Bringing the FUN to Seattle’s Sakura-con!

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We’ve got TWO conventions this weekend, so we’re bringing DOUBLE the FUN! We’re going bi-coastal, even. Lauren, Tara, and Tim will be heading to Anime Boston, and Rojas flying to Sakura-Con in Seattle. Take a look below for all the info on what’s going down in the Emerald City.

 

Join us for our Official Happy Hour party at Sakura-Con! Click here for all the details on the event and how to get in. Be sure to RSVP on our now on Eventbrite listing!

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BOOTH INFO:

Be sure to stop by the FUNimation booth at Sakura-Con for all your anime needs. We’ll be giving away a FREE FUNimation lanyard with every purchase, while supplies last. Select purchases will also come with an autographed wrap, signed by your favorite voice actors! Just ask for more information at the booth.

 

 

FRIDAY

wanna be the worlds strongestWanna Be The Strongest In The World (West Coast Dub Premiere) – 1:15pm in the FUNimation Theater

 

series synopsis:

The eye-popping world of women’s professional wrestling is sweaty, sadistic, and savagely sexy. Famous Japanese pop idol Sakura Hagiwara is better suited for the dance floor than the wrestling ring, but this ravishing songstress is about to put her body to the ultimate test. When she and fellow idol Elena are assigned to pose as wrestlers for a very special show, a vicious lady brawler by the name of Rio decides to teach the girls a lesson they won’t soon forget. Rio unleashes a flurry of ferocious of attacks on Elena, contorting her divine female form into an array of very naughty positions. Shocked by the blush-inducing beating taken by her friend, Sakura vows to get her heavenly curves ready to rumble and redeem the good name of idols everywhere by becoming a bona fide diva of the pro-wrestling world!

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

yukichan keyFUNimation has acquired the rights for the romance, slice-of-life anime series–The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan!

 

Haruhi fans will be excited to know that Minori Chihara (Dragonaut’s Toa, Ikki Tousen’s Ekitoku Chouhi) and Tomokazu Sugita (Assassination Classroom’s Karasuma, Chobits’ Hideki Motosuwa) will reprise their roles as Yuki and Kyon…and perhaps there will even be a few other familiar voices, too!

 

Stay tuned to FUNimation’s social media channels and this blog for more information coming soon!

 

synopsis:

From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru. No true Haruhi devotee should miss The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

FUNimation Acquires Rights to Show By Rock!!

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We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for Studio Bones’ new super-cute nekomimi music anime, Show By Rock!! This series is all about music and features bands of cute animal-ear girls AND handsome animal-ear guys, covering all types of music— pop, visual kei rock, Japanese, and more, with something for all audiences. The Show By Rock!! franchise comes to you in conjunction with Sanrio (yes, THAT Sanrio), and it’s got lots of popular Japanese seiyuu voice actors with popular singing backgrounds, so you know it’s going to be adorable and fun!

 

Here’s a preview of the bands in Show By Rock!!

 

Plasmagica

Our protagonists, catgirl Cyan, bunnygirl ChuChu, doggirl Retoree and sheepgirl Moa, of Plasmagica

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTRESS PREVIOUS ROLES
Cyan Eri Inagawa
ChuChu Sumire Uesaka Fubuki (KanColle), Anastasia (Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls),
Sanae Dekomori (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions)
Retoree Manami Numakura Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster), Takao (Arpeggio of Blue Steel),
Yumi Iguchi (Shirobako)
Moa Ayane Sakura Nagato, Naka and Shimakaze (KanColle),
Haru Onodera (Nisekoi), Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)

 

 

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The ultra-cool Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz

 

Features Kishow Taniyama (Uta no Prince-sama’s Natsuki Shinomiya, Bakumatsu Rock’s Ryoma Sakamoto, Kuroko no Basket’s Tatsuya Himuro) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Crow!

 

Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

The lovely ladies of Japanese-inspired Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

Trichronika
The starry boyband Trichronika

Features Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose, Free!’s Rin Matsuoka, Death Parade’s Harada) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Shu Zo!

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And the anime-original ultra-cuties of Cristicrista!

 

Simulcast schedule will be announced soon, so stay tuned to FUNimation social media until then! Here’s the synopsis:

 

Musical merriment and cute creatures collide in this series from the dream team pairing Sanrio and Studio Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)!

Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…

 

Check out the Promotional Videos below!

 

 

English Cast Announcements for PING PONG THE ANIMATION and Wanna Be The Strongest In The World

Fresh from Anime Detour, we’ve got two English cast announcements for you today!

 

pingpongFirst up, we’ve got the critically-acclaimed PING PONG THE ANIMATION!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

Yutaka Hoshino/Peco – Aaron Dismuke
Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile – Micah Solusod
Jo Koizumi/Butterfly Joe – Mark Stoddard
Ryuichi Kazama/Dragon – Marcus D. Stimac
Manabu Sakuma/Demon- Anthony Bowling
Kong Wenge/China – Alan Chow
Ota – Tyson Rinehart
Masayuki Sanada – Ian Sinclair
Shuji Nekota – Clifford Chapin
Yurie – Lindsay Seidel
Egami – Eric Vale
Michio – Jeremy Inman

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
Lead ADR Engineer – Alyssa Galindo

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FUNimation Spring 2015 Simulcasts – Continuing Shows

Almost time for a new season to begin! I’m sure you’re all wondering if we’ll be able to top last season, but first, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way. Take a look below at our continuing simulcasts for Spring 2015.

 

a_classroom_key_0564Assassination Classroom

 

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!

 

You can catch new episodes of Assassination Classroom every Friday at 1:50pm ET on http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom. Don’t forget to watch our Broadcast Dub of the series, new episodes released every Wednesday at 8:00pm ET as part of our DubbleTalk block! Click here for more info about DubbleTalk.

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

 

synopsis:

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch new episodes of this popular hit series every Saturday at 10pm ET. You can catch it on http://funimation.com/one-piece or via http://onepieceofficial.com

 

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

 

synopsis:

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

New episodes available every Friday at 10pm ET on http://funimation.com/fairy-tail.

 

Which other shows will be joining our line up for Spring 2015? You’ll just have to wait to find out! But, you won’t have to wait long, maybe just long enough for a little Detour

 

 

Making a Stop at Anime Detour!

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All right, people. Convention season is picking up steam and our next stop is Anime Detour in Bloomington, MN! We heard they just got hit with another blast of winter, so hopefully some anime will help warm them up. Take a peek below at the rundown of panels, premieres, parties, and booth info!

 

FUNimation Panel Info:

 

Friday:

 

FUNimation Peep Show – 9:30pm in Plaza 2

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW.  Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds.

This is an 18+ panel, so be sure to bring your IDs with you.

 

Saturday:

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – 6:00pm in Edina Room

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – 7:30pm in Bloomington Room

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

hyperdimension neptunia keyFUNimation Premieres:

 

English Dub Premiere of Hyperdimension Neptunia on Friday at 8:45pm in Atrium 7.

 

On Saturday, March 28th Anime Detour will be showing advance screenings of Tokyo Ravens at 12:30 PM, and Nobunagun at 2:15 PM in Atrium 7.

 

On Sunday, March 29th Anime Detour will be showing an advance screening of D-Frag! at 12:30 PM in Atrium 7.

 

 

Not enough excitement for you? How about some….

 

FUNimation Room Parties!

 

Get ready to get down! FUNimation’s hosting a party at Anime Detour on Friday at 9:00pm in Room 202. We’re gonna rock the Detour party scene with all things FUN and AWESOME!

 

Can’t make it on Friday? Don’t worry, we’ll have a repeat of all the FUN on Saturday night at 7:00pm in Room 202.

 

Booth Info:

 

Ok, still not enough? Then stop by our booth in the Dealers Room. We’ve got what you want for your anime fix. Take a gander at our wide selection of titles, we guarantee you’ll find something you like. Plus, while supplies last, every purchase at our booth will get a FREE FUNimation lanyard as a gift. Just a little “Thank You” from us to you for being so frickin’ cool.

 

 

*Please note that times and locations are subject to change, be sure to check your programs when you arrive at the convention for final information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release Tuesday – Armitage Rumble!

What do Bryan Cranston, crazy school hijinks, Kiefer Sutherland, cyberpunk, sophomore crushes and curry all have in common? You’ll find all that and more in the newest additions to our Anime Classics and S.A.V.E collections! Check out the New Release Tuesday titles below to see!

 

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ARMITAGE III – Movie Collection

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Available Now! – Buy here on DVD

 

Finally, the original cyberpunk classic is available in one comprehensive collection. One of the first productions to enlist famous American actors such as Kiefer Sutherland [24], multiple award winner Bryan Cranston [Breaking Bad], and Juliette Lewis [Natural Born Killers], and created by a team of anime masterminds—including writers Akinori Endo [Battle Angel] and Chiaki Konaka [Serial Experiments: Lain, Hellsing]—Armitage III: The Complete Saga is a must-have for anime and sci-fi devotees.

 

Armitage is a brash cybernetic cop who sports a racy wardrobe and an attitude to match. Patrolling an unruly metropolis on Mars, she’s got a grudge against a society where androids are at the mercy of unsympathetic humans. In the original OVAs—also coalesced as the feature film Poly Matrix—Armitage risks everything to hunt down a vicious android killer and solve the secret to her existence. The sequel, Dual Matrix, finds her in an over-charged battle to save her loved ones from an obsessive doctor and his deadly Armitage replicas.

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VR Gaming with KOR-FX – Let’s Play Alien Isolation!

Here’s the long and short of it: I don’t play scary games. I’m a huge wimp and I know my limits, thank you very much. Yet, I keep getting called back to play those kinds of titles while wearing the KOR-FX Immersive Gaming Vest… and I keep agreeing. Why? Because despite my crushing wimpiness, I actually have a lot of fun with it.

 

When I was first asked to try out the vest, the team set me up to play the Silent Hills demo, P.T.

(THANKS, GUYS.) Playing the game was terrifying. Feeling the game was an entirely different beast, as evidenced by the image below.

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Hint: I’m the flailing creature on the left.

This time around,  I suited up to play Alien Isolation. Not exactly a “scary” game, but scary enough for me. I was thrown in at about the 40-minute mark and though I didn’t encounter a huge amount of actual Aliens at that point, I almost didn’t need to. The vest allowed me to experience a real level of tension that was both nerve-racking and exhilarating. Check out some of the highlights from my playthrough and see why my mom is so proud of me:

 

Some of you may be asking, “What is the KOR-FX vest?” so I’ve got a quick break-down for you:

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Battle of the Best – You Decide BEST GIRL!

In the spirit of bracket season, we’ve decided to hold two tournaments to decide Best Boy and Best Girl. As you might have predicted, Goku (Dragon Ball Z) won the title of Best Boy for the Battle of the Best. Now, it’s time for the girls to shine!

 

So, which girl do you think is best? Who’s your number 1 waifu? The most moe? The one that makes your heart doki-doki. Decide now with your votes!

 

Come back each day to vote for your number 1 so she makes it to the next round! She’s counting on you!

 

 

FUNimation’s Official Happy Hour – Sakura-Con

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Join us for our official 21+ happy hour event in Seattle, WA during Sakura-Con. Hang out with the FUNimation crew and friends for drinks just blocks away from the convention center. We’ll have awesome door prizes, and the first 60 people get a free drink on us, so get there early! RSVP now on Eventbrite.

 

You can also meet popular YouTubers SkyDoesMinecraft and Kristina Horner. After 9:00pm, there will be special guest appearances from anime voice actors such as Bryce Papenbrook (Eren – Attack on Titan, Kirito – Sword Art Online), David Vincent (Grimmjow – Bleach, Senketsu - Kill la Kill), Christopher Bevins (Japan – Hetalia, Fastener – Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), and Rachel Robinson (Fang – Final Fantasy XIII, Haruka – The Rolling Girls), as well as recording artist Kieran Strange.

 

FUNimation.com All-AccessPass subscribers will receive priority access and a free drink, as well as special gift bags (while supplies last). Please provide your FUNimation.com username or printout/screenshot of recent registration for verification. Click this link to become a FUNimation.com All-AccessPass subscriber today.

 

RSVP now on Eventbrite.

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6:30pm – 10:00pm
500 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323–9110