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Craving more Unbreakable Machine Doll?

We’ve got a titillating  #NSFW redband trailer to share!

 

Even if you watched Unbreakable Machine Doll during its simulcast, the home video release comes packed exclusively with 6 revealingly-new, never-before-seen OVAs.  Come get an eyeful, here:

 

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Available March 3, 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo featuring an exclusive collectible art box and booklet!

 

Click here to pre-order!

 

FUNimation Goes to OhayoCon!

ohayocon 2015 logoIt’s a well-known fact amongst scientists and scholars that the best cure for the winter blues is to watch anime!** So we’re packing up our Scout Regiment gloves, Chopper hats and Dragon Ball jackets to face the cold at Ohayocon 2015 this weekend!

 

Need a break from the chill? Get fired up with us at the following Ohayocon events:

 

 

FRIDAY

FUNimation Previews – 7:00 PM – Delaware (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

 

 

SATURDAY

FUNimation Industry Panel —  9:00 PM — Delaware (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

 

D-Frag! Dub Premiere – 10:00 PM — Franklin (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

 

FUNimation Peep Show (18+ bring your ID!) –  11:00 PM —  Union B-D (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

 

Nobunagun Dub Premiere — 11:30 PM — Main Events (Hyatt Regency Columbus)

 

 

Don’t forget to stop by our booth in the dealer’s room to pick up some choice anime! Every purchase will receive a FREE FUNimation lanyard while supplies last.

 

 

 

**Author is neither a scientist nor scholar and cannot verify this statement — but it seems right.

FUNimation at the Movies – A Certain Magical Index The Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

keyvisual_03.psdIt’s the beginning of the month, which means FUNimation at the Movies is just around the corner! This month, we’re bringing A Certain Magical Index The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion to Alamo Drafthouse theaters around the country! Catch the free screening and pre-order the movie before its February release on Blu-ray and DVD!

 

Check the list below for a location near you and click the time for showing details!

 

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Welcome to Academy City, a futuristic metropolis populated with super-powered students. As the brightest intellectual minds in the city work to complete the world’s first space elevator—a towering spire capable of taking citizens into the heavens—perpetually unlucky Kamijo and nun-in-training Index befriend a talented street musician named Arisa. When the beautiful singer lands a big break, her miraculous voice attracts unwanted attention, making the songstress a target for magicians and scholars alike. As the battle between sorcery and science blasts into space, Kamijo, Index, and their allies in Academy City are rocketed to a psychedelic stadium thousands of feet above Japan in a desperate attempt to keep Arisa—and the rest of the world—safe. Science fiction and fantasy collide in this action-packed feature film set in the shared universe of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun!

 

 

Alamo Drafthouse – January 12th Showings:

 

 

There will also be showings in:

 

 

 

 

*FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you have secured a theater location and would like to participate in the program, please contact us via [email protected] 

Send Your Questions to the Kamisama Kiss Mangaka!

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artEver wanted to ask a real manga artist about their craft? Now’s your chance! In celebration of the new season of Kamisama Kiss, we’re taking fan questions for renowned shoujo mangaka Julietta Suzuki, author of Akuma to Dolce, Karakuri Odette, and of course, Kamisama Kiss.

 

Curious about how she creates Kamisama Kiss? Wondering about her influences and inspiration? How does Suzuki-sensei feel about her American fans? Post your questions for Suzuki-sensei in the comments below. We’ll select 3-5 of your questions, and we’ll post her answers soon!

 

(If you missed it before, Suzuki-sensei tweeted about her copy of the FUNimation Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition earlier this year! Click here to see what she had to say!)

 

You can also enter through the following means:

-          Respond to this blog entry with your question

-          Post your questions on the official Facebook thread

-          Tweet your question on Twitter with hashtag #KamiKissQuestions

-          Reblog our Tumblr post with your question

 

Send us your question by January 12 and you could hear the response from Julietta Suzuki-sensei herself!

 

And don’t forget to watch Kamisama Kiss 2, streaming Mondays @ 8AM CST on FUNimation.com!

 

Japanese New Year and Shrine Visits with Inari Kon Kon

Happy New Year! As you’re celebrating the start of 2015 (hopefully with some great food and better company!) we’re sure that some of you are interested in how the New Year is celebrated in the birthplace of anime—Japan! In celebration of the New Year, here’s a little cultural snapshot of one of Japan’s most famous shrines and a major spot for New Year’s visits, with the help of the anime Inari Kon Kon.

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The New Year is of course about new beginnings, and probably the most prominent tradition is hatsumode, or the first shrine visit of the year. Although Japanese New Year was originally celebrated on the lunar new year (as in China or other East Asian countries), it’s currently celebrated on January 1. Over the evening of New Year’s Eve and the first three days of January, visitors flock to Shinto shrines to pray for the coming year, get their fortunes told, or purchase omamori charms for good luck.

 

Fushimi Inari, one of the most prominent shrines in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto, is just one such location for this annual pilgrimage. It’s also the inspiration for the anime Inari Kon Kon (the main character Inari is named for the shrine itself), and you can see Inari Kon Kon-related promotions at the shrine’s location today (Thanks to Twitter user @magicalemi for all the gorgeous Fushimi Inari pics!)

 

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You can even purchase actual Inari Kon Kon charms at Fushimi Inari! So cute!

 

Fushimi Inari sees some approximately 2.7 million visitors during the first three days of January alone, making it one of the biggest hatsumode spots in all of Japan—and it’s no wonder. This is one gorgeous shrine.

 

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The beautiful shrine itself is known for two major sights—the torii and foxes. Torii are the traditional Japanese gates associated with Shinto shrines, and Fushimi Inari has thousands of vermillion structures lining a long system of paths. They’re breathtaking in more ways than one—walking through them takes several hours, although it’s certainly an unforgettable experience.

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The other famous symbol at Fushimi Inari is the fox, which is why the goddess Uka in Inari Kon Kon has her legion of adorable fox familiars. Foxes are the messengers of the gods, so there’s tons of foxy paraphernalia on-site and available as souvenirs at Fushimi Inari. Visitors can even draw on fox charms to adorn the shrine!

 

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Aside from the shrine visit, Japanese New Year’s has a ton of other traditions as well, from sending greetings and gifts, traditional games like karuta, watching special New Year’s programs on TV, and of course, food. It’s customary to eat a variety of foods, including mochi rice cakes (we posted a recipe tutorial for that before!) and soba noodles, whose length signifies longevity.

 

To learn more about hatsumode, Japanese New Years, and Fushimi Inari shrine, check out some of the links below! Happy New Year! You can also watch Inari Kon Kon in Japanese with English subtitles now at http://funimation.com/inari-kon-kon.

 

Learn more!

 

Top Ten Fan Favorite FUNimation Home Video Releases of 2014

2015 is just around the corner, but we can’t ring in the New Year without taking a look back at this one. We asked fans to vote for their Top 10 Fan Favorite FUNimation Home Video Releases of 2014 (say that 10 times, fast!) and the results are in! You all voted, now take a look to see which shows make the list:

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1. Attack on Titan

 

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2. The Devil is a Part-Timer!
3. High School DxD New 
4. Steins;Gate – Anime Classics
 
 
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5. A Certain Scientific Railgun S
6. A Certain Magical Index BD/DVD Combo
7. Cowboy Bebop
 
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8. Psycho-Pass Season 1
9. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods 
10. Fairy Tail

It’s a heavy-hitting list, but what do you think of the results? Do you agree or disagree? Let us know!

Top FUNimation Streaming Shows of 2014

It’s the end of the year as we know it! Let’s take a look at some of the top FUNimation streaming shows of 2014.

 

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Attack on Titan

 

First up, and this should come as no surprise to anyone, Attack on Titan! And before you protest and say “Hey, Attack on Titan simulcasted in 2013!” we started to roll out the English dubbed episodes in 2014 in conjunction with the television broadcast on Toonami–so, it still counts!

 

We’ve been describing this show as the Walking Dead of the anime world. If you’ve seen the show, then you know why. If you haven’t seen the show, where have you been?

 

series synopsis:

 

When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

 

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.

 

Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls “an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride.” The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.

 

More reasons to love this show? The awesomely epic Opening Song.

 

 

Attack on Titan Part 1 and Part 2 are now available for purchase on Blu-ray/DVD Combo!

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Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail Trading Card Game Comes to the U.S.

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Any Fairy Tail fans also collectible card game fans? We’ve got some exciting news for you! The Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail trading card game is finally coming to the U.S. in English!

 

Never heard of Weiß Schwarz before? Well, it’s a collectible card game that’s a huge hit in Japan. It features characters and events from popular anime series and now includes the smash fantasy hit–Fairy Tail!

 

The game lets you pit anime characters against each other in intense card battles–the last player standing is the winner. Cards feature stunning anime art (see above) with special rare cards including voice actor and creator autographs! Click here to learn more about the rules of the game.

 

So, if you’ve ever wanted to see Natsu and Grey REALLY duke it out, Weiß Schwarz is something you definitely need to check out!

 

For more information about Weiß Schwarz, please click here to visit their site.

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: How Will You Watch?

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop finally came out on Blu-ray in North America yesterday—if you haven’t ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? Get it here — now! 

 

For those of you who have received or are waiting for your copy, we’re curious about when and how you plan to sit down and watch one of anime’s biggest classics in gorgeous high-definition! So we’ve worked out a little questionnaire for you…or you could just share your plans by posting to social media using the hashtag #BebopJam, of course!

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: More of Your Responses

 

We’ve got some more fun planned for you guys, but we wanted to take a moment to spotlight two special responses from fans:

 

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Emi has actually maintained a Cowboy Bebop fan page since 1999, with story, character, and episode information. That’s older than some of our fans! Thank you for sharing, Emi!

 

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Brandon manages to squeeze in the most special things about Cowboy Bebop in one paragraph…though of course, we could go on for hours! Thanks, Brandon, for loving Cowboy Bebop and sharing your thoughts. (Good luck on your finals!)

 

Stay tuned for more Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions fun this week–and if you haven’t done so already, share your thoughts on your favorite social site using the hashtag #BebopJam, see everyone else’s contribution at funimation.com/bebopjam, AND make sure to buy your copy of the anime classic on Blu-ray!