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    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.  Source: Well Go USA, LBHpr  Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Australian horror-thriller STING ( 2022). After her pet spider rapidly transforms into a giant flesh-eating monster, a 12-year-old girl must fight for her life—and her family’s survival in this exciting, elevated spin on the creature horror genre for contemporary audiences​​.  Written & Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE), with the monster special effects by the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop (Special Visual Effects, KING KONG, 2005), the film stars Alyla Browne (THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART,  FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA, upcoming SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3), Penelope Mitchell (HELLBOY), Ryan Corr (HOLDING THE MAN), and Jermaine Fowler (COMING 2 AMERICA)​​. STING is now

    Image courtesy of Crunchyroll. Source: Crunchyroll press release From soccer to volleyball, climbing to water polo, and golf to boxing, Crunchyroll is in your corner with some of the most fan-favorite titles that inspire audiences to go the distance.   Starting this July 16 through August 15, Crunchyroll has added 20 sports-centric titles to its AVOD collection, including HAIKYU!!, BLUE LOCK, RUN WITH THE WIND, TSURUNE, KUROKO’S BASKETBALL, RE-MAIN, PING PONG THE ANIMATION, and more – full list below. Every title in this promotion will be available to marathon in this limited-time offer. This includes every season of each show, excluding any movies or OVAs (original video animation), in every language available.   For a limited time, audiences around the world can stream these titles for free with ads on Crunchyroll without

      Photo courtesy of the Criterion Collection. © Shochiku Co., Ltd. Source: The Criterion Collection press release Special Thanks to Courtney Ott Photo courtesy of the Criterion Collection. © Shochiku Co., Ltd. The Criterion Collection has announced the Shochiku horror film DEMON POND (夜叉ヶ池, Yashagaike, 1979) will be released October 15th in a 2-disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray set, as well as single disc Blu-ray and DVD editions. Japanese New Wave renegade Masahiro Shinoda transforms a classic Kabuki tale with his own extravagant visual style in this dimension-shattering folk-horror fantasia. When a lone traveler (Tsutomu Yamazaki) stumbles upon a remote, drought-stricken village, he finds himself engulfed in a whirlpool of myth, mystery, and magic: in a nearby pond reside spirits who hold the fate of the town’s inhabitants—including lovers Akira (Go Kato) and Yuri (Kabuki legend Tamasaburo Bando, who also plays the ethereal princess reigning

    Image courtesy of Crunchyroll. Additional Releases Include ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD, GOBLIN SLAYER Season 2, OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB, and OUTLAW STAR, Among OthersSource: Crunchyroll press releaseSpecial Thanks to Tyler Schirado This October, Crunchyroll is reaching deep into its bag of treats and re-releasing four classic anime on Blu-ray, including OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB, OUTLAW STAR, AFRO SAMURAI - Director’s Cut, and AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION - Director’s Cut. The AFRO SAMURAI - Director’s Cut and AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION - Director’s Cut will come with a slew of special features, including interviews with the cast, discussions with RZA, behind-the-scenes looks, and more. Crunchyroll will also be releasing VINLAND SAGA Season 2 Part 2, GOBLIN SLAYER Season 2, THE ANCIENT MAGUS' BRIDE Season 2 Part 2, and more on Blu-ray this October.   Image courtesy of Crunchyroll. AFRO SAMURAI

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatake) has announced the first Blu-ray BOX release of the series THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) and ULTRAMAN 80 (ウルトラマン80(エイティ), Urutoraman Eiti, 1980-81) to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their broadcast. The Blu-ray BOX of THE ULTRAMAN will be released in Japan on Friday, November 22, 2024, and the Blu-ray BOX of ULTRAMAN 80 on Wednesday, March 19, 2025. For this Blu-ray release, every episode of both works will be remastered in HD. The latest technology will allow viewers to enjoy these Showa era productions in high definition in the modern Reiwa era. As a bonus feature, THE ULTRAMAN will include FEATURE-LENGTH ANIME MOVIE THE ULTRAMAN: TO THE PLANET OF ULTRA!! (長篇アニメ映画 ザ☆ウルトラマン ウルトラの星へ!!, Chōhen Anime Eiga Za☆Urutoraman Urutora no Hoshi e!!), which combines

    The infamous 80s anime Roadbuster wheelman returns in a high-octane Original Video Animation adventure presented in HD for the first time! Source: AnimEigo press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Image courtesy of AnimEigo. Anime distributor AnimEigo has announced the home media and streaming release on September 10th of the Original Video Animation RIDING BEAN OVA (ライディング・ビーン, Raidingu Bīn, 1989), a beloved 80s action adventure following the exploits of courier-for-hire Bean Bandit. The RIDING BEAN OVA will be available on Blu-ray as well as streaming on TVOD platforms including Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon. Pre-orders are open now at: From the high-octane imagination of famed anime creator Kenichi Sonoda (GUNSMITH CATS, OTAKU NO VIDEO) and the animation gearheads of studio AIC (BUBBLEGUM CRISIS, TENCHI MUYO) comes a classic tale of trouble in the windy city! This action-packed can of beautiful Bean Bandit

    The One Piece 25th Anniversary: Symphonic Voyage Performed by the San Diego Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates the Global Hit Anime from Toei AnimationSource: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION Toei Animation and Crunchyroll are teaming up at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to bring fans a mix of immersive ONE PIECE activations that features the showcase event, the One Piece 25th Anniversary: Symphonic Voyage. Produced specially for San Diego Comic Con 2024, the One Piece 25th Anniversary: Symphonic Voyage is a live outdoor concert experience celebrating Toei Animation’s worldwide hit series ONE PIECE as part of the franchise’s global 25th anniversary celebration. This once-in-a-lifetime ONE PIECE experience will be performed by the San Diego Symphony at the iconic Rady Shell in Jacobs Park and is free with open limited seating, on a first-come, first-served basis,

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Ultraman Card Game will Enjoy an Industry-First Release in Four Languages & 15 Regions Simultaneously on October 25thSource: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: In celebration of Ultraman Day, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatake)  is pleased to announce that the ULTRAMAN CARD GAME (ウルトラマン カードゲーム, Urutoraman Kādo Gēmu) will be released on Friday, October 25, 2024 in 15 countries and regions around the world in 4 languages, a first in the history of trading card games. The ULTRAMAN CARD GAME is a new trading card game inspired by the world of Ultraman featuring playability appealing to both adults and kids, as well as collectability with specially designed cards by renowned creators from around the globe. The game will also offer several rare cards to collect from artists and designers who have worked on

    Ultraman statue located outside Soshigaya-okura station welcomes fans to Ultra Town. Photo by Daisuke Ishizuka. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. Author: Daisuke Ishizuka 55th anniversary statue of Ultraseven. Photo by Daisuke Ishizuka. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. Tsuburaya Productions' original ULTRAMAN series premiered on Japanese television on July 17, 1966. Leading up to the series' debut, a stage show was filmed before a live studio audience to introduce viewers to the story, cast and characters of ULTRAMAN. This TV special, THE BIRTH OF ULTRAMAN, was broacast on July 10, 1966. Therefore, July 10th is “Ultraman Day” in Japan, and that date is now celebrated annually by Ultraman fans all over the world. Tsuburaya Productions was located in Setagaya, Tokyo from its founding in 1963 until 2007. The Soshigaya-okura station on the Odakyu-line was the closest train station to the original Tsuburaya Productions offices, and the shopping area around Soshigaya-okura is named

      The GODZILLA MINUS ONE Godzilla Store Exclusive 4K Blu-ray set mirrors the deluxe box set from Japan with the addition of English menus and subtitles. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan), (US)Official Twitter: (Japan), (US) Instagram: (Japan), (US) TikTok: Facebook: (US) YouTube: (US)  Godzilla Store Exclusive Featuring Both GODZILLA MINUS ONE and GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR Estimated Ship Date: September 2024 Pre-Order Now at: Be one of the first in the US to own GODZILLA MINUS ONE on Blu-ray with the “Deluxe Japan Collector’s Edition”! This Godzilla Store Exclusive mirrors the deluxe 4-disc box set released on May 1, 2024 in Japan, and includes both GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0, ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan, 2023) and GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. Ⓒ Japan Society Source: Japan Society press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Sylvia Savadjian   JAPAN SOCIETY PRESENTS THE 17TH ANNUAL JAPAN CUTS: FESTIVAL OF NEW JAPANESE FILM July 10–21, 2024 · Japan Society · New York, NY North America’s largest Japanese film festival presents two weeks of contemporary premieres, including new films from Kei Chika-ura, Takeshi Kitano, Gakuryu Ishii, Shunji Iwai, Sho Miyake and Shinya Tsukamoto 31 films including 5 International Premieres, 10 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, 2 East Coast Premieres and 7 New York Premieres Includes the International Premiere of SHIN GODZILLA: ORTHOchromatic Photo courtesy of Japan Society. Ⓒ 2016,2023 TOHO CO., LTD.   Japan Society presents the full lineup of the 17th

    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 My Hero Academia the Movie Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Toho InternationalOfficial Site: (Japan)Special Thanks to Adrian Figueroa, Jonah Keel and Andrew Nguyen A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Hiroyasu Matsuoka) and Toho International Inc. (Headquarters: California, USA; President and CEO: Hiroshi Ueda) have provided information and images from their upcoming anime film, MY HERO ACADEMIA THE MOVIE: YOU’RE NEXT (僕のヒーローアカデミアTHE MOVIE ユアネクスト, Boku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE Yua Nekusuto). The movie opens next month in Japan and this October in the United States.   Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 My Hero Academia the Movie Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha INTRODUCTION More than 100 million copies sold worldwide!The latest in Weekly Shonen Jump's world-famous and highly-anticipated series! Image courtesy of Toho

    Image courtesy of Crunchyroll. World Premiere First Looks at Witch Hat Atelier and Solo Leveling Season 2, TRIGUN STARGAZER, and More During Other Crunchyroll Hosted PanelsSource: Crunchyroll press releaseSpecial Thanks to Tyler Schirado Crunchyroll, the ultimate home for anime worldwide, held its Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2024 on Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 PM PT in the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. Image courtesy of Crunchyroll. During the panel, Crunchyroll announced multiple acquisitions of several hotly anticipated animated series from Japan that it will stream for fans around the world in the coming year. Those announcements included the following: It was announced to the world that Crunchyroll and Aniplex will be adapting the widely popular Korean web-novel turned webtoon OMNISCIENT READER into an anime series. In production and coming soon, key art and a first-look teaser debuted

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©1993 Yoshiaki Kawajiri/Mad House/JVC/TOHO Co. LTD/Movic Inc. Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group) and Erik Jansen (MediaLab Public Relations) LOS ANGELES — July 6, 2024 — Today at Anime Expo 2024, Iconic Events Releasing, in partnership with AMC Networks’ HIDIVE, revealed plans for a 30th anniversary theatrical release of the critically acclaimed, samurai period drama film NINJA SCROLL (獣兵衛忍風帖, Jūbē Ninpūchō,). Written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, NINJA SCROLL was originally released in 1993 and is considered a truly seminal work in anime filmmaking. The 30th anniversary theatrical release of NINJA SCROLL is part of Iconic Events Releasing’s 2024-2025 AX Cinema Nights series and will screen in over 500 U.S. theaters on September 11, 12 & 15 and be presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub. AX Cinema Nights is

    Photo courtesy of Picturehouse. ©2023 CREATPS Inc. Source: Picturehouse press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Isaac Davidson (Cinetic Marketing & PR) Photo courtesy of Picturehouse. ©2023 CREATPS Inc. GREAT ABSENCE (大いなる不在, Oinaru Fuzai, 2023), written & directed by Kei Chika-ura and starring legendary actor Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES), opens Friday, July 19 in New York at Angelika Film Center opens Friday, July 26 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica and Glendale. The national rollout will follow.   Synopsis Distanced from his father for twenty years, Takashi is brought back home by a jarring police call – his father’s second wife, Naomi, is missing, and Yohji himself has disconnected from reality. Takashi starts a search for truth in the present – that has long fingers into the truth of his past. 2023 / Japan / 133 minutes

    Photo courtesy of TOKYOPOP. Source: TOKYOPOP press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Publisher TOKYOPOP returns to North America’s most celebrated anime convention this summer as it announces plans and show exclusives for Anime Expo 2024. Included for this year’s event will be a slate of not-to-be-missed panels, special guests and special booth activities and premiums that will be available during the convention. Anime Expo will take place July 4-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. The annual event draws more than 100,000 attendees and is the nation’s biggest dedicated anime fan convention. TOKYOPOP will be located on the main exhibit area in Booth #920. Additional details on Anime Expo are available at: The TOKYOPOP booth will be a hub of activity with a variety of exclusive manga and recently launched titles available for purchase as well as additional

    Celebrate the 70th anniversaries of Godzilla and the Mirai Tower with multiple events in Nagoya. Photo courtesy of NAKED, INC. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. Author: Keith Aiken Source: Nagoya TV Tower Co., Nagoya Railroad Co., and NAKED, INC. press releasesOfficial Site: Main artwork for the event. Photo courtesy of Nagoya Railroad Co. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. Chubu Electric Power Company's MIRAI TOWER (formerly Nagoya TV Tower) celebrated its 70th anniversary on June 20 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Nagoya TV Tower Co., Ltd. (Address: 6-15 Nishiki 3-chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Representative: Kazuhiro Osawa), which operates MIRAI TOWER, has partnered with Nagoya Railroad Co. to host a tie-in special event featuring Godzilla, who also celebrates his 70th anniversary in 2024. The "Godzilla Attacks Chubu Electric Power Company's MIRAI TOWER" (中部電力 MIRAI TOWERにゴジラ襲来, Gojira ga Chūbudenryoku MIRAI TOWER o Shūgeki!) event will run

      Photo courtesy of the Criterion Collection. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. Source: The Criterion Collection press release Special Thanks to Courtney Ott and Isaac Davidson In July, the Criterion Channel will begin streaming the first four entries in the Heisei Series (1984-1995) of Godzilla films... Following a nine-year absence from the screen, the King of the Monsters roared back with a vengeance in 1984 with THE RETURN OF GODZILLA, inaugurating a new era in the romping reptile’s mythology. The ferociously entertaining kaiju spectaculars of the 1980s and ’90s—which brought back familiar favorites like Mothra and King Ghidorah and introduced a new adversary in the genetically engineered mutant Biollante—reestablished Godzilla as a fearsome force (after previous Showa-era films that had recast himself as a benevolent protector), while taking the series’ political commentary and vaunted special effects in bold new directions.   THE RETURN OF GODZILLA,

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©TOEI ANIMATION Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Legendary anime studio Toei Animation returns to Anime Expo this year and is bringing an exciting merchandise showcase to the Los Angeles Convention Center for fans to indulge in throughout the 4th of July weekend. And this includes the first-ever Mugiwara Store Pop-Up Shop in the United States! Toei Animation is recreating the famed retail concept known as the world’s largest official One Piece store – with eight locations across Japan offering over 10,000 items from both the anime and manga, including numerous limited edition items not available elsewhere. Located within the Toei Animation exhibit booth, fans will be treated to a unique One Piece shopping experience that features not only the look and feel of the Mugiwara stores but also One Piece merchandise exclusive to Mugiwara and previously

    Source: Titan Books press release Special Thanks to Isabelle Sinnott and Hannah Scudamore Photo courtesy of Titan Books. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. TM & ©Netflix. This December, Titan Books will release The Art and Making of Ultraman: Rising, a hardover book written by Drew Taylor that details the creation of the hit Tsuburaya x Netflix animated family feature film ULTRAMAN: RISING. When Tokyo is threatened by rising monster attacks, an all-star athlete reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman, discovering that his greatest challenge isn’t fighting giant monsters – it’s raising one. The Art and Making of Ultraman: Rising goes behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the animated movie-making process. Starting at the genesis of the original idea, follow along as the team designs a baby kaiju, creates bold, stylized worlds, and crafts the emotional heart of the story, accompanied by expert

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