Strike Witches seems to be a phenomenon that’s hitting America by storm. “How so?” you may ask. The group Improv Everywhere conducts worldwide missions to cause scenes of chaos and joy in public places. In their latest attempt, over 3,000 participants in New York, not including additional people from 43 other cities around the world in 16 countries, went pantless while using various forms of public transportation. See videos and more after the jump.
During the annual occurrences labeled as “No Pants Rides”, participants publicly display their drawers while riding on subways, trains, rails, etc. and some just congregating in public places for some good ol’ no pants time. The key is to behave like everything is normal – or have improptu dance battles.
Of course, this all must have been inspired by our 2010 Strike Witches campaign to win the war on pants (even if the no pants rides started 9 years ago). If you’re not familiar with what I mean, then you’ll have to watch the trailer for the series.
I like Japanator‘s comment about the trailer, “If you do not laugh, you have no soul.”
I hope everyone here has souls. If you don’t, maybe you need to go on some quest to attain one by traveling to a distant land, while meeting colorful characters along the way. And through your travels with your companions, you realize you’ve had a soul the whole time. Then, and only then, come back and watch the Strike Witches trailer.
Win the Linebarrels of Iron DVD set, along with seven Linebarrels of Iron mousepads signed by voice actress Alexis Tipton (Emi Kizaki).
Anime News Network is giving away seven sets for you to take home. Sorry, Alexis is not included, just her autograph. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/contest/2010-01-04/linebarrels-of-iron-give-away
And speaking of ANN, here’s what Zac said via Twitter.
ANNZac: ANNCast: our guests are FUNimation’s Adam Sheehan and Lance Heiskell; tweet in your questions or email ’em to zac at animenewsnetwork.com!
So you got questions? Maybe you’ll get answers. And all “Is FUNimation going to get [insert title here]?” questions will not be answered, so don’t waste your and Zac’s time.
We’ve teamed with Namco Cybertainment Inc., one of the largest amusement game operators in the U.S. and Caribbean, to bring the Z-fighters to more than 780 amusement centers around the country.
You can already find some of these crane games around the country containing figures of the DBZ gang. Think this is just an antiquated UFO catcher you played as a kid with subpar stuff animals? Then you’re wrong. The Dragon Ball Z figure crane game will offer an entirely new experience for those who are familiar with the old crane concept. Now you can put your true crane skills to the test.
Instead of directing a crane claw to a random and, hopefully, substantial grip on a desired prize, crane players are able to utilize their skills to line up the claw fingers with one or more of the eight holes in the custom figure packaging for a precise hook on their favorite Dragon Ball Z figures. You can see some examples on the side of the page. Here’s what the containers look like.
There are 8 collectible characters in this first series:
Of course, it’s a limited quantity so you’d better win your favorite character before someone else does.
And it’s the standard $.50 to $1.00 per play.
These collector edition figure prizes are designed and manufactured by Banpresto Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and cannot be found in retail stores. Want one? Then you’ll have to win one. Find the closest game near you using this locator: http://blipstar.com/namcoarcade.jsp
If you’ve already won one of these awesome figures, I wanna see a picture of it, so post a link to the image in your comment.
If you’re like me, you probably prefer watching your anime on your big screen TV. That can be a problem when you want to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and don’t have a nice laptop/TV setup.
But what if you do have an Xbox 360? I’ve got news for you – FMA: Brotherhood (sub) is now available for DTO on Xbox Live for your viewing pleasure. FUNimation is the first anime company to deliver a linear show every week straight from Japan to a major digital vendor. Why do we do it? Because you want it. Now go enjoy that TV – you paid a whole lot for it.
Don’t forget to check out the Anime Summer Staycation Sale going on right now on Xbox Live. Right now we’ve got shows like Last Exile and Samurai 7 available at 33% off regular price. Top titles, low prices, all summer long.
Our friends over at Ki Anime Community just put up an interview they had with FUNimation’s Cherami Leigh. A few of her larger roles include Ghost Hunt’s Mai Taniyama, Peach Girl’s Sae Kashiwagi, and Primula in Shuffle!.
Check it out and tell us if you’re a fan of hers.
UPDATE: Shuffle! Panties Winner – Jaime Collins
He is our random winner for the lottery! Congratulations on getting yourself a pair of panties and the Shuffle! Complete Series Box Set. I will be contacting you via facebook, so be sure to check you messages. Sorry for the delayed announcement. Thanks to all of our fans and everyone who participated.
A fan recently posted on the AoD forums about what he decided to do with his Shuffle! pack-in promotional item. If you remember a little while ago, we released the Shuffle! ender box with a pair of “GOD” panties as featured in the show.
Mr. CrazyCanuck of AoD gave his pair to a close friend who just happens to work at a “gentlemen’s club.”
He said, “They will be worn, and displayed, in a manor and with a frequency appropriate to the show they come from.”
I just want to say thanks for promoting our shows in a place I never thought possible. That’s quite the uhh… achievement? Interesting if nothing else… Go to his post for an image link to thecurrent bearer of the panties (potential NSFW). FYI, they’re on backwards. 😳
Did you get your pair of panties from the Shuffle! box? No? Want a pair?
I’ll do a lottery from everyone who commented and one lucky winner will get Shuffle!: The Complete Series Box Set wearing a pair of the ‘GOD’ panties. Remember, you can’t win if you’re not a fan. I will announce the winner on Friday. Good Luck! 😀
Say you’re about halfway into watching your favorite anime. Certain circumstances will typically result in a trip to particular locations. “Where might that be?” you may ask. Of course the characters end up at the hot springs. As any anime fan knows, the hot springs episode provides the chance for a series to provide gratuitous fan service. Either that or the lower budget instance where plumbing fails and the characters HAVE to go to a bath house.
Take the voluptuous figures from the character designer of Witchblade and Love Hina, then stick them in a Hot Springs and you’ve got Dragonaut episode 7. Has this piqued your interest? Well then… go to FUNimation.com’s Download-to-Own section and get the subtitled episode NOW!!! At work and can’t watch it now? Then watch it when you get home from the comfort of your dark, maybe slightly damp room. Don’t forget to lock the door.
What’s your favorite hot springs episode? Bath house episodes included, but we’re not counting its close cousin – the Beach Episode.
It’s going to be a week of Dragon Ball Z releases. For those of you collecting the DBZ Season Sets, now’s the time to pick up the 9th and final season. Also we’ve got Movies 12 & 13: Fusion Reborn & Wrath of the Dragon in the DVD steelbook set and Blu-ray. To promote the collector in you, I’m including a picture of all 9 seasons from one of our DBZ display cases. Isn’t it purty?
And here are the mocks for Movies 12 & 13 DVD Steelbook and Blu-ray.
But wait, there’s more!Continue Clare’s journey with Claymore – Volume 5, also available this Tuesday.
As promised, I did a little vlog to showcase some of the new FUNimation licensed merchandise. As with the last video, this was done with a one-man team, and I tried to have a little fun with it. Let me know what you think – suggestions, comments? Maybe you guys would prefer to just have up close shots similar to our “Hey! Nice Package!” segments and forget the poor attempts at humor? I will point out that I need to work of the variation in my voice… I’m pretty monotone naturally. Wah… wah…
Anyway, that’s that. I’ll try to cover more of our merchandise over time, including some backlogged items where applicable. Our merch needs love and I like to watch pop-up video, so more of these to come soon.
Here are the items included in the video.