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Archive for April, 2012

FUNimation Acquires Eureka 7: AO and King of Thorn

Flower Mound, TX – April 28, 2012 -FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Anime Central it has acquired the home media rights to the feature film King of Thorn and series Eureka 7: AO(Astral Ocean).

In addition, FUNimation has acquired the simulcasts rights for Eureka 7: AO. Full episodes will begin on www.funimation.com  during  spring 2012.

A brief synopsis for each series is listed below:

Eureka 7: AO (Astral Ocean) – The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young. A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

Learn more at http://www.funimation.com/eureka-seven-astral-ocean

King of Thorn:  Panic spreads worldwide as the Medousa Virus—a fatal pandemic that solidifies the body to stone—threatens to wipe out the human race. 160 infected individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. Kasumi is one of those chosen for the experimental program. Forced to enter without her twin sister, Shizuku, her distress multiplies when she awakens to find the facility overrun with thick, thorny vines and ravenous monsters. As Kasumi and six others fight a losing battle to escape this labyrinthine nightmare, questions cloud her distorted mind. Where is her sister? Why did their only salvation mutate into a deathtrap? If they survive, how much longer do they have to live?

Learn more at http://www.funimation.com/king-of-thorn

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English Cast Announcement for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Flower Mound, TX (April 28, 2012) – FUNimation(R) Entertainment today announced at Anime Central, the main cast for the series “Panty & Stocking”. The full cast & series synopsis can be found below.

 

Character Actor
Panty Jamie Marchi
Stocking Monica Rial
Garterbelt Christopher R. Sabat
Chuck Ian Sinclair
Brief Joel McDonald
Scanty Colleen Clinkenbeard
Kneesocks Cherami Leigh
Fastener Christopher Bevins
Corset Chris Ayres
Crew
ADR Director Colleen Clinkenbeard
Head Writer John Burgmeier
Script Writers Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark, Jared Hedges

Series synopsis:

Renowned studio GAINAX and the director of FLCL are teaming up to bring fans a twistedly-hip new series where double penetration means both nostrils.

Panty and Stocking – the Anarchy Sisters – are two nasty-ass angels who got booted from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bitches! Now they spend their nights blowing up ghosts in the seedy abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can’t mention. Together, they’re turning the mean streets of Daten City into a buffet of bodily fluids. Ghosts don’t stand a chance against their lingerie of mass destruction, and if this debaucherous duo can collect enough Heaven Coins, they just might get their halos back. It’s a slim chance in hell, but anything can happen when you’re rolling commando, especially with Panty and Stocking! Now drop those britches, bitches!

The Limited Edition DVD will be released on 7-10-12 and will include the foulest outtakes ever, commentaries, Ghost Explosions and more! Pre-order now on Amazon.com!

Now check out the OFFICIAL ENGLISH DUB TRAILER!

This Cast is Freezing!

If you watched our Live Q&A session tonight, then you already know this info. But, in case you missed it, may we present the lovely English dub cast for Freezing!

Actor Character
Josh Grelle Kazuya Aoi
Caitlin Glass Satellizer el Bridget
Luci Christian Ganessa Roland
Leah Clark Kannaduki Miyabi
Brittney Karbowski Ingrid Bernstein
Jamie Marchi Rana Linchen
Monica Rial Attia Simmons
Jad Saxton Arnett McMillan
Liza Gonzalez Creo Brand
Abigail Hartman Elizabeth Mably
Kristi Kang Cathy Lockharte

The Dress Code is about to be Violated

All the Black Butler Goodness You Could Shake a Stick At

So much love for Black Butler happening!  Yen Press released the Black Butler Volume 9 manga today.  What can you expect in Volume 9 of the manga?  Here’s just a little taste:

Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s quietude is interrupted as Queen Victoria’s very own butlers commandeer Phantomhive Manor for a lavish banquet sanctioned by Her Majesty. Preparations for such an event are quick work in the hands of Sebastian, the house’s most able butler, but corralling the eminent guests may prove to be rather more of a challenge. For this dinner party is anything but festive, and as a stormy night batters the outside of the grand residence, a far more violent storm begins to unfurl within. And no one is safe from the havoc it will wreak—not even one seemingly impervious manservant…

You still have time to enter their contest, you could win Volume 1 of the manga along with the entire first season of Black Butler.  Just click this link for more details:  http://bit.ly/BlackButler_yenpress_contest

If you’re lucky enough to have the FUNimation Channel, then you can catch the Black Butler Season 2 premiere at 9pm ET.

And, if that wasn’t enough, starting today you can download Black Butler Season 2 through Xbox via their AnimeHITS sale.  You’ll get it for a super discounted price.

Don’t forget about the Black Butler 2 promotion on TinierMe!  You can dress your Selfy up like your favorite Black Butler 2 characters.  Like Claude!

Black Butler Season 1 & 2 are both out on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.  Have you already picked up your copies?  If you want the Limited Edition box for Season 2 (Season 1 fits neatly into this case) then you’re gonna want to make sure to snatch it up soon.  These Limited Edition boxes are, well limited, so once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos – A Word from Mike and Vic

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos comes out tomorrow on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD.  We’re really excited for the release of this epic movie, and we wanted to share some interviews we shot at the Fulmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos Red Carpet Premiere with ADR Director, Mike McFarland and the voice of Ed himself, Vic Mignogna.

Didn’t know that there was another movie for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?  Here’s a short synopsis for you:

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.

Did you pre-order the movie?  The Blu-ray/DVD Combo is just $19.99 on Amazon.com right now.  That’s 43% o ff!

Wong Fu Weekend at FUNimation

“It’s the end of the week, a Wong Fu week, it’s Wong Fu Weekend!”

If you know that intro, then you’ll know who these guys are.  Wong Fu Productions stopped by the FUNimation office for a tour and some hilarious fun.  They also got a chance to step into the booth and record some background voices for One Piece with ADR Director, Mike McFarland.

The fun was so intense they had to split this episode into two parts.  Check it out!

You’ll be able to hear Wong Fu Productions on episode 233 of One Piece. To check out more fromWong Fu Productions, you can visit their website at http://wongfuproductions.com/

What’d you guys think of the videos?  Are you guys Wong Fu Productions fans?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Items Come to Gaia!

FUNimation has teamed up with Gaia to bring you items from the legendary Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series. Grab the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Chance Item and you could get one of the following iconic exclusives!

 

For those unfamiliar with Gaia, a Chance Item is like a gatchapon.  Purchase the Chance Item (CI), open it and see what you get!  Will you get Ed, Al, Scar, Armstrong?  Who knows?  It’s a surprise!

Joining Gaia is free and it only takes a minute.  Once you’re signed up you customize an avatar to interact with millions of other members who share your interests.  You can also decorate a virtual home, play games like zOMG! with your friends, join forums, create a cute aquarium, and much more.

Fullmetal fans, take part in the Fullmetal Alchemist Forum and discuss the series and the gear with your fellow alchemy fans.  Get started today by clicking this link:  http://bit.ly/GaiaOnlineFMAB.  The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood promotion will last for 30 days, so if you want a tiny Ed (ha ha), Al, Roy Mustang, etc, you better hop on it!

Don’t forget that Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milosreleases next week along with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection One on Blu-ray and DVD. You can pre-order both on Amazon.com.

 

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King of Thorn English Cast Announcement Plus Interview with Director Kazuyoshi Katayama

Earlier today we announced the acquisition of King of Thorn.  Well, here’s the English Dub cast, plus an interview with Director Kazuyoshi Katayama and a sneak peek at the dub!

 

Line Producer Zach Bolton
Head Writer John Burgmeier
Script Writer Patrick Seitz
ADR Director Christopher Bevins
ADR Engineer Cris George
Cast
MARCO Patrick Seitz
KASUMI Brina Palencia
KATHERINE Stephanie Young
IVAN John Swasey
SHIZUKU Alexis Tipton
RON Bob Carter
PETER Christopher Bevins
TIMOTHY Luci Christian
LAURA Anastasia Muñoz
WALTER Todd Haberkorn
ALICE Monica Rial
ALESSANDRO R Bruce Elliott

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions Forum Contest

CONTEST OVER: Congratulations to our winners: No5ahf, TIL Nobu, and iwatch2muchanime. Your mousepads will be shipped out to you shortly. We enjoyed reading your forum comments on this contest! We like the creativity!

Hope you enjoyed this contest.

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You’ve had a week to enjoy the lovely Okami-san and Her Seven Companions on BD/DVD Combo.  How are you liking it so far?

Well, if you were one of the ones who pre-ordered this series on RightStuf.com, then you already own one of these fun Okami-san and Her Seven Companions mousepads.  If you didn’t, well here’s your chance to win a mousepad of your own.

Just click this link to head on over to our forums and answer this simple question, “Which fairy tale would you like to see in Okami-san and Her Seven Companions that isn’t already represented?”  3 lucky winners will be randomly chosen to receive a mousepad.  You have from now until Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 pm CST to enter.

For complete rules and details, please click this link.

Not familiar with the series?  Here’s a brief synopsis and a trailer!

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?

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions is available now on BD/DVD Combo. You can order it on Amazon.com by clicking this link!

Watch FUNimation Videos on Facebook!

We’re excited to announce the launch of FUNimation Social Cinema! Now fans can watch, comment on, and share their favorite videos directly on Facebook. Movie rentals start as low as $1.99, and you can rent episode bundles for less than a dollar! All video rentals are available in the US and Canada and can be watched for up to 48 hours. To get started, visit the official FUNimation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/funimation or go directly to the application athttp://apps.facebook.com/funimationcinema.

What can you watch? Here’s what’s showing right now at FUNimation Social Cinema, and new titles will be available every month!

 

    • .hack//Quantum

 

    • Afro Samurai

 

    • Afro Samurai Resurrection

 

    • B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time

 

    • Black Butler Season One and Two

 

    • City Under Siege

 

    • Dance in the Vampire Bund

 

    • Eden of the East King of Eden

 

    • Fairy Tail

 

    • FLCL

 

    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

 

    • Girls Bravo

 

    • Hetalia: Axis Powers

 

    • Kenichi Season One

 

    • Master of Martial Hearts

 

    • Samurai Champloo

 

    • Sekirei Season One

 

    • Sekirei: Pure Engagement

 

    • Soul Eater

 

    • Spice & Wolf Season One and Two

 

    • The Legend is Born: IP Man

 

  • Trigun