Archive for June, 2011

FUNimation Announces LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing-

Funimation announces acquisition of the much anticipated follow up to the fan favorite GONZO series, LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- with special events at Anime Expo 2011.
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LASTEXILE –Fam, the Silver Wing- is a new original tale in the LASTEXILE universe. It features new characters, new mechanics and an all new story centered around the young ace vanship pilot, Fam, and her trusted navigator, Giselle, as they pilot their vanship, Vespa, through the free and peaceful skies.

During Anime Expo 2011, fans will have the chance to participate in several very special LASTEXILE events. Throughout the convention held July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, fans can come to the Funimation booth to see art pieces from the new LASTEXILE series and meet with and pose for pictures with special cosplayers from the new series for the very first time. You can also go on a special mission to get your very own Sky Pirates decal and become a member of Fam and Giselle’s team. There will also be free posters and art cards available for all who come by!

Adding to the LASTEXILE excitement, Anime Expo attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet the LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- creative team straight from Japan for the World Premiere of the new series. Koichi Chigara (Series Director), Makoto Kobayashi (Mecanical Designer), Takaaki Suzuki (Setting, Script) and Hiroyuki Birukawa (Producer) will be joining fans for the premiere followed by a question and answer session on Saturday, July 2, 2011. They will also be present for autograph sessions during the convention. For more information on the LASTEXILE premiere, please visit .

We’re very excited about this new LASTEXILE series and hope you are too. To help celebrate this exciting new title, we are giving away prizes to celebrate the good news! Go visit this thread on the new forum and let us know what you think for a chance to win one of the following prize packs (chosen randomly):

5 winners will receive:

  • LASTEXILE the complete series (Anime Classics) on DVD
  • LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- Sky Pirates recruitment poster
  • LASTEXILE original series poster
  • LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- art card
  • LASTEXILE original series art card
  • LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- Sky removable vinyl Sky Pirates decal

10 winners will receive:

  • LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- art card
  • LASTEXILE original series art card
  • LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- Sky removable vinyl Sky Pirates decal (Rainbow mosaic laptop not included)

Contest open to fans in the United States only.

Fairy Tail Cast announced, plus more events at NYAF

Four will be special guests at New York Anime Festival this Fall

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Flower Mound, TX (June 21, 2011) – FUNimation(R) Entertainment today announced the main cast for the fantasy action adventure series “Fairy Tail.” Joining Todd Haberkorn, who is playing the role of Natsu, are:







Tia Ballard
Colleen Clinkenbeard

Cherami Leigh

Newton Pittman

R. Bruce Elliot

Monica Rial

Christopher R. Sabat

ADR Director Tyler Walker


Haberkorn, Clinkenbeard, Leigh and Pittman will be attending the east coast’s largest anime and comic event, the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con, October 13-16. The “Fairy Tail” cast members will sit on panels and autograph signings and will attend English language screenings of the first two episodes of the series as well as the world premiere of episode three.

FUNimation is now streaming subtitled episodes of the series at will release the complete series on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

Details around NYAF’s “Fairy Tail” events and its full schedule will be announced later this summer. Tickets are available at now. For the latest information, please follow @ny_anime_fest and @ny_comic_con on Twitter as well as read NYAF and NYCC’s official blog,

New Releases – Breaking Rules, Breaking Faces

It’s New Release Tuesday, and we’re breaking rules and breaking faces.

We’ve got the Live Action Film - DROP releasing today. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Drawn to the hardcore life of a delinquent, Hiroshi drops out of his upscale private school and enrolls in a gritty public school. On his first day he gets his ass kicked by Tatsuya (Hiro Mizushima, winner of the 2010 Japanese Academy Prize “Rookie of the Year”), the son of an ex-yakuza and the leader of a pack of unruly thugs. Hiroshi sucks at fighting, but he hits it off with the crew and enjoys the reckless partying, smoking and boozing – but can he hang when a rivalry with a nasty biker gang turns into countless bloody, face-breaking brawls? When the allure of a wasted youth is pitted against the reality of growing up, some people would rather take a beating than stop the fun.

This film stars Hiro Mizushima, who received the “Rookie of the Year” 2010 Japanese Academy Prize for his role in DROP. It’s also based on the manga of the same name. If you’ve seen the film, it’s definitely got some heavy manga influences stylistically.



We also have Blue Gender available for you today in our Anime Classics Collection.

FUNimation Amazon Sale – In High Def

In case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, Amazon is running a sale on several FUNimation Blu-ray titles. We’ve got some great live action titles, as well as some of our popular anime titles (including Summer Wars, FLCL, Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). Since a lot of these titles are over 50% off for this sale, you’re going to want to grab these while you can. If you’re new to the Blu-ray market now’s a good chance to build your collection.

For a list of which titles are on sale, click on this link.


$13.09 (56% off!)


$24.99 (55% off!)


$16.49 (53% off!)


$20.99 (53% off!)


$22.99 (34% off!)

As part of Amazon’s High-Def Week, there will be special lightning deals on Friday, June 17th. Check the schedule below. Make sure you act fast. These lightning deals are only available for a very short time.

Amazon Lightning Deals
6am – 9am PST
• Evangelion: 1.11 You Are Not Alone [Blu-ray]

9am – 12pm PST
• Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance [Blu-ray]

12pm – 3pm PST
• Goemon [Blu-ray]

3pm – 6pm PST
• Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Four [Blu-ray]

Hmmm…maybe Dad might want some Blu-rays for Father’s Day this weekend…

FUNimation Acquires We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky

Flower Mound, TX (July 11, 2011) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today that it has acquired rights to distribute the anime series “We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky.” These rights include home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise. This romantic comedy, from director Shinji Ushiro (“Blessing of the Campanella”), revolves around a group of young people whose seemingly unconnected lives may be linked in an alternate world.

FUNimation will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012. The official FUNimation stream of the series will be available beginning at 12:00pm CDT on June 24th, 2011 via or directly at


About We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky: 
Timid Takashi wants to escape to an alternate world where he is a heralded knight, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister and his girlfriend. Part-timer and all around upbeat guy Shuusuke has a disastrous first encounter with a woman who turns out to be his new co-worker. Handyman Hayato is a hard-boiled loner that has random encounters with two gangs and a girl with a uniform fetish. Throw in plenty of fan-service, random humor, an alternate medieval world, and your narrator DJ Condor, and you get “We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky”.

500th Episode of One Piece on Hulu

The 500th episode of One Piece celebration continues! We’ve turned on all of our existing English dubbed episodes (1 – 202) on Hulu, which will be available until Wednesday, June 8th. As of yesterday, you can watch the 500thepisode of One Piece on Hulu.

Our Canadian friends need not despair. You can still get your Luffy fix on the FUNimation sitehere.

Our resident One Piece expert and One Piece copywriter, Aaron Anderson, chimes in on his top 5 all time favorite One Piece brawls in his Hulu blog post here. What’s your favorite?

Shin-chan Season 3 Now Streaming!

UPDATE: Scott’s blog is now available for your viewing pleasure on Hulu’s blog.

Action Bastard I NEED YOU. Action Bastard I NEED YOU.

You need it so we’re giving it to you. Shin is back with the first 4 episodes of Season 3 streaming on Hulu right now!

This is the first time anyone gets to see the English dub of these episodes so you should feel special. Since Hulu is also super excited about the new episodes of Shin chan, they let our very own Mr. Scott Porter write a special blog post on Hulu. Keep an eye out for that once it’s

Of course, pre-order the psychedelic for Shin chan – Season 3 on DVD July 26, 2011.