Game of Swords: The Japanese Swordboy Phenomenon of Touken Ranbu (Part 1)

Written by Touken Ranbu saniwa/fan and Funimation Brand Manager, Jennifu

 

Touken what now? Our newest SimulDub title Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru may have a long, difficult title, but if you’re the type of anime fan who follows what’s big in Japan, then you’ve probably heard of the “swordboy-collecting” phenomenon on that took Japanese fandom by storm!

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Funimation.com Updates – The All-New Funimation Shop

The new Funimation.com is more than just a streaming service, it’s your one-stop shop for everything anime! We’ve got the latest and greatest anime home video releases, as well as a wide variety of apparel, merch, and accessories from your favorite series. In the past, our shop has been a little hard to navigate, but on the all new site it will be seamlessly integrated into the overall experience so you can find what you need and we can help recommend more items you might want.

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New Steins;Gate 0 game trailer and movie announcement!

Craving more Steins;Gate after the conclusion of the anime series?

Our friends at PQube are releasing Steins;Gate 0, a thrilling follow-up game to the franchise set in an alternate timeline where Okabe fails to save [whoa, spoilers if you haven’t seen Steins;Gate yet]. Check out the trailer, and be sure to pre-order the gorgeous special edition with artbook, Fairy Upa, soundtrack and more!

 

 

“But what about the Steins;Gate movie?!” you ask. We’re excited to announce today that Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu will be releasing in 2017! Look out for more details at the end of November, the release date of the Steins;Gate 0 game.

 

Fall 2016 Announcement – Monster Hunter Stories Ride On

We have an exciting announcement to add: Monster Hunter Stories Ride On will be joining our Fall 2016 English SimulDub lineup, premiering this Sunday, October 30th at 9:30P ET on FunimationNow!

 

Based on Capcom’s hit franchise, Monster Hunter, an exciting new anime comes from the creative minds behind Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. In a world where people and monsters are at odds, some learn to coexist. Known as Riders, they awaken the powers of monsters and live alongside them in secrecy. Now, one young boy journeys to find his own companion and become the world’s greatest Rider.

 

 

With this announcement also comes the reveal of the English cast & crew! See who will be joining the adventure in Episode 1:

 

CHARACTER…………………………… CAST………………………..
Lute Brittney Karbowski
Navirou Trina Nishimura
Cheval Joel McDonald
Lilia Kate Oxley
Dan David Wald
Chief Omna Sonny Strait
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Episode 2
Narrator Kent Williams
Nole Ricco Fajardo
Episode 3
Reverto Robert McCollum
Popola Brina Palencia
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CREW
ADR Director Cris George
ADR Engineer Domonique French
Writers Joel Bergen/Alex Muniz
Mix Engineer Andrew Tipps

 

WATCH IT SUNDAY 10/30  at  9:30 PM ET / 8:30 PM CT

ON FUNIMATIONNOW

 

Conventions 2016 – Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con

 

 

Hey everyone, we’re bringing the anime party to Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con! Ready for deals, panels and photo ops? Well Tara, Scott, and Alex have got you covered this weekend at the LA Convention Center!

 

 

PANELS

 

Funimation Favorites | Saturday, Oct 29th | 11:00a – 11:50a | Room 304 ABC

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!

 

Funimation Peep Show | Saturday, Oct 29th | 3:30p – 4:50p | Room 403 A

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 Panel | Sunday, Oct 30th | 1:00p – 2:20p | 403 A

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!

 

 

BOOTH & PHOTO OP

Stop by our main booth #2033 to for awesome deals on new and classic titles! Plus, get a FREE Funimation lanyard and art bag with every purchase!

You can also stop by the FANGIMATION photo booth #215 for the chance to take your picture & get some free ghoulish goodies!

See you there!

 

A Look At MadHouse the Animation Studio

Since Overlord is coming out in less than a couple of weeks (November 8th) on Blu-ray and DVD, we wanted to take a brief look at the production studio behind the glorious action, Madhouse.

 

Madhouse has been behind some of the best-looking, most well-recieved, and most beloved anime to have come out: Death Note, Cardcaptor Sakura, Trigun, Hajime no Ippo, Hunter x Hunter, One Punch Man, and many more. Their series and movies have rocked the anime world time and time again with their amazing animations, shocking stories, and immaculate integration of every involved part. Below we’ll take a look at some of the top titles that this studio has created.

 

Overlord

 

The show that starts this list is one of the latest hits from Madhouse. It seems like your standard “Trapped in a Video Game” series that has been done before, but this one flips the genre on its head by being very self-aware and by making the “protagonist” powerful from the outset. Filled with plenty of humor and beautiful and amazing action, this show is a must-watch especially for gamer fans.

 

 

 

Trigun

 

This classic series was many anime fans’ first foray into the medium and it delivers quite the emotional punch (or should we say shot) as well as plenty of laughs. Following the adventures of the hapless but optimistic super marksman Vash the Stampede, viewers witness a show that blends comedy, science-fiction, heavy topics, and some of the coolest gun shootouts in a way that reinvigorated the medium of anime.

 

 

Summer Wars

 

We’ve already spoken at length about Mamoru Hosoda’s works in past articles, but because his works hit the emotional core so well, they’re worth mentioning time and time again. In a weird mixture of “Meet the Parents” and the “Digimon Movie”, Hosoda creates a timeless movie about family and fitting in that fuses the digital world of the Internet and the millennial generation and the traditional world of older generations. See this and other Hosoda films if you want good anime movies to watch with the family!

 

 

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

 

This remake of Hunter x Hunter was met with near universal acclaim for its intricate yet easy to follow plot, its robust character development, and the stunning action sequences. It starts deceptively cute and almost as a standard shonen, but it matures very quickly to the type of show that will wrench your gut with everything it throws at you. If you were getting tired of the typical fare of shonen series, you definitely will want to see this series.

 

 

Tokyo Godfathers

 

This unorthodox yet stylistic movie came from the mind of the groundbreaking director known as Satoshi Kon. This movie tackles the themes of Christmas and family using the most unconventional of protagonists: three hobos and an abandoned baby. It’s funny, bizarre at times, witty, and heartwarming and it’s surely a movie you should turn on this Christmas for a different take on things.

 

 

Redline

 

Compared to the plots of the other titles on this list, this movie is pretty solid, but this title takes the cake as the best-looking and is one of the most fun rides that you can have. Animated with over 100,000 frames and taking over 7 years to create, the visuals stand out above most other titles and creates a heart-stopping, gasp-inducing, thrilling car chase akin to Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

 

One Punch Man

 

And to finish off the list of great titles is one of the most recent breakout hits, One Punch Man! This title which parodies the tropes of the anime medium found widespread fame even among non-anime watchers. Although it has been said for many titles on this list, it is one of the most clever and sharpest-looking anime with some top-notch characters to have come out in recent years. Did we mention that it inspired the nerd world to work out? That’s a pretty powerful show.

 

 

It was very hard to only choose these titles as Madhouse has a highly esteemed track record. They have worked with decorated directors- Satoshi Kon and Mamoru Hosoda to name some- with famed manga authors, and with huge international studios such as Disney and Marvel. They have won international awards and praise for their works across the board. Also if anything, they have been in existence since the 1970s and have made series continuously. Be sure to give their works a look and let us know which of their shows are your favorite.

Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 3 – Promo Video Musicians’ Interview

This is part three of a multi-part, personal editorial from social media coordinator, Godswill Ugwa. This is an interview correspondence with the two musicians behind the sounds and songs of most of Funimation’s trailers. Edited by social media producer, Lauren Moore

 

Welcome to part three of Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial, where we explore various connections between the two mediums. You can see part one here where we take a look at the soundtracks of Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Boy and The Beast and part two where we explore Yoko Kanno’s legacy as an influential composer. In this part, we’ll be speaking with the Funimation staff members in charge of making the music for the trailers and commercials we put out! The two members speaking with me are Music and Sound Composers Andrew Manson and Andrew Black who took the time to share their backgrounds and inspiration.

 

Godswill Ugwa (GU)- First question for both of you: How did you get into this industry and how long have you been at Funimation?

 

Andrew Manson-

I graduated from the UNT Film program in 2008. In 2010, I came back to the country having lived a year abroad and a good friend of mine from school who’d been working at [Funimation] for a couple of years told me about a job opening in an adjacent department. I applied and got that position working for DTO (Digital Uploads), and later video engineering for a couple of years. I had been writing music in my free time for various media projects since 2007 or so, always dreaming of composing full time. I’d done a handful of student films, short films, a zombie feature, web series, etc.

 

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December 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in December for home video release!

 

Attack on Titan: The Movie – Part 2 Bikini Warriors
Rurouni Kenshin Part 2: Kyoto Inferno Fairy Tail: Part 22
Ninja Slayer Seiyu’s Life
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 5
Sengoku BASARA – End of Judgement Shakugan No Shana
Show By Rock!!  

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