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  • 08Nov

    Guest Review: Eden of the East

    Title: Eden of the East Release Date: October 19th, 2010 Publisher: Funimation Entertainment Imagine you’ve just graduated college, and took a trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate. While snapping a photo of the White House, you encounter a naked man with gun, a cell phone, and no memories. Do you lend him your coat? Do you follow him back to Japan? Saki Morimi finds herself in this situation in the first episode of the anime Eden of the East, soon to be released from Funimation Entertainment. The naked man reveals himself (not like that) to be Akira Takizawa, a young man who lives in a shopping mall and may or may not be a terrorist. Eden of the East follows Takizawa’s increasingly-bizarre journey to find out who he is and why he voluntarily erased his memories. Takizawa’s cell phone is also a mystery, as it contains 10 billion yen and

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  • 07Mar

    FUNimation Acquires Baka and Test and Dance in the Vampire Bund

    FUNimation Entertainment has just acquired the licensing rights to “Baka and Test” and “Dance in the Vampire Bund.” On Friday, March 5th at 10:00 AM CST, they’ll be screening the first two episodes of Baka and Test along with the first four episodes of Dance in the Vampire Bund. Baka and Test is about an academy of students who can summon a miniature avatar version of themselves and battle. he students are grouped by skill level, and those in Class A are the brightest. Then there’s Akihisa Yoshii’s group – lowly Class F. They’re the worst on campus, and they’re about to take on the school’s best. Dance in the Vampire Bund, produced by Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Masahiro Sonada is about Mina Tepes, Queen of the Vampires, and her protector Akira Kaburagi who wishes to fufill his destiny by protecting those who wish to dethrone her. Both series will

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  • 05Jan

    Anime Apps for iPhone/ iPod Touch

    Appliya is teaming up with FUNimation Entertainment to bring anime games to the apps store. The first release is Fullmetal Alchemist: State Alchemy Exam. Based on the television series, this app has 130 physics and chemistry questions along with questions from the series. Players compete to earn the title of Alchemy Sage. Fullmetal Alchemist: State Alchemy Exam Features: Art taken directly from the series, including rarely seen concept art Each exam question has a time limit, so players will have to think fast 12 reward wallpapers specially designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch Certificates to mark your progress, and earn the title of “State Alchemist” Social networking integration that let you post your best scores and achievements to compete with other players for bragging rights, or share your progress with friends on Facebook or Twitter More questions will be added via updates to give players new challenges. Fullmetal Alchemist:

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  • 23Nov

    FUNimation blasts us with new announcements

    Today we received a flood of news from the FUNimation camp! Not sure if there was a con of the weekend or they just felt like sharing the good news. Either way…here we go! First up is the announcement of FUNimation earning the full rights to the 24 episode sci-fi action anime series, “Full Metal Panic!” and the 12 episode “Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu” sequel. The series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010 but you can catch it streaming on their website here in December. What is Full Metal Panic? Sousuke Sagara is a seventeen-year-old military specialist working for the secret organization MITHRIL and has been recently assigned to protect the latest “Whispered” candidate: Kaname Chidori. Sousuke will have to deal with enemies from his past as well some surprising characters. Unfortunately for Sousuke, the toughest part of his mission isn’t only protecting Miss Chidori but also

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  • 21Sep

    Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009

    This past weekend I was lucky enough to visit Anime Weekend Atlanta for a day and check out one of the largest anime conventions in the US. The convention took place from Sept 18 to 20th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria. We got there bright an early on Saturday morning. The weather was not very pleasant, so it was great that the hotel and galleria were connected to one another. No one wants to be walking around in cosplay outside in the rain. Doubly so if you are dressed as a Companion Cube! The first thing we did was check out the Dealers Room. As every good con-goer knows, the most popular items will go first and fast, so you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the rare find. There were a lot of great retailers there; FUNimation and Media Blasters had booths on

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  • 21Aug

    Review: Devil May Cry (Level 1)

    Volume 1 of 3 (contains 4 episodes) Release Date: 15/04/2009 Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime, Fantasy, Horror Runtime: 100.0 mins Those of you who have played the “Devil May Cry” games would most likely know the story behind this series. If you’re like me and haven’t touched any of them – read on. The main character in this series is Dante. He is packing some serious heat – in fact in the first episode he’d made quite a few demons resemble Swiss cheese by the 2 minute mark. However he isn’t just wielding 2 smoking barrels but a big, nasty, sharp sword as well. Dante is an assassin of sorts – he gets hired to fulfil certain jobs (for a fee) and each one varies. At one stage he gets hired to protect and accompany a little girl (named Patty) who is the heir to a fortune that her uncles and everyone

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  • 18Jul

    FUNimation makes Otakon announcements

    FUNimation is at Otakon anime convention and is releasing three announcements of new anime series. Casshern Sins is a 24 episode (first season) post-apocalyptic sci-fi series. Casshern tracks down Luna, a girl that is supposed to save mankind, and kills her. This cause events to start to end the world. Hundreds of years later, Casshern has no memory and is on a journey of self discovery and redemption. The series will start in fall 2010. FUNimation then announced that is owns the original masters for the entire Dragon Ball Z series including episodes and films. The first of seven Dragon Boxes will be available this fall. Box one has 42 episodes, uncut and on 6 discs. Dragon Box One will be our on November 10 for $79.98. FUNimation’s last announcement is that they have acquired the rights to the live action comedy movie, Daytime Drinking from StONEwork Film Production. Here

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  • 27May

    New FruBa Style on There.com

    If you are a fan of the popular Shoujo manga Fruits Basket, then odds are you have posters, t-shirts and tote bags you use in your day to day life. Well, thanks to a new partnership with There.com, FUNimation is now offering digital versions of popular items for your Avatar and its virtual home. Not only can you purchase digital versions, but you can also choose to visit FUNimation’s e-store and purchase real life versions as well. “We love that Fruits Basket can inspire There.com inhabitants to add a little flair to their avatars and profiles and create a vibrant, virtual world influenced by anime,” says Adam Zehner, Director of Acquisitions and Licensing at FUNimation Entertainment. “Virtual goods continue to be increase in popularity with our members,” said Michael Wilson, CEO of There.com. “We’re pleased to add FUNimation Entertainment to the growing list of partners that offer our members an

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  • 18May

    One Piece to be streamed following Japanese run

    FUNimation Entertainment announced that they will be broadcasting streams of the popular anime series, One Piece immediately following the Japanese television run. Starting May 30 at 9pm CDT, the first episode will be available and streaming on www.onepieceofficial.com. The episodes will be subtitled in English. ”This simulcast is a turning point for FUNimation, our One Piece partners and the U.S. anime industry,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “Thanks to our close partnership with Toei, Shueisha and Fuji Television, together we have effectively closed the longstanding gap between the Japanese broadcast and U.S. distribution of a series. As One Piece continues to be one of the top rated anime still in production, we can assure U.S. fans that new episodes of One Piece will not only make the voyage overseas, but will do it virtually instantaneously.”

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  • 25Dec

    FUNimation anime announces days 9-7

    We haven’t done a good job with FUNimation’s 10 day countdown. For each of the 10 days before the new year, FUNimation is announcing a new anime that they have acquired. Here are days 9-7: Day 9 FUNimation brings you mech action-adventure Gad Guard. “Many people have searched for it, many have stolen it, and many will kill for it. The Gad is a seemingly magical stone that, once making a strong spiritual connection with someone, will grow into a very powerful robot known as a Techode: a mechanical being that embodies the will of the bonded person. This is the story of Hajiki Sanada, a boy struggling to help support his fatherless family in an electricity-impoverished city known as Night Town. One day he encounters a Gad. Now his life will never be the same… “ The series will be released on DVD in 2009. Day 8 FUNimation announces

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