Funimation Release Schedule Updates

The year has only just started, and already I can tell one thing for sure: This is going to be an incredible time for all of us who are fans of anime. New titles like Dimension W are showing the amazing things that can happen when anime studios and Funimation co-produce titles together. New technologies are making anime more available on more screens in more places than ever before. New fans are getting access to the shows they love, and the shows they will love, especially with major updates to our streaming service rolling out over the next several months. All of this is amazing for anime, and everyone at Funimation is honored to be a part of it.

 

With all this change happening so fast, it’s important to focus on what matters most: you. Our fellow fans of anime. Some of you noticed that our home video dubs were going up on streaming later than they were supposed to, and you let us know about it – thank you! We took a look at the schedule, but we also took this moment to ask ourselves “How can we make this better for ALL fans – sub fans, dub fans, and even fans who just want to buy shows so they can own them forever?”

 

We knew we could create a schedule that worked better for everyone, so we wanted to make that change now. Going forward, we will continue to release preview episodes of each home video dub and sub on streaming up to six weeks before the product ever hits shelves. This will give everyone a chance to sample the show, find out if they like it, and pre-order the home video if they want. Then, when the home video is released (if not earlier), we’ll post the rest of the dubbed and updated subtitled episodes to our streaming subscribers, giving them the same chance to watch the show as anyone who bought it on disc. Episodes for our Broadcast Dub shows will still be released just weeks after they air in Japan.

 

You can go to Funimation.com/schedule to find your favorite show, and see exactly when it will be released this year. And, we hope you’ll go to FunimationNow.com to see all of the news about our streaming platform. We have so much coming out for subscribers this year – starting with our brand new mobile apps later this month, and many more great digital experiences in the months to come!

 

Thank you again to all of you who love anime as much as we do. We couldn’t do this without you!

 

-Gen

President / CEO – Funimation

We’ve Waited For”EVA” for Evangelion 3.33… And It’s HERE!

The day is finally here! After a delay from the pre-order set in 2013, the long-awaited movie is out and we do (not) have to make you wait any longer. Evangelion 3.33 is out on Blu-ray and DVD, and you can get your hands on it today! Not only will you be getting huge robotic battles in HD glory, but it comes with features from Japanese and English theatrical releases, EVA-Extras, and a 20-page art book!

 

 

Evangelion 3.33

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Click here to buy it now on Blu-ray!

 

Click here to buy it now on DVD!

 

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Summary:

Shinji Ikari just woke up in his Eva unit fourteen years after starting the Third Impact. He hasn’t aged, but everything else has changed. The earth is in ruins. Rei is missing. The people he once protected treat him like a prisoner and threaten to kill him if he pilots another Eva.

When he escapes to the remains of NERV headquarters, Shinji meets pianist Kaworu, who is destined to be Shinji’s copilot in a new dual-cockpit Eva. As the boys bond, NERV’s true mission begins to come into focus. Lost in a labyrinth of deception, Shinji careens toward a mental breakdown that could bring about the end of humanity.
Evangelion 3.33 continues the groundbreaking rebuild with stunning robot battles and mind-bending revelations. The end of every world has a beginning.

 

 

 

Free! ES Contest – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free!

Valentine’s Day is coming—and so is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Free! -Eternal Summer-, complete series + OVA! To celebrate both, we’re asking you to show your LOVE for your fave Free! boy—or pairs of boys, that’s cool too! And yes, we’re giving away prizes, of course!

 

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You may remember all the celebration pics we took over the last year commemorating our favorite swimboys’ birthdays. We had a blast making homemade desserts and setting up perfect photos of the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys’ special days. We want to see how you’ll celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the best way possible—surrounded by totems or romantic Valentine’s dinners with your favorite good-looking 2D swimmers. And hey, if you aren’t really into the idea of loving any one Free! boy, we’ll totally take celebratory photos of your favorite pairs of boys…

 

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Send us your pics of how YOU’RE celebrating Valentine’s day with your favorite Free! boy(s) by February 15, and we’ll share them on the Free! ES Facebook page and Tumblr! Also, we’ll giving away a prize pack of Free! ES merchandise (as we always do with this show) to our favorite entry.

 

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How can you submit? We’re giving you a ton of ways where we’ll repost entries as we get them and share the final set the day after Valentine’s:

 

 

Looking to actually spend some quality time with Free! -Eternal Summer-? Don’t forget to grab the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the full season + the exclusive never-before-streamed water gun fight OVA full episode! The Limited and Premium Editions come with a gorgeous water gloss box reminiscent of the Japanese releases, and all sets include both the English dub AND the original Japanese with English subtitles. Pre-order here!

 

See full contest rules here.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa Streaming/Home Video Rights To Expire—Binge and Buy Before This Classic is Gone for Good!

Fullmetal Alchemist is, of course, one of THE most legendary anime of all time—and for good reason. Combining alchemical action, great humor, and a moving, truly universal story of loss, redemption and what it means to be human, the adventures of the Elric brothers have resonated with fans all over the world for over a decade. We laughed with them, we cried with them, but alas, all good things must come to an end.

 

We’ve received an outpouring of fan feedback asking for Funimation to let you know when titles are expiring from our home video and streaming catalog, so we are announcing today that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa will be expiring soon. Funimation licenses these rights for a limited time, after which they revert to the original Japanese license holder. After these dates, these titles will be removed from our streaming service on Funimation.com, and we will not be reprinting any more home video products.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: expires March 31, 2016

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa: expires March 31, 2016

 

What does this mean for you? If you want to keep this classic series and all of its installments in your collection permanently, be sure to buy your copies 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.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collections

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Collection Two Blu-ray 

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood broadcast 6 years after the original, Brotherhood was noteworthy for retelling the tale of Fullmetal Alchemist from the beginning, now faithfully adapting the entire story of Hiromu Arakawa’s legendary manga series.

 

 

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa

Get the Movie Blu-ray today!

Conqueror of Shamballa follows up the events of the hit original series in a fascinating alternate universe that closely resembles our own. Revisiting many of the themes and conflicts of the original series, the film explores what happens to Ed and Al as two brothers separated by time and space but united by so much in the past.

 

For many years, we’ve been extremely honored and enjoyed working closely with Aniplex to bring this iconic anime franchise to you, so thank you for your support.

 

Poll of the Week – What Is Your Favorite Mecha?

Evangelion 3.33 is finally coming out and to celebrate, we want to see which anime mecha is your favorite of all time in this weekly poll! A mecha in this case is considered to be a bipedal, humanoid mechanized, giant robot that is controlled by a human/humanoid pilot. We’re including mechas from all over anime (not just Funimation titles) also, but if your favorite mecha isn’t there, feel free to add it as an other!

 

UPDATE: The winners have been announced! The classic Gundam comes out on top with Gainax titles close behind (Evangelion-2nd, Gurren Lagann-3rd)! Thanks for participating!

“Other” favorites include Macross, Megas XLR, Fafner, RahXephon, and Patlabor!

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Poll of the Week – Vote For Broadcast Dubs on Dubbletalk!

Season 4 of Dubbletalk is coming to a close and we’re gearing up for Season 5. This time, we’re letting the fans vote on which Broadcast dubbed anime they want to watch! The top 3 shows will be chosen and will be talked about during all of season 5 of Dubbletalk, so make sure you get your voice heard.

 

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Also we’ll be giving out Lootcrate boxes to 5 random participants, so at the end of the poll, put your email in and hope for the best!

 

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Time To Celebrate – Penguin Awareness Day

It’s Penguin Awareness Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite tuxedo-ed animals in anime: penguins! (Pandas are a close 2nd, while Zebras are 3rd.) We’re going to show off the cutest and best-dressed of animals yet clumsiest of walking animals within our Funimation titles! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on Funimation.com!

 

 

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Baby Penguins

 

We start the list off with the cutest of entrants: Baby Penguins. Get your hearts ready as these penguins even melt the hearts of hardened soldiers that are in the midst of fighting. Who needs war when you can have baby penguins?

 

 

 

 

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Front-tailed Penguins

 

Next on the list are a more strange variant of penguins. These penguins aren’t friendly like many other types of penguins. In fact they’re down-right perverted and inappropriate! And let’s just say that their tails are in the front and they like to display them proudly…

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Pen Pen

 

Coming up now is the animal mascot of the famed Neon Genesis Evangelion series and movies, Pen Pen! He is the warm-water penguin roommate of the lively Misato. Too bad he’s not too keen on new roommates…

 

 

 

 

Free! Eternal Summer

Nagisa Loves Penguins

 

Finally we end on a short dreamland. Nagisa from Free! shows us a true paradise – living in harmony with penguins.

 

 


There are so many other awesome penguins in anime that we wish we could list, but there’s only so much space! What are your favorite anime penguins?

 

MAMORU HOSODA’S “THE BOY AND THE BEAST” OPENS IN U.S. THEATERS NATIONWIDE MARCH 4

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We’ve got two big announcements today, so let’s get started!

 

If you’ve ever been curious about the ins-and-outs of our theatrical releases, we’ve made it easy to stay on top of any and all developments! As of today, FunimationFilms.com is up and running—bringing you the latest news surrounding our upcoming theatrical releases. Check back often to watch new trailers, purchase advance movie tickets, get theater information, and more.

 

Next up, we’re excited to announce the official release date of latest film from internationally acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda, The Boy and the Beast. This film will hit select theaters nationwide starting Friday, March 4, 2016.  Tickets go on sale on February 5th, so be sure to stay tuned to FunimationFilms.com/theboyandthebeast, to secure your tickets early—not only does this ensure you’ve saved yourself a seat during this limited run, it also tells the theaters that there’s a demand for critically acclaimed, high-profile anime movies!

 

To make sure you can watch the movie the way you want, you’ll have the option to purchase tickets to see the movie in the original Japanese version (with English subtitles), the new English dub version produced by Funimation, or both. For those who might be curious, the English dub was developed closely with Hosoda himself to ensure the voice cast matched both his vision and direction for the film. Here’s a quick rundown of the film’s plot:

 

The Boy and the Beast (“Bakemono no Ko” in Japanese) tells the story of Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, who 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 family 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.

 

To find out more, visit FunimationFilms.com/boyandthebeast and let us know on social media if you plan to attend!

Official press release after the jump:

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Funimation Entertainment, NGames, and GameSamba announce strategic partnership to create new video games

EVERETT, WA – NGames Interactive Limited, Funimation Entertainment, and GameSamba today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership to create high quality, free-to-play mobile and web games based on anime and other entertainment media properties.

 

“Quality games based on popular series are increasing in demand,” said Jacky Yung, CEO of NGames. “With NGames’s experience in developing and publishing games, Funimation’s leadership in brand acquisition, marketing and rights management, and GameSamba’s expertise in the U.S. gaming market, I’m very excited to see what we can accomplish together.”

 

One of the largest game studios in China, NGames has developed and published many hit free-to-play titles in Asia and the Americas. Using its studios throughout Asia, NGames will work to develop new officially licensed titles, in partnership with Funimation and GameSamba.

 

“From day one GameSamba was a great fit with Funimation and our strategic plan to extend our anime properties into the gaming space,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation Entertainment.  “Now with this new strategic partnership with NGames we have the scale and technical resources to take our game development to the next level.”

 

“We’ve long wanted to help create and run games based on some of our favorite series,” said Dr. Scott Wong, co-founder and president of GameSamba. “Thanks to this new partnership, we’ll be able to make that a reality.”

 

Currently, GameSamba and NGames are working together on the hit online game, Star Trek: Alien Domain. For 2016, NGames, Funimation, and GameSamba are already slated to release multiple web and mobile games based on hit series such as Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul, with more titles to be announced.

 

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Poll of the Week – Which Winter 2016 Simulcast Are You Most Excited For?

This new year, we want to ask you, the fans, what you enjoy every week about our simulcast season! We’ll be asking all types of questions from ‘which simulcast are you excited for’ to ‘favorite main character’ and of course even more as the season rolls on!

 

Take the poll here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5Q7N9ZW

 

 

UPDATE – The winners have been announced! Thanks for participating!

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