A lot of people miss going to the movies. Going to your local cineplex, shopping for popcorn, and watching the latest blockbuster isn’t really possible right now, given the current pandemic. However, Funimation is teaming up with Bigscreen, a virtual reality company, to bring cinema back into your life.
Obviously, you won’t be able to physically visit the theater, but you can relax in a virtual reality theater to watch cartoons with like-minded people. Funimation and Bigscreen will offer live film screenings in the virtual environment, which you can see in the video below.
Virtual Cinema will launch with over 30 films on May 1 with Your Name. The virtual experience for live viewing will cost $ 4 and will start at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET, and Bigscreen supports an infinite number of concurrent viewers – live viewing.
Additionally, there is an on-demand catalog of 2D and 3D movies to watch – and after the virtual screening of the movies live, they will be available on demand. The big screen site will have additional news on upcoming releases.
“Anime has never been more popular and we are excited to be working with Bigscreen to bring new versions and classics to their audiences,” said Colin Decker, Managing Director of Funimation. “Anime 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 the art and culture of animates it through innovative experiences. “
On Bigscreen, you can customize personal avatars and find yourself in a virtual lobby, using voice chat. Users can also watch a movie with seven of their friends. Bigscreen is a free download and works on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Valve Index, all SteamVR headsets, and all Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Below you will find all the information about the upcoming releases for live events and VOD.
And speaking of things you should watch, consider tune in to GameSpot’s weekly TV series and the movie-focused podcast, You Should Be Watching. With new episodes airing every Wednesday, you can watch a video version of the podcast at GameSpot universe or listen to the audio versions on Spotify, Stapler, google play, and Apple podcasts.
Upcoming animated events on the big screen: (Live movie events start at 6:00 p.m. PT / 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