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    The King of the Monsters Reigns Supreme in Comic Books, Tabletop Games, and Other Products Aimed at a Wide Demographic of Fans Source: Toho Co., Ltd., IDW Publishing press releases Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Sarah Allen IDW and Toho International, Inc. are proud to announce a multi-year publishing program that will bring Godzilla and dozens of monsters from the Godzilla live action films to a wide selection of publications and merchandise. Beginning in spring 2021, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and dozens of kaiju will stomp their way across IDW’s line of comic books, graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games, and puzzles. Furthering IDW’s company-wide mission to expand the most beloved story worlds across all mediums, the publishing program — available in print and digitally — will represent a comprehensive range of content, delivering city-stomping entertainment

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., teamLab Official Site: godzilla.store/godzillaplus Toho has released GODZILLA+ (ゴジラ+, Gojira+), a new official app that collects and shares the latest information on Godzilla movies, products, events, and more from multiple Japanese sources. Developed by teamLab, the app’s UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience) design and functions allow Godzilla fans to access fresh Godzilla news more conveniently and enjoyably. GODZILLA+ also includes a “Mission” function that offers users a “digital card” by completing missions such as launching the app every day or checking into a location related to Godzilla. This allows fans to collect additional Godzilla information while playing. Get the free GODZILLA+ app at godzilla.store/godzillaplus, the App Store and Google Play. Collect the latest information on Godzilla in the app The latest information on Godzilla, which has long been announced separately depending on

    SciFi Japan, teaming with TeePublic, is pleased to bring you a selection of SciFi Japan merchandise! Not only can you get basic t-shirts is a seeral different colors, but there`s a little something for everyone! There is a range of men`s, women`s and children`s designs including sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball shirts, long sleeve and hoodies. You can also get the SciFi Japan logo on a variety of products such as mugs, stickers, phone cases, totes, magnets, pillows and much, much more! Outfit the entire family for Christmas and show off your devotion to the wonderful world of Japanese Sci Fi films and TV! Great fashions and collectibles at a great price! Click here to order now!

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush The holidays are here and what better time to spend them than with your favorite anime franchises! The latest Loot Anime crate is going to spread nothing but joy and merriment with the November “Holiday Cheer” themed crate. Hang out with your friends from GINTAMA, FOOD WARS!, MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID, GUNDAM WING and YUME. The November crate is filled with incredible exclusive items and gear like a drinking mug featuring Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, perfect for your holiday hot chocolate! To unwrap this cheerful assortment of anime items, be sure to order by November 27 at 9:00pm PST. Loot Anime crates start at $28.95 plus shipping and handling. Supplies are limited, so get yours before it

    The Kaiju Crossover Arrives in Time for Godzilla Day and Japan’s Godzilla Festival Online 2020 Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Ahead of Godzilla Day and the widely attended Godzilla Festival in Japan, Mediatonic and Toho Co., Ltd. are helping fans celebrate the King of the Monsters by bringing the fan-favorite kaiju to gamers everywhere in FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT. Beginning November 3, through a limited time only, fans will have the opportunity to use the all-new Godzilla skin available to players for 10 Crowns total. Featuring Godzilla’s trademark features such as its three rows of dorsal fins, the character has been designed to fit right into the FALL GUYS world, including different colors depending on what the game calls for. FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Bandai Spirits Hobby will be taking things on the road with a Pop-Up Store located inside Anime Jungle in Los Angeles, CA. Gundam fans from all over Southern California are encourage to swing by and check out over 300 individual items available for purchase. This is easily one of the largest selections of Gunpla available for purchase in the US. What: BANDAI HOBBY POP-UP STORE Where: 319 E 2nd St #122, Los Angeles, CA 90012 When: Open daily Wednesday - Monday from 12PM - 7PM PST. (Closed on Tuesdays) Duration: October 16, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Promotions and Giveaways ● Free gifts will be handed-out to customers with qualifying purchases over $60.00 or $100.00. Roughly every two weeks a new set of free gifts will be offered for qualifying purchases. ● Stamp Rewards: Every

    Commemorate the 45th anniversary of Little Twin Stars™ with exclusive Hello Kitty® collectibles and more! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush It’s time to shine bright with Loot Crate as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Little Twin Stars with the December “Twinkle Twinkle” themed Sanrio® Crate! Commemorate the Little Twin Stars anniversary with kawaii collectibles and exclusive items featuring Kiki, Lala and more! The December “Twinkle Twinkle” crate is packed with Loot Crate exclusives including an Embroidered Plush Cloud Pillow, a Trinket Tray, and other supercute items showcasing 45 years of Little Twin Stars. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting these amazing anniversary-themed surprises. To unwrap the gift of exclusive Sanrio items and more inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by December 15 at 9:00pm PST. Sanrio Crates start

    Licensing Growth in Apparel and Home Categories Highlights Unwavering Strength of Dragon Ball Franchise and its Fandom Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On the heels of last year’s global 30th anniversary of DRAGON BALL Z, Toei Animation Inc., and its agent Funimation announced licensing gains for the iconic Dragon Ball franchise since Licensing Expo 2019. These licensing agreements with both new and existing licensees span numerous product categories and include the game titles DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT, and DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ and the TV series DRAGON BALL Z and DRAGON BALL GT as well as DRAGON BALL SUPER, the complete series (Eps 1 – 131) of which is now available as of October 5, 2020 in English dub on Hulu. Produced by Toei Animation and distributed in the U.S. & Canada by Funimation, the Dragon Ball anime franchise consists of 20 feature films

    Two New Volumes of Haruhi Suzumiya Every Month Leading Up to the June 2021 Release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press announced publication plans for the Yen On edition of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, written by Nagaru Tanigawa with art by Noizi Ito. The relaunch of the iconic series will start with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, scheduled for January 2021 release. Two additional volumes will be released every month from February 2021 to May 2021. Yen Press also announced a print release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya, the highly-anticipated new volume of the light novel series, scheduled for June 2021. With two new releases each month from January to May 2021, all ten of the previous Haruhi Suzumiya light novels will be available to collect

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has announced a quartet of upcoming titles that include notable new manga and light novel releases. The new acquisitions include When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and the light novel series and manga adaptations of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister. When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles Story and Art by Chisaki Kanai Ouka Namae, a magician`s pupil, is incapable of feeling emotion. That is...he`s almost incapable. There is one particular circumstance when his feelings rise to the surface, but the scenario that unleashes them is too dark to even contemplate... When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles is a dark supernatural manga that was originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press. This upcoming print edition collects

    All of Sam’s haunting stories of Halloweens past and present together for the first time ever in one definitive collection, now on sale online and in stores Source: Legendary Comics press release Special Thanks to Tracy Brown In time for Halloween and in celebration of the beloved horror saga, Legendary Comics has released the omnibus of the TRICK ‘R TREAT comic book collection from the deliciously dark imagination of the film’s creator Michael Dougherty (writer and director of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, and the holiday horror hit, KRAMPUS). The celebratory edition — uniting the past two previously released graphic novels for the first time ever and featuring a new special introduction from Dougherty, new cover art and other cool extras — is now on sale in stores and online. “In these unprecedented and hard times, it is important to

    A Deluxe Limited-Edition Box Set of the Iconic Light Novel Series Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced the acquisition of the Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition, a deluxe limited edition box set of the iconic Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec. Spanning twenty volumes of Sword Art Online, this special boxed set includes exclusive prints and a poster featuring gorgeous art by abec! With two beautiful collector`s edition volumes, this boxed set is an absolute must-have for fans of the series! For nearly a decade, Sword Art Online has been one of the most beloved franchises in the world of light novels, manga and anime. This deluxe box set appeals greatly to passionate fans of the series as well as collectors of limited edition offerings,

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brand Tamashii Nations. Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts and the Star Wars Meisho Movie Realization line continues with all new figures available for pre-order. Available Exclusively at Premium Bandai USA Tamashii Nations is cranking their power level off the charts with S.H.Figuarts RADITZ, available now for pre-order on Premium Bandai USA. This highly articulated figure brings the character to life from the hit anime series DRAGON BALL Z. Collectors can recreate the fateful scene where Raditz takes on the might of Goku and Piccolo on earth. This single event set earth’s mightiest heroes on a path no one could have ever dreamed imaginable. Tamashii Nations is proud to introduce

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com, pintrill.com/collections/godzilla Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz PINTRILL has released its second series of collectible pins with Toho’s Godzilla. Series 2 is a chibi (short, cute) adaptation of some of the most famous monsters in the Godzilla universe. The series consists of chibi monster pins of Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah, and Rodan. These daikaiju are known as Toho`s "Big Five" -- monsters who appeared in the first three Godzilla series (Showa, Heisei and Millennium), have the highest international popularity, and have been featured in American productions like Legendary`s Monsterverse films and READY PLAYER ONE. PINTRILL presents each monster on a black nickel plated brass pin that includes a double black rubber pin clutch. Each pin measures approximately 0.5" x 0.5" x 2mm and retails for $12.00. The pins are now live exclusively via pintrill.com.

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Grab your shovel and dig up the latest Loot Anime crate just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year. Awaken all of the ghosts, ghouls and spirits when you summon the ‘Undead’ October themed Anime crate. The October crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including MOB PSYCHO 100, HOW TO KEEP A MUMMY, Junji Ito, ANGELS OF DEATH and YUME! Exclusives include an Angels of Death Tee, Mob Psycho Neck Gaiter, How to Keep a Mummy Phone Screen Cleaner and more. To unearth this undead assortment of anime items be sure to order by October 27 at 9:00pm PST. Loot Anime crates start at $28.95 plus shipping and handling. Supplies are limited, so get yours before it

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press amps up the horror with the release of the new manga, King of Eden. The visceral new work is written by Takashi Nagasaki is the acclaimed co-author (along with famed creator Naoki Urasawa) of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master, Keaton, Billy Bat and Pluto. With stunning artwork by SangCheol Lee, King of Eden demonstrates a rare and flawlessly executed collaboration between Korean and Japanese creative forces. King of Eden is available now in print and digitally. Summary Entire villages are going up in flames across the globe, with the same man left standing at the scene every time. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a highly contagious virus where those infected fly into a blind rage, killing anything and everything that crosses their path. As the death toll rises, agencies from nations around the world

    Highly Collectible Mehve Glider Set Previously Released Only in Japan from Premium Bandai Now Available for First Time to Studio Ghibli Fans in North America Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto While the popularity of its films has never waned over its 35-year history, Studio Ghibli is now enjoying a major resurgence as mainstream audiences everywhere experience its films for the first time — digitally. To address fan and collector demand, BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin), a BANDAI NAMCO Group company and the master distributor of officially licensed Studio Ghibli merchandise in North America, announced plans to offer exclusive limited-time and limited-run product for the first time ever in North America via its direct-to-consumer website BluefinBrands.com. Today’s announcement is accompanied by Bluefin’s first such exclusive release — the Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set (Full Action

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press launches the new series I Don’t Know How To Give Birth. From manga creator, Ayami Kazama, comes a personal, informative, and cute autobiography of an artist approaching her first experience with childbirth. A humorous and heartfelt autobiographical comic essay of a manga artist new to the challenges of motherhood. Follow her maternal journey as she learns the ins and outs of pregnancy and childbirth — and the impossibility of finding comfy maternity underwear! I Don’t Know How To Give Birth is available now. About Yen Press, LLC ­­Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific

    It’s time for a supercute celebration! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush RSVP for the party of the year as Loot Crate celebrates Sanrio’s 60th anniversary with the October ‘Anniversary’ themed Sanrio® Crate! Kick off the celebration with new and exclusive Hello Kitty® and Friends collectibles and gear. The October Anniversary crate includes a Loot Crate exclusive Hello Kitty Cake Figure, a Loot Crate exclusive Jewelry Pouch and other supercute items showcasing 60 years of Hello Kitty and Friends. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting these amazing anniversary-themed surprises. To unwrap the gift of exclusive Sanrio items & more inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by October 15 at 9:00pm PST. Sanrio Crates start at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. These crates sell out fast, so

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced new variant editions of their recently released Godzilla 1989 and 2003 figures. Both will be available exclusively from Target in early September. Product details for the 2003 Godzilla follow. Check the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for similar info on the 1989 figure. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 2003 Godzilla “Hyper Maser Blast” Variant Based on its appearance in the 2003 film, GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), Godzilla stands approximately 6” tall and measures 12” long from head to tail. Featuring over 30 points of articulation and an articulated tail, this Godzilla from the Millennium Era is painted in yellow highlights replicating the energy strikes from the JSDF’s Maser Cannons. The figure measures

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