Bigscreen’s Funimation Partnership Brings Akira And Anime Movies To Virtual Reality

Bigscreen is partnering with Sony Pictures division Funimation to bring a library of animated movies to its VR-based movie rental service.

This means Akira, Your Name, and My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will be available to rent on a pay-per-view basis in VR as more than 30 movies are added to Bigscreen’s library.

In December, Bigscreen launched a movie service with Paramount Pictures with regular showings just like in a real movie theater. This week, however, the company revamped the offering to move to more on-demand rentals anytime, and the occasional one-time special event like a new movie premiere.

The Funimation partnership kicks off May 1 with a screening of Your Name at 6:00 p.m. Pacific for around $4 per entry. On May 8, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen, followed by Akira on May 15, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya on May 21, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time on May 29, Sword of the Stranger on June 5, and I Am A Heroes June 12. Films will be added to the on-demand rental library within a week of the screening.

According to Bigscreen, you can watch the films alone or invite up to seven friends to join them in a cinema, but each person pays their own admission fee. Bigscreen is a free download on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Valve Index, and Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

You can find Bigscreen download links for different stores here and buy tickets for upcoming movies here.

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