Conventions 2016 – Matsuricon Full Activities Page

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation convention manager, Tara, is coming up to Ohio to give the fans big booth deals, prominent panels, and plenty of One Piece adventure! See the specific One Piece activities on this page!

 

 

PANELS

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, August 19th | 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

Funimation Industry | Saturday, August 20th | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom

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 | Sunday, August 21st | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

 

Dealer’s Room Times:

 

Friday 8/19/2016 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 8/20/2016 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 8/21/2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Planetarian/Sekai Project Contest

If you’ve been keeping up with our current simulcast season, you may have enjoyed one of our current shows, planetarian! Did you know this show originated as a visual novel published by our friends over at Sekai Project? They’re also responsible for publishing the visual novels of some shows such as Clannad!

 

 

Whether it be a political crime story or a horror-themed nightmare, the appeal of visual novels lies in their ability to focus on an amazing concept or plot and deliver a full story within an anime-caliber framework that delivers complex themes and emotions. You can see this shine through with some of the more popular novels such as The Fruit of Grisaia, G-senjou no Maou, and Narcissu.

 

 

Visual novels are like a click-through version of a book with anime style imagery. However, unlike a book there are branching paths and choices you can make that affect the outcome of the story. The anime version of these novels only show one of these paths. For example, In the anime version of Clannad you see Tomoya with Nagisa; in the visual novel you can choose which girl you believe fits best and can follow that route to see how all of their relationships change and blossom. It’s these multiple pathways that make fans want to come back and play them over and over again.
In the case of planetarian, which is technically a kinetic novel, you do not get these choices. Kinetic novels guide you through the story as the writer intended without giving you the option to change events. Meaning, it didn’t matter if we were reading the visual novel or watching the anime, the story was always going to leave us an emotional mess.

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed watching our simulcast of planetarian this season be sure to check out our broadcast dub Thursdays at 12:30pm ET! Thanks to our wonderful friends over at Sekai Project we will also be holding a special steam key giveaway for the planetarian visual novel! You’ll have a chance to win a Steam copy of planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~. All you have to do is retweet/reshare our giveaway and 5 lucky winners will be selected on Thursday, September 1st at the last Broadcast Dub episode!

 

 

 

Contest rules here

Otakon 2016 Announcement – Overlord Home Video Release and English Cast Announcement

 

The cast for the English dub for Overlord is finally here!

 

Own the complete series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with the new English dub, which also includes a stunning chipboard box highlighting Albedo and 11 extra-thick deluxe art cards. Pre-orders go up on August 15 on the Funimation.com shop, and you can own it November 8!

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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “MONSTER HUNTER STORIES RIDE ON” FROM FUJI TV

New Anime Series Based on Popular Video Game Franchise to Premiere in October 2016
BALTIMORE, MD August 13, 2016. Last night during its annual Industry Panel at Otakon 2016, Funimation® Entertainment announced the acquisition of the new anime show “Monster Hunter Stories Ride On” – based on the game “Monster Hunter Stories” from Capcom, which is being released in October in Japan, and the popular action RPG game series “Monster Hunter.” Funimation has secured international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title as part of its agreement with Fuji TV. “Monster Hunter Stories Ride On” is set to debut this October on the FunimationNow streaming service and will be available to subscribers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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Conventions 2016 – AnimeFest & Otakon!

It’s a convention double-header this weekend with our team splitting up between Otakon in Baltimore, MD and AnimeFest in Dallas, TX!  You can catch Justin & Tara at Otakon this weekend; or say hi to Tim, Scott, Alex, Lauren & Godswill at AnimeFest!

No matter which con you’re at, we’ve got a lot of fun in store for you! First up…

 

OTAKON

 

 

PANELS & SCREENINGS

Funimation Industry Panel | Friday, Aug 12 | 7p – 8:30 p | Panel 7 (Hilton Key 1-6)

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 | Friday, Aug 12 | 10:30p – 12:00a | Panel 2 (BCC Ballroom II)

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford!  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

The Vision of Escaflowne presented by Funimation | Saturday, Aug 13 | 3:30p – 5:30 p – Panel 7 (Hilton Key 1-6)

The Vision of Escaflowne New 2016 Dub North America Premiere Screening – It’s the 20th anniversary of the classic fantasy mecha anime The Vision of Escaflowne—coming soon to Blu-ray for the first time in North America with a special new 2016 English dub to match the director’s cut of the series! Join Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane, the cast of the new English dub, and the Funimation crew for the world premiere of the 2016 English dub for the series, followed by a Q&A session!

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Conventions 2016 – One Piece Adventures at Matsuricon

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation is teaming up with Matsuricon to make a treasure-filled experience that celebrates One Piece. See the details below for information on the special panels that we have lined up and the special guests that are coming on the cruise!

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

  • Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell – No Need for Bushido
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Ian Sinclair
  • John Swasey
  • Lisa Ortiz
  • Eric Vale
  • Patrick Seitz
  • Richard Epcar
  • Tara Sands
  • Paul St. Peter
  • Brina Palencia
  • Mike McFarland
  • Kevin Bolk
  • Sonny Strait
  • Professor Shyguy
  • Lydia Mackay
  • Chris Sabat
  • Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Kieran Strange
  • Dan & Jillian Coglan – Samurai Dan

 

 About Matsuricon

Since 2006, Matsuricon has been a presence in the anime con community in Columbus. In 2011, we made our way to our current home in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency.  With over 6,000 unique attendees attending annually every August, Matsuricon is the anime and gaming destination for fans not just in Ohio, but in the Midwest!