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Top 10 Reasons to be Excited for Our New Mobile Apps

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Our new mobile apps have arrived! With a sleek new design and a bunch of new features, the (free!) Funimation app is available for download now on iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Kindle. If you’re still on the fence about downloading the new app, maybe this will help you make up your mind. Check out the top 10 reasons the new Funimation app is better than ever.

 

  1. Marathon episode after episode without ever lifting a finger for up to 3 hours!
  2. Add shows to your queue to watch later and manage your list from the app on any of your devices.
  3. Never forget where you left off again! The app tracks your episode’s progress, so you can resume watching between devices.
  4. Stream anime to your TV from the app with Chromecast and Airplay support
  5. Jump to where you want in an episode or movie more accurately with 10-second skip ahead or back.
  6. Find the anime you want faster and easier with advanced filters and search features! Filters include by season, simulcast, Broadcast Dub, and genre
  7. Watch anime your way every time by managing your app-specific viewing settings.
  8. Plan your anime evenings with the in-app schedule of upcoming episodes and movies.
  9. Get tech support right when you need it! Browse the FAQ or contact support from within the app.
  10. Subscribe easily right from within the app. (Sign up through iTunes on iOS, or your device’s browser on Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 10.)

 

And as an added bonus (or reason #11) we’re giving you the chance to win a free 12-Month All-AccessPass Subscription and a Funimation Gift Bag (valued at $250) just for downloading the new app and watching an episode! That’s right, all you need to do is download the new app, watch a video, and you’ll be entered to win.  The sweepstakes will run from March 9th through March 15th with a new winner chosen everyday so watch a video daily for 7 chances to win.

 

Check back every day to see if you won!

March 9th Winner – John V. from Los Angeles, CA!
March 10th Winner – Alejandro Z. from Fontana CA!
March 11th Winner – Geoffrey P. from Las Vegas NV!
March 14th Winner – Jabir C. from Memphis TN.

 

See full contest rules here. 

WIN an Autographed Poster from Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2!

Do you love shoujo anime, adventure stories, or independent female protagonists? What about winning FREE STUFF? Then enter our poster giveaway contest for Snow White with the Red Hair (new episodes streaming every Monday)!

 

We’re giving away 3 rare full-size Japanese posters over the next 3 weeks, all signed by the original Japanese talent:

 

  • Shirayuki’s seiyuu Saori Hayami (Seraph of the End’s Shinoa, Soul Eater Not!’s Anya, irregular at magic high school’s Miyuki)
  • Zen’s seiyuu Ryota Ohsaka (Devil is a Part-Timer!’s Mao, Ace of Diamond’s Eijun, Knights of Sidonia’s Nagate)
  • Director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha, Blast of Tempest)
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We’ll be giving away one poster per week for the next three weeks. Entering is easy: just answer our weekly question on this blog, Facebook, or answer it on Twitter with hashtag #SnowWhiteContest. We’ll share our favorites!

 

Here’s the secondsnow  question:
What’s your favorite moment from Snow White with the Red Hair season 2 so far?

Don’t forget that you can watch all of Snow White with the Red Hair season 1 in Japanese with English subs AND English broadcast dub, and new episodes of season 2 come out every week, all at funimation.com/snowwhitewiththeredhair!

 

 

Click here for official Contest Rules

Free! -Eternal Summer- Valentine’s Day Contest Winners!

Our Free! -Eternal Summer- Valentine’s contest is now over— check out the winners and the rest of these amazing entries! We had SO MANY submissions showing your love for Free! and your favorite boy (or boys~ (●ゝω・)b⌒★). Thanks to all entrants for celebrating Valentine’s Day and the release of the Blu-ray/DVD (which is available TODAY!) with us!!

 

We originally only had one prize pack, but because it was so hard to choose winners, we decided to give away three additional ones as well— the runners up will each receive a Free! -Eternal Summer- bag, tumbler, and notebook!

 

Free! Prize Pack

 

 

Grand prize winner: 

 

THIS LEFT US CRYING. The beauty of this entry is in its subtlety, telling a sweet story of a romantic dinner, some Netflix and Chill, and ALSO THAT BLINDFOLD, I CAN’T

 

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Runners up:

 

This entry shows some serious dedication to husbando Rin—and so much exclusive or rare Japanese merch too! #lifegoals

 

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We looped this Vine SO many times. With three dakimakura and a giant Haru manjuu in one bed, did her Valentine’s Day just get ruined or… better…???

 

The wedding dress and tux! This MakoHaru submission shows major commitment and is SO CUTE. Also WE WANT THOSE DISPLAY CASES.
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There were so many others that we wanted to reward, so please check them all out and comment! Thanks to everyone for going all-out! (All-out. All-out. All-out. All-out. All-out. Perfect body.) Free! -Eternal Summer- is out NOW on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack— get your copy today at our shop!

 

Free! ES Contest – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free!

Valentine’s Day is coming—and so is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Free! -Eternal Summer-, complete series + OVA! To celebrate both, we’re asking you to show your LOVE for your fave Free! boy—or pairs of boys, that’s cool too! And yes, we’re giving away prizes, of course!

 

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You may remember all the celebration pics we took over the last year commemorating our favorite swimboys’ birthdays. We had a blast making homemade desserts and setting up perfect photos of the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys’ special days. We want to see how you’ll celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the best way possible—surrounded by totems or romantic Valentine’s dinners with your favorite good-looking 2D swimmers. And hey, if you aren’t really into the idea of loving any one Free! boy, we’ll totally take celebratory photos of your favorite pairs of boys…

 

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Send us your pics of how YOU’RE celebrating Valentine’s day with your favorite Free! boy(s) by February 15, and we’ll share them on the Free! ES Facebook page and Tumblr! Also, we’ll giving away a prize pack of Free! ES merchandise (as we always do with this show) to our favorite entry.

 

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How can you submit? We’re giving you a ton of ways where we’ll repost entries as we get them and share the final set the day after Valentine’s:

 

 

Looking to actually spend some quality time with Free! -Eternal Summer-? Don’t forget to grab the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the full season + the exclusive never-before-streamed water gun fight OVA full episode! The Limited and Premium Editions come with a gorgeous water gloss box reminiscent of the Japanese releases, and all sets include both the English dub AND the original Japanese with English subtitles. Pre-order here!

 

See full contest rules here.

Win these incredible Ninja Slayer figures from Good Smile!

 

Welcome, Ninja Slayer. As you know, before any good ninja goes to battle, they offer their formal greeting or personal ‘aisatsu’ to the opponent. Our friends at Good Smile Company want you to share your aisatsu for a chance to win one of these awesome figures!

 

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Winners will be announced LIVE on FUNimation’s Dubbletalk —  December 2, 8:30pm CST at Twitch.tv/FUNimation. You have from now until then to enter!

 

Don’t miss this chance!

 

Want to win a two week, anime-themed TRIP TO JAPAN?

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Got a bad case of wanderlust? Do you have an itch to watch the latest episode of Nerdist News AND see some brand new footage from Attack on Titan The Movie – Part 2? If so, you could be the lucky winner of the colossal Nerdist News Trip to Japan! And you don’t have to fend off a legion of titans to do it, either! All you have to do is check out this week’s episode of Nerdist News below then  head here for details on the contest and to submit your entry!

 

Once you’ve entered, you’ll be in the running for a shot at PacSet’s “FanFest” tour 2016, which includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo
  • 12-day tour with a professional bilingual guide
  • Hotel accommodations – 6 nights in Tokyo, 3 nights in Osaka/Kansai, and 2 nights in Kaga Onsen/Kanazawa
      • Accommodations are shared unless the winner chooses to upgrade to a single room
  •  All transportation within Japan
  • Admission to main trip sites such as anime fan mecca Akihabara, the Studio Ghibli museum, the famed Fushimi Inari shrine, an onsen/hot spring, and others
      • There are optional add-ons that the winner may upgrade to if they prefer
  • Trip includes stops in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Kanazawa, Yokohama, and more!

 

Hurry! Contest ends on 10/26 and Nerdist will announce a winner on 10/27! And head to AttackonTitantheMovie.com for theater locations and tickets!

 

 

Bikini Warriors Contest – Get Your Bikini Warrior Stats to Win Free Stuff!

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If you’ve got a soft spot for classic JRPG tropes but also definitely don’t mind sexy anime girls, you’re probably already watching Bikini Warriors (new episodes streaming every Tuesday at 2:40 PM ET). It’s our new summer simulcast show that’s surprisingly clever in its exploration of video game jokes, and also its vast… expanses of plot. Even the creators think you should be watching just for the alluring girls!

Seven episodes are out now, and we’re commemorating this achievement with a giveaway contest! Win a Bikini Warriors poster and hand fan, exclusive from Japan, by finding out what kind of bikini warrior YOU are.

Entry is simple: just go to http://en.shindanmaker.com/a/562489, enter a name, and find your result! Then share the result with the Tweet button on the results page, and keep the hashtag #bikiniwarriors, and you’ll be automatically entered to win scandalous fabulous prizes (ahem, see below). Enter by September 15th to win!

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And if you haven’t started watching Bikini Warriors yet, check it out! Each episode is a great quickie at about 3 minutes long, and they seriously may surprise you with the video game in-jokes. (And don’t take it from us— check out Kotaku’s review: http://kotaku.com/bikini-warriors-is-a-comical-look-a-jrpg-tropes-1724049530)

 

See full contest rules here.

Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition AND OVA News!

We’ve had a wave of recent announcements and events for the swimming anime phenomenon Free! -Eternal Summer-, but we’re not done yet! Today, fresh from our AnimeExpo panel, we’re revealing two new big pieces of news—a Free! ES Premium Edition AND news about the long-awaited OVA episode!

 

If you’re a hardcore Free! fan looking to add a really special splash to your collection, we’re unveiling today the Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition, full of totally exclusive special additions to show some extra love for our favorite swimboys.

 

The Premium Edition will include not only the Free! -Eternal Summer- Limited Edition that we unveiled earlier this month (featuring that gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect!) but also these collectibles you can’t get anywhere else:

 

  • A full-color art book, including many gorgeous pieces exclusive only to the original Japanese releases
    • Seven glossy art cards also using exclusive, highly detailed art from the covers of the Japanese releases—you’ll definitely want to frame these
    • A color sports towel, so you can take the boys to the pool or beach!
    • An Iwatobi and a Samezuka decal to show off your school pride
    • And finally, everything housed in a handsome collector’s box to hold all your Free! collectibles

 

These items are exclusive to this release and won’t be remade once the Premium Edition’s (one and only!) print run sells out, so pre-order now before they’re all gone for good! We’ll be revealing a preview of these items soon.

 

PLUS! Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com will automatically be entered to win a gorgeously sculpted 1/8 scale figure of everyone’s favorite water-lover, Haruka Nanase, from Alter! These highly detailed figures are sold out in Japan and pretty rare to find, so order by September 29 to get a shot.

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been receiving a lot of questions about the Free! -Eternal Summer- OVA, a special unaired full episode featuring the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys in an intense, dramatic, no-holds-barred (and totally hilarious) water gun battle. We’re excited to finally announce that we do have the rights to this OVA, and it will be released in 2016.

 

We know that some fans hoped the OVA would be included in the Eternal Summer release. Given the Japanese release dates, we’ve decided to release the OVA separately in order to be able to release the season on home video this year. Since we’ve seen such a huge outpouring of passion and excitement for this title, we definitely don’t want to make you guys wait til 2016 for the entire release.

 

Details on the OVA are coming soon. Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com by September 29 will also receive an offer to get an additional discount on eventual pre-orders of the OVA, so don’t delay!

 

Weapons vs. Meisters – Who’s too cool for school?

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At the Death Weapon Meister Academy, weapons and Meisters must work together to defeat the forces of evil. But when it comes choosing which role is the coolest, only the fans can pick a winner. So, if you had the power, would you rather turn your body into a soul-cleaving super weapon? Or possess the ability to wield one?

 

Before you cast your vote, be sure to pre-order your limited-run Soul Eater Premium Edition Yearbook and Soul Eater Not! today!

 

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How do you enter? Tell us what you’d choose, Weapon or Meister, in the comments section on Facebook (here) or on Reddit (here). One randomly-chosen voter will win a prize pack including the Soul Eater Not! Limited Edition, plus some Soul Eater swag. Two additional randomly-chosen voters will also win a copy of Soul Eater Not!

 

Need a crash course in some of best and brightest weapons and Meisters from Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not? Check out the profiles below.

 

Meisters:

Maka Albarn

Classification: Eat Class Meister

Partner: “Soul Eater” Evans

 

Meme Tatane

Classification: Not Class Meister

Partner: Tsugumi Harudori

 

Anya Hepburn

Classification: Not Class Meister

Partner: Tsugumi Harudori

 

Death the Kid

Classification: Eat Class Meister

Partners: Liz & Patti Thompson

 

Weapons:

“Soul Eater” Evans

Classifcation: Eat Class Weapon

Weapon form: Scythe

 

Tsugumi Harudori

Classification: Not Class Weapon

Weapon form: Halberd

 

Liz Thompson

Classification: Eat Class Weapon

Weapon form: Pistol

 

Click here for full contest rules.

Win Tickets for the Escape from the Walled City Event in New York!

aot real escapeDo you have what it takes to escape from the walled city and survive? We’re giving 2 winners a chance to prove they have what it takes to be in the Scout Regiment along with Levi, Eren, Mikasa, and the rest!

 

Escape from the Walled City is the newest Real Escape Game, and their next event will be at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, New York on April 11th! Just fill out the form below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this EPIC event!

 

Here’s a description from the official website:

 

“The titans are coming, and they’re hungry. Based on the manga megahit, Attack on Titan, the newest Real Escape Game (REG) takes players to a world inhabited by giant, humanoid creatures that live for no other purpose than to make a snack of all of us. The high walls of the stadium are the only thing keeping you safe… for now. Experience the latest edition of SCRAP’s interactive storytelling and puzzle-solving games, ¨Escape from the Walled City,¨ on a scale never seen before. Join thousands of other players as you decode clues inside a real stadium! Each REG requires participants to use their best detective skills as they race against the clock. Be warned, though: survival isn’t easy, and teamwork will be essential if you hope to survive. Escape or not, the game is going to be killer! This event will be held in stadiums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. After already hosting over 40,000 players in the US to date, the SCRAP team is excited to present a new project with such a grand scope, keeping them at the forefront of live escape entertainment!”

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Click here to learn more about the event, or to order tickets!

 

 

 

*Travel is not included. All winners must provide their own transportation to the event. Click here for official rules and details.

 

What is Real Escape Game?

“Real Escape Game” is an inventive live brain-teaser event that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries and puzzles, locate a hidden key, and escape from a locked room within a limited time. The first REG event took place in Kyoto in 2007 and since then, more than 1,000,000 participants have played in multiple cities across Japan, China, Singapore. It have taken place across the US. The Game was played by several hundred participants at massive arena venues including the Tokyo Dome, the city’s Jingu Baseball Stadium, and Fuji-kyu Highland (Amusement Park). Since 2012, REG have taken place 9 times in San Francisco, 3 times in Los Angeles, and one each in NYC and Seattle. Also, the permanent style room game called, Real Escape Room, is running 5 days a week, and 24,000 people have attended since its open.