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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Sing Like a Straw Hat

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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Every year on September 19th we celebrate this international phenomenon that gives us all an excuse to party like pirates; or, in our case, to party like Straw Hats!

 

Of course no pirate is completely without a lively pirate tune to make the long voyages at sea just a little more bearable. So, this year, in honor of the upcoming release of One Piece Season 6, Voyage 1, we’re teaching you all how to sing Binks’ Brew (a.k.a. Binks’ Sake).

 

This song is meant to lift the spirits of those who sing it. Being an old school pirate, Brook knows this song by heart and will sing it every chance he gets. Check out the lyrics below, and sing along with the clip!

 

Lyrics:

Gather up all of the crew, it’s time to ship out Binks’ Brew.

Sea wind blows, to where, who knows? The waves will be our guide.

O’er across the ocean’s tide.. Rays of sunshine far and wide.

Birds they sing, of cheerful things, in circles passing by.

Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…

Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…

 

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As an added treat, for today only, use the promo code ONEPIECE in our FUNimation Shop to get an additional 15% off your One Piece purchase (this promotion excludes pre-orders). You have until 11:59pm CT tonight to use this promo code, click here to start shopping!

 

 

 

 

Artwork for Dragon Ball Z (Blu-ray) Seasons 7 – 9

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Cell has been defeated and the Z-Fighters have returned to their normal lives. But, now it’s time for them to reunite as the World Martial Arts Tournament is about to begin! As we approach the Buu saga of the epic Dragon Ball Z franchise, let’s take a look at the amazing artwork for Dragon Ball Z Seasons 7, 8, and 9 on Blu-ray!

 

We worked closely with the art team at Toei Animation in Japan to create something unique and exciting to celebrate the memorable moments and characters from the series. Take a look at the early pencil sketches to get an idea of how we progressed to the finished piece.

 

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Pretty nifty, huh? Dragon Ball Z Season 7 is available now in our FUNimation Shop, and you can pre-order your copies for Seasons 8 and 9 now! Click here.

 

 

Check out the latest thriller from Giant Ape – XIII – the Series

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XIII – The Series is our newest offering from our live action line, Giant Ape. It doesn’t take long for the bullets to start to fly, and we think fans of Black Cat and Eden of the East could really enjoy the title. Just as Eden of the East’s Akira Takizawa wakes up without any memories, Agent XIII is a fellow amnesiac who has lost his past. Both end up at the White House in the first episode of their shows, and begin a journey navigating a vast global conspiracy full of international intrigue. What they don’t know, can get them killed. They both try to unravel who they are and who they were, while trying to stay alive against the never ending stream of those who want to terminate them with extreme prejudice. Their actions will either save or destroy countless lives.

 

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Perhaps the most obvious connection between the anime series Black Cat, and XIII – The Series, is the fact that both of our main leads are expertly trained killers known by the code name of the number used to identify them: XIII (Thirteen). But both Black Cat’s Train Heartnet and Agent XIII have people from their respective past’s intent on killing them, both series deliver action-packed scenes ranging from gun fights, hand to hand combat, car chases and more!

 

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SHONEN HOLLYWOOD – Learn the choreography

 

Just like a real idol group, boy band SHONEN HOLLYWOOD performs their song and dance “Eternally, never ever” for a fictional Japanese music show in this clip—anyone out there going to learn the dance?

 

Also, what you may not realize is that SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is tied to an actual real-life Japanese idol group, ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD, who performs this song to real-life fans in Tokyo! Check out their performance for comparison—the choreography’s the same! See video below.

 

 

The last episode of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD airs next week! Are you up-to-date on all the episodes? Click here to watch now.

 

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These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top!

 

Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!

FUNimation Show Livestream on 9/18

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You may recall a few weeks ago we asked if fans would be interested in a FUNimation Show Livestream. We did these regularly last year, but lately our schedules have gotten so full that we just haven’t had time to do one in a while.

 

So, we’re bringing it back! Tune in on Thursday 9/18 at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET for a FUNimation Show Livestream! Check out the event below:

 

 

 

Post your questions in the comments below and we might just read them live!

 

You can also post your questions on our official Facebook page, or Tweet your questions to @FUNimationShow using #TFSLivestream.

 

You’ll be able to catch the livestream via our YouTube channel at youtube.com/FUNimation, or via Twitch at twitch.tv/FUNimation.

 

 

Hal – the Movie – Contest Update

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Last week, to celebrate our release of Hal – The Movie, we launched a contest to ask you to answer a pretty thought-provoking question: Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Our contest is still running for one more week (get your entries in!), but we’ve gotten some awesome responses so far, and we wanted to highlight some of them—and to hear an expert weigh in!

 

Hal revolves around the unexpected love story between a human dealing with the loss of a loved one and a robot trying to understand human emotion. Although it’s a sci-fi anime film, it uses futuristic concepts and technology to tell a very human story, and it raises questions about our relationship with technology. Here’s a clip from the movie that helps to showcase the difficulty understanding human emotions.

 

 

Our contest is still running until September 9, but because of the amazing outpouring of passionate opinion on this topic, we thought we’d check in on the debate a little bit!

 

Since this is a rather heavy question that applies to lots of different academic fields, we asked an actual neuroscientist (and anime fan!), Twitter user @ultimatemegax, for his thoughts on the issue. If you’ve ever wanted a more in-depth look at how the sci-fi concepts of anime and manga can relate to the real world, check out his response!

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Kick-Ass Anime Openings and Endings from Summer 2014

As many fans know, music is an important part of anime. An epic soundtrack can elevate the viewing experience when watching a series; and conversely, you may forgive a few weak plot points if the music is spot on. Each season brings new shows and that means new openings and endings! Take a look at some of the ones from this season below:

 

 

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Song: Unravel
Performed by: TK from Ling Toshite Sigure

 

Reasons you’ll love it: TK is the vocalist and guitarist for the J-Rock band Ling Tosite Sigure. You may remember them from the opening theme for Psycho-Pass. The haunting vocals and progressive rock sound perfectly capture the intense feel of this show.

Tokyo Ghoul streams Thursdays at 12pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

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Top Anime Series You Should Be Watching this Summer

We’re about halfway through the summer 2014 season, so it’s a great time to review some anime!

 

Kotaku recently published their recommendations for the Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching, and two FUNimation shows made the list: Barakamon and Tokyo Ghoul. If you’ve watched these shows, then you know why they made the list, but just in case, here’s a run down for you.

 

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Currently on episode 6, this slice-of-life comedy is a heart warming story of personal growth and discovery. Who knew an anime about calligraphy would capture our hearts?

 

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An aspiring artist’s world is about to be turned upside down.

 

Seishu exiles himself to a small island to rediscover his passion as a calligrapher after violently attacking one of his most vocal critics. While the Goto Islands appear to be a tranquil paradise on the surface, this young mapmaker soon learns that wacky neighbors and hyperactive children just might provide him the sense of humor he needs on his journey towards self-discovery.

 

Based on the popular manga series comes a tale of finding inspiration in the most hilarious and unlikely of places.

 

Watch new episodes of Barakamon every Saturday at 2:50pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

 

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Tokyo Ghoul:

Currently on episode 6, this fantasy horror series is sure to have you wincing in pain. Explore the dark and twisted world where ghouls live among us and feed on human flesh to survive. It’ll leave you questioning what it means to be human, and leave you craving more.

 

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In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers,  and the fine line between man and monster.

 

Here’s a clip from Tokyo Ghoul. Watch new episodes every Thursday at 12:00pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

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FUNKO TO LAUNCH ATTACK ON TITAN POP! VINYL SERIES

New line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures available at Hot Topic nationwide in October.

 

EVERETT, WA – August 9, 2014– Funko is excited to announce a new line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures. Funko has previously partnered with FUNimation to release series of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures.

 

This series will include some of the most popular characters from Attack on Titan.  Each super stylized figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. One super-sized Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 6” tall. Pop! Vinyl Figures are Ages 5+.

 

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Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Series

· 6” Super-Sized Colossal Titan

· Eren Jaeger

· Mikasa Ackerman

· Eren Jaeger Titan Form

 

The Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl series will be available nationwide in October exclusively in stores and online at Hot Topic through December 2015.

 

Attack on Titan, Part One is now available for purchase at your favorite retailer. Attack on Titan, Part Two will release on Sept 23rd. Click here to order now!

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