SHONEN HOLLYWOOD – Learn the choreography

 

Just like a real idol group, boy band SHONEN HOLLYWOOD performs their song and dance “Eternally, never ever” for a fictional Japanese music show in this clip—anyone out there going to learn the dance?

 

Also, what you may not realize is that SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is tied to an actual real-life Japanese idol group, ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD, who performs this song to real-life fans in Tokyo! Check out their performance for comparison—the choreography’s the same! See video below.

 

 

The last episode of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD airs next week! Are you up-to-date on all the episodes? Click here to watch now.

 

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These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top!

 

Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!

FUNimation Show Livestream on 9/18

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You may recall a few weeks ago we asked if fans would be interested in a FUNimation Show Livestream. We did these regularly last year, but lately our schedules have gotten so full that we just haven’t had time to do one in a while.

 

So, we’re bringing it back! Tune in on Thursday 9/18 at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET for a FUNimation Show Livestream! We asked what you wanted to see, and many of you wanted to see a tour of the FUNimation building. We’ve uploaded a little teaser of the tour to our YouTube channel, so take a look below.

 

 

 

Catch the full tour on the livestream, plus we’ll be doing some live Q&A and maybe some other fun stuff. You’ll just have to tune in to see! Post your questions in the comments below and we might just read them live!

 

You can also post your questions on our official Facebook page, or Tweet your questions to @FUNimationShow using #TFSLivestream.

 

You’ll be able to catch the livestream via our YouTube channel at youtube.com/FUNimation, or via Twitch at twitch.tv/FUNimation.

 

 

Be the First to See the Cowboy Bebop Premium Edition!

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Click here to sign up and be the FIRST to see the Premium Edition box art, official trailer, Cowboy Bebop related news, and FUNimation special offers and discounts!

 

Can’t wait? Pre-order Cowboy Bebop today and own it for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Available on December 16th.

 

Here’s what’s included in our two special Premium Editions:

 

FUNimation Exclusive Premium Edition:

  • Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)
  • Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover
  • Display easel for packaging
  • Four exclusive art cards
  • One additional exclusive art card with foil-stamp autograph from series director Shinichiro Watanabe

 

Amazon Exclusive Premium Edition:

  • Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)
  • Exclusive Limited Edition clamshell art box
  • 140 page black and white art book featuring concept sketches and designs that highlight Cowboy Bebop’s origins
  • 48 page vibrant, full-color art book

 

Which version are you interested in getting?

 

 

Black Butler – Book of Circus Contest

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The time has finally come for the last episode of Black Butler – Book of Circus. As we reminisce about this season, we’d love to know your thoughts. Of course, we’re giving you a little incentive to share with us as well!

 

From now until Sept. 19th you have the chance to win an adorable Black Butler Pop! Vinyl figure from Funko!  All you have to do is answer the following question: “What do you love most about Black Butler – Book of Circus?”

 

You can reply in the comments of this blog post, on the designated Contest Thread on our official Facebook page, or Tweet us @FUNimation and use the hashtag #BlackButlerContest

 

2 winners will be chosen at random to win either a Pop! Vinyl Ciel and Sebastian or a Pop! Vinyl Grell and Undertaker! Click here to see complete rules and details.

 

Prize 1:

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Prize 2:

 

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If you haven’t watched Black Butler – Book of Circus, now’s a great time to catch up and marathon the series! The last episode streams tomorrow (Sept. 11th) for FUNimation subscribers. The episode will be available for free 1 week later for non-subscribers. Click here to watch now!

 

Here’s a clip from the series!

 

IGN Premiere Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition Trailer

dbz bog box artExcited about the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Blu-ray and DVD? Head on over to IGN.com to watch the exclusive premiere of the English dub trailer for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition!

 

The Extended Edition will include:

* The Uncut Version – with 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage

* Over 30 minutes of extra features

 

Don’t miss out on owning the first new Dragon Ball Z film in over 17 years! Available on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/7. Click here to order your copy today!

 

 

Synopsis:
Prepare to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

FUNimation at Nan Desu Kan!

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FUNimation is heading back to Denver for Nan Desu Kan, the premier anime convention of the Rockies! Be sure to stop by our booth to get a FREE FUNimation lanyard with every purchase, and check out our panels below:

 

FUNimation Peep Show – Friday 10p – 11p – Pikes Peak Room
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles. Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds.

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday 1p – 2p – Pikes Peak Room
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

 

FUNimation Previews – Sunday 12p – 1p – Pikes Peak Room
Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

Please double check your program for panel times and locations once you arrive at the convention, as they are subject to change. Click here for more info.

 

We can’t wait to see everyone this weekend!

FUNimation Website Navigation Updates

FUNimation recently updated its website navigation to better represent the services provided at http://FUNimation.com. The new navigation consists of Watch, Shop, News, & Simulcasts.

 

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Watch: The “Shows” and “Videos” sections have been merged and replaced with “Watch.” This tab contains all show, episode and movie content that can be streamed from the website. FUNimation Subscribers can WATCH full 1080 HD Anime streamed for as little as $0.15 per day.

Shop: This tab goes to our online store where physical DVDs, Blu-ray and Merchandise can be purchased. FUNimation’s Shop provides a standard 25% off suggested retail pricing for all products and often has specials that beat most Anime retailers.

News: Previously referred to as Blog. FUNimation continually keeps our fans up-to-date with the latest information about our titles, products and upcoming merchandise.

Simulcasts: Provides quick access to Anime content released sub-titled on our streaming platform right after the broadcasts in Japan. You can watch the latest shows online at http://FUNimation.com.

 

We believe that this updated navigation will provide easier access to the content and products that you are looking for. Please let us know your opinion.

 

We’ve also made some important changes to help make your viewing experience more enjoyable:

 

*   You can now sort Episodes on show sites to “From Beginning,” “From End,” and “Most Recent” to make finding videos easier.

*   There are now several ways you can add shows to your queue.

- Click on the + icon on the thumbnail of the video/show

- Click on the +Queue button on the show site

- Click on “Add to Queue” when you hover over the show title in the Shows category of the Watch tab

 

 

Hal – the Movie – Contest Update

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Last week, to celebrate our release of Hal – The Movie, we launched a contest to ask you to answer a pretty thought-provoking question: Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Our contest is still running for one more week (get your entries in!), but we’ve gotten some awesome responses so far, and we wanted to highlight some of them—and to hear an expert weigh in!

 

Hal revolves around the unexpected love story between a human dealing with the loss of a loved one and a robot trying to understand human emotion. Although it’s a sci-fi anime film, it uses futuristic concepts and technology to tell a very human story, and it raises questions about our relationship with technology. Here’s a clip from the movie that helps to showcase the difficulty understanding human emotions.

 

 

Our contest is still running until September 9, but because of the amazing outpouring of passionate opinion on this topic, we thought we’d check in on the debate a little bit!

 

Since this is a rather heavy question that applies to lots of different academic fields, we asked an actual neuroscientist (and anime fan!), Twitter user @ultimatemegax, for his thoughts on the issue. If you’ve ever wanted a more in-depth look at how the sci-fi concepts of anime and manga can relate to the real world, check out his response!

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New Release Tuesday – The Ultimate Artificial Love Story

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Happy New Release Tuesday! Robot lovers rejoice, Hal – the Movie is now available on BD/DVD Combo! Bring home the ultimate artificial love story and get lost in the emotional roller coaster that is Hal – the Movie. This release comes with 3 alternate DVD covers that also double as gorgeous mini posters!

 

synopsis:

 

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

Click here to buy now.

 

 

And for you bargain shoppers, Baka and Test Season One and Baka and Test Season Two + OVA are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Get an entire season for under $30! Click here to order now.

 

 

FUNimation at the Movies – Robot Double Feature

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We’ve got a special Robot Double Feature for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies! We’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1. Both English dubbed. Check out the synopsis for each below!

 

Hal – the Movie synopsis:

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

Movie releases on BD/DVD Combo tomorrow! Click here to order now.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 synopsis:

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Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Releases on BD/DVD Combo on 10/21. Click here to order now.

 

 

 

Screenings are free, though you can reserve your seat with a voucher you can redeem for concessions depending on the theater. Take a look at the theaters screening the double feature below:

 

Alamo Drafthouse:

Denver, CO – 9/8
San Antonio, TX – 9/9
Richardson, TX – 9/8
Houston, TX (Vintage Park)
Lubbock, TX – 9/8
Austin, TX – 9/8
New Braunfels, TX – 9/8
Winchester, VA – 9/8

 

If you’re in the Katy, TX area be sure to check out the Anime at the Alamo program! They’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 on 9/9. Click here.

 

Carousel Cinemas:

Almance Crossing – Burlington, NC – 9/8