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Bandai Figures to be Sold in Japan and America Starting November 2014
Source: Bluefin Corp.
Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan)
Special Thanks to Xavier Lim
What better way to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary than with ambitiously awesome Batman and Joker action figures from Japan’s premium collectors label — Bandai Tamashii Nations? Available only as Tamashii Web exclusives in Asia, these action figures have been made specially available for fans in North America by distributor Bluefin Corp. Continued…
Nature controls man, not the other way around, in GODZILLA arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on September 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An epic action adventure directed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS), Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA is the long-awaited big screen return of the King of the Monsters. Continued…
On the same day the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures opens in Japan, publisher Kadokawa Shoten will release the film’s novelization, ゴジラ, through their Kadokawa Bunko imprint.
The book is the Japanese language edition of the American book, Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization, written by Greg Cox (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises novels) from the screenplay by Max Borenstein and story by David Callaham. Cox’s novel has been translated by Akira Katagiri (Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography) for the Japanese release.
Promoted as the “latest Hollywood Godzilla, which pays homage to the original version of 1954″, GODZILLA pits Toho’s iconic monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten mankind’s very existence. Continued…
Bluefin Distribution is excited to announce the appearance of none other than the Black Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger himself, Walter Jones! To coincide with this year’s special San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Armored Black Ranger, Walter will be signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans during two separate sessions on Saturday, July 26th. Continued…
Japanese publisher Magazine House will release the Mook Godzilla 60: Complete Guide (ゴジラ徹底研究, Gojira Tettei Kenkyuu) on July 22nd. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Godzilla franchise and the release of the new 3D American GODZILLA, this fully illustrated book includes…
• Godzilla Movie History
• Monster Encyclopedia
• GODZILLA 2014 Filmmaker Interviews
• The Secret Story of Godzilla’s Birth
• Memories of Godzilla: Interviews with Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, Yoshio
Tsuchiya, Kenpachiro Satsuma and others
• Toho Self-Defense Forces
• Godzilla Profile Continued…
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a cornucopia of anime and manga delight to fans of all ages this year at the 2014 Comic-Con International. Attendees are invited to join a fun weekend in San Diego jam-packed with special events, in-booth giveaways, informative panel discussions, and other fun activities and convention exclusives. A specially curated collection of pre-sale manga, as well as convention exclusive art books, high-end collectable figures and limited edition manga production art prints, exclusive apparel, plush toys, trading card games and more will also be offered.
Comic-Con International is the nation’s biggest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, and takes place July 23rd-27th at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Continued…
IDW Publishing has sent SciFi Japan an exclusive preview of the first five pages from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14. A new world-wide threat emerges as the latest incarnation of Mechagodzilla goes to war with Anguirus!
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14 will be available from comic shops and retailers on Wednesday, July 23rd. Continued…
First Three Parts of Acclaimed Multi-Generational Paranormal Adventure Manga Series Set for Digital and Print Release
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases
Official Site: VIZManga.com
Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, thrilled a packed audience of fans at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past weekend as it announced the much heralded return of creator Hirohiko Araki’s epic supernatural/action/adventure manga series, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Volumes 1 and 2 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders are now available digitally on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as well as for Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The digital volumes also may be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Subsequent editions will be released every week for a total of 16 volumes. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carries a digital MSRP of $6.99 US/CAN.
VIZ Media originally published the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders manga story arc in print in 2005. Fans at the Anime Expo panel were further delighted with the news that the company’s Shonen Jump imprint also has acquired Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency and plans to release them digital as firsts across its proprietary and partner platforms in September 2014 and March 2015 respectively. Continued…
Source: IDW Publishing
Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer and Rosalind Morehead
IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #17 plus the third issue of the five part mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm. Both titles are coming to comic book shops and retailers in October 2014. Continued…
For 30 years, master kaiju illustrator, Yuji Kaida, has amazed fans worldwide with his paintings for CD and home video covers, posters, model kits, dioramas and more. In February, his work was displayed at the “ART OF KAIJU: Monster Artist Yuji Kaida Original Exhibition” at the the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.
Now, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and the Japanese release of the Hollywood GODZILLA, comes Kaida’s new art book, Godzilla Illustrations (ゴジラ・イラストレーションズ, Gojira Irasutoreeshonzu). This latest collection features Kaida’s Godzilla and Toho monster works published in full color, along with a new interview. The book will be released in Japan on July 29th. Continued…
Bluefin Distribution has announced their exclusives for 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. The company will once again have 2 booths at the convention — Booth #140 and Booth #3545 — each offering their own Bandai exclusives. Continued…
The King of the Monsters joins Futabasha Publishers’ “Common Knowledge” series with Common Knowledge of Godzilla (ゴジラの常識, Gojira-no Joushiki), released in Japan on July 4th.
The book covers Godzilla’s 60th anniversary with profiles of all 28 films produced by Toho as well as the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Also featured are related Toho monster movies featuring the likes of Mothra, Rodan and Varan.
The Japanese publisher Kodansha will release the Mook Godzilla Character Encyclopedia: Toho Special Effects Movie Complete History (ゴジラ キャラクター大全 東宝特撮映画全史, Gojira Kyarakutaa Taizen Toho Tokusatsu Eiga Zenshi) on July 15th.
This deluxe edition book looks back at 60 years of Godzilla (described as “the monster born to dominate the world”) with profiles of the 28 films in the Toho series. Popular monsters like Mothra and King Ghidorah from the Toho special effects movies are also featured.
Godzilla Character Encyclopedia: Toho Special Effects Movie Complete History also includes a section devoted to the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Continued…
Hallmark Cards, Inc. is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Godzilla Keepsake Ornament. Based on the film GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the figurine is sculpted by Orville Wilson and stands 3⅞” tall. It also features sounds from the new movie… hear Godzilla in action at the press of a button!
If you would rather purchase the Godzilla Keepsake Ornament, it is available now at Hallmark Gold Crown stores (U.S. only) and will also be sold online at Hallmark.com starting July 21, 2014 (U.S. only). The SRP is $17.95. Continued…
Bandai America, Inc. returns to Comic-Con this year with all new Limited Edition products for sale at the Bandai booth — this includes 3 new Power Rangers exclusive items and 1 new Godzilla exclusive to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic monster. Continued…
The visual effects of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA are profiled in the current issue of Don Shay’s excellent Cinefex magazine. Cinefex No.138 is now on sale and can be purchased from retailers and cinefex.com. The issue has two cover variants, giving readers their choice of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 or CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.
In September, the main articles of Cinefex No.138 will be included the Japanese edition of the magazine. Cinefex No.34 (Japanese Version) will feature GODZILLA on the cover. Continued…
In this week’s episode of SciFi JAPAN TV, we visit the Tokyo Big Sight for the 2014 International Tokyo Toy Show, one of the world’s most important toy exhibitions. From Godzilla and Sentai to Star Wars and Gundam, you can find all your favorite characters on display here every year. So come with us as we take a look at all the goods and toys coming soon here in Japan!
Come back for new episodes of SciFi JAPAN TV every Thursday! Continued…
This month, Takara Tomy Company will release a new Godzilla car for their Tomica line of mini diecast vehicles. It will be the latest addition to their Dream Tomica series, which features cars based on popular kids’ franchises and characters such as Pikachu, Hello Kitty, Batman and Transformers. Continued…
Publisher Titan Books and author Greg Cox are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization, based on the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures (screenplay by Max Borenstein, story by David Callaham). An epic rebirth of Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization is available now from retailers, but here is your chance to receive a free copy direct from Titan Books!
Bonus: Read Godzilla: The Official Movie NovelizationChapter 1, courtesy of Titan Books. Continued…
With Toho releasing the new GODZILLA by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures in Japan on July 25th, Bandai will add two new movie figures to their Godzilla-E.G. series. Each toy transforms from “E.G.” (an egg-shaped capsule) mode to “A.T.” (attack) figure mode in three steps. Continued…
From the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce the release of the great Green Ranger (aka Dragon Ranger from ZYURANGER)! He is the first Ranger to make his debut in the FiguartsZERO statue series, portrayed in splendid detail from his armor down to the vivid green coloring in the dynamically cracked earth display base. Continued…
Publisher Shogakukan Inc. will release the Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia (東宝特撮全怪獣図鑑, Toho Tokusatsu Zen Kaijuu Zukan) in Japan on July 23rd. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, this large picture book profiles Toho monsters, aliens and super-humans featured in Toho’s FX movies, videos and television shows from the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, 1954) to the new GODZILLA (2014).
The Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia features hundreds of characters, from obvious selections such as Toho’s top five monster stars — Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla — to second-tier movie kaiju, obscure beasts, and also heroes and villains from TV series like RAINBOWMAN: PROFESSIONAL HITMAN (愛の戦士レインボーマン, Ai no Senshi Reinbooman, 1972-73), ZONE FIGHTER (流星人間ゾーン, Ryuusei Ningen Zoon, 1973) and GRANSAZERS (超星神グランセイザー, Chooseishin Guranseizaa, 2003-04). The entries are listed in order of production so Toho science fiction, horror and fantasy enthusiasts can easily find their favorite characters. Continued…
The wave of Japanese books celebrating Godzilla’s 60th anniversary continues with Godzilla Completely Deciphered (ゴジラ完全解読, Gojira Kanzen Kaidoku), coming this week from Takarajimasha.
The book features a history of the Godzilla tokusatsu film series with ranging from Godzilla and biotechnology, Godzilla and the Cthulhu mythos, to the new Hollywood GODZILLA and the future of science fiction and FX films. Also included are profiles of the Toho films and monsters with photos and detailed data examining each from perspectives of science fiction, horror and fantasy.
Publisher: Takarajimasha, Inc.
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Price: ￥1,512 (Approximately $14.81 US)
IDW Publishing has provided a preview of their Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 Trade Paperback collecting Godzilla: Rulers of Earth issues #9–12.
With many monsters now inhabiting a new home, peace seemingly descends on Earth. Little does humanity realize that the greatest danger now lurks under the waves. It all leads to the most cataclysmic monster battle of the ages!
Both Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 TPB and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13 will be available from comic shops and retailers tomorrow, June 25th. Continued…
Posters Autographed by FX Director Koichi Kawakita
Source: Jungle Special Collectors Shop
Event Site: animejungle.net/godzillavsbiollantescreening
Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota, Yoichi Kakuma, Arian Hinojosa and Mark Jaramillo
Last month, our friends at Jungle Special Collectors Shop partnered with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) for a special Godzilla weekend in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The festivities included screenings of GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989) at the Aratani Theater and the “G in Jungle” event that featured a showing of the daikaiju short film THE GOD OF CLAY (ねんどの神さま, Nendo no Kamisama, 2009/2011), exclusive merchandise for sale, and a Q&A and autograph session with guests Koichi Kawakita (FX director of the Heisei Godzilla series) and Norihiko Iwasaki (producer and owner of the FX company Marbling Fine Arts).
One of the exclusive items offered for sale was a 36″ x 24″ GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE poster, produced by Jungle and licensed from Toho and Miramax. And now Jungle is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win this poster, autographed by Koichi Kawakita! Continued…
Publisher Business-sha Co. will release the Japanese language GODZILLA ゴジラ OFFICIAL BOOK (「ＧＯＤＺＩＬＬＡ ゴジラ」オフィシャルブック, GODZILLA Gojira Ofisharubukku) for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ GODZILLA. The large format book will be available in Japan on June 30th.
• GODZILLA Photo Story
• Character Profiles
• Godzilla Data
• Cast Interviews: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen,
Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche
• Q&A with Producer Thomas Tull and Director Garreth Edwards
• Ken Watanabe and Gareth Edwards in Tokyo
• The Art of GODZILLA
• Production Notes
• LA Premiere Report
• Cast and Crew Credits
• Godzilla 28 Movie History: 1954-2004 Continued…