Archive for September, 2011

Happy International Translation Day!

Babel Fish says, Happy International Translation Day! Well, it’s technically tomorrow. What is International Translation Day, you may ask? Well, it’s celebrated on the 30th of September every year on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. This day is promoted by the International Federation of Translators. It’s to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community and promote the translation profession in different countries.

We anime fans, especially those of us who don’t speak Japanese fluently, know how vital our translators are. Without our translators, we would have to struggle along with raws and try to figure out what the heck was going on.

So, we here at FUNimation would like to take this time to give a big THANK YOU to our translators:

  • Steve Simmons. Translator since 1999. Doesn’t sweat petty things; doesn’t pet sweaty things.
  • Sarah Alys Lindholm. Translator since 2003; Quality Assurance Translator for FUNimation since 2008. Anosmic who is often heard to ask, “Hey, can you sniff this for me?”
  • Javier Lopez. Translator since 2001. Puro Tejano. Sort of.
  • Jack Wiedrick. Translator since 2002. Brews his own beer. Loves math, languages, chess; hates slow cars in the fast lane.
  • Clyde Mandelin. Translator since 2002. Favorite thing: Rockin. Favorite food: Steak. Archnemesis: The birds in Ninja Gaiden.
  • Shoko Oono. Gamer, translator, and hamster-keeper.

These are the individuals responsible for translating your favorite FUNimation titles. So, make sure you leave a comment on the blog to thank them for all their hard work.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble Bounty Hunt Winners

Okay, guys. We’ll be the first to admit that this was one tough contest. But, as usual, our fans rose to challenge. You all scoured every nook and cranny of our website and found all of the hidden links. Heck, you even found some of the ones we thought no one would find! And all with minimal clues. So, congratulations to everyone who found one of these sweet Vash posters.

Don’t forget! You can still pre-order the movie today. The price of the DVD has dropped on to just $14.99 and the Blu-ray is just $18.99. The price is bound to go back up, so make sure you get it now while it’s cheap. The Blu-ray is at number #160 in Movies & TV overall right now. It’s doing great, but I think with your help we can put it in the Top 100, so pre-order now on!

You’ll also be able to buy Trigun: Badlands Rumble at Wal-mart and it’ll also be available for digital download starting tomorrow, Sept. 27. is also have a Trigun themed sale right now where you can get a “Stampede of Savings” on everything FUNimation! That’s 40% off DVDs, Blu-rays, and merchandise from us.

Without further ado, a special congratulations to our instant winners. These people were the very first ones to find the following links:

Prize Pack #1 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun movie poster one-sheet


    • 00zags – #MaccaCity (Found in the word “warrior” in the synopsis of Black Blood Bros. episode 4)


    • AlisonMelko – #VashSunglasses (Found in the phrase “rogue attack” in the synopsis of GunXSword, Prayers End episode)


    • HappyCheryl – #AngelArm (Found in the phrase “ultimate weapon” in the synopsis of Hellsing Ultimate clip 3)


    • ZeroP1 – #TrigunBluray (Found in the phrase “the series” in the Trigun Movie Theatrical Runblog post)


    • lccummins – #CrossPunisher (Found in the word “menacing sentinel” in the synopsis of Desert Punk, All that Glitters episode)


    • Diakia89 – #BountyOnVash (Found in spotlight image on the Community page)


    • TrueSaiyan21 – #GasbackAndAmelia (Found in the phrase “Vash the Stampede” in the synopsis of the Trigun, Vash the Stampede episode)


Prize Pack #2 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun Series box set DVD, Trigun movie poster one-sheet


    • BBboxv2 – #YasuhiroNightow (Found in the phrase “English dubbed” in the Trigun BadlandsEvents post)


    • blbeel – #WantedVashTheStampede (Found in the phrase “false identities” in the FUNimationTerms of Use)



    • SolusLocus – #VashVsWolfwood (Found in the FAQs “If I were searching for hidden links for a contest, where would I look? Answer: Right here”)


    • trunkschica1 – #MachineGunPriest (Found in the phrase “Trigun Badlands Rumble” in theKumoricon post)


Prize Pack #3 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun Series box set DVD, Trigun movie poster one-sheet autographed by Johnny Yong Bosch (Voice of Vash the Stampede)



And now for our random winners:

Prize Pack #1 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun movie poster one-sheet


    • Mousey Peach


    • blue_Evolution


    • notar_ftw


    • nura_yokai


    • Luigiflore


    • quirkydragonfly


    • Midnight5amurai


Prize Pack #2 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun Series box set DVD, Trigun movie poster one-sheet


    • Supermutant


    • statefode


    • Jasper7230


    • StephenSMueller


    • Brad7411


Prize Pack #3 – Trigun: Badlands Rumble DVD or Blu-ray, Trigun Series box set DVD, Trigun movie poster one-sheet autographed by Johnny Yong Bosch (Voice of Vash the Stampede)


    • IronFistE


Well played, everyone. The winners should expect a DM on Twitter from us in the next day or so to claim their prize. I hope that this has gotten you even more excited for the release of Trigun: Badlands Rumble tomorrow on Blu-ray and DVD. Now get out there and support Trigun!

Hetalia Fan Video Contest

Do you love Hetalia? I mean really LOVE Hetalia?! Do you lie awake at night wondering how Italy spent his day? Is your teacher constantly reprimanding you in class for drawing fan art of France embracing Britain? Do you scream to random people on the street, “I AM AWESOME!” DO YOU REALLY LOVE HETALIA?! Well, then this might be the perfect contest for you.

Hetalia is all about sharing love for the world and always being willing to laugh at oneself. Hetalia fans are some of the most energetic and enthusiastic members of the anime fan community. Here’s the chance for you to spread your love for Hetalia to everyone all over the Internet and win fabulous prizes for doing so.

Hetalia fan videos- the two minute challenge: Why I love Hetalia and you should too!

Make a video about how much you love Hetalia and why everyone should check it out. Is it the friends you’ve made through fandom, the vibrant online communities or even the cosplay? Is it just sitting back and watching your DVDs over and over while chuckling at your favorite parts? Is it the memes, the voices, the history, the meetups or even being just so excited it MAKES YOU TYPE IN CAPSLOCK? Whatever Hetalia means to you, we want to hear it, celebrate it and share the love!

Here’s the rules:

  1. Videos should be no more than 2 minutes long. Any videos longer than 2 minutes will be disqualified.
  2. Entrants must be 18 years and older and a resident of the United States or Canada
  3. No original anime or manga footage, sounds or imagery may be used. Fanart and cosplay are okay, though!
  4. No music you do not personally own the copyright to may be used. If desired, you may use the music tracks for “Happy Thoughts Museum” and “Sweet Summer Day”, the Hetalia trailer songs.
  5. Be sure to include “FUNimation Hetalia Fan Video” in the title of your video
  6. Upload your video to YouTube and send us the completed release form, the link with the video creator’s name, address, age, video title (as appears on YouTube) and email to[email protected] We must receive all submissions before the end of the entry window (10-9-2011)
  7. Entries will be judged on sincerity, passion and trueness to the subject of “Why I love Hetalia and you should, too!” so let your fandom show!
  8. Entries must be posted to YouTube by 11:59 PM on 10-09-2011 (Sunday). 10 finalists will be selected and announced by 10-13-2011 (Thursday). The finalists will have their videos uploaded to the FUNimation YouTube channel on Friday, 10-14-2011. The winners will be selected and announced on 10-21-2011 (Friday), just in time for Hetalia day!
  9. Two winners will be selected for the grand prize. One winner will be the entry that gets the most views for their video after it is uploaded to the FUNimation YouTube channel and until 11:59PM 10-20-2011. The other will be chosen by Team Hetalia here at Funimation.
  10. EVERYONE who enters according to the rules will get a special treat, so you have to enter to win!
  12. Please click here for full official rules.


Grand Prize winners (2) will receive:

  • Their winning video featured on the FUNimation YouTube home page with over 276,000 subscribers and on the official FUNimation Hetalia home page.
  • Hetalia Movie Poster
  • Hetalia Autographed movie poster (Scott Sager, Bob Shirohata, Akira Sasanuma, Scott Freeman, Patrick Seitz, J. Michael Tatum)
  • Large Hetalia black and yellow soccer themed bag filled to the brim with
  • Hetalia Axis Powers Season 1 on DVD
  • Hetalia Axis Powers Season 2 on DVD
  • Hetalia the Movie – Paint it, White! – Delivered to you BEFORE you can buy it!
  • Hetalia Axis Powers Manga vol. 1
  • Hetalia Axis Powers Manga vol. 2
  • Hetalia Art Card 1
  • Hetalia Art Card 2
  • Hetalia Bath Towel
  • Hetalia Postcard set
  • Flying Mint Bunny cell phone strap
  • Large sticker set
  • Large sticker sheet
  • Russia character flag
  • US x Canada keychain
  • France Vinyl keychain
  • America dog tag necklace
  • America vinyl keychain
  • Italy Embroidered patch
  • China Embroidered Patch
  • Russia Embroidered Patch
  • France Embroidered Patch
  • Germany Embroidered Patch
  • Britain Embroidered Patch
  • Japan Wristband
  • Britain Wristband
  • Allies Silver Foil Notebook
  • Allies Binder
  • America ball cap
  • Hetalia Wall Scroll

Runners Up ( 8 ) will receive:

  • Their winning video featured in a playlist on the FUNimation YouTube page
  • Goody bag filled with assorted Hetalia related treats and prizes
  • Hetalia Movie poster
  • Hetalia Postcard 1
  • Hetalia Postcard 2

So, good luck, and fly your Hetalia-Love flag high! We’re looking forward to some awesome videos! Now, here’s a brief clip about how much we love Hetalia here at FUNimation. And don’t forget to pre-order Hetalia: Paint it, White! the movie available November 22, 2011.

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The Legend is Born: Ip Man in U.S. Theaters Starting This Weekend

We’ve partnered with ELEVEN ARTS to bring the feature length follow-up film to the popular Kung Fu action film “IP MAN” series,THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN, to the big screen in theaters across the U.S. starting this weekend in Seattle, WA.


The semi-biographical film is based on the early life events of Wing Chun master Yip Man, famous for mentoring Bruce Lee, and is helmed by director Herman Yau and stars Dennis To in the title role.


THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN also features a fight between martial arts legends Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao and an appearance by 86-year-old Ip Chun, Ip Man’s real life son, as one of the wing chun master’s mentors. Ip Chun also acted as an advisor to the film.


To learn more about the film, visit and you can go to to like the film and get the most up-to-date screening information.


Date(from) Term State Area Theater Address
9/17, 9/18
& 9/24, 9/25
4 days WA Seattle Grand Illusion Cinema 1403 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105
9/19 4 days PA Pittsburgh Harris Theater 809 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
9/29 & 10/4 2 days CA Anaheim UltraLuxe Anaheim 14 321 W. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
9/29 & 10/4 2 days CA Oceanside UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 431 College Blvd Oceanside, CA 92057
9/29 & 10/4 2 days CA Riverside Ultra Star University Village 10 1201 A University Ave Riverside, CA 92507
9/29 & 10/4 2 days CA San Diego UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100 San Diego, CA 92108
9/29 & 10/4 2 days AZ Scotsdale UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions 9090 East Indian Bend Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250
9/29 & 10/4 2 days AZ Surprise UltraStar Surprise Pointe 14 13649 North Litchfield Rd. Surprise, AZ 85374
9/30 1 week IN Indianapolis Georgetown 14 Cinemas 3898 Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
9/30, 10/1 &
10/7, 10/8
4 days IL Chicago Music Box 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
10/7 1 week HI Honolulu Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX 735 B Iwilei Rd. Honolulu, HI 96817
10/22 1 day TX Houston Alamo West Oaks West Oaks Mall #429, Houston, TX 77082
10/28 1 week CA San Francisco 4 Star Theatre 2200 Clement St. @ 23rd Ave. San Francisco, CA 94121

Happy Anniversary to Dragon Ball Z

UPDATE: Full interview now available HERE!

On September 13, 1996 a little show you may have heard of called Dragon Ball Z first aired on North American television. Three years later, coincidentally also on September 13, in 1999 the FUNimation dub of the series debuted on Cartoon Network.

Like many of you, I remember watching Dragon Ball Z when it was being featured on the Toonami block hosted by the little robot dude TOM. To honor this DBZ broadcast anniversary, we’ve interviewed the man who not only voiced TOM but also our very own Krillin from DBZ. We be talked to Sonny Strait about the series then and now and as it became the pop-culture phenomenon that we know today.

Here’s a quick teaser from the interview with Sonny Strait.

Check back here later this week as we post the full interview!

As we are feeling nostalgic, from now throughout the course of the release of the upcomingDragon Ball Z on Blu-ray (Level 1.1 is coming on November 8, 2011) we will be bringing you a look at the series throughout the years: interviews with staff who have been with the series since the start, interviews with actors, behind-the-scenes tales, and a peeks into the FUNimation archives including the very first script, photos and more.

Look for all this and more as we celebrate the most popular anime series of all time – Dragon Ball Z.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Film Festival Dates

Following its July release in theaters in Japan, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos now comes to North America!

The feature-length animated film, the second of the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, begins its North American film festival run this weekend at the Burbank International Film Festival.


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos screens Saturday, 9/17, at 1:00 p.m. at Burbank’s AMC 6. Visit here to buy tickets.


The movie from the animation studio BONES follows a fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities who leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.


Other festivals booked include:

The Hawaii Intl Film Festival – the screening is set for 10/18 at 9:15 p.m.

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival – 11/3/11-6; screening date, time and location TBA

Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival – 11/8 – 11/19, TBA

The San Francisco International Animation Festival – 11/11-11/14, TBA



All festival screenings will feature the English subtitled version of the film.


FUNimation Entertainment will release Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring.

FUNimation Channel Update

Time for a FUNimation Channel update. Want more of the BEST Anime? Watch the FUNimation Channel on Xfinity and Charter Communications On Demand! Right now for our On Demand line up we’re showing:

Charter Communications On Demand

  • Last Exile season 1
  • Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Hell Girl
  • Gunslinger Girl
  • Sands of Destruction
  • Ikki Tousen
  • Noir
  • …and more!


  • Witchblade
  • Darker Than Black season 2
  • Last Exile season 1
  • …and more!

For a sneak peek, check under FREE on your provider’s VOD menu. We will be featuring great titles!*

Check frequently, we add great classics, new seasons, and movies you won’t want to miss.

Xfinity – 1 – 800 – 934 -6489

Charter – 1 – 888 – 438 – 2427

Don’t have the FUNimation Channel on your provider? So sad, too bad… No, seriously, you need to pick up the phone and call them to demand it. If your video provider does not offer FUNimation Channel, please help us tell them that you want FUNimation Channel in HD – the only 24/7 and On Demand television network devoted to anime.

Anime News Network Talks DBZ Blu-ray with FUNimation

Our very own Director of DVD, Blu-ray & Video Production Clarine Harp and Blu-ray, DVD & Video Production Manager Matt O’Hara were interview on Anime News Network’s latest podcast. Hear them talk shop and go into detail on the soon to be available Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray.

We provided ANN with some comparison shots of the various DBZ releases that I’ve included below. A few things you might notice about the video is that HD restoration of the film has color most true to the original work, while keeping the most amount of detail. Also, the Blu-ray version will contain more visual footage due to maintaining the original 4:3 aspect ratio in contrast to the Orange Season Sets. Since the HD restore is also handled frame-by-frame, many scratches or anomalies were removed that may be visible in previous releases.

For more on the film restoration and Blu-ray process, listen to the interview.

Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD!

We’ve had tons of great releases recently like PeacemakerSpice and Wolf - Season 2, and Eden of the East: Paradise Lost, but it doesn’t stop there! The constant stream of anime and Asian live action titles continue to flow out of FUNimation’s doors and into retail stores – and hopefully into your hands.

Check out the release schedule for titles coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD. Don’t forget that if you pre-order from retailers, you might even be able to get your copy early. What titles are you most excited for? What have you already pre-ordered?

Title Episodes Rating Format Date Trailer
Xenosaga - Complete Series (S.A.V.E) 1-12 TV-14 DVD 09/13/11
Dragon Ball Z Kai - Season One – Part Six 66-77 TV-PG DVD 09/13/11
Dragon Ball Z Kai - Season One – Part Six 66-77 TV-PG Blu-ray 09/13/11
Vandread - Ultimate Collection – Classics 1-26 + 2 OVAs TV-14 DVD 09/13/11
Tajomaru - Avenging Blade Movie TV-MA BD+DVD 09/20/11
The Sword with No Name - The Movie Movie TV-MA BD+DVD 09/20/11
The Sword with No Name - The Movie Movie TV-MA DVD 09/20/11
Trigun - Badlands Rumble Movie TV-14 DVD 09/27/11
Trigun - Badlands Rumble Movie TV-14 Blu-ray 09/27/11
One Piece - Collection Two 27-53 TV-14 DVD 09/27/11
Yu Yu Hakusho - Complete Season Three – Classics 57-84 TV-PG Blu-ray 09/27/11
Corpse Princess: Shikabane Hime - Complete Series 1-26 TV-MA DVD 09/27/11
Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple - Season One – Classics 1-26 TV-PG DVD 09/27/11
Shin chan - Season Three – Part Two 66-78 TV-MA DVD 09/27/11
Negima!? Magister Negi Magi - Complete Series (S.A.V.E) 1-26 TV-MA DVD 10/04/11
Higanjima - Escape From Vampire Island Movie TV-MA BD+DVD 10/04/11
Dragon Ball Z - Dragon Box – Set 7 251-291 TV-PG DVD 10/11/11
Initial D - First Stage (S.A.V.E) 1-26 TV-PG DVD 10/11/11
Dragon Ball Z Kai - Complete Season One 1-26 TV-PG DVD 10/18/11
Dragon Ball Z Kai - Complete Season One 1-26 TV-PG Blu-ray 10/18/11
Bamboo Blade - Complete Series (S.A.V.E) 1-26 TV-PG DVD 10/18/11
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid - Complete Series – Classics 1-13 TV-14 DVD 10/18/11
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid - Complete Series – Classics 1-13 TV-14 Blu-ray 10/18/11
Darker Than Black - Season Two with OVAs – Limited Edition 1-12 with 4 OVAs TV-MA BD+DVD 10/18/11
The Harimaya Bridge - The Movie Movie TV-14 BD+DVD 10/18/11

Hetalia Movie English Dub Mega Premiere!

If you’re lucky enough to be going to Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) then you’ll get the chance to see the English Dub Mega Premiere of the Hetalia – Paint it, White! Movie. We’ll be showing theHetalia – Paint it, White! movie at 6:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 30th.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie:

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 Pictonians 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 Pictonians 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!

You can pre-order the hilarity right now on Make sure you order soon, these Limited Editions won’t be around forever, and you’ll want to get the awesome Pictonian Green bandana that comes with it to add to your Hetalia bandana rainbow.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last several months and have no idea what this thing called Hetalia is, then make sure to visit the show page at for all the details.
Be sure to follow the new[email protected] account on Twitter for news, contests and even more fun!

Now, here’s the trailer for the movie!