FUNimation Acquires Animated Feature BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate

Flower Mound, Texas (June 18, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today it has acquired U.S. & Canadian rights to the full-length feature film BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate. From the team that brought you the Emmy nominated AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION, studio GONZO and internationally acclaimed director Fuminori Kizaki have come together once again to create this feature-length animated film based on the hugely popular video game franchise “BAYONETTA.” The film faithfully captures the extreme action and sexiness of the original, crafting a storyline that expands and further establishes the world of the sexy, shape shifting witch, Bayonetta.

 

Director Fuminori Kizaki will be making an appearance as a guest of honor at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 3-6 where a “sneak peek” of the English dub of BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate will be shown for fans at the convention, along with a special Q&A with Director Kizaki following on Saturday, July 5th, at 8:15pm in Video 1.

 

Fuminori Kizaki started his career in the animation industry at Studio Giants and, soon after, joined Studio Hercules. After he moved to Gonzo, Kizaki directed “AFRO SAMURAI” which found success in the worldwide market. The sequel, “AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION”, was nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) at the 61st Emmy Awards. His latest work is X-MEN (animated TV series, director). FUNimation plans to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD later this year and Nintendo announced earlier this month at E3 that Platinum Games will be releasing the BAYONETTA 2 video game exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U this October.

 

Be sure to ‘Like’ FUNimation’s official BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate Facebook page for all the latest news and details regarding the film and cast: https://www.facebook.com/BayonettaMovie

 

 

 

 

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New Release Tuesday – Red Data Girl

Happy New Release Tuesday! We have a gorgeous series for you today. Welcome to the world of Red Data Girl, where an awkward teen girl enrolls in a school for students with supernatural abilities to find out that she is the vessel for the spirit of an ancient vengeful goddess who could destroy the world! Pick this one up today and find out why Anime News Network calls it “one of the year’s best series.” Click here to order now!

 

synopsis:

 

Izumiko is a fifteen year old outcast who was raised inseclusion at an ancient shrine hidden deep within the forest. This mysterious teenager destroys any electrical device she attempts to use, and her painful shyness has left her with few, if any, friends. Her world begins to evolve after enrolling in Houjou Academy, a school home to students of supernatural origins. Accompanied by her fated guardian, the brooding monk-in-training Miyuki, Izumiko soon discovers the shocking truth about herself: she is a vessel for the spirt of a powerful and vengeful goddess from a time long since passed. As her bond with Miyuki growns stronger, the spirit lurking within Izumiko begins to awaken. Can this fragile beauty learn to control her newfound power– or will the secret she carries make her the enemy of all mankind?

 

 

FUNKO TO LAUNCH DRAGON BALL Z AND BLACK BUTLER POP! VINYL SERIES

New line of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures available at stores nationwide in summer 2014.

 

EVERETT, WA – June 16, 2014– Funko is excited to announce a new line of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures.

 

These series will include some of the most popular characters from Dragon Ball z and Black Butler.  Each super stylized figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. Pop! Vinyl Figures are Ages 5+.

 


Dragon Ball Z Pop! Vinyl Series

· Super Saiyan Goku

· Final Form Cell

· Vegeta

· Piccolo

· Final Form Frieza

 

The Dragon Ball Z Pop! Vinyl series will be available in August nationwide in stores at Hot Topic, specialty toy retailers, and online at EntertainmentEarth.com and Amazon.com.

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Red Data Girl Contest: Welcome to Houjou Academy

Congratulations on your acceptance to Houjou Academy, an exclusive school for students with supernatural powers. You and your classmates will study side-by-side and compete for World Heritage status, which grants you power and influence among all those involved with the supernatural. But first, let’s learn a little bit more about you, dear student.

 

What kind of spiritual power do you possess? Do you have spirit summoning powers of onmyouji? The shapeshifting abilities of tengu? Or maybe the exorcising abilities of the miko, or mountain monk?

 

Contest Details:

 

Three Ways to Enter:

 

1) Facebook:

- Comment on the contest thread on Facebook with your answer to the question

- Get a second entry by sharing the contest post to your feed

2) Twitter:

- Tweet your answer to the question using the hashtag #RedDataGirlContest and this url: http://funi.to/1i1PLHF

- Get a second entry by retweeting the original contest tweet

3) Blog:

- Comment on this blog entry with your answer to the question

 

Need a little help with your answer? Here’s an after school mysticism lesson from Red Data Girl.

 


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Friday the 13th – Kamijou Edition

It’s Friday the 13th! Anime has its share of characters that are down on their luck, but none really experience such misfortune as Kamijou Touma, protagonist of A Certain Magical Index. (You can catch his latest adventures in A Certain Scientific Railgun S parts 1 & 2, up for pre-order now, or in A Certain Magical Index II, streaming on FUNimation.com!)

 

Kamijou, as fans of the Index and Railgun series know, possesses a special ability called the Imagine Breaker, a power in his right hand that nullifies any supernatural forces, from esper abilities to magic. Although he has no esper or magical ability of his own, just raising his right hand can stop 5000 degree sorcery flames, psychic electric shocks, protective religious magic, and even (supposedly) the power of God himself. Yes, divine power is not immune to Kamijou’s ability, which also means that just by existing, Kamijou nullifies the unseen forces of fortune around him—meaning that he naturally has rotten luck, to the point that calling it out is basically his catchphrase.

 

As a result, he’s always low on food and money, gets bad grades, ends up followed around by troublesome (and violent) girls who want to fight and/or bite him, and generally ends up dragged into huge-scaled scientific and magical conflicts that really shouldn’t affect an otherwise ordinary guy like him (which inevitably almost always result in him being hospitalized). It could be said that the entire story of A Certain Magical Index is one of Kamijou’s terrible luck!

 

So, what do you think? Would you say that Kamijou is the unlucky?

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FUNimation Entertainment announces LA Red Carpet Premiere of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”

Starring the voices of Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat on Thursday July 3, 2014 at Regal LA Live Stadium

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX- (6/11/14) FUNimation Entertainment announced that its animated feature film “Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods”, will be presented at a red carpet premiere at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theaters in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday July 3, 2014. The red carpet will begin at 8:00pm followed by the screening at 9:00pm.

 

It will be a night of entertainment for fans of the popular Dragon Ball Z franchise featuring an opportunity to walk the carpet alongside US voice cast including Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat and Producer, Justin Cook. Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

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Space Dandy – Big News in Space, Baby! (Rebroadcast)

Season 2 of Space Dandy hits Adult Swim on July 5, 2014! Now’s your chance to join in on the excitement from Japan and check out the English rebroadcast of last week’s “Space Dandy” Big News In Space, Baby! Announcement. Join hosts Yurin (voice of Honey) and Uki Satake (voice of QT), as they set the stage for our team of degenerate alien hunters! Guest staring Junichi Suwabe (voice of Dandy).

 

Rebroadcast begins tomorrow (June 12th) at 10pm ET.

 

 

Click this link tomorrow to check out the broadcast live stream, baby! http://live.b-ch.com/dandy_en

 

Ask Ping Pong Director Masaaki Yuasa Your Questions

Otaku USA Magazine recently posted an interview with Ping Pong director Masaaki Yuasa to get a little insight on how his unique mind works. The interview discusses some of his work on The Tatami Galaxy and the currently streaming Ping Pong – The Animation. Click here to read the interview.

 

If you are unfamiliar with Masaaki Yuasa’s work, he is well known for his unusual free form style. Having worked in varying capacities on shows like Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Michiko & Hatchin, Samurai Champloo, Kick-Heart, and most recently–Ping Pong – The Animation, Yuasa even guest directed an upcoming episode of the popular TV show Adventure Time! His episode, “Food Chain,” is set to air on June 12th. Click here to read more about this episode of Adventure Time.

 

We know it’s not often that you can pick the brain of a famous director, especially one as talented as Masaaki Yuasa, so here’s your chance! Submit your questions for Masaaki Yuasa in the comments below, on the designated thread on Facebook, or tweet us @FUNimation with the hashtag #PingPongQA. We will select a few to translate and send to Masaaki Yuasa to answer. Questions and Answers will be posted later with credit to the fan who asked the question.

 

You have from now until Monday, June 16th to submit your questions!

 

Ping Pong – the Animation streams Thursdays at 12:50pm ET on http://funimation.com/ping-pong.

New Release Tuesday – Date A Live and Karneval

Happy New Release Tuesday, everyone! We’ve got two stellar releases for you today: Date A Live and Karneval.

 

First up, let’s take a look at Date A Live!

 

series synopsis:

 

Alien vixens make a splash in the interplanetary dating pool in this sci-fi rom-com from the director of Jormungand and the studio behind Cat Planet Cuties!

In a world devastated by mysterious spatial quakes, Shido isn’t what you’d expect in a hero. He’s an average Joe who gets bossed around by his adorable little sister and mocked by the popular girls at his school. You’d definitely pick him last for dodge ball, but when it comes to saving the planet from imminent destruction, Shido’s got one thing going for him: intergalactic hotties can’t keep their hands off him! When the secret to stopping the spatial quakes turns out to be romancing the extraterrestrial Spirits responsible for all the chaos, Shido the loveable loser becomes the hero of all humanity. For every Spirit he makes out with, mankind breathes a little bit easier. Kiss the girls – save the world. That name of the game is driving the space babes crazy, and nobody does it better than Shido!

 

 

Click here to get your copy of Date A Live today!

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Kickstart the Next Level of Immersive Gaming!

Hey Gamers! Check out the KOR-FX Gaming Vest: 4DFX Haptic Feedback System from our sister company Immerz. Get environmental feedback from your game! KOR-FX uses cutting-edge tech that lets you feel every movement, bullet, and explosion. 

 

 

What is KOR-FX?

The KOR-FX Gaming Vest uses award-winning 4DFX technology that transforms the audio coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition haptic (tactile) feedback.

 

 

 

 
With its innovative technology, you can feel your enemy’s vehicles approaching, or detect which direction a sniper is firing from. It’s the kind of leg up that can take your competitive gameplay to the next level. Playing Counter-Strike: Source, Call of Duty, or Arma 3 with KOR-FX is a bit like the first time you watched television in HD–it brings the realism to a level you didn’t know existed. the next level of immersive gaming has arrived.

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