Archive for the ‘Announcement’ Category


Episodes from New Storyline by Creator Akira Toriyama 


LOS ANGELES, CA – December 6, 2016. Dragon Ball fans everywhere just received the biggest gift of the holiday season. Toei Animation Inc., Funimation© Entertainment and Adult Swim are pleased to announce their partnership to bring “Dragon Ball Super” to TV audiences starting next January. “Dragon Ball Super” is the first new storyline in more than 18 years from original creator Akira Toriyama and the Dragon Ball franchise, which was first introduced to the U.S. more than 20 years ago. Adult Swim will begin airing the U.S. English dub of “Dragon Ball Super” Season 1 during the Toonami block starting on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET. Season 1, which totals 26 episodes, encompasses the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ story arcs. New episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” will air each Saturday.



“”Dragon Ball Super” is more than the latest adventure in the Dragon Ball saga – It’s a collaboration between the series original creator, Akira Toriyama and a passionate team of men and women who are both longtime partners and talented newcomers. “Dragon Ball Super” comes with everything viewers can hope for after waiting 18 long years for a new series – impressible dangers to overcome, the reuniting of beloved characters, and new additions to the mythos that will rock Dragon Ball’s very foundation,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “We are very excited to return “Dragon Ball Super” to its U.S. broadcast home on Adult Swim.”



LOS ANGELES, CA – December 5, 2016. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced Sunday that “Your Name.” was selected as Best Animated Film for 2016. The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films and Toho Co Ltd is the third anime film to ever win this prestigious award. Runner-up for the award was “The Red Turtle” from Studio Ghibli. Since 1975, the LAFCA, comprised of LA-based, professional print and electronic media film critics, gathers annually to vote on the “outstanding cinematic achievements” of the past year.  The association will present the awards at its annual dinner on January 17, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Calif.



“We consider Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name.’ a true masterpiece and its selection for the prestigious Best Animated Film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association only cements that fact,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and Founder of Funimation®. “Funimation has been fortunate to work with Makoto Shinkai on this film and we are confident that U.S audiences will agree that it is one of the finest animated films of the decade.”


“Your Name.” has been screening to sold out audiences all week at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills as part of its one-week only, Oscar qualifying run.  The film’s limited engagement ends on Thursday, December 8.


“’Your Name’ is the epitome of excellence in animation and I have no doubt Makoto Shinkai’s name will be widely recognized across North America within the next few years,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Congratulations to everyone at Toho and CoMix Wave Films for such a prestigious honor!”



“Your Name.” is a beautiful story about time, fate and the hearts of two young souls. The film has earned in excess of $19.9 Billion Yen (~$175 Million USD) at the box office in Japan since opening on August 26, 2016 – making it the #1 highest grossing film of 2016. “Your Name.” debuted this past weekend in China grossing $41 million and #1 film at the box office.  “Your Name” has already surpassed four Hayao Miyazaki films “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), “Princess Mononoke” (1997), “Ponyo” (2008) and “The Wind Rises” (2013) and is currently ranked as the #2 highest grossing anime film and #5 highest grossing film (all genre) of all time in Japan.


Look for “Your Name.” in select theaters nationwide from Funimation Films in early 2017.


For more information about “Your Name.” visit the official movie website here.

Get Ready for an All-New!

Update: We’ve had to delay our site launch due to a last minute performance conflict with a console update on one of our remaining apps to roll out. This is a known issue on that platform, and their team is working quickly to solve it. As soon as they have resolved this issue, we’ll post a new launch date!


Your anime upgrade is almost here! We’ve been working hard on our new site to make streaming, shopping, and sharing an incredible experience – and we’re ready to share it with you.


As a part of our rollout process, will be down starting at midnight Central Time on December 7th. This will affect all of our operating regions: US, Canada, UK and Ireland. Sites affected include,, and


We will post messages to our social channels when the site is back up, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest!


Win a trip to Otakon Vegas!

Get the Gran Tesoro experience by entering our Otakon Vegas Trip contest!


Luffy and the Straw Hats head to the glittering Gran Tesoro with hopes of winning big in the upcoming movie, One Piece Film Gold (January 10 – 17th, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada) — and you could win big, too!  Otakon Vegas is just around the corner (Jan 13 – 15, 2017), so we want to send you and a friend out to Las Vegas for your very own lavish Gran Tesoro experience!




With luck on your side, you could win:


  • Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Las Vegas
  • Accommodations for 2 (1 room) 2 nights, 3 days Jan 15-17, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Casino
  • $250 of “GOLD” to spend during your trip
  • 2 weekend badges for Otakon Vegas
  • One Piece DVD & Swag Prize Pack
  • Private Meet & Greet with Colleen Clinkenbeard voice of “Luffy”


Second Place Winner to Receive a One Piece Treasure Chest containing Various One Piece Merchandise and DVD’s valued over $500!


Catch One Piece Film Gold in theaters across the U.S. & Canada, January 10 – 17, 2017!


Remembering Cole Owen Brown

With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share the news that voice actor Cole Brown has passed away. For over 10 years, Cole contributed his considerable talents to numerous roles on Funimation English dub productions. Anime fans know him best for his many notable roles including Blackbeard in “One Piece,” Heaven Canceller in “A Certain Magical Index,” Vahriz in “The Heroic Legend of Arslan,” the Narrator in “Desert Punk.”


Most recently, fans heard Cole as Lord Redford in “Izetta: The Last Witch.” Friend and fellow actor David Wald will be stepping into Cole’s shoes to continue his legacy on the series.


He will be missed but his voice lives on. Our thoughts go out to his wife Brenda and the rest of his family.




Schedule of Subbed Shows Coming Off Funimation

As mentioned earlier this year, Funimation and Crunchyroll have partnered together to give you more anime content by focusing on what we do best. Funimation will dub most of the shows that Crunchyroll has, and Crunchyroll will get most of the subbed content that Funimation has. Funimation will still have all your favorite dubs, new SimulDubs every season, and new shows never before been dubbed


Now that we’re further along in the partnership, we’ll be dubbing more shows that Crunchyroll has (stay tuned for future announcements of which shows that will entail) and subbed content will start to come off of our apps and website. See the subbed shows that are planned to come off of Funimation that are on Crunchyroll already below.