We can’t stress enough that 2006 was A REALLY GOOD YEAR for anime. 2006 is considered the height of the anime “bubble” in both Japan and the US with a record high (at the time) number of new anime series being created, before the industry took a decline.
Tons of series that still impact us today were born this year:
Did you hear the news? This year, the Collector’s Editions for Fullmetal Alchemist, Black Lagoon, and Tokyo Ghoul were nationally recognized for excellence in packaging, design, and content. That means when you bring home one of these sets, you’re bringing home a winner. So, what does it take to create award-winning packaging? Let’s take a peek into the Funimation world!
……..Black Lagoon Collector’s Edition
………….Tokyo Ghoul Collector’s Edition
…….Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition
Whenever we release a Collector’s Edition, our top priority is focusing on the love our fans have for each series. We consider different elements that would appeal to every fan and their unique sensibilities; look, feel, size, and exclusive elements that make every series special. Each of our designers has their own distinctive creative process when it comes to creating these sets. We sat down with some of our packaging designers, Melissa Frennea, TJ Larson, and Ian Bailon to discuss their ideas, processes, and the overall work that went into these award-winning designs.
Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition
Q: Each of these sets has a special meaning and message that relates to the series. What was it you wanted to get across to the fans?
Melissa F,Graphic Designer, lead on Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition:
The idea behind the Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition was to create a journey for fans. We wanted to mimic the journey they experience when they watch and re-watch their favorite series. Personally, I am a huge FMA fan, so I put in hours of research into very specific elements relevant to the show. Things like historical alchemy, particular show and series details, and even fandom references. By tying these elements together, I wanted fans who love the series as much as I do to have a physical representation of that devotion.
It is the end of the world as we know it: Fallout 4 has finally arrived. Sick days are used up en masse, work productivity crawls to screeching halts, and loved ones are ignored to insulting levels. But for those that are still alive, we have a guide that contains some anime with post-apocalyptic themes that will get you through the next few months while you hunker down in your fallout shelter. They will give you hope that there is life after the end of the world.
When society is about to collapse, you will need this movie for many reasons. 1) It is a classic that helped bring anime to popularity in the West, so you’ll need to have that knowledge before all media is gone (or filled to the brim with Fallout spoilers). 2) It will show you how to navigate the craziness that the apocalypse brings so you can survive to live in a vault too! 3) It specifies the need for a sweet ride to literally navigate the craziness of the apocalypse
What To Do When The End of the World Is Upon You (Part 2 and 3)
In continuing the list of crucial anime that you will need to have in mind once all media is gone and/or flooded with spoilers, you will need to have the Evangelion fresh in mind. The Rebuild movies condenses the series and fills it well with drama, action, and updated graphics. And in the case you have to pilot a mech suit of any sorts (*cough Power Armor) these movies will show you how it’s done.
By the way, we are determined to put out Evangelion 3.33 out on February 2, 2016 come hell or high water so stay tuned for that!
One of our most popular shows from the Spring Simulcast Season and of this Fall Season has the keys to what to do when the End of the World comes: get good at a skill (in this case melee weapons), get good apparel (you’re gonna need high damage resistance that allows agility), and get into a strong community (but beware as every group has dark secrets). With these keys, nothing can stop you whether they be Super Mutants, Vampires, or other humans! Deathclaws are another thing though…
What To Do When You’re Alone When The End of the World Is Here
Ok, say you don’t have the luxury of having many other humans being alive when the End of the World has come. Fear not as there is still hope! If Ergo Proxy has taught us anything, there are certain things you must develop in order to survive against the creepy crawlies and the derelict robots. 1) Develop your intelligence and perception as there aren’t too many other people that will have your back and you’ll need to survive on your wits. 2) Get a trusty weapon that you can mod to fight with (e.g. a sweet shotgun). 3) Get some good tunes (e.g. the ending song of this show is done by Radiohead!)
How To Act When The End of the World Is Here (Good Morality)
This classic anime could be the most grim thing ever: a small group of humans are stranded on a dry and resource-lacking planet with no way to get off immediately, many other humans are criminals that extort and kill more peaceful people, and there is a group of nihilistic superhumans that aim to plunge the world into darkness. But the main protagonist, Vash the Stampede, doesn’t fall into sadness or despair! This goofy super shot paragon fights back even after many a crisis befalls him, he always looks to the good in people, and he always has a smile on his face. In fact many of his victories come without even killing his opponent! It’s like he has VATS… Watch this series and catch his infectious attitude.
How To Act When The End of the World Is Here (Neutral or Bad Morality)
Ok maybe you don’t want to be a goody-two-shoes like Vash who refuses to kill people. Fine, we can’t make everyone be good of course, but to be a thorough guide we’ve included a good look at how to be neutral or bad. In Black Lagoon, the world hasn’t ended, but it is filled with trouble and only the strong survive. You will be able to get what you want and people can’t mess with you, but you will make many enemies and you’ll have to be strong!
One way to do this is to be a top-notch gunslinger like our protagonist, Revy. She takes no mess from anyone and she’s willing to rob everyone, kill whoever, and smuggle anything for cold-hard cash. Of course she’s maxed out in Guns stats (hence why she’s called Two Hands). Her Agility and Perception stats are also maxed out, but her Intelligence is impacted which does bring her into berserker states which brings her to kill everyone nearby.
Wait! The End of the World isn’t here yet? Well it’s time to celebrate by watching a brand new movie – one that looks to the future and the amazing possibilities that lie before us! Great thing that Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie is here! But it’s only out for three days so you need to get your tickets ASAP before it leaves theaters! You can find tickets and theater locations here on www.ghostintheshellnewmovie.com
One of the best action anime of all time is heading to Toonami, and it’s going to kick all kinds of ass! That’s right, Black Lagoon will be joining Toonami’s line-up starting March 22nd. It’ll be replacing Soul Eater once it ends in the 1:30am ET time slot.
So, are you ready to see the crew of Black Lagoon on television!?
If you’ve never seen the series, here’s a synopsis for you:
Rokuro’s mundane trip to South East Asia turns from pleasure cruise to festival of pain when modern-day pirates take him hostage. Revy, Dutch, and Benny are the ruthless crew of the Black Lagoon. For them, getting shot at while smuggling drugs, guns, and stolen goods is part of a typical day at work – and Rokuro is joining the team.
We’re a little light on releases this week, but you bargain hunters will enjoy today’s new release. Chrome Shelled Regios: The Complete Series is now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line. That’s right, get the entire series for less than $30. As with all of our S.A.V.E. titles, if you don’t like the lime green spine, just flip the wrap inside out and you’ll have clean art.
The world of tomorrow is an arid wasteland, a forsaken place where nomadic communities take shelter within mobile domed cities. Massive, mutant Contaminoid monsters swarm the planet’s desolate surface, and the lack of resources fuels constant conflict between cities. In this bleak future, mysterious young Layfon struggles to escape his violent past. Unfortunately, his former life might be impossible to hide after he’s forced to enroll at the military academy – his special powers are clearly stronger than those of his comrades. As he joins his fellow student soldiers in the desperate battle against the Contaminoid scourge, Layfon must fight to keep the origins of his enhanced abilities a secret – because the truth could tear his team apart.
Over on our digital side, we’ve got the Xbox Video Summer Sale! Starting today you can get all of these titles for 30% off their season pass price for a whole week:
Guilty Crown: Complete Series (Japanese w/English subs)
Sekirei Season One
Sekirei Pure Engagement
Black Lagoon Seasons One and Two
Hellsing Ultimate 1 – 8
Soul Eater (All Seasons)
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (All Seasons)
We know that’s a lot of anime, but you got a few months to unlearn everything before school starts again, right?