Funimation & Crunchyroll Working Together to Bring You More!

Since Gen Fukunaga started Funimation with the first ever English dub of Dragon Ball Z, our goal has been to make the best anime in the world accessible to most fans possible. Today, we’re announcing a new partnership with Crunchyroll that lets us both work together to bring anime to fans around the world.

 

What does this mean for you? Simpler, easier choices about where to watch anime. For subtitled viewing, you’ll be able to go to Crunchyroll – in fact, we’ve already started putting some of our subtitled shows up on their service today, and we will be adding more over the weeks to come. For English dubs, you’ll continue to get those from Funimation – we will have select shows from Crunchyroll’s catalog up on FunimationNow coming soon, and we will be creating new dubs for even more shows in the future!

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FunimationNow – Free Anime Anytime, Anywhere!

When we launched our new mobile apps earlier this year, a lot of people were disappointed to see that fans with free accounts were unable to access them. Well, we heard your feedback and we’re happy to announce that, with the new site launch, we’re
bringing AVOD back to the FunimationNow Apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows 10, PlayStation, and Roku!

 

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On top of that, fans with free accounts will be able to access more content than ever from our apps. Including dubbed versions of any shows currently available from a free account on our site. For gaming consoles, that means more than just promo episodes—
full anime series that you pay nothing for!

 

The enhanced video player and experience on the new site will also extend to our free account users. Everything you watch ad-supported will be the same level of quality as our Premium Subscribers have access to, including HD video when it’s available.

 

Thanks so much for your continued feedback about our site and service. Be on the lookout, we’ll have more updates and information coming soon!

 

Interview: The New English Cast of Escaflowne!

 

In this interview from Otakon 2016, the brand-new English cast for Escaflowne weighs in on what it was like to recording this classic franchise! Read about the acting/recording process and what it’s like to record a dub for an older show from Caitlin Glass (Hitomi), Aaron Dismuke (Van),  Alexis Tipton (Merle) and ADR Director Sonny Strait (Allen)!

Plus, you can hear them in the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack — the series and movie release contain the original and new dubs, plus the original Japanese audio with English subtitles!

 

 

Can you share your thoughts on the recording process and how you feel about this new dub?

 

Sonny: First of all, what did you guys think about the performance? [audience applause] When I was casting this, Hitomi was a no-brainer, I just knew it was Caitlin. But I also—you’ll get to see Vic Mignogna as Folken in this later. When I started, I thought “that’s who I want to play him.” And then I thought “wouldn’t it be cool if Aaron played his brother?” But I hadn’t directed Aaron since he was a little kid. And so I didn’t know—sometimes child actors don’t grow up to be great actors. So he auditioned—he was one of the first people to audition, and he nailed it. But then I was like “but we have to hear everyone else…” But no one came close. I thought he really nailed the part of that. And oh! and Merle. There were a lot of people who auditioned and with very cute voices and stuff, which is just what Merle needs, but Merle also has to have a real strong bout of humanity. And that’s what Alexis brought to this performance. When I heard her, I thought “That’s what I want.”

How familiar were you with Escaflowne before working on this English dub? Had you heard of or seen this series before?

 

Alexis: I have a friend that I’ve known since 7th grade who was really, really into this in middle school. And I had seen a little bit of it with her at her house after school, hanging out. And so when I heard we got the rights to dub Escaflowne, I was so excited because I knew someone who was very, very passionate about this anime. And when I was cast, I was really excited. So not only did I want to do right by the fans of Escaflowne, I also really wanted to do right by my friend, who has been my friend for so long.

 

Caitlin: I knew of the show of course; for a lot of us sitting here, working in the dubbing industry for ten years or more, but I knew of Escaflowne before I became a voice actor from when the anime came out. I had not seen the show back then; I didn’t know how to watch anything unless I could see it on television or rent it—which is good, because downloading illegal things is bad. So it was a series I had never seen and never thought I would be recording for, so it’s very special.

 

Aaron: I actually hadn’t of it yet when I auditioned—

 

Sonny: You weren’t born when it came out. [audience laughter]

 

Aaron: It came out in ’96, so I was… 4, when it came out initially. And I guess I was 8 when it first came out in America. So yeah, I hadn’t heard of it and as I watched a couple episodes—on YouTube, ironically—I watched a couple episodes of the original dub on YouTube, and I was impacted by, I think his name is Kirby. He was definitely a strong point of it, yeah.

 

Sonny: I was aware of it and I had seen some of it., but it was during a kids’ block of cartoons, and so I watched it in this kids’ block of shows, and what’s great about the version you’re going to hopefully buy soon is that this is unedited. This is the way it was intended to be done. And you know, many companies do that, Funimation has done that before too, but I’d much rather have the unedited version.

 

For Sonny: As ADR director, what was your approach to directing the dub for this classic series? Is there a difference between dubbing for Escaflowne versus dubbing for a contemporary series?

 

Sonny: No, not really. We were aware of the fanbase and we wanted to do the best job we could, but really it’s all about putting the actors in that scene, in that moment. The directing process didn’t get impacted at all, it’s just that we got work on a really cool, high-profile show.

 

Since there was previously a dub that was created for this series, was that a challenge?

 

Sonny: Well, that’s yet to be seen. [audience laughter] I don’t think so. I mean, none of the characters, none of the actors here based their performances on the original dub, and I encouraged them not to. I wanted something to be new, to be fresh. Acting styles change about every decade, so what they did 20 years ago wouldn’t work today.

 

 

Considering the show is from 20 years ago, how difficult was it to stay true to the script, as opposed to going off and saying “my character would never say that?”

 

Sonny: The script was pretty solid. Occasionally there were some parts with some improvising going on. I always encourage my actors: if they can come up with something that works just as well for the scene and it feels more natural coming from the character, then to do so, and that occasionally happens. But the script was pretty solid.

 

Alexis: Yeah, and Merle—I got to play a lot with her. Sometimes there would be moments where she’d be like *huff huff huff* where I’d be like  *huff huff, mrowr, huff* where she’d make little squeaks or little chirps or little meows that were not necessarily scripted, just to give her more character.

 

Sonny: The most important thing is to stay true to the intention of the original creator. And sometimes you could say that in several different ways in English, so sometimes you think “well, this character might say it better this way.” So as long as the intention was true to the original Japanese, that’s what we stick to.

 

 

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!

FANTASTIC FEST ADDS SHIN GODZILLA TO LINEUP

 

Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is excited to unveil last minute additions to the schedule, adding to one of the most highly diverse lineups in the festival’s twelve-year history. And see who will go toe to toe in the fest’s highly anticipated yearly event, the Fantastic Debates!

 

Godzilla returns to the big screen in 2016 with SHIN GODZILLA, the 32nd film in the legendary franchise and currently the 3rd highest grossing film in Japan this year. The King of the Monsters stomps into Fantastic Fest for its North American Premiere before smashing its way through the U.S. and Canada on October 11th.

 

Fantastic Fest also welcomes Cannes prize-winning director Amat Escalante to the festival for the US Premiere of his provocative and brilliantly intoxicating alien drama, THE UNTAMED. A science fiction stunner, THE UNTAMED is story of sexual obsession that recently wowed audiences at its Toronto premiere.

 

Female filmmakers have a major presence at this year’s fest, and the lineup continues to grow with director Sarah Adina Smith making her FF debut for the US Premiere of her surreal time-twisting thriller BUSTER’S MAL HEART. Smith’s follow up to her much-lauded bow THE MIDNIGHT SWIM features a magnificent turn by Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek in his first big screen leading role as he attempts to piece together mysterious events surrounding him.

 

“Our pursuit of the best genre titles doesn’t stop until the festival closes,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. “This year we’ve brought in some really great films to beat the buzzer and reflect the truly global nature of the festival.”

 

Without question, the most physically powerful tradition at Fantastic Fest is the FANTASTIC DEBATES, where creatives, journalists and diehard cinema enthusiasts engage in verbal conflict before settling their disputes with their gloved fists!

 

Past years have included blood-boiling ragewars and a few good-natured bashings between everyone from Elijah Wood to Michelle Rodriguez to Keanu Reeves, and 2016 promises to feature some of the fanciest filmmaker fistwork yet (and a couple big surprises).

 

Round ONE!

JOSH ETHIER vs JEREMY GARDNER

 

RESOLVED: Tremors is the best monster movie since… Tremors

Two towering titans of independent horror go chin-to-chin over the earth-moving subject of Graboid superiority!

 

Round TWO!

JOSH LOBO vs JARROD MURRAY

 

RESOLVED: Zack Snyder is the most wrongly maligned cinematic visionary of the 21st century

It’s filmmaker vs. manager, as indie director Lobo battles Epicenter LA founder Murray to sincerely defend the honor of today’s most lauded/disregarded blockbuster-maker!

 

Round THREE!

BREE ESSRIG vs WHITNEY MOORE

 

RESOLVED: Superhero movies are destroying the film industry

SourceFed Nerd hosts and pals Moore (who also starred in legendary big-screen stinkbomb Birdemic) and Essrig tear their camaraderie to shreds over the actual burning topic of superheroverload!

 

FINAL ROUND!

GREG MacLENNAN vs MICHAEL WILCHESTER

 

RESOLVED: Rocky 4 is the single greatest boxing film of all time

Longtime Fantastic Fest employees (and actual trained fighters) MacLennan and Wilchester settle the smoldering feud between all pugilist cinema maniacs. Was Ivan Drago the ultimate soldier of the ring?!

 

See below for the latest additions to the lineup at Fantastic Fest 2016.

 

SHIN GODZILLA

Japan, 2016

North American Premiere, 120 min

Directors – Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi

Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen: Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.

THE UNTAMED

Mexico, 2016

North American Premiere, 100 min

Director – Amat Escalante

A meteorite crashes onto an isolated mountain somewhere in Mexico. Meanwhile, Alejandra and Angel are trying to salvage their unhappy marriage. When these two disparate elements collide, there’ll be consequences for all.

 

BUSTER’S MAL HEART
United States, 2016

U.S.Premiere, 96 min

Director – Sarah Adina Smith

This is the story of a mountain man on the run, surviving the winter by breaking into empty homes. This is also the story of a man lost at sea. The thing is… they’re the same man.

 

NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW

Canada, 2016

U.S. Premiere, 75 min

Directors – Matt Johnson, Jay McCarrol

Two friends will go to the most inane, self-destructive lengths to rise to musical fame in this new series from Matt Johnson of THE DIRTIES.

 

PAANCH

India, 2003

Repertory Screening, 130 min

Director – Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap’s notorious first feature focuses on the five members of a rock band who indulge in sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and before long… crime! Their lives will never be the same.

 

PERVERT BOY

Republic of Korea, 2016

World Premiere, 88 min

Director – Lee Sang-Woo

This is the story of four brothers and the inevitable clash between their lives in modern day Seoul. This is the story of a pervert boy and those who surround him.

 

PLAYGROUND

Poland, 2016

North American Premiere, 81 min

Director – Bartosz M. Kowalski

It’s the last day of school in small town Poland and Gabrysia wants to tell her classmate that she loves him. It will not end well.

 

For the latest developments and ticketing information, visit the Fantastic Fest official sitewww.fantasticfest.com and follow us onFacebook &Twitter.
For Fantastic Fest & Alamo Drafthouse Media Inquiries:

CONTACT:      Brandy Fons                          Brad Johnson

PHONE:           (310) 809-8882                      (972) 898-7528

E-MAIL:            [email protected]              [email protected]

 

About Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.

 

About Alamo Drafthouse

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

Conventions 2016 – Anime Weekend Atlanta

Funimation is headed to Atlanta for one the biggest anime conventions of the Southwest, Anime Weekend Atlanta, and we’re bringing panels, booth deals, and more. Welcome Tara, Tim, Scott, Alex, and Godswill for a packed weekend! And be sure to check out all of the screenings at the bottom because there are a lot!

 

 

PANELS

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, September 30th | 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Panel Location: Kennesaw

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

Funimation Favorites | Saturday, October 1st | 10:45am – 11:45am | Panel Location: Williams AB

Funimation takes a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave!

 

Funimation Industry | Saturday, October 2nd | 1:15pm – 2:45pm | Panel Location: Williams AB

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!

 

BOOTH

 

 

Dealer’s Room Location and Times:

 

Funimation Booth: 302,201,203,205

Friday –  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw where if you spend a certain amount at the booth, you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:

 

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

 

With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard! Also you can be sure to find special autographed items based on what you buy.

 

 

 

AWA Voice Actor Guests

 

While at Anime Weekend Atlanta, you can be sure to see some of these voice actors who are featured in many of your favorite Funimation shows:

 

Vic Mignogna
Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist, Broly – Dragon Ball Z, Tamaki Suoh – Ouran High School Host Club
 
Johnny Yong Bosch
Vash – Trigun, Lelouch – Code Geass, Koizumi – Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
 
Todd Haberkorn
Natsu – Fairy Tail, Allen Walker – D.Gray-man, Death the Kid – Soul Eater

 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

 

 

English Dub Premiere | Friday, September 30th | 5:00pm  | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Who is the panty-masked villainess spreading obscenity in a country where even the mildest off-color musing can land you in jail?

When the student council president of the most elite public morals school in the country has a feeling that the lewd is coming from within the walls, she recruits Tanukichi, a recent transfer student, to her upstanding moral squad.

Little does she know he’s already been blackmailed by Ayame, her own vice president who is secretly the panty-masked bandit, into committing mass acts of public obscenity in the name of SOX—a brigade of sorts—dedicated to spreading the good news of being lewd.

 

 

Aquarion Logos

 

 

English Dub Premiere | Friday, September 30th | 8:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Aquarion returns with a new series, new characters and a brand new adventure! Inspired by the classic mecha series of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Aquarion Logos is ready to serve up more high-flying robotic battles animated by Satelight, the same team that brought you Log HorizonFairy Tailand the first two installments in the Aquarionfranchise.

 

 

Vision of Escaflowne

 

 

Home Video Dub Premiere | Friday, September 30th | 9:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

When a young man appears from a beam of light, Hitomi Kanzaki is whisked away to a world known as Gaea. Embroiled in war against the evil empire of Zaibach, soldiers fight in armored mechas known as “Guymelefs”. There, Hitomi meets Van, the newly ordained King and his own mecha, Escaflowne. While on Gaea, Hitomi discovers a new power that could help Van save the world and get her home.

 

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher

 

 

Home Video Dub Premiere | Saturday, October 1st | 12:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Junichiro Kagami: scientific prodigy, groundbreaking physicist, published author…hopeless otaku. Once a promising young scientist, he’s since been rejected from the scientific community for his controversial research on anime-based teleportation. It’s like they always say: people fear the things they don’t understand. Now, a 24-year-old NEET with his science career behind him, Kagami finally has time to devote to the things that REALLY matter: updating his anime blog. But not everyone understands the dire importance of fandom. Even Kagami’s sister (his own blood and flesh!!) eventually gets fed up with his antics and forces him to take a job as a high school physics teacher.  Dealing with “real-lifers” is a real drag, but soon Kagami finds himself strangely drawn to the conflicts of his pupils – and they to his…unorthodox teaching methods. In the world of high school drama, Kagami is armed with a potent knowledge of useless anime trivia, and an understanding of human problems derived from his on-screen friends. This otaku might just make the ultimate teacher!

 

 

Chaos Dragon

 

 

English Dub Premiere | Saturday, October 1st | 8:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Based on a table-top roleplaying session involving Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-PassFate/Zero), Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!!), Kinoko Nasu (Kara no KyōkaiTsukihime) and more, Chaos Dragon tells the story of two countries locked in a never-ending war. In the middle of this chaos lies Nil Kamui, an island country that lost its independence after a guardian god known as Red Dragon spiraled out of control. Desperate to put a stop to Red Dragon’s rampage, a small group of heroes rise up to bring peace back to their world.

 

 

Overlord

 

 

English Dub Premiere | Saturday, October 1st | 9:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

From the studio that brought you Death Parade, Parasyte, and No Game No Life comes a series that takes place in the world of Yggdrasil, an MMORPG that’s scheduled to be shut down permanently. With no family or friends outside the game, veteran player Momonga refuses to log out. As the servers go dark, he discovers that the world inside the game continues to change as NPCs begin to develop personalities and minds of their own. With a new world at his fingertips, Momonga decides to use his power and skill to take control of Yggdrasil and become its overlord.

 

 

Psychic School Wars

 

 

Home Video Dub Premiere | Saturday, October 1st | 10:00pm | Video 3 – Galleria Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

From the director behind Gunslinger Girl comes a visually striking movie about saving the world and young love.

 

The future of the world is in trouble. But can it be affected by something as simple as cellphones? Perhaps the world would be a better place if you could communicate without actually speaking—if you just knew what others were thinking. But no one has psychic talents…or do they?

 

When transfer student Ryoichi Kyogoku appears things take a turn for the weird. Students start missing school and the student council bans the use and possession of cellphones on school property. Behind the scenes, Kyogoku begins changing students—awakening their psychic abilities with the hope that maybe he can prevent the future disaster on Earth. But if he can’t, he’ll have to take everyone he awakened back to his future. Kenji Seki, an absent-minded and clumsy boy, and his friends get caught in the middle of Kyogoku’s plans. They can either stop him, or join him—but only if they have the power.

 

 

Ninja Slayer

 

 

Home Video Dub Premiere | Sunday, October 2nd | 2:00pm | Video 1 – Grand Ballroom
 
 
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

From Kill la Kill’s radical Studio Trigger comes a badass and outrageous ninja anime that kicks reason to the curb with a screaming “WASSHOI!”

 

Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian cyber underworld of Neo-Saitama is ruled from the shadows by an intricate web of drugs, yakuza gangs, and evil syndicate ninjas wielding fearsome “karate.” In a sea of the blood of his enemies, a lone maverick stands. NINJA SLAYER is a ninja who kills other ninjas in the name of ninja vengeance. A former salaryman whose family was killed by evil ninjas, Ninja Slayer cheats death and casts away his past to embrace the dark, mystical NINJA SOUL, a mysterious spirit that grants him great power in his quest for revenge. But will this bloodthirsty spirit consume Ninja Slayer before his enemies are all “dead on departure?” Domo. I’m Ninja Slayer.

 

Recipe: Learn How To Make SHIMONETA Cookies!

We’re positively shaking with excitement for our upcoming special release. The SHIMONETA Limited Edition set is one box stuffed full of the most exciting and essential items every SOX recruit needs. But making the world a dirtier place isn’t an easy task. Exerting all that stamina and energy can leave you feeling….hungry! And we’ve got just the thing to satiate that hunger—Anna’s Love Nectar cookies. We’ve been up all night preparing this special dish, so go on, take a nibble!

 

Can you taste the love? Why not share it with the world? Here’s how to make your own:

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Funimation.com Changes – Discover an Extraordinary User Experience

When it comes to watching anime, we believe the hardest part should be picking a show, not finding one. That’s why the new Funimation.com will feature more ways than ever to easily and intuitively discover and enjoy more anime on any screen!

 

More Apps on More Devices

Anime spans a ton of diverse genres, and that means a ton of diverse fans! Not every fan watches the same way, but everyone deserves to be able to watch how they want. During our FunimationNow launch, we’ll be rolling out new apps for more devices than ever. Including updated apps for ALL mobile and tablet devices, completely new console apps for Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, and PlayStation Vita!

 

devices

 

Mobile Responsive Site

No app? No problem! The new Funimation.com will be built responsively so you can watch any FunimationNow shows on the web from your tablet or phone. It’s not just our video player that’s mobile optimized, the all-new Funimation Shop will also be easier to browse on any device so nothing can stand between you and your favorite anime merch.

 

responsive new

 

Search and Discover

Funimation.com has the largest library of English dubs online, and with every passing season our catalog grows bigger and bigger. Finding new shows to watch will never be a problem, but picking the one that’s right for you can be paralyzing. Not anymore! Our new site will allow you to search for shows by show title, keywords, genre, and year—as well as make smart show recommendations based on your previous viewing habits.

 

search new

 

Curated Content

The new shows we get every season are great and get a lot of love, but we don’t want to forget the classics you may have missed the first time around. That’s why we’ve created curated and mood-themed playlists to help boost the visibility of some of our favorite cult classics and underappreciated gems. These lists will come out regularly and grow and change with the help of fans like you!

 

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Follow Your Showsemail

Keep up to date on your favorite shows with our new Follow feature! Get the latest news, episodes, updates, sales, and merch for each title you follow automatically delivered to your inbox with the click of a button. See fan reviews, forum posts, trailers, and uncut content all in one newsletter broken out by show and the information you care to see. Getting excited yet? We’re just scratching the surface. Keep an eye out for more feature reveals as we work towards the new site launch. And let us know in the comments which features you’re looking forward to!

 

Interview with Escaflowne Director Kazuki Akane

Hear from the director of a classic anime! For Escaflowne’s 20th anniversary, director Kazuki Akane answered some questions at a special panel at Otakon. Learn about the director’s opinion on the English dub—and yes, the story behind those noses!

 

akane_signing

 

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy here—all versions of the TV series and movie feature both the original and new English dubs, as well as the original Japanese audio, set to HD materials that have never been released in North America!

 

It has been 20 years since The Vision of Escaflowne first launched, yet fans overseas are still so excited about this series. Why do you feel that Escaflowne still remains so popular?

 

I actually want to know myself why this is still so popular because honestly, back then, in Japan while we made Escaflowne, we definitely put a lot of effort into it, but we didn’t really make it thinking that we were going to market it abroad. So we had no idea it would end up like this and I’m actually really shocked myself, in a good way, how many more fans there are.

 

Have you ever seen an English dubbed version of an anime that you directed or worked on before? 

 

Actually, no, I must say I think this is pretty much the first time I’ve seen an English dub of my work and in fact, it’s about 10 years since I got to watch Escaflowne in Japanese. The American staff and cast are so incredibly good that honestly, I was thinking, “Wow, when did Hitomi and Van learn English?” It didn’t feel strange at all to be listening to them in English, so I’m really grateful to the cast and to Sonny [Strait, ADR Director]. Thank you.

 

Director Akane with English Cast

 

Escaflowne has a brash, manly hero (Van) and action-packed mecha battles, but it also includes many shoujo romance elements. Was the series created with female audiences in mind as well?

 

So as you saw from the first two episodes, it falls into the genre of robot action or robot battle anime, and of course that is a genre that is primarily seen, if not entirely seen as a boys’ anime and with a boys focus in Japan. But since we definitely were aware that we wanted girls to enjoy it too, I decided I wanted to develop the female characters emotionally, and to see the girl characters from a girl’s perspective. And then what happened was that I ended up with almost more girl fans than boy fans. So there was a period where I thought, “Oh, what did I do, what do I do?”

 

So we mentioned this is a classic anime and the art style is very nostalgic as well. It’s one that you don’t see very much anymore, it’s very iconic. I believe the director has a story behind why the characters look the way they do.

 

So even in Japan, when it first came out, fans responded “why do they have such pointy noses? They all kind of look like Pinocchio…” I want to make sure you all understand that that’s not my preference. It was actually what the character designer Nobuteru Yuki came up with and he came back to me with “Akane-san, I thought you liked shoujo manga. So I tried to make it look like shoujo manga characters.” And when I first got his designs for the characters, I said “Nooooo, I’m not stamping my approval on these. The noses are too long and too pointy.” But he said “Nooooo, I think this is good, I think we should go with this.” And of course, I got the feedback from Japanese fans and I find out that American fans and other fans abroad are like “What’s up with the noses?” and finally after a certain amount of time, Yuki-said got back in touch with me and said “Ohhh, Akane-san, I apologize, I’m sorry… my bad.” It was about a year after the show wrapped that I got the apology.

 

But it wouldn’t be the same without those noses, right?

 

I’ve kind of come around and started to feel that way.

 

Escaflowne Original Poster

 

Since this is the first release of Escaflowne on Blu-ray in North America, coming this October, could you please give a message to the fans why they should be excited for Escaflowne?

 

So as I mentioned earlier, this is the first time in 10 years I’ve seen this title. And I was just thinking “wow, this is a really interesting series.” So I think I can say with utmost confidence that I and we are able to deliver to you fans an English dub that the only difference from the original Japanese version is that the language, that the sound is different, that the feel and the emotions that I felt is exactly the same as when I went through the first time with the original. So I really hope that you can enjoy, and I really think that you can enjoy this new product.

 

 

On the Shoulders of a Giant; Godzilla’s Monstrous Legacy

Written by one of Funimation’s employees and Godzilla superfan, Ben Cortez

 

There’s never been a more exciting time for Godzilla fans. And for prospective fans, there’s never been a better time to jump in. I mean it- we now have two successful Godzilla series to enjoy! The American version has a full-fledged cinematic universe planned and is said to lead up to a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla (!!!). And now, Toho has produced Shin Godzilla, a brand new installment in the original 29 film-long series.

 

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