New Release Tuesday – The Ultimate Artificial Love Story

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Happy New Release Tuesday! Robot lovers rejoice, Hal – the Movie is now available on BD/DVD Combo! Bring home the ultimate artificial love story and get lost in the emotional roller coaster that is Hal – the Movie. This release comes with 3 alternate DVD covers that also double as gorgeous mini posters!

 

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.

 

Click here to buy now.

 

 

And for you bargain shoppers, Baka and Test Season One and Baka and Test Season Two + OVA are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Get an entire season for under $30! Click here to order now.

 

 

FUNimation at the Movies – Robot Double Feature

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We’ve got a special Robot Double Feature for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies! We’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1. Both English dubbed. Check out the synopsis for each below!

 

Hal – 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.

 

Movie releases on BD/DVD Combo tomorrow! Click here to order now.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 synopsis:

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Releases on BD/DVD Combo on 10/21. Click here to order now.

 

 

 

Screenings are free, though you can reserve your seat with a voucher you can redeem for concessions depending on the theater. Take a look at the theaters screening the double feature below:

 

Alamo Drafthouse:

Denver, CO – 9/8
San Antonio, TX – 9/9
Richardson, TX – 9/8
Houston, TX (Vintage Park)
Lubbock, TX – 9/8
Austin, TX – 9/8
New Braunfels, TX – 9/8
Winchester, VA – 9/8

 

If you’re in the Katy, TX area be sure to check out the Anime at the Alamo program! They’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 on 9/9. Click here.

 

Carousel Cinemas:

Almance Crossing – Burlington, NC – 9/8

 

 

The Most Epic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

You’ve no doubt seen these ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, and now our time has come. Recently, Voice Actor Todd Haberkorn challenged FUNimation, giving us a great opportunity to raise awareness for ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a serious disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Make your donations and help treat and cure ALS today on www.ALSA.org.

 

FUNimation has already made a donation, but we went ahead and created an ice bucket video anyway – in the most epic way possible. As the challenge goes, we’re nominating our pals at VIZ MEDIA, Aniplex USA, Sentai Filmworks, and Crunchyroll.

 

Take a look at the video below:

FUNimation to Simulcast One Piece ‘3D2Y’ TV Special

one piece 3d2yFear not, loyal One Piece fans, FUNimation will be simulcasting this weekend’s ‘One Piece 3D2Y’ TV Special just mere hours after it airs on Japanese broadcast! The two-hour special is scheduled to be available Saturday night (Aug 30) at 12am midnight ET / 11pm CT. This week’s One Piece simulcast episode, Episode 659, will be available at the normal 10pm ET / 9pm CT time. As with all One Piece episodes, you’ll be able to watch on FUNimation.com or the official One Piece website.

 
For more information about ‘One Piece “3D2Y” Overcoming Ace’s Death! The Oath with Luffy’s Crewmates!’ check out these :30 promotional videos Toei posted earlier this week.

 

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Kick-Ass Anime Openings and Endings from Summer 2014

As many fans know, music is an important part of anime. An epic soundtrack can elevate the viewing experience when watching a series; and conversely, you may forgive a few weak plot points if the music is spot on. Each season brings new shows and that means new openings and endings! Take a look at some of the ones from this season below:

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul - Opening Song
Song: Unravel
Performed by: TK from Ling Toshite Sigure

 

Reasons you’ll love it: TK is the vocalist and guitarist for the J-Rock band Ling Tosite Sigure. You may remember them from the opening theme for Psycho-Pass. The haunting vocals and progressive rock sound perfectly capture the intense feel of this show.

Tokyo Ghoul streams Thursdays at 12pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

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Simulcast Schedule Update this Week

The following simulcasts will not be airing in Japan this week, and therefore will not be streaming on FUNimation. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

 

- Terror in Resonance

- Psycho-Pass Extended Edition

- Sengoku Basara – End of Judgement -

- Barakamon

 

Episodes should resume next week, and we will return to our regular streaming schedule. Now would be a great opportunity to catch up on episodes that you’ve missed! Click here.

Hal – The Movie Giveaway Contest

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Looking for a new anime movie that’ll make you laugh and cry—and think? Then check out Hal – the Movie!

 

Hal is a gorgeously animated new film from Wit Studio, the rising star of the anime world that brought you Attack on Titan—and it’s a little different from your run-of-the-mill anime. The story uses sci-fi elements to tell a moving human story about love, loss, and artificial intelligence. After the death of her beloved boyfriend Hal, a young woman named Kurumi becomes a depressed recluse, and an android fashioned in Hal’s image is sent to console her as part of a new form of “robot therapy.” As she opens up to him, Robo-Hal learns what it means to be human– but nothing in their relationship is quite as it seems.

 

To celebrate the movie releasing on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2, we’re having a special contest! One lucky grand prize winner will win a copy of the movie plus an autographed poster. 4 random runners-up will receive an autographed copy of the poster. Just respond to the following question in the comments below, or post your answer to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr with the hashtag #HalContest.

 

Here’s the question:

Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Plenty of sci-fi titles—especially in anime—feature humanoid robots that develop lifelike emotions, either because of or despite their programming; certainly, the attempt to simulate or even replicate human feelings is an interesting problem in artificial intelligence. Do you think we’ll ever see robots who think and feel like us, or is this only the stuff of science fiction?

 

Our favorite entry will win the grand prize and 4 entries will be chosen at random to win the autographed poster. We’ll also share a little bit of the debate from both sides—please note that by entering, you give us permission to share your response. You have from now until Sept 9th, 2014 to enter. Click here for complete rules.

 

EDIT: WE HAVE A WINNER! Scroll to the bottom to see Winner and Runners up.

 

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Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series Joins Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

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Flower Mound, Texas (August 23, 2014) – Saturday night television is about to get a lot more bloody! Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network paired with Cartoon Network, announced today that it will begin airing volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series during the popular, Toonami anime block. The action-packed, supernatural epic is set to debut on September 13 at 3:00AM ET/1:00AM CT (in the former Black Lagoon time slot). Volumes will air in an hour-long block and will be edited to fit TV-MA broadcast standards.

 

Hellsing Ultimate will be joining the Toonami ranks with other FUNimation Entertainment shows Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

 

In case you missed it, the final chapters in the Hellsing Ultimate series are coming to home video later this year. Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes IX & X will be released on Blu-ray & DVD on October 28th. Check out the Coming Soon trailer below and pre-order on FUNimation.com right here.

 

 

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Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Exclusive Details

We are thrilled to see the incredible response from fans for the Amazon Exclusive Edition of Cowboy Bebop! But, we know that a few of you are waiting to see what our FUNimation Exclusive Edition contains before making a decision, so without further ado:

 

  • Release date: 12/16/14
  • Includes:
    • Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)
    • Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover
    • Display easel for packaging
    • Four exclusive art cards
    • One additional exclusive art card with foil-stamp autograph from series director Shinichiro Watanabe

 

cowboy bebopWe know some Premium Edition buyers primarily want pack-in content and items, and some prioritize having a display piece for their shelves. While both of our Cowboy Bebop Premium Editions feature display-worthy packaging and bonus items, their differences are intended to reflect these different priorities. We’re looking forward to revealing the designs soon!

 

We hope that with the Blu-ray and DVD Standard Editions (details coming soon) and the two Premium Editions, every fan is able to have a Cowboy Bebop experience that they love! Click here to order the FUNimation Exclusive Edition now.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Heads to Home Video With an Uncut Version of the Film — 20 Minutes of Footage Not Seen in Theaters!

dbz bog box artFlower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

 

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

 

This must-own movie, from series creator Akira Toriyama, will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on October 7, 2014. Pre-orders are available starting today. Click here to pre-order your copy now! Bring home the movie IGN calls “Some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.”

 

Check DragonBallZ.com for more information. For the latest news and announcements, don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/dragonballz & facebook.com/funimation, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation.

 

About Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

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.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

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