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December 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in December for home video release!


Attack on Titan: The Movie – Part 2 Bikini Warriors
Rurouni Kenshin Part 2: Kyoto Inferno Fairy Tail: Part 22
Ninja Slayer Seiyu’s Life
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 5
Sengoku BASARA – End of Judgement Shakugan No Shana
Show By Rock!!  


Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection release!

Last month, we announced that the beloved hit movie Summer Wars will be joining the Hosoda Collection, our premiere line of premium Blu-ray/DVD + Ultraviolet releases of the extraordinary films of director Mamoru Hosoda. Today, you can get a peek at what this release will look like—and a special preview excerpt of one of the interviews with the director!


Like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’s release in the Hosoda Collection line, Summer Wars comes in a handsome clear sleeve, as well as an exclusive 52 page book of artwork, interviews and more. (Plus, as we mentioned previously, if you pre-order on, you’ll be entered to win a huge Summer Wars theatrical poster signed by English voice of Kenji, Michael Sinterniklaas.)


This art book is really special—not only does it include concept/character art and an interview with director Hosoda, you can also read about the film from pretty much every principal creative mind that touched the release, a real treat for any fans of, well, any aspect of anime, from animation to voice acting to music to writing and so much more. Interviews include:


-          Director Mamoru Hosoda

-          Animation Director Hiroyuki Aoyama

-          Action Animation Director Tatsuzo Nishita

-          Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (of Evangelion fame!)

-          Scriptwriter Satoko Okudera

-          OZ Designer Anri Jojo

-          Character Designers Takashi Okazaki and Mina Okazaki, who handled avatar designs

-          Art Director Youji Takeshige

-          Musician Akihiko Matsumoto

-          Theme Song Artist Tatsuro Yamashita


There’s some really fascinating discussion about character design, animation styles, story themes, and more in this book. Don’t forget interviews with the original Japanese voice actors:


Character – Actor

-          Kenji Koiso – Ryunosuke Kamiki

-          Sakae Jinnouchi – Sumiko Fuji

-          Natsuki Shinohara – Nanami Sakuraba

-          Kazuma Ikezawa – Mitsuki Tanimura


The clear sleeve’s includes film vitals and reveals the artwork underneath. To make sure your clear sleeve arrives in pristine condition, we’re packaging the art book and disc case together and slipping the clear sleeve on top, rather than shrink wrapping everything together, in order to prevent warping.


Summer Wars Beauty[2]



Want a preview of the kinds of interviews you’ll find in the book? Here’s a very quick excerpt of the interview with Director Mamoru Hosoda himself.


Mamoru Hosoda instantly became known as a top Japanese animation director after his previous work, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006), won numerous awards around the world. Anime fans and movie fans alike eagerly await his newest film, “Summer Wars” – an all-new story that’s both an action movie and a movie about family. Just how did this unusual project begin?


In broad terms, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” follows the changing feelings of Makoto, the main character. Although there are some action-like scenes, they’re more like expressions of her inner feelings than anything else. So, for my next movie, I thought it’d be interesting to have a boy as the main character and include more exhilarating action. My partner on “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, Satoko Okudera, loves action movies too and mentioned that she rarely gets the opportunity to write an action story. So I suggested the idea of doing an action movie together next.
We began with the idea of having the story take place in modern times with a Japanese main character. But when most people think of action films, they think of Hollywood movies, you know? And the main characters in those films are usually around 30 or 40 years old. So when we considered making a realistic action movie set in modern Japan, we asked ourselves if a Japanese man in his 30s or 40s could really save the world. I don’t know about you, but I’m a 40-year old Japanese man, and I don’t feel like I can save the world one bit. (laugh) Conversely, in the Japanese TV animation industry it’s usually boys and girls in junior high who save the world.
So we asked ourselves, if there was a non-Hollywood, non-anime Japanese character who could save the world, who would it be? That’s when the idea of a family popped into my mind. Rather than have a single hero, there could be a team that would work together. I thought the idea of a team of family members saving the world would be an interesting movie, and that’s where it all started.


November 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in November for home video release!


Ergo Proxy (Blu-ray) Psychic School Wars
Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins Snow White with the Red Hair
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Hetalia – The World Twinkle (Season 6)
Omamori Himari One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 4
Overlord Sky Wizards Academy
Sword of the Stranger Castle Town Dandelion
Chaos Dragon Ultimate Otaku Teacher
Aquarion Logos Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun
Prison School Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection
Death Parade Heavy Object


Hare Hare Yukai (Haruhi) Dance Contest

For Haruhi’s 10th anniversary, and its first release on Blu-ray in North America (order now here), we’re revving up our time machine (how does it work? That’s classified information) and asking you to bring back your Hare Hare Yukai moves—with the chance to win awesome prizes including a figure, books, and a HUGE banner of the goddess herself!




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.


October 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in October for home video release!


Attack on Titan: The Movie Part 1



Movie Synopsis: 

When the Titans first attacked, life for mankind was forever changed. Fearing the massive man-eating humanoids, survivors constructed three enormous walls for protection. From that point on, humanity lived safely behind the walls—for the time being.

A century later, life is peaceful. Eren and his friends live inside the walls, yearning to explore beyond the borders they’ve always known. But the opportunity comes sooner than expected when a Colossal Titan appears above the wall. With a single kick the barricade is pierced, allowing a swarm of titans to pour in and devour their newly exposed prey. Witnessing the devastation, Eren and his friends vow to destroy the man-eating terrors.

The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.





Otakon 2016 Announcement – Overlord Home Video Release and English Cast Announcement


The cast for the English dub for Overlord is finally here!


Own the complete series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with the new English dub, which also includes a stunning chipboard box highlighting Albedo and 11 extra-thick deluxe art cards. Pre-orders go up on August 15 on the shop, and you can own it November 8!