That’s right, THE Hatsune Miku is coming to Texas, and Funimation is giving subscribers a chance to win tickets to her show in Dallas (5/14) or Houston (5/17). For Dallas fans, the show is already sold out, so this is your last and only chance to snag some highly coveted tickets to the performance. A limited supply of tickets are still available for purchase to the Houston show, but time is running out.
It’s easy to enter! If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to follow these steps to try to win your ticket:
And to reward our longtime fans, we’re going to sweeten the deal—any winners that have also been FunimationNow subscribers since the first of May will have their tickets upgraded so they can watch the show from the Funimation suite!
This week, the employees of Funimation will be getting out of their chairs and doing fitness challenges, and we invite you to join us. Cheer on the Funimation family as they participate in pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more! And we want to see you get involved too! We’ll be doing giveaways to people that show off their own skills over social media. The schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday (5/2) – Dragon Ball Throw – How far can you throw a Dragon Ball (stone throw competition)
Tuesday (5/3) – Push-up/Pull-up Competitions
Wednesday (5/4) – Hula-Hoop Contest
Thursday (5/5) – Lunge Competition and Jump Rope Fun (non-competition) – Lunge walk around the building the longest
Friday (5/6) – Hero Walk – 1 km walk during the day while cosplaying favorite superhero or wearing hero gear
After this week, we’ll post a new hero theme/challenge each month. The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.
Creatively figure out how to demonstrate that theme and complete this challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!
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.
Marathon episode after episode without ever lifting a finger for up to 3 hours!
Add shows to your queue to watch later and manage your list from the app on any of your devices.
Never forget where you left off again! The app tracks your episode’s progress, so you can resume watching between devices.
Stream anime to your TV from the app with Chromecast and Airplay support
Jump to where you want in an episode or movie more accurately with 10-second skip ahead or back.
Find the anime you want faster and easier with advanced filters and search features! Filters include by season, simulcast, Broadcast Dub, and genre
Watch anime your way every time by managing your app-specific viewing settings.
Plan your anime evenings with the in-app schedule of upcoming episodes and movies.
Get tech support right when you need it! Browse the FAQ or contact support from within the app.
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.
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)
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!
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!
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…
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.
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:
Tweet your pic on Twitter with hashtag #FreeEternalSummerValentine
Post an Instagram with your pic with with hashtag #FreeEternalSummerValentine
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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.