Follow up to our Anime News Network Interview

 

We sat down with Anime News Network recently to talk about the Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition, FUNimation’s first Premium Edition release. In the interview, we talk about why we decided to use Kamisama Kiss as our first title for this type of configuration, and why simulcasts numbers are so important. Click here to read the entire interview.

 

Since the interview was published, we’ve been reading some of the comments posted by fans, and we wanted to answer a few questions for you. So, we went to our Acquisitions Team to get the low down.

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Titan Will Bring Ice and Snow for Millions this Weekend

 

Do we possibly have some Attack on Titan fans on the storm naming committee? Well, considering that the Winter Storm Names for 2013-2014 were developed by a class of high schoolers in Montana, chances are high.

 

If you haven’t been following the weather channel today, Winter Storm Titan will be bringing winter weather from the West Coast all the way to New England starting this Friday. The west will get some heavy rain which will switch over to snow as it crosses the Rockies and heads to the Midwest and Northeast. For more information on the storm, please check out weather.com.

 

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MomoCon Added to 2014 Conventions Schedule!

We’ve just added another convention to our official 2014 conventions schedule. Rojas will be a guest at MomoCon in Atlanta, GA on May 23-25, 2014.  If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to stop by the FUNimation booth and panels to say hello! Once event details are confirmed, we’ll let you know. This con is for geeks of all kinds so whether you’re into anime, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, or whatever you should check it out.

 

MomoCon
May 23 – 25, 2014

 

LOCATION
Downtown Atlanta,
Hilton Atlanta And Marriott Marquis
255 Courtland Street NE,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Want a Black Butler Visa Card?

 

Unless you’re Jessica Simpson, or just make/spend as much as her, chances are you’re probably not carrying around an AmEx Black Card. But, at least people with accounts at Sumitomo Mitsui (a Japanese bank based in Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan) can get a Black Butler card!

 

This special Visa card has an exclusive image of Sebastian drawn by Yana Toboso, the mangaka for the series. This promotion is a special collaboration with the Black Butler II anime series and enrollment is limited to the first 1,000 qualified applicants with an annual fee of ¥1,250.

 

We know quite a few Black Butler fans who’d give their right eye to get one of these cards.

 

Check out more Black Butler on http://funimation.com/black-butler!

 

 

 

Awesome Anime Openings and Endings from Winter 2014

 

Kotaku has posted their Ten Awesome Anime Openings and Endings from Winter 2014, and two of our titles made the list: Noragami and Nobunagun!

 

Let’s learn a little bit more about these shows and why they’re so awesome.

 

 

Song: Goya no Machiawase

Artist: Hello Sleepwalkers

 

Noragami synopsis:

Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever. (more…)

New Release Tuesday – Action Packed Edition

It’s Tuesday, and we’ve got some action-packed new releases for you today! First up, let’s get a little cyber-punk with Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos.

 

synopsis:

Get the high-voltage thrill ride of Appleseed XIII the series with none of the filler in this action-packed two-movie set that cuts down the story to what you want most: bullets, explosions, and total mayhem! In the years after a devastating global war, Deunan and her cyborg partner protect the idyllic city of Olympus as elite members of the paramilitary force ES.W.A.T. The duo fights to making the city a paradise by taking down criminals in pulse-pounding mecha battles high above the city streets. When a terrorist organization arms an atomic warhead and begins to assassinate high-ranking bioroids—genetically engineered humans—Deunan and the rest of ES.W.A.T. might be the only people capable of protecting the future of humanity.

 

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Meet the Voices of Grimoire Heart in Fairy Tail

 

Meet the members of Grimoire Heart, the darkest guild our Fairy Tail heroes have fought yet. While the Fairy Tail gang is competing to be recognized as S-Class mages, a different kind of trouble is brewing. Find out what happens in Fairy Tail Part 9!

 

See below for the English cast of Grimoire Heart! Be sure to catch them in action in Fairy Tail Part 9 (available March 25th) and Part 10 (available May 20). Pre-order them both now!

 

CHARACTER ACTOR
Azuma Ray Hurd
Bluenote Chuck Huber
Capricorn Michael Johnson
Hades John Swasey
Kain Bryan Massey
Kawazu Ian Sinclair
Meldy Bryn Apprill
Rustyrose Justin Locklear
Ultear Lydia Mackay
Yomazu Matt Thurston
Zancrow Ian Ferguson
Zordio Marcus D. Stimac

 

 

Vote now in the Annual BTVA Anime Dub Awards

 

Behind the Voice Actors has announced the nominees for their 2nd Annual BTVA Anime Dub Awards! This year’s awards cover 14 different categories from individual awards to specific categories for Television/OVA and Movies/Specials.

 

FUNimation has several nominees in the various categories. Take a look below:

 

Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Television Series/OVA:

- Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
- High School DxD
- Lupin the 3rd: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

 

Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Movie/Special:

- Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess
- Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork
- One Piece Film: Strong World
- Wolf Children

 

Plus, several voice actors have been nominated for their work in many of our titles. Click here to see the full list and start voting for your favorites!  Congratulations to all the nominees!

Study Shows Manga Influences Snack Selection

   
 

Can manga be used to influence children into making healthier snack choices? A recent article posted in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior may have proof. Dr. May May Leung, an assistant professor at City University of New York, conducted a pilot study to determine whether exposing urban youths to manga with multiple messages promoting fruit intake influenced their snack selection.

 

Fifty-seven youth attending after-school programs in Brooklyn, NY were randomly assigned to receive an original manga titled “Fight for Your Right to Fruit” or a non-health-related newsletter. After reading the material, the children were offered their choice of snacks from among healthy/unhealthy options. Leung found that the children who read the manga were significantly more likely to choose a healthy snack.

 

The same could probably be said of certain anime shows like One Piece, which depicts the main character Luffy receiving extraordinary powers after consuming one of the legendary Devil Fruits. So the next time your parents get on your case about watching One Piece, just tell them you’re learning about making healthier snack choices.

 

 

To read more about Dr. Leung’s study please click this link. So, what do you think? Does anime help you make better food choices?

 

Be sure to catch new episodes of One Piece every Saturday on http://onepieceofficial.com!

 

 

EVS Members get 10% off Gift Cards

 

Here’s a great deal for our Elite Video Subscribers! From now until end of day Sunday, you can get 10% off the purchase of any gift card in our FUNimation Shop. Just enter the promo code “GIFT10” at check out.

 

You can use the gift cards yourself to purchase something in our Shop, or you can give them as a gift to someone special.

 

Click here to purchase your gift cards today!

 

*You must be a current EVS member to get this discount.

 

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