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An Artificial Love Story

During Anime Expo last year, we announced that we had acquired the rights to the romantic sci-fi film, Hal. From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes their first film ever, and wow is it stunning. Hal is a love story set in the near future, with sci-fi elements and gorgeous animation. Manga fans might recognize the character designs from Io Sakisaka, the manga artist and creator of Strobe Edge and Ao Haru Ride.

 

We’ve been pretty quiet about this film since we announced it last year, but now we’re pleased to tell you that the film will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack this fall; and yes, it will be a dual language release (that means it’ll have both a dubbed and subbed track).  Here’s a promotional trailer.

 

 

synopsis:

From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime.

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.

 

 

Hal‘s official North American subtitled film premiere will be at Sakuracon this Friday at 4:15 pm. Be sure to catch it if you’re attending!

 

FUNimation Series “Attack on Titan” to Air on Toonami Block

 

 

Flower Mound, TX – (April 12, 2014)  Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network paired with Cartoon Network, announced today that it will begin airing Attack on Titan during the popular anime programming block known as Toonami.  The series is scheduled to begin airing on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:30 pm ET.

 

Attack on Titian joins other FUNimation Entertainment® series Space Dandy, One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Black Lagoon currently airing on the network.

 

 

SERIES SYNOPSIS:

When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother. He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth. Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity s last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride. The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.

 

FUNimation Entertainment® series’ times in the Toonami block are Eastern Time and listed below:

 

11:30pm – Attack on Titan

12:30pm – Space Dandy

1:30am – One Piece

2:30am – Black Lagoon

4:00am- Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

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LET ME OUT wins Gold Medal Award at the 57th Annual NY Festivals Int’l TV & Film Awards

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX (4/9/14)- Group 1200 Media, in conjunction with Giant Ape Media, announced live-action Korean zombie coming of age melodrama, LET ME OUT won the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2014 New York Festivals (NYF) International Television & Film Awards™ earlier tonight. Celebrating the World’s Best TV Programs & Films™ and now in its 57th year, NYF announced the winners of this annual competition this evening at their annual Gala at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton in the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Ballroom. The International Awards Group’s annual NYF Awards show celebrates exceptional and innovative programs worldwide in all areas of programming ranging from news, sports, promos, documentaries, dramas and feature films.  The Grand Jury awarded Gold World Medals, Silver, Bronze, and Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries. Other winners included NBC Sports, ESPN, Blue Marble Media, and Cartoon Network Latin America to name a few.

 

LET ME OUT, co-directed by Chang Lae Kim and Jae Soh, stars popular K-drama actors, Hyun-Sang Kwon (THE KING 2 HEARTS, VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR 2, QUEEN OF AMBITION and THE FUGITIVE OF JOSEON) and K-pop star, Hee-von Park from SM Entertainment’s girl band, MILK and star of (GRAND PRIX, READ MY LIPS, FAMILY and GOD’S QUIZ SEASON 3).

 

Written, directed and produced by Koreans and Korean Americans, LET ME OUT is written and directed by Jae Soh and Chang Rae Kim.  Produced by Min Soh and Irene Cho. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S.

 

“It’s amazing for a small indie film to be recognized in the same company of other prominent media companies and industry leaders such as NBC’s THE VOICE, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s PARTS UNKNOWN and just in time for the film’s N. American DVD release on May 27th,” says Adam Zehner, VP of Licensing and Acquisitions, Group 1200 Media.

 

“Hyun Sang and I are so honored to accept this award on behalf of the team behind LET ME OUT in Korea. This was so unexpected, we are so thrilled to win this award. Thanks to our relationship with our U.S. distributor, Giant Ape, LET ME OUT, an indie Korean film can win the NYF Awards Gold Medal in the U.S. category at the NAB Show-the world’s largest electronic media show with nearly 90,000 attendees and thousands of exhibitors from all over the world. Anything is possible,” says Irene Cho, Producer, LET ME OUT.

 

“We are honored to be chosen for this award, and thankful they recognized this film as a Gold Medal winner amongst the other nominees in the industry,” says Scott Lonski, Director of Marketing Services, Group 1200.

 

LET ME OUT is a Korean language coming of age melodrama and pays homage to Day For Night (France), Living In Oblivion (USA) and Korean cinema. LET ME OUT pokes fun at director Yang Ik-June who won the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award for his film, Breathless.  Director of M, Duelist, Nowhere To Hide and Korean film icon, Lee Myungse is cast as himself.

 

SYNOPSIS:

This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual filmmaking.  Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding.  His dream of working with his love-interest Ah-Young becomes a nightmare.  Everything that can go wrong does.  Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create.  It is hope.

 

LET ME OUT opened in S. Korea on August 15, 2013 and was distributed through Baekdu Daegan Film Company in approximately 15 theaters including Art House Momo (Baekdu’s Art House theaters), CGV Movie Collage (the Art House division of CJ Entertainment), and Artplus Cinema Network in various cities throughout Korea, including Seoul. The film had its red carpet US Premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in LA on August 16, 2013 to a sold out audience with director, Jae Soh and Kwon Hyun-Sang, the film’s lead actor. FUNimation and Giant Ape Media partnered with TUGG, to release the film theatrically in select cities including New York, NY, Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL in Fall/Winter 2013. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S. and is distributed in the U.S. by Giant Ape, a Group 1200 Media company, based in Flower Mound, TX.

 

NYF’s 2014 Television & Film Awards ceremony and acceptance speeches is available for viewing on the International Television & Film Awards website. To view this year’s award winners: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2014/ or http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/nabshow2014/mobile/

For more information visit: www.newyorkfestivals.com.
Last year’s award winners included: Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad” (IOC/LOCOG/OBS/Done and Dusted/YLE); A&E, USA for Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies; and the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner. ESPN, USA earned the title of Broadcaster of the Year for the 6th year consecutive year and was recognized with 12 Gold World Medals, 20 Silver, 8 Bronze, and 22 Finalist Certificates.

 

 

 

 

About Group 1200 Media

Group 1200 Media is a multifaceted entertainment conglomerate encompassing FUNimation(R) Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Products (GameSamba and Immerz). This production, marketing, and distribution corporation strives tirelessly to accomplish its mission of delivering the highest quality entertainment brands – along with their associated products – across a multitude of genres. Group 1200 Media is committed to continually releasing and developing exciting new properties representative of its diverse background in the entertainment industry. Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com.

 

About International Awards Group

International Awards Group (IAG) organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards® for the World’s Most Effective Advertising™; Midas Awards® for the World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™; The Global Awards® for the World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™; New York Festivals®; World’s Best Advertising®; World’s Best Radio Programs™ and World’s Best Television & Films™. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.InternationalAwardsGroup.com.

 

FUNimation Acquires Home Video Rights for One Piece Film: Z

Flower Mound, Texas (April 7, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today it has acquired the U.S. and Canadian home video rights for One Piece Film: Z. The 12th movie based off the long-running, action anime, One Piece Film: Z finds Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates in the New World – facing off against the powerful, former Marine Admiral “Z.” Similar to One Piece Film: Strong World, released in November of last year, One Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda, worked closely with the director on the film.

 

One Piece Film: Z is expected to be released in Fall 2014. For future release details, cast announcement, and exclusive content, be sure to Like the official One Piece page on Facebook: http://facebook.com/onepieceofficial

 

More About One Piece
This extremely popular series is based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda and follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates. The series is currently into its 639th episode. Fans can watch new simulcast episodes every Saturday at 9:00 pm ET on www.onepieceoffical.com and funimation.com/one-piece.

Kiss the Girl, Save the World – Date A Live Cast Announcement

Do you like dating games? What if the fate of the world rested on your ability to make girls fall in love with you? That’s exactly the predicament that Shidoh finds himself in, only the “girls” he has to make fall for him are hot alien vixens causing destructive Spatial Quakes around the city! Welcome to the world of the hit sci-fi rom-com Date A Live!

 

See below for the English cast and also a peek at the English dub trailer! Date A Live releases on June 10th! Click here to pre-order your copy today.

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

TOHKA Michelle Rojas
SHIDO Josh Grelle
TONOMACHI Nick Haley
KURUMI Alexis Tipton
REINE Barrett Nash
KOTORI Bryn Apprill
YOSHINO Tia Ballard
TAMAE Anastasia Munoz
MANA Felecia Angelle
ORIGAMI Michelle Lee
KANNAZUKI J. Michael Tatum
RYOKO Caitlin Glass
NARRATOR Alex Moore

 

CREW

ADR Director – Joel McDonald
ADR Engineer – Cris George

 

Now here’s a look at the English dub trailer!

series synopsis:

 

Alien vixens make a splash in the interplanetary dating pool in this sci-fi rom-com from the director of Jormungand and the studio behind Cat Planet Cuties!

 

In a world devastated by mysterious Spatial Quakes, Shidoh isn’t what you’d expect in a hero. He’s an average Joe who gets bossed around by his adorable little sister and mocked by the popular girls at his school. You’d definitely pick him last for dodge ball, but when it comes to saving the planet from imminent destruction, Shidoh’s got one thing going for him: intergalactic hotties can’t keep their hands off him! When the secret to stopping the Spatial Quakes turns out to be romancing the extraterrestrial Spirits responsible for all the chaos, Shidoh the loveable loser becomes the hero of all humanity. For every Spirit he makes out with, mankind breathes a little bit easier. Kiss the girls – save the world. That name of the game is driving the space babes crazy, and nobody does it better than Shidoh!

 

 

FUNimation’s 2014 Spring Season

 

It’s time for our final announcement!  We’ve already announced:

 

PUCHIM@S 2
selector infected WIXOSS
Daimidaler
Fairy Tail
Dragonar Academy
Ping Pong
Soul Eater Not!
and Riddle Story of Devil

 

…in addition to the continuing episodes of One Piece this season.  We’re pleased to announce that Date A Live II will be joining our spring season! We don’t have a confirmed date and time yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. Check out the synopsis for season two!

 

synopsis:
Gear up for a thrilling second season of the smash hit anime Date a Live! This epic new chapter picks up where last season ended and introduces some titillating new developments – like a stunning set of twin Sirens! Don’t miss this chance for a second date with your favorite space babes or their adorable hijinks could wreak havoc on planet Earth! Fans are sure to flip for this irresistible offering from the studio behind Cat Planet Cuties.

 

While you’re waiting for new episodes, be sure to check out Date A Live season one! The BD/DVD Combo releases on June 10th. Click here to pre-order.

 

 

 

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Karneval English Cast Announcement

Happy April Fools’ Day! So, what do you think of on April Fools’ Day? Clowns (ok, maybe not, but just go with it). And, where can you typically find clowns? At the circus!

 

So, here’s a cast announcement for a show with one of the most, um, unique circuses around–Karneval!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

GAREKI Greg Ayres
NAI Sean Michael Teague
YOGI Christopher Bevins
TSUKUMO Jād Saxton
HIRATO Ian Sinclair
TSUKITACHI J. Michael Tatum
KAROKU Vic Mignogna
AKARI David Matranga
IVA Jessica Cavanagh
JIKI Aaron Dismuke
KIICHI Alison Viktorin
AZANA Jerry Jewell
ELESKA Tia Ballard
URO Brandon Potter
PALNEDO R Bruce Elliott
KIHARU Jason Liebrecht
KAGIRI Tyson Rinehart
MINÉ Anastasia Muñoz

 

 CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
ADR Engineer – Kevin Leasure

 

series synopsis:
Armed with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue, Nai searches for someone dear to him. After a run in with a pick-pocket named Gareki, the two find themselves involved in a government set-up that leaves them wanted criminals. Desperate and on-the-run, Nai and Gareki turn to the country’s most powerful defense organization – “Circus” – for help.

 

The series is available on BD/DVD on June 10, click here to pre-order. Now check out the English dub trailer!

 

 

Introducing the Voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan

Our Attack on Titan Dub Premiere at Anime Boston is underway, but we wanted to break away for a special message from the voice of Eren Jaeger…

 

 

Bryce Papenbrook will be voicing the role of Eren Jaeger in the Attack on Titan English dub. Fans may recognize Bryce’s voice as Rin Okumura from “Blue Exorcist” and Kirito from “Sword Art Online” in addition to his numerous video game roles.

 

We’re excited to have Bryce join the amazing Attack on Titan cast! Click here to check out the rest of the cast list.

 

Attack on Titan releases on Blu-ray & DVD on June 3rd, 2014. Click here to pre-order your copy now. Don’t forget to check out the Collector’s Edition, exclusive to the FUNimation Shop!

 

Click here to check out more Attack on Titan dub clips!

Announcements at Anime Boston

Flower Mound, TX (March 22, 2014) – FUNimation Entertainment announced today at their Anime Boston Industry Panel that they have acquired the home video rights to A Certain Scientific Railgun S. The series will release on DVD in two parts this summer.

 

series synopsis:

 

Something sinister is growing in Academy City. The shadows are filled with whispers of a project to clone one of the super-powered students known as espers. High-ranking master of electricity Mikoto Misaka laughs off these stories until she comes face to face with a copy of herself. The duplicates are real, and are being mass-produced from Misaka’s DNA, making each one of them a little piece of her.

 

These clones—her sisters—are being systematically murdered in a series of experiments designed to turn a sadistic killer into the strongest esper in history. Misaka vows to save her copies and destroy the project, but this might be one fight she can’t win alone. High-energy battles and intense action explode in this continuation of the Railgun series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index.

 

Click here for more information about A Certain Scientific Railgun.

 
FUNimation also announced the English cast for the anime series–Red Data Girl.
See below for the cast list:


CHARACTER ACTOR
Izumiko Suzuhara Bryn Apprill
Miyuki Sagara Micah Solusod
Hime-gami Caitlin Glass
Manatsu Souda Joel McDonald
Mayura Souda Kristi Kang
Masumi Souda Chris Burnett
Satoru Wamiya Ryan Reynolds
Yukimasa Sagara David Matranga
Ichijou Takayanagi Clifford Chapin
Ricardo Dave Trosko
Hodaka Murakami Jason Liebrecht
Jean Honoka Kisaragi Leah Clark

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Ben-To English Dubbed Episodes Available May 27th

FUNimation has acquired the home video rights to the Ben-To anime! The series will release in Summer 2014. The final English-subtitled episodes of the series were released for subscribers this week. Subscribers will be able to watch the first two dubbed episodes via the site on May 27th. Check FUNimation.com/EVSSchedule for dates.

 

synopsis:

Every day an epic struggle rages in grocery stores across Japan—the battle for half-priced bento boxes! Once the discount stickers go on, ravenous brawlers start throwing punches in a knockdown, drag-out war over who gets to take home the cheap eats. When a young, broke high school student named Sato joins the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club, he proves to be a rising talent in the world of insane food fights. But does he have what it takes to become the king of clearance cuisine? From the director of Black Cat comes a very different type of hunger games. Welcome to the world of Ben-To, where chopsticks are lethal weapons, the supermarket is a battleground, and there’s nothing more delicious than a deep-fried win.

 

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