Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

Happy International Translation Day!

onig_heartHappy International Translation Day! Every September 30th on the feast of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, we take some time to thank the worldwide translation community. Without our dedicated team of translators here at FUNimation, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the anime that we all have come to know and love.

 

So, let’s take some time to get to know a little more about the translators who work so hard on our titles!

 

*Please note that since many of our translators are contract workers, some of the titles they have listed below are ones they have worked on outside of FUNimation projects.

 

 

Name: Nora Stevens Heath

Professional translator since: 1999

A project that challenged me: Taking over No-Rin. Hey, who put all these technical agricultural concepts in my high-school comedy?

A show of mine you should watch: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. All that Kansai dialect is good for the soul.

 

Name: Duane Johnson

Professional translator since: 2001

A project that challenged me: Hellsing (the manga)

A show of mine you should watch: Genshiken, because there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself or someone you know amongst its characters.

 

Name: Nita Lieu

Professional translator since: 2009

A project that challenged me: Space Dandy–a lot of interesting issues to deal with that made it fun but challenging.

A show of mine you should watch: Tokyo Ravens–It might take a while to get into it, but the end is really good!

 

Name: Sarah Alys Lindholm

Professional translator since: 2003

A project that challenged me: Ghost in the Shell: Arise (and its insert booklets!)

A show of mine you should watch: Ping Pong: The Animation, because it’s completely different from other shows–in a good way.

(more…)

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

 

0 0-3 0-2

 

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!

AOT-704400072680_COMBO-summaryimage-2

 

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

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

waggin ball z

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

shonen hollywood 2

 

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.

(more…)

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

BROOK_thriller bark

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…

 

one piece talk like a pirate day sale

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

DBZ_bluray_7_to_9

 

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.

 

dbz pencil sketch 7 to 9

 

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.

 

 

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

XIII

 

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.

 

eden_of_the_east

 

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!

 

black_cat

(more…)

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!

FUNimation Show Livestream on 9/18

LIVESTREAM

 

You may recall a few weeks ago we asked if fans would be interested in a FUNimation Show Livestream. We did these regularly last year, but lately our schedules have gotten so full that we just haven’t had time to do one in a while.

 

So, we’re bringing it back! Tune in on Thursday 9/18 at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET for a FUNimation Show Livestream! Check out the event below:

 

 

 

Post your questions in the comments below and we might just read them live!

 

You can also post your questions on our official Facebook page, or Tweet your questions to @FUNimationShow using #TFSLivestream.

 

You’ll be able to catch the livestream via our YouTube channel at youtube.com/FUNimation, or via Twitch at twitch.tv/FUNimation.