Funimation and Bigscreen bring over 30 animated films to VR
CITY OF CULVER – Funimation (a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television), a global provider of anime content, has partnered with Bigscreen, the virtual reality platform, to bring an ongoing roster of popular anime to the virtual reality audience of the platform. Virtual animation cinema launches with more than 30 films, from My Hero Academia: Two Heroes To The attack of the Titans, with additional new releases and popular titles added throughout the year. To kick off the launch, a special screening weekend is scheduled, starting May 1, with the fan favorite your name.
âAnime has never been so popular, and we’re excited to be working with Bigscreen to bring new releases and classics to their audiences,â commented Funimation CEO Colin Decker. âAnime has always been built around community and shared experiences. Enabling fans to connect through the magic of virtual reality is a natural expression of our commitment to connecting fans to art and culture. of Anime through innovative experiences.
The special live film screenings that begin on May 1 are a chance for viewers across the country to co-watch the film in virtual reality. The large screen supports an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers to watch live in groups of up to 8 people per movie theater. The films are broadcast live on a pay-per-view basis at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (9:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
In addition to live events, Bigscreen also offers an on-demand movie catalog of hundreds of 2D and 3D movies. After the screening in the virtual room, the films will be available on demand (VOD). A full list of upcoming screenings and schedules is available here.
âWe are delighted to partner with Funimation to host animated VR screenings,â added Darshan Shankar, CEO and Founder of Bigscreen. “Our unique platform allows people to hang out with anime fans around the world and watch their favorite anime together.”
In the virtual world of Bigscreen, users can customize their personal avatars, spend time in a virtual lobby, and chat with other moviegoers. The films are shown on screens inside virtual theaters, providing a social experience of watching films. Users can enjoy the movies on their own or invite up to seven friends to join them in a movie theater.
The big screen can be downloaded for free and works on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Valve Index, all SteamVR headsets, and all Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Upcoming animated events on the big screen: (Live movie events start at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. ET)
- May 1: your name
- May 8: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
- May 15: Akira
- May 21: The disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
- May 29: The girl who jumped in time
- June 5: The Sword of the Stranger
- June 12: I am a hero
Animated films available on VOD on the big screen:
- your name
- Planetary: Star storyteller
- Film The disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
- The girl who jumped in time
- Steins Gate Movie
- Witches strike movie
- Fairy Tail Dragon Cry Movie
- Fairy Tail the Movie: Priestess of the Phoenix
- Ghost in the Shell: the new movie
- Attack on Titan Part 1
- Attack on Titan Part 2
- Shin godzilla
- I am a hero
- Parasyte Part 1
- Parasyte Part 2
- My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
- The boy and the beast
- Badland Rumble Triguns
- Death Note: Light up the new world
- Death threat
- Death Note: The last name
- Psycho-Pass: the movie
- East Eden: air communication
- Eden of the East: King of Eden
- Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
- Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days
- Garo: Divine Flame
- Black Butler: Atlantic Book
- The Sword of the Stranger
- School Idol: Over the Rainbow movie