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Archive for May, 2013

One Piece Great Ship Giveaway

Captain Monkey D. Luffy has a special mission for you, but you will need a ship! Win your very own pirate ship, or one of 24 other fabulous prizes, in the One Piece Great Ship Giveaway!

That’s right, One Piece fans! We’re teaming up with our friends at VizMedia to give you all the opportunity to win your very own Going Merry or Thousand Sunny. This giveaway is free to enter. All you need to do is go to http://www.viz.com/one-piece and follow the directions.

This giveaway runs from now until June 18th.

A-Kon 24 this weekend!

We’re busy getting ready for A-kon 24 in our hometown of Dallas this weekend, but we wanted to take a moment to let you know all the events that we have in store.

Friday, May 31

Grand Ballroom A/B – Atrium 2, 1st Floor

2:30 – 3:30pm - FUNimation Sneak Peek Panel
Extended looks and exclusive clips of what’s hot now and coming soon from FUNimation, the leader in North American anime.

3:45 – 4:45pm - The FUNimation Show presents: The FUNimation Show Panel!
Join Justin Rojas, Scott Porter, Jamie Marchi, and the rest of the FUNimation Show cast and crew for a free-wheeling look behind the scenes of FUNimation’s new weekly web series! You might even get to be on the next episode, wink wink.

Saturday, June 1

Grand Ballroom A/B – Atrium 2, 1st Floor

12:45 – 1:45pm - FUNimation Industry Panel
All the latest and greatest in news and information from FUNimation, the leader in North American anime.

Sunday, June 2

Grand Ballroom A/B – Atrium 2, 1st Floor

1:30 – 2:30pm - FUNimation.com Panel
All the coolest new content and awesome new features from FUNimation.com.

We’re also premiering the subtitled version of the Fairy Tail Movie!

synopsis:
Team Natsu is back in an all-new anime-exclusive Fairy Tail adventure written by original creator Hiro Mashima himself! Join all your favorite wild wizards as they help their mysterious new friend Éclair recover her memories…and then fight their greatest opponent yet!

Premiere will be Saturday at 10:00am in the Grand Ballroom D/E – Atrium 2, 1st Floor. There will be an encore showing on Sunday at 2:00pm in Monet Ballroom (Mezzanine), in case you can’t make it to the premiere screening. Times are subject to change, so be sure to check your schedules upon arrival.

This will also be the first time in a long while that we will have an official booth at A-kon! So, be sure to stop by and say “hi!” cause we’d love to see you. We’ll also be doing some live streamingfrom our booth (kinda like what we did at Anime Boston) should the tech be on our side. So, even if you can’t join us in person, we hope you can at least live chat with us on the stream athttp://youtube.com/FUNimationLive.

Will we see you this weekend?

English Cast Announcement for High School DxD

Yes, we know the trailer for High School DxD went up last week, but we just wanted to give you guys time to try and guess who all was in the English dub cast. Well, you can stop playing the guessing game now, cause we’re going to tell you!

 

CHARACTER ACTOR
Issei Scott Freeman
Akeno Teri Rogers
Kiba Sean O’Connor
Rias Jamie Marchi
Koneko Jad Saxton
Asia Chloe Daniels
Yuma Amano Felecia Angelle
Matsuda Tyson Rinehart
Motohama Ruben Tadeo Garcia

Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Lead Writer – Jamie Marchi
Writer – RJ McVale
ADR Director – Colleen Clinkenbeard
Mix Engineer – Adrian Cook

synopsis:
After being killed by a fallen angel, Issei Hyodo is brought back to life by the gorgeous president of his high school’s Occult Research Club, Rias Gremory, who turns out to be a high-ranking demon. With devilish new powers, Issei is bound to serve Rias.

Future Diary English Cast Announcement

Here’s the English Cast Announcement for Future Diary! Part One will be available on August 13th and Part Two will follow shortly after on Sept. 17th. You can pre-order Part One now.

synopsis:
Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon—and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno—who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone—is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or—-DEAD END.

Yuki - Josh Grelle
Yuno - Brina Palencia
Deus ex Machina - Kent Williams
Murmur - Leah Clark
Minene Uryuu/Ninth - Emily Neves
Aru Akise - Todd Haberkorn
Takao Hiyama/3rd - Jason Douglas
Keigo Kurusu/4th - Robert McCollum
Tsubaki Kasugano/Sixth - Kate Bristol
Yomotsu Hirasaka/12th - Ian Sinclair
Reisuki Houjo/5th - Lindsay Seidel
Karyuudo Tsukishima/10th - Mark Stoddard
Marco Ikusaba/7th - Brad Hawkins
Ai Mikami/7th - Jamie Marchi
Kamado Ueshita/8th - Monica Rial
John Balks/11th - Chris Smith
Masumi Nishijima - J. Michael Tatum
Ouji Kosaka - Joel McDonald
Hinata Hino - Caitlin Glass
Mao Nonosaka - Ashleigh Domangue
Orin Miyashiro - Jad Saxton

STAFF
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Lead Writer – J. Michael Tatum
Writer – J. Michael Tatum
ADR Prep – Beth Featherstone
ADR Director – Zach Bolton
ADR Engineer – Peter Hawkinson

And now your first look at the English dub trailer!

Anime Boston, Anime North and Animazement Weekend of Convention Insanity

Hey guys!

Anime Central was so much fun last weekend, we just couldn’t wait to get back out this weekend at Anime Boston, taking place May 24th-26th at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA!

If you thought Anime Central had some cool stuff, wait til you see what we have in store for New England anime fans!

Friday May 24th

3:30-4:30pm –Panel 208 (Hynes) – Funimation Town Hall

An intimate discussion behind the business of anime, and the past, present, and future of Funimation. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

5:00pm-7:30pm – Ballroom C (Hynes) – Eureka 7: AO Premiere

Ao, ten years after his mothers mysterious disappearance, searches for answers and might just be humanity’s salvation in this exciting series. join ADR Director Zach Bolton, Micah Solusod as AO and Monica Rial as Noah the Sloth, with a special appearance by Anime Boston guest Stephanie Sheh, the original voice of Eureka!

9:30pm-12:00am – Ballroom C (Hynes) – Michiko & Hatchin Premiere

Action, adventure and a moped in this Brazilian inspired series! After the screening, stay for a q& a session with ADR Director Christopher Bevins and Monica, voice of Michiko.

Saturday May 25th

Funimation Industry Panel-3:00-4:00pm –Hall D (Hynes)

All the latest and greatest news and information from Funimation, the anime leader in North America.

Funimation Sneak Peek-5:00pm-6:00pm – Ballroom C (Hynes)

Extended looks and exclusive clips from all the awesome Funimation has to offer.

Funimation.com Panel-6:30pm-7:30pm – Ballroom C (Hynes)

A special preview of the new Funimation.com, and info about all the exclusive content and cool stuff coming soon from our home on the Internet.

Don’t forget to check out the Funimation booth for some exclusive series before their release! We will have hot off the presses copies of Appleseed XIII, almost 3 weeks early! Stop by to pick up the hottest new series and also sign up for the chance to win COOL FREE STUFF from Funimation.com!

Add a ribbon to your badge for a chance to win prizes!

We will have cosplayers walking around the convention and at some of our different events handing out prizes to random fans who are spotted with FUNimation ribbons on their convention badge.

Here is how to score your ribbons:

  • Pick up a free FUNimation.com badge ribbon at the FUNimation booth
  • Show you are a FUNimation.com Member or Elite Video Subscriber and receive a 2nd ribbon. (We will have a member list at our booth as well as computer stations for you to log-in or sign-up).
  • All ribbons have a chance to win, the higher the level of ribbon, the greater the chance is!

Sophie McNutt from Funimation.com will be joining all our friends north of the boarder for Anime North in Toronto, Canada! She has lots of our awesome new trading cards and tons of new series, so make sure you stop by.

We were so sad that we couldn’t make it to Animazement after we had so much fun there last year, but fortunately our friends at Suncoast in North Carolina were able to come out with some great freebies and a table full of Funimation titles.

Almost anywhere you are, this weekend we aren’t too far! See you all soon, and next week, TO A-KON!

New Release Tenchi

We’ve got more Tenchi heading your way. That’s right, the franchise is back, and it’s bouncier than ever! Grab your copy of Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar today and secure your limited edition art booklet!

synopsis:
Get ready for an adventurous new chapter in the legendary Tenchi franchise a classic spinoff loaded with interplanetary sex appeal! Fifteen year old Kenshi Masaki was taken from his home planet, transported to a galaxy far, far away, and captured by a gorgeous princess! This royal beauty quickly claims Kenshi as her personal servant and lends him out to all the lecherous ladies at her prestigious boarding school. On the rare occasion Kenshi doesn t have his hands full with a curvaceous coed, he can be found training for the intergalactic mecha battle royale looming on the horizon. Helping the princess save her planet is Kenshi s ticket home, but losing means he ll be stuck scrubbing backs in the interstellar sauna for the rest of his life! Every boy should be so lucky.

Digital fans can also enjoy Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar by downloading it from their preferred digital retailer. It’s available now on iTunes.

Full English Cast for Appleseed XIII

The trailer for Appleseed XIII has been out for a few months, but if you haven’t been able to guess the English Cast for this series based on the trailer, then we’ll put all doubts aside for you right now.

English Cast
ALCIDES - Ian Sinclair
ATHENA - Allison Sumrall
BAXTER - Cris George
BRIAREOS - David Matranga
CASTOR - Josh Grelle
DEIA - Monica Rial
DEUNAN - Luci Christian
EURYS - J. Michael Tatum
GINA - Caitlin Glass
GRIGG - Chuck Huber
HITOMI - Emily Neves
KARL - Patrick Seitz
LANCE - Charlie Campbell
LEON - Alex Organ
LIESSE - Brandon Potter
MAGUS - Mike McFarland
NIKE - Shelley Calene-Black
POLLUX - Emily Neves
YOSHITSUNE - Micah Solusod

Appleseed XIII releases on BD/DVD Combo on June 4th. You can pre-order it now.

synopsis:
In the wake of destruction from a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city of Olympus has become the control center of the world. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organization uprises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join a special mech-piloting, military force to take down the leader of the terrorist organization.

Full English Cast and Dub Trailer for Guilty Crown

If you were at our Industry Panel at Anime Central, then you know who the English Voice Actors are for Gai, Shu, and Inori. So, let’s take a look at the rest of the English cast for Guilty Crown.

English Cast
Shu Ouma – Austin Tindle
Gai Tsutsugami – Micah Solusod
Makoto Waltz Segai – John Swasey
Inori Yuzuriha – Alexis Tipton
Ayase Shinomiya – Emily Neves
Tsugumi – Monica Rial
Yahiro Samukawa – David Trosko
Souta Tamadate – Corey Cleary-Stoner
Shuichiro Keido – Charlie Campbell
Haruka Ouma – Martha Harms
Hare Menjou – Tia Ballard
Argo Tsukishima – Jarrod Greene
Daryl Yan – Joel McDonald
Arisa Kuhouin – Caitlin Glass
Yu – Leah Clark
Shibungi – J. Michael Tatum
Mana Ouma – Alexis Tipton
Kanon Kusama – Apphia Yu

And now your first look at the English dub trailer! Guilty Crown: The Complete Series Parts 1 & 2 release on BD/DVD Combo on August 27th. You can pre-order it now.

synopsis:
A meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and total anarchy. Several years later, Shu—a teen with a special ability awakened by the Apocalypse Virus—meets a strange girl who incites him to join the struggle against a government organization’s robotic forces and a secret society whose goal remains shrouded in mystery.

FUNimation acquires additional rights for Attack on Titan

FUNimation announced during their industry panel at Anime Central that they have acquired additional rights for the hit anime series Attack on Titan. These additional rights include home video, broadcast, merchandise, and digital. Expected home video release in 2014.

The 25 episode series, from the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead, is currently simulcasting Sundays at 10am CT onhttp://funimation.com/attack-on-titan. Episodes are first accessible to FUNimation Elite Video Subscribers, and are then available for free to non-subscribers the following week.

Starting May 21st, digital fans will also be able to download the series via Xbox Video.

series synopsis:

Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured!

Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar ‘The more the merrier’ event

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER, SEE BELOW FOR WINNERS

The latest release from the Tenchi universe, Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, is hitting shelves Tuesday. To celebrate this we are going to give away some DVDs and blu-rays from the vast Tenchi library. How much from that library we give away is up to all of you.

Here is how each of you can enter and make the prize pack more awesome:

To enter the contest send out a tweet on Twitter that includes the hashtag #MoreTenchi and this link: funi.to/YJZgza. The more times this hashtag and link are shared the more items will be added to the prize pack!

Share Milestones

  • 20: Tenchi Muyo GXP DVD box set *Goal met
  • 40: All the prizes before + Tenchi Tokyo DVD box set *Goal met
  • 60: All the prizes before + Tenchi Ryo Oh Ki DVD box set *Goal met
  • 80: All the prizes before + Tenchi Universe DVD box set *Goal met
  • 100: All the prizes before + Tenchi Movies Blu-ray/DVD box set *Goal met
  • 120: All the prizes before + Tenchi OVAs Blu-ray/DVD box set *Goal met
  • 140: All the prizes before + Tenchi Geminar P1 Blu-ray/DVD box set *Goal met
  • 160: All the prizes before + Tenchi Geminar P2 Blu-ray/DVD box set *Goal met

You can include any other text you want to get people to share these two items and grow the prize pack.

Some Examples:
“Want to win some free Tenchi Blu-rays and DVDs? funi.to/YJZgza #MoreTenchi”

“FUNimation’s giving away free Tenchi Blu-rays and DVDs! funi.to/YJZgza #MoreTenchi”

“Share this for a chance to win some Tenchi Blu-rays and DVDs! funi.to/YJZgza #MoreTenchi”

Sounds like fun right? Good. You have from now until Sunday 5/19 at 11:59pm to get the word out to for everyone to get in on the fun. We will be randomly selecting one lucky winner for the prize pack the following Monday.

Contest open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico. One entry per person. Click here for details.

One more thing. If all this wasn’t enough to entice you to play if we get more than 180 shares of the hashtag and link we will draw TWO winners instead of one! So start spreading the word and be sure to follow the FUNimation Twitter page to get updates on what the prize pack is up to each day!

EDIT: Congratulations to @ronster415 and @sketch1984. They were picked as our two winners!

synopsis: Get ready for an adventurous new chapter in the legendary Tenchi franchise a classic spinoff loaded with interplanetary sex appeal! Fifteen year old Kenshi Masaki was taken from his home planet, transported to a galaxy far, far away, and captured by a gorgeous princess! This royal beauty quickly claims Kenshi as her personal servant and lends him out to all the lecherous ladies at her prestigious boarding school. On the rare occasion Kenshi doesn t have his hands full with a curvaceous coed, he can be found training for the intergalactic mecha battle royale looming on the horizon. Helping the princess save her planet is Kenshi s ticket home, but losing means he ll be stuck scrubbing backs in the interstellar sauna for the rest of his life! Every boy should be so lucky.Contains the first 7 episodes (approximately 45 minutes each).

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the trailer for the series yet here you go: