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Romancing the Major – Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3

According to Kotaku’s recent article, it looks like the Major has quite the romantic side! Just when you thought this sexy cyborg’s life consisted of only kicking ass and taking names, Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3 Ghost Tears gives the viewer a completely new outlook on Kusanagi.

 Akira and Major Hugging

Akira is the Major’s lover, and coincidently, her mechanic. I guess it would only make sense for Kusanagi’s first serious relationship to be with a guy who knows her inside and out… literally.

 

What’s particularly interesting about this relationship is that you see a more feminine side of Kusanagi. In the past, the Major has always been the alpha-male in both her professional and personal life but with Akira she is flirtatiously coy, sensitive, and vulnerable. This relationship makes this particular Ghost in the Shell unique by adding a new aspect to the character development of Kusanagi—don’t get me wrong though, she still kicks plenty of ass throughout the film!

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Cat Cafe Opens in New York City for a Limited Time

Image by Tod Seelie/Gothamist

 

New York is the latest city to embrace the cat cafe, following Vienna, San Francisco, London, Seoul, and Singapore. Just doesn’t seem fair that we don’t have one in Dallas yet, but I guess we’ll just have to be patient. In the meantime, denizens of the Big Apple can enjoy this purr-fect treat for a limited time–it’s only around for four days!

 

The Purina One pop-up Cat Cafe can be found at 168 Bowery, and features cat’achinos, pastries, and adorable kitties that you can adopt on the spot from the North Shore Animal League. The best part is that the food and drinks are free! Ok, well maybe the best part is the cats, but free food and drink is a very, very close second. They’ll even put kitty latte/foam art on your drinks!

 

We know a few anime characters who would go crazy for a cat cafe. Like Al from Fullmetal Alchemist and Sebastian from Black Butler. How would you like a cat cafe where Sebastian served you drinks?

 

If you’d like to read more about the Purina One pop up Cat Cafe in New York, click this link.

 

If you’d like to see more cat loving antics from anime characters click here for Sebastian and click here for Al.

 

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition Coming October 7th

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition is releasing on October 7th, and it looks glorious. Fans of the franchise were left with a cliffhanger in Dragon Age 2 (we won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t played yet), needless to say, they wanted more. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the veil has been breached and demons are raining down on the world and wreaking havoc.

 

In the new game, you get to play as the Inquisitor, a character that rallies forces to fight this new threat to the land. Now, before you think that sounds kind of lame, you’re not just any old inquisitor, you’re special–you’ve been marked.  What purpose does that have in the game? You’ll just have to play to find out!

Now, you might be wondering why we care so much about this new game. Well, for one thing, we’ve got quite a few fans of the franchise here at the company, but we’re also excited because this means more Cassandra! She’s even in the Gameplay trailer! Check that out below.

 

We love Cassandra so much we even made a movie about her. Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker tells Cassandra’s tragic backstory. We worked closely with the Bioware team to make this a movie that fans of the franchise would enjoy. The DVD is on sale right now for just $12.49 in our FUNimation Shop! Click here to order.

 

 

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker synopsis:

The sun rises on a thrilling new era in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker – the first feature-length, animated addition to the Dragon Age world. In the land of Orlais, a brash young Seeker – Cassandra – fights to stop a blood-soaked conspiracy. Hidden hands seek to tear apart the realm’s most powerful religious order, and as the sinister plot unfolds, Cassandra is accused of treason and murder. Hunted by friend and foe alike, the impulsive beauty must clear her name while clashing with corrupt Templars and rogue Blood Mages. Should she fail, the executioner’s blade awaits. Should she overcome her rage and expose the unseen forces threatening the rule of the Divine, Cassandra will take her place in legend.

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Yen Press Licenses A Certain Magical Index Light Novel Series

Over the weekend, Yen Press announced the start of their new imprint program–Yen On. This program is dedicated to bringing fans English editions of the best light novels available. Of course, among the many titles they have licensed, we are most excited about A Certain Magical Index!

 

For more information about their announcements, please visit the Yen Press website.

 

If you want more Index, be sure to catch up on A Certain Magical Index II on our site. Season Two will be coming to DVD this Fall. We’ve also go pre-orders available for A Certain Scientific Railgun S, available on July 1st. Click here!

 

A Certain Scientific Railgun S synopsis:
Something sinister is growing in Academy City. The shadows are filled with whispers of a project to clone one of the super-powered students known as espers. High-ranking master of electricity Mikoto Misaka laughs off these stories until she comes face to face with a copy of herself. The duplicates are real, and are being mass-produced from Misaka’s DNA, making each one of them a little piece of her.

These clones—her sisters—are being systematically murdered in a series of experiments designed to turn a sadistic killer into the strongest esper in history. Misaka vows to save her copies and destroy the project, but this might be one fight she can’t win alone. High-energy battles and intense action explode in this continuation of the Railgun series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index.

Ping Pong’s Yuasa Directs Adventure Time Episode

This past weekend at Wondercon, the staff and cast of the hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time announced that Masaaki Yuasa wrote, storyboarded, and directed the upcoming episode “Food Chain.” If you notice that Finn and Jake also look a bit different, that’s because the episode was also animated by Yuasa’s own studio. Here’s a clip from the episode.

 

 

 

Yuasa is currently directing the anime version of Taiyo Matsumoto’s Ping Pong, streaming now on FUNimation.com every Thursday at 12:50pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

 

Ping Pong: The Animation synopsis:
Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of a table tennis club—but what happens when these sports lovers have to go up against each other in tournaments? Prepare for truly epic matches in this new series from the director of The Tatami Galaxy!

 
So what do you think? Do you see Yuasa’s influence in the clip provided?

Artwork for Dragon Ball Z (Blu-ray) Seasons 4 – 6

 

 

The Frieza Saga ends with Dragon Ball Z: Season Three, which releases on Blu-ray 4/1/14. In celebration of the upcoming Android & Cell Sagas, we wanted to share what you can look forward to seeing on the covers of Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 4, 5 and 6.

 

We worked closely with the art team at Toei Animation in Japan to create something unique and exciting to celebrate the memorable moments and characters from the series. Take a look at the early pencil sketches to get an idea of how we progressed to the finished piece.

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Happy White Day from Black Butler

  
 

What better way to spend White Day than with your favorite Black Butler characters? For those of you who may not know, White Day is when guys give chocolates to the girls who gave them presents on Valentine’s Day.

 

Today, Yana Toboso (author of the Black Butler manga) tweeted these special illustrations on the official Black Butler twitter account.

 

Which one is your favorite?

 

Watch episodes of the Black Butler anime on http://funimation.com/black-butler. The complete series is available now on BD/DVD Combo, pick up your copy in our Shop here!

 

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Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 5

As we gear up for the Attack on Titan English Dub Premiere at Anime Boston next week, we’re rolling out our colossal cast list, one day at a time! So, take a look below at the final batch!

 

Character – Actor

Reiner – Robert McCollum
Annie – Lauren Landa
Armin – Josh Grelle
Samuel – Dave Trosko
Thomas – Duncan Brannan
Tom – Tyler Walker
Wald – Barry Yandell
Woerman – Christopher Sabat

 

Click here to see the previous cast announcements!

 

Now, our subscribers already know this information because they got it early! Plus, they got an early look at the dub. If you are a subscriber, you can watch the video here.

 

Not a subscriber yet? Sign-up today for your FREE trial here.

 

Wanna know who voices Eren? We’ll you’ll just have to come to our panel at Anime Boston!

 

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Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 4

As we gear up for the Attack on Titan English Dub Premiere at Anime Boston next week, we’re rolling out our colossal cast list, one day at a time! So, take a look below at the fourth batch!

 

Character – Actor

Mikasa – Trina Nishimura
Hugo – Tyson Rinehart
Ian – Scott Freeman
Milieus – Joel McDonald
Mina – Alexis Tipton
Mitabi – Kyle Hebert
Mobb – Matthew Ham

 

Click here to see the previous cast announcements!

 

Now, our subscribers already know this information because they got it early! Plus, they got an early look at the dub. If you are a subscriber, you can watch the video here.

 

Not a subscriber yet? Sign-up today for your FREE trial here.

 

Come back tomorrow as we announce more of the cast!

 

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Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 3

 

As we gear up for the Attack on Titan English Dub Premiere at Anime Boston next week, we’re rolling out our colossal cast list, one day at a time! So, take a look below at the third batch!

 

Character – Actor

Levi – Matthew Mercer
Petra – Caitlin Glass
Hange – Jessica Calvello
Daz – Brad Venable
Bertholdt – David Matranga
Franz – James Chandler
Rico – Morgan Garrett
Pyxis – R Bruce Elliott
Nack – Will Short

 

Click here to see the previous cast announcements!

 

Now, our subscribers already know this information because they got it early! Plus, they got an early look at the dub. If you are a subscriber, you can watch the video here.

 

Not a subscriber yet? Sign-up today for your FREE trial here.

 

Come back tomorrow as we announce more of the cast!

 

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