Funimation Entertainment. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: Funimation Entertainment Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Funimation Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a SHIN GODZILLA prize pack containing the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a promotional poster. Continued...
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Chinese Ultraman Movie Latest Chapter in Ongoing Rights Dispute

28 July, 2017 - 17:43
Details on Events and Players Behind DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN Author: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to Bob Johnson, Brad Warner, Kazuo Suzuki and Robin Kwok
DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN theatrical poster. Ultraman © Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd
On July 10th in Beijing, the Chinese animation studio Guangzhou BlueArc Culture Communications Co., Ltd. hosted a promotional event for DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN (钢铁飞龙之再见奥特曼, Gāngtiě fēilóng zhī zàijiàn àotèmàn), a 3D computer animated film featuring the iconic Japanese superhero, Ultraman. Director/BlueArc Founder/President Wang Wei -- aka Tommy Wang -- described his movie as an official re-interpretation of the classic character, saying, "This domestic animation film presents a new image of the hero Ultraman to the world, in the hopes it can surprise adults and children." BlueArc's announcement certainly came as a surprise to Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the Ultraman series. On July 19th, Tsuburaya President and CEO Shinichi Oka issued a press release that stated (in part) "This work has been produced without our permission or supervision. In addition, the usage of the Ultraman character image, etc., in this presentation has severely damaged the Ultraman brand, and is utterly unacceptable... We intend to take decisive measures, including legal action, against the Chinese company that made this announcement and the persons involved in the production of the film." Continued...
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Godzilla and Ultra Seven Wonder Festival Summer 2017 Exclusives From X-Plus

28 July, 2017 - 03:21
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Ultra Seven and Alien Platic © Tsuburaya Productions.
Exclusive Large Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their Event Exclusive figures for the Tokyo hobby show, Wonder Festival. These items will be available at the X-Plus booth (#4-01) this Sunday, July 30th at Makuhari Messe exhibition center. Continued...
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November 2017 Blu-ray and DVD Releases from Section23 Films

26 July, 2017 - 05:20
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
HAIKYU!! SEASON 1! Available November 14th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its November slate of releases which includes three Sentai Filmworks titles that have Limited Edition Premium Box Sets: HAIKYU!! SEASON 1, HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? I'M SAKAMOTO COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE SQUID GIRL COMPLETE COLLECTION! Other titles for November include TO HEART 2 COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray and DVD, LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS! COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray, and MEZZO FORTE on DVD. Continued...
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TOKU Announces U.S. Premieres of Three New Ultra Series Titles

25 July, 2017 - 15:41
The TOKU network brings three more of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Series to American television. © Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd
Highly-anticipated NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO to Launch Next Month Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango 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, announced today the U.S. premiere of two adrenaline-packed Thai films, and four gripping television series, including three of the most highly-anticipated tokusatsu titles in the Ultra series — NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES. Continued...
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