Regarding the Home Video Rights for Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions today regarding the Anime News Network Answerman column, where Justin Sevakis states that Crunchyroll holds the home video rights for Free! Season 1. We know that many of you fans have been very curious about the home video rights situation, ever since our initial announcement of the simulcast of season 2 (Free! -Eternal Summer-).

 

We would absolutely love to make an English dub for season 1 and distribute it on home video, and we would be more than happy to work with Crunchyroll to make it happen. We have reached out to Crunchyroll to see if they would be interested in collaborating on this release; however, we have not heard back yet. Stay tuned for future developments though—we’re excited to report that we will be announcing the dub cast for season 2 very soon, so please follow our Free! -Eternal Summer- Facebook page or Tumblr to be the first to hear the news!

 

 

 

Scarlett Johansson May Star in Ghost in the Shell

It looks like Hollywood is going all out for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation and could include some big names like Scarlett Johansson.  Word is that The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s Margot Robbie was originally in talks for the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but that may have been put on hold since she began negotiations for Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Now, an article on JoBlo.com reports that Johansson has been offered a large chunk of money to step in!

 

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What do you think about the potential casting? We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson take on a number of action roles lately — will she live up to fan expectations for Motoko Kusanagi?

 

Click here to read the full article on JoBlo.com!

 

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on FUNimation.com!

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You’re Invited to a High School DxD New Party!

high school dxd newAre you local to the Dallas area? Come out for a titillating good time!

 

You are cordially invited to join us for a High School DxD New Halloween party! That’s right, FUNimation is celebrating the upcoming release of this sexy show, and we want you to join the fun! See details below:

 

LocationSimmer (723 W. Main Street, Coppell, TX 75019)

Date: October 21st, 2014

Time: 9pm – 12 midnight

 

Due to the mature content of this show, this party will be 18+ only. So, definitely need to leave the kiddos at home for this one. We’ll have food, games, and a cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to dress up to participate in our costume contest! (Don’t worry, you don’t have to dress as a character from the show to enter).

 

High School DxD New releases on November 11th on Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Click here to order now!

 

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The sequel to High School DxD is HERE!

Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

 

 

FUNimation acquires rights for Yona of the Dawn

yona of the dawn keyFlower Mound, TX – (10/14/14) – FUNimation Entertainment has acquired simulcast and home video rights to the anime series Akatsuki no Yona, which will now be known as Yona of the Dawn. Based on the epic fantasy and romance manga series from creator Mizuho Kusanagi, whose series Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life were released previously in North America. The 24 episode series which will run in the Fall and Winter simulcast seasons, features animation from Studio Pierrot, known for Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Fushigi Yuugi.

 

The title will launch October 21 at 11am EDT on FUNimation.com, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.

 

Synopsis:
Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people.

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Yona Chiwa Saito Lavie in Last Exile,
Homura Akemi in Puella Magic Madoka Magica
Hak Tomoaki Maeno Pain in Naruto: Shippuden,
Natsume in Brother’s Conflict
SuWon Yusuke Kobayashi Kazuki in selector infected WIXOSS
Gija Masakazu Morita Ichigo in Bleach
Sinha Nobuhiko Okamoto Arata in Arata the Legend
Jeaha Junichi Suwabe Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist,
Undertaker in Black Butler
Jeno Hiro Shimono Conny in Attack on Titan
Yun Junko Minagawa Cornelia Li Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,
Ryoma in Prince of Tennis

New Release Tuesday – One Hell of a Classic

Black Butler 2 Classic 3d mockHe’s one hell of a butler, and this is one hell of a classic! Black Butler Season Two is now available in our Anime Classics line! Get the entire second season in one compact release on Blu-ray and DVD. Plus, check out that gorgeous artwork!

 

If you missed picking this up the first time, don’t miss out on it now! Click here to buy.

 

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When last we saw dear Sebastian, he was poised to feast on the ripened soul of his young master. Unfortunately for the debonair demon, there’s a new butler in town…

 

Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned. None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider. The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to devour.

 

 

For you bargain hunters out there, Princess Jellyfish is now available on DVD in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Get the entire series for under $30. Click here to get it now.

Hetalia Day’s Coming Up! Also, WIN FREE HETALIA STUFF!

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Hey Hetalians! Hetalia Day’s coming up in less than two weeks, on October 25! What’s Hetalia Day? It’s a day celebrating all things Hetalia, of course! Hetalia Day always falls on the weekend around United Nations Day, to celebrate the continued camaraderie and collaboration between nations. Each year, fans meet up with other Hetalia fans in their local cities to hang out, cosplay, eat international food, play games, and of course, watch Hetalia!

 

If you’re looking for a Hetalia Day meetup in your neck of the woods, be sure to check out the awesome fan-run directory at Hetalia-Day.com! We’ve sent some sweet Hetalia prizes (including some swag from the new season 5, Hetalia: The Beautiful World) to a bunch of meetups in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re going, be sure to send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Hetalia official social media!

 

We’re also giving away a few small prizes to Hetalia fans to celebrate. Just comment, reblog, or retweet on the designated posts on the official Hetalia social media channels and we’ll choose random winners on the Hetalia Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter to win some goodies signed by the English dub cast! See what you can win below.

 

And if you don’t have a Hetalia Day meetup near you, fret not! Hetalia Day’s a great time for a marathon at home! Grab some pasta or bratwurst (or 5 cats for 5 deutschemarks) with your friends and watch all of season 5: The Beautiful World, now out on DVD! Our Limited Edition release comes with the special season 5 Hetalia bandana AND a set of adorable chibi stickers of the Main Eight.

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We’ll choose 1 random fan each from Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter to receive the follow prize pack!

 

EDIT: CONTEST NOW OVER. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR WINNERS.

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Release Dates for .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//Roots, and .hack//G.U. Trilogy

Just announced at New York Comic Con, we have release dates for the .hack franchise! In addition, Nekocon will be screening the first episodes of .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots at their convention this year.

 

Nekocon is located in Hampton Roads, VA and will take place on November 7th – 9th this year. Click here for more about the convention.

 

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.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

 

Releasing on DVD on February 24th, 2015

 

 

 

hack legend of twilight.hack//Legend of the Twilight

 

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!

 

Releasing on DVD April 7th, 2015

 

 

 

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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.

 

Releasing on DVD on May 19th, 2015

 

 

 

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Join Haseo on his quest to track down Tri-Edge, the devious PK responsible for leaving one of his closest friends in a coma. Along the way he meets Atoli, a gentle girl who takes an interest in him despite his chilly demeanor. Together, Haseo and Atoli will attempt to survive long enough to decipher the riddle of the entities known as AIDAs – and save their fellow gamers from permanent sleep!

 

Releasing on DVD on June 30th, 2015. This release will be English subtitle-only.

 

*Please note that release dates are subject to change.

 

 

 

 

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai gets new English name

DaitoshokanIf you’ve been watching our new simulcast Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, we’ve just received confirmation from our Japanese licensor on the official English title. This is the same English subtitle found on the Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai game and anime logo. The new title is: A good librarian like a good shepherd.

 

The new link to this show is funimation.com/a-good-librarian-like-a-good-shepherd. However, you can still watch A good librarian like a good shepherd from the previous URL, funimation.com/daitoshokan.

 

And if you haven’t seen episode 1 yet, watch it now! If you like tons of cute girls, silly school comedies, and inklings of a supernatural mystery, be sure to check it out. (If you’re a seiyuu fan, look out for Junji Majima, the distinctive voice behind Ryuji from Toradora and Ayumu from Is This a Zombie?, as the lead Kyotaro!) New subtitled episodes come out every Wednesday at 1:30PM, shortly after TV broadcast in Japan!

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Premium Editions Revealed — See Bebop at Its Best!

The groundbreaking space western, Cowboy Bebop, is one of the most influential and beloved anime series of all time. In honor of the first ever North American Blu-ray release of this classic series, we’ve designed some very special Premium Edition releases—check out the designs for the stylish FUNimation Edition and art-packed Amazon Edition. Pick your favorite design, and add some cool to your collection!

 

 

Buy the FUNimation Exclusive Edition and receive:

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-    Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-    Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover

-    Display easel for packaging

-    Four exclusive art cards

-    Exclusive art card with foil-stamped autograph from director Shinichiro Watanabe

-    227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner Aboard the Bebop”

-    Order now — only 2,500 available!

 

 

Buy the Amazon Exclusive Edition and receive:

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-    Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-    Exclusive Limited Edition clamshell art box

-    140 page black and white art book

-    48 page vibrant, full-color art book

-    227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner aboard the Bebop”

-    Order now — only 10,000 available!

 

For fans who are a little bit tight on Woolongs, we also have Blu-ray and DVD Standard Editions available.

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Make sure you pre-order your Cowboy Bebop Premium Edition NOW— before it’s gone forever!

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 slight delay

ghost in the shell ariseDue to unforeseen technical difficulties during final product creation, the release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 has been postponed a week. Originally slated for October 21st, the new release date for the OVA series is now October 28th. This delay will not affect any current pre-orders.

 

Please click here if you would like to pre-order Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 now.

 

synopsis:

 

This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades – while rebooting the genre it helped define.

 

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Border 2: Ghost Whispers

Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.