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    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler On March 16, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent monster movie KONGA TNT (2020) from director Brett Kelly (ATTACK OF THE JURASSIC SHARK). KONGA TNT is an experimental movie project made while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly took unused footage from previous movies and combined it with new footage shot by himself and actor/FX artist John Migliore along with writer Trevor Payer. After becoming injected with a formula derived from an alien ship, a lab gorilla escapes from his containment and befriends two young boys. The alien formula causes the gorilla to grow to gargantuan size and rampage throughout the city and the boys must find a way to save their simian friend before the army takes him down. Format: DVD Number of Discs: 1 SKU: MVD4465D

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY Limited Edition Steelbook. The three disc Blu-ray collection includes the acclaimed 1990s trilogy of GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera: Daikaijū Kūchū Kessen, 1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来, Gamera Tsū: Region Shūrai, 1996) and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒, Gamera Surī: Irisu Kakusei, Gamera 3: Jyashin Irisu Kakusei, 1999). The GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY SteelBook includes High Definition (1080p) transfers of all three movies, Japanese and English audio tracks, newly recorded audio commentaries, Japanese and American trailers, image galleries, featurettes and much more. The GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY SteelBook is now available from Arrow Video

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES FILM PARTNERS   Sinking of the World's Largest Battleship Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland  Based on the acclaimed 2015 manga series Archimedes no Taisen, THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES (アルキメデスの大戦, 2019) debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 15 (just in time for Father’s Day) with an all-new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki (THE ETERNAL ZERO), the film is a fictionalized depiction of the behind-the-scenes struggles of building the Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, during WWII. From renowned producer/distributor Toho (GODZILLA; MY HERO ACADEMIA, YOUR NAME), THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES stars Suda Masaki (DROWNING LOVE), Emoto Tasuku (AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING), Hamabe Minami (THE PROMISED NEVERLAND), Shofukutei Tsurube (FAMILY OF STRANGERS), and Kobayashi Katsuya (THE

    CHIHAYAFURU SEASON 3 Available July 27th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its July slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ third season of the CHIHAYAFURU franchise, available on English dubbed Blu-ray July 27th with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release…   KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         742 min. Street Date:      7/6/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English, Spanish & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $89.98 The alien Gauna may have destroyed Mankind's original home, but aboard the asteroid-based spaceship Sidonia, the human race has found ways to adapt, change and survive in the endless depths of space.  Now the former people of Earth can photosynthesize

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to SCHOOL LIVE! ~THE MOVIE (がっこうぐらし!, Gakkō Gurashi!, 2019), the live-action adaptation of the popular horror anime School-Live! that captivated audiences with its unique premise and chilling visuals. Sentai will distribute the film in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. On any normal day, high school can be a terrifying place. But in an apocalyptic world overrun by murderous undead, this school is salvation. In it, Yuki and her friends take shelter and do their best to live and to keep their sanity as strong as their friendship. Sentai has also licensed GAKKO*** SCHOOL-LIVE! ANOTHER STORY, a four-episode prequel series to the live-action film that stars Hinako Sakurai as Yukari Sawatari, a character original to the miniseries. SCHOOL LIVE!

      Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS The renowned Magical Girl series celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special movie trilogy Blu-ray release! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: anime.magireco.com (Japan), 10th.madokamagicausa.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS  Aniplex of America is thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular series PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA with the Blu-ray release of PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA: THE MOVIE TRILOGY on July 20, 2021! This special release includes the two theatrical adaptations of the hit TV series, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE PART 1: BEGINNINGS (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 始まりの物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Hajimari no Monogatari, 2012) and PART 2: ETERNAL (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 永遠の物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Eien no Monogatari, 2012), as well

        Source: Sentai press release   Sentai announced that it acquired distribution rights to MY LITTLE MONSTER (となりの怪物くん, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, 2012), a romcom anime series based on the manga of the same name, for audiences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Turkey plus all Nordic and Scandinavian countries. Standoffish, reclusive Shizuku Mizutani cares far more about earning stellar grades than cultivating friendships. But her opinions on friendship and relationships begin to change when she meets habitual truant Haru Yoshida, who happens to have a rather fearsome reputation. Like Shizuku, Haru’s reputation has made it difficult to make friends. And yet through their budding friendship and stirrings of attraction the unlikely pair learns to understand one another, the world around them, and the tenor of their own emotions. MY

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to EARL & FAIRY (伯爵と妖精, Hakushaku to Yōsei, 2008), based upon the light novel series of the same name by Mizue Tani, for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Nordic, Scandinavia. Lydia Carlton possesses the rare ability to interact and communicate with fairies, supernatural creatures invisible to most humans. Few believe her stories about her occupation as a doctor to these strange beings, but the mysterious and handsome Edgar is in need of her particular expertise. Edgar seeks to become the Blue Knight Earl, or the human ruler of the fairy realm, and he will need Lydia’s help to navigate the deceptively complex world of the fairies and claim the crown he craves. EARL & FAIRY

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: mv.avex.jp/gargoyle (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to GARGOYLE OF YOSHINAGA HOUSE (吉永さん家のガーゴイル, Yoshinaga-san-ka no Gāgoiru, 2006), the zany, family friendly series based upon the light novel of the same name by Sennendou Taguchi. Yoshinaga just won the local lottery! Instead of a fabulous getaway or a lifetime supply of her favorite food, she is awarded a stone gargoyle. But things get interesting when she discovers the ‘Gargoyle’ lives! Not only that, he can speak, fly and fire potentially lethal energy beams. Naturally, like any good gargoyle, he is bound to protect the Yoshinaga home from any and all threats. The once mundane, ordinary Yoshinaga household just became a place of magic, excitement and plenty of laughs! GARGOYLE OF YOSHINAGA HOUSE is directed by Iku Suzuki (YUMEIRO PATISSIERE, HAPPY LESSON, DEARS), with

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (星くず兄弟の伝説, Hoshikuzukyodai no Densetsu) from Macoto Tezuka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) and musician/TV personality Haruo Chicada. In 1985, Macoto was just 22 years old, a film student with many short experimental films under his belt, but yet to make a feature debut and — of course — had the pressure of the TEZUKA name. Then he met Chicada, who had made a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t actually exist: “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers”. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this “fake sountrack” into a real musical story. With inspiration from PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, Tezuka assembled a cast

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan In celebration of the landmark series’ 50th anniversary, Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Toei Company, Ltd. today announced an exclusive deal to distribute the Kamen Rider series ZERO-ONE and RYUKI in North America. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory and its streaming service, Shout! Factory TV, with exclusive TVOD, EST, SVOD, AVOD, and FAST rights in the U.S. and Canada to both series, and physical home entertainment rights to ZERO-ONE. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s Senior Vice President of Digital Enterprises and Shout! Factory TV, Gene Pao; Melissa Boag, Shout! Factory’s Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment; Jordan Fields, Shout! Factory’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Naoki Shinozaki, Manager of International Sales for Toei Company, Ltd. Shout! Factory TV plans an aggressive rollout of both

    DORORO Available June 29th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its June slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks supernatural action series, DORORO, available on English dubbed Blu-ray June 29th. Product details follow, in order of release… MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 375 min. Street Date: 6/1/2021 Format: BD Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $59.98 Mikoto Urabe

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: dororo-anime.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to the critically acclaimed supernatural action series DORORO (どろろ, 2019), based on the manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Black Jack). Sentai’s deal includes distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Nordic and Scandinavian countries. Sentai will release the series with an all-new English dub. During the Warring States period, the young thief Dororo encounters the enigmatic “Hyakkimaru,” a strange, sightless boy who wields fearsome prosthetics in place of his missing limbs. Parts of Hyakkimaru’s body, skin and organs were traded to a group of 12 demons by Hyakkimaru’s father in exchange for power and prosperity, but thanks to a kindly medicine man, Hyakkimaru survived his horrifying

    Source: Error_4444 press release Special Thanks to Logan H The new home video company Error_4444 presents their first Collector’s Edition Blu-ray… ANATOMIA EXTINCTION (限界人口係数, Genkai Jinkō Keisū, 1995), the first movie by splatter movie director Yoshihiro Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE, VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL). Pre-orders went live today at error4444.bigcartel.com/product/anatomia-extinction. A man stands out from the crowd with his bleached blonde hair and disdain for the overflow of humans in Tokyo. Physically sick and tired of being surrounded, the man’s only respite is the warm embrace of a sex worker. However, when the man is targeted by a serial killer known as “the engineer,” he’s given a choice — die by his hand or join him in murdering every last one of the humans he can’t stand. Both a pointed protest to Japan’s raging overpopulation problem and

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sao-alicization.net (Japan), sao-alicization.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is delighted to announce the next home video release of the SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION series, with the SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD Complete Blu-ray Set coming June 22, 2021! The complete Blu-ray set comes with six Blu-ray discs and includes all 23 episodes plus 2 recap episodes in both English and Japanese audio, housed in a stunning box featuring art by abec (Original Illustrator/ Character Design Concept). The set also includes bonus content such as trailers, commercials, textless openings and endings, as well as audio commentary by Japanese cast and staff members, along with a special booklet and an original soundtrack CD by the acclaimed composer, Yuki Kajiura. SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD Complete Blu-ray Set is

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: swordgai-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/SWORDGAI The Animation (US) Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to brutal action series SWORDGAI THE ANIMATION (ソードガイ The Animation, Sōdo Gai The Animation, 2018) for audiences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Latin America. In this world, sentient, powerful swords rain death on a powerless populace. Gai Ogata’s parents are murdered by Shiryu, a cursed blade with an endless thirst for blood. From childhood, Gai is transfixed on Shiryu, training as a blacksmith in hopes of someday surpassing the sword’s deadly guile with a creation of his own. But when another tragic turn of events costs Gai his arm, his master repurposes Shiryu into an unconventional prosthetic, binding Gai to the bloodthirsty weapon permanently. Now Gai must learn

    These beloved ULTRAMAN series and films will have their North American, high-definition debut! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Minneapolis, MN (March 17, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next releases from the Ultraman superhero library! On June 15, ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE — containing two complete television series and a movie will be on 5 Blu-ray discs with an MSRP of $45.99 — and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION — containing two movies and two specials across 3 Blu-ray discs will have an MSRP of $34.99. These exciting debuts come off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. Originally released in 2007, the

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on Steelbook on June 22, 2021, in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers. THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY join THE CAT RETURNS, WHISPER OF THE HEART, SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and PONYO in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray double feature of THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS (透明人間現わる, Tōmei Ningen Arawaru, 1949) and THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY (透明人間と蝿男, Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko, 1957). Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera. In THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment The street date for Mill Creek’s ULTRAMAN LEO Blu-ray has changed. The special edition SteelBook (SRP $55.99) and standard packaging ($45.99) will now be released on May 25, 2021. For product info and ordering links please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan. About Mill Creek Entertainment Mill Creek Entertainment is the home entertainment industry’s leading independent studio for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital distribution. With direct sales pipelines to all primary retail and online partners, Mill Creek Entertainment licenses, produces, markets and distributes a dynamic array of film and television content to over 30,000 retail stores and thousands of websites reaching millions of customers across North America. Mill Creek Entertainment’s expansive library includes Oscar®-winning theatrical feature films, Emmy®-winning classic and current TV series, original documentary productions and pop-culture favorites that enlighten, educate and

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