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Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail Trading Card Game Comes to the U.S.

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Any Fairy Tail fans also collectible card game fans? We’ve got some exciting news for you! The Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail trading card game is finally coming to the U.S. in English!

 

Never heard of Weiß Schwarz before? Well, it’s a collectible card game that’s a huge hit in Japan. It features characters and events from popular anime series and now includes the smash fantasy hit–Fairy Tail!

 

The game lets you pit anime characters against each other in intense card battles–the last player standing is the winner. Cards feature stunning anime art (see above) with special rare cards including voice actor and creator autographs! Click here to learn more about the rules of the game.

 

So, if you’ve ever wanted to see Natsu and Grey REALLY duke it out, Weiß Schwarz is something you definitely need to check out!

 

For more information about Weiß Schwarz, please click here to visit their site.

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: How Will You Watch?

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop finally came out on Blu-ray in North America yesterday—if you haven’t ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? Get it here — now! 

 

For those of you who have received or are waiting for your copy, we’re curious about when and how you plan to sit down and watch one of anime’s biggest classics in gorgeous high-definition! So we’ve worked out a little questionnaire for you…or you could just share your plans by posting to social media using the hashtag #BebopJam, of course!

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: More of Your Responses

 

We’ve got some more fun planned for you guys, but we wanted to take a moment to spotlight two special responses from fans:

 

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Emi has actually maintained a Cowboy Bebop fan page since 1999, with story, character, and episode information. That’s older than some of our fans! Thank you for sharing, Emi!

 

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Brandon manages to squeeze in the most special things about Cowboy Bebop in one paragraph…though of course, we could go on for hours! Thanks, Brandon, for loving Cowboy Bebop and sharing your thoughts. (Good luck on your finals!)

 

Stay tuned for more Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions fun this week–and if you haven’t done so already, share your thoughts on your favorite social site using the hashtag #BebopJam, see everyone else’s contribution at funimation.com/bebopjam, AND make sure to buy your copy of the anime classic on Blu-ray!

 

 

In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Akane Tomonaga

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at the final part of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Akane Tomonaga, the Japanese voice of Yui Furukawa.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: For this show, I didn’t know where the story was going while we were recording. I went into every recording session with a fresh sense of wonder, thinking, “Wow! So, this is how the story unfolds!” Of course, there are times when I like to know how the story ends and structure my performance accordingly. And I was especially dying of curiosity to know how this series ended. But it was precisely because I didn’t know that I was able to read each script with a fresh outlook and it made the recording sessions fun.

 

Q: For some of you, the roles you’re playing for In Search of the Lost Future are quite different from your previous ones, both in terms of personality and even vocal pitch. How do you prepare for a new role, and is it difficult to switch between projects?

 

A: I look at the art for the character and imagine, “For this girl, maybe her voice would sound like this and she would talk like this,” and rehearse to match the script and the art. And then, in the studio, I try giving my performance of the character the way I’ve conceptualized her. If I get the OK, I go with it and if it’s not quite right, then I make adjustments on the spot. So, I don’t think it’s difficult to switch between projects.

 

Q: As English-speaking fans of your work, we’re curious if any of you have seen an English dub of an anime, especially one with a character you voiced in Japanese. Have you seen any, and if so, which?

 

A: I’m sad to say I’ve never seen any. I’d love to get the chance!

 

Q: Do any of you have experience playing visual novels (particularly the original In Search of the Lost Future)? If so, what was your favorite?

 

A: I’m not really sure what defines a game as a visual novel, but I like to play video games. Regrettably, I’ve never played the game that this show is based on. But lately, my favorite game is “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate”, though that’s not a visual novel, is it? I like the so-called “otome game (girls’ games)” genre and I play those games often, of which my latest top pick is “Ayakashi Gohan (Mystical Meals)”! I voice one of the characters in it, but even without that fact, the story is really wonderful and I love it!

 

Q: In America, voice actors often record lines individually, while in Japan, multiple voice actors might record in the same room together. Does interacting with other voice actors ever affect your performance, e.g. do you ever change your delivery or ad lib based on how you interact with the other voice actors?

 

A: Naturally, hearing the performances of my fellow cast members tends to bring out a different performance from me than what I’d rehearsed on my own. What they do can spur me to feel different emotions, which leads to shifts in my performance. I think it’s those “emotional changes” that make it so fun to record together.

 

That concludes our 3 part interview series! Special thanks to all the fans who submitted their questions for the Japanese voice cast, and to our translation team, and our licensor for facilitating these interviews! We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the seiyuu and the characters of the show. Click this link to see the previous interviews in this series.

 

New episodes of In Search of the Lost Future air every Saturday at 12:30pm ET. Click here for episodes.

 

series synopsis:

A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her. The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Hatsumi Takada

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at part 2 of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Hatsumi Takada, the Japanese voice of Kaori Sasaki.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: Towards the beginning, I went into the recording sessions with absolutely no idea of where the story was going. Several episodes in, I was given a rough idea of how things would end, but I purposefully refrained from asking for any details. I do like to know as much as possible about how a story ends, but depending on the role I’m playing, I also sometimes feel that I’d like to stay in the dark, so that I can be in the same frame of mind as my character. Kaori, my character on this show, was just such a case, so I played her with my heart in my mouth every session, wondering what was to come.

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Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: Your Responses (So Far)!

 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions, fans have been celebrating the classic series’ Blu-ray release by sharing their reasons for loving Cowboy Bebop–and their history with the show, and sometimes even their future! Here are just a few of the posts we’ve loved so far.

 

Don’t forget to share your own with us by posting to your favorite social media network using the hashtag #BebopJam–we may spotlight it here, and we’ll also be sharing some of these with director Shinichiro Watanabe and the Cowboy Bebop team in Japan!

 

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In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Takuma Terashima

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at part 1 of our 3 part series of interviews. First up, we’ve got Takuma Terashima, the Japanese voice of Sou Akiyama.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: I think that depending on the show and the character, in some situations, it’s better to know how the story will unfold and in other situations, it’s not. But for this show, I played my character without knowing, and other than the immediate future and changes to his emotional state, I figured it was better that I didn’t know anything, so I refrained from asking. When I read the scripts, I was especially surprised by the events in Episode 1 and the story that unfolded towards the end.

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New Wallpapers for A Certain Magical Index + A Certain Scientific Railgun!

As part of our five straight months of brand new Raildex releases (that’s A Certain Magical Index + A Certain Scientific Railgun), we’re celebrating the newest addition, A Certain Magical Index II Part 2, out next week on Blu-ray/DVD Combo! This installment covers the Academy City’s first all-out war between Magic and Science, with unexpected team-ups of Touma, Misaka, and the deadly friend-or-foe Accelerator.

 

To commemorate, we’re dropping four more lovely desktop wallpapers to add a little more Academy City to your computer. Get the stars of this arc, the lovely ladies of the Raildex franchise, or a little totally-not-a-date action between Misaka and Touma.

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What’s up next in our slate of Index/Railgun releases? After Index II Part 2, we’ve got three down, two to go. Remember, all these releases are on Blu-ray/DVD combo, with new releases of Index Season 1 and Railgun Season 1 in HD for the first time!

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: Marathon Party Ideas

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With Cowboy Bebop finally coming to Blu-ray on December 16, we expect more than a few of you will be gathering with friends to watch the classic sci-fi western in glorious high definition. We thought we would share a few ideas for anyone throwing their own #BebopJam Session at home!

 

 

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1)     Ein papercraft!

 

Okay, technically these could be any Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but we found a great and free

printable papercraft project to puttogether your own adorable hyper-intelligent pup. Use them

for décor or as an activity for your guests, if they can take their eyes off the screen at all!

 

 

 

 

 

…..Click here to start folding! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2)     Colorful refreshments!

 

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Beverages are fun to theme after characters. For example, if you wanted something inspired by

Faye’s classic yellow and red attire, you might offer lemonade garnished with raspberries…or, if

your crew is over 21, you might consider more adult options.

 

 

 

 

 

…………….Click here to start mixing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Peppers and Beef.jpg3)     Snacks!

 

Snacks, of course, are key to any party. And no Cowboy #BebopJam Session would be complete

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without Bell Peppers and Beef…with or without beef.

Here’s a particularly creative take on the dish. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artwork: Tom Gordon

 

 

These are just a few ideas to get you started—share your own Jam Session party ideas or any other Cowboy Bebop love on your favorite social media site using the hashtag #BebopJam, then visit funimation.com/bebopjam to see how everyone is celebrating.

 

And don’t forget to preorder your copy of Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray, too! Click here!

 

 

Celebrate Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray With Us — Join the #BebopJam Session!

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Okay, 3, 2, 1… Let’s jam! Cowboy Bebop is finally coming to Blu-ray in North America, and we want you to celebrate with us!

 

For the next two weeks, we’re going to be running a very special Cowboy Bebop Jam Session, showcasing fans like you—and us–sharing why Cowboy Bebop means so much and how we’re going to celebrate the new release.

 

To join us, just post your Cowboy Bebop thoughts to your favorite social site using the hashtag #BebopJam. You can see everyone’s posts at http://funimation.com/bebopjam, and we’ll be sharing our own as well—starting with this video in which FUNimation staff members explaining Why We Love Cowboy Bebop:

 

 

 

We’ll be spotlighting our favorites over the next couple of weeks, and we’ll ALSO be sharing them with famed Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe and the rest of the Cowboy Bebop team in Japan — so bring your A-game, bounty hunters! And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Cowboy Bebop!