Hal – The Movie Giveaway Contest

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Looking for a new anime movie that’ll make you laugh and cry—and think? Then check out Hal – the Movie!

 

Hal is a gorgeously animated new film from Wit Studio, the rising star of the anime world that brought you Attack on Titan—and it’s a little different from your run-of-the-mill anime. The story uses sci-fi elements to tell a moving human story about love, loss, and artificial intelligence. After the death of her beloved boyfriend Hal, a young woman named Kurumi becomes a depressed recluse, and an android fashioned in Hal’s image is sent to console her as part of a new form of “robot therapy.” As she opens up to him, Robo-Hal learns what it means to be human– but nothing in their relationship is quite as it seems.

 

To celebrate the movie releasing on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2, we’re having a special contest! One lucky grand prize winner will win a copy of the movie plus an autographed poster. 4 random runners-up will receive an autographed copy of the poster. Just respond to the following question in the comments below, or post your answer to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr with the hashtag #HalContest.

 

Here’s the question:

Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Plenty of sci-fi titles—especially in anime—feature humanoid robots that develop lifelike emotions, either because of or despite their programming; certainly, the attempt to simulate or even replicate human feelings is an interesting problem in artificial intelligence. Do you think we’ll ever see robots who think and feel like us, or is this only the stuff of science fiction?

 

Our favorite entry will win the grand prize and 4 entries will be chosen at random to win the autographed poster. We’ll also share a little bit of the debate from both sides—please note that by entering, you give us permission to share your response. You have from now until Sept 9th, 2014 to enter. Click here for complete rules.

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Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series Joins Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

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Flower Mound, Texas (August 23, 2014) – Saturday night television is about to get a lot more bloody! Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network paired with Cartoon Network, announced today that it will begin airing volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series during the popular, Toonami anime block. The action-packed, supernatural epic is set to debut on September 13 at 3:00AM ET/1:00AM CT (in the former Black Lagoon time slot). Volumes will air in an hour-long block and will be edited to fit TV-MA broadcast standards.

 

Hellsing Ultimate will be joining the Toonami ranks with other FUNimation Entertainment shows Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

 

In case you missed it, the final chapters in the Hellsing Ultimate series are coming to home video later this year. Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes IX & X will be released on Blu-ray & DVD on October 28th. Check out the Coming Soon trailer below and pre-order on FUNimation.com right here.

 

 

For the latest news and announcements, don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/funimation, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation.

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Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Exclusive Details

We are thrilled to see the incredible response from fans for the Amazon Exclusive Edition of Cowboy Bebop! But, we know that a few of you are waiting to see what our FUNimation Exclusive Edition contains before making a decision, so without further ado:

 

  • Release date: 12/16/14
  • Includes:
    • 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

 

cowboy bebopWe know some Premium Edition buyers primarily want pack-in content and items, and some prioritize having a display piece for their shelves. While both of our Cowboy Bebop Premium Editions feature display-worthy packaging and bonus items, their differences are intended to reflect these different priorities. We’re looking forward to revealing the designs soon!

 

We hope that with the Blu-ray and DVD Standard Editions (details coming soon) and the two Premium Editions, every fan is able to have a Cowboy Bebop experience that they love! Click here to order the FUNimation Exclusive Edition now.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Heads to Home Video With an Uncut Version of the Film — 20 Minutes of Footage Not Seen in Theaters!

dbz bog box artFlower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

 

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

 

This must-own movie, from series creator Akira Toriyama, will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on October 7, 2014. Pre-orders are available starting today. Click here to pre-order your copy now! Bring home the movie IGN calls “Some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.”

 

Check DragonBallZ.com for more information. For the latest news and announcements, don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/dragonballz & facebook.com/funimation, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation.

 

About Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Following the events from 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. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of Dragon Ball Z, one of the most successful anime brands of all time, will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from the Dragon Ball creator himself, Akira Toriyama.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

FUNimation heads north to Canada!

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Our Conventions Manager, Tara, is heading to the Great White North for OtakuThon this weekend to represent FUNimation! This will be our first Canadian convention this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing all our fans in Montreal. Here’s what you can look forward to.

 

FUNimation Panels:

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – Friday at 6pm in Panel 6

Come see some extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest new shows available from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Sunday at 1pm in Panel 8

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, FUNimation’s got you covered! Hear the latest news and updates from the anime industry leader.

 

In addition to our panels, FUNimation will be screening the Canadian premieres of the English dubs for One Piece Film Z and A Certain Magical Index II. Be sure to check your programs for times and information.

 

We’ll also have a booth in the Dealer’s Room, so be sure to stop by to satisfy all your anime needs!

 

New Release Tuesday – A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Part Two

A Certain Scientific Railgun S Part TwoHappy New Release Tuesday!

 

Today we have the exciting conclusion to A Certain Scientific Railgun S. Part Two is now available on DVD! Click here to order now.

 

synopsis:

 

Sinister experiments and high-energy battles continue to rock Academy City in this series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index!

 

A sadistic program has been creating duplicates of the level-5 esper Misaka, then murdering her sister clones in the name of science. Now that the electromaster knows the truth about the organization, she’ll stop at nothing to bring it down—even if that means facing the power-hungry Accelerator in a fight that only one of them can walk away from. Elsewhere in the city, an adorable young girl named Febrie is brought into Misaka’s circle of friends. As they begin to learn more about Febrie’s past, they discover that she, too, is a victim of scientific forces in the city—and that’s something Misaka and the girls of Judgment simply won’t stand for.

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Amazon Exclusive Details

As a few of you may have noticed (enough to make it the #1 Blu-ray on Amazon this morning!), the first listing for our Cowboy Bebop release has gone online—our Amazon Exclusive Premium Edition. We are thrilled today to reveal the configuration details of the release!

 

  • Release date: 12/16/14
  • Includes:
    • 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

     

cowboy bebopWe’ve got a lot more to reveal for Cowboy Bebop in the coming weeks, including our FUNimation.com Exclusive Premium Edition, on-disc extras, and more—so stay tuned!

 

Click here to pre-order the Amazon.com Exclusive Premium Edition!

 

synopsis:

 

Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form.

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Attack on Titan Marathon on Toonami

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Just announced via the Toonami official Tumblr account, there will be an Attack on Titan Marathon on August 30th for Labor Day Weekend. The night will kick off with a brand new episode of Space Dandy and then they will be showing back-to-back episodes of Attack on Titan.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to get caught up on Attack on Titan if you’ve missed any episodes! Be sure to check your local listings for times.

 

Can’t wait? Watch episodes on FUNimation.com! Click here to watch both the subbed and dubbed episodes.

 

And don’t forget to pre-order your copy of the Attack on Titan, Part Two Collector’s Edition! This is a FUNimation Exclusive, and quantities are limited. Click here to order now. Available on Sept. 23rd.

 

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Top Anime Series You Should Be Watching this Summer

We’re about halfway through the summer 2014 season, so it’s a great time to review some anime!

 

Kotaku recently published their recommendations for the Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching, and two FUNimation shows made the list: Barakamon and Tokyo Ghoul. If you’ve watched these shows, then you know why they made the list, but just in case, here’s a run down for you.

 

barakamonBarakamon:

Currently on episode 6, this slice-of-life comedy is a heart warming story of personal growth and discovery. Who knew an anime about calligraphy would capture our hearts?

 

synopsis:

An aspiring artist’s world is about to be turned upside down.

 

Seishu exiles himself to a small island to rediscover his passion as a calligrapher after violently attacking one of his most vocal critics. While the Goto Islands appear to be a tranquil paradise on the surface, this young mapmaker soon learns that wacky neighbors and hyperactive children just might provide him the sense of humor he needs on his journey towards self-discovery.

 

Based on the popular manga series comes a tale of finding inspiration in the most hilarious and unlikely of places.

 

Watch new episodes of Barakamon every Saturday at 2:50pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

 

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Tokyo Ghoul:

Currently on episode 6, this fantasy horror series is sure to have you wincing in pain. Explore the dark and twisted world where ghouls live among us and feed on human flesh to survive. It’ll leave you questioning what it means to be human, and leave you craving more.

 

synopsis:

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers,  and the fine line between man and monster.

 

Here’s a clip from Tokyo Ghoul. Watch new episodes every Thursday at 12:00pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

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FUNimation at AnimeFest in Dallas!

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FUNimation will be heading to AnimeFest this weekend at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. We’re thrilled to be attending this 4-day convention, and it’s right in our backyard! To celebrate our last Texas convention of the year, we’ll be giving away a FREE FUNimation lanyard at our booth with every purchase.

 

We’ll also have our exclusive Attack on Titan T-shirts available. Supplies are extremely limited, and these will be heavily discounted all weekend. So, if you’ve been looking to score one of these, be sure to stop by the booth.

 

Be sure to also attend our Industry Panel this Saturday at 11am! We’ll be talking about the latest news and information from FUNimation, and we’ll even be giving out some nifty prizes. Hope to see you there!