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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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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English Cast Announcement – Aquarion Logos – Season 3, Part 1

Aquarion LogosSeason Three, Part One is up for preorder, which means we have the english voice cast announcement for you!

 

Available on Blu-ray & DVD 11/22 – preorder here!

 

Summary
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Aquarion is back with a brand-new series featuring a whole new cast of wild characters on a one-of-a-kind adventure!

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English Cast Announcement – Castle Town Dandelion

 

Teleportation, anti-gravity, insane calculations… these are just some of the powers our cast will be using to get ahead in Castle Town Dandelion!  They may all have the same goal, but it’s going to be a crazy journey — and you’ll be able to add it to your collection on Blu-ray & DVD on November 15th!

 

Ready to meet the actors competing to take the throne?

 

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Haruhi Endless Eight Live Stream

Haruhi fans will fondly (?!) remember Endless Eight, the season 2 arc that repeated the same episode 8 times. To celebrate Haruhi’s return to home video, we’re doing a special live stream to help you relive those wonderful (?!) days–by having Funimation’s own Justin Rojas watch all of Endless Eight AT THE SAME TIME?!

 


Save the date and tune in this Thursday (9/22) at 9:00pm ET to watch the insanity on Funimation’s YouTube channel! The live stream will be in Japanese with English subtitles (to make it a LITTLE easier to follow).

 

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Danganronpa 3 Catch-Up

Written by Funimaion employee and Fuyuhiko fanatic @curiouslychloe and social media coordinator (and bae of Chiaki) Godswill. Edited by superfan @Mangaman8000 and voice actor/superfan Stephen Sanders

 

Do you want to watch Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School, but need a recap of the first season (and the second game)? Do you want to know who that crazy bear is with the black/white “Two-Face” scheme? Do you want to understand what despair is and why everyone is looking for it? Look no further – we’ve got a quick run-down of some key events from the first season/game and the second game to help prepare you for both the Future Arc & Despair Arc of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School.

 

 

 

(WARNING: There ARE spoilers ahead for Season 1 of the first Danganronpa anime and game, and for the second Danganronpa game, so proceed with caution!)

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Tales of Zestiria the X Catch-Up: Part 3 – The Tales Extras

Part third of a three-part editorial series from one of Funimation’s copywriters, Lauren Hill, explaining the Tales video game series and how it relates to the Summer 2016 Simulcast, Tales of Zestiria the X

 

We’ve saved the best for last. You’ve got the characters and basic idea of the story, so what else is there? Just a handful of fun tidbits, Easter Eggs, and more!

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Reddit AMA with Fairy Tail English Voice Director Tyler Walker

UPDATE: Reddit AMA post is live here!

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Mark your calendars! In celebration of Fairy Tail – Part 21 being released and Part 22 pre-order going live, we’ll be holding a Reddit AMA with Fairy Tail director Tyler Walker! We’ve locked Tyler in his recording booth for the past 5 years to direct the English dub for Fairy Tail, and now we’re letting him out just to answer your questions on Reddit!

 

Join us on September 19 at 2pm-3pm ET on r/Anime to bombard Tyler with questions about working on Fairy Tail.

 

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