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D-Frag! Digital Downloads!

D-Frag! releases next Tuesday (4/28) and hopefully you’re as excited as we are!

 

In fact, personally I’m so excited that I changed my own desktop wallpapers to rotate with some special wallpapers!

 

Which special wallpapers you may ask? Why these awesome, free D-Frag! wallpapers! Now you can have the zany action on your computer. Click the images to head to the extras page where you get the right size for your screen!

 

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Be sure to pre-order your copy of the D-Frag! Complete Series on the FUNimation shop!

 

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Synopsis:

Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game-making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.

 

Soul Eater Not! English Cast Announcement

SLN_keyFeel like you need to have another semester at Death Weapon Meister Academy? We’ve got you covered with a pre-order of the next class of Soul Eater Not!

(psst… we also have a cheat sheet of the English cast… don’t tell the principal!)

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

Tsugumi – Bryn Apprill
Anya – Alexis Tipton
Meme – Lindsay Seidel
Shaula Gorgon – Elizabeth Maxwell
Akane Hoshi – Ian Sinclair
Clay Sizemore – Bryce Papenbrook


Crew

ADR Director – Zach Bolton
Assistant ADR Director – Cris George
Script Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Synopsis:

Get ready to meet the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy! Tsugumi Harudori and her outrageous friends make up the NOT class at this stylish school dedicated to training living, breathing weapons and uniting them with the Meisters who’ll wield them! Soul Eater fanatics will be psyched to meet these epic new characters – and catch up with all their favorites from the original series. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure as Tsugumi and her pals weave their own exciting tale of deadly life at DWMA!

 

You can pre-order the complete series here!

 

Check the class syllabus down below:

Announcing: Rainy Cocoa — now streaming!

Rainy CocoaSpring simulcast season is well underway (have you started watching it yet? Check out all our shows at funimation.com/spring!), but we’re excited to announce yet a new addition to the roster— Rainy Cocoa (Ame-iro Cocoa)! This is a series of anime shorts (think Hetalia) featuring several big-name Japanese male seiyuu voice actor stars. It’s a sweet tale about hot cocoa and some cool guys!

 

We’re launching the first three episodes right now at funimation.com/shows/rainy-cocoa, and new episodes will launch again at 11:30 AM every Sunday!

 

Watch them week-to-week with the rest of your simulcasts, or binge watch them in multi-episode chunks! And if you like the show, be sure to tell your friends to watch it on legal streams too— simulcast views for all shows help up determine whether an anime gets a dub or an awesome home video release!

 

Here’s a little more about the show:
Aoi Tokura is having a rough day. He’s used to being mistaken for a girl, but it’s even worse when a captivating stranger on the train calls him a creeper for staring a little too long. Aoi’s soaked by a sudden rainstorm and takes shelter at Rainy Color, a cozy café where the warmth of the staff compliments the sweet hot cocoa he’s served. When he falls into a job at the café he feels like things are finally looking up— until Keiichi Iwase, the man he couldn’t help but stare at on the train, shows up. Did this day just get worse, or better?

 

And here’s the Japanese voice cast:

 

Character              Voice Actor                   Past Roles
Aoi Tokura Hiro Shimono Syo Kurusu (Uta no Prince-sama), Akihisa Yoshii (Baka and Test)
Keiichi Iwase Hikaru Midorikawa Lancer (Fate/Zero), Heero Yuy (Gundam Wing)
Shion Koga Daisuke Hirakawa Rei Ryugazaki (Free!), Harklight (Aldnoah.Zero)
Ryota Sakurai Miyano Mamoru Rin Matsuoka (Free!), Tokiya Ichinose (Uta no Prince-sama)
Koji Amami Ryo Horikawa Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z), Heiji Hattori (Detective Conan/Case Closed)

 

Will you be watching? Let us know! And let us know if you want more shorts or bishounen anime content!

Noragami English Cast Announcement

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Any Yato fans out there? It’s not every day you find a delivery god this affordable! Know what else is affordable? This English cast announcement! It’s absolutely free, our gift to you. Check it out below!

 

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Yato – Jason Liebrecht
Hiyori – Bryn Apprill
Yukine – Micah Solusod
Kofuku – Alexis Tipton
Daikoku – Ian Sinclair
Rabo – Mike McFarland
Nora – Lauren Landa
Bishamon – Elizabeth Maxwell
Kazuma – Eric Vale

 

 

CREW

 

ADR Director – Mike McFarland

Script Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Noragami will be available on July 7th. Keep an eye on our Shop for pre-order listings!

 

series synopsis:

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.

 

 

Like the music from the trailer? It’s an original piece composed in house! We’re making it available for download for free!  Either play the music on the player below or download the MP3 file by right-clicking this link and use the “Save Link As…” option.

 

 

Title: “5 Yen”
Composition: Andrew Manson
Guitar Solo: Austin Black

009 Re:Cyborg – English Cast Announcement & Pre-order!

_入稿0718_OLThe wait is over, sci-fi anime fans— the new sci-fi action thriller anime 009 Re:Cyborg is now available for preorder— and getting an English dub! Plus, we’re announcing the release specs AND the cast announcement!

 

What’s 009 Re:Cyborg? Well, if you loved the classic cerebral sci-fi action anime like Ghost in the Shell or Akira from “the good old days”— movies that astounded you visually, throttled your adrenaline, but also made you think— 009 Re:Cyborg is definitely an extension of that tradition. The film comes to you with the cutting-edge action-packed production values of legendary studio Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell: Arise), plus smart, slick direction that could only come from the mind of the director of Ghost in the Shell: SAC and Eden of the East, Kenji Kamiyama.

 

The first-run release of 009 Re:Cyborg is our Limited Edition and comes with an exclusive 44-page Interview and Data booklet, packed to the brim with behind-the-scenes key points about the direction and world of the film, as well as artwork, character profiles, and a very thorough interview with the director. As anime fans, we’ve loved seeing Director Kamiyama’s take on how technology affects human interactions in our modern and increasingly globalized world, themes hugely apparent in his past works, so if you like cool sci-fi that also has meaning, 009 Re:Cyborg is a real showcase of all of that. When we say that this booklet is packed, we mean PACKED— it’s very dense and a great value add to any fans who wants to get a little more out of anime. Look out for previews of the booklet soon!

 

With that all out of the way, here’s your cast!

 

009: Joe Shimamura…………………  JASON GRIFFITH
002: Jet Link MARC DIRAISON
003: Françoise Arnoul ERIN FITZGERALD
004: Albert Heinrich DAVE B. MITCHELL
007: Great Britain JOHN WHITE
008: Pyunma MARCUS GRIFFIN
006: Chang Changku MICHAEL SORICH
005: Geronimo Jr. PATRICK SEITZ
001: Ivan Whisky STEPHANIE SHEH
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Dr. Isaac Gilmore GEORGE C. COLE
Samuel Klein KEVIN T. COLLINS
Void GREG ABBEY
Navy Man SEAN SCHEMMEL

 

STAFF

Voice Direction………………………… MICHAEL SINTERNIKLAAS…………ANTHONY TORTORICI
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Mixing DAVID RAYMER
Produced by N.Y.A.V. Post

 

 

009 Re:Cyborg is now available for preorder and releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack July 28. Stay tuned for more details, including sneak peeks at the packaging and booklet, plus the trailer!

 

 

FUNimation acquires the rights for Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture

ARISE_key_logo2FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for the cyberpunk sci-fi action series–Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture! Even better, episode 1 will be available TONIGHT at 7:30pm ET! Click here to watch the episode.

 

synopsis:

 

The Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA sequence has been rebuilt into eight TV-length episodes and extended with two new broadcast exclusive episodes to create Ghost in the Shell: Arise ­ Alternative Architecture! In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she¹s not the only one looking for answers‹as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

 

Voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler’s Ciel Phantomhive, Evangelion Rebuild’s Mari Makiname) will be reprising her role as Makoto from Ghost in the Shell: Arise.

 

The series will stream Sundays at 10am ET. Click here for more info.

Announcing: Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Figure Coming to North America!

Hey Tokyo Ghoul fans! FUNimation is thrilled to offer you a first look at something very exciting from Kotobukiya: a new Tokyo Ghoul figure —  coming to North America!

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KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  The latest new addition to the ARTFXJ lineup (a bold expansion designed “to bring classic Japanese characters to their fans worldwide”) is the horror manga and anime property Tokyo Ghoul, featuring the story of a young man who’s turned into a half-ghoul and discovers a world he never knew existed.  The first ARTFXJ presentation is the main character in his fully expressed half-ghoul state, KEN KANEKI AWAKENED VER.!

 

Once a normal university freshman, Ken received the transplant of a ghoul organ which gave him his abilities and alternate form which he shows off here.  The half-ghoul stands on a broken rubble base in a relaxed pose, ready to attack.  Ken wears a tattered gray shirt and white shorts… but that’s just the remains of his human life.  Crawling up his neck and over his face is his horrific ghoul mask complete with eye patch, though his rictus grin and one solid black eye are exposed.  Of course, being awakened means that the half-ghoul’s “kagune” is released; Ken’s takes the form of four thick, tongue-like tentacles protruding from his back and undulating around him!  A highly detailed sculpt and masterful paint applications make the half man/half monster a truly impressive display piece.

 

Take a look at these gorgeous, never-before-seen images of Ken Kaneki Awakened Ver., below!

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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ – LA World Premiere!

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UPDATE: We would like you to be aware of an event also taking place Saturday morning that may cause delays in traffic and parking.
 
All lanes of Hollywood Boulevard—between LaBrea Avenue and Vermont Avenue—will be closed for the Hollywood Half Marathon. Closures will begin at 4:00 a.m. along the entire course prior to the race start. All road closures will be final at 5:00 a.m. The races begin at 6:00 a.m., and streets will reopen on a rolling basis at the discretion of Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation. Areas along the race route will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates and times posted. All streets will reopen by 2:00 p.m.
 
For complete information on closures, no parking zones, and Metro detours, click here. For more parking information, click here

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We’re less than a week away from the World Premiere & Red Carpet Event for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on Saturday, April 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles! With appearances from the cast & crew, cosplay gatherings, and even a chance to have your questions answered by the creators!

Fans in the Los Angeles area, you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime event! Join us on the red carpet for a chance to meet the cast and crew; including:

 

  • Tadayoshi Yamamuro (director of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’)
  • Masako Nozawa (Japanese voice actress ­for Goku)
  • Sean Schemmel (­English voice actor for Goku)
  • Chris Sabat (English voice actor for Vegeta)
  • and many more.

 

We’ll also be hosting a Fan Appreciation Event & Gathering, prior to the red carpet. Show up in your best Dragon Ball Z cosplay or swag for an hour of contests, trivia, and story-telling – hosted by Justin Rojas & Johnny Yong Bosch. We’ll be giving away tons of prizes from our partners at Bandai Namco Games, Funko POP!, Bluefin Toys & Collectibles, and much more.

 

Bonus for you die-hard fans! The first 100 people who show up to the red carpet in Dragon Ball Z cosplay or merchandise will receive a pair of limited edition, Goku & Freiza phone charms – only available in Japan! You’ll also be guaranteed a spot along the red carpet!

 

Things kick off at 10 am, as follows:

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Danganronpa the Animation English Cast Announcement

You won’t have to assassinate someone to find out who’s in the English cast for Danganronpa the Animation! Just check out the announcement below.

 

ACTOR – CHARACTER

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Monokuma – Greg Ayres
Naegi – Bryce Papenbrook
Asahina – Felecia Angelle
Celestia – Lindsay Seidel
Enoshima – Jamie Marchi
Fujisaki – Kara Edwards
Fukawa – Carli Mosier
Hagakure – Christopher Bevins
Ishimaru – Austin Tindle
Kirigiri – Caitlin Glass
Leon – Justin Cook
Maizono – Monica Rial
Ohgami – Rachel Robinson
Ohwada – Christopher R. Sabat
Togami – Josh Grelle
Yamada – Tyson Rinehart

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
Lead Engineer: Kenneth Thompson
ADR Engineers: Stephen Hoff, Alyssa Galindo
Script Writer – J. Michael Tatum

 

synopsis:

Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monokuma, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag.

If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma. But if you’re caught red handed, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

When your principal is psychotic and your finals are fatal, high school goes from being the best years of your life – to your last.

 

For more information about Danganronpa the Animation, or to watch episodes in Japanese with subtitles, please click here.

 

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Ultimate Otaku Teacher and the Live Action Series Love:Redux

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When it comes to hardcore anime fans, some people prefer to hide their otaku “power level,” while others proudly wear their passion on their sleeves. Junichirou Kagami is definitely the latter in our new simulcast: Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Denpa Kyoushi)!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher is about an unusual young teacher who connects with his students, not unlike many other famous school anime like GTO, Gokusen, or our own Assassination Classroom, but this show is full of anime in-jokes and otaku culture that may be familiar to a lot of anime fans even in the West. If you like comedies like Genshiken, Oreimo, or The World God Only Knows, be sure to check this one out!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be simulcasting on FUNimation.com, with an eventual home video release.

 

The first episode of Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will then stream regularly on Saturdays at 7am ET.

 

Here’s a little more about the show:

 

The studio behind Oreimo and Sword Art Online now brings you an ultimate otaku comedy!

 

Junichiro Kagami: scientific prodigy, groundbreaking physicist, published author…hopeless otaku. Once a promising young scientist, he’s since been rejected from the scientific community for his controversial research on anime-based teleportation. It’s like they always say: people fear the things they don’t understand. Now, a 24-year-old NEET with his science career behind him, Kagami finally has time to devote to the things that REALLY matter: updating his anime blog. But not everyone understands the dire importance of fandom. Even Kagami’s sister (his own blood and flesh!!) eventually gets fed up with his antics and forces him to take a job as a high school physics teacher. Dealing with “real-lifers” is a real drag, but soon Kagami finds himself strangely drawn to the conflicts of his pupils – and they to his…unorthodox teaching methods. In the world of high school drama, Kagami is armed with a potent knowledge of useless anime trivia, and an understanding of human problems derived from his on-screen friends. This otaku might just make the ultimate teacher!

 

Love:Redux

 

Our newest simulcast announcement is probably not one you could’ve guessed. We know that a lot of anime fans also have interest in other Japanese culture and entertainment. Any J-drama fans out there? (We’ve got several in the office!)

 

FUNimation will be simulcasting Love:Redux (Renai Jidai), a new romantic J-drama! Love:Redux comes to you from Kiyomi Fujii, the screenwriter of the L: Change the World (Death Note) live action movie and the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies, so if you’ve loved his high-quality live-action anime adaptations, be sure to check this new series out. It also features actors from other J-dramas based on manga (Hana Kimi, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Saijou no Meii), so if you’re into the J-entertainment scene, let us know if you recognize some of them from other shows you’ve watched!

 

We’re excited to be bringing more varied Japanese entertainment to Western fans— if you’d like to see more J-dramas, be sure to watch the simulcast and let us know what you think. What kinds of J-dramas would you like to see in the future? Tell us in the comments! And if you’re primarily a fan of anime, no worries. We’re definitely not shifting focus, just adding more content for fans of Japanese media!

 

Episode 1 of the series will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will them stream regularly on Thursdays at 1:30pm ET.

 

But enough talk— here’s a synopsis of Love:Redux!

 

A romantic J-drama starring Manami Higa (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Code Blue) and Shinnosuke Mitsushima (Hana Kimi).

 

The meeting. The first date. The infatuation. The wedding. The formula for every great love story. But not for Haru and Riichiro. A fated encounter brought the two together, but after hitting it off and hitching up, their relationship takes a sharp deviation from the standard love recipe and the young couple must part ways. What would normally end in yearning and eventual acceptance becomes much more complicated, as the pair continues to indulge in their magnetic connection through karaoke hangs, anniversary dinner dates, and intimate moments. After an ex-lover’s spat, they decide enough is enough, and match each other with someone new. But with this much chemistry and history, is parting ways the right decision? Can a failed love be rekindled, or is there life— and love— after the end?