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    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced that their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures are rolling out from their warehouse this week and will soon be available from retailers. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 1989 Godzilla This version of the beloved monster is based on its appearance in the 1989 film, Godzilla vs Biollante. The figure measures 6″ tall and 12” long from head to tail and comes with a radioactive blast effect part. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail! Godzilla will come packaged in collector friendly window box packaging with opening flap. Item Number: 42898 Release Date: July 2020 SRP: $24.99

    First Round of 2020 SDCC Exclusives Feature Dragon Ball and Godzilla Franchises and S.H.Figuarts, S.H.MonsterArts, FiguartsZERO, Dragon Stars and Final Blast Series Lines Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Fans need wait no longer because tonight BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) officially drops this year’s collection of anime and kaiju San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figures. For 2020, Bluefin, the BANDAI NAMCO Group company and leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products in North America, is offering nine different figures from the Dragon Ball and Godzilla franchises across five of the most popular figure lines from Tamashii Nations and Bandai America. “With San Diego Comic-Con happening virtually this year, we’re excited to offer our 2020 event exclusive to the general public for the very first time,” said Adam Newman, CMO of Bluefin. “This collection of Tamashii Nations and Bandai America

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen New manga acquisitions news today from publisher Yen Press as the company announces 3 new titles set for print and digital debut in November and December of this year. 86 Eighty-Six Story by Asatao Asato Artwork by Motoki Yoshihara Original illustrations by Shirabii Long besieged by the fully autonomous killing machines known as the Legion, the Republic of San Magnolia endeavors to turn the tide of war by employing autonomous weapons of their own... Enjoy Asato-Asato`s award winning novel in fully illustrated manga form! Filled with political and military intrigue, 86 Eighty-Six has grown rapidly in popularity appealing to core fans of light novels as well as fans of military science fiction series such as Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam. An anime adaptation of 86 Eighty-Six has been announced for future release. 86 Eighty-Six,

    Source: The Op Special Thanks to Jamie Scharbarth and Jake Davis usaopoly (The Op) is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition game. The titan of terror is trying to bring your tower down with a heat ray. Featuring custom game play, players remove and replace blocks according to the directives to keep it standing through every threatening roll of the dice. Beware, Godzilla marches toward the tower raising the threat of destruction with every step! The game comes with 54 Hardwood Jenga Blocks, Custom Godzilla Approach Track, Custom Godzilla Die and a loading tray to assemble the Jenga Block Tower. JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition is now available (SRP: $19.99) from retailers. The game is designed for 2 or more players and recommended for ages 8+. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming titles during the Yen Press Industry Panel that was a part of the Anime Expo Lite virtual event. Acquisitions included manga titles, A Witch’s Love at the End of the World, Strawberry Fields Once Again, The Vampire & His Pleasant Companions, Slasher Maidens, Eniale & Dewiela and Mieruko-chan, new light novels for The World’s Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten, Unnamed Memory, King of the Labyrinth and Reign of the Seven Spellblades, and an art book, Overlord: The Complete Anime Artbook. These titles are all set for release in December 2020. Overlord: The Complete Anime Artbook By Hobby Book Editorial Department A deep dive into the planning and making

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC has announced its latest publishing acquisitions, which include manga debuts for The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap, Wolf & Parchment and Sword Art Online Project Alicization. New light novels titles include A Certain Magical Index SS and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and a new art book acquisition for Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Ten Year Calvados. Additional titles will be announced during the Yen Press Industry Panel at Anime Expo Lite on July 3rd. A Certain Magical Index SS (light novel) Story by Kazuma Kamachi Illustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura Kamijou Touma faces his roughest challenge yet -- a classroom hot pot party! Meanwhile in London, the women`s dorm in a base of magicians may never see another day as wild as

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press delivers a compelling and emotional new manga release with the debut of Little Miss P: The Second Day, the latest release in the acclaimed ongoing graphic novel about an anthropomorphized period. Little Miss P has gained wide attention in Japan for dealing with the often-taboo topic of menstruation. The first volume of the series was published in-print and digitally by Yen Press last year. A Japanese live action film based on the manga is also set to be produced. Little Miss P: The Second Day is available now in-print and digitally from Yen Press’ online partners. Because everyone’s cycle is different, there’s a Seiri-chan (or period) for each person. But they all look (more or less) the same, so it’s easier to call them ‘Seiri-chan’ as a group. When that Seiri-chan knocks on

    Have fun in the sun with Hello Kitty and Friends! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Loot Crate is bringing the sunshine indoors with August’s ‘Hello Vacation!’ themed Sanrio Crate. Go for a swim, catch some rays or just relax and recharge with new and exclusive Hello Kitty and Friends collectibles and gear. The August crate includes an adorable, stackable Tiki Muglet set and other wonderful items. These crates sell out fast, so you don’t want to miss out on getting these amazing summer fun surprises. To unbox supercute Sanrio items inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by August 15 at 9:00pm PST. Hello Kitty and Friends Crates start at $39.99 plus shipping and handling while supplies last. Subscribe to the Hello Kitty and Friends crate and bring some sunshine into your

    Source: The Op Special Thanks to Jamie Scharbarth and Jake Davis usaopoly (The Op) is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new MONOPOLY: GODZILLA board game. Demolish the competition in a city-terrorizing twist on the classic Hasbro game by collecting iconic kaiju in their familiar settings -- such as Rodan on Monster Island (formerly known as Boardwalk) and Mothra on Infant Island (formerly known as Park Place) -- in order to reign supreme. Navigate the MONOPOLY game board with custom sculpted tokens of the giants Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Minilla, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla! MONOPOLY: GODZILLA is now available (SRP: $39.99) from retailers. The game is designed for 2-6 players and recommended for ages 8+. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes, with each prize consisting of one (1) MONOPOLY: GODZILLA board game. B. Prizes will be shipped

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Premium Bandai and other retailers are now taking proerders for new Hyper Modeling Series GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS figures from Bandai`s Art Spirits division. Based on the 2019 feature film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the six figures will be available separately and in a set. Hyper Modeling Series: Godzilla (2019)/ ?????? ??? (2019) Distributor: Art Spirits Manufacturer: Plex Product Size: Length Approximately 9cm (3.5 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: October 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥1,600 (Approximately $14.93 US) Hyper Modeling Series: King Ghidorah (2019)/ ?????? ???????2019? Distributor: Art Spirits Manufacturer: Plex Product Size: Wingspan Approximately 21cm (8.3 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: October 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥1,600 (Approximately $14.93 US)

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com, hufworldwide.com/huf-x-godzilla Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz This summer, HUF goes head to head with the world’s mightiest King of the Monsters in the Godzilla vs. HUF Collection, a new range of apparel and accessories celebrating one of the most recognized symbols of Japanese pop culture worldwide. Godzilla first appeared in the 1954 Japanese science-fiction film GODZILLA (???, Gojira) directed by Ishir? Honda and produced by Toho studios in Tokyo. Godzilla’s immediate impact on post-World War 2 Japanese culture was instantly recognized as a powerful metaphor for nuclear destruction, inspiring numerous films, video games, comics, novels, and television shows for the past 65 years. Working closely with Toho Studios -- which has produced 32 Godzilla films -- HUF has hand-selected the most memorable big-screen moments starring the “titan of terror” and his supporting kaiju characters for a capsule of

    Source: Stone Bridge Press press release Special Thanks to Michael Palmer and Peter Goodman Stone Bridge Press is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a paperback copy of Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli, the memoir of former Studio Ghibli Head of International Sales, Steve Alpert. This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki’s films were starting to take off in international markets. Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of PRINCESS MONONOKE to Russia and California, experiencing a screaming Harvey Weinstein, dealing with Disney marketers, and then triumphantly attending glittering galas celebrating

    Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a set of Godzilla Vinimates. This set includes 4 articulated 4? vinyl figures designed by Barry Bradfield, each packaged in a full-color window box... ? Godzilla 1954 black-and-white figure from the original GODZILLA (???, Gojira, 1954) ? Mechagodzilla from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (?????????, Gojira Tai Mekagojira, 1974) ? Godzilla 1999 from GODZILLA 2000 (???2000 ?????, Gojira Nisen Mireniamu, 1999) ? Rodan from GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA II (???VS?????, Gojira Tai Mekagojira, 1993) The suggested retail price is $9.99 per figure. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are two (2) prizes, each consisting of four (4) Godzilla Vinimates figures. B. The prizes will be shipped to the contest winners so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only open to participants

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press incites appetites among readers as it prepares to launch the new culinary-themed manga series -- Restaurant to Another World -- on June 23rd. Restaurant From Another World is written by Junpei Inuzuka and features artwork by Katsumi Enami, the illustrator for the popular light novel series Baccano! The new series is based on the popular light novel of the same name. An anime series is also currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation. By all appearances, Western Restaurant Nekoya is a normal restaurant serving normal people -- but unbeknownst to the regulars, it also attracts an alternative clientele. Every Saturday, all manner of fantastical beings come to dine, and what is familiar fare to humans can be downright exotic for visitors from beyond. To these customers, Nekoya is known by a different

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz Funimation continues to add exciting panels and events to delight and entertain fans at its upcoming FunimationCon 2020 on July 3-4. Today, Funimation announced panels with Aniplex of America, Right Stuf, and VIZ Media programmed by our esteemed partners. Funimation also announced it is hosting an Industry Announcements Panel chocked full of exciting Funimation news. Don’t miss this opportunity to be among the first to hear about new programming, releases, and much more. Today, Funimation unveiled new products and merchandise that will be available in the shop, including three exclusive items available in celebration of FunimationCon 2020. The newly announced panels and events join a growing line-up of exciting programming for fans at FunimationCon 2020. ANIPLEX OF AMERICA The Aniplex of America Living Room Sessions - Join your favorite Aniplex of America team members Rose

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Manga publisher Yen Press has detailed the release next week of Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying, a new manga series inspired by the hit SEKIRO video game. SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE is the latest video game created by FromSoftware, the iconic studio responsible for the DARK SOULS series and BLOODBOURNE. It was one of the most successful console games of the 2019, shipping almost four million copies. SEKIRO was cited as receiving "universal acclaim" according to Metacritic and won numerous awards, including Game of the Year from The Game Awards 2019 and the Japan Game Award`s Award for Excellence. Delving into history unexplored in the game, Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying provides rich insight into the history of the game’s main character. Life beyond death...A foolish notion with which to deceive oneself. But

    An American’s unique behind-the-scenes look at how the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki were introduced to the world. Source: Stone Bridge Press press release Special Thanks to Michael Palmer and Peter Goodman Stone Bridge Press, the Berkeley, California based publisher of books on Asia with a focus on Japan has released Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli, the memoir of former Studio Ghibli Head of International Sales, Steve Alpert. This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki’s films were starting to take off in international markets. Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of PRINCESS

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com, store.crunchyroll.com/collections/cr-loves-godzilla Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz Crunchyroll, the world’s largest anime brand, and Toho International, Inc., the subsidiary of the Japanese entertainment studio Toho Co., Ltd, are excited to announce that they’ve collaborated on an exclusive streetwear collection that showcases iconic creatures from GODZILLA. The designs in this collection feature comic paneling and vibrant colors, highlighting fan-favorite matchups and monsters with a streetwear twist. Godzilla first appeared in Toho’s GODZILLA (November 3, 1954), a classic monster movie widely regarded as a masterpiece. The work launched a monster franchise that expanded over 65 years with more than 30 films in Japan and the U.S. in live-action and animation format, now ready to roar into the world again with the new Hollywood movie Godzilla vs. Kong. The GODZILLA streetwear collection will be available for pre-order from June 11-22 and once

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA is proud to add another kaiju to its collection. At long last, King Kong will be joining NECA’s action figure line! King Kong is an original take on the classic gorilla, with super detailed hair and battle wounds across the body and head sculpts. This massive figure stands at 8″ tall with over 30 points of articulation. Included with the figure are 2 heads with varied expressions, a pair of open hands, and closed fist hands. Window box packaging with opening 5th panel front cover. Manufacturer: NECA Release Date: September 2020 Item Number: 42749 UPC: 63448242749-1

    An Impressive Collection of Art from the Game of the Year Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has announced the acquisition of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks, a collection of artwork from the hit video game that includes character profiles and concept designs. Experience SEKIRO’s unique take on the blood-soaked history of Japan’s Sengoku Period with over 300 pages of storyboards, character designs, and concept art! The imagery included in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks covers all aspects of the game including backgrounds, weapons, monsters and more. SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE is the latest video game created by FromSoftware, the iconic studio responsible for the DARK SOULS series and BLOODBOURNE. It was one of best-selling games of 2019 with over 4 million units sold and won Game of the Year 2019 by GameSpot’s The Game Awards. Sekiro:

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