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Anime Expo this Week!

For most people in the states, July 4th will be filled with fireworks, barbeques, and pools. For us, it means the start of one of the biggest anime conventions of the year–Anime Expo!

Anime Expo, in the lovely city of Los Angeles. We’ll be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4 – 7th, and boy do we have a TON of things planned for the convention, panels galore and TWO English dub premieres! Just take a look!

Thursday – July 4th

11:15 am – FUNimation Online Panel – Room LP1

Join us as we show of clips from our latest simulcasts, new shows streaming online, as well as get a preview of the brand-new FUNimation.com coming later this summer.

1:30 pm – FUNimation Inside the Industry Panel – Room LP3
It’s more than just Voice Actors! Learn about the many facets of the licensing and production process at FUNimation.

3:45 pm – FUNimation Sneak Peek Panel – Room LP1
An extended look at different clips from what’s hot now and what’s coming soon.

4:45 pm – Wolf Children Screening (Japanese with English subtitles) – Video 1
The staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars).

5:00 pm – Future Diary Autograph Signing with Josh Grelle (voice of Yuki) at booth

6:30 pm – Akira: Past and Future – Room LP4
An intense, in-depth look at the movie that changed anime in America forever.

6:30 pm – Inside the Anime Industry – Why We Do What We Do – Room LP3
Join this very special roundtable of industry influencers in a discussion about passion and why we work in the anime and manga business. Seasoned anime and manga industry veterans from Funimation, Dark Horse, The Right Stuf International/ Nozomi Entertainment, Anime News Network, Aniplex, VIZ Media and more will discuss their personal love of their medium and creating entertainment experiences to remember. Panel will be moderated by Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, VIZ Media.

Friday – July 5th

12:00 pm – Future Diary English Dub Premiere – Video 4

The world premiere of the dub and Q&A with special guest Josh Grelle

4:00 pm – Guilty Crown Autograph Signing with Austin Tindle (Voice of Shu) and Alexis Tipton (Voice of Inori) at booth

Saturday – July 6th

2:00 pm – Future Diary Autograph Signing with Josh Grelle at booth

4:30 pm – Guilty Crown English Dub Premiere – Video 1
The world premiere of the dub and Q&A with special guests Austin Tindle and Alexis Tipton

Sunday – July 7th
12:00 pm – Guilty Crown Autograph Signing with Austin Tindle and Alexis Tipton at booth

3:00 pm – FUNimation Industry Panel – Room LP1
Come hear all about the latest and greatest products and news straight from the source

I know these panels will probably keep you busy throughout the weekend, but make sure you reserve some time to stop by our booth (Booth 401), we’ve got some special events scheduled. There will be two Attack on Titan Troop Rallies at the FUNimation booth. One on Thursday at 1:00 pm and another on Saturday at 11:00 am. We will also be attempting to LIVE STREAM from the booth, so look for a separate blog post with the live streaming schedule.

Our cute mascot dude, OniG, will also be available in plushie form (see above) for just $25, or FREE with the purchase of $200 or more. Con-goers will also receive a nifty FUNimation decal (pictured at left) as a free gift with any purchase. Spend $75 and get a free FUNimation lanyard. For those purchasing $100 or more, you’ll receive a free Is This a Zombie? t-shirt while supplies last.

Your purchases will also look more sparkly as we’ll have new FUNimation bags and gift wrap available at checkout!

The Ribbon Game also makes a return at this convention! We will have cosplayers walking around the convention at some of our different events handing out prizes to random fans who are spotted with FUNimation ribbons on their convention badge. Here’s how to score your ribbons:

[*]Pick up a free FUNimation.com badge ribbon at the FUNimation booth
[*]Show you are a FUNimation.com member or Elite Video Subscriber and receive a 2nd ribbon. (We’ll have a member list at our booth as well as computer stations for you to log-in or sign up)

All ribbons have a chance to win, the higher the level of ribbon, the greater your chance

Not enough? We’ll also be scanning convention badges for a chance to win a prize pack of anime goodies including a one-year subscription to the FUNimation Elite Video Subscription!

Ok, so we’re gonna go get ourselves ready for the convention now, but we hope we see you there!

Here’s Your English Cast for Haganai and Fairy Tail Season 2

Freshly announced at A-kon during the FUNimation Industry Panel, here is your English cast for Haganai!

CHARACTER – ACTOR
Kodaka Hasegawa - Jerry Jewell
Yozora Mikazuki - Whitney Rodgers
Sena Kashiwazaki - Jād Saxton
Rika Shiguma - Alexis Tipton
Yukimura Kusunoki - Ashleigh Domangue
Maria Takayama - Kristi Kang
Kobato Hasegawa - Alison Viktorin
Haganai Crew
ADR Director – Zach Bolton
ADR Engineer – Peter Hawkinson
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Script Writers – Jamie Marchi, Sean Whitley

And now your first look at the dub trailer.

The BD/DVD Combo of Haganai will be available on August 6th. You can place your pre-orders now!

synopsis:
Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica’s Academy and he’s having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she’s talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?

But that’s not all! We’ve got another Cast Announcement for you, this is for Fairy Tail Season 2:

CAIT SHELTER
Wendy – Brittney Karbowski
Carla – Jad Saxton

ORACION SEIS
Cobra – Jarrod Greene
Brain – Philip Weber
Midnight – Micah Solusod
Angel – Lindsay Seidel
Racer – Jeff Plunk
Hoteye – Chris Cason

BLUE PEGASUS
Ren – Chris Wehkamp
Hibiki – Aaron Dismuke
Eve – Daniel Litwin
Ichiya – Chris Guerrero

LAMIA SCALE
Jura – Kent Williams
Sherry – Trina Nishimura
Lyon – Jerry Jewell

ADR Director: Tyler Walker
ADR Engineer: Peter Hawkinson
Head Writer: John Burgmeier
Lead Writer: Monica Rial

Fairy Tail, Part 5 (Season 2) will be available on July 23rd. You can pre-order the BD/DVD Combo now.

FUNimation Entertainment announces multiple acquisitions at Anime Expo

Flower Mound, TX –JUNE 30, 2012- FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Anime Expo they have acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming, and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Aria the Scarlet Ammo. The series is directed by Takashi Watanabe, best known for directing Ikki Tousen, Shakugan no Shana, and Slayers Revolution.

Series synopsis:

Kinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries. He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition—he turns into an ace killer when he’s turned on by the female form—triggers a fiery transfer student’s unrelenting desire to make him her partner. Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/aria-the-scarlet-ammo

They have also acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Jormungand. The series is directed by Keitaro Motonaga, best known for directing Katanagatari, Getbackers and School Days.

Series synopsis:

A ruthless arms dealer on a quixotic quest for world peace. A child soldier born into chaotic conflict. Their lives will intertwine as they journey together through the seedy underbelly of the world’s arms market. Additional information may be found at:http://www.funimation.com/jormungand

FUNimation has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming and mobile rights to the complete anime series, Blood-C, as well as the movie Blood-C: The Last Dark. Production I.G and CLAMP co-produced the project directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, best known for directing Big Windup! and Squid Girl.

Series synopsis:

Saya Kisaragi is a clumsy girl with a secret. She attends school, goes to the café with her friends and is always in a rush during the day. At night she becomes a hunter, protecting her town from monsters. As she battles these monsters she finds herself faced with uncertainty regarding her identity and purpose. In order to protect her friends Saya must become stronger or else face turning into a monster herself. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/blood-c

In addition, broadcast, home entertainment, streaming and mobile rights have been acquired to the complete anime series, Michiko & Hatchin. The series is produced by studio Manglobe and directed by Sayo Yamamoto, best known for her storyboard work on Death Note, Gunslinger Girl and Eureka 7.

Series synopsis:

After escaping from prison, the sexy criminal Michiko rescues an abused girl known as Hatchin. The two are about as opposite as they come, but their fates become intertwined through the connection of a man from both their pasts. On the run from the police and Hatchin’s abusive foster parents, the unlikely duo set out to find this man and ultimately discover their freedom. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/michiko-hatchin

FUNimation has also acquired the broadcast, home entertainment and streaming rights for the Production IG anime series, Appleseed XIII.

Series synopsis:

After facing massive destruction from a devastating war, the city Olympus has become the last stronghold as the center of command for the world. In order to protect the city from a group of terrorists known as the Argonauts, former LAPD SWAT member, Deunan Knotts, runs special military forces consisting of Biroids (cloned humans) and her cyborg partner Brialeos. Knotts must protect the city at all costs but is met with difficulties when Al Ceides, the Argonaut leader thought to be dead, resurfaces and causes problems. Additional information can be found at http://funimation.com/appleseed-xiii

Fans of the popular series, Ikki Tousen, will be pleased to know that FUNimation has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, streaming, and mobile rights for the third and fourth seasons: Ikki Tousen – Great Guardians and Ikki Tousen – Xtreme Xecutor.

Ikki Tousen – Great Guardians synopsis:

Hakufu’s dreams of participating in new fights and tournaments are put on hold as new obstacles block her path. Her friends have lost faith in her, new enemies appear, and a younger sister she never knew existed suddenly shows up on her doorstep. If Hakufu ever hopes to compete worldwide, she’s going to have to deal with her issues at home first.

Ikki Tousen – Xtreme Xecutor synopsis:

Life gets crazy for Hakufu when she takes on a pupil that acts just like her! A tournament between the school heads start, but due to Hakufu’s negligence, her pupil ends up taking her place. The tournament isn’t what it seems, and the girls find themselves in the middle of a plot to take over the clans. Additional information can be found at http://funimation.com/ikki-tousen

Two new simulcasts have also been added to this year’s acquisition announcements. FUNimation has acquired the simulcast rights for Binbougami ga! and Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero.

Binbougami ga! series synopsis:

At the expense of the people and things around her, Sakura has absorbed so much “happiness energy” that she has caused an energy imbalance in the world. In order to return balance to the world, the Poverty God, Momiji, sets out to take away Sakura’s ability to absorb this energy. Will Momiji be able to put a stop to Sakura’s absorbing abilities, or will the God succumb to her happiness? Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/binbougami-ga

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero series synopsis:

Hero defeats bad guy. Good triumphs over evil. The end. Or, at least that’s how it usually goes. But what happens after the hero goes home? Our hero, Ohtorizawa Akatsuki, is about to find out that sometimes the greatest adventure starts once happily ever after ends. Additional information can be found at http://www.funimation.com/aesthetica-of-a-rogue-hero

And finally broadcast, home entertainment, and theatrical rights have been acquired to the complete anime series, Eureka 7: Astral Ocean. The series is a sequel to Eureka 7 and is created by Bones, best known for producing Wolf’s Rain, Soul Eater, Darker than Black and several other acclaimed series.

Series synopsis:

The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young. A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island. Additional information can be found athttp://www.funimation.com/eureka-seven-astral-ocean

About FUNimation® Entertainment

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New FUNimation apps – coming soon!

As we mentioned in our Anime Expo blog post earlier this week, we have been working on some new FUNimation apps that we will be demo-ing at our booth this weekend. For all who may not be able to make it down to Anime Expo this weekend,make sure to check out each of the new apps. Here are some of the details.

FUNimation Tablet App

For iPad and Android tablets – Free & paid app versions
Coming in late July/early August
The tablet app is the most similar of the new apps to the Mobile app. So similar in fact that we have made it universal with the mobile app we have already released. This means if you have bought the paid mobile app you will get the paid tablet app for free and vice versa.

Click here to see the comparison chart between both versions of the mobile app which will be the same for the tablet app.

If you are an Elite Video Subscriber, just as you are able to unlock all your subscription content with either version of the mobile app, you will also get the same full access on the tablet app as well. Most shows will be in HD.

Roku app

FUNimation Roku App
For Roku streaming devices – Free app
Coming in late July/early August
The Roku app will bring anime to your Roku streaming device. This is another way to watch FUNimation anime on your TV instantly. This free app will allow you to watch trailers, clips, and promotional videos (such as the first 2-4 episodes) of most of the shows from the FUNimation catalog.

You will also be able to unlock all your subscription content on the Roku app same as you can with the Mobile and tablet app. HD video included. See a theme yet? smile
FUNimation Samsung App
For Samsung TV’s and Blu-ray players – Free app
Coming in late July/early August
The Samsung app will be a free app similar to the Roku app giving you access to clips, trailers, and promotional episodes. This app will also allow you to unlock all subscription content for Elite Video Subscribers in HD. The Samsung app will be available on all newer model Samsung web-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players.

We at FUNimation are very excited to bring these new apps to you in the near future. Not only will these apps expand the ways you can enjoy watching anime but it also makes our Elite Video Subscription service that much better for everyone who is a member.

Haven’t checked out the Elite Video Subscription yet? Click here to start your free 14-day trail today!

For all of you heading to Anime Expo this weekend be sure to come by and check out our FUNimation Elite Video Subscription lounge. We will have cosplayers care of ACParadise showing off these new apps and the subscription service. We will have some free swag for stopping by and you can get your badge scanned for a chance to win a free one-year membership to the FUNimation Elite Video Subscription service. We’ll see you at the FUNimation booth!

Pick Your Top Seven Goku and Vegeta Fights!

Win or lose, there’s no denying that Goku and Vegeta are the greatest warriors the universe has ever seen. We’ve witnessed them grow from skilled fighters into almighty Super Saiyans. In honor of their greatest battles, we’re going right to the source and letting you, the fans, pick the best fights for a new line of upcoming DVD releases. Help us decide, once and for all, the absolute best Goku and Vegeta fights in the Dragon Ball Z franchise by voting for your favorites on this survey. The seven fights with the most fan votes will be chosen to create the most non-stop, action-packed Dragon Ball Z release you have ever seen!

Click here to take the survey!

FUNimation acquires streaming rights for Brothers Conflict and Danganronpa: The Animation

June 28, 2013 – Flower Mound, TX – FUNimation announced today that it has acquired the streaming rights for two of the 2013 summer simulcast shows – Brothers Conflict and Danganronpa: The Animation.

Brothers Conflict has previously been adapted into a PlayStation Portable game and a 4-panel manga series. The anime series is set to air in July 2013 in Japan.

Synopsis:
Brothers Conflict revolves around Hinata Ema, the only daughter of a famous adventurer. When her father decides to remarry, she leaves the lovebirds alone and moves in with her 13 new step-brothers.

Danganronpa is an anime adaptation of a game by the same name. It will be directed by Seiji Kishi (Persona 4: The Animation, Devil Survivor 2, and Magikano).

Synopsis:
Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monobear, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag.

If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma. But if you’re caught red handed, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

When your principal is psychotic and your finals are fatal, high school goes from being the best years of your life – to your last.

Win Tickets to See the VAMPS Concert Screening in L.A.!

Our friends at Live Viewing Japan, Inc. are giving away a pair of tickets to the VAMPS LIVE concert screening in L.A. on July 7th. You’ll get to watch the VAMPS concert on the big screen at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live on a delayed broadcast from Tokyo!

Here’s a little big of background about VAMPS from the Live Viewing Japan, Inc. site:
In 2008, HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z. (Oblivion Dust) set out to form a rock band and created the one and only, VAMPS! Together, they have done hundreds of performances in Japan and even held a U.S.A. Tour in 2009 and a WORLD TOUR in 2010. On 7/3 their new single, “AHEAD/REPLAY” will be released in Japan in conjunction with their latest tour across Japan.

So, here’s what you need to do to win these tickets! You have two ways you can enter.

  1. Post the name of your favorite VAMPS song in the comments of this blog post.
  2. OR, Tweet @FUNimation the name of your favorite VAMPS song and this url:http://funi.to/11LzKvt

We will be selecting one random winner to receive a pair of tickets to this special screening. The VAMPS concert screening is actually only one of a series of other concert screenings (BREAKERZ, exist trace, girugamesh, JAM Project, MUCC, and SID) facilitated by Live Viewing Japan. Click here to see which other concerts will also be screening next week, and how you can get tickets to the shows.

You have from now until June 30th to enter. Click here for the complete rules.

About Live Viewing Japan Inc.
Live Viewing Japan Inc. is an “Alternative Contents” Provider in Japan. We will distribute exciting Japanese Entertainment to movie theaters around the World!

Lost Girl at San Diego Comic Con!

Syfy’s supernatural drama Lost Girl, a Showcase original series, will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con this year! Appearing will be series lead Kris Holden-Ried who plays Dyson, the shape-shifting homicide detective and noble Light Fae warrior, Gemini Award-winner Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected, Black Swan) as Kenzi, Bo’s human sidekick and street-smart confidante Zoie Palmer, who plays the brilliant human doctor Lauren in competition with Dyson for Bo’s affection, along with Lost Girl series Executive Producers Emily Andras and Jay Firestone and Producer Vanessa Piazza. The panel takes place on Saturday, July 20 at 7:15pm in room 6BCF. All actors will take part in an autograph session earlier in the day from 3pm-4pm at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth (#4135).

Lost Girl is a Showcase original series developed by Prodigy Pictures in association with Shaw Media. Executive Producers are Jay Firestone and Emily Andras. Vanessa Piazza and Wendy Grean are Producers.

Comic-Con Schedule:
Saturday July 20, 2013
3pm-4pm Booth #4135
Autograph session with all actors at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135. One item may be signed, and posters will be supplied for the session.

Autograph bracelets will be available while supplies last from the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135 on Saturday, July 20 as soon as the exhibit hall opens. An autograph bracelet guarantees only a place in line, and does not necessarily guarantee an autograph. Limit one bracelet per person.

7:15pm-8:15pm Room 6BCF
Lost Girl: Season Three and Beyond – Prodigy Pictures and Giant Ape Media present a fae-tastic panel with cast members Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi) and Zoie Palmer (Lauren), joined by Jay Firestone (Executive Producer) and Emily Andras (Executive Producer) for a Q & A session moderated by Vanessa Piazza (Producer). Get behind the scenes tidbits and the first look sneak peek at Season 4.

PROMOTIONS
Limited quantities of the Lost Girl Wanderer Tarot Card, as well as character buttons will be available throughout San Diego Comic Con. Attendees can follow Giant Ape Media on Twitter (@GiantApeMedia) for notifications of when these free promotional items are being distributed at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135.

ITEMS FOR SALE
Faenatics have been waiting a while for this, Lost Girl merchandise will be making its debut at SDCC, a styling shirt featuring our favorite sexy succubus Bo will be for sale at the FUNimation/Giant Ape Booth #4135.

And if you haven’t already picked up Seasons 1 & 2 yet, they will also be available for sale on DVD and Blu-ray as well !!

Additional Wolf Children Movie Screenings

We have confirmed additional screenings for the Wolf Children movie. If we confirm any more future screenings we will update this blog post, so be sure to check back!

Click the links below for more information on each screening.

Anime Expo
Thursday, July 4, 4:45 PM (seating begins at 4:30 PM)
Video Room 1
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Click here to buy convention tickets: http://www.anime-expo.org/

Anime Overload
Saturday, July 6, 7:00 PM
Panel Room 1
Sunday, July 7, 11:00 AM
Main Events
Click here to buy convention tickets: http://animeoverload.net/

St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival
Saturday, July 27, 1:00PM
Lindenwood University’s Young Hall Auditorium
Saturday, August 3, 7:00PM
Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium
Sunday, August 4, 1:00PM
Wildey Theatre: 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Ill.
All screenings are free, more info at http://www.cinemastlouis.org/sliffkids-childrens-film-festival

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
Sunday, July 28, 11:00AM
Sunday, August 4, 6:15 PM
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

New Release Tuesday – Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte Blu-ray

This week’s new release will be a special treat for all you fan service aficionados. For the first time ever, Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte (this is the second season of the series) is now available for less than $40 in Blu-ray at places like Amazon and Rightstuf! Order your copy today!

Synopsis:
Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki’s wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments. One tiny wish can turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighborhoods! If Tomoki doesn’t learn to control his impulses around Ikaros, and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki’s heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.