The Kickstarter for Escaflowne is going strong! We’re excited to start revealing the updated cast list and we hope you feel the same way too. Little by little, we’ll be revealing cast members so keep your eyes glued to this blog in the meantime.
Our first cast announcement for the new Escaflowne dub is for Van Fanel who will be played by (drumroll) Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Alphonse and Blood Blockade Battlefront‘s Leonardo Watch)!
Update: Hitomi will be played by voice actress Caitlin Glass! Caitlin’s numerous popular voice acting credits include Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist, Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club, and Kyoko from Danganronpa, and Petra from Attack on Titan.
Stay tuned for more upcoming English cast list announcements coming soon!
Funimation is returning to SXSW March 11th – 13th. Join us along with Legendary Digital Networks’ Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for an action-packed, saloon-themed weekend at the fully-transformed Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden!
Stop by the FunimationNow tent and register to win a PS4 or an Xbox One! Plus, download the new FunimationNow app and receive a limited edition FunimationNow water bottle. Already a subscriber ? Show us your membership and receive a free water bottle!
All events will be free to the public, and a SXSW badge is not required.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
Our new mobile apps have arrived! With a sleek new design and a bunch of new features, the (free!) Funimation app is available for download now on iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Kindle. If you’re still on the fence about downloading the new app, maybe this will help you make up your mind. Check out the top 10 reasons the new Funimation app is better than ever.
Marathon episode after episode without ever lifting a finger for up to 3 hours!
Add shows to your queue to watch later and manage your list from the app on any of your devices.
Never forget where you left off again! The app tracks your episode’s progress, so you can resume watching between devices.
Stream anime to your TV from the app with Chromecast and Airplay support
Jump to where you want in an episode or movie more accurately with 10-second skip ahead or back.
Find the anime you want faster and easier with advanced filters and search features! Filters include by season, simulcast, Broadcast Dub, and genre
Watch anime your way every time by managing your app-specific viewing settings.
Plan your anime evenings with the in-app schedule of upcoming episodes and movies.
Get tech support right when you need it! Browse the FAQ or contact support from within the app.
Subscribe easily right from within the app. (Sign up through iTunes on iOS, or your device’s browser on Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 10.)
And as an added bonus (or reason #11) we’re giving you the chance to win a free 12-Month All-AccessPass Subscription and a Funimation Gift Bag (valued at $250) just for downloading the new app and watching an episode! That’s right, all you need to do is download the new app, watch a video, and you’ll be entered to win. The sweepstakes will run from March 9th through March 15th with a new winner chosen everyday so watch a video daily for 7 chances to win.
Check back every day to see if you won!
March 9th Winner – John V. from Los Angeles, CA! March 10th Winner – Alejandro Z. from Fontana CA! March 11th Winner – Geoffrey P. from Las Vegas NV! March 14th Winner – Jabir C. from Memphis TN.
Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we want to do a weekly poll highlighting a few of the awesome women in anime. As we can’t fit all of them into a poll, let us know who some of your favorites are!
Adaptation of Smash Hit Manga Series to Premiere in April in US, Canada and UK
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – March 8, 2016. Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of “My Hero Academia”—the most highly-anticipated, new anime series of 2016. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand, merchandise, and broadcast distribution of the series as part of its agreement with Toho Co. Ltd. Episode 1 of the series will premiere in April on Funimation’s streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Ireland.
“We’re extremely pleased with this expansion of our partnership with Toho following last year’s successful theatrical release of the ‘Attack on Titan’ live action movies,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “The excitement around this new series is palpable. Fan response to the anime will quickly rank ‘My Hero Academia’ among top anime classics such as ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘One Piece,’ and ‘Naruto.’”
“My Hero Academia” is based on the smash hit, superhero manga series of the same name, which now totals more than 3.7 million copies after less than 2 years since it first appeared in Shonen Jump. The manga has been so well-received in the U.S., that both released volumes of the English language version were New York Times Bestsellers. The new TV series is being produced by the acclaimed studio BONES, which has been the force behind numerous international anime hit series like ‘Fullmetal Alchemist,’ ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ ‘Soul Eater,’ and ‘Space Dandy.’
“Toho and BONES both enjoy an incredible reputation for producing extraordinary shows for anime fans,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “With the launch this week of our completely new mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows 10 devices, FunimationNow will be the destination for fans to discover and stream subbed and dubbed episodes of the most anticipated new show of the spring season, ‘My Hero Academia.’”
There’s a new hero in town! “My Hero Academia” is 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 eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “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.
As we celebrate the launch of our all-new (free!) mobile apps, we can’t tell you how much we appreciate your continued support of Funimation. The new mobile app is currently available for download in the Apple and Amazon stores. We are awaiting confirmation from the Google Play and Windows stores; we will let you know when it is there and ready for download! If you have a Windows or Android device, please stand by!
Along with a sleek new design and a more streamlined user experience, here are some the apps’ new features:
Episode progress sync across devices
Queue sync across devices
Airplay and Chromecast support
Marathoning / Auto-play next episode
+/- 10 sec skip
The new Funimation mobile apps have a bunch of cool new features, but the best way to decide if the app is for you is to download it on your app store today and try it out for yourself!
But that’s not all, to commemorate this momentous occasion, starting this Wednesday, March 9th, we’ll also be running a sweepstakes for everyone who downloads the new app so keep an eye out for details!
We’re starting this month with a convention double-hitter! Next weekend, you can catch Lauren and Tim at Anime Milwaukee, or say hi to Justin and Godswill at Naka-Kon! Our teams are bringing panels, pins, premieres (and more!) so you won’t want to miss out. There’s lots going on with Funimation at each convention, so let’s take a look!
Funimation Favorites | Friday, March 11th | 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Panel 2 (Room 201CD) 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 Industry Panel | Saturday, March 12th | 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Panel 1 (Room 201AB) 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 Online | Sunday, March 13th | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Panel 1 (201AB) 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!
In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw! Spend a certain amount at the booth and 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! Stop by and see Lauren & Tim for awesome deals and recommendations! Plus we’ll be bringing autographed gifts with purchase — just ask the Funimation booth staff for details!
Rage of Bahamut | Saturday, March 12th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Room 201AB
Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is an exciting blend of action and fantasy.
Black Butler Book of Circus | Saturday, March 12th | 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Panel 1 (201AB)
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.
Next we have…
Funimation Online | Friday, March 11th | 7:30pm – 8:30pm | Sheraton Hotel Cottonwood 3 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 Peep Show | Friday, March 11th | 10:30pm – midnight | Sheraton Hotel Cottonwood 3 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 Herbie Housely (@HerbieHousely). 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, March 12th | 10:00am – 11:00am | Sheraton Hotel Leatherwood 1 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 Industry Panel | Saturday, March 12th | 3:30pm – 5:00pm | Sheraton Hotel Leatherwood 1 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!
(Located in Overland Park Convention Center Exhibit Hall B)
Visit Justin and Godswill at the Funimation booth all weekend long for some great deals on your favorite new and classic anime!
Vendor Room hours:
Friday Mar 11 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 2:30pm – 4pm | All Attendees: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday Mar 12 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 9:30am – 10am | All Attendees: 10am – 6pm
Sunday Mar 13 | Kon Supporters & VIPs: 9:30am – 10am | All Attendees: 10am – 4pm
We’re also bringing the Lucky Pin Draw to Naka-Kon! Spend a certain amount at the booth and 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! Plus we’ll be bringing autographed gifts with purchase — just ask the Funimation booth staff for details!
Premieres & Screenings
Friday March 11th | Courtyard by Marriott Room A
5:30pm – Rage of Bahamut (Naka-Kon Dub Premiere!)
Saturday March 12th | Courtyard by Marriott Room A
12:30pm – Black Butler: Book of Circus (Naka-Kon Dub Premiere!)
EVERETT, WA – GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on “Attack on Titan.” The “Attack on Titan” game will be available in all major English markets for Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.
The “Attack on Titan” game will be an action-driven title, allowing players all over the world to battle titans on their mobile devices. It will combine elements of runner and action games, in order to replicate the feeling of the titan battles from the anime series. Players will need to use careful planning – and quick reactions – to survive. There will also be deeper, persistent elements to the game, which will be revealed at a later date.
“We’re very excited to work with NGames and GameSamba to create a game based on the wildly popular ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation Entertainment. “With more than 50 million copies of the manga in print, a 25 episode anime series, and last year’s live action films, we’re excited to show fans what we can do with a game.”
GameSamba, NGames, and Funimation previously announced two, officially licensed mobile games based on “Fairy Tail” and “Tokyo Ghoul,” and an officially licensed web game based on “Fairy Tail.” These three games are set to release in 2016 – the “Fairy Tail” mobile and web games will be available in multiple languages worldwide and the “Tokyo Ghoul” game will be available in English worldwide.
More details about the games will be revealed in the coming months. To stay up to date on the development of the games, fans can stay tuned to the GameSamba website and Facebook page.
GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit www.gamesamba.com.
NGames Interactive Limited is a leading company specialized in the development, operation, and publishing of online and mobile games. With years of industry experience, it has brought an array of stunning and original titles to the global market. NGames has achieved worldwide success with a number of games including Star Trek: Alien Domain, Global Strike, DDTank, Wartune, and more. For more information, visit www.ngames.com.
Do you love shoujo anime, adventure stories, or independent female protagonists? What about winning FREE STUFF? Then enter our poster giveaway contest for Snow White with the Red Hair (new episodes streaming every Monday)!
We’re giving away 3 rare full-size Japanese posters over the next 3 weeks, all signed by the original Japanese talent:
Shirayuki’s seiyuu Saori Hayami (Seraph of the End’s Shinoa, Soul Eater Not!’s Anya, irregular at magic high school’s Miyuki)
Zen’s seiyuu Ryota Ohsaka (Devil is a Part-Timer!’s Mao, Ace of Diamond’s Eijun, Knights of Sidonia’s Nagate)
Director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha, Blast of Tempest)
We’ll be giving away one poster per week for the next three weeks. Entering is easy: just answer our weekly question on this blog, Facebook, or answer it on Twitter with hashtag #SnowWhiteContest. We’ll share our favorites!
Here’s the secondsnow question: What’s your favorite moment from Snow White with the Red Hair season 2 so far?
Don’t forget that you can watch all of Snow White with the Red Hair season 1 in Japanese with English subs AND English broadcast dub, and new episodes of season 2 come out every week, all at funimation.com/snowwhitewiththeredhair!
When we announced FunimationNow in January, lots of fans were immediately excited about our new mobile apps – with good reason! The development team has put in an incredible amount of work, and we’re starting to see this first step of the FunimationNow journey come to life.
We want to make sure we’re putting the best possible experience in your hands, so testing has been critical in this process. And while we have a complete build ready now, we’re waiting on one last marketplace to publish the app, so we’re putting everything through the wringer and adding our finishing touches. This does mean our launch date will now be in early March instead of February, so we wanted to make sure you knew why.
Once our apps are out, we want you to be a part of the testing process, too. If there’s anything we missed, you’ll be able to send us feedback from within the app, or you can email us at [email protected]
We really appreciate your patience, and we’re eager for you to see the new apps. This is a small (screen) step, but it’s going to be a great start for the beginning of FunimationNow.