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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Acquisition Announcement

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As announced during Anime Expo, we have acquired the rights for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence! At the moment, we don’t have release dates, but you can expect streaming and a home video release in the future. See below for more details about this movie from Anime News Network:

 

The film is a sequel to Oshii’s earlier Ghost in the Shell 1995 anime film, which adapts Masamune Shirow’s manga of the same name. Production I.G worked on both films.
 
The film premiered in Japan in 2004. Go Fish Pictures released the film on DVD with English subtitles in 2004. Manga Entertainment released the film with an English on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2006. Bandai Entertainment then released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2009 with a slightly modified English dub cast from Manga Entertainment’s.
 
Funimation debuted the Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie film last November. The film is the latest installment in the franchise. Funimation also licensed the Ghost in the Shell Arise OVA series in 2013, and streamed the OVA’s updated television broadcast version Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture last year. Both the OVA and the television broadcast tie in to the Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie film.

 

Synopsis:

The year is 2032 and the line between humans and machines has been blurred beyond distinction. Detective Batou, an agent for a covert anti-terrorist unit, is given a new case about gynoids—realistic female robots created for companionship—that have begun malfunctioning and murdering their owners. But as they dig deeper into this case filled with depravity, they find a shocking truth behind the crimes.

 

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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!

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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

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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!

Your Chance to Win Tickets to See Hatsune Miku in Concert!

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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:

 

Step 1) Subscribe to FunimationNow or start your 14-Day Free Trial!

 

Step 2) Complete the form found here.

 

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!

 

So if you’re already a subscriber, all you have to do is click here to enter now.

 

Winners will be selected and contacted on Monday, May 9. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: Funimation will provide complimentary tickets to the Hatsune Miku concert in either Dallas or Houston—transportation and housing for winners is not included.