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Kick-Ass Anime Openings and Endings from Summer 2014

As many fans know, music is an important part of anime. An epic soundtrack can elevate the viewing experience when watching a series; and conversely, you may forgive a few weak plot points if the music is spot on. Each season brings new shows and that means new openings and endings! Take a look at some of the ones from this season below:

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul - Opening Song
Song: Unravel
Performed by: TK from Ling Toshite Sigure

 

Reasons you’ll love it: TK is the vocalist and guitarist for the J-Rock band Ling Tosite Sigure. You may remember them from the opening theme for Psycho-Pass. The haunting vocals and progressive rock sound perfectly capture the intense feel of this show.

Tokyo Ghoul streams Thursdays at 12pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

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Simulcast Schedule Update this Week

The following simulcasts will not be airing in Japan this week, and therefore will not be streaming on FUNimation. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

 

- Terror in Resonance

- Psycho-Pass Extended Edition

- Sengoku Basara – End of Judgement -

- Barakamon

 

Episodes should resume next week, and we will return to our regular streaming schedule. Now would be a great opportunity to catch up on episodes that you’ve missed! Click here.

Terror in Resonance Official Interview

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The following interview with Shinichiro Watanabe, renowned director of Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, and the hit thriller Terror in Resonance, was originally posted to the official Japanese Terror in Resonance website before the series launched. We hope you enjoy it, and make sure to watch Terror in Resonance every Thursday at 12:50pm Eastern! Click here to watch now.

 

Interviewer: Tell us the story of how Terror in Resonance came to be.
Watanabe: I think to some people, it looked like I took a break and didn’t work from around 2007 until I made Kids on the Slope in 2012. But actually, during that time, I prepared many project proposals. However, due to the recession and other factors, it was hard to get any of them approved and made. Terror in Resonance was an original project that I came up with during that period. I created the proposal before the Tohoku earthquake, about 4 or 5 years ago.

 

Interviewer: So it was something that you wanted to make since then?
Watanabe: That’s right. About three years ago, I heard from Fuji TV about Kids on the Slope, which was based on a comic. When I received the offer, I said, “I also have this other project. Do you want to make it?” and told them about Terror in Resonance. When I did, the chief producer of noitaminA, Koji Yamamoto, said, “Well, why don’t we try having not just Kids on the Slope by itself, but also plan for the original work after that?” That was when we were finally able to start working on this.

 

Interviewer: How did you come up with the idea for this project?
Watanabe: In recent years, there have been terrorist attacks all over the world, but Japanese people seem to be under the impression that these are things that happen in countries far away. However, if there were suddenly serial bombing attacks in the middle of Tokyo, what would happen? How would we deal with that? What if the culprits were teenaged boys? What if terrorists showed up who could use current technology to lead Japan around by the nose using their smartphones? These ideas were what formed the original concept. And then, thinking about possible acts of terror that could occur in Japan, I had to think about the systems in Japan as a country and how they work.

 

Interviewer: We still don’t know much about Terror in Resonance. What kind of story will it be?
Watanabe: There is a lot of action and suspense. If you look at it that way, even some of my past works seem unexpectedly similar to modern American action movies. The series also includes themes of adolescence, or rather, the youthfulness of the teenage years and their immaturity and instability, but with the feeling of constantly being on edge and challenging everything. I wanted to depict those ideas in this series, and I think everything gets mixed together in Terror in Resonance. I guess you could call it a coming-of-age/action/suspense series, although I’ve never heard of such a genre (laughs). Well, one must always continue to pioneer new genres. I also thought about foreign TV shows where recently, movie directors have been working on TV series. These TV shows have had a jump in quality simply because, since they are longer than movies, more story and dramatic elements can be packed in.

 

Interviewer: Foreign TV shows?
Watanabe: Yes. I don’t think I need to make shows that are like all the other anime that have been made recently, and I aim to create shows with a wider appeal. However, explaining it as a show about terrorism seems kind of inaccessible, so in order to make it easier to understand, recently, I have been insisting that it’s “a series like 24” (laughs). Also, we spent a lot of time and effort working on the terrorist group “Sphinx” and their riddles in every episode, so I have also been telling people, “Parts of it are like Sherlock, too!” (laughs).

 

Interviewer: Looking at the announcement that the show will be about “two mysterious children who combine forces to form the clandestine entity ‘Sphinx’ and play a dangerous game with all of Japan,” it looks like this will be the most provocative show in your filmography to date.
Watanabe: That wasn’t something that I tried to do on purpose—it just happened naturally. Especially in the case of an original anime work, we have to create the setting from scratch, which is difficult if there is nothing to base it on. So I end up using what I know, and parts of me end up in the work. For example, even if we all live in the same world, how we perceive the world is different depending on the person. There are people who think the world is a depressing place that’s full of deception, making it hard to live in. But there are also people who are generally satisfied and feel like the world is a good and peaceful place. How I perceive the world and how I feel about it comes out naturally when I am working on an original anime.

 

Interviewer: The character designs were by Kazuto Nakazawa and the music was by Yoko Kanno. These two people are often connected to you, and they are both participating in this project.
Watanabe: What they both have in common is that neither needs very much explanation from me. When I am working on something, it is difficult to explain exactly what I want to the staff in words. In fact, it is often the feeling before it’s even put it into words that is important, so most of the time, people don’t understand what I want. For example, there are people who want me to tell them that I want “a work like such and such,” but I don’t want to make something that is like another work (laughs). In the midst of that, these two don’t need me to keep explaining myself before they understand what I need. The other thing they have in common is that even if we work with the same theme, the two of them present it in a way that allows as many people as possible to understand their work. They always have that goal in mind, which is something I appreciate very much.

 

Interviewer: Finally, please tell us your hopes for Terror in Resonance.
Watanabe: It is something that I have wanted to make for a long time, so I am putting my heart and soul into it. I want to know what people think, so I hope that you will all watch it.

 

Interviewer: Thank you very much.

 

Translated by Nita Lieu

 

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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FUNimation to premiere Terror in Resonance at Anime Expo

 

Flower Mound, TX – May 27, 2014 – FUNimation Entertainment announced today, that it will host a world premiere screening of  Terror in Resonance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles while simultaneously screening at Japan Expo in Paris. The screening will take place Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 1:30pm. Rights have been acquired for simulcast.

 

The anime is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope) at the studio Mappa, music composed by Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope), and character design by Kazuto Nakazawa (Samurai Champloo).

 

Synopsis:

Legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe and famed composer Yoko Kanno are back with a suspense-filled intellectual thriller!

 

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

 

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children – children who shouldn’t even exist – masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber – and pull the trigger on this world.

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