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FUNimation acquires rights for Yona of the Dawn

yona of the dawn keyFlower Mound, TX – (10/14/14) – FUNimation Entertainment has acquired simulcast and home video rights to the anime series Akatsuki no Yona, which will now be known as Yona of the Dawn. Based on the epic fantasy and romance manga series from creator Mizuho Kusanagi, whose series Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life were released previously in North America. The 24 episode series which will run in the Fall and Winter simulcast seasons, features animation from Studio Pierrot, known for Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Fushigi Yuugi.


The title will launch October 21 at 11am EDT on, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.


Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people.


Yona Chiwa Saito Lavie in Last Exile,
Homura Akemi in Puella Magic Madoka Magica
Hak Tomoaki Maeno Pain in Naruto: Shippuden,
Natsume in Brother’s Conflict
SuWon Yusuke Kobayashi Kazuki in selector infected WIXOSS
Gija Masakazu Morita Ichigo in Bleach
Sinha Nobuhiko Okamoto Arata in Arata the Legend
Jeaha Junichi Suwabe Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist,
Undertaker in Black Butler
Jeno Hiro Shimono Conny in Attack on Titan
Yun Junko Minagawa Cornelia Li Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,
Ryoma in Prince of Tennis

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 However, you can still watch A good librarian like a good shepherd from the previous URL,


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!






Good news, everyone! GARO THE ANIMATION episode 1 will be available for FUNimation subscribers tomorrow (Oct. 8th) at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT. Afterwards, you’ll be able to watch it at its regular time on Fridays at 1:23pm ET/ 12:23pm CT on


The King’s close advisor implemented a large-scale witch-hunt. The tragic victims of this hunt were not witches, however, but Makai Knights and Makai Priests. One Makai Priestess gave birth to a child while being burned at the stake. That child carried the bloodlines of the Golden Knight. Although he was saved by his father, a Makai Knight himself, the newborn, León Luís, suffered greatly from the unjust death of his mother. And so he vowed to learn the ways of a Makai Knight from his father, Germán Luís, and use his training to seek revenge. During his battles against the demons known as “Horrors,” León must gradually approach reality and accept the truth.


Meanwhile, the powerful former adviser to the King, Mendoza, banished Prince Alfonso and his mother while the king was bedridden. Eager to reclaim his kingdom and save his people, Alfonso embarks on a quest to find the legendary Knight – but destiny holds a twist of fate in store for him.


Together, León and Alfonso begin long and difficult journey filled with many hardships.


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- The hottest anime simulcasts every season right after Japanese broadcast
- 1080p HD streaming video
- Largest selection of commercial-free English dubbed episodes online
- All available across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360


With the fall simulcast season starting up and a big October of exclusive dubs coming to subscribers, you don’t want to miss out.


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FUNimation Fall 2014 Simulcast Season, Part 2

psycho pass 2Last week we confirmed part of our Fall 2014 simulcast schedule for our fans. Check out what was previously announced below:


One Piece – Saturdays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

Fairy Tail – Fridays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

Psycho-Pass 2 – Thursdays at 11:50am CT/ 12:50pm ET (First episode on October 9th)

selector spread WIXOSS – Fridays at 12:05pm CT/ 1:05pm ET


Click here to see the post for our previous announcement.


A few days ago we asked fans to guess what we had confirmed for the rest of our Fall 2014 line-up with an opportunity to win a free 12-month subscription to our FUNimation Streaming Service. A few people were able to figure out all the clues, but we’ll go ahead and confirm the rest of the Fall 2014 Simulcast Season for you below!



Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! (a.k.a. Ore Twintail ni Narimasu)


First episode coming soon!
Streaming Thursdays at 1:46pm CT/ 2:46 ET


Twin-tails—also known as pigtails –are a crowning achievement among coiffeurs, and Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! pays homage to this most stunning of hairstyles. Helmed by the director of Oreimo, this dynamite rom-com stars Nobunaga Shimazaki (who stars in Free! as protagonist Haruka Nanase) as Soji, an honorable lover of twin-tails, as well as Maaya Uchida (Noragami’s Hiyori). It’s going to be an action-packed ride, so tie your hair safely back and tune in!



Soji is an average high school boy and devoted lover of pigtails. But when monsters with a thirst for human spirit energy invade earth, Soji (along with the help of a mysterious pig-tailed stranger) must transform into a pigtailed girl to defeat them.


Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance


Guess Our Fall 2014 Season and Win a 12-Month Subscription!

fairy tailFans already know part of our Fall 2014 simulcast schedule, but we have yet to reveal our entire season. Well, how about we make it a little more interesting?


We’re still working out some final details on a few titles, but while we’re waiting we wanted to see if fans could guess what we have confirmed so far. We’ll even sweeten the deal and throw in a free 12-month subscription for our FUNimation Streaming Service to one random fan who guesses all of the shows in our clue correctly! Click here for complete contest rules.


Ready? Here’s your clue:


A man sits on the banks of the River Styx and contemplates a remembrance of things past while a matching pair of children play a game nearby. Meanwhile, three brothers ferry a sheep and a wolf across the river under the cover of clouds.


*We’re gonna give you one more hint since several people are soooo close, but no one has gotten it right yet. The clues given refer to 6 shows.


To be eligible for the prize, you must decipher the clues and post all of the correct titles in the comments of this blog post. Please submit your entries in the following format in the comments of this blog post:

“Entry: Show 1, Show 2, Show 3, etc”


We will announce the winner on Friday afternoon with our simulcast season!


EDIT: Guessing game is now over! We hope you had fun! Congratulations to our random winner — Dragnoer. You will get a free 12-month subscription added to your account. Click here to see the full Fall 2014 Simulcast Season line-up.


Here’s how the clue broke down: “banks of the River Styx” and “game” both refer to Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. The series is about a fantasy card game where humans, god, and demons inhabit the land. The River Styx is the mythological river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. “Remembrance of things past” is the alternate title of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and refers to the series In Search of Lost Future. The “matching pair of children” refers to the series Gonna be the Twin-Tails!! and the “three brothers” and “under the cover of clouds” refers to the series Laughing Under the Clouds. The “sheep” is a reference to Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, which translates to “The Shepard of the Great Library.” Finally, the wolf is a reference to GARO THE ANIMATION since GARO can sometimes be translated to “fanged wolf” and is a nod to the Japanese tonkusatsu television series.


Prize: 12-month subscription to the FUNimation Streaming Service


The FUNimation Streaming Service gives you full access to:

*  The hottest anime simulcasts every season right after Japanese broadcast
*  1080p HD streaming video
*  The largest selection of commercial-free English dubbed episodes online
*  Use your subscription on your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360


With the fall simulcast season starting up and a big October of exclusive dubs coming to subscribers, you don’t want to miss out.


$7.95 for 1 month, or save 40% off and get 12-months for $54.95 – that’s less than $.15 a day!
Visit for more information on the FUNimation Streaming Service.




Buddy Complex Final Act!

buddycomplex_keyIt’s time for the Final Act! Remember Buddy Complex? It’s this awesome mech show that we simulcasted back in Winter 2014. Well, if you were left wondering what was going to happen at the end of the season, the exciting conclusion begins now!


Here’s a refresher for you since it’s been a while:


When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who’s piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she’s is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare in this new series from the studio that brought you Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Escaflowne!


Click here to catch up on episodes for free!



Here’s the situation for Into the Skies of Tomorrow – First Half: Hina comes aboard the Cygnus with Aoba and Dio, and she must decide where her allegiances lie. Meanwhile, her former comrades return home to Zogilia to find a shocking turn of events.

Click here to watch the episode now.


Into the Skies of Tomorrow – Second Half will be available for FUNimation subscribers tomorrow (9/30) at 11am CT/ 12pm ET!



Soul Eater Not! Home Video Rights

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We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the Blu-ray and DVD rights for Soul Eater Not! The series is expected to release in summer 2015, and it will include an English dub track.




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!


The series is currently available for streaming on

Three Reasons to Watch SHONEN HOLLYWOOD: Not Your Average Idol Anime


Anime about idols–singing and dancing pop stars–are hugely in trend right now, both in Japanese and American fandom, and the genre has spawned a ton of new shows as of late, from AKB0048 to Wake Up, Girls! and everything in between. SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is another addition to the idol boom (this time about male idols!), but if you’re expecting a sugar-sweet fairy tale about singing and dancing your way to stardom, it’s…note quite that. Here are three reasons to pick up SHONEN HOLLYWOOD if you’re an idol anime fan… and especially if you aren’t. (But don’t take it from us—check out Anime News Network’s glowing reviews of the series and its realistic take on the subject matter.


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1) When it comes to idols, it’s completely self-aware


Let’s face it, even ardent idol and idol-anime fans know that this whole business of crooning love songs while dancing with a bunch of other dudes in ridiculous costumes with feathers is… kinda cheesy. Lots of idol anime feature characters who buy into that—characters whose behind-the-scenes personalities genuinely match their idol image—but SHONEN HOLLYWOOD has no such illusions. In the first episode, the boys practice introducing themselves in typical overblown idol fashion—proclaiming their fans their girlfriends and make ridiculously sparkly gestures—and like real people with standards, the main character Kakeru gets horribly embarrassed by the show. If you’ve ever wondered if real life pop stars actually want to keep themselves pure for their fans and truly want to share their universe with each and every one of them, then spoiler alert: they don’t.


SHONEN HOLLYWOOD – Learn the choreography


Just like a real idol group, boy band SHONEN HOLLYWOOD performs their song and dance “Eternally, never ever” for a fictional Japanese music show in this clip—anyone out there going to learn the dance?


Also, what you may not realize is that SHONEN HOLLYWOOD is tied to an actual real-life Japanese idol group, ZEN THE HOLLYWOOD, who performs this song to real-life fans in Tokyo! Check out their performance for comparison—the choreography’s the same! See video below.



The last episode of SHONEN HOLLYWOOD airs next week! Are you up-to-date on all the episodes? Click here to watch now.


shonen hollywood key 2synopsis:

These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top!


Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!