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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
Happy New Release Tuesday! Today we have a real treat for you from our Giant Ape live action label–Space Battleship Yamato!
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!
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!
My Teen Years SNAFU
Homo Game Club
My Little Sisters Are This Cute
A Man Is Among Them!
That Kind of Play Is Not Allowed.. and.. My Worldview Is Disturbed When You Are Around
He’s My Brother, But As Long As There’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If He Gets More Sisters, Right?
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.
Attention Best Buy shoppers. There is an anime sale happening right now on bestbuy.com! From now until May 4th you can save up to 60% on the following titles listed below. Just click on the thumbnail to be taken to the product page.
For some of these titles, you can even pick them up in stores the same day if you order online! Just look for the option at check-out.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is releasing on October 7th, and it looks glorious. Fans of the franchise were left with a cliffhanger in Dragon Age 2 (we won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t played yet), needless to say, they wanted more. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the veil has been breached and demons are raining down on the world and wreaking havoc.
In the new game, you get to play as the Inquisitor, a character that rallies forces to fight this new threat to the land. Now, before you think that sounds kind of lame, you’re not just any old inquisitor, you’re special–you’ve been marked. What purpose does that have in the game? You’ll just have to play to find out!
Now, you might be wondering why we care so much about this new game. Well, for one thing, we’ve got quite a few fans of the franchise here at the company, but we’re also excited because this means more Cassandra! She’s even in the Gameplay trailer! Check that out below.
We love Cassandra so much we even made a movie about her. Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker tells Cassandra’s tragic backstory. We worked closely with the Bioware team to make this a movie that fans of the franchise would enjoy. The DVD is on sale right now for just $12.49 in our FUNimation Shop! Click here to order.
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker synopsis:
The sun rises on a thrilling new era in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker – the first feature-length, animated addition to the Dragon Age world. In the land of Orlais, a brash young Seeker – Cassandra – fights to stop a blood-soaked conspiracy. Hidden hands seek to tear apart the realm’s most powerful religious order, and as the sinister plot unfolds, Cassandra is accused of treason and murder. Hunted by friend and foe alike, the impulsive beauty must clear her name while clashing with corrupt Templars and rogue Blood Mages. Should she fail, the executioner’s blade awaits. Should she overcome her rage and expose the unseen forces threatening the rule of the Divine, Cassandra will take her place in legend.