Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD!

Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD! Our new simulcast show, SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49– (streaming just one hour after Japanese broadcast at funimation.com/shonen-hollywood!) is all about Japanese pop idols and the dreams of five boys aiming to sing and dance their ways into the hearts of thousands of fans. Catch  it every Saturday at 1:30 pm ET.

 

In episode 1, the boys practice their self-introductions, but it turns out that twirling around in sparkles while saying a cutesy line about being your fans’ boyfriend or sharing the universe with them is really freaking embarrassing. Check out their adorkableness below, and other excerpts from episode 1!

 

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Kakeru Kazami

Voice actor: Ryota Osaka, known for roles like Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part Timer!) and Marco (Attack on Titan)

Kakeru, our seventeen-year-old protagonist, is just an ordinary teenager who hasn’t had much time to think about his future. He was suddenly scouted from his part-time job at a café, so he still isn’t really used to this whole idol thing…

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Free! – Eternal Summer – Watch Party Contest!

EDIT: Winners have been notified! Scroll to the bottom to see.
 

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Episode 2 of Free! -Eternal Summer- is now up on funimation.com/free, and we’ve got a great contest to celebrate this simulcast for you! We know there are a LOT of Free! fans out there, whether you’ve been following closely since that initial PV last year or whether you just got into it with season 2 this summer.

 

We’re giving away Free! -Eternal Summer- posters, all signed by producer Masayuki Nishide! These are extremely rare and not at all available in North America. Want the boys of Iwatobi Swim Club on your wall? Show us your love for Free! –Eternal Summer-! We want to see pictures of all the ways you celebrate your fandom.

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FUNimation heads to the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention

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FUNimation is heading to the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention in Dallas for a weekend of epic gaming! Will we see you there? Check out our panel and booth information below:

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Friday @ 6:30pm – Panel Room 1

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, come hear the latest news and information from the leading anime company in North America.

 

Come by the booth for some fabulous deals on the hottest anime titles! For every purchase at our booth you’ll receive a free FUNimation lanyard. Stay tuned to our social media channels for opportunities to win some prizes throughout the weekend!

 

Booth hours
Friday – 10a-6p
Saturday – 10a-6p
Sunday – 10a-4p

 

For more information about the convention, please click here.

BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate English Cast Announcement

bayonetta keyHere’s the English cast for BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate! Did you catch the English Dub Sneak Peek a Anime Expo this weekend?

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

BAYONETTA – Hellena Taylor
JEANNE – Grey DeLisle
LUKA – Yuri Lowenthal
BALDER – Grant Albrecht
RODIN – Dave Fennoy
ENZO – John Kassir
NARRATOR – Richard Epcar

 

synopsis:

 

The cutting-edge studio behind Afro Samurai brings to life the sexy, stylish, and undeniably-badass video game vixen that prowls the shadows of your wildest dreams.

 

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!

 

Stay up to date with the latest information about the movie by “Liking” our official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BayonettaMovie

Additional Simulcasts Added to FUNimation Summer 2014 Schedule

Fresh from the FUNimation Industry panel, we have some additional simulcasts and acquisitions for you! Check out more information below.

 

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First up, we have picked up simulcast and home video rights for the PSYCHO-PASS Extended Edition, and it will be joining our summer 2014 season. The first episode will launch on Thursday 7/10 at 12:40pm CT and will stream weekly on Thursdays at 12:20pm CT on funimation.com/psycho-pass.

 

synopsis:

 

The Extended Edition of this sci-fi thriller features all new footage that takes you deeper into a world where justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. In the future, Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the line. The equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a weapon that can tell when citizens are about to turn criminal.

 

But that’s not all! We’ve also picked up the simulcast and home video rights for PSYCHO-PASS 2. Season 2 will begin streaming this fall.

 

synopsis:

 

Don’t miss this mind-blowing continuation of the futuristic sci-fi series set in a world where the cops can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun!

 

But there’s more! We’ve also picked up the home video rights to the PSYCHO-PASS MOVIE! Now you can be assured of owning the entire franchise on home video! Release date TBD.

 

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Psycho-Pass, the fan-favorite, futuristic sci-fi anime is now a feature length film! Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming release of this epic motion picture!

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A Certain Magical Home Video Update

index keyWe have a certain magical home video update for you Raildex fans.

 

As you know, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Part One is available now. Click here to get your copy. We’re also pleased to announce that the A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun series are coming to Blu-ray! You can expect A Certain Magical Index (Season 1) on Blu-ray/DVD Combo in late fall, and A Certain Scientific Railgun (Season 1) in winter.

 

Not only that, but A Certain Magical Index II, Part One will be released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo this October. Part Two and the movie, The Miracle of Endymion, will be releasing in late fall/early winter respectively.

 

We know that this has been something that Raildex fans have asked for for a long time, and we’re thrilled that we can finally make this happen! So, are you excited to get the franchise in HD?

 

 

English Cast Announcement One Piece: Film Z

one piece film z keyAnnounced this weekend at Anime Expo, we have the English cast for One Piece: Film Z! Check it out below, along with your first look at the trailer. The movie releases on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD on 9/30. Click here to pre-order your copy today!

 

synopsis:

 

Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece.

 

Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

LUFFY Colleen Clinkenbeard
NAMI / YOUNG NAMI Luci Christian
USOPP Sonny Strait
SANJI Eric Vale
ZORO Christopher R. Sabat
CHOPPER / YOUNG CHOPPER Brina Palencia
ROBIN Stephanie Young
FRANKY Patrick Seitz
BROOK Ian Sinclair
Z Jeremy Schwartz
AIN Lauren Landa
BINS Matt Mercer
GARP Brian Mathis
SENGOKU Ed Blaylock
AKAINU Andrew Love
AOKIJI Jason Douglas
KIZARU Ray Hurd
MOBSTON Mark Fickert
COBY Micah Solusod
HELMEPPO Mike McFarland
TSURU Juli Erickson
YOUNG Z Tia Ballard
PURIN Angela Chase
KIBIN Darryl Roberds
ADR Director Joel McDonald
Lead ADR Engineer Peter Hawkinson

 

FUNimation acquires rights for SHONEN HOLLYWOOD -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

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FUNimation is happy to announce that we’ve acquired simulcast and home video rights for SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-, the new male idol anime from the studio that brought you Diabolik Lovers!

 

SHONEN HOLLYWOOD will premiere on Saturday, July 5, at 1:30 PM Eastern Time (12:30 PM Central, 10:30 AM Pacific), and new episodes will follow at the same time every Saturday! Catch them on funimation.com/shonen-hollywood.

 

Never miss a moment of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-! Subscribe now at funimation.com/subscribe Watch all your summer simulcast season shows now on your Xbox 360 with the new FUNimation Xbox app!

 

Synopsis:

 

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!

 

 

HAL – Seven Minute Preview

 

HAL releases on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2. We’re giving you a little sneak peek and showing you the first 7 minutes of the movie!

 

synopsis:

 

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

So, what did you think? If you like what you see be sure to place your pre-orders now by clicking here!

 

If you’re at Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to come to the HAL English Dub Premiere on Saturday at 6:30 pm in Video 1.

 

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Romancing the Major – Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3

According to Kotaku’s recent article, it looks like the Major has quite the romantic side! Just when you thought this sexy cyborg’s life consisted of only kicking ass and taking names, Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3 Ghost Tears gives the viewer a completely new outlook on Kusanagi.

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Akira is the Major’s lover, and coincidently, her mechanic. I guess it would only make sense for Kusanagi’s first serious relationship to be with a guy who knows her inside and out… literally.

 

What’s particularly interesting about this relationship is that you see a more feminine side of Kusanagi. In the past, the Major has always been the alpha-male in both her professional and personal life but with Akira she is flirtatiously coy, sensitive, and vulnerable. This relationship makes this particular Ghost in the Shell unique by adding a new aspect to the character development of Kusanagi—don’t get me wrong though, she still kicks plenty of ass throughout the film!

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