Reviews for HAL are in! Let us know what you think.

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The reviews are in for our sci-fi romance film HAL, from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! If you’re looking for a beautifully-animated work that tells a very human story in a world of technology and the future, be sure to check out these glowing quotes from critics about this esteemed new film.

 

Have you had a chance to see HAL at a convention? Let us know what you thought of it and we’ll feature your quote here too! (Please note that by submitting a quote, you give us permission to share it on our social media channels.)

 

HAL will be available on 9/2 on BD/DVD Combo. Click here to order your copy today!

Next Stop – San Japan!

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The convention train just keeps on rolling! We’re fresh off of the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention, and now we’re heading off to San Japan in San Antonio, TX! Take a look below for all info about our panels and booth promotions.

 

Friday

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – 7pm in Room 103
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor

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FUNimation adds Ender Box for Attack on Titan Part 2 Limited Edition

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When we unveiled our exclusive Attack on Titan, Part Two Collector’s Edition configuration a little while ago the biggest demand we heard from fans was a request for the Ender Box to also be included in the Limited Edition release. The Ender Box is a hard chipboard box that can house both your Part One and Part Two Limited Edition releases (see image above).

 

Well, you asked and we listened. There are now TWO Attack on Titan, Part Two Limited Edition listings available in our Shop for fans. One will include the Ender Box, for those fans who want the chipboard box to hold their Limited Edition releases, and one without the Ender Box. Please note that the addition of the Ender Box will increase the price of the Limited Edition set slightly. Click here to get Attack on Titan, Part Two PLUS Box.

 

We always strive to provide the best for our fans, and thanks to your feedback, we are pleased that we will now be able to offer you this alternative listing. Attack on Titan, Part Two will be available on Sept. 23rd.

 

Click here to order the Attack on Titan, Part Two EXCLUSIVE Collector’s Edition.

Click here to order the Attack on Titan, Part Two Limited Edition PLUS Box.

Click here to order the Attack on Titan, Part Two Limited Edition NO Box.

 

 

Release Date for One Piece Season Six, Voyage One

one piece s6v1We know that fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of One Piece, Season Six and the highly anticipated Thriller Bark arc. Well, we have some exciting news for you! Our good friends at Amazon are HUGE One Piece fans, and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering One Piece Season 6, Voyage One exclusively through Amazon for a short period of time starting on 9/30. Amazon has had incredible success with their exclusives, and we are thrilled to be a part of this program.

 

Pre-orders for Season Six, Voyage One are now available on Amazon.com. Please click here to order now. One Piece Season Six, Voyage One will be available at national retailers on November 18th.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

FUNimation acquires rights to Tokyo ESP

Tokyo ESP key artFUNimation announced today that it has acquired the simulcast and home video rights for Tokyo ESP. Episode 1 of the series will be available on 7/11 at 2:05pm ET and the series will stream weekly on Fridays at the same time.

 

synopsis:

 

The girl next door is about to become so much more.

 

Rinka is a high school student in Tokyo trying to make ends meet while supporting herself and her father. Her ordinary life takes a turn for the extraordinary when she witnesses a penguin and a school of fish flying through the air. After catching up to one of the fish, she passes out and wakes up to find herself suddenly granted supernatural powers. With her newfound ability to walk through solid objects, Rinka is about to learn just how transparent the world can be.

 

From the creator of Ga-Rei-Zero comes an adventure that shows how out-of-the-ordinary abilities of high school students can send a powerful message to evildoers the world over.

 

Never miss a moment of Tokyo ESP! Become a member today and get first access to new episodes weekly. Click here.

 

 

Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD!

Meet the boys of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD! Our new simulcast show, SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49– (streaming just one hour after Japanese broadcast at funimation.com/shonen-hollywood!) is all about Japanese pop idols and the dreams of five boys aiming to sing and dance their ways into the hearts of thousands of fans. Catch  it every Saturday at 1:30 pm ET.

 

In episode 1, the boys practice their self-introductions, but it turns out that twirling around in sparkles while saying a cutesy line about being your fans’ boyfriend or sharing the universe with them is really freaking embarrassing. Check out their adorkableness below, and other excerpts from episode 1!

 

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Kakeru Kazami

Voice actor: Ryota Osaka, known for roles like Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part Timer!) and Marco (Attack on Titan)

Kakeru, our seventeen-year-old protagonist, is just an ordinary teenager who hasn’t had much time to think about his future. He was suddenly scouted from his part-time job at a café, so he still isn’t really used to this whole idol thing…

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Free! – Eternal Summer – Watch Party Contest!

EDIT: Winners have been notified! Scroll to the bottom to see.
 

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Episode 2 of Free! -Eternal Summer- is now up on funimation.com/free, and we’ve got a great contest to celebrate this simulcast for you! We know there are a LOT of Free! fans out there, whether you’ve been following closely since that initial PV last year or whether you just got into it with season 2 this summer.

 

We’re giving away Free! -Eternal Summer- posters, all signed by producer Masayuki Nishide! These are extremely rare and not at all available in North America. Want the boys of Iwatobi Swim Club on your wall? Show us your love for Free! –Eternal Summer-! We want to see pictures of all the ways you celebrate your fandom.

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FUNimation heads to the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention

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FUNimation is heading to the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention in Dallas for a weekend of epic gaming! Will we see you there? Check out our panel and booth information below:

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Friday @ 6:30pm – Panel Room 1

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, come hear the latest news and information from the leading anime company in North America.

 

Come by the booth for some fabulous deals on the hottest anime titles! For every purchase at our booth you’ll receive a free FUNimation lanyard. Stay tuned to our social media channels for opportunities to win some prizes throughout the weekend!

 

Booth hours
Friday – 10a-6p
Saturday – 10a-6p
Sunday – 10a-4p

 

For more information about the convention, please click here.

BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate English Cast Announcement

bayonetta keyHere’s the English cast for BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate! Did you catch the English Dub Sneak Peek a Anime Expo this weekend?

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

BAYONETTA – Hellena Taylor
JEANNE – Grey DeLisle
LUKA – Yuri Lowenthal
BALDER – Grant Albrecht
RODIN – Dave Fennoy
ENZO – John Kassir
NARRATOR – Richard Epcar

 

synopsis:

 

The cutting-edge studio behind Afro Samurai brings to life the sexy, stylish, and undeniably-badass video game vixen that prowls the shadows of your wildest dreams.

 

Based on the best-selling franchise, 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. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself.  Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!

 

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Additional Simulcasts Added to FUNimation Summer 2014 Schedule

Fresh from the FUNimation Industry panel, we have some additional simulcasts and acquisitions for you! Check out more information below.

 

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First up, we have picked up simulcast and home video rights for the PSYCHO-PASS Extended Edition, and it will be joining our summer 2014 season. The first episode will launch on Thursday 7/10 at 12:40pm CT and will stream weekly on Thursdays at 12:20pm CT on funimation.com/psycho-pass.

 

synopsis:

 

The Extended Edition of this sci-fi thriller features all new footage that takes you deeper into a world where justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. In the future, 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 line. The equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a weapon that can tell when citizens are about to turn criminal.

 

But that’s not all! We’ve also picked up the simulcast and home video rights for PSYCHO-PASS 2. Season 2 will begin streaming this fall.

 

synopsis:

 

Don’t miss this mind-blowing continuation of the futuristic sci-fi series set in a world where the cops can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun!

 

But there’s more! We’ve also picked up the home video rights to the PSYCHO-PASS MOVIE! Now you can be assured of owning the entire franchise on home video! Release date TBD.

 

synopsis:

 

Psycho-Pass, the fan-favorite, futuristic sci-fi anime is now a feature length film! Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming release of this epic motion picture!

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