Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 Screenings via Tugg

Fans will be able to see Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on the big screen on May 29th via Tugg.com! Just take a look below at the list of theaters, plus a link to buy tickets. We need a minimum number of attendees for each screening to make them happen, so please spread the word and get your friends and family to go.

 

In addition, the first 50 people who purchase tickets online will receive a limited edition Ghost in the Shell: Arise poster! Fans can pick up their posters with a valid photo i.d. at the theater the night of the screening.

 

synopsis:

In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she’s not the only one looking for answers—as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

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Back to Chicago for Anime Central!

 

Who’s excited for Anime Central?  We are!  We’ve got a great weekend planned for May 16 – 18, packed with English dub premieres and special booth promotions!  So, read on for more information.

 

Friday:
3:30-4:30pm – FUNimation Previews (Panel Room 1)
Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the newest anime series from FUNimation!

7:00-9:00pm – Red Data Girl English Dub Premiere with Joel McDonald and Bryn Apprill (Panel Room 1)
series synopsis:
Shy 15-year-old Izumiko Suzuhara has trouble fitting in. Not only was she raised by her grandfather at the local shrine with little exposure to the outside world, but modern communication devices like computers or cell phones strangely crash whenever she touches them. After her childhood acquaintance, the handsome but prickly Miyuki Sagara, suddenly reappears and enrolls in her school, Izumiko learns that she is the last vessel of the goddess Himegami, and Miyuki is forced to serve as her guardian. Although the two of fail to get along at the beginning, their meeting marks the beginning of a shift in Izumiko’s destiny.

Series releases on DVD 6/17.

 

Saturday:
2:00-3:00pm – FUNimation Industry Panel (Panel Room 1)
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

 

3:30-5:30pm – Date A Live English Dub Premiere with Joel McDonald, Josh Grelle, Bryn Apprill, and Tia Ballard (Rosemont Ballroom)
series synopsis:
30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.

One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.

There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you.

Series releases on BD/DVD Combo 6/10

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May the Fourth be With You, Baby!

 

 

May the Fourth be with you. Every year on May the 4th we celebrate Star Wars Day (Get it? May the Fourth, May the Force…). Last year we took a look at Star Wars references in some of our anime titles. From Princess Jellyfish to Tenchi to FLCL, there are more nods to this beloved franchise in anime than you would think. For a list of some other Star Wars references in FUNimation anime titles, click here.

 

This year, we can add Space Dandy to that list! In the episode “The War of the Undies and Vests, Baby” Dandy crash lands on a remote planet, only to get knocked out and kidnapped by one of the planet’s inhabitants. Sound kind of familiar? Maybe this pose might jog your memory:

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge on Toonami

For all you Toonami watchers, we’ve got some exciting news! Dragon Ball Z Movie: Cooler’s Revenge will air on Toonami on 5/24 at midnight (ET). Space Dandy and Bleach will be taking a week off. Check out the schedule from Toonami’s tumblr below:

 

11:30pm – Attack on Titan

12:00am – DBZ Cooler’s Revenge

1:00am – Naruto Shippuden

1:30am – One Piece

2:00am – Blue Exorcist

2:30am – Black Lagoon

3:00am – Beware the Batman

3:30am – Naruto

4:00am – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

4:30am – Samurai Jack

5:00am – Star Wars: The Clone Wars

5:30am – Sym–bionic Titan

 

For more information about Dragon Ball Z, please visit http://dragonballz.com

This Playlist Will Get You All Fired Up!

There are a lot of episodes of Fairy Tail now. We’re already fast approaching the release of Part Eleven (Available on BD/DVD Combo 7/15) so it can be daunting for someone new to the franchise to get into the series.

 

Well, don’t worry! We’ve been steadily releasing Fairy Tail Character Spots on our YouTube channel. We’re highlighting some of your favorite heroes and baddies to give you a little background info.

 

Take a look below at some of the Character Spots and click here to see the rest of the playlist!

 

Natsu: Fairy Tail’s fire-breathing hero. When he gets a belly full of flames, you better back off!

 

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Hetalia: the Beautiful World New Cast Members

 

We have a couple of new countries joining the Hetalia world for Season 5. Take a look below for their English counterparts!

 

ROMANIA – Chad Cline
CYPRUS – Aaron Dismuke
AUSTRALIA – Tyson Rinehart
PICARDY – Josh Martin
TAIWAN – Clarine Harp
INDIA – T. K. Masala
NEW ZEALAND – Anthony Bowling
SEBORGA – Austin Tindle
WY – Lindsay Seidel

 

if you’re familiar with Season 5, you know that there are a few “other” characters that we’ll need to make a cast announcement for, but you’ll just have to wait!

 

Hetalia: the Beautiful World releases on July 22nd. Be sure to order the Limited Edition to keep up with your Hetalia bandana collection! Click here to order now.

 

 

Wolf Children wins Best Anime Disc in 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards

Congratulations to Wolf Children! The film won Best Anime Disc in the 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in addition to votes from the online consumer community. Thank you to everyone who voted!

 

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Wolf Children, now’s a great time to get it! Available now for as low as $22.49, you can pick up the film on DVD or Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Just click here.

 

synopsis:

 

Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

New Release Tuesday – SAVE on These Titles

Happy New Release Tuesday! Today we have a real treat for you from our Giant Ape live action label–Space Battleship Yamato!

 

synopsis:

 

A cult classic from the glory days of anime blazes to life on the big screen in this feature-length sci-fi epic starring Takuya Kimura (Redline, Howl’s Moving Castle)!

 

The year is 2199. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction as the Gamilas, a heinous race of alien invaders, wage an endless war for the right to inhabit the Earth. The last hope for humanity lies on the distant planet of Iskander, and the only battleship capable of attempting the journey is the legendary Yamato. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Cannon, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that will change their world forever!

Click here to buy it now on BD/DVD Combo!

 

For you bargain shoppers out there, Cat Planet Cuties and Shangri-La are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Two very different titles now for a super low price!

 

 

Haganai NEXT Episode Title Contest

Did you know that every episode title of Haganai NEXT is a reference to an existing anime, manga, or light novel? The entire Haganai series, which is based on a light novel and also has a manga adaptation, is full of otaku in-jokes and references—the characters watch anime, play dating sims and eroge (erotic games), battle each other in RPGs, read manga (even yaoi manga?!), you name it.

 

How high is your otaku power level? Here are the twelve episode titles for Haganai NEXT—can you name all the anime, manga, or light novels these are based on? TO ENTER: Just reply in the comments section below with your answers, and we’ll choose one person who gets the most right to win a swag bag full of great Haganai prizes!

 

  1. My Teen Years SNAFU
  2. Homo Game Club
  3. My Little Sisters Are This Cute
  4. A Man Is Among Them!
  5. That Kind of Play Is Not Allowed.. and.. My Worldview Is Disturbed When You Are Around
  6. Unbreakable Strange-Girl
  7. He’s My Brother, But As Long As There’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If He Gets More Sisters, Right?
  8. My Childhood Friend Is Too Much of a Battleground
  9. Stray Cats Overheat
  10. The Sad-Case King and the Stone-Cold Story
  11. Dismay of I, the Chicken
  12. I ______ Many Friends

 

ANSWERS:

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Cat Cafe Opens in New York City for a Limited Time

Image by Tod Seelie/Gothamist

 

New York is the latest city to embrace the cat cafe, following Vienna, San Francisco, London, Seoul, and Singapore. Just doesn’t seem fair that we don’t have one in Dallas yet, but I guess we’ll just have to be patient. In the meantime, denizens of the Big Apple can enjoy this purr-fect treat for a limited time–it’s only around for four days!

 

The Purina One pop-up Cat Cafe can be found at 168 Bowery, and features cat’achinos, pastries, and adorable kitties that you can adopt on the spot from the North Shore Animal League. The best part is that the food and drinks are free! Ok, well maybe the best part is the cats, but free food and drink is a very, very close second. They’ll even put kitty latte/foam art on your drinks!

 

We know a few anime characters who would go crazy for a cat cafe. Like Al from Fullmetal Alchemist and Sebastian from Black Butler. How would you like a cat cafe where Sebastian served you drinks?

 

If you’d like to read more about the Purina One pop up Cat Cafe in New York, click this link.

 

If you’d like to see more cat loving antics from anime characters click here for Sebastian and click here for Al.