Waggin’ Ball Z: Battle of Pets Update – Cat’s Meow

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The clash of furry titans continues! In our previous update, the dogs were fetching votes left and right to maintain their lead. Now, in an epic turn, the cats are pulling the strings in this fight and holding on to first place!

 

In honor of their current lead, let’s take a look at some of our favorites from Team DragonCatsZ on Twitter and Instagram! Thanks to  @masterkojiro@jirodreamsofcatnip, @hordesoflocust and @jonny5alas for these awesome entry votes! Click on the pictures below to see the original posts!

 

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And we cannot forget Team #DragonDogZ, who continue to fight valiantly! But can these pups overthrow the cats? Or will they be stuck chasing their own tails? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite entry votes from man’s best friend!

 

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Thanks to @brandon773201@moe8517, @alexisrae0920 and @Dawn_M_Bennett for the great pictures!

 

 

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!

 

Watch Now! HAL the Movie is Streaming for Free This Weekend!

Looking for a critically-acclaimed anime movie to watch this weekend? Check out the gorgeously animated hidden gem HAL, from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan. The entirety of the film up on streaming for free on YouTube and FUNimation.com, right now through this weekend only!

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HAL is a near-sci-fi romance film about love, loss, and artificial intelligence, and it’s out now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack! Add it to your collection to get 20 minutes of extra features plus limited edition packaging.  As an added bonus, HAL is on sale this weekend only in the FUNimation Shop — use promo code HAL25 at checkout to get 25% off!

 

And don’t just take it from us! Fandom Post says, “This the film that you show people who say that anime is all the same and that there’s nothing worthwhile out there. This is worthwhile.

 

Watch the entire movie now:

 

 

 

 

Happy Fullmetal Alchemist Day!

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Don’t forget about FMA Day! For Fullmetal Alchemist fans, Oct. 3 holds a very special meaning.

 

So just why is October 3rd specifically Fullmetal Alchemist Day? Our main two heroes, Edward and Alphonse Elric, burn down their childhood home on October 3rd; leaving the past behind them as they go forward on their quest to find the philosopher’s stone and restore their bodies from the consequences of the forbidden alchemy they used trying to resurrect their dead mother.

 

We would like to invite fans the world over to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. Post your thoughts in the comments below, and share your photos with us on our social sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.). Use the hashtag #FMADay so we can see your photos!

 

We’re also running a special ONE DAY SALE on Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood titles in our FUNimation Shop. Get an additional 15% off your order when you use the promo code “FMA15.” This sale is valid today only! So, hurry if you want to take advantage of this great offer!

 

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Watch HAL the Movie for FREE this Weekend Only!

halWatch the anime film that Blu-ray Definition calls “one of the best animated films to hit Blu-ray this year”—for free, this weekend only on FUNimation.com and YouTube! Hal is a gorgeously animated near-sci-fi romance movie about love, loss, and artificial intelligence, from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan.

 

Hal will be streaming for free starting this Friday at noon (CDT) until midday Monday—perfect time for a weekend movie night! Check it out, and be sure to own the film on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, with tons of extras and limited edition packaging, available now. Click here. 

 

And as a preview for the film this weekend, be sure to check out the full first seven minutes of the film below.

 

As an EXTRA bonus, starting Friday you can use promo code HAL25 to get 25% off your purchase of Hal – the Movie in our FUNimation Shop all weekend long!

 

 

FUNimation Xbox App Update – Welcome Canadian Anime Fans!

We recently updated the FUNimation Xbox app fixing a few small items, and one big one.

 

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Canadian Xbox users now have access to the FUNimation app!

 

If you are in the U.S. or Canada and haven’t checked out the FUNimation Xbox app yet please visit funimation.com/xbox for more info.

 

 

Now is the best time to subscribe to the FUNimation Streaming Service. 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!

 

Get 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, all available across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360. Click here to subscribe now!

 

App Update Details
- App now available in Canada
- Disappearing subbed or dubbed pivots issue fixed
- Logging in with username or passwords containing special characters issue fixed
- Other minor issues fixed

 

 

Something Big for Subscribers, Every Week in October!

It’s no secret that every month, we give you exclusive video content through the FUNimation Streaming Service before it hits Blu-ray or DVD. But this October, while everyone else may be asking, “Trick or Treat?” we’re saying, “Treat!”  Why? Because this month we’ve got more exclusive titles than usual coming your way! Take a look:

 

October Subscriber Exclusive Episodes

 

 

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October 7th

BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate

The anime movie based on the hit game

HD Dub & Sub

 

This pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past.

 

Click here to watch!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10

The final chapters of this epic series

HD Dub & Sub

 

Arucard awakens with his thirst for vengeance stronger than ever. This bloodthirsty monster unleashes everything in his mythical repertoire to show that his bite is far worse than an army of snarling Nazi werewolves. As Arucard soaks up every precious drop of blood in sight, all involved are struck by the realization that this ultimate slaughter may be too much for even the deadliest of demonic slayers. Find out which clandestine establishment asserts its dominance as this epic battle of the supernatural reaches its gloriously bloody end.

 

Click here to watch!

 

 

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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!