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Introducing FUNimation Broadcast Dubs!

Flower Mound, TX – (10/29/14) – FUNimation announced today the start of a new initiative–the FUNimation Broadcast Dub. Fans will soon be able to watch the English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation has experience with broadcast dubs, having had previous success dubbing the hit series Space Dandy for U.S. broadcast on Adult Swim. FUNimation Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers commercial-free and streaming in 1080 HD.

 

Currently, new episodes are simulcast with Japanese audio and English subtitles shortly after the original broadcast in Japan. Once the series has finished simulcasting, final materials are received from Japan and work begins on the English dubbed home video release.

 

However, with this new initiative, select series will be dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. When asked why the company has decided to launch FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, founder and president Gen Fukunaga replied, “We know that anime fans have a strong interest in English dubs, so we are doing everything we can to get them to the fans as soon as possible.”

 

Following the release of the FUNimation Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast.

 

Two shows have been chosen from the current Fall 2014 season to launch the initiative–Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

 

laughing under the cloudsFans will be able to watch Episode 1 of Laughing Under the Clouds in English on November 1st at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT on http://funimation.com/laughing-under-the-clouds. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are released every Friday at 2:28pm ET shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

 

psycho pass 2Episode 1 of Psycho-Pass 2 will be available in English on November 8th at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT on http://funimation.com/psycho-pass. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are available every Thursday at 12:50pm ET/ 11:50am CT shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!

 

 

For more information about FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, check out this interview on the Nerdist.

 

 

Not a FUNimation subscriber yet? Sign up today for the FUNimation Streaming Service and get full access to:

 

- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
- English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
- The largest selection of English dubs online
- HD commercial-free streaming episodes
- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360!

 

Just click here for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Sexy Wrestling Anime “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!”

wanna be the worlds strongestToday we’re excited to announce home video and streaming rights for Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Known as Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! in Japan (or Sekatsuyo! for short), this no-holds-barred sexy wrestling series comes to you from the studio behind Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny and Queen’s Blade.

 

The series will release on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015 with an English dub, but if you can’t wait that long, all English-subtitled episodes will be available today at 12pm CT on our site. FUNimation subscribers will be able to watch the series in HD! Marathon all twelve episodes today! Click here for more info.

 

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Regarding the Home Video Rights for Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions today regarding the Anime News Network Answerman column, where Justin Sevakis states that Crunchyroll holds the home video rights for Free! Season 1. We know that many of you fans have been very curious about the home video rights situation, ever since our initial announcement of the simulcast of season 2 (Free! -Eternal Summer-).

 

We would absolutely love to make an English dub for season 1 and distribute it on home video, and we would be more than happy to work with Crunchyroll to make it happen. We have reached out to Crunchyroll to see if they would be interested in collaborating on this release; however, we have not heard back yet. Stay tuned for future developments though—we’re excited to report that we will be announcing the dub cast for season 2 very soon, so please follow our Free! -Eternal Summer- Facebook page or Tumblr to be the first to hear the news!

 

 

 

Release Dates for .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//Roots, and .hack//G.U. Trilogy

Just announced at New York Comic Con, we have release dates for the .hack franchise! In addition, Nekocon will be screening the first episodes of .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots at their convention this year.

 

Nekocon is located in Hampton Roads, VA and will take place on November 7th – 9th this year. Click here for more about the convention.

 

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.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

 

Releasing on DVD on February 24th, 2015

 

 

 

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Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late!

 

Releasing on DVD April 7th, 2015

 

 

 

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In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

Releasing on DVD on May 19th, 2015

 

 

 

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Join Haseo on his quest to track down Tri-Edge, the devious PK responsible for leaving one of his closest friends in a coma. Along the way he meets Atoli, a gentle girl who takes an interest in him despite his chilly demeanor. Together, Haseo and Atoli will attempt to survive long enough to decipher the riddle of the entities known as AIDAs – and save their fellow gamers from permanent sleep!

 

Releasing on DVD on June 30th, 2015. This release will be English subtitle-only.

 

*Please note that release dates are subject to change.

 

 

 

 

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai gets new English name

DaitoshokanIf you’ve been watching our new simulcast Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, we’ve just received confirmation from our Japanese licensor on the official English title. This is the same English subtitle found on the Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai game and anime logo. The new title is: A good librarian like a good shepherd.

 

The new link to this show is funimation.com/a-good-librarian-like-a-good-shepherd. However, you can still watch A good librarian like a good shepherd from the previous URL, funimation.com/daitoshokan.

 

And if you haven’t seen episode 1 yet, watch it now! If you like tons of cute girls, silly school comedies, and inklings of a supernatural mystery, be sure to check it out. (If you’re a seiyuu fan, look out for Junji Majima, the distinctive voice behind Ryuji from Toradora and Ayumu from Is This a Zombie?, as the lead Kyotaro!) New subtitled episodes come out every Wednesday at 1:30PM, shortly after TV broadcast in Japan!

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Premium Editions Revealed — See Bebop at Its Best!

The groundbreaking space western, Cowboy Bebop, is one of the most influential and beloved anime series of all time. In honor of the first ever North American Blu-ray release of this classic series, we’ve designed some very special Premium Edition releases—check out the designs for the stylish FUNimation Edition and art-packed Amazon Edition. Pick your favorite design, and add some cool to your collection!

 

 

Buy the FUNimation Exclusive Edition and receive:

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-    Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-    Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover

-    Display easel for packaging

-    Four exclusive art cards

-    Exclusive art card with foil-stamped autograph from director Shinichiro Watanabe

-    227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner Aboard the Bebop”

-    Order now — only 2,500 available!

 

 

Buy the Amazon Exclusive Edition and receive:

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-    Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-    Exclusive Limited Edition clamshell art box

-    140 page black and white art book

-    48 page vibrant, full-color art book

-    227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner aboard the Bebop”

-    Order now — only 10,000 available!

 

For fans who are a little bit tight on Woolongs, we also have Blu-ray and DVD Standard Editions available.

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Make sure you pre-order your Cowboy Bebop Premium Edition NOW— before it’s gone forever!

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 slight delay

ghost in the shell ariseDue to unforeseen technical difficulties during final product creation, the release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 has been postponed a week. Originally slated for October 21st, the new release date for the OVA series is now October 28th. This delay will not affect any current pre-orders.

 

Please click here if you would like to pre-order Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 now.

 

synopsis:

 

This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades – while rebooting the genre it helped define.

 

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Border 2: Ghost Whispers

Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.

 

GIANT APE MEDIA WELCOMES CAST OF STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST TO NEW YORK COMIC CON

street fighter(Flower Mound, TX) – To celebrate the release of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist , actors from the film Joey Ansah, Mike Koh, Gaku Space and Akira Koieyma will attend the New York Comic Con October 11th-12th.

 

The cast will appear on the official Twitch livestream at the Twitch booth on Saturday October 11 from 3-3:30pm, followed by an autograph signing at Capcom’s Booth from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

 

On Sunday October 12th a Panel of Street Fighter experts share the latest news on the greatest fighting game franchise in the world! Find out about the latest updates for Ultra Street Fighter IV and how you can earn big money and everlasting fame by competing in the Capcom Pro Tour culminating in the Capcup Finals in December. Special Guest Joey Ansah – Writer, Director and Actor – of the smash hit Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist web series makes an exclusive appearance to share behind-the-scenes details of making the excellent film, share a sneak peek at Giant Ape Media’s upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD release as well as answer Q&A. (Room 1A10)

 

An additional autograph signing will be held at FUNimation/Giant Ape Meida Booth #1520, on Sunday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

 

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28th.

 

Can’t make it out to New York Comic Con? Watch the live streams via http://twitch.tv/twitch

 

About Giant Ape Media

Giant Ape Media, established in 2011, is a film division of Group 1200 Media, one of the nation’s leading independent home video entertainment companies. It specializes in the distribution of independent and live action films as well as non-English-language films. In 2012, Giant Ape Media launched with the release of the Canadian supernatural crime drama TV series, Lost Girl. Giant Ape Media is currently focusing efforts on acquisition and distribution of original titles and other new intellectual properties.

Will you be the first to see the Cowboy Bebop Premium Editions?

Hey there, Cowboy Bebop fans! Have you seen our shiny new Cowboy Bebop Standard Editions?

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Some of you may have already caught glimpses of them, but will you be the first to see the Premium Edition when it is announced?  You better be on the lookout, because we’ll be revealing it VERY soon — and this is one showdown you won’t want to miss.

 

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All you have to do is click here or on the image below to sign up for the Big Shot Newsletter and we’ll make sure you don’t miss a single announcement, reveal, or trailer!

 

 

 

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A Certain Magical Index II, Part One Delayed to Oct. 28th

index ii part oneWe have just been informed that due to a technical issue with the video disc replicator, A Certain Magical Index II, Part 1 will be delayed two weeks. It will now be available on October 28th.

 

We apologize for this late notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

In the meantime, you can check out some clips and trailers for the series below to help tide you over.

 

If you are a FUNimation Subscriber, good news! You don’t have to wait! Subscribers can watch episodes 1 – 12 of A Certain Magical Index II right now on our site–English dubbed and subbed. Just click here.

 

Not a subscriber yet? Sign-up for your free trial today. Learn more at funimation.com/subscribe.

 

series synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.