Archive for October, 2011

Happy Howl-o-ween! Get your own SpiritHood!

While everyone is in the Howl-o-ween spirit, we figured it’d be a good time to talk about these awesome accessories called SpiritHoods. The team at Cybergraphix teamed up with Spirithoods to bring you the Official Guardians of Luna Wolf Spirithood. As you may know, FUNimation will be distributing the movie once it is completed. You can help support the movie and help an animal buy purchasing your own SpiritHood. The Guardians of Luna Team is going to match their donation on Guardians of Luna SpiritHoods to the grey wolf conservation efforts. Unfortunately, these particular SpiritHoods aren’t currently available, but you can check out the prototype in the picture. Look for the Guardians of Luna SpiritHoods around Fall of 2012.

http://spirithoods.com/

Buy a SpiritHood, Help an animal.
PRO BLUE
We believe in inspiring positive change, and the truth is we can all help, this is why we have created PRO BLUE! When you purchase a SpiritHood with the PRO BLUE logo, we donate 10% of net profits to a non-profit organization dedicated to helping that particular Spirit animal. A major goal of ours is to educate people on the importance of helping these animals and empower them to make a difference.

The wolf version goes to help the organization Wolf Hollow.

Wolves are still a very threatened species in North America and all over the world. A non-profit organization established in 1990, Wolf Hollow offers a unique opportunity to view gray wolves in as natural a setting as possible and teaches people about the importance of the wolf in the wild.
www.wolfhollowipswich.org

About Guardians Of Luna:

Coming Fall 2012

Summary:
Carson Stone has come to Steelhenge looking for answers about his lineage, driven by a mysterious letter from his father. What he doesn’t realize is that the city bears an ancient curse. With each full moon, the city is terrorized by a pack of vicious werewolves. City leaders plan to harness the ancient power which has summoned the werewolf menace, and Carson becomes embroiled in a battle to defend it, joining forces with three other werewolves.

Starring
Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight)
John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings)
Xzibit (“Pimp My Ride”, X-Files: I Want To Believe)
David Naughton (American Werewolf in London)

Written By
Avi Melman, Michael Reaves (Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Mallory Reaves

www.facebook.com/GuardiansofLuna
http://www.guardiansofluna.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/GuardiansofLuna
Blog: http://guardiansofluna.livejournal.com/

 

And don’t forget to check back on our website later for some awesome pics from our in office Halloween party! We’ll be putting up pictures later so you can judge our costume contest. We’re also having a desert contest for best Halloween desert and also a pumpkin carving contest. So make sure you check back later and vote for your favorite!

FUNimation Entertainment Acquires ONE PIECE – SEASON FOUR

Flower Mound, Texas (October 28, 2011) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced it has acquired the U.S. home video rights to Season Four of the action adventure anime series—ONE PIECE.

Season Four opens with episode 206 in classic 4:3 format, episodes 207-263 will be featured in HD 16:9 and contains the Water 7 Saga.

This extremely popular series is based on the manga by Oda Eiichiro and follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his band of Straw Hat Pirates. The series is currently into its 520thepisode. Fans can watch the simulcast episodes Saturdays at 10:00 pm EST on www.onepieceofficial.com.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the DVD in summer 2012.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visitwww.funimation.com.

FUNimation to launch Haganai simulcast

This is for all you night owls out there, yeah, you know who you are. We’re launching the simulcast of Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) tonight/tomorrow morning at 12:30 am. If you’re really looking forward to this show, or you just can’t get to sleep tonight, then make sure you check back on http://www.funimation.com/haganai to watch the first two episodes!

Haganai (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai)

Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica’s Academy and he’s having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she’s talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?

FUNimation Entertainment President and CEO named GameSamba Chairman

Everett, WA – October 27, 2011 – GameSamba, online game developer and publisher, named Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment, as the first Chairman of its Board of Directors (the “Board”).

Fukunaga’s appointment further deepens the strategic alliance formed between the two companies earlier this year. This alliance includes a multi-faceted promotional partnership to cross promote online gaming and anime titles to each other’s audiences.

“I see this collaborative relationship as a bridge between the online gaming and anime worlds and allows both companies many opportunities to work together effectively and in many imaginative ways,” said Fukunaga. “Their games – Realms Online, Remnant Knights, and Tribal Trouble 2 – are such winners, I had to be a bigger part of this company and invest significant capital into it.”

Scott Wong, president and CEO of GameSamba, commented, “Gen will bring strong, expert leadership and counsel to our Board. His vision, industry knowledge and operational experience will benefit the Company and our shareholders as we grow and gain a competitive position.”

A seasoned executive, Fukunaga brings more than 25 years of experience to the GameSamba Board. He has been the president at FUNimation since founding the company in 1994 and has led it to become one of the nation’s leading brand management and independent home entertainment distributors and the home of such iconic anime series as Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist. Prior to FUNimation, Fukunaga held positions with Tandem Computers, Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and IBM. Mr. Fukunaga received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Remnant Knights and other games from GameSamba can be found at www.gamesamba.com.

 

ABOUT FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

 

ABOUT GAMESAMBA

GameSamba is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, specializing in Online Gaming. 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, http://gamesamba.com.

Here’s Your Hetalia Fan Video Winner!

The Hetalia Fan Video Contest is over, and the fans have spoken. There were many contenders, but there can only be one favorite. So, here you go America and Canada. Thanks to your votesTechnoRanma has been chosen as the Hetalia Fan Video Contest Fan Favorite Winner with a staggering 9,778 views! Congratulations,TechnoRanma! You will be getting this massive Grand Prize mailed to you shortly. If you’d like to see all the other videos that were in the running, you can click on this link.

Now, for the Team Hetalia pick. We had a very serious pizza party where all the members of Team Hetalia got together and did the serious business of choosing a winner. And ate serious pizza. We deliberated for hours, and while we loved all the videos, we had to pick just one. So, congratulations to Amanda. Your Love Letter to Hetalia was chosen as the Team Hetalia Pick Winner.

Both grand prize winners will get everything in the video PLUS a brand new England plushie, actual glitter used in the video and a photocopy of Rojas’ face. All the top 12 finalists will be getting a super sweet prize pack that will be sent out early next week.

Everyone who participated should be receiving their cards and stickers soon, so watch your mail. Also, Charlene, the lovely brand manager for Hetalia, will be attending the North Texas Hetalia Day gathering and handing out treats. So make sure you say “Hi!” if you see her. There may also be other special surprises as well, so you’ll have to show up to find out. For more information, you can visit the DFW Hetalia Day Facebook page and events page.

You already know that you can pre-order the Hetalia: Paint it, White!Movie, which is out on November 22, 2011. Now, you can also pre-order Hetalia: World Series! World Series will be out on January 17, 2011. You can pre-order from RightStuf and Amazon. If you get the Limited Edition box you will receive the coveted purple Prussia bandanna. Complete your Hetalia rainbow!

Congratulations to all the participants and entrants. We are truly amazed and thankful for all the love you have shown Hetalia. And now, here’s the trailer for Hetalia: World Series. It’s full of Prussia goodness and our very own FUNimation “Feral Cat Choir.”

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT AND NICONICO, INC. FORGE U.S. PARTNERSHIP

Flower Mound, TX (October 14, 2011) – North America’s anime leader, FUNimation® Entertainment and the world’s premier video networking website, niconico.com, announced today that they are forming a partnership that will begin with the simulcast of several of the newest anime series debuting in Japan this fall. All simulcast episodes will be available at www.niconico.com/anime .

The companies are forming a joint effort where both companies will be contributing to the acquisition of new anime titles from Japan.

“Our goal is to simulcast top-notch anime. It’s an ambitious plan but one in which we are investing heavily,” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

Part of that investment includes supporting niconico.com’s growth in the U.S. market and building toward the site becoming the leading online streaming source for subtitled anime in North America.

James Spahn, CEO of Nico Nico, Inc., stated, “By combining the strengths of our two companies, we have created an all-inclusive anime site for both the anime creators and consumers to enjoy new anime content with a great social experience.”

“Nico Nico, Inc. is the ideal partner for us given its strong relationships with content creators in Japan, not to mention its technical know-how and incredible ability to offer that content far and wide,” said Fukunaga.

“This partnership complements the strengths of each company involved,” added Spahn. “We look forward to working with the dedicated FUNimation team.”

The simulcast titles launching this partnership include the following:

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From the light novel series written by Minase Hazuki, comes a story of love, action, and comedy. Yachi Haruaki is a high school boy who is naturally resistant to curses. After his father sends him a mysterious black cube, Haruaki awakes to find a nude girl named Fear standing in his kitchen. She’s the human form of the cursed black cube – and an instrument of torture! Utilizing her special abilities, Fear fights alongside Haruaki to defeat other cursed instruments and their owners.

The Future Diary

This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Esuno Sakae, is about Yuki, a loner who’s not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.

Guilty Crown

In the near future, a meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and total anarchy. Several years later, Shu – a teen with a special ability awakened by the Apocalypse Virus – meets a strange girl who incites him to join the struggle against a government organization’s robotic forces and a secret society whose goal remains shrouded in mystery.

Haganai (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai)

Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica’s Academy and he’s having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she’s talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?

LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing-

Acclaimed director Koichi Chigira helms this highly-anticipated follow up to the anime classic, LASTEXILE. High above the sacred waters of the Grand Lake, a battle rages between the Ades Federation and the Turan Kingdom. Powered by the might of its battle fleet, the federation invades the Turan Kingdom. For the Turan Kingdom and its princesses, all hope lies with a female sky pirate named Fam. The first episode premieres 11:00 am Eastern, October 17th.

Maken-Ki!

Based on the manga series by Takeda Hiromitsu, this romantic comedy is about Ohyama Takeru, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn’t require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item – a Maken – to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?

Shakugan no Shana III Final

A continuation of the previous series (Shakugan no Shana II), both Shana and Kazumi wait for Yuji only to discover that he has disappeared without a trace. As everyone searches for answers as to Yuji’s whereabouts, he reappears in front of them as the leader of Bal Masqué. Now Shana must confront her most unlikely adversary on the battlefield.

 

 

ABOUT NICONICO

 

Nico Nico, Inc. is the world’s premier social video network. Our service enables viewers to directly comment on live and uploaded video streams, providing a more directly involved viewing experience. Users are also given the capability to upload and share their own video clips. For both uploaded and live content, this allows users to respond directly to events occurring in the video alongside other users, thus creating a shared viewing experience. Live broadcasters can receive user responses in real-time, rendering antiquated the traditional one-way live broadcasting environment.

www.nicovideo.jp and www.niconico.com combined have over 23 million viewers worldwide. As a media outlet, Nico Nico, Inc. broadcasts a wide range of programs including, but not limited to, technology, anime, space, fashion, politics, and games.

 

ABOUT FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading Anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visitwww.funimation.com.

 

Guilty Crown Simulcast Launch

One of the most highly anticipated series of this season,Guilty Crown, will simulcast Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm Central Time. Fans will be able to view episode 1 on www.funimation.com and on Hulu. After this first episode, the simulcasts will air Thursdays at 12:15 pm CT (one hour after the Japanese broadcast) for the remainder of the series.

Earlier this month, FUNimation announced the acquisition of simulcast, home entertainment, broadcast, digital, mobile, and merchandise rights for the Guilty Crown series. Those attending New York Comic Con/Anime Fest this weekend will have the opportunity to see the Guilty Crown World Premiere, which includes a special introduction and then screening of the first two episodes. Screening will take place on Saturday in room 1A18 at 6:30 pm ET.

There will also be an encore screening and focus panel with the Japanese Production Team on Sunday at 11:15 am ET in Room 1A18.

Series synopsis and trailer:

In the near future, a meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and total anarchy. Several years later, Shu—a teen with a special ability awakened by the Apocalypse Virus—meets a strange girl who incites him to join the struggle against a government organization’s robotic forces and a secret society whose goal remains shrouded in mystery.

Cast Announcement for B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time

We know that you’ve just been dying to find out who’s voicing the English dub cast for B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time. Well, look no further! Here is your wonderful cast for this outrageous comedy.

 

YAMADA Brittney Karbowski
YAMADA’S EROS DEITY Alexis Tipton
KOSUDA Scott Freeman
KOSUDA’S EROS DEITY Greg Ayres
MIYANO Jād Saxton
MIYANO’S EROS DEITY Caitlin Glass
KANEJO Kristi Kang
TAKESHITA Cherami Leigh
CHIKA Emerick Jade
Director Zach Bolton

 

And here’s the first official trailer for the series! Check it! It’s also the debut of the new FUNimation motion logo, which we think is pretty cool.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Cast Announcement

We promised you a big announcement to wrap up Fullmetal Alchemist Week. So, for our grand finale, we would like to reveal the English dub cast for the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

ED – Vic Mignogna

AL – Maxey Whitehead

JULIA – Alexis Tipton

MELVIN VOYAGER – Matt Mercer

MIRANDA – Shelley Calene-Black

COLONEL HERSCHEL – Patrick Seitz

ROY – Travis Willingham

SOYUZ – Chris Smith

VATANEN – Elias Taylorson

GONZALES – Bruce DuBose

PEDRO – Jonathan Brooks

WINRY – Caitlin Glass

HAWKEYE – Colleen Clinkenbeard

SIZZLER – Brian Mathis

RAUL – Andrew Chandler

GRAZ – Jim Johnson

ARMSTRONG – Christopher R. Sabat

KARINA – Tia Ballard

TONY – Christopher Bevins

BREDA – Jeremy Inman

But, there’s always an encore after a grande finale, isn’t there?

We’ve also got an extra special announcement for you today. We got the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVAs and Fullmetal Four-Panel Comic Theater. These four OVAs were originally released with the individual Japanese volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

  • The Blind Alchemist
  • Simple People
  • The Tale of Teacher
  • Yet Another Man’s Battlefield
  • “Fullmetal Four-Panel Comic Theater”.

Expect more information coming soon.

Fairy Tail Fun! English Dub Premiere and more!

As many of you know, we debuted the first English dubbed episode of Fairy Tail last week onFUNimation.comYouTube and Hulu. We’ve been reading some of your feedback on YouTube and appreciate the comments.

Shannyrox101 - I’m glad you think we did an amazing job and will keep up the good work.

glynnezra - Thanks. We also think Fairy Tail is the sh*t and are glad you appreciate the action.

Raebo911 - Happy is adorable. smile

Xtremekid0623 - We’ll ensure to continue producing the best dub for the show out there.

Be sure to watch the English dub of episode 2 launching this Friday 10/7/11. Keep the feedback coming. We love to read what you think and know you love to say what’s on your mind.

And for even more Fairy Tail action, those of you attending New York Comic Con / New York Anime Fest have a chance to meet the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima. You can thanksKodansha for this wonderful opportunity on their Facebook page. We will also have our own Fairy Tail events going on so stay tuned for more info. Will we see you there?

Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 6:30PM
PANEL: Kodansha Comics / HIRO MASHIMA
Room 1A24

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Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 11:00AM
PUBLIC SIGNING Room 1E06

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Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 1:00PM
VIP SIGNING

(Anime Access VIPs only)

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