Archive for February, 2012

New Release Tuesday – Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish is available for purchase today. This particular release has sparked a lot of fan frenzy. In case you haven’t heard of this title before, here’s a short synopsis:

Tsukimi and her wallflower friends are hopeless nerds with bizarre hobbies. Their crippling social anxieties keep them from setting foot outside the all-girl apartment complex they inhabit, but a late night jellyfish rescue mission and the arrival of a “Stylish Girl” are about to turn their lives upside down!

If you get a chance, see if you can attend one of the Jellyfish making workshops that we’ll be having at conventions this year. They’re a lot of fun, and you can make your very own Clara plush.

On the digital front, Microsoft will now be running a monthly promotion on anime brands called AnimeHITS. These promotions will last a week in Canada and the U.S. The first of these promotions starts today, and goes through March 6th, but only in Canada! The following titles will be on sale through the ZUNE Marketplace and Xbox in Canada:

  • Fairy Tail Part 1 $14.99 SD/ $19.99 HD
  • Fairy Tail Part 2 $14.99 SD/ $19.99 HD
  • B Gata H Kei $14.99 SD/ $19.99 HD

Also available today on Sony Video Unlimited and Microsoft ZUNE, we have Dragon Ball Z Season 9 with episode 254 FREE until 3/27. If you happen to be on Xbox later today, you’ll see Dragon Ball Z Season 9 featured on Xbox’s “What to Watch” on the Xbox Live Dashboard. Pretty nifty.

Princess Jellyfish Round Robin Interview and Plush-Making Contest

Round Robin Interview

Many of you asked us questions about Princess Jellyfish, so we interviewed several people who worked on the show for some behind the scenes insights.

Justin Rojas moderated a round robin interview with Christopher Bevins (ADR Director, Voice of Hanamori), Mariela Ortiz (Digital Coordinator, Voice of Banba), Sarah Alys Lindholm (QA Translator), Sarah Sullivan (former DVD & Blu-ray Assistant, currently Conventions Manager), Anita Schuring (copywriter), and Enrique Echavarria (Promotional Video Artist).

For a sneak peek check out the video below, of course this video clip is just a teaser, FUNimation.com members get to see even more by going on the Princess Jellyfish website. We even have a special extended video as an exclusive for our Elite Video Subscribers. How do you become an Elite Video Subscriber and get exclusive content like this extended video? Just go towww.funimation.com/subscribe to find out more.


Princess Jellyfish Plush-Making Contest

A little while ago we posted a video that teaches you how you too can make a jellyfish plush, just like Tsukimi does in Princess Jellyfish. Now you can let that video be your guide, and create your own jellyfish for a chance to win some sweet prizes so you too can geek out just like the Sisterhood in the show.

The contest starts now and the deadline for entries is March 4th at 11:59 pm CST. Please email your entries to [email protected].

Must be a resident of the US to win. Please see the complete contest rules by clicking this link.

If you are under the age of 18, you will need your parent/guardian’s consent. You will also need todownload and have your parent/guardian complete this consent form for the contest. Please email the signed consent form to [email protected].

 

Here’s what you can win! FUNimation will choose 1 Grand Prize Pack Winner and 1 Second Prize Pack Winner. There will also be 3 randomly picked winners who will receive a Clara keychain.

1 GRAND PRIZE PACK WINNER:

  • Trigun Towel with Vash
  • Spice and Wolf – Holo Messenger Bag
  • Summer Wars DVD
  • Last Exile – Anime Classics – The Complete Series on DVD
  • One Piece – Chopper Binder
  • MoonPhase Memo pad
  • Fairy Tail – Lucy – Tshirt – M
  • Soul Eater – Soul Figure
  • Fairy Tail Key Chain – Crux (Southern Cross) Key
  • Fairy Tail – Cell Phone Charm – Natsu
  • Ouran High School Host Club Cell Phone Charm – Honey
  • Ouran High School Host Club – Honey Mug SRP $12.99 Hetalia – America Magnet
  • Summer Wars – Hanafuda Cards – Promotional Item
  • Princess Jellyfish – Clara Keychain
  • Reusable Grocery Shopping Bag – featuring Clara [the jellyfish] from Princess Jellyfish

 

1 SECOND PRIZE PACK WINNER:

  • Ouran High School Host Club – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Trigun – The Complete Series DVD
  • FLCL – Takkun Cat Shirt – M
  • FLCL – Notebook
  • Soul Eater Messenger Bag
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle – Memo pad
  • Princess Jellyfish – Clara Keychain – Promotional Item
  • Reusable Grocery Shopping Bag – featuring Clara [the jellyfish] from Princess Jellyfish

 

3 RANDOM WINNERS:

So get started on making your jellyfish plush and enter for a chance to win these awesome prizes. We want to see your creativity! Just email a picture of your jellyfish (and your consent form if you are under 18) to[email protected].

Cat Planet Cuties Cast Announcement

Our Elite Video Subscription Members have pretty much known who’s playing whom in Cat Planet Cuties for most of today, but we’ll let the rest of you in on this now. For those of you who have already gotten this information, use this opportunity to double check your spelling.

 

CHARACTER ACTOR
ERIS Tia Ballard
MANAMI Brittney Karbowski
KIO Aaron Dismuke
ANTONIA Luci Christian
MAYA Kristi Kang
AOI Monica Rial
MELWIN Lara Woodhull
QOONE Staci Moon
CHAYKA Cherami Leigh
MAKI Martha Harms
SARA Clarine Harp
YUICHI Sonny Strait
JANES Colleen Clinkenbeard
MATREY Jason Douglas
JACK Jamie Marchi
DUREL Aleisha Force

Co-directors on this series are Christopher Bevins and Scott Sager

series synopsis:

She’s as frisky as she is curvy – and kitty wants to play! The flirty fun begins when nice guy Kio has a close encounter with a sexy, alien cat-girl named Eris. She’s every nerd’s fantasy come true, and she and her fellow intergalactic felines are setting up base in Kio’s house. Unfortunately, Kio doesn’t have a lot of time for heavy petting. Secret agencies and enemy dog-aliens are sniffing around, hoping to get their paws on his pussycat pal’s tail! The guy’s definitely got his hands full – but with Eris jumping in his lap to purr in his ear, it’s likely Kio will land on his feet!

Watch the video below as co-director, Christopher Bevins, announces the English Dub cast of this series! And don’t forget you can pre-order the fun on Amazon.com and RightStuf now!

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker – Meet Cassandra

We’ve covered ogres, demons, and dragons (oh my!) along with some key scenery pieces forDragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker. Now let’s spend a little time getting to know the characters. First up, the star of the movie herself – Cassandra Pentaghast!

Some of you may be asking why we chose Cassandra as the main character for the story. If you watched our “Production Update 01” video, you’ll hear Mike Laidlaw, Creative Director of Dragon Age at BioWare answer that question.

“It’s because it ties in with the themes that we’ve been building to. So for us finding out her backstory. Seeing how she rose to the prominence that she has gives us this completely new take on what’s happening both with her order and with the templars, and with that ongoing conflict that ties the whole Dragon Age universe together.” -Mike Laidlaw, Creative Director – BioWare

Please enjoy these preliminary sketches and designs of our heroine, Cassandra. Don’t forget toplace your pre-orders now for Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 29th, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.dragonagemovie.com

Cassandra –Sketch 1

For those who have played Dragon Age II, you’ll notice that the Cassandra in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker looks a bit different than the Cassandra Pentaghast you’ve seen in the game.

Cassandra – Sketch 2

This Cassandra is a much younger version than the one you’ve seen in Dragon Age II. We’ve lengthened her hair and lightened the make-up to give her a more innocent appearance. But believe me, she’s still a force to be reckoned with!

Cassandra – Armor – Sketch 1

This early sketch of Cassandra’s full Seeker armor shows some initial ideas on possible designs. Notice the gold accents and intricate detailing on the chest plate.

Cassandra – Light Armor [Featured]

Needing something that would be easier to move around in, some sketches were drawn of possible light armor options. It’s hard to be stealthy in full armor.

Cassandra – Armor – Sketch 2

Here’s a turnaround sketch of Cassandra’s full armor; along with a deconstructed view.

Cassandra – Under Garment – Sketch 1

If you’re curious as to what Cassandra’s got on under all that armor, here’s a sketch you might enjoy.

Cassandra – Armor – Sketch 2 [Featured]

Here’s a detailed deconstructed sketch of Cassandra’s armor arm piece.

Cassandra – Color Test

Some color test sketches of both the light and full armor options.

Cassandra – Armor – Render [Front & Back] [Featured]

3D front and back renders of Cassandra’s full armor minus full color detail.

Cassandra – Bust – Final [Featured]

3D renders of Cassandra as she appears in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker. She’s sporting her hair in a stylish ponytail to keep it out of her face. You can’t have hair obstructing your vision when you’re fighting for your life.

New Release Tuesday – Digital Overload

Physical releases are a little light this week with the Alien vs. Ninja Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack hitting stores. But, we’re making up for it on the digital side.

.hack//Quantum is available today on Sony Video UnlimitedXbox, and in the Microsoft ZUNE Marketplace. Download these OVAs today on your favorite console! You can also download it on your iPod, iPad, iPhone etc. via iTunes (U.S. and Canada only).

synopsis:

Tobias, Mary, and Sakuya are into the The World. Together, they grind toward the break of day and run dungeons in search of the artifacts of adventure. But when the trio becomes lost in this virtual labyrinth, their lives will change forever.

Also available today for digital download, Sengoku Basara 2! Get the second season of this epic series via Sony Video UnlimitedXbox, or in the Microsoft ZUNE Marketplace. Download it for your iPod, iPad, iPhone, etc. via iTunes (U.S. and Canada only.) For a limited time, you can download the first episode FREE across all available digital platforms until March 6, 2012.

synopsis:

Based on the brutal world created by Capcom, Sengoku Basara drops you into the battlefields of feudal Japan, where rival warlords, each with their own power-boosting special attack, unite in a co-op campaign of annihilation against the Demon Lord.

Hop onto Xbox LIVE next Tuesday, February 28, 2012, and you should see Dragon Ball Z Season 9 featured on Xbox’s “What to Watch” on the Xbox Live Dashboard. Pretty nifty.

So what do you think? Do you enjoy being able to download anime on your consoles and mobile devices? Would you like to see more?

Dragon Ball Z T-Shirt Survey from Ripple Junction

We love stylish T-shirts here at FUNimation. Particularly, stylish anime-related T-shirts. Combine that with stylish Dragon Ball Z T-shirts and you’ve got a win-win! Ripple Junction wants to know what you think of these Dragon Ball Z T-shirt designs! Take their survey now and you could see these in a store near you. Wouldn’t you love to be sporting one of these this summer? Take the survey, and then tell us below which one is your favorite.

FUNimation Mobile App – Coming Soon!

We are happy to announce that FUNimation will be releasing a new mobile app for both Android and iPhone in late March. You will now be able to watch your favorite anime series and movies from the palm of your hand. Take the FUNimation catalog with you anywhere, at any time!

We will have two versions of the FUNimation mobile app available:

  FUNimation – Free FUNimation
Price Free TBD
Content Promo episodes, clips, trailers Unlock thousands of hours of anime, complete series, clips, trailers
Ads Commercials, banner ads Commercials
Elite Video Subscription Upgrade Yes (Get full access to subscription content, no commercials) Yes (Get full access to subscription content, no commercials)

We are still working on the price (a one time fee) for the full FUNimation app but will update you when we have that locked down.

We haven’t forgotten about all of you Elite Video Subscribers when building these apps. You will gain full access to all your subscription content without commercials on either app! Not a subscriber yet? Sign up for your 14-day free trial here.

We hope you are all excited about this jump to mobile for FUNimation as we are. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to walk around with anime in their pocket 24-7? You could be watching anime on your phone while waiting in line at a convention to watch more anime. Totally meta. wink

FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Sengoku Basara Movie

Flower Mound, TX – February 18, 2012 – FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Katsucon that it has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, mobile, and streaming rights to the anime movie,Sengoku BASARA – Samurai Kings: The Movie! FUNimation plans to release the movie on home video in the 4th quarter of 2012.

Movie synopsis:

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is defeated, but feudal Japan isn’t safe yet. The fallen villain’s most loyal and lethal minion – Ishida Mitsunari – is obsessed with carrying on Toyotomi’s legacy of violence in the name of vengeance. Ishida brutally cuts a bloody path across the countryside, even as Tokugawa Ieyasu attempts to rally Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, and the nation’s other warlords toward an era of harmony. Unfortunately, for peace to finally be achieved, the fires of war must be unleashed once more. With Japan’s fate hanging in the balance, one of the most epic, over-the-top battles in history begins in Sengoku BASARA – Samurai Kings: The Movie!

Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/sengoku-basara-samurai-kings

One Hell of a Cast Announcement, Part 2

If you are an Elite Video Subscription Member, then you have already heard this information hours ago. But for the rest of you, here you go.

A little while ago, we posted the English Dub Cast for a few of the main characters in Black Butler Season 2. Well, now here’s more of the lovely English voice cast.

 

CHARACTERS VOICE ACTOR
ALOIS Luci Christian
CLAUDE Jason Douglas

 

CHARACTERS VOICE ACTOR
ABBERLINE Jonathan Brooks
AGNI Patrick Seitz
BALDROY Ian Sinclair
CIEL Brina Palencia
DRUITT Todd Haberkorn
ELIZABETH Cherami Leigh
FINNY Jason Liebrecht
GRELL Daniel Fredrick
HANNAH Caitlin Glass
LAU Jerry Jewell
LUKA Lindsay Seidel
MEY-RIN Monica Rial
SEBASTIAN J. Michael Tatum
SOMA Chris Ayres
TANAKA R. Bruce Elliott

Don’t forget to pre-order Black Butler Season 2 on Blu-ray/DVD Combo. It’s available on April 3, 2012. And for those of you who have been wondering, yes, this release also does come with the following OVAs:

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)

Princess Jellyfish Valentines and Crafting

We’ve got two treats for our Princess Jellyfish fans today. First up, we’ve created these Princess Jellyfish themed Valentine’s cards that you can print out and give to your special someone next week. You can download the cards by clicking this link. Cards are formatted to fit on letter-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″). For best results, please print on a heavier stock of paper, like card stock.

Now, for treat number 2. Char and Clarine have teamed up (with a little help from the make-over fairy) to bring you this instructional video on how to make your very own jellyfish dolls. Watch as they take you step-by-step through the crafting process. If you get a chance, see if you can attend some of the Princess Jellyfish crafting workshops at a convention this year. They’re a lot of fun!

Princess Jellyfish will be available on Blu-ray DVD Combo on Feb. 28th, 2012. You can pre-order right now on Amazon.com andRightStuf.com. If you pre-order right now on RightStuf, you will get a special Limited Edition Clara keychain as your free gift with purchase while supplies last.

http://www.funimation.com/princess-jellyfish