Archive for August, 2011

One Hell of an Announcement

UPDATE: Sheesh, people. Ian Sinclair had our full permission to reveal the Black Butler 2 Cast List and OVA announcement at Matsuricon. So, please stop sending him threatening e-mails and hiring ninjas to attack him…

You’ve seen the first season of Aniplex’s “Black Butler” and you’ve probably already suspected that we’ll be bringing you the second season in 2012 (well, more liked begged us on Facebook and on the website)– but the Season 2 secret we’ve been saving was shared by ADR director Ian Sinclair atMatsuricon this past weekend. Since the cat’s out of the bag, let’s just make it official:

Playing the roles of a new butler, Claude Faustus, is Jason Douglas; a new charge, Alois Trancy, is Luci Christian; and maid, Hanna Annafellows, is Caitlin Glass.

We also have the rights to the 5 OVAs of this supernatural series.

  • OVA 01 (Wonderland Part 01 and 02)
  • OVA 02 (Welcome to the Phantomhives)
  • OVA 03 (Making Of )
  • OVA 04 (The Intention of Spider)
  • OVA 05 (The Story of Will the Reaper)

Look for these demons on DVD in 2012.

Synopsis of Series:

SEASON 1

Ciel Phantomhive was born into a life of luxury, only to have his beloved parents brutally murdered before his eyes. Wrought with grief and tortured by the very fiends who killed his mother and father, Ciel summoned the services of an exquisite butler born of the fires of hell. Together, they’ll turn merry old England on its ear while hunting the mysterious villains who made Ciel an orphan.

SEASON 2

Fans of the deranged escapades of Sebastian and Ciel will be perversely delighted by a new season of demonic adventures. Claude exists only to serve his young master, Alois: a boy who no doubt carries a dark secret.

For more information visit www.funimation.com/black-butler

NEW Hetalia Cast Members Announced!

Have you heard? It’s hot. Yeah, I know, right?!

As such, now that it is time to announce a few more of the cast members brought into the world that is Hetalia, we have opted to focus on the Nordics. Two reasons: it’s cold there and we are partial to puffins.

You already know that the Netherlands is represented by Michael Sinternikklas, Finland by Clint Bickham and Iceland by Jason Leibrecht.

Now we are happy to share that Denmark is played by Montgomery Sutton, Norway by Alex Organ and Sweden by Robert McCollum.

Yah, it’s true.

Also, if you are in Ohio, visiting Ohio, or like Ohio, many of the Hetalia cast members are attending Matsuricon in Columbus this weekend. http://matsuricon.org/

Our awesome actors will be signing Hetalia movie posters and postcards so go on by and get their autographs and sing them the Hetalia theme song.

Meanwhile, you California fans can see Robert McCollum in Fresno at AniJam. Go by and say something Swedish if you would.

Then you can go to Amazon and pre-order the Hetalia movie PAINT IT, WHITE. Here’s the link:http://bit.ly/HetaliaPaintItWhite_blog_amzn

Free Episodes and Cheap Seasons on iTunes for Fan Expo Canada

It’s Fan Expo time in Canada again, and FUNimation and iTunes are making sure you get your anime dose with free episodes of your favorite series and the cheapest discounts on full seasons this side of the border (the Canadian one… LOL).

From now until 8/30, iTunes Canada customers can get the following:

It’s been a Canada heavy month for us with the surveySuper Channel, and now iTunes sale.

Unlike Hetalia, we don’t want to ignore our northern neighbors. You guys enjoy anime as much as us in the U.S., if not, more. And we’re happy to keep bringing it to you. Plus, you have a cute bear. Enjoy!

ANIME MMORPG REMNANT KNIGHTS HITS OPEN BETA

It’s a pretty exciting day in the office today. Remnant Knights is going beta today at noon PST. So, I know what I’m doing this afternoon…seriously, it’s research…

But all kidding aside, I’m really looking forward to this game. I’ll admit, I enjoy a good MMORPG, and I’m definitely going to be playing this one. Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you in town? I’m still trying to decide what class I’m going to play. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. See below for a little teaser clip on each class.

Back in June, we announced that we were forging a strategic alliance with GameSamba to bridge a relationship between online gaming and the anime world. Below you’ll find a press release about the beta for their free-to-play MMORPG, Remnant Knights.

 

Everett, Washington – August 16, 2011- GameSamba announced today that its free-to-play MMORPG, Remnant Knights, is entering open beta. Servers will be made available for play starting at noon PST on Tuesday, August 16th. All players who create accounts at www.remnantknights.comwill gain immediate access to the open beta. During this final phase, players will be able to reach level 60. In addition, all zones will be made available for players to enjoy and explore.

Remnant Knights is an anime-inspired MMORPG with a story written by DC Comics’ 2010 Eisner award winning graphic novelist, Jim Krueger, and quests written by a variety of publisher authors including Hunter Brown series creators, Chris and Alan Miller. Players will experience the amazing world of Kasmari, and learn that they are the last line of defense against an ancient threat that has returned. After choosing one of the three basic areas of study — Gun Circle, Magic Circle or Fight Circle — players begin honing their skills at either the Owl or Dragon School. At level 10, players will have the option to specialize into classes such as the Dual Gunner and Heavy Launcher.

In addition to its fast-paced combat, Remnant Knights offers many other features, including player housing, crafting, multiple PvP arena modes, unique mounts, pets, fishing, player costumes, and more.

Like other GameSamba titles, and unlike many free MMORPG’s on the market, Remnant Knights will be fully GM staffed. Remnant Knight GMs will be available 24/7 and in addition to helping players will be busy running various events and competitions – some of which will feature prizes from the Anime powerhouse and GameSamba partner FUNimation.

 

 

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Everett, WA, GameSamba offers free to play games through a global network of offices located in North America and Taiwan. More information about GameSamba and its products may be found at GameSamba’s US website www.gamesamba.com.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Entire English Language Cast of Fairy Tail

Earlier this summer we announced the main cast for the fantasy action adventure series “Fairy Tail.”

Todd Haberkorn as NATSU

Tia Ballard HAPPY

Colleen Clinkenbeard ERZA

Cherami Leigh LUCY

Newton Pittman GRAY

R. Bruce Elliot MAKAROV

Monica Rial MIRAJANE

Christopher R. Sabat ELFMAN

 

Now, we’ve got the entire cast list (episodes 1-12) for your perusal:

Character Actor
ALZACK Austin Tindle
ANGELICA Heather Walker
AQUARIUS Jessica Cavanagh
BELNO Wendy Powell
BISCA Angela Chase
BOB Antimere Robinson
BOBO Elias Taylorson
BORA Ian Sinclair
BYARD Tyson Rinehart
CANA Jamie Marchi
ELFMAN Christopher R. Sabat
ERIGOR Jonathan Brooks
ERZA Colleen Clinkenbeard
DUKE EVERLUE Christopher Ayres
GRAY Newton Pittman
HAPPY Tia Ballard
HOROLOGIUM Ben Bryant
JET Michael Chinnici
KABY Dave Trosko
KAGEYAMA Chad Cox
KARACKA Chris Cason
KEMU Jerry Russell
LAKI Apphia Yu
LAXUS Patrick Seitz
LEVY Kristi Bingham
LOKE Eric Vale
LUCY Cherami Leigh
LYON Jerry Jewell
LYRA Kristin Sutton
MACAO Brian Mathis
MAKAROV R Bruce Elliott
MIRAJANE Monica Rial
MOKA Kenny Green
MYSTOGAN Rob McCollum
NAB Mike McFarland
NARRATOR Bob Magruder
NATSU Todd Haberkorn
RAYULE Will Christoferson
REEDUS Sonny Strait
ROMEO Kayla Carlyle
SIEGRAIN Rob McCollum
SHERRY Trina Nishimura
TOBY Chad Halbrook
UR Kira Vincent Davis
ULTEAR Lydia Mackay
VIJEETER Tyler Walker
WAKABA Charlie Campbell
YUKA Anthony Bowling
ZARTI Mark Stoddard

 

With Tyler Walker as the ADR Director.

Meanwhile, Haberkorn, Clinkenbeard, Leigh and Pittman will be attending the east coast’s largest anime and comic event, the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con, October 13-16. The “Fairy Tail” cast members will sit on panels and autograph signings and will attend English language screenings of the first two episodes of the series as well as the world premiere of episode three.

 

Tickets are available at www.newyorkcomiccon.com now. For the latest information, please follow @ny_anime_fest and @ny_comic_con on Twitter as well as read NYAF and NYCC’s official blog,www.mediumatlarge.net.

Hey Canada! Help us help you!

We attended Anime North in Toronto this year with an exhibit hall booth and several panels. At our booth, we created a survey and had 1,000 people fill them out. We loved the feedback and now want to ask the same questions to all of Canada.

We really appreciate your help in taking this survey so we can better serve all of Canada to get better access to anime.

All of this info will be safe and never sold to a third party – we hate spam too.

We’ll select 5 people who have completed the survey and they will win a DVD or Blu-ray of their choice.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important to us.

Lance Heiskell
Your Friendly Neighborhood FUNimation Guy

Eden of the East: Paradise Lost Contest

Eden of the East comes to a thrilling conclusion in this latest feature length release - Eden of the East: Paradise Lost!

Synopsis:

The intrigue boils over in Eden of the East: Paradise Lost, the feature-length conclusion of a truly one-of-a-kind anime saga. Accused of terrorism and feeling the heat, Saki’s high-tech crew is in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, the shroud of mystery covering Takizawa is lifted as he and his fellow Seleção make their final moves. Every game must come to an end. For those playing Mr. Outside’s twisted game of conspiracy thrills, the end comes now.

To commemorate the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray combo release on 8.23.11, we’re having a special contest.

Here’s how to enter:
Visit this thread in the forum and tell us what you are hoping most to see in this exciting finale of Eden of the East.

2 lucky winners will receive the Eden of the East: Paradise Lost Grand Prize Pack:

Eden of the East premium canvas embroidered messenger bag signed by US director Micke Mc Farland

Eden of the East Selecao decal

Eden of the East “EOTE” apple button

Eden of the East Selecao IX button

Eden of the East AIR KING grey key chain

Eden of the East AIR KING blue key chain

Eden of the East Paradise Lost soft cotton purple T-Shirt (Size XL)

Eden of the East post card

Eden of the East premium 11 X 17 card stock poster

Eden of the East Paradise Lost on DVD/ Blu-ray combo pack

 

2 lucky winners will receive the Eden of the East First Prize Pack:

Eden of the East premium 11 X 17 card stock poster signed by US Director Mike McFarland

Eden of the East Selecao decal

Eden of the East post card

 

and 5 lucky winners will receive the Eden of the East Second Prize Pack:

Eden of the East post card

Eden of the East Selecao decal

Don’t miss out on this exciting finale. You can pre-order your copy now by clicking on this link. Amazon has Eden of the East: Paradise Lost for just $18.99 right now (46% off!). Hard to resist. And, just to get you even more pumped up, here are a few clips from Eden of the East: Paradise Lost.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this amazing series, you can catch up by going to www.funimation.com/eden-of-the-east

Pre-order Hetalia the Movie – Paint it, White!

Amazon is running a special “First to Know, First to Order” sale, and Hetalia the Movie – Paint it, White! is on it! Here’s your chance to pre-order the first ever full-length Hetalia feature film (which includes both English language and original Japanese audio tracks). Extra features include the hilarious “CAPSLOCK COMMENTARY”, outtakes, historical/cultural notes and more.

This limited edition includes a soft cotton Pictorian bulb green character print bandanna to add to your growing rainbow of Hetalia bandannas. (Notice how Japan is sitting creepily in the corner filming…)

Be sure you pre-order so that you can get this special limited edition copy with the collectable bandanna while supplies last. The bandana editions of seasons 1 and 2 were sold out at the wholesale level BEFORE street date last year, so you will definitely need to grab this limited edition early.

Hetalia the Movie – Paint it, White! releases in North America on 11/22/11 for an SRP of $29.98. (Only $20.99 if you pre-order on Amazon now!)

Movie synopsis:

Alien Invaders. A World United. Weird Goo. LOL WUT?

It’s totally the end of the world in Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! This full-length flick brings all your fave boys together in modern times with one goal: Drop the bro-hammer on some alien invaders!

The Pictorians have arrived from deep in space. They also have dangly glow-balls on their heads, which is kinda cool, but still. The freaky aliens are using use their crazy rainbow-beam-thingy to paint everything on Earth the same color: white! See, now the title of the movie makes more sense, right? Anyway, if the Pictorians are to be stopped, the Allied guys and the Axis boys – plus some new characters, too – must set aside their differences, unite against their common foe, and hopefully get together for a sweaty work-out to make sure they’re super-ready to save the world!

SPECIAL FOOTAGE!

If you were one of the lucky ones who made it out to Otakon then you got to see this special message from Jonathan Brooks–voice of Prussia. If you didn’t make it out to lovely Baltimore, well, we’re taking pity on you and showing you the video here. Also, for your viewing enjoyment, here’s a special sneak peek clip of the movie. Taste the rainbow! Oh wait… that’s something else…

Now Featured on Hulu Plus & Classic

You can get your FUNimation Flicks Fix via Hulu Plus and Hulu Classic starting this weekend!

Kick it off with the action-packed Shinobi which is featured now on the Hulu Plus and Hulu Classic home pages – which is also where you can find the never-before-streamed The Blue Gender movie: The Warrior. The Warrior is slated for screening on the home page starting tomorrow – but you can also find both via the Movies home page all of next week.

Also available for you live-action or anime lovers:

Afro Samurai: ResurrectionIchiInitial D 3rd Stage, Vexille and Origin.

Stay out of the heat and in with the Hulu!

Download FREE digital episodes before it’s too late!

You like free stuff, right? Thanks to our wonderful digital partners at Xbox, Sony and iTunes, we’ve got lots of free stuff to offer. Some of these deals expire soon, so act now!

Xbox / Zune

Sony / PlayStation Network

iTunes

Plus, you can get even more great deals on complete seasons from iTunes.