That’s right, THE Hatsune Miku is coming to Texas, and Funimation is giving subscribers a chance to win tickets to her show in Dallas (5/14) or Houston (5/17). For Dallas fans, the show is already sold out, so this is your last and only chance to snag some highly coveted tickets to the performance. A limited supply of tickets are still available for purchase to the Houston show, but time is running out.
It’s easy to enter! If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to follow these steps to try to win your ticket:
And to reward our longtime fans, we’re going to sweeten the deal—any winners that have also been FunimationNow subscribers since the first of May will have their tickets upgraded so they can watch the show from the Funimation suite!
Get ready Minnesota, because the Funimation crew is bringing anime goodness to AniMinneapolis (say that five times fast)! Join Tara and Tim this weekend for a huge line-up of events:
Funimation Industry Panel | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 5:30pm – 6:45pm
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!
Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 10:30pm – 12:30am
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join host Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford) for some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. 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!)
Join Funimation staff as we take 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 and you could win a prize!
Home Video Premiere: Blood Blockade Battlefront | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Blood Blockade Battlefront centers around the crime fighting organization “Libra” and their battles in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. Hellsalem’s Lot was created when a portal to the “Beyond” opened, becoming a paranormal melting pot of monsters, magic and the everyday mundane life, and it is up to Libra to clear the streets of trouble and prevent the horrors of this city from spreading to the outside world.
English Dub Premiere: Selector Spread Wixoss | Panel Room 1 | Saturday, May 7 | 12:00pm – 1:45am
WIXOSS is a popular trading card game in which players battle against each other with fighters known as LRIGs, using cards to support them. Certain LRIGs are able to communicate with their owners, and the girls chosen to wield them are known as “Selectors”. Selectors are given the chance to have any wish granted by winning battles against other Selectors, but should they lose three times, their wish will be reversed into a curse instead. The main series, selector infected WIXOSS, follows a girl named Ruko Kominato who becomes a Selector after receiving an LRIG that she names Tama. As she and various other Selectors battle it out for the sake of their wish, Ruko finds herself drawn into the dark sinister world of WIXOSS, discovering that win or lose, there is always a price to pay.
Come stop by our booth all weekend for awesome deals on new and classic titles, plus:
Free lanyard with purchase
Autographed gift with purchase of certain titles
Anime Pin Draw Promotion:
- 1 pin for $75 you spend
- 2 pins for $125 you spend
- 3 pins for $175 you spend
- 4 pins for $200 you spend
This week, the employees of Funimation will be getting out of their chairs and doing fitness challenges, and we invite you to join us. Cheer on the Funimation family as they participate in pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more! And we want to see you get involved too! We’ll be doing giveaways to people that show off their own skills over social media. The schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday (5/2) – Dragon Ball Throw – How far can you throw a Dragon Ball (stone throw competition)
Tuesday (5/3) – Push-up/Pull-up Competitions
Wednesday (5/4) – Hula-Hoop Contest
Thursday (5/5) – Lunge Competition and Jump Rope Fun (non-competition) – Lunge walk around the building the longest
Friday (5/6) – Hero Walk – 1 km walk during the day while cosplaying favorite superhero or wearing hero gear
After this week, we’ll post a new hero theme/challenge each month. The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.
Creatively figure out how to demonstrate that theme and complete this challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!
Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!
“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what TheFreeDictionary.com defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.
We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!
One Punch Man
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.
Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.
Tiger and Bunny
One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!
To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).
Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!
Never fear for we have A-Class voice actors and ADR staff who can bring My Hero Academia some voice acting justice! As announced on Dubbletalk, here are the voice actors for the new class of heroes in the upcoming Broadcast Dub of My Hero Academia. The first episode of the Broadcast Dub comes on 5/4/16!
There’s a new hero in town! From Studio BONES, the creators of Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy, comes My Hero Academia, a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class.
Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where 80% of the population has some kind of superpowered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.
Christopher R. Sabat
Currently tallying well over 500 roles in his career, Christopher R. Sabat (@VoiceOfVegeta) has been an active part of the voiceover industry since 1998. Most noted as one of the early employees of FUNimation Productions and the Voice Director for Dragonball Z, he voiced many DBZ characters including Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and more.Since Dragonball, Christopher also brought some other popular characters to life including Alex Luis Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Elfman (Fairy Tail), Roronoa Zoro (One Piece), Ayame Sohma (Fruits Basket), Saiga Tatsumi (Speed Grapher), Kurogane (Tsubasa Chronicles), Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III), Father Tres (Trinity Blood), Braun (Stiens Gate), Giroro (Sgt Frog), Rundas (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), Garterbelt (Panty and Stocking), Sakaki (Kenichi), Masa (My Bride is a Mermaid), Saito (Darker Than Black), Woerman (Attack on Titan), and Alex D (Deus Ex: Invisible War).Most recently, he can be heard as Kyoma Mabuchi on Toonami’s Dimension W, Rath and Geoff in the upcoming Gearbox title Battleborn, Batou in the acclaimed Ghost In the Shell: Arise series, Goro Sasabe in Free! Eternal Summer, Sakuya Togane in the second season of Psycho-Pass, Jason in Tokyo Ghoul, Mondo in Dangan Ronpa, and he is most excited to take on the role of the incomparable Allmight in the epic My Hero Academia.In 2004, Christopher founded Okratron 5000, a well-established voiceover production studio based in Dallas, Texas which he continues to run to this day. When he’s not in the studio, he likes to play with his adorable daughters, make electronic music, and buy vintage Pumas and airline glassware on eBay.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0754526/http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Christopher-Sabat/
Izuku “Deku” Midoriya
Justin Briner is thrilled to join the cast of My Hero Academia! Born and raised in Maryland, he is currently a Dallas-based actor and singer. Most recently, he can be heard as Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Mikaela in Seraph of the End, and Alfonso in GARO The Animation.
Luci Christian is a professional actor living in Houston, Texas. Internationally known for her voice work, her career also spans stage, television, radio, industrial, and anything else she can book. For Funimation Entertainment, she’s voiced Kyuta in The Boy and the Beast, Psiren and Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, Nami in One Piece, Deunan in Appleseed Alpha, Alois Trancy in Black Butler, Medusa in Soul Eater, the Narrator in Okami-san, Riko in Aria The Scarlet Ammo, Rico in Gunslinger Girl, Komachi in Samurai 7, Louis Ft. Drake in Galaxy Railways, Kosuna in Desert Punk, Micchi in Shin Chan, Asuna in Negima, Kasha in Solty Rei, Washu in Sasami, Tenma in School Rumble, Cassandra in Black Blood Brothers, Honey in Ouran Host Club, Lenalee in D.Grayman, Koyuki in Sgt. Frog, Havoc in Darker Than Black, Ophelia in Claymore, Kirino in Bamboo Blade, Makina in Shikabane Hime, Hungary in Hetalia, and Birdy in Birdy the Mighty: Decode. When she’s not working, she’s picking up kids from school and watching Netflix with her husband.
Clifford Chapin has been working as a voice actor, script writer, and director with Funimation for several years. He is best known for playing Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Hide Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul, and Kirito Kamui in Psycho-Pass. You can also hear Clifford in video games as the voices of Battleborn’s Toby, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and the Player Character’s voice in Dragon Ball: XenoVerse.In addition to his ADR credits, he has also worked behind the scenes for Marvel Entertainment’s publishing branch, as well as for several reality television series. In his downtime, Clifford enjoys playing video games and reading comic books from every genre.To keep up with all of Clifford’s many antics, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin) and “Like” his Facebook page: Clifford Chapin (Voice Actor).
Just announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Anime Detour, we have the English cast for Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! Check out the full line-up and trailer below!
Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailed…girl?With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the “attribute power” of humans. But Soji’s new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!
Second in Series of Film Adaptations to Screen in U.S. on May 17 & 18
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – April 21, 2016. On the heels of yesterday’s limited theatrical engagement of “The Empire of Corpses,” Funimation® Films announced today that advance tickets are now available for the movie “Harmony,” the second in the series of three animated films adapted from Project Itoh’s novels. The film, produced by award-winning Studio 4°C, is co-directed by the duo of Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura. Presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub versions, “Harmony” will screen in more than 60 theaters across the United States on May 17 and 18, 2016. Local theater listings will provide specific dates and times for subtitled and dubbed screenings. Tickets are available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/harmony.
“If response to the first film is any indication, fans will truly enjoy ‘Harmony,’” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “Project Itoh’s ‘Harmony’ will transport moviegoers on an epic science fiction voyage – to a world, once ravaged by war and disease, that has been transformed to ‘perfection’ by nanotechnology.”
To coincide with today’s ticket sales announcement, Funimation Films also released the full-length theatrical trailer for “Harmony.’” The trailer is available for viewing through an exclusive partnership with IGN.com, the top gaming and entertainment website. Click the image below to watch!
“Fans will not want to miss the futuristic world that Studio 4°C has brought to life in ‘Harmony,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Whether anime or sci-fi fan, there are options for both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film, and we encourage everyone to purchase advance tickets to this limited, two-day release.”
“Harmony” was the second novel by Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh, pseudonym of Satoshi Ito, who died at the early age of 34 from cancer. Published in 2009, the novel was very well received by readers and was awarded the coveted Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize, which recognizes the best in science fiction works spanning novels, movies, animation and manga. The novel was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction in 2010.
“Harmony” producer Studio 4°C has been producing films, OVAs and shorts for more than 30 years. The animation studio is most well-known for its 2006 release “Tekkon Kinkreet,” which received numerous awards around the globe including the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and Best Animated Film at Fantasia, both in 2007. Harmony co-directors Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura are well known in their own rights as well. U.S.-born Arias rose to prominence as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film with “Tekkon Kinkreet.” Nakamura has animated or directed more than a dozen films during his career, including the cult classic “Akira” – one of the most well know anime films of all time.
In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.
Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?
Funimation is making a right turn by going to Minnesota for Anime Detour! Tara (@paraparatara), Tim, and Godswill (@GeneralG23) aren’t going to make any wrong turns getting there as they’re bringing the deals, the panels, and the parties chicken nuggets!
Funimation Industry | Friday, April 22nd | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | Panel Location: Bloomington Room
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!
Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, April 22nd | 9:30pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Edina Room
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host 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 Favorites | Saturday, April 23rd | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Edina Room
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!
Dealer’s Room Hours:
Friday VIP: 1pm, Public 2pm to 8pm
Saturday VIP 930am, Public 10am to 6pm
Sunday VIP 930am, Public 10am to 4pm
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! Also you can be sure to find special autographed items based on what you buy.
Since last year was such a blast, we’re hosting a party room with more anime, more good times, and of course, more chicken nuggets! Stay tuned to social media for information about the room and the times so that you can join us.
OVA Dub Premiere | Saturday, April 23rd | 2:00pm -3:00pm | Room Atrium 7
Ciel and the demon butler Sebastian are summoned by the Queen to investigate multiple reports of missing children. When their underworld contacts reveal the disappearances increase when the mysterious Noah’s Ark Circus comes to town the demonic duo must impress an enigmatic ringmaster in order to go undercover as performers-to Sebastian’s delight and Ciel’s disgust. At the core of the circus is a troupe of unique performers from Dagger the knife thrower to Beast, the beautiful tiger tamer. All are connected by someone who changed their lives, someone who raised them from the gutters of London to the heights of the big top—but at a price.
English Dub Premiere | Saturday, April 23rd | 12:15pm -2:00pm | Room Atrium 7
Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailed…girl?
With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the “attribute power” of humans. But Soji’s new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!
‘The Empire of Corpses‘, ‘Harmony‘, and ‘Genocidal Organ’ are a trio of works by the late Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Itō, under the pseudonym ’Project Itoh’. The novels have been (or are in the process of being) adapted into films. While Funimation announced the licenses to all three films and we often refer to them together, they are stand-alone works rather than a true trilogy! It can get a bit complicated, so we wanted to provide a little background for anyone new to world of Project Itoh!
During his career as a web designer, he wrote a novel called Genocidal Organ and was nominated to Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2007. However, Itoh had been diagnosed, and dealing, with recurrent cancer since 2001 and hospitalized frequently for treatment. Itoh continued to write novels during his last several years, including Harmony and The Empire of Corpses, and passed away on March 20, 2009. Later on in 2012, Toh Enjoe, a fellow award-winning science fiction writer who had often appeared with Itoh at conventions and in interviews, announced at a press conference that he would complete Itoh’s unfinished novel The Empire of Corpses. Later, Noitamina adapted Project Itoh’s three novels into animated feature films. All three films were directed and produced by different directors and studios.
This film was released in Japan back in October 2015 and was the first film adaptation of Project Itoh’s works, animated and produced by WIT Studio (Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign). It is based on the award-winning novel by Project Itoh and completed by Toh Enjoe. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 44th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2013 and the Special Award at Nihon SF Taisho Awards in 2012.
This film was released in Japan in November 2015 and was the second film adaptation of Project Itoh’s novels, animated and produced by Studio 4°C (Berserk: The Golden Arc series and Thundercats [TV 2011]). The film is based on by Project Itoh’s Philip K. Dick award-winning novel. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 40th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2009 and the Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2009.
The film has yet to release in Japan. The studio originally slated to produce it, Manglobe (Gangsta), filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. Genocidal Organ has been delayed to release in 2017 under a new studio called Geno Studio, with many key former staffers from Manglobe still involved.
We’ll be posting pics of our spread of delicious sweets and savories with your Funimation hosts livetweeting while watching the new English dub episodes—and we may have some special guests from the Black Butler Funimation team drop by! Follow along with our own festivities at 3PM ET on April 22 with hashtag #BlackButlerTeaParty.
Host your own tea party and invite your friends! Dress up in your Victorian or Black Butler-inspired finest, put on a lovely pot of tea with some delicious delicacies, and make it a watch party with Black Butler’s long-awaited third season. Share your plans and pictures with us with the #BlackButlerTeaParty hashtag, and we’ll reshare our favorites.
Download our printable tea party invitations (click the image above to download) or share them on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more to invite your friends. Make some places cards for each of your guests to really make it official!
Not sure how to host a tea party? Check out our list of recipes straight from Sebastian’s own cookbook—real delicacies featured from the show! Or view our Black Butler tea party Pinterest board for some of inspiration on what to wear, how to decorate, what to serve, and of course, tips on brewing the perfect pot of tea.