Fall 2016 – Dubbletalk Announcement

Hello everyone! With the recent (and exciting!) Crunchyroll partnership, you may have noticed that things have changed for the upcoming fall season: Funimation is now primarily focused on simuldubs!


This means a couple of things for Funimation and for Dubbletalk. First, it means that we have a HUGE number of dubs to choose from this season, and that some are happening even faster than previous seasons (as soon as two weeks)! It also means that, rather than timing shows to line-up with the Japanese broadcast time,  we now have more flexibility to launch shows based on when most of our audience actually sits down to watch.


So with that being said, we’re bringing you a bigger Dubbletalk season than ever before! As we announced on last night’s show, we’ll be expanding the line-up from three shows a season to five! And, don’t worry, you don’t have to cram them all in during one sitting! Instead of a Dubbletalk block, shows will stay in their current primetime slots, so just watch the episodes throughout the week and join Justin, Chad, and me on Wednesdays for the usual banter, fun, and prizes!  Here’s what we’ll be covering this season:


 91 Days – Premiering on FunimationNow Sunday, October 23 @ 9pm ET

Orange – Premiering on FunimationNow Monday, October 24 @ 9:30pm ET

• Keijo!!!!!!!! - Premiering on FunimationNow Tuesday, October 25 @ 10pm ET

NANBAKA – Premiering on FunimationNow Saturday, November 5 @ 10:30pm ET

Drifters – Premiering on FunimationNow Sunday, November 6 @ 10pm ET


• Dubbletalk LIVE - Every Wednesday @ 9:30p ET on Twitch.tv/Funimation


With the new show launches, we’ll cover 91 days, Orange, and Keijo!!!!!!!! next week along with the season finales of D.Gray-man HALLOW and Tales of Zestiria the X; we’ll then begin covering NANBAKA and Drifters once they launch as well!



A bigger line-up, means we’re covering more of the anime that you’re watching and we couldn’t be more excited!

JINSEI – Life Consulting Advice Column

Wondering how to get a girlfriend? Not sure how to spend your time correctly? Need some advice with something bugging you? Let the staff of Funimation help you out!




JINSEI – Life Consulting is out on Blu-ray and DVD and to celebrate we’re hosting our own advice column. Message us your own inquiry below for the chance for it to be answered by our crack team at Funimation. In the next few days, we’ll be collecting questions and we’ll choose a few to have the Funimation personalities answer.




Unfortunately there are some questions we cannot answer. We will not be able to answer questions related to the status of licensed titles or future seasons (stay tuned to the blog for updates!), nor will we be able to answer questions with inappropriate language.






Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has taken over North America. The limited theatrical engagement of “SHIN GODZILLA” was scheduled to close tonight but in the wake of overwhelming fan response, Funimation Films announced that the movie will be extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening of the film will take place on October 22 in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, multiple national theater chains will be offering daily screenings of “SHIN GODZILLA” in select locations thru October 27. A complete list of locations for both this Saturday’s matinee as well as the new daily screenings is available via a theater locator on the official film website.


Hetalia x Halloween Photo Contest



Hetalia Day falls just a week before Halloween, so let’s celebrate both–with a giveaway!


Submit a picture that celebrates Hetalia x Halloween, and we’ll choose one lucky winner to win a Hetalia prize pack! You can post fanart, cosplay, pictures of Hetalia-themed sweets or food, or anything else, as long as you made it.


Contest ends 11/1! Don’t forget to pick up season 6 on DVD, featuring a LONG 13-minute Halloween OVA here!




Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 2 – Yoko Kanno’s Legacy

This is part two a multi-part, personal editorial from social media coordinator, Godswill Ugwa. This is a look into the work of the prolific composer known as Yoko Kanno who has provided music for titles such as Cowboy Bebop and Escaflowne


Welcome to part two of Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial, where we explore various connections between the two mediums. You can see part one here where we take a look at the soundtracks of Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Boy and The Beast. In this part, we’ll be taking a cursory look- and only cursory since her work is so extensive- at the work of the legendary anime and video game music composer, Yoko Kanno.


It isn’t very often that the music composer in anime is as well-known as anime directors and creators, especially in the Western world, but Yoko Kanno is a legend whose works have augmented and even defined certain series. Now that The Vision of Escaflowne is (almost) out on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve decided to take a look at a few of her works and how they’ve played a part in the series that they’re in. From cool jazz to fantasy-inspired classical/instrumental to science-fiction electronic music, she has the uncanny ability to change her sound to fit the show.


The Vision of Escaflowne


Even though Kanno had been established in older titles like Macross and Porco Rosso, this title put her on the map. With relatively simple, yet epic classical sounds, Kanno was able to set the tone of Escaflowne as the epic it is. The music highlights the brutal combat, the grandiose scale of the fighting, and the sheer size and reverence of the mechas, yet is able to show the political and interpersonal themes through the show. See for yourself these themes in the trailer music and in one of the most well-known songs, “Dance of Curse”.





Kids on the Slope


This more recent title takes us back to an older time period where jazz was such a new and revolutionary genre of music, and it was just starting to reach to more audiences worldwide. In some ways, it was viewed as music for those who rocked the boat of the status quo and for those who didn’t fit in whether due to race, poverty, or other reasons that made them stand out.


This show captures this sentiment beautifully with its varied characters, their storied motivations, and their individual reasons for coming into contact with jazz music. Typically in anime, the art or story is in the forefront, but Kanno puts the music in the spotlight. Actual jazz classics like Miles Davis and Art Blakey are celebrated in this 12 episode series with some of the biggest moments centering the playing of the music.




Terror in Resonance


Terror in Resonance is another well-received title that both Yoko Kanno and Shinichiro Watanabe worked on together- such titles  include Kids on the Slope, Space Dandy, Cowboy Bebop, and more. This title, which hits big topics such as terrorism, national politics, and generational schisms, is aided by the stirring music Kanno provides. She works with European artists to create a much different sound than for other series. The tone turns introspective and much more internal which helps with the heaviness of the show.




Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


Kanno teams up in this classic series with European pop artists and electronic artists to create an environment that is simultaneously foreign, fast-paced, futuristic as its robotic, yet familiar and easy to understand as it’s human. It’s complex, just like the issues portrayed in the show, but not off-putting. She experiments with all types of sounds to create a new sound, including a kazoo to make a truly terrifying piece (in only the best ways of course).




Cowboy Bebop


And the best for last. This is the show that many anime fans show non-anime watchers when trying to get them into the genre. This show does an amazing job of mixing animation and music to tell a story akin to the best movies. The sound walks hand in hand with the animation, and at times it takes the lead in showcasing the movement of the show. It was (and still is) innovative in its use of the genre of jazz music in its versatile nature which is very different from the often used rock and pop; from cool fight scenes to isolating introspection the music makes each scene hit, which helped to make Cowboy Bebop the legend it is today.





What are your favorite Kanno pieces and shows that she has participated in? Share them with us in the comments and stay tuned for future editorial pieces!


Conventions 2016 – AkibaFest!

Hey LA friends and fans, join Tara and Scott as they head to the very first AkibaFest, presented by our friends at Aniplex, in Little Tokyo this weekend! With panels, screenings, and photo ops — it’s sure to be a fun time!

PANELS – Big Tent Panel Room


Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, October 15 | 2:00p – 3:00p

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 Favorites Panel | Sunday, October 16 | 2:00p – 3:00p

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!



SCREENINGS – Doubletree Video Room


Death Parade, Episodes 1-2 (Uncut ENG video) | Saturday, October 15 | 1:00p – 2:00p


Hetalia: The World Twinkle, (ENG Dub premiere) | Sunday, October 16 | 12:00p – 1:00p




Step into the Shin Godzilla photo booth to take home free pictures from the event!! We’ll also have some fun giveaways and freebies on hand, so you don’t want to miss out!




King of the Monsters Returns to Big Screen in 534 Theaters across U.S. and Canada

FLOWER MOUND, TX – October 11, 2016. The signature roar of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, will echo throughout North America tonight when “SHIN GODZILLA” opens in theaters. Funimation Films® will be screening the Japanese kaiju film in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada during its limited theatrical engagement from October 11 – 18.  “SHIN GODZILLA” is the 29th film produced by Toho Co., Ltd. in the iconic science fiction monster franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and co- directed by Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies). The movie has been a huge box office hit in Japan – grossing more than $68M at the box office in the two months since it opened and making it the 4th highest grossing film for 2016. Tickets for “SHIN GODZILLA” are available via the official film website.


“Godzilla has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 62 years and we’re excited to bring this newest incarnation to the U.S. and Canada,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “Fan excitement for ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ has been unabated since we first announced the film back in July at San Diego Comic Con. It would not surprise me if numerous theaters sell out.”


In advance of tonight’s opening, Funimation hosted premieres of “SHIN GODZILLA” last week to capacity audiences in Los Angeles as well as New York City, which was planned to coincide with New York Comic Con 2016.


“If audience reaction at our two premieres is any indication then ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ will be another box office success for Funimation Films,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “The fan base for Godzilla is as wide as the monster is tall. The enthusiasm and anticipation from fans – both young and old – as shared on social media is truly palpable. We encourage fans to pre-purchase tickets to guarantee a seat to this limited theatrical event.”


To purchase tickets to or find more information on “SHIN GODZILLA,” visit   funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla.

Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection release!

Last month, we announced that the beloved hit movie Summer Wars will be joining the Hosoda Collection, our premiere line of premium Blu-ray/DVD + Ultraviolet releases of the extraordinary films of director Mamoru Hosoda. Today, you can get a peek at what this release will look like—and a special preview excerpt of one of the interviews with the director!


Like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’s release in the Hosoda Collection line, Summer Wars comes in a handsome clear sleeve, as well as an exclusive 52 page book of artwork, interviews and more. (Plus, as we mentioned previously, if you pre-order on Funimation.com, you’ll be entered to win a huge Summer Wars theatrical poster signed by English voice of Kenji, Michael Sinterniklaas.)


This art book is really special—not only does it include concept/character art and an interview with director Hosoda, you can also read about the film from pretty much every principal creative mind that touched the release, a real treat for any fans of, well, any aspect of anime, from animation to voice acting to music to writing and so much more. Interviews include:


-          Director Mamoru Hosoda

-          Animation Director Hiroyuki Aoyama

-          Action Animation Director Tatsuzo Nishita

-          Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (of Evangelion fame!)

-          Scriptwriter Satoko Okudera

-          OZ Designer Anri Jojo

-          Character Designers Takashi Okazaki and Mina Okazaki, who handled avatar designs

-          Art Director Youji Takeshige

-          Musician Akihiko Matsumoto

-          Theme Song Artist Tatsuro Yamashita


There’s some really fascinating discussion about character design, animation styles, story themes, and more in this book. Don’t forget interviews with the original Japanese voice actors:


Character – Actor

-          Kenji Koiso – Ryunosuke Kamiki

-          Sakae Jinnouchi – Sumiko Fuji

-          Natsuki Shinohara – Nanami Sakuraba

-          Kazuma Ikezawa – Mitsuki Tanimura


The clear sleeve’s includes film vitals and reveals the artwork underneath. To make sure your clear sleeve arrives in pristine condition, we’re packaging the art book and disc case together and slipping the clear sleeve on top, rather than shrink wrapping everything together, in order to prevent warping.


Summer Wars Beauty[2]



Want a preview of the kinds of interviews you’ll find in the book? Here’s a very quick excerpt of the interview with Director Mamoru Hosoda himself.


Mamoru Hosoda instantly became known as a top Japanese animation director after his previous work, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006), won numerous awards around the world. Anime fans and movie fans alike eagerly await his newest film, “Summer Wars” – an all-new story that’s both an action movie and a movie about family. Just how did this unusual project begin?


In broad terms, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” follows the changing feelings of Makoto, the main character. Although there are some action-like scenes, they’re more like expressions of her inner feelings than anything else. So, for my next movie, I thought it’d be interesting to have a boy as the main character and include more exhilarating action. My partner on “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, Satoko Okudera, loves action movies too and mentioned that she rarely gets the opportunity to write an action story. So I suggested the idea of doing an action movie together next.
We began with the idea of having the story take place in modern times with a Japanese main character. But when most people think of action films, they think of Hollywood movies, you know? And the main characters in those films are usually around 30 or 40 years old. So when we considered making a realistic action movie set in modern Japan, we asked ourselves if a Japanese man in his 30s or 40s could really save the world. I don’t know about you, but I’m a 40-year old Japanese man, and I don’t feel like I can save the world one bit. (laugh) Conversely, in the Japanese TV animation industry it’s usually boys and girls in junior high who save the world.
So we asked ourselves, if there was a non-Hollywood, non-anime Japanese character who could save the world, who would it be? That’s when the idea of a family popped into my mind. Rather than have a single hero, there could be a team that would work together. I thought the idea of a team of family members saving the world would be an interesting movie, and that’s where it all started.