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“SHIN GODZILLA” STOMPS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS OCTOBER

 

The iconic science fiction monster Godzilla makes land fall in the U.S. and Canada this October with the North American theatrical release of “SHIN GODZILLA” from Toho Company, Ltd. Fans have been clamoring for news of the film’s theatrical dates ever since Funimation® Films made its surprise acquisition announcement in July at San Diego Comic Con 2016. And today, the company revealed that “SHIN GODZILLA” will roar into theaters for a limited engagement on October 11 – 18. The movie will screen in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada.  Tickets for “SHIN GODZILLA” will be available for pre-purchase on the official film website beginning on September 9.

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Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War gameplay details revealed

Today, GameSamba and Funimation® Entertainment are revealing more details about the upcoming “Tokyo Ghoul” game, now titled “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War”.

 

The game will be available this winter for Android and Apple devices, and it will feature three gameplay modes for players to pick from.

 

The first is the single player quest/story mode, which will take players on an episodic journey where they’ll face an onslaught of human or ghoul foes in real-time action-RPG combat. Players will be able to control a party of characters, and unleash powerful special skills.

 

“Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” will also feature a variety of multiplayer modes. The first is a traditional player vs player (PvP) arena, where players can compete against one another in fights, to see who has the stronger team. The other multiplayer mode is an experience inspired by MOBA gameplay, and players will participate in 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches against other players as they attempt to take out the enemy team.

 

Players interested in signing up for future announcements or beta opportunities for “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” can do so at the official site, tokyoghoul.gamesamba.com. The game will also be playable at GameSamba’s booth (6016) at PAX West, along with their upcoming puzzle RPG, “18: Dream World.”

 

Seasons 1 & 2 of the “Tokyo Ghoul” anime series can be seen on Funimation’s next generation streaming service FunimationNow, which is available on smartphones, tablets, TVs and gaming consoles.

 

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit gamesamba.com.

 

About Funimation Entertainment
Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime.  By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans – from streaming and home entertainment to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company’s next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms – from smartphones and tablets to TV’s and gaming consoles. For more information, visit funimation.com.

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “MONSTER HUNTER STORIES RIDE ON” FROM FUJI TV

New Anime Series Based on Popular Video Game Franchise to Premiere in October 2016
BALTIMORE, MD August 13, 2016. Last night during its annual Industry Panel at Otakon 2016, Funimation® Entertainment announced the acquisition of the new anime show “Monster Hunter Stories Ride On” – based on the game “Monster Hunter Stories” from Capcom, which is being released in October in Japan, and the popular action RPG game series “Monster Hunter.” Funimation has secured international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title as part of its agreement with Fuji TV. “Monster Hunter Stories Ride On” is set to debut this October on the FunimationNow streaming service and will be available to subscribers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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FUNIMATION FILMS SECURES RIGHTS TO “SHIN GODZILLA” MOVIE THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS

Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation® Films announced its acquisition of the live action film “SHIN GODZILLA” from Toho Company, Ltd. The agreement includes theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for the upcoming Japanese live-action feature film and covers all of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean). Funimation is currently planning to release “SHIN GODZILLA” in theaters in late 2016.

 

“Funimation is extremely pleased to be working with Toho to bring ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ to audiences across the Americas,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation.

 

“SHIN GODZILLA” (“Shin Gojira”) is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film – a live action science fiction monster movie featuring special effects. It is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Both directors performed double duties as writer and visual effects director respectively.  Higuchi most recently directed the live action film adaption of “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin”) which was released in 2015. “SHIN GODZILLA” stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both alums of the “Attack on  Titan” movie – and Yutaka Takenouchi.

 

“’SHIN GODZILLA’ represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this iconic science fiction monster,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re excited to bring audiences this new vision of Godzilla from Toho as reimagined by directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.”

 

For future news and information on “SHIN GODZILLA,” please register for email updates at funimationfilms.com.

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “DRIFTERS” FROM NBCUNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN


Drifters Announcement

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE FIRST JAPANESE FEATURE-LENGTH ANIME FILM “MOMOTARO, SACRED SAILORS”

Newly Digitally Restored WWII-Era Film Premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival

 

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 31, 2016. Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of the restored edition of Mitsuyo Seo’s “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” – the first feature-length animated film produced in Japan. Written and directed by Mitsuyo Seo (1911-2010), “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” was a propaganda film produced in 1944 by Shochiku Co. Ltd. and released in 1945 during the final months of World War II.  Earlier this year, with the financial support of Funimation and others, Shochiku restored the 74-minute, black and white film, which premiered during opening weekend of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics program. As part of its agreement with Shochiku, Funimation has secured exclusive rights to the theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film in both the U.S. and Canada.

 

“Mitsuyo Seo was a key figure in the development of Japan’s anime industry and were honored to have been part of the restoration of ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ – one of his most famous works,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “This wonderful black and white film was created using almost 50,000 cels and offers superb animation, music and entertainment that is on par with any classic Disney film of the same era.”

 

Seo based the film’s story on the classic Japanese fairy tale of a boy named Momotaro, who was born from a peach and defeats monsters with the help of his animal friends. In Seo’s movie, Momotaro and his friends are now Japanese naval paratroopers and the monsters represent the Allied Powers.

 

“This digitally restored version of Mitsuyo Seo’s ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ is truly captivating,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.  “Anime fans, film buffs and animators alike will not want to miss this seminal and historic work of Japanese animation.”

 

Backed by Japan’s Ministry of the Navy, Shochiku produced “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” with a select crew of 70 that included Japanese animation pioneer Kenzo Masaoka (1898 – 1988) as director of shadowgraph. With a big budget at that time, the film was an animated epic on an unprecedented scale and was composed using almost 50,000 animation cels. Few saw the movie in theaters when it was released as most of Japan was fighting a war that would be lost just five months later. To create the restored print, Shochiko scanned a 35mm master print and internegative in 4K and restored it in 2K.

 

Short Synopsis

 

On the eve of a parachute mission during the war in the Pacific, a group of navy paratroopers, a monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear, go home for a brief visit before heading off with their squadron to their base in the South Pacific. Lead by boy warrior Momotaro, the squadron prepares to attack the enemy on Devil’s Island.

 

On the eve before the attack, we learn why Momotaro and his squadron are called “sacred sailors.” A story is told of a ship with white men arriving at a beautiful island. The captain tricks the king into thinking they are merchants and he welcomes them on the island. Quickly thereafter, the crew reveal themselves as pirates and then plunder the island.  All that remained was a legend that “sacred sailors will come from the east” who will “free the people.”  Momotaro and his compatriots are these sacred sailors.

 

The attack on Devil’s Island finally begins. The paratroopers quickly overpower the horned, white devils, who then surrender to Momotaro unconditionally. Peace returns to the South Pacific.

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PROJECT ITOH’S “HARMONY”

Second in Series of Film Adaptations to Screen in U.S. on May 17 & 18

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – April 21, 2016. On the heels of yesterday’s limited theatrical engagement of “The Empire of Corpses,” Funimation® Films announced today that advance tickets are now available for the movie “Harmony,” the second in the series of three animated films adapted from Project Itoh’s novels. The film, produced by award-winning Studio 4°C, is co-directed by the duo of Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura. Presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub versions, “Harmony” will screen in more than 60 theaters across the United States on May 17 and 18, 2016. Local theater listings will provide specific dates and times for subtitled and dubbed screenings. Tickets are available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/harmony.

 

“If response to the first film is any indication, fans will truly enjoy ‘Harmony,’” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “Project Itoh’s ‘Harmony’ will transport moviegoers on an epic science fiction voyage – to a world, once ravaged by war and disease, that has been transformed to ‘perfection’ by nanotechnology.”

 

To coincide with today’s ticket sales announcement, Funimation Films also released the full-length theatrical trailer for “Harmony.’” The trailer is available for viewing through an exclusive partnership with IGN.com, the top gaming and entertainment website. Click the image below to watch!

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“Fans will not want to miss the futuristic world that Studio 4°C has brought to life in ‘Harmony,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Whether anime or sci-fi fan, there are options for both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film, and we encourage everyone to purchase advance tickets to this limited, two-day release.”

“Harmony” was the second novel by Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh, pseudonym of Satoshi Ito, who died at the early age of 34 from cancer. Published in 2009, the novel was very well received by readers and was awarded the coveted Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize, which recognizes the best in science fiction works spanning novels, movies, animation and manga. The novel was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction in 2010.

 

“Harmony” producer Studio 4°C has been producing films, OVAs and shorts for more than 30 years. The animation studio is most well-known for its 2006 release “Tekkon Kinkreet,” which received numerous awards around the globe including the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and Best Animated Film at Fantasia, both in 2007. Harmony co-directors Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura are well known in their own rights as well. U.S.-born Arias rose to prominence as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film with “Tekkon Kinkreet.” Nakamura has animated or directed more than a dozen films during his career, including the cult classic “Akira” – one of the most well know anime films of all time.

 

Film Synopsis

 

In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.

 

Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?

 

For more information on “Harmony” and to purchase tickets, please visit funimationfilms.com/harmony.

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PROJECT ITOH’S “THE EMPIRE OF CORPSES”

Film Based on Award-Winning Novel to Screen in U.S. on April 19 & 20

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – March 29, 2016. Funimation® Films announced today that advanced tickets for the English dub release of Project Itoh’s “The Empire of Corpses” are now available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/theempireofcorpses.  The film is the first in a series of three movies based on novels by award-winning writer Project Itoh and is directed by Ryotaro Makihara.  “The Empire of Corpses” will screen in more than 50 theaters across the United States on April 19 and 20, 2016.

 

“We’re pleased to bring this first in the series of films based on Project Itoh’s novels,” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “‘The Empire of Corpses’ is a truly captivating sci-fi action thriller – perfect for the big screen – and one that fans will certainly enjoy.”

 

“Moviegoers will be transported to Itoh’s steampunk vision of an alternate 19th century world occupied by Frankenstein-like laborers,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Anime and sci-fi fans alike won’t want to miss this limited, two-day theatrical release and we encourage them to purchase tickets in advance.”

 

Project Itoh was the pseudonym of popular, Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Ito.  His first novel “Genocidal Organ” was published in 2007 and was followed by “Harmony” in 2009. Both were well received by fans; with the latter winning the 2009 Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize. Itoh’s brief writing career of 3-years was cut short when he died of cancer at the age of 34. Two of his works were later published posthumously – a novel adaptation of “Metal Gear Solid 4” and “The Empire of Corpses.”

 

“The Empire of Corpses” was produced by the wildly successful, independent animation house WIT STUDIO. Founded by former Production I.G producer George Wada in 2012, WIT STUDIO has already gained fame, in just three short years, for producing two hit anime series – “Attack on Titan” and “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.”

 

Film Trailer & Synopsis

 

In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

 

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

GameSamba, Funimation, and NGames Announce “ATTACK ON TITAN” Mobile Game

EVERETT, WA – GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on “Attack on Titan.” The “Attack on Titan” game will be available in all major English markets for Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.

The “Attack on Titan” game will be an action-driven title, allowing players all over the world to battle titans on their mobile devices. It will combine elements of runner and action games, in order to replicate the feeling of the titan battles from the anime series. Players will need to use careful planning – and quick reactions – to survive. There will also be deeper, persistent elements to the game, which will be revealed at a later date.

“We’re very excited to work with NGames and GameSamba to create a game based on the wildly popular ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation Entertainment. “With more than 50 million copies of the manga in print, a 25 episode anime series, and last year’s live action films, we’re excited to show fans what we can do with a game.”

GameSamba, NGames, and Funimation previously announced two, officially licensed mobile games based on “Fairy Tail” and “Tokyo Ghoul,” and an officially licensed web game based on “Fairy Tail.” These three games are set to release in 2016 – the “Fairy Tail” mobile and web games will be available in multiple languages worldwide and the “Tokyo Ghoul” game will be available in English worldwide.

More details about the games will be revealed in the coming months. To stay up to date on the development of the games, fans can stay tuned to the GameSamba website and Facebook page.

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit www.gamesamba.com.

 

About NGames

NGames Interactive Limited is a leading company specialized in the development, operation, and publishing of online and mobile games. With years of industry experience, it has brought an array of stunning and original titles to the global market. NGames has achieved worldwide success with a number of games including Star Trek: Alien Domain, Global Strike, DDTank, Wartune, and more. For more information, visit www.ngames.com.

 

 

GameSamba, Funimation, and NGames announce “FAIRY TAIL” mobile game

EVERETT, WA – GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on the hit “Fairy Tail” franchise. The “Fairy Tail” game will be available in multiple languages worldwide on Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.

“’Fairy Tail’ is one of our favorite franchises, and we look forward to working with NGames and Funimation to create a game fans will love,” said Scott Wong, President and Co-Founder of GameSamba.

The game will be a mobile RPG featuring a new side story that draws from the sequel series of the anime. Players will recruit and battle against their favorite characters from “Fairy Tail,” in order to form the most powerful team of wizards.

In addition to the new mobile game, GameSamba and Funimation previously announced an upcoming web-based free-to-play MMORPG based on “Fairy Tail.” NGames will also work with the two companies to help develop that title. The new mobile and web games will be independent of each other.

More details about the games will be revealed in the coming months. To stay up to date on the development of the games, fans can stay tuned to the GameSamba website and Facebook page.