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Ask the Japanese Voice Cast of “In Search of the Lost Future” Your Questions!

in search of lost futureAny seiyuu (Japanese voice actor) fans out there? We’ve worked with our Japanese licensing partners to give you a rare chance to ask the Japanese voice cast for “In Search of the Lost Future” (Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete) some questions. If you haven’t heard of this series before it’s our new sci-fi/mystery/romance fall simulcast based on the successful bishoujo game visual novel!

 

In Search of the Lost Future is based on a school-life romance visual novel, but don’t be fooled by its ordinary setting–this isn’t just a “sad girls in snow” slice of life drama. From the cryptic sci-fi imagery at the start of Episode 1 to the shocking turn at the end, this anime has some hints of a surprise twist with a supernatural bent. Sou Akiyama and the girls of the Astronomy Club solve problems around the school, but when a mysterious (naked) girl appears and joins their ranks, their fates begin to change…

 

What’s it like voicing these characters? What do the actors think of the plot twists? Send us your questions for the cast by Monday, October 27th, and we’ll choose some to send to Japan to get answered! You can post them in the comments below, on our Facebook thread, or on Twitter with the hastag #LostFutureQuestions. For reference, the cast is below; please keep the questions related to “In Search of the Lost Future” or voice acting in general.

 

 

Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Sou Akiyama Takuma Terashima Shiroe (Log Horizon),
Shintarou Kisaragi (Mekakucity Actors),
Otoya Ittoki (Uta no Prince-sama)
Yui Furukawa Akane Tomonaga Kazuko Kawakami (Majikoi!), Seira (Chaos;HEAd)
Kaori Sasaki Hatsumi Takada Honoka Tsutsui (Maria+Holic)
Nagisa Hanamiya Tomoe Tamiyasu Rin Natsume (Little Busters!),
Makina Irisu (The Fruit of Grisaia)
Airi Hasekura Kei Mizusawa Celia Cumani Aintree (Walkure Romanze),
Machi Yatsuzuka (Mashiroiro Symphony)
Kenny Eitarou Osafune Kappei Yamaguchi L (Death Note), Usopp (One Piece),
Shinichi Kudo and Kuroba Kaito (Detective Conan)

 

And if you haven’t checked out “In Search of the Lost Future” yet, we’ve just put up a clip of THAT scene in episode 1—minor spoilers ahead!

 

 

Or, watch the Japanese promotional video for a spoiler-free preview!

 

 

Watch the series streaming every Saturday at 1:30 pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

 

 

Early Bird Pricing for Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition Ends Soon!

Pre-order your Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition NOW – the price goes up November 3!

 

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If you’ve been putting off your pre-order for the Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition, NOW is the time to preorder…the current early bird price of $64.98 will increase on Monday,  November 3. Spread the word!

 

Buy the FUNimation Exclusive Edition and receive:

 

-  Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-  Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover

-  Display easel for packaging

-  Four exclusive art cards

-  Exclusive art card with foil-stamped autograph from director Shinichiro Watanabe

-  227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner Aboard the Bebop”

-  Order now – only 2,500 available!

 

Don’t miss your chance! Click here to bring the jazz home now! 

 

Attack on Titan, One Piece, Naruto, and….The Simpsons?

The Simpsons’ annual “Treehouse of Horror” aired its 25th installment this past weekend and featured some pretty cool iterations of the cast. From Despicable Me to Archer, various well-known forms of the Simpsons family took to the screen — but one scene in particular grabbed the attention of anime fans everywhere:

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 The Simpsons family paid serious tribute to popular anime with Homer as Zoro from One Piece, Marge as Rangiku from Bleach, Bart as Naruto, Lisa as Mikasa from Attack on Titan, Maggie as Pikachu from Pokémon and even Santa’s Little Helper played a part as Haku from Spirited Away!

Did you catch the episode? How many cameos did you recognize? Let us know in the comments!

 

Scarlett Johansson May Star in Ghost in the Shell

It looks like Hollywood is going all out for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation and could include some big names like Scarlett Johansson.  Word is that The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s Margot Robbie was originally in talks for the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but that may have been put on hold since she began negotiations for Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Now, an article on JoBlo.com reports that Johansson has been offered a large chunk of money to step in!

 

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What do you think about the potential casting? We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson take on a number of action roles lately — will she live up to fan expectations for Motoko Kusanagi?

 

Click here to read the full article on JoBlo.com!

 

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on FUNimation.com!

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You’re Invited to a High School DxD New Party!

high school dxd newAre you local to the Dallas area? Come out for a titillating good time!

 

You are cordially invited to join us for a High School DxD New Halloween party! That’s right, FUNimation is celebrating the upcoming release of this sexy show, and we want you to join the fun! See details below:

 

LocationSimmer (723 W. Main Street, Coppell, TX 75019)

Date: October 21st, 2014

Time: 9pm – 12 midnight

 

Due to the mature content of this show, this party will be 18+ only. So, definitely need to leave the kiddos at home for this one. We’ll have food, games, and a cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to dress up to participate in our costume contest! (Don’t worry, you don’t have to dress as a character from the show to enter).

 

High School DxD New releases on November 11th on Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Click here to order now!

 

synopsis:

 

The sequel to High School DxD is HERE!

Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

 

 

Hetalia Day’s Coming Up! Also, WIN FREE HETALIA STUFF!

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Hey Hetalians! Hetalia Day’s coming up in less than two weeks, on October 25! What’s Hetalia Day? It’s a day celebrating all things Hetalia, of course! Hetalia Day always falls on the weekend around United Nations Day, to celebrate the continued camaraderie and collaboration between nations. Each year, fans meet up with other Hetalia fans in their local cities to hang out, cosplay, eat international food, play games, and of course, watch Hetalia!

 

If you’re looking for a Hetalia Day meetup in your neck of the woods, be sure to check out the awesome fan-run directory at Hetalia-Day.com! We’ve sent some sweet Hetalia prizes (including some swag from the new season 5, Hetalia: The Beautiful World) to a bunch of meetups in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re going, be sure to send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Hetalia official social media!

 

We’re also giving away a few small prizes to Hetalia fans to celebrate. Just comment, reblog, or retweet on the designated posts on the official Hetalia social media channels and we’ll choose random winners on the Hetalia Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter to win some goodies signed by the English dub cast! See what you can win below.

 

And if you don’t have a Hetalia Day meetup near you, fret not! Hetalia Day’s a great time for a marathon at home! Grab some pasta or bratwurst (or 5 cats for 5 deutschemarks) with your friends and watch all of season 5: The Beautiful World, now out on DVD! Our Limited Edition release comes with the special season 5 Hetalia bandana AND a set of adorable chibi stickers of the Main Eight.

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We’ll choose 1 random fan each from Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter to receive the follow prize pack!

 

EDIT: CONTEST NOW OVER. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR WINNERS.

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FUNimation at the Movies – High Seas on the Big Screen

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Get ready to set sail on a pirate-filled adventure for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies! This October, we’ll be screening One Piece Film Z (English dubbed) in select theater locations across the U.S.! Check out the listings below.

 

Synopsis

Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece.

Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this

 

Enjoy the Film Z in theaters with a bag of popcorn —  and then bring home your own copy of the movie! Click here to order now!

 

 

Screenings are free, though you can reserve your seat with a voucher you can redeem for concessions depending on the theater. Take a look at the theater lineup below. Click on links for more information.

 

Alamo Drafthouse Locations:

Littleton, CO – 10/13
Winchester, VA – 10/13
Austin, TX (Lakeline) – 10/13
Richardson, TX – 10/13
Katy, TX (Mason Park) – 10/14

 

The Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park will also be screening The Devil is a Part-Timer on  October 21st. Click here for details.

 

Carousel Cinema Locations:

Burlington, NC – 10/13

See the Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray Trailer

Ready to cruise through the space with the coolest crew in the galaxy this December?

 

Take a look at the new trailer for the classic space western Cowboy Bebop. Relive the groundbreaking anime that inspired a generation and cemented its spot as one of the greatest series in entertainment history.

 

 

Available on Blu-ray for the first time in North America, your high-definition Bebop adventure starts December 16—pre-order today!