Funimation and Bigscreen anime movie VR

Funimation partners with Bigscreen to present anime movies in VR starting May 1, 2020

With movie theatres closed because of stay home orders put in place by government officials, Funimation and Bigscreen are working together to bring a night out at the movies home.

Watch a selection of anime movies licensed by Funimation with fellow anime fans using a virtual reality (VR) headset designed to emulate a modern cinema, complete with customizable avatars to fill the digital seats. It’s about as close to Sword Art Online as it gets!

Supported headsets include Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, Oculus Go, Valve Index, Steam VR, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality. Support for PlayStation VR is expected later in the year.

Funimation also shared some of the titles and dates of when to catch these films virtually. Films are available in both Japanese with English subtitles, or dubbed in English.

  • Your Name. showing on May 1st – 3rd, 2020
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes showing on May 8th – 10th, 2020
  • Akira showing on May 15th – 17th, 2020
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time showing on May 21st – 24, 2020
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya showing on May 29th – 31st, 2020

Prices vary, starting at $3.99 USD for classic films, going up to $5.99 USD for newer movies, and $14.99 USD for the latest titles.

This event is limited to residents in the United States; no word if other countries would be able to participate in these showings.

Source: Funimation

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