Archive for February, 2013

New Release Tuesday – Hello, New Girl!

There’s a new girl in town, and she’s totally got the hots for Tomoki! TheHeaven’s Lost Property Movie - The Angeloid of Clockwork is now available on BD/DVD Combo.

synopsis:
Hiyori’s a sweet, shy girl who’s used to living in the background. Now, the wallflower is ready to bloom and reveal a big secret: she’s totally infatuated with Tomoki! To get closer to the dirty-minded object of her affection, she joins the New World Discovery Club. With Tomoki’s lazy love of peace and quiet, he’s not interested in accommodating any new Club members and tries to scare Hiyori away with his usual perverted antics. Nonetheless, she remains committed to her crush and starts bonding with Ikaros, Nymph, and the gang – until a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. It seems Hiyori has a deeper – and more dangerous – link to the Angeloids than anyone suspected! How is she connected to the Synapse? Why is she trying to kill Tomoki, even after confessing her feelings? Find out in the hilarious, super-sexy Heaven’s Lost Property movie, The Angeloid of Clockwork!

Don’t forget that Seasons 1 and 2 of Heaven’s Lost Property are also available. Be sure to pick up your copies and complete the series.

Wolf Children Screening at the New York International Children’s Film Festival

If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see Wolf Children, the critically acclaimed movie from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) then you’ll be pleased to know that the English subtitled version will be screening this March at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Tickets are on sale now. See below for screening times and information. Director Mamoru Hosoda will be in attendance at a few of these screenings, and some showings may also receive limited 11×17 Wolf Children posters.

synopsis:
From the visionary, award-winning creator of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Mamoru Hosoda, comes a beautiful tale of love and triumph. 19 year old Hana finds herself falling in love with a wolf-man and over the years becomes the mother of two half wolf/ half human children. Ame, born on a rainy day and Yuki, born in the snowy winter must move with their mother to a rural town to hide the secret of their mysterious lineage.

Screenings

Saturday, March 9
4:00 PM
6:30 PM
SVA Theater
333 West 23rd Street
New York City, NY 10011
(Director Mamoru Hosoda will be in attendance)

Sunday, March 10
10:30 PM
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014
(Director Mamoru Hosoda will be in attendance)

Sunday, March 24
4:30 PM
DGA Theater
110 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

If you weren’t able to get a ticket to the sold out screenings at the NYICFF on March 9th and 10th, then you have another chance to see the movie. There will be a special screening of Wolf Children at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on March 14th at 7pm.

Date: March 14 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Room 26-100
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

The showing is free and open to the public. The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles, followed by a Q/A with director Mamoru Hosoda. A limited number of Wolf Children posters and copies of the Summer Wars DVD will be available as a giveaway for attendees. For more details, click here. It will also be preceded by a presentation on anime’s global success, anime studios, and some of Director Hosoda’s creative process, presented by cultural anthropologist and MIT professor Ian Condry, with details as follows:

Time: 4:00-5:30PM
Location: Room E51-149
Click here for map of location

Black Butler Contest – One Hell of a Wake Up

This contest is now over. Thank you for participating. Congratulations to our winner, sheetamoon.

We just got some Black Butler merchandise in the office and we want to share them with our fans. In order to determine who should receive all this sweet swag, we’re asking a question over on ourforum:

“If you had a butler, how would you want him to wake you up in the morning?”

Just click this link and respond to this question in our forum thread. Please keep your answers PG. We’ll be selecting one random winner to receive this prize pack.

Prize:

  • 2 different packages of Black Butler file folders
  • Zippered Black Butler File Folder Bag
  • Black Butler Mini spiral bound notebook
  • Black Butler Hobo Bag
  • Black Butler Wallet
  • 2 Black Butler Tumblers – Sebastian + Ciel; Alois + Claude
  • Black Butler Keychain
  • Black Butler Jigsaw Puzzle

Click here for the official rules. While we would love to see your answers in the comments of this post, you MUST submit them to this forum thread if you want them to be eligible for the prize.

Here’s a little clip from Season 2 for some inspiration.

Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. – Final Winner

Our Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. event has ended. Here is the final winner in the contest.

The last round had a great amount of dumbfounding answers but the winner of Question #3 is Boshima – welcome to Class F!
Question: Choose one of the following vocabulary words, define it, and explain its origin.

  • Bildungsroman
  • Cantankerous
  • Discombobulate
  • Loquacious
  • Panjandrum

Answer:
Cantankerous – A disease that causes one to fail a test. Also known as cantankatest.

Most common symptoms include: shortness of breath, sweating, loss of conciseness, shaking, crying, sleepiness, and the begging of god(s) for help.

Most common side effects: more crying, summer school, extra classes, enraged teacher, loss of life, and may lead to more tests.

It originates in the olden days when our first senpais took the first “assessment of their abilities” and failed them, which has led to the current form called tests that the evil organization adults, better known as A Dangerous and Unbelievably Long Test Society, have created to enslave those who have this disease.

Ex: “I’m not a member of Class F because I’m stupid, I just suffer from Cantankerous…and THE OPPRESSION OF THE ADULTS!!!”

Thank you all who entered. We never knew the bar could go quite that low. Even though there was only room for three new members of Class F you will always be Class F material in our hearts!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Baka & Test OVA take a look at the trailer.

synopsis: Class F is back in the Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts: OVA Special Collection! Fumizuki Academy’s popular Refreshing Festival is quickly approaching, and the student body is busy prepping class projects. For Yoshii and the gang, there’s a lot more at stake than showing off for campus visitors. If Class F doesn’t profit from its festival project and buy some new gear for its dumpy room, Mizuki’s parents are going to send her to another school! Of course, even if the slack pack makes some money, they’ll have to win one of the toughest Summoner Test Wars of their lives before they’re allowed to spend it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and they can’t even spell surrender!

If you missed them there is also Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) and Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) available now.

Elite Video Subscription Extra for 2/22 & 2/25

A double shot of EVS videos for you today:

Episode #11 of the first Season of Inside the Voice Actors Studio.

In this episode Taliesin talks about working on Mongolian Chop Squad, the craziness of script adaption, and working with Mike McFarland on music direction.

OVA’s 4 thru 6 of Freezing. Enjoy all the uncut ‘action’!

OVA #4 Dub Sub | OVA #5 Dub Sub | OVA #6 Dub Sub

Missed an extra? No worries, we have a full list of them so you can go back and catch up any time you want. We will be updating this list every week.

Not a subscriber yet? Start your 14-day free trial now at FUNimation.com/subscription

Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. – Question #3

This portion of the contest is over. To see the winning entry please click this link.

We’re down to the the last question in our Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. event. Another round of…great, yea great, answers!

It was another close one but the winner of Question #2 is ASAW – welcome to Class F!
Question: Explain why the sky is blue.
Answer: I would love to explain why the sky is blue but I’m not a therapist. I don’t know what it’s deal is. Maybe it needs a girlfriend or something. I hear Mother Nature is single.

It’s time for everyone who hasn’t won yet to go that extra mile and give -110%! Forget to tie your laces, lock your keys in your car (again), and truly believe that 2+2 = 22.

Answer the following question, most creative unintelligent or ‘BAKA’ answer wins the prize!

Question #3: English
Choose one of the following vocabulary words, define it, and explain its origin.

  • Bildungsroman
  • Cantankerous
  • Discombobulate
  • Loquacious
  • Panjandrum

BAKA answer example: A bildungsroman was a common ritual in the ancient Roman coliseum. Normally, when a gladiator was defeated, they would be put to death, but sometimes, if they did a particularly crappy job, the audience would fling dung into the ring until the pile was as big as a building—thus building, dung, roman is a bildungsroman.

Question #3 Prize Pack 

  • Ouran High School Host Club: The Complete Series DVD
  • Level E: The Complete Series, Blu-ray+DVD Limited Edition Combo Pack
  • Baka and Test postcard
  • Baka and Test poster, autographed by Alexis Tipton, voice of Mizuki Himeji

Remember that all answers need to be posted in the comments of this blog post. See the originalcontest post for more details.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Baka & Test OVA take a look at the trailer.

synopsis: Class F is back in the Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts: OVA Special Collection! Fumizuki Academy’s popular Refreshing Festival is quickly approaching, and the student body is busy prepping class projects. For Yoshii and the gang, there’s a lot more at stake than showing off for campus visitors. If Class F doesn’t profit from its festival project and buy some new gear for its dumpy room, Mizuki’s parents are going to send her to another school! Of course, even if the slack pack makes some money, they’ll have to win one of the toughest Summoner Test Wars of their lives before they’re allowed to spend it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and they can’t even spell surrender!

If you missed them there is also Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) and Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) available now.

Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. – Question #2

This portion of the contest is over. To see the winning entry click this link.

We hope you all liked the first question in our Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever. event. When we asked all of you to think as a member of Class F you sure didn’t disappoint.

It was a tough decision but the winner of Question #1 is VonOfnir – welcome to Class F!
Question: You’re on a train that leaves New York for Orlando at 8AM, going 60 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves Orlando for New York, going 85 mph. Orlando and New York are 1200 miles apart. What time will you be able to see the other train pass?
Answer:
Teacher: “Yes, you in the back.”

Boy: “Well…”

(and thus begins a conversation in his head)

- wait a second, what if there is weather?

**eyes widen**

- Is it winter? How much snow is on the ground? Is it snow or is it ice? What if it’s a mixture?
What if it’s not winter, maybe it’s spring?

**starting to panic**

- If it’s spring and we’re travelling around hills or mountains…OH GOD, MOUNTAINS!!!! That
means…

**jaw drops**

- MUDSLIDES!!!!!

**closes mouth and now has an inquisitive look on his face**

- But it could be in the summer…nice weather, can see everything.

**closes eyes and imagines the image with a relaxed smirk on his face**

- The animals on the farm grazing without any problems in the world. People walking around in
love, walking hand in hand. Workers working hard at their jobs. Oh it’s starting to get a little dark,
must be rain. Wind is starting to pick up a bit…a lot actually.

** as a cow flies by in his dream, he snaps out of trance with eyes wide open and jaw dropped
and super panicked as he stands straight up and runs out of the classroom in terror screaming…
(which ends his own conversation in his head)

Boy: “HURRICANE!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! **crying**

Teacher looks confused and struck with awe.

Teacher: “Uhhh…”

**Teacher sees a girl with her hand raised intently as if she knows the answer.**

Teacher: How about you miss?

Girl: “6:05PM?”

There is still have room for two more students to join the ranks of Class F so do not worry. Because worrying requires proper thinking, and we can’t have any of that here.

Answer the following question, most creative unintelligent or ‘BAKA’ answer wins the prize!

Question #2: Science
Explain why the sky is blue.
BAKA answer example: Because the ocean’s blue, and when water evapperates evapourrates goes into the air, the wet part becomes the clouds (don’t ask me how, I think it has to do with photosynthesis) and the blue color gets absorbed into the sky???

Question #2 Prize Pack 

  • Full Metal Panic!: The Complete Series DVD
  • Negima!: The Complete Series DVD
  • Baka and Test postcard
  • Baka and Test poster, autographed by Alexis Tipton, voice of Mizuki Himeji

Remember that all answers need to be posted in the comments of this blog post. See the originalcontest post for more details.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Baka & Test OVA take a look at the trailer.


synopsis: Class F is back in the Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts: OVA Special Collection! Fumizuki Academy’s popular Refreshing Festival is quickly approaching, and the student body is busy prepping class projects. For Yoshii and the gang, there’s a lot more at stake than showing off for campus visitors. If Class F doesn’t profit from its festival project and buy some new gear for its dumpy room, Mizuki’s parents are going to send her to another school! Of course, even if the slack pack makes some money, they’ll have to win one of the toughest Summoner Test Wars of their lives before they’re allowed to spend it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and they can’t even spell surrender!

If you missed them there is also Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) and Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) available now.

Baka & Test: Dumbest. Contest. Ever.

Entry period for this portion of the contest is over, to see the winning entry click this link

The Baka and Test: Summon the Beast OVA hit stores yesterday. To mark the third release in the world of Baka and Test we are holding a contest that takes a certain kind of person. Someone who knows the value of knowledge and intelligence…and is willing to ignore all that at a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!

Class F is looking for three new students to join them. Of course these need to be students who meet the class’, um, standards. So we will be asking a series of questions to find the right candidates. The student who submits the “best” answer will join the class and be given a welcoming gift.

Answer the following question. Most creative, unintelligent, or ‘BAKA’ answer wins the prize!

We will be asking a question today (see below), Thursday, and Friday. Post your answer in the comments of each blog post to enter. You will have 24 hours to answer each question. Winners will be announced before the next question. You may enter once for each question. This contest is open to residents of US and Canada excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico. Click here for full rules.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Baka & Test OVA take a look at the trailer.


synopsis:
Class F is back in the Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts: OVA Special Collection! Fumizuki Academy’s popular Refreshing Festival is quickly approaching, and the student body is busy prepping class projects. For Yoshii and the gang, there’s a lot more at stake than showing off for campus visitors. If Class F doesn’t profit from its festival project and buy some new gear for its dumpy room, Mizuki’s parents are going to send her to another school! Of course, even if the slack pack makes some money, they’ll have to win one of the toughest Summoner Test Wars of their lives before they’re allowed to spend it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and they can’t even spell surrender!

If you missed them Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) and Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)are available now.

Question #1: Math

You’re on a train that leaves New York for Orlando at 8AM, going 60 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves Orlando for New York, going 85 mph. Orlando and New York are 1200 miles apart. What time will you be able to see the other train pass?

BAKA answer example: Who takes trains nowadays? I’ve never taken a train in my life. I’m not even from New York, but even if I was, I’d be taking a plane to Miami, and you definitely can’t see the train from your window when you’re above the clouds. Am I going to Disney World?

Question #1 Prize Pack

  • Hetalia Axis Powers: The Complete Series DVD
  • Pani Poni Dash!” The Complete Series DVD
  • Baka and Test postcard
  • Baka and Test poster, autographed by Alexis Tipton, voice of Mizuki Himeji

Tell Verizon You Want to Keep FUNimation Channel

We need your help. Verizon FiOS TV is planning to drop FUNimation Channel from channel 262. Call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) and also let @FiOSTV and @Verizon on Twitter and Verizon Fios on Facebook let them know you want the channel to remain on FiOS TV. They plan to drop it March 12. Thanks in advance for your help and please spread the word.

http://www.funimation.tv/

AFTER you call Verizon, check out this petition. Calls and posts on Twitter and Facebook are the most effective, but it doesn’t hurt to cover all the bases.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savefunimation/

There’s also been a forum thread created on the Verizon site, which you can access here.

 

New Release Tuesday – Brought to you by Toei

There’s a double dose of Toei animation this New Release Tuesday. First up, One Piece Season 4, Voyage 4 is now available on DVD, and it’s SUUUUUUPER!

synopsis:
Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become King of All Pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! Along for the ride are his loyal crewmates, a wonderfully-bizarre collection of outcasts and misfits from the far corners of the world. Each member has their own special talent, and they’ll utilize their skills to help Luffy achieve his dream! Together, the rubberman and his crew can conquer any challenge – or defeat any foe!

Next up, the gourmet adventure continues with Toriko Part 3, now available on DVD.

synopsis:
The temperature may be dropping, but the battle is about to reach its boiling point!

Toriko, Komatsu, and a host of hopeful heroes bundle up and begin the treacherous trek into the chilling confines of Ice Hell! The prize that lies ahead, Century Soup, is among the rarest of gourmet treasures – and without a doubt, the most divine delicacy ever to grace a bowl and spoon. Once every hundred years this luxurious liquid forms at the center of a chilling continent crafted completely from ice! Toriko and his culinarily-inclined sidekick Komatsu are determined to slurp up the sweet rewards of their journey, but something evil stands in their way. While Komatsu desperately seeks the soup, Tommyrod – a Gourmet Corps henchman with insects on the inside – pushes Toriko to the breaking point in a bugged out battle for the ages. Gourmet glory awaits, but only if they survive!