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FUNimation Entertainment announces multiple acquisitions at Anime Expo

Flower Mound, TX –JUNE 30, 2012- FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Anime Expo they have acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming, and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Aria the Scarlet Ammo. The series is directed by Takashi Watanabe, best known for directing Ikki Tousen, Shakugan no Shana, and Slayers Revolution.

Series synopsis:

Kinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries. He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition—he turns into an ace killer when he’s turned on by the female form—triggers a fiery transfer student’s unrelenting desire to make him her partner. Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/aria-the-scarlet-ammo

They have also acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Jormungand. The series is directed by Keitaro Motonaga, best known for directing Katanagatari, Getbackers and School Days.

Series synopsis:

A ruthless arms dealer on a quixotic quest for world peace. A child soldier born into chaotic conflict. Their lives will intertwine as they journey together through the seedy underbelly of the world’s arms market. Additional information may be found at:http://www.funimation.com/jormungand

FUNimation has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Blood-C, as well as the movie Blood-C: The Last Dark. Production I.G and CLAMP co-produced the project directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, best known for directing Big Windup! and Squid Girl.

Series synopsis:

Saya Kisaragi is a clumsy girl with a secret. She attends school, goes to the café with her friends and is always in a rush during the day. At night she becomes a hunter, protecting her town from monsters. As she battles these monsters she finds herself faced with uncertainty regarding her identity and purpose. In order to protect her friends Saya must become stronger or else face turning into a monster herself. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/blood-c

In addition, broadcast, home entertainment, streaming and mobile rights have been acquired to the complete anime series, Michiko & Hatchin. The series is produced by studio Manglobe and directed by Sayo Yamamoto, best known for her storyboard work on Death Note, Gunslinger Girl and Eureka 7.

Series synopsis:

After escaping from prison, the sexy criminal Michiko rescues an abused girl known as Hatchin. The two are about as opposite as they come, but their fates become intertwined through the connection of a man from both their pasts. On the run from the police and Hatchin’s abusive foster parents, the unlikely duo set out to find this man and ultimately discover their freedom. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/michiko-hatchin

FUNimation has also acquired the broadcast, home entertainment and streaming rights for the Production IG anime series, Appleseed XIII.

Series synopsis:

After facing massive destruction from a devastating war, the city Olympus has become the last stronghold as the center of command for the world. In order to protect the city from a group of terrorists known as the Argonauts, former LAPD SWAT member, Deunan Knotts, runs special military forces consisting of Biroids (cloned humans) and her cyborg partner Brialeos. Knotts must protect the city at all costs but is met with difficulties when Al Ceides, the Argonaut leader thought to be dead, resurfaces and causes problems. Additional information can be found at http://funimation.com/appleseed-xiii

Fans of the popular series, Ikki Tousen, will be pleased to know that FUNimation has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming, and mobile rights for the third and fourth seasons: Ikki Tousen – Great Guardians and Ikki Tousen – Xtreme Xecutor.

Ikki Tousen – Great Guardians synopsis:

Hakufu’s dreams of participating in new fights and tournaments are put on hold as new obstacles block her path. Her friends have lost faith in her, new enemies appear, and a younger sister she never knew existed suddenly shows up on her doorstep. If Hakufu ever hopes to compete worldwide, she’s going to have to deal with her issues at home first.

Ikki Tousen – Xtreme Xecutor synopsis:

Life gets crazy for Hakufu when she takes on a pupil that acts just like her! A tournament between the school heads start, but due to Hakufu’s negligence, her pupil ends up taking her place. The tournament isn’t what it seems, and the girls find themselves in the middle of a plot to take over the clans. Additional information can be found at http://funimation.com/ikki-tousen

Two new simulcasts have also been added to this year’s acquisition announcements. FUNimation has acquired the simulcast rights for Binbougami ga! and Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero.

Binbougami ga! series synopsis:

At the expense of the people and things around her, Sakura has absorbed so much “happiness energy” that she has caused an energy imbalance in the world. In order to return balance to the world, the Poverty God, Momiji, sets out to take away Sakura’s ability to absorb this energy. Will Momiji be able to put a stop to Sakura’s absorbing abilities, or will the God succumb to her happiness? Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/binbougami-ga

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero series synopsis:

Hero defeats bad guy. Good triumphs over evil. The end. Or, at least that’s how it usually goes. But what happens after the hero goes home? Our hero, Ohtorizawa Akatsuki, is about to find out that sometimes the greatest adventure starts once happily ever after ends. Additional information can be found at http://www.funimation.com/aesthetica-of-a-rogue-hero

And finally broadcast, home entertainment, and theatrical rights have been acquired to the complete anime series, Eureka 7: Astral Ocean. The series is a sequel to Eureka 7 and is created by Bones, best known for producing Wolf’s Rain, Soul Eater, Darker than Black and several other acclaimed series.

Series 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. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/eureka-seven-astral-ocean

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New FUNimation apps – coming soon!

As we mentioned in our Anime Expo blog post earlier this week, we have been working on some new FUNimation apps that we will be demo-ing at our booth this weekend. For all who may not be able to make it down to Anime Expo this weekend,make sure to check out each of the new apps. Here are some of the details.

FUNimation Tablet App

For iPad and Android tablets – Free & paid app versions
Coming in late July/early August
The tablet app is the most similar of the new apps to the Mobile app. So similar in fact that we have made it universal with the mobile app we have already released. This means if you have bought the paid mobile app you will get the paid tablet app for free and vice versa.

Click here to see the comparison chart between both versions of the mobile app which will be the same for the tablet app.

If you are an Elite Video Subscriber, just as you are able to unlock all your subscription content with either version of the mobile app, you will also get the same full access on the tablet app as well. Most shows will be in HD.

Roku app

FUNimation Roku App
For Roku streaming devices – Free app
Coming in late July/early August
The Roku app will bring anime to your Roku streaming device. This is another way to watch FUNimation anime on your TV instantly. This free app will allow you to watch trailers, clips, and promotional videos (such as the first 2-4 episodes) of most of the shows from the FUNimation catalog.

You will also be able to unlock all your subscription content on the Roku app same as you can with the Mobile and tablet app. HD video included. See a theme yet? smile
FUNimation Samsung App
For Samsung TV’s and Blu-ray players – Free app
Coming in late July/early August
The Samsung app will be a free app similar to the Roku app giving you access to clips, trailers, and promotional episodes. This app will also allow you to unlock all subscription content for Elite Video Subscribers in HD. The Samsung app will be available on all newer model Samsung web-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players.

We at FUNimation are very excited to bring these new apps to you in the near future. Not only will these apps expand the ways you can enjoy watching anime but it also makes our Elite Video Subscription service that much better for everyone who is a member.

Haven’t checked out the Elite Video Subscription yet? Click here to start your free 14-day trail today!

For all of you heading to Anime Expo this weekend be sure to come by and check out our FUNimation Elite Video Subscription lounge. We will have cosplayers care of ACParadise showing off these new apps and the subscription service. We will have some free swag for stopping by and you can get your badge scanned for a chance to win a free one-year membership to the FUNimation Elite Video Subscription service. We’ll see you at the FUNimation booth!

Pick Your Top Seven Goku and Vegeta Fights!

Win or lose, there’s no denying that Goku and Vegeta are the greatest warriors the universe has ever seen. We’ve witnessed them grow from skilled fighters into almighty Super Saiyans. In honor of their greatest battles, we’re going right to the source and letting you, the fans, pick the best fights for a new line of upcoming DVD releases. Help us decide, once and for all, the absolute best Goku and Vegeta fights in the Dragon Ball Z franchise by voting for your favorites on this survey. The seven fights with the most fan votes will be chosen to create the most non-stop, action-packed Dragon Ball Z release you have ever seen!

Click here to take the survey!

FUNimation acquires streaming rights for Brothers Conflict and Danganronpa: The Animation

June 28, 2013 – Flower Mound, TX – FUNimation announced today that it has acquired the streaming rights for two of the 2013 summer simulcast shows – Brothers Conflict and Danganronpa: The Animation.

Brothers Conflict has previously been adapted into a PlayStation Portable game and a 4-panel manga series. The anime series is set to air in July 2013 in Japan.

Synopsis:
Brothers Conflict revolves around Hinata Ema, the only daughter of a famous adventurer. When her father decides to remarry, she leaves the lovebirds alone and moves in with her 13 new step-brothers.

Danganronpa is an anime adaptation of a game by the same name. It will be directed by Seiji Kishi (Persona 4: The Animation, Devil Survivor 2, and Magikano).

Synopsis:
Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monobear, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag.

If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma. But if you’re caught red handed, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

When your principal is psychotic and your finals are fatal, high school goes from being the best years of your life – to your last.

Win Tickets to See the VAMPS Concert Screening in L.A.!

Our friends at Live Viewing Japan, Inc. are giving away a pair of tickets to the VAMPS LIVE concert screening in L.A. on July 7th. You’ll get to watch the VAMPS concert on the big screen at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live on a delayed broadcast from Tokyo!

Here’s a little big of background about VAMPS from the Live Viewing Japan, Inc. site:
In 2008, HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z. (Oblivion Dust) set out to form a rock band and created the one and only, VAMPS! Together, they have done hundreds of performances in Japan and even held a U.S.A. Tour in 2009 and a WORLD TOUR in 2010. On 7/3 their new single, “AHEAD/REPLAY” will be released in Japan in conjunction with their latest tour across Japan.

So, here’s what you need to do to win these tickets! You have two ways you can enter.

  1. Post the name of your favorite VAMPS song in the comments of this blog post.
  2. OR, Tweet @FUNimation the name of your favorite VAMPS song and this url:http://funi.to/11LzKvt

We will be selecting one random winner to receive a pair of tickets to this special screening. The VAMPS concert screening is actually only one of a series of other concert screenings (BREAKERZ, exist trace, girugamesh, JAM Project, MUCC, and SID) facilitated by Live Viewing Japan. Click here to see which other concerts will also be screening next week, and how you can get tickets to the shows.

You have from now until June 30th to enter. Click here for the complete rules.

About Live Viewing Japan Inc.
Live Viewing Japan Inc. is an “Alternative Contents” Provider in Japan. We will distribute exciting Japanese Entertainment to movie theaters around the World!

Lost Girl at San Diego Comic Con!

Syfy’s supernatural drama Lost Girl, a Showcase original series, will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con this year! Appearing will be series lead Kris Holden-Ried who plays Dyson, the shape-shifting homicide detective and noble Light Fae warrior, Gemini Award-winner Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected, Black Swan) as Kenzi, Bo’s human sidekick and street-smart confidante Zoie Palmer, who plays the brilliant human doctor Lauren in competition with Dyson for Bo’s affection, along with Lost Girl series Executive Producers Emily Andras and Jay Firestone and Producer Vanessa Piazza. The panel takes place on Saturday, July 20 at 7:15pm in room 6BCF. All actors will take part in an autograph session earlier in the day from 3pm-4pm at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth (#4135).

Lost Girl is a Showcase original series developed by Prodigy Pictures in association with Shaw Media. Executive Producers are Jay Firestone and Emily Andras. Vanessa Piazza and Wendy Grean are Producers.

Comic-Con Schedule:
Saturday July 20, 2013
3pm-4pm Booth #4135
Autograph session with all actors at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135. One item may be signed, and posters will be supplied for the session.

Autograph bracelets will be available while supplies last from the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135 on Saturday, July 20 as soon as the exhibit hall opens. An autograph bracelet guarantees only a place in line, and does not necessarily guarantee an autograph. Limit one bracelet per person.

7:15pm-8:15pm Room 6BCF
Lost Girl: Season Three and Beyond – Prodigy Pictures and Giant Ape Media present a fae-tastic panel with cast members Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi) and Zoie Palmer (Lauren), joined by Jay Firestone (Executive Producer) and Emily Andras (Executive Producer) for a Q & A session moderated by Vanessa Piazza (Producer). Get behind the scenes tidbits and the first look sneak peek at Season 4.

PROMOTIONS
Limited quantities of the Lost Girl Wanderer Tarot Card, as well as character buttons will be available throughout San Diego Comic Con. Attendees can follow Giant Ape Media on Twitter (@GiantApeMedia) for notifications of when these free promotional items are being distributed at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135.

ITEMS FOR SALE
Faenatics have been waiting a while for this, Lost Girl merchandise will be making its debut at SDCC, a styling shirt featuring our favorite sexy succubus Bo will be for sale at the FUNimation/Giant Ape Booth #4135.

And if you haven’t already picked up Seasons 1 & 2 yet, they will also be available for sale on DVD and Blu-ray as well !!

Additional Wolf Children Movie Screenings

We have confirmed additional screenings for the Wolf Children movie. If we confirm any more future screenings we will update this blog post, so be sure to check back!

Click the links below for more information on each screening.

Anime Expo
Thursday, July 4, 4:45 PM (seating begins at 4:30 PM)
Video Room 1
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Click here to buy convention tickets: http://www.anime-expo.org/

Anime Overload
Saturday, July 6, 7:00 PM
Panel Room 1
Sunday, July 7, 11:00 AM
Main Events
Click here to buy convention tickets: http://animeoverload.net/

St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival
Saturday, July 27, 1:00PM
Lindenwood University’s Young Hall Auditorium
Saturday, August 3, 7:00PM
Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium
Sunday, August 4, 1:00PM
Wildey Theatre: 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Ill.
All screenings are free, more info at http://www.cinemastlouis.org/sliffkids-childrens-film-festival

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
Sunday, July 28, 11:00AM
Sunday, August 4, 6:15 PM
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

New Release Tuesday – Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte Blu-ray

This week’s new release will be a special treat for all you fan service aficionados. For the first time ever, Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte (this is the second season of the series) is now available for less than $40 in Blu-ray at places like Amazon and Rightstuf! Order your copy today!

Synopsis:
Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki’s wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments. One tiny wish can turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighborhoods! If Tomoki doesn’t learn to control his impulses around Ikaros, and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki’s heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.

Heaven’s Lost Property Forte Pick-Up Line Contest

Tomoki looks like an average guy. Nothing extremely remarkable about him, except for the fact that beautiful angeloids, like Ikaros, flock to him and want to grant his every perverted wish. While Tomoki can be very resourceful, he’s a bit lacking when it comes to the smooth talking department. Hey, we could all use a little help every now and then.

So, for this contest, we’d like for you to post your best/worst pick-up lines in the comment section. Please try to keep it around a PG-13 level…

Contest starts now and will end on June 28th at 11:59pm CT. We’ll be selecting three random winners to win these Heaven’s Lost Property prize packs (which includes a Heaven’s Lost Property wall scroll and mousepad).

Click here for the official rules, and don’t forget to pick up your copy ofHeaven’s Lost Property: Forte, now available on Blu-ray!

series synopsis:
The hormonal, heavenly hijinks continue in Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte! Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master. Things got even crazier when Ikaros’s fellow android, Nymph, came fluttering down to join the fun. With the winged vixens adjusting to life on Earth, you d think Tomoki’s dream of a peaceful existence might finally be coming true – but you’d be wrong! With his teenage impulses and dirty mind, Tomoki’s wishes are causing more chaos than ever before. Plus, there’s a curvy new android on the scene – Astraea. She definitely looks as angelic as Ikaros and Nymph, but there’s a chance the beautiful blonde newcomer is up to no good!

FUNimation at SGC!

Screw Attack

FUNimation will be representing this weekend at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention in Dallas! That’s right, 72 hours of anything and everything gaming related will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas starting this Friday.

We’ll have our booth there with lots of freebies and prizes, so please stop by and keep us company. It’ll be our first time at SGC, and it’d be nice to see some friendly faces! Here are the hours we’ll be open:
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 2pm

We’ve also got a panel on Friday at 8pm on Main Stage 2. Rojas will be running the panel and discussing why Goku would have totally kicked Superman’s ass in DEATH BATTLE!… just kidding. Well, kinda. In all seriousness, he’ll be talking about the latest updates and news from FUNimation, so be sure to attend.

Will we be seeing you this weekend? Click here for more information about the convention.

About ScrewAttack:
ScrewAttack.com has been rocking the internet’s face since 2006 with its original content and unique spin on everything gaming. ScrewAttack is the new face of video game news, trailers, gameplay, original content and most importantly gaming community. We pride ourselves in bringing you the best in everything we do and making ScrewAttack your daily destination.