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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion

 

Season One – Episodes 1-25 – DVD Only and Blu-ray Only

Season Two (R2) – Episodes 26-50 – DVD Only and Blu-ray Only
Collector’s Edition – Seasons One and Two (R2) – Episodes 1-50 – Blu-ray Only

 

Click here to pre-order the Seasons One and Two Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)!

 

Click here to pre-order Season One Blu-ray Only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season One DVD-only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season Two Blu-ray Only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season Two DVD-only version!

 

 

Series Synopsis: 

In the year 2017 of the Imperial Calendar, parts of the world are under the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11, the proud people treated as lower class citizens. Lelouch Lamperouge was once a Britannian prince but when his mother was assassinated, he was sent to Japan and thought to be killed. But he survived. After getting caught up in a terrorist attack, he encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who grants him the power of Geass and the ability to command others.

 

With his newfound powers, Lelouch becomes Zero, a rebel leader for justice, and forms his own anti-government group. His goals are simple: get answers about his mother’s murder and make a world that is worthy of his beloved little sister, Nunnally. Even with his Geass, Lelouch will encounter countless challenges. But nothing can prepare him to face his former best friend, Suzaku Kururugi, a Japanese citizen…and soldier of Britannia?

 

The power of Geass: is it a blessing…or a curse?

 

 

 

 

The Vision of Escaflowne

 

Part One (Episodes 1-13) – BD/DVD Combo
Part Two (Episodes 14-26) – BD/DVD Combo
Anime Movie – BD/DVD Combo
Collector’s Edition – Parts One and Two (Episodes 1-26) and Movie – Blu-ray Only

 

Click here to pre-order the Collector’s Edition (Parts One, Two, and Movie)!

 

Click here to pre-order the Part One Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Part Two Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Movie Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

 

 

Series Synopsis: 

A sweeping tale of love and war, The Vision of Escaflowne was a seminal series that influenced anime’s worldwide popularity. Directed by Kazuki Akane, this beautifully animated adventure features epic music, memorable characters, and an unforgettable love story. Hitomi Kanzaki is an ordinary high school girl who runs track and has an affinity for tarot reading. But when a brash young man named Van appears from a beam of light at her high school, Hitomi is spirited away to a myserious new world called Gaea. On Gaea, Hitomi is a stranger in a strange land. Soldiers in magnificent armored mechs, or Guymelefs, wreak havoc around her. Humanoid animals walk and talk like people, and foreign empires are embroiled in an increasingly violent war. On top of that, Hitomi discovers her ability to read tarot cards is due to a secret power more potent than she’d ever imagined, and her newfound ability makes her both an asset and a target. To save the world of Gaea and return to her own, Hitomi must unravel the mystery of her powers, Van’s past, and the powerful Escaflowne.

 

Movie Synopsis:

Hitomi Kanzaki is depressed. She feels isolated from her friends and family, and wants nothing more than to disappear. From her melancholy, the otherworldly presence of Lord Folken is summoned, and she is spirited away to the foreign world of Gaea. On Gaea, Hitomi is both feared and worshipped as the legendary Winged Goddess: a powerful being who can call to life the mystical Dragon Armor, Escaflowne. Hitomi is bewildered by the strange new world, where ships fly through the air, cat women walk and talk, and her apparent role as a goddess makes her a prized possession for several nefarious organizations. Hitomi finds a kindred spirit in the vengeful and headstrong King Van, who has sworn an oath of revenge against the Black Dragon Clan, who destroyed Van’s kingdom. Now, Van lives by the sword. And with Hitomi by his side, Van and Escaflowne will either lead the world of Gaea to harmony, or destruction.

 

 

 

 

 

Strike Witches: The Movie

 

Anime Movie – BD/DVD Combo 

 

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Movie Synopsis: 

The Neuroi, a large and dangerous alien race, still roam parts of the world leaving destruction in their path. The Strike Witches—a group of girls with extraordinary powers, formidable weapons, and advanced aircraft appendages—have made great strides against the Neuroi. But the war against them still rages on.

Yoshika Miyafuji was once a member of the Strike Witches and sacrificed the ability to use her powers in a major fight against the Neuroi. Unable to fight, she now wishes to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and continue to help people. When new soldier and witch Shizuka Hattori comes to escort her to a prestigious European medical school, their journey becomes far more dangerous than originally planned. The Neuroi have changed, and their abilities are far stronger than before. Can the Strike Witches comes together once again to face their enemy? Or will they be able to without Yoshika’s abilities?

 

 

 

 

One Piece: Collection Seventeen

 

Episodes 397-421 – DVD Only 

 

Click here to pre-order the DVD!
 

 

Collection Synopsis: 

Luffy turns a mermaid auction into a pirate-style brawl when he knocks the snot out of a celestial dragon. The punch heard ˜round the island may have saved Camie, but it lands the Straw Hats squarely in the sights of the marines! Fellow pirates Trafalgar Law and Eustass Captain Kid buy the crew some time to escape, but the situation gets tricky when an army of Kuma-clone Pacifistas hit the scene. Things couldn’t get much worse for the Straw Hats. Or could they? Luffy is forced to watch in horror as Bartholomew Kuma makes his beloved friends vanish one by one until the rubberman ends up a lonely castaway on the island of Amazon Lily. After interrupting the sacred bathing hour of the gorgeous Warlord Boa Hancock, Luffy faces the very real fate of being turned to stone!

 

 

 

 

In Search of the Lost Future (SUB Only)

 

Complete Series – BD/DVD Combo 

 

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Series Synopsis: 

Kaori and Sou have been friends since childhood, so naturally everyone assumes they’re destined to be together. But after a tragic accident cuts Kaori’s life short, these star-crossed members of the Astronomy Club become entangled in a web of overlapping timelines and parallel universes. When the clock resets after Kaori’s death, her week begins just as it did before”only this time, as Sou and the other members of the Astronomy Club investigate a few mysterious rumors floating around the school, they stumble upon a very unconscious and very naked girl named Yui. She claims she has no memory of where she came from, but in reality she’s arrived from the future with an important mission: change Kaori’s fate and ensure a brighter future for Sou and the rest the Astronomy Club.

 

 

 

 

Lupin III – The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

 

Complete Series – Anime Classics – BD/DVD Combo 

 

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Series Synopsis: 

She’s a thief. A killer. A saint and a scandal. She’s whatever you need her to be to get the job done. After sizing you up with one sinful glance, she disarms you with a touch. You’re powerless to resist. She’s walking seduction, with an insatiable itch for the priceless and a fetish for mischief. She takes your breath away to get what she wants. She takes everything else just because she can. It’s all in a night’s work for the woman called Fujiko Mine. She’s the slinky, sultry thread that holds Lupin III’s crew together “ and this is the heist that started it all.

 

 

 

 

Level E

 

Complete Series – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo 

 

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Series Synopsis: 

Do you love a good prank? Does your sense of humor border on sadistic? Then you’ll love Level E, a hilariously twisted new series from the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! This extraterrestrial adventure follows the alien genius, Prince Baka (masterfully portrayed by anime legend Vic Mignogna) as he turns life on Earth into his own personal laugh track. The Prince has the biggest brain in the galaxy, and he’s also a sadistic prankster who loves to make humans squirm. Anime fans will fall hard for this nostalgic, undeniably clever series that spoofs the television shows, video games, and superheroes they loved as kids. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll remember that thing you did that was super mean “ but also super hilarious. (Don’t worry, you won’t get grounded.) So yeah, Level E. The alien invasion has begun. Prepare to die “ laughing.

 

 

 

 

BLOOD-C

 

Complete Series – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo 
Anime Movie (The Last Dark) – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo

 

Click here to pre-order the Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo!
 

 

Series Synopsis: 

The creators of Blood “ the Last Vampire and Blood+ team up with renowned powerhouse CLAMP to inject beauty into a chilling new addition to the Blood line. Horrifying beasts with a hunger for human flesh prey on the citizens of a quiet town. In moonlit twilight, Saya slays the monsters and returns home drenched in blood. As the attacks increase in frequency and intensity, her enemies relay cryptic messages about a broken contract. Limbs are torn from flesh and skulls are crushed and devoured while the huntress struggles with paralyzing visions and gaping holes in her memory. When the humans Saya promised to protect reveal the sickening truth about her role in the violence, she learns her mission isn’t as clear cut as she thought”and her most sadistic foe of all is so close she can taste it.

 

Movie Synopsis:

Combining killer action from the creators of Ghost in the Shell with hauntingly beautiful art from the makers of X, this award-winning film is the latest masterpiece in the Blood: The Last Vampire franchise. Saya is part human, part monster, and has one thing on her mind: REVENGE. Visions of twisted experiments and creatures slaughtering everyone she loved fuel her thirst for vengeance. With blade in hand and rage boiling in her veins, she tracks her tormentor to Tokyo”where flesh-hungry beasts have begun to feed. There, she joins a group of young hackers hunting for the same man. As Saya slices her way through lies, traps, flesh, and bone, how much blood will she shed to cut down the mastermind behind her madness?

 

 

 

 

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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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “DRIFTERS” FROM NBCUNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN


Drifters Announcement

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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Funimation licences Makoto Shinkai’s newest film: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)

We’re excited to announce today that we will be releasing Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), the newest gorgeously animated film from prestigious director Makoto Shinkai, in theaters and on home video. If you’re not familiar with Director Shinkai’s work, you need to be—Variety named him one of the top 10 “animators to watch” for 2016 (and the only Japanese director on that list), and also listed him as one of the top anime directors after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, along with Boy and the Beast director Mamoru Hosoda.

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Conventions 2016 – Going Big at Anime Expo 2016

We’re heading to Anime Expo, the largest North American anime convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on July 1st-4th and we’re bringing heroes, singers, parties, and big announcements! We’re bringing a bunch of Funimation staff for this one, including Justin, Lauren, Tara, and Godswill, and you can be sure that we’ll have a full schedule that you can check out below:

 

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Anime Expo 2016 July 1st-4th

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A Fullmetal Farewell: Expiration of Fullmetal Alchemist Rights on July 31, 2016!

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular anime of all time. Following the beloved Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, it is the story of loss, redemption, and understanding one’s own humanity. Unfortunately the emotional roller coaster we experienced while watching Fullmetal Alchemist is coming to an end.

 

We are announcing that on July 31st, Fullmetal Alchemist will expire and rights will revert to the original Japanese license holder. On this date, this title will be removed from our streaming service, FunimationNow, and we will not be reprinting any more home video product.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: expires July 31, 2016

 

So what does this mean for you?

 

1)     You have exactly 2 months to enjoy all 2 seasons of Fullmetal Alchemist on FunimationNow

2)     Be sure to buy your copies on home video now before they’re gone for good! Out-of-print anime can go up in price significantly on the secondary market, with some titles going up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars! So lock in your collection at their current retail prices now.

 

 

And check out all about our special Collector’s Edition!

 

Check Out What’s Next for FunimationNow

Funimation Now 2016 Logotype Purple

This year has been all about giving Funimation fans who like to stream their anime the most extraordinary experience we can. We started out in January with a new logo and a new name for our streaming service: FunimationNow. Since then we’ve been constantly rolling out new changes, and we’ve got a big slate of announcements to share with you!

 

In March we released all new mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10. Many of you have downloaded the new apps, and we appreciate all the love and feedback you’ve sent our way. More updates and upgrades are coming to the mobile apps every day, so make sure you’re always watching on the latest versions. And, if you’re going to meet us at a con, make sure you download your app and log in, because we’re going to have special rewards for fans who show us they’re FunimationNow subscribers!  Also in March, we launched the beta site for FunimationNow in the UK. We’re so excited to welcome a whole new group of fans to Funimation, and we want to thank everyone who has shared their fandom with us from across the pond!

 

Coming up next we’ve got two more FunimationNow apps to release, with Amazon Fire TV coming in a few weeks, and Apple TV in June (both in the US and the UK). We’re excited to move to the big screen for anime fans by bringing the first ever anime streaming app to Amazon Fire TV and on tvOS for the new Apple TV! Add that to the broadcast dubs of great shows like My Hero Academia and And you thought there was never a girl online? coming out, and you’re going to need to schedule some serious anime couch time.

 

In September, we’ll be launching a totally re-imagined website, with an incredible experience for desktop users of FunimationNow. Get ready to share your favorite clips with your friends, shop for new merchandise, and post to our forums — all while you’re watching. This is coming out later than we planned, but there’s a really good reason: we’re re-encoding our massive library to show each video in its best possible picture quality AND switching from hard to soft subtitles. When we launch in September, over half of our catalog will be using soft subtitles, and we expect to have everything converted by the end of this year. That’s right: no more hard-sub picture quality issues anymore! Plus, you’ll be able to turn subtitles off and watch with just the Japanese audio if you speak that language (or if you’re learning!).

 

September will also see new apps for all the consoles we support: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We’re also proud to announce we’re adding the PS Vita to our lineup, so fans will have a whole new handheld way to watch their favorite shows. We know a lot of you will ask about Nintendo devices, and we’re researching what we can do with our new platform to release on the Wii U or 3DS – we should have more updates on that soon.

 

Watching your favorite anime anytime and anywhere has never been easier – and it’s about to get even better on FunimationNow. Thanks for all your support so far, and we can’t wait for the weeks ahead!