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Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 1 – Milan Review

This is the introduction to a personal multi-part editorial series, from social media coordinator Godswill Ugwa.

 

One of the most important elements of the anime genre is the music. From the opening of a series to the overall soundtrack right up to the ending of an episode, music has an important hand in crafting a series. Even outside of the show, music aids greatly in the promotion and in keeping the spirit of the show alive. Through this editorial series, I’ll be taking a look at many different aspects of the relationship of anime and music.

 

To start this editorial series off, I wanted to look at some soundtracks from some of the biggest musically-inclined anime this year, Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Boy and The Beast (Funimation titles only in this particular post). Our friends at Milan Records worked with us in creating soundtrack CDs, and I was lucky enough to grab a CD (or 2) for myself. I’m no expert when it comes to music — and definitely not a reviewer — I simply listened to each soundtrack and I am sharing my journey with each.

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Planetarian/Sekai Project Contest

If you’ve been keeping up with our current simulcast season, you may have enjoyed one of our current shows, planetarian! Did you know this show originated as a visual novel published by our friends over at Sekai Project? They’re also responsible for publishing the visual novels of some shows such as Clannad!

 

 

Whether it be a political crime story or a horror-themed nightmare, the appeal of visual novels lies in their ability to focus on an amazing concept or plot and deliver a full story within an anime-caliber framework that delivers complex themes and emotions. You can see this shine through with some of the more popular novels such as The Fruit of Grisaia, G-senjou no Maou, and Narcissu.

 

 

Visual novels are like a click-through version of a book with anime style imagery. However, unlike a book there are branching paths and choices you can make that affect the outcome of the story. The anime version of these novels only show one of these paths. For example, In the anime version of Clannad you see Tomoya with Nagisa; in the visual novel you can choose which girl you believe fits best and can follow that route to see how all of their relationships change and blossom. It’s these multiple pathways that make fans want to come back and play them over and over again.
In the case of planetarian, which is technically a kinetic novel, you do not get these choices. Kinetic novels guide you through the story as the writer intended without giving you the option to change events. Meaning, it didn’t matter if we were reading the visual novel or watching the anime, the story was always going to leave us an emotional mess.

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed watching our simulcast of planetarian this season be sure to check out our broadcast dub Thursdays at 12:30pm ET! Thanks to our wonderful friends over at Sekai Project we will also be holding a special steam key giveaway for the planetarian visual novel! You’ll have a chance to win a Steam copy of planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~. All you have to do is retweet/reshare our giveaway and 5 lucky winners will be selected on Thursday, September 1st at the last Broadcast Dub episode!

 

 

 

Contest rules here

Anime Expo 2016 “Love Live! Sunshine!! Special Event: Nice to Meet You, We Are Aqours!!” Official Report

Love Live! Sunshine!! is already attracting attention, thanks to the simultaneous world launch of the anime series in July. That excitement grew even hotter at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles, the largest anime event in North America with 260,000 attendees, when school idol group Aqours went up on stage at the expo’s Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 to talk about the anime and what they’ve been up to so far.

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FunimationNow has launched on Amazon Fire TV!

FunimationNow on Amazon Fire TV

 

Amazon Fire TV users, now you too can stream anime on your TV with the all-new FunimationNow App!  The FunimationNow App for Amazon Fire TV has a wide variety of awesome features including:

 

·         Access to our library of anime simulcasts, broadcast dubs, and past favorites

·         Show marathoning for non-stop watching

·         The ability to sync your queue and watch progress across devices

·         Find your anime with helpful sorts, filters, and search

·         Closed caption support

·         Pick up right where you left off

 

To download the app, just visit the Amazon App Store and search for FunimationNow!

To learn more about the other apps we currently offer, visit our Apps Page.

 

 

<<www.funimation.com/apps

 

July 2016 Anime Month on Microsoft Movies

This July, Funimation partners up again with Microsoft to bring great anime deals and provide summer fun! All month long turn on your favorite Windows device, Xbox 360 or Xbox One and head straight to Microsoft Movies and TV. Click on the Anime Month banner and start shopping for savings right away.

Update on 7/17/16 with Episode 3!

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Show Us Your Tickets – Attack on Titan Movie

The Attack on Titan Movie: Part One is less than a week away from premiering, and we want to make sure that you get your tickets before they all sell out! Fans wise enough to pre-order their tickets will get featured on our colossal wall of fame!

 

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Buy tickets for both Part 1 and Part 2 from your local theater; take a picture of your tickets; and share on Twitter, Instagram, or the Attack on Titan Facebook page with the hashtag “#AoTMovie” for the chance to be featured on our wall of fame on attackontitanthemovie.com!

 

 

FUNimaniacs! – IGN’s Anime Club Special OVA

FUNimation frontrunner, Justin Rojas, made a special guest appearance recently at IGN’s Anime Club podcast; you’ll definitely want to check it out!

 

In this special OVA episode, we reveal quite a bit of insider information such as more information about theatrical releases coming next year, Broadcast Dub behind-the-scenes, *cough Dragon Ball Super cough* and even Justin’s history with anime! Also is Mass Effect a dating sim?

 

You can find this episode on IGN’s website right here!

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The Cutest Final Form – Golden Frieza Funko Pop! Vinyl

Just in time for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Funko has announced a Golden Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure in their second wave of Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusives!

 

More details about this figure, and other Comic-Con exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyls, can be found on their website here!

 

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for all things Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’!

 

Announcing: Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Figure Coming to North America!

Hey Tokyo Ghoul fans! FUNimation is thrilled to offer you a first look at something very exciting from Kotobukiya: a new Tokyo Ghoul figure —  coming to North America!

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KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  The latest new addition to the ARTFXJ lineup (a bold expansion designed “to bring classic Japanese characters to their fans worldwide”) is the horror manga and anime property Tokyo Ghoul, featuring the story of a young man who’s turned into a half-ghoul and discovers a world he never knew existed.  The first ARTFXJ presentation is the main character in his fully expressed half-ghoul state, KEN KANEKI AWAKENED VER.!

 

Once a normal university freshman, Ken received the transplant of a ghoul organ which gave him his abilities and alternate form which he shows off here.  The half-ghoul stands on a broken rubble base in a relaxed pose, ready to attack.  Ken wears a tattered gray shirt and white shorts… but that’s just the remains of his human life.  Crawling up his neck and over his face is his horrific ghoul mask complete with eye patch, though his rictus grin and one solid black eye are exposed.  Of course, being awakened means that the half-ghoul’s “kagune” is released; Ken’s takes the form of four thick, tongue-like tentacles protruding from his back and undulating around him!  A highly detailed sculpt and masterful paint applications make the half man/half monster a truly impressive display piece.

 

Take a look at these gorgeous, never-before-seen images of Ken Kaneki Awakened Ver., below!

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