Conventions 2016 – San Japan to DragonCon

Get ready to spend Labor Day with your fandom because San Japan (San Antonio, Tx) and DragonCon (Atlanta, GA) are happening this weekend! We’re sending our team to both cons to spend the holiday with everyone.  Catch Justin and Scott during our panels at DragonCon, or say hi to Tara, Tim, and Alex at the Funimation booth and our panels at San Japan! Can’t make it to either? Not to worry, we’ll be sharing the experience on our social media accounts!  Here’s what we have in store for the weekend:

 

San Japan

 

PANELS

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Hare Hare Yukai (Haruhi) Dance Contest

For Haruhi’s 10th anniversary, and its first release on Blu-ray in North America (order now here), we’re revving up our time machine (how does it work? That’s classified information) and asking you to bring back your Hare Hare Yukai moves—with the chance to win awesome prizes including a figure, books, and a HUGE banner of the goddess herself!

 

 

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Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 1 – Milan Review

This is the introduction to a personal multi-part editorial series, from social media coordinator Godswill Ugwa.

 

One of the most important elements of the anime genre is the music. From the opening of a series to the overall soundtrack right up to the ending of an episode, music has an important hand in crafting a series. Even outside of the show, music aids greatly in the promotion and in keeping the spirit of the show alive. Through this editorial series, I’ll be taking a look at many different aspects of the relationship of anime and music.

 

To start this editorial series off, I wanted to look at some soundtracks from some of the biggest musically-inclined anime this year, Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Boy and The Beast (Funimation titles only in this particular post). Our friends at Milan Records worked with us in creating soundtrack CDs, and I was lucky enough to grab a CD (or 2) for myself. I’m no expert when it comes to music — and definitely not a reviewer — I simply listened to each soundtrack and I am sharing my journey with each.

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Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War gameplay details revealed

Today, GameSamba and Funimation® Entertainment are revealing more details about the upcoming “Tokyo Ghoul” game, now titled “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War”.

 

The game will be available this winter for Android and Apple devices, and it will feature three gameplay modes for players to pick from.

 

The first is the single player quest/story mode, which will take players on an episodic journey where they’ll face an onslaught of human or ghoul foes in real-time action-RPG combat. Players will be able to control a party of characters, and unleash powerful special skills.

 

“Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” will also feature a variety of multiplayer modes. The first is a traditional player vs player (PvP) arena, where players can compete against one another in fights, to see who has the stronger team. The other multiplayer mode is an experience inspired by MOBA gameplay, and players will participate in 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches against other players as they attempt to take out the enemy team.

 

Players interested in signing up for future announcements or beta opportunities for “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” can do so at the official site, tokyoghoul.gamesamba.com. The game will also be playable at GameSamba’s booth (6016) at PAX West, along with their upcoming puzzle RPG, “18: Dream World.”

 

Seasons 1 & 2 of the “Tokyo Ghoul” anime series can be seen on Funimation’s next generation streaming service FunimationNow, which is available on smartphones, tablets, TVs and gaming consoles.

 

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit gamesamba.com.

 

About Funimation Entertainment
Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime.  By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans – from streaming and home entertainment to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company’s next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms – from smartphones and tablets to TV’s and gaming consoles. For more information, visit funimation.com.

Tales of Zestiria the X Catch-Up: Part 1 – The Main Characters of Zestiria

Part one of a three-part editorial series from one of Funimation’s copywriters, Lauren Hill

 

As an avid Tales of fan, especially Tales of Zestiria, I have never been more excited for an anime series than this one! I was first introduced to the Tales of franchise with Tales of Graces and was hooked ever since. And while there are so many more games to play, I’ve been making my way through the franchise. But considering you can spend over 80 hours on just one game, it’s quite a process! Totally worth it, zero regrets.

 

Updated 8/30/16 with Edna and Zaveid

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A Look Back at Anime from 20 Years Ago

This flashback post was written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu!

 

The classic fantasy mecha anime The Vision of Escaflowne celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and in commemoration of its upcoming first-time release on Blu-ray in North America, let’s take a time machine look back two decades years to 1996, the days of AOL internet discs, Beanie Babies, and Netscape Navigator… and also an exquisite year for anime if you remember it!

 

Evangelion, of course, was not released in 1996 but the year before. The Vision of Escaflowne debuted in 1996, but it’s not the only classic anime that came out that year.

 

 

 

Do you remember some of these other hit titles? In 1996…

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October 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in October for home video release!

 

Attack on Titan: The Movie Part 1

 

Live Action Movie – BD/DVD Combo + Ultraviolet

 

Click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Download version!

 

Click here to pre-order the DVD-only version!

 

Movie Synopsis: 

When the Titans first attacked, life for mankind was forever changed. Fearing the massive man-eating humanoids, survivors constructed three enormous walls for protection. From that point on, humanity lived safely behind the walls—for the time being.

A century later, life is peaceful. Eren and his friends live inside the walls, yearning to explore beyond the borders they’ve always known. But the opportunity comes sooner than expected when a Colossal Titan appears above the wall. With a single kick the barricade is pierced, allowing a swarm of titans to pour in and devour their newly exposed prey. Witnessing the devastation, Eren and his friends vow to destroy the man-eating terrors.

The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

 

 

 

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Fairy Tail – Part 21 Cast Announcement and Home Video Street Date Reminder

Fairy Tail Part 21 (episodes 240-252) is coming on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on September 6 and we’re ecstatic! To get ready for this, we’ll be giving a little sneak peek to who is voicing in this huge arc.

 

Popular voice actor, Vic Mignogna, will be joining the English dub as the main villain, Mard Geer! See a bit of the action below:

 

 

Click here to pre-order Fairy Tail Part 21 now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo for the release on September 6th!

 

 

Guilty Crown Merchandise Giveaway!

We have an amazing bundle of Guilty Crown merchandise here at the Funimation HQ, and we want to share it with you!  All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page and answer the question in the comments on THIS post for a chance to win!

 

Easy, right? Now the tough part is deciding on a favorite moment — but take a look at some of the great stuff up for grabs!  Post your answer by August 23rd, and it could all be yours!

 

 

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SHIMONETA – English Dub Cast Announcement!

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist is making its underwear-masked arrival to home video this November — and it’s getting an english dub!

 

 

Meet the english cast, who will probably have to spend the next few months washing their dirty mouths out:

 

AYAME – Jamie Marchi
TANUKICHI – Josh Grelle
GORIKI – David Wald
ANNA – Monica Rial
KOSURI – Lara Woodhull
HYOKA – Mikaela Krantz
WHITE PEAK – Anthony Bowling
NARRATOR/BASE BLACK – Christopher Sabat

 

ADR Director – Jerry Jewell

 

 

There’s even a limited edition for those of you *lewd* enough to dare and pre-order it:

Including:

All 12 episodes on Blu-ray & DVD
SOX sticker – Share SOX with the masses!
1 Tube Sock – You know why.
Pin – Show off our adorable mascot!
Pin – Rock out with SOX out!

 

 

Summary
In a world where dirty jokes don’t exist, where the mere utterance of a ***** word will thrust you into jail, a hero must rise up as a symbol for all things lewd and rude. The mysterious Blue Snow, proudly wearing panties on her face and armed with naughty images and a foul mouth, will bring the art of dirty jokes back! With her erotic terrorist group, SOX, she will press against the stiff authority of the oppressive Decency Squad and step on their hard and overbearing rules. Tanukichi Okuma is the son of an imprisoned ero-terrorist. Rather than following in his father’s footsteps, he plans to stay on the track of morality and wholesomeness. Just like his dream girl, Anna Nishikinomiya, he attends Japan’s most moral school. But after an encounter with Blue Snow, his virtuous plans are ****** and he finds himself entangled with SOX. Will the pursuit of smut tarnish what hope he has with the pure Anna, or will he *** around, stimulated by the panty wearing deviant and her filthy mouth?