Congratulations, Attack on Titan Giveaway Winners!

Many brave souls answered the call-to-action by pre-ordering Attack on Titan Part Two – FUNimation EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition and entering our Pre-Order and WIN giveaway.  Now, we’re happy to announce the winners!

 

 

Winners of an Eren, Mikasa, or Levi statue from Kotobukiya are:

 

  • Laurie H. from Wakefield, MA
  • Sean C. from East Providence, RI
  • Christian C. from Chicago, IL

 

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Kotobukiya is Japan’s #1 collector toy company.  Find Kotobukiya on Facebook  or visit their website!

 

Our Prize Pack Winners are:

 

  • Alyssa G. from Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • Josefina O. from San Jose, CA
  • Walter R. from Hyattsville, MD

 

Congratulations, everyone!  You can get your own Attack on Titan Part Two – FUNimation EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition at the FUNimation Store!

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Check out the video below to get a first-hand look at the Exclusive Collector’s Edition!

Buddy Complex Final Act!

buddycomplex_keyIt’s time for the Final Act! Remember Buddy Complex? It’s this awesome mech show that we simulcasted back in Winter 2014. Well, if you were left wondering what was going to happen at the end of the season, the exciting conclusion begins now!

 

Here’s a refresher for you since it’s been a while:

 

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!

 

Click here to catch up on episodes for free!

 

 

Here’s the situation for Into the Skies of Tomorrow – First Half: Hina comes aboard the Cygnus with Aoba and Dio, and she must decide where her allegiances lie. Meanwhile, her former comrades return home to Zogilia to find a shocking turn of events.

Click here to watch the episode now.

 

Into the Skies of Tomorrow – Second Half will be available for FUNimation subscribers tomorrow (9/30) at 11am CT/ 12pm ET!

 

 

FUNimation Fall 2014 Simulcast Season, Part 1

The Fall 2014 Season is fast approaching, and I’m sure you’re wondering what we have in store for you! Well, here’s what we can confirm at this time:

 

One Piece will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

One Piece – Saturdays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/one-piece, or onepieceofficial.com

 

Fairy Tail will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

Fairy Tail - Fridays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/fairy-tail

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Soul Eater Not! Home Video Rights

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We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the Blu-ray and DVD rights for Soul Eater Not! The series is expected to release in summer 2015, and it will include an English dub track.

 

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Get ready to meet the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy! Tsugumi Harudori and her outrageous friends make up the NOT class at this stylish school dedicated to training living, breathing weapons and uniting them with the Meisters who’ll wield them! Soul Eater fanatics will be psyched to meet these epic new characters – and catch up with all their favorites from the original series. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure as Tsugumi and her pals weave their own exciting tale of deadly life at DWMA!

 

The series is currently available for streaming on funimation.com/soul-eater-not.

Announcing On-Disc Extras for Cowboy Bebop!

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop fans, listen up! You won’t have to shell out millions of Woolongs to make the adventures aboard the Bebop last even longer because there is a bounty of on-disc extras headed your way. We’ve got more Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward and Ein than we can fit into 26 sessions — and it’s all included on the Complete Series DVD and Blu-ray for you!

 

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DVD Extras (160 minutes):
- Memo from Bebop: The Dub Sessions Remembered – a brand new 95-minute original extra, featuring the original English-language cast of Cowboy Bebop as they give you the behind-the-scenes stories  about recording this seminal series.
-  Session #1 Audio Commentary with Koichi Yamadera (Spike) and Unshou Ishizuka (Jet)
-  Session #5 Audio Commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba
-  Interview with Wendee Lee (English Voice of Faye Valentine)
-  Session #10 Audio Commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba
-  Interview with Cartoon Network Producer Sean Akins
-  Session #17 Audio Commentary with Director Shinichiro Watanabe and Composer Yoko Kanno
- “Tank!” Full-Size Music Clip
-  “Tank!” Club Remix Music Clip -UK Version-
-  Session #24 Audio Commentary with Megumi Hayashibara (Faye) and Aoi Tada (Ed)
-  Original Opening and Closing Songs
-  Textless Opening and Closing Songs
-  Ein’s Summer Vacation
-  Cowboy Bebop Session #0
-  U.S. Trailer

 

Blu-ray Extras (227 minutes):
-  All of the DVD extras, plus
- Dinner Aboard the Bebop, a brand new 68-minute original extra, featuring the original English-language cast of Cowboy Bebop reunited for dinner, drinks, and a very special script reading!

 

Click here to order your copy of Cowboy Bebop today and spend even more time with your favorite crew!

 

Sign up to be the FIRST to see the new Cowboy Bebop trailer, packaging, and more!

 

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Be sure to stay tuned for even more Cowboy Bebop announcements!

 

 

Give a Warm Welcome to Lauren!

lauren moorePlease join us in welcoming our brand new team member, Lauren Moore! As you guys may know, our little social team has been just Rojas and myself for a few years now, and we’ve desperately needed the additional support. So, we are absolutely thrilled to have Lauren join our team as our new Social Media Coordinator!

 

Lauren first moved to Texas from her home in the Cayman Islands to snag a journalism degree and pursue a career in the broadcast industry. Lauren held a number of roles at the gaming entertainment website ScrewAttack.com, before working her way across DFW and North America as a producer. Now, Lauren has joined the ranks of fellow anime lovers at FUNimation and we could not be more excited to have her! Aside from anime, her other loves include theatre, cats, kickball and giant plates of food.

 

This is also not the first time that FUNimation fans may have seen our lovely Lauren! Check out the FUNimation Show Quickie below where we attended the Xbox Area One tour party in Dallas!

 

 

Dogs & Cats Clash in Waggin’ Ball Z: Battle of Pets

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We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (Available October 7) by asking the unanswerable question that has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Which is better, dogs or cats? For eons, these cuddly companions have waged an epic battle for supreme control of the universe. Now the time has come for you, the lowly Earthlings, to help determine a victor.

 

Claiming your allegiance is easy! Every vote goes towards the power level of the animal you choose and enters you in the chance to win a fabulous Dragon Ball Z prize pack! Six winners will be chosen at random (3 from Twitter, and 3 from Instagram) to win a copy of Dragon Ball Z Season One on Blu-ray and an autographed DVD wrap signed by members of the English voice cast. Click here for complete rules and details.

 

EDIT: CONTEST IS NOW OVER. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST TO SEE WINNERS.

 

Keep tabs on who’s power level is strongest on the Battle of Pets website (http://dragonballz.com/battleofpets/) and check back on October 7th to watch the epic conclusion and see the winner. Be sure to order your copy of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods the Extended Edition. Click here to buy now.

 

 

Vote On Twitter
Send a tweet using the hashtag #dragondogz (to vote for team dog) or #dragoncatz (to vote for team cat)

Example: “All hail our kitty overlords! Cats > Dogs forever. #dragoncatz”

 

Vote On Instagram
Take a picture of your beloved pet, or use one of the million you already have saved on your phone.

Post it to Instagram using the hashtag #dragondogz (to vote for team dog) or #dragoncatz (to vote for team cat)

 

Vote On The Web
Go to http://dragonballz.com/battleofpets/ and click on the ‘Vote #dragondogz” or “Vote #dragoncatz” button to cast your vote.

Note: This method still uses Twitter, but will create an auto-generated post for you.

 

 

WINNERS:  Congrats to the following people:

 

From Twitter:

MaeSanderson
HimJL7
DrMudkippz

 

From Instagram:

supersonicfan1122
seb_101
devin84615

Three Reasons to Watch SHONEN HOLLYWOOD: Not Your Average Idol Anime

 

Anime about idols–singing and dancing pop stars–are hugely in trend right now, both in Japanese and American fandom, and the genre has spawned a ton of new shows as of late, from AKB0048 to Wake Up, Girls! and everything in between. SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is another addition to the idol boom (this time about male idols!), but if you’re expecting a sugar-sweet fairy tale about singing and dancing your way to stardom, it’s…note quite that. Here are three reasons to pick up SHONEN HOLLYWOOD if you’re an idol anime fan… and especially if you aren’t. (But don’t take it from us—check out Anime News Network’s glowing reviews of the series and its realistic take on the subject matter.

 

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1) When it comes to idols, it’s completely self-aware

 

Let’s face it, even ardent idol and idol-anime fans know that this whole business of crooning love songs while dancing with a bunch of other dudes in ridiculous costumes with feathers is… kinda cheesy. Lots of idol anime feature characters who buy into that—characters whose behind-the-scenes personalities genuinely match their idol image—but SHONEN HOLLYWOOD has no such illusions. In the first episode, the boys practice introducing themselves in typical overblown idol fashion—proclaiming their fans their girlfriends and make ridiculously sparkly gestures—and like real people with standards, the main character Kakeru gets horribly embarrassed by the show. If you’ve ever wondered if real life pop stars actually want to keep themselves pure for their fans and truly want to share their universe with each and every one of them, then spoiler alert: they don’t.

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FUNimation at Anime Weekend Atlanta

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FUNimation is heading to Anime Weekend Atlanta! We’ve got premieres, panels, and loads of awesome stuff at our booth. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your weekend is absolutely peachy!

 

FUNimation Panels:

 

FUNimation Peep Show (18+) – Grand Ballroom – Friday 11:00pm

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles. Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds.

 

FUNimation Previews – Grand Ballroom – Saturday 3:00 pm

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Williams AB – Saturday 5:00pm

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

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