Last month we asked fans to submit questions for Ping Pong – The Animation director Masaaki Yuasa. We sent over a few of our favorites and director Yuasa took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to answer them. Take a look below!
Sylverstone14 asked: “Which of the characters resonate with you the most, and why? (For me, I’d say Smile because of his demeanor.)”
Y) That’s constantly changed over the last 18 years. But it’s chiefly Akuma, Dragon, and Egami.
LiuwdJelly asked: “What made you decide to use split-screen reaction shots? What was the hardest part of adapting the manga’s visuals?”
Y) The medium of manga has its own expression of frames (such as how you can compare each frame to the one that came before it, and how multiple frames can make up one overall picture), and I wanted to try my hand at doing that in the anime medium. Also, for this particular show I wanted to use art from the original manga while preserving the exact same meaning it had there. In manga, you can switch angles whenever you want, so there were many cases where even if I’d wanted to use that material as-is, it didn’t follow the laws of video.
Fans have been eagerly waiting for the new season, and we’re very excited to bring you more Sengoku Basara!
Sengoku Basara – End of Judgement – will be launching this Saturday! We apologize again for the wait on these episodes, and we greatly appreciate your patience during this time. Episodes 1 – 3 will be available this Saturday at 2:20pm ET. Episodes 4 – 5 will be launching next Saturday (8/2) at 2:20pm ET.
Get ready for the hacking, slashing battle of a lifetime in a new adaptation of the legendarily violent Sengoku Basara franchise. Based on the best-selling video games, the new installment of this action-packed anime revolves around one massive battle featuring mechanized samurai, mystical ninja, gun-toting warriors, and a blinding array of deadly special moves!
We just left California and now we’re heading back again, this time for San Diego Comic-Con International! After the whirlwind of activity that was Anime Expo, Comic-Con is going to be super chill and relaxed–kind of like the city itself! But, that doesn’t mean we won’t have exciting stuff planned for you! Just take a look below:
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!
We’ll have a booth in the dealer’s room. So be sure to stop by for all your anime needs, and get a FREE FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!
You’ll also be able to win free stuff at the booth–winners every hour! While at the booth be sure to scan your badge to enter to win a variety of prizes.
Scan your badge once and you are entered in for the whole convention. A list of winners will be posted on the booth. Hourly prizes must be claimed during the convention, daily prizes and grand prize winners will be contacted by e-mail after the convention. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well for winner list updates!
While you’re at Comic-Con, meet FUNimation’s Justin Rojas on Saturday 7/26 @ 2:30pm at the Amazon Geek Boutique in the Interactive Zone – Petco Park to chat about the latest and greatest in anime like Attack on Titan. You could even win some prizes!
While you’re at the Amazon Geek Boutique you can test out Amazon Locker, demo the new Fire Phone, and win additional prizes like gift cards, movies, or an Amazon Fire TV!
Happy New Release Tuesday! Hetalians can finally get their hands on Season 5, Hetalia: the Beautiful World is now available on DVD! Pick up the limited edition to get your special Hetalia bandana before they’re all gone! Season 5 also comes with a set of ultra cute chibi stickers. Check out the beauty image above.
They said it couldn’t happen, but they were as wrong as a stack of pancakes in a cage full of bears! The adorable boys of Hetalia are back with some new friends and a super sparkly new look. Not to mention the long-awaited Buon San Valentino OVAs!
What’s more fun than Germany squatting in a dandelion patch? How about the Axis Boys joining the witchcraft club? Or maybe Russia suffering through a traumatic hamster flashback? Any way you slice the spaghetti, every cute boy enjoys a little quality bath time, and Turkey and Greece can’t wait to start splishing and splashing! Fall in love with this new and improved, sparklelicious season of Hetalia as Belgium throws a mouthwatering waffle party, and America shows off his sweet dance moves! We swear you won’t be disappointed – even when Santa Claus goes missing and Canada (who’s that?) tries to replace him with a polar bear! A POLAR BEAR!? Hetalia, you so cray cray. We’ve missed the squee outta ya!
We are celebrating our 20 year anniversary and want to give you a piece of the cake.
Our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale starts today! It’s simple! When you purchase 3 items from our store, you will get a 4th item, of equal or lesser value, absolutely FREE. Use promotion code “CAKE3” at checkout.
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT, SCREENVISION AND FATHOM EVENTS TO BRING
THE FIRST NEW DRAGON BALL Z FEATURE FILM IN 17 YEARS TO THE BIG SCREEN
New York, New York – July 17, 2014 – Fathom Events has joined FUNimation Entertainment and Screenvision to bring Earth’s greatest heroes to the U.S. in “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.” Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new “Dragon Ball Z” feature film in 17 years when it comes to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning August 5. The beloved franchise’s latest opus opened in Japan to a ravenous fan base, which purchased more than 1 million tickets in just six days. FUNimation and Screenvision will exhibit “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” in cinemas on August 5, 6, 7 and 9 in the U.S. and Canada. Fathom Events is proud to bring an additional a 350-plus U.S. cinemas onboard for August 5 and 6. To view the full list of theaters and show times, visit dragonballz.com.
Tickets for “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” are limited and on sale now at participating theater box offices and online at www.dragonballz.com. The event will be presented in nearly 800 select movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada including through Fathom’s and Screenvision’s Digital Broadcast Networks. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, click here (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of Dragon Ball Z, one of the most successful anime brands of all time, will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from the Dragon Ball creator himself, Akira Toriyama.
Hetalia: the Beautiful World (season 5) comes out next week (have you pre-ordered yet? click here and get the season 5 bandana!), and we’re celebrating with a special click and drag mad lib game! Mad libs are silly stories with a bunch of the words removed, and it’s your job to come up with the (nonsensical) replacements. If you’ve ever played these before, ours here is a little different—several words in this Hetalia story have been removed, and a bunch of possible options are shown here in animated GIFs. Take a screenshot of the GIFs below (or click and drag them) to find out what happens next!
(And feel free to share your results with the tag #HetaliaClickNDrag!)
Happy New Release Tuesday! Fans of Deadman Wonderland will now be able to pick up the series in Blu-ray. Watch the action again, this time in HD!
Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy.
Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.
At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope – until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He’s determined to see justice served – but first he’ll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.