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Q&A with Ping Pong’s Masaaki Yuasa

pingpongLast month we asked fans to submit questions for Ping Pong – The Animation director Masaaki Yuasa. We sent over a few of our favorites and director Yuasa took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to answer them. Take a look below!

 

Sylverstone14 asked: “Which of the characters resonate with you the most, and why? (For me, I’d say Smile because of his demeanor.)”

Y) That’s constantly changed over the last 18 years. But it’s chiefly Akuma, Dragon, and Egami.

 

LiuwdJelly asked: “What made you decide to use split-screen reaction shots? What was the hardest part of adapting the manga’s visuals?”

Y) The medium of manga has its own expression of frames (such as how you can compare each frame to the one that came before it, and how multiple frames can make up one overall picture), and I wanted to try my hand at doing that in the anime medium. Also, for this particular show I wanted to use art from the original manga while preserving the exact same meaning it had there. In manga, you can switch angles whenever you want, so there were many cases where even if I’d wanted to use that material as-is, it didn’t follow the laws of video.

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Hetalia: the Beautiful World – Mad Lib Edition

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Hetalia: the Beautiful World (season 5) comes out next week (have you pre-ordered yet? click here and get the season 5 bandana!), and we’re celebrating with a special click and drag mad lib game! Mad libs are silly stories with a bunch of the words removed, and it’s your job to come up with the (nonsensical) replacements. If you’ve ever played these before, ours here is a little different—several words in this Hetalia story have been removed, and a bunch of possible options are shown here in animated GIFs. Take a screenshot of the GIFs below (or click and drag them) to find out what happens next!

 

(And feel free to share your results with the tag #HetaliaClickNDrag!)

 

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Reviews for HAL are in! Let us know what you think.

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The reviews are in for our sci-fi romance film HAL, from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! If you’re looking for a beautifully-animated work that tells a very human story in a world of technology and the future, be sure to check out these glowing quotes from critics about this esteemed new film.

 

Have you had a chance to see HAL at a convention? Let us know what you thought of it and we’ll feature your quote here too! (Please note that by submitting a quote, you give us permission to share it on our social media channels.)

 

HAL will be available on 9/2 on BD/DVD Combo. Click here to order your copy today!

Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD!

Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD! Our new simulcast show, SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49– (streaming just one hour after Japanese broadcast at funimation.com/shonen-hollywood!) is all about Japanese pop idols and the dreams of five boys aiming to sing and dance their ways into the hearts of thousands of fans. Catch  it every Saturday at 1:30 pm ET.

 

In episode 1, the boys practice their self-introductions, but it turns out that twirling around in sparkles while saying a cutesy line about being your fans’ boyfriend or sharing the universe with them is really freaking embarrassing. Check out their adorkableness below, and other excerpts from episode 1!

 

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Kakeru Kazami

Voice actor: Ryota Osaka, known for roles like Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part Timer!) and Marco (Attack on Titan)

Kakeru, our seventeen-year-old protagonist, is just an ordinary teenager who hasn’t had much time to think about his future. He was suddenly scouted from his part-time job at a café, so he still isn’t really used to this whole idol thing…

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HAL – Seven Minute Preview

 

HAL releases on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2. We’re giving you a little sneak peek and showing you the first 7 minutes of the movie!

 

synopsis:

 

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

So, what did you think? If you like what you see be sure to place your pre-orders now by clicking here!

 

If you’re at Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to come to the HAL English Dub Premiere on Saturday at 6:30 pm in Video 1.

 

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Romancing the Major – Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3

According to Kotaku’s recent article, it looks like the Major has quite the romantic side! Just when you thought this sexy cyborg’s life consisted of only kicking ass and taking names, Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3 Ghost Tears gives the viewer a completely new outlook on Kusanagi.

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Akira is the Major’s lover, and coincidently, her mechanic. I guess it would only make sense for Kusanagi’s first serious relationship to be with a guy who knows her inside and out… literally.

 

What’s particularly interesting about this relationship is that you see a more feminine side of Kusanagi. In the past, the Major has always been the alpha-male in both her professional and personal life but with Akira she is flirtatiously coy, sensitive, and vulnerable. This relationship makes this particular Ghost in the Shell unique by adding a new aspect to the character development of Kusanagi—don’t get me wrong though, she still kicks plenty of ass throughout the film!

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Riddle Story of Devil – “Class Black” Assassin Roll Call (Part 2)

riddle story of devilTwelve female assassins. One target. Last week, we documented some of the deadly ladies featured in this season’s simulcast Riddle Story of Devil (AKA Akuma no Riddle), in which twelve girls are given the opportunity to make their wish come true—if they can just manage to murder their classmate, Haru Ichinose, in cold blood.

 

We’ve posted the last six ending songs and more information about the remaining assassins. Check them out below!

 

The complete series is now streaming on FUNimation.com/riddle-story-of-devil. Meet the other assassins, and watch to find out what happens to Haru and her protector, our strong and stoic heroine Tokaku.

 

 

Assassin: Suzu Shutou

Song: Suzukaze

Voice Actress: Chika Anzai

Weapon of choice: riddles

Suzu’s approach to assassination is as unconventional as she is, as she allows Haru and Tokaku a chance to survive by playing a game of life or death. Her body has a strange condition that has led to loss of love in her life, and she wants to win the game to find a cure.

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FUNimation at the Movies – CODE:BREAKER

The FUNimation at the Movies screening for July is CODE:BREAKER! We’ll be showing the first four English dubbed episodes for free at participating theaters nationwide. See below for more info and links to reserve your seats.

 

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From the director of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood comes a story that asks just how many lives a hero can take before he becomes a villain.

 

Rei Ogami doesn’t have a problem with killing. As a Code:Breaker—a super-powered assassin employed by a secret government organization—he works outside of the law, existing in the gray area between right and wrong. When Rei gets an assignment, criminals are cremated in a blaze of blue fire. That is, until a classmate named Sakura witnesses his fatal flames in action and makes it her mission to keep him from killing again.

 

As Sakura becomes entrenched in Rei’s world of cruelty, mayhem, and violence, the line between good and evil begins to blur. When another Code:Breaker goes rogue and the remaining assassins assemble, murder might be the only way to make things right.

 

Click here to get your copy today!

 

 

The following theaters will be screening the series for FREE. Click on the links to reserve your seats now before they’re all gone. For select theaters, you can reserve your seats with a voucher that you can redeem towards concessions at the theater. This secures your spot, and you can pick where you want to sit!

 

Theaters:

 

Alamo Drafthouse

Austin, TX – 7/14 – Click here to reserve seats
Dallas, TX – 7/14 – Click here to reserve seats
Houston, TX (Vintage Park) – 7/14 - Click here to reserve seats
Houston, TX (Mason Park) – 7/15 – Click here for info
Littleton, CO – 7/14 – Click here to reserve seats
Lubbock, TX – 7/14 – Click here to reserve seats
San Antonio, TX (Westlakes) – 7/15 – Click here to reserve seats

 

The Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park in Houston, TX will also be showing a special screening of Red Data Girl on July 8th. Click here for details.

 

Carousel Cinemas at Alamance Crossing

Burlington, NC – 7/14 – Click here for info

 

 

 

 

Hetalia: Beautify Your World Contest

 

Hey there, dudes and dudettes! Do you love Hetalia as much as we do?! Do you love the sparkly, beautiful world where countries are anthropomorphized into hot guys and girls? Ok, well prove it!

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of Hetalia: the Beautiful World, we’re asking fans to show their love for Hetalia by “beautifying their world” with their creativity. We want to see fanart, crafts, cosplay pics, video skits, fan games, anything that you can think of that relates to Hetalia–the sky’s the limit! Brownie points if you incorporate Season 5 elements into your creations (e.g. the mochis, Nyotalia, etc).

 

Of course, if you’re one of those who think the pen is mightier than the sword, you can also write an essay (max of 100 words) about why you’re excited for Hetalia: the Beautiful World, and how you kept Hetalia in your life after Season 4. Comment below, comment on Facebook, or Tweet us on Twitter. Keep in mind if you tweet us your response must fit within 1 tweet. By submitting an entry, you give us permission to share it on our social media channels.

 

Ok, so here are the various ways you can enter:

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Riddle Story of Devil – “Class Black” Assassin Roll Call (Part 1)

 

Twelve female assassins. One target. This season’s simulcast Riddle Story of Devil (AKA Akuma no Riddle) revolves around an assassination game at the prestigious Myojo Academy, where twelve girls in Class Black have the chance to make their wish come true—if they can just manage to murder their classmate, Haru Ichinose. One assassin, the lone wolf Tokaku Azuma, finds herself inexplicably drawn to her would-be target and decides protect Haru from the others instead.

 

Each assassin has a very distinct personality, history, and fighting style, and the show features a different ending song for every episode, each sung by a different character from her perspective. We’ve posted the first six ending songs with a little info on each girl. Check back on Friday for the rest!

 

The 12th and final episode of Riddle Story of Devil just went up yesterday! Click here to watch now. Be sure to watch the simulcast—if you’re a binge watcher, now’s the perfect time. Remember that our home video releases are highly dependent on simulcast numbers, so if you want your views to count, watch it this week before the end of the simulcast period.

 

 

Assassin: Tokaku Azuma
Song: Paradox
Voice Actress: Ayaka Suwa
Weapon of choice: knife
Tokaku, our cold and stoic heroine, possesses amazing fighting ability and reflexes, and comes from a long line of assassins. For reasons she can’t quite articulate, Tokaku decides to resist the assassination game and instead chooses to protect Haru from their bloodthirsty classmates.

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