Archive for September, 2013

Wolf Children Screening in Select Theaters via Tugg, Inc.

2013 winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film, WOLF CHILDREN opens in Los Angeles Beginning September 27 via Tugg, Inc.

Flower Mound, TX— September 26, 2013, WOLF CHILDREN, 2013 winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film, will be released theatrically this fall by Tugg, Inc (www.tugg.com ). WOLF CHILDREN will open in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Town Center 5 on September 27th, and will simultaneously be available to audiences nationwide through Tugg’s unique platform for crowdsourcing events in movie theaters. Tugg and WOLF CHILDREN distributor, Group 1200 Media will collaborate to support distribution and marketing to help bring the film to wider audiences.

Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself and her children.

Additional information about the film may be found at http://wolfchildrenmovie.com/

Tickets for the LA screening may be purchased at: http://www.laemmle.com/films/37440#get-tickets

To sign up to host a screening of WOLF CHILDREN in your town, please visit http://www.tugg.com/titles/wolf-children

About Group 1200 Media

Group 1200 Media is a multifaceted entertainment conglomerate encompassing FUNimation(R) Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Products (GameSamba and Immerz). This production, marketing, and distribution corporation strives tirelessly to accomplish its mission of delivering the highest quality entertainment brands – along with their associated products – across a multitude of genres. Group 1200 Media is committed to continually releasing and developing exciting new properties representative of its diverse background in the entertainment industry. Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com.

About Tugg, Inc.

Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) is a crowdsourcing platform that enables individuals, organizations and companies to host special events in theaters nationwide. Through Tugg, people are empowered to curate unique theatrical engagements with the support of their immediate and online community. With Tugg’s nationwide network of exhibitors, fans everywhere can showcase Tugg’s expansive library of studio and independent films. www.tugg.com

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Remnant Knights – Now with Awkward Animals!

That’s right! All you Wong Fu Productions fans, the lovable and cute Awkward Animals have made their way to Remnant Knights! If you’re new to the game, you can sign up in these first 10 days to get a FREE Awkward Octopus Pet!

There are some special promotions for the launch of these awkdorable pets in the game. See below!
* Awkward Bundle – Get all 5 pets for just 2250 Sambas (that’s 25% off the regular price!)
* Get a free in-game pet with the purchase of the plush version from the official Awkward store
* Awkward pets on sale for just 500 Sambas each (16% off regular price)

Ted Fu (co-founder of Wong Fu Productions) will be playing Remnant Knights live! Join him in-game on these dates:
* 9/27 Friday at 5:30 PM PT
* 9/29 Sunday at 1:00 PM PT
* 9/30 Monday at 5:30 PM PT

For more information about Awkward Animals and Remnant Knights, click this link!

Aquarion EVOL English Cast Announcement

Aquarion EVOL is releasing on BD/DVD Combo on December 3rd! So, I’m sure you’re wondering who will be in the English Dub Cast. Well, here you go!

CHARACTER – ACTOR

AMATA – Christopher Bevins
MIKONO – Brina Palencia
DONAR – Justin Cook
SUOMI – Colleen Clinkenbeard
MIX – Alexis Tipton
ANDY – Josh Grelle
CAYENNE – Jason Liebrecht
ZESSICA – Caitlin Glass
KAGURA – Taliesin Jaffe
ZEN – Brandon Potter
IZUMO – Mike McFarland
MALLOY – Ian Sinclair
SAZANKA – Tia Ballard
SHUSH – Monica Rial

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
ADR Engineer – Kenneth Thompson

Not sure what Aquarion EVOL is about? Here’s a quick synopsis for you:

After accidentally forming the legendary mecha “Aquarion,” Amata finds himself at a pilot-training academy where the flirty girls love to get a rise out of him, and the boys seem more interested in exploring mysterious holes and big bangs than harnessing their Elemental superpowers. It’s all awkward dates, hijinks, and threesomes until otherworldly beings start abducting powerful female students. As a mysterious megalomaniac plots interplanetary disaster, the fate of the galaxy depends on whether or not the hormone-fueled academy coeds can come together to fight evil.

Set 12,000 years after the events of Aquarion, this series from the studio behind Fairy Tail and Macross builds on the mythos of the original while introducing a new group of lovers and fighters all heading toward one epic climax.

Click here to pre-order your copy today!

Is This a Zombie? Of the Dead Contest – Deredere Mode Activate!

Happy Zombie Day! To celebrate the release of Is This a Zombie? OF THE DEAD, we’re holding a contest.

In the clip below, Ayumu visits a tsundere cafe, where all your food is free if, and only if, you can unlock the waitresses’ deredere mode. Ayumu’s able to get Haruna and Sera to turn from tsun to dere, and it’s particularly relevant to the show because most of the girls are high-tier tsundere who beat him up all the time.

For those of you who don’t know what “tsundere” means, here is a brief explanation from Wikipedia: “a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing his or her warm side over time. The word is derived from the terms tsun tsun (ツンツン), meaning to turn away in disgust, and dere dere (デレデレ) meaning to become ‘lovey dovey’.”

Here’s the clip!

CONTEST DETAILS:

So, here’s your challenge: “If you walked into a tsundere cafe, what would be your strategy for breaking through your waitress’ icy cold exterior and to unlock the lovey dovey center?”

email your answer to [email protected] with the subject line “Is This a Zombie? Of the Dead Contest”

PRIZE:
One lucky winner will receive a limited edition Is This a Zombie? t-shirt and decal!

You have from now until Sept. 27th to enter! Click here for complete rules and details.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Is This a Zombie? OF THE DEAD on DVD today!

series synopsis:

The world’s most eligible zombie is back for another round of cross dressing, decomposing, undead adventures in the only show where corpses get all the chicks! Season Two gets off to a shocking start as Ayumu breaks Haruna’s magic chainsaw and accidentally exposes his fondness for pretty pink dresses to the entire school! Next there’s an incident with a dreadful dance that turns out to be a curse – and an embarrassing trip to a maid café where all the zombie’s roommates work! But the shenanigans take a backseat to bigger problems when Ayumu’s mysterious drinking buddy turns out to be the most powerful magical girl of them all! To save his friends and defeat this adorable new menace, zombie boy must do the unthinkable: throw a mixer for his own murderer! With a little help from his loyal harem of vampires, magical girls, and the world’s cutest necromancer, Ayumu just might survive to rot another day!

Friday Frights – Week 2 – The Future Diary

Thank Deus it’s Friday! This has been a banner year for horror in anime, so we decided to get an early start giving the terror lovers, costume fanatics, and party animals among you a whole heck of a lot to watch! Every Friday until Halloween we’re going to deliver up a series, or movie, to enjoy during the weekend as we start ramping up to fright night!

This week’s pick is less traditional horror and more of a supernatural free-for-all: The Future Diary, a tale of a deadly game where the winner becomes a god and the losers all die.

Summary: Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon—and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno—who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone—is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or—-DEAD END.

Watch The Future Diary: http://www.funimation.com/the-future-diary/episodes

Click here to buy your copy of The Future Diary! Parts One and Two now available on DVD.

Laugh Like A Pirate!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Of course, our favorite pirates are Straw Hats, but we know there are quite a few unique laughs in One Piece.

So, for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we figured why not LAUGH like a pirate too! If you take a look above, there are a couple distinctive laughs you can choose from.

Can YOU laugh like a pirate?

Don’t forget to watch new episodes of the simulcast Saturday nights at 10pm ET on http://onepieceofficial.com!

Some Very Important Information about our OniAi Release

Retailers have begun listing our December titles, and you may have noticed something that is a bit out of the ordinary for FUNimation. OniAi: The Complete Series will be available on BD/DVD Combo on December 31st, and it will be our first ever subtitle-only release.

Now, we’ve seen some comments on the Twitterverse and on Facebook, and we want to take the time to address a few of your concerns:

“Why are you releasing this title as subtitle-only?”
We are trying out a sub-only release because it will inform us as to whether it is a viable option for titles in the future that would otherwise not get released at all. In other words, we’re looking into ADDING more releases, which is a good thing!

“Does this mean that you’re going to stop doing dubs?!”
No, we are NOT switching to a sub-only business model. Don’t worry, you’ll still get English dubs on the majority of our titles.

“Will my favorite show be released as subtitle-only? How do I make sure that it gets an English dub?”
The best way to ensure that your show gets an English dub is to support legal simulcasts and streams. We use streaming performance as one of several indicators to determine sales potential for a title. So, be sure to watch on official sites like FUNimation.com and Hulu.

In addition, we want to make sure that our sub-only titles are treated right; so we have lowered the SRP, but included both DVD and Blu-ray in the release. They’ll also be housed in a sturdy chipboard box.

Now, here’s a little more information about OniAi! The Complete Series contains all 12 episodes, plus the 6 bonus OVAs. It will also come with reversible wraps so you can put your favorite girl on the cover! Please click this link to pre-order your copy today!

Series synopsis:

Feast your eyes on host of desirable darlings in this sassy comedic romp from the dirty little minds that brought you Baka and Test and Hayate the Combat Butler!

When adorable teenager, Akiko, is reunited with her big brother, Akito, she’s determined to take her sisterly affection to the next level! But her BroCon fantasies are dealt a cruel blow by the arrival of three colorful rivals. There’s a blonde heiress with a fetish for plushies, a boyish beauty who yearns to serve, and a ravishing redhead who’ll stop at nothing to get her man! Every coy ploy Akiko dreams up is deviously derailed by robes that just happen to fall open, the flashing of come hither eyes, or scandalous splashing in the community bath! While Akiko has her hands full staying a step ahead of the competition, poor conflicted Akito can’t help but think: my little sister can’t be this…crazy!?

So, what do you think? Are subtitle-only releases something you’d like to see more of in the future?

LOST GIRL CAST INVADING NEW YORK CITY OCTOBER 11 & 12th!

Flower Mound TX- (9/17/13) Group 1200 Media & Giant Ape Media are proud to announce the appearance of cast members from the Showcase/SYFY Network series LOST GIRL, Rick Howland (Trick) and Paul Amos (Vex), to the Big Apple. We hope to see the fae-natics come out in force at the following public appearances!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11th @ 6pm

J & R Music World is hosting a special in-store event, where lucky customers with the purchase of any Season of Lost Girl on DVD or Blu-ray will have the opportunity to meet the cast members. This in-store event will be held at J & R Music World’s store located (across from City Hall Park) at 23 Park Row in New York City. You can call the store at 1-212-238-9000, or visit their website for more information: http://www.jr.com/information/liveEvents.jsp

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th

Meet the cast as they appear at this year’s New York Comic Con, held at the Javitz Center located at 655 West 34th Street in New York City. For more information about New York Comic Con, please visit their website: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

• GIANT APE MEDIA/LOST GIRL PANEL @ 4-5pm Room number 1A22 – (check NYCC schedule)
• LOST GIRL AUTOGRAPHS at 5:30pm in the autograph area
• SPECIAL LOST GIRL PROMOTIONS FROM FUNIMATION’s BOOTH 1520 AT NYCC
• To keep up on all the Lost Girl happenings at New York Comic Con including promotions, follow @GiantApeMedia on Twitter.

Lost Girl tells the story of Bo, a young woman forced to run from place to place due to mysterious powers she cannot understand nor control. Bo learns that she is actually a member of an ancient race of mythological and fantastical creatures called the Fae. Bo soon becomes entrenched in the world of the Fae, where she discovers truths about her identity and makes friends, lovers, and enemies along the way.

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

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About Giant Ape Media

Giant Ape Media, established in 2011, is a film division of FUNimation® Entertainment, one of the nation’s leading independent home video entertainment companies. It specializes in the distribution of independent and live action films as well as non-English-language films. In 2012, Giant Ape Media launched with the release of the Canadian supernatural crime drama TV series, Lost Girl. Giant Ape Media is currently focusing efforts on acquisition and distribution of original titles and other new intellectual properties.

About Prodigy

Prodigy Pictures – Founded in 2006 by Jay Firestone and later joined by Producer Vanessa Piazza, Prodigy Pictures leads the way in the production of quality film, television and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically acclaimed television series Lost Girl, which has electrified viewers around the world. Prodigy’s other credits include the thriller Stuck, as well as the original television mini-series XIII and XIII: The Series. Prodigy has several projects in development, including the dramatic fantasy series Bedtime Stories and the sci-fi series Dark Matter. Features in development include William Gibson’s groundbreaking and award winning sci-fi novel, Neuromancer, and an adaptation of Monkey’s Paw.