Time To Celebrate – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on Funimation.com!

 

Inko Midoriya

Deku’s Mom – My Hero Academia

 

Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.

My Hero Academia Mom

 

 

Sanae Furukawa

Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad

 

Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!

 

 

 

Bell-mére

Nami’s Adoptive Mom – One Piece

 

After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.

 

 

 

Ur

Gray and Lyon’s Adoptive Mom (and Ultear’s Real) Mom – Fairy Tail

 

At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.

 

 

Erina Pendleton

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency

 

The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…

 

 

Hana

Yuki and Ame’s Mom – Wolf Children

 

Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.

 

 

Sachiko Fujinuma

Satoru Fujinuma’s Mom – ERASED

 

This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.

 

 

Izumi Curtis

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s Adoptive Mom – Fullmetal Alchemist

 

Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.

 

 

Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Bulma

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It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.

 

 

Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!

 

Your Chance to Win Tickets to See Hatsune Miku in Concert!

Hatsune Miku Ticket Giveaway

 

That’s right, THE Hatsune Miku is coming to Texas, and Funimation is giving subscribers a chance to win tickets to her show in Dallas (5/14) or Houston (5/17). For Dallas fans, the show is already sold out, so this is your last and only chance to snag some highly coveted tickets to the performance. A limited supply of tickets are still available for purchase to the Houston show, but time is running out.

 

It’s easy to enter! If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to follow these steps to try to win your ticket:

 

Step 1) Subscribe to FunimationNow or start your 14-Day Free Trial!

 

Step 2) Complete the form found here.

 

And to reward our longtime fans, we’re going to sweeten the deal—any winners that have also been FunimationNow subscribers since the first of May will have their tickets upgraded so they can watch the show from the Funimation suite!

 

So if you’re already a subscriber, all you have to do is click here to enter now.

 

Winners will be selected and contacted on Monday, May 9. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: Funimation will provide complimentary tickets to the Hatsune Miku concert in either Dallas or Houston—transportation and housing for winners is not included.

Conventions 2016 – On the Road to AniMinneapolis!

Get ready Minnesota, because the Funimation crew is bringing anime goodness to AniMinneapolis (say that five times fast)!  Join Tara and Tim this weekend for a huge line-up of events:
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PANELS

Funimation Industry Panel | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 5:30pm – 6:45pm
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 Peep Show (18+) | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 10:30pm – 12:30am
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join host Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford) 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!)

 

Funimation Favorites | Panel Room 6 | Saturday, May 7 | 7:30pm – 8:45pm
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!

 

 

PREMIERES

Home Video Premiere: Blood Blockade Battlefront | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Blood Blockade Battlefront centers around the crime fighting organization “Libra” and their battles in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. Hellsalem’s Lot was created when a portal to the “Beyond” opened, becoming a paranormal melting pot of monsters, magic and the everyday mundane life, and it is up to Libra to clear the streets of trouble and prevent the horrors of this city from spreading to the outside world.


 

English Dub Premiere: Selector Spread Wixoss | Panel Room 1 | Saturday, May 7 | 12:00pm – 1:45am
WIXOSS is a popular trading card game in which players battle against each other with fighters known as LRIGs, using cards to support them. Certain LRIGs are able to communicate with their owners, and the girls chosen to wield them are known as “Selectors”. Selectors are given the chance to have any wish granted by winning battles against other Selectors, but should they lose three times, their wish will be reversed into a curse instead. The main series, selector infected WIXOSS, follows a girl named Ruko Kominato who becomes a Selector after receiving an LRIG that she names Tama. As she and various other Selectors battle it out for the sake of their wish, Ruko finds herself drawn into the dark sinister world of WIXOSS, discovering that win or lose, there is always a price to pay.


 

 

BOOTH SPECIALS

Come stop by our booth all weekend for awesome deals on new and classic titles, plus:

  • Free lanyard with purchase
  • Autographed gift with purchase of certain titles
  • Anime Pin Draw Promotion:
    - 1 pin for $75 you spend
    - 2 pins for $125 you spend
    - 3 pins for $175 you spend
    - 4 pins for $200 you spend

 

See you there!

 

My Hero Academia Class

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Although the school semester is finishing, we’re starting our own My Hero Academia class. To kick things off, we’ll be learning how to become a hero starting with getting our own bodies into shape for International Health and Wellness Week!

 

 

This week, the employees of Funimation will be getting out of their chairs and doing fitness challenges, and we invite you to join us. Cheer on the Funimation family as they participate in pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more! And we want to see you get involved too! We’ll be doing giveaways to people that show off their own skills over social media. The schedule for the week is as follows:

 

  • Monday (5/2) – Dragon Ball Throw – How far can you throw a Dragon Ball (stone throw competition)
  • Tuesday (5/3) – Push-up/Pull-up Competitions
  • Wednesday (5/4) – Hula-Hoop Contest
  • Thursday (5/5) – Lunge Competition and Jump Rope Fun (non-competition) – Lunge walk around the building the longest
  • Friday (5/6) – Hero Walk – 1 km walk during the day while cosplaying favorite superhero or wearing hero gear

 

 

After this week, we’ll post a new hero theme/challenge each month. The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.

 

Creatively figure out how to demonstrate that theme and complete this challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!

 

Time To Celebrate – National Superhero Day!

Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!

“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what TheFreeDictionary.com defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.

 

 

My Hero Academia

 

We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!

 

My Hero Academia Deku Smash

 

 

One Punch Man

 

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.

 

 

 

009 Re:Cyborg

 

Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.

 

 

 

Tiger and Bunny

 

One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!

 

 

 

Dragon Ball Z

 

To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).

 

 

 

Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!

 

My Hero Academia Cast Announcement

Never fear for we have A-Class voice actors and ADR staff who can bring My Hero Academia some voice acting justice! As announced on Dubbletalk, here are the voice actors for the new class of heroes in the upcoming Broadcast Dub of My Hero Academia. The first episode of the Broadcast Dub comes on 5/4/16!

 

Synopsis:

There’s a new hero in town! From Studio BONES, the creators of Fullmetal AlchemistCowboy Bebop and Space Dandy, comes My Hero Academia, 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 80% of the population has some kind of superpowered “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.

 

 

All Might

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Christopher R. Sabat

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Currently tallying well over 500 roles in his career, Christopher R. Sabat (@VoiceOfVegeta) has been an active part of the voiceover industry since 1998. Most noted as one of the early employees of FUNimation Productions and the Voice Director for Dragonball Z, he voiced many DBZ characters including Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and more.Since Dragonball, Christopher also brought some other popular characters to life including Alex Luis Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Elfman (Fairy Tail), Roronoa Zoro (One Piece), Ayame Sohma (Fruits Basket), Saiga Tatsumi (Speed Grapher), Kurogane (Tsubasa Chronicles), Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III), Father Tres (Trinity Blood), Braun (Stiens Gate), Giroro (Sgt Frog), Rundas (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), Garterbelt (Panty and Stocking), Sakaki (Kenichi), Masa (My Bride is a Mermaid), Saito (Darker Than Black), Woerman (Attack on Titan), and Alex D (Deus Ex: Invisible War).Most recently, he can be heard as Kyoma Mabuchi on Toonami’s Dimension W, Rath and Geoff in the upcoming Gearbox title Battleborn, Batou in the acclaimed Ghost In the Shell: Arise series, Goro Sasabe in Free! Eternal Summer, Sakuya Togane in the second season of Psycho-Pass, Jason in Tokyo Ghoul, Mondo in Dangan Ronpa, and he is most excited to take on the role of the incomparable Allmight in the epic My Hero Academia.In 2004, Christopher founded Okratron 5000, a well-established voiceover production studio based in Dallas, Texas which he continues to run to this day. When he’s not in the studio, he likes to play with his adorable daughters, make electronic music, and buy vintage Pumas and airline glassware on eBay.‪http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0754526/http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Christopher-Sabat/

 

 

Izuku “Deku” Midoriya

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Justin Briner

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Justin Briner is thrilled to join the cast of My Hero Academia! Born and raised in Maryland, he is currently a Dallas-based actor and singer. Most recently, he can be heard as Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Mikaela in Seraph of the End, and Alfonso in GARO The Animation.

 

 

Ochaco

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Luci Christian

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Luci Christian is a professional actor living in Houston, Texas.  Internationally known for her voice work, her career also spans stage, television, radio, industrial, and anything else she can book. For Funimation Entertainment, she’s voiced Kyuta in The Boy and the Beast, Psiren and Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, Nami in One Piece, Deunan in Appleseed Alpha, Alois Trancy in Black Butler, Medusa in Soul Eater, the Narrator in Okami-san, Riko in Aria The Scarlet Ammo, Rico in Gunslinger Girl, Komachi in Samurai 7, Louis Ft. Drake in Galaxy Railways, Kosuna in Desert Punk, Micchi in Shin Chan, Asuna in Negima, Kasha in Solty Rei, Washu in Sasami, Tenma in School Rumble, Cassandra in Black Blood Brothers, Honey in Ouran Host Club, Lenalee in D.Grayman, Koyuki in Sgt. Frog, Havoc in Darker Than Black, Ophelia in Claymore, Kirino in Bamboo Blade, Makina in Shikabane Hime, Hungary in Hetalia, and Birdy in Birdy the Mighty: Decode. When she’s not working, she’s picking up kids from school and watching Netflix with her husband.

 

Bakugo

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Clifford Chapin

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Clifford Chapin has been working as a voice actor, script writer, and director with Funimation for several years. He is best known for playing Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Hide Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul, and Kirito Kamui in Psycho-Pass. You can also hear Clifford in video games as the voices of Battleborn’s Toby, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and the Player Character’s voice in Dragon Ball: XenoVerse.In addition to his ADR credits, he has also worked behind the scenes for Marvel Entertainment’s publishing branch, as well as for several reality television series. In his downtime, Clifford enjoys playing video games and reading comic books from every genre.To keep up with all of Clifford’s many antics, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin) and “Like” his Facebook page: Clifford Chapin (Voice Actor).

 

Iida

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J. Michael Tatum

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Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.

 

 

Present Mic

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Sonny Strait

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Sonny Strait is most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragon Ball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragon Ball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Usopp in One PieceMaes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami TOM. Last year he took the lead role of Koro Sensei on Assassination Classroom.

As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and also worked Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. he’s considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history. He is currently coloring Elfquest; The Final Quest for Dark Horse Comic.

In 2007, he wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.

As a director he has work on many notable productions including Dragonball, Lupin III, Prison School and most recently Escaflowne.

 

Yuga

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Joel McDonald

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Joel McDonald directs dubs. Sometimes he even acts in them. He will now act in this one. Try to act surprised.

 

Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! English Cast Announcement!

twintailsJust announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Anime Detour, we have the English cast for Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! Check out the full line-up and trailer below!

 

Synopsis

Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailed…girl?With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the “attribute power” of humans. But Soji’s new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!

CAST & CREW

SOJI Austin Tindle
AIKA/TAILBLUE Sarah Wiedenheft
ERINA/TAILYELLOW Mikaela Krantz
TWOEARLE Morgan Garrett
TAILRED Bryn Apprill
DARK GRASPER/ACENA/ANKO Leah Clark
MIKOTO Michelle Rojas
MIHARU Jennifer Green
MEGA NE Tia Ballard
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ADR Director Jerry Jewell
Lead ADR Engineer William Dewell
Script Writer Samuel Wooley

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PROJECT ITOH’S “HARMONY”

Second in Series of Film Adaptations to Screen in U.S. on May 17 & 18

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – April 21, 2016. On the heels of yesterday’s limited theatrical engagement of “The Empire of Corpses,” Funimation® Films announced today that advance tickets are now available for the movie “Harmony,” the second in the series of three animated films adapted from Project Itoh’s novels. The film, produced by award-winning Studio 4°C, is co-directed by the duo of Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura. Presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub versions, “Harmony” will screen in more than 60 theaters across the United States on May 17 and 18, 2016. Local theater listings will provide specific dates and times for subtitled and dubbed screenings. Tickets are available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/harmony.

 

“If response to the first film is any indication, fans will truly enjoy ‘Harmony,’” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “Project Itoh’s ‘Harmony’ will transport moviegoers on an epic science fiction voyage – to a world, once ravaged by war and disease, that has been transformed to ‘perfection’ by nanotechnology.”

 

To coincide with today’s ticket sales announcement, Funimation Films also released the full-length theatrical trailer for “Harmony.’” The trailer is available for viewing through an exclusive partnership with IGN.com, the top gaming and entertainment website. Click the image below to watch!

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“Fans will not want to miss the futuristic world that Studio 4°C has brought to life in ‘Harmony,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Whether anime or sci-fi fan, there are options for both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film, and we encourage everyone to purchase advance tickets to this limited, two-day release.”

“Harmony” was the second novel by Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh, pseudonym of Satoshi Ito, who died at the early age of 34 from cancer. Published in 2009, the novel was very well received by readers and was awarded the coveted Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize, which recognizes the best in science fiction works spanning novels, movies, animation and manga. The novel was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction in 2010.

 

“Harmony” producer Studio 4°C has been producing films, OVAs and shorts for more than 30 years. The animation studio is most well-known for its 2006 release “Tekkon Kinkreet,” which received numerous awards around the globe including the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and Best Animated Film at Fantasia, both in 2007. Harmony co-directors Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura are well known in their own rights as well. U.S.-born Arias rose to prominence as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film with “Tekkon Kinkreet.” Nakamura has animated or directed more than a dozen films during his career, including the cult classic “Akira” – one of the most well know anime films of all time.

 

Film Synopsis

 

In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.

 

Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?

 

For more information on “Harmony” and to purchase tickets, please visit funimationfilms.com/harmony.

 

Conventions 2016 – Making a Turn to Anime Detour

Funimation is making a right turn by going to Minnesota for Anime Detour! Tara (@paraparatara), Tim, and Godswill (@GeneralG23) aren’t going to make any wrong turns getting there as they’re bringing the deals, the panels, and the parties chicken nuggets!

 

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PANELS

 

 

Funimation Industry | Friday, April 22nd | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | Panel Location: Bloomington Room

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 Peep Show (18+) | Friday, April 22nd | 9:30pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Edina Room

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, April 23rd | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Edina Room

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

 

 

Dealer’s Room Hours:

 

Friday VIP: 1pm, Public 2pm to 8pm
Saturday VIP 930am, Public 10am to 6pm
Sunday VIP 930am, Public 10am to 4pm

 

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.

 

 

PARTY

 

Since last year was such a blast, we’re hosting a party room with more anime, more good times, and of course, more chicken nuggets! Stay tuned to social media for information about the room and the times so that you can join us.

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Black Butler: Book of CircusBlack Butler: Book of Circus Blu-ray

 

 

OVA Dub Premiere  | Saturday, April 23rd | 2:00pm -3:00pm | Room Atrium 7
 

 

 

Season Synopsis:

 

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.

 

 

Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! Blu-rayGonna Be The Twin-Tail!!

 

 

English Dub Premiere  | Saturday, April 23rd | 12:15pm -2:00pm | Room Atrium 7
 

 

 

Season Synopsis:

 

Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailed…girl?

With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the “attribute power” of humans. But Soji’s new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!

 

Project Itoh: Explaining ‘The Empire of Corpses’, ‘Harmony’, and ‘Genocidal Organ’

The Empire of Corpses‘, ‘Harmony‘, and ‘Genocidal Organ’ are a trio of works by the late Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Itōunder the pseudonym ’Project Itoh’.   The novels have been (or are in the process of being) adapted into films. While Funimation announced the licenses to all three films and we often refer to them together, they are stand-alone works rather than a true trilogy! It can get a bit complicated, so we wanted to provide a little background for anyone new to world of Project Itoh!

 

  • Satoshi Itō (Project Itoh) (Oct. 14, 1974 – March 20, 2009)

During his career as a web designer, he wrote a novel called Genocidal Organ and was nominated to Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2007.   However, Itoh had been diagnosed, and dealing, with recurrent cancer since 2001 and hospitalized frequently for treatment. Itoh continued to write novels during his last several years, including Harmony and The Empire of Corpses, and passed away on March 20, 2009. Later on in 2012, Toh Enjoe, a fellow award-winning science fiction writer who had often appeared with Itoh at conventions and in interviews, announced at a press conference that he would complete Itoh’s unfinished novel The Empire of Corpses.  Later, Noitamina adapted Project Itoh’s three novels into animated feature films. All three films were directed and produced by different directors and studios.

 

This film was released in Japan back in October 2015 and was the first film adaptation of Project Itoh’s works, animated and produced by WIT Studio (Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign).  It is based on the award-winning novel by Project Itoh and completed by Toh Enjoe. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 44th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2013 and the Special Award at Nihon SF Taisho Awards in 2012.

 

 

This film was released in Japan in November 2015 and was the second film adaptation of Project Itoh’s novels, animated and produced by Studio 4°C (Berserk: The Golden Arc series and Thundercats [TV 2011]). The film is based on by Project Itoh’s Philip K. Dick award-winning novel. The novel also won the Best Japanese Long Story category at 40th Seiun (Nebula) Awards in 2009 and the Nihon SF Taisho Award  in 2009.

 

 

  • Genocidal Organ

The film has yet to release in Japan. The studio originally slated to produce it, Manglobe (Gangsta), filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. Genocidal Organ has been delayed to release in 2017 under a new studio called Geno Studio, with many key former staffers from Manglobe still involved.