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Terror in Resonance Official Interview

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The following interview with Shinichiro Watanabe, renowned director of Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, and the hit thriller Terror in Resonance, was originally posted to the official Japanese Terror in Resonance website before the series launched. We hope you enjoy it, and make sure to watch Terror in Resonance every Thursday at 12:50pm Eastern! Click here to watch now.

 

Interviewer: Tell us the story of how Terror in Resonance came to be.
Watanabe: I think to some people, it looked like I took a break and didn’t work from around 2007 until I made Kids on the Slope in 2012. But actually, during that time, I prepared many project proposals. However, due to the recession and other factors, it was hard to get any of them approved and made. Terror in Resonance was an original project that I came up with during that period. I created the proposal before the Tohoku earthquake, about 4 or 5 years ago.

 

Interviewer: So it was something that you wanted to make since then?
Watanabe: That’s right. About three years ago, I heard from Fuji TV about Kids on the Slope, which was based on a comic. When I received the offer, I said, “I also have this other project. Do you want to make it?” and told them about Terror in Resonance. When I did, the chief producer of noitaminA, Koji Yamamoto, said, “Well, why don’t we try having not just Kids on the Slope by itself, but also plan for the original work after that?” That was when we were finally able to start working on this.

 

Interviewer: How did you come up with the idea for this project?
Watanabe: In recent years, there have been terrorist attacks all over the world, but Japanese people seem to be under the impression that these are things that happen in countries far away. However, if there were suddenly serial bombing attacks in the middle of Tokyo, what would happen? How would we deal with that? What if the culprits were teenaged boys? What if terrorists showed up who could use current technology to lead Japan around by the nose using their smartphones? These ideas were what formed the original concept. And then, thinking about possible acts of terror that could occur in Japan, I had to think about the systems in Japan as a country and how they work.

 

Interviewer: We still don’t know much about Terror in Resonance. What kind of story will it be?
Watanabe: There is a lot of action and suspense. If you look at it that way, even some of my past works seem unexpectedly similar to modern American action movies. The series also includes themes of adolescence, or rather, the youthfulness of the teenage years and their immaturity and instability, but with the feeling of constantly being on edge and challenging everything. I wanted to depict those ideas in this series, and I think everything gets mixed together in Terror in Resonance. I guess you could call it a coming-of-age/action/suspense series, although I’ve never heard of such a genre (laughs). Well, one must always continue to pioneer new genres. I also thought about foreign TV shows where recently, movie directors have been working on TV series. These TV shows have had a jump in quality simply because, since they are longer than movies, more story and dramatic elements can be packed in.

 

Interviewer: Foreign TV shows?
Watanabe: Yes. I don’t think I need to make shows that are like all the other anime that have been made recently, and I aim to create shows with a wider appeal. However, explaining it as a show about terrorism seems kind of inaccessible, so in order to make it easier to understand, recently, I have been insisting that it’s “a series like 24” (laughs). Also, we spent a lot of time and effort working on the terrorist group “Sphinx” and their riddles in every episode, so I have also been telling people, “Parts of it are like Sherlock, too!” (laughs).

 

Interviewer: Looking at the announcement that the show will be about “two mysterious children who combine forces to form the clandestine entity ‘Sphinx’ and play a dangerous game with all of Japan,” it looks like this will be the most provocative show in your filmography to date.
Watanabe: That wasn’t something that I tried to do on purpose—it just happened naturally. Especially in the case of an original anime work, we have to create the setting from scratch, which is difficult if there is nothing to base it on. So I end up using what I know, and parts of me end up in the work. For example, even if we all live in the same world, how we perceive the world is different depending on the person. There are people who think the world is a depressing place that’s full of deception, making it hard to live in. But there are also people who are generally satisfied and feel like the world is a good and peaceful place. How I perceive the world and how I feel about it comes out naturally when I am working on an original anime.

 

Interviewer: The character designs were by Kazuto Nakazawa and the music was by Yoko Kanno. These two people are often connected to you, and they are both participating in this project.
Watanabe: What they both have in common is that neither needs very much explanation from me. When I am working on something, it is difficult to explain exactly what I want to the staff in words. In fact, it is often the feeling before it’s even put it into words that is important, so most of the time, people don’t understand what I want. For example, there are people who want me to tell them that I want “a work like such and such,” but I don’t want to make something that is like another work (laughs). In the midst of that, these two don’t need me to keep explaining myself before they understand what I need. The other thing they have in common is that even if we work with the same theme, the two of them present it in a way that allows as many people as possible to understand their work. They always have that goal in mind, which is something I appreciate very much.

 

Interviewer: Finally, please tell us your hopes for Terror in Resonance.
Watanabe: It is something that I have wanted to make for a long time, so I am putting my heart and soul into it. I want to know what people think, so I hope that you will all watch it.

 

Interviewer: Thank you very much.

 

Translated by Nita Lieu

 

Get Fired Up for Ping Pong: The Animation Contest

EDIT: We have winners! Please scroll to the bottom to see.

 

Here at FUNimation we LOVE Ping Pong. We even made a video about how much we love Ping Pong, and how epic we think the sport is. Check it out below.

 

 

Not only do we love Ping Pong the sport, but we also love Ping Pong: the Animation! Everything from the unique style to the phenomenal character development and the exciting matches. But enough about why we love it, we want to know why YOU love the series!

 

CONTEST RULES:

There are two ways to enter:

1) Reply to the designated contest thread on our official FUNimation Facebook page with why you love Ping Pong: the Animation.

2) Tweet us @FUNimation and tell us why you love Ping Pong: the Animation. Include this url: http://funi.to/1k9BXvF link in your tweet. (You must follow FUNimation’s Twitter account so that we can direct message you if you win).

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Psycho-Pass Extended Edition Episode 4

Due to recent incidents in Japan, our partners have informed us that they will skip broadcasting _* Psycho-Pass Extended Edition*_ episode 4 this week; they are broadcasting episode 5 instead, followed by episode 6 next week. Due to the timing of this issue, we will be launching episode 4 this week, and episodes 5 and 6 next week to catch up as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience!

A Certain Magical Index II English Cast Announcement and Dub Premiere

Tsundere battle nuns, mercenary magicians, and more! Here’s your English cast announcement for A Certain Magical Index II, Part 1!

 

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? See the continuation of Touma and Index’s adventures in high definition! That’s right, Index II is finally coming to Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack—order today!

 

index keyCHARACTER – ACTOR
Agnese Sanctis – Alex Moore
Angelene – Kristin Sutton
Awaki Musujime – Bryn Apprill
Charles Conder – Ed Blaylock
Lidvia Lorenzetti – Rachel Robinson
Lucia – Lauren Landa
Oriana Thomson – Jennifer Green
Orsola Aquinas – Mallorie Rodak
Ouma Yamisaka – Bob Carter
Saiji Tatemiya – Duncan Brannan
Seiri Fukiyose – Skyler McIntosh
Tushima – Haley Esposito
Uragami – Andrea Freyberg

 

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ADR Director – Jerry Jewell
Lead ADR Engineer – Alyssa Galindo

 

index ii part oneseries synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

 

We’ll be premiering the English dub of A Certain Magical Index II at Otakon next weekend, so if you’re in town be sure to attend! Keep an eye on the Otakon website for scheduling information.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Good Morning Texas

We organized a huge Dragon Ball Z fan gathering for the Good Morning Texas segment on WFAA. Hosts interviewed voice actors Christopher Sabat and Jason Douglas about Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, opening in theaters on August 5th. Take a look below at the interview.

 

 

Don’t miss out on this epic event! Click here to get your tickets to see Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters!

 

 

A Certain Scientific Railgun S – Accelerator’s Whisper Caption Contest

EDIT: Contest is now over! Scroll to the bottom to see winning entries.

 

In A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Accelerator is the overpowered and deadly antagonist that our heroine Misaka tries to stop from killing her tens of thousands of clones, all created from a dark scientific experiment. His ridiculously overpowered abilities (featured in our previous scientific writeup, A Certain Scientific Analysis S) and sinister cackle are so iconic that they’ve even spawned an internet meme—Accelerator’s Whisper, an image macro based on his initial introduction.

 

In honor of the release of Railgun S Part 2, we’re running a caption contest for this famous scene! One grand prize winner and four runners up will receive a prize pack of Railgun merchandise!

 

Here are shots of the scene, with the original dialogue:

 

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That’s a pretty creepy and tense scene! But we like to think that the gravity also kind of lends itself to some great parodies. Here are some we loved from around the Internet:

 

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Come up with your own silly caption! You can enter by replying to this blog post, or by responding on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #RailgunSContest. If you want to make your own, click here for a clean version of the image.

 

Entries must be submitted by August 3rd, and winners will be announced August 4th. No image editing is required. We’ll share our favorites! Please note that by submitting an entry, you give us permission to share it on our social media channels. Click here for complete rules.

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Important notice about the Senran Kagura release

We have recently been made aware of an error in listings for Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! which stated that the release includes six OVA episodes. We do not have the rights to these extras, and they are not included on the release.
 

Giant Ape Media acquires extended rights for hit cable series LOST GIRL

lost girl bo season 5Flower Mound, TX – July 24, 2014 – Giant Ape Media announced today that it has extended the Blu-ray & DVD, DTO/DTR/EST, (and via digital carriers) PPV and VOD rights to the hit series, Lost Girl. The series is currently in production for season 5.

 

Series synopsis:

 

When we last saw the supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), she and her allies had been caught up in a fierce battle for the fate of the world. Her mysterious, long-absent father, turns his daughter into the Dark Queen in his ploy to escape from hell.  Bo’s allies—both Fae and human—manage to fight back his army of undead revenants, but only at the great loss of one of their own.

 

Lost Girl was developed by Prodigy Pictures, in association with Shaw Media and Showcase. Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Vanessa Piazza, and Michael Grassi.

 

Lost Girl Seasons 1 – 4 are now currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Please click here to order.

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One Piece Season 6, Voyage 1 English Cast Announcement

one piece s6v1Hold onto your straw hats, people! Just announced at San Diego Comic Con, we have for you the English cast list for the One Piece Season 6, Voyage 1 release. That’s right, Thriller Bark! Now, we already know that Brook is voiced by none other than the Dandy himself, Ian Sinclair, but there are a few more major characters that need to be introduced. So, take a look below!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

BROOK – Ian Sinclair
ABSALOM – Andrew T. Chandler
CINDRY – Jamie Marchi
HILDON – Jerry Jewell
HOGBACK – Marcus D. Stimac
KUMACY – Ray Hurd
LOLA – Alex Moore
GECKO MORIA – Chris Guerrero
PERONA – Felecia Angelle

 

One Piece Season 6, Voyage 1 is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com. Click here to order now.

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