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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!
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VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, celebrates the triumphant return of the SAILOR MOON anime series with a host of fun activities for SAILOR MOON Day, taking place on Saturday, July 5th during the 2014 Anime Expo.
VIZ Media marks its acquisition of the iconic fantasy anime series with a SAILOR MOON Official Panel on Saturday morning at 10AM in LP1. Hosted by the company’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, Charlene Ingram, and SAILOR MOON Associate Producer, Joshua Lopez, the panel will reveal for the first time the brand new cast for the freshly produced English dub and premiere the first two dubbed episodes. SAILOR MOON fans attending this official panel will get a special premium poster while supplies last! Following the Official SAILOR MOON Panel, there will be a special showing of subtitled episode one of the all-new series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL, in Video 1 at 12:00 Noon. The series launches on July 5th in Japan, and fans in the United States may catch the simulcast on NeonAlley.com and Hulu, with new episodes debuting each Saturday. 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…
FREE Screenings in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 5th
Source: Anime Jungle, Japan Plus Inc. press release
Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota and Stephen Tang
Entertainment consortium Japan Plus Inc. (NPO) has announced that the first two episodes of the beloved and iconic children’s anime TV series DORAEMON and the critically acclaimed 2014 animated theatrical GIOVANNI’S ISLAND will both make their U.S. premiere screenings at the Aratani Theater in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles. The free screenings are a featured part of the events and activities slated during the all-day Anime De Summer Festival taking place on the plaza grounds of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) on Saturday, July 5th. Continued…
New Giant Balloon of Iconic MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Hero
Source: Saban Brands, Burson-Marsteller press release
Official Site: powerrangers.com
Special Thanks to Gretchen Toy
This Thanksgiving, the legendary Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger will make his epic debut as he morphs into a giant helium balloon for the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27. Marking the first-ever Power Ranger balloon, the Red Ranger will captivate millions of spectators and television viewers nationwide as he flies across the skies of New York during the holiday event. Continued…
Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced that the Complete Blu-ray and DVD editions of GATCHAMAN CROWDS (ガッチャマンクラウズ, Gatchaman Kurauzu, 2013) have been moved to a September 2nd street date. The sets were originally scheduled to release in July. Continued…
Articulated Bandai Figure Coming October 2014
Source: Bluefin Corp.
S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan)
Special Thanks to Xavier Lim
Joining S.H. Figuarts from the MEGA MAN ZERO (ロックマンゼロ, Rokkuman Zero) series comes the protagonist himself, Zero! A Tamashii Web Exclusive limited item for Asia, S.H.Figuarts Zero is being offered specially for fans in North America through Bluefin affiliated retailers. Continued…
This weekend on Sunday, June 8 sees the premiere of FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN: THE MOVIE at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, California. This special event will screen the first FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN movie which spotlights the origin of the title character and his battle against the Dark Matter Empire.
The event will feature game and craft booths as well as merchandise for sale. The heroes of the film will appear in full costume for a meet and greet and photo opportunities. FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN: THE MOVIE will screen at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm. Tickets are available in advance at fujiyamaichiban.com. Continued…
On July 23rd, the Australian label Madman Entertainment will release 009-1 CYBORG: THE END OF THE BEGINNING (リアル〜完全なる首長竜の日, Riaru Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi, 2013) on Region 4 DVD.
This live-action adaptation of the anime 009 CYBORG is based on the classic spy heroine manga serialized in Shonen Jump from 1964 – 1981 by Shotaro Ishinomori, creator of the famous Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series. Starring actress/model Mayuko Iwasa and directed by Koichi Sakamoto (MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY: THE MOVIE, Kamen Rider movies) 009-1 CYBORG: THE END OF THE BEGINNING marks the 75th anniversary of Ishinomori’s birth.
She is the future of espionage…
In the near future, the world becomes divided between the Western and Eastern blocks. Mylene is a cyborg spy, Agent 009-1, from the Western block. She sneaks into J country, which is a border area between the two areas and carries out an operation to expose human traffickers. Continued…
Fifth and Final Volume of POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE from Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Source: Lionsgate, Bender/Helper Impact press release
Official Site: powerrangers.com
Special Thanks to Geovani Rocha
The fourth POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE DVD collection, ULTRA DEFENDERS, will be released in June but the next volume has already announced! When the planet faces its greatest threat, Earth’s defenders never surrender in the final Power Rangers Megaforce epic battle, POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: A BATTLE TO THE FINISH, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand August 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
As the Rangers battle to save the planet in the four final episodes of the 20th POWER RANGERS season, the Megaforce team faces Vrak, Metal Alice and The Messenger in an intense battle that threatens all of mankind. Sure to keep viewers on their feet, the POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: A BATTLE TO THE FINISH DVD also includes a Zord Gallery and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
In the shadow of an impending alien invasion, Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must battle their greatest enemies in four final duels! With the help of Robo Knight, the Ultra Gosei Great Megazord and all of their Power Cards and Morphers, the Power Rangers race against time to defeat a reborn Admiral Malkor, a giant Metal Alice, the transformed Cyborg Vrak and a powerful new alien called The Messenger! Continued…
On June 18th, the Australian label Madman Entertainment will release HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (HK 変態仮面, HK Hentai Kamen, 2013) on Region 4 DVD. Based on the manga Ultimate!! Hentai Kamen (究極!!変態仮面, Kyuukyoku!! Hentai Kamen) by Keishu Ando (published by manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 1993) the film is a frequently jaw-dropping and hilarious take on the superhero genre with a hero who draws his superpower from the smell of girl’s panties.
HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO played the 2013 Japan Film Festival in Australia and was awarded the Best Asian Feature, Guru Prize For Most Energetic Film at the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival.
High school student Kyosuke (Ryohei Suzuki) is the most talented member of the school’s martial arts club. His late father was a detective and Kyosuke shares his father’s strong sense of justice. Kyosuke also has a secret — he can transform himself into the “Pervert Mask”, wearing female underwear and gaining superhuman powers. Continued…
Free Streaming Episodes Debut Today Exclusively on Neon Alley and Hulu!
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab
Official Site: sailormoon-official.com (Japan)
Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, is proud to announce the acquisition of the SAILOR MOON (美少女戦士セーラームーン, Bishoojo Senshi Seeraamuun) anime franchise. VIZ Media’s North American rights cover digital streaming, EST (Electronic Sell Through) and all home media products in the U.S. and Canada. Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd. is the producer and global licensor for the SAILOR MOON anime property. Continued…
Mill Creek Entertainment has launched Iron Fist TV, a new streaming channel that features martial arts and monster films and TV shows.
Iron Fist TV is now available online and on Roku, and offers both free (ad supported) and subscription ($4.99/month, no ads and wider selection) options. The channel includes over 35 martial arts and monster movies from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s as well as 150 TV episodes from ULTRAMAN, SUPER ROBOT RED BARON, IRON KING and FIGHT! DRAGON. More than 70 new films will be added over the next few months. Continued…
Toei Animation’s upcoming CGI feature film, SAINT SEIYA: LEGEND OF SANCTUARY (聖闘士星矢 LEGEND of SANCTUARY, Seinto Seiya Legend of Sanctuary) will receive its worldwide premiere at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, as the film is officially screened on June 11 at 8:30 PM. Continued…
The first Texas Toku Taisen, organized by Mecha Gorilla and presented by Alamo Drafthouse and Alamo City Comic Con, will take place at the Westlakes Alamo Drafthouse location (1255 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227) on May 15, 2014.
The Texas Toku Taisen is a film festival dedicated to showcasing the history and presence of the Japanese film genre tokusatsu (traditional FX techniques) here in the US. The festival will show 4 different movies before the premiere of Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA.
Texas Toku Taisen will show HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (HK 変態仮面, HK Hentai Kamen, 2013), MASKED RIDER THE FIRST (仮面ライダー THE FIRST, Kamen Raidaa Za Faasuto, 2005), THE GUYVER (1991), and GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera Daikaijuu Kuchu Kessen, 1995). All films will be digital projection. Continued…
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, and Saban Brands, a strategic brand management company that acquires and builds global consumer brands, are partnering to develop and produce an original live action feature film based on the iconic POWER RANGERS property, it was announced today by franchise creator Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. The announcement marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued commitment to build a broad portfolio of branded properties and franchises with global appeal.
Saban launched MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS as a live action television series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVDs, comic books and other merchandise.
The two companies noted that, with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the Power Rangers are primed for the big screen. The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world. Continued…
Source: Toei Co., Ltd.
Official Site: kikaider.jp (Japan)
Toei Co., Ltd. has provided information and new high-res photos from their upcoming theatrical feature KIKAIDER REBOOT (キカイダー ＲＥＢＯＯＴ, Kikaidaa Ribuuto). The movie will open in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, May 24th. Continued…
New High-Res Images and Press Release from Toei
Source: Toei Co., Ltd.
Official Site: saintseiya2014.com (Japan)
Toei has released new images and poster art for their upcoming computer animated theatrical feature SAINT SEIYA: LEGEND OF SANCTUARY (聖闘士星矢 LEGEND of SANCTUARY, Seinto Seiya Legend of Sanctuary). The sixth movie — but the first CG film — based on Masami Kurumada’s manga Saint Seiya, LEGEND OF SANCTUARY will open in Japan on Saturday, June 21st. Continued…
Severe Snowstorms Can’t Stop Godzilla, Ultraman, Gamera and More from Attending Tokyo Hobby Festival
Author: Ed Godziszewski
Official Site: wf.kaiyodo.net
Having attended so many Wonder Festivals over the last few years, one finds oneself hard pressed to come up with new things to say. But the Winter Wonder Festival of 2014 (held Sunday, February 9th at Makuhari Messe exhibition center) will always stand out from the others, not so much because of the show itself, but because of the circumstances surrounding it. Continued…
Lionsgate Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: THE GREAT DRAGON SPIRIT – Volume 3 on DVD. The collection includes Episodes 9-12 and has a suggested retail price of $14.98.
Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must convince the mysterious Robo Knight to work alongside them and battle a collection of enemies with evil powers including Psychotick’s energy-draining abilities, Shadow Serpent’s paralyzing touch, Distractor’s giant army of MegaMonsters and Nojoke’s laughter-stealing traps. Then, when an ancient weapon falls into the wrong hands, the Rangers must summon the mighty Dragon Spirit to gain new ULTRA POWERS!
POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: THE GREAT DRAGON SPIRIT – Volume 3 will be available on DVD and Digital Download on April 8th, but here is your chance to win a free copy of the DVD! Continued…
Earth is in serious danger and it is up to the Power Rangers Megaforce to defend it in POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: ULTRA DEFENDERS, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand June 17 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. When menacing robots attack using a powerful weapon, the Megaforce team looks to the sixth Ranger, Robo Knight, along with Rico the Robot to help fend off major destruction.
With over four million viewers watching each week on Nickelodeon, the POWER RANGERS series continues to lead as the #1 boys live-action series. Featuring four action-packed episodes from the 20th season, POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: ULTRA DEFENDERS will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
• 13: DREAM SNATCHER
• 14: GOSEI ULTIMATE
• 15: THE HUMAN FACTOR
• 16: RICO THE ROBOT Continued…
Silver Ranger Appears on Orange Carpet Alongside the Main Cast
Source: Saban Brands
Official Site: powerrangers.com
Special Thanks to Shannon Kelly
On Saturday, March 29th, the stars of Saban’s POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE were joined by the never-before-seen Silver Ranger at NICKELODEON’S 27TH ANNUAL KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS. The latest edition of the ceremony featuring the biggest television, movie and music acts was held at USC’s Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA. Continued…
Nippon TV has provided SciFi Japan with production notes and high-res images from GATCHAMAN (ガッチャマン, 2013), the live-action feature film based on the classic Tatsunoko Production anime series. With the exception of international film festival screenings, the GATCHAMAN movie is currently unavailable outside of Asia. Continued…
Author: Bob Johnson
Special thanks to Nicole Mullen and Kelvin Godshall
Official Website: Fly SFO
Photos taken by Bob Johnson
As toy collectors, many fans scour the internet, check on eBay, maybe hit local comic or toy stores and if they are lucky, make the trek to Japan to search out the latest and greatest items on the shelves.
Some delve into the past. paying large sums of money for a toy or two either from their childhood or maybe one that just catches their eye. These toys are usually hard to find and expensive or difficult to come by.
However, if you are a Japanese toy collector, fan or just have a casual interest in the past, you will want to check out “Japanese Toys: From Kokeshi to Kaiju” a new exhibit in, of all places, Terminal 3 of the San Francisco International Airport. The exhibit runs through April 2014 and contains so many vintage and rare items that it is like walking down a path to an amazing display of nostalgia and the crazy, imaginative world of Japan. Continued…