Study Shows Manga Influences Snack Selection


Can manga be used to influence children into making healthier snack choices? A recent article posted in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior may have proof. Dr. May May Leung, an assistant professor at City University of New York, conducted a pilot study to determine whether exposing urban youths to manga with multiple messages promoting fruit intake influenced their snack selection.


Fifty-seven youth attending after-school programs in Brooklyn, NY were randomly assigned to receive an original manga titled “Fight for Your Right to Fruit” or a non-health-related newsletter. After reading the material, the children were offered their choice of snacks from among healthy/unhealthy options. Leung found that the children who read the manga were significantly more likely to choose a healthy snack.


The same could probably be said of certain anime shows like One Piece, which depicts the main character Luffy receiving extraordinary powers after consuming one of the legendary Devil Fruits. So the next time your parents get on your case about watching One Piece, just tell them you’re learning about making healthier snack choices.



To read more about Dr. Leung’s study please click this link. So, what do you think? Does anime help you make better food choices?


Be sure to catch new episodes of One Piece every Saturday on!



EVS Members get 10% off Gift Cards


Here’s a great deal for our Elite Video Subscribers! From now until end of day Sunday, you can get 10% off the purchase of any gift card in our FUNimation Shop. Just enter the promo code “GIFT10” at check out.


You can use the gift cards yourself to purchase something in our Shop, or you can give them as a gift to someone special.


Click here to purchase your gift cards today!


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Additional Rights Acquired for Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, and Code:Breaker

Flower Mound, TX (Feb. 21, 2014) – FUNimation announced today that they have acquired the home video rights to the following anime series: Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, and Code:Breaker. Please see below for additional information on each title.


From the studio that brought you Cat Planet Cuties and the director of Jormungand comes a hilarious new series. Watch what happens when dating sims and reality shows collide in Date A Live.


Date A Live synopsis:


30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.


One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.


There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you.


Date A Live will be available in June 2014. Catch up on episodes on


Fans Vote for Their Favorite Post-Miyazaki Director

In the wake of famed director Hayao Miyazaki’s announcement that he will be retiring from making feature films, fans are wondering who will step up to take his place in the industry. To find out, Goo Ranking (a poll website) asked 8,585 fans which anime director is their favorite now that Miyazaki has retired.


It comes as no surprise to us that several directors of FUNimation licensed titles have made the cut. In particular, Hosoda whose recently released Wolf Children film has been a fan favorite for its heart warming story about love and family.


Also among the top 20 directors are the following:


2. Hideaki Anno – Neon Genesis Evangelion

3. Mamoru Hosoda – Summer Wars, Wolf Children

5. Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira

10. Goro Taniguchi – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

11. Seiji Mizushima – Fullmetal Alchemist

12. Tsutomu Mizushima – Blood-C

15. Keiichi Hara – Shin-chan

17. Junichi Sato – Kaleido Star

18. Tatsuyuki Nagai – A Certain Scientific Railgun, My-HiME


For the complete list, please see the original article posted here. So, what do you think of the ranking? Do you agree or disagree?


If any of the aforementioned titles interest you, click the links to check them out!

Kodansha Comics Announces Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition!

Kodansha Comics is on a roll! They’ve just announced that they will be releasing the Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition on May 27th. This massive release will be comprised of the first five volumes of the Attack on Titan manga series.


Kodansha Comics promises that it’ll be “bigger than you’ve ever seen them before. Clocking in at 7″x10.5″ and around 1,000 pages…” The Colossal Edition will retail for $59.99.


Fans can currently watch episodes of the hit anime series on in Japanese with English subtitles. FUNimation recently announced that the English Dub of the series will premiere at Anime Boston in March.


The series will release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo later this year. You can place your pre-orders here.



Kodansha Comics Licenses Noragami Manga Series

North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced today that it has licensed the Noragami manga series, known as Noragami: Stray God.  The company plans to release the first volume of Adachitoka’s popular action fantasy manga this fall.


Noragami tells the story of a stray god named Yato. FUNimation is currently simulcasting the anime. Here is the description:


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.


To watch episodes of the Noragami anime series, click here. New episodes every Sunday at 11am ET.


For more information from Kodansha Comics, please visit their site here.



Come Join us at Mini A-Kon this Saturday

Mini A-Kon is this Saturday in Denton, TX, and it’s shaping up to be bigger than ever! Don’t worry, it’s still a free event.


There will be two locations this year: The Denton Civic Center and the Emily Fowler Central Library. Event runs from 10am – 5pm. Click here for more information.


FUNimation will be hosting a panel at 11am in the Emily Fowler Central Library. Come out to learn a little bit more about the industry and to see some extended clips and trailers for the hottest new releases. FUNimation representatives will be on hand to answer questions.


We hope to see you there!





New Release Tuesday – Robots and Ammo

Happy New Release Tuesday! We’ve got two very exciting releases for you today: Jormungand Parts 1 & 2, and Robotics;Notes Part 1.  First up, it’s time to rock n’ roll! Let’s talk about Jormungand!


Jormungand synopsis:

Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the only way he can find those responsible for his family’s slaughter. Besides, his employer isn’t like most merchants of death. She uses guile and cutthroat tactics to keep her clients armed to the teeth—all while cultivating her own warped plan for the future of world peace. With the CIA desperate for her capture, assassins eager to collect her head, and the potential for every contract to end in ultra-violence, Koko and her comrades in arms bring the boom to every corner of the world.



Now for some robots.


Robotics;Notes synopsis:

Akiho and Kaito are the only two members of Central Tanegashima High’s Robot Club – but maybe not for long. The powers that be are threatening to shut the organization down. If Akiho and Kaito want the club to survive, they’ll need to win the upcoming hobby robot competition in Tokyo. With everything on the line, Akiho and Kaito devise an awesomely bold plan: build a giant fighting robot!


The Robotics;Notes Limited Edition comes with some beautiful art cards (see below).



Will you be picking up either of these today?

Haganai NEXT Coming to Blu-ray & DVD in May

The second season of the popular Haganai series will be available on BD/DVD Combo in May 2014!


series synopsis:


The Neighbors Club returns as Sena, Yozora, and the rest of the misfit members continue to do totally not-weird things in order to make new friends. Stuff like stalking their fellow students, playing inappropriate video games, and creating time machines. Wait, that’s weird? What about getting engaged? Because Sena and Kodaka are betrothed to one another, which isn’t sitting well with the group.


Look for Haganai NEXT on BD/DVD Combo this May! Pre-order links coming soon!


Catch up on episodes on

Attack on Titan English Dub Premiere at Anime Boston

FUNimation announced during their Industry Panel at Katsucon that the English Dub of Attack on Titan will premiere at Anime Boston. They also revealed the English Crew for the series, listed here below:


Attack on Titan Crew:

ADR Director – Mike McFarland
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Script Writers – J. Michael Tatum
& Tyson Rinehart (episodes 3, 7, 10)
ADR Engineer – Kenneth Thompson


FUNimation plans to roll out the English Cast announcements in stages leading up to Anime Boston for the English Dub Premiere. Stay tuned for more information.


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Subscribers have the first chance to hear the English dub with an exclusive clip! Go to the Attack on Titan video page now to see todays clip! We will have a new batch of English Voice Actors and a clip each day this week at 10:00 am Central Time. Be the first to know! Not a subscriber yet? Sign-up today for your FREE trial.

series synopsis:

When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth. Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls “an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride.” The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.

Fans can now order the Collector’s Edition of Attack on Titan, available exclusively in our FUNimation Shop. This edition will include the following:

- 4-pin collection (Military Police Regiment, Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment, and Cadet Corps)
- A replica of Eren’s key necklace
- A sword necklace featuring the Titan flesh paring blades
- a 3D lenticular art card
- a 24 page digibook titled “Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1″
- plus 104 minutes of on-disc extras


A Limited Edition of Attack on Titan is also available to order in our Shop, and through other retailers. This edition includes:

- 3D lenticular art card
- a 24 page digibook titled “Notes from Beyond the Wall: Part 1″
- plus 104 minutes of on-disc extras


Both of these editions are in addition to our standard release. Check ‘em all out here!