Brace Yourselves for Anime Expo 2015!

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The biggest anime convention in North America is right around the corner, and that means FUNimation has BIG plans in the works!  From premieres to panels and prizes, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Anime Expo 2015. So get ready, Los Angeles, because our crew is heading your way in full force! Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and brace yourselves for the best anime over-load you’ll have all year:

 

Events

Thursday, July 2nd
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  • FUNimation: Guide to Anime Expo | 11:30a – 12:30p | Location: LP3/408AB
    Premieres, panels, promotions, and plenty more! Learn everything you need to know about what’s going on with FUNimation this year at Anime Expo. Tweet us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes. You could even get exclusive tickets to attend the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ red carpet dub premiere event later that evening.
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  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ World Dub Premiere & Red Carpet | Red Carpet 6:30p | Screening 8:00p (Invite Only) at Regal Cinema LA Live
    Celebrity guests to include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Chris Ayres. Check the FUNimation Facebook & Twitter channels for information and ticket giveaways.

 

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New Release Tuesday: The Hero Appears

This New Release Tuesday, we have two great titles coming out today: Origin: Spirits of the Past, a beautiful and thrilling movie from Studio Gonzo, and Ping Pong the Animation, a fast-paced sports anime with complex characters and a creative animation style.

 

 

Origin: Spirits of the Past

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Click here to get this S.A.V.E. Blu-ray movie

 

Click here to get this S.A.V.E. DVD movie

 

 

Movie Summary:

Ages past, the Forest was awakened and the Moon unleashed a ravenous Beast upon the Earth. Man cowered in fear…

Three hundred years since and the landscape of the world has been drastically rewritten. The remnants of humanity are divided as never before. Half seek a tenuous coexistence with the Forest, half seek to dominate and subdue what they cannot understand. Agito, the son of an aged hero, inadvertently sets in a motion the destruction of all that is left when he revives the young Toola from her timeless slumber. Unable to reconcile life as she once knew it from the world as it is now, Toola calls forth ancient technology to reshape the future from the ashes of the past. With the blessing of the Forest, Agito must first save the girl from herself in order to rescue them all…

 

 

 

 

Ping Pong The Animation

Complete Series – Blu-ray/DVD Combo
 
 
 
 
 

Click here to get this Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

Series Summary:

Smile and Peco. Peco and Smile. Besties from the beginning, both with a badass backhand. Peco is known for his arrogance on the table tennis court, and Smile for his silence. But with a new school year and a new high school table tennis team, both boys are in for a challenge, on–and off–the court.

Peco’s slacker ways are hurting his game, and after getting crushed in a tournament, he decides to quit. Smile is finally learning to harness his natural talents, but can he squash his sympathy for his opponents enough to beat them

From the acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time, Space Dandy) comes an innovative new series with stunning animation, memorable characters, and impressive footwork.

 

 

Splash into summer with the Free! Dub and Swim Meet!

More big news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans! Last week we revealed the release date for the Free! -Eternal Summer- DVD/Blu-ray release (which you can pre-order now!). We also announced that we’ll be streaming the dub for FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers early, so that fans can be the first to watch the dub ahead of the home video release. What’s the best way to drool over over dripping wet triceps…?

 

A watch party with friends, of course!

FUNimation will be presenting the Free! Swim Meet, a livestream watch party on June 26 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT, hosted by Lauren Moore and members of the FUNimation team working on the release for Free! -Eternal Summer-, Roger Young, Michele Sontag, and Tara Tawater!

 

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Watch the premiere of the first dub episode on the FUNimation Streaming Service along with us. There’ll be plenty of fangirling (and fanboying!), some behind-the-scenes looks at what’s going in with Free! -Eternal Summer- at FUNimation, and giveaways of awesome, rare swimming anime prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

 

And we want YOU to host your own Swim Meet!

Get with your friends, make it a party, and send us your pictures via Facebook or on Twitter using #FreeSwimMeet! We’ll share and retweet your get-togethers to the world.

 

Here are a few party ideas for inspiration:

  • Decorate with your favorite Free! merch, and don’t forget to invite your most athletically-inclined male friends!
  • Haru’s birthday on June 30. Turn your watch party into a birthday party with a cake for everyone’s favorite water lover!
  • Mix up some drinks (adult or otherwise—drink responsibly) with the theme colors of your favorite characters—check out our recipes below the cut!

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Florida Supercon To Save The Weekend!

Is it a bird? A plane? No! It’s Florida Supercon! FUNimation will be there to help save the weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center from June 25-28th, and we’ve packed our anime utility belt with plenty of panels and booth deals!

 

 

Panels

 

FUNimation Previews | Friday June 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Flamingo Ballroom 1 & 2

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
 
 

FUNimation Peep Show | Friday June 26, 9:00 PM – 11:00PM | C220

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 tissues… you know, for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!) 
 
  

FUNimation Industry |  Saturday June 27, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Flamingo Ballroom 1 & 2

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 

 

 

 

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Do you like brand-spanking new anime? How about the classics? Or perhaps you’re searching for a stellar deal? We’ve got it! Stop by the FUNimation booth this weekend to satisfy your anime collection needs – PLUS! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!

 

Weapons vs. Meisters – Who’s too cool for school?

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At the Death Weapon Meister Academy, weapons and Meisters must work together to defeat the forces of evil. But when it comes choosing which role is the coolest, only the fans can pick a winner. So, if you had the power, would you rather turn your body into a soul-cleaving super weapon? Or possess the ability to wield one?

 

Before you cast your vote, be sure to pre-order your limited-run Soul Eater Premium Edition Yearbook and Soul Eater Not! today!

 

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How do you enter? Tell us what you’d choose, Weapon or Meister, in the comments section on Facebook (here) or on Reddit (here). One randomly-chosen voter will win a prize pack including the Soul Eater Not! Limited Edition, plus some Soul Eater swag. Two additional randomly-chosen voters will also win a copy of Soul Eater Not!

 

Need a crash course in some of best and brightest weapons and Meisters from Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not? Check out the profiles below.

 

Meisters:

Maka Albarn

Classification: Eat Class Meister

Partner: “Soul Eater” Evans

 

Meme Tatane

Classification: Not Class Meister

Partner: Tsugumi Harudori

 

Anya Hepburn

Classification: Not Class Meister

Partner: Tsugumi Harudori

 

Death the Kid

Classification: Eat Class Meister

Partners: Liz & Patti Thompson

 

Weapons:

“Soul Eater” Evans

Classifcation: Eat Class Weapon

Weapon form: Scythe

 

Tsugumi Harudori

Classification: Not Class Weapon

Weapon form: Halberd

 

Liz Thompson

Classification: Eat Class Weapon

Weapon form: Pistol

 

Click here for full contest rules.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ – Sabat Behind The Scenes!

We’ve got a sneak peek inside the VO booth to share with you! Local DFW news source, CW33, captured a special, behind the scenes interview with Christopher R. Sabat, for the upcoming movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. The original post can be found here.

 

Christopher R. Sabat, who is the ADR director for the movie and is the voice actor for Vegeta and Piccolo, gives a short look into the process of  recording English dubs for anime over at his recording studio, Okratron 5000. Click on the image below for the full article and to check out the video!

 

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Sign up on dragonballz.com for more information of the release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and stay tuned to our blog for more updates and extras with the movie!

 

New Release Tuesday: Crossdressing Magical Zombie?

This week of New Release Tuesday, we bring you the second season of the zaniest of zombie-killing shows, Is This A Zombie?, back for an Anime Classics relaunch on Blu-ray & DVD!

 

 

Is This A Zombie? 

Complete Second Season – Anime Classics
 
 

Click here to get this Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

 

Season Summary:

The world’s most eligible zombie is back for another round of cross-dressing, decomposing, undead adventures in the only show where corpses get all the chicks!

Season Two gets off to a shocking start as Ayumu breaks Haruna’s magic chainsaw and accidentally exposes his fondness for pretty pink dresses to the entire school! Next there’s an incident with a dreadful dance that turns out to be a curse – and an embarrassing trip to a maid cafe where all the zombie’s roommates work! But the shenanigans take a backseat to bigger problems when Ayumu’s mysterious drinking buddy turns out to be the most powerful magical girl of them all!

To save his friends and defeat this adorable new menace, zombie boy must do the unthinkable: throw a mixer for his own murderer! With a little help from his loyal harem of vampires, magical girls, and the world’s cutest necromancer, Ayumu just might survive to rot another day!

 

 

 

 

Hyperdimension Neptunia: Blanc and Group

Since we’re so excited that Hyperdimension Neptunia is out Blu-ray/DVD now, we have the mother of all wallpaper packs for you: Blanc, to complete the goddess set, along with the whole group together! Click here to get the complete set of all wallpapers in the size you need!

 

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Representing the cute and colorful kingdom of Lowee, Blanc is surprisingly quiet and stoic, with a passion for reading. Despite her strict exterior, she cares deeply for her little sisters Rom and Ram. However, when she transforms into White Heart, her quiet nature becomes white-hot, and she can become hot-headed and angry in her righteous fury.

 

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It’s an anime based on a video game series about your favorite video game consoles reimagined as anime-style characters— Hyperdimension Neptunia is just about the most meta video game anime you’ll ever see! In the world of Gamindustri (yes, that’s the location of this anime), each kingdom, named after a famous video game console, is ruled by a goddess (representing a home console) and her little sister(s) (representing handhelds), as they have tons of fun game-inspired adventures. If you’ve ever thought about what your P*4 or *box would be like as a cute anime girl (yeah, we totally have), check out this series!

You can order the Blu-ray/DVD set here!

 

HOT news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans!

Summer is FINALLY here—and so is some big news for Free! -Eternal Summer-!

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- is finally coming out on Blu-ray/DVD, and you can pre-order it today! Order now to be the first to own the brand-new English dub AND the original Japanese audio, in glorious HD!

 

And that’s not all– if you want to be the first to see the English the dub before the home video release, we’ll also be releasing new dub episodes early on the FUNimation Streaming Service. Episodes will go up every Friday, with episode one launching in just under two weeks on June 26 (for subscribers only). Mark your calendars— the first episode goes live at 4pm ET/ 3PM CT on June 26 and we’ll be celebrating the dub launch with a livestream party later that evening at 7PM  where you can watch (or relive) the first dub episode along with FUNimation staff! We’ll have giveaways, party ideas, and more! So be sure to subscribe, and keep an eye out for more news coming very soon!

 

The Limited Edition will include:

A rigid chipboard box with a beautiful water gloss effect inspired by the original Japanese release.

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Our release of Free! -Eternal Summer- is packed with extras— on-disc collections of end cards and illustrations, special Japanese promo videos, the original web previews, English voice actor commentary, and a special English voice actor video extra called The Competition, featuring Todd Haberkorn and Vic Mignogna (voices of Haruka and Rin respectively) engaged in some heated… well, you’ll have to watch the extra to find out!

But there’s more in store for fans! If you pre-order before the September 29 street date, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three sets of seven mini posters signed by seven members of the English dub cast.

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Hurry, summer doesn’t last forever, and neither will the contest!

 

FUNimation at the Movies: Noragami!

 

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It’s that time again, FUNimation at the Movies!

This month, we’ve got a show we can all relate to, Noragami! It’s the story of Yato, a minor God who is down-on-his luck. No followers, no shrines, no money. We’ve all been there, right?

 

 

Synopsis
Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.

 

 

 

Catch FREE screenings of the first 4 episodes of  Noragami (before the series hits Blu-ray and DVD, July 7th!) at the following Alamo Drafthouse Theaters. Click on the showtimes to reserve your seat!

 

 

 June 16th

 

 June 18th:

 

June 22nd:

 

June 23

  • Austin, TX (Village) –  7:05 pm


*FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you have secured a theater location and would like to participate in the program, please contact us via [email protected].