Spend Halloween with FUNimation at Comikaze

comikaze logoFUNimation is heading back to Los Angeles next week for Comikaze! Come out and hang with us as we hob nob with Stan Lee and Elvira this Halloween weekend. See below for information about our booth promotions and panel times.

 

Booth promotions:

 

Stop by the FUNimation booth to get all your anime needs. We’ll be giving away a FUNimation lanyard with every purchase–while supplies last! So, get there early for the best selection.

 

FUNimation Panels:

 

FUNimation Previews – Saturday at 3pm, Room 402AB

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Sunday at 1pm, Room 402AB

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor FUNimation

 

*Please note that panel times are subject to change. Check your programs for the most up to date information.

 

SPECIAL DEAL: Enter the code KAWAII10 to get 10% off your show ticket! Click here to get tickets now.

 

It’s going to be a spooky good time! Hope to see you there!

 

 

Attack on Titan, One Piece, Naruto, and….The Simpsons?

The Simpsons’ annual “Treehouse of Horror” aired its 25th installment this past weekend and featured some pretty cool iterations of the cast. From Despicable Me to Archer, various well-known forms of the Simpsons family took to the screen — but one scene in particular grabbed the attention of anime fans everywhere:

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 The Simpsons family paid serious tribute to popular anime with Homer as Zoro from One Piece, Marge as Rangiku from Bleach, Bart as Naruto, Lisa as Mikasa from Attack on Titan, Maggie as Pikachu from Pokémon and even Santa’s Little Helper played a part as Haku from Spirited Away!

Did you catch the episode? How many cameos did you recognize? Let us know in the comments!

 

New Release Tuesday – The Fun’s Just Getting Started

Bayonetta Combo 3d mockThe sexy video game vixen known as Bayonetta is making her anime debut. That’s right, fans, strap on your guns and get ready for the roller coaster ride that is BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate!

 

synopsis:

 

Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!

 

And yes, before you ask, Hellena Taylor has reprized her iconic role as Bayonetta herself. The movie is directed by Fuminori Kizaki and produced by Studio Gonzo–the Emmy award winning team behind Afro Samurai. Get it today and prepare for the release of the game later this week!

 

Click here to order your copy today!

Regarding the Home Video Rights for Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions today regarding the Anime News Network Answerman column, where Justin Sevakis states that Crunchyroll holds the home video rights for Free! Season 1. We know that many of you fans have been very curious about the home video rights situation, ever since our initial announcement of the simulcast of season 2 (Free! -Eternal Summer-).

 

We would absolutely love to make an English dub for season 1 and distribute it on home video, and we would be more than happy to work with Crunchyroll to make it happen. We have reached out to Crunchyroll to see if they would be interested in collaborating on this release; however, we have not heard back yet. Stay tuned for future developments though—we’re excited to report that we will be announcing the dub cast for season 2 very soon, so please follow our Free! -Eternal Summer- Facebook page or Tumblr to be the first to hear the news!

 

 

 

Scarlett Johansson May Star in Ghost in the Shell

It looks like Hollywood is going all out for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation and could include some big names like Scarlett Johansson.  Word is that The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s Margot Robbie was originally in talks for the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but that may have been put on hold since she began negotiations for Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Now, an article on JoBlo.com reports that Johansson has been offered a large chunk of money to step in!

 

scarlett-johansson-ghost-shell-2Image courtesy of JoBlo.com

What do you think about the potential casting? We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson take on a number of action roles lately — will she live up to fan expectations for Motoko Kusanagi?

 

Click here to read the full article on JoBlo.com!

 

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on FUNimation.com!

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You’re Invited to a High School DxD New Party!

high school dxd newAre you local to the Dallas area? Come out for a titillating good time!

 

You are cordially invited to join us for a High School DxD New Halloween party! That’s right, FUNimation is celebrating the upcoming release of this sexy show, and we want you to join the fun! See details below:

 

LocationSimmer (723 W. Main Street, Coppell, TX 75019)

Date: October 21st, 2014

Time: 9pm – 12 midnight

 

Due to the mature content of this show, this party will be 18+ only. So, definitely need to leave the kiddos at home for this one. We’ll have food, games, and a cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to dress up to participate in our costume contest! (Don’t worry, you don’t have to dress as a character from the show to enter).

 

High School DxD New releases on November 11th on Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Click here to order now!

 

synopsis:

 

The sequel to High School DxD is HERE!

Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

 

 

FUNimation acquires rights for Yona of the Dawn

yona of the dawn keyFlower Mound, TX – (10/14/14) – FUNimation Entertainment has acquired simulcast and home video rights to the anime series Akatsuki no Yona, which will now be known as Yona of the Dawn. Based on the epic fantasy and romance manga series from creator Mizuho Kusanagi, whose series Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life were released previously in North America. The 24 episode series which will run in the Fall and Winter simulcast seasons, features animation from Studio Pierrot, known for Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Fushigi Yuugi.

 

The title will launch October 21 at 11am EDT on FUNimation.com, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.

 

Synopsis:
Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people.

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Yona Chiwa Saito Lavie in Last Exile,
Homura Akemi in Puella Magic Madoka Magica
Hak Tomoaki Maeno Pain in Naruto: Shippuden,
Natsume in Brother’s Conflict
SuWon Yusuke Kobayashi Kazuki in selector infected WIXOSS
Gija Masakazu Morita Ichigo in Bleach
Sinha Nobuhiko Okamoto Arata in Arata the Legend
Jeaha Junichi Suwabe Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist,
Undertaker in Black Butler
Jeno Hiro Shimono Conny in Attack on Titan
Yun Junko Minagawa Cornelia Li Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,
Ryoma in Prince of Tennis

New Release Tuesday – One Hell of a Classic

Black Butler 2 Classic 3d mockHe’s one hell of a butler, and this is one hell of a classic! Black Butler Season Two is now available in our Anime Classics line! Get the entire second season in one compact release on Blu-ray and DVD. Plus, check out that gorgeous artwork!

 

If you missed picking this up the first time, don’t miss out on it now! Click here to buy.

 

synopsis:

 

When last we saw dear Sebastian, he was poised to feast on the ripened soul of his young master. Unfortunately for the debonair demon, there’s a new butler in town…

 

Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned. None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider. The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to devour.

 

 

For you bargain hunters out there, Princess Jellyfish is now available on DVD in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Get the entire series for under $30. Click here to get it now.

Hetalia Day’s Coming Up! Also, WIN FREE HETALIA STUFF!

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Hey Hetalians! Hetalia Day’s coming up in less than two weeks, on October 25! What’s Hetalia Day? It’s a day celebrating all things Hetalia, of course! Hetalia Day always falls on the weekend around United Nations Day, to celebrate the continued camaraderie and collaboration between nations. Each year, fans meet up with other Hetalia fans in their local cities to hang out, cosplay, eat international food, play games, and of course, watch Hetalia!

 

If you’re looking for a Hetalia Day meetup in your neck of the woods, be sure to check out the awesome fan-run directory at Hetalia-Day.com! We’ve sent some sweet Hetalia prizes (including some swag from the new season 5, Hetalia: The Beautiful World) to a bunch of meetups in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re going, be sure to send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Hetalia official social media!

 

We’re also giving away a few small prizes to Hetalia fans to celebrate. Just comment, reblog, or retweet on the designated posts on the official Hetalia social media channels and we’ll choose random winners on the Hetalia Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter to win some goodies signed by the English dub cast! See what you can win below.

 

And if you don’t have a Hetalia Day meetup near you, fret not! Hetalia Day’s a great time for a marathon at home! Grab some pasta or bratwurst (or 5 cats for 5 deutschemarks) with your friends and watch all of season 5: The Beautiful World, now out on DVD! Our Limited Edition release comes with the special season 5 Hetalia bandana AND a set of adorable chibi stickers of the Main Eight.

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We’ll choose 1 random fan each from Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter to receive the follow prize pack!

 

EDIT: CONTEST NOW OVER. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR WINNERS.

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Release Dates for .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//Roots, and .hack//G.U. Trilogy

Just announced at New York Comic Con, we have release dates for the .hack franchise! In addition, Nekocon will be screening the first episodes of .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots at their convention this year.

 

Nekocon is located in Hampton Roads, VA and will take place on November 7th – 9th this year. Click here for more about the convention.

 

hack sign.hack//SIGN

 

.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

 

Releasing on DVD on February 24th, 2015

 

 

 

hack legend of twilight.hack//Legend of the Twilight

 

Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late!

 

Releasing on DVD April 7th, 2015

 

 

 

hack roots.hack//Roots

 

In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

Releasing on DVD on May 19th, 2015

 

 

 

hack gu trilogy.hack//G.U. Trilogy

 

Join Haseo on his quest to track down Tri-Edge, the devious PK responsible for leaving one of his closest friends in a coma. Along the way he meets Atoli, a gentle girl who takes an interest in him despite his chilly demeanor. Together, Haseo and Atoli will attempt to survive long enough to decipher the riddle of the entities known as AIDAs – and save their fellow gamers from permanent sleep!

 

Releasing on DVD on June 30th, 2015. This release will be English subtitle-only.

 

*Please note that release dates are subject to change.