Project Itoh’s ‘The Empire of Corpses’ – Cast + Trailer!

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The US theatrical launch for the English dub of Project Itoh’s ‘The Empire of Corpses’ is right around the corner — and we’ve got the cast list and trailer for you! Plus, you now find your nearest theater and buy tickets ahead of time at FunimationFilms.com!

 

Cast 

John Watson – Jason Liebrecht
Burnaby – J Michael Tatum
Hadaly – Morgan Garrett
M – Sean Hennigan
The One – R Bruce Elliott
Aleksei – Mike McFarland
Nikolai – Micah Solusod
Yamazawa – Kenny Green
Friday – Todd Haberkorn
Grant – Greg Dulcie

 

Crew

ADR Director: Mike McFarland
ADR Script: Mike McFarland
Asst ADR Script: J Michael Tatum
ADR Engineer: Peter Hawkinson

English Dialect Advisor – Kit Buss
Russian Dialect Advisor – Lauren Conn

 

 

Trailer

 

 

 

Synopsis


From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivating historical action thriller based on a Phillip K. Dick Award winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

 

Get your tickets today!

Spring 2016 Simulcast Line-up is Here!

Spring his here, and so is a new season of simulcasts! Without further ado, here’s what you can catch streaming on Funimation this season!

 

Spring 2016 Season Line-up*

MHA_key02My Hero Academia 

Sunday, April 3 @ 5am ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.

 

 

 

 

endride_paint_BG2Endride

Saturday, April 2 @ 3pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Beneath the earth’s surface lies the unknown world, Endra. After touching a mysterious crystal, Shun Asanaga finds himself in this new land and his only way home lies with helping the vengeful Prince Emilio. Recently imprisoned, Emilio vows to take back his rightful throne from King Delzaine. Check out the latest adventure from the creator of Rurouni Kenshin and the studio behind Durarara!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow days_keyartRainbow Days + club RAINBOW

Sundays @ 10:30am ET

Simulcast only

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC2_key_01Assassination Classroom (Season 2)

Thursdays @ 1:55pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And you thought there was never a girl onlineAnd you thought there is never a girl online? (Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja nai to Omotta)

Thursday, April 7 @ 12:00pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

After Hideki Nishimura confesses to a girl online, he is shocked when she turns out to be a boy. Traumatized, he swears to never trust any “girl” players. That is, until one confesses to him! Ako Tamaki is a beautiful loner who has trouble differentiating between what’s reality and the online world she spends so much of her time in. Can Hideki and his guild friends help fix socially inept Ako?

 

 

 

 

HHaifuri – TBD

Simulcast only

Akeno Misaki and Moeka China share one goal—to join the Blue Mermaids! A group of fierce women, the Blue Mermaids are key to keeping peace among the seas and coastal cities in this age of maritime trade. To be a part of this elite group of sea protectors, they must succeed at Yokosuka’s Marine High School. Akeno and Moeka, together with their classmates, will take the plunge to become Mermaids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poster_rough_K_siro_1219Concrete Revolutio (Season 2)

Friday, April 8 @ 9:00am ET

Simulcast only

What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”—it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings. From the creative force behind Fullmetal Alchemist, including director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00) and writer Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), comes a new adventure with high-flying action.

 

AsteriskAsterisk War (Season 2) – TBD

Simulcast only

Less than a century ago a meteor collided with the planet’s surface and the resulting disaster caused the next generation of humanity to develop a wide variety of amazing abilities. In the center of the meteor’s crater lies Rikka, a system of six academies known as the Asterisk. Ayato Amagiri enters the Asterisk as a transfer student hoping to compete in a special battle event known as the Festa. However, he quickly finds himself on the bad side of one of the strongest fighters around—the beautiful but fiery Julis-Alexa von Riessfeld. To stand against her he’ll have to rely on his own sword-wielding ability, but when the tables turn, will they be able to team up to take down the competition?

 

 

 

 

km_key_20151120Kumamiko –Girl Meets Bear – TBD

Simulcast only

More info soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KeyVisual1Shonen Maid

Friday, April 8 @ 8:30pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

After the loss of his mother, Chihiro is left alone. With no known family left, he has to find a way to move on. Things aren’t looking good until a chance encounter with the young and handsome Madoka—who turns out to be his wealthy uncle! Madoka offers him his home and all Chihiro has to do is clean up after the messy, irresponsible man. The problem? This job requires a uniform—a maid outfit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

teaser visualThree Leaves, Three Colors (Sansha Sanyou) – TBD

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Futaba Odagiri is the energetic transfer student who befriends Teru Hayama, the class president who is meaner than she looks, and Youko Nishikawa, a former rich girl who still acts like a princess. Three very different girls who only share one thing: the kanji for leaf in their names. Balancing school and life is hard enough, but what about dealing with clashing personalities on top of it all?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One PieceOne Piece (continuing)

Saturdays @ 9:00pm ET

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

 

 

* For U.S. and Canada only. Additional titles to be announced.

 

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PROJECT ITOH’S “THE EMPIRE OF CORPSES”

Film Based on Award-Winning Novel to Screen in U.S. on April 19 & 20

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – March 29, 2016. Funimation® Films announced today that advanced tickets for the English dub release of Project Itoh’s “The Empire of Corpses” are now available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/theempireofcorpses.  The film is the first in a series of three movies based on novels by award-winning writer Project Itoh and is directed by Ryotaro Makihara.  “The Empire of Corpses” will screen in more than 50 theaters across the United States on April 19 and 20, 2016.

 

“We’re pleased to bring this first in the series of films based on Project Itoh’s novels,” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “‘The Empire of Corpses’ is a truly captivating sci-fi action thriller – perfect for the big screen – and one that fans will certainly enjoy.”

 

“Moviegoers will be transported to Itoh’s steampunk vision of an alternate 19th century world occupied by Frankenstein-like laborers,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Anime and sci-fi fans alike won’t want to miss this limited, two-day theatrical release and we encourage them to purchase tickets in advance.”

 

Project Itoh was the pseudonym of popular, Japanese science fiction writer Satoshi Ito.  His first novel “Genocidal Organ” was published in 2007 and was followed by “Harmony” in 2009. Both were well received by fans; with the latter winning the 2009 Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize. Itoh’s brief writing career of 3-years was cut short when he died of cancer at the age of 34. Two of his works were later published posthumously – a novel adaptation of “Metal Gear Solid 4” and “The Empire of Corpses.”

 

“The Empire of Corpses” was produced by the wildly successful, independent animation house WIT STUDIO. Founded by former Production I.G producer George Wada in 2012, WIT STUDIO has already gained fame, in just three short years, for producing two hit anime series – “Attack on Titan” and “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.”

 

Film Trailer & Synopsis

 

In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

 

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

My Hero Academia Launch Event

UPDATE 2:

Our pals ForneverWorld, GRIMECRAFT, and KaggyFilms will also be joining the launch event tonight! Stay tuned for schedules.

UPDATE:

We will have these voice actor guests joining us on the live stream this weekend for interviews and maybe even play some games. Schedule is TBD so be sure to stay tuned for more information.

 



 

colleen
Colleen Clinkenbeard
(Luffy - One Piece)
 
cliff
Clifford Chapin
(Conny - Attack on Titan
michelle
Michelle Rojas
(Tohka - Date A Live
felecia
Felecia Angelle
(Shinoa -
Seraph of the End:
Vampire Reign
)
apphia
Apphia Yu
(Rio -
Assassination
Classroom
)

 



 

MHA_LiveStream_AnnouncementStay up late for the Funimation Live Stream Event
#ONEFORALL!

Join your hosts Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore on Twitch as they count down to the launch of My Hero Academia’s first episode!

The launch party kicks off on Sunday, April 3 at 1am ET
Funimation.com/myheroclass

Chat live
with hosts and special guests

Win big
with My Hero Academia giveaways

Watch My Hero Academia - Episode 1
5am ET on Funimation.com

Look back
with a post-show recap

 


 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO HOST LIVE STREAM PREMIERE OF THE NEXT BIG THING IN ANIME “MY HERO ACADEMIA” ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Adaptation of Smash Hit Manga Series Debuts on FunimationNow with All-Night Launch Party

WHAT: Funimation Entertainment will host an exclusive live stream launch party on Sunday, April 3, 2016 leading into the premiere of the most highly anticipated, new anime series of the year – My Hero Academia, available on FunimationNow. Join Dubbletalk’s Justin Rojas, Lauren Moore and surprise celebrity guests for an all-night premiere launch party featuring interviews, contests and giveaways, show clips and much more, followed by the premiere of “My Hero Academia” and an episode recap discussion!  Celebrity guests include Colleen Clinkenbeard (“One Piece”), Clifford Chapain (“Attack on Titan”), Apphia Yu (“Assassination Classroom”), Felecia Angelle (“Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign”) and Michelle Rojas (“Date A Live”). Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation: “This five-hour event is a first for Funimation, and we are so excited to share this experience with fans — not only the premiere of ‘My Hero Academia’, but also all of the interviews and extras surrounding the show. I’d like to personally invite our fans to join us for this huge event as we celebrate the launch together!”

Produced by Bones, Inc. (“Fullmetal Alchemist”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Space Dandy”) “My Hero Academia” will quickly join the top ranks of anime classics such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” and “Naruto.” Adapted from the Manga Taisho-nominated Japanese super hero series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi (“Barrage on the Battle Star”, “Oumazoo”), “My Hero Academia” is pegged to be one of the most fan-embraced anime titles of 2016.

Fans can participate in an exclusive launch party contest beginning on April 3 and running through April 16, 2016 by signing up for a free 14-day trial of FunimationNow. The more episodes fans watch on FunimationNow, the more chances they have to win! More details will be shared during the event.

SERIES SYNOPSIS: 

“My Hero Academia” is a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class! Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.

 

WHEN & WHERE:

Conventions 2016 – Hopping To WonderCon, Sakura-Con, and Anime Boston

Funimation is going to have a busy time this Easter weekend as we’re out at THREE different conventions! Even though the crew is spread out, we plan to have a great time nonetheless. Make sure to welcome Justin, Lauren, and Alex in Sakura-Con; Scott in WonderCon; and Tara, Tim, and Godswill in Anime Boston!

 

 

Sakura-Con

 

 

PANELS

 

 

Funimation Favorites | Friday, March 25th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | Panel Room 4C-2

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 X Wit Studio: Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign | Saturday, March 26th | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Room 6C

Funimation joins forces with Wit Studio to bring a huge panel about one of our biggest titles, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. You definitely won’t want to miss the chance to see what’s in store from its creators!
 

Funimation Industry | Saturday, March 26th | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Panel Room 4C-3

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!
 

 

SPECIAL EVENT

 

FunimationNow Sakura-Con Party – Presented by Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (21+) | Friday, March 25th | 9:00pm – 12:00am | Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Kick-off Sakura-Con with Funimation at Neighbours Nightclub as we get turnt vampire style! Priority access, drink tickets, & gift bags for FunimationNow subscribers (While supplies last. Arrive early!) Don’t forget your ID as it is 21+. Register here: owl.li/ZLQWV
 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

 

 

4 Episodes English Dubbed  | Friday, March 25th | 3:30pm – 4:45pm | Room 6C
 

 

 

Series Synopsis:

 

From Wit Studio, the creative force behind Attack on Titan, comes a brand-new action series—Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! After a mysterious virus wipes out ninety percent of humanity, vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth to enslave mankind, treating them like livestock. After growing tired of donating blood in exchange for protection, 12-year-old Yuichiro Hyakuya and his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya plot an escape along with the other orphans. After being the only successful runaway, Yuichiro joins the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army dedicated to killing off vampires. A true shonen fan should not miss out on Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

 

 

 

Project Itoh: Empire of CorpsesFunimation X Wit Studio’s Empire of the Corpses Sneak Peek Screening

 

 

25-minute Subbed Sneak Peek  | Sunday, March 27th | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | Room 6C
 

 

 

Movie Synopsis:

From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivating historical action thriller based on a Phillip K. Dick Award winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

 

 

AUTOGRAPHS

 

 

Wit Studio | Saturday, March 26th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Room 4B

Adam Dahlberg (Sky Does Minecraft)/Kyotaro in Tokyo ESP | Saturday, March 26th | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Funimation Booth

Wit Studio | Sunday, March 27th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Room 6C

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

 

Location: 314

 

In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw where if you spend a certain amount at the booth, you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:

 

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

 

With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard!

 

 

Anime Boston

 

 

 

PANELS

 

 

Funimation Favorites | Friday, March 25th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Panel Room: Grand

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 Online | Saturday, March 26th | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | Panel Room: Grand
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 Industry | Saturday, March 26th | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Panel Room: Hall D

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 (18+) | Saturday, March 26th | 9:30pm – 11:00pm | Panel Room: Grand

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with hosts Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford) and Sunny Westview.  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!)
 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

GARO THE ANIMATION

 

 

English Dub Premiere | Friday, March 25th | 5:30pm | Panel Room: Grand
 

 

 

Series Synopsis:

 

The King’s close advisor implemented a large-scale witch-hunt. The tragic victims of this hunt were not witches, however, but Makai Knights and Makai Priests. One Makai Priestess gave birth to a child while being burned at the stake. That child carried the bloodlines of the Golden Knight. Although he was saved by his father, a Makai Knight himself, the newborn, León Luís, suffered greatly from the unjust death of his mother. And so he vowed to learn the ways of a Makai Knight from his father, Germán Luís, and use his training to seek revenge. During his battles against the demons known as “Horrors,” León must gradually approach reality and accept the truth.

 

Meanwhile, the powerful former adviser to the King, Mendoza, banished Prince Alfonso and his mother while the king was bedridden. Eager to reclaim his kingdom and save his people, Alfonso embarks on a quest to find the legendary Knight – but destiny holds a twist of fate in store for him.

 

Together, León and Alfonso begin long and difficult journey filled with many hardships.

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

 

In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw where if you spend a certain amount at the booth, you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:

 

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

 

With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard!

 

 

 

WonderCon

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

Location: 1647

 

In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw where if you spend a certain amount at the booth, you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:

 

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

 

With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard!

 

Hatsune Miku Houston Tickets Available Early For Subscribers!

UPDATE 3: Ticket pre-sale is now open! Use the code found on this FunimationNow subscriber forum thread to gain access to the presale on the official ticketing site:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3A005077E6375330

 


UPDATE 2: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the FunimationNow exclusive ticket pre-sale has been moved to Friday 3/25 @ 10am CT. Public ticket sales have moved to Saturday 3/26 @ 10am CT. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 


UPDATE: The venue has delayed today’s ticket pre-sale. Estimated time is now Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 12:00pm CT. We will update the subscriber forum thread with the access code as soon as the pre-sale link is available.

 


 

Virtual singer and worldwide phenomenon Hatsune Miku is coming to North America for a live concert tour. While the Dallas show is sold out, a new Houston show has been added for Tuesday, May 17th!

 

 

Want to make sure you get tickets before they’re gone? We’re opening the pre-sale exclusively for FunimationNow subscribers. Here’s how it works:

 

  • On March 23, 2016 at 10am CT, FunimationNow subscribers visit this forum thread to find the coupon code. 
  • Use the code to gain early access the ticket site pre-sale on: http://funi.to/25notRq 
  • Buy your tickets** for Hatsune Miku’s Houston concert on May 17th!

 

Not a subscriber? No problem, start your free trial today to get pre-sale access along with thousands of hours of ad-free anime!
**While supplies last. The early-access code does not guarantee ticket availability.

 

“The Boy and The Beast” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Pre-Order Announcement!

Two instant classic anime films by the new master of Japanese animated film, now up for pre-order!

 

First off, The Boy and the Beast! This award-winning film is still playing in select theaters–go check it out on the big screen and relive the adventures again and again on home video! Funimation will be releasing a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a DVD-only version on June 7; both are available for order right now at http://funi.to/1UEIPkc.

 

The Boy and The Beast Blu-ray/DVD Pre-Order

Next up: Mamoru Hosoda’s first non-franchise film and the first-ever winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, finally returns to home video in North America for its 10th anniversary, ending a long stretch of being out-of-print for several years. For this momentous milestone, we are releasing two different versions of the film–the standard edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack and a commemorative special, the Hosoda Collection edition. Both feature over an hour of extras, with additions from the original Bandai release as well as brand-new content, and are available for pre-order now at http://funi.to/1Z728Do, coming out June 7 as well.

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVDTheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime_HosodaCollection_(3D MOCK)

 

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – The Hosoda Collection edition features an exclusve 52-page book with artwork, sketches, and a full-length interview of director Mamoru Hosoda plus producers Takashi Watanabe and Yuichiro Saito. Ever wanted to know how the film was concepted, what bits were added or cut, or how the film’s visual style was determined? This book is your behind-the-scenes look into the creative process involved in making a full-length anime film, as well as to peek into mind of a world-famous director. In addition to the book, this edition features a handsome clear slipcover with a premium design.

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Beauty Spread

 

This release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the first in our new Hosoda Collection, a premier line dedicated to the works of Mamoru Hosoda, celebrating his films and revealing how each one has affected the trajectory of his award-winning career. Featuring everything from stunning extras to exclusive interviews with the director himself, the Hosoda Collection brings fans of animation and film the rare opportunity to follow a director’s career as it unfolds before them. Future releases in The Hosoda Collection will include Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast.

 

 

Conventions 2016: C2E2 + SXSW = Anime Fun

 

We couldn’t get enough of Austin, TX or the midwest, so we’re heading back again this weekend for C2E2 and SXSW Gaming!  Whether you’re in cool Chicago or sunny Texas, it’s going to be an eventful few days! See what the Funimation crew has in store!

 

 

 

Join Tara, Tim, Karrie, Scott, and Alex in Chicago for:

 

Funimation Favorites Panel | Friday, March 18 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Room S404

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 Industry Panel | Saturday, March 19 | 5:30 – 6:30pm | Room S402

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!

 

Dealer’s Room

Visit us at Booth #509 for our sales booth with the following promotions:

 

Pins Available with purchase! Levels are:

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

Collectible bags and lanyards are free with every purchase. Autographed items are also available with certain purchases, just ask a Funimation team member for more info!

Like even more free stuff?  Stop by our OTHER booth #416 and get a free poster from The Boy and the Beast or other goodie when you sign up for our email list.

 

 Plus, take a load off at the FunimationNow Bar in the Hyatt all weekend-long!

 

 

 

Join Justin R, Josh, Lauren, Justin C, Jenn, Chad, and Zach over in Austin for:

SXSW Gaming

Funimation: World of Dubbing | Thursday, March 17 | 6:30 – 7:15pm | Austin Convention Center , Ballroom C, 531 E 4th St

Funimation famously releases the most broadcast dubs in the United States and Canada, and does so in record time. Follow the process of how a broadcast dub is born; from receiving Japanese materials, to translation, in house voice acting, producing, editing, and releasing a broadcast dub, the fascinating process has to run like a finely tuned machine.

Hosts: Josh Kocurek (Exec. Producer of Dubbletalk), Justin Cook (Dir. of Production), Justin Rojas (Host of Dubbletalk), Lauren Moore (Host of Dubbletalk), Zach Bolton (Dir/Producer)

 

Dubbletalk LIVE! | Saturday, March 19 | 1:15 – 2:00pm  | Twitch MainStage - Austin Convention Center , Exhibit Halls 1 & 2, 531 E 4th St

It’s loud. It’s live. It’s anime. Join hosts Justin Rojas, Lauren Moore, and Chad James as they take Funimation’s weekly live show, Dubbletalk, out of the studio and over to the live audience of Twitch.tv’s Mainstage.  Catch it in person, or on Twitch, as the crew talks about one of the latest anime movies to hit theaters: Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast.

 

See you there!

Escaflowne Kickstarter Updates – New English Cast List

The Kickstarter for Escaflowne is going strong! We’re excited to start revealing the updated cast list and we hope you feel the same way too. Little by little, we’ll be revealing cast members so keep your eyes glued to this blog in the meantime.

 

Our first cast announcement for the new Escaflowne dub is for Van Fanel who will be played by (drumroll) Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Alphonse and Blood Blockade Battlefront‘s Leonardo Watch)!

 

Update: Hitomi will be played by voice actress Caitlin Glass! Caitlin’s numerous popular voice acting credits include Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist, Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club, and Kyoko from Danganronpa, and Petra from Attack on Titan.

 

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Stay tuned for more upcoming English cast list announcements coming soon!

 

Conventions 2016 – Keepin’ it weird in Austin for SXSW!

Funimation is returning to SXSW March 11th – 13th. Join us along with Legendary Digital Networks’ Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for an action-packed, saloon-themed weekend at the fully-transformed Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden!

 

Stop by the FunimationNow tent and register to win a PS4 or an Xbox One! Plus, download the new FunimationNow app and receive a limited edition FunimationNow water bottle.  Already a subscriber ? Show us your membership and receive a free water bottle!

 

All events will be free to the public, and a SXSW badge is not required.

 

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

www.bangersaustin.com