Puerto Rico Comic Con – Update

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FUNimation regrets to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at Puerto Rico Comic Con. While we were very excited to attend such a great convention, we will be unable to do so this year. However, that does not mean fans won’t be able to enjoy some anime perks at the show!  While the FUNimation crew won’t be there in person, our friends at Spec’s will be selling a great selection of our titles for you at booths 813, 814 ,916 & 914.

 

We wish everyone a safe and fun time at Puerto Rico Comic Con this year!

 

New Release Tuesday: Video Game Chibi Buttkickers

It’s not a single show that we’re dropping today, but rather three special series — including an anime classic! Get ready for a cute chibi overload with PUCHIM@S FUNimation Exclusives for Seasons 1 & 2, epic video game action with .hack//Roots the complete series on DVD, and bionic buttkicking beauties with the Anime Classic, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 on DVD.

 

 

.hack//Roots

Complete Series

 

 

 

Series Summary:

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.

 

 

 

 

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Anime Classics – Complete Series

 

 

 

Series Summary:

Tokyo has become the epicenter of advanced technology, but at a dangerous price: its workforce is riddled with humanoid robots that tend to go on destructive killing sprees. That’s when four young women gear up in cybernetic suits to crush the defective droids. They are the Knight Sabers: heavy metal heroines battling an evil corporation’s bionic pawns while its grip on the city threatens to strangle humanity. In order to shut down the android uprising, these ladies flirt with a critical meltdown in an adrenaline-fueled death match between woman and machine!

 

 

 

 

PUCHIM@S

FUNimation Exclusive DVDs

 

 

 

Series Summary:

Fans of the iDOLM@STER franchise won’t want to miss this super cute spinoff! Hyperactive hijinks are sure to follow when the idol girls of 765 Productions discover the mysterious Puchidols – chibis with adorable abilities – have invaded their office!

 

 


English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek: Ninja Slayer

Those of you who attended Anime Central or Otafest this past weekend may have gotten a sneak peek at the Ninja Slayer Broadcast Dub cast! For those of you who weren’t at either convention, or didn’t make it to the FUNimation panels, here it is!

 

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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.

 

CAST
FUJIKIDO KENJI (NINJA SLAYER)…       Christopher R. Sabat
LAOMOTO KHAN Bill Jenkins
DARKNINJA Chris Ryan
NARRATOR Kent Williams
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CREW
ADR DIRECTOR Tyler Walker
ADR ENGINEERS Patrick Morphy & Kyle Phillips

 

The catch the FIRST Broadcast Dub episode this Thursday, 5/21 @ 9:00 am CST at FUNimation.com/spring! Can’t wait until Thursday to get a taste of the dub? Check out this sneak preview:

 


 

FUNimation Acquires U.S. Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast”

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS –  FUNimation Entertainment announced today its acquisition of U.S. rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s new Japanese animated film “The Boy and The Beast.”  As part of its agreement with Gaumont International, FUNimation has secured exclusive rights to theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film.

 

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“We’re excited to bring The Boy and The Beast to audiences across the United States,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Mamoru Hosoda is a masterful director and has made Japanese animated film accessible to everyone.”

 

FUNimation has distributed two prior Hosoda films in the U.S. including the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Wolf Children” in 2013 and “Summer Wars” in 2010.

 

“We are looking forward to working with Gaumont International and plan to release ‘The Boy and The Beast’ to theaters beginning in late 2015,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We’re confident that critics and moviegoers will quickly agree that this is an Oscar worthy film.”

 

As the North American leader in the distribution of animated content from Japan, FUNimation’s acquisition of “The Boy and The Beast” exemplifies the company’s strategy announced in December 2014 — to bring to theaters its extensive library of content and future releases through the creation of a new theatrical events and distribution division based in New York City.

 

Look for “The Boy and The Beast” in select theaters in late 2015 and nationwide in early 2016.

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Blood Blockade Battlefront!

Here’s our second reveal of the day! We’re excited to announce the English voice cast for Blood Blockade Battlefront along with a sneak peek at the dub! Blood Blockade Battlefront will be joining the Spring 2015 Broadcast Dub line-up starting tonight at 8:00PM CST in the DubbleTalk Block! 

 

Summary: A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

 

CAST
LEONARDO WATCH Aaron Dismuke
KLAUS V REINHERZ Phil Parsons
CHAIN SUMERAGI Trina Nishimura
ZAPP RENFRO Ian Sinclair
STARPHASE J Michael Tatum
GILBERT Francis Henry
SONIC Monica Rial
K.K. Stephanie Young
FEMT Josh Grelle
WHITE Megan Emerick
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CREW
ADR Director Mike McFarland
Assistant ADR Director Felecia Angelle
Lead Engineer Domonique French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the clip below for a sneak preview of the dub!

 

 

Catch the first Broadcast Dub episode tonight @ 8:00PM CST at FUNimation.com/Spring!

 

 

Announcement: Broadcast Dub Line-Up for Spring 2015

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 13, 2015. FUNimation Entertainment announced today the full line-up of Broadcast Dub titles for the Spring 2015 simulcast season.  As with its Winter 2015 simulcast season, FUNimation will be airing ten series in commercial-free 1080p each week, which will be available exclusively to All-AccessPass subscribers.  With two complete seasons of Broadcast Dubs, FUNimation has cemented its leadership position in the North American anime industry amidst continuing, overwhelmingly positive response from fans.

 

 

“We’re pleased to bring fans a great series line-up of Broadcast Dubs for the spring season,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Subscribers can look forward to the combination of fan favorites like Assassination Classroom as well as exciting new series like Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.”

 

 

FUNimation Broadcast Dubs are select series dubbed in English using broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after airing on TV. This allows dub fans to experience these select shows as soon as possible and well before home video release.  The English dub version of the home video is produced using the final Blu-ray/DVD materials from Japan. In many cases, the Broadcast Dub will be different than the English dub home video due to additional footage not broadcast on Japanese TV.

 

 

“Our large number of Broadcast Dubs combined with the recent launch of the FUNimation app for PlayStation 4 and our tent pole titles have really accelerated the growth of our subscription streaming service,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We are committed to giving our fans more anime in more ways to watch.”

 

 

The live weekly recap show “DubbleTalk” continues for a second season as the capstone of FUNimation’s prime-time block of anime content each Wednesday evening. Returning hosts – FUNimation’s Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore – along with ScrewAttack’s Chad James will continue to entertain viewers with episode recaps, fan Q&A, special guest interviews, contests and much more.

 

 

Starting today and each Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET, FUNimation will feature new episodes of “Assassination Classroom (8:00 pm ET), “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign(8:30 pm ET) and “Blood Blockade Battlefront(9:00 pm ET) followed by a live broadcast of “DubbleTalk(9:30 pm ET). While the Broadcast Dubs on FUNimation.com are for All-AccessPass subscribers only, “DubbleTalk” is free to all viewers and will stream at both funimation.com/dubbletalk and twitch.tv/screwattack.

 

 

The complete list of Broadcast Dubs for the Spring 2015 season is listed below. Broadcasts Dubs will begin airing in two phases – approximately four weeks after the subtitled simulcast of each episode.

 

 

Phase 1

High School DxD BorN (Saturdays at 1:00 pm ET, beginning May 2)

Assassination Classroom (Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Blood Blockade Battlefront (Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)

Ninja Slayer (Thursdays at 10:00 am ET, beginning May 21)

 

 

Phase 2

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Fridays at 2:10 pm ET, date TBA)

Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Saturdays at 7:00 am ET, date TBA)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Sundays at 5:00 am ET, date TBA)

Show by Rock!! (Sundays at 9:00 am ET, date TBA)

Mikagura School Suite (Tuesdays at 4:35 pm ET, date TBA)

 

 

In addition to Broadcast Dubs, All-AccessPass members can watch FUNimation’s entire library of content – the latest simulcast shows and an almost endless catalog of dubbed and subtitled anime episodes and movies – all in commercial-free, high quality video.  Paid subscription pricing starts as low as $4.99 per month.

 

 

For more information on FUNimation’s Streaming Service, check out funimation.com/subscribe, and to learn more about FUNimation’s Spring simulcast shows, please visit funimation.com/spring!

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

Hey anime fans, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign joins the Spring 2015 Broadcast Dub line-up today at 7:30PM CST in the DubbleTalk Block!  Can’t wait until then? No problem! We’ve got a cast announcement and a sneak peek of the dub for you!

 

Summary: After a mysterious virus wipes out ninety percent of humanity, vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth to enslave mankind, treating them like livestock. After growing tired of donating blood in exchange for protection, 12-year-old Yuichiro Hyakuya and his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya plot an escape along with the other orphans. After being the only successful runaway, Yuichiro joins the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army dedicated to killing off vampires.

 

CAST
FERID Eric Vale
MIKAELA Justin Briner
YUICHIRO Micah Solusod
GUREN Dave Trosko
YOICHI Chris Burnett
SHINOA Felecia Angelle
YAMANAKA Seth Magill
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CREW
ADR Director Jerry Jewell
Assistant ADR Director Josh Grelle
Lead Engineer Stephen Hoff
Assistand ADR Engineer….. Gregory Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the clip below for a sneak preview of the dub!

 

Catch the full episode tonight! 7:30pm CST at FUNimation.com/Spring!

 

 

New Release Tuesday: Badass Buddies

On this high-octane edition of New Release Tuesday, we feature some of the most badass duos in all anime, Michiko and Hatchin and Darker Than Black. Now you can own Darker Than Black: Season 2 as it joins the Anime Classics roster and Michiko and Hatchin as it joins the S.A.V.E. sets.

 

(P.S. Stay tuned for the Darker Than Black Season 1: Premium Edition coming later this month!)

 

 

Darker Than Black – Anime Classics

Season 2 with 4 OVAs
 

Click here to get this Blu-ray/DVD set

 

 

Summary:

The intrigue and danger continue with a new charge for BK-201, the masked Contractor known as the Black Reaper.

Gemini of the Meteor, Hell’s Gate, Mitaka Documents, Prophecy or Conspiracy?

After a paranormal phenomenon takes over Yin, BK-201 is left to hunt for answers from the shadows, alone — until he encounters Suo, a young girl whose life changed the night a meteor crashed to Earth. With Contractors attacking from all sides, and the mysterious organization Section 3 closing in, the Black Reaper fights to keep Suo alive while he searches for the truth behind Yin’s disappearance.

 

 

 

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Complete Series
 

Buy now on DVD or Blu-ray!

 

 

Summary:

The blacktop is scorching and dreams dangle just out of reach in this riveting conclusion to Michiko & Hatchin, a knock-down, drag-out adventure from the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo!

Every bend in the road hides an ambush as Michiko and Hatchin continue their mad dash to track down Hiroshi: a man from their past that could hold the key to their future. Hit men, kidnappers, and sadistic gangbangers fill their rearview mirror as these ladies on the lam burn rubber across the Latin landscape. With the throttle wide open and their motorcycle pointed toward the ocean, Michiko and Hatchin defy fate by living freer than they’ve ever lived before. New friendships are forged, young love blooms, and the partners in crime inch ever closer to the man they seek. But just as the long-awaited reunion is about to become reality, the law closes in on them – leaving Michiko to face an agonizing decision that will change both of their lives forever.

 

Check out both trailers below!


Two-for-One Weekend: Anime Central and OtaFest!

We’re splitting the team up and heading to two different conventions this weekend, Anime Central in Chicago and OtaFest 2015 in Calgary, AB Canada! We’ve got some very special panels, premieres and announcements that you won’t want to miss! Take a look at our line-up for both shows:

 

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PANELS

  • Friday 1:00pm | FUNimation Previews – Panel Room 1 (90 minutes)
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
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  • Friday 10:00pm | FUNimation Peep Show – Panel Room 1 (60 minutes)
    Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!)
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  • Saturday 11:30am | The Words of Director Akitaro Daichi – Rosemont Ballroom (90 minutes)
    Come see this very special panel with animation director Akitaro Daichi (Fruits Basket, Kamisama Kiss) and FUNimation as they cover some of Daichi’s most popular works in America. Video and Q&A panel.
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    Got a question for the director? Send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #KamisamaKiss and tag @FUNimation.
    We’ll also be providing Kamisama Kiss posters for panel attendees and at specific autograph sessions (TBD) – first come, first served.
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  • Saturday 4:30pm | FUNimation Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 (90 minutes)
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 

 

PREMIERES
  • Friday 7:30pm | Soul Eater Not! - with Cherami Leigh and Micah Solusod - Panel Room 1 (120 minutes)
  • Saturday 6:30pm | Noragami - with Bryn Apprill, Micah Solusod, and Alexis Tipton – Panel Room 1 (120 minutes)

 

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Plus! Get a free lanyard with every purchase!
 

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PANELS

  • Saturday 1:00pm | FUNimation Industry Panel – CT 121 (60 minutes)
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.
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  • Saturday 6:30pm | FUNimation Previews Panel – CT 121 (90 minutes)
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!