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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New Release Tuesday – Titan Tuesday

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Happy Titan Tuesday! Attack on Titan Part 2 is available now. Get the exciting conclusion to Season One today!

 

Part 2 has several different options to accommodate fans. Choose between the following:

- Part Two – Standard Edition
- Part Two – Limited Edition Plus Box
- Part Two – Limited Edition
- Part Two – FUNimation EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition

Click here to order now!

 

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synopsis:

Eren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the ability to turn into a Titan, the world Eren promised to protect looks at him like he is the monster.

Narrowly avoiding execution, Eren’s fate is entrusted to the Scout Regiment where he must prove capable of following orders. But on an expedition outside the wall, a unique female Titan appears and cuts through the Scouts, leaving a trail of carnage and splintered bones behind her and making it difficult for Eren to control his rage. As it becomes obvious that a traitor is sabotaging the Regiment from within, Eren must ask himself who humanity’s true enemy really is. Bloody revelations await beyond the wall in this jaw-dropping series io9.com calls “Japan’s equivalent of The Walking Dead.”

 

 

 

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Sing Like a Straw Hat

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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Every year on September 19th we celebrate this international phenomenon that gives us all an excuse to party like pirates; or, in our case, to party like Straw Hats!

 

Of course no pirate is completely without a lively pirate tune to make the long voyages at sea just a little more bearable. So, this year, in honor of the upcoming release of One Piece Season 6, Voyage 1, we’re teaching you all how to sing Binks’ Brew (a.k.a. Binks’ Sake).

 

This song is meant to lift the spirits of those who sing it. Being an old school pirate, Brook knows this song by heart and will sing it every chance he gets. Check out the lyrics below, and sing along with the clip!

 

Lyrics:

Gather up all of the crew, it’s time to ship out Binks’ Brew.

Sea wind blows, to where, who knows? The waves will be our guide.

O’er across the ocean’s tide.. Rays of sunshine far and wide.

Birds they sing, of cheerful things, in circles passing by.

Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…

Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…Yo hohoho, yo hohoho…

 

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As an added treat, for today only, use the promo code ONEPIECE in our FUNimation Shop to get an additional 15% off your One Piece purchase (this promotion excludes pre-orders). You have until 11:59pm CT tonight to use this promo code, click here to start shopping!

 

 

 

 

Artwork for Dragon Ball Z (Blu-ray) Seasons 7 – 9

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Cell has been defeated and the Z-Fighters have returned to their normal lives. But, now it’s time for them to reunite as the World Martial Arts Tournament is about to begin! As we approach the Buu saga of the epic Dragon Ball Z franchise, let’s take a look at the amazing artwork for Dragon Ball Z Seasons 7, 8, and 9 on Blu-ray!

 

We worked closely with the art team at Toei Animation in Japan to create something unique and exciting to celebrate the memorable moments and characters from the series. Take a look at the early pencil sketches to get an idea of how we progressed to the finished piece.

 

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Pretty nifty, huh? Dragon Ball Z Season 7 is available now in our FUNimation Shop, and you can pre-order your copies for Seasons 8 and 9 now! Click here.

 

 

New Release Tuesday – Exclusives and Collector’s Editions

DBZ_bluray_season_7We’ve got a jam-packed New Release Tuesday for you, so let’s go ahead and get started!

 

First up, Dragon Ball Z Season 7 is now available on Blu-ray! Click here to order your copy now.

 

synopsis:

 

Seven years of peace have passed since the defeat of the monstrous Cell, and the Z-Fighters have enjoyed a return to normal life. Goku has eagerly continued his training in Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has renewed his scholarly pursuits while attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. Two fresh new Saiyan faces have also appeared on the scene – Goku’s son Goten, and Vegeta’s son Trunks!

 

Now, the time has come for the Z-Fighters to reunite, as the new World Martial Arts Tournament is set to begin. The greatest warriors on Earth have come together for their chance to capture the title of the reigning champion, Mr. Satan – but behind the scenes, sinister forces are at work. An evil eye watches the competitors’ every move, waiting for the opportune moment to strike. The action grows fierce on the tournament floor, but for the Z-Fighters, the real fight is only just beginning!

 

Keep an eye on the blog, we’ll be revealing the final designs for the panoramic image shot and beauty layout for Seasons 7 – 9 in the next few weeks.

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Check out the latest thriller from Giant Ape – XIII – the Series

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XIII – The Series is our newest offering from our live action line, Giant Ape. It doesn’t take long for the bullets to start to fly, and we think fans of Black Cat and Eden of the East could really enjoy the title. Just as Eden of the East’s Akira Takizawa wakes up without any memories, Agent XIII is a fellow amnesiac who has lost his past. Both end up at the White House in the first episode of their shows, and begin a journey navigating a vast global conspiracy full of international intrigue. What they don’t know, can get them killed. They both try to unravel who they are and who they were, while trying to stay alive against the never ending stream of those who want to terminate them with extreme prejudice. Their actions will either save or destroy countless lives.

 

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Perhaps the most obvious connection between the anime series Black Cat, and XIII – The Series, is the fact that both of our main leads are expertly trained killers known by the code name of the number used to identify them: XIII (Thirteen). But both Black Cat’s Train Heartnet and Agent XIII have people from their respective past’s intent on killing them, both series deliver action-packed scenes ranging from gun fights, hand to hand combat, car chases and more!

 

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SHONEN HOLLYWOOD – Learn the choreography

 

Just like a real idol group, boy band SHONEN HOLLYWOOD performs their song and dance “Eternally, never ever” for a fictional Japanese music show in this clip—anyone out there going to learn the dance?

 

Also, what you may not realize is that SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is tied to an actual real-life Japanese idol group, ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD, who performs this song to real-life fans in Tokyo! Check out their performance for comparison—the choreography’s the same! See video below.

 

 

The last episode of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD airs next week! Are you up-to-date on all the episodes? Click here to watch now.

 

shonen hollywood key 2synopsis:

These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top!

 

Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!