Posts Tagged ‘Hal’

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!

 

 

Hal – the Movie – Contest Update

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Last week, to celebrate our release of Hal – The Movie, we launched a contest to ask you to answer a pretty thought-provoking question: Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Our contest is still running for one more week (get your entries in!), but we’ve gotten some awesome responses so far, and we wanted to highlight some of them—and to hear an expert weigh in!

 

Hal revolves around the unexpected love story between a human dealing with the loss of a loved one and a robot trying to understand human emotion. Although it’s a sci-fi anime film, it uses futuristic concepts and technology to tell a very human story, and it raises questions about our relationship with technology. Here’s a clip from the movie that helps to showcase the difficulty understanding human emotions.

 

 

Our contest is still running until September 9, but because of the amazing outpouring of passionate opinion on this topic, we thought we’d check in on the debate a little bit!

 

Since this is a rather heavy question that applies to lots of different academic fields, we asked an actual neuroscientist (and anime fan!), Twitter user @ultimatemegax, for his thoughts on the issue. If you’ve ever wanted a more in-depth look at how the sci-fi concepts of anime and manga can relate to the real world, check out his response!

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New Release Tuesday – The Ultimate Artificial Love Story

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Happy New Release Tuesday! Robot lovers rejoice, Hal – the Movie is now available on BD/DVD Combo! Bring home the ultimate artificial love story and get lost in the emotional roller coaster that is Hal – the Movie. This release comes with 3 alternate DVD covers that also double as gorgeous mini posters!

 

synopsis:

 

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

Click here to buy now.

 

 

And for you bargain shoppers, Baka and Test Season One and Baka and Test Season Two + OVA are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Get an entire season for under $30! Click here to order now.

 

 

FUNimation at the Movies – Robot Double Feature

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We’ve got a special Robot Double Feature for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies! We’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1. Both English dubbed. Check out the synopsis for each below!

 

Hal – the Movie synopsis:

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

Movie releases on BD/DVD Combo tomorrow! Click here to order now.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 synopsis:

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Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Releases on BD/DVD Combo on 10/21. Click here to order now.

 

 

 

Screenings are free, though you can reserve your seat with a voucher you can redeem for concessions depending on the theater. Take a look at the theaters screening the double feature below:

 

Alamo Drafthouse:

Denver, CO – 9/8
San Antonio, TX – 9/9
Richardson, TX – 9/8
Houston, TX (Vintage Park)
Lubbock, TX – 9/8
Austin, TX – 9/8
New Braunfels, TX – 9/8
Winchester, VA – 9/8

 

If you’re in the Katy, TX area be sure to check out the Anime at the Alamo program! They’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 on 9/9. Click here.

 

Carousel Cinemas:

Almance Crossing – Burlington, NC – 9/8

 

 

Hal – The Movie Giveaway Contest

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Looking for a new anime movie that’ll make you laugh and cry—and think? Then check out Hal – the Movie!

 

Hal is a gorgeously animated new film from Wit Studio, the rising star of the anime world that brought you Attack on Titan—and it’s a little different from your run-of-the-mill anime. The story uses sci-fi elements to tell a moving human story about love, loss, and artificial intelligence. After the death of her beloved boyfriend Hal, a young woman named Kurumi becomes a depressed recluse, and an android fashioned in Hal’s image is sent to console her as part of a new form of “robot therapy.” As she opens up to him, Robo-Hal learns what it means to be human– but nothing in their relationship is quite as it seems.

 

To celebrate the movie releasing on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2, we’re having a special contest! One lucky grand prize winner will win a copy of the movie plus an autographed poster. 4 random runners-up will receive an autographed copy of the poster. Just respond to the following question in the comments below, or post your answer to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr with the hashtag #HalContest.

 

Here’s the question:

Do you think robots will ever be able to feel human emotions? Plenty of sci-fi titles—especially in anime—feature humanoid robots that develop lifelike emotions, either because of or despite their programming; certainly, the attempt to simulate or even replicate human feelings is an interesting problem in artificial intelligence. Do you think we’ll ever see robots who think and feel like us, or is this only the stuff of science fiction?

 

Our favorite entry will win the grand prize and 4 entries will be chosen at random to win the autographed poster. We’ll also share a little bit of the debate from both sides—please note that by entering, you give us permission to share your response. You have from now until Sept 9th, 2014 to enter. Click here for complete rules.

 

EDIT: WE HAVE A WINNER! Scroll to the bottom to see Winner and Runners up.

 

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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!

HAL – Seven Minute Preview

 

HAL releases on BD/DVD Combo on 9/2. We’re giving you a little sneak peek and showing you the first 7 minutes of the movie!

 

synopsis:

 

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

So, what did you think? If you like what you see be sure to place your pre-orders now by clicking here!

 

If you’re at Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to come to the HAL English Dub Premiere on Saturday at 6:30 pm in Video 1.

 

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FUNimation at Anime Expo!

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FUNimation is heading west to Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2014! We’ve got a TON in store for you, so let’s get started with our panel and premiere schedule:

 

FUNimation Guide to AX 2014 – Thursday at 3:45 pm in LP3

FUNimation Preview Panel – Friday at 11:15 am in LP3

FUNimation Presents: Tokyo Ghoul – Friday at 6:00 pm in Video 4

Terror in Resonance World Premiere Event – Saturday at 1:30pm in Video 1 and Video 4

FUNimation Presents Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – Saturday at 4pm in LP2

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday at 5:30pm in LP1

HAL English Dub Premiere with Q&A – Saturday at 6:30pm in Video 1

BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate Movie Preview and Q&A with Director Fuminori Kizaki  – Saturday at 8:15pm in Video 1

 

On top of all that, we’ve got some promotions at our booth that you won’t want to miss! Come on by and pick up some of our newest releases!  We have a bunch of gift-with-purchases, autographed items, and we are bringing the super popular Lucky Draw, which has more goodies and is better than ever!

 

Spend $75: Receive a FUNimation Lanyard

Spend $125: Receive a FUNimation Lanyard and a middle tier prize

Spend $200: Receive ALL of the goodies from the $125 tier and a top tier prize!

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Cast Announcements from Anime Central!

Fresh from Anime Central, we got a few announcements for you today! First, here’s the English dub cast for Senran Kagura!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

ASUKA – Felecia Angella
KATSURAGI – Brittney Karbowski
IKARUGA – Alexis Tipton
HIBARI – Megan Shipman
YAGYU – Bryn Apprill
HOMURA – Monica Rial
HARUKA – Teri Rogers
MIRAI – Lara Woodhull
HIKAGE – Kara Edwards
YOMI – Trina Nishimura

ADR DIRECTOR – Jerry Jewell
ADR ENGINEER – Cris George

 

synopsis:

From the Dynamic Duo that brought you Ikki Tousen comes a revealing tale of naughty ninjas sucking down sushi rolls and busting up the competition!

Asuka and her friends may look like any other girls at Hanzo Academy, but they’re secretly studying the ancient art of Ninjutsu! While other students do their homework, Asuka and the gang push their beautiful bodies to the breaking point in pursuit of their perfect form. Life is one sexy sparring session after another until a Deviously Demented rival clan of evil ninjas ambushes the Hanzo hotties – and steals their sacred ninja scroll. Faced with their toughest – and most well-rounded – enemies ever, Asuka and her fellow Deadly Divas will have to go further than they’ve ever gone before to prove they’ve mastered the art of full frontal combat!

Whether you like blondes or brunettes; good or evil; big or EXTRA BIG; this series based on the action packed video game proves once and for all that a ninja beat down is the most exhilarating beat down of all!

 

Series is available on July 29th. Click here to pre-order now.

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