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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Tokyo ESP English Cast Announcement

 

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Get ready, because this isn’t your usual English cast announcement! Tokyo ESP is coming to home video on Blu-ray and DVD,  2/23/16 and there may be a few surprises in the list below!

 

From the creator of Ga-Rei-Zero comes an adventure that shows how out-of-the-ordinary abilities of high school students can send a powerful message to evildoers the world over.

 

Rinka is a normal Tokyo high-schooler with big dreams and a small income. She works a part-time job to support her and her single dad, but she yearns for the day she’ll get to loosen the strings on her pocketbook. Her ordinary life takes a turn for the extraordinary when she witnesses a penguin and a school of fish flying through the air. After one of the fish seems to pass through her, she wakes up in her apartment building with no clothes on and no memory of the strange phenomenon save for a mysterious ability to pass through solid objects. With her newfound powers, Rinka is about to learn just how transparent the world can be.

 

CAST
RINKA Sarah Wiedenheft
KYOTARO Adam Dahlberg
MINAMI Mallorie Rodak
RINDOU Bryan Massey
KUROI Jenny Ledel
MURASAKI Lara Woodhull
PEGGY Heather Walker
AYUMU Morgan Berry
YODANI R Bruce Elliott
PROFESSOR Jefferey Schmidt
KOZUKI Lindsay Seidel
AMIE Bryn Apprill
RIN Trina Nishimura
SUKESABURO Philip Weber
KAKUNOSHIN Ray Hurd

 

As you may have noticed, we have quite a few actors new to Funimation’s dubs. In particular, Tokyo ESP’s cast list includes Adam Dahlberg, who many of you may know as Sky from the YouTube channel Sky Does Minecraft and his other related channels.

 

He’s cut his teeth doing voice over for numerous internet videos and is now taking on the tough new challenge of dubbing anime! Sky auditioned alongside other working VAs for the part and will join a talented cast of both new and veteran actors in Tokyo ESP! So keep an eye on his SkyDoesThings YouTube channel, as he will be posting some behind-the-scenes footage of his trip to Funimation and time in the booth.

 

OhayoCon, Otakon Vegas, Oh My!

UPDATE: The time for Funimation Peep Show at Otakon Vegas has been changed to 8:30pm.

Funimation Peep Show | Saturday, January 16 | 8:30PM | Panel 1/ Celebrity 6

 

The New Year is off to a crazy start for our conventions crew! Our team is splitting up this weekend to make anime magic happen at both OhayoCon and Otakon Vegas, so make room in your weekend plans for some awesome panels and a trip to the Funimation booth!

 

 

OTAKON VEGAS

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If you’re in Vegas this weekend, say hi to Justin, Alex, and Scott at the following events:

 

PANELS

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, January 16 | 12:15PM | Panel 1/ Celebrity 6

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 | Saturday, January 16 | 8:30PM | Panel 1/ Celebrity 6

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join host Herbie Housley (@HerbieHousley) as he guides you through 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 | Sunday, January 17 | 11:30AM | Panel 1/ Celebrity 6

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!

 

DUB PREMIERES 

NO-RIN| Friday, January 15 | 9:00PM | Video 1

Now that Ringo (the pop artist formerly known as Yuka) is a student at Tamo Agricultural High School, she’s ready to ho, sow, and plow her way to the top! But first she has to learn…pretty much everything about farming. On top of that, Kosaku’s best friend, Minori, is waaaaaay jelly of his friendship with Ringo on account of her not-so-hidden feelings for him, and seeds of rivalry begin to sprout between the two. And the biggest mystery still remains: What’s a world famous pop star doing at an agricultural high school?

 

Brothers Conflict | Saturday, January 16 | 2:00PM | Video 1

As the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Ema has had a pretty lonely life. But when her father remarries, she leaves the newlyweds alone and moves in to a huge building with her 13 cute new stepbrothers—each of which has a very unique personality. Oh, and her over-protective, talking pet squirrel is there, too. Is love in the air for Hinata? 

 

 

BOOTH

Stop by the booth and ask our crew member, Alex, about free anime posters!

 

 

 

OHAYOCON

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If you’re heading to the Hyatt Regency Columbus, here’s where you can catch Tara & Tim:

 

PANELS

Funimation Industry Panel | Friday, January 15 | 8:30PM | Union B-E

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, January 15 | 10:00PM | Delaware C-D
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 Online | Saturday, January 16 | 9:30PM | Union B-E

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!

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Saturday, January 16 | 11:00PM | Union B-E

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW!  Join host Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford) as she guides you through some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. This is an 18+ panel, so bring your IDs.

 

DUB PREMIERES

Brother’s Conflict | Friday, January 15 | 10:00PM | Union B-E

As the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Ema has had a pretty lonely life. But when her father remarries, she leaves the newlyweds alone and moves in to a huge building with her 13 cute new stepbrothers—each of which has a very unique personality. Oh, and her over-protective, talking pet squirrel is there, too. Is love in the air for Hinata? 

 

NO-RIN| Saturday, January 16 | 11:00PM | Union B-E

Now that Ringo (the pop artist formerly known as Yuka) is a student at Tamo Agricultural High School, she’s ready to ho, sow, and plow her way to the top! But first she has to learn…pretty much everything about farming. On top of that, Kosaku’s best friend, Minori, is waaaaaay jelly of his friendship with Ringo on account of her not-so-hidden feelings for him, and seeds of rivalry begin to sprout between the two. And the biggest mystery still remains: What’s a world famous pop star doing at an agricultural high school?

 

BOOTH

Swing by the Funimation booth for great deals on new and classic anime — plus get a free Funimation lanyard with every purchase!

 

See you there!

 

Brothers Conflict English Cast Announcement

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We have a huge English Dub cast announcement for Brothers Conflict! This is a series that you definitely won’t want to miss as it has quite the all-star cast. You can pre-order this series here before it comes on March 8, 2016!

 

 

 

Synopsis

Ema Hinata is lonely. As an only child and the daughter of a famous explorer, for most of her life her closest companion has been Juli, her talking pet squirrel. But her father is getting remarried, and her new family is…a little unorthodox. Now, she’s got 13 gorgeous guys as her stepbrothers, and they’re all after her heart! But is romance what she wants, or is it family?

 

 

 

 

Cast & Crew

Ema Asahina  Colleen Clinkenbeard
Masaomi Asahina  J. Michael Tatum
Ukyo Asahina  Christopher R. Sabat
Kaname Asahina  Ian Sinclair
Hikaru Asahina  Todd Haberkorn
Tsubaki Asahina  Micah Solusod
Azusa Asahina  Josh Grelle
Natsume Asahina  Kyle Hebert
Louis Asahina  Jerry Jewell
Subaru Asahina  David Matranga
Iori Asahina  Eric Vale
Yusuke Asahina  Matthew Mercer
Futo Asahina  Vic Mignogna
Wataru Asahina  Bryce Papenbrook
Juli  Sonny Strait
Rintaro Hinata  David Wald
Miwa Asahina  Jamie Marchi
Kazuma Sasakura  Ricco Fajardo
Mahoko Imai  Lindsay Seidel
ADR Director  Colleen Clinkenbeard

 

New Shoujo Anime Simulcast “Rainbow Days” + Seiyu Event “club RAINBOW!”

We’ve previously announced seventeen shows for our winter simulcast season, but we’re adding a new two-part show in that’s perfect for any fans of love stories or cute anime boys— and of Japanese male seiyuu voice actors!

 

Rainbow Days is based on a shoujo romance manga that ran in the same magazine as other great shoujo manga like Kimi ni Todoke, My Love Story!!, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Blue Spring Ride, Lovely Complex, and High School Debut, but it has a twist— unlike some other shoujo manga, the main characters are boys.

 

The anime version is also noteworthy in that it features some of the hottest male seiyuu voice actors who’ve voiced tons of popular bishounen characters. Each episode is about 12 minutes, and includes a separate 12-minute Japanese voice actor seiyuu show episode called “club RAINBOW,” giving you a special behind-the-scenes look into the world of Japanese voice acting. Both episodes will launch together at the same time every week at funimation.com/rainbow-days, so be sure to catch two episodes there every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

 

 

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Main cast:

 

Character Seiyuu/Voice Actor Popular Roles
Natsuki Hashiba A hopeless romantic boy who just wants to find true love! Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Kirito (Sword Art Online), Soma Yukihira (Food Wars!), Bell (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon?)
Tomoya Matsunaga A cool playboy who’s always on the hunt for his next girlfriend Takuya Eguchi Takeo Gouda (My Love Story!!), Ichijo Ryoma (Love Stage!!), Shinji Koganei (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Keiichi Katakura A fun and cheerful guy who expresses love with a sadistic side Nobunaga Shimazaki Haruka Nanase (Free!), Shinichi Izumi (Parasyte), Makoto Sunakawa (My Love Story!!)
Tsuyoshi Naoe A quiet and weird otaku who’s somehow the wise man of the group Koki Uchiyama Kei “Tsukki” Tsukishima (Haikyu!), Raku Ichijo (Nisekoi), Seiya Kanie (Amagi Brilliant Park)

 

Rainbow Days Synopsis:

After getting dumped on Christmas day, high school boy and hopeless romantic Natsuki Hashiba crosses paths with Anna, an aloof girl in a Santa outfit passing out tissues. For him it’s love at first sight, for her… not so much. With help from his best friends—a playboy, an otaku, and a nice guy with a sadistic streak—Natsuki sets out to win Anna’s heart and heal his own heartbreak along the way.

 

club Rainbow Synopsis:

If you just can’t get enough of the Rainbow Days anime, or the original manga it’s based on, Club Rainbow is sure to be a fun, cute, can’t-miss addition to your watch list! Join the main voice cast of Rainbow Days as they share behind-the-scenes stories, participate in a variety of games and events that appear in the show, and explore the city of Hokkaido trying to find the real-world locations that served as inspiration for the anime’s setting.

 

Watch the first episodes of Rainbow Days and club RAINBOW this Sunday at 10:30 ET/9:30 CT at funimation.com/rainbow-days!

 

 

Introducing Funimation’s New Streaming Experience – FunimationNow

 

This February marks the debut of FunimationNow, our all-new anime streaming service, with completely redesigned mobile apps! Our new streaming service still comes with all of the the subtitled and English-dubbed anime you love, completely ad-free—now with a sleek new design and brand new mobile apps supported by a first-class user experience.

 

But that’s not all: if you’re a fan living outside the US, we’ve got great news for you too! We’re proud to announce that, also in February, FunimationNow will expand to the UK. It’s a huge step across the pond, and we’re excited about bringing both subtitled and dubbed anime to a whole new country of fans!

 

These are two big announcements, but they are just the start. As the year goes on we’ll continue rolling out a bunch of cool new features in our apps, and in May we’ll launch an entirely redesigned Funimation.com, complete with an intuitive site experience that will revolutionize the way you discover, watch, share, and connect with anime!

 

We hope you’re getting as excited as we are, because 2016 is gonna be huge!

Visit FunimationNow.com

There, you will get a sneak peek at the new mobile apps, watch our awesome new trailer, and get a better idea of what you have to look forward to this year!

 

Current subscribers still have access to all the same great content they’ve had on our streaming service, and will be able to use our new mobile apps when they launch in February!

 

 

But why wait? Sign up for an extended free trial today!

To celebrate this year of change, we’re temporarily extending our free trial period from 14 days, to 30 days so you can try all the new mobile apps as soon as they launch. Sign up now and start watching the amazing shows in our winter simulcast season!

 

 

To see the official press release, click here.

For press inquiries please email us at [email protected]

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT BLASTS INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH THE LAUNCH OF FUNIMATIONNOW AT CES 2016 – Press Release

New Streaming Service Developed with Sony DADC New Media Solutions to Offer Ad-Free HD Hit Anime TV Shows

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – January 7, 2016 – Funimation Entertainment, the go-to studio for extraordinary anime, is embarking on a new chapter.  With over 4 billion unique engagements in 2015 across digital, physical and other immersive channels, the industry leader is defining what it means to be a next- generation entertainment company.

 

Funimation has partnered with Sony DADC New Media Solutions (Sony) to leverage their Ven.ue platform bringing both scale and unique capabilities on the digital front to launch its new ad-free streaming anime service FunimationNow – the first in a series of moves to take this growing genre of entertainment, and Funimation, to the next level.

 

Regardless of device or platform, FunimationNow subscribers will enjoy ad-free, HD streaming of Funimation’s expansive library of over 400 simulcast and catalog titles, both subbed and dubbed, including acclaimed shows such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “Attack on Titan,” “Fairy Tail,” “One Piece,” “Tokyo Ghoul”, “Space Dandy” and many more.

 

FunimationNow begins its rollout in early February, when fans can look forward to completely redesigned iOS, Android, and Kindle apps, as well as brand new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV apps.  The apps boast Airplay and Cast features, allowing you to watch on your TV from any mobile device.  Also coming in February is a brand new Windows 10 Universal app. In May, fans can also look forward to a fully re-imagined Funimation website and all new integrated experiences on Funimation gaming console apps.

 

“Our partnership with Sony, the very best in this space, will help power the launch of FunimationNow, our next generation of innovation for anime fans,” said Mike DuBoise, Chief Operating Officer of Funimation. “We’re now uniquely positioned to deliver new and compelling experiences that will be integrated across multiple screens, platforms, and channels, making it easier for fans to discover, share, and experience extraordinary anime.”

 

Funimation has long been known as the leader in North American anime DVD sales, having launched huge anime brands including “Dragon Ball Z.” What most may not know is their DVD/Blu-ray sales have bucked overall industry trends, experiencing an impressive double digit growth since 2013.  To leverage and scale their physical business, the company recently entered into a multi-year partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to manage distribution of Funimation’s DVD and Blu-ray portfolio, as well as sales to national retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

 

“Ven.ue was designed to power the next generation of consumer experiences, unifying social engagement, commerce and video streaming into a single destination,” said Andy Shenkler,  Chief Solutions and Technology Officer of NMS.  “We are delighted that Funimation shares our vision of compelling next-gen experiences, and we look forward to enriching fans’ enjoyment of anime everywhere.”

 

“FunimationNow will be powered to support tens of millions of concurrent streams globally,” said Rahul Purini, Chief Technology Officer at Funimation. “And with support for Ultra 4k and 10 Mbps streams, Funimation is a true leader in anime entertainment.”

 

In 2015, Funimation Entertainment launched Funimation Films with “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” as its debut theatrical release in August 2015. The film grossed over $8M at the U.S. box office in just 8 days of release – becoming one of the top ten highest grossing anime releases of all time as well as the only top 10 film released by an independent studio.

FunimationNow illustrates the company’s continued implementation of its omnichannel strategy, which now includes home entertainment, theatrical distribution and broadcast television and direct to consumer.

 

First-ever demos of the new FunimationNow streaming service are being provided by Funimation, Sony and Brightcove at 2016 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

For more information on FunimationNow, please visit http://www.funimationnow.com

 

For more information on Funimation’s winter simulcast & broadcast dub shows, please visit funimation.com/winter

 

Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/funimation and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation and on Instagram at instagram.com/funimation.

 

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About Funimation Entertainment
Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime.  By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans – from streaming and home entertainment to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company’s next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms – from smartphones and tablets to TV’s and gaming consoles. For more information about Funimation, visit www.funimation.com.

 

About Sony DADC New Media Solutions

Sony DADC New Media Solutions (NMS) provides complete digital supply chain solutions to power a new era of media consumption. Major film studios, broadcasters, music labels, game companies, software providers, and other content providers rely on us for innovative technology to keep pace with rapidly evolving consumer demand and emerging multichannel distribution models. Our market insight, proven expertise across both physical and digital media, and strategic partnerships throughout the industry enable us to provide unmatched end-to-end services that deliver the speed, efficiency, and quality required by today’s digital media businesses and the audiences they serve. For more information about Sony DADC New Media Solutions, please visit www.dadcdigital.com.

 

Contact Information:

Scott Lonski

Public Relations

Funimation Entertainment

[email protected]

972-537-0843

 

Alex Munson

Rogers & Cowan for Funimation Entertainment

[email protected]

310.854.8297

 

Hannah Barnhardt

[email protected]

310.760.8500

Introducing The New Face Of Funimation!

 

Get ready anime fans, 2016 is gonna be a big year!

 

And what better way to celebrate the start of a big year than with some big changes? You may have already seen one of them: our new logo! You’ll see more of this rolling out during 2016 as we unveil the new look of Funimation. That being said, our new look is only the beginning. The changes we make from here on out aren’t just skin deep – they’re all about giving you a more intuitive, reliable and FUN experience to discover, watch and connect with anime. We believe anime fans deserve the best, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for what’s coming up next!

 

As we move through the month you’ll start to see this new logo popping up everywhere we are. But in the meantime, keep an eye out for some more big news coming later today: there’s much more news in the New Year for Funimation, and we want to keep you in the loop!

 

To jumpstart this year of change, we’re temporarily extending our free trial offer from 14 days to 30 days. That means you can start your subscription now and your trial will take you all the way through the launch of our new mobile apps! (More on that in our big announcement later today.) Plus, you can start watching all of the amazing shows in our new winter season, like Dimension W, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn, Snow White with the Red Hair, and more!

 

FUNimation Fan Favorites Results

FUNimation Fan Favorites 2015

 

After nearly two weeks of voting, the fans have spoken. As we kick off 2016 with our Winter Season, we hope you enjoyed your holidays and a wonderful year full of great anime simulcasts and broadcast dubs. We look forward to bringing you even more great anime in the new year, but it’s finally time to bestow the honors upon your favorites of 2015. Remember, all winners were picked by you, the fans, so if you don’t agree with every category, be sure to voice your opinions! Now, without further ado…

 

Favorite Opening/Ending:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Hero:

Natsu (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Villain:

Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom)

Favorite Non-Human Character:

Yato (Noragami Aragoto)

Favorite Weapon/Ability:

Fire Magic (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Fight Scene:

Natsu vs Rogue & Sting (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Story:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Soundtrack:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Simulcast:

Fairy Tail

Favorite Broadcast Dub:

Noragami Aragoto