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Introducing FUNimation Broadcast Dubs!

Flower Mound, TX – (10/29/14) – FUNimation announced today the start of a new initiative–the FUNimation Broadcast Dub. Fans will soon be able to watch the English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation has experience with broadcast dubs, having had previous success dubbing the hit series Space Dandy for U.S. broadcast on Adult Swim. FUNimation Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers commercial-free and streaming in 1080 HD.

 

Currently, new episodes are simulcast with Japanese audio and English subtitles shortly after the original broadcast in Japan. Once the series has finished simulcasting, final materials are received from Japan and work begins on the English dubbed home video release.

 

However, with this new initiative, select series will be dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. When asked why the company has decided to launch FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, founder and president Gen Fukunaga replied, “We know that anime fans have a strong interest in English dubs, so we are doing everything we can to get them to the fans as soon as possible.”

 

Following the release of the FUNimation Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast.

 

Two shows have been chosen from the current Fall 2014 season to launch the initiative–Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

 

laughing under the cloudsFans will be able to watch Episode 1 of Laughing Under the Clouds in English on November 1st at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT on http://funimation.com/laughing-under-the-clouds. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are released every Friday at 2:28pm ET shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

 

psycho pass 2Episode 1 of Psycho-Pass 2 will be available in English on November 8th at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT on http://funimation.com/psycho-pass. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are available every Thursday at 12:50pm ET/ 11:50am CT shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!

 

 

For more information about FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, check out this interview on the Nerdist.

 

 

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- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
- English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
- The largest selection of English dubs online
- HD commercial-free streaming episodes
- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360!

 

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FUNimation Acquires Sexy Wrestling Anime “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!”

wanna be the worlds strongestToday we’re excited to announce home video and streaming rights for Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Known as Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! in Japan (or Sekatsuyo! for short), this no-holds-barred sexy wrestling series comes to you from the studio behind Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny and Queen’s Blade.

 

The series will release on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015 with an English dub, but if you can’t wait that long, all English-subtitled episodes will be available today at 12pm CT on our site. FUNimation subscribers will be able to watch the series in HD! Marathon all twelve episodes today! Click here for more info.

 

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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 FUNimation.com, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.

 

Synopsis:
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.

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
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

Release Dates for .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//Roots, and .hack//G.U. Trilogy

Just announced at New York Comic Con, we have release dates for the .hack franchise! In addition, Nekocon will be screening the first episodes of .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots at their convention this year.

 

Nekocon is located in Hampton Roads, VA and will take place on November 7th – 9th this year. Click here for more about the convention.

 

hack sign.hack//SIGN

 

.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

 

Releasing on DVD on February 24th, 2015

 

 

 

hack legend of twilight.hack//Legend of the Twilight

 

Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late!

 

Releasing on DVD April 7th, 2015

 

 

 

hack roots.hack//Roots

 

In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

Releasing on DVD on May 19th, 2015

 

 

 

hack gu trilogy.hack//G.U. Trilogy

 

Join Haseo on his quest to track down Tri-Edge, the devious PK responsible for leaving one of his closest friends in a coma. Along the way he meets Atoli, a gentle girl who takes an interest in him despite his chilly demeanor. Together, Haseo and Atoli will attempt to survive long enough to decipher the riddle of the entities known as AIDAs – and save their fellow gamers from permanent sleep!

 

Releasing on DVD on June 30th, 2015. This release will be English subtitle-only.

 

*Please note that release dates are subject to change.

 

 

 

 

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods at New York Comic Con!

Bring Home the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition, Now Available on Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack with
20 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen-Footage!

 

To Celebrate the Release, Two of the Movies’ Voice Actors Will Appear at New York Comic Con October 10th- 11th

 

Voices of Goku (Sean Schemmel) and Vegeta (Chris Sabat)
will be at Booth # 1520 Oct 10th & 11th

 

dbz bog box artFlower Mound, TX – The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods momentum continues! Following the highly successful theatrical release in August, the movie releases today, Oct 7th, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD! Fans can relive the epic theatrical event with the Extended Edition Blu-ray Combo pack, which features 20 mins of never-before-seen footage. It also includes the theatrical version of the film, as well as 30 minutes of extra features, both of which are not available on the standard DVD version.

 

You don’t want to miss this! IGN noted the movie has “some of the most exhilarating fight scenes I’ve ever seen.” Fans love the stunning animation, epic new villains, action, and comedy of the film. They called the English dub “phenomenal”.

 

To celebrate the release, two of the starring voice actors from the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat, will attend the New York Comic Con October 10th-11th.

 

In addition to signing autographs for the fans at FUNimation’s Booth #1520, on Friday and Saturday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, the adored actors will appear on the official Twitch livestream at the Twitch booth on Friday October 10 from 12-1pm.

 

Sean Schemmel plays the voice character of GOKU in the Dragon Ball megaseries as well as voices in Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Lupin III and Ah! My Goddess. Schemmel is also an ADR director and screenwriter and has provided voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime, television series, and video games.

 

Chris Sabat has a multitude of skills including screenwriter, ADR director but for Dragon Ball Z, plays the voices of: VEGETA, PICCOLO, SHENRON, YAMCHA, BUBBLES and more. He also appears in Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Samurai 7, Fullmetal Alchemist and has video game roles in AEon Flux, BloodRayne 2 and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct!

 

Both men have years of experience creating amazing anime works and have a lot stories to share about the creativity that goes behind making the incredibly popular Dragon Ball Z franchise.

 

Be sure to check out the Twitch event on Friday, October 10 from 12-1pm. Watch it live at www.twitch.tv/nycc. And don’t miss out on owning the first Dragon Ball Z feature film in 17 years!

 

Go to www.dragonballz.com to order online or find the retail location nearest you.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com or FUNimation Channel.

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!

 

twintails

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!

 

synopsis:

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

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FUNimation Fall 2014 Simulcast Season, Part 1

The Fall 2014 Season is fast approaching, and I’m sure you’re wondering what we have in store for you! Well, here’s what we can confirm at this time:

 

One Piece will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

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

 

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 on funimation.com/one-piece, or onepieceofficial.com

 

Fairy Tail will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

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

 

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!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/fairy-tail

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Soul Eater Not! Home Video Rights

soul eater not

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.

 

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!

 

The series is currently available for streaming on funimation.com/soul-eater-not.

Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series Joins Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

hellsing ultimate screenshot

 

Flower Mound, Texas (August 23, 2014) – Saturday night television is about to get a lot more bloody! Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network paired with Cartoon Network, announced today that it will begin airing volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series during the popular, Toonami anime block. The action-packed, supernatural epic is set to debut on September 13 at 3:00AM ET/1:00AM CT (in the former Black Lagoon time slot). Volumes will air in an hour-long block and will be edited to fit TV-MA broadcast standards.

 

Hellsing Ultimate will be joining the Toonami ranks with other FUNimation Entertainment shows Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

 

In case you missed it, the final chapters in the Hellsing Ultimate series are coming to home video later this year. Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes IX & X will be released on Blu-ray & DVD on October 28th. Check out the Coming Soon trailer below and pre-order on FUNimation.com right here.

 

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Heads to Home Video With an Uncut Version of the Film — 20 Minutes of Footage Not Seen in Theaters!

dbz bog box artFlower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

 

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

 

This must-own movie, from series creator Akira Toriyama, will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on October 7, 2014. Pre-orders are available starting today. Click here to pre-order your copy now! Bring home the movie IGN calls “Some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.”

 

Check DragonBallZ.com for more information. For the latest news and announcements, don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/dragonballz & facebook.com/funimation, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation.

 

About Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of Dragon Ball Z, one of the most successful anime brands of all time, will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from the Dragon Ball creator himself, Akira Toriyama.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.