Archive for April, 2014

This Playlist Will Get You All Fired Up!

There are a lot of episodes of Fairy Tail now. We’re already fast approaching the release of Part Eleven (Available on BD/DVD Combo 7/15) so it can be daunting for someone new to the franchise to get into the series.


Well, don’t worry! We’ve been steadily releasing Fairy Tail Character Spots on our YouTube channel. We’re highlighting some of your favorite heroes and baddies to give you a little background info.


Take a look below at some of the Character Spots and click here to see the rest of the playlist!


Natsu: Fairy Tail’s fire-breathing hero. When he gets a belly full of flames, you better back off!



Hetalia: the Beautiful World New Cast Members


We have a couple of new countries joining the Hetalia world for Season 5. Take a look below for their English counterparts!


ROMANIA – Chad Cline
CYPRUS – Aaron Dismuke
AUSTRALIA – Tyson Rinehart
PICARDY – Josh Martin
TAIWAN – Clarine Harp
INDIA – T. K. Masala
NEW ZEALAND – Anthony Bowling
SEBORGA – Austin Tindle
WY – Lindsay Seidel


if you’re familiar with Season 5, you know that there are a few “other” characters that we’ll need to make a cast announcement for, but you’ll just have to wait!


Hetalia: the Beautiful World releases on July 22nd. Be sure to order the Limited Edition to keep up with your Hetalia bandana collection! Click here to order now.



Wolf Children wins Best Anime Disc in 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards

Congratulations to Wolf Children! The film won Best Anime Disc in the 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in addition to votes from the online consumer community. Thank you to everyone who voted!


If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Wolf Children, now’s a great time to get it! Available now for as low as $22.49, you can pick up the film on DVD or Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Just click here.




Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.





New Release Tuesday – SAVE on These Titles

Happy New Release Tuesday! Today we have a real treat for you from our Giant Ape live action label–Space Battleship Yamato!




A cult classic from the glory days of anime blazes to life on the big screen in this feature-length sci-fi epic starring Takuya Kimura (Redline, Howl’s Moving Castle)!


The year is 2199. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction as the Gamilas, a heinous race of alien invaders, wage an endless war for the right to inhabit the Earth. The last hope for humanity lies on the distant planet of Iskander, and the only battleship capable of attempting the journey is the legendary Yamato. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Cannon, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that will change their world forever!

Click here to buy it now on BD/DVD Combo!


For you bargain shoppers out there, Cat Planet Cuties and Shangri-La are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Two very different titles now for a super low price!



Haganai NEXT Episode Title Contest

Did you know that every episode title of Haganai NEXT is a reference to an existing anime, manga, or light novel? The entire Haganai series, which is based on a light novel and also has a manga adaptation, is full of otaku in-jokes and references—the characters watch anime, play dating sims and eroge (erotic games), battle each other in RPGs, read manga (even yaoi manga?!), you name it.


How high is your otaku power level? Here are the twelve episode titles for Haganai NEXT—can you name all the anime, manga, or light novels these are based on? TO ENTER: Just reply in the comments section below with your answers, and we’ll choose one person who gets the most right to win a swag bag full of great Haganai prizes!


  1. My Teen Years SNAFU
  2. Homo Game Club
  3. My Little Sisters Are This Cute
  4. A Man Is Among Them!
  5. That Kind of Play Is Not Allowed.. and.. My Worldview Is Disturbed When You Are Around
  6. Unbreakable Strange-Girl
  7. He’s My Brother, But As Long As There’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If He Gets More Sisters, Right?
  8. My Childhood Friend Is Too Much of a Battleground
  9. Stray Cats Overheat
  10. The Sad-Case King and the Stone-Cold Story
  11. Dismay of I, the Chicken
  12. I ______ Many Friends




Cat Cafe Opens in New York City for a Limited Time

Image by Tod Seelie/Gothamist


New York is the latest city to embrace the cat cafe, following Vienna, San Francisco, London, Seoul, and Singapore. Just doesn’t seem fair that we don’t have one in Dallas yet, but I guess we’ll just have to be patient. In the meantime, denizens of the Big Apple can enjoy this purr-fect treat for a limited time–it’s only around for four days!


The Purina One pop-up Cat Cafe can be found at 168 Bowery, and features cat’achinos, pastries, and adorable kitties that you can adopt on the spot from the North Shore Animal League. The best part is that the food and drinks are free! Ok, well maybe the best part is the cats, but free food and drink is a very, very close second. They’ll even put kitty latte/foam art on your drinks!


We know a few anime characters who would go crazy for a cat cafe. Like Al from Fullmetal Alchemist and Sebastian from Black Butler. How would you like a cat cafe where Sebastian served you drinks?


If you’d like to read more about the Purina One pop up Cat Cafe in New York, click this link.


If you’d like to see more cat loving antics from anime characters click here for Sebastian and click here for Al.



Anime Sale on!

Attention Best Buy shoppers. There is an anime sale happening right now on! From now until May 4th you can save up to 60% on the following titles listed below. Just click on the thumbnail to be taken to the product page.


For some of these titles, you can even pick them up in stores the same day if you order online! Just look for the option at check-out.




Do you like to purchase your anime from Best Buy?



Dragon Age: Inquisition Coming October 7th


Dragon Age: Inquisition is releasing on October 7th, and it looks glorious. Fans of the franchise were left with a cliffhanger in Dragon Age 2 (we won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t played yet), needless to say, they wanted more. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the veil has been breached and demons are raining down on the world and wreaking havoc.


In the new game, you get to play as the Inquisitor, a character that rallies forces to fight this new threat to the land. Now, before you think that sounds kind of lame, you’re not just any old inquisitor, you’re special–you’ve been marked.  What purpose does that have in the game? You’ll just have to play to find out!

Now, you might be wondering why we care so much about this new game. Well, for one thing, we’ve got quite a few fans of the franchise here at the company, but we’re also excited because this means more Cassandra! She’s even in the Gameplay trailer! Check that out below.


We love Cassandra so much we even made a movie about her. Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker tells Cassandra’s tragic backstory. We worked closely with the Bioware team to make this a movie that fans of the franchise would enjoy. The DVD is on sale right now for just $12.49 in our FUNimation Shop! Click here to order.



Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker synopsis:

The sun rises on a thrilling new era in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker – the first feature-length, animated addition to the Dragon Age world. In the land of Orlais, a brash young Seeker – Cassandra – fights to stop a blood-soaked conspiracy. Hidden hands seek to tear apart the realm’s most powerful religious order, and as the sinister plot unfolds, Cassandra is accused of treason and murder. Hunted by friend and foe alike, the impulsive beauty must clear her name while clashing with corrupt Templars and rogue Blood Mages. Should she fail, the executioner’s blade awaits. Should she overcome her rage and expose the unseen forces threatening the rule of the Divine, Cassandra will take her place in legend.


New Release Tuesday – Eureka Seven

It’s an Eureka filled New Release Tuesday, as we have both the series and the movie available for you today! First up, let’s take a look at the classic series.


Relive the classic era of anime with the studio that brought you Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Wolf’s Rain. Eureka Seven, the greatest anime love story ever told, returns to the spotlight after almost a decade!


Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father’s heroic footsteps. When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.


Click here to order both parts of the series!




Yen Press Licenses A Certain Magical Index Light Novel Series

Over the weekend, Yen Press announced the start of their new imprint program–Yen On. This program is dedicated to bringing fans English editions of the best light novels available. Of course, among the many titles they have licensed, we are most excited about A Certain Magical Index!


For more information about their announcements, please visit the Yen Press website.


If you want more Index, be sure to catch up on A Certain Magical Index II on our site. Season Two will be coming to DVD this Fall. We’ve also go pre-orders available for A Certain Scientific Railgun S, available on July 1st. Click here!


A Certain Scientific Railgun S synopsis:
Something sinister is growing in Academy City. The shadows are filled with whispers of a project to clone one of the super-powered students known as espers. High-ranking master of electricity Mikoto Misaka laughs off these stories until she comes face to face with a copy of herself. The duplicates are real, and are being mass-produced from Misaka’s DNA, making each one of them a little piece of her.

These clones—her sisters—are being systematically murdered in a series of experiments designed to turn a sadistic killer into the strongest esper in history. Misaka vows to save her copies and destroy the project, but this might be one fight she can’t win alone. High-energy battles and intense action explode in this continuation of the Railgun series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index.