D.Gray-man HALLOW Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement

D.Gray-man HALLOW Key Art



D.Gray-man HALLOW is the latest installment of the D.Gray-man series where Allen Walker and his comrades continue the battle against the evil Millennium Earl and his deadly Akuma army. It has been almost 8 years since the last episode (episode 103) of D.Gray-man broadcasted in Japan.


We have had the rights to episodes 1-51 for many years, but just recently as we acquired HALLOW, we were also able to acquire episodes 52-103. We will provide you more details later when these episodes will be released on FunimationNow. But don’t you worry, we are working on getting those episodes dubbed as well.


However, the time has come! We are so excited to announce the cast for D.Gray-man HALLOW today because we have been wondering, like yourself, on who will be returning from the first season. We are glad to inform you that we are bringing the entire original cast back for HALLOW! Check out the list below.


Voice Director Cris George
Todd Haberkorn Allen Walker
Luci Christian Lenalee Lee
Christopher R. Sabat Cross Marian
Jason Liebrecht Lavi and The Millennium Earl
Eric Vale Arystar Krory
Colleen Clinkenbeard Miranda Lotto
R Bruce Elliott Bookman
Michael Tatum Komui Lee
Chuck Huber Reever Wenhamm
Christopher Bevins Johnny Gill
Sean Hennigan Malcom C. Lveille
Aaron Roberts Howard Link
Micah Solusod Kie
Mark Stoddard Mana Walker


Be sure to watch the new Broadcast Dub, which the first episode launches Wednesday, August 3 at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT as part of the newest season of DubbleTalk! Watch the show and comment along with the Funimation Team as they take you thorugh some of the best moments of the season at www.twitch.tv/funimation.


You can watch the first 51 episodes here as well. We will have more information for you in regards to episodes 52-103 later as soon as we know what the timing looks like. Thank you for your patience.


Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement

We’ve got some big news for Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School! There have been quite a few series this season that are sequels or are tied to video games, which Danganronpa is one of those. Also, what is unique about Danganronpa 3 is that there are two series currently broadcasting weekly. Here is some info about both series:



Despair Arc takes place before season one of the anime and follows Hajime Hinata, a student at Hope’s Peak High School whose desires lead him astray. The tales of despair in which hope kills hope begins. In Future Arc, the series takes place after the game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and follows Makoto Naegi in a new death game by the twisted Monokuma.


Future Arc: Makoto Naegi is under suspicion of treason after shielding a remnant of Despair. The Future Foundation, founded to save the world from chaos caused by Ultimate Despair, gathers to decide his punishment when they are captured by Monokuma. Thrusted into an ultimate death game, they must find the true traitor and kill him if they hope to survive. The tale of despair in which hope kills hope begins.


Danganronpa 3_ The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future Arc


Despair Arc: Hope’s Peak High School is a special school that nurtures those with exceptional talents and abilities. While only top students are a part of the main course, anyone can join the preparatory course, like Haijme Hinata has. Hinata wants nothing more than to be part of the talented elite, but his desires lead him to a fateful encounter that drives the future of the school into despair.


Danganronpa 3_ The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc


We know that you have been wondering whether or not we will be bringing in the voice cast from the Danganronpa games into the two new series this season.


For Future Arc, we definitely were able to bring back the voice cast from Danganronpa: The Animation (Season 1), so we just have new voice cast for the new characters in Future Arc. For Despair Arc, we tried our best to get as many of the voice actors from the Danganronpa games, so check out who is voice acting for Despair Arc!


Future Arc



Voice Directors Christopher Bevins / Christian LaMonte
Bryce Papenbrook Makoto Naegi
Caitlin Glass Kyoko Kirigiri
Felecia Angelle Aoi Asahina
Christopher Bevins Yasuhiro Hagakure
Greg Ayres Monokuma
Anastasia Muñoz Monomi
Tia Ballard Daisaku Bandai
Chris Rager The Great Gozu
Ian Sinclair Juzo Sakakura
Kaiji Tang Kohichi Kitakura
Justin Briner Ryota Mitarai
Ricco Fajardo Kyosuke Munakata
Jād Saxton Ruruka Ando
Erin Fitzgerald Seiko Kimura
Brandon McInnis Sohnosuke Izayoi
Mark Stoddard Kazuo Tengan
Colleen Clinkenbeard Chisa Yukizome


Despair Arc



Voice Directors Christopher Bevins / Christian LaMonte
Colleen Clinkenbeard Chisa Yukizome
Johnny Yong Bosch Hajime Hinata
Todd Haberkorn Teruteru Hanamura
Kaiji Tang Kohichi Kitakura
Carrie Keranen Mahiru Koizumi
Bryce Papenbrook Nagito Komaeda
Aaron Dismuke Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
Brina Palencia Ibuki Mioda
Justin Briner Ryota Mitarai
Ricco Fajardo Kyosuke Munakata
Christine Marie Cabanos Chiaki Nanami
Natalie Hoover Sonia Nevermind
Patrick Seitz Nekomaru Nidai
Morgan Garrett Akane Owari
Clarine Harp Peko Pekoyama
Kira Buckland Hiyoko Saiyonji
Kyle Hebert Kazuichi Soda
Scott Frerichs Tanaka the Forbidden One
Stephanie Sheh Mikan Tsumiki


Don’t miss out on the new Broadcast Dub for both arcs! Future Arc premieres Wednesday, August 10 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM CT as part of the newest season of DubbleTalk. Watch the show and comment along with the Funimation Team as they take you through some of the best moments of the season at www.twitch.tv/funimation.

Despair Arc premieres Thursday, August 11 at 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT but will not be a part of DubbleTalk. You can also stream the first season of Danganronpa here if you haven’t watched it yet.

Cast Announcement Time: Strike Witches: The Movie!

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Ten-hut! If you’re a big fan of weaponry-wielding women like the gun-toting, sky-flying ladies of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, then you may have already seen that Strike Witches: The Movie, the long-awaited follow-up to season 2, is finally up for pre-order! (Order now!) What you may or may not know is that the movie actually features several new Witch cutie cameos in addition to the familiar faces of Yoshika, Sakamoto, Shirley, and the other 501st girls. Find out who will play them in the English dub!


Yona of the Dawn Poll: Who do you think Princess Yona should end up with?

Now that Yona of the Dawn has been released on Blu-ray and DVD it is time to ask the most important questions: who should Yona go for? We couldn’t leave this question to the staff, so we’re asking you, the fans to help decide.


In addition to voting, we’re asking for the reason Yona should go with the suitor you chose. Write your answer in the comments (either here or the social media site you may have found it on) and we’ll choose the ones we like to receive a button of the suitor that was mentioned.
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Historical Japanese Swords, as Seen in Rurouni Kenshin

*A guest editorial from our Funimation Brand Manager, Jennifu

Rurouni Kenshin Dojo Battle


From period samurai shows to magical combat fantasy, Japanese swords are hyper-prominent in anime, and the upcoming theatrical runs of the swordplay-packed Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies are a perfect excuse to talk about the coolness of Japanese swords!


Learn about the basics of Japanese swords and their historical basis as seen in the Rurouni Kenshin movies, based on the manga and anime of the same name, which take a fictional but decently researched and realistic* approach on the subject, for shounen manga.


(And if you’re really into sword combat, these movies have excellent action choreography from one of the biggest action directors in Asian martial arts cinema—get your advance tickets today and see it for yourself! The first movie, Rurouni Kenshin: Origins, hits theaters August 8, 9 and 10!)



Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade

The hero of Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin Himura, wields a very iconic sword immediately familiar to anyone who’s read the original series. His sword is a sakabato, or a “reverse-blade”—meaning that the outer cutting edge is dull, and the inner edge is sharp, contrary to the normal construction of a Japanese sword.

(If you think about a “double-edged sword” being dangerous because there is also a cutting edge that faces you, a “reverse-blade” is even more dangerous and impractical because only the cutting edge faces you. This impracticality makes it a “pacifist sword” and also explains why Kenshin is such a badass, giving himself a huge handicap.)


Combat sakabato never existed (according to any known records), but actually at least one reverse-blade has been found in Japan, although it is a kogatana (small katana) rather than a full-length one.




As we know, Kenshin’s blade is a katana Japanese sword, but although people often use katana and “Japanese sword” interchangeably, they aren’t the same. The katana is actually a more modern style that was popularized around the 15th century.


Prior to the katana, longer, heavier, curved blades called tachi were the weapon of choice. As long-ranged, robust weapons, these were effective for fighting on horseback across open fields.




As cities became more prominent and horseback plains combat less relevant, the katana became more popular, as a lighter, shorter sword, worn cutting-edge up (as opposed to down on the tachi), meaning samurai could potentially slice an enemy upon drawing the sword, and generally wield with more agility.


Most importantly, katana could be used in fights in the cities, with narrow streets, or even indoors, where long tachi were at risk of getting caught in the low ceiling rafters.




In the Rurouni Kenshin series and movies, Sanosuke Sagara wields a huge, old and rusted zanbato, or horse-cutting sword. This type of sword is from that older era of horseback warfare.


Actually, a horse-cutting sword is not meant to be swung wildly with one arm—a wielder would hold the sword with both hands while perched on a horse, and taken down enemy riders. This just shows Sano’s monstrous strength and wild personality.




Another result of the development of the katana is the custom of samurai wearing two swords—a katana sword and a wakizashi, or a short sword. Katana were used more for combat and wakizashi for more personal use.


If a samurai was invited to a castle, for example, he was expected to leave his katana at the door, so as to not threaten the lord, but he could keep his wakizashi in self defense.




Aoshi Shinomori, who appears in the second Rurouni Kenshin movie and gets some cool action scenes in the third, wields double kodachi, which are somewhat shorter swords similar to wakizashi.


The reason he has to use short swords is that double-wielding long swords is impractical—there’s too much risk of cutting your own arms. (Sorry, Roronoa Zoro.)



Are you a big fan of Japanese swords? What types do like, and what are your favorite famous swords from anime, manga, or Japanese movies? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to buy your advance tickets to Rurouni Kenshin: Origins today—this limited theatrical run is only in theaters for 3 days! http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/rurouni-kenshin/

*except, sadly, there are no historical Japanese swords that spurt flames when you swing them :(

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Acquisition Announcement




As announced during Anime Expo, we have acquired the rights for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence! At the moment, we don’t have release dates, but you can expect streaming and a home video release in the future. See below for more details about this movie from Anime News Network:


The film is a sequel to Oshii’s earlier Ghost in the Shell 1995 anime film, which adapts Masamune Shirow’s manga of the same name. Production I.G worked on both films.
The film premiered in Japan in 2004. Go Fish Pictures released the film on DVD with English subtitles in 2004. Manga Entertainment released the film with an English on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2006. Bandai Entertainment then released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2009 with a slightly modified English dub cast from Manga Entertainment’s.
Funimation debuted the Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie film last November. The film is the latest installment in the franchise. Funimation also licensed the Ghost in the Shell Arise OVA series in 2013, and streamed the OVA’s updated television broadcast version Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture last year. Both the OVA and the television broadcast tie in to the Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie film.



The year is 2032 and the line between humans and machines has been blurred beyond distinction. Detective Batou, an agent for a covert anti-terrorist unit, is given a new case about gynoids—realistic female robots created for companionship—that have begun malfunctioning and murdering their owners. But as they dig deeper into this case filled with depravity, they find a shocking truth behind the crimes.




Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation® Films announced its acquisition of the live action film “SHIN GODZILLA” from Toho Company, Ltd. The agreement includes theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for the upcoming Japanese live-action feature film and covers all of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean). Funimation is currently planning to release “SHIN GODZILLA” in theaters in late 2016.


“Funimation is extremely pleased to be working with Toho to bring ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ to audiences across the Americas,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation.


“SHIN GODZILLA” (“Shin Gojira”) is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film – a live action science fiction monster movie featuring special effects. It is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Both directors performed double duties as writer and visual effects director respectively.  Higuchi most recently directed the live action film adaption of “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin”) which was released in 2015. “SHIN GODZILLA” stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both alums of the “Attack on  Titan” movie – and Yutaka Takenouchi.


“’SHIN GODZILLA’ represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this iconic science fiction monster,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re excited to bring audiences this new vision of Godzilla from Toho as reimagined by directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.”


For future news and information on “SHIN GODZILLA,” please register for email updates at funimationfilms.com.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Preview the Collector’s Edition and Season One Part Two

Whose side are you on? The humans or the vampires? We aren’t sure either after the events of Season One Part Two in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. It is difficult to really discern which side is more evil or right. However, that big question inspired the design of Seraph of the End’s home video releases.