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The Boy and The Beast Advance Tickets on Sale NOW!

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast, in theaters across the nation beginning March 4! Find a theater near you now and buy your tickets today at funimationfilms.com/theboyandthebeast. Lots of anime theatrical screenings sell out in advance, so don’t get caught at the theater ticketless—we strongly suggest buying your ticket as soon as possible.

 

 

Plus, check out the debut of the long-awaited English dub trailer (plus the original Japanese trailer, subbed into English)!

 

 

If you’ve loved Hosoda’s other films, you definitely need to experience The Boy and the Beast, which Twitch Film calls “as charming as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, as exhilarating as Summer Wars and as touching as Wolf Children”.

If you aren’t familiar with Hosoda’s works yet, you’re in for a real treat. “Mamoru Hosoda ranks first among the Japanese animation directors seen as successors to now-retired industry giant Hayao Miyazaki — and for good reason” according to the Japan Times, so watch his latest movie in theaters to see anime history being made.

Plus, like Hosoda’s other films, The Boy and the Beast is highly accessible and great for families—the perfect gateway movie for your parents or friends who might not know much about anime.

 

 

The theatrical run is available in both English dub AND Japanese audio with English subtitles; check your local theater for the specific language showings. If you want to see more theatrical screenings with dual language and multiple showings, buy your tickets early to show your support for this format! Tickets are available at some locations– additional ticket sales will be added soon.

 

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The Boy and the Beast Synopsis:
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

 

MAMORU HOSODA’S “THE BOY AND THE BEAST” OPENS IN U.S. THEATERS NATIONWIDE MARCH 4

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We’ve got two big announcements today, so let’s get started!

 

If you’ve ever been curious about the ins-and-outs of our theatrical releases, we’ve made it easy to stay on top of any and all developments! As of today, FunimationFilms.com is up and running—bringing you the latest news surrounding our upcoming theatrical releases. Check back often to watch new trailers, purchase advance movie tickets, get theater information, and more.

 

Next up, we’re excited to announce the official release date of latest film from internationally acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda, The Boy and the Beast. This film will hit select theaters nationwide starting Friday, March 4, 2016.  Tickets go on sale on February 5th, so be sure to stay tuned to FunimationFilms.com/theboyandthebeast, to secure your tickets early—not only does this ensure you’ve saved yourself a seat during this limited run, it also tells the theaters that there’s a demand for critically acclaimed, high-profile anime movies!

 

To make sure you can watch the movie the way you want, you’ll have the option to purchase tickets to see the movie in the original Japanese version (with English subtitles), the new English dub version produced by Funimation, or both. For those who might be curious, the English dub was developed closely with Hosoda himself to ensure the voice cast matched both his vision and direction for the film. Here’s a quick rundown of the film’s plot:

 

The Boy and the Beast (“Bakemono no Ko” in Japanese) tells the story of Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, who stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts. He’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

 

To find out more, visit FunimationFilms.com/boyandthebeast and let us know on social media if you plan to attend!

Official press release after the jump:

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Aloha kākou, Anime Matsuri Hawaii!

It’s time to break out all of the Hawaiian phrases we know as we don’t often get a chance to, because we’re coming to Hawaii this Thanksgiving for Anime Matsuri Hawaii! “Mahalo, E Komo Mai, Kahuna, Aloha oe”! Ok, it’s out of our system. Now get ready for all of the panels with FUNimation’s Justin Rojas and for our special screening schedule where we’ll be showing off Mamoru Hosoda’s movies in preparation for The Boy and The Beast coming this winter!

 

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PANELS

 

 
FUNimation Favorites | Friday, November 27th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)
Join FUNimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your FUNimation favorite?  Share it with us using the hashtag #FUNimationFave and you could win a prize!

 

 

FUNimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, November 27th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FUNimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

 

FUNimation Industry Panel | Saturday, November 28th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—FUNimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!

 

 

FUNimation Online | Sunday, November 29th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on FUNimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FUNimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!

 

 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Wolf Children

 

Friday, November 27th | Viewing Room (Room 316B) | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

Summer Wars

 

Saturday, November 28th | Viewing Room 1 (Room 316B) | 11:00am – 1:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

From the visionary directory of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Prize, Best Animated Feature) comes the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse!

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He’s good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has – until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancée at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily.  As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new “family” set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this “near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction.” (AnimeNewsNetwork.com)

 

 

 

Date A Live II

 

Episodes English Dub Premiere 1-4 | Saturday, November 28th | Lili’u Theater (Room 310) | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.

One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.

There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha nui loa! We can’t wait to see you!

 

FUNimation Acquires U.S. Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast”

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS –  FUNimation Entertainment announced today its acquisition of U.S. rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s new Japanese animated film “The Boy and The Beast.”  As part of its agreement with Gaumont International, FUNimation has secured exclusive rights to theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film.

 

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“We’re excited to bring The Boy and The Beast to audiences across the United States,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Mamoru Hosoda is a masterful director and has made Japanese animated film accessible to everyone.”

 

FUNimation has distributed two prior Hosoda films in the U.S. including the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Wolf Children” in 2013 and “Summer Wars” in 2010.

 

“We are looking forward to working with Gaumont International and plan to release ‘The Boy and The Beast’ to theaters beginning in late 2015,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We’re confident that critics and moviegoers will quickly agree that this is an Oscar worthy film.”

 

As the North American leader in the distribution of animated content from Japan, FUNimation’s acquisition of “The Boy and The Beast” exemplifies the company’s strategy announced in December 2014 — to bring to theaters its extensive library of content and future releases through the creation of a new theatrical events and distribution division based in New York City.

 

Look for “The Boy and The Beast” in select theaters in late 2015 and nationwide in early 2016.

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Wolf Children cards

Have you seen Wolf Children yet? It’s the perfect movie to watch with your mother this Mother’s Day. This award winning film tells the story of a single mom and the hardships she faces raising two small children on her own. We’ve got some FREE downloadable Mother’s Day cards over on the official Wolf Children website. Click here.

 

If you’d prefer a digital version to share, check out our digital cards on the Wolf Children Facebook page here.

 

synopsis:

Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

Did you watch this movie with your mom? What did she think? Click here to order the Wolf Children, available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Wolf Children wins Best Anime Disc in 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards

Congratulations to Wolf Children! The film won Best Anime Disc in the 2014 Home Media Magazine Awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in addition to votes from the online consumer community. Thank you to everyone who voted!

 

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Wolf Children, now’s a great time to get it! Available now for as low as $22.49, you can pick up the film on DVD or Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Just click here.

 

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Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

Fans Vote for Their Favorite Post-Miyazaki Director

In the wake of famed director Hayao Miyazaki’s announcement that he will be retiring from making feature films, fans are wondering who will step up to take his place in the industry. To find out, Goo Ranking (a poll website) asked 8,585 fans which anime director is their favorite now that Miyazaki has retired.

 

It comes as no surprise to us that several directors of FUNimation licensed titles have made the cut. In particular, Hosoda whose recently released Wolf Children film has been a fan favorite for its heart warming story about love and family.

 

Also among the top 20 directors are the following:

 

2. Hideaki Anno – Neon Genesis Evangelion

3. Mamoru Hosoda – Summer Wars, Wolf Children

5. Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira

10. Goro Taniguchi – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

11. Seiji Mizushima – Fullmetal Alchemist

12. Tsutomu Mizushima – Blood-C

15. Keiichi Hara – Shin-chan

17. Junichi Sato – Kaleido Star

18. Tatsuyuki Nagai – A Certain Scientific Railgun, My-HiME

 

For the complete list, please see the original article posted here. So, what do you think of the ranking? Do you agree or disagree?

 

If any of the aforementioned titles interest you, click the links to check them out!

12 Days of Anime – Day 8 – A Wolf in Wrapping Paper

 

Day 8 of our “12 Days of Anime” countdown is for you crafty people out there. If you subscribe to Otaku USA, you might have seen our insert on how to make your own pair of Wolf Children cosplay ears. In case you didn’t, we’re uploading the pattern for you to on our Wolf Children official website (http://wolfchildrenmovie.com.)

 

Just go to the Extras section on the official site and download the printable pattern. Watch the step-by-step video above for how to put your ears together.  We’ve got a bunch of other adorable freebies on the site too, so be sure to check those out while you’re there! (more…)

New Release Tuesday – Love Wildly

From the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars comes a new masterpiece about the importance of family.

 

Wolf Children hits shelves today, and we’re thrilled to be adding another Hosoda film to our catalog. We screened this film on the convention circuit this past season, and the response was overwhelming! Now, you can own this heart-warming film on BD/DVD Combo and DVD.

 

Synopsis:

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

It’s not too late to catch screenings of Wolf Children on the big screen! To find a screening near you, go to Tugg.com and search for Wolf Children.

 

Wolf Children – Character Profiles – Ame

 

Younger (Japanese: Amon Kabe / English: Alison Viktorin)

Older (Japanese: Yukito Nishii / English: Micah Solusod)

Timid Ame – named after the rainy day on which he was born – is the exact opposite of his big sister. He is a timid boy who worries his mother by crying himself to sleep every night. He shows little interest in exploring his wolf heritage, refusing to stray too far from the safety of Hana. Gentle and thoughtful, Ame feels more at home in the human world than in the wild.

 

 

 

Wolf Children releases on BD/DVD Combo and DVD on November 26th. Click here to order your copy today.