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Watch Now! HAL the Movie is Streaming for Free This Weekend!

Looking for a critically-acclaimed anime movie to watch this weekend? Check out the gorgeously animated hidden gem HAL, from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan. The entirety of the film up on streaming for free on YouTube and FUNimation.com, right now through this weekend only!

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HAL is a near-sci-fi romance film about love, loss, and artificial intelligence, and it’s out now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack! Add it to your collection to get 20 minutes of extra features plus limited edition packaging.  As an added bonus, HAL is on sale this weekend only in the FUNimation Shop — use promo code HAL25 at checkout to get 25% off!

 

And don’t just take it from us! Fandom Post says, “This the film that you show people who say that anime is all the same and that there’s nothing worthwhile out there. This is worthwhile.

 

Watch the entire movie now:

 

 

 

 

Elite Video Subscription Extras List – Outtakes

Here is a list of outtakes that are Exclusive to FUNimation Elite Video Subscribers.

We add new EVS extras every Monday and Thursday which include:

(click on any item above to see the list for that type of extra)

Not an Elite Subscriber yet? Start your 14-day free trial today by visiting funimation.com/subscribe

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Maken-Ki! English Cast Announcement

It’s time for another English Cast Announcement! Meet the gorgeous students and staff of Tenbi Academy! Maken-Ki! tells the story of Takeru, your typical girl crazy guy who’s about to get a whole lot more than he signed up for. Here’s a synopsis of the series:

Takeru enrolled in Tenbi Academy because the girl-to-guy ratio is, like, 3 girls for every guy. But this bevvy of bombshells is actually a school where teens beef up their combat skills using a magic power thingy called a Maken. Redheads with wicked high kicks, shocking blonde bullies, and aggressive brunettes are EVERYWHERE. And every time there’s a brawl, their clothes tend to disintegrate.

Distracted by all the bouncy brawlers, Takeru has a hard time concentrating on his training. Things get sticky when the hornball can’t figure out how to use his Maken. If he doesn’t find his mojo quick, he’ll be dumped by the school of his dreams-or destroyed by an attacker who’s after his magic power thingy!

Now, meet your English cast!

TAKERU – Ian Sinclair
HARUKO – Monica Rial
HIMEGAMI – Chloe Ragnbone
INAHO – Tia Ballard
FURAN – Brittney Karbowski
KENGO – Scott Freeman
YUKA – Jamie Marchi
AZUKI – Morgan Garrett
URUCHI – Cherami Leigh
CHACHA – Anita Neukar
KIMI – Alexis Tipton
MINORI – Caitlin Glass
AKI – Heather Walker
GEN – Robert McCollum
TOMIKA – Eileen Dover
AKAYA – Eric Vale

ADR Director – Joel McDonald
ADR Engineer – Kevin Leasure
Head Writer – John Burgmeier

The series will be available on BD/DVD Combo on November 12. Click here to order your copy now!

And now for a look at the English Dub Trailer!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood takes #3 spot on Netflix TV Binge List

Hypable.com posted their “Netflix TV Binge List: End of Summer Edition” where Fullmetal Alchemist took the #3 spot above ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Fringe’. Congrats to the Elric brothers for hanging with the big boys. What would your list be?

From Hypable.com:
3. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’
How many of you will not watch anime because Pokemon, Naruto, or Yu-Gi-Oh left a bad aftertaste? Well, here is an anime I dare you not to get addicted to absolutely immediately. Fullmetal Alchemist follows brothers Edward and Alphonse as they search for the legendary philosohper’s stone to fix their torn bodies after a futile attempt to raise their mother from the dead. Along the way, these two brothers meet interesting characters and uncover an evil that does not just threaten their search for the stone, but the lives of an entire country.

This series has anything and everything you could want: great humor, legitimate horror, memorable characters, impressive action, and heartbreaking moments. Both series are amazing and have topnotch animation, but they do not follow the same plot all the way through. Watch the 2003 version first and then go back and watch Brotherhood. Ed’s hothead and Mustang’s flame alchemy will keep things burning. A word to the wise: the Law of Equivalent exchange does not just apply to alchemy. The cost of watching this series is your heart, and the philosopher’s stone can’t get it back for you.

Evangelion 2.22 on Toonami Next Weekend!

Toonami will be running the Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance movie next weekend on August 31st!

This will be a one time only special for Labor Day weekend. Please check your local listings for times.

So, are you excited to watch Evangelion 2.22 on Toonami?!

movie synopsis:

The landmark anime Evangelion evolves, reaching new heights of intensity in the feature film: Evangelion 2.22. In this explosive new story, brutal action and primal emotion clash as a group of young pilots maneuver their towering cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy.

In the battle to prevent the apocalyptic Third Impact, Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, as the onslaught of the bizarre, monstrous Angels escalates, they find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. In this thrilling experience for fans of giant robot destruction, the young pilots fight desperately to save mankind – and struggle to save themselves.

Evangelion 2.22 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Big summer contests kicking off this week!

We are in the heart of summer and the beginning of a large amount of new FUNimation titles hitting stores. With there being so many new releases in the pipeline, we have decided to create a mega event to promote them all. So we give you the…

How this event will work is that we will have one or two contests each week for upcoming releases before they hit stores. The prize for each contest will be a copy of the product it is promoting. After the event is over we will see which contest had the most entries. Everyone who entered the contest with the most entries will be entered to win the event grand prize – one copy of every product in the event!

For example:
You enter both contests for week one. They both get over 500 entries. You didn’t enter the first contest from week two (clearly you were detained by ninjas) and it gets over 600 entries. If you want to be included in the grand prize drawing you will need to enter another contest and hope that it get’s more than 600 entries.

Here is some other general information about the contest you should know:

*Winners will be chosen at random. There will be one winner per contest. Once you win a contest you can not win another one in this event. Do feel free to keep entering other contests if you do win so you can still have a shot at the grand prize. You will just not be eligible to win later contests.
*The details for each contest will be updated on this blog post the day each event starts. See below for contest schedule. The number of entries and contest winners will be added shortly after each one ends.
*You may enter every contest, but only once. All contests end at 11:59pm Central Time on their end date
*Contests are open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico. Click here for official rules.

Our recommendation is to enter as many contests as you can and tell all your friends to as well to help ensure the largest number of entries.

Got all that? Great. Here is the contest schedule for the event. Good luck!

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Black Butler Back to School Contest

Summer vacation is drawing to a close, and back to school shopping has begun. But, before you start buying all your school supplies, why not see if you can win some awesome Black Butler merch?

Here’s what you have to do to enter. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Black Butler Back to School Contest” and answer the following question:

“What classes would a school specializing in training demon butlers offer?”

Pretty simple, right? Two lucky winners will receive one hell of a prize pack. See below:

* Black Butler Messenger Bag
* Black Butler Mini Clock
* Black Butler Binder
* Black Butler Mini Poster

You have from now until August 28th to submit your answers! Good luck!

Click here for complete rules.

Be sure you pick up Seasons 1 & 2 of Black Butler, now available on BD/DVD Combo!

*We apologize to those who already entered this contest on the blog. We are working to recover the data. Please go ahead and submit your entry again via email. In the event that we are able to recover the data, we will take the blog entries into account when selecting a winner.

New Release Tuesday – Bring on the Ladies

We’ve got a doozy of a New Release Tuesday for you. A plethora of kick-ass sexy ladies, and a bit of magic and action thrown in for good measure. First up, fans can finally purchase Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine on BD/DVD Combo! The ultimate femme fatale, the series is absolutely stunning to watch. A must have for fans of the Lupin franchise.

synopsis:
She’s a thief. A killer. A saint and a scandal. She’s whatever you need her to be to get the job done. After sizing you up with one sinful glance, she disarms you with a touch. You’re powerless to resist. She’s walking seduction, with an insatiable itch for the priceless and a fetish for mischief. She takes your breath away to get what she wants. She takes everything else just because she can. It’s all in a night’s work for the woman called Fujiko Mine. She’s the slinky, sultry thread that holds Lupin III’s crew together – and this is the heist that started it all.

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Speaking of kick-ass ladies, the major is back, except this is before she became the major. Ghost in the Shell: Arise is available today in a special Collector’s Edition box. This is something new for us here at FUNimation. This release contains an imported English-subtitled blu-ray disc, an imported O-card, and an imported film strip. It also comes with an English translated art-book (all seen in the above photo). Of course, our normal FUNimation dubbed released will be available later, but if you want this one of a kind Collector’s Edition you’ll have to act fast. We’ve got a VERY limited number of these for sale.

synopsis:
In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate. On the case with her are “Sleepless Eye” Batou, who believes Kusanagi is a criminal, Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa who is investigating a series of prostitute murders he believes are related to the incident, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurtz of the 501 Organization who also wishes to keep an eye on Kusanagi.

hsdxd_boxAnd we’ve got even MORE kick-ass sexy ladies for you. High School DxD is now available on BD/DVD Combo. Join Issei on his quest to become the #HaremKing and get an eyeful of these super sexy devils.

synopsis:
A war between heaven and hell is raging on Earth – and a hot mess of hormonal fury is raging in Issei’s pants. The guy is dying to get some action. Which is funny, since his first date ever turns into a winged monster and tries to kill him. Fortunately, ridiculously curvy redhead Rias comes to his rescue. She’s president of The Occult Research Club, a club that doesn’t actually research the occult. They ARE the occult – and Rias is a Devil. Rias takes Issei as a more-than-willing slave and begins training him to use magic in battle against the Fallen Angels, the long-time enemies of Devils everywhere. If Issei can improve his mystical skills, he’ll be able to help his hotter-than-hell master and her scorching supernatural schoolgirl friends defeat their foes. Even better, he might end up with a few sexy slaves of his own.

We also have Fairy Tail Part 6 available on BD/DVD Combo and Legend of Legendary Heroes – The Complete Series on BD/DVD Combo.

So, which of these titles are you most interested in getting?

San Japan, Anime Revolution, LET ME OUT!

   
We’ve got two conventions this weekend, plus a Red Carpet Premiere. Lots of information to cover, so let’s get started!

First up, San Japan in San Antonio, TX. FUNimation will have a booth (D25-D26/D47-D48) in the Dealers Room with lots of lovely product for you, plus some awesome gifts-with-purchase (see levels below).

  • FUNimation decal with any purchase (see image to right)
  • FUNimation lanyard with any $100 purchase
  • Oni-G plushie with any $250 purchase, or you can buy it for $25
  • Plus, we’ve got free postcards and posters for you to take

Michelle will be out representing FUNimation at San Japan, so be sure you stop by the booth and attend the panels to say hello!

FUNimation Panels at San Japan:

  • Friday @ 6:30pm – FUNimation Previews Panel – Room 001Come and get an extended look at exclusive clips and trailers of the latest and greatest from FUNimation!
  • Saturday @ 6:00pm – FUNimation Industry Panel – Room 001Hear all the latest and news and information straight from the source!

For more information about San Japan, please click this link. (Or find them on the Guidebook app!)

Up north, our Conventions Manager, Sully, will be at Anime Revolution in Vancouver, Canada. While we won’t have a booth presence at the convention, we’ve got quite a few panels for you to attend:
FUNimation Panels at Anime Revolution:

  • Friday @ 9pm – FUNimation Town Hall Meeting – Panel 2
  • Saturday @ 10am – FUNimation Industry Panel – Panel 1
  • Sunday 11:30am – FUNimation Previews Panel – Panel 1

For all the Fairy Tail fans attending Anime Revolution, you’ll be pleased to know that Todd Haberkorn (Voice of Natsu), Cherami Leigh (Voice of Lucy), and Newton Pittman (Voice of Gray) will be guests of the convention. While not an official FUNimation panel, there will be a Fairy Tail Celebration Panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in Ballroom A. Todd, Cherami, and Newton all have autograph sessions at the convention, so be sure to check your schedules if you’d like to attend those. If you’re curious about the series and what to see what it’s all about, Anime Revolution will be screening the first 4 episodes of Fairy Tail on Sunday at 11:30am.

For more information about Anime Revolution, please click this link.

The LET ME OUT Red Carpet Premiere is this weekend at 8pm on August 16th at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. Attendees will get a chance to walk the carpet at 8pm, and the screening will follow at 9pm. After the screening there will be a Q&A with the film’s lead actor, Hyun-Sang Kwon (Vampire Prosecutor 2, and King 2 Hearts) and director Jae Soh.

The first 100 tickets purchased will include an autographed limited edition event poster. If you’re in the L.A. area this weekend, be sure you don’t miss this amazing event! Click here to purchase your tickets.

FILM SYNOPSIS:
This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young’s film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual film making. Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding. His dream of working with his love-interest Ah-Young becomes a nightmare. Everything that can go wrong does. Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create. It is hope.

New Release Tuesday – Rock the Dragon

Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come get me!
For many of us, this theme song brings back fond memories of our childhood. Back in the day when we’d rush home after school and turn on the TV to watch Dragon Ball Z on Toonami. Well, now you can relive those days with the Dragon Ball Z Rock the Dragon Collector’s Edition!

This release contains the original Canadian voice cast with all 53 episodes as they were shown on Toonami. It also includes the three movies (Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and Tree of Might) and for the first time ever on any U.S. release, you get the popular “Rock the Dragon” opening theme song! All the discs come in a hardbound, full-color 48-page book which showcases the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today.

Here’s our “Hey, Nice Package” video so you can see everything that comes with this Collector’s Edition.

So, is this the Dragon Ball Z release you’ve been waiting for?

Well, if it’s not then we’ve also got Eureka Seven AO: Part One available on BD/DVD Combo today.

synopsis:
The electrifying successor to the mecha epic Eureka Seven propels you through intense, eye-popping action in the sky, sea, and space once battle at a time.

The year is 2025. Earth is engulfed in the crossfire between massive warring alien life forms that leave annihilation in their wake. While searching for clues about his past, Ao is caught in an attack and forced to fly a giant humanoid fighter craft to save himself and his island. Fragments of the teenager s origin come to light when a hostile shape-shifter seeking revenge on Ao s missing mother who vanished two years after his birth targets him instead. Consumed with learning how his machine of war is connected to his mother and the monster that now pursues him, the young pilot will fly full throttle into combat zones without hesitation.

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about all you Canadian fans. Fan Expo is happening again in Canada and of course FUNimation is playing a big part by offering 19 seasons for under $20 bucks – only on the Canadian iTunes store. Starting 8/12/13 and continuing up until 8/27/13 pick up the following seasons for less than $20 (in HD when available)!

Attack On Titan, Season 1 (Original Japanese Version)
Rosario + Vampire, Complete Series
Freezing , Complete Series
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
Black Lagoon, Season 1
Black Lagoon, Season 2: The Second Barrage
Blood-C, The Complete Series
Cat Planet Cuties, The Complete Series
Fairy Tail Season 1, P1
Fairy Tail Season 1, P2
Fairy Tail Season 1, P3
Fairy Tail Season 1, P4
Soul Eater Part 1
Soul Eater Part 2
Soul Eater Part 3
Soul Eater Part 4
Eureka 7 AO P1
Haganai
Appleseed XIII: The Complete Series