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Archive for March, 2013

San Gatsu no Madness 2013

EDIT: San Gatsu no Madness is over! The winner is Fullmetal Alchemist!

It’s that time of year again. That’s right, if you’ve been a FUNimation fan for a while, then you’re familiar with our annual San Gatsu no Madness tournament. Instead of filling out a bracket for a bunch of basketball teams that you probably don’t care about (and believe me, this year’s Big Dance is not really that amazing looking anyways) we put our anime titles in a head-to-head epic elimination match.

We’re going to be doing things a bit differently this year, and instead of filling out an entire bracket in one go, we’re going to have you vote for your favorites in each match using this nifty bracket app. This will also be done in 5 rounds. You’ll pick your winning titles for the first round and then once the round is over and the victors have been declared, you’ll vote again for the next round, and so on and so forth until the losers are eliminated and a supreme champion has been chosen. Here are the dates you need to remember:

March 19th - Round 1 starts
March 25th - Round 1 ends, Round 2 starts
March 29th - Round 2 ends, Round 3 starts
April 1st - Round 3 ends, Round 4 starts
April 5th - Round 4 ends, Final round starts
April 8th - Final round ends

After each round, we’ll be selecting one winner at random from among the entries. That winner will receive one of the five anime prize packages shown below.

Winners

  • Round 1 Winner - Wade Nelms (picked the Black Butler/FMA prize)
  • Round 2 Winner - Aundre Winter (picked the One Piece prize)
  • Round 3 Winner - Matthew Joiner (picked the Fairy Tail prize)
  • Round 4 Winner - John Walsh (picked the DBZ prize)
  • Final Round Winner - Danielle Suira (Hetalia prize)

This tournament runs from now until the end of March Madness (April 8th). Even if you didn’t vote in the first round, you still have a chance to vote in subsequent rounds. Just make sure you keep checking back.

Click here to see the official rules.

Elite Video Subscription Extra for 3/29

Today’s EVS extra is the staff commentary for Shakagan No Shana.

This commentary includes ADR Director Jerry Jewell and ADR Engineer Alyssa Galindo

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.

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Easter Bunny Girl Twitter Contest!

Easter is just around the corner and we here at FUNimation like bunnies. Especially bunny girls!

Where would anime be without the bunny girl costume? We don’t have too many shows that have this as part of them but for Easter I think we should make a special exception.

Easter Bunny Girl Twitter Contest!

Send a tweet answering the following question to be entered into the contest:

Which anime character would be that much better if they were wearing a bunny girl costume and why?

All answers must include #animebunnygirl@FUNimation and this link (funi.to/YUtP15) to the blog post. One lucky winner will be selected at random and win the following prize pack!

Prize Pack includes:

  • Shakugan No Shana: Season Three, Part one Limited Edition
  • Summer Wars DVD/Blu-ray combo pack
  • Black Lagoon Seasons 1&2 DVD/Blu-ray combo pack
  • Soul Eater: Complete Series Blu-ray box set
  • FUNimation bag
  • The FUNimation Show sticker
  • Ouran High School Host Club Usa-Chan giant plush

Contest runs from from Friday to Easter Sunday at 11:59pm. Contest open to all US and Canadian residents excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico. Click here for full rules.

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. See the results here.

Sakuracon and Anime Matsuri this Weekend!

Spring is in the air, even though most of us are currently still freezing, but that can only mean one thing… SAKURACON!

That’s right guys, it’s time for a weekend with all our favorite Pacific Northwest fans at SakuraCon, taking place this Friday through Sunday, March 29th-31st at the Washington State Convention Center. We will be bringing the party with two rad Industry Panels, Friday at 4pm and Saturday at 12pm, wedged in between all the PSYCHO goodness going on all weekend long.

If you’re sad that the simulcast of PSYCHO-PASS—one of the most thought-provoking anime in recent history, from the mind behind Puella Magi Madoka Magica –is over, never fear: FUNimation Entertainment is bringing you a weekend full of inspectors, enforcers and (most importantly) the creators of PSYCHO-PASS. Join Chief Director Katsuyuki Motohiro, Director Naoyoshi Shiotani, and Producer Joji Wada to learn more about bringing Gen Urobuchi’s unique vision to life.

On Friday you’ll get your first shot at meeting all three guests at their 4 p.m. Q&A session. There will be two more opportunities to meet the PSYCHO-PASS directors on Saturday, starting with the directors panel (with Atsuko Ishizuka) at 11 a.m. and then at the PSYCHO-PASS panel at 2:00 p.m. Autograph sessions will take place at 4 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. FUNimation is also presenting a very special chance to meet these anime industry leaders at the PSYCHO-PARTY—but space is extremely limited. You can win entry into this exclusive event at the cosplay gathering, our Saturday morning industry panel, or by paying VERY close attention to our Twitter @FUNimation on Saturday!

You can stop by booths 427 and 429 for all your DVD/Blu-ray anime needs! We will have hot-off-the-presses copies of Toriko Course 3, A Certain Scientific Railgun parts 1&2, and Shakugan no Shana Season 3 part 1&2. Spend $50 or more and get a 4-pack of snazzy FUNimation buttons, and don’t think we don’t have some RAD exclusive gift with purchase for ya. We went into the way-back machine and snagged some VERY RARE Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Heaven coins (you might remember these from Anime Expo and Otakon last year) as a very, very special gift when you pick up a copy of Panty & Stocking on Blu-ray this weekend. We have a very limited quantity of these available, so make sure you come early. If your Panty & Stocking Blu-ray is part of a purchase of $150 or more, you can snag an ALSO SUPER RARE Panty & Stocking shirt. We only have a couple of these in limited sizes, so shop early! In addition to the Panty & Stocking swag, we will also have awesome goodies like Is This A Zombie? shirts, Steins;Gate pins, A Certain Magical Index and Serial Experiments Lain magnets, and exclusive import One Piece gachapons, all FREE with the purchase of their corresponding titles.

Can you handle the goodness?! We know you can:) Can’t wait to see you all there!

But, that’s not the only convention we’re hitting up this weekend! FUNimation will also have a presence at Anime Matsuri in Houston, TX. This is the first time that FUNimation will be at Anime Matsuri, and we’re super excited to be part of it this year. We’ve got three panels this weekend, and be sure to stop by our booth in the dealer’s room to say “hi!”

Friday – 7pm – Panel Room 2
FUNimation Sneak Peeks - See some of the latest and greatest titles from FUNimation. We’ll show you clips from upcoming and recently released anime. WARNING: May contain large explosions and bouncing boobs.

Saturday – 8pm – Panel Room 2
FUNimation Industry Panel - Come and find out what’s going on with FUNimation, North America’s leading distributor of anime. News, information, Q&A, and maybe even some prizes. Stick around to find out

Sunday – 12pm – Panel Room 1
The Anime Biz: Is it Right for You? - 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.

Rojas will be at Sakuracon for Thursday and Friday and then flying down to Houston to Anime Matsuri for the rest of the weekend. He’s going to be earning his miles this weekend. If you find him curled up in a corner unconscious from fatigue, please make sure that he’s breathing…

About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 Results!

So, the Anime.About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 results are in, and well, you can’t always win them all. Although, Steins;Gate turned out to be the darling of the awards taking home a win in two categories, surprisingly enough. I’m sure you’re interested in seeing the results, so take a look below.

Here are the categories and winners:

  • Best New Anime of 2012 on DVD/BD – Steins;Gate
  • Best New Anime of 2012 on Streaming/Download – Steins;Gate
  • Best Anime Reissue in 2012 (Any Format) – Hellsing/Hellsing Ultimate
  • Best Anime Distributor of 2012 – FUNimation (by a landslide!)
  • Best Streaming/Download Service of 2012 – Crunchyroll

Were these what you expected? If you want to see the detailed final poll results just click this link.

New Release Tuesday – It’s Scorching

It’s the scorching conclusion of the Shakugan no Shana series. Find out what happens to Shana and Yuji, and pick up Season 3 today. Get the limited edition box while you can, once these are gone they’re gone for good!

synopsis:
Finally…the all-new conclusion to the action-fueled series begins. Follow a hot-blooded huntress in her final battle to maintain the balance between the human world and the supernatural. Yuji disappeared the fateful night he was supposed to choose between a life combatting evil by Shana’s side or as a normal teenager. He returns from near-death to lead the Crimson Denizens in a dubious plot to bring peace to the universe-but Shana isn’t fooled. In an explosive reunion, the fiery warrior faces her unlikeliest of foes while Flame Hazes from across the world join forces to ignite a war that will determine the fate of all supernatural kind.

And if you’re looking for a bargain then check out Corpse Princess – Complete Series in our Super Amazing Value Edition line. You get the entire series for under $30!

Elite Video Subscription Extra for 3/25

Today’s EVS extra is the music video for Evangelion 1.11: You are [Not] Alone.

This was a music video that was produced to help promote the Japanese release of the film.

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.

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Soul Eater on Toonami Giveaway

Congratulations to Guadalupe Villarreal, Jr., our third Giveaway winner!!

This is the LAST WEEK for this Giveaway! Last chance to win!

We’re so excited about Soul Eater premiering on Toonami that we’re giving away FREE STUFF! Starting Feb. 22, we’ll be holding a giveaway on Twitter each week for four weeks to give all of you the opportunity to win some cool Soul Eater merchandise. These prizes are almost as cool as Soul himself.

Here’s what you need to do for a chance to win:

  • Follow @FUNimation on Twitter (this is so we can contact you if you win)
  • Tweet @FUNimation how excited you are about Soul Eater on Toonami. You will need to include #WatchSoulEater and this link: http://funi.to/11Xqc1X

Pretty simple, right? You have from now until the start of the Soul Eater episode “Shape of the Soul – Enter the Ultimate Meister Stein?” on Toonami tomorrow night to tweet (that’s 1:00am ET/ 12:00pm CT). We will select one random winner from all eligible entries the following week. Click here for the official rules.

Here’s the prize pack for week four!

Be sure to also “Like” the official Soul Eater page on Facebook to stay up to date with all things Soul Eater.

Elite Video Subscription Extra for 3/22

Today’s EVS extra are the first three featurettes for Ergo Proxy.

 

 

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.

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Elite Video Subscription Extra for 3/18

Today’s EVS extra is the video commentary for Deadman Wonderland.

This commentary include Monica Rial (Shiro), Joel McDonald (ADR Director), Leah Clark (Minatsuki), Greg Ayres (Ganta)

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.

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