Archive for May, 2012

Own Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker TODAY for $12.99

Own the new movie — Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker on Blu-ray — TODAY for less than $13 — That’s a limited time offer of a staggering 63% off! Buy it today. Watch it today. Make the magic happen in four easy steps! How?

 

    1. Go to BestBuy.com and drop Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker into your cart

 

    1. Choose “Store Pickup” and then select your local store

 

    1. Pay online

 

    1. Um, go to that store and, you know, pick it up

That’s it. You’re done. You’re now the proud owner of the new movie based on the award-winning BioWare game, Dragon Age.

You can also download the song featured in the end credits of the movie, “Desire for Need: Dragon in Me Remix” performed by Seether and Remixed by Roger Sanchez. Buy this song and additional music inspired by the film from artists Shanice and The Drug in the iTunes store today!

FUNimation at A-Kon 23: June 1 – 3

Hey gang! I’ll be out at A-Kon in Dallas, TX this weekend reppin’ FUNimation at our panels.  For you locals, I expect to see you there! While we won’t have a booth and all that jazz, we will have awesome panel fun each day of the convention.  Each panel will be different so try to attend all of them! I’ll also be taking pictures to post on our official Facebook page, so if you find me or have an awesome cosplay, we can stop for a photo op.

FUNimation Industry Panel - Friday, June 1 – 3:15 pm – San Antonio

What’s up with FUNimation? We have the who’s, what’s, where’s, why’s, and WHOA’s of everything FUNimation-related! WARNING: some clips may contain strong language!

FUNimation Previews - Saturday, June 2 – 1:15 pm – San Antonio

A FUNimation clip show! Join Rojas from FUNimation for a showing of some new and upcoming DVD/BD releases. Are you curious about a new show? Then try it before you buy it! Fan participation and prizes are encouraged.

The Anime Biz: Is it right for you? - Sunday, June 3 – 3:30 pm – Houston B

Looking for a job in anime that’s NOT voice acting? So were we! Until we got hired. Hear from actual employees of FUNimation on what it takes to get anime into your home. From licensing to graphic design and everything in between, see if you have what it takes to be in the anime biz.

 

So, will we see you this weekend?

FUNimation Shows to Appear on Adult Swim’s Toonami Block – Two New Original Series to Debut Saturday, May 26

Flower Mound, TX – May 24, 2012 – Adult Swim announced last week at their annual Upfront event in New York that it will be bringing back the popular anime programming block known as Toonami.  The fan favorite block is scheduled to begin airing on Saturday, May 26th and will include new original anime programming as well as previously featured series.  Toonami airs on Adult Swim on Saturdays from midnight to 6:00 a.m. ET/PT.

FUNimation Entertainment® produced two new series that will comprise a portion of the new original anime programming on Adult Swim:  Deadman Wonderland   12:30am ET/PT, 3:30am ET/PT and Casshern Sins 1:00am ET/PT, 4:00am ET/PT.

 

Deadman Wonderland:

 

Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.

 

At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope – until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He’s determined to see justice served – but first he’ll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.

 

Casshern Sins:

 

Casshern – a cybernetic assassin with no memory of his past – awakens in a corrosive wasteland where nothing survives for long. A plague known as the Ruin sweeps across this once-vibrant world, reducing everything in its path to rubble and scattering any chance for salvation. Robots and humans alike – or what little remains of them – seek vengeance against Casshern for the life he took and the role he played in their Ruin. A machine built to kill, Casshern murdered the last hope for this world, but now, lost in a future he does not recognize, he will fight to save the dying.

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean at FanimeCon

FUNimation and FanimeCon are teaming up to present the “Eureka Seven AO Screening and Focus Panel!”  We will hold a screening for episodes 1-3 of Eureka Seven AO, followed by a focus panel with FanimeCon Guest of Honor Shigeto Koyama and FUNimation Senior Brand Manager, Charlene Ingram.  This special panel will be held on Friday evening, May 25th, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in Video Main.

Come and ask us about this brand new anime series, as well as participate in a door raffle for autographed prizes by Koyama-san! We’ll also be giving away other prizes based on Koyama-san’s other works, including copies of Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a limited number of Panty & Stocking premium posters.

synopsis:

The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young. A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

Watch the simulcast on FUNimation.com Thursdays at 11:00 am ET.

Deadman Wonderland – Cast Announcement

Well, as I’m sure you’ve heard already, Toonami is back!  Adult Swim has released the schedule for this Saturday (5/26) and the first two new FUNimation shows in this new Toonami block areDeadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins.  You may be wondering, who’s in the English dub cast?  Well, just take a gander below for the cast and crew list!

In case you’ve never heard of Deadman Wonderland, here’s a short synopsis.

synopsis:

Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy.

Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.

At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope – until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He’s determined to see justice served – but first he’ll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.

Keep up to date with the latest Deadman Wonderland news through the official Deadman Wonderland Facebook page!

CAST
GANTA Greg Ayres
MAKINA Colleen Clinkenbeard
TAMAKI Eric Vale
SHIRO Monica Rial
MIMI Lindsay Seidel
YAMAKATSU Micah Solusod
KASUGA Mary Morgan
YOU Aaron Dismuke

CREW:

Line Producer – Colleen Clinkenbeard
ADR Director – Joel McDonald
ADR Engineer – Kevin Leasure
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Script Writer – J. Michael Tatum

 

Are you excited about Toonami coming back?  Will you be watching?

Sankarea Episodes Available on FUNimation.com

We just can’t get enough zombies!  Sankarea finally makes its way to FUNimation.com.  Episodes 1 – 3 will be available tomorrow (5/17) at noon on our site:  http://www.funimation.com/sankarea

New episodes will be available every Thursday at 12:00 noon CT/ 1:00 pm ET.

You’ll be able to watch episodes of Sankarea on Hulu the following week after they air on FUNimation.com

series synopsis:

Furuya’s not interested in the living, he’s got zombies on the brain! When Furuya’s cat dies, he decides he’s going to try and bring it back to life. In the process, he stumbles across a girl whose failed attempted suicide has turned her into a real zombie! What’s Furuya going to do now that the thing he loves the most is right in front of his eyes? Watch what happens in this campy romantic comedy about the undead.

You can also watch Sankarea on the go with our FUNimation mobile app!  Find out more by clicking this link:  http://www.funimation.com/mobile

Cat Planet Cuties Photo Contest

CONTEST OVER: Congratulations to xharajukubunnyx, our Cat Planet Cuties Photo Contest Winner! See her winning picture to the left. Since we never specified that it had to be a picture with a real live cat, this still counts. Plus, there’s a Hello Kitty in the background!

We got a lot of awesome entries. So many adorable kitties! We hope that you enjoyed participating in this contest. And make sure you check out Cat Planet Cuties if you haven’t done so already!
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We recently sat down with the talented ladies from Cat Planet Cuties for a special interview, see the video below.  They were nice enough to sign a couple of things for us that we’re going to give you, the fans, a chance to win!

Here’s how to enter, just tweet a picture of you with a cat to@FUNimation.  Make sure you use the hashtags #CatPlanetCuties & #NerdLottery.  Pretty simple, right?  Look, I even gave you an example below.  Meow!

Contest begins today and will end on May 15th at 12pm CT.  We will choose one random winner to receive this prize pack of an autographed poster, postcard and art collection booklet from Brittney Karbowski and Tia Ballard.

See complete contest rules and details by clicking this link.

 

But there’s more! Check out this link for some extra special downloadable wallpapers and avatars from the series available exclusively on FUNimation.com.

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Cat Planet Cuties on BD/DVD Combo when it releases on May 15th.  You can still pre-order your copy on Amazon.com.

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!

New Release Tuesday – Kitty wants to play!

Cat girl fans rejoice!  It’s Cat Planet Cuties day!  This frisky fun series scampers its way onto shelves today.  Have you gotten a chance to check out this show yet?

In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s a synopsis of the series:

Nice guy Kio’s normal life gets turned upside down when he meets a friendly, sexy cat-alien named Eris! She’s on a peaceful mission – and she’s ready to play! Things get even friskier when her fellow felines set up base in Kio’s house! It’s not all fun and games, though. Danger is afoot, thanks to several secret agencies and enemy dog-aliens on Eris’s tail!

But, if cat girls just aren’t your thing, you can check out our live action movie–The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake.  If you’re a fan of the Ip Man movies, then you’ll want to make sure to pick this one up.  Filled with intense scenes of martial-arts action, The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake burns with the fires of revolution!

Here’s a short synopsis of the movie:

In late-19th century China, Qui Jin was many things: a defiant rebel armed with both blades and guns; a paramilitary leader dedicated to overthrowing an unjust government; a non-conformist who boldly donned men’s attire in spite of tradition; a radical poet whose words inspired the oppressed; a heroic martyr whose views on equality altered history. Her steadfast resolve to improve the plight of women and her bravery in the face of tyranny led her to the executioner – but her determination to topple the status-quo changed a nation forever.

And for those looking to score a deal, you can check out D.Gray-man the Complete Second Season on DVD in our Super Amazing Value Edition collection.

On the digital front, we’ve got a few goodies for you.  First up,Cat Planet Cuties is now available for digital download through Sony Video Unlimited and the Xbox/Zune marketplace.  For a limited time, you’ll also be able to download episode one for FREE.  That’s right, cat girls on the go.  It’s not quite like winning the nerd lottery, but a free episode is a pretty sweet deal.

Our neighbors to the north will be pleased to hear that Xbox/Zune will be offering a special AnimeHITS sale on the following shows just for Canada:

 

    • Okami-san and her Seven Companions

 

    • Heaven’s Lost Property Forte

 

    • Cat Planet Cuties

 

    • Fairy Tail part 4

 

    • Fairy Tail part 3
Act fast, Canada.  You only have until 5/21/12 to take advantage of this sale.
See anything you like?  Or, are you saving up for next week?

Fairy Tail – Amazon’s TV Deal of the Week

Happy Mother’s Day! Why not pick up something for Mom on Amazon.com? And no, we don’t mean Fifty Shades of Grey…although they both have Grey in them…

Fairy Tail is on Amazon.com’s TV Deal of the Week!  So, from 5/13 – 5/19, Fairy Tail Parts 1 – 4 will be up to 59% off.  That’s just $22.49 each! Better hurry if you want to take advantage of this deal.

So, if you’ve been waiting to grab this awesome series on Blu-ray and DVD, now’s your chance to get it for a super low price.

Have you watched Fairy Tail yet?  What do you think of it so far?

Summary:

In the Kingdom of Fiore, powerful wizards make their living by joining magical guilds and contracting out their services to become “wizards for hire”. Harnessing the forces of Dragon Fire, Ice, Weaponry, and the Zodiac, four young wizards of the infamous guild Fairy Tail team up to seek their fortunes. Growing stronger with every mission, they travel the countryside helping people and battling rival guilds, but with personalities as different as their magic skills, this team may end up doing more damage than good.

Cat Planet Cuties Animated GIFs

Are you following us on Tumblr?  Then you’ve probably seen these delightful Cat Planet Cuties animated GIFs.  The series comes out on BD/DVD Combo on Tuesday (5/15).  You still have time to order on Amazon.com, it’s 40% off!

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!

So, did you enjoy these animated GIFs?  Would you like to see more of them?