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Happy International Translation Day!

JAXy0yPEvery year on September 30, on the feast of St. Jerome (considered the patron saint of translators), we celebrate International Translation Day to show our appreciation for translators worldwide! It is especially important to us to say a huge “THANK YOU!” to our own translators who make anime accessible to so many people and help shape the industry. Without these hardworking people, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy anime the way we do today!


So here’s a chance to get to know the wonderful folks who translate our shows! The International Federation of Translators’ theme for this year is “The Changing Face of Translation and Interpreting,” so that’s the theme for their bios, too. Take a moment to leave a kind word or show your appreciation!

*Please note that since many of our translators are contract workers, some of the titles they have listed below are ones they have worked on outside of FUNimation projects. 

Name: Nora Stevens Heath

Year I started translating professionally: 1999

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: The Internet, by leaps and bounds! No amount of dictionaries and other offline resources could hope to provide as much in-depth and niche info on so many aspects of the things I translate–and so quickly. Online communities of devoted fans can be a real boon, too.

My favorite old-school anime: Urusei Yatsura

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: Assassination Classroom



Name: Duane Johnson

Year I started translating professionally: 2001

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: The biggest differences are technological. Communication with clients around the globe has become faster and easier, and turnaround times have decreased since fewer physical materials have to be shipped. This has brought with it a number of challenges, for example the hectic pace and narrative uncertainties of simulcasts. It’s also introduced new modes of translation work, such as machine translation post-editing. There are pros and cons to any major change, but overall I’d say the onward march of technology has helped the art and industry of translation more than it’s hurt.

My favorite old-school anime: Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: I’d have to give this to Genshiken. While the original TV series is over a decade old, all the sequels fit the criteria, so I’d say that as a whole, it technically counts.



Name: Jo-Ann Lieu

Year I started translating professionally: 2015

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: Since I’ve started translating, I’ve noticed more captions, even when I’m watching a show for fun.

My favorite old-school anime: Digimon Adventure 02

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear’s Cafe)



Name: Nita Lieu

Year I started translating professionally: 2008

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: My brain is on a simulcast schedule now…

My favorite old-school anime: Cardcaptor Sakura

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: It’s a toss-up between Ouran High School Host Club and Princess Jellyfish.



Name: Sarah Alys Lindholm

Year I started translating professionally: 2003

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: Simulcasts have changed everything. Before, I could watch an entire series (or at least a good chunk of it) before translating, which allowed me to come up with very nuanced solutions to problems. Now it’s all about finding ways to dodge the problems waiting for me six weeks from now that I don’t even know about yet.

My favorite old-school anime: Revolutionary Girl Utena

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: I guess I have a favorite timeslot rather than show–I love the noitaminA block.



Name: Angela Tamae Liu

Year I started translating professionally: 2007

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: When I first started I was so worried about translating everything literally. I was always worried someone would point out, “Hey! That’s not what the character technically said!” I thought that any deviation from the original sentence would mean I was a bad translator. Now I focus mostly on getting the idea across and having the conversations make sense. I still struggle a lot, but I am happy with the way I am developing.

My favorite old-school anime: Yu Yu Hakusho

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: This may be cheating because the first episode aired in 1999, but One Piece, because I still keep up with it and often have it on loop from episode 1 on Hulu.



Name: Clyde Mandelin

Year I started translating professionally: 2002

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: My earliest work was done with VCRs and VHS tapes – it sure was unwieldy! Now everything is digital and computer-based. It’s like living in the future, but without the space zombies and giant spider mechs.

My favorite old-school anime: Berserk, Dragon Ball, Shin-chan, Outlaw Star

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: Rage of Bahamut Genesis, Soukou no Strain



Name: Masako Ollivier

Year I started translating professionally: 2003

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: Because of the Internet, it’s a lot easier to find hints and answers when I don’t understand a reference.

My favorite old-school anime: The Story of Perrine

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: PSYCHO-PASS



Name: Nobuaki Taguchi

Year I started translating professionally: 2007

What’s changed about being a translator since I started: Back in 2007, I was a localization producer at a major gaming publisher. I worked on a plethora of video games, but moving on to anime translation has shed a new light on the challenges of handling translations for timely anime broadcasts. Both anime and video games have their difficulties, but each day of translation is a learning experience for me, so I guess in that sense, nothing really changed?

My favorite old-school anime: Dr. Slump

My favorite anime from the past 10 years: Too many to list, but if I had to choose one, Black Lagoon (close runner-up – Ushio to Tora, honorable mention – Barakamon, guilty pleasure – Diebuster).


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your hard work!


Show Us Your Tickets – Attack on Titan Movie

The Attack on Titan Movie: Part One is less than a week away from premiering, and we want to make sure that you get your tickets before they all sell out! Fans wise enough to pre-order their tickets will get featured on our colossal wall of fame!


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Buy tickets for both Part 1 and Part 2 from your local theater; take a picture of your tickets; and share on Twitter, Instagram, or the Attack on Titan Facebook page with the hashtag “#AoTMovie” for the chance to be featured on our wall of fame on!



Time To Celebrate – National Cheeseburger Day

September 18th is Cheeseburger Day! Are you celebrating? Our favorite anime characters sure are with giant burgers! Here, we’ll be showcasing our some of favorite anime characters chowing down on the good stuff and maybe why you should be eating a cheeseburger today! (Warning: some burgers are without cheese.)



Solty Rei

How To Eat A Burger


It’s all good if you don’t know how to eat a burger! We have you covered our android protagonist learns how to chow down!





America Wants YOU… To EAT!


Everyone knows that cheeseburgers are the most American thing! And they’re much more tasty than rations…




Ouran High School Host Club

Even Beautiful People Eat Cheeseburgers


Who knew it was possible to be so studly while enjoying a cheeseburger?





Playing with an Empty Stomach


You know the advice to not play on an empty stomach? This is why…




Full Metal Panic!

Great For Group Outings!


Need a food that’s perfect for group outings? Cheeseburgers are the classic choice!





Perfect Compliment with Any Food!

Did you know you can eat cheeseburgers with other foods? These guys show you how it’s done!




There are plenty of anime characters who enjoy a nice cheeseburger! You can definitely find more characters on! Who are your favorite cheeseburger-eating characters?

Bikini Warriors Contest – Get Your Bikini Warrior Stats to Win Free Stuff!


If you’ve got a soft spot for classic JRPG tropes but also definitely don’t mind sexy anime girls, you’re probably already watching Bikini Warriors (new episodes streaming every Tuesday at 2:40 PM ET). It’s our new summer simulcast show that’s surprisingly clever in its exploration of video game jokes, and also its vast… expanses of plot. Even the creators think you should be watching just for the alluring girls!

Seven episodes are out now, and we’re commemorating this achievement with a giveaway contest! Win a Bikini Warriors poster and hand fan, exclusive from Japan, by finding out what kind of bikini warrior YOU are.

Entry is simple: just go to, enter a name, and find your result! Then share the result with the Tweet button on the results page, and keep the hashtag #bikiniwarriors, and you’ll be automatically entered to win scandalous fabulous prizes (ahem, see below). Enter by September 15th to win!



And if you haven’t started watching Bikini Warriors yet, check it out! Each episode is a great quickie at about 3 minutes long, and they seriously may surprise you with the video game in-jokes. (And don’t take it from us— check out Kotaku’s review:


See full contest rules here.

FUNimaniacs! – IGN’s Anime Club Special OVA

FUNimation frontrunner, Justin Rojas, made a special guest appearance recently at IGN’s Anime Club podcast; you’ll definitely want to check it out!


In this special OVA episode, we reveal quite a bit of insider information such as more information about theatrical releases coming next year, Broadcast Dub behind-the-scenes, *cough Dragon Ball Super cough* and even Justin’s history with anime! Also is Mass Effect a dating sim?


You can find this episode on IGN’s website right here!




Time To Celebrate – National Dog Day!

It’s National Dog Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite anime dogs! Today we showcase the strongest, smartest, and cutest of man’s best friend in this list! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on!



Cowboy Bebop



We start the list off with one of the smartest (and coolest) dogs in anime! This super smart top dog joins the Bebop bounty hunters and helps them in many tough situations. Not to mention, just being a Welsh Corgi makes him the cutest member of the crew!

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Casshern Sins



Next on the list is a lesser-known, but ever faithful friend, Friender! In the series, Casshern SinsFriender is a robotic dog that travels with the protagonist, Casshern, across the land fighting against malicious robots. His main qualities of loyalty, intelligence, and boldness come in handy many times in the series!

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Black Hayate


Up next on the list is the extremely obedient and extremely adorable Shiba Inu, Black Hayate! Under the tutelage of Lt. Hawkeye, Black Hayate becomes a lovable and tough sidekick that is able to fight Homunculi and not pee on the carpet!





Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad



This next dog is neither cute nor lovable, but he is cool enough to have a band named after him! This gruff dog is quite the mutt with multiple dog breeds, literally. While his appearance tends to scare most people, he has found love with a band who named their group after him.





Space Dandy



This last entry is only in one episode of the quirky series, Space Dandy, but leaves an indelible mark. We won’t say too much, but we believe P.U.P. shows why dogs are truly man’s best friend.





There are so many other wonderful dogs in anime that we wish we could list, but there’s only so much space! What are your favorite anime dogs?

FUNimation to Simulcast One Piece ‘Episode of Sabo’ TV Special


Get excited, One Piece fans! Everyone’s favorite lead-pipe wielding Revolutionary, Sabo, has his own story to tell – and it’s happening this weekend!




FUNimation will be simulcasting this Saturday’s ‘One Piece – Episode of Sabo’, scheduled to launch on and Saturday night at 1am CT, pending any technical delays or hold-ups. 


For more information about ‘One Piece – Episode of Sabo: Bond of Three Brothers – A Miraculous Reunion and an Inherited Will!’ check out these :30 promotional videos Toei posted earlier this week:






Time To Celebrate – National Underwear Day!

It’s National Underwear Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite underwear/panty shots with you! We have underwear-masked anarchists, panty-wielding angels, and more in this list! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on!



SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Panty Mask | Episode 1 

Kicking off the list is SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, one of the latest additions to the FUNimation roster in the Summer Simulcast Season! SHIMONETA takes place in a boring world where the concept of dirty jokes doesn’t exist, and one intrepid woman, the lewd vigilanted Blue Snow, dons a panty mask to stand up against censorship by committing acts of obscene terror!



Heaven’t Lost Property

Flying Panties | Episode 2

The classic and most famous scene from Heaven’s Lost Property— flying panties! Our protagonist Tomoki is a perv with a heart of gold, but sometimes his perverted desires get out of hand…




Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Stocking’s Transformation | Episode 1

You can’t talk about underwear without PSG! Panty and Stocking are nasty angels who were banished from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bad girls! Now they spend their days hunting ghosts in the lecherous abyss between Heaven and Earth. Watch their beautiful transformation which involves taking off the national day namesake!




Dragon Ball

When You Wish For Panties… | Episode 12

In the original Dragon Ball, Goku and Bulma set out to find the mystical Dragon Balls and make wishes that are out of this world. But what do you do when bad guys find them first and set out to make wishes that could threaten the world? Why the only logical thing of course: wish first for more important things…




One Piece

Steal That Underwear! | Episode 322

Sometimes, you have to twist a person’s arm to make them join your pirate crew, and that is exactly what Luffy did when he wanted Franky to join his crew. How did he go about that? Why the only logical way of course: by taking his underwear!




Honorable Mention: Strike Witches

They’re Not Panties…

The gun-toting, butt-kicking ladies of Strike Witches wear no pants, so their garments are on full display for most of the series. However, technically this shouldn’t be considered a panty shot because, as the girls explain, “they’re not panties, so it’s not embarrassing!” They’re trousers!



What are your favorite FUNimation Panty/Underwear shots in celebration of National Underwear Day?

FUNimation At The Movies – 009 Re:Cyborg

It’s that time again, FUNimation at the Movies!

This month, we have a high-action, high-drama reboot of a classic, 009 Re:Cyborg! The crew reunites once again to root out terrorism that troubles the world!




From Kenji Kamiyama, the visionary director behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, comes a gripping, visually captivating sci-fi thriller.


Many years ago, nine humans were captured and transformed into cyborgs for the purposes of becoming agents of evil. Instead, they rebelled; becoming champions of justice anytime the earth was in need.


Now, in a post-9/11 world, the meaning of “justice” has become clouded. The cyborgs, untouched by time, and some without memory of their status as heroes, have since taken up lives as ordinary civilians. But when a mysterious force known only as “His Voice” compels people across the world to commit unspeakable acts of violence, even Cyborg 009, Joe Shimamura, falls victim to the irresistible faceless power.


In an era when cyber-terrorism is rapidly advancing, how can the cyborgs combat an enemy that has no face and seemingly no motive?



Catch FREE screenings of the movie, 009 Re:Cyborg (before it hits Blu-ray and DVD, July 28th!) at the following Alamo Drafthouse Theaters. Click on the showtimes to reserve your seat!



 July 13th



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July 20th:


  • Houston, TX (Vintage Park)10:00 PM


July 28th:


  • Austin, TX (Village) –  7:00 PM


*FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you have secured a theater location and would like to participate in the program, please contact us via [email protected].