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 TheFreeDictionary.com defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.
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!
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.
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!
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!
‘The Empire of Corpses‘, ‘Harmony‘, and ‘Genocidal Organ’ are a trio of works by the late Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Itō, under 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO HOST LIVE STREAM PREMIERE OF THE NEXT BIG THING IN ANIME “MY HERO ACADEMIA” ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3
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.
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:
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!
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.
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 Twitch.tv’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.
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
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!
We’re starting this month with a convention double-hitter! Next weekend, you can catch Lauren and Tim at Anime Milwaukee, or say hi to Justin and Godswill at Naka-Kon! Our teams are bringing panels, pins, premieres (and more!) so you won’t want to miss out. There’s lots going on with Funimation at each convention, so let’s take a look!
Funimation Favorites | Friday, March 11th | 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Panel 2 (Room 201CD) Funimation takes 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!
Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, March 12th | 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Panel 1 (Room 201AB) 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 Online | Sunday, March 13th | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Panel 1 (201AB) Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on Funimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FunimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!
In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw! Spend a certain amount at the booth and you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:
$75 – 1 pin
$125 – 2 pins
$150 – 3 pins
$200 – 4 pins
With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard! Stop by and see Lauren & Tim for awesome deals and recommendations! Plus we’ll be bringing autographed gifts with purchase — just ask the Funimation booth staff for details!
Rage of Bahamut | Saturday, March 12th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Room 201AB
Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is an exciting blend of action and fantasy.
Black Butler Book of Circus | Saturday, March 12th | 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Panel 1 (201AB)
Ciel and the demon butler Sebastian are summoned by the Queen to investigate multiple reports of missing children. When their underworld contacts reveal the disappearances increase when the mysterious Noah’s Ark Circus comes to town the demonic duo must impress an enigmatic ringmaster in order to go undercover as performers-to Sebastian’s delight and Ciel’s disgust. At the core of the circus is a troupe of unique performers from Dagger the knife thrower to Beast, the beautiful tiger tamer. All are connected by someone who changed their lives, someone who raised them from the gutters of London to the heights of the big top—but at a price.
Next we have…
Funimation Online | Friday, March 11th | 7:30pm – 8:30pm | Sheraton Hotel Cottonwood 3 Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on Funimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FunimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!
Funimation Peep Show | Friday, March 11th | 10:30pm – midnight | Sheraton Hotel Cottonwood 3 Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Herbie Housely (@HerbieHousely). 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!)
Funimation Favorites | Saturday, March 12th | 10:00am – 11:00am | Sheraton Hotel Leatherwood 1 Funimation takes 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!
Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, March 12th | 3:30pm – 5:00pm | Sheraton Hotel Leatherwood 1 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!
(Located in Overland Park Convention Center Exhibit Hall B)
Visit Justin and Godswill at the Funimation booth all weekend long for some great deals on your favorite new and classic anime!
Vendor Room hours:
Friday Mar 11 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 2:30pm – 4pm | All Attendees: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday Mar 12 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 9:30am – 10am | All Attendees: 10am – 6pm
Sunday Mar 13 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 9:30am – 10am | All Attendees: 10am – 4pm
We’re also bringing the Lucky Pin Draw to Naka-Kon! Spend a certain amount at the booth and you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:
$75 – 1 pin
$125 – 2 pins
$150 – 3 pins
$200 – 4 pins
With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard! Plus we’ll be bringing autographed gifts with purchase — just ask the Funimation booth staff for details!
Premieres & Screenings
Friday March 11th | Courtyard by Marriott Room A
5:30pm – Rage of Bahamut (Naka-Kon Dub Premiere!)
Saturday March 12th | Courtyard by Marriott Room A
12:30pm – Black Butler: Book of Circus (Naka-Kon Dub Premiere!)
Do you love shoujo anime, adventure stories, or independent female protagonists? What about winning FREE STUFF? Then enter our poster giveaway contest for Snow White with the Red Hair (new episodes streaming every Monday)!
We’re giving away 3 rare full-size Japanese posters over the next 3 weeks, all signed by the original Japanese talent:
Shirayuki’s seiyuu Saori Hayami (Seraph of the End’s Shinoa, Soul Eater Not!’s Anya, irregular at magic high school’s Miyuki)
Zen’s seiyuu Ryota Ohsaka (Devil is a Part-Timer!’s Mao, Ace of Diamond’s Eijun, Knights of Sidonia’s Nagate)
Director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha, Blast of Tempest)
We’ll be giving away one poster per week for the next three weeks. Entering is easy: just answer our weekly question on this blog, Facebook, or answer it on Twitter with hashtag #SnowWhiteContest. We’ll share our favorites!
Here’s the secondsnow question: What’s your favorite moment from Snow White with the Red Hair season 2 so far?
Don’t forget that you can watch all of Snow White with the Red Hair season 1 in Japanese with English subs AND English broadcast dub, and new episodes of season 2 come out every week, all at funimation.com/snowwhitewiththeredhair!
When we announced FunimationNow in January, lots of fans were immediately excited about our new mobile apps – with good reason! The development team has put in an incredible amount of work, and we’re starting to see this first step of the FunimationNow journey come to life.
We want to make sure we’re putting the best possible experience in your hands, so testing has been critical in this process. And while we have a complete build ready now, we’re waiting on one last marketplace to publish the app, so we’re putting everything through the wringer and adding our finishing touches. This does mean our launch date will now be in early March instead of February, so we wanted to make sure you knew why.
Once our apps are out, we want you to be a part of the testing process, too. If there’s anything we missed, you’ll be able to send us feedback from within the app, or you can email us at [email protected]
We really appreciate your patience, and we’re eager for you to see the new apps. This is a small (screen) step, but it’s going to be a great start for the beginning of FunimationNow.