New Release Tuesday – Exclusives and Collector’s Editions

DBZ_bluray_season_7We’ve got a jam-packed New Release Tuesday for you, so let’s go ahead and get started!

 

First up, Dragon Ball Z Season 7 is now available on Blu-ray! Click here to order your copy now.

 

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Seven years of peace have passed since the defeat of the monstrous Cell, and the Z-Fighters have enjoyed a return to normal life. Goku has eagerly continued his training in Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has renewed his scholarly pursuits while attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. Two fresh new Saiyan faces have also appeared on the scene – Goku’s son Goten, and Vegeta’s son Trunks!

 

Now, the time has come for the Z-Fighters to reunite, as the new World Martial Arts Tournament is set to begin. The greatest warriors on Earth have come together for their chance to capture the title of the reigning champion, Mr. Satan – but behind the scenes, sinister forces are at work. An evil eye watches the competitors’ every move, waiting for the opportune moment to strike. The action grows fierce on the tournament floor, but for the Z-Fighters, the real fight is only just beginning!

 

Keep an eye on the blog, we’ll be revealing the final designs for the panoramic image shot and beauty layout for Seasons 7 – 9 in the next few weeks.

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Check out the latest thriller from Giant Ape – XIII – the Series

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XIII – The Series is our newest offering from our live action line, Giant Ape. It doesn’t take long for the bullets to start to fly, and we think fans of Black Cat and Eden of the East could really enjoy the title. Just as Eden of the East’s Akira Takizawa wakes up without any memories, Agent XIII is a fellow amnesiac who has lost his past. Both end up at the White House in the first episode of their shows, and begin a journey navigating a vast global conspiracy full of international intrigue. What they don’t know, can get them killed. They both try to unravel who they are and who they were, while trying to stay alive against the never ending stream of those who want to terminate them with extreme prejudice. Their actions will either save or destroy countless lives.

 

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Perhaps the most obvious connection between the anime series Black Cat, and XIII – The Series, is the fact that both of our main leads are expertly trained killers known by the code name of the number used to identify them: XIII (Thirteen). But both Black Cat’s Train Heartnet and Agent XIII have people from their respective past’s intent on killing them, both series deliver action-packed scenes ranging from gun fights, hand to hand combat, car chases and more!

 

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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! Check out the event below:

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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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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