If you’ve been keeping up with our current simulcast season, you may have enjoyed one of our current shows, planetarian! Did you know this show originated as a visual novel published by our friends over at Sekai Project? They’re also responsible for publishing the visual novels of some shows such as Clannad!
Whether it be a political crime story or a horror-themed nightmare, the appeal of visual novels lies in their ability to focus on an amazing concept or plot and deliver a full story within an anime-caliber framework that delivers complex themes and emotions. You can see this shine through with some of the more popular novels such as The Fruit of Grisaia, G-senjou no Maou, and Narcissu.
Visual novels are like a click-through version of a book with anime style imagery. However, unlike a book there are branching paths and choices you can make that affect the outcome of the story. The anime version of these novels only show one of these paths. For example, In the anime version of Clannad you see Tomoya with Nagisa; in the visual novel you can choose which girl you believe fits best and can follow that route to see how all of their relationships change and blossom. It’s these multiple pathways that make fans want to come back and play them over and over again.
In the case of planetarian, which is technically a kinetic novel, you do not get these choices. Kinetic novels guide you through the story as the writer intended without giving you the option to change events. Meaning, it didn’t matter if we werereading the visual novel or watching the anime, the story was always going to leave us an emotional mess.
If you’ve enjoyed watching our simulcast of planetarian this season be sure to check out our broadcast dub Thursdays at 12:30pm ET! Thanks to our wonderful friends over at Sekai Project we will also be holding a special steam key giveaway for the planetarian visual novel! You’ll have a chance to win a Steam copy ofplanetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~. All you have to do is retweet/reshare our giveaway and 5 lucky winners will be selected on Thursday, September 1st at the last Broadcast Dub episode!
We’re rolling out our next batch of Broadcast Dub English cast announcements with a very special (and very long-awaited) announcement! PLUS, find out how you can win tons of anime prizes just from watching anime!
***Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you don’t want Fullmetal Alchemist Spoilers!***
Last week, we shared our favorite Top 10 Moments in Fullmetal Alchemist. We asked you to respond with your own personal favorites to help us say goodbye to one of the most beloved anime of all time.
After reading through many excellent entries, we are happy to announce that Reuben is the winner with his emotional recollection of how even the smaller, quieter moments in the show can be just as impactful as the action filled ones.
That’s right, THE Hatsune Miku is coming to Texas, and Funimation is giving subscribers a chance to win tickets to her show in Dallas (5/14) or Houston (5/17). For Dallas fans, the show is already sold out, so this is your last and only chance to snag some highly coveted tickets to the performance. A limited supply of tickets are still available for purchase to the Houston show, but time is running out.
It’s easy to enter! If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to follow these steps to try to win your ticket:
And to reward our longtime fans, we’re going to sweeten the deal—any winners that have also been FunimationNow subscribers since the first of May will have their tickets upgraded so they can watch the show from the Funimation suite!
Although the school semester is finishing, we’re starting our own My Hero Academia Class! Every month, we’ll be giving out a challenge that gives you the chance to a train in the ways of becoming a true hero.
The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.
In the beginning of May the employees of Funimation got out of their chairs and did fitness challenges where they did pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more for International Wellness Week! We even found videos of people doing their own My Hero Academia-inspired fitness challenges.
Creatively figure out how to demonstrate the theme of the month and complete the challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!
June’s Challenge: Teamwork
For the month of June, figure out how to exemplify “teamwork” and showcase it to us using the hashtag “#OneForAll” on our social media channels. That can be helping a family member do chores, being a good teammate in sports, pumping up a gym partner during sets, or whatever! Through the month, we’ll choose winners to receive a special poster!
Our new mobile apps have arrived! With a sleek new design and a bunch of new features, the (free!) Funimation app is available for download now on iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Kindle. If you’re still on the fence about downloading the new app, maybe this will help you make up your mind. Check out the top 10 reasons the new Funimation app is better than ever.
Marathon episode after episode without ever lifting a finger for up to 3 hours!
Add shows to your queue to watch later and manage your list from the app on any of your devices.
Never forget where you left off again! The app tracks your episode’s progress, so you can resume watching between devices.
Stream anime to your TV from the app with Chromecast and Airplay support
Jump to where you want in an episode or movie more accurately with 10-second skip ahead or back.
Find the anime you want faster and easier with advanced filters and search features! Filters include by season, simulcast, Broadcast Dub, and genre
Watch anime your way every time by managing your app-specific viewing settings.
Plan your anime evenings with the in-app schedule of upcoming episodes and movies.
Get tech support right when you need it! Browse the FAQ or contact support from within the app.
Subscribe easily right from within the app. (Sign up through iTunes on iOS, or your device’s browser on Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 10.)
And as an added bonus (or reason #11) we’re giving you the chance to win a free 12-Month All-AccessPass Subscription and a Funimation Gift Bag (valued at $250) just for downloading the new app and watching an episode! That’s right, all you need to do is download the new app, watch a video, and you’ll be entered to win. The sweepstakes will run from March 9th through March 15th with a new winner chosen everyday so watch a video daily for 7 chances to win.
Check back every day to see if you won!
March 9th Winner – John V. from Los Angeles, CA! March 10th Winner – Alejandro Z. from Fontana CA! March 11th Winner – Geoffrey P. from Las Vegas NV! March 14th Winner – Jabir C. from Memphis TN.
Do you love shoujo anime, adventure stories, or independent female protagonists? What about winning FREE STUFF? Then enter our poster giveaway contest for Snow White with the Red Hair (new episodes streaming every Monday)!
We’re giving away 3 rare full-size Japanese posters over the next 3 weeks, all signed by the original Japanese talent:
Shirayuki’s seiyuu Saori Hayami (Seraph of the End’s Shinoa, Soul Eater Not!’s Anya, irregular at magic high school’s Miyuki)
Zen’s seiyuu Ryota Ohsaka (Devil is a Part-Timer!’s Mao, Ace of Diamond’s Eijun, Knights of Sidonia’s Nagate)
Director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha, Blast of Tempest)
We’ll be giving away one poster per week for the next three weeks. Entering is easy: just answer our weekly question on this blog, Facebook, or answer it on Twitter with hashtag #SnowWhiteContest. We’ll share our favorites!
Here’s the secondsnow question: What’s your favorite moment from Snow White with the Red Hair season 2 so far?
Don’t forget that you can watch all of Snow White with the Red Hair season 1 in Japanese with English subs AND English broadcast dub, and new episodes of season 2 come out every week, all at funimation.com/snowwhitewiththeredhair!