FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

seraph_keyvisual01FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the simulcast and home video rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! The fantasy action series will premiere on April 4th, at 10am ET.

 

series synopsis:

From Wit Studio, the creative force behind Attack on Titan, comes a brand-new action series—Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! 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. A true shonen fan should not miss out on Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Miyu Irino Yuichiro Code Geass’ Akito Hyuga , Kingdom Hearts’s Sora
Kensho Ono Mikaela Maria the Virgin Witch’s Joseph,
Kuroko’s Basketball’s Testuya Kuroko
Yuichi Nakamura Guren Fairy Tail’s Gray Fullbuster, Guilty Crown’s Gai Tsutsugami

 

Click here for more information about Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.

 

 

 

Unleash Your Anime Experience with FUNimation’s New PS4 App!

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The FUNimation Streaming Service app is now available for PS4!  This FREE app lets you enjoy the latest and greatest FUNimation dubbed and subbed anime shows and movies on your PS4.

 

Start your streaming experience today, and unlock instant access to…

  • The latest seasonal simulcasts: watch the hottest shows as soon as they air in Japan
  • Exclusive access to FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, English-dubbed episodes available within weeks of broadcasting in Japan
  • Uncut and uninterrupted high quality video
  • Thousands of subtitled and dubbed anime episodes and movies

 

The FUNimation Streaming Service app for PS3 has also been upgraded to match the PS4 app, so PS3 users can enjoy improved searching, episode queues, and account syncing, so you can continue watching where you left off across devices.

 

Click Here For More Information!

 

 

The Harem King Returns! FUNimation Acquires Rights for High School DxD BorN

HDDB-key-artYour favorite Occult Research Club members are back for more adventures and nosebleed inducing drama. That’s right aspiring harem kings (and queens), FUNimation has acquired the rights for High School DxD BorN!

 

series synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are Back! Lovable loser (and bust buff) Issei and his clan of bewitching beauties return for a new season of supernatural tussles and sexy shenanigans—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but fun and scantily-clad lounging…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and fondle their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

 ACTOR  CHARACTER  PREVIOUS ROLES
 Yuki Kaji  Issei  Attack on Titan’s Eren Jaeger, Noragami’s Yukine
 Yoko Hikasa  Rias  K-On!’s Mio, Yurikuma Arashi’s Kaoru

 

Genre: Fantasy, Fan Service

 

Stay tuned for more information about simulcast date and times! If you want to catch up on previous seasons of High School DxD, please visit http://funimation.com/high-school-dxd

 

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights to Ninja Slayer

ninjaWasshoi!! Our newest simulcast announcement goes out to fans of Trigger, the kickass and fan-favorite rising star anime studio that brought you one-of-a-kind titles as Little Witch Academia, Inferno Cop, and the mega-hit Kill la Kill!

 

FUNimation has acquired the streaming and home video license for Ninja Slayer, the long-awaited new show with all the styling and bombast you’ve come to love from Trigger! Ninja Slayer’s origin is shrouded in mystery; although it originally appeared as a novel series posted on Twitter in Japan, legend has it that it was actually translated from an original English series from two enigmatic American creators, Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez, who are totally on the run from actual ninjas. Who knows? All we can say is that with this origin story and this studio, Ninja Slayer is going to be way over-the-top and frickin’ awesome.

 

So we’ve told you what’s up with Ninja Slayer, but what’s it about? Here’s the summary:

 

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.

 

And here’s your Japanese voice cast:

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Ninja Slayer/
Kenji Fujikido
Toshiyuki Morikawa Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach), Naraku (Inuyasha),
Shishiwakamaru (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Dark Ninja/
Fujio Katakura
Sho Hayami Sosuke Aizen (Bleach), Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun)
Nancy Lee Chiwa Saito Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica),
Hitagi Senjyogahara (Bakemonogatari)
Yamoto Koki Sora Amamiya Akame (Akame ga Kill!), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul),
Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero)
Dragon Yukano Risa Taneda Xenovia (High School DxD New),
Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie in April),
Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary)
Laomoto Khan Masane Tsukayama Zoken Mato (Fate.Zero)
Clone Yakuza Tessho Genda Kurama (Naruto)

 

Simulcast launch date and time are still TBD, but stay tuned to FUNimation social media to be the first to know! In the meantime, here’s the trailer:

 

FUNimation Double Header Weekend – Anime Boston

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We’ve got a double header weekend (technically, it’s a triple header since we’ll have a FUNimation booth at Anime Conji in San Diego as well)! While Rojas is off to Seattle for Sakura-Con, Tara, Lauren, and Tim will be heading to Beantown once again for Anime Boston! Take a look below for all the info you’ll need for your weekend in Northeast.

 

BOOTH INFO:

 

Stop by our FUNimation booth in the Dealer’s Room to score some awesome deals on anime. We’ll be giving away FREE FUNimation lanyards with every purchase (while supplies last). Hurry in for the best selection! Plus, we’ve got autographed wraps for select purchases, signed by your favorite voice actors. Just ask for more information at the booth.

 

 

FRIDAY

 

FUNimation Peep Show – 9pm in Panel C

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 some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds.

This is an 18+ panel, so be sure to bring your IDs with you.

 

SATURDAY

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – 11:30am in Panel C

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

pingpongPING PONG THE ANIMATION (East Coast Dub Premiere) – 1:30pm in Sheraton-Grand Ballroom

 

series synopsis:

Smile and Peco. Peco and Smile. Besties from the beginning, both with a badass backhand. Peco is known for his arrogance on the table tennis court, and Smile for his silence. But with a new school year and a new high school table tennis team, both boys are in for a challenge, on–and off–the court.

Peco’s slacker ways are hurting his game, and after getting crushed in a tournament, he decides to quit. Smile is finally learning to harness his natural talents, but can he squash his sympathy for his opponents enough to beat them

From the acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time, Space Dandy) comes an innovative new series with stunning animation, memorable characters, and impressive footwork.

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Bringing the FUN to Seattle’s Sakura-con!

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We’ve got TWO conventions this weekend, so we’re bringing DOUBLE the FUN! We’re going bi-coastal, even. Lauren, Tara, and Tim will be heading to Anime Boston, and Rojas flying to Sakura-Con in Seattle. Take a look below for all the info on what’s going down in the Emerald City.

 

Join us for our Official Happy Hour party at Sakura-Con! Click here for all the details on the event and how to get in. Be sure to RSVP on our now on Eventbrite listing!

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BOOTH INFO:

Be sure to stop by the FUNimation booth at Sakura-Con for all your anime needs. We’ll be giving away a FREE FUNimation lanyard with every purchase, while supplies last. Select purchases will also come with an autographed wrap, signed by your favorite voice actors! Just ask for more information at the booth.

 

 

FRIDAY

wanna be the worlds strongestWanna Be The Strongest In The World (West Coast Dub Premiere) – 1:15pm in the FUNimation Theater

 

series synopsis:

The eye-popping world of women’s professional wrestling is sweaty, sadistic, and savagely sexy. Famous Japanese pop idol Sakura Hagiwara is better suited for the dance floor than the wrestling ring, but this ravishing songstress is about to put her body to the ultimate test. When she and fellow idol Elena are assigned to pose as wrestlers for a very special show, a vicious lady brawler by the name of Rio decides to teach the girls a lesson they won’t soon forget. Rio unleashes a flurry of ferocious of attacks on Elena, contorting her divine female form into an array of very naughty positions. Shocked by the blush-inducing beating taken by her friend, Sakura vows to get her heavenly curves ready to rumble and redeem the good name of idols everywhere by becoming a bona fide diva of the pro-wrestling world!

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

yukichan keyFUNimation has acquired the rights for the romance, slice-of-life anime series–The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan!

 

Haruhi fans will be excited to know that Minori Chihara (Dragonaut’s Toa, Ikki Tousen’s Ekitoku Chouhi) and Tomokazu Sugita (Assassination Classroom’s Karasuma, Chobits’ Hideki Motosuwa) will reprise their roles as Yuki and Kyon…and perhaps there will even be a few other familiar voices, too!

 

Stay tuned to FUNimation’s social media channels and this blog for more information coming soon!

 

synopsis:

From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru. No true Haruhi devotee should miss The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

FUNimation Acquires Rights to Show By Rock!!

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We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for Studio Bones’ new super-cute nekomimi music anime, Show By Rock!! This series is all about music and features bands of cute animal-ear girls AND handsome animal-ear guys, covering all types of music— pop, visual kei rock, Japanese, and more, with something for all audiences. The Show By Rock!! franchise comes to you in conjunction with Sanrio (yes, THAT Sanrio), and it’s got lots of popular Japanese seiyuu voice actors with popular singing backgrounds, so you know it’s going to be adorable and fun!

 

Here’s a preview of the bands in Show By Rock!!

 

Plasmagica

Our protagonists, catgirl Cyan, bunnygirl ChuChu, doggirl Retoree and sheepgirl Moa, of Plasmagica

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTRESS PREVIOUS ROLES
Cyan Eri Inagawa
ChuChu Sumire Uesaka Fubuki (KanColle), Anastasia (Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls),
Sanae Dekomori (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions)
Retoree Manami Numakura Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster), Takao (Arpeggio of Blue Steel),
Yumi Iguchi (Shirobako)
Moa Ayane Sakura Nagato, Naka and Shimakaze (KanColle),
Haru Onodera (Nisekoi), Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)

 

 

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The ultra-cool Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz

 

Features Kishow Taniyama (Uta no Prince-sama’s Natsuki Shinomiya, Bakumatsu Rock’s Ryoma Sakamoto, Kuroko no Basket’s Tatsuya Himuro) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Crow!

 

Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

The lovely ladies of Japanese-inspired Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

Trichronika
The starry boyband Trichronika

Features Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose, Free!’s Rin Matsuoka, Death Parade’s Harada) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Shu Zo!

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And the anime-original ultra-cuties of Cristicrista!

 

Simulcast schedule will be announced soon, so stay tuned to FUNimation social media until then! Here’s the synopsis:

 

Musical merriment and cute creatures collide in this series from the dream team pairing Sanrio and Studio Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)!

Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…

 

Check out the Promotional Videos below!

 

 

English Cast Announcements for PING PONG THE ANIMATION and Wanna Be The Strongest In The World

Fresh from Anime Detour, we’ve got two English cast announcements for you today!

 

pingpongFirst up, we’ve got the critically-acclaimed PING PONG THE ANIMATION!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

Yutaka Hoshino/Peco – Aaron Dismuke
Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile – Micah Solusod
Jo Koizumi/Butterfly Joe – Mark Stoddard
Ryuichi Kazama/Dragon – Marcus D. Stimac
Manabu Sakuma/Demon- Anthony Bowling
Kong Wenge/China – Alan Chow
Ota – Tyson Rinehart
Masayuki Sanada – Ian Sinclair
Shuji Nekota – Clifford Chapin
Yurie – Lindsay Seidel
Egami – Eric Vale
Michio – Jeremy Inman

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
Lead ADR Engineer – Alyssa Galindo

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FUNimation Spring 2015 Simulcasts – Continuing Shows

Almost time for a new season to begin! I’m sure you’re all wondering if we’ll be able to top last season, but first, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way. Take a look below at our continuing simulcasts for Spring 2015.

 

a_classroom_key_0564Assassination Classroom

 

synopsis:

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

 

You can catch new episodes of Assassination Classroom every Friday at 1:50pm ET on http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom. Don’t forget to watch our Broadcast Dub of the series, new episodes released every Wednesday at 8:00pm ET as part of our DubbleTalk block! Click here for more info about DubbleTalk.

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

 

synopsis:

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch new episodes of this popular hit series every Saturday at 10pm ET. You can catch it on http://funimation.com/one-piece or via http://onepieceofficial.com

 

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

 

synopsis:

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

New episodes available every Friday at 10pm ET on http://funimation.com/fairy-tail.

 

Which other shows will be joining our line up for Spring 2015? You’ll just have to wait to find out! But, you won’t have to wait long, maybe just long enough for a little Detour