Hatsune Miku Expo 2016

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Hatsune Miku is finishing up her North American tour and as she gets ready to head back to Japan, we’re taking a look back at the time she spent in Dallas. Her sold-out show was definitely a night to remember, and just in case you missed it, we asked Michele, one of our own Graphic Designers, to give us an inside look at Hatsune Miku Expo 2016. From the pre-show to the encore, this is her full report:

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Conventions 2016: AnimeNEXT!

Next up on the convention circuit for 2016 is none other than AnimeNEXT in Atlantic City, NJ! The fun doesn’t stop for our conventions team, so check out what they’ll be bringing to the Atlantic City Convention Center this weekend!

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PANELS

Funimation Industry Panel | Friday, June 10 | 12:15p – 1:45p | Panel 302

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 | Friday, June 10th | 8:00p – 9:00p |  Panel 318

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! 

 

Funimation Peep Show [18+] | Saturday, June 11th | 10:45p – 12:15a | Panel 302

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join host Cookie Stratford 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!)

 

 

PREMIERES

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Friday, June 10th | 7:00p | Location: Video 305

 

From the studio behind Laughing Under the Clouds and Yuruyuri comes a high school fantasy unlike any other! Like most awkward teens, formerly reclusive gamer Eruna Ichinomiya struggle to find her place at Mikagura High School. But her experience is far from ordinary, as the mischief-making members of the school’s manga, calligraphy, drama, and other cultural clubs vie for total school domination in a rather extreme way—ULTIMATE ATTACKS. Get ready for the high-energy high school adventure you’ve only ever dreamed of.

 

BOOTH

Stop by the booth to say hi and get some great deals on your favorite new and classic titles, plus a little extra to sweeten the deal:

 

- Autographed Gifts with Purchase
- Free Lanyard with Purchase
- Pin Draw Promotion.  Levels are:

  • 1 for $75 spent
  • 2 for $125 spent
  • 3 for $175 spent
  • 4 for $200 spent

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

Fairy Tail Part Twenty Cast Reveal

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In case you didn’t hear on Dubbletalk, we have a magical announcement; the Fairy Tail cast gets even bigger with the release of Fairy Tail: Part Twenty (which you can order here!) (episodes 227 -239)! As we get into some of the heavier themes of the show, we’re bringing on some heavy-hitting voice actors to make the Tartaros Arc awesome!

 

Matthew Mercer

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Matthew Mercer has voice acted as many of anime’s baddasses such as “Levi” from Attack on Titan, “Kiritsugu Emiya” in Fate/Zero, and “Jotaro Kujo” in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure among many other roles. He has also won awards such as “People’s Choice: Voice Actor of the Year” and “Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance” in the 2015 BTVA Anime Dub Awards.

 

Ricco Fajardo

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Ricco Fajardo leads the newest generation of voice actors with his roles in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash as “Haruhiro”, GARO: THE ANIMATION as “Leon Luis”, The Heroic Legend of Arslan as “Daryun”, and more. This past year he was awarded the “Staff Choice Award for Breakthrough VA of the Year” in the BTVA Anime Dub Awards.

 

Jeremy Schwartz

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Jeremy Schwartz has had big roles within Death Parade as “Oculus”, Dimension W as “Shido Yurizaki”, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ as “Sorbet”, One Piece: Film Z as “Z”, and more!

 

 Update! New Cast Members!

 

Janelle Lutz

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Janelle Lutz is a newer actress for Funimation who has starred in Dance With Devils, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, and more recently as “Louise” in Endride.

 

Ian Moore

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Ian Moore has acted in quite a few Funimation titles such as Attack on Titan, One Piece, Tokyo Ghoul, Space Dandy Season 2, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo and more recently as “Serena” in Fairy Tail!

 

Michelle Rojas

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Michelle Rojas is a Funimation regular who you can find in shows like Absolute Duo, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan, Free! Eternal Summer, Future Diary, One Piece, Wolf Children. She has starred in Noragami Aragoto as “Aiha” and Tokyo Ghoul √A as “Nashiro Yasuhisa”.

Ben Bryant

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Ben Bryant is another Funimation familiar who has been cast in Attack on Titan, Freezing, Hetalia World Series, Tokyo ESP, Terror in Resonance, A Certain Magical Index II, and The Boy and The Beast. You can also see him as “Rafael” in GARO THE ANIMATION.

 

Doug Jackson

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Doug Jackson is a breakout voice actor who can be found in One Piece and as “Iwami” in Noragami Aragoto

 

Randy E. Aguebor

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Randy E. Aguebor is a newer voice actor for Funimation who has played roles within The Boy and The Beast, One Piece, Sky Wizards Academy

 

Jill Harris

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Jill Harris is another new actress for Funimation who has been in roles for Assassination Classroom, Dagashi Kashi, Dimension W, One Piece, and Shomin Sample

 

Scott Frerichs

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Scott Frerichs is a member of Team Four Star who is starring in more official Funimation roles such as Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Fairy Tail, GARO THE ANIMATION, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, One Piece, and Terror in Resonance

Nick Landis

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Nick Landis is another member of Team Four Star who has participated in more Funimation titles like GARO THE ANIMATION, One Piece, Psycho-Pass (movie), and Terror in Resonance

 

Alejandro Saab

DRAKE THE SNIPER

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Alejandro Saab is the YouTuber known as Kaggy Films who is starting his career in Funimation in titles like Assassination Classroom, Dagashi Kashi, Dance with Devils, Prince of Stride: Alternative, and Yona of the Dawn

 

You can pre-order Fairy Tail Part Twenty right here!

 

Part 20 Synopsis:

When a prestigious client requests the assistance of both Natsu and Gray, the boys momentarily set aside their differences and head to Sun Village—a city entombed by malevolent ice magic. Their investigation into the incident comes to a screeching halt when treasure hunters from the Sylph Labyrinth guild show up to stand in their way. As the wizards go toe to toe with the thieving trio, the battle quickly becomes the least of their worries—one by one the wizards are being transformed into adorable, child-sized versions of themselves! How can they hope to restore the village’s eternal flame if they can’t even fit into their armor?!

Meanwhile, dark forces are at work behind the scenes. Another guild is on the move, and they’ve set their sights on total domination of the magical world. Will Fairy Tail be able to rise to meet their challenge?

 

 

Time Travel In Anime

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time returning to Blu-ray/DVD Combo (order now!) is coming out on June 7th and we want to celebrate with a listicle! As the main concept of the movie centers around time travel and what happens when a person jumps in different points of a timeline, we want to look at different examples of time travel in anime. However there isn’t just one form of time travel…

 

(Massive Spoiler Warning!)

 

Through our observations, there are three main types of time travel that we have seen:

  • Fixed timeline
  • Malleable timeline
  • Multiple timeline (multiverse)

 

Fixed timeline: There is only one timeline, and traveling to the past can’t change the future because the act of time travel is part of the timeline. For example, if you go back in time and replace infant Hitler with a different baby, the other baby grows up to actually become Hitler. This style is used the least within anime.

 

  • The Haruhi Series, aside from Endless Eight, does this. When Kyon and Asahina travel back in time and stay in Nagato’s room, the single timeline means that they have been there all along. In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, Kyon is almost killed (again) by Ryoko Asakura, and is saved by… a different version of himself from the future. In subsequent stories, Kyon, who knows that this happened to him in the past, knows that he needs to travel back in time to save himself.

  • Many anime that involve a character traveling from the present day into the past use this style as well—the past is such a set and distant period that it might as well be another world.

 

Malleable timeline: Time is fluid, and going back in time can change the future. If a time traveler changes the past and immediately returns to the future, the future changes based on those past actions.

 

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Makoto is able to leap back in time with almost no consequences, which she uses to sleep in late, undo embarrassing mistakes, hit every baseball she’s pitched, and sing karaoke for 10 hours.

 

 

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura travels to the past multiple times to redo her first meeting of Madoka, in order to try to make a change that will allow Madoka to live
  • In Haruhi season 2, Endless Eight is an example of this, as the SOS Brigade relives the same days of summer vacation 15,532 times.

  • In ERASED, Satoru goes back in time to try to save Kayo; the first time, he almost does so but fails, and Kayo dies. The future that he returns to has some small changes, showing that the day that Kayo died was slightly changed due to his interaction. The second time he does so, he doesn’t travel back to the future but instead wakes up again naturally after time has passed

  • In Charlotte,  Yuu’s brother has a time travel ability which he uses to constantly go back in time and relive his life over and over to prevent a future in which a dark organization kidnaps and experiments on superpowered children

 

Multiple timelines (multiverse): Similar to malleable timeline, in a multiverse, there are infinite different versions of the universe, each with different possibilities of events. The important distinction between malleable and multiple timelines is that in multiple timelines, all timelines exist simultaneously and can be traveled between, rather than being one timeline that changes. In other words, in a malleable timeline, once time is changed, there is no evidence that any events progress in the original timeline..

 

  • Steins;Gate: Okabe sends his mind back in time via the microwave time machine, but it turns out that there are many universes in which the the evil global research group SERN has taken over the world; he must jump timelines in order to arrive at one where this dark future is avoided.

  • The Tatami Galaxy: The protagonist relives several different versions of his college life, exploring different possibilities of clubs that he could have joined, but in the end finds that these were all just different possibilities

 

 

  • The Future Diary: By the end of the series, you realize that the Yuno that has been helping Yukiteru the whole time isn’t from this timeline, but from an alternate timeline. She became god of spacetime, travels to “our” timeline, and kills that version of herself to take her place.

 

 

There are way more time travel anime—what are some of your favorites? Relive one of the most touching time travel stories in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, out on Blu-ray/DVD June 7.

 

Conventions 2016: A-Kon!

It’s been a crazy few weeks of travel, but the Funimation convention crew is back in our hometown for our biggest local anime convention of the year: A-kon!  This convention is a special one for us, and we could not be more excited!  Stop by our booth, Funimation Lounge, or any of our panels and screenings listed below to get in on the fun and say hi to the entire crew!

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PANELS

(Please note that some panels will require ticketing this year. Click here to read more info on A-kon’s ticketing policy!)

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Dive Into Dark Matter: Season One – Own it 6/14!

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Space cowboys and wanderers rejoice! Coming very soon is the hit live-action Syfy series, Dark Matter: Season One, on DVD and Blu-ray on 6/14. Now you can start fresh with the amnesiac crew of the Raza and go through the horrors of space from the safety of your home theater. Pre-order your copy here!

 

SYNOPSIS

From Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the authors behind the Stargate series, and the studio that brought you Lost Girl, comes Dark Matter, an intergalactic story of strangers chasing their pasts towards an uncertain future.

Buried in the black murk of space, a stowed-away crew suddenly awakens from stasis aboard the castaway spaceship known as the “Raza.” With no memory of their pasts or why they are onboard in the first place, this rag-tag crew has no choice but to roam the frontiers of the galaxy searching for answers.

On their voyage they encounter rebel space armies, a zombiefied ship crew, derelict androids, and intergalactic bounty hunters—all attempting to pull the team further from the truth. Even the Raza itself contains mysteries that the crew must solve. As they journey through space, these seven strangers begin to discover that the biggest obstacle standing in the way of their pasts may not be the danger waiting around every corner, but the darkness lurking within themselves.

 

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE FIRST JAPANESE FEATURE-LENGTH ANIME FILM “MOMOTARO, SACRED SAILORS”

Newly Digitally Restored WWII-Era Film Premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival

 

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 31, 2016. Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of the restored edition of Mitsuyo Seo’s “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” – the first feature-length animated film produced in Japan. Written and directed by Mitsuyo Seo (1911-2010), “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” was a propaganda film produced in 1944 by Shochiku Co. Ltd. and released in 1945 during the final months of World War II.  Earlier this year, with the financial support of Funimation and others, Shochiku restored the 74-minute, black and white film, which premiered during opening weekend of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics program. As part of its agreement with Shochiku, Funimation has secured exclusive rights to the theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film in both the U.S. and Canada.

 

“Mitsuyo Seo was a key figure in the development of Japan’s anime industry and were honored to have been part of the restoration of ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ – one of his most famous works,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “This wonderful black and white film was created using almost 50,000 cels and offers superb animation, music and entertainment that is on par with any classic Disney film of the same era.”

 

Seo based the film’s story on the classic Japanese fairy tale of a boy named Momotaro, who was born from a peach and defeats monsters with the help of his animal friends. In Seo’s movie, Momotaro and his friends are now Japanese naval paratroopers and the monsters represent the Allied Powers.

 

“This digitally restored version of Mitsuyo Seo’s ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ is truly captivating,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.  “Anime fans, film buffs and animators alike will not want to miss this seminal and historic work of Japanese animation.”

 

Backed by Japan’s Ministry of the Navy, Shochiku produced “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” with a select crew of 70 that included Japanese animation pioneer Kenzo Masaoka (1898 – 1988) as director of shadowgraph. With a big budget at that time, the film was an animated epic on an unprecedented scale and was composed using almost 50,000 animation cels. Few saw the movie in theaters when it was released as most of Japan was fighting a war that would be lost just five months later. To create the restored print, Shochiko scanned a 35mm master print and internegative in 4K and restored it in 2K.

 

Short Synopsis

 

On the eve of a parachute mission during the war in the Pacific, a group of navy paratroopers, a monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear, go home for a brief visit before heading off with their squadron to their base in the South Pacific. Lead by boy warrior Momotaro, the squadron prepares to attack the enemy on Devil’s Island.

 

On the eve before the attack, we learn why Momotaro and his squadron are called “sacred sailors.” A story is told of a ship with white men arriving at a beautiful island. The captain tricks the king into thinking they are merchants and he welcomes them on the island. Quickly thereafter, the crew reveal themselves as pirates and then plunder the island.  All that remained was a legend that “sacred sailors will come from the east” who will “free the people.”  Momotaro and his compatriots are these sacred sailors.

 

The attack on Devil’s Island finally begins. The paratroopers quickly overpower the horned, white devils, who then surrender to Momotaro unconditionally. Peace returns to the South Pacific.

 

A Fullmetal Farewell: Expiration of Fullmetal Alchemist Rights on July 31, 2016!

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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular anime of all time. Following the beloved Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, it is the story of loss, redemption, and understanding one’s own humanity. Unfortunately the emotional roller coaster we experienced while watching Fullmetal Alchemist is coming to an end.

 

We are announcing that on July 31st, Fullmetal Alchemist will expire and rights will revert to the original Japanese license holder. On this date, this title will be removed from our streaming service, FunimationNow, and we will not be reprinting any more home video product.

 

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So what does this mean for you?

 

1)     You have exactly 2 months to enjoy all 2 seasons of Fullmetal Alchemist on FunimationNow

2)     Be sure to buy your copies on home video now before they’re gone for good! Out-of-print anime can go up in price significantly on the secondary market, with some titles going up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars! So lock in your collection at their current retail prices now.

 

 

And check out all about our special Collector’s Edition!

 

Conventions 2016 – Going Up to Animazement and Anime North

This weekend, Funimation employees are flying up through North America to make it Anime North in Toronto, Canada and to Animazement in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’re bringing panels, screenings, good booth deals, and the fun! Please welcome Tara to Anime North and welcome Tim, Alex, and Godswill to Animazement.

 

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ANIME NORTH PANELS

 

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, May 27th | 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: International Plaza C – Video 1

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, May 28th| 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: International Plaza C – Video 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 | Saturday, May 28th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Panel Location: International Plaza C – Video 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!

 

Funimation Online | Sunday, May 29th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: International Plaza C – Video 1

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! 

 

 

ANIMAZEMENT PANELS

 

 

Funimation Industry | Friday, May 27th | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | Panel Location: 301 AB

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 | Saturday, May 28th| 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Panel Location: 301 AB

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 BOOTH

 

 

Anime North Dealer’s Room Location and Times:

 

Funimation Booth: F03 in the Industry area

Come to the booth to get free posters (after a short 4-question survey) when panels aren’t running!

 

 

Animazement Dealer’s Room Location and Times:

 

Funimation Booth: 605-608

Friday 5/27/2016 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 5/28/2016 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 5/29/2016 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

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.

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

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Home Video Dub Premiere 
 
Anime North | Friday, May 27th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | International Plaza B – Video 2
 
Animazement | See Schedule for more details
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Severance – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown—brought to you buy Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl Utena.

 

 

Check Out What’s Next for FunimationNow

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This year has been all about giving Funimation fans who like to stream their anime the most extraordinary experience we can. We started out in January with a new logo and a new name for our streaming service: FunimationNow. Since then we’ve been constantly rolling out new changes, and we’ve got a big slate of announcements to share with you!

 

In March we released all new mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10. Many of you have downloaded the new apps, and we appreciate all the love and feedback you’ve sent our way. More updates and upgrades are coming to the mobile apps every day, so make sure you’re always watching on the latest versions. And, if you’re going to meet us at a con, make sure you download your app and log in, because we’re going to have special rewards for fans who show us they’re FunimationNow subscribers!  Also in March, we launched the beta site for FunimationNow in the UK. We’re so excited to welcome a whole new group of fans to Funimation, and we want to thank everyone who has shared their fandom with us from across the pond!

 

Coming up next we’ve got two more FunimationNow apps to release, with Amazon Fire TV coming in a few weeks, and Apple TV in June (both in the US and the UK). We’re excited to move to the big screen for anime fans by bringing the first ever anime streaming app to Amazon Fire TV and on tvOS for the new Apple TV! Add that to the broadcast dubs of great shows like My Hero Academia and And you thought there was never a girl online? coming out, and you’re going to need to schedule some serious anime couch time.

 

In September, we’ll be launching a totally re-imagined website, with an incredible experience for desktop users of FunimationNow. Get ready to share your favorite clips with your friends, shop for new merchandise, and post to our forums — all while you’re watching. This is coming out later than we planned, but there’s a really good reason: we’re re-encoding our massive library to show each video in its best possible picture quality AND switching from hard to soft subtitles. When we launch in September, over half of our catalog will be using soft subtitles, and we expect to have everything converted by the end of this year. That’s right: no more hard-sub picture quality issues anymore! Plus, you’ll be able to turn subtitles off and watch with just the Japanese audio if you speak that language (or if you’re learning!).

 

September will also see new apps for all the consoles we support: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We’re also proud to announce we’re adding the PS Vita to our lineup, so fans will have a whole new handheld way to watch their favorite shows. We know a lot of you will ask about Nintendo devices, and we’re researching what we can do with our new platform to release on the Wii U or 3DS – we should have more updates on that soon.

 

Watching your favorite anime anytime and anywhere has never been easier – and it’s about to get even better on FunimationNow. Thanks for all your support so far, and we can’t wait for the weeks ahead!