Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – English Voice Cast Announcement!

GRIMGAR_keyart#2Our next broadcast dub announcement show takes a familiar setup—a group of normal people stuck in a fantasy world—and puts on a fresh, unexpectedly realistic new spin. Meet the English cast adventurers of the new fantasy action show, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – debuting TONIGHT at 9:00 pm EST as part of the new Dubbletalk block. You can then tune in to the Dubbletalk live show on Twitch.tv/Funimation[email protected]:30p EST to join the Dubbletalk crew in discussing the episode!

 

 

Summary

From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

 

Cast

Haruhiro – Ricco Fajardo

Manato – Justin Briner

Yume – Jeannie Tirado

Shihoru – Sarah Wiedenheft

Moguzo – Jarrod Greene

Ranta – Orion Pitts

 

Crew

Directors: Mike McFarland and Felecia Angelle

ADR Engineers: Peter Hawkinson, Manuel Aragon

Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Assassination Classroom, Season 2 – English Voice Cast Announcement!

AC2_key_01One of the biggest new anime of 2015 joins us again for a second season—and a second season broadcast dub. Here’s your cast for Assassination Classroom season 2, which also rejoins the Dubbletalk block on Wednesdays – episode one goes out tomorrow on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:30 pm EST. Then tune in to Twitch.tv/Funimation at 9:30p EST to see the Dubbletalk crew discuss the episode, and the rest of the Dubbletalk block shows, with fans!

 

 

Summary

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

 

 

 

Cast

KORO SENSEI – Sonny Strait
TADAOMI KARASUMA – Chris Ryan
IRINA JELAVICH – Martha Harms
KARMA AKABANE – Austin Tindle
YUMA ISOGAI – Jerry Jewell
TAIGA OKAJIMA – Nick Haley
HINATA OKANO – Didi Archilla
MANAMI OKUDA – Felecia Angelle
MEG KATAOKA – Morgan Garrett
KAEDE KAYANO – Monica Rial
YUKIKO KANZAKI – Leah Clark
MASAYOSHI KIMURA – Jean-Luc Hester
HINANO KURAHASHI – Kristen McGuire
NAGISA SHIOTA – Lindsay Seidel
SOSUKE SUGAYA – Kyle Phillips
TOMOHITO SUGINO – Clifford Chapin
KOTARO TAKEBAYASHI – Scott Hinze
RYUNOSUKE CHIBA – Z. Charles Bolton
RYOMA TERASAKA – Marcus D. Stimac
RIO NAKAMURA – Apphia Yu
KIRARA HAZAMA – Terri Doty
SUMIRE HARA – Michelle Lee
RINKA HAYAMI – Jamie Marchi
YUZUKI FUWA – Kristi Kang
ITONA HORIBE – Ricco Fajardo
HIROTO MAEHARA – Chris Burnett
KOKI MIMURA – Joel McDonald
TAKUYA MURAMATSU – Eric Cherry
TOKA YADA – Michelle Rojas
TAISEI YOSHIDA – Orion Pitts
RITSU – Bryn Apprill
SHIRO – J. Michael Tatum

 

Crew

Director- Apphia Yu
ADR Engineers – James Baker, Matt Grounds, Brian Leonard
Lead script writer – J. Michael Tatum

 

How Do War Maidens Stack Up Against Goddesses?

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (available now!) features Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn and several, stunning War Maidens — each with godlike abilities!

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Motivated to take arms for different reasons, these sovereign women approach each situation with otherworldly powers yet relatable personalities…  And we noticed that some of these War Maidens reminded us of other powerful women in myth! So just for fun, we’ve matched a few of the War Maidens to comparable Greek Goddesses.

 

First up is…

 

Nike

Known as the Winged Goddess of Victory and the Goddess of Strength, Speed, and Victory. Nike would fly around battlefields rewarding victors with glory and fame.  But which of the War Maidens does she most closely resemble?

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Conventions 2016 – Feeling the Love at Katsucon 2016

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, Justin, Tim, and Tara are heading to Maryland for Katsucon and they’re bringing the love with some tasty panels and booth deals! Check out the details below for what we have planned for this weekend:

 

 

 

PANELS

 

 

Funimation Favorites | Friday, February 12th | 6:15pm – 7:15pm | Panel Room: Live 5

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!
 

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, February 12th | 10:00pm – 11:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with hosts Herbie Housely (@HerbieHousely) and 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 Online Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Panel Room: Live 5
Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on Funimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FunimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!
 

 

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

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!
 
 
 

 

 

FunimationNow LOUNGE

 

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FunimationNow Lounge | ALL WEEKEND | Room: National Harbor 11

All weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to rest yourself at the FunimationNow Lounge! You’ll be able to charge your phones, watch shows and particular screenings, and even demo the Funimation apps on the PS4, XboxOne, and the Roku. 

 

 

 

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Dagashi Kashi – English Voice Cast Announcement!

keyvisual-1-smallUp next in our broadcast dub announcement rollout is a show that’s been a surprise sweet success—and a pretty unique new anime to join our Dubbletalk block! (Thanks to everyone who voted this one in!) Meet the English voices for candy girl Hotaru and the rest of the cast of Dagashi Kashi, launching Wednesday (February 10) at 8:00p EST! Then tune in to Twitch.tv/Funimation at 9:30p EST to see the Dubbletalk crew discuss the episode, and the rest of the Dubbletalk block shows, with fans!

 

Summary:

Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.

 

Cast

Kokonotsu Shikada – Todd Haberkorn

Hotaru Shidare – Tabitha Ray

Yo Shikada – Jeremy Inman

Saya Endo – Sara Ragsdale

To Endo – Justin Pate

 

Crew

Director – Kyle Phillips

ADR Engineers – Jeremy Woods, Domonique French

Lead Writer – Jamie Marchi

 

 

Prince of Stride: Alternative – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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The winter season of new anime is underway, and so is our new set of broadcast dubs, presenting you the latest shows, now with English dub just weeks after airing in Japan! Here’s our first new cast announcement for the season, for all you sports anime fans out there, in Prince of Stride: Alternative, an anime all about parkour + racing, streaming every Tuesday at 11:00am EST – Watch now!

 

Summary:

From MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—a mix between competitive relay races and parkour. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school’s Stride Club, but if they want to recruit their wildly fast (but reckless) classmate Riku, they’ll have to catch him first.

 

 

 

 

Cast

Nana Sakurai – Natalie Hoover

Riku Yagami – Austin Tindle

Takeru Fujiwara – Ricco Fajardo

Heath Hasekura – Jason Liebrecht

Hozumi Kohinata – Clifford Chapin

Ayumu Kadowaki – Micah Solusod

Mr. Dan – J. Michael Tatum

Kyosuke Kuga – Ivan Jasso

Tomoe Yagami – Todd Haberkorn

Reiji Suwa – Justin Briner

 

Crew

Director: Caitlin Glass

ADR Engineers: Domonique French, Matt Grounds

Lead Writer: Monica Rial

The Boy and The Beast Advance Tickets on Sale NOW!

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast, in theaters across the nation beginning March 4! Find a theater near you now and buy your tickets today at funimationfilms.com/theboyandthebeast. Lots of anime theatrical screenings sell out in advance, so don’t get caught at the theater ticketless—we strongly suggest buying your ticket as soon as possible.

 

 

Plus, check out the debut of the long-awaited English dub trailer (plus the original Japanese trailer, subbed into English)!

 

 

If you’ve loved Hosoda’s other films, you definitely need to experience The Boy and the Beast, which Twitch Film calls “as charming as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, as exhilarating as Summer Wars and as touching as Wolf Children”.

If you aren’t familiar with Hosoda’s works yet, you’re in for a real treat. “Mamoru Hosoda ranks first among the Japanese animation directors seen as successors to now-retired industry giant Hayao Miyazaki — and for good reason” according to the Japan Times, so watch his latest movie in theaters to see anime history being made.

Plus, like Hosoda’s other films, The Boy and the Beast is highly accessible and great for families—the perfect gateway movie for your parents or friends who might not know much about anime.

 

 

The theatrical run is available in both English dub AND Japanese audio with English subtitles; check your local theater for the specific language showings. If you want to see more theatrical screenings with dual language and multiple showings, buy your tickets early to show your support for this format! Tickets are available at some locations– additional ticket sales will be added soon.

 

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The Boy and the Beast Synopsis:
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

 

Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Monkey

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!

 

UPDATE: The winner is here! Your favorite monkey (as voted by the fans) is… Monkey D. Luffy! Sonic the Monkey came close in second while Mamoru edged out Bubbles for the 3rd place spot. The most noted “Other” monkey was Son Goku from Saiyuki. Thanks for participating!

 

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Time To Celebrate – Black History Month

There’s something about anime that makes it more enticing than many other forms of media- movies, TV, even books. It’s often filled with fantastic characters that take on amazing tasks in extraordinary ways in a style that makes the heroes of other media pale in comparison. Many people who started in anime as kids, like myself, looked up to these protagonists as heroes. Names like Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and many, many others inspired hope in young fans, like myself. Even today, names like Kyoma (Dimension W), Saitama (One Punch Man), or Luffy (One Piece) inspire hope and bravery as I keep up with anime. However, it is rare to see characters that look like me, a Black man (more specifically a 1st-generation Nigerian-American), in one of my favorite medium.

 

Typically, “Black” characters in anime are either very stereotypical, so parodied that they don’t look like Black characters anymore, or are very ambiguous to where they don’t represent a certain race. And oftentimes, the few Black characters that exist are relegated to bum or bit roles that reinforce negative stereotypes: gangster/gangsta, criminal, etc. This has left a lack of heroes and role models that we in the Black community can look up to. However, I wanted to show off a few Black anime characters- whether they are explicitly Black, descendants of Africans, or even dark-skinned and with African features- that merit being looked at.

 

This piece is an opinion piece of an employee of Funimation. This list is by no means comprehensive of all of the Black characters that exist in anime. I hope that you enjoy the comments and ideas shared here!

 

 

Afro Samurai

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Let’s kick off this list with one of the most arguably badass characters in all of anime. Afro is a wandering samurai who fights enemies constantly in order to protect the “number two” headband he wears in order to face off against the wearer of the “number one” headband, the man who killed his father- the previous “number one” headband owner. Afro means a lot as he is an explicitly Black character who isn’t a stereotypical figure, he is the main character, and he is one of the coolest characters in all of anime.

 

 

 

Michiko & Hatchin

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Michiko & Hatchin takes place in a fictional South American country which is very much based on Brazil – Portuguese as a main language; a mixed-race population; and a varied topography of favelas, jungles, cities, and more. Many important characters are of African descent and are done with justice. Characters like Atsuko, Rita, and Satoshi have many Black features but are three-dimensional characters that have you excited for their every step.

 

 

 

Bleach

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Even though she is not a Funimation character, I would be remiss in not talking about her. As a past captain of the Soul Society, she leads main character, Ichigo, as a mentor. Although her race is more ambiguous than other characters in this list, it is striking to see a dark-skinned character as an important foil for the main cast. She’s a powerful woman who often aids the main cast and has been shown to be a leader that people look up to.

 

 

 

Gangsta.

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The races of these characters aren’t explicit either but the portrayal of characters with dark skin and dreadlocks was much appreciated in the form of these characters. Even though they come from rough backgrounds as either mercenaries, gangsters, or prostitutes, they are characters with deep stories, emotions, and even powers as they contribute to much of the overall story.

 

 

 

 

Naruto

Killer Bee

 

Another dark-skinned character (and heck whole race) that I’d be remiss to ignore would be Killer Bee in Naruto Shippuden. Even though he can be more stereotypical (a rapping dark-skinned character) he has been a character that fans look up to with powers that rival the main cast. Rather than a parody, he is a true force to be reckoned with that fans and rivals can look at with respect.

 

 

 

One Piece

Fishmen and Mermaids

 

Even though there aren’t many (if any) explicit characters of African descent, the story of the Fishmen in the Fishmen Island arc (episodes 520-570) warrants talking about. The cast that ignites the conflict in the arc, Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime, are (loosely on the part of the author) based on the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

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Both characters are leaders that fight for their race -fishmen and mermaids- to be accepted by normal humans. The Queen fights peacefully with diplomacy and unification of the races. Fisher Tiger, a runaway slave, fights slavers and encourages past slaves to fight against humans; he also fights for segregation of the races in order to build up the fishmen and sea people (as well as other humans who have been enslaved). Both leaders fight each other’s philosophies but try to work together for the good of the sea people. However, both leaders are assassinated which puts the sea people in hostile tension with humans. The vacuum of the leaders causes fishmen and mermaids to be second-class citizens or in open conflict with humans.

 

 

 

Dimension W

Koorogi

 

A last example of a character I like is Koorogi of Dimension W. Although we haven’t seen much of him as of the present moment (episode 4 at the time of this post), he has shown himself to be a character I’m excited to see more. He is a talented hacker and intelligent and witty kid who works behind the scenes to aid the collectors in their search for illegal power sources (coils) in this future world. Even though he is ambiguous in his race, it is always nice to see dark-skinned characters in a positive light.

 

 

 

Like I’ve said before, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the views of all Black people. I’ve missed many other characters like Dutch from Black Lagoon, Kilik in Soul Eater, Casca from Berserk, and many more. However, I did want to share examples of characters that made us excited to be people of color in real life. I’d love to hear your comments or other characters that you’ve enjoyed within anime!

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL DATES FOR “PSYCHO-PASS: THE MOVIE”

Climactic Film Based on TV Series to Screen in U.S. and Canada on March 15 & 16

 

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – February 5, 2016. Funimation® Entertainment announced today the North American theatrical dates for the release of “PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie.” This climactic feature film is based on the 33-episode, hit TV series of the same name and marks the return of renowned script writer Gen Urobuchi, who wrote the original story for the first season of the anime series.  “PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie” will screen in more than over 100 theaters across the United States and Canada on March 15 and 16, 2016.  Advance tickets for the movie will be available for purchase beginning February 18 at funimationfilms.com/psychopass.

 

“We’re excited to bring the climactic story of ‘PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie’ to fans across the U.S. and Canada,” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “The animation style of ‘PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie’ along with its characters, tech and story are meant to be experienced on the big screen.”

 

“Fans will truly enjoy this film and its visual homage to a number of live action movies and anime series,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Since this is a very limited, two-day theatrical release, we are encouraging fans to purchase tickets in advance so they don’t miss out.”

 

“PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie” was produced by the celebrated studio – Production I.G. The “PSYCHO-PASS” anime series premiered in October 2012 and was followed by a second season in October 2014. The popularity of the show has resulted in multiple manga and novel adaptions. Series Chief Director Katsuyuki Motohiro and Director Naoyoshi Shiotani reprised their directorial roles for the movie.

 

Film Synopsis

 

In a futuristic Japan, the Sibyl System is charged with keeping the peace. Using extensive surveillance and biological monitoring to gauge the likelihood that individuals will commit a crime, the police are able to use weapons called Dominators to remove potential criminals from the population before they become a problem. Confident with the success of the System within their own borders, the Japanese government has begun to export the technology to other countries, planning to ultimately spread the System across the globe.

 

When the state of SEAUn brings the Sibyl System in to test its effectiveness, it becomes a haven of peace and safety—for a time. Eventually, terrorists from SEAUn begin appearing in Japan, somehow slipping through the System’s security and attacking from within. Desperate for answers, Inspector Akane Tsunemori is sent overseas to bring the terrorists to justice. But when her investigation forces her into a standoff with an old ally, will she be able to pull the trigger?

 

For more information on “PSYCHO-PASS: The Movie” and to purchase tickets, please visit funimationfilms.com/psychopass.

 

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