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Celebrate the Acquisition of Inari Kon Kon With a Free Calendar!

Do you love Japanese culture?  Fantasy or romance anime? ADORABLE chibi foxes?

 

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(Seriously, we’re not kidding around about the adorableness of THIS FOX.)

 

If your answer is yes to any of these, look out for our upcoming home video release of Inari Kon Kon (full Japanese title: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.) coming in 2015, a lovely little series full of cool Japanese mythology, gorgeous shrines, heartwarming romance, AND… refreshingly well-written, likeable characters? Seriously, as cute as this show is, it’s got some moments of maturity and character development that belie its sweet exterior.

 

To celebrate the home video release, we’re giving you a downloadable year calendar featuring the exquisite Japan-inspired artwork of the show! Use them as your desktop wallpaper to keep track of the dates, or print them out and stick them on your wall as a physical reminder! Click here to download the calendar now.

 

 

 

inari_keyseries synopsis:

Inari is a cheerful girl in Kyoto who has a crush on one of the coolest guys in her middle school, but she can’t seem to confess her feelings to him. After saving a beautiful goddess’s familiar, the deity blesses Inari with the ability to shapeshift—much to the chagrin to the rest of the spiritual world. Will love bloom for the newly empowered girl when the spirits intervene?

 

This series will be released subtitle-only (Japanese audio with English subtitles).

 

Click here for more information about Inari Kon Kon, and to watch episodes on our site!

FUNimation Site Updates

Great news, FUNimation fans! We’ve undergone some major upgrades to our site to make your viewing experience even better. Take a look below for some of the improvements.

 

Users May Notice:

  • The video player now remembers where you left off on all episodes and movies.

 

  • Based on user feedback, we have completely overhauled the Queue.
  • Add any show to your Queue directly from the Queue. Just choose a Show and click “Add to Queue”.

 

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Win a One Year Subscription to FUNimation.com!

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Help our friends at GameSamba launch their new Rainbow Saga server and earn a chance to win some prizes!

 

Rainbow Saga is a free-to-play sidescrolling MMORPG that you can play in your browser. Pick from three classes and battle a variety of crazy enemies, ranging from sentient pineapples to demons, in an attempt to rescue the kidnapped princess and save the kingdom of Troonmill.

 

We’ve given GameSamba several prizes:

 

  • 1 First Place Winner gets a One Year Subscription to FUNimation.com
  • 4 Second Place Winners get a One Month Subscriptions to FUNimation.com
  • 10 Third Place Winners get a $5 off coupon towards the FUNimation Store.

 

The requirements are that you must play the game here http://rainbow.gamesamba.com on the GameSamba server, and reach Level 20 in the game by then end of the year. All players who reach that level, are entered into the prize drawing.

 

So what are you waiting for? Lets Play!

 

FUNimation Returning Simulcasts for Winter 2015

Yesterday, we announced we have obtained the rights to the highly anticipated anime series–Assassination Classroom! Today, we’ve got SEVEN titles for you!

 

We’re going to see some familiar faces this winter! Take a look below at the shows returning for Winter 2015!

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

Streaming every Fridays at 9pm ET

 

synopsis:

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

 

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Click here to check out episodes now!

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

Streaming every Saturday at 9pm ET

 

The battle in Dressrosa rages on as Luffy & Law’s alliance is put to the test against the powerful Don Quixote Pirates.

 

series synopsis:

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes now on http://funimation.com/one-piece or http://onepieceofficial.com

 

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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.

 

 

Something Weird is Coming…

a_classroom_key_0564Something weird is coming this winter! We’ve been rolling out some fun little teasers for our announcement today, but now it’s time for the real deal–FUNimation has acquired the rights for the highly anticipated Assassination Classroom!

 

Assassination Classroom will be joining our FUNimation Winter 2015 Simulcast Season! First episode will be available on January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Assassination Classroom? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Please visit http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom for more information about the series.

 

synopsis:

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

 

What do you think of our first announcement? Stay tuned for more!

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Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

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Have you visited the front page of Anime News Network today? If you have then you might have noticed something… interesting. In the upper left corner we included the box art for the Nobunagun release. A few fans were quick to notice, so if you were one of them–good job!

 

Now, fans have had a few questions about the release, especially concerning Blu-ray rights, so we’ll clear those up for you now. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available for pre-order on our site yet, but we’ll let everyone know as soon as it is. Please note that the box art for this release is not final yet and is subject to change.

 

Are you excited about the release of Nobunagun on Blu-ray and DVD? If you haven’t heard of this show before, take a look below at the synopsis:

 

Nobunagun Key Artsynopsis:

 

History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

 

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

 

Nobunagun streamed on our site as part of our Winter 2014 simulcast season. Click here to watch subtitled episodes now!

 

 

 

 

Let’s Play – KOR-FX Immersive Gaming Vest – P.T., Destiny and Ultra Street Fighter IV

 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, our sister company immerz is thrilled to announce that the KOR-FX Immersive Gaming Vest is now available to buy worldwide! We got a couple of the vests in the office and we just had to take them for a spin. Check out the video above!

 

Visit http://KORFX.com to get one of these vests for yourself and take your gaming to the next level! It’s the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life.

 

KOR-FX vests are wireless and come with a dongle that works with any standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack audio source.

 

So, what game are you going to play with a KOR-FX vest?

 

 

 

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Unbreakable Machine Doll English Cast Announcement

Unbreakable Machine-DollPre-orders for Unbreakable Machine Doll are now available! Take home the complete series on March 3rd on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

 

series synopsis:

 

From the Director of Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin!

 

Raishin Akabane and his beautiful companion Yaya enroll at Walpurgis Royal Academy to study Machinart: a dangerous blend of magic and technology. Raishin is a puppeteer capable of using magic to power up Yaya, his automaton, for ruthless battles no mere human could survive. In the wrong hands, Yaya is a deadly weapon, but the honorable Raishin, despite his mysterious quest for vengeance, takes no pleasure in killing for sport. Instead, he joins forces with a harem of gorgeous classmates to unmask those responsible for a rash of heinous human experimentation. If new enemies and terrible grades don’t spell doom for Raishin, he and Yaya might live long enough to conquer the school where magic meets machine!

 

This series will be released in both a Standard and Limited Edition

 

The Standard Edition will contain:

- All 12 Episodes
- Over 50 minutes of extras, including:
* 6 never-before-seen OVAS
* Episode 1 & 2 Commentary
* Promotional Videos & Commercials
* Textless Songs
* Trailers

 

The Limited Edition will contain all of the above plus:

- An exclusively titillating art booklet
- A collectible rigid art box

 

Check out the beauty shot below! Click here to order your copy today!

 

 

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Now, all you Unbreakable Machine Doll fans are probably curious to know who’ll be voicing your favorite puppeteers and automatons. Well, wonder no more! Just take a look below for the English cast for Unbreakable Machine Doll.

 

CHARACTER ACTOR
RAISHIN Clifford Chapin
YAYA Bryn Apprill
CHARLOTTE Kristin Sutton
FREY Lindsay Seidel
LOKI Chris Burnett
SIGMUND David Wald
KIMBERLEY Kristin McCollum
MAGNUS Ricco Fajardo
SHOKO Clarine Harp
IRORI Alexis Tipton
KOMURASAKI Lara Woodhull
LISETTE Jad Saxton
FELIX Ian Sinclair
BRONSON Brandon Potter
HENRIETTE Monica Rial
HEADMASTER RUTHERFORD Charlie Campbell
CRUEL Christopher Bevins
CEDRIC Carli Mosier
SHIN Vic Mignogna
CHERUBIM Andrew T. Chandler

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
ADR Engineer – Kenneth Thompson
Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard
Translators – Sarah Alys Lindholm, Nora Stevens Heath

 

Here’s your first look at the English Dub trailer!

 

 

GROUP 1200 MEDIA OPENS THEATRICAL DIVISION BASED IN NEW YORK CITY

Flower Mound, TX (December 15, 2014) – Group 1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products announced today the company has opened a theatrical division based in New York City. The New York office is the latest addition to the fully integrated  Texas based anime and filmed entertainment studio.

Spearheading the division will be David Wengrod, Vice President of Theatrical Events and Distribution. Wengrod was formally Vice President of Alternative Entertainment Programming at Screenvision for over 7 years. He developed and oversaw the division since its inception in August 2007. Prior to his time at Screenvision, Wengrod was employed at Cablevision where he helped to launch their pay-per-view department and American Movie Classics.

Group 1200 and Screenvision had previously partnered on the highly successful theatrical event Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods in August of 2014.

“After having worked in partnership with G1200, I’m excited about becoming part of the team and bringing new programs to movie theaters” said Mr. Wengrod.
Working with Wengrod will be Sean Bednarz as Director of Theatrical Events and Distribution. With over 14 years of experience in the theatrical exhibition industry holding various titles, Sean has spent the last year as Manager of Alternative Content at Screenvision.

“With its rich history of delivering premium anime content, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Group 1200 Media.  Building off the success of this year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, I look forward to representing their content and bringing it to fans to experience on the big screen” said Bednarz.

“We’re excited to add the unique and dynamic talents of David and Sean to our team.  Together, we will bring our extensive library of content and future new releases to our fans on big screens across the country.  We look forward to building our theatrical department and delivering on our promise to create compelling experiences for our fans” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of Group 1200 Media.

About Group 1200 Media
Group 1200 Media is a fully integrated next-generation independent entertainment studio. G1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products (GameSamba and Immerz), is a market leader in the acquisition, creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of our wide-ranging Anime, TV and Movie slate. The studio uses our portfolio of brands to differentiate genres and unique audiences with curated content, services and consumer products. Our content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and digital home entertainment, pay and free television subscription on-demand services.
Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com