Mamoru Hosoda Q&A @ Animation is Film Festival

We were privileged enough to listen to a Q&A session of Hosoda-kantoku by Charles Solomon (LA Times, Animation Magazine, others) at the Animation is Film Festival! See the transcript of the session below:   The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Q: Why did you choose The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a novel which first […]

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Summer Anime Picks: Characters with Ice Powers

Cool Down This Summer With These Ice Cold Anime Characters The best anime can transport you to a new realm or era. When you’re simmering in sweat on the train or at the pool, you might dream of kicking back with heroes that sport ice powers—or practicing them yourself! To fuel your wishful thinking, check […]

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October 2018 Collector’s Movie Sets – Free! Movie Bundle and Mamoru Hosoda Movie Collection

It’s that time again—let’s check out some of the new limited edition releases coming to you soon from Funimation! This time, we have two new movie bundles in collector’s boxes up for pre-order for the month of October. Here’s your sneak peek of what special items and upgrades you’ll receive for the Free! Movie Bundle […]

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Learn to play Koi Koi, the Hanafuda game from Summer Wars!

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s hit movie Summer Wars, you’ll probably be familiar with the traditional Japanese game with hanafuda cards, Koi Koi,  that features heavily in the climax of the movie. But have you ever wondered how to play it? To commemorate the re-release of Summer Wars in our premium Hosoda Collection line (now with […]

A Look At MadHouse the Animation Studio

Since Overlord is coming out in less than a couple of weeks (November 8th) on Blu-ray and DVD, we wanted to take a brief look at the production studio behind the glorious action, Madhouse.   Madhouse has been behind some of the best-looking, most well-recieved, and most beloved anime to have come out: Death Note, […]

Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection release!

Last month, we announced that the beloved hit movie Summer Wars will be joining the Hosoda Collection, our premiere line of premium Blu-ray/DVD + Ultraviolet releases of the extraordinary films of director Mamoru Hosoda. Today, you can get a peek at what this release will look like—and a special preview excerpt of one of the interviews with the […]

Otakon 2016 Announcement – Summer Wars – The Hosoda Collection Release

Just announced at the Industry Panels of Otakon and AnimeFest is that the classic breakout film of Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars, is next in line in getting its own special Hosoda Collection release! You can pre-order this one-of-a-kind release starting on August 15th and own it on November 22nd!   Like all in the Hosoda […]

How To Get Your Family Into Watching Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu   With The Boy and the Beast out now (get your copy here!), one thing that we’ve heard a lot from fellow anime fans is how they’ve used director Mamoru Hosoda’s movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children to introduce their parents or family to anime. While […]

Funimation Acquires Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, In Time For Its 10th Anniversary!

With all of the news about the upcoming US theatrical run of The Boy and the Beast (starting March 4, tickets available now), there’s one major question that anime fans have been dying to know:   Are we going to license The Girl Who Leapt Through Time?   We are absolutely ecstatic to announce today […]

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 Lots of anime theatrical screenings sell out in advance, so don’t get caught at the theater ticketless—we strongly suggest buying […]


Advance Tickets on Sale February 5; English Dub Cast Revealed FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – January 19, 2016. Funimation® Entertainment announced today the theatrical date for the eagerly anticipated release of “The Boy and The Beast.”  The latest masterpiece from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda, “The Boy and The Beast” will open on March 4 and screen […]

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 […]

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.   “We’re excited to bring The Boy […]