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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!

 

 

Waggin’ Ball Z: Battle of Pets Update – Cat’s Meow

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The clash of furry titans continues! In our previous update, the dogs were fetching votes left and right to maintain their lead. Now, in an epic turn, the cats are pulling the strings in this fight and holding on to first place!

 

In honor of their current lead, let’s take a look at some of our favorites from Team DragonCatsZ on Twitter and Instagram! Thanks to  @masterkojiro@jirodreamsofcatnip, @hordesoflocust and @jonny5alas for these awesome entry votes! Click on the pictures below to see the original posts!

 

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And we cannot forget Team #DragonDogZ, who continue to fight valiantly! But can these pups overthrow the cats? Or will they be stuck chasing their own tails? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite entry votes from man’s best friend!

 

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Thanks to @brandon773201@moe8517, @alexisrae0920 and @Dawn_M_Bennett for the great pictures!

 

 

Vote now using #DragonDogZ or #DragonCatZ on Twitter or Instagram and you could win a sweet prize pack. Click here for contest details.

 

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Be sure to pre-order your copy of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition! This release comes with:

*  20 minutes of never-before-seen footage

*  Theatrical version of the film

*  30 minutes of extra features

 

Click here to order today!

 

synopsis:

 

Prepare to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

 

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:

 

 

 

 

Happy Fullmetal Alchemist Day!

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Don’t forget about FMA Day! For Fullmetal Alchemist fans, Oct. 3 holds a very special meaning.

 

So just why is October 3rd specifically Fullmetal Alchemist Day? Our main two heroes, Edward and Alphonse Elric, burn down their childhood home on October 3rd; leaving the past behind them as they go forward on their quest to find the philosopher’s stone and restore their bodies from the consequences of the forbidden alchemy they used trying to resurrect their dead mother.

 

We would like to invite fans the world over to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. Post your thoughts in the comments below, and share your photos with us on our social sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.). Use the hashtag #FMADay so we can see your photos!

 

We’re also running a special ONE DAY SALE on Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood titles in our FUNimation Shop. Get an additional 15% off your order when you use the promo code “FMA15.” This sale is valid today only! So, hurry if you want to take advantage of this great offer!

 

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Happy International Translation Day!

onig_heartHappy International Translation Day! Every September 30th on the feast of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, we take some time to thank the worldwide translation community. Without our dedicated team of translators here at FUNimation, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the anime that we all have come to know and love.

 

So, let’s take some time to get to know a little more about the translators who work so hard on our titles!

 

*Please note that since many of our translators are contract workers, some of the titles they have listed below are ones they have worked on outside of FUNimation projects.

 

 

Name: Nora Stevens Heath

Professional translator since: 1999

A project that challenged me: Taking over No-Rin. Hey, who put all these technical agricultural concepts in my high-school comedy?

A show of mine you should watch: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. All that Kansai dialect is good for the soul.

 

Name: Duane Johnson

Professional translator since: 2001

A project that challenged me: Hellsing (the manga)

A show of mine you should watch: Genshiken, because there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself or someone you know amongst its characters.

 

Name: Nita Lieu

Professional translator since: 2009

A project that challenged me: Space Dandy–a lot of interesting issues to deal with that made it fun but challenging.

A show of mine you should watch: Tokyo Ravens–It might take a while to get into it, but the end is really good!

 

Name: Sarah Alys Lindholm

Professional translator since: 2003

A project that challenged me: Ghost in the Shell: Arise (and its insert booklets!)

A show of mine you should watch: Ping Pong: The Animation, because it’s completely different from other shows–in a good way.

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