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    The classic series THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 come to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new DVD sets of Tsuburaya Productions’ THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80. The sets feature audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles. Episode guide booklets are also included. THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) is the eighth Ultraman television series and the first Ultraman anime show. The animation was done by Sunrise, the studio that has received international acclaim for their hugely popular MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM franchise. The show's hero, Ultraman Joneus, is a legendary warrior who hails from U40, a Star of Ultra outside of the Land of Light. Joneus made his first

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray set of Tsuburaya Productions’ GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT (電光超人グリッドマン, Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman,  1993-94) The Complete Series. The set contains stunning high definition video for all 39 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack plus newly translated English subtitles. In the series, three computer-savvy kids, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei created their own videogame superhero, but then discover it possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters in order to prevent the computerized demon from wreaking havoc on the Human World. GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT Complete Series will arrive August 17 on Blu-ray (SRP: $40.99).

    Photos courtesy of William Winckler. © 2021 – William Winckler Source:  William Winckler Productions press release English-dubbed Ultraman and Anime filmmaker William Winckler (ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE, ZOMBREX: DEAD RISING SUN) has just released his new Western-Horror fiction novel Demon Head of Tuscon, now available worldwide on eBook and paperback on Amazon Kindle.    Loosely based on the terrifying Native American monster/spirit legend of the “The Rolling Head,” readers should find author William Winckler’s fresh, unique story, original and captivating.  When a young Native American woman is stalked by a horrific disembodied head out to kill her, a wandering cowboy helps escort her to the safety of a Christian reservation.  On the way, they must battle and ultimately destroy the monstrous demon before everyone in the Arizona territory is wiped out by it! AMAZON Kindle & Paperback Book

    Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE KIKAIDA star Daisuke Ban has joined the cast of GHOST CAT RHAPSODY. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.  3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ((大仏廻国 Daibutsu Kaikoku, 2018) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020), have announced some exciting cast additons to their upcoming film, GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Today it was revealed that Daisuke Ban has been signed for the movie. Ban is best known as the star of the popular Toei superhero series KIKAIDA (人造人間キカイダー, Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā, 1972-73) and INAZUMAN (イナズマン, 1973-74) and has appeared in numerous tokusatsu shows and movies. He also played Sadako's father in the the internationally acclaimed J-Horror hit THE RING (リング, Ringu, 1998)

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Sites: ani.tv/ultraman_trigger, m-78.jp/trigger (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Blu-ray Box Vol. 1. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions` latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga), only began airing on TV Tokyo this month, but the Japanese home video release has already been announced. ULTRAMAN TRIGGER' Blu-ray BOX VOL.1 (『​ウルトラマントリガー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.1、Urutoraman Torigā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 24, 2021 with VOL.2 following on March 29, 2022 ULTRAMAN TRIGGER was created as a homage to ULTRAMAN TIGA, the first of the beloved "Heisei Trilogy" series known as “TDG” series (ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Emulating the core TIGA story elements such as the legend

    Mockup of the Tamashii Nations Pop-Up Shop coming to Santa Monica this Friday. Image courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles. ©BANDAI Santa Monica Store Will Be Open from July 16 – September 26 and Showcase an Array of Toys,  Action Figures and Model Kits Featuring Characters from Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball, Gundam and More< Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Official Site: tamashiinations.com/popup/santamonica Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Collectors in Southern California are in for a special treat with today’s announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) and BANDAI SPIRITS Collectors Department that they are travelling west to open a new official pop-up, the “TAMASHII NATIONS Pop-Up Shop in Santa Monica,” this Friday, July 16. Fans in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as across surrounding areas are invited  to head to Santa Monica and visit the new store. The shop (will not only feature some of

    Photo courtesy of The Loot Company. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Photo courtesy of The Loot Company. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Since 1966, Ultraman has brought bravery, hope and kindness to the world. Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the original Ultraman with this limited-edition capsule collection of exclusive and officially licensed Ultraman apparel! Team up with Ultraman as he fights iconic Kaiju from the series in an escalating gauntlet of foes. All executed with a vintage pop aesthetic, capturing the spirit of classic Ultraman. The Ultraman Versus Capsule Collection includes four pieces of butt kicking kaiju apparel designed by artist Austin James, including an Alien Baltan T-shirt, Neronga + Gavora T-shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink, Dada Long Sleeve T-shirt with a secret design when you make the Ultra Beam (“Spacium Beam”) pose, and a King of Kaiju Hoodie. Each

    Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Jirahs and its mighty frill looms large over your collection with a bold and translucent reimagining Source:  Seismic, LLC. press release Special Thanks to Alex Ashraf Rushdy Ultraman Vinyl Odyssey, a brand new line of premium soft vinyl toys from Seismic, LLC, has been announced in conjunction with Ultraman’s 55th anniversary. The line launches this fall with Jirahs, followed by two additional toys to be announced later this year. Jirahs stands 9 inches tall and features a mix of metallic and translucent materials to create a striking “light glow” effect. Jirahs is sculpted by Michael Lambert and features header card art by Bill Couture. Each figure will feature unique header card art from an exciting selection of popular artists. Pre-orders have opened now in advance of the fall release, as each figure in the series is a limited edition

    The popular Heisei series ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA are coming to DVD in North America from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA to follow later this year. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to J.W. Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Minneapolis, MN (July 10, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the North American DVD* release of ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA. This collection of 3 Ultraman series will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, an exclusive collectible spine mural and episode guides. The first in the series, ULTRAMAN TIGA, is set to arrive on October 5, 2021. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.

    Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Source: Mill Creek Entertainment  Mill Creek has announced a new contest for Ultraman fans!  Enter now to win a ticket to the  ultimate ULTRAMAN DAY experience: ULTRAMAN CONNECTION LIVE! The 4-hour livestream event will be held this Saturday, July 10 starting 8:00pm EDT at ultramanconnection.com . Enter to win your ticker at https://forms.office.com . 300 winners randomly selected and notified by email with the link. The contest ends July 9, 2021 at 11:59PM PST. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek is also offering a special deal on  SECRETS OF THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN Collection, their new Blu-ray set exclusively sold on DeepDiscount.com that contains  9 episodes of the original ULTRAMAN series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions.  Use the Promo Code SPACIUMBEAM and

    The classic series THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 come to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 dropping September 14, 2021 Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to .W. Starrett, Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to announce the North American DVD* debut of THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80! Both complete series collections will be on 6 DVD discs and will have an MSRP of $34.99. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) is the eighth Ultraman television series and the first Ultraman anime show. The animation was done by Sunrise, the

    Wraparound cover art for the Blu-ray collection GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT Complete Series. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Fan Favorite Series Makes North American Debut On Home Video! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment will release Tsuburaya Productions' GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT (電光超人グリッドマン, Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman) The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $40.99 on August 17, 2021. The show first aired on Japanese television  in 1993-94, with the heavily-reworked Americanzied version, SUPERHUMAN SAMURAI SYBER-SQUAD, syndicated by DiC Entertainment in 1994-95. Tsuburaya and Trigger launched the anime reboot SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.グリッドマン, SSSS.Guriddoman) in 2018. In the series, three computer-savvy kids, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei created their own videogame superhero, but then discover it possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters in

    Celebrate Ultraman Day with amarathon of selected episodes. Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS FULL-DAY MARATHON WILL CULMINATE IN U.S. PREMIERE OF ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL Source: Shout! Factory press releaseSpecial Thanks to Shannon Meehan In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the landmark series ULTRAMAN, Shout! Factory TV and its premier Tokusatsu channel TokuSHOUTsu will proudly present a full-day streaming event entitled Ultraman Day: Ultrathon on Saturday, July 10. The marathon – featuring 19 episodes that span 55 years of the Ultraman series – culminates in the U.S. streaming premiere of ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL. The Ultrathon will stream across all Shout! Factory TV and TokuSHOUTsu platforms and feature one-of-a-kind fan engagement, including exclusive giveaways of top toys from Bluefin Brands and promotional support from Marvel Entertainment, Factory Entertainment, VIZ Media and RightStufAnime.com. As part of an all-day adventure of

    Celebrate Ultraman Day with SECRETS OF THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN, a Blu-ray collection of select English dubbed ULTRAMAN episodes! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Exclusive Release for Ultraman Day! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to .W. Starrett The set features the incredible Marvel Comics cover art by Arthur Adams. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Minneapolis, MN (June 16, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to announce Secrets of The Rise of Ultraman Collection, a Blu-ray set containing 9 exclusive episodes of the original Ultraman series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. Ultraman and the Science Patrol will fight for peace against Kemular, Goldon, Seabozu, Skydon, and more! Included in this exclusive Blu-ray release is a 12-page collectible booklet and episode guide. Enjoy 228 minutes of this classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy with the

    Win Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION Blu-ray sets from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION. The ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE set includes the complete television series ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru, 2007) and ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru Nebā Endingu Odessei, 2008) and the 2009 theatrical feature MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaijū Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu Za Mūbī) on 5 Blu-ray discs with an MSRP of $45.99. The ULTRAMAN

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRAMAN LEO (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reo, 1974-75). The set contains stunning high definition video for all 51 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. ULTRAMAN LEO is the seventh and final entry in the first wave of the Ultraman Series, premiering in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an invasion by the tyrannical Alien Magma. He is rescued by Gen Otori, a young Ultra warrior who had fled to Earth following the destruction of his homeworld, Planet L77 in the Leo constellation. Unable to return to his giant form, the injured Ultraseven resumes

    Photo courtesy of Marvel. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Marvel. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Source: Marvel Entertainment Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood Marvel has provided a preview of the next issue of their second Ultraman mini series. The Trials of Ultraman #3 will be available from comic shops and other retailers next Wednesday, May 19th. The Trials of Ultraman #3 Writers: Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom Artist: Francesco Manna Cover Artist: Art Adams It turns out that the forces aligned against the USP and Ultraman are far more widespread-and more organized!-than our heroes had ever suspected. If they're going to survive, they'll need a new ally of their own...and the man they're looking at just so happens to be one of the most powerful and influential people in the world. But what's his history with the USP,

    Teaser art courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix press releases Netflix is developing a CG-animated ULTRAMAN feature film in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions. The movie will be co-directed by Shannon Tindle (THE CROODS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS) and John Aoshima (GRAVITY FALLS, DUCKTALES). This project continues Netflix's relationship with Tsuburaya Productions following the release of the ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019) anime series which is currently in production on its second season. Quote from  Shannon Tindle: “Making this film is a dream come true. What began as an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya’s Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions, and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation. We’ve assembled an all-star team and I can’t wait to share

    Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations  Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product information and photos of their S.H.Figuarts Ultraman Z in his original form. The figure is now available for preorder from online retailers. Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO S.H.Figuarts ULTRAMAN Z ORIGINAL /S.H.フィギュアーツ ウルトラマンゼット オリジナル Ultraman Z, from the series ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto), 2020』and ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z: HEROES' ODYSSEY (ウルトラマン クロニクルZ ヒーローズオデッセイ,

    Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations  Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product information and photos of their DYNACTION Ultraman figure from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN ( シン・ウルトラマン) ... Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS DYNACTION Shin Ultraman /DYNACTION シン・ウルトラマン ウルトラマン Illuminating eyes. A lustrous finish. Diecast and POM plastic joints for enhanced posability. And best of all, a titanic 40cm size. The DYNACTION Ultraman (Shin Ultraman) is the ultimate Ultra-figure! Painted to evoke the fierce glow of the character onscreen, it is

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