Divine Gate – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Divine Gate is one of the most talked-about shows of the winter season for a reason—and now it’s coming to you in English as part of this season’s Broadcast Dub lineup! Check out our English cast announcement for this new show from the studio that brought you Sword Art Online and Fairy Tail, debuting Friday, February 12, at 9:30am EST.

 

 

Summary

After the Divine Gate opened, our world and the worlds beyond became connected, bringing an era of chaos. To restore order, the World Council was formed and the Divine Gate fell into legend. Now, a select few have gathered to attempt to reach the Gate and remake the world. But what will they find when they open the door?

 

 

Cast

Akane – Joel McDonald

Aoto – Chris Burnett

Midori – Alexis Tipton

Arthur – J. Michael Tatum

Ariton – Clifford Chapin

K – Mikaela Krantz

Crew

ADR Director: Clifford Chapin

ADR Engineer: Nagaris Johnson, Domonique French, Jeremy Woods

Lead Writer: Monica Rial

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – English Voice Cast Announcement!

GRIMGAR_keyart#2Our next broadcast dub announcement show takes a familiar setup—a group of normal people stuck in a fantasy world—and puts on a fresh, unexpectedly realistic new spin. Meet the English cast adventurers of the new fantasy action show, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – debuting TONIGHT at 9:00 pm EST as part of the new Dubbletalk block. You can then tune in to the Dubbletalk live show on Twitch.tv/Funimation @ 9:30p EST to join the Dubbletalk crew in discussing the episode!

 

 

Summary

From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

 

Cast

Haruhiro – Ricco Fajardo

Manato – Justin Briner

Yume – Jeannie Tirado

Shihoru – Sarah Wiedenheft

Moguzo – Jarrod Greene

Ranta – Orion Pitts

 

Crew

Directors: Mike McFarland and Felecia Angelle

ADR Engineers: Peter Hawkinson, Manuel Aragon

Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Assassination Classroom, Season 2 – English Voice Cast Announcement!

AC2_key_01One of the biggest new anime of 2015 joins us again for a second season—and a second season broadcast dub. Here’s your cast for Assassination Classroom season 2, which also rejoins the Dubbletalk block on Wednesdays – episode one goes out tomorrow on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:30 pm EST. Then tune in to Twitch.tv/Funimation at 9:30p EST to see the Dubbletalk crew discuss the episode, and the rest of the Dubbletalk block shows, with fans!

 

 

Summary

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

 

 

 

Cast

KORO SENSEI – Sonny Strait
TADAOMI KARASUMA – Chris Ryan
IRINA JELAVICH – Martha Harms
KARMA AKABANE – Austin Tindle
YUMA ISOGAI – Jerry Jewell
TAIGA OKAJIMA – Nick Haley
HINATA OKANO – Didi Archilla
MANAMI OKUDA – Felecia Angelle
MEG KATAOKA – Morgan Garrett
KAEDE KAYANO – Monica Rial
YUKIKO KANZAKI – Leah Clark
MASAYOSHI KIMURA – Jean-Luc Hester
HINANO KURAHASHI – Kristen McGuire
NAGISA SHIOTA – Lindsay Seidel
SOSUKE SUGAYA – Kyle Phillips
TOMOHITO SUGINO – Clifford Chapin
KOTARO TAKEBAYASHI – Scott Hinze
RYUNOSUKE CHIBA – Z. Charles Bolton
RYOMA TERASAKA – Marcus D. Stimac
RIO NAKAMURA – Apphia Yu
KIRARA HAZAMA – Terri Doty
SUMIRE HARA – Michelle Lee
RINKA HAYAMI – Jamie Marchi
YUZUKI FUWA – Kristi Kang
ITONA HORIBE – Ricco Fajardo
HIROTO MAEHARA – Chris Burnett
KOKI MIMURA – Joel McDonald
TAKUYA MURAMATSU – Eric Cherry
TOKA YADA – Michelle Rojas
TAISEI YOSHIDA – Orion Pitts
RITSU – Bryn Apprill
SHIRO – J. Michael Tatum

 

Crew

Director- Apphia Yu
ADR Engineers – James Baker, Matt Grounds, Brian Leonard
Lead script writer – J. Michael Tatum

 

How Do War Maidens Stack Up Against Goddesses?

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (available now!) features Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn and several, stunning War Maidens — each with godlike abilities!

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Motivated to take arms for different reasons, these sovereign women approach each situation with otherworldly powers yet relatable personalities…  And we noticed that some of these War Maidens reminded us of other powerful women in myth! So just for fun, we’ve matched a few of the War Maidens to comparable Greek Goddesses.

 

First up is…

 

Nike

Known as the Winged Goddess of Victory and the Goddess of Strength, Speed, and Victory. Nike would fly around battlefields rewarding victors with glory and fame.  But which of the War Maidens does she most closely resemble?

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Conventions 2016 – Feeling the Love at Katsucon 2016

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, Justin, Tim, and Tara are heading to Maryland for Katsucon and they’re bringing the love with some tasty panels and booth deals! Check out the details below for what we have planned for this weekend:

 

 

 

PANELS

 

 

Funimation Favorites | Friday, February 12th | 6:15pm – 7:15pm | Panel Room: Live 2

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 Peep Show (18+) | Friday, February 12th | 10:00pm – 11:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with hosts Herbie Housely (@HerbieHousely) and Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford).  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 Online Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Panel Room: Live 5
Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on Funimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FunimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!
 

 

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

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!
 
 
 

 

 

FunimationNow LOUNGE

 

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FunimationNow Lounge | ALL WEEKEND | Room: Live 9

All weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to rest yourself at the FunimationNow Lounge! You’ll be able to charge your phones, watch shows and particular screenings, and even demo the Funimation apps on the PS4, XboxOne, and the Roku. 

 

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

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!

 

We’re bringing a ton of new autographed wraps that are available as a gift with certain purchases. Be sure to inquire at the booth for details!

 

 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Evangelion Movie Marathon

 

To celebrate the release of Evangelion 3.33, we’ll be having a marathon of mecha-sized proportions with Evangelion 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33! Watch all 3 and then pick up your copy of 3.33. in the dealer’s room!

 

Evangelion 1.11 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 6:00pm
Evangelion 2.22 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 8:00pm
Evangelion 3.33 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 10:15pm

 

 

Movie Synopses:

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are [Not] Alone

The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements.

Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.

Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.

 

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance

Brutal mechanized action explodes on a grand scale as towering cyborg gladiators – the Eva Units – fight for the fate of the world in the new feature film, Evangelion: 2.22.

In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens – but will they be able to save themselves?

 

Evangelion: 3.33 You Can [Not] Redo

Fourteen years after starting the Third Impact, Shinji wakes up to a changed world. The people he once protected treat him like a prisoner and threaten to kill him if he pilots another Eva. At NERV headquarters, Shinji meets pianist Kaworu. As the boys bond, the organization’s true mission comes into focus, and Shinji careens toward a mental breakdown that could bring about the end of humanity.

 

 

 

 

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 Saturday, February 13th | Video Room 2 (V2) | 6:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

From the light novel series written by Minase Hazuki, comes a story of love, action, and comedy. Yachi Haruaki is a high school boy who is naturally resistant to curses. After his father sends him a mysterious black cube, Haruaki awakes to find a nude girl named Fear standing in his kitchen. She’s the human form of the cursed black cube – and an instrument of torture! Utilizing her special abilities, Fear fights alongside Haruaki to defeat other cursed instruments and their owners.

 

 

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer-

 

Episodes 1 & 2 w/ Dubbed OVA | Saturday, February 13th | FunimationNow Lounge – Live 9 | 9:00pm
 

Right after our Industry Panel, we’ll be having a special showing of Free! Eternal Summer dubbed episodes 1 & 2 along with a special screening of the OVA which is only available on the home video release! Cosplay is encouraged at this event and we have tons of prizes to give away!

 

Synopsis: The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited for a second season in Free! Eternal Summer. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maken-Ki! Two

 

English Dubbed Premiere | Saturday, February 13th | Video Room 2 (V2) | 10:30pm
 
 

Season 2 Synopsis: The busty babes of Maken-ki! are back in a follow-up to the hit first season! When Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy, he discovers that he has a magical power called “Maken.” The hornball might end up a great fighter—if he can keep from being distracted by all the gorgeous girls running around his new school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dagashi Kashi – English Voice Cast Announcement!

keyvisual-1-smallUp next in our broadcast dub announcement rollout is a show that’s been a surprise sweet success—and a pretty unique new anime to join our Dubbletalk block! (Thanks to everyone who voted this one in!) Meet the English voices for candy girl Hotaru and the rest of the cast of Dagashi Kashi, launching Wednesday (February 10) at 8:00p EST! Then tune in to Twitch.tv/Funimation at 9:30p EST to see the Dubbletalk crew discuss the episode, and the rest of the Dubbletalk block shows, with fans!

 

Summary:

Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.

 

Cast

Kokonotsu Shikada – Todd Haberkorn

Hotaru Shidare – Tabitha Ray

Yo Shikada – Jeremy Inman

Saya Endo – Sara Ragsdale

To Endo – Justin Pate

 

Crew

Director – Kyle Phillips

ADR Engineers – Jeremy Woods, Domonique French

Lead Writer – Jamie Marchi

 

 

Prince of Stride: Alternative – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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The winter season of new anime is underway, and so is our new set of broadcast dubs, presenting you the latest shows, now with English dub just weeks after airing in Japan! Here’s our first new cast announcement for the season, for all you sports anime fans out there, in Prince of Stride: Alternative, an anime all about parkour + racing, streaming every Tuesday at 11:00am EST – Watch now!

 

Summary:

From MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—a mix between competitive relay races and parkour. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school’s Stride Club, but if they want to recruit their wildly fast (but reckless) classmate Riku, they’ll have to catch him first.

 

 

 

 

Cast

Nana Sakurai – Natalie Hoover

Riku Yagami – Austin Tindle

Takeru Fujiwara – Ricco Fajardo

Heath Hasekura – Jason Liebrecht

Hozumi Kohinata – Clifford Chapin

Ayumu Kadowaki – Micah Solusod

Mr. Dan – J. Michael Tatum

Kyosuke Kuga – Ivan Jasso

Tomoe Yagami – Todd Haberkorn

Reiji Suwa – Justin Briner

 

Crew

Director: Caitlin Glass

ADR Engineers: Domonique French, Matt Grounds

Lead Writer: Monica Rial

The Boy and The Beast Advance Tickets on Sale NOW!

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast, in theaters across the nation beginning March 4! Find a theater near you now and buy your tickets today at funimationfilms.com/theboyandthebeast. Lots of anime theatrical screenings sell out in advance, so don’t get caught at the theater ticketless—we strongly suggest buying your ticket as soon as possible.

 

 

Plus, check out the debut of the long-awaited English dub trailer (plus the original Japanese trailer, subbed into English)!

 

 

If you’ve loved Hosoda’s other films, you definitely need to experience The Boy and the Beast, which Twitch Film calls “as charming as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, as exhilarating as Summer Wars and as touching as Wolf Children”.

If you aren’t familiar with Hosoda’s works yet, you’re in for a real treat. “Mamoru Hosoda ranks first among the Japanese animation directors seen as successors to now-retired industry giant Hayao Miyazaki — and for good reason” according to the Japan Times, so watch his latest movie in theaters to see anime history being made.

Plus, like Hosoda’s other films, The Boy and the Beast is highly accessible and great for families—the perfect gateway movie for your parents or friends who might not know much about anime.

 

 

The theatrical run is available in both English dub AND Japanese audio with English subtitles; check your local theater for the specific language showings. If you want to see more theatrical screenings with dual language and multiple showings, buy your tickets early to show your support for this format! Tickets are available at some locations– additional ticket sales will be added soon.

 

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The Boy and the Beast Synopsis:
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

 

Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Monkey

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!

 

 

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Time To Celebrate – Black History Month

There’s something about anime that makes it more enticing than many other forms of media- movies, TV, even books. It’s often filled with fantastic characters that take on amazing tasks in extraordinary ways in a style that makes the heroes of other media pale in comparison. Many people who started in anime as kids, like myself, looked up to these protagonists as heroes. Names like Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and many, many others inspired hope in young fans, like myself. Even today, names like Kyoma (Dimension W), Saitama (One Punch Man), or Luffy (One Piece) inspire hope and bravery as I keep up with anime. However, it is rare to see characters that look like me, a Black man (more specifically a 1st-generation Nigerian-American), in one of my favorite medium.

 

Typically, “Black” characters in anime are either very stereotypical, so parodied that they don’t look like Black characters anymore, or are very ambiguous to where they don’t represent a certain race. And oftentimes, the few Black characters that exist are relegated to bum or bit roles that reinforce negative stereotypes: gangster/gangsta, criminal, etc. This has left a lack of heroes and role models that we in the Black community can look up to. However, I wanted to show off a few Black anime characters- whether they are explicitly Black, descendants of Africans, or even dark-skinned and with African features- that merit being looked at.

 

This piece is an opinion piece of an employee of Funimation. This list is by no means comprehensive of all of the Black characters that exist in anime. I hope that you enjoy the comments and ideas shared here!

 

 

Afro Samurai

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Let’s kick off this list with one of the most arguably badass characters in all of anime. Afro is a wandering samurai who fights enemies constantly in order to protect the “number two” headband he wears in order to face off against the wearer of the “number one” headband, the man who killed his father- the previous “number one” headband owner. Afro means a lot as he is an explicitly Black character who isn’t a stereotypical figure, he is the main character, and he is one of the coolest characters in all of anime.

 

 

 

Michiko & Hatchin

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Michiko & Hatchin takes place in a fictional South American country which is very much based on Brazil – Portuguese as a main language; a mixed-race population; and a varied topography of favelas, jungles, cities, and more. Many important characters are of African descent and are done with justice. Characters like Atsuko, Rita, and Satoshi have many Black features but are three-dimensional characters that have you excited for their every step.

 

 

 

Bleach

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Even though she is not a Funimation character, I would be remiss in not talking about her. As a past captain of the Soul Society, she leads main character, Ichigo, as a mentor. Although her race is more ambiguous than other characters in this list, it is striking to see a dark-skinned character as an important foil for the main cast. She’s a powerful woman who often aids the main cast and has been shown to be a leader that people look up to.

 

 

 

Gangsta.

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The races of these characters aren’t explicit either but the portrayal of characters with dark skin and dreadlocks was much appreciated in the form of these characters. Even though they come from rough backgrounds as either mercenaries, gangsters, or prostitutes, they are characters with deep stories, emotions, and even powers as they contribute to much of the overall story.

 

 

 

 

Naruto

Killer Bee

 

Another dark-skinned character (and heck whole race) that I’d be remiss to ignore would be Killer Bee in Naruto Shippuden. Even though he can be more stereotypical (a rapping dark-skinned character) he has been a character that fans look up to with powers that rival the main cast. Rather than a parody, he is a true force to be reckoned with that fans and rivals can look at with respect.

 

 

 

One Piece

Fishmen and Mermaids

 

Even though there aren’t many (if any) explicit characters of African descent, the story of the Fishmen in the Fishmen Island arc (episodes 520-570) warrants talking about. The cast that ignites the conflict in the arc, Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime, are (loosely on the part of the author) based on the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

*Spoilers!!* 

Both characters are leaders that fight for their race -fishmen and mermaids- to be accepted by normal humans. The Queen fights peacefully with diplomacy and unification of the races. Fisher Tiger, a runaway slave, fights slavers and encourages past slaves to fight against humans; he also fights for segregation of the races in order to build up the fishmen and sea people (as well as other humans who have been enslaved). Both leaders fight each other’s philosophies but try to work together for the good of the sea people. However, both leaders are assassinated which puts the sea people in hostile tension with humans. The vacuum of the leaders causes fishmen and mermaids to be second-class citizens or in open conflict with humans.

 

 

 

Dimension W

Koorogi

 

A last example of a character I like is Koorogi of Dimension W. Although we haven’t seen much of him as of the present moment (episode 4 at the time of this post), he has shown himself to be a character I’m excited to see more. He is a talented hacker and intelligent and witty kid who works behind the scenes to aid the collectors in their search for illegal power sources (coils) in this future world. Even though he is ambiguous in his race, it is always nice to see dark-skinned characters in a positive light.

 

 

 

Like I’ve said before, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the views of all Black people. I’ve missed many other characters like Dutch from Black Lagoon, Kilik in Soul Eater, Casca from Berserk, and many more. However, I did want to share examples of characters that made us excited to be people of color in real life. I’d love to hear your comments or other characters that you’ve enjoyed within anime!