Wave after wave of shows. Your summer has arrived.

Here it is! An even better reason to stay inside…as if you needed an excuse.  Dive into our biggest simulcast season yet:

 

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Our summer season will include 20 streaming titles right after their Japanese broadcast. And who says you can’t have quality AND quantity? In addition to our popular ongoing series like Fairy Tail and The Heroic Legend of Arslan, we’re bringing new high-caliber and critically acclaimed shows. There is something for everyone. And we didn’t forget Broadcast Dubs – so dub fans, stay tuned for announcements!

 

Joining this summer’s line-up, we have:

  • One Piece
  • Fairy Tail
  • Ninja Slayer
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan
  • Snow White with the Red Hair
  • Rampo Kitan
  • Gangsta.
  • Seiyu’s Life!
  • Bikini Warriors
  • Prison School
  • Hetalia: The World Twinkle
  • Aquarion Logos
  • Sky Wizards Academy (Kusen Madoshi)
  • Junjo Romantica 3
  • Overlord
  • Castle Town Dandelion
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

 

Stay tuned for more show updates and final announcements!  Plus, be sure to check out FUNimation.com/summer to keep up with these summer titles!

 

Back In Blu, Completely – Original Fullmetal Alchemist To Blu-ray

Relive the masterpiece.
For the first time ever, experience Fullmetal Alchemist in perfect picture and perfect sound that Blu-ray brings.

 

 

Three editions for every type of Fullmetal fan:

 

  • The Standard Edition with all 51 episodes and a selection of special on-disc features enclosed in collectible packaging

 

  • The Limited Edition with the full series, a collectible art book and art cards in specialty packaging

 

  • The Collector’s Edition with the full series, art cards and collector’s prints, specialty packing including an Alchemy Tome and Briefcase, and a collectible art book with the best images from the series

 

There are limited quantities, so pre-order your copy starting today, July 3. The series will be yours in its complete and perfect form on September 15.

 

 

Series Summary:

An essential addition to any anime collection, Fullmetal Alchemist recounts the compelling story of the Elric brothers: Two young alchemists who sacrificed innocence and flesh when they ignored the laws of Alchemy in an attempt to resurrect their mother. The horrors they recklessly unleash mark the beginning of an adventure that leads an unforgettable cast of characters from darkness to light and back again.

In an era of war and corruption, State Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse desperately search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The legendary artifact is their last hope to restore what they’ve lost – but how far will they go to get it? From the ashes of their childhood, Edward and Alphonse quickly rise to fame within the ranks of the military, realizing along the way that the power to create is only ever a breath away from the power to destroy. And whether they’re up against monsters, madmen, or military officials, the bond these brothers share will be the greatest weapon they have in the fight for their lives.

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition AND OVA News!

We’ve had a wave of recent announcements and events for the swimming anime phenomenon Free! -Eternal Summer-, but we’re not done yet! Today, fresh from our AnimeExpo panel, we’re revealing two new big pieces of news—a Free! ES Premium Edition AND news about the long-awaited OVA episode!

 

If you’re a hardcore Free! fan looking to add a really special splash to your collection, we’re unveiling today the Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition, full of totally exclusive special additions to show some extra love for our favorite swimboys.

 

The Premium Edition will include not only the Free! -Eternal Summer- Limited Edition that we unveiled earlier this month (featuring that gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect!) but also these collectibles you can’t get anywhere else:

 

  • A full-color art book, including many gorgeous pieces exclusive only to the original Japanese releases
    • Seven glossy art cards also using exclusive, highly detailed art from the covers of the Japanese releases—you’ll definitely want to frame these
    • A color sports towel, so you can take the boys to the pool or beach!
    • An Iwatobi and a Samezuka decal to show off your school pride
    • And finally, everything housed in a handsome collector’s box to hold all your Free! collectibles

 

These items are exclusive to this release and won’t be remade once the Premium Edition’s (one and only!) print run sells out, so pre-order now before they’re all gone for good! We’ll be revealing a preview of these items soon.

 

PLUS! Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com will automatically be entered to win a gorgeously sculpted 1/8 scale figure of everyone’s favorite water-lover, Haruka Nanase, from Alter! These highly detailed figures are sold out in Japan and pretty rare to find, so order by September 29 to get a shot.

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been receiving a lot of questions about the Free! -Eternal Summer- OVA, a special unaired full episode featuring the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys in an intense, dramatic, no-holds-barred (and totally hilarious) water gun battle. We’re excited to finally announce that we do have the rights to this OVA, and it will be released in 2016.

 

We know that some fans hoped the OVA would be included in the Eternal Summer release. Given the Japanese release dates, we’ve decided to release the OVA separately in order to be able to release the season on home video this year. Since we’ve seen such a huge outpouring of passion and excitement for this title, we definitely don’t want to make you guys wait til 2016 for the entire release.

 

Details on the OVA are coming soon. Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com by September 29 will also receive an offer to get an additional discount on eventual pre-orders of the OVA, so don’t delay!

 

Summer Simulcast Announcement – Hetalia Returns With A Brand New Season Six!

SPARKLES AND CATS! WTH?! It’s Hetalia: The World Twinkle! If you’ve been waiting, longing for more Hetalia after season five, The Beautiful World, your wish is now granted. The all-new sixth season of international insanity brings back Italy and the rest of your favorite cute countries, plus CATS with the return of Nekotalia!

 

 

Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Italy Daisuke Namikawa Toru Oikawa (Haikyu!), Waver Velvet (Fate/Zero), Narsus (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)
Germany Hiroki Yasumoto Agil (Sword Art Online), Shingo Kinjou (Yowamushi Pedal), Yasutora “Chad” Sado (Bleach)
Japan Hiroki Takahashi Koujaku (DRAMAtical Murder), Eiji Kikumaru (Prince of Tennis), Otohiko (Kamisama Kiss)
America Katsuyuki Konishi Kotaro Amon (Tokyo Ghoul), Kenji Kazama (D-Frag!), Guts (Kill la Kill)
Britain Noriaki Sugiyama Shirou Emiya (Fate/stay night), Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto), Uryu Ishida (Bleach)
France Masaya Onosaka Isaac Dian (Baccano!), Jadeite (Sailor Moon), Vash (Trigun)
Russia Yasuhiro Takato Artemis (Sailor Moon), Gluttony (Fullmetal Alchemist)
China Yuki Kaida Alexandra Garcia (Kuroko’s Basketball), Fuji Shuusuke (Prince of Tennis), Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)
     

 

Main Staff
Director Hiroshi Watanabe
Series Composition Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Character Design Mariko Oka
Animation Production Studio DEEN

 

Season Synopsis:

 

Prepare your body for another infusion of international sparkle shenanigans with Hetalia: The World Twinkle! Surprise! It’s been too long since we’ve peeked into the world of our favorite nations. (Seriously, calm down, Italy!) Admit it, you could use another inva…vacation. Yeah, vacation!

 

Hetalia: The World Twinkle premieres today, July 3rd, at 4:00PM!

 

Catch it every Wednesday at 11:05PM ET this summer!

 

©2015 HIDEKAZ HIMARUYA,GENTOSHA COMICS/HETALIA PROJECT

Summer Simulcast Announcements – Rampo Kitan Is a Killer Way to Spend the Summer

FUNimation is thrilled to announce the addition of Rampo Kitan to their summer season. This series based on the works of Edogawa Ranpo is sure to satisfy amateur sleuths and master detectives alike.

 

 

 

Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Hashiba Daiki Yamashita Sakamichi Onoda (Yowamushi Pedal), Kira Saeki (Shonen Hollywood)
Akechi Takahiro Sakurai Cloud (Final Fantasy VII Advent Children), Suzaku (Code Geass)
Shitai-kun Kappei Yamaguchi Ranma Saotome (Ranma ½), InuYasha (InuYasha), Usopp (One Piece)

 

 Main Staff
Director Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom, Danganronpa)
Screenplay Makoto Uezu (Assassination Classroom, School Days)
Character Design Kazuaki Morita (My Bride is a Mermaid, Assassination Classroom)
Animation Production Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Danganronpa)

 

Synopsis: Inspired by the works of author Edogawa Ranpo: When several murders at a middle school attract the attention of genius detective, Akechi, a student named Kobayashi volunteers to help with his investigation.

 

Rampo Kitan premieres July 2, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. ET. Catch it every Thursday at 1:25 p.m. ET this summer!

 

You can find the first episode here!

 

© Rampo Kitan Club

Summer Simulcast Announcements – Seiyu’s Life! Begins Its First Recording Session!

FUNimation is happy to announce that we’ve acquired the rights to the cutest insider look into the voice acting industry – Seiyu’s Life! This adorable slice-of-(industry)life has even cast three actresses that are early in their career as the lead trio of rookie seiyu along with many other familiar voices.

 

 

 

Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Futaba Ichinose Rie Takahashi Kobayashi in Rampo Kitan
Ichigo Moesaki Yuki Nagaku Chika in Kutsudaru
Rin Kohana Marika Kouno Kurinon in Log Horizon 2nd season
Hikari Shiodome Hitomi Nabatame Unchou Kan’u in Ikki Tousen, Yukiji Katsura in Hayate the Combat Butler
Kaibara-san Kenta Miyake Tsume in Wolf’s Rain, Akira Takaoka in Assassination Classroom
Atsumari-san Ami Koshimizu Holo in Spice and Wolf, Tenma in School Rumble
Aoi Konno Nozomi Furuki Miwa Yamamura in Barakamon, Yukari Otonashi in Rolling Girls
Sayo-chan Ayane Sakura Gaspard Vladi in High School DxD BorN

 

Main Staff
Director Ikehata Hiroshi
Series Composition Michiko Yokote
Character Design Masakatsu Sasaki
Animation Production Gonzo

 

Synopsis: Based on the Dōjinshi (self-published works) created by accomplished voice actress Masumi Asano and Hayate the Combat Butler creator Kenjiro Hata, Seiyu’s Life! gives a true insider’s view of the strange little things that happen in the industry.

 

Follow a rookie seiyu in her first steps into the world of professional voice acting! She might be unsure of herself, but Futaba Ichinose is ready to make it as a professional seiyu. She meets Ichigo Moesaki, an actress who won’t stop until she’s an idol seiyu who not only acts but also enchants audiences with singing and dancing performances. These two rookies are joined by Rin Kohana, who is already a seasoned professional who made her debut when she was 5, who has a middle school life while working as a professional seiyu.

 

Seiyu’s Life! premieres Tuesday, July 7th at 4:30 PM ET. Catch it every Tuesday at 4:30PM ET this summer here!

 

©Masumi Asano・Kenjiro Hata/EARPHONES FAN CLUB

Brace Yourselves for Anime Expo 2015!

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The biggest anime convention in North America is right around the corner, and that means FUNimation has BIG plans in the works!  From premieres to panels and prizes, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Anime Expo 2015. So get ready, Los Angeles, because our crew is heading your way in full force! Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and brace yourselves for the best anime over-load you’ll have all year:

 

Events

Thursday, July 2nd
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  • FUNimation: Guide to Anime Expo | 11:30a – 12:30p | Location: LP3/408AB
    Premieres, panels, promotions, and plenty more! Learn everything you need to know about what’s going on with FUNimation this year at Anime Expo. Tweet us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes. You could even get exclusive tickets to attend the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ red carpet dub premiere event later that evening.
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  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ World Dub Premiere & Red Carpet | Red Carpet 6:30p | Screening 8:00p (Invite Only) at Regal Cinema LA Live
    Celebrity guests to include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Chris Ayres. Check the FUNimation Facebook & Twitter channels for information and ticket giveaways.

 

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New Release Tuesday: The Hero Appears

This New Release Tuesday, we have two great titles coming out today: Origin: Spirits of the Past, a beautiful and thrilling movie from Studio Gonzo, and Ping Pong the Animation, a fast-paced sports anime with complex characters and a creative animation style.

 

 

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Movie – S.A.V.E. Blu-ray or S.A.V.E. DVD 
 
 
 
 

Click here to get this S.A.V.E. Blu-ray movie

 

Click here to get this S.A.V.E. DVD movie

 

 

Movie Summary:

Ages past, the Forest was awakened and the Moon unleashed a ravenous Beast upon the Earth. Man cowered in fear…

Three hundred years since and the landscape of the world has been drastically rewritten. The remnants of humanity are divided as never before. Half seek a tenuous coexistence with the Forest, half seek to dominate and subdue what they cannot understand. Agito, the son of an aged hero, inadvertently sets in a motion the destruction of all that is left when he revives the young Toola from her timeless slumber. Unable to reconcile life as she once knew it from the world as it is now, Toola calls forth ancient technology to reshape the future from the ashes of the past. With the blessing of the Forest, Agito must first save the girl from herself in order to rescue them all…

 

 

 

 

Ping Pong The Animation

Complete Series – Blu-ray/DVD Combo
 
 
 
 
 

Click here to get this Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

Series Summary:

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.

 

 

Splash into summer with the Free! Dub and Swim Meet!

More big news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans! Last week we revealed the release date for the Free! -Eternal Summer- DVD/Blu-ray release (which you can pre-order now!). We also announced that we’ll be streaming the dub for FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers early, so that fans can be the first to watch the dub ahead of the home video release. What’s the best way to drool over over dripping wet triceps…?

 

A watch party with friends, of course!

FUNimation will be presenting the Free! Swim Meet, a livestream watch party on June 26 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT, hosted by Lauren Moore and members of the FUNimation team working on the release for Free! -Eternal Summer-, Roger Young, Michele Sontag, and Tara Tawater!

 

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Watch the premiere of the first dub episode on the FUNimation Streaming Service along with us. There’ll be plenty of fangirling (and fanboying!), some behind-the-scenes looks at what’s going in with Free! -Eternal Summer- at FUNimation, and giveaways of awesome, rare swimming anime prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

 

And we want YOU to host your own Swim Meet!

Get with your friends, make it a party, and send us your pictures via Facebook or on Twitter using #FreeSwimMeet! We’ll share and retweet your get-togethers to the world.

 

Here are a few party ideas for inspiration:

  • Decorate with your favorite Free! merch, and don’t forget to invite your most athletically-inclined male friends!
  • Haru’s birthday on June 30. Turn your watch party into a birthday party with a cake for everyone’s favorite water lover!
  • Mix up some drinks (adult or otherwise—drink responsibly) with the theme colors of your favorite characters—check out our recipes below the cut!

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Florida Supercon To Save The Weekend!

Is it a bird? A plane? No! It’s Florida Supercon! FUNimation will be there to help save the weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center from June 25-28th, and we’ve packed our anime utility belt with plenty of panels and booth deals!

 

 

Panels

 

FUNimation Previews | Friday June 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Flamingo Ballroom 1 & 2

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

FUNimation Peep Show | Friday June 26, 9:00 PM – 11:00PM | C220

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 tissues… you know, for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!) 
 
  

FUNimation Industry |  Saturday June 27, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Flamingo Ballroom 1 & 2

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 

 

 

 

BOOTH

Do you like brand-spanking new anime? How about the classics? Or perhaps you’re searching for a stellar deal? We’ve got it! Stop by the FUNimation booth this weekend to satisfy your anime collection needs – PLUS! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!