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Summer Simulcast Announcements – Rampo Kitan Is a Killer Way to Spend the Summer

FUNimation is thrilled to announce the addition of Rampo Kitan to their summer season. This series based on the works of Edogawa Ranpo is sure to satisfy amateur sleuths and master detectives alike.




Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Hashiba Daiki Yamashita Sakamichi Onoda (Yowamushi Pedal), Kira Saeki (Shonen Hollywood)
Akechi Takahiro Sakurai Cloud (Final Fantasy VII Advent Children), Suzaku (Code Geass)
Shitai-kun Kappei Yamaguchi Ranma Saotome (Ranma ½), InuYasha (InuYasha), Usopp (One Piece)


 Main Staff
Director Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom, Danganronpa)
Screenplay Makoto Uezu (Assassination Classroom, School Days)
Character Design Kazuaki Morita (My Bride is a Mermaid, Assassination Classroom)
Animation Production Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Danganronpa)


Synopsis: Inspired by the works of author Edogawa Ranpo: When several murders at a middle school attract the attention of genius detective, Akechi, a student named Kobayashi volunteers to help with his investigation.


Rampo Kitan premieres July 2, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. ET. Catch it every Thursday at 1:25 p.m. ET this summer!


You can find the first episode here!


© Rampo Kitan Club

Summer Simulcast Announcements – Seiyu’s Life! Begins Its First Recording Session!

FUNimation is happy to announce that we’ve acquired the rights to the cutest insider look into the voice acting industry – Seiyu’s Life! This adorable slice-of-(industry)life has even cast three actresses that are early in their career as the lead trio of rookie seiyu along with many other familiar voices.




Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Futaba Ichinose Rie Takahashi Kobayashi in Rampo Kitan
Ichigo Moesaki Yuki Nagaku Chika in Kutsudaru
Rin Kohana Marika Kouno Kurinon in Log Horizon 2nd season
Hikari Shiodome Hitomi Nabatame Unchou Kan’u in Ikki Tousen, Yukiji Katsura in Hayate the Combat Butler
Kaibara-san Kenta Miyake Tsume in Wolf’s Rain, Akira Takaoka in Assassination Classroom
Atsumari-san Ami Koshimizu Holo in Spice and Wolf, Tenma in School Rumble
Aoi Konno Nozomi Furuki Miwa Yamamura in Barakamon, Yukari Otonashi in Rolling Girls
Sayo-chan Ayane Sakura Gaspard Vladi in High School DxD BorN


Main Staff
Director Ikehata Hiroshi
Series Composition Michiko Yokote
Character Design Masakatsu Sasaki
Animation Production Gonzo


Synopsis: Based on the Dōjinshi (self-published works) created by accomplished voice actress Masumi Asano and Hayate the Combat Butler creator Kenjiro Hata, Seiyu’s Life! gives a true insider’s view of the strange little things that happen in the industry.


Follow a rookie seiyu in her first steps into the world of professional voice acting! She might be unsure of herself, but Futaba Ichinose is ready to make it as a professional seiyu. She meets Ichigo Moesaki, an actress who won’t stop until she’s an idol seiyu who not only acts but also enchants audiences with singing and dancing performances. These two rookies are joined by Rin Kohana, who is already a seasoned professional who made her debut when she was 5, who has a middle school life while working as a professional seiyu.


Seiyu’s Life! premieres Tuesday, July 7th at 4:30 PM ET. Catch it every Tuesday at 4:30PM ET this summer here!


©Masumi Asano・Kenjiro Hata/EARPHONES FAN CLUB

Wave after wave of shows. Your summer has arrived.

Here it is! An even better reason to stay inside…as if you needed an excuse.  Dive into our biggest simulcast season yet:




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Our summer season will include 20 streaming titles right after their Japanese broadcast. And who says you can’t have quality AND quantity? In addition to our popular ongoing series like Fairy Tail and The Heroic Legend of Arslan, we’re bringing new high-caliber and critically acclaimed shows. There is something for everyone. And we didn’t forget Broadcast Dubs – so dub fans, stay tuned for announcements!


Joining this summer’s line-up, we have:

  • One Piece
  • Fairy Tail
  • Ninja Slayer
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan
  • Snow White with the Red Hair
  • Rampo Kitan
  • Gangsta.
  • Seiyu’s Life!
  • Bikini Warriors
  • Prison School
  • Hetalia: The World Twinkle
  • Aquarion Logos
  • Sky Wizards Academy (Kusen Madoshi)
  • Junjo Romantica 3
  • Overlord
  • Castle Town Dandelion
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist


Stay tuned for more show updates and final announcements!  Plus, be sure to check out to keep up with these summer titles!


Brace Yourselves for Anime Expo 2015!


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The biggest anime convention in North America is right around the corner, and that means FUNimation has BIG plans in the works!  From premieres to panels and prizes, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Anime Expo 2015. So get ready, Los Angeles, because our crew is heading your way in full force! Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and brace yourselves for the best anime over-load you’ll have all year:



Thursday, July 2nd

  • FUNimation: Guide to Anime Expo | 11:30a – 12:30p | Location: LP3/408AB
    Premieres, panels, promotions, and plenty more! Learn everything you need to know about what’s going on with FUNimation this year at Anime Expo. Tweet us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes. You could even get exclusive tickets to attend the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ red carpet dub premiere event later that evening.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ World Dub Premiere & Red Carpet | Red Carpet 6:30p | Screening 8:00p (Invite Only) at Regal Cinema LA Live
    Celebrity guests to include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Chris Ayres. Check the FUNimation Facebook & Twitter channels for information and ticket giveaways.



Splash into summer with the Free! Dub and Swim Meet!

More big news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans! Last week we revealed the release date for the Free! -Eternal Summer- DVD/Blu-ray release (which you can pre-order now!). We also announced that we’ll be streaming the dub for FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers early, so that fans can be the first to watch the dub ahead of the home video release. What’s the best way to drool over over dripping wet triceps…?


A watch party with friends, of course!

FUNimation will be presenting the Free! Swim Meet, a livestream watch party on June 26 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT, hosted by Lauren Moore and members of the FUNimation team working on the release for Free! -Eternal Summer-, Roger Young, Michele Sontag, and Tara Tawater!




Watch the premiere of the first dub episode on the FUNimation Streaming Service along with us. There’ll be plenty of fangirling (and fanboying!), some behind-the-scenes looks at what’s going in with Free! -Eternal Summer- at FUNimation, and giveaways of awesome, rare swimming anime prizes you can’t get anywhere else!


And we want YOU to host your own Swim Meet!

Get with your friends, make it a party, and send us your pictures via Facebook or on Twitter using #FreeSwimMeet! We’ll share and retweet your get-togethers to the world.


Here are a few party ideas for inspiration:

  • Decorate with your favorite Free! merch, and don’t forget to invite your most athletically-inclined male friends!
  • Haru’s birthday on June 30. Turn your watch party into a birthday party with a cake for everyone’s favorite water lover!
  • Mix up some drinks (adult or otherwise—drink responsibly) with the theme colors of your favorite characters—check out our recipes below the cut!


HOT news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans!

Summer is FINALLY here—and so is some big news for Free! -Eternal Summer-!


Free! -Eternal Summer- is finally coming out on Blu-ray/DVD, and you can pre-order it today! Order now to be the first to own the brand-new English dub AND the original Japanese audio, in glorious HD!


And that’s not all– if you want to be the first to see the English the dub before the home video release, we’ll also be releasing new dub episodes early on the FUNimation Streaming Service. Episodes will go up every Friday, with episode one launching in just under two weeks on June 26 (for subscribers only). Mark your calendars— the first episode goes live at 4pm ET/ 3PM CT on June 26 and we’ll be celebrating the dub launch with a livestream party later that evening at 7PM  where you can watch (or relive) the first dub episode along with FUNimation staff! We’ll have giveaways, party ideas, and more! So be sure to subscribe, and keep an eye out for more news coming very soon!


The Limited Edition will include:

A rigid chipboard box with a beautiful water gloss effect inspired by the original Japanese release.


Our release of Free! -Eternal Summer- is packed with extras— on-disc collections of end cards and illustrations, special Japanese promo videos, the original web previews, English voice actor commentary, and a special English voice actor video extra called The Competition, featuring Todd Haberkorn and Vic Mignogna (voices of Haruka and Rin respectively) engaged in some heated… well, you’ll have to watch the extra to find out!

But there’s more in store for fans! If you pre-order before the September 29 street date, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three sets of seven mini posters signed by seven members of the English dub cast.


Hurry, summer doesn’t last forever, and neither will the contest!


FUNimation at the Movies: Noragami!



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

This month, we’ve got a show we can all relate to, Noragami! It’s the story of Yato, a minor God who is down-on-his luck. No followers, no shrines, no money. We’ve all been there, right?



Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.




Catch FREE screenings of the first 4 episodes of  Noragami (before the series hits Blu-ray and DVD, July 7th!) at the following Alamo Drafthouse Theaters. Click on the showtimes to reserve your seat!



 June 16th


 June 18th:


June 22nd:


June 23

  • Austin, TX (Village) –  7:05 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].


The Cutest Final Form – Golden Frieza Funko Pop! Vinyl

Just in time for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Funko has announced a Golden Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure in their second wave of Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusives!


More details about this figure, and other Comic-Con exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyls, can be found on their website here!


Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for all things Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’!


Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcements at A-Kon 26!

Just announced at our industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, TX, here are the English voice casts for the following broadcast dubs!


Ultimate Otaku Teacher

Character – Cast
Junichiro Kagami – Anthony Bowling
Suzune Kagami – Mikaela Krantz
Minako Kanou – Sarah Wiedenheft
Miho Kitou – Jamie Marchi
Koyomi Hiiragi – Jad Saxton

ADR Director: Kyle Phillips

Lead ADR Engineer: Peter Hawkinson

Assistant ADR Engineer: Jeremy Woods

Lead Writer: Clint Bickham


Mikagura School Suite

Character – Cast
Asuhi – Trina Nishimura
Bimii – Sonny Strait
Eruna – Monica Rial
Himi – Lara Woodhull
Katai – Apphia Yu
Kurumi – Bryn Apprill
Kuzuryu – Chris Rager
Sadamatsu Minatogawa – Josh Grelle
Seisa – Jamie Marchi
Shigure – Ben Phillips
Yuriko – Kristen McGuire
Yuto – Micah Solusod
Mewmirin – Alexis Tipton

ADR Director – Sonny Strait
ADR Engineer – Patrick Morphy

Lead Writer: Jamie Marchi


Show by Rock!!

Character – Cast

Cyan – Bryn Apprill
Chuchu – Alexis Tipton
Retoree – Caitlin Glass
Moa – Monica Rial
Shu☆zo – Vic Mignogna
Kai – Ricco Fajardo
Riku – Micah Solusad
Crow – Mike McFarland
Aion – Jerry Jewell
Yaiba – Ian Sinclair
Rom – Chris Sabat
Maple – Sonny Strait
Angelica – Rachel Robinson
Strawberry Heart – Justin Cook

ADR Director – Caitlin Glass

Writers: Rachel Robinson, Mike McFarland

Lyrics: Brina Palencia, Vic Mignogna


Heroic Legend of Arslan

Character – Cast

Prince Arslan – Aaron Dismuke
Daryun – Ricco Fajardo
King Andragoras III – Christopher R. Sabat
Queen Tahamenay – Stephanie Young
Vahriz – Cole Brown
Kishward – Jarrod Greene
Kharlan – Kent Williams
Narrator – Mike McFarland

ADR Director: Christopher Bevins

Asst. ADR Director: Jeremy Inman

Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard

ADR Engineer: Domonique French

Asst. ADR Engineer: Kevin Ussery


FUNimation at A-Kon 26

Get ready DFW, because we’re heading to A-Kon 26 in a big way this year! It’s one of  Dallas’ biggest conventions and boy, do we have plans! Get your weekend schedule ready, because not only are we bringing out a huge booth for this show, but we’ll have plenty of panels and a FUNimation Lounge for you to enjoy! Check out the details below:








  • FUNimation Industry Panel | Friday, June 5 |  8:00pm | Governor’s Lecture Hall (Tower 1) Classroom 2
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 


  • FUNimation Previews | Saturday, June 6 | 11:30am  | Topaz (Tower 1) Panel 1
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!


  • FUNimation Peep Show | Sunday (Saturday night) June 7 | 12:00am | Metropolitan Ballroom (Mezzanine) Panel 7
    Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!) 







As a special feature for FUNimation All-AccessPass Subscribers, we will have an exclusive Lounge where you can take a break from the bustle of the con and hang out with us!

Features include:

    • Comfortable seating and table space
    • Charging stations for your electronics
    • Free wi-fi
    • Exclusive free FUNimation badge ribbons
    • Photo-op wall with life-sized anime characters


You can find the Lounge in the Stuart Room on the 2nd level of the Verandah Club of the hotel.

Operating Hours:

  • Friday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm





  • Stop by the FUNimation booth and bring home some great anime Blu-rays and DVDs! We’ll even have some titles like Hyperdimension Neptunia available early!
  • Get a free lanyard with every purchase!