Guess Our Fall 2014 Season and Win a 12-Month Subscription!

fairy tailFans already know part of our Fall 2014 simulcast schedule, but we have yet to reveal our entire season. Well, how about we make it a little more interesting?

 

We’re still working out some final details on a few titles, but while we’re waiting we wanted to see if fans could guess what we have confirmed so far. We’ll even sweeten the deal and throw in a free 12-month subscription for our FUNimation Streaming Service to one random fan who guesses all of the shows in our clue correctly! Click here for complete contest rules.

 

Ready? Here’s your clue:

 

A man sits on the banks of the River Styx and contemplates a remembrance of things past while a matching pair of children play a game nearby. Meanwhile, three brothers ferry a sheep and a wolf across the river under the cover of clouds.

 

*We’re gonna give you one more hint since several people are soooo close, but no one has gotten it right yet. The clues given refer to 6 shows.

 

To be eligible for the prize, you must decipher the clues and post all of the correct titles in the comments of this blog post. Please submit your entries in the following format in the comments of this blog post:

“Entry: Show 1, Show 2, Show 3, etc”

 

We will announce the winner on Friday afternoon with our simulcast season!

 

EDIT: Guessing game is now over! We hope you had fun! Congratulations to our random winner — Dragnoer. You will get a free 12-month subscription added to your account. Click here to see the full Fall 2014 Simulcast Season line-up.

 

Here’s how the clue broke down: “banks of the River Styx” and “game” both refer to Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. The series is about a fantasy card game where humans, god, and demons inhabit the land. The River Styx is the mythological river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. “Remembrance of things past” is the alternate title of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and refers to the series In Search of Lost Future. The “matching pair of children” refers to the series Gonna be the Twin-Tails!! and the “three brothers” and “under the cover of clouds” refers to the series Laughing Under the Clouds. The “sheep” is a reference to Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, which translates to “The Shepard of the Great Library.” Finally, the wolf is a reference to GARO THE ANIMATION since GARO can sometimes be translated to “fanged wolf” and is a nod to the Japanese tonkusatsu television series.

 

Prize: 12-month subscription to the FUNimation Streaming Service

 

The FUNimation Streaming Service gives you full access to:

*  The hottest anime simulcasts every season right after Japanese broadcast
*  1080p HD streaming video
*  The largest selection of commercial-free English dubbed episodes online
*  Use your subscription on your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360

 

With the fall simulcast season starting up and a big October of exclusive dubs coming to subscribers, you don’t want to miss out.

 

$7.95 for 1 month, or save 40% off and get 12-months for $54.95 – that’s less than $.15 a day!
Visit funimation.com/subscribe for more information on the FUNimation Streaming Service.

 

 

 

New Release Tuesday – Pirates and Microwaves

One Piece has plundered this week’s New Release Tuesday, but don’t worry — we’ve calculated plenty of time for today’s other release, Steins;Gate!  So let’s jump right in!

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One Piece Film Z is now yours for the taking, and you’ve got two ways of getting your hands on it:

 
* DVD release – Click here to order!

 
* DVD/Blu-ray combo release – Click here to order!

 

 

Synopsis

 

Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece.

Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?

 

 

 

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Next up in our One Piece release arsenal is an Amazon.com Exclusive! Season Six, Voyage One is available exclusively at Amazon.com for a limited time. Order it now, or wait until November 18th for the nationwide release across other retailers.

 

Synopsis

 

Prepare to embark on a horrifying voyage into the heart of darkness!

While drifting through haunted waters, the Straw Hats encounter a ghost ship inhabited by a walking, talking skeleton. Luffy quickly befriends the ghastly newcomer, but the rest of his mates want nothing to do with this panty-obsessed bag of bones. Before the mystery of the seagoing skeleton can be deciphered, the Straw Hats find themselves trapped within the terrifying walls of Thriller Bark! The situation gets even spookier as our heroes encounter invisible fiends, a graveyard of the undead, possessed paintings, and a zombie samurai! To make matters worse, Zoro and Sanji suddenly vanish – and Chopper, Usopp, and Nami get trapped inside a coffin. While his crew flounders in this floating house of horrors, Luffy sets his sights on a showdown with the man behind the madness: the shadow-stealing monster Gecko Moria!

 

Finally, we set sail from the world of One Piece and make our way to Steins;Gate!

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Happy International Translation Day!

onig_heartHappy International Translation Day! Every September 30th on the feast of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, we take some time to thank the worldwide translation community. Without our dedicated team of translators here at FUNimation, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the anime that we all have come to know and love.

 

So, let’s take some time to get to know a little more about the translators who work so hard on our titles!

 

*Please note that since many of our translators are contract workers, some of the titles they have listed below are ones they have worked on outside of FUNimation projects.

 

 

Name: Nora Stevens Heath

Professional translator since: 1999

A project that challenged me: Taking over No-Rin. Hey, who put all these technical agricultural concepts in my high-school comedy?

A show of mine you should watch: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. All that Kansai dialect is good for the soul.

 

Name: Duane Johnson

Professional translator since: 2001

A project that challenged me: Hellsing (the manga)

A show of mine you should watch: Genshiken, because there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself or someone you know amongst its characters.

 

Name: Nita Lieu

Professional translator since: 2009

A project that challenged me: Space Dandy–a lot of interesting issues to deal with that made it fun but challenging.

A show of mine you should watch: Tokyo Ravens–It might take a while to get into it, but the end is really good!

 

Name: Sarah Alys Lindholm

Professional translator since: 2003

A project that challenged me: Ghost in the Shell: Arise (and its insert booklets!)

A show of mine you should watch: Ping Pong: The Animation, because it’s completely different from other shows–in a good way.

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Waggin’ Ball Z: Battle of Pets Update

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The epic battle of Dog vs. Cat rages on! We’ve seen some EPIC entries, but here are some of our favorites that we just had to share.

 

From team #DragonDogZ:

Thanks to @ANN_Bamboo, @ScrewAttackBen, @AtYes2Ats, and @leehaaa for voting and tweeting these pics! You can click on each picture below to see the original tweet.

 

leehaaa dbz dog   super syberian dbz dog
joel m dbz dog   bamboo dbz dog
 

From team #DragonCatZ:

Thanks to @lentisoup, @Megami33, @bertolinooo, and @LaurMoor for voting and tweeting these pics! Click on their pictures below to see the original tweets.

 

lauren dbz cats   christine dbz cats
 

marissa dbz cats   corinne dbz cats
 

 

Right now, the dogs are slobbering, I mean clobbering, the competition. Can the cats make a come back? Check the votes right now by clicking this link.

 

Vote now using #DragonDogZ or #DragonCatZ on Twitter or Instagram and you could win a sweet prize pack. Click here for contest details.

 

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Be sure to pre-order your copy of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition! This release comes with:

*  20 minutes of never-before-seen footage

*  Theatrical version of the film

*  30 minutes of extra features

 

Click here to order today!

 

synopsis:

 

Prepare to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

 

Congratulations, Attack on Titan Giveaway Winners!

Many brave souls answered the call-to-action by pre-ordering Attack on Titan Part Two – FUNimation EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition and entering our Pre-Order and WIN giveaway.  Now, we’re happy to announce the winners!

 

 

Winners of an Eren, Mikasa, or Levi statue from Kotobukiya are:

 

  • Laurie H. from Wakefield, MA
  • Sean C. from East Providence, RI
  • Christian C. from Chicago, IL

 

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Kotobukiya is Japan’s #1 collector toy company.  Find Kotobukiya on Facebook  or visit their website!

 

Our Prize Pack Winners are:

 

  • Alyssa G. from Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • Josefina O. from San Jose, CA
  • Walter R. from Hyattsville, MD

 

Congratulations, everyone!  You can get your own Attack on Titan Part Two – FUNimation EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition at the FUNimation Store!

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Check out the video below to get a first-hand look at the Exclusive Collector’s Edition!

Buddy Complex Final Act!

buddycomplex_keyIt’s time for the Final Act! Remember Buddy Complex? It’s this awesome mech show that we simulcasted back in Winter 2014. Well, if you were left wondering what was going to happen at the end of the season, the exciting conclusion begins now!

 

Here’s a refresher for you since it’s been a while:

 

When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who’s piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she’s is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare in this new series from the studio that brought you Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Escaflowne!

 

Click here to catch up on episodes for free!

 

 

Here’s the situation for Into the Skies of Tomorrow – First Half: Hina comes aboard the Cygnus with Aoba and Dio, and she must decide where her allegiances lie. Meanwhile, her former comrades return home to Zogilia to find a shocking turn of events.

Click here to watch the episode now.

 

Into the Skies of Tomorrow – Second Half will be available for FUNimation subscribers tomorrow (9/30) at 11am CT/ 12pm ET!

 

 

FUNimation Fall 2014 Simulcast Season, Part 1

The Fall 2014 Season is fast approaching, and I’m sure you’re wondering what we have in store for you! Well, here’s what we can confirm at this time:

 

One Piece will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

One Piece – Saturdays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/one-piece, or onepieceofficial.com

 

Fairy Tail will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

Fairy Tail - Fridays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/fairy-tail

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Soul Eater Not! Home Video Rights

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We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the Blu-ray and DVD rights for Soul Eater Not! The series is expected to release in summer 2015, and it will include an English dub track.

 

synopsis:

 

Get ready to meet the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy! Tsugumi Harudori and her outrageous friends make up the NOT class at this stylish school dedicated to training living, breathing weapons and uniting them with the Meisters who’ll wield them! Soul Eater fanatics will be psyched to meet these epic new characters – and catch up with all their favorites from the original series. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure as Tsugumi and her pals weave their own exciting tale of deadly life at DWMA!

 

The series is currently available for streaming on funimation.com/soul-eater-not.

Announcing On-Disc Extras for Cowboy Bebop!

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop fans, listen up! You won’t have to shell out millions of Woolongs to make the adventures aboard the Bebop last even longer because there is a bounty of on-disc extras headed your way. We’ve got more Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward and Ein than we can fit into 26 sessions — and it’s all included on the Complete Series DVD and Blu-ray for you!

 

3, 2, 1, …Let’s take a look at the roundup!

 

DVD Extras (160 minutes):
- Memo from Bebop: The Dub Sessions Remembered – a brand new 95-minute original extra, featuring the original English-language cast of Cowboy Bebop as they give you the behind-the-scenes stories  about recording this seminal series.
-  Session #1 Audio Commentary with Koichi Yamadera (Spike) and Unshou Ishizuka (Jet)
-  Session #5 Audio Commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba
-  Interview with Wendee Lee (English Voice of Faye Valentine)
-  Session #10 Audio Commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba
-  Interview with Cartoon Network Producer Sean Akins
-  Session #17 Audio Commentary with Director Shinichiro Watanabe and Composer Yoko Kanno
- “Tank!” Full-Size Music Clip
-  “Tank!” Club Remix Music Clip -UK Version-
-  Session #24 Audio Commentary with Megumi Hayashibara (Faye) and Aoi Tada (Ed)
-  Original Opening and Closing Songs
-  Textless Opening and Closing Songs
-  Ein’s Summer Vacation
-  Cowboy Bebop Session #0
-  U.S. Trailer

 

Blu-ray Extras (227 minutes):
-  All of the DVD extras, plus
- Dinner Aboard the Bebop, a brand new 68-minute original extra, featuring the original English-language cast of Cowboy Bebop reunited for dinner, drinks, and a very special script reading!

 

Click here to order your copy of Cowboy Bebop today and spend even more time with your favorite crew!

 

Sign up to be the FIRST to see the new Cowboy Bebop trailer, packaging, and more!

 

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Be sure to stay tuned for even more Cowboy Bebop announcements!