Hello, Tekko!

Hey Pittsburgh! We’re heading to Tekko 2015 this weekend and we’re bringing lots of anime goodness with us! We’ve got big plans for the weekend, so check out our lineup below and be sure to add our events to your Tekko To-Do list!

 

Panels!

  •   FUNimation Previews |Panel Room 1 |Friday from 7pm – 8pm
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
  • FUNimation Peep Show (18+) | Panel Room 1 | Friday from 10pm – 11pm
    Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW.  Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. 
  • FUNimation Industry | Panel Room 1 | Saturday from 6pm – 7pm
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor – FUNimation.

 

FUNimation Booth!

Be sure to come see us in the Dealer’s Room for some awesome anime finds! Plus, every purchase gets a FREE FUNimation lanyard!

 

Dealer’s Room Hours

Friday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
Saturday hours: 10:30 am to 8 pm
Sunday hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Screenings!

We have an entirely dedicated FUNimation Screening Room.  Tons of new titles will be screened over the weekend, check your printed schedule for details and times.

 

What’s your Elemental Alignment?

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It’s International Tabletop Day, and we’re celebrating with our newest anime release all about games— D-Frag! Take our quiz!

 

In the show, the crazy girls of the Game Creation Club (Provisional) all claim to be fantasy magic users channeling elementals— the water girl “attacks” people by forcing them to drink water, the lightning girl uses a taser, etc. You know, just like your normal friends.

 

Take our D-Frag! quiz to find out which elemental YOU’RE channeling, based on your game-playing habits! Also, check out the clip this quiz is based on below.

 

Have you pre-ordered D-Frag! yet? Remember that if you do, we’ll be sending you a free digital artbook with tons of exclusive artwork just for pre-ordering! The Blu-ray/DVD complete series streets 4/28.  Click here to pre-order now! (more…)

April Showers Bring… More Subscriber Exclusives!

Hey folks! You probably already know that every month we give you exclusive video content through the FUNimation Streaming Service before it hits Blu-ray or DVD, and April is no exception! Spring is here, and with it comes a bounty of new shows to stream! Check out what’s coming to FUNimation.com each Tuesday this month:

 

 

freezing vibrationApril 7th

 

Freezing Vibration

Complete season, dub, uncut, HD!

 

Click here to watch!

 

The masters of action-oriented fan service who brought you Ikki Tousen are back with a brutally busty bloodletting that includes six scintillating OVAs!
Eager to follow in the footsteps of his fallen sister, Kazuya enrolls at West Genetics Academy, a training facility for buxom heroes known as Pandoras. These courageous schoolgirls are genetically-enhanced with enough sex appeal to cripple a man – and the superhuman strength to slaughter aliens by the dozen. Kazuya’s role is that of Limiter, a Pandora’s battle partner, and he quickly sets his sights on the most feared beauty in school, Satellizer el Bridget. This full-figured annihilator of aliens is as desirable as she is deadly, but rubbing her the wrong way could lead to gross bodily harm. Can Kazuya forge a bond with his new partner and rise to the top of the ranks at West Genetics? Or will he fall victim to the mysterious bloodlust lurking within Satellizer?

 

 

 

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April 14th

 

D-Frag!

Complete series, dub, HD!

 

Click here to watch!

 

Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game-making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.

 

 

 

 

 

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.hack//Roots

Episodes 1-4, dub!
 
 

Click here to watch!

 

In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

 

 

 

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PUCHIM@S

Complete season 1 episodes, Directors Cut special compilation, and OVAs 1-3, sub, HD

 

Click here to watch!

 

Fans of the iDOLM@STER franchise won’t want to miss this super cute spinoff! Hyperactive hijinks are sure to follow when the idol girls of 765 Productions discover the mysterious Puchidols – chibis with adorable abilities – have invaded their office!

 

 

 


 

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  • Largest selection of English dubs online
  • English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
  • Hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
  • HD commercial-free episode streaming
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Interview with Kamisama Kiss Manga Artist – Julietta Suzuki – Part 2

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artA few months ago, we asked fans to send us their questions for Julietta Suzuki–the manga artist for Kamisama Kiss. We compiled your questions and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer them. Check out part 2 of our interview below. Click here to see part 1.

 

5) Who is your favorite character, and who is your favorite to draw?

 

I can’t choose a favorite, but the ones I find easier to draw are the characters who are candidly self-assertive. Characters like Mizuki and Akura-oh and Yatori clearly communicate with those around them about the actions they want to take, so it feels refreshing to draw them.

 

6) What advice would you give to an aspiring manga artist? When was it that you decided to focus on purely being a mangaka? Did your family and friends support you, and are they fans of manga?

 

My family didn’t view my drawing manga in a particularly favorable light, so I used to draw in secret, trying to keep it hidden as much as possible. The worlds and ideas that burgeoned within me during that period when I was a girl and my habit of mentally filing away the beautiful things that I come across would later on serve to fuel my stories. A sensitive soul is a rare and valuable thing. Please nurture it with love and care.

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FUNimation acquires the rights for Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture

ARISE_key_logo2FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for the cyberpunk sci-fi action series–Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture! Even better, episode 1 will be available TONIGHT at 7:30pm ET! Click here to watch the episode.

 

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The Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA sequence has been rebuilt into eight TV-length episodes and extended with two new broadcast exclusive episodes to create Ghost in the Shell: Arise ­ Alternative Architecture! In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she¹s not the only one looking for answers‹as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

 

Voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler’s Ciel Phantomhive, Evangelion Rebuild’s Mari Makiname) will be reprising her role as Makoto from Ghost in the Shell: Arise.

 

The series will stream Sundays at 10am ET. Click here for more info.

Announcing: Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Figure Coming to North America!

Hey Tokyo Ghoul fans! FUNimation is thrilled to offer you a first look at something very exciting from Kotobukiya: a new Tokyo Ghoul figure —  coming to North America!

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KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  The latest new addition to the ARTFXJ lineup (a bold expansion designed “to bring classic Japanese characters to their fans worldwide”) is the horror manga and anime property Tokyo Ghoul, featuring the story of a young man who’s turned into a half-ghoul and discovers a world he never knew existed.  The first ARTFXJ presentation is the main character in his fully expressed half-ghoul state, KEN KANEKI AWAKENED VER.!

 

Once a normal university freshman, Ken received the transplant of a ghoul organ which gave him his abilities and alternate form which he shows off here.  The half-ghoul stands on a broken rubble base in a relaxed pose, ready to attack.  Ken wears a tattered gray shirt and white shorts… but that’s just the remains of his human life.  Crawling up his neck and over his face is his horrific ghoul mask complete with eye patch, though his rictus grin and one solid black eye are exposed.  Of course, being awakened means that the half-ghoul’s “kagune” is released; Ken’s takes the form of four thick, tongue-like tentacles protruding from his back and undulating around him!  A highly detailed sculpt and masterful paint applications make the half man/half monster a truly impressive display piece.

 

Take a look at these gorgeous, never-before-seen images of Ken Kaneki Awakened Ver., below!

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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ – LA World Premiere!

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UPDATE: We would like you to be aware of an event also taking place Saturday morning that may cause delays in traffic and parking.
 
All lanes of Hollywood Boulevard—between LaBrea Avenue and Vermont Avenue—will be closed for the Hollywood Half Marathon. Closures will begin at 4:00 a.m. along the entire course prior to the race start. All road closures will be final at 5:00 a.m. The races begin at 6:00 a.m., and streets will reopen on a rolling basis at the discretion of Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation. Areas along the race route will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates and times posted. All streets will reopen by 2:00 p.m.
 
For complete information on closures, no parking zones, and Metro detours, click here. For more parking information, click here

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We’re less than a week away from the World Premiere & Red Carpet Event for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on Saturday, April 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles! With appearances from the cast & crew, cosplay gatherings, and even a chance to have your questions answered by the creators!

Fans in the Los Angeles area, you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime event! Join us on the red carpet for a chance to meet the cast and crew; including:

 

  • Tadayoshi Yamamuro (director of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’)
  • Masako Nozawa (Japanese voice actress ­for Goku)
  • Sean Schemmel (­English voice actor for Goku)
  • Chris Sabat (English voice actor for Vegeta)
  • and many more.

 

We’ll also be hosting a Fan Appreciation Event & Gathering, prior to the red carpet. Show up in your best Dragon Ball Z cosplay or swag for an hour of contests, trivia, and story-telling – hosted by Justin Rojas & Johnny Yong Bosch. We’ll be giving away tons of prizes from our partners at Bandai Namco Games, Funko POP!, Bluefin Toys & Collectibles, and much more.

 

Bonus for you die-hard fans! The first 100 people who show up to the red carpet in Dragon Ball Z cosplay or merchandise will receive a pair of limited edition, Goku & Freiza phone charms – only available in Japan! You’ll also be guaranteed a spot along the red carpet!

 

Things kick off at 10 am, as follows:

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Win Tickets for the Escape from the Walled City Event in New York!

aot real escapeDo you have what it takes to escape from the walled city and survive? We’re giving 2 winners a chance to prove they have what it takes to be in the Scout Regiment along with Levi, Eren, Mikasa, and the rest!

 

Escape from the Walled City is the newest Real Escape Game, and their next event will be at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, New York on April 11th! Just fill out the form below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this EPIC event!

 

Here’s a description from the official website:

 

“The titans are coming, and they’re hungry. Based on the manga megahit, Attack on Titan, the newest Real Escape Game (REG) takes players to a world inhabited by giant, humanoid creatures that live for no other purpose than to make a snack of all of us. The high walls of the stadium are the only thing keeping you safe… for now. Experience the latest edition of SCRAP’s interactive storytelling and puzzle-solving games, ¨Escape from the Walled City,¨ on a scale never seen before. Join thousands of other players as you decode clues inside a real stadium! Each REG requires participants to use their best detective skills as they race against the clock. Be warned, though: survival isn’t easy, and teamwork will be essential if you hope to survive. Escape or not, the game is going to be killer! This event will be held in stadiums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. After already hosting over 40,000 players in the US to date, the SCRAP team is excited to present a new project with such a grand scope, keeping them at the forefront of live escape entertainment!”

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Click here to learn more about the event, or to order tickets!

 

 

 

*Travel is not included. All winners must provide their own transportation to the event. Click here for official rules and details.

 

What is Real Escape Game?

“Real Escape Game” is an inventive live brain-teaser event that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries and puzzles, locate a hidden key, and escape from a locked room within a limited time. The first REG event took place in Kyoto in 2007 and since then, more than 1,000,000 participants have played in multiple cities across Japan, China, Singapore. It have taken place across the US. The Game was played by several hundred participants at massive arena venues including the Tokyo Dome, the city’s Jingu Baseball Stadium, and Fuji-kyu Highland (Amusement Park). Since 2012, REG have taken place 9 times in San Francisco, 3 times in Los Angeles, and one each in NYC and Seattle. Also, the permanent style room game called, Real Escape Room, is running 5 days a week, and 24,000 people have attended since its open.

New Release Tuesday – Pirate Butlers and RPG Familiars!

Need a little boost for your Tuesday? Check out today’s awesome New Release Tuesday line-up! From Black Butler joining our Anime Classics line, to One Piece setting sail with Season 6, Voyage 4 — we’ve got lots for you to check out!

 

 

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Complete First Season 

 

Click here to buy on Blu-ray & DVD!

 

  Black Butler Season One has now joined our Anime Classics line! Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell. Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil. They’re a rare sight, these two: the Butler who dismembers with dazzling cutlery – and the Young Master who carries the devil’s marking. Rest assured that wherever they may be headed, it’ll be one hell of a ride.

 

 

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Season 1, Part 1

 

Standard Edition – Click here to buy on Blu-ray & DVD! 

Limited Edition – Click here to buy on Blu-ray & DVD!

 

From the studio behind Aquarion EVOL comes a supernatural fantasy featuring otherworldly battles and forgotten promises. Tokyo Ravens is the story of an ordinary high school boy from a not-so-ordinary family. Harutora was born into an ancient clan of onmyouji known for their mastery of all things occult. Unfortunately, he didn’t inherit the magical ability to see spirit energy, so he was doomed to live a normal life. At least, that is, until a mysterious girl from Harutora’s past returns to alter the course of his future!

 

 

 

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Complete Series

 

Click here to buy on DVD!

 

  .hack is more than just an anime. It’s a cultural phenomenon that transformed an entire generation’s view of the world. This wildly-successful franchise gave us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer have to settle for being normal. We can delve into The World in search of adventure. We can run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each installment of this classic franchise is a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer apply. .hack is our ticket to the wired world, and we can’t wait to log in. Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late!

 

 

One Piece

Season 6, Voyage 4

 

Click here to buy on DVD!

 

  The harrowing Thriller Bark arc reaches its brutal end with a superhuman slugfest! Nightmare Luffy’s impressive punching power momentarily swings the momentum in favor of our heroes, but when the rubber-man’s hulking physique returns to normal, the bad guys get back in the game. Gecko Moria devours every shadow in sight as he monsters up in a heinous attempt to permanently sink the Straw Hats. Luffy, battered beyond belief, pushes his body past the breaking point as he seeks to save his friends and deliver the decisive blow in this battle for the ages. When the dust clears, only Zoro and Sanji are left standing to protect their fallen captain from the brutish Bartholomew Kuma! Should one of them somehow withstand a savage beating from this towering behemoth, the crew just might survive long enough to welcome a new member who holds surprising ties to a whale of a friend from their past!

 

FUNimation at the Movies – D-Frag!

Update: We’ve added a new theatre showtime for Alamo Drafthouse Littleton (Denver, CO)! Scroll down for info!

 

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It’s time for another FUNimation at the Movies night out! The screening for the month of April is our hilarious comedy series – D-Frag!

 

series synopsis:

 

The studio that brought you Durarara!! unleashes a madcap high school comedy with 100% more psychopaths!

Kazama is a wannabe delinquent on a mission to rule the school, but a run-in with the cray cray cuties of the Game Creation Club derails his plan for power. Instead of conquering Fujou Academy with his fists, Kazama is plunged into a hilariously-twisted world where pain is the name of the game. Ruled by the adorable underground boss Roka, the Game Creation Club is comprised of pretty psychopaths who enjoy snacking, setting things on fire, burying adversaries up to their necks, and tazing the ???? out of anyone who stands in their way! As Roka vies for ultimate control of the school club scene, Kazama scrambles to maintain his sanity and survive the whacked out games these girls play.There’s no escaping the Game Creation Club!

 

The series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 28th. Check out the list of theaters participating below:

 

Alamo Drafthouse DFW (Richardson, TX) – April 13th

Alamo Drafthouse Houston (Katy, TX) – April 14th

Alamo Drafthouse Austin (Village) – April 13th

Newly added! Alamo Drafthouse Littleton (Denver, CO) – April 21st