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FUNIMATION ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO “ATTACK ON TITAN” SEASON 2 WITH PREMIERE SET FOR APRIL 2017

Agreement with Kodansha Brings Global Hit Anime Series Back to U.S. & Canada

 

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – December 8, 2016. Funimation® Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of “Attack on Titan” Season 2 and the return of the worldwide hit anime series which was first introduced to U.S. and Canadian audiences in 2013. “Attack on Titan” Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in April 2017 in Japan.

 

 

“’Attack on Titan’ became an instant hit since it first streamed in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring fans the long-awaited Season 2 of the series,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “’Attack on Titan’ is truly a worldwide phenomenon that has continued to grow at a non-stop pace. Fans can look forward to an exciting second season.”

 

“Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin” in Japanese) is based on the New York Times best-selling manga series by Hajime Isayama and tells the story of a world in which the last of humanity fights to survive against man-eating giants called Titans. With now 21 volumes in print and an estimated 70 million copies in print today, “Attack on Titan” has inspired spin-off manga and novels, the anime series, a live action movie and numerous video games. Funimation simulcast the original 25-episode, Season 1 of “Attack on Titan” as well as released it on home video throughout North America.

 

 

“’Attack on Titan’ is one of those rare titles that has reached true cult status with anime fans,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “It’s been more than 3 years since the last episode of ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 1 and passion from its fans has not waned. We look forward to premiering it on FunimationNow.”

Schedule of Subbed Shows Coming Off Funimation

As mentioned earlier this year, Funimation and Crunchyroll have partnered together to give you more anime content by focusing on what we do best. Funimation will dub most of the shows that Crunchyroll has, and Crunchyroll will get most of the subbed content that Funimation has. Funimation will still have all your favorite dubs, new SimulDubs every season, and new shows never before been dubbed

 

Now that we’re further along in the partnership, we’ll be dubbing more shows that Crunchyroll has (stay tuned for future announcements of which shows that will entail) and subbed content will start to come off of our apps and website. See the subbed shows that are planned to come off of Funimation that are on Crunchyroll already below.

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“DRAGON BALL SUPER” SUBTITLED EPISODES BEGIN STREAMING TODAY ON FUNIMATIONNOW WITH NEW SIMULCAST EPISODES STARTING NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Funimation to Produce English Dub of New Series

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 4, 2016. Building upon their more than 20-year association with the Dragon Ball franchise, Funimation® Entertainment and Toei Animation Inc. have expanded their partnership to include “Dragon Ball Super” – the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years.   Encompassing streaming, digital download and home video distribution, their multi-year agreement will introduce “Dragon Ball Super” throughout the USA & Canada. In addition, the partnership also covers broadcast and merchandising opportunities for “Dragon Ball Super” as well. Fans can immediately begin watching current subtitled episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” (episodes 1 – 10 and 47 – 64) on FunimationNow followed by new simulcast episodes which will begin with episode 65 this Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. CT.  Episodes 11 – 46 will be available on FunimationNow once subtitling has been completed. In conjunction with the agreement, production will begin on an English dub of the “Dragon Ball Super” series, with broadcast and casting details to follow.

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First Look at Funimation’s Fall SimulDub Lineup!

We’re excited to share that our partners at Crunchyroll just announced some of their new season lineup! Here’s which of those shows you’ll find Funimation SimulDubs of on FunimationNow this fall, as well as much more to come!

 

NANBAKA

Adapted from Shō Futamata’s Nanbaka manga!  ”Four men are assigned to Nanba, the world’s most formidable prison. Jyugo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rock, a man who likes to get into fights; and Nico, a man who likes anime. A super exciting action comedy about the daily lives of the prison’s inmates and guards.”

Source: Crunchyroll

 

 

IZETTA: THE LAST WITCH

“Set in an alternate Earth on the eve of the 2nd World War, the story of Shumatsu no Izetta follows Izetta, the last surviving member of a clan of witches that possesses the ability to magically manipulate any object that they touch. Izetta pledges to help protect Princess Fine and the tiny Alpine kingdom of Altstaltd from invasion by the imperialistic forces of Germania.”

Source: Crunchyroll

 

These titles will be joining Drifters and Monster Hunter! Stay tuned for dates and more additions to our lineup!

Birdy the Mighty: Decode Expires In October

Unfortunately good things have to end. Just as in the way of Baccano and the Fullmetal Alchemist series, Birdy the Mighty: Decode will have its license expired on October 14, 2016.

 

 

What this means is that Birdy the Mighty: Decode will be removed from Funimation Streaming and when its DVDs have sold out, they will not be reprinted by us. This means that you definitely need to watch and buy this series NOW before they go out of print!

 

Click here to get your copy today

 

Synopsis:

Birdy is a jaw-dropping, pin-up sensation with a secret. Under cover of darkness, this dream girl becomes a bad guy’s worst nightmare. Birdy dons her crime-fighting costume and hits the street as a lethal, interstellar federation agent charged with nailing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. Her latest case involves a gang of extraterrestrial terrorists and a stolen space weapon that could nuke every living thing on Earth.  Birdy’s got the moves to stop them dead in their tracks, but there’s one big problem: she’s got a nasty habit of going berserk, and somebody always gets hurt. Yeah, Birdy may be dreamy, but she’s also the only thing more dangerous than the bad guys.

 

 

 

 

October 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in October for home video release!

 

Attack on Titan: The Movie Part 1

 

 

Movie Synopsis: 

When the Titans first attacked, life for mankind was forever changed. Fearing the massive man-eating humanoids, survivors constructed three enormous walls for protection. From that point on, humanity lived safely behind the walls—for the time being.

A century later, life is peaceful. Eren and his friends live inside the walls, yearning to explore beyond the borders they’ve always known. But the opportunity comes sooner than expected when a Colossal Titan appears above the wall. With a single kick the barricade is pierced, allowing a swarm of titans to pour in and devour their newly exposed prey. Witnessing the devastation, Eren and his friends vow to destroy the man-eating terrors.

The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

 

 

 

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July 2016 Anime Month on Microsoft Movies

This July, Funimation partners up again with Microsoft to bring great anime deals and provide summer fun! All month long turn on your favorite Windows device, Xbox 360 or Xbox One and head straight to Microsoft Movies and TV. Click on the Anime Month banner and start shopping for savings right away.

Update on 7/17/16 with Episode 3!

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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “DRIFTERS” FROM NBCUNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN


Drifters Announcement

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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