Awesome English Cast Announcements from Otakon

We have not one, but THREE awesome English cast announcements for you today! Take a look below.

 

First up, we’ve got the English Cast for A Certain Magical Index II, Part Two.

 

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ACQUA – Andrew T. Chandler
AMATA KIHARA – Marcus D. Stimac
BIAGIO BUSONI – Barry Yandell
POPE MATTHAI REESE – Bob Magruder
RITOKU KOMABA – Patrick Seitz
SHIAGE HAMAZURA – Clifford Chapin
TERRA – George Manley
VASILISA – Leah Clark
VENTO – Kara Edwards

 

A Certain Magical Index II, Part One will be available on BD/DVD Combo on October 14th. Click here to pre-order now!

 

synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

 

Next up, more Fairy Tail! Check out some of the new characters you’ll meet in Fairy Tail Part 13. (Both Japanese and English voice actors listed below).

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FUNimation Acquires Black Butler Book of Murder OVA Series

black butler bomFlower Mound, Texas (8/9) – FUNimation Entertainment® announced today it has acquired the home entertainment, digital and broadcast rights to the OVA series Black Butler – Book of Murder.

 

From Studio: A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, and Black Butler, the series was directed by Noriyuki Abe, known for Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Black Butler – Book of Circus.

 

synopsis:

At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London’s elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn’t safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it’s too late!

 

Be sure to watch new episodes of Black Butler – Book of Circus every Thursday at 3:20pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

 

 

FUNKO TO LAUNCH ATTACK ON TITAN POP! VINYL SERIES

New line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures available at Hot Topic nationwide in October.

 

EVERETT, WA – August 9, 2014– Funko is excited to announce a new line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures. Funko has previously partnered with FUNimation to release series of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures.

 

This series will include some of the most popular characters from Attack on Titan.  Each super stylized figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. One super-sized Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 6” tall. Pop! Vinyl Figures are Ages 5+.

 

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Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Series

· 6” Super-Sized Colossal Titan

· Eren Jaeger

· Mikasa Ackerman

· Eren Jaeger Titan Form

 

The Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl series will be available nationwide in October exclusively in stores and online at Hot Topic through December 2015.

 

Attack on Titan, Part One is now available for purchase at your favorite retailer. Attack on Titan, Part Two will release on Sept 23rd. Click here to order now!

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FUNimation heading to Otakon

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otakon_hirokospaceFUNimation is heading back to Charm City for some more “Ice cold water. Only $1!” Well, and of course anime. Here’s what you need to know to keep you cool this weekend:

 

FUNimation Panel times:

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – Friday @ 6:45pm – Panel 2

Watch the latest extended clips and trailers for the hottest new releases from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday @ 3:15pm – Panel 2

Come hear the latest news and information from the leader in the anime industry! From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, we’ve got something for every taste.

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Attack on Titan, Part 2 – English Cast Announcement – Day 2

Attack on Titan, Part Two releases on September 23rd. So, now’s a great time for some more English cast announcements! Take a look below at the second half of our cast list of new characters for Part Two.

 

attack on titan part 2CHARACTER – ACTOR
CIS – Eric Vale
NESS – Jonathan Brooks
ZACHARY – John Swasey
BORIS – Micah Solusod
DENNIS – Andrew T. Chandler
HITCH – Brittney Karbowski
JURGEN – Justin Cook
MICHE – Jason Douglas
NANABA – Lydia Mackay
PEER – Philip Weber

 

Want to hear what they sound like? Subscribers get first access! Click here to check out the newest English dub clip!

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Photo Contest

EDIT: We have winners! Please scroll to the bottom to see our winning entries.

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is now playing in theaters!! Dragon Ball Z means a lot to us personally here at FUNimation, and we know how much it means to you as well. Many of us grew up watching Goku and friends on T.V., and we all have a lot of fond memories associated with this series.

 

So, we know that you are just as excited as we are about the release of this brand new movie in theaters! Show your love and excitement for Dragon Ball Z! Submit your photos to our gallery on our official Facebook page and get a chance to win an exclusive fan prize pack. See grand prize below.

 

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Grand Prize includes:

- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Poster – Autographed by Sean Schemmel (Goku), Chris Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo),  and Justin Cook (Producer)
- SDCC Exclusive Dragon Balls w/ functioning Dragon Ball Radar
- Bluefin Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan God Goku Action Figure
- Dragon Ball Z Seasons 1 – 3 (Blu-ray)

 

The photo entry with the highest number of votes will win this awesome Grand Prize! Three runners-up will also be selected at random to win an autographed Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods poster and a copy of Dragon Ball Z, Season One on Blu-ray.

 

So get those cameras and cell phones out and start taking photos! We wanna see you and your friends wearing the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Super Saiyan God hair that we’ve been passing out at conventions, your best cosplay photos, and pictures of you and all your friends in the theater watching this epic movie on the big screen! Click here to enter!

 

*Please note that this is a Photo Contest. We are not accepting fan art drawings for this contest.

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Further Information about Senran Kagura

This week we became aware of an error in some online listings for Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!.  The listings stated that the release includes OVA episodes that are not in the final release. We clarified the status of the OVAs, but we have seen some requests for further information on the matter.

 

The error was clerical in nature. We take full responsibility for this error and are taking the following steps:

 

- We are reaching out directly to all fans who purchased from FUNimation.com to offer a make-good or return with full refund. We will accept returns of unopened AND opened product for either edition of Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! that were purchased on or before 7/29—our standard return policy will continue to apply to all other products.

- We have confirmed that fans who purchased the product from RightStuf will be able to return it, even if opened.

- The listing on Amazon did not include the error, so we cannot confirm whether they will accept open returns.

- Any fan who opened their product and purchased it from a retailer who will not accept an open return is encouraged to email [email protected]. Please note that we will ask for proof of purchase, such as a receipt.

 

We apologize for the error on our part and any inconvenience this may have caused. Our goal is to continuously earn your trust and be your favorite provider of Anime.  This error, while not intentional, is something that we take very seriously.  We are taking steps to avoid errors of this nature in the future and to regain your confidence.

Attack on Titan, Part 2 – English Cast Announcement – Day 1

Attack on Titan, Part Two releases on September 23rd. So, now’s a great time for some more English cast announcements! Take a look below at the first half of our cast list of new characters for Part Two.

 

attack on titan part 2CHARACTER – ACTOR
ORUO – Chris Smith
GUNTHER – Brett Weaver
BEANE – Cris George
SAWNEY – Jonathan C. Osborne
DARIUS – Brian Mathis
DIETER – John Burgmeier
MARLO – Todd Haberkorn
MOBLIT – Jerry Jewell
NICK – Francis Henry
WALTZ – Kyle Phillips

 

Want to hear what they sound like? Subscribers get first access! Click here to check out the newest English dub clip!

 

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Terror in Resonance Official Interview

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The following interview with Shinichiro Watanabe, renowned director of Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, and the hit thriller Terror in Resonance, was originally posted to the official Japanese Terror in Resonance website before the series launched. We hope you enjoy it, and make sure to watch Terror in Resonance every Thursday at 12:50pm Eastern! Click here to watch now.

 

Interviewer: Tell us the story of how Terror in Resonance came to be.
Watanabe: I think to some people, it looked like I took a break and didn’t work from around 2007 until I made Kids on the Slope in 2012. But actually, during that time, I prepared many project proposals. However, due to the recession and other factors, it was hard to get any of them approved and made. Terror in Resonance was an original project that I came up with during that period. I created the proposal before the Tohoku earthquake, about 4 or 5 years ago.

 

Interviewer: So it was something that you wanted to make since then?
Watanabe: That’s right. About three years ago, I heard from Fuji TV about Kids on the Slope, which was based on a comic. When I received the offer, I said, “I also have this other project. Do you want to make it?” and told them about Terror in Resonance. When I did, the chief producer of noitaminA, Koji Yamamoto, said, “Well, why don’t we try having not just Kids on the Slope by itself, but also plan for the original work after that?” That was when we were finally able to start working on this.

 

Interviewer: How did you come up with the idea for this project?
Watanabe: In recent years, there have been terrorist attacks all over the world, but Japanese people seem to be under the impression that these are things that happen in countries far away. However, if there were suddenly serial bombing attacks in the middle of Tokyo, what would happen? How would we deal with that? What if the culprits were teenaged boys? What if terrorists showed up who could use current technology to lead Japan around by the nose using their smartphones? These ideas were what formed the original concept. And then, thinking about possible acts of terror that could occur in Japan, I had to think about the systems in Japan as a country and how they work.

 

Interviewer: We still don’t know much about Terror in Resonance. What kind of story will it be?
Watanabe: There is a lot of action and suspense. If you look at it that way, even some of my past works seem unexpectedly similar to modern American action movies. The series also includes themes of adolescence, or rather, the youthfulness of the teenage years and their immaturity and instability, but with the feeling of constantly being on edge and challenging everything. I wanted to depict those ideas in this series, and I think everything gets mixed together in Terror in Resonance. I guess you could call it a coming-of-age/action/suspense series, although I’ve never heard of such a genre (laughs). Well, one must always continue to pioneer new genres. I also thought about foreign TV shows where recently, movie directors have been working on TV series. These TV shows have had a jump in quality simply because, since they are longer than movies, more story and dramatic elements can be packed in.

 

Interviewer: Foreign TV shows?
Watanabe: Yes. I don’t think I need to make shows that are like all the other anime that have been made recently, and I aim to create shows with a wider appeal. However, explaining it as a show about terrorism seems kind of inaccessible, so in order to make it easier to understand, recently, I have been insisting that it’s “a series like 24” (laughs). Also, we spent a lot of time and effort working on the terrorist group “Sphinx” and their riddles in every episode, so I have also been telling people, “Parts of it are like Sherlock, too!” (laughs).

 

Interviewer: Looking at the announcement that the show will be about “two mysterious children who combine forces to form the clandestine entity ‘Sphinx’ and play a dangerous game with all of Japan,” it looks like this will be the most provocative show in your filmography to date.
Watanabe: That wasn’t something that I tried to do on purpose—it just happened naturally. Especially in the case of an original anime work, we have to create the setting from scratch, which is difficult if there is nothing to base it on. So I end up using what I know, and parts of me end up in the work. For example, even if we all live in the same world, how we perceive the world is different depending on the person. There are people who think the world is a depressing place that’s full of deception, making it hard to live in. But there are also people who are generally satisfied and feel like the world is a good and peaceful place. How I perceive the world and how I feel about it comes out naturally when I am working on an original anime.

 

Interviewer: The character designs were by Kazuto Nakazawa and the music was by Yoko Kanno. These two people are often connected to you, and they are both participating in this project.
Watanabe: What they both have in common is that neither needs very much explanation from me. When I am working on something, it is difficult to explain exactly what I want to the staff in words. In fact, it is often the feeling before it’s even put it into words that is important, so most of the time, people don’t understand what I want. For example, there are people who want me to tell them that I want “a work like such and such,” but I don’t want to make something that is like another work (laughs). In the midst of that, these two don’t need me to keep explaining myself before they understand what I need. The other thing they have in common is that even if we work with the same theme, the two of them present it in a way that allows as many people as possible to understand their work. They always have that goal in mind, which is something I appreciate very much.

 

Interviewer: Finally, please tell us your hopes for Terror in Resonance.
Watanabe: It is something that I have wanted to make for a long time, so I am putting my heart and soul into it. I want to know what people think, so I hope that you will all watch it.

 

Interviewer: Thank you very much.

 

Translated by Nita Lieu