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FUNimation Entertainment and GameSamba announce FAIRY TAIL RPG with Kodansha

Flower Mound, TX – FUNimation Entertainment and GameSamba, Group 1200 Media companies, announced today that they intend to execute an agreement with Kodansha to develop a free-to-play online role-playing game based on the Fairy Tail brand. The browser-based game will have worldwide territory rights and is expected to be released in 2015. “This collaborative relationship will broaden the brand awareness of one of the hottest anime properties currently in the market,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “This will give fans a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the Kingdom of Fiore.”

The Fairy Tail game, being developed and published by GameSamba and its sister studio GameSamba HK, will be a turn-based role-playing game (RPG) where players will take on the role of a wizard fighting alongside members of the Fairy Tail guild in an attempt to recover their past. Players will be able to select from a variety of magic affinities, and unlock and customize spells as they play, creating their dream wizard in the world of Fairy Tail.

The game will allow players to befriend and fight alongside characters from Fairy Tail, create a guild, and more. Players will be able to complete quests from their own guild’s Request Board, and take on epic challenges by forming Wizard Teams with their friends.

More details about the game will be revealed throughout the coming months. To stay up to date on the development of the game, fans can stay tuned to the GameSamba website and Facebook page.

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in the Seattle area, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba is an affiliate of Group 1200 Media. www.gamesamba.com

About Group 1200 Media

Group 1200 Media is a fully integrated next-generation independent entertainment studio. G1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products (GameSamba and Immerz), is a market leader in the acquisition, creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of our wide-ranging Anime, TV and Movie slate. The studio uses our portfolio of brands to differentiate genres and unique audiences with curated content, services and consumer products. Our content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and digital home entertainment, pay and free television subscription on-demand services.   www.group1200.com

About Kodansha Ltd.

Kodansha is one of Japan’s largest publishers, originally established in 1909. A leading source of original content and licenses for Japanese entertainment, Kodansha is home to Hiro Mashima’s “Fairy Tail”, a best-selling manga serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine.

FUNimation Acquires Home Video Rights for Dragonar Academy, Date a Live II, and NO-RIN

We know a lot of fans have been asking about the status for the following shows, so we’re very pleased to announce that we have secured the home video rights for Dragonar Academy, Date a Live II, and NO-RIN. See below for details.

 

 

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Dragonar Academy

 

synopsis:

Ash Blake is nothing but a joke to his fellow students at Ansullivan Dragonar Academy. Sure, he’s got the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons, but he’s having more than a little trouble playing the part of a hero. At least until the day his dragon suddenly awakens, and his world changes forever. There’s just one slight problem: His dragon is actually a beautiful girl, and she’s determined to become the master – and make Ash the slave! Beautiful girls and high-flying action take center stage in this thrilling adventure.

 

Dragonar Academy will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD Combo in 2015. Check out http://funimation.com/dragonar-academy for more details.

 

 

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Date a Live II

 

synopsis:
Gear up for a thrilling second season of the smash hit anime Date a Live! This epic new chapter picks up where last season ended and introduces some titillating new developments – like a stunning set of twin Sirens! Don’t miss this chance for a second date with your favorite space babes or their adorable hijinks could wreak havoc on planet Earth! Fans are sure to flip for this irresistible offering from the studio behind Cat Planet Cuties.

 

Date a Live II will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD Combo in 2015. Watch episodes from the first season on http://funimation.com/date-a-live.

 

 

no_rin_keyNO-RIN

 

Coming soon! From the director of the Negima! OVAs and Baka and Test comes a hilarious new series with more agricultural innuendos than you can shake a cucumber at!

 

synopsis:

The mood is right for falling in love with a superstar in the new series from the director of the Negima OVAs! Teenager Hata Kosaku is crushed when his favorite singing idol, Kusakabe Yuka, stuns the world by retiring from show business. Kosaku’s friends try to cheer him up, but nothing can chase away his gloomy mood until Yuka herself transfers into his class at Tamo Agriculture School!

 

Check out http://funimation.com/no-rin for more information and to watch subtitled episodes.

 

 

 

FUNimation Home Video Announcements – What to Look Forward to in 2015

We’re wrapping up the end of the year with some home video announcements! Here’s what fans can look forward to owning in 2015!

 

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Noragami

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.

 

Noragami will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD in Summer 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/noragami

 

 

danganronpa keyDanganronpa

series 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 Monobear, 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.

Danganronpa will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/danganronpa-the-animation

 

 

buddycomplex_keyBuddy Complex
series synopsis:

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!

 

Buddy Complex will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD. Release date is TBD. For more information about the series, please visit: http://funimation.com/buddy-complex.

 

 

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series synopsis:
History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

Nobunagun will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5th, 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/nobunagun for more information.

(EDIT: please note release date has changed for Nobunagun to May 5th)

 

 

daimidalerDaimidaler: Prince VS. Penguin Empire
series synopsis:

From the crew that brought you High School DxD comes the timeless story of strange alien invaders known as the Penguin Empire, giant robots, henchmen running around in skintight animal costumes, and Earth’s only hope at survival: an easily excited teenage boy with a mysterious power fueled by oversized boobs.

 

Daimidaler: Prince VS. Penguin Empire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/daimidaler for more information.

 

 

Terror_key_02Terror in Resonance

series synopsis:
Legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe and famed composer Yoko Kanno are back with a suspense-filled intellectual thriller!

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children – children who shouldn’t even exist – masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber – and pull the trigger on this world.

 

Terror in Resonance will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Fall 2015. For more information about the series, please visit http://funimation.com/terror-in-resonance

 

maken2Maken-Ki! Two

series synopsis:

The busty babes of Maken-ki! are back in a follow-up to the hit first season! When Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy, he discovers that he has a magical power called “Maken.” The hornball might end up a great fighter—if he can  keep from being distracted by all the gorgeous girls running around his new school.

 

Maken-Ki! Two will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Spring 2015. Please visit http://funimation.com/maken-ki for more information about both Season 1 and Season 2 of this series.

 

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series synopsis:

In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about—cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence. If she wins, her wishes will be granted—but what happens if she loses?

 

selector infected WIXOSS will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Visit http://funimation.com/selector for more information. Release date for selector spread WIXOSS is currently TBA.

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Death Parade

death parade 1981Can we interest you in a game? FUNimation has acquired the rights for Death Parade! The series will be joining our Winter 2015 simulcast line up with the first episode available on January 9th at 12:28pm ET and new episodes every Friday at 11:30am ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Death Parade? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

synopsis:

There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling new series where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: your life is on the line.

 

Check out the cast list below.

 

CHARACTER  ACTOR
Dekim Tomoaki Maeno
(Yona of the Dawn’s Son Hak, Maken-Ki!’s Takeru)
Black-Haired Woman Asami Seto
(Selector’s Iona, Magi’s Seishun Lee)
Ginty Yoshimasa Hosoya
(Free! -Eternal Summer- Sosuke, Brother’s Conflict’s Yusuke)
Nona Rumi Ookubo
(Barakamon’s Tamako, Freezing’s Hiiragi)
Clavice Kouki Uchiyama
(Soul Eater’s Soul Eater, Fairy Tail’s Midnight)
Queen Ryoko Shiraishi
(Hellsing Ultimate’s Schrodinger, Negima!?’s Kaede)
Castra Ryoka Yuzuki
(Kill La Kill’s Satsuki, My-HiME’s Haruka)
Oculus Tessho Genda
(Akira’s Ryusaku, Sengoku Basara’s Takeda Shingen)

 

 

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So, here are our announcements so far! And we’ve got exciting news! This winter season will be our BIGGEST simulcast season ever! We’re going to take a short break for the holidays, but we’ll be back next week with more announcements!

 

 

FUNimation App Now Available on PS3

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Happy Holidays FUNimation fans! We have a big announcement to share with you all!

 

The first version of the FUNimation PS3 app is now available for download, free from the PlayStation Store! This new streaming app allows you to watch the latest and greatest anime episodes on your  PS3 with your FUNimation Streaming Service account.

 

This first version of the PS3 app provides the basic features needed to stream anime. Advanced features such as Search and Queue will be added early in 2015, along with a PS4 app. We wanted to get the PS3 app out now, and upgrade it later so that you can start enjoying the content on your PS3.

 

Thank you, and we can’t wait to see what you think of our new PlayStation apps!

 

Happy Holidays,

FUNimation

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Rolling Girls

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CUTE GIRLS ON MOTORCYCLES!

 

FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for Rolling Girls!  Get ready for an action-packed and awesomely-animated new show—and the first original TV animated series from Wit Studio, the powerhouse that brought you Attack on Titan! After Wit Studio burst through the gates with Attack on Titan as their first animated series, both fandom and industry have been closely following to see what they’ll bring us next. Aside from cool characters and motorcycles, The Rolling Girls features energetic fight scenes and dynamic movement that any animation visual effects fan (that’s sakuga otaku) will love. Check out the trailer to see that in action!

 

What’s The Rolling Girls actually about? The short of it is that a kickass group of girls ride around a war-ravaged Japan on their sweet bikes, solving problems and figuring stuff out in this brave new world. For more details, here’s the synopsis:

 

Gun your engines and get ready for the full-throttle adventure of The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! In the wake of the Great Tokyo War, Japan, as the world once knew it, no longer exists. What remains is a fragmented network of independent nations ruled by heroes known as the Bests. Each Best commands an army made of the Rest as they seek to conquer anyone in their path. Enter Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya. These four intrepid and adorable girls are ordered by their Best to travel across the country by motorcycle, keeping a watchful eye on the field of battle wherever they encounter violence between warring nations!

 

Streaming schedule is TBA at this time, so stay tuned for more info coming soon!

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Celebrate the Acquisition of Inari Kon Kon With a Free Calendar!

Do you love Japanese culture?  Fantasy or romance anime? ADORABLE chibi foxes?

 

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(Seriously, we’re not kidding around about the adorableness of THIS FOX.)

 

If your answer is yes to any of these, look out for our upcoming home video release of Inari Kon Kon (full Japanese title: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.) coming in 2015, a lovely little series full of cool Japanese mythology, gorgeous shrines, heartwarming romance, AND… refreshingly well-written, likeable characters? Seriously, as cute as this show is, it’s got some moments of maturity and character development that belie its sweet exterior.

 

To celebrate the home video release, we’re giving you a downloadable year calendar featuring the exquisite Japan-inspired artwork of the show! Use them as your desktop wallpaper to keep track of the dates, or print them out and stick them on your wall as a physical reminder! Click here to download the calendar now.

 

 

 

inari_keyseries synopsis:

Inari is a cheerful girl in Kyoto who has a crush on one of the coolest guys in her middle school, but she can’t seem to confess her feelings to him. After saving a beautiful goddess’s familiar, the deity blesses Inari with the ability to shapeshift—much to the chagrin to the rest of the spiritual world. Will love bloom for the newly empowered girl when the spirits intervene?

 

Our Inari Kon Kon home video release will feature the complete series PLUS the never-before-simulcast OVA episode, featuring Kon’s even-MORE-adorable human form (not seen in the anime series proper)! This series will be released subtitle-only (Japanese audio with English subtitles).

 

Click here for more information about Inari Kon Kon, and to watch episodes on our site!

FUNimation Returning Simulcasts for Winter 2015

Yesterday, we announced we have obtained the rights to the highly anticipated anime series–Assassination Classroom! Today, we’ve got SEVEN titles for you!

 

We’re going to see some familiar faces this winter! Take a look below at the shows returning for Winter 2015!

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

Streaming every Fridays at 9pm ET

 

synopsis:

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

 

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Click here to check out episodes now!

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

Streaming every Saturday at 9pm ET

 

The battle in Dressrosa rages on as Luffy & Law’s alliance is put to the test against the powerful Don Quixote Pirates.

 

series synopsis:

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes now on http://funimation.com/one-piece or http://onepieceofficial.com

 

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Something Weird is Coming…

a_classroom_key_0564Something weird is coming this winter! We’ve been rolling out some fun little teasers for our announcement today, but now it’s time for the real deal–FUNimation has acquired the rights for the highly anticipated Assassination Classroom!

 

Assassination Classroom will be joining our FUNimation Winter 2015 Simulcast Season! First episode will be available on January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Assassination Classroom? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Please visit http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom for more information about the series.

 

synopsis:

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

 

What do you think of our first announcement? Stay tuned for more!

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Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

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Have you visited the front page of Anime News Network today? If you have then you might have noticed something… interesting. In the upper left corner we included the box art for the Nobunagun release. A few fans were quick to notice, so if you were one of them–good job!

 

Now, fans have had a few questions about the release, especially concerning Blu-ray rights, so we’ll clear those up for you now. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available for pre-order on our site yet, but we’ll let everyone know as soon as it is. Please note that the box art for this release is not final yet and is subject to change.

 

Are you excited about the release of Nobunagun on Blu-ray and DVD? If you haven’t heard of this show before, take a look below at the synopsis:

 

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History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

 

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

 

Nobunagun streamed on our site as part of our Winter 2014 simulcast season. Click here to watch subtitled episodes now!