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“The Boy and The Beast” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Pre-Order Announcement!

Two instant classic anime films by the new master of Japanese animated film, now up for pre-order!

 

First off, The Boy and the Beast! This award-winning film is still playing in select theaters–go check it out on the big screen and relive the adventures again and again on home video! Funimation will be releasing a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a DVD-only version on June 7; both are available for order right now at http://funi.to/1UEIPkc.

 

The Boy and The Beast Blu-ray/DVD Pre-Order

Next up: Mamoru Hosoda’s first non-franchise film and the first-ever winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, finally returns to home video in North America for its 10th anniversary, ending a long stretch of being out-of-print for several years. For this momentous milestone, we are releasing two different versions of the film–the standard edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack and a commemorative special, the Hosoda Collection edition. Both feature over an hour of extras, with additions from the original Bandai release as well as brand-new content, and are available for pre-order now at http://funi.to/1Z728Do, coming out June 7 as well.

 

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In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – The Hosoda Collection edition features an exclusve 52-page book with artwork, sketches, and a full-length interview of director Mamoru Hosoda plus producers Takashi Watanabe and Yuichiro Saito. Ever wanted to know how the film was concepted, what bits were added or cut, or how the film’s visual style was determined? This book is your behind-the-scenes look into the creative process involved in making a full-length anime film, as well as to peek into mind of a world-famous director. In addition to the book, this edition features a handsome clear slipcover with a premium design.

 

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This release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the first in our new Hosoda Collection, a premier line dedicated to the works of Mamoru Hosoda, celebrating his films and revealing how each one has affected the trajectory of his award-winning career. Featuring everything from stunning extras to exclusive interviews with the director himself, the Hosoda Collection brings fans of animation and film the rare opportunity to follow a director’s career as it unfolds before them. Future releases in The Hosoda Collection will include Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast.

 

 

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Just announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Katsucon! Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is coming to Blu-ray & DVD on April 26, and you know what that means: it’s time to meet the cast and crew behind the English dub!

 

Meet Favaro Leone, professional bounty hunter and casual scoundrel. When he’s not crossing swords with his arch nemesis and former best friend, Kaisar Lidford, he can be found at the local tavern spinning tall tales to anyone who will listen. After a one-winged demoness overhears his drunken boasts, she wrangles him into an unbreakable contract that will force him to make good on the promise he made.

 

With nothing but a destination in mind, the pair set out on their grand adventure—completely unaware of the dark forces working to fulfill an ancient prophecy that will bring about the end of the world. That is, unless a charming rogue, a clueless demon, a disgraced knight, and a tiny zombie can band together to change the course of history.

 

Visually arresting and fun from start to finish, Rage of Bahamut is a can’t-miss title for any action-fantasy fan.

 

CAST
FAVARO – Ian Sinclair
KAISAR – Chris Rager
AMIRA – Tia Ballard
CERBERUS – Leah Clark
LAVALLEY – Tyson Rinehart
BACCHUS – Brian Mathis
MARTINET – Christopher R. Sabat
AZAZEL – Kent Williams
JEANNE D’ARC – Jād Saxton
RITA – Apphia Yu
BEELZEBUB – Vic Mignogna
HAMSA – Kyle Phillips
CHARIOCE XIII – Barry Yandell
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ADR Director – Sonny Strait
ADR Engineer – Patrick Morphy
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Script Writer – Jared Hedges

 

 

Pre-order your epic copy now!

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Standard Edition Blu-ray & DVD

 

 

Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD (pictured)

 

 

 

 

Black Butler’s Latest Installments Come to Home Video in Book of Circus and Book of Murder! + Cast Announcement

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We’ve got some big announcements today for Black Butler fans out there— new installments of the series are coming to home video, and we have your English dub cast announcement AND season 3 trailer!

 

Black Butler: Book of Circus is the newest season, completely based on the Noah’s Ark Circus arc from the original manga by Yana Toboso. See Ciel and Sebastian infiltrate a traveling circus and meet its glamorous performers—who all hold a dark secret. This is definitely one of the most shocking, emotional, and frankly beautiful installments yet in the Black Butler series.

 

The complete third season is being released on April 19. The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack features a handsome chipboard box, as well as a premium disc packaging in the form of a long fold-out digipak that displays tons of detailed artwork from the covers of the original Japanese releases—definitely the release of choice for ultra-fans of Black Butler and its gorgeous art style.

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You can pre-order here! 

 

 A standard edition in a normal single disc case is also available, here!

 

We’ll also be releasing Black Butler: Book of Murder, a two-part OVA series about 2 hours long— think of these as two short movies. A murder mystery occurs at Phantomhive Manor, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series) shows up as a character. Pre-orders for Book of Murder will begin next week, and the OVA set will be released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on May 17.

 

Here’s the cast list of new and returning characters for Black Butler: Book of Circus:

SEBASTIAN J. Michael Tatum
CIEL Brina Palencia
JOKER Matthew Mercer
BEAST Tia Ballard
DOLL Mikaela Krantz
DAGGER Michael Sinterniklaas
SNAKE Spike Spencer
PETER Vic Mignogna
WENDY Rachel Robinson
JUMBO Christopher R. Sabat
DOC Alex Organ
ADR Director Ian Sinclair
ADR Engineer Donald Shults

 

 

And the same for the characters of Black Butler: Book of Murder:

SEBASTIAN J. Michael Tatum
CIEL Brina Palencia
ARTHUR Taliesin Axelrod ……………………..,,
CHARLES GREY Clifford Chapin
CHARLES PHIPS Brandon Potter
GRIMSBY KEANE Aaron Roberts
CARL WOODLEY David Wald
IRENE DIAZ Jamie Marchi
GEORG VON SIEMENS Tyson Rinehart
PATRICK PHELPS Brandon McInnis
ADR Director Ian Sinclair
ADR Engineer Donald Shults

 

 

Check out the preview for Black Butler Book of Circus:

 

How Do War Maidens Stack Up Against Goddesses?

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (available now!) features Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn and several, stunning War Maidens — each with godlike abilities!

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Motivated to take arms for different reasons, these sovereign women approach each situation with otherworldly powers yet relatable personalities…  And we noticed that some of these War Maidens reminded us of other powerful women in myth! So just for fun, we’ve matched a few of the War Maidens to comparable Greek Goddesses.

 

First up is…

 

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Known as the Winged Goddess of Victory and the Goddess of Strength, Speed, and Victory. Nike would fly around battlefields rewarding victors with glory and fame.  But which of the War Maidens does she most closely resemble?

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Free! ES Contest – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free!

Valentine’s Day is coming—and so is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Free! -Eternal Summer-, complete series + OVA! To celebrate both, we’re asking you to show your LOVE for your fave Free! boy—or pairs of boys, that’s cool too! And yes, we’re giving away prizes, of course!

 

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You may remember all the celebration pics we took over the last year commemorating our favorite swimboys’ birthdays. We had a blast making homemade desserts and setting up perfect photos of the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys’ special days. We want to see how you’ll celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the best way possible—surrounded by totems or romantic Valentine’s dinners with your favorite good-looking 2D swimmers. And hey, if you aren’t really into the idea of loving any one Free! boy, we’ll totally take celebratory photos of your favorite pairs of boys…

 

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Send us your pics of how YOU’RE celebrating Valentine’s day with your favorite Free! boy(s) by February 15, and we’ll share them on the Free! ES Facebook page and Tumblr! Also, we’ll giving away a prize pack of Free! ES merchandise (as we always do with this show) to our favorite entry.

 

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How can you submit? We’re giving you a ton of ways where we’ll repost entries as we get them and share the final set the day after Valentine’s:

 

 

Looking to actually spend some quality time with Free! -Eternal Summer-? Don’t forget to grab the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the full season + the exclusive never-before-streamed water gun fight OVA full episode! The Limited and Premium Editions come with a gorgeous water gloss box reminiscent of the Japanese releases, and all sets include both the English dub AND the original Japanese with English subtitles. Pre-order here!

 

See full contest rules here.

Big News on Our Free! –Eternal Summer- BD/DVD Release

FREEWe are upgrading all three releases of Free! -Eternal Summer- to include the OVA, a fourteenth episode of the series that was not broadcast on Japanese television or on simulcast! This will affect the Premium Edition, Limited Edition, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. All three will now be available February 16, 2016 (but pre-order now)!

 

We’ve been working hand-in-hand with our licensing partners in Japan to be able to make this change for you, and through collaborating together, we are now able to put the series and OVA together. This is a new opportunity that hasn’t been available before, so we’re excited to be bringing all of Free! -Eternal Summer- to fans in one single package.

 

What does this mean for you? If you’ve pre-ordered the series already, no sweat—your order will remain the same, but your home video release will now include the extra content. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can do so now—pre-order before the release date and you’ll also be entered to win some great prizes! (If you’ve already pre-ordered, you’re already automatically entered.)

 

The OVA is really pretty special—an all-out water gun fight full-length episode with the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys, full of hilarity and drama and wet swimmer boys and… maid outfits? Who’s going to come out on top?! Suffice to say, if you’re a Free! fan craving more content after the end of the TV series, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

 

Need more reasons to pre-order? Check out everything you get in the Free! –Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition:

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  • The Free! –Eternal Summer- Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, featuring a gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect inspired by the Japanese release
  • A full-color art book, including many gorgeous pieces exclusive only to the original Japanese releases
  • Seven glossy art cards also using exclusive, highly detailed art from the covers of the Japanese releases—you’ll definitely want to frame these
  • A color sports towel, so you can take the boys to the pool or beach!
  • An Iwatobi and a Samezuka decal to show off your school pride
  • And finally, everything housed in a handsome collector’s box to hold all your Free! collectibles

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Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition will be entered to win a 1/8 scale figure of Iwatobi High School’s resident water lover, Haruka Nanase!

 

The Limited Edition and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack are also available.

 

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, below is the trailer for the series!

 

 

Regarding the Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Collector’s Edition

Hey Tokyo Ghoul fans, we’ve got some updates and changes for you on the Season 1 release, so we wanted to make sure you have the latest news. We know you’re ready to eat up this title as soon as possible!

 

In the process of manufacturing the Season 1 Collector’s Edition, we found some physical defects in the finished product that we just couldn’t accept. This does mean that the Collector’s Edition will be delayed, but these issues will NOT affect the Standard or Limited Edition – those will still be released as planned on September 22nd. We currently don’t have a release date for the corrected Collector’s Edition. As soon as we do, we will communicate it to you.

 

If you have already pre-ordered a Collector’s Edition, your order is absolutely still valid, and we’ll get this new production run out to you as soon as we can.

 

Thanks again for all of your patience as we work through this process!

Back In Blu, Completely – Original Fullmetal Alchemist To Blu-ray

Relive the masterpiece.
For the first time ever, experience Fullmetal Alchemist in perfect picture and perfect sound that Blu-ray brings.

 

 

Three editions for every type of Fullmetal fan:

 

  • The Standard Edition with all 51 episodes and a selection of special on-disc features enclosed in collectible packaging

 

  • The Limited Edition with the full series, a collectible art book and art cards in specialty packaging

 

  • The Collector’s Edition with the full series, art cards and collector’s prints, specialty packing including an Alchemy Tome and Briefcase, and a collectible art book with the best images from the series

 

There are limited quantities, so pre-order your copy starting today, July 3. The series will be yours in its complete and perfect form on September 15.

 

 

Series Summary:

An essential addition to any anime collection, Fullmetal Alchemist recounts the compelling story of the Elric brothers: Two young alchemists who sacrificed innocence and flesh when they ignored the laws of Alchemy in an attempt to resurrect their mother. The horrors they recklessly unleash mark the beginning of an adventure that leads an unforgettable cast of characters from darkness to light and back again.

In an era of war and corruption, State Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse desperately search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The legendary artifact is their last hope to restore what they’ve lost – but how far will they go to get it? From the ashes of their childhood, Edward and Alphonse quickly rise to fame within the ranks of the military, realizing along the way that the power to create is only ever a breath away from the power to destroy. And whether they’re up against monsters, madmen, or military officials, the bond these brothers share will be the greatest weapon they have in the fight for their lives.

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition AND OVA News!

We’ve had a wave of recent announcements and events for the swimming anime phenomenon Free! -Eternal Summer-, but we’re not done yet! Today, fresh from our AnimeExpo panel, we’re revealing two new big pieces of news—a Free! ES Premium Edition AND news about the long-awaited OVA episode!

 

If you’re a hardcore Free! fan looking to add a really special splash to your collection, we’re unveiling today the Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition, full of totally exclusive special additions to show some extra love for our favorite swimboys.

 

The Premium Edition will include not only the Free! -Eternal Summer- Limited Edition that we unveiled earlier this month (featuring that gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect!) but also these collectibles you can’t get anywhere else:

 

  • A full-color art book, including many gorgeous pieces exclusive only to the original Japanese releases
    • Seven glossy art cards also using exclusive, highly detailed art from the covers of the Japanese releases—you’ll definitely want to frame these
    • A color sports towel, so you can take the boys to the pool or beach!
    • An Iwatobi and a Samezuka decal to show off your school pride
    • And finally, everything housed in a handsome collector’s box to hold all your Free! collectibles

 

These items are exclusive to this release and won’t be remade once the Premium Edition’s (one and only!) print run sells out, so pre-order now before they’re all gone for good! We’ll be revealing a preview of these items soon.

 

PLUS! Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com will automatically be entered to win a gorgeously sculpted 1/8 scale figure of everyone’s favorite water-lover, Haruka Nanase, from Alter! These highly detailed figures are sold out in Japan and pretty rare to find, so order by September 29 to get a shot.

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been receiving a lot of questions about the Free! -Eternal Summer- OVA, a special unaired full episode featuring the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys in an intense, dramatic, no-holds-barred (and totally hilarious) water gun battle. We’re excited to finally announce that we do have the rights to this OVA, and it will be released in 2016.

 

We know that some fans hoped the OVA would be included in the Eternal Summer release. Given the Japanese release dates, we’ve decided to release the OVA separately in order to be able to release the season on home video this year. Since we’ve seen such a huge outpouring of passion and excitement for this title, we definitely don’t want to make you guys wait til 2016 for the entire release.

 

Details on the OVA are coming soon. Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com by September 29 will also receive an offer to get an additional discount on eventual pre-orders of the OVA, so don’t delay!