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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Fall 2016 – Dubbletalk Announcement

Hello everyone! With the recent (and exciting!) Crunchyroll partnership, you may have noticed that things have changed for the upcoming fall season: Funimation is now primarily focused on simuldubs!

 

This means a couple of things for Funimation and for Dubbletalk. First, it means that we have a HUGE number of dubs to choose from this season, and that some are happening even faster than previous seasons (as soon as two weeks)! It also means that, rather than timing shows to line-up with the Japanese broadcast time,  we now have more flexibility to launch shows based on when most of our audience actually sits down to watch.

 

So with that being said, we’re bringing you a bigger Dubbletalk season than ever before! As we announced on last night’s show, we’ll be expanding the line-up from three shows a season to five! And, don’t worry, you don’t have to cram them all in during one sitting! Instead of a Dubbletalk block, shows will stay in their current primetime slots, so just watch the episodes throughout the week and join Justin, Chad, and me on Wednesdays for the usual banter, fun, and prizes!  Here’s what we’ll be covering this season:

 

 91 Days – Premiering on FunimationNow Sunday, October 23 @ 9pm ET

Orange – Premiering on FunimationNow Monday, October 24 @ 9:30pm ET

• Keijo!!!!!!!! - Premiering on FunimationNow Tuesday, October 25 @ 10pm ET

NANBAKA – Premiering on FunimationNow Saturday, November 5 @ 10:30pm ET

Drifters – Premiering on FunimationNow Sunday, November 6 @ 10pm ET

 

• Dubbletalk LIVE - Every Wednesday @ 9:30p ET on Twitch.tv/Funimation

 

With the new show launches, we’ll cover 91 days, Orange, and Keijo!!!!!!!! next week along with the season finales of D.Gray-man HALLOW and Tales of Zestiria the X; we’ll then begin covering NANBAKA and Drifters once they launch as well!

 

 

A bigger line-up, means we’re covering more of the anime that you’re watching and we couldn’t be more excited!

JINSEI – Life Consulting Advice Column

Wondering how to get a girlfriend? Not sure how to spend your time correctly? Need some advice with something bugging you? Let the staff of Funimation help you out!

 

 

 

JINSEI – Life Consulting is out on Blu-ray and DVD and to celebrate we’re hosting our own advice column. Message us your own inquiry below for the chance for it to be answered by our crack team at Funimation. In the next few days, we’ll be collecting questions and we’ll choose a few to have the Funimation personalities answer.

 

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Unfortunately there are some questions we cannot answer. We will not be able to answer questions related to the status of licensed titles or future seasons (stay tuned to the blog for updates!), nor will we be able to answer questions with inappropriate language.

 

 

“SHIN GODZILLA” EXTENDS RUN WITH ENCORE SATURDAY MATINEE AND SCREENINGS IN SELECT CITIES THRU OCTOBER 27

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has taken over North America. The limited theatrical engagement of “SHIN GODZILLA” was scheduled to close tonight but in the wake of overwhelming fan response, Funimation Films announced that the movie will be extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening of the film will take place on October 22 in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, multiple national theater chains will be offering daily screenings of “SHIN GODZILLA” in select locations thru October 27. A complete list of locations for both this Saturday’s matinee as well as the new daily screenings is available via a theater locator on the official film website.

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Fall 2016 SimulDub™ English Cast Announcements – For The Love of Dubs

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Quick Guide – Click to navigate to:…………………….
Izetta: the Last Witch

Drifters

91 Days NANBAKA
Orange Kiss Him, Not Me
Yuri!!! On ICE ALL OUT!!
Keijo!!!!!!!!  Monster Hunter Stories: RIDE ON!
JOKER GAME Alderamin of the Sky
ReLIFE
Show by Rock!! Season 2
Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru
Trickster

 

 

This Fall, we’re dubbing even more shows than before and that means more cast announcements are going out! See the cast list for all of the Fall simulcast shows below as we put them out:

 

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Hetalia x Halloween Photo Contest

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Hetalia Day falls just a week before Halloween, so let’s celebrate both–with a giveaway!

 

Submit a picture that celebrates Hetalia x Halloween, and we’ll choose one lucky winner to win a Hetalia prize pack! You can post fanart, cosplay, pictures of Hetalia-themed sweets or food, or anything else, as long as you made it.

 

Contest ends 11/1! Don’t forget to pick up season 6 on DVD, featuring a LONG 13-minute Halloween OVA here!