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Conventions 2016 – Heading to Anime Central!

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Hey Illinois, we’re heading your way for more than just the deep dish pizza — our crew is hitting the road for Anime Central! Here’s what Justin, LaurenTara, and Alex have planned for the weekend:




Funimation Favorites | Friday May 20th | 9:00p – 10:00p
Join Funimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave and you could win a prize!

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday May 21st | 12:30p – 2:00p
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!


Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Saturday May 21st | 10:00p – 11:30p
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join hosts Cookie Stratford and Kiki Raven for some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!) 

All panels will take place in Panel Room 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center




Stop by the booth to say hi and get some great deals on your favorite new and classic titles, plus a little extra to sweeten the deal:

- Autographed Gifts with Purchase
- Free Lanyard with Purchase
- Pin Draw Promotion.  Levels are:

  • 1 for $75 spent
  • 2 for $125 spent
  • 3 for $175 spent
  • 4 for $200 spent






The Heroic Legend of Arslan



Uncut and Uncensored Dub Premiere | Friday, May 20th | 6:30pm | Panel Room 9 – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center





In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.



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HD Home Video Premiere  | Saturday, May 21st | 6:30pm | Panel Room 9 – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center





What’s the best way to eat dessert? Do twins really have a psychic connection? What kind of guys are into moe girls?
These are the kinds of questions that float through the inquisitive mind of anime super-fan Konata Izumi. When she’s not lost in her favorite manga or logging hours in one of her online games, she’s debating the mysteries of the universe with the best friends a girl could ask for.
And while they might not share Konata’s refined eye for anime tropes and trivia, she doesn’t hold it against them. After all, Miyuki Takara is a precious moe dream girl, and twin sisters Tsukasa and Kagami are always there when she needs a helping hand or a notebook to copy homework from (even if Kagami insists on being totally tsundere about it). At the end of the day, Konata could look far and wide, but she’d never find a better group of girls to get her through the horrors of high school!



Hosoda Double Feature: The Boy and the Beast & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

HD Home Video Premiere  | Sunday, May 22nd | 11:00am | Rosemont Ballroom – Hyatt Regency O’Hare



The Boy and The Beast Synopsis:

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer WarsWolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Synopsis:

After waking up late, flunking her pop quiz, embarrassing herself on numerous occasions, and starting a fire in her home economics class, high school student Makoto Konno figures she’s just having one of those days. And just when she thinks she’s made it through, the brakes on her bike malfunction putting her on a collision course with a speeding train. The life-ending accident would have been the perfect end to the worst day ever, but the strangest thing happens—she leaps backwards in time.


After unlocking her new ability, Makoto does what any teenager would do. She re-takes tests, corrects embarrassing situations, and sleeps in as late as she wants, never thinking that her carefree time traveling could have a negative effect on the people she cares about. By the time she realizes the damage she’s done, she only has a few leaps left to make things right.



See you there!


Time To Celebrate – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on!


Inko Midoriya

Deku’s Mom – My Hero Academia


Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.

My Hero Academia Mom



Sanae Furukawa

Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad


Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!





Nami’s Adoptive Mom – One Piece


After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.





Gray and Lyon’s Adoptive Mom (and Ultear’s Real) Mom – Fairy Tail


At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.



Erina Pendleton

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency


The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…




Yuki and Ame’s Mom – Wolf Children


Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.



Sachiko Fujinuma

Satoru Fujinuma’s Mom – ERASED


This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.



Izumi Curtis

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s Adoptive Mom – Fullmetal Alchemist


Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.



Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Bulma

Dragon Ball Z


It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.



Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!


My Hero Academia Class

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Although the school semester is finishing, we’re starting our own My Hero Academia class. To kick things off, we’ll be learning how to become a hero starting with getting our own bodies into shape for International Health and Wellness Week!



This week, the employees of Funimation will be getting out of their chairs and doing fitness challenges, and we invite you to join us. Cheer on the Funimation family as they participate in pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more! And we want to see you get involved too! We’ll be doing giveaways to people that show off their own skills over social media. The schedule for the week is as follows:


  • Monday (5/2) – Dragon Ball Throw – How far can you throw a Dragon Ball (stone throw competition)
  • Tuesday (5/3) – Push-up/Pull-up Competitions
  • Wednesday (5/4) – Hula-Hoop Contest
  • Thursday (5/5) – Lunge Competition and Jump Rope Fun (non-competition) – Lunge walk around the building the longest
  • Friday (5/6) – Hero Walk – 1 km walk during the day while cosplaying favorite superhero or wearing hero gear



After this week, we’ll post a new hero theme/challenge each month. The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.


Creatively figure out how to demonstrate that theme and complete this challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!


Time To Celebrate – National Superhero Day!

Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!

“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.



My Hero Academia


We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!


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One Punch Man


Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.




009 Re:Cyborg


Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.




Tiger and Bunny


One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!




Dragon Ball Z


To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).




Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!


Project Itoh: Explaining ‘The Empire of Corpses’, ‘Harmony’, and ‘Genocidal Organ’

The Empire of Corpses‘, ‘Harmony‘, and ‘Genocidal Organ’ are a trio of works by the late Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Itōunder the pseudonym ’Project Itoh’.   The novels have been (or are in the process of being) adapted into films. While Funimation announced the licenses to all three films and we often refer to them together, they are stand-alone works rather than a true trilogy! It can get a bit complicated, so we wanted to provide a little background for anyone new to world of Project Itoh!


  • Satoshi Itō (Project Itoh) (Oct. 14, 1974 – March 20, 2009)

During his career as a web designer, he wrote a novel called Genocidal Organ and was nominated to Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2007.   However, Itoh had been diagnosed, and dealing, with recurrent cancer since 2001 and hospitalized frequently for treatment. Itoh continued to write novels during his last several years, including Harmony and The Empire of Corpses, and passed away on March 20, 2009. Later on in 2012, Toh Enjoe, a fellow award-winning science fiction writer who had often appeared with Itoh at conventions and in interviews, announced at a press conference that he would complete Itoh’s unfinished novel The Empire of Corpses.  Later, Noitamina adapted Project Itoh’s three novels into animated feature films. All three films were directed and produced by different directors and studios.


This film was released in Japan back in October 2015 and was the first film adaptation of Project Itoh’s works, animated and produced by WIT Studio (Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign).  It is based on the award-winning novel by Project Itoh and completed by Toh Enjoe. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 44th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2013 and the Special Award at Nihon SF Taisho Awards in 2012.



This film was released in Japan in November 2015 and was the second film adaptation of Project Itoh’s novels, animated and produced by Studio 4°C (Berserk: The Golden Arc series and Thundercats [TV 2011]). The film is based on by Project Itoh’s Philip K. Dick award-winning novel. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 40th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2009 and the Nihon SF Taisho Award  in 2009.



  • Genocidal Organ

The film has yet to release in Japan. The studio originally slated to produce it, Manglobe (Gangsta), filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. Genocidal Organ has been delayed to release in 2017 under a new studio called Geno Studio, with many key former staffers from Manglobe still involved.



You Are Cordially Invited to a Black Butler: Book of Circus Tea Party

In celebration of Black Butler: Book of Circus coming to Blu-ray and DVD with the new English dub, we’re hosting our own Black Butler Tea Party on April 22—and we’d love for you to join in the fun! Here’s the details (plus a little inspiration):



  • We’ll be posting pics of our spread of delicious sweets and savories with your Funimation hosts livetweeting while watching the new English dub episodes—and we may have some special guests from the Black Butler Funimation team drop by! Follow along with our own festivities at 3PM ET on April 22 with hashtag #BlackButlerTeaParty.


  • Host your own tea party and invite your friends! Dress up in your Victorian or Black Butler-inspired finest, put on a lovely pot of tea with some delicious delicacies, and make it a watch party with Black Butler’s long-awaited third season. Share your plans and pictures with us with the #BlackButlerTeaParty hashtag, and we’ll reshare our favorites.



  • Download our printable tea party invitations (click the image above to download) or share them on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more to invite your friends. Make some places cards for each of your guests to really make it official! 


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  • Not sure how to host a tea party? Check out our list of recipes straight from Sebastian’s own cookbook—real delicacies featured from the show! Or view our Black Butler tea party Pinterest board for some of inspiration on what to wear, how to decorate, what to serve, and of course, tips on brewing the perfect pot of tea.


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My Hero Academia Launch Event


Our pals ForneverWorld, GRIMECRAFT, and KaggyFilms will also be joining the launch event tonight! Stay tuned for schedules.


We will have these voice actor guests joining us on the live stream this weekend for interviews and maybe even play some games. Schedule is TBD so be sure to stay tuned for more information.



Colleen Clinkenbeard
(Luffy - One Piece)
Clifford Chapin
(Conny - Attack on Titan
Michelle Rojas
(Tohka - Date A Live
Felecia Angelle
(Shinoa -
Seraph of the End:
Vampire Reign
Apphia Yu
(Rio -



MHA_LiveStream_AnnouncementStay up late for the Funimation Live Stream Event

Join your hosts Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore on Twitch as they count down to the launch of My Hero Academia’s first episode!

The launch party kicks off on Sunday, April 3 at 1am ET

Chat live
with hosts and special guests

Win big
with My Hero Academia giveaways

Watch My Hero Academia - Episode 1
5am ET on

Look back
with a post-show recap




Adaptation of Smash Hit Manga Series Debuts on FunimationNow with All-Night Launch Party

WHAT: Funimation Entertainment will host an exclusive live stream launch party on Sunday, April 3, 2016 leading into the premiere of the most highly anticipated, new anime series of the year – My Hero Academia, available on FunimationNow. Join Dubbletalk’s Justin Rojas, Lauren Moore and surprise celebrity guests for an all-night premiere launch party featuring interviews, contests and giveaways, show clips and much more, followed by the premiere of “My Hero Academia” and an episode recap discussion!  Celebrity guests include Colleen Clinkenbeard (“One Piece”), Clifford Chapain (“Attack on Titan”), Apphia Yu (“Assassination Classroom”), Felecia Angelle (“Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign”) and Michelle Rojas (“Date A Live”). Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation: “This five-hour event is a first for Funimation, and we are so excited to share this experience with fans — not only the premiere of ‘My Hero Academia’, but also all of the interviews and extras surrounding the show. I’d like to personally invite our fans to join us for this huge event as we celebrate the launch together!”

Produced by Bones, Inc. (“Fullmetal Alchemist”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Space Dandy”) “My Hero Academia” will quickly join the top ranks of anime classics such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” and “Naruto.” Adapted from the Manga Taisho-nominated Japanese super hero series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi (“Barrage on the Battle Star”, “Oumazoo”), “My Hero Academia” is pegged to be one of the most fan-embraced anime titles of 2016.

Fans can participate in an exclusive launch party contest beginning on April 3 and running through April 16, 2016 by signing up for a free 14-day trial of FunimationNow. The more episodes fans watch on FunimationNow, the more chances they have to win! More details will be shared during the event.


“My Hero Academia” is a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class! Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.



Conventions 2016: C2E2 + SXSW = Anime Fun


We couldn’t get enough of Austin, TX or the midwest, so we’re heading back again this weekend for C2E2 and SXSW Gaming!  Whether you’re in cool Chicago or sunny Texas, it’s going to be an eventful few days! See what the Funimation crew has in store!




Join Tara, Tim, Karrie, Scott, and Alex in Chicago for:


Funimation Favorites Panel | Friday, March 18 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Room S404

Join Funimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics! What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave and you could win a prize!


Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, March 19 | 5:30 – 6:30pm | Room S402

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!


Dealer’s Room

Visit us at Booth #509 for our sales booth with the following promotions:


Pins Available with purchase! Levels are:

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

Collectible bags and lanyards are free with every purchase. Autographed items are also available with certain purchases, just ask a Funimation team member for more info!

Like even more free stuff?  Stop by our OTHER booth #416 and get a free poster from The Boy and the Beast or other goodie when you sign up for our email list.


 Plus, take a load off at the FunimationNow Bar in the Hyatt all weekend-long!




Join Justin R, Josh, Lauren, Justin C, Jenn, Chad, and Zach over in Austin for:

SXSW Gaming

Funimation: World of Dubbing | Thursday, March 17 | 6:30 – 7:15pm | Austin Convention Center , Ballroom C, 531 E 4th St

Funimation famously releases the most broadcast dubs in the United States and Canada, and does so in record time. Follow the process of how a broadcast dub is born; from receiving Japanese materials, to translation, in house voice acting, producing, editing, and releasing a broadcast dub, the fascinating process has to run like a finely tuned machine.

Hosts: Josh Kocurek (Exec. Producer of Dubbletalk), Justin Cook (Dir. of Production), Justin Rojas (Host of Dubbletalk), Lauren Moore (Host of Dubbletalk), Zach Bolton (Dir/Producer)


Dubbletalk LIVE! | Saturday, March 19 | 1:15 – 2:00pm  | Twitch MainStage - Austin Convention Center , Exhibit Halls 1 & 2, 531 E 4th St

It’s loud. It’s live. It’s anime. Join hosts Justin Rojas, Lauren Moore, and Chad James as they take Funimation’s weekly live show, Dubbletalk, out of the studio and over to the live audience of’s Mainstage.  Catch it in person, or on Twitch, as the crew talks about one of the latest anime movies to hit theaters: Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast.


See you there!

Conventions 2016 – Keepin’ it weird in Austin for SXSW!

Funimation is returning to SXSW March 11th – 13th. Join us along with Legendary Digital Networks’ Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for an action-packed, saloon-themed weekend at the fully-transformed Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden!


Stop by the FunimationNow tent and register to win a PS4 or an Xbox One! Plus, download the new FunimationNow app and receive a limited edition FunimationNow water bottle.  Already a subscriber ? Show us your membership and receive a free water bottle!


All events will be free to the public, and a SXSW badge is not required.


Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701


Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Woman

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we want to do a weekly poll highlighting a few of the awesome women in anime. As we can’t fit all of them into a poll, let us know who some of your favorites are!


Create your own user feedback survey