12 Days of Anime – Day 4 – Holiday Playlist

 

Day 4 of our “12 Days of Anime” countdown, and we’ve got a very special playlist full of holiday episodes for you to enjoy! So get in the holiday mood with the festive episodes from our Anime over the Holidays Playlist! Click here to view the playlist.

 

Series – Episode Title

- Ah! My Goddess – Ah! The Beleaguered Queen of Vengeance!
- Ah! My Goddess – Ah! I Offer These Feelings on Christmas Eve!
- Ah! My Goddess – Ah! I Want to Fill the World with Happiness
- Vandread – White Love
- Ghost Hunt – Silent Christmas, Part 1
- Ghost Hunt – Silent Christmas, Part 2
- Shakugan No Shana 2 – Second: Christmas Eve
- School Rumble – 2nd Semester: Here, There and Everywhere
- Baka and Test OVA – Christmas Special
- Hetalia – Axis Powers: Episode 19
- Hetalia – Axis Powers: Episode 20
- Fruits Basket – A Solitary New Year

 

Not only that, but we’re also putting each of  these series (and more!) on sale in our FUNimation Shop! For the next 4 days, you’ll get the following for 40% off:

Ah, My Goddess Season 2 (DVD)
Ai Yori Aoshi (DVD)
Vandread (DVD)
Ghost Hunt (DVD)
Shakugan no Shana Season 2 Part 2 (BD/DVD Combo)
Baka and Test OVA (BD/DVD Combo)
Love Hina (DVD)
Chrono Crusade (DVD)
School Rumble Season 2 (DVD)
Hetalia World Series (DVD)

 

12 Days of Anime – Day 3 – 5 Reasons Fans Have Fallen for Attack on Titan

It’s Day 3 of our glorious “12 Days of Anime” countdown, and time for a little something fun! We’re in the process of getting Attack on Titan ready for home video release (you can pre-order it now on Amazon here!); but, while you’re waiting, here are 5 reasons why fans have fallen for this series. WARNING: some of this list contains spoilers, so read at your own risk!

 

1. The original opening song. “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” by Linked Horizon (That S#!* Goes With Everything!)

As soon as the opening notes hit of the Attack on Titan song, you can’t help but feel the epicness swelling. When the series began simulcasting in the Spring it prompted an internet phenomenon as everyone began parodying that epic song to footage from elsewhere. It became the new Guile’s Theme! What are some of your favorites? Put them in the comments below!

 

2. The Colossal Titan

With the first appearance (click here to see the episode) of this towering behemoth towards the end of episode one you just know that the story is about to launch into hyperdrive. Every time the Colossal Titan appears, or we see any of the other Titans on screen, they’re just so creepy we can’t help but watch to see what will happen next.

 

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! (more…)

12 Days of Anime – Day 2 – Home Video Announcements

It’s day 2 of our “12 Days of Anime” countdown. Many of you have seen the simulcasts for The Devil is a Part-Timer, Hetalia: The Beautiful World, and Senran Kagura; but, you’ve been left wondering if/when the home video release will come out. Well, wonder no more! Here’s some news:

The Devil is a Part-Timer

Arguably one of the most popular simulcasts of the spring 2013 season, The Devil is a Part-Timer will release on Blu-ray and DVD in summer 2014!

synopsis:

Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint! To stall any further plans of world domination, the hero tracks the devil’s trail and takes on the lowly tasks of a telemarketer.

Click here to watch the subtitled episodes on our site.

 

Hetalia: The Beautiful World

The boys are back and will be hitting shelves on DVD in summer 2014! If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a quick synopsis for you.

synopsis:

The Allied guys and Axis boys are back in Hetalia: The Beautiful World! It’s Season 5. As in high-five! And when we high-five, a tiny kitten appears with a wee banjo! And he’s playing a song about a cupcake and it’s freaking adorable! But then Prussia shows up and yells at the kitten. But the kitten doesn’t get sad, because, dude… Claaaassic Prussia.

Looks like it’s gonna be a rainbow-riffic summer!  If you want to catch up on the subtitled version, you can click here.

 

Senran Kagura

These ninja ladies are bouncing onto shelves on Blu-ray and DVD in summer 2014!

synopsis:

Curvy Asuka and her girlfriends are typical high school students – except that they’re secretly learning the ways of the ninja! Get an education in action-packed naughtiness and sexy slapstick fun, as Asuka’s gorgeous gang takes on the hardest-hitting – and hottest – fighters in town!

Click here to watch the subtitled episodes on our site.

 

So, that’s Day 2 of our countdown. What did you think? Do you want more? Well come back tomorrow to see what we’ve got!

12 Days of Anime – Day 1 – Psycho-Pass Cast!

 

‘Tis the season, and we’re counting down with our “12 Days of Anime.” Every day for the next 12 days we’ll be doing something special. What will we do? Well, you’ll just have to come back every day to find out!

 

We’re starting off with a bang and announcing the Psycho-Pass cast…one day at a time! Today we’re giving you Shion Karanomori voiced by Lydia Mackay! Lydia can also be heard as Madame Red in Black Butler, Ultear Milkovich in Fairy Tail, and Laki in One Piece just to name a few.

 

Here’s a little about the series:

Get ready for Psycho-Pass, a hardboiled, gun-slinging sci-fi series from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell.

In the future, even just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the fine line between good and evil. The great equalizer in the war against thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the probability that a citizen will turn criminal. There are no trials. Only Enforcers, Inspectors, and the Dominator. Commit a crime in your mind – and the Dominator will make sure you pay the ultimate price.

 

Be sure to visit our official Psycho-Pass Facebook page where we’ll be rolling out a new cast member announcement every day. Click here to see the page.

 

So, who do you think will be in the rest of the cast? And what do think of our first day?

 

 

 

Win Tickets to Medieval Times!

 

Daring sword fights, medieval battles, knights, these are some things you can find in anime series like Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker! Well, we’ve been giving an awesome opportunity to give away 5 pairs of tickets to see a Medieval Times show at the Dallas location. Tickets are good for any date of your choosing in December, with the exception of New Year’s Eve!

 

All you have to do is tweet @FUNimation and @MedievalTimes and tell us “Which color knight you would root for in the joust?” Please include this link: http://funi.to/19kiIbB  and use the hashtag #FUNimationTimes. You have from now until 12pm CT on December 13th to enter!

 

Click here for complete rules, and remember “There were no utensils in medieval times, hence there are no utensils AT Medieval Times.” Remember to tip your wenches handsomely!

 

But, if you don’t win tickets, don’t worry, you can still get a discount to see a show at the Dallas castle! Here’s the information you need:

- All seats are $32, and good for any show in December (Sorry, not valid for New Year’s Eve)

- Enter this code: 32FUN (discount is only for the Dallas location)

- Click here to get your tickets!

Win Tickets to see LET ME OUT in Chicago

We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to see LET ME OUT in Chicago this Monday! Here’s all you have to do to win, just email [email protected], use the subject line “I want to win tickets to  LET ME OUT in Chicago,” and answer the following question:

 

“Who’s your favorite Korean actor/actress?”

 

Contest runs from now until tomorrow at 5pm CT. We’ll pick 5 random winners and notify them via email. Good luck!

 

Click here for complete rules.

 

Here’s a more about the movie, plus the trailer!

 

This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young’s film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual film making. Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding. His dream of working with his love-interest, Ah-Young, becomes a nightmare. Everything that can go wrong does. Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create. It is hope.

A Baekdu-Daegan Film Company release of a Seoul Institute of the Arts production. Produced by Jae Soh, Min Soh, and Irene Cho. Executive producer, Jae Soh. Directed and written by Chang-Lae Kim, Jae Soh. Starring : Hyun-Sang Kwon, Hee-Von Park, Geun-Sup Han, Yumouhyung, Jessica Choi and Myung-se Lee. LET ME OUT is produced by Seoul Institute of the Arts .

Otakon Vegas to Host Space Dandy Launch Event

FUNimation presents sneak preview, guests Ian Sinclair & Zach Bolton

 

FUNimation will present the first episode of the highly anticipated new anime Space Dandy in a special launch event at Otakon Vegas on Saturday (4 January 2014), featuring the U.S. voice of Space Dandy, Ian Sinclair, as well as ADR director Zach Bolton.  The anime will premiere in English on Adult Swim Toonami block at 11:30 pm that same day, and in Japan and throughout Asia hours later.

 

Space Dandy, the new anime from the entire creative team behind Cowboy Bebop, was announced at Otakon this past August by Shinichiro Watanabe (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Samurai Champloo”), who serves as general director for the series. Also on board are director Shingo Natsume (“Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos”); screenwriters including Kimiko Ueno (movie “Crayon Shin-chan”), Dai Sato (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Eureka Seven”), and Keiko Nobumoto (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Wolf’s Rain”); character designer Yoshiyuki Ito (“Star Driver”), spaceship designer Thomas Romain (Satelight) (“Basquash!”); and featuring a theme song by Yasuyuki Okamura. Animation production by Bones, Inc. (“Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood”, “Soul Eater”, “Eureka Seven AO”).

 

Ian Sinclair performs the title role of Space Dandy.  A professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, Ian’s best known for his roles as Brook in “One Piece”, as Toriko in “Toriko”, as Ryner Lute in “Legend of the Legendary Heroes”, as Bardroy in “Black Butler”, and as Romano in “Hetalia”, as well as various roles in the Borderlands video games. He’s also worked as a voice director on “Initial D”, “Spice and Wolf II”, “Black Butler”, and the “Shakugan no Shana” movie.

 

Zach Bolton directs the ambitious simultaneous English dub release.  Drawing on eight years of experience with FUNimation, Zach’s credits include “Soul Eater”, “Shin chan”, “Darker Than Black”, “Trigun: Badlands Rumble”, “Future Diary”, “Dragon Ball Z”, and “One Piece”.  He’s also lent his voice to Hero in “Soul Eater”, Pluto in “Black Butler”, Droy in “Fairy Tail”, among many others.

 

For more information about Space Dandy, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceDandyAnime

 

ABOUT OTAKON VEGAS AND OTAKORP, INC.:

Otakon Vegas is the first annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture presented by Otakorp in Las Vegas, Nevada. Otakon Vegas celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture. Otakon Vegas is a ticket based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon Vegas 2014, see http://www.otakonvegas.com/

 

Magic 101: The Magic of Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail features some of the most diverse types of magic in the history of anime. Want spells that harness the power of the elements? Wizards like Natsu and Juvia have you covered. Prefer your magic with a few stylish accessories? Look no further than Lucy’s celestial keys and Cana’s cards.

Today, we’re here to take a look at a few of the more obscure (and weird) types of magic used throughout the Fiore Kingdom—and beyond!

 

 

Sky Dragon Slayer

Wendy’s Sky Dragon Slayer magic gives her powers perfectly suited for helping out her teammates in battle. Her healing skills are unmatched within the guild, and she’s got a knack for helping to supercharge the magic of others. She’s not all support, though: her Sky Dragon Roar knocks out evil with a mighty blast of breath! (more…)

New Release Tuesday – We’re All Fired Up!

This New Release Tuesday we’re all fired up with a double dose of Fairy Tail! Both Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess and Fairy Tail, Part 7 are now available on BD/DVD Combo.

 

movie synopsis:

 

The mightiest team of mages from the magic kingdom’s most infamous guild faces evil rising from the embers in this action-packed feature length adventure!

 

Follow Fairy Tail’s dream team—Natsu, Gray, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Happy, and Carla—as they lend a helping hand to a girl with little memory and a grudge against wizards. As they uncover clues about her mysterious past, a lunatic prince hatches a half-baked plan to sacrifice her in exchange for immortality. When the fool unleashes an ancient force, a raging war becomes the fiercest inferno Fairy Tail has ever faced. Can the guild with a heart of gold save the planet from a fiery finish?

 

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