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Archive for July, 2012

New Release Tuesday – No Pants, No Problem

We’ve got two cool releases today that feature cute girls kicking a lot of ass. They might not wear pants, they are all still soldiers who want to save the day.

Sacred Blacksmith: The Complete Series hits shelves today and it is definitely a fun series you don’t want to miss out on. Laugh, cry and fight with Cecily as she strives to be a knight. What she lacks in skill she makes up for in spirit, but will that be enough? Order it on Amazon today and find out!

The Sacred Blacksmith synopsis:

Cecily’s a blushing knight in shining armor. Unfortunately, it seems most battles end with her as the damsel in distress. Her lack of skill and distaste for violence make her an unlikely heroine – until the brooding blacksmith Luke comes to her aid, using his powerful magic to forge blades of supernatural strength. Cecily wields this sacred steel and charges forth to face a dangerous new threat; a cloaked fiend is unleashing demons upon the land, and though he lurks in shadows, the villain is much closer than Cecily can imagine.

Who needs pants when you have robotic legs that allow you to fly? The girls in Strike Witches – Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) certainly don’t. Take to the sky and see it better than ever on Blu-ray with the girls as they combat aliens with guns and spandex.

Strike Witches synopsis:

It’s a bird – it’s a plane – it’s a girl with no pants!

The year is 1944 and the world lives in fear of unidentified flying objects called Neuroi. With the old-boy old guard unable to thwart this deadly menace, humanity turns its desperate eyes to an aerial attack force with much nicer legs. Meet the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. These darlings of the great blue yonder may not have standard-issue uniforms, but they do have all the right stuff. Where the average flyboy falters, these dolls blast aliens to bits in the bat of an eyelash.With a little magic and a whole lot of leg, the girls of the 501st are winning the war on pants, and aliens!

What other shows do you like that feature girls wielding deadly weapons?

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Otakon Acquisitions

Flower Mound, TX –July 28, 2012- FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Otakon that it has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand, pay-per-view, and DTO/DTR rights to the complete anime OAV series, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. This spin-off series takes place roughly 15 years after the events in Tenchi Muyo! GXP.

From the animation studio (AIC SPIRITS) that brought you Ga-Rei Zero and Tokko and the director of Baki the Grappler (Koji Yoshikawa) FUNimation is pleased to announce the acquisition of streaming, home entertainment, theatrical and merchandise rights to the complete Tenchi Muyo! franchise.

Synopsis: Kenshi – half-brother of intergalactic hero Tenchi Masaki – has been summoned to the mysterious world of Geminar, and his only hope of returning to Earth is piloting a bio-mechanical weapon in a shocking assassination attempt! When the mission fails and Kenshi is captured, he discovers he’s been lied to by the very culprits who transported him to this strange new world. Luckily, Princess Lashara kindly welcomes Kenshi and invites him to live amongst her followers. Now, caught up in a political whirlwind – and hotly pursued by Geminar’s female population – Kenshi must find a way to get home while civil war erupts all around him!

Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/tenchi-muyo-war-on-geminar

In addition, FUNimation has acquired the streaming, home entertainment, and digital rights to the complete anime series Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

Series Synopsis: What happened when Lupin III met Fujiko Mine for the first time? Find out in the first new chapter of the Lupin III franchise in 25 years!

More information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/lupin-the-third-fujiko-mine

FUNimation has also acquired the streaming, home entertainment, broadcast, pay per view and merchandise rights to the complete anime series, Maken-Ki! Battling Venus. The series is directed by Koichi Ohata, best known for directing Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and MD Geist.

Series synopsis:

Based on the manga series by Takeda Hiromitsu, this romantic comedy is about Ohyama Takeru, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn’t require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item – a Maken – to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?

Additional information may be found at: www.funimation.com/maken-ki-battling-venus

FUNimation has also acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, theatrical and merchandise rights for the complete anime series Sankarea. The series is directed by Shinichi Omata, best known for his work in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Series synopsis:

Furuya’s not interested in the living, he’s got zombies on the brain! When Furuya’s cat dies, he decides he’s going to try and bring it back to life. In the process, he stumbles across a girl who is involved in an accident and turns into a real zombie! What’s Furuya going to do now that the thing he loves the most is right in front of his eyes?

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

Lastly, home entertainment rights have also be acquired for the following, with additional information to be announced at a later date:

Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection
Synopsis: A crisis is approaching Earth with the expansion of a moving black hole, in the year 2220. A plan is devised to move over 300-million people from Earth. When the latest transportation fleet is attacked, Space Battleship Yamato comes to its defense, the ship is now commanded by Susumu Kodai, also aboard is daughter Miyuki, child of Susumu and Yuki.

Fairy Tail Season 2- 24 New Fairy Tail Episodes – We’ll follow the continuing adventures of our favorite Fairy Tail Guild members: Lucy, Natsu, Erza, Gray and Happy as they take on new jobs, make new friends, go against incredible adversaries and solve big mysteries all in the Kingdom of Fiore.

Fairy Tail – The Movie- – We’ll be introduced to a new female character that carries a mysterious stone with her called the Phoenix Stone. We’ll also find out how the Fairy Tail guild gets tied up in the mystery. It’s a great story that you won’t want to miss!

Aquarion Evol
Synopsis:. The “Abductors” Invaders from Altea come to Earth with only one purpose, to harvest humans. DEAVA the Aquaria Academy exists to train men and women to use Aquaria, but they cannot ever merge because of Guize stones, these block an “unholy union” between genders. The story follows Amata and Mikono in their enrollment into DEAVA, and fight their fight with Abductors.

Akira
Synopsis: It’s the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the start of World War III. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the mind breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. This incident triggers psychic powers within one of the gang members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army to be experimented on. His mind has been altered and is now on the path of war, seeking revenge on the society that once called him weak.

One Piece Season 5 Season 5 (Episodes 264 – 336) will span the entire Enies Lobby Arc, as the Straw Hat Pirates continue their battle with CP9, and ends with the Ice Hunter Arc.

Fans can look for One Piece Season 5 to hit DVD in the summer of 2013.

But that’s not all for One Piece fans! FUNimation Entertainment also announced the acquisition of the One Piece feature length film, One Piece Film: Strong World.

One Piece Film: Strong World takes place between the Thriller bark and Sabaody Archipelago Arcs as the Straw Hats Pirates return to their hometowns in East Blue to face off against the infamous, Golden Lion Shiki. When Shiki abducts Nami to use as his personal navigator, the Straw Hats must place their very lives on the line to save her.

FUNimation Entertainment has yet to announce any information regarding the release of this film.

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C-Control English Cast Announcement

If you’re a EVS member you probably already heard. For those of you who aren’t, here is the cast for C-Control.

Series Synopsis: Full-time college student Kimimaro works his fingers to the bone, but he’s still flat broke. That is until an odd fellow invites him to the Financial District, a parallel world where he can increase his cash flow—if he’ll invest his future as collateral.

CHARACTER Actor
MSHYU Brina Palencia
Kimimaro Todd Haberkorn
Mikuni J. Michael Tatum
Q Monica Rial
Sato Martha Harms
Masakaki Scott Freeman

DVD/ BD combo pack releases on 10-30-2012. You can pre-order now on RightStuf.com.

Hey, Nice Package! – One Piece: Season 4, Voyage 1

It’s been a while since I had time to do a “Hey, Nice Package!” video, but it’s fitting that the return of this segment features the return of such an epic series. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates set sail once again with One Piece – Season 4, Voyage 1 (Available on DVD August 7, 2012).

The wait is finally over with this new release featuring the Davy Back Fight arc (Episodes 206 – 217). If you’ve been following the subtitled versions, then you know that Luffy sports a new “do”. Hopefully this release will tide you over for a bit, but we’ll have new releases every couple months or so. Don’t forget you can always watch episodes on OnePieceOfficial.com too. And One Piece – Collections 1 through 6 are also currently available. Collection 7 comes out August 7th and Collection 8 comes out September 25.

You can pre-order from RightStuf for just $23.99 and while supplies last, get the special Limited Edition One Piece Artbook as a gift with purchase.

One Piece Artbook

 

    • High quality card stock featuring 17 custom created covers used for seasons 1 -4.

 

    • Gift with purchase from RightStuf or at Otakon (where you can also get the poster and post card)

 

One Piece 101

Over the summer we posted weekly One Piece 101 videos to help fans find out what they’ve been missing out on in the wild world of One Piece. If you want to get up to speed but don’t have time to watch 200+ episodes, these short but educational videos will definitely help you out. We’d also like to know what you would like to see from One Piece 101 in the future. Leave us a comment telling us what you want the next One Piece 101 to feature.

You’ll notice that in the HNP video, I detail all the “Gift with Purchases” that will be happening at Otakon 2012. Here’s a listing of what gifts go with which purchases. They are all limited quantities and first come, first served – so be sure to make your purchases ASAP!

One Piece Collection 1: Luffy CD Case
One Piece Collection 2: Zoro CD Case 
One Piece Collection 3: Nami CD Case
One Piece Collection 4: Chopper CD Case
One Piece Collection 5: Shanks CD Case 
One Piece Collection 6: Sanji CD Case
One Piece Collection 7: Marine Admirals (and Smoker) cell phone strap
One Piece Season 4, Voyage 1: One Piece Art Book 2 random GashaPon capsule

So Hot it’s Freezing!

Freezing: The Complete Series is coming out on BD/DVD on 8/28/12. To get you ready, we’ve uploaded a special treat for you on FUNimation.com. This is our exclusive UNCENSORED Red Band trailer, and you’ll only find it on FUNimation.com. So, if you are the proper age, and have a mature mind, click this link to see the trailer. Remember, this is Not Safe For Work.

But that’s not all. If you check out the Freezing website later this week you’ll see the first of a series of exclusive avatars and wallpapers. We’ll be releasing a new Freezing avatar and wallpaper each week until the release of the series. So, stay tuned for more.

You’ll be able to download these exclusive goodies byclicking this link. They’ll be located under the Extras section, which will be added later this week.

So, if all that peaks your interest, make sure you pre-order Freezing before it comes out on 8/28/12.

The Dress Code is About to Get Violated.

FUNi Live – We’ve missed you

One does not simply… have a FUNimation Livestream.

Haha, just kidding. Do you like the picture? It was taken at our Industry Panel at Anime Expo. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a chance to do a FUNimation Live stream on Spreecast, and we’ve missed you guys. We’ve been so swamped with conventions (just got back from Anime Expo and Comic-Con!) and we’re gearing up for Otakon next week! But, we don’t want you guys to feel neglected, so we’re going to do a short Live just for you on Monday, July 23rd.

FUNimation Live – July 23rd, 2012

 

5:00 pm CT (3pm PT/ 6pm ET)

 

We’ll be recapping some of the conventions and announcements so far this summer, and we’ll be talking a bit about upcoming events. We might throw in a Hey! Nice Package for you as well. If we have time at the end, we’ll take a few questions. Please only ask questions that can not be easily answered by checking our FUNimation FAQs located here.

We hope to “see” you Monday! If you can’t make it, the Spreecast video will also be available to watch after the event is over.

Help us help you! – take this survey

It’s survey time again! This one is a bit shorter than past surveys. Help make anime even more awesome and get a chance to win a DVD/Blu-ray box set. 3 winners will get win a DVD or Blu-ray box set release of their choice. We’ll announce the winners on our FUNimation.com blog on or before July 31st.

We want a wide range of anime fans to take this survey. Please give us a hand and share our Consumer Entertainment Ownership Survey with others. Post to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and any forums you visit. The more people we get to take the survey the better! Here’s the link!

Wrap Hetalia Around Your World Winners!

Ok, we know you’ve all been patiently waiting to find out who won the ‘Wrap Hetalia Around Your World‘ contest. We had well over 200 entries to go through, and they were so full of AWESOME that it was hard to make a decision on winners. Hetalia definitely has some of the best fans around! A lot of blood, sweat, and glitter went into the making of these entries and it was amazing to see them come to life on Tumblr and Pinterest. Again, we’re sorry for the spamming of our Tumblr page! We promise it won’t happen again.

The beauty of Hetalia is that it brings fans of all backgrounds and ages into a world of craziness and hilarity. The show might be over, but always remember to wear your bandana with pride and SQUEE your heart out! Anyways, we’ve reached the end of the rainbow and it is time to announce the glittery winners! Just to recap, there were 4 different prize level with 4 winners each for levels 1-3 and 3 winners for the ultimate level. As a reminder, even if you won something in Levels 1 – 3, you were still eligible to win the ULTIMATE PRIZE.

If you want a closer look at the winning photos, just click on them to enlarge.

Level 1 Prize Winners

Level 1 Prize
Canadian-Invisibility
Lurker Kurkland
Nick T.
Mario G.

Level 2 Prize Winners

Level 2 Prize
Kassie O
Rosalyn L
xxdramatizationxx
heroburger

Level 3 Prize Winners

Level 3 Prize
Gaytalia
Jetspectacular
Crazysis64
fmavatarded

Ultimate Level Prize Winners

Ultimate Level Prize
ugly-panda
heroburger
Kat F.

And that’s a wrap folks! We’d like to thank everyone for participating and making this contest a lot of fun. We’ve had a blast and we certainly hope you did too. We might be at the end of the rainbow, but the glitter will keep on sparkling! If you haven’t done so already, make sure you pick up your copy of the FINAL season of Hetalia!

Disclaimer: No bandanas were harmed in the making of this post.

Binbogami ga! and Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero simulcasts to start on FUNimation.com

If you paid attention to the slew of announcements that we released for Anime Expo, then you will recall that we have a few simulcasts slated to start soon.

So, here’s an update for you! Episode 1 of Binbogami-ga! is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at 11:50 am CT. This will be the regularly scheduled time for this show going forward. You can find more information about the series on: http://www.funimation.com/binbogami-ga

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is scheduled to begin on Monday at 10:30 am CT. This will also be the regularly scheduled time going forward. You’ll find more information here:http://www.funimation.com/aesthetica-of-a-rogue-hero

 

Any first impressions of these simulcasts so far? What do you think will be the most highly anticipated show this simulcast season?

Remnant Knights – Heroes of Kasmari: Class Will Never Be the Same

It’s finally here! After a great Open Beta period, our friends at GameSamba are celebrating the full release of their FREE-to-play MMORPG–Remnant Knights. Check out their Heroes of Kasmari update and look for other major features and new content to be added soon!

Have you been playing Remnant Knights? I know I have. So, if you see me in game, make sure you say “hi!” My user name is Rojas, not to be confused with the kick-ass Rojas the Sorcerer. Yeah, it’s named after me. How many of YOU can say you have a boss in a game named after you? Ha!

Ok, enough gloating. Take a look below at all the changes that come with the new Heroes of Kasmari update! You can access Remnant Knights, as well as some more free-to-play games from GameSamba, on our website at http://www.funimation.com/games.

-Changes-

  • Level cap raised to 60
  • Added new level 60 PvP mode, Arena Battle, available in 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5
  • New zone, Mara, is now available
  • 8 new dungeons for level 52+
  • 3 new level 60 dungeons with legendary items
  • New item drop mechanic from dungeon bosses
  • New EXP table to drastically increase speed of leveling
  • Over 100 quests added to Ghost Town and Forest of Silence
  • New mounts and clothing; limited mounts are available in shopkeeper after Greenville.
  • New PK Toggle system
  • Updated OX Quiz Questions
  • Began updating graphics for Mobs, NPCs, and Zones
  • New Helmet slot added to character equipment
  • Class skills adjusted for better balance
  • Ended Independence Day event
  • Start of “Be the First” event
  • Furniture Crafting feature and NPC added to schools
  • New Flower Pot furniture crafting feature and NPC added to schools
  • Upgraded fishing drop rate and items
  • New gates added in each school to gain access to the gym for GM events
  • Server update applied to enhance performance
  • Updated and expanded Game Guide

In honor of the full release of Remnant Knights, there are a few special promotions going on right now. This includes the Be The First contest. Race to be the first in various categories and you could win some awesome prizes. Pretty sweet deal.