FUNimation is heading back to Los Angeles next week for Comikaze! Come out and hang with us as we hob nob with Stan Lee and Elvira this Halloween weekend. See below for information about our booth promotions and panel times.
Stop by the FUNimation booth to get all your anime needs. We’ll be giving away a FUNimation lanyard with every purchase–while supplies last! So, get there early for the best selection.
FUNimation Previews – Saturday at 3pm, Room 402AB
Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
FUNimation Industry Panel – Sunday at 1pm, Room 402AB
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor FUNimation
*Please note that panel times are subject to change. Check your programs for the most up to date information.
The Simpsons’ annual “Treehouse of Horror” aired its 25th installment this past weekend and featured some pretty cool iterations of the cast. From Despicable Me to Archer, various well-known forms of the Simpsons family took to the screen — but one scene in particular grabbed the attention of anime fans everywhere:
The Simpsons family paid serious tribute to popular anime with Homer as Zoro from One Piece, Marge as Rangiku from Bleach, Bart as Naruto, Lisa as Mikasa from Attack on Titan, Maggie as Pikachu from Pokémon and even Santa’s Little Helper played a part as Haku from Spirited Away!
Did you catch the episode? How many cameos did you recognize? Let us know in the comments!
The sexy video game vixen known as Bayonetta is making her anime debut. That’s right, fans, strap on your guns and get ready for the roller coaster ride that is BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate!
Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!
And yes, before you ask, Hellena Taylor has reprized her iconic role as Bayonetta herself. The movie is directed by Fuminori Kizaki and produced by Studio Gonzo–the Emmy award winning team behind Afro Samurai. Get it today and prepare for the release of the game later this week!
We’ve been getting a lot of questions today regarding the Anime News Network Answerman column, where Justin Sevakis states that Crunchyroll holds the home video rights for Free! Season 1. We know that many of you fans have been very curious about the home video rights situation, ever since our initial announcement of the simulcast of season 2 (Free! -Eternal Summer-).
We would absolutely love to make an English dub for season 1 and distribute it on home video, and we would be more than happy to work with Crunchyroll to make it happen. We have reached out to Crunchyroll to see if they would be interested in collaborating on this release; however, we have not heard back yet. Stay tuned for future developments though—we’re excited to report that we will be announcing the dub cast for season 2 very soon, so please follow our Free! -Eternal Summer- Facebook page or Tumblr to be the first to hear the news!
It looks like Hollywood is going all out for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation and could include some big names like Scarlett Johansson. Word is that The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s Margot Robbie was originally in talks for the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but that may have been put on hold since she began negotiations for Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Now, an article on JoBlo.com reports that Johansson has been offered a large chunk of money to step in!
Image courtesy of JoBlo.com
What do you think about the potential casting? We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson take on a number of action roles lately — will she live up to fan expectations for Motoko Kusanagi?
Are you local to the Dallas area? Come out for a titillating good time!
You are cordially invited to join us for a High School DxD New Halloween party! That’s right, FUNimation is celebrating the upcoming release of this sexy show, and we want you to join the fun! See details below:
Location: Simmer (723 W. Main Street, Coppell, TX 75019)
Date: October 21st, 2014
Time: 9pm – 12 midnight
Due to the mature content of this show, this party will be 18+ only. So, definitely need to leave the kiddos at home for this one. We’ll have food, games, and a cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to dress up to participate in our costume contest! (Don’t worry, you don’t have to dress as a character from the show to enter).
Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.
Flower Mound, TX – (10/14/14) – FUNimation Entertainment has acquired simulcast and home video rights to the anime series Akatsuki no Yona, which will now be known as Yona of the Dawn. Based on the epic fantasy and romance manga series from creator Mizuho Kusanagi, whose series Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life were released previously in North America. The 24 episode series which will run in the Fall and Winter simulcast seasons, features animation from Studio Pierrot, known for Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Fushigi Yuugi.
The title will launch October 21 at 11am EDT on FUNimation.com, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.
Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people.
Lavie in Last Exile,
Homura Akemi in Puella Magic Madoka Magica
Pain in Naruto: Shippuden,
Natsume in Brother’s Conflict
Kazuki in selector infected WIXOSS
Ichigo in Bleach
Arata in Arata the Legend
Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist,
Undertaker in Black Butler
Conny in Attack on Titan
Cornelia Li Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,
Ryoma in Prince of Tennis
He’s one hell of a butler, and this is one hell of a classic! Black Butler Season Two is now available in our Anime Classics line! Get the entire second season in one compact release on Blu-ray and DVD. Plus, check out that gorgeous artwork!
If you missed picking this up the first time, don’t miss out on it now! Click here to buy.
When last we saw dear Sebastian, he was poised to feast on the ripened soul of his young master. Unfortunately for the debonair demon, there’s a new butler in town…
Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned. None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider. The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to devour.
Hey Hetalians! Hetalia Day’s coming up in less than two weeks, on October 25! What’s Hetalia Day? It’s a day celebrating all things Hetalia, of course! Hetalia Day always falls on the weekend around United Nations Day, to celebrate the continued camaraderie and collaboration between nations. Each year, fans meet up with other Hetalia fans in their local cities to hang out, cosplay, eat international food, play games, and of course, watch Hetalia!
If you’re looking for a Hetalia Day meetup in your neck of the woods, be sure to check out the awesome fan-run directory at Hetalia-Day.com! We’ve sent some sweet Hetalia prizes (including some swag from the new season 5, Hetalia: The Beautiful World) to a bunch of meetups in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re going, be sure to send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Hetalia official social media!
We’re also giving away a few small prizes to Hetalia fans to celebrate. Just comment, reblog, or retweet on the designated posts on the official Hetalia social media channels and we’ll choose random winners on the Hetalia Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter to win some goodies signed by the English dub cast! See what you can win below.
And if you don’t have a Hetalia Day meetup near you, fret not! Hetalia Day’s a great time for a marathon at home! Grab some pasta or bratwurst (or 5 cats for 5 deutschemarks) with your friends and watch all of season 5: The Beautiful World, now out on DVD! Our Limited Edition release comes with the special season 5 Hetalia bandana AND a set of adorable chibi stickers of the Main Eight.