Summer 2016 Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcements

Summer Simulcast Season 2016

 

Summer 2016 Simulcast Season has a huge Broadcast Dub list, as announced earlier this week, which means that tons of shows are getting dubbed quicker than ever, and with that comes many English cast announcements! Stay tuned to this blog in the coming days to see what all we have announced as we’ll be updating this page with all of the cast listings.

 

Click here to go to FIRST LOVE MONSTER

 

Click here to go to Puzzle & Dragons X

 

Click here to go to Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance (Season 2)

 

Click here to go to SERVAMP

 

Click here to go to Danganronpa 3

 

Click here to go to D.Gray-man HALLOW

 

Click here to go to Tales of Zestiria the X

 

Click here to go to planetarian

 

Click here to go to Show by Rock!! Short!!

 

Click here to go to The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

 

Click here to go to Handa-kun

 

Click here to go to Cheer Boys!!

 

Click here to go to Love Live! Sunshine!!

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Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 1 – Milan Review

This is the introduction to a personal multi-part editorial series, from social media coordinator Godswill Ugwa.

 

One of the most important elements of the anime genre is the music. From the opening of a series to the overall soundtrack right up to the ending of an episode, music has an important hand in crafting a series. Even outside of the show, music aids greatly in the promotion and in keeping the spirit of the show alive. Through this editorial series, I’ll be taking a look at many different aspects of the relationship of anime and music.

 

To start this editorial series off, I wanted to look at some soundtracks from some of the biggest musically-inclined anime this year, Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Boy and The Beast (Funimation titles only in this particular post). Our friends at Milan Records worked with us in creating soundtrack CDs, and I was lucky enough to grab a CD (or 2) for myself. I’m no expert when it comes to music — and definitely not a reviewer — I simply listened to each soundtrack and I am sharing my journey with each.

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Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War gameplay details revealed

Today, GameSamba and Funimation® Entertainment are revealing more details about the upcoming “Tokyo Ghoul” game, now titled “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War”.

 

The game will be available this winter for Android and Apple devices, and it will feature three gameplay modes for players to pick from.

 

The first is the single player quest/story mode, which will take players on an episodic journey where they’ll face an onslaught of human or ghoul foes in real-time action-RPG combat. Players will be able to control a party of characters, and unleash powerful special skills.

 

“Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” will also feature a variety of multiplayer modes. The first is a traditional player vs player (PvP) arena, where players can compete against one another in fights, to see who has the stronger team. The other multiplayer mode is an experience inspired by MOBA gameplay, and players will participate in 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches against other players as they attempt to take out the enemy team.

 

Players interested in signing up for future announcements or beta opportunities for “Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War” can do so at the official site, tokyoghoul.gamesamba.com. The game will also be playable at GameSamba’s booth (6016) at PAX West, along with their upcoming puzzle RPG, “18: Dream World.”

 

Seasons 1 & 2 of the “Tokyo Ghoul” anime series can be seen on Funimation’s next generation streaming service FunimationNow, which is available on smartphones, tablets, TVs and gaming consoles.

 

About GameSamba

GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit gamesamba.com.

 

About Funimation Entertainment
Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime.  By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans – from streaming and home entertainment to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company’s next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms – from smartphones and tablets to TV’s and gaming consoles. For more information, visit funimation.com.

Tales of Zestiria the X Catch-Up: Part 1

Part one of a three-part editorial series from one of Funimation’s copywriters, Lauren Hill

 

As an avid Tales of fan, especially Tales of Zestiria, I have never been more excited for an anime series than this one! I was first introduced to the Tales of franchise with Tales of Graces and was hooked ever since. And while there are so many more games to play, I’ve been making my way through the franchise. But considering you can spend over 80 hours on just one game, it’s quite a process! Totally worth it, zero regrets.

 

The games in this series have a wonderful way of pulling you in right from the start. Between the gorgeous animation, the music, the perfect personalities of the characters, and the engaging stories, there’s a lot to love. It’s definitely a series of games that will have you laughing one minute and sobbing the next, which is amazing and terrible, haha. When I found out Funimation would get Tales of Zestiria the X, and that I could work on it, I couldn’t stop talking about it. In fact, I still can’t stop talking about it which probably explains the massive amount of information you’re about to dive into! This is a seriously wonderful, captivating, and loveable series, and I’m excited to share all the knowledge I can with our growing population of fans. So please, enjoy!

 

 

The Characters

Have you been watching our newest title, Tales of Zestiria the X? Are you eager to learn more about the world? Then settle in for some Tales of tutoring! We’ll be catching you up on everything there is to know about Zestiria and even some things you might have missed in this three-part blog series. Grab a snack and something to drink because you’ve got quite a bit of learning to do.

 

Let’s start off with some of the basics:

 

What is Tales of Zestiria?

Tales of Zestiria is a game by Bandai Namco Studios! It is part of the 20-year long-running Tales of franchise. Zestiria was the most recent game released under the Tales of title and came out on PS3 and PS4 last January.

 

 

What is the Tales of franchise?

It is a series of video games that began back in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia. Today, there are currently 16 titles out, and one is set to release this August in Japan and worldwide sometime in 2017. The games span different consoles, but the most recent three have been PlayStation exclusives. There is even a brand-new mobile game! Much like the Final Fantasy series, the games do not necessarily share the same storylines, but you can always find fun Easter Eggs for each series in all the games. Tales of Zestiria the X is the sixth anime series from the franchise with Tales of Eternia: The Animation being the first.

 

Who are the main characters?

Sorey: A human who has grown up with the Seraphim—magical beings that cannot be seen by typical humans. Because of his connection with the Seraphs, he is the chosen one to become the Shepherd. As the Shepherd, he will take on the burden of cleansing the human world of malevolence and hellions—humans and animals turned into dark creatures after being exposed to too much malevolence. He must also try to bring the world of Seraphim together with the world of humans. He and Mikleo are obsessed with history and ruins and want to explore every ruin in the known world.

 

 

Mikleo: A water Seraph who grew up with Sorey. Like Sorey, he is very interested in the history of their world and exploring ruins. Mikleo is very protective of Sorey and refuses to leave his side, even once Sorey takes on the Shepherd’s burden. The creators of Zestiria have even made the claim that Mikleo is Sorey’s “only one.” So take that anyway you’d like!

 

 

 

Alisha Diphda: Princess knight of Hyland. She believes in the Seraph but cannot see them like Sorey. She was one of the few nobles to still have faith in the Shepherd. She wants to help Sorey carry out his mission as the Shepherd but also has her own responsibilities to her country and land. Unfortunately for her, other members of the royal family see her has a threat and have plans to get rid of her.

 

 

 

Lailah: A fire Seraph and also the Lady of the Lake of Ladylake. Lailah has been contracted to many incarnations of the Shepherd. Because of this, she knows many things, but unfortunately, she cannot tell anything to Sorey as he must seek answers for himself. This does mean she may randomly change the course of conversation or wander off when certain questions are asked.

 

 

 

Rose: The mysterious Rose wears many faces. She is originally seen as leader of the Sparrowfeathers—a merchant guild. But we quickly find out she is far more deadly than a simple merchant. In fact, Rose is the leader of the assassin guild Scattered Bones and is out for Alisha’s head! But there is far more to this red head that has yet to be revealed.

 

 

 

Velvet Crowe: Velvet Crowe is a great unknown. Having just appeared in episode 5 and 6, this is the first time she’s truly been seen on screen—save for sneak peeks of course. Fans of the games are learning about her through the anime just like everyone else. Velvet will be the main heroine of Tales of Berseria, the upcoming Tales of game set to release this August in Japan and worldwide sometime in 2017. What is known about her is that she is a Daemoneater with a possessed left arm. She suffered a traumatic event where she witnessed Artorius Collbrande kill her younger brother, Laphicet. In Berseria she is a fierce pirate feared by many because of the dark power dwelling in her arm.

 

 

 

What about the bad guys?

 

Lord of Calamity: The final boss, Heldalf! He has plans to see the world covered in malevolence and stop the Shepherd from ever existing again by bringing about the Era of Chaos. But Heldalf was not born the Lord of Calamity, he was created. The most evil of villains always have the most tragic backstories…

 

 

 

Lunarre: Lunarre is not quite what he appears. Dressed in the clothing worn by the Scattered Bones (Rose’s assassin guild), he does not abide by the guilds creed and becomes overwhelmed with the desire for power and destruction. He begins to develop more fox-demon qualities and has abilities similar to that of a hellion. He works with the Lord of Calamity, but in reality, he’s more about working for himself.

 

 

 

There are many characters in the world of Zestiria, but these are the ones you definitely need to know. And yes, you will probably find yourself crying over some of them, haha. This blog will be updated with more characters as they get introduced in the anime. Stay tuned for future parts!

 

 

A Look Back at Anime from 20 Years Ago

This flashback post was written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu!

 

The classic fantasy mecha anime The Vision of Escaflowne celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and in commemoration of its upcoming first-time release on Blu-ray in North America, let’s take a time machine look back two decades years to 1996, the days of AOL internet discs, Beanie Babies, and Netscape Navigator… and also an exquisite year for anime if you remember it!

 

Evangelion, of course, was not released in 1996 but the year before. The Vision of Escaflowne debuted in 1996, but it’s not the only classic anime that came out that year.

 

 

 

Do you remember some of these other hit titles? In 1996…

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October 2016 Home Video Releases

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

 

Attack on Titan: The Movie Part 1

 

Live Action Movie – BD/DVD Combo + Ultraviolet

 

Click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Download version!

 

Click here to pre-order the DVD-only version!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion

 

Season One – Episodes 1-25 – DVD Only and Blu-ray Only

Season Two (R2) – Episodes 26-50 – DVD Only and Blu-ray Only
Collector’s Edition – Seasons One and Two (R2) – Episodes 1-50 – Blu-ray Only

 

Click here to pre-order the Seasons One and Two Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)!

 

Click here to pre-order Season One Blu-ray Only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season One DVD-only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season Two Blu-ray Only version!

 

Click here to pre-order Season Two DVD-only version!

 

 

Series Synopsis: 

In the year 2017 of the Imperial Calendar, parts of the world are under the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11, the proud people treated as lower class citizens. Lelouch Lamperouge was once a Britannian prince but when his mother was assassinated, he was sent to Japan and thought to be killed. But he survived. After getting caught up in a terrorist attack, he encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who grants him the power of Geass and the ability to command others.

 

With his newfound powers, Lelouch becomes Zero, a rebel leader for justice, and forms his own anti-government group. His goals are simple: get answers about his mother’s murder and make a world that is worthy of his beloved little sister, Nunnally. Even with his Geass, Lelouch will encounter countless challenges. But nothing can prepare him to face his former best friend, Suzaku Kururugi, a Japanese citizen…and soldier of Britannia?

 

The power of Geass: is it a blessing…or a curse?

 

 

 

 

The Vision of Escaflowne

 

Part One (Episodes 1-13) – BD/DVD Combo
Part Two (Episodes 14-26) – BD/DVD Combo
Anime Movie – BD/DVD Combo
Collector’s Edition – Parts One and Two (Episodes 1-26) and Movie – Blu-ray Only

 

Click here to pre-order the Collector’s Edition (Parts One, Two, and Movie)!

 

Click here to pre-order the Part One Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Part Two Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Movie Blu-ray and DVD Combo!

 

 

 

Series Synopsis: 

A sweeping tale of love and war, The Vision of Escaflowne was a seminal series that influenced anime’s worldwide popularity. Directed by Kazuki Akane, this beautifully animated adventure features epic music, memorable characters, and an unforgettable love story. Hitomi Kanzaki is an ordinary high school girl who runs track and has an affinity for tarot reading. But when a brash young man named Van appears from a beam of light at her high school, Hitomi is spirited away to a myserious new world called Gaea. On Gaea, Hitomi is a stranger in a strange land. Soldiers in magnificent armored mechs, or Guymelefs, wreak havoc around her. Humanoid animals walk and talk like people, and foreign empires are embroiled in an increasingly violent war. On top of that, Hitomi discovers her ability to read tarot cards is due to a secret power more potent than she’d ever imagined, and her newfound ability makes her both an asset and a target. To save the world of Gaea and return to her own, Hitomi must unravel the mystery of her powers, Van’s past, and the powerful Escaflowne.

 

Movie Synopsis:

Hitomi Kanzaki is depressed. She feels isolated from her friends and family, and wants nothing more than to disappear. From her melancholy, the otherworldly presence of Lord Folken is summoned, and she is spirited away to the foreign world of Gaea. On Gaea, Hitomi is both feared and worshipped as the legendary Winged Goddess: a powerful being who can call to life the mystical Dragon Armor, Escaflowne. Hitomi is bewildered by the strange new world, where ships fly through the air, cat women walk and talk, and her apparent role as a goddess makes her a prized possession for several nefarious organizations. Hitomi finds a kindred spirit in the vengeful and headstrong King Van, who has sworn an oath of revenge against the Black Dragon Clan, who destroyed Van’s kingdom. Now, Van lives by the sword. And with Hitomi by his side, Van and Escaflowne will either lead the world of Gaea to harmony, or destruction.

 

 

 

 

 

Strike Witches: The Movie

 

Anime Movie – BD/DVD Combo 

 

Click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD combo!
 

 

Movie Synopsis: 

The Neuroi, a large and dangerous alien race, still roam parts of the world leaving destruction in their path. The Strike Witches—a group of girls with extraordinary powers, formidable weapons, and advanced aircraft appendages—have made great strides against the Neuroi. But the war against them still rages on.

Yoshika Miyafuji was once a member of the Strike Witches and sacrificed the ability to use her powers in a major fight against the Neuroi. Unable to fight, she now wishes to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and continue to help people. When new soldier and witch Shizuka Hattori comes to escort her to a prestigious European medical school, their journey becomes far more dangerous than originally planned. The Neuroi have changed, and their abilities are far stronger than before. Can the Strike Witches comes together once again to face their enemy? Or will they be able to without Yoshika’s abilities?

 

 

 

 

One Piece: Collection Seventeen

 

Episodes 397-421 – DVD Only 

 

Click here to pre-order the DVD!
 

 

Collection Synopsis: 

Luffy turns a mermaid auction into a pirate-style brawl when he knocks the snot out of a celestial dragon. The punch heard ˜round the island may have saved Camie, but it lands the Straw Hats squarely in the sights of the marines! Fellow pirates Trafalgar Law and Eustass Captain Kid buy the crew some time to escape, but the situation gets tricky when an army of Kuma-clone Pacifistas hit the scene. Things couldn’t get much worse for the Straw Hats. Or could they? Luffy is forced to watch in horror as Bartholomew Kuma makes his beloved friends vanish one by one until the rubberman ends up a lonely castaway on the island of Amazon Lily. After interrupting the sacred bathing hour of the gorgeous Warlord Boa Hancock, Luffy faces the very real fate of being turned to stone!

 

 

 

 

In Search of the Lost Future (SUB Only)

 

Complete Series – BD/DVD Combo 

 

Click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD Combo!
 

 

Series Synopsis: 

Kaori and Sou have been friends since childhood, so naturally everyone assumes they’re destined to be together. But after a tragic accident cuts Kaori’s life short, these star-crossed members of the Astronomy Club become entangled in a web of overlapping timelines and parallel universes. When the clock resets after Kaori’s death, her week begins just as it did before”only this time, as Sou and the other members of the Astronomy Club investigate a few mysterious rumors floating around the school, they stumble upon a very unconscious and very naked girl named Yui. She claims she has no memory of where she came from, but in reality she’s arrived from the future with an important mission: change Kaori’s fate and ensure a brighter future for Sou and the rest the Astronomy Club.

 

 

 

 

Lupin III – The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

 

Complete Series – Anime Classics – BD/DVD Combo 

 

Click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD Combo!
 

 

Series Synopsis: 

She’s a thief. A killer. A saint and a scandal. She’s whatever you need her to be to get the job done. After sizing you up with one sinful glance, she disarms you with a touch. You’re powerless to resist. She’s walking seduction, with an insatiable itch for the priceless and a fetish for mischief. She takes your breath away to get what she wants. She takes everything else just because she can. It’s all in a night’s work for the woman called Fujiko Mine. She’s the slinky, sultry thread that holds Lupin III’s crew together “ and this is the heist that started it all.

 

 

 

 

Level E

 

Complete Series – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo 

 

Click here to pre-order the S.A.V.E. Blu-ray/DVD Combo!
 

 

Series Synopsis: 

Do you love a good prank? Does your sense of humor border on sadistic? Then you’ll love Level E, a hilariously twisted new series from the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! This extraterrestrial adventure follows the alien genius, Prince Baka (masterfully portrayed by anime legend Vic Mignogna) as he turns life on Earth into his own personal laugh track. The Prince has the biggest brain in the galaxy, and he’s also a sadistic prankster who loves to make humans squirm. Anime fans will fall hard for this nostalgic, undeniably clever series that spoofs the television shows, video games, and superheroes they loved as kids. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll remember that thing you did that was super mean “ but also super hilarious. (Don’t worry, you won’t get grounded.) So yeah, Level E. The alien invasion has begun. Prepare to die “ laughing.

 

 

 

 

BLOOD-C

 

Complete Series – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo 
Anime Movie (The Last Dark) – S.A.V.E. – BD/DVD Combo

 

Click here to pre-order the Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo!

 

Click here to pre-order the Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo!
 

 

Series Synopsis: 

The creators of Blood “ the Last Vampire and Blood+ team up with renowned powerhouse CLAMP to inject beauty into a chilling new addition to the Blood line. Horrifying beasts with a hunger for human flesh prey on the citizens of a quiet town. In moonlit twilight, Saya slays the monsters and returns home drenched in blood. As the attacks increase in frequency and intensity, her enemies relay cryptic messages about a broken contract. Limbs are torn from flesh and skulls are crushed and devoured while the huntress struggles with paralyzing visions and gaping holes in her memory. When the humans Saya promised to protect reveal the sickening truth about her role in the violence, she learns her mission isn’t as clear cut as she thought”and her most sadistic foe of all is so close she can taste it.

 

Movie Synopsis:

Combining killer action from the creators of Ghost in the Shell with hauntingly beautiful art from the makers of X, this award-winning film is the latest masterpiece in the Blood: The Last Vampire franchise. Saya is part human, part monster, and has one thing on her mind: REVENGE. Visions of twisted experiments and creatures slaughtering everyone she loved fuel her thirst for vengeance. With blade in hand and rage boiling in her veins, she tracks her tormentor to Tokyo”where flesh-hungry beasts have begun to feed. There, she joins a group of young hackers hunting for the same man. As Saya slices her way through lies, traps, flesh, and bone, how much blood will she shed to cut down the mastermind behind her madness?

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tail – Part 21 Cast Announcement and Home Video Street Date Reminder

Fairy Tail Part 21 (episodes 240-252) is coming on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on September 6 and we’re ecstatic! To get ready for this, we’ll be giving a little sneak peek to who is voicing in this huge arc.

 

Popular voice actor, Vic Mignogna, will be joining the English dub as the main villain, Mard Geer! See a bit of the action below:

 

 

Click here to pre-order Fairy Tail Part 21 now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo for the release on September 6th!

 

 

Guilty Crown Merchandise Giveaway!

We have an amazing bundle of Guilty Crown merchandise here at the Funimation HQ, and we want to share it with you!  All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page and answer the question in the comments on THIS post for a chance to win!

 

Easy, right? Now the tough part is deciding on a favorite moment — but take a look at some of the great stuff up for grabs!  Post your answer by August 23rd, and it could all be yours!

 

 

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SHIMONETA – English Dub Cast Announcement!

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist is making its underwear-masked arrival to home video this November — and it’s getting an english dub!

 

 

Meet the english cast, who will probably have to spend the next few months washing their dirty mouths out:

 

AYAME – Jamie Marchi
TANUKICHI – Josh Grelle
GORIKI – David Wald
ANNA – Monica Rial
KOSURI – Lara Woodhull
HYOKA – Mikaela Krantz
WHITE PEAK – Anthony Bowling
NARRATOR/BASE BLACK – Christopher Sabat

 

ADR Director – Jerry Jewell

 

 

There’s even a limited edition for those of you *lewd* enough to dare and pre-order it:

Including:

All 12 episodes on Blu-ray & DVD
SOX sticker – Share SOX with the masses!
1 Tube Sock – You know why.
Pin – Show off our adorable mascot!
Pin – Rock out with SOX out!

 

 

Summary
In a world where dirty jokes don’t exist, where the mere utterance of a ***** word will thrust you into jail, a hero must rise up as a symbol for all things lewd and rude. The mysterious Blue Snow, proudly wearing panties on her face and armed with naughty images and a foul mouth, will bring the art of dirty jokes back! With her erotic terrorist group, SOX, she will press against the stiff authority of the oppressive Decency Squad and step on their hard and overbearing rules. Tanukichi Okuma is the son of an imprisoned ero-terrorist. Rather than following in his father’s footsteps, he plans to stay on the track of morality and wholesomeness. Just like his dream girl, Anna Nishikinomiya, he attends Japan’s most moral school. But after an encounter with Blue Snow, his virtuous plans are ****** and he finds himself entangled with SOX. Will the pursuit of smut tarnish what hope he has with the pure Anna, or will he *** around, stimulated by the panty wearing deviant and her filthy mouth?

 

Conventions 2016 – Matsuricon Full Activities Page

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation convention manager, Tara, is coming up to Ohio to give the fans big booth deals, prominent panels, and plenty of One Piece adventure! See the specific One Piece activities on this page!

 

 

PANELS

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, August 19th | 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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 Industry | Saturday, August 20th | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom

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!

 

Funimation Favorites | Sunday, August 21st | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

 

Dealer’s Room Times:

 

Friday 8/19/2016 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 8/20/2016 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 8/21/2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Planetarian/Sekai Project Contest

If you’ve been keeping up with our current simulcast season, you may have enjoyed one of our current shows, planetarian! Did you know this show originated as a visual novel published by our friends over at Sekai Project? They’re also responsible for publishing the visual novels of some shows such as Clannad!

 

 

Whether it be a political crime story or a horror-themed nightmare, the appeal of visual novels lies in their ability to focus on an amazing concept or plot and deliver a full story within an anime-caliber framework that delivers complex themes and emotions. You can see this shine through with some of the more popular novels such as The Fruit of Grisaia, G-senjou no Maou, and Narcissu.

 

 

Visual novels are like a click-through version of a book with anime style imagery. However, unlike a book there are branching paths and choices you can make that affect the outcome of the story. The anime version of these novels only show one of these paths. For example, In the anime version of Clannad you see Tomoya with Nagisa; in the visual novel you can choose which girl you believe fits best and can follow that route to see how all of their relationships change and blossom. It’s these multiple pathways that make fans want to come back and play them over and over again.
In the case of planetarian, which is technically a kinetic novel, you do not get these choices. Kinetic novels guide you through the story as the writer intended without giving you the option to change events. Meaning, it didn’t matter if we were reading the visual novel or watching the anime, the story was always going to leave us an emotional mess.

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed watching our simulcast of planetarian this season be sure to check out our broadcast dub Thursdays at 12:30pm ET! Thanks to our wonderful friends over at Sekai Project we will also be holding a special steam key giveaway for the planetarian visual novel! You’ll have a chance to win a Steam copy of planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~. All you have to do is retweet/reshare our giveaway and 5 lucky winners will be selected on Thursday, September 1st at the last Broadcast Dub episode!

 

 

 

Contest rules here