FUNimation Acquires Rights for Yurikuma Arashi!

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Announcing! FUNimation has acquired the rights for Yurikuma Arashi as part of our Winter 2015 Simulcast!

 

Synopsis

After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown—brought to you buy Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl

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Here’s what we have announced for the Winter 2015 Simulcast so far, but we aren’t done yet! Keep checking back!

 

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Japanese New Year and Shrine Visits with Inari Kon Kon

Happy New Year! As you’re celebrating the start of 2015 (hopefully with some great food and better company!) we’re sure that some of you are interested in how the New Year is celebrated in the birthplace of anime—Japan! In celebration of the New Year, here’s a little cultural snapshot of one of Japan’s most famous shrines and a major spot for New Year’s visits, with the help of the anime Inari Kon Kon.

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The New Year is of course about new beginnings, and probably the most prominent tradition is hatsumode, or the first shrine visit of the year. Although Japanese New Year was originally celebrated on the lunar new year (as in China or other East Asian countries), it’s currently celebrated on January 1. Over the evening of New Year’s Eve and the first three days of January, visitors flock to Shinto shrines to pray for the coming year, get their fortunes told, or purchase omamori charms for good luck.

 

Fushimi Inari, one of the most prominent shrines in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto, is just one such location for this annual pilgrimage. It’s also the inspiration for the anime Inari Kon Kon (the main character Inari is named for the shrine itself), and you can see Inari Kon Kon-related promotions at the shrine’s location today (Thanks to Twitter user @magicalemi for all the gorgeous Fushimi Inari pics!)

 

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You can even purchase actual Inari Kon Kon charms at Fushimi Inari! So cute!

 

Fushimi Inari sees some approximately 2.7 million visitors during the first three days of January alone, making it one of the biggest hatsumode spots in all of Japan—and it’s no wonder. This is one gorgeous shrine.

 

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The beautiful shrine itself is known for two major sights—the torii and foxes. Torii are the traditional Japanese gates associated with Shinto shrines, and Fushimi Inari has thousands of vermillion structures lining a long system of paths. They’re breathtaking in more ways than one—walking through them takes several hours, although it’s certainly an unforgettable experience.

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The other famous symbol at Fushimi Inari is the fox, which is why the goddess Uka in Inari Kon Kon has her legion of adorable fox familiars. Foxes are the messengers of the gods, so there’s tons of foxy paraphernalia on-site and available as souvenirs at Fushimi Inari. Visitors can even draw on fox charms to adorn the shrine!

 

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Aside from the shrine visit, Japanese New Year’s has a ton of other traditions as well, from sending greetings and gifts, traditional games like karuta, watching special New Year’s programs on TV, and of course, food. It’s customary to eat a variety of foods, including mochi rice cakes (we posted a recipe tutorial for that before!) and soba noodles, whose length signifies longevity.

 

To learn more about hatsumode, Japanese New Years, and Fushimi Inari shrine, check out some of the links below! Happy New Year! You can also watch Inari Kon Kon in Japanese with English subtitles now at http://funimation.com/inari-kon-kon.

 

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman!

 

 

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FUNimation is excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman!

From Diomedéa, the studio behind Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (announced yesterday!), World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up. The first episode starts on January 18th!

 

What’s the show all about?

 

Akane Academy is just like any other school…except the students just happen to be reincarnated legendary heroes from a distant past who battled for the fate of the world. Now, evil monsters are threatening to wreak havoc, and it’s up to the students of Akane Academy to stop them! Follow Moroha, Shizuno, and Satsuki as they navigate love, past lives, and kicking butt in this action fantasy with a dash of fanservice.

 

Take a look at our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up so far, and check back tomorrow for more announcements!

 

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FUNimation Home Video Announcements – What to Look Forward to in 2015

We’re wrapping up the end of the year with some home video announcements! Here’s what fans can look forward to owning in 2015!

 

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Noragami

series 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.

 

Noragami will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD in Summer 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/noragami

 

 

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series synopsis:

Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monobear, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag.

If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma. But if you’re caught red handed, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

When your principal is psychotic and your finals are fatal, high school goes from being the best years of your life – to your last.

Danganronpa will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/danganronpa-the-animation

 

 

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series synopsis:

When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who’s piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she’s is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare in this new series from the studio that brought you Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Escaflowne!

 

Buddy Complex will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD. Release date is TBD. For more information about the series, please visit: http://funimation.com/buddy-complex.

 

 

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series synopsis:
History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

Nobunagun will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5th, 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/nobunagun for more information.

(EDIT: please note release date has changed for Nobunagun to May 5th)

 

 

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From the crew that brought you High School DxD comes the timeless story of strange alien invaders known as the Penguin Empire, giant robots, henchmen running around in skintight animal costumes, and Earth’s only hope at survival: an easily excited teenage boy with a mysterious power fueled by oversized boobs.

 

Daimidaler: Prince VS. Penguin Empire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/daimidaler for more information.

 

 

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series synopsis:
Legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe and famed composer Yoko Kanno are back with a suspense-filled intellectual thriller!

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children – children who shouldn’t even exist – masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber – and pull the trigger on this world.

 

Terror in Resonance will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Fall 2015. For more information about the series, please visit http://funimation.com/terror-in-resonance

 

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series synopsis:

The busty babes of Maken-ki! are back in a follow-up to the hit first season! When Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy, he discovers that he has a magical power called “Maken.” The hornball might end up a great fighter—if he can  keep from being distracted by all the gorgeous girls running around his new school.

 

Maken-Ki! Two will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Spring 2015. Please visit http://funimation.com/maken-ki for more information about both Season 1 and Season 2 of this series.

 

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series synopsis:

In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about—cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence. If she wins, her wishes will be granted—but what happens if she loses?

 

selector infected WIXOSS will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Visit http://funimation.com/selector for more information. Release date for selector spread WIXOSS is currently TBA.

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

 

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FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Get ready for magical boy adventures from Diomedea, because this show will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast season, with the first episode starting January 13!

 

synopsis

Teenage boys are notoriously lazy, and the members of Binan High School’s Earth Defense Club are no exception. Their definition of “earth defense” is bumming around all day at the local bathhouse. But when a pink wombat appears out of thin air and begs the boys to help him save the planet, even the idlest high schoolers jump to action. Watch the magical boys transform and save the earth with the power of LOVE!

 

 

Here’s what we’ve announced so far! Keep checking back to see the rest of our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up!

 

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for Samurai Warriors!

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FUNimation is excited to announced that we have acquired the rights for Samurai Warriors! With the first episode starting January 11th, the show will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast season!

Fans may recognize Samurai Warriors from the video game of the same name, which is a spinoff of Dynasty Warriors. In addition, some may recognize a few of the characters from the crossover game, Pokémon Conquest!

 

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Based on the hit video game, this dramatic re-imagining of one of Japan’s most revered historical periods drops audiences into the middle of an epic battle royal. Great warriors and dashing rogues from cherished Japanese tales come to life in this rousing series. Follow along as your favorite hacking, slashing characters from the video game meet once more on the field of battle. Every deadly move you perfected in the game is recreated in the action-packed anime experience that is Samurai Warriors!

 

You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Check out our Winter line up so far! What do you think of the shows we’ve announced? Any guesses for the last few? Check back throughout this week for new reveals!

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Top Ten Fan Favorite FUNimation Home Video Releases of 2014

2015 is just around the corner, but we can’t ring in the New Year without taking a look back at this one. We asked fans to vote for their Top 10 Fan Favorite FUNimation Home Video Releases of 2014 (say that 10 times, fast!) and the results are in! You all voted, now take a look to see which shows make the list:

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1. Attack on Titan

 

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2. The Devil is a Part-Timer!
3. High School DxD New 
4. Steins;Gate – Anime Classics
 
 
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5. A Certain Scientific Railgun S
6. A Certain Magical Index BD/DVD Combo
7. Cowboy Bebop
 
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8. Psycho-Pass Season 1
9. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods 
10. Fairy Tail

It’s a heavy-hitting list, but what do you think of the results? Do you agree or disagree? Let us know!

Top FUNimation Streaming Shows of 2014

It’s the end of the year as we know it! Let’s take a look at some of the top FUNimation streaming shows of 2014.

 

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First up, and this should come as no surprise to anyone, Attack on Titan! And before you protest and say “Hey, Attack on Titan simulcasted in 2013!” we started to roll out the English dubbed episodes in 2014 in conjunction with the television broadcast on Toonami–so, it still counts!

 

We’ve been describing this show as the Walking Dead of the anime world. If you’ve seen the show, then you know why. If you haven’t seen the show, where have you been?

 

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When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

 

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.

 

Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls “an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride.” The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.

 

More reasons to love this show? The awesomely epic Opening Song.

 

 

Attack on Titan Part 1 and Part 2 are now available for purchase on Blu-ray/DVD Combo!

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for Death Parade

death parade 1981Can we interest you in a game? FUNimation has acquired the rights for Death Parade! The series will be joining our Winter 2015 simulcast line up with the first episode available on January 9th at 12:28pm ET and new episodes every Friday at 11:30am ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Death Parade? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

synopsis:

There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling new series where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: your life is on the line.

 

Check out the cast list below.

 

CHARACTER  ACTOR
Dekim Tomoaki Maeno
(Yona of the Dawn’s Son Hak, Maken-Ki!’s Takeru)
Black-Haired Woman Asami Seto
(Selector’s Iona, Magi’s Seishun Lee)
Ginty Yoshimasa Hosoya
(Free! -Eternal Summer- Sosuke, Brother’s Conflict’s Yusuke)
Nona Rumi Ookubo
(Barakamon’s Tamako, Freezing’s Hiiragi)
Clavice Kouki Uchiyama
(Soul Eater’s Soul Eater, Fairy Tail’s Midnight)
Queen Ryoko Shiraishi
(Hellsing Ultimate’s Schrodinger, Negima!?’s Kaede)
Castra Ryoka Yuzuki
(Kill La Kill’s Satsuki, My-HiME’s Haruka)
Oculus Tessho Genda
(Akira’s Ryusaku, Sengoku Basara’s Takeda Shingen)

 

 

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So, here are our announcements so far! And we’ve got exciting news! This winter season will be our BIGGEST simulcast season ever! We’re going to take a short break for the holidays, but we’ll be back next week with more announcements!

 

 

Watch 1.11 and 2.22 on 12.27!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Toonami is showing Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22! Make the most of your holidays by catching both movies this Saturday, December 27th at 11PM and 1:30AM CT, respectively!

 

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And if you haven’t heard our latest news on 3.33

 

We are working directly with the Japanese studio and the original creator on the upcoming Evangelion 3.33 home video release. This is a unique opportunity that presented itself to us, and since the plot for Evangelion 3.33 is so different from previous story lines, we are thrilled that the creator has asked to be so heavily involved in this project. Studio Khara has even decided that they would like to create their own special subtitle tracks for the release! We thank you for your continued patience as we work to confirm a release date. Please keep an eye on our social channels and our website for more updates!