The-O Network - Displaying items by tag: FUNimation

Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Movie World Premiere at Anime Expo 2017 stars

On July 3, 2017, Funimation hosted the world premiere of the live action movie, Tokyo Ghoul, from the hit manga at Anime Expo. Special guest appearances included lead actor Masataka Kubota who plays the role of Ken Kaneki, Director Kentarou Hagiwara, and Producer Tomohiro Nagae. The movie is set to release in Japanese theaters on July 29th, but Anime Expo fans had the exclusive chance to watch the movie before anyone else around the world.

Shin Godzilla (Movie) Review stars

From Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) comes Shin Godzilla, also known as Godzilla Resurgence here in the West. This is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho Co. Ltd and is a modern reboot of the Godzilla franchise that draws many classic elements from the original 1954 film. Already the highest grossing live action film in Japan for 2016, does it continue to build on the success of previous Toho Godzilla movies or is the new origin story a complete reboot like the Nolan Batman trilogy?

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Blu-ray/DVD) Review stars

Ever wonder what would happen if you were to give an undead zombie magical girl powers? Then wonder no more. Serving as the whimsical premise behind FUNimation's and Studio Deen's 2011 supernatural series, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? (lit. Is this a Zombie?), the anime tells the tale of a zombie high school student, by the name of Ayumu Aikawa, whom suddenly finds himself in the midst of unusual circumstances after he is mysterious murdered by a serial killer. He is revived by the deadpan necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe who moves in with him which is followed by a series of happenstances that threaten to interrupt Ayumu's "normal" life.

Guilty Crown (Blu-ray/DVD) Review stars

Originally aired on the famed Noitamina timeslot, Guilty Crown was easily considered to be one of the most hyped anime series in the Fall 2011 season. An action/adventure series set in a dystopian future, the technology in the world has advanced to a state where there are hand held computers and mechas, but there are still a plethora of issues. Years earlier a strain of virus called the Apocalypse Virus devastated much of the population. The government was able to step in and clean up the situation. All would seem well if it weren’t for the fact that there are obvious cases of military brutality against innocent people. Enter Shu Ouma, our young hero of the story. After meeting Inori and gaining use of the mysterious “King’s Power,” Shu holds the fate of the world in his hands.

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-ray/DVD) Review stars

Considering my lukewarm reception of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, I worked to keep an open mind for Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. When Jack Wall and Sam Hulick inspired music kicked in over images of nebulas during the intro, I felt a flutter of hope. However, as James Vega, voiced by Freddie Prince Jr., began rambling broadly about making tough decisions in words more suited for Blasto the Hanar Specter, the flutter was quashed, and I settled in for what was going to be a long ride. This movie contains spoilers for all three games, and it would be impossible to write a review without mentioning a few of them. Unlike most of T-Ono's reviews, if you don't want anything spoiled, I'd recommend leaving at this point. For everyone else, let's see what calibrations could have been made to Mass Effect: Paragon Lost.

Shangri-La (DVD) Review stars

From the creative minds behind Last Exile comes a new animation centered around the struggles of citizens of a futuristic Japan that is slowly being engulfed by an out of control forest. Shangri-La was released by FUNimation Entertainment on August 21, 2012 as a two part limited edition set. The series was previously simulcasted on streaming sites such as Crunchyroll. Director Makoto Bessho, writer Hiroshi Omogi, and character designer Range Murata all contributed to this sci-fi animation.

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (BD/DVD) Review stars

At first glance, Production I.G.'s first 3D production, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, is easy to dismiss as a wannabe Studio Ghibli film that tries to be the next Spirited Away and Laputa. Using an almost paint-by-numbers approach to family films, all of your basic ingredients are present including a spunky teenage female lead named Haruka, cute dancing critters, and fantastical hullabaloo that might have some anime and cinema fans rejecting it right out of the box. However, to do so would discredit what makes Japanese storytelling so great: somewhere in the midst of the film's exotic setting, predictable plot, and dancing dolls is a film filled with a lot of heart.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - Complete Series (DVD) Review stars

We all remember the innocent and cute Powerpuff Girls and Puffy Ami Yumi. Ok, now take those two shows and add them to a blender, then add a little Invader Zim and a lot of vulgar language, a few adult toys, and a lot of panties. Just for extra measure, add a few pounds of sugar, and mix well. What do you get with this crazy mixture‌. Well, it would be the new Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, a thirteen episode plus one series made by Gainax Studios and brought to us by our friends at FUNimation.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon


Over the weekend, FUNimation announced a huge number of acquisitions including the rights to distribute AICSPIRITS' Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, Fairy Tail Season 2, Fairy Tail the Movie, Aquarion Evol, the classic cult science fiction film Akira, One Peace Season 5,  and the One Piece Film at Otakon 2012.

Fairy Tail Part Three (Blu-Ray / DVD) Review stars

Packed with magic, destruction, comedy, and epic battles galore, Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail has been a series that I personally have followed closely ever since I read the first chapter of the manga. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that the animated series, which has over 120 episodes aired in Japan, was being licensed and released in North America. Fairy Tail Part Three was released for English speaking audiences by the lovely folks at FUNimation earlier this year.

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