Conventions 2016 – Blowing Into Anime Midwest

Right on the heels of Anime Expo, we’re heading up to the Windy City of Chicago for Anime Midwest. Welcome our conventions staff, Tara and Tim, as they’ll blow you away with panels and great booth deals!

 

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PANELS

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, July 8th | 10:30pm – 11:50pm | Panel Location: Panel Room 5

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.  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 Industry | Saturday, July 9th | 4:30pm – 5:50pm | Panel Location: Panel Room 3

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, July 9th | 9:30pm – 10:45pm | Panel Location: Panel Room 3

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!

 

 

Premieres

High School DxD BorN (Season 3)

Friday, July 8 | 6:00pm – 6:50pm | Panel Room 6

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are Back! Lovable loser (and bust buff) Issei and his clan of bewitching beauties return for a new season of supernatural tussles and sexy shenanigans—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but fun and scantily-clad lounging…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and fondle their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

 

July 2016 Anime Month on Microsoft Movies

This July, Funimation partners up again with Microsoft to bring great anime deals and provide summer fun! All month long turn on your favorite Windows device, Xbox 360 or Xbox One and head straight to Microsoft Movies and TV. Click on the Anime Month banner and start shopping for savings right away.

Update on 7/17/16 with Episode 3!

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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “DRIFTERS” FROM NBCUNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN


Drifters Announcement

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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Escaflowne Home Video Date Announcement + Preview the Packaging!

More announcements from Anime Expo! At their panel, Sunrise, the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Code Geass, helped us to reveal the cover art and official home video release date for The Vision of Escaflowne, the classic mecha fantasy anime, for its 20th anniversary.

 

The Escaflowne TV series collector’s edition, standard editions, and movie will all hit shelves on October 18, 2016! All releases with have both the new 2016 English dub and the original broadcast English dub, as well as Japanese audio. You’ll be able to pre-order on July 15.

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Funimation licences Makoto Shinkai’s newest film: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)

We’re excited to announce today that we will be releasing Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), the newest gorgeously animated film from prestigious director Makoto Shinkai, in theaters and on home video. If you’re not familiar with Director Shinkai’s work, you need to be—Variety named him one of the top 10 “animators to watch” for 2016 (and the only Japanese director on that list), and also listed him as one of the top anime directors after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, along with Boy and the Beast director Mamoru Hosoda.

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Code Geass is Returning to Home Video!

Political intrigue and jaw-dropping plot twists. Flamboyant fashion and insane evil laughs. Pretty girls, pretty boys, jibun wo… and of course, giant rollerskating robots.

 

Hot off the news from their Anime Expo panel, we had the honor of having our friends at Sunrise (the anime studio behind the Gundam series, Cowboy Bebop, and Tiger & Bunny) announce the release for a very special show that we know many of you have been waiting a long time for:

 

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass R2 are returning to home video, with their first release on Blu-ray in North America, on October 4, 2016! Pre-orders will go up on funimation.com in just under 2 weeks on July 15.

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Special Worldwide Sneak Peek – English Dub Premiere of Tales of Zestiria the X, Only at Anime Expo!

Tales-of-Zestiria-the-X-KEY-ARTIf you’re at Anime Expo this weekend, we have a very specially premiere event, nearly unprecedented for any convention screening, that you won’t want to miss!

 

An exclusive sneak peek at the English dub for Tales of Zestiria the X, episode one — only at Anime Expo!

Based on the hit Japanese RPG, this premiere comes not only before the broadcast dub launches on FunimationNow later this summer, but it also comes before the first episode has even aired in Japan. Be one of the first people in the WORLD to watch the highly anticipated new anime!

 

 

Tales of Zestiria Panel, Screening and Guest Talk
Saturday, July 2 at 1:30 PM
Video 1 – Platinum Ballroom at the JW Marriott

 

The panel is presented with a guest talk as well, so be sure to stick around. The Tales of Zestiria the X anime comes to you from Ufotable, the studio behind such action-packed fantasy anime as Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and God Eater, so you know the series will look awesome!

This dub premiere episode is a preliminary version created exclusively for this Anime Expo premiere, and some of the performances and casting will be changed for the final dub version. Look out for news about the official dub cast and the broadcast dub premiere date in the coming weeks, and be sure to watch the rest of the series when it comes out at funimation.com/talesofzestiria!

 

D.Gray-man – Announcement on Remaining Episodes

We’ve got some exciting news!  After our announcement of D.Gray-man HALLOW last week, many of you have been wondering about the episodes that are not available from Funimation.  Currently episodes 1-51 are available on home video and are streaming on FunimationNow but not episodes 52-103, which are the episodes that lead up to HALLOW.  Well, we wanted to let you know that we have now acquired those remaining episodes (52-103) of D.Gray-man!

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