Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

Ghost in the Shell Universe: Infographic

With Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence releasing right around the corner on 2/7, we thought you could use a helpful Hacker’s Guide to the expansive Ghost in the Shell universe.

 

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Pre-order Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence now, releasing 2/7/2017 on Blu-ray/DVD combo! 

 

From groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii comes the award-winning second installment of the high-action movie series, Ghost in the Shell. The Major is still missing, not a trace of her Ghost in the system, but Batou’s search for her will have to wait. In the year 2032, advances in cybernetic technology and genetic research have opened the world to possibilities once only dreamed of. Humans can be fitted with cybernetic modifications, download their brains into permanent robot bodies, or bring home their own intimate robotic companion-it’s a life of luxury. Or so it seems. A rash of gruesome murders begins to plague the city and with every lead comes more questions. The culprits The beloved robotic companions programmed to obey. How does a robot with such basic programming learn the deadly art of murder Agent Batou and his partner, Togusa, must figure it out before the problem spreads. The more they search for answers, the deeper the rabbit hole runs. In this case wrought with scandal, danger, and mystery, they’ll find themselves in situations unlike any other.

Win a trip to Otakon Vegas!

Get the Gran Tesoro experience by entering our Otakon Vegas Trip contest!

 

Luffy and the Straw Hats head to the glittering Gran Tesoro with hopes of winning big in the upcoming movie, One Piece Film Gold (January 10 – 17th, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada) — and you could win big, too!  Otakon Vegas is just around the corner (Jan 13 – 15, 2017), so we want to send you and a friend out to Las Vegas for your very own lavish Gran Tesoro experience!

 

 

 

With luck on your side, you could win:

 

  • Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Las Vegas
  • Accommodations for 2 (1 room) 2 nights, 3 days Jan 15-17, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Casino
  • $250 of “GOLD” to spend during your trip
  • 2 weekend badges for Otakon Vegas
  • One Piece DVD & Swag Prize Pack
  • Private Meet & Greet with Colleen Clinkenbeard voice of “Luffy”

 

Second Place Winner to Receive a One Piece Treasure Chest containing Various One Piece Merchandise and DVD’s valued over $500!

 

Catch One Piece Film Gold in theaters across the U.S. & Canada, January 10 – 17, 2017!

 

Tasty Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Bowl) Recipe – Yuri!!! On ICE

This post was written by Funimation Copywriter and YOI fan, Lauren Hill!  Watch new SimulDub episodes of Yuri!!! On ICE every Monday on FunimationNow!

 

What does every fan deserve after a long day of defending their ships? A delicious meal! And the only meal that will do is the must-have katsudon! No, unfortunately, we can’t help you become a tasty katsudon—you’ll have to dig deep into your own eros for that—but we can definitely teach you how to make one.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Show By Rock!! – Battle of the Bands Bracket

Show By Rock!! Season 1 is coming out on Blu-ray/DVD combo on December 6th, so we’re making our own Battle of the Bands Bracket with the bands of Show By Rock!! Just as its ADR director is giving us a sneak peek into the process for dubbing music in her guest editorials, we’re doing our own music bits here. Come back here each week to meet the bands and vote for your favorite bands.

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Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 4 – Hip-Hop Musicians’ Interview

This is part four of a multi-part, personal editorial from social media coordinator, Godswill Ugwa. This is an interview correspondence with three hip-hop musicians that use anime sounds and motifs to create their music. Edited by social media producer, Lauren Moore

 

Welcome to part four of Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial, where we explore various connections between the two mediums. You can find the other parts of this Music & Anime editorial here:

 

 

In this part, we have an email chat with three Nerdcore hip-hop artists that use anime as a main inspiration in their music. Nerdcore is a subgenre of the hip-hop genre that focuses on “nerdy” subjects like video games, Internet culture, comics, and more. Anime is still a newer subject within Nerdcore, but more artists are using it within their music to create mindblowing music. In this piece, we interviewed artists TekForce, Ish1da, and Mega Ran.

Disclaimer: some songs are NSFW

 

Godswill Ugwa (GU)- Who are you, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

 

TekForce-

 

I’m TekForce, and I’m a father, a boyfriend and an emcee. I’ve done Hip-Hop for over 10 years, and I rap about the things I love including Video Games, Anime,movies…. basically anything that’s influenced me growing up till now.

 

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Omamori Himari: Our Favorite Catgirls

The world is getting more stressful for multiple reasons- maybe work is piling on more work or exams are coming- but we’re here to help deal with that. With the release of Omamori Himari (on November 8th on DVD), we got the great idea to bring you some of the cutest catgirls that we could find! Internet cats and cute anime girls are scientifically proven to relieve stress (we’re pretty sure), so why not put them together? See some of our favorites below:

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Learn to play Koi Koi, the Hanafuda game from Summer Wars!

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s hit movie Summer Wars, you’ll probably be familiar with the traditional Japanese game with hanafuda cards, Koi Koi,  that features heavily in the climax of the movie. But have you ever wondered how to play it? To commemorate the re-release of Summer Wars in our premium Hosoda Collection line (now with a 52-page artbook full of interviews and behind-the-scenes specials about the film!) we’re teaching you how to play this classic game!

 

Check out our Rules infographic below—or download our printable guide so that you always have it for reference when you’re playing the game!

 

You can buy hanafuda cards online or at many Japanese culture specialty shops. We also recommend this Flash game if you’re looking to try the game out or get some practice!

 

And for your reference, here’s part of the major scene in Summer Wars, where you can see how the game plays out:

 

 

Don’t forget to pre-order the Summer Wars Hosoda Collection release—pre-order by 11/22 and you’ll be entered to win a full size theatrical poster signed by Kenji’s English voice actor, Michael Sinterniklaas!

 

Meet the Characters from Drifters

In preparation for the English SimulDub premiere of Drifterswe want to help you get to know the historical, and dangerous, cast of characters. So strap in, because it’s time for a deadly history lesson.

 

From the creator and team behind Hellsing comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide. Shimazu Toyohisa, a famous samurai who fought in the historical Battle of Sekigahara, is transported to another world when only moments from death. From that moment on, he becomes part of a group known as “Drifters” and is forced to battlea gainst other legendary warriors in an ultimate death game.

 

Drifters premieres Sunday, November 6th at 10:00pm ET on FunimationNow.

 

 

Shimazu Toyohisa

DOB-DOD: 1570-1600

Death: Speared in the Battle of Sekigahara.

Bio: A brave warrior from the Sengoku period who resents cruelty and always repays his debts of gratitude. Wielding a long sword, Toyohisa readily rushes into battle without fear or regrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hetalia: The World Twinkle – Mad Lib Edition

Hetalia Day is behind us, but we’ve still got reason to celebrate! The brand-new Hetalia: The World Twinkle season 6 home video release (with the English dub!) comes out next week, so to commemorate another fun season of international hijinks and randomness, play our click and drag mad lib GIF 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 on social media with the tag #HetaliaMadLib!)

 

   
   
   
   

 

 

 

Don’t forget to pre-order season 6 today here, to be the first to own it and the new dub next week!