Source: ACTV Japan
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
This week SciFi JAPAN TV checks out the 2014 Tokyo Game Show and talks with the producer of the upcoming Bandai Namco video game GODZILLA for PlayStation 3.
Source: Toei Co., Ltd.
SciFi Japan has updated our list of English and Japanese titles for live action and animated movies, television programs and home videos produced and/or released by Toei Co., Ltd. (東映株式会社). Several older titles have been added, as well as new Toei releases from 2014 and upcoming titles announced for 2015.
Rather than relying on any of the many unofficial fan translations, this list features the official English titles created and used by Toei. Information has been culled from multiple sources, including materials from Toei’s International Sales & Promotion Department and Ishimori Production, US copyright registrations, Toei sales catalogs and publicity materials, Toei screenings at film festivals and trade shows, and organizations such as the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (of which Toei is a founding member) and UniJapan.
The cutting-edge studio behind AFRO SAMURAI brings to life the sexy, stylish, and undeniably-badass video game vixen who prowls the shadows of your wildest dreams in BAYONETTA: BLOODY FATE (ベヨネッタ ブラッディフェイト, Beyonetta Buraddi Feito, 2013).
Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin — and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar — little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself.
Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!
Two brave souls will hold the fate of humanity in their hands as the world nations unite under the threat of alien invasion in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, MUV LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス, Maburavu Orutaneitivu Tootaru Ikuripusu, 2012). This sci-fi action adventure series is directed by Masaomi Ando (WHITE ALBUM 2, RE:HAMATORA [assistant director]) and Takayuki Inagaki (DESERT PUNK, INDIAN SUMMER) with music by Seikou Nagaoka (CHAIKA –THE COFFIN PRINCESS-, HE IS MY MASTER), art direction by Kei Ichikura (DRAGONAUT – THE RESONANCE, KURAU: PHANTOM MEMORY) and animation production by ixtl and SATELIGHT (BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, LOG HORIZON).
Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA have driven the human race into near extinction. Facing an enormous enemy force, mankind has responded by developing large humanoid arms called Tactical Surface Fighters, deploying them to its defensive lines throughout the world. All of their efforts, however, could only slow down the BETA: the people of Earth are forced to abandon major areas of the Eurasian continent. After 30 years, humanity is still bogged down in a back and forth war with the BETA with no end in sight.
Two of the Movie’s Voice Actors Will Appear October 10-11
Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release
Official Site: dragonball2013.com (Japan), dragonballz.com/battleofgods (US)
Special Thanks to Scott Lonski
The DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS momentum continues! Following the highly successful theatrical release in August, the movie releases today, Oct 7th, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD! To celebrate the release, two of the starring voice actors from the DRAGON BALL Z franchise, Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat, will attend the New York Comic Con October 10th-11th.
Source: Terracotta Distribution
Special Thanks to Claire Marty
On October 13th, Terracotta Distribution will release the South Korean thriller MOEBIUS (뫼비우스, Moebiuseu, 2013) on DVD and VOD in the United Kingdom. Initially banned, the latest tour-de-force from Cannes-award winning director KIM Ki-duk plays like a warped Greek tragedy. A teenager is caught between his adulterous father and psychotic mother, and an extreme act of revenge forces father and son to deal with its bloody aftermath.
This pitch-black study of lust and guilt circles this destructive family whilst questioning one’s basic sexual desires. Directed by Kim Ki-duk (THE ISLE, BAD GUY, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER…AND SPRING, SAMARITAN GIRL, 3-IRON, ARIRANG, PIETA), MOEBIUS stars CHO Jae-hyun (CROCODILE, THE ISLE, BAD GUY, THE WEIGHT) as Father and features strong performances from seventeen-year-old newcomer SEO Young-ju (JUVENILE OFFENDER) and actress LEE Eun-woo, creatively cast as both wife and mistress.
Latest Issue of Japanese Sci-Fi and Kaiju Magazine on Sale Now
Official Site: Monster Attack Team
In 2010, Monster Attack Team returned from a long hiatus with a new self-published issue. This sparked a period of transition for the fanzine as it went through various formats solicited by Diamond and was then sold at book stores and newsstands for the first time with the massive issue #10 published by Famous Monsters of Filmland in 2013. Monster Attack Team now returns to its roots with the self-published eleventh issue, featuring 80 pages of historic and current information on the golden age of tokusatsu, manga, toys, and Japanese music culture as only MAT can present it.
SciFi Japan spoke with their Captain, Edward Holland and Executive Officer, Mike Keller about Monster Attack Team #11 now available as a print on demand magazine and digital download from Indy Planet. For additional information visit the Monster Attack Team website and Facebook page.
“Let’s Fight Monsters, Let’s Really Fight!”
The Ezono Students are Back for More Laughs, Loveable Animals, and Life Lessons!
Source: Aniplex of America press release
Official Site: ginsaji-anime.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/silverspoon (US)
Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Anime fans who were anxiously waiting to see what the rustic students of the anime series SILVER SPOON (銀の匙, Gin no Saji, 2013-2014) were up to next, their questions have been answered! Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced at their industry panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta, GA.) their plans to release the second season of SILVER SPOON in a complete DVD set on December 16th. Pre-orders for this product have begun on their official SILVER SPOON homepage and through official retailers. This product will be available for sale in the U.S., Canada, Central and South Americas only.
In the second season of SILVER SPOON, Yugo continues to explore life on the farm as he enters a new academic term at Ezono and tackles new responsibilities in hopes to find his own dream. Of course, Yugo learns quickly that with new responsibilities also come new obstacles he must overcome. But as Yugo tries to confront his own issues, he learns that many of his friends are also experiencing hardships that Yugo may be able to help with.
The Complete 2nd Season DVD Set features all 11 episodes of the second season of SILVER SPOON with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles on 3 DVD discs. The bonus contents feature the textless opening, textless ending, and commercials.
This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE (攻殻機動隊ARISE -GHOST IN THE SHELL-, Kookaku Kidootai Araizu -Goosuto In Za Sheru-, 2013) sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades — while rebooting the genre it helped define.
Border 1: Ghost Pain
Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past — and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.
Border 2: Ghost Whispers
Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.
Author: Andrew Nguyen
Official Site: LA EigaFest
Ever since December 2011, the Japanese Film Society has held its annual LA Eigafest at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA. During the festival, the US public gained access to the latest in Japanese films, which range from serious drama to comedy, to the latest in Japanese animation. Furthermore, panels that take place during the festival offer insight into the business relations between the Japanese and American film industries. In additional, the annual Matsuri festival takes place in conjunction with LA Eigafest on Saturday at the front of the Egyptian Theater.
Unlike the last three LA Eigafests, which took place in December, this one took place in September (from the 12th to the 14th) so to take advantage of the better weather conditions during the opening ceremonies and such. Hayato Mitsuishi is the President and Co-Founder of the Japanese Film Society and the festival director of LA Eigafest ever since its inception three years ago.
The adventures continue as Shiroe, Akatsuki and the rest of Log Horizon prepare to delve deeper into the world of Elder Tale in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, LOG HORIZON 2 (ログ・ホライズン, Rogu Horaizun, 2014). This new season of the wildly popular action adventure series from the brilliant mind of Mamare Touno (Maoyu) is directed by Shinji Ishihara (LOG HORIZON, FAIRY TAIL) with series composition by Toshizo Nemoto (TOWANOQUON, DOG & SCISSORS), music by Yasuharu Takanashi (THE SEVERING CRIME EDGE, THE AMBITION OF ODA NOBUNA), and animation production by Studio DEEN (FATE/STAY NIGHT, HIGURASHI – WHEN THEY CRY).
After struggling to survive in a surreal existence they were suddenly thrown into, Shiroe and his friends have managed to restore order to Akihabara by defending the people against the Goblins in the Zantleaf Region. After six long months with the team gaining the trust of the many guilds that use the city as their home base, they must now prepare for their unforeseen future — and a tough winter ahead.
LOG HORIZON 2 will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013) is the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by its director, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The film begins its North American theatrical run this month from distributor GKIDS.
Aniplex of America, Inc. recently announced at their industry panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta, GA.) that they will be releasing the home video versions of SWORD ART ONLINE –EXTRA EDITION– (ソードアート・オンライン Extra Edition, Soodo Aato Onrain Extra Edition) on Blu-ray and DVD on December 23rd. Pre-orders for this product have begun on the official U.S. Sword Art Online homepage and also through official retailers. The SWORD ART ONLINE –Extra Edition– will be available in the U.S., Canada, Central and South Americas.
The SWORD ART ONLINE –EXTRA EDITION– will feature both the original Japanese and English audios with English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus contents for the Blu-ray release will include the “Sword Art Offline” special animation (English subtitles included), the SWORD ART ONLINE II trailer, a deluxe booklet and an exclusive poster. The standard edition DVD will include the SAO II trailer as the bonus content.
Prepare to witness DRAGON BALL Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS (ドラゴンボールZ 神と神, Doragon Booru Zetto: Kami to Kami, 2013), the first new DRAGON BALL feature film in over seventeen years!
Source: ACTV Japan
Ten years ago today, on October 2nd, 2004, the first episode of the TV series ULTRAMAN NEXUS (ウルトラマンネクサス, Urutoraman Nekusasu) was broadcast in Japan. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series, SciFi JAPAN TV presents the first in a series of interviews throughout the month, covering all aspects of the show’s development and production.
The roundtable interviews feature ULTRAMAN NEXUS producer Hiroyasu Shibuya, writer and series organizer Keiichi Hasegawa, and directors Kazuya Konaka and Yuichi Abe. In this week’s episode, “Origins”, our guests discuss the early stages of the show’s development.
In his search for normalcy, a new student at a strange school will come to learn that the seeds of darkness lie hidden deep in the hearts of five young girls in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, LE FRUIT DE LA GRISAIA (グリザイアの果実, Gurizaia no Kajitsu, 2014). This psychological drama series is directed by Tensho (KINMOZA!, TEARS TO TIARA) with series composition by Hideyuki Kurata (OREIMO, THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS), music by Elements Garden (BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, KAMIGAMI NO ASOBI), character designs by Akio Watanabe (BAKEMONOGATARI, HOSHIZORA KISEKI) and animation production by 8 Bit (INFINITE STRATOS, TOKYO RAVENS).
Mihama Academy is less of a school and more of a prison. With a massive wall surrounding all sides, this private academy is both protected and isolated from the outside world. But while Mihama Academy may not seem appealing to your average student, it is a safe haven for those looking to hide from the various cruelties that life has dealt them.
LE FRUIT DE LA GRISAIA will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
Tokyo International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Japanese film, PALE MOON (紙の月, Kami no Tsuki, 2014), has been selected as the only Japanese film for the 27th TIFF’s International Competition.
PALE MOON is the eagerly anticipated new work from the talented Daihachi Yoshida, director of the award-winning THE KIRISHIMA THING (桐島、部活やめるってよ, Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo, 2013). A normal housewife unexpectedly becomes involved in a large embezzlement case in this film adaptation based on the novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Mitsuyo Kakuta, known for The Eighth Day (Yokame no Semi).
The protagonist Rika Umezawa is played by Rie Miyazawa, one of Japan’s most accomplished actresses. This collaboration of the author, the director, and the actress Miyazawa represents the pinnacle of modern Japanese filmmaking, and delivers non-stop suspense. Prepare to witness an exquisite and challenging masterwork of cinema.
Source: Aniplex of America press release
Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced that they will be discontinuing sales of eight products on October 31st. Fans who may have been waiting to purchase these items are encouraged to make their purchases before this date as no new orders will be taken for these following SKUs and will no longer be available through official retailers.
GKIDS brings Studio Ghibli’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013) to American theaters, starting with special presentations this month at the IFC Center in New York City.
Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, POM POKO) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her — but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
From the studio that brought you SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, and THE WIND RISES comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.
Monthly Film Series Highlights Lesser-known and Overlooked Works from Six Japanese Directors
Source: Japan Society
Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett
New York, NY – Japan Society’s 2014-15 Monthly Film Series invites cinephiles to discover or re-discover Japanese cinema through the eyes of one of its most ardent fans. Maverick avant-garde composer, musician and arranger John Zorn calls upon his deep love and knowledge of Japanese cinema to spotlight lesser-known or overlooked works from six Japanese directors.
The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema launches with Atsushi Yamatoya’s psychedelic INFLATABLE SEX DOLL OF THE WASTELANDS (October 18), followed by Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1928 avant-garde silent drama CROSSROADS (November 15), screened with a live improvised score by master shamisen player Yumiko Tanaka; Yoshimitsu Morita’s playful pink film TOP STRIPPER (December 11); and MATANGO (aka ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE) (January 23), directed by Ishiro Honda (GODZILLA). The series concludes with the U.S. premiere of Nagisa Oshima’s whimsical made-for-television movie IT’S ME HERE, BELLETT, coupled with eight experimental shorts by the “godfather of anime” Osamu Tezuka. All films have never been shown at Japan Society before, and all but the Tezuka shorts are unavailable on DVD in the U.S.
Artist Takeshi Obata to Appear at Panels and Exclusive In-Person Signing Sessions at NYCC and During New York Super Week
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press release
Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, and ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, are proud to welcome one of Japan’s preeminent manga artists — Takeshi Obata — for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.
Kim Ki-duk’s Critically-Acclaimed Worldess Thriller
Source: RAM Releasing
RAM Releasing, the New York-based noir film distribution company and a division of Film Movement, announces the DVD and Blu-ray release of MOEBIUS (뫼비우스, Moebiuseu, 2013), the latest from shock auteur Kim Ki-duk (PIETA), available on October 28. Including exclusive interviews with cast and crew, as well as a post-screening Q&A from the film’s New York premiere at New York Asian Film Festival, owning this one-of-a-kind thrill ride is a must for any fan of Kim’s boundary-pushing filmmaking. The feature film also becomes available to own digitally on October 28 on all major platforms.
Bring home the all-new top-rated show, POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE, for the first time when POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE Volume 1: EARTH FIGHTS BACK arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 9 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The brand new POWER RANGERS season will excite fans with the super mega action and adventures of best friends working together to defend the planet from evil. Dive in to the epic battle as the Rangers fight against a massive alien Armada and discover legendary new special abilities. The POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE Volume 1: EARTH FIGHTS BACK DVD features four exciting episodes from the series and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
With the help of their powerful new legendary morphers and keys, Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake are able to morph into the Power Rangers Super Megaforce! And there is no time to lose, as they must save the city from Cybax’s impending missile launch, battle Skatana’s Octoblade attack and defeat a massive X-Borg assault. But how long can the Rangers hold off this new threat before Earth is conquered by the evil Prince Vekar and his minions once and for all?
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd.
Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi
Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted information and photos of the giant monster figures scheduled for release by X-Plus Co., Ltd. in late November 2014. Mothra (1964 Edition) from MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (モスラ対ゴジラ, Mosura Tai Gojira) was also planned for November, but has been postponed and will be re-solicited at a later date. In its place, X-Plus has now announced an exclusive “light up” reissue of Mothra (1961).
Available in Stores Nationwide from Shout! Factory
Source: Shout! Factory press release
Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Shannon Meehan
This fall, Shout! Factory unleashes a new DVD collection for the popular series POWER RANGERS: IN SPACE, Vol. 2, available on home entertainment shelves nationwide on October 7th, 2014. The epic conclusion of the POWER RANGERS: IN SPACE (1998) saga can be seen in this 3-DVD box set that contains the final 21 episodes of the series.
The Power Rangers are still searching for their founder and mentor Zordon, who has been captured by a coalition of villains. The Princess of Evil, Astronema, is revealed to be the long-lost sister of Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Though Andros convinces her of her true past, dark forces are work. She is recaptured and reprogrammed to follow Dark Specter.
Determined to destroy the Space Rangers, the now evil-again Astronema unleashes robotic Psycho Rangers to demolish the Space Rangers. The Space Rangers will have to use all the skills they posses to defeat Astronema, her Psycho Rangers and find Zordon, all while protecting Earth!
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases
Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, celebrates the arrival of Fall with two bloodthirsty romances from the Shojo Beat imprint. The bestselling Black Bird ignites passions on October 21st with the debut of the complete 18-volume manga box set, which includes an exclusive premium art book! And the is-he-or-isn’t-he-a-vampire series Honey Blood arrives on October 7th at favorite retailers everywhere!
Golfers can now destroy the course with the new Godzilla Head Cover. Manufactured by Creative Covers for Golf, this official Warner Bros. licensed design is based on the 2014 movie GODZILLA. The cover is made of durable plush fabrics with an interior lining and knit sock for a secure fit and protection on regular and most oversized clubs sizes up to a 460cc driver.
The Godzilla Licensed Head Cover can be ordered through both stores and online retailers. Click ‘Where to Buy’ for a list of retailers.
Manufacturer: Creative Covers for Golf
Item Number: 15810
MUV LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE COLLECTION 1 Available January 20th
Source: Section23 Films press release
Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff
Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its January slate of releases; including the sci-fi action adventure series MUV LUV ALTERNATIVE: TOTAL ECLIPSE COLLECTION which will be released English dubbed on both DVD & Blu-ray.
Additional releases for January include DVD and Blu-ray editions of NON NON BIYORI COMPLETE COLLECTION, MAID SAMA!, LITTLE BUSTERS! REFRAIN, DOG & SCISSORS COMPLETE COLLECTION, QWASER OF STIGMATA COMPLETE COLLECTION and LOG HORIZON COLLECTION 2; plus A-CHANNEL and AMAGAMI SS+ on Blu-ray.
Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles.
Source: ACTV Japan
This week we present a 30 minute edition of SciFi JAPAN TV EXTRA featuring Masaaki Tezuka, director of GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (ゴジラxメガギラス, Gojira tai Megagirasu, 2000), GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラxメカゴジラ, Gojira x Mekagojira, 2002) and GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラxモスラxメカゴジラ東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mechagodzilla Toukyou SOS, 2003).
In this exclusive video interview for SciFi Japan, Mr Tezuka discusses his early career at Toho, shares production secrets from his three films, reveals some of the original ideas for his movies, and much more!
Saban Brands’ first-ever “Show Us Your Shorts” contest has officially opened! Saban Brands is calling for original animated shorts and accepting submissions now through October 24th only at sabanshorts.com. The winner will receive $5,000 and a development deal with Saban Brands!