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Announcing Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Theatrical Dates!

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 26, 2015. Ending the wait of hundreds of thousands of anime fans across North America, FUNimation Entertainment announced today that “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” will screen August 4-12 in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.  The story is a follow-up to last year’s highly successful “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”

 

“We are thrilled to bring fans – both new and old – this latest film from series creator Akira Toriyama,”
said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a visually stunning movie and offers even more action and comedy than Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”

 

“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” is the 20th film in the Dragon Ball franchise, which first debuted in North America in 1986. The new movie showcases the return of Frieza – one of the greatest villains in all of anime. Now resurrected from death, Frieza embarks on plans to take his revenge on the Z Fighters of Earth. Goku and Vegeta once again face their nemesis together, but this time it is a fight for Earth’s very survival.

 

“Fans are in for another amazing ride with Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We will be raising the bar for the anime theater-going experience.”

 

“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” will screen in theaters nationwide from August 4 – 12, 2015.  Fans are invited to sign-up at www.dragonballz.com to be alerted when ticketing opens.  Subscribers can also look forward to receiving exclusive offers, sneak peeks and other news about the film.

 

To get more information on “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” please visit www.dragonballz.com.

 

 

Puerto Rico Comic Con – Update

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FUNimation regrets to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at Puerto Rico Comic Con. While we were very excited to attend such a great convention, we will be unable to do so this year. However, that does not mean fans won’t be able to enjoy some anime perks at the show!  While the FUNimation crew won’t be there in person, our friends at Spec’s will be selling a great selection of our titles for you at booths 813, 814 ,916 & 914.

 

We wish everyone a safe and fun time at Puerto Rico Comic Con this year!

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek: Ninja Slayer

Those of you who attended Anime Central or Otafest this past weekend may have gotten a sneak peek at the Ninja Slayer Broadcast Dub cast! For those of you who weren’t at either convention, or didn’t make it to the FUNimation panels, here it is!

 

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From Kill la Kill’s radical Studio Trigger comes a badass and outrageous ninja anime that kicks reason to the curb with a screaming “WASSHOI!”

 

Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian cyber underworld of Neo-Saitama is ruled from the shadows by an intricate web of drugs, yakuza gangs, and evil syndicate ninjas wielding fearsome “karate.” In a sea of the blood of his enemies, a lone maverick stands. NINJA SLAYER is a ninja who kills other ninjas in the name of ninja vengeance. A former salaryman whose family was killed by evil ninjas, Ninja Slayer cheats death and casts away his past to embrace the dark, mystical NINJA SOUL, a mysterious spirit that grants him great power in his quest for revenge. But will this bloodthirsty spirit consume Ninja Slayer before his enemies are all “dead on departure?” Domo. I’m Ninja Slayer.

 

CAST
FUJIKIDO KENJI (NINJA SLAYER)…       Christopher R. Sabat
LAOMOTO KHAN Bill Jenkins
DARKNINJA Chris Ryan
NARRATOR Kent Williams
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ADR DIRECTOR Tyler Walker
ADR ENGINEERS Patrick Morphy & Kyle Phillips

 

The catch the FIRST Broadcast Dub episode this Thursday, 5/21 @ 9:00 am CST at FUNimation.com/spring! Can’t wait until Thursday to get a taste of the dub? Check out this sneak preview:

 


 

FUNimation Acquires U.S. Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast”

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS –  FUNimation Entertainment announced today its acquisition of U.S. rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s new Japanese animated film “The Boy and The Beast.”  As part of its agreement with Gaumont International, FUNimation has secured exclusive rights to theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film.

 

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“We’re excited to bring The Boy and The Beast to audiences across the United States,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Mamoru Hosoda is a masterful director and has made Japanese animated film accessible to everyone.”

 

FUNimation has distributed two prior Hosoda films in the U.S. including the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Wolf Children” in 2013 and “Summer Wars” in 2010.

 

“We are looking forward to working with Gaumont International and plan to release ‘The Boy and The Beast’ to theaters beginning in late 2015,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We’re confident that critics and moviegoers will quickly agree that this is an Oscar worthy film.”

 

As the North American leader in the distribution of animated content from Japan, FUNimation’s acquisition of “The Boy and The Beast” exemplifies the company’s strategy announced in December 2014 — to bring to theaters its extensive library of content and future releases through the creation of a new theatrical events and distribution division based in New York City.

 

Look for “The Boy and The Beast” in select theaters in late 2015 and nationwide in early 2016.

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Blood Blockade Battlefront!

Here’s our second reveal of the day! We’re excited to announce the English voice cast for Blood Blockade Battlefront along with a sneak peek at the dub! Blood Blockade Battlefront will be joining the Spring 2015 Broadcast Dub line-up starting tonight at 8:00PM CST in the DubbleTalk Block! 

 

Summary: A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

 

CAST
LEONARDO WATCH Aaron Dismuke
KLAUS V REINHERZ Phil Parsons
CHAIN SUMERAGI Trina Nishimura
ZAPP RENFRO Ian Sinclair
STARPHASE J Michael Tatum
GILBERT Francis Henry
SONIC Monica Rial
K.K. Stephanie Young
FEMT Josh Grelle
WHITE Megan Emerick
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ADR Director Mike McFarland
Assistant ADR Director Felecia Angelle
Lead Engineer Domonique French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the clip below for a sneak preview of the dub!

 

 

Catch the first Broadcast Dub episode tonight @ 8:00PM CST at FUNimation.com/Spring!

 

 

Announcement: Broadcast Dub Line-Up for Spring 2015

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 13, 2015. FUNimation Entertainment announced today the full line-up of Broadcast Dub titles for the Spring 2015 simulcast season.  As with its Winter 2015 simulcast season, FUNimation will be airing ten series in commercial-free 1080p each week, which will be available exclusively to All-AccessPass subscribers.  With two complete seasons of Broadcast Dubs, FUNimation has cemented its leadership position in the North American anime industry amidst continuing, overwhelmingly positive response from fans.

 

 

“We’re pleased to bring fans a great series line-up of Broadcast Dubs for the spring season,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Subscribers can look forward to the combination of fan favorites like Assassination Classroom as well as exciting new series like Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.”

 

 

FUNimation Broadcast Dubs are select series dubbed in English using broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after airing on TV. This allows dub fans to experience these select shows as soon as possible and well before home video release.  The English dub version of the home video is produced using the final Blu-ray/DVD materials from Japan. In many cases, the Broadcast Dub will be different than the English dub home video due to additional footage not broadcast on Japanese TV.

 

 

“Our large number of Broadcast Dubs combined with the recent launch of the FUNimation app for PlayStation 4 and our tent pole titles have really accelerated the growth of our subscription streaming service,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We are committed to giving our fans more anime in more ways to watch.”

 

 

The live weekly recap show “DubbleTalk” continues for a second season as the capstone of FUNimation’s prime-time block of anime content each Wednesday evening. Returning hosts – FUNimation’s Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore – along with ScrewAttack’s Chad James will continue to entertain viewers with episode recaps, fan Q&A, special guest interviews, contests and much more.

 

 

Starting today and each Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET, FUNimation will feature new episodes of “Assassination Classroom (8:00 pm ET), “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign(8:30 pm ET) and “Blood Blockade Battlefront(9:00 pm ET) followed by a live broadcast of “DubbleTalk(9:30 pm ET). While the Broadcast Dubs on FUNimation.com are for All-AccessPass subscribers only, “DubbleTalk” is free to all viewers and will stream at both funimation.com/dubbletalk and twitch.tv/screwattack.

 

 

The complete list of Broadcast Dubs for the Spring 2015 season is listed below. Broadcasts Dubs will begin airing in two phases – approximately four weeks after the subtitled simulcast of each episode.

 

 

Phase 1

High School DxD BorN (Saturdays at 1:00 pm ET, beginning May 2)

Assassination Classroom (Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Blood Blockade Battlefront (Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Ninja Slayer (Thursdays at 10:00 am ET, beginning May 21)

 

 

Phase 2

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Fridays at 2:10 pm ET, date TBA)

Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Saturdays at 7:00 am ET, date TBA)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Sundays at 5:00 am ET, date TBA)

Show by Rock!! (Sundays at 9:00 am ET, date TBA)

Mikagura School Suite (Tuesdays at 4:35 pm ET, date TBA)

 

 

In addition to Broadcast Dubs, All-AccessPass members can watch FUNimation’s entire library of content – the latest simulcast shows and an almost endless catalog of dubbed and subtitled anime episodes and movies – all in commercial-free, high quality video.  Paid subscription pricing starts as low as $4.99 per month.

 

 

For more information on FUNimation’s Streaming Service, check out funimation.com/subscribe, and to learn more about FUNimation’s Spring simulcast shows, please visit funimation.com/spring!

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

Hey anime fans, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign joins the Spring 2015 Broadcast Dub line-up today at 7:30PM CST in the DubbleTalk Block!  Can’t wait until then? No problem! We’ve got a cast announcement and a sneak peek of the dub for you!

 

Summary: After a mysterious virus wipes out ninety percent of humanity, vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth to enslave mankind, treating them like livestock. After growing tired of donating blood in exchange for protection, 12-year-old Yuichiro Hyakuya and his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya plot an escape along with the other orphans. After being the only successful runaway, Yuichiro joins the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army dedicated to killing off vampires.

 

CAST
FERID Eric Vale
MIKAELA Justin Briner
YUICHIRO Micah Solusod
GUREN Dave Trosko
YOICHI Chris Burnett
SHINOA Felecia Angelle
YAMANAKA Seth Magill
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ADR Director Jerry Jewell
Assistant ADR Director Josh Grelle
Lead Engineer Stephen Hoff
Assistand ADR Engineer….. Gregory Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the clip below for a sneak preview of the dub!

 

Catch the full episode tonight! 7:30pm CST at FUNimation.com/Spring!

 

 

Announcing: High School DxD BorN Broadcast Dub Cast

Update: Thank you to everyone that has posted comments regarding the first episode of the broadcast dub of High School DxD BorN. We understand the reactions from long term fans to the change in voice actors — which is the very reason we announced the recasting before the new dub aired. For differing reasons, both Scott Freeman and Teri Rogers could not return to the show. FUNimation had no other choice but to bring on two new voice actors, Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel, to High School DxD BorN in order to produce the dub. No amount of time or delay would have changed this. We hope new and especially existing fans will give Josh an Kelly the opportunity to settle into the characters. They are very talented actors and will do the show proud. FUNimation is committed to bringing the best in anime to our subscribers and sometimes, in this case, changes are unavoidable.

 

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 2, 2015. FUNimation Entertainment announced today the cast for the Broadcast Dub of High School DxD BorN (Season 3).  Weekly, subtitled episodes of the simulcast began airing on FUNimation’s streaming service on April 4 with new episodes premiering each Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Now four episodes into Season 3, FUNimation will be commencing production on the dub versions of the High School DxD BorN simulcast.

 

The cast of High School DxD BorN includes the addition of Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel in the roles of Issei and Akeno, respectively. Grelle is a FUNimation veteran and fan favorite and is well known for his TV, movie and video game roles from Attack on Titan and Mass Effect to The Devil is a Part-Timer and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.  The remaining cast from past seasons including Jamie Marchi, Sean O’Connor and Jād Saxton will be returning for this season’s simulcast.

 

“’We have always tried incredibly hard to retain the original voice cast for our dubbed releases.  However, there are instances where ‘life just gets in the way’, and this is one of those unfortunate situations,” said Justin Cook, director of production at FUNimation. “With that being said, we are proud to bring the talents of both Josh and Kelly into the cast, and though they have big shoes or bras, as the case may be, to fill, I believe our work this season will be the best ever, despite the changes and challenges.”

CHARACTER                           ACTOR

 

Issei                                         Josh Grelle

Rias                                         Jamie Marchi

Akeno                                     Kelly Angel

Kiba                                        Sean O’Connor

Koneko                                   Jād Saxton

Asia                                        Chloe Daniels

Yuma Amano                        Felecia Angelle (one time flashback)

Matsuda                                Tyson Rinehart

Motohama                            Ruben Tadeo Garcia

 

 

Season Synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are back! Lovable loser Issei and his spirited schoolmates return for a new season of supernatural tussles and mischievous mayhem—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but adolescent antics…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Kiba, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and flirt their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

For more information on or to watch High School DxD BorN, please visit www.funimation.com/high-school-dxd.

 

A Bittersweet “Goodbye” and a Hearty “Hello” from the Social Team

michelle_kollaboration“Bittersweet” is certainly the most fitting description for today’s announcement: we say goodbye to one member of our team and hello to another.

Our Social Media Manager, Michelle Lee, is moving on to pursue other opportunities. She played a hugely integral role on the social team for the last few years and while we are definitely sad to see her go, we are incredibly excited about her next step in life. Many of you, whether you follow the blog avidly or not, will recognize Michelle’s name and work. From conventions, to planning, to videos, to fan feedback, to killer one-liners and so much more, she rocked it all.

 

Thank you for everything, Michelle! 

 

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Now, you may have noticed a new name on the FUNimation blog over the last few days: Godswill Ugwa. We are thrilled to introduce Godswill as our newest Social Media Coordinator!  He’ll be joining Lauren and me to help bring you announcements, contests, feedback and more! Please join us in welcoming him!

 

Godswill is no stranger to anime and geek culture. When he’s not dancing, playing video games, fighting, or doing his master’s program at UT Dallas, he’s over at FUNimation doing his best to craft some witty quips for the social media pages. As an undergraduate at UT Dallas, he founded the ANIM3 Club and created the school’s first convention, Comet-Con, which just finished its third run. His top anime right now are One Piece (BTW his favorite character is Franky which he cosplayed as), Gurren Lagann, and Hunter x Hunter.

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