Archive for January, 2012

FUNimation Acquires Additional Rights to Haganai

Flower Mound, TX – January 28, 2012 – FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Ohayocon that it has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, merchandising, mobile and streaming rights to the anime series, HAGANAI (Boku wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai). FUNimation plans to release the HAGANAI series on DVD and Blu-ray. Watch full episodes onwww.funimation.com.

Series synopsis:

Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica’s Academy and he’s having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she’s talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?

Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/haganai

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions Cast Announcement

If you are an Elite Video Subscriber, you will already know this information since it was posted on our Elite Forums earlier today. Want to become an Elite Video Subscriber and get access to this kind of information first, plus loads of other nifty incentives? Sign up today onwww.funimation.com/subscribe.

For those who are not EVS, here’s the cast list for Ōkami-san and Her Seven Companions:

Character Actor
ALICE Terri Doty
LIST Micah Solusod
MAJOLIKA Lindsay Seidel
MOMOKO Stephanie Young
NARRATOR Luci Christian
NEKO Jerry Jewell
RINGO Monica Rial
RYOKO Brina Palencia
RYOSHI Joel McDonald
SUZUME Alexis Tipton
TARO Todd Haberkorn
YUKIME Lydia Mackay
Engineer Director
Kevin Leasure Colleen Clinkenbeard

 

Ōkami-san and Her Seven Companions will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on April 3rd, 2012. Pre-order now on Amazon.com by clicking this link.

synopsis:

Once upon a time, the studio behind Toradora! and Shakugan no Shana created a fable-minded story full of fairy tale tomfoolery, attractive archetypes, allusions to allegories, parodies of para—ugh, enough alliteration! You get my drift…

Ryoko Ōkami, the “wolf” of our story, and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank—a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. “You’re much too weak for me,” she huffs. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved—even if it means taking a blow to the head with a lead pipe. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after?

http://www.funimation.com/okamisan

2012 New Title Survey

Please take a moment and take this survey. We’d like to know what YOU think about some of the new titles coming out of Japan. We appreciate your honest opinion.

The anime industry depends on you and we want to know how to give you what you want!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

We need A LOT of opinions, so please make sure you share this survey with your friends, family, random people on the street. The more data we collect the better!

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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Theatrical Dates

UPDATE:
Click here for U.S. theater/Canadian theater listings in your area.

EDIT: We’ve updated the list of theaters screening Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Added a few new theaters, so check to see if your city is now on the list. We also now have the list of Canadian theaters and dates. So, please click on this link for the list of theaters and dates in Canada. All Canadian screenings will be the dubbed version of the film and will screen on January 15th and 19th. Please check with your individual theater for more details.

See link below for the U.S. dates and theater listings. Please check with your theater to see if they are playing the dubbed or subbed version of the film.

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After a very successful run on the film festival circuit, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos will be making its North American theatrical debut! With the help of our partners over at Eleven Arts, the film will begin playing in theaters in mid January, 2012. Check the list below to see if it’s playing in a theater near you. Please call the theater to see if they are playing the dubbed or subbed version of the film.

No screening in your area? Don’t fret, just go on Eventful and demand a screening in your town.

Did you get a chance to check out the film at a film festival or at Otakon? Make sure you tell your friends how awesome it was to see Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos on the big screen!

synopsis:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, a new feature-length adventure into the world of an international anime sensation.

A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.

For the full listing of U.S. theaters screening the film, please click this link.

Hey, Nice Package! – Sengoku Basara 2 and Princess Jellyfish Limited Editions

Hey, Rojas here! We’ve got some new packaging configurations, and what better way to show them off then to do a “Hey, Nice Package!” video?

Please keep in mind that the packaging in this video is not final product. These lovely mock ups were made by our graphic artists: Cate, Diana, and Stephanie. Thank you, ladies!

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Season 2 Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack will be available on February 7, 2012. You can pre-order it right now on Amazon.com for $58.49 or on RightStuf.comfor $38.99. If you order on RightStuf you will also get a Limited Edition 2012 wall calendar as a free gift with purchase while supplies last. Kick off the Year of the Dragon with the One Eyed Dragon, Date Masamune.

series synopsis:

Feel the rush of non-stop, over-the-top battlefield action in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2! Japan’s toughest warlords are on the move, leading massive armies against their rivals in a thrilling quest for total domination. Wielding insane weaponry and unleashing the elements to boost their already awesome power, these warrior generals roar into the fray atop turbo-charged stallions, slicing through the enemy with six blades at once. They brandish explosive shotguns and swing swords the size of men. They crush the opposition with rolling battle fortresses and incinerate their foes with solar death rays. Hordes of ninja assassins and samurai fight to vanquish every adversary in their sight. As loyalties crumble and new alliances are forged in the scorching heat of battle, heroes become conquerors and conquerors become legends in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2! This is war!

The Limited Edition comes in a collectible art box.

But, Sengoku Basara 2 is not the only one that comes with a free gift with purchase on RightStuf.com. If you pre-order Princess Jellyfish on RightStuf.com, you will get this Clara keychain while supplies last. Princess Jellyfish will be available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack on February 28, 2012. You can pre-order on Amazon.com for $45.99, or on RightStuf.com for $41.99 and get a free keychain.

series synopsis:

From the director of Durarara!! comes a thoughtful comedy on learning to look below the surface and finding the courage to rock the status quo.

Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen—who’s actually a guy. When threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom or will she end up a hot mess?

Now, check out the video!

Don’t forget to also pick up the new Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Season 1 Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack which also has new packaging! It’s also out on February 7, 2012.

series synopsis:

Based on the brutal world created by the masters at Capcom.

Sengoku Basara drops you directly into the burning battlefields of feudal Japan, where rival warlords hack and slash their way to total domination. Each conqueror wields a special attack that boosts their powers of devastation, and each commands a horde of relentless warriors. But when a supreme evil – the Demon Lord – threatens the land, these fierce generals launch a co-op campaign of annihilation and build an army of armies to obliterate their common foe. As the front line grows crowded with gun-toting, mechanized samurai and mystical ninja, some will say that war is hell – Sengoku Basara proves it can also be kick ass.

FUNimation on Crackle

FLOWER MOUND, TX – JANUARY 18, 2012 – FUNimation Entertainment has announced today that Crackle.com has successfully launched the FUNimation Collection powered by Animax, a new anime-centric streaming section on their network. Offering an extensive collection of anime content with curated updates, the FUNimation Collection on Crackle will ensure access to free streaming anime available via the Crackle site as well as on tablets, mobile and OTT devices.

While the FUNimation Collection is evolving, new FUNimation episodes and/or series will launch every Wednesday on Crackle. Additional information about the FUNimation collection on Crackle can be found at: http://www.crackle.com/c/Funimation

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visitwww.funimation.com .

About Crackle.com

Crackle, Inc. is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures’ vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Visit Crackle’s site at www.crackle.com.

FUNimation Live Q&A – MLK Edition

There’s a special Live Q&A Session with Rojas and Adam tonight at 6pm CT on YouTube. Post your questions below in the comments, or on FacebookYouTube, Google+, or on Twitterusing #FUNimationQA.

We’ll be answering your questions LIVE, and giving away some awesome swag. We’ll also have some very special information about a very fun Hetalia related event we’ll be holding on FUNimation.com in honor of Hetalia: World Series Part 1 coming out on DVD tomorrow!

FUNimation Channel Store Flash Sale This Weekend

You know what a flash mob is? Well the FUNimation Channel is having a Flash Sale! For this weekend only, 200 units of Fruits Basket Complete Series Box Set and X – Complete Series will be just $15 each!

That’s over 70% off! The Flash Sale will only run from Friday, January 13th at 6pm ET to Monday, January 16th at 9am ET. Unfortunately, this is for U.S. residents only. Supplies are limited, so once these are gone, they’re gone. Act fast!

Just visit this link for more details and get your copies today.

So, what do you think? Would you like to see more of these kinds of flash sales?

7sixty Games Visits FUNimation

The crew over at 7sixty stopped by the office yesterday to show off their latest game, Phantom Breaker.  7sixty signed a deal with Japanese developer 5pb to bring the cult fighting game to North America in early 2012. Developed for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, Phantom Breaker takes its cue from classic 2D brawlers.

7sixty is preparing a very special edition version of the game for North America that will only be available in limited numbers. The special edition will include a mini strategy guide featuring top tips for each fighters along with stunning concept artwork by renowned Japanese manga artist Hiro Suzuhira, a desk calendar featuring characters from the game and two double-sided posters.  For the full press release on Phantom Breaker, please click here.

We got an advance look at the game, which we played on an Xbox development kit.  Of course, we had to play as Rimi from Chaos;HEAd and Kurisu from Steins;Gate. Check out these gorgeous screenshots from the game.

Phantom Breaker tells the story of a mysterious Japanese fighting tournament organized by a shady character called Phantom, each combatant must take on a range of increasingly powerful foes with the winner gaining the opportunity to grant any wish they desire. Players can choose from a range of gorgeous girls (and a couple of guys) before opting for a quick or hard fighting style, which favor super-fast combos or stronger defense. Through well-timed attacks or blocks, the player can charge their Overdrive bar, which can be unleashed to perform speedier attacks or temporarily increase defense.

Scheduled for Xbox 360 in early 2012, there is more information available about Phantom Breaker on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pb.7sixty and on the official Phantom Breaker website at http://phantombreaker.7sixty.com. Check out the trailer below and PRE-ORDER NOW!!!!.