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That's right, now's your chance to win two amazing Hayao Miyazaki classics! Walt Disney Home Entertainment has just released a couple of my favorite Studio Ghibli films, My Neighborhood Totoro, and Howl's Moving Castle separately, as Blu-Ray and DVD combo packs. The best part of all this? They want to make sure one lucky Japanator reader gets a copy of both films!
I can't make a contest of this magnitude too easy for you, can I? So, since we're giving away both movies in both formats, we thought we might as well spread the contest across the glorious facets of the internet.
The rules are simple.
Leave a comment here on why you would want to be my neighbor.
Tweet to @Japanator Why Miyazaki's films move you.
Like us on Facebook, and tell us on our wall what anime this season is making you howl!
One winner will be chosen by the staff on June 10th, based on creativity, humor, and all around entertainment. You must complete all three steps to be eligible, and if we have some ties, I'll see what fun stuff I have laying around my closet to give away for second and third place. Unfortunately, this contest is for people residing in the continental United States, but feel free to show some support on social media for the heck of it if you're not Stateside.
How does the high definition release look? What are the awesome new extras? Keep your eyes on the site for my double review next week. Good luck!
In addition to our grand prize, the YuruYuri figure, we have some runner up gifts: DVDs and YuruYuri hand towels. We'll select five runner-ups.
For those who haven't tried out JManga or JManga7 yet, the sites are a legal way to read comics online. Backed by the major comics publishers in Japan, JManga and JManga7 give access to all sorts of titles, including ones not published in the US. JManga allows you to purchase individual titles, while JManga7 is more of a subscription service -- akin to Netflix Streaming or Hulu Plus.
So be sure to sign up today. The contest will run for one week, and will close on Friday, November 23rd, at midnight E.T. (GMT-5).
Since it's almost Halloween, we think it's about time we gave you guys another little treat. This time we have an awesome giveaway from our friends over at Boomslank.com. The Boomslank brothers kicked off their awesome T-shirt business by first designing lovely wallpapers, this then turned into some amazing graphic tees printed on soft American Apparel shirts.
Personally, I'm usually not a fan of non Uniqlo anime T's, but these are just amazing. Each shirt features a slick graphic, of completely original artwork. Also, each design is quite limited, so looking fresh is never a problem. They even started making some really adorable iPhone cases.
I'm sure you are wondering what sick, twisted task I'm going to put you through for these? Hit the jump for details.
Well, here we are! Today is the 31st of August, the day that Tales of Graces f hits stores across Europe, and we're about to give one of you a fantastic poster signed by none other than Hideo Baba himself. I gathered the Japanator staff in the darkest closet I could find and subjected them to episodes of Phi Brain until they agreed on a winner. It didn't take long at all, though it took them a while to gain their vision back. Oh, what we'll do for you guys!
Congratulations to mangaman74, you now have one more signed poster than you had this morning! We'll be in contact with you shortly, so keep an eye on your emails.
Many thanks to all those that took the time to enter, and thanks again to Namco Bandai UK for giving us the cool swag to give away. Keep your eyes peeled for more contests in the future folk, we just want to ply you with goodies!
[This contest has ended! Thanks for entering, and we'll reveal our winner shortly!]
On August 31st, the much anticipated Tales of Graces f will finally be available in Europe. I'm sure the RPG fans amongst us are waiting patiently, but we've got a contest that should keep you busy until then!
The lovely folk over at Namco Bandai UK have given us a fantastic prize to give away, and if you have read the title of this post or glanced down at the gallery, you will know what it is! Yes, it is in fact a signed Tales of Graces f poster! But the real question is, who is it signed by? None other than Hideo Baba, the producer of the game! How cool is that?
Entry is simple! All I want you to do is come up with a name for a new "Tales of" game, then explain to me in a short sentence or two what the shocking plot twist would be! Here's an example:
Tales of Football
The protagonist, a soccer prodigy, travels to the US to play professionally, only to discover American football is a different sport altogether.
And that's it! You have from now until 6pm GMT on the 30th to leave your entry as a comment on this post, where the rest of the Japanator wonder squad will pick their favourite. We will then reveal who our lucky winner is on the 31st, the day that Tales of Graces f is released. Be sure you have a Japanator account, as we want to make sure we can get in contact with you if you win! I'm afraid that the contest is open to UK residents only, and please don't spam entries (this contest wants quality, not quantity!). Good luck everyone!
That show brings up a lot of feelings for a lot of people. For some, it's a fond memory of those early days of anime -- staying up late to watch each episode of the show on Adult Swim. For others, it might bring up insipid hatred of half-assed cosplay.
And for some of you: it fuels the slash fiction that you still haven't stopped writing.
No matter what feeling FMA kindles, we've got something for you: we're pairing up with FUNimation for the release of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos to give away a copy of the movie, an entire set of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and a theatrical poster of the film signed by the cast.
What do you need to do? Post in the comments and tell us what memories you have of Fullmetal Alchemist. The contest will be over Saturday 5/19 at midnight E.T.
For the past week, we've been trying to find homes for two awesome DVD bundle packs containing all 12-episodes of both the X-Men and Iron Man Madhouse Studios animated series. As mentioned last Friday, the shows were directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) and Yuzo Sato (Gokusen) respectively, and written by Warren Ellis; making them a treat for both anime and comic book lovers alike.
Both series are scheduled to hit stores on April 24th, and two lucky people are guaranteed to have their copies safely delivered to their doorstep; courtesy of Sony and Marvel. We are happy to announce that our winners are:
A while back, Marvel got together with Madhouse Studios and Sony Entertainment to produce two 12-episode animated shows based on the internationally acclaimed comic books X-men and Iron Man. Both series, directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) and Yuzo Sato (Gokusen, Biohunter) respectively, were written by no other than Mr. Warren Ellis. They are scheduled to hit stores on April 24th.
We are happy to announce that we just got our hands on two kick-ass bundle packs featuring all 12-episodes of both shows. Both DVD bundles come equipped with English and Japanese audio channels, English subtitles, and a handful of special features --including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the shows, commentary by the series' creators, and an interview with Keiji Fujiwara, the voice of Tony Stark in Iron Man.
All you have to do to score yourself a copy of both shows is make sure that you have registered a Japanator account under a valid email address and post a comment below, we will choose two winners at random. If your Livefyre ID doesn't match your Japanator username, please include it in your comment. The contest is open to all registered readers in the US and Canada, and will close on Friday, April 20th at noon CST --enter today!
The time is now, people! MangaGamer have just released their newest H-game Magical Teacher: My Teacher's A Mage?, and gamers looking for the magic of love can now get "it" here.
There were, however, a handful of lucky community members hot enough for (magical) teacher to join in MangaGamer's big Magical Teacher giveaway last month! The force of their desire was powerful enough to win them a totally random draw from the hordes of entrants (there were a lot of you!) who joined the contest!
Congratulations to our winners:
Enjoy your lessons! MangaGamer will be contacting you with instructions on how to claim your copies soon.
For the past month or so we have been running a weekly feature through which we have been gradually introducing the amazing cast behind the English language version of Divina, Gamania Entertainment's latest free-to-play MMORPG. We have brought you exclusive video interviews with talented voice actors Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey, Michelle Ruff, and Vic Mignogna. It's been a really fun and informative ride.
We have been keeping an eye on your participation on Divina-related posts, and have randomly selected 10 lucky users to each receive a beautiful Divina poster autographed by English cast members. Our winners are:
Award-winning online game publisher Gamania Entertainment will be bringing the free-to-play fantasy MMORPG Divina to fans in North America. Featuring tons of quests, a colorful cast of characters, and an exciting PvP combat system, the game has been immensely popular with gamers from all across Asia.
The Japanese version of Divina featured performances by veteran voice actors Rie Tanaka (MSG Seed, Toradora!!) and Yui Horie (Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Cowboy Bebop). As a treat to North America fans, Gamania has also gathered an impressive array of actors to voice the localized version of the game. Here at Japanator we bring you an exclusive first look at the amazing cast --new video interviews will be posted weekly.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be holding a contest through which we will raffle 10 beautiful Divina posters autographed by English cast members. All you have to do to participate is submit a comment on any of our cast reveal blogs. The contest is open to all Japanator registered readers in the US and Canada.
This is our very last episode, winners will be announced tomorrow at noon CST --enter today!