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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 FUNimation.com!
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!
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.
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!
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)
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)
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.
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 26, 2015. Ending the wait of hundreds of thousands of anime fans across North America, FUNimation Entertainment announced today that “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” will screen August 4-12 in theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The story is a follow-up to last year’s highly successful “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”
“We are thrilled to bring fans – both new and old – this latest film from series creator Akira Toriyama,”
said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a visually stunning movie and offers even more action and comedy than Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”
“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” is the 20th film in the Dragon Ball franchise, which first debuted in North America in 1986. The new movie showcases the return of Frieza – one of the greatest villains in all of anime. Now resurrected from death, Frieza embarks on plans to take his revenge on the Z Fighters of Earth. Goku and Vegeta once again face their nemesis together, but this time it is a fight for Earth’s very survival.
“Fans are in for another amazing ride with Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “We will be raising the bar for the anime theater-going experience.”
“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” will screen in theaters nationwide from August 4 – 12, 2015. Fans are invited to sign-up at www.dragonballz.com to be alerted when ticketing opens. Subscribers can also look forward to receiving exclusive offers, sneak peeks and other news about the film.
To get more information on “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” please visit www.dragonballz.com.
We’re braving the wind and heading to Chi-Town for C2E2 2015 (April 24-26)!Be sure to join us, as we’ll be bringing in some of our heavy hitters to help pump up the con. You won’t want to miss out on our panels, screenings, and events!
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor – FUNimation
FUNimation Presents: 25 Years of Dragon Ball Z – Room S404 – Saturday (4/25) | 5:30-7:00 PM
Join FUNimation and Voice Actors Seán Schemmel (Goku) and Christopher Sabat (Vegeta) for a nostalgic look back at the past 25 years of Dragon Ball Z from its broadcast debut to the upcoming summer theatrical release of the the new feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F.’
Lost Girl: Season 5 and Beyond – Room S404 – Sunday (4/26) | 2:45- 3:45 PM
We are proud to present two of the amazing Stars that help to make Prodigy Pictures’ Lost Girl airing on Syfy Channel such a Fan fae-vorite. Join us for a Panel discussion featuring Paul Amos (Vex) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (The Morrigan) for a Q&A session.
Typically, there’s a fee for autographs; however, if you buy any Dragon Ball Z or Lost Girl title at the FUNimation booth, you can receive a free autograph!
Also, be sure to join us at the Twitch Stage on Saturday (4/25) at 3:30 – 4:15 PM for a live stream interview of the cast members of Lost Girl and Dragon Ball Z!
Finally, be sure to drop by the FUNimation booth to pick up some classic series as well as new titles like Freezing Vibration, D-Frag!, Noir and more! And just between us (hint, hint) you could even find some new titles available early…
Be sure to join us! C2E2 takes place in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.
UPDATE:We would like you to be aware of an event also taking place Saturday morning that may cause delays in traffic and parking. All lanes of Hollywood Boulevard—between LaBrea Avenue and Vermont Avenue—will be closed for the Hollywood Half Marathon. Closures will begin at 4:00 a.m. along the entire course prior to the race start. All road closures will be final at 5:00 a.m. The races begin at 6:00 a.m., and streets will reopen on a rolling basis at the discretion of Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation. Areas along the race route will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates and times posted. All streets will reopen by 2:00 p.m. For complete information on closures, no parking zones, and Metro detours, click here. For more parking information, click here.
We’re less than a week away from the World Premiere & Red Carpet Event for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on Saturday, April 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles! With appearances from the cast & crew, cosplay gatherings, and even a chance to have your questions answered by the creators!
Fans in the Los Angeles area, you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime event! Join us on the red carpet for a chance to meet the cast and crew; including:
Tadayoshi Yamamuro (director of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’)
Masako Nozawa (Japanese voice actress for Goku)
Sean Schemmel (English voice actor for Goku)
Chris Sabat (English voice actor for Vegeta)
and many more.
We’ll also be hosting a Fan Appreciation Event & Gathering, prior to the red carpet. Show up in your best Dragon Ball Z cosplay or swag for an hour of contests, trivia, and story-telling – hosted by Justin Rojas & Johnny Yong Bosch. We’ll be giving away tons of prizes from our partners at Bandai Namco Games, Funko POP!, Bluefin Toys & Collectibles, and much more.
Bonus for you die-hard fans! The first 100 people who show up to the red carpet in Dragon Ball Z cosplay or merchandise will receive a pair of limited edition, Goku & Freiza phone charms – only available in Japan! You’ll also be guaranteed a spot along the red carpet!