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    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:

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced its latest manga acquisitions today, which include Sword Art Online Progressive Transient Barcarolle, HeterogeniaLinguistico and My Broken Mariko. All three will release in October 2020. Sword Art Online Progressive Transient Barcarolle Story by Reki Kawahara Art by Shiomi Miyoshi Original Illustration by abec Though the fourth floor of Aincrad was supposed to be only a dreary, dried up riverbed, it’s been transformed into a lattice of countless canals! Kirito and Asuna will need a gondola if they want to continue forward... Sword Art Online Progressive Transient Barcarolle is a continuation of the manga adaptation of Sword Art Online Progressive, a spin-off of the original light novels that tell the untold stories taking place in the first two years of the characters’ time trapped in the game world.

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced its latest acquisitions today, including Sadako at the End of the World and the light novels High School DxD, Three Days of Happiness and In the Land of Leadale. All four titles will release in October 2020. High School DxD (light novel) by Ichiei Ishibumi Most of Issei Hyoudou`s perverted life has been filled with dreams about having a harem, so it`s not a great sign when one of his dates ends with his murder! He`s fortunate enough to be revived by a beautiful girl, but his luck ends after he discovers his school is filled to the brim with deadly angels and demons! Sadako at the End of the World story by Koma Natsumi, editorial supervision by

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Join the Rebel Alliance as they launch an epic battle against the Galactic Empire in a pair of riveting new Star Wars manga taking place before the events of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Yen Press, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan and Star Wars Rebels. Both ongoing series will be available in print and digital. Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan Story by Claudia Gray Art by Haruichi Furudate A manga adaptation of the beloved YA Star Wars novel, Leia, Princess of Alderaan, by Claudia Gray. The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire. Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars Lost Stars, a Star Wars YA novel adapted into a manga published

    Source: Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle Special Thanks to Yoichi Kakuma Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle in Los Angeles is now selling an unassembled and unpainted resin garage kit of the titular monster from the movie RAIGA: THE MONSTER FROM THE DEEP SEA (深海獣雷牙, Shinkaijū Raiba, 2009) — released in North America as RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS. Exclusive to Jungle’s store and website, Raiga comes a bonus Bonefish resin kit. Deep Sea Monster Raiga: Unpainted Unassenbled Resin Kit Manufacturer: Image SKU: 105001979 Release Date: 2019 in Japan Raiga Height: 8 Inches Box Size: 11 x 7 x 5.5 Inches Price: $399.99 LA Jungle Special Bonus: Bonefish Resin Kit Order Link: animejungle.net/products/deep-sea-monster-raiga-unpainted-unassenbled-resin-kit

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