Posts Tagged ‘Dragon Ball Z’

Time To Celebrate – Father’s Day

Fatherhood is hard. It’s especially hard when your children may grow up with powers or in a world full of danger! It’s no secret that anime dads typically aren’t the paragons of parenting, but we still want to highlight the men that were there for their kids. This list isn’t in any particular order and it also includes non-biological fathers.


All Might

My Hero Academia



All Might My Hero Academia I Am Here GIF


Although All Might isn’t a literal father to anyone, he is seen as a father figure through the land and the school where he teaches. Known as the strongest of heroes, all people, especially the youth he mentors, look up to him and his example of strength and devotion. Although he can let his emotions get the better of him at times and sometimes he overextends his efforts, he gets the job done in teaching the future generation what it means to be a true hero and he manages to protect everyone.


Joseph Joestar

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders



The whole 3rd season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure centers around the lengths that Joseph will go to save his daughter who has been afflicted with a mysterious curse. Without getting too deep into the story, he and his grandson, Jotaro, travel the world amidst assassins who aim to stop them in finding the cure. Although he can be brash and at times too much of a jokester, he keeps his sole focus on finding the cure for his ailing daughter.


Lord Death and Spirit Albarn

Soul Eater



Both of these entities are some of the strongest guardians in the land, but they maintain goofy exteriors to not seem threatening to their own people and the kids they watch out for. They are always on the lookout for the good of their own kids and the people they protect. Although they can seem flippant at times, they maintain their roles as teachers, protectors, and fathers.


Akio Furukawa




Here we have another serious-when-he-needs-to-be dad that is often goofy and outrageous, but just the guy who is whatever his family needs him to be. He is very protective of his only daughter who can be very ditzy and unfortunately sickly, but when the family grows, he spreads his protective wings in his own signature fashion.



The Boy and The Beast


The Boy and The Beast Arguing GIF


In a very unlikely pairing, Kumatetsu, the beast, becomes an unwilling and nearly unfit for the grieving young human boy he dubs “Kyuta”. However through time, the two become a strong family unit that trains together, protects each other, and looks out for each other. Although Kumatetsu can be very hardheaded, stubborn, and very emotional, he looks out for Kyuta and builds him to be a very strong fighter.


Kawachi Dakichi

Usagi Drop



This man gets props as he went very quickly from a nonchalant bachelor to a caring and loving caretaker of a 6-year old girl. Through a series of interesting events, this man with no responsibilities or immediate family to take care of steps up and takes in an illegitimate and hidden child after the death of the family patriarch. He transforms his life very quickly in order to give this girl a normal life.


Maes Hughes

Fullmetal Alchemist


It’d be pretty criminal not to put one of the most zealous and caring of anime fathers on our list! If you interact with this family man, you’ll be getting an earful about his wife (and more about his precious daughter) whether you wanted to or not. He’s equipped with pictures of his family on every occasion.



Dragon Ball Z



We could highlight the well-known fathers of the series like Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and even Mr. Satan, but we want to show off a lesser thought of father. Piccolo has never fathered any kids himself, but he has always (well… for the most part) looked out for the kids of the series. He began or furthered the kids’ training in defending themselves, protected and has sacrificed his well-being for the kids, and he’s willing to show a more “gentle” side to the kids.


Who are your favorite anime dads? Let us know in the comments!


Time To Celebrate – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on!


Inko Midoriya

Deku’s Mom – My Hero Academia


Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.

My Hero Academia Mom



Sanae Furukawa

Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad


Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!





Nami’s Adoptive Mom – One Piece


After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.





Gray and Lyon’s Adoptive Mom (and Ultear’s Real) Mom – Fairy Tail


At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.



Erina Pendleton

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency


The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…




Yuki and Ame’s Mom – Wolf Children


Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.



Sachiko Fujinuma

Satoru Fujinuma’s Mom – ERASED


This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.



Izumi Curtis

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s Adoptive Mom – Fullmetal Alchemist


Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.



Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Bulma

Dragon Ball Z


It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.



Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!


Time To Celebrate – National Superhero Day!

Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!

“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.



My Hero Academia


We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!


My Hero Academia Deku Smash



One Punch Man


Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.




009 Re:Cyborg


Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.




Tiger and Bunny


One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!




Dragon Ball Z


To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).




Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!


Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Monkey

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!


UPDATE: The winner is here! Your favorite monkey (as voted by the fans) is… Monkey D. Luffy! Sonic the Monkey came close in second while Mamoru edged out Bubbles for the 3rd place spot. The most noted “Other” monkey was Son Goku from Saiyuki. Thanks for participating!


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Meow! Five Fabulous Felines to Celebrate National Cat Day

What a purrfect day it is for cat fanciers everywhere as it’s time to celebrate the annual National Cat Day! We wanted to share a few of our favorite feline friends from the FUNimation family, but that doesn’t mean we covered every cute kitty out there. Let us know what your favorite anime cat is below in the comments or share your personal picks with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Series: Soul Eater

The magical feline from Soul Eater is known to have a trick or two up her sleeve, weaving her spells to help Maka and Soul wherever she can. But Blair has a fun side, too, and isn’t afraid to show off a little fur every now and then. Usually cats despise the notion of taking a bath, but this feisty kitty loves to splash around in the tub while in her human form from time to time. A little fan service never hurt, right?


Blair from Soul Eater



Series: Cat Planet Cuties

Not all cats hail from Earth, you know. Eris initially needs time to convince Kio and his friends that she hails from a distant world called Catia (obviously), but her use of advanced technology clearly put such doubts to rest. Much like any cat and their owner, Eris develops a strong emotional bond with Kio, whom she eventually selects to be her mate. Things get a little out of hand after she entered her first heat, but Eris’ passion eventually subsides, allowing her to resume her normal duties as the playful ambassador of Catia.


Eris from Cat Planet Cuties


Series: Fairy Tail

The loyal feline companion of the guild, Happy constantly showcases his resolve despite his relatively small stature. True to the stereotype, Happy isn’t a fan of dogs and absolutely can’t refuse fish for a meal. While he usually displays an upbeat demeanor, Happy is known to show off a darker side every now and then, especially when it comes to the use of the magical arts. Though it’s not all toil and trouble — when Happy conjures up a bit of magic we get to see those adorable wings of his in action!


Happy from Fairy Tail


Series: Dragon Ball Z

First introduced to us in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Beerus serves as the destroyer within the seventh universe and seeks out a confrontation with Goku. Despite being able to obliterate planets with ease, Beerus does live up to the expectations of a cat — he enjoys sleeping for long periods of time, grooming himself, and feasting on gourmet fish. Beerus can also get upset very easily at the most mundane offenses, yet at other times he exhibits well-mannered nature that makes you wonder if he’s really a villain at all. He’s just your ordinary, every day feline deity who might just blow up Earth if the sushi isn’t to his liking. Talk about a picky eater.


Beerus from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods


Series: Fruits Basket
Kyo Sohma

Fiercely competitive and territorial, Kyo Sohma is your average, ordinary, everyday human cursed by the spirit of the cat of the zodiac. The orange haired boy seems normal enough, but when hugged by anyone of the opposite gender, including his first encounter with Tohru, Kyo immediately transforms into a cute an adorable little cat. And it’s not just a physical likeness, either — even when in human form, Kyo dislikes water, gets lazy when it’s raining, drinks a lot of milk, and becomes easily frightened by sudden, loud noises. He also shares an intense rivalry with Yuki, who represents the rat from the Chinese Zodiac, who according to legends tricked the cat out of its spot on the zodiac.



Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket


Time To Celebrate – Back To The Future Day

October 21st is Back To The Future Day! Welcome to the future! Wait, where are the hoverboards and pizza hydrators? At least we have smartphones, electric cars, and of course time-traveling anime! In celebration of this special day, we’re going to showcase some of our favorite anime with time-traveling themes.




DeLorean Mail

What list about anime and time traveling would be complete without Steins;Gate, a series all about time travel? From government agencies/conspiracies to Akihabara maid cafes to “DeLorean Mail” (D-Mail), this series is one that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon with its amazing take on time travel.  And to think it all starts from a weirdly microwaved banana… Just watch it!






Infinite Worlds and Infinite Possibilities


What do you get when you have two different dimensions in the future that need a key person from the past to make their reality come true, so they send back warrior representatives to get that person? Anime Terminator? No! You get a thrilling race against time and multiple dimensions known as Noein!




Buddy Complex

It Takes A Boy From The Past, To Save The Future

Aoba is your typical, everyday type of high schooler. That is until he is chased down by mech suits and taken to the future. It’s your typical, everyday type of growing up story that involves intense giant robot wars, wormholes to future, and interstellar battles.




Dragon Ball Z

The Androids Are Coming! The Androids Are Coming!

Most of Dragon Ball Z doesn’t involve time travel (although it has space travel and travel between dimensions); however, one of its most famous characters, Trunks, comes from the future to the past to prevent a world-devastating catastrophe. By stealing his mother’s time machine, this purple-haired, sword-wielding Super Saiyan makes it to past and alters the timeline permanently.





Share with us your favorite time-traveling anime scenarios! As always, you can be sure to watch all these wonderful shows on!


Biting the Big Apple at New York Comic-Con!



They say everything is bigger in Texas, so we’re bringing that mentality with us to the Big Apple! The FUNimation crew is heading up from Dallas to New York Comic-Con and, from packed-out panels to exclusive sales and signings at our booth, you can be sure that whatever you see from us will be BIG! Keep on reading to find out what will be at New York Comic-Con.




FUNimation Presents: Dragon Ball Z (and Beyond) | Thursday, October 8 | 11:15am – 12:15pm | Room 1A10

Join Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku) and Christopher R. Sabat (voice of Vegeta), as well as FUNimation staff members, in an in-depth discussion on the long-running, anime action series Dragon Ball Z. Join the panelists for a look at the history of the television series, its current theatrical success, and the highly anticipated follow-up series, Dragon Ball Super.


FUNimation Industry Panel | Saturday, October 10 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Room 1A24

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!




Autograph Signings


Please note that all signings will be ticketed. See details below on how to get tickets for each session, or talk to a FUNimation crew member at the booth!

Dragon Ball Z | Friday, October 9 | 11:00a – 12:00p  &  2:00p – 3:00p | FUNimation Booth #542

Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta). Please check with crew members at the FUNimation booth beforehand for ticket information.

 Noragami | Saturday, October 10 | 3:00p – 3:30p | FUNimation Booth #542

Yohei Takami, Kodansha Japan Editor (Noragami). Please check with crew members at the FUNimation booth beforehand for ticket information.

Logic and Steve Blum  | Sunday, October 11 | 1:00p – 2:30p  | FUNimation Booth #542

 Tickets to be distributed at Logic’s panel, FUNimation’s Industry panel, and at the FUNimation booth (open on Sunday morning)




Stop by and get your hands on some great anime deals, plus:

  • Get a free FUNimation lanyard and special edition bag with every purchase!
  • Stop by the booth and ask our crew members about a 30-day Streaming Service free trial offer - exclusively for NYCC!
  • We will also have limited numbers of a New York Comic-Con Exclusive Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ shirt!



Special Announcement

Our partners at LootCrate are starting a new monthly subscription crate focusing on anime, that you’ll be able to find awesome FUNimation items in. We will unveil more details this weekend!






FUNimaniacs! – IGN’s Anime Club Special OVA

FUNimation frontrunner, Justin Rojas, made a special guest appearance recently at IGN’s Anime Club podcast; you’ll definitely want to check it out!


In this special OVA episode, we reveal quite a bit of insider information such as more information about theatrical releases coming next year, Broadcast Dub behind-the-scenes, *cough Dragon Ball Super cough* and even Justin’s history with anime! Also is Mass Effect a dating sim?


You can find this episode on IGN’s website right here!




Summoning the Dragon at San Diego Comic-Con

One of the biggest conventions in North America is here, so surely FUNimation will be there with BIG plans in the works!  From  panels to parties to (autograph) pennings, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and get ready for FUNimation in full force:


Panels and Autographs



Thursday, July 9th


  • Dragon Ball Z Signing | 2:00P – 3:30P  | Location: FUNimation booth
    Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres


  • FUNimation Industry Panel | 5:30p – 6:30p | Location: Room 24ABC
    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!


Friday, July 10th


  • Dragon Ball Z Signing | 12:30P – 1:30P  | Location: FUNimation booth
    Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres


  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ | 5:30P – 6:30P | Location: 24ABC
    This summer, Dragon Ball Z returns to the big screen as the series’ most evil villian seeks his revenge. Get an exclusive sneak peek at the next feature-length film in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Resurrection ‘F’; as well as a panel and Q&A with stars Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku), Christopher Sabat (voice of Vegeta / ADR director), and Chris Ayres (voice of Frieza). Tweet along using the hashtag #DBZSDCC for a chance to win some prizes.


Saturday, July 11th


  • Dragon Ball Z Signing | 1:00P – 2:00P  | Location: FUNimation booth
    Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres


Sunday, July 12th


  • Dragon Ball Z Signing | 11:00A – 12:00P  | Location: FUNimation booth
    Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat


  • Attack On Titan The Movie: Part One Signing | 1:00P – 2:00P  | Location: FUNimation booth
    Shinji Higuchi (Director)



FUNimation Booth


Stop by and get your hands on some great anime deals, plus:

  • Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!






Fight For Frieza: Galactic Army Boot Camp

Location: Petco Park (Garden at Ballest Point | Main Concourse Level | 100 Park Blvd)


  • Thursday, July 9th | 11:00A – 5:00P
  • Friday, July 10th | 11:00A – 5:00P
  • Saturday, July 11th | 10:00A – 6:00P
  • Sunday, July 12th | 11:00A – 5:00P


Frieza has landed at San Diego Comic Con International, and he wants YOU to join his galactic army! Head to Petco Park to gauge your power level, pose for photos, pick up exclusive Frieza Force gear and find out if you have what it takes to serve Lord Frieza.


Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Movie Party

Location: Whiskey Girl (702 5th Ave.)


  • Thursday, July 9th | 7:00P – 10:00P
  • Friday, July 10th | 7:00P – 10:00P
  • Saturday, July 11th | 7:00P – 10:00P


Celebrate Dragon Ball Z’s return to the big screen with a party featuring special cast appearances, Dragon Ball Z themed drinks and snacks, giveaways, spray paint tattoos, beer pong, a Dragon Ball Z photo booth for bragging rights, and arm wrestling competitions to prove your strength along with our partners at Xbox Video, Zico & Dream Water. (This is a 21+ event)

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Brace Yourselves for Anime Expo 2015!


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The biggest anime convention in North America is right around the corner, and that means FUNimation has BIG plans in the works!  From premieres to panels and prizes, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Anime Expo 2015. So get ready, Los Angeles, because our crew is heading your way in full force! Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and brace yourselves for the best anime over-load you’ll have all year:



Thursday, July 2nd

  • FUNimation: Guide to Anime Expo | 11:30a – 12:30p | Location: LP3/408AB
    Premieres, panels, promotions, and plenty more! Learn everything you need to know about what’s going on with FUNimation this year at Anime Expo. Tweet us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes. You could even get exclusive tickets to attend the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ red carpet dub premiere event later that evening.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ World Dub Premiere & Red Carpet | Red Carpet 6:30p | Screening 8:00p (Invite Only) at Regal Cinema LA Live
    Celebrity guests to include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Chris Ayres. Check the FUNimation Facebook & Twitter channels for information and ticket giveaways.