Something Weird is Coming…

a_classroom_key_0564Something weird is coming this winter! We’ve been rolling out some fun little teasers for our announcement today, but now it’s time for the real deal–FUNimation has acquired the rights for the highly anticipated Assassination Classroom!

 

Assassination Classroom will be joining our FUNimation Winter 2015 Simulcast Season! First episode will be available on January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Assassination Classroom? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Please visit http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom for more information about the series.

 

synopsis:

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

 

What do you think of our first announcement? Stay tuned for more!

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Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

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Have you visited the front page of Anime News Network today? If you have then you might have noticed something… interesting. In the upper left corner we included the box art for the Nobunagun release. A few fans were quick to notice, so if you were one of them–good job!

 

Now, fans have had a few questions about the release, especially concerning Blu-ray rights, so we’ll clear those up for you now. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available for pre-order on our site yet, but we’ll let everyone know as soon as it is. Please note that the box art for this release is not final yet and is subject to change.

 

Are you excited about the release of Nobunagun on Blu-ray and DVD? If you haven’t heard of this show before, take a look below at the synopsis:

 

Nobunagun Key Artsynopsis:

 

History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

 

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

 

Nobunagun streamed on our site as part of our Winter 2014 simulcast season. Click here to watch subtitled episodes now!

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: How Will You Watch?

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop finally came out on Blu-ray in North America yesterday—if you haven’t ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? Get it here — now! 

 

For those of you who have received or are waiting for your copy, we’re curious about when and how you plan to sit down and watch one of anime’s biggest classics in gorgeous high-definition! So we’ve worked out a little questionnaire for you…or you could just share your plans by posting to social media using the hashtag #BebopJam, of course!

 

 

 

Let’s Play – KOR-FX Immersive Gaming Vest – P.T., Destiny and Ultra Street Fighter IV

 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, our sister company immerz is thrilled to announce that the KOR-FX Immersive Gaming Vest is now available to buy worldwide! We got a couple of the vests in the office and we just had to take them for a spin. Check out the video above!

 

Visit http://KORFX.com to get one of these vests for yourself and take your gaming to the next level! It’s the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life.

 

KOR-FX vests are wireless and come with a dongle that works with any standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack audio source.

 

So, what game are you going to play with a KOR-FX vest?

 

 

 

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New Release Tuesday: A Certain Magical Bebop

The countdown to Cowboy Bebop is finally over, because the series’ North American HD Blu-ray release is officially here! Think the day couldn’t get any better? You can now make a new addition to your A Certain Magical Index collection, as well!

 

New Release Lineup:

 

Cowboy Bebop

COWBOY BEBOP – HD

The Exclusive Editions are already sold out, but we still have two Standard Editions that you can get your hands on!

 

Blu-ray (HD) – Available Now!

 

DVD – Available Now!

 

synopsis

Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form. The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

 

 

 

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A Certain Magical Index – Season II   Part 2

 

Blu-ray & DVD Combo – Available Now!

 

synopsis

Toma and Index are back in an action-packed season that brings back the characters you love while introducing a host of new spell-wielding allies and enemies. Protecting Index has never been easy, but when several groups begin to fight over sacred magical relics, keeping the nun safe becomes downright impossible in the city where science and the supernatural go hand-in-hand.

 

 

 

 

What are you waiting for? Head over to the FUNimation Shop and bring home both of these great shows today!

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: More of Your Responses

 

We’ve got some more fun planned for you guys, but we wanted to take a moment to spotlight two special responses from fans:

 

emi

 

Emi has actually maintained a Cowboy Bebop fan page since 1999, with story, character, and episode information. That’s older than some of our fans! Thank you for sharing, Emi!

 

brandon

 

 

Brandon manages to squeeze in the most special things about Cowboy Bebop in one paragraph…though of course, we could go on for hours! Thanks, Brandon, for loving Cowboy Bebop and sharing your thoughts. (Good luck on your finals!)

 

Stay tuned for more Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions fun this week–and if you haven’t done so already, share your thoughts on your favorite social site using the hashtag #BebopJam, see everyone else’s contribution at funimation.com/bebopjam, AND make sure to buy your copy of the anime classic on Blu-ray!

 

 

Unbreakable Machine Doll English Cast Announcement

Unbreakable Machine-DollPre-orders for Unbreakable Machine Doll are now available! Take home the complete series on March 3rd on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

 

series synopsis:

 

From the Director of Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin!

 

Raishin Akabane and his beautiful companion Yaya enroll at Walpurgis Royal Academy to study Machinart: a dangerous blend of magic and technology. Raishin is a puppeteer capable of using magic to power up Yaya, his automaton, for ruthless battles no mere human could survive. In the wrong hands, Yaya is a deadly weapon, but the honorable Raishin, despite his mysterious quest for vengeance, takes no pleasure in killing for sport. Instead, he joins forces with a harem of gorgeous classmates to unmask those responsible for a rash of heinous human experimentation. If new enemies and terrible grades don’t spell doom for Raishin, he and Yaya might live long enough to conquer the school where magic meets machine!

 

This series will be released in both a Standard and Limited Edition

 

The Standard Edition will contain:

- All 12 Episodes
- Over 50 minutes of extras, including:
* 6 never-before-seen OVAS
* Episode 1 & 2 Commentary
* Promotional Videos & Commercials
* Textless Songs
* Trailers

 

The Limited Edition will contain all of the above plus:

- An exclusively titillating art booklet
- A collectible rigid art box

 

Check out the beauty shot below! Click here to order your copy today!

 

 

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Now, all you Unbreakable Machine Doll fans are probably curious to know who’ll be voicing your favorite puppeteers and automatons. Well, wonder no more! Just take a look below for the English cast for Unbreakable Machine Doll.

 

CHARACTER ACTOR
RAISHIN Clifford Chapin
YAYA Bryn Apprill
CHARLOTTE Kristin Sutton
FREY Lindsay Seidel
LOKI Chris Burnett
SIGMUND David Wald
KIMBERLEY Kristin McCollum
MAGNUS Ricco Fajardo
SHOKO Clarine Harp
IRORI Alexis Tipton
KOMURASAKI Lara Woodhull
LISETTE Jad Saxton
FELIX Ian Sinclair
BRONSON Brandon Potter
HENRIETTE Monica Rial
HEADMASTER RUTHERFORD Charlie Campbell
CRUEL Christopher Bevins
CEDRIC Carli Mosier
SHIN Vic Mignogna
CHERUBIM Andrew T. Chandler

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
ADR Engineer – Kenneth Thompson
Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard
Translators – Sarah Alys Lindholm, Nora Stevens Heath

 

Here’s your first look at the English Dub trailer!

 

 

GROUP 1200 MEDIA OPENS THEATRICAL DIVISION BASED IN NEW YORK CITY

Flower Mound, TX (December 15, 2014) – Group 1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products announced today the company has opened a theatrical division based in New York City. The New York office is the latest addition to the fully integrated  Texas based anime and filmed entertainment studio.

Spearheading the division will be David Wengrod, Vice President of Theatrical Events and Distribution. Wengrod was formally Vice President of Alternative Entertainment Programming at Screenvision for over 7 years. He developed and oversaw the division since its inception in August 2007. Prior to his time at Screenvision, Wengrod was employed at Cablevision where he helped to launch their pay-per-view department and American Movie Classics.

Group 1200 and Screenvision had previously partnered on the highly successful theatrical event Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods in August of 2014.

“After having worked in partnership with G1200, I’m excited about becoming part of the team and bringing new programs to movie theaters” said Mr. Wengrod.
Working with Wengrod will be Sean Bednarz as Director of Theatrical Events and Distribution. With over 14 years of experience in the theatrical exhibition industry holding various titles, Sean has spent the last year as Manager of Alternative Content at Screenvision.

“With its rich history of delivering premium anime content, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Group 1200 Media.  Building off the success of this year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, I look forward to representing their content and bringing it to fans to experience on the big screen” said Bednarz.

“We’re excited to add the unique and dynamic talents of David and Sean to our team.  Together, we will bring our extensive library of content and future new releases to our fans on big screens across the country.  We look forward to building our theatrical department and delivering on our promise to create compelling experiences for our fans” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of Group 1200 Media.

About Group 1200 Media
Group 1200 Media is a fully integrated next-generation independent entertainment studio. G1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products (GameSamba and Immerz), is a market leader in the acquisition, creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of our wide-ranging Anime, TV and Movie slate. The studio uses our portfolio of brands to differentiate genres and unique audiences with curated content, services and consumer products. Our content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and digital home entertainment, pay and free television subscription on-demand services.
Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com

In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Akane Tomonaga

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at the final part of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Akane Tomonaga, the Japanese voice of Yui Furukawa.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: For this show, I didn’t know where the story was going while we were recording. I went into every recording session with a fresh sense of wonder, thinking, “Wow! So, this is how the story unfolds!” Of course, there are times when I like to know how the story ends and structure my performance accordingly. And I was especially dying of curiosity to know how this series ended. But it was precisely because I didn’t know that I was able to read each script with a fresh outlook and it made the recording sessions fun.

 

Q: For some of you, the roles you’re playing for In Search of the Lost Future are quite different from your previous ones, both in terms of personality and even vocal pitch. How do you prepare for a new role, and is it difficult to switch between projects?

 

A: I look at the art for the character and imagine, “For this girl, maybe her voice would sound like this and she would talk like this,” and rehearse to match the script and the art. And then, in the studio, I try giving my performance of the character the way I’ve conceptualized her. If I get the OK, I go with it and if it’s not quite right, then I make adjustments on the spot. So, I don’t think it’s difficult to switch between projects.

 

Q: As English-speaking fans of your work, we’re curious if any of you have seen an English dub of an anime, especially one with a character you voiced in Japanese. Have you seen any, and if so, which?

 

A: I’m sad to say I’ve never seen any. I’d love to get the chance!

 

Q: Do any of you have experience playing visual novels (particularly the original In Search of the Lost Future)? If so, what was your favorite?

 

A: I’m not really sure what defines a game as a visual novel, but I like to play video games. Regrettably, I’ve never played the game that this show is based on. But lately, my favorite game is “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate”, though that’s not a visual novel, is it? I like the so-called “otome game (girls’ games)” genre and I play those games often, of which my latest top pick is “Ayakashi Gohan (Mystical Meals)”! I voice one of the characters in it, but even without that fact, the story is really wonderful and I love it!

 

Q: In America, voice actors often record lines individually, while in Japan, multiple voice actors might record in the same room together. Does interacting with other voice actors ever affect your performance, e.g. do you ever change your delivery or ad lib based on how you interact with the other voice actors?

 

A: Naturally, hearing the performances of my fellow cast members tends to bring out a different performance from me than what I’d rehearsed on my own. What they do can spur me to feel different emotions, which leads to shifts in my performance. I think it’s those “emotional changes” that make it so fun to record together.

 

That concludes our 3 part interview series! Special thanks to all the fans who submitted their questions for the Japanese voice cast, and to our translation team, and our licensor for facilitating these interviews! We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the seiyuu and the characters of the show. Click this link to see the previous interviews in this series.

 

New episodes of In Search of the Lost Future air every Saturday at 12:30pm ET. Click here for episodes.

 

series synopsis:

A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her. The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Hatsumi Takada

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at part 2 of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Hatsumi Takada, the Japanese voice of Kaori Sasaki.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: Towards the beginning, I went into the recording sessions with absolutely no idea of where the story was going. Several episodes in, I was given a rough idea of how things would end, but I purposefully refrained from asking for any details. I do like to know as much as possible about how a story ends, but depending on the role I’m playing, I also sometimes feel that I’d like to stay in the dark, so that I can be in the same frame of mind as my character. Kaori, my character on this show, was just such a case, so I played her with my heart in my mouth every session, wondering what was to come.

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