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“DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS” EXPANDING TO ADDITIONAL THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT, SCREENVISION AND FATHOM EVENTS TO BRING

THE FIRST NEW DRAGON BALL Z FEATURE FILM IN 17 YEARS TO THE BIG SCREEN

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New York, New York – July 17, 2014 – Fathom Events has joined FUNimation Entertainment and Screenvision to bring Earth’s greatest heroes to the U.S. in “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.” Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new “Dragon Ball Z” feature film in 17 years when it comes to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning August 5. The beloved franchise’s latest opus opened in Japan to a ravenous fan base, which purchased more than 1 million tickets in just six days. FUNimation and Screenvision will exhibit “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” in cinemas on August 5, 6, 7 and 9 in the U.S. and Canada. Fathom Events is proud to bring an additional a 350-plus U.S. cinemas onboard for August 5 and 6.  To view the full list of theaters and show times, visit dragonballz.com.

Tickets for “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” are limited and on sale now at participating theater box offices and online at www.dragonballz.com. The event will be presented in nearly 800 select movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada including through Fathom’s and Screenvision’s Digital Broadcast Networks. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, click here (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 

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.

For more information on “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” please visit www.dragonballz.com and http://www.fathomevents.com/event/dragon-ball-z-battle-of-gods.

English Cast Announcement One Piece: Film Z

one piece film z keyAnnounced this weekend at Anime Expo, we have the English cast for One Piece: Film Z! Check it out below, along with your first look at the trailer. The movie releases on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD on 9/30. Click here to pre-order your copy today!

 

synopsis:

 

Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece.

 

Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

LUFFY Colleen Clinkenbeard
NAMI / YOUNG NAMI Luci Christian
USOPP Sonny Strait
SANJI Eric Vale
ZORO Christopher R. Sabat
CHOPPER / YOUNG CHOPPER Brina Palencia
ROBIN Stephanie Young
FRANKY Patrick Seitz
BROOK Ian Sinclair
Z Jeremy Schwartz
AIN Lauren Landa
BINS Matt Mercer
GARP Brian Mathis
SENGOKU Ed Blaylock
AKAINU Andrew Love
AOKIJI Jason Douglas
KIZARU Ray Hurd
MOBSTON Mark Fickert
COBY Micah Solusod
HELMEPPO Mike McFarland
TSURU Juli Erickson
YOUNG Z Tia Ballard
PURIN Angela Chase
KIBIN Darryl Roberds
ADR Director Joel McDonald
Lead ADR Engineer Peter Hawkinson

 

It’s Gonna be a Hot, Hot Summer!

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FUNimation is proud to announce the acquisition of Free! -Eternal Summer-, the continuation of the hit swimming anime that made waves across the Internet! Not only will we be simulcasting the series as part of our summer season, we’ve also acquired home video rights! Yes, you read that right— Free! -Eternal Summer- will be coming to home video in North America.

 

Episode one will premiere this coming Wednesday, July 2, at 11:30 AM Eastern Time (that’s 10:30 CDT and 8:30 PDT), with new episodes every Wednesday following at the same time.

 

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Watch all your summer simulcast season shows now on your Xbox 360 with the new FUNimation Xbox app!

 

synopsis:

The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited for a second season in Free! -Eternal Summer-. After the last swim meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!

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FUNimation Acquires Animated Feature BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate

Flower Mound, Texas (June 18, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today it has acquired U.S. & Canadian rights to the full-length feature film BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate. From the team that brought you the Emmy nominated AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION, studio GONZO and internationally acclaimed director Fuminori Kizaki have come together once again to create this feature-length animated film based on the hugely popular video game franchise “BAYONETTA.” The film faithfully captures the extreme action and sexiness of the original, crafting a storyline that expands and further establishes the world of the sexy, shape shifting witch, Bayonetta.

 

Director Fuminori Kizaki will be making an appearance as a guest of honor at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 3-6 where a “sneak peek” of the English dub of BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate will be shown for fans at the convention, along with a special Q&A with Director Kizaki following on Saturday, July 5th, at 8:15pm in Video 1.

 

Fuminori Kizaki started his career in the animation industry at Studio Giants and, soon after, joined Studio Hercules. After he moved to Gonzo, Kizaki directed “AFRO SAMURAI” which found success in the worldwide market. The sequel, “AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION”, was nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) at the 61st Emmy Awards. His latest work is X-MEN (animated TV series, director). FUNimation plans to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD later this year and Nintendo announced earlier this month at E3 that Platinum Games will be releasing the BAYONETTA 2 video game exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U this October.

 

Be sure to ‘Like’ FUNimation’s official BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate Facebook page for all the latest news and details regarding the film and cast: https://www.facebook.com/BayonettaMovie

 

 

 

 

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FUNimation Entertainment announces LA Red Carpet Premiere of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”

Starring the voices of Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat on Thursday July 3, 2014 at Regal LA Live Stadium

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX- (6/11/14) FUNimation Entertainment announced that its animated feature film “Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods”, will be presented at a red carpet premiere at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theaters in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday July 3, 2014. The red carpet will begin at 8:00pm followed by the screening at 9:00pm.

 

It will be a night of entertainment for fans of the popular Dragon Ball Z franchise featuring an opportunity to walk the carpet alongside US voice cast including Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat and Producer, Justin Cook. Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

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Space Dandy – Big News in Space, Baby! (Rebroadcast)

Season 2 of Space Dandy hits Adult Swim on July 5, 2014! Now’s your chance to join in on the excitement from Japan and check out the English rebroadcast of last week’s “Space Dandy” Big News In Space, Baby! Announcement. Join hosts Yurin (voice of Honey) and Uki Satake (voice of QT), as they set the stage for our team of degenerate alien hunters! Guest staring Junichi Suwabe (voice of Dandy).

 

Rebroadcast begins tomorrow (June 12th) at 10pm ET.

 

 

Click this link tomorrow to check out the broadcast live stream, baby! http://live.b-ch.com/dandy_en

 

FUNimation Aquires TOKYO GHOUL

Flower Mound, TX – (06/07/14) – FUNimation Entertainment® announced today that it has acquired the simulcast and home video rights to the complete anime series, Tokyo Ghoul.  Based on the manga series by Sui Ishida from Studio Pierrot – the studio that brought you Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho – the series is directed by Shuhei Morita who received an Oscar-nomination at the 86th Academy Awards for his short film, Possessions.

 

The title will simulcast in July on FUNimation.com.

 

Synopsis:

 

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half-breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

 

The Japanese Voice Cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki (also known for Shouma Amaku, Daimidaler), Sora Amamiya as Touka Kirishima (also known for Honoka Mitsui, The Irregular at Magic High School), Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro (also known for Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass and Shiro, Deadman Wonderland), Mamoru Miyano as Shu Tsukiyama (also known for Light Yagami, Death Note and Okabe Rintarou, Steins;Gate), and Katsuyuki Konishi as Kotaro Amon (also known for Kamina, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann).

 

 

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.

 

FUNimation acquires rights to Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

FUNimation Entertainment announced today, that they have acquired the home video and digital distribution rights to the recently released, hit web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. While FUNimation will be handling distribution in the United States and Canada through their Giant Ape live action label, they are working with international distributors Manga Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, who will be distributing Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively.

 

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist was released as a 12 episode web series by Machinima, the number-one global video entertainment network for young males, on May 23, 2014. Since its release, the series has received millions of views, along with praise from entertainment and games media alike. FUNimation Entertainment will be releasing Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist as a 143 minute, feature-length film – which will contain 13 minutes of exclusive bonus footage not seen in the web series. Fans can also look forward to receiving loads of extra features; including behind-the-scenes clips, interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, and much more.

 

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is slated to hit retail in Fall 2014. If you haven’t checked the series out yet, head on over to Machinima’s YouTube page:

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Blasts into North American Movie Theaters This August

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX, May 30, 2014 – Prepare for the Dragon Ball Z experience of a lifetime as Earth’s greatest heroes hit the big screen in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

 

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 before it’s too late. 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 the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.

 

“We’re very excited to be bringing Battle of Gods to movie theaters across the country this summer,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of FUNimation Entertainment. “Dragon Ball Z has always been a huge part of everything we do at FUNimation and, speaking as a fan myself, I can’t wait to watch it on the big screen.”  FUNimation Entertainment will be partnering with Screenvision, a leader in cinema advertising and alternative content, to bring Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods to over 350 screens across the US & Canada.

 

There is still plenty more to announce in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information regarding release dates and cast announcements.

 

For more information on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, as well as upcoming tickets and showtimes, please visit www.dragonballz.com , Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dragonballz  & www.facebook.com/funimation , and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/funimation .

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FUNimation to premiere Terror in Resonance at Anime Expo

 

Flower Mound, TX – May 27, 2014 – FUNimation Entertainment announced today, that it will host a world premiere screening of  Terror in Resonance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles while simultaneously screening at Japan Expo in Paris. The screening will take place Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 1:30pm. Rights have been acquired for simulcast.

 

The anime is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope) at the studio Mappa, music composed by Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope), and character design by Kazuto Nakazawa (Samurai Champloo).

 

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.

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