SciFi Japan

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SciFi Japan
SciFi Japan's current logo. The kanji "日本空想特撮新製" is written below.
Languages English
Status Active
Run 2006-present
Launched 2006
Address http://www.scifijapan.com
The new home of Monster Zero News!

SciFi Japan is a fan-made website dedicated to tokusatsu. SciFi Japan consistently brings accurate and exclusive information on Japanese films and shows to English speaking fans worldwide.

Name

SciFi Japan's name is formed of "SciFi," a shortening of "science fiction," and "Japan," referencing its primary focus on Japanese tokusatsu films.

Content

SciFi Japan produces many exclusive articles that mainly focus on tokusatsu, but they also run features on anime and select non-Japanese media, such as The Dark Knight, Cloverfield, Doctor Who, and The Host.

History

SciFi Japan was originally composed of "Monster Zero News" and "Henshin!Online," and hosted at monsterzero.us. The latter became its own website, while Monster Zero News rebranded and moved to "scifijapan.com," where they currently are.

Staff

SciFi Japan was co-created by Keith Aiken and Bob Johnson, who are also editors and producers on the site. Jim M. Ballard is a writer, producer and web developer, JR Lipartito is a cameraman and producer, Robert Saint John is a writer and International editor, Elliot Gay is a writer, reviewer and translator, and Oki Miyano is a writer, reporter and translator. Kyle Byrd, Hogn Desentis, Michael Kureare, Richard Pusateri, and Steve Ryfle are writers and reviewers, Aaron Cooper, Ed Godziszewski and Kim Song-Ho are writers and reporters, and Dan Ross is site coordinator.[1]

SciFi Japan TV

SciFi Japan TV
Opening of SciFi Japan TV
Air date August 10, 2012 - December 19, 2014
Produced by Gaijin Channel, ACTV Japan
Channel(s) CHO Japan
Genre(s) Documentary
Episodes 38 episodes, 43 uploads

In 2012, SciFi Japan launched SciFi Japan TV, a web series featuring coverage of tokusatsu events and interviews with Japanese filmmakers. Two episodes were released per month, and each of them was shot in Japan by the Gaijin Channel production team.[2] The final episode aired on December 19, 2014.

Episodes

No. Title Upload date
1 "Ultraman Max Producer"
(ウルトラマンの八木毅監督)
2012/08/10
2 "Tokusatsu Museum"
(特撮博物館)
2012/08/24
Vlog "Meeting Godzilla"
(酒田市でゴジラと会う)
2012/09/07
3 "The Man Who Became Godzilla"
(ゴジラになった男)
2012/09/14
"EXTRA: The Man Who Became Godzilla"
(ゴジラになった男〜EXTRA〜)
2014/09/21
4 "Ultraman Saga FX Director"
(ウルトラマンサーガの特技監督)
2012/09/28
5 "Independent Kaiju Movie Maker"
(大怪獣自主映画の監督)
2012/10/17
6 "1970's Godzilla FX Director - PART I"
(70年代のゴジラの特技監督)
2012/10/31
7 "1970's Godzilla FX Director - PART II"
(70年代のゴジラの特技監督〜第2部)
2012/11/28
8 "Matt Frank Comes To Tokyo!"
(マット・フランクが東京へ!)
2012/12/19
9 "Godzilla and His Maker"
(ゴジラと彼の創造者)
2013/01/22
10 "Art of Godzilla: Yasuyuki Inoue Tribute"
(ゴジラの美実〜井上泰幸の追悼)
2013/02/19
11 "Memories of Godzilla"
(ゴジラの思い出)
2013/03/29
12 "Ultraman in America!"
(ウルトラマンがアメリカへ!)
2013/07/11
13 "Anime x Tokusatsu: The Big O"
(アニメx特撮:THEビッグオー)
2013/08/30
14 "Heisei Ultraman Revival"
(平成ウルトラマンのリバイバル)
2013/10/02
15 "City of Monsters"
(怪獣たちの町)
2013/11/03
16 "Zombie TV"
(ゾンビTV)
2013/12/22
17 "Godz-illustrator"
(ゴジラストレーター)
2014/06/02
18 "Tokyo Toy Show 2014"
(東京おもちゃショー2014)
2014/07/03
19 "Kaiju Bar"
(怪獣酒場)
2014/07/10
20 "Godzilla in Yokosuka"
(ゴジラが横須賀へ!)
2014/07/17
"Godzilla in Yokosuka EXTRA"
(ゴジラが横須賀へ!〜EXTRA〜)
2014/07/24
21 "Best of Godzilla"
(ベスト・オブ・ゴジラ)
2014/07/31
22 "Wonder Festival Summer 2014"
(ワンダーフェスティバル2014[夏])
2014/08/07
23 "Ultraman Festival 2014"
(ウルトラマンフェスティバル2014)
2014/08/14
24 "Tokyo Toy Shopping"
(怪獣買いもの)
2014/08/21
25 "First Look at Hail to the King"
(ドキュメンタリー「HAIL TO THE KING」予告)
2014/08/28
26 "Smog Monster Director"
(ゴジラ対ヘドラの監督)
2014/09/04
"Smog Monster Director EXTRA"
(ゴジラ対ヘドラの監督〜EXTRA〜)
2014/09/11
27 "Tokyo SOS Director"
(東京SOSの監督)
2014/09/18
"Tokyo SOS Director EXTRA"
(東京SOSの監督〜EXTRA〜)
2014/09/25
28 "Ultraman Nexus: Origins"
(ウルトラマンネクサスの感謝)
2014/10/02
29 "Tokyo Game Show 2014"
(東京ゲームショウ2014)
2014/10/09
30 "Ultraman Nexus: Production"
(ウルトラマンネクサスの製作)
2014/10/16
31 "First Look: NO FACE (teaser)"
(短編ホラー映画「NO FACE」予告)
2014/10/23
32 "Making of NO FACE"
(『NO FACE』のメイキング)
2014/10/31
33 "Ultraman Nexus: Memories"
(ウルトラマンネクサスの思い出)
2014/11/06
34 "Tokyo Toy Shopping PART 2"
(怪獣買いものPART2)
2014/11/13
35 "International Manga Festival"
(海外マンガフェスタ)
2014/11/28
36 "The Return of Godzilla 30th"
(『ゴジラ('84)』30周年スペシャル)
2014/12/04
"EXTRA: The Return of Godzilla 30th"
(ゴジラ('84) 30周年スペシャル〜EXTRA〜)
2014/12/11
37 "Final Episode"
(最終回)
2014/12/19

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Director/videographer   JR Lipartito
  • Written by   Jim M. Ballard
  • Produced by   JR Lipartito, Jim M. Ballard
  • Executive producers   Keith Aiken, Bob Jonhson
  • Associate producer   Hiro Sono
  • Original music by   Fourth Vision
  • Edited by   Jim M. Ballard

Interviewees

  • Kazuyoshi Katayama, anime director (episode 13)
  • Yoshihiko Marutani, Heisei Ultraman producer (episode 14)
  • Yoshihiro Nishimura, SFX makeup artist and horror director (episode 16)
  • Naoya Tashiro, horror director (episode 16)
  • Melie Makuno, horror director (episode 16)
  • Yuji Kaida, kaiju illustrator (episode 17)
  • Edward L. Holland, editor for MAT magazine (episode 19)
  • Kyle Yount, director of Hail to the King and host of Kaijucast podcast (episode 25)
  • Yoshimitsu Banno, director of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (episode 26)
  • Masaaki Tezuka, director of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Against Mechagodzilla, and Tokyo S.O.S. (episode 27)
  • Hiroyasu Shibuya, producer of Ultraman Nexus (episodes 28, 30, 33)
  • Keiichi Hasegawa, Ultraman Nexus writer and series organizer (episodes 28, 30, 33)
  • Kazuya Konaka, lead director of Ultraman Nexus (episodes 28, 30, 33)
  • Yuichi Abe, Ultraman Nexus director (episodes 28, 30, 33)
  • JR Lipartito, SciFi Japan TV producer and director of No Face (episode 32)

Gallery

External links

References

This is a list of references for SciFi Japan. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Staff & Contributors. SciFi Japan. Retrieved on 8 July 2021.
  2. SciFi JAPAN TV #01: Director Takeshi Yagi 第1話「八木毅 監督」. SciFi Japan (24 September 2013). Retrieved on 8 July 2021.

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