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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!!  



New Blockbuster Film from Toei Animation Coming Soon to U.S. and Canadian Theaters

FLOWER MOUND, TX – October 5, 2016. Anime and “One Piece” fans across North America were thrilled today upon hearing the news that Funimation® Films has acquired the highly-anticipated, Japanese animated film “One Piece Film: Gold” from Toei Animation. The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the “One Piece” anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012. “One Piece Film: Gold” has been a smash hit in Japan and has grossed more than $47.8 million at the box office – making it the biggest ‘One Piece’ movie ever and the 6th highest grossing film of the year. Funimation Films will distribute the movie in both the U.S. and Canada as a limited theatrical event from January 10 – 17, 2017. Ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.


“Fans have been clamoring for news on ‘One Piece Film: Gold’ and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be bringing this blockbuster movie to U.S. and Canadian audiences,“ said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “We’re confident that this film will create a new generation of fans for the franchise as well as grow the audience for its animated series.”


“One Piece Film: Gold” premiered this past summer in Japan on July 23, 2016, and grossed $10.9 million during its opening weekend with 821,100 tickets sold. The film has been well received by both fans and the media. Otaku USA Magazine praised it saying, “Gold manages to accomplish the goals of any good summer popcorn flick, filling its two-hour runtime with laughs and large-scale action set pieces.”


“’One Piece Film: Gold’ is a new milestone for the world-wide phenomena that is ‘One Piece,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re pleased to add this film to our long history with the ‘One Piece’ franchise. Fans will not be disappointed when they see it in theaters.”



The Straw Hat pirates are hitting the big screen once again in an all-new high-flying adventure! The popular series that has captivated fans all over the world unfolds a new saga in the highly anticipated movie, “One Piece Film: Gold.”


The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.


November 2016 Home Video Releases

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


Ergo Proxy (Blu-ray) Psychic School Wars
Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins Snow White with the Red Hair
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Hetalia – The World Twinkle (Season 6)
Omamori Himari One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 4
Overlord Sky Wizards Academy
Sword of the Stranger Castle Town Dandelion
Chaos Dragon Ultimate Otaku Teacher
Aquarion Logos Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun
Prison School Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection
Death Parade Heavy Object


Conventions 2016 – Matsuricon Full Activities Page

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation convention manager, Tara, is coming up to Ohio to give the fans big booth deals, prominent panels, and plenty of One Piece adventure! See the specific One Piece activities on this page!





Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, August 19th | 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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 | Saturday, August 20th | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom

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 Favorites | Sunday, August 21st | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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!





One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!


One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.






Dealer’s Room Times:


Friday 8/19/2016 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 8/20/2016 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 8/21/2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Conventions 2016 – One Piece Adventures at Matsuricon

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation is teaming up with Matsuricon to make a treasure-filled experience that celebrates One Piece. See the details below for information on the special panels that we have lined up and the special guests that are coming on the cruise!






One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!


One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.





  • Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell – No Need for Bushido
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Ian Sinclair
  • John Swasey
  • Lisa Ortiz
  • Eric Vale
  • Patrick Seitz
  • Richard Epcar
  • Tara Sands
  • Paul St. Peter
  • Brina Palencia
  • Mike McFarland
  • Kevin Bolk
  • Sonny Strait
  • Professor Shyguy
  • Lydia Mackay
  • Chris Sabat
  • Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Kieran Strange
  • Dan & Jillian Coglan – Samurai Dan


 About Matsuricon

Since 2006, Matsuricon has been a presence in the anime con community in Columbus. In 2011, we made our way to our current home in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency.  With over 6,000 unique attendees attending annually every August, Matsuricon is the anime and gaming destination for fans not just in Ohio, but in the Midwest!


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!


How To Get Your Family Into Watching Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu


With The Boy and the Beast out now (get your copy here!), one thing that we’ve heard a lot from fellow anime fans is how they’ve used director Mamoru Hosoda’s movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children to introduce their parents or family to anime. While some anime fans were introduced to anime at an early age from their parents, many of us know all too well that getting our folks to try, let alone appreciate, Japanese animation seems an impossible task.


The Boy and The Beast Arguing GIF


Here are some strategies that we at Funimation have employed to introduce our parents or families to anime—and shockingly, some of these actually have worked out!


Start small, with low commitment

Some anime fans get into the medium through marathoning 500-episode shounen epics as their first exposure, but you can’t count on it. One of the first excuses we hear from parents who dismiss trying anime is that they don’t have time, but it’s harder to say no to a 90-minute movie as family bonding time. If you’re introducing your family member to anime, make sure they know you’re not asking them to make a huge commitment—ease them in with a movie or short series first, and they’ll be more likely to give it a try.


Summer Wars Watch GIF


Recommendations: Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Time of Eve, Eden of the East


Challenge their preconceived notions about anime

Unfortunately, many people who aren’t familiar with anime assume that it’s all kiddie cartoons or hardcore hentai, but we know that there’s so much in between. Make sure that your family member’s first exposure to anime is something far removed from bad stereotypes. A good bet is to avoid violence or sexuality on the first go—yes, that means cutting out tons of awesome shows, but there’s still plenty of quality family-friendly stuff, and we don’t necessarily mean kids’ shows. (Of course, if your parent was the type that took you to R-rated movies before any of the other kids were allowed to, this doesn’t necessarily apply.)


Akira bike GIF


On the other hand, this isn’t even necessarily limited to adult content. If you get the feeling your family member might think anime is all bubbly pink-haired space catgirls, try introducing them to something more realistic or serious. Anime is a hugely diverse medium after all—yes, it has its tropes, but it’s full of high quality art just like film, music, theater etc. By showing a title that challenges them, you can convince your family member that anime is a respectable art form.


Death Parade Opening Dance GIF


All Ages Recommendations: Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro or The Cat Returns, The Boy and the Beast, Barakamon, Patema Inverted

Serious Stuff Recommendations: Space Brothers, Death Parade, Planetes, Monster


And tied in to that…


Make them cry

This may feel too easy, but one of the best types of shows or films that can make someone take anime “seriously” is the tearjerker. For better or worse, we often assume that dramas and tragedies are higher “art” than comedies, which means that these titles may be more likely to make an impression on your parents.



Recommendations: Wolf Children, Your Lie in April, Anohana, 5 Centimeters Per Second


Find something in their interests

I may or may not have gotten my mom to watch all of Emma: A Victorian Romance while she was waiting for new episodes of Downton Abbey—it really scratched her English-aristocratic-period-romance itch. This opened her up to trying more period romance anime that wasn’t too far off, like The Story of Saiunkoku.


Once you get your family member comfortable with anime, there’s plenty of time to get them into That One Show that you love the most, but first, find them something with the best chance they’ll like it. Anime is so diverse, there’s bound to be something in their niche, especially if you’re looking for anime about very specific hobbies. If your mom or dad can’t get enough of cooking shows on the Food Network, Food Wars! is a no-brainer. Your sports-loving sibling has a higher chance of latching onto Kuroko’s Basketball (or Haikyu! if she wants something more realistic). And often, your family member’s favorite popular television or film franchises can be compared to anime as well. With all the superhero movies coming out, getting a relative hooked on My Hero Academia, Tiger and Bunny, or Concrete Revolutio isn’t that much of a stretch, but even popular shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones can be compared to time travel, zombie, or fantasy anime as well.


Concrete Revolutio Robot Fight


Recommendations: Depends on your parent


And most importantly:


Make it easy!

This is one of the most overlooked tactics. Remember the last time you tried to get your friend to watch Your Favorite Anime and he seemed really interested, but only finally got to it a year later (if that)? It’s even harder with someone who’s fairly indifferent to anime.


Zoro Sleeping GIF


In the best-case scenario, try to actually watch the anime with your family. Set up a time and place ahead of time, or suggest it as an impulse move—but be prepared with a copy of it immediately accessible. If you can’t actually watch it with them, try to make sure you can physically set up the viewing for them, especially if they aren’t too tech-savvy. It may not seem like much, but the friction in the process of having to find a copy of the series itself, or having to pop in a Blu-ray or turn on a streaming service, can be surprisingly high. Take this out of the system if you can and get the showing completely ready, so that all your parent has to do is hit Play.


Lucky Star Family Watching TV GIF


What tactics have you tried to get your parents to watch anime? Will you try any of these? Let us know!


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!


Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Woman

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we want to do a weekly poll highlighting a few of the awesome women in anime. As we can’t fit all of them into a poll, let us know who some of your favorites are!


Create your own user feedback survey

Time To Celebrate – Black History Month

There’s something about anime that makes it more enticing than many other forms of media- movies, TV, even books. It’s often filled with fantastic characters that take on amazing tasks in extraordinary ways in a style that makes the heroes of other media pale in comparison. Many people who started in anime as kids, like myself, looked up to these protagonists as heroes. Names like Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and many, many others inspired hope in young fans, like myself. Even today, names like Kyoma (Dimension W), Saitama (One Punch Man), or Luffy (One Piece) inspire hope and bravery as I keep up with anime. However, it is rare to see characters that look like me, a Black man (more specifically a 1st-generation Nigerian-American), in one of my favorite medium.


Typically, “Black” characters in anime are either very stereotypical, so parodied that they don’t look like Black characters anymore, or are very ambiguous to where they don’t represent a certain race. And oftentimes, the few Black characters that exist are relegated to bum or bit roles that reinforce negative stereotypes: gangster/gangsta, criminal, etc. This has left a lack of heroes and role models that we in the Black community can look up to. However, I wanted to show off a few Black anime characters- whether they are explicitly Black, descendants of Africans, or even dark-skinned and with African features- that merit being looked at.


This piece is an opinion piece of an employee of Funimation. This list is by no means comprehensive of all of the Black characters that exist in anime. I hope that you enjoy the comments and ideas shared here!



Afro Samurai



Let’s kick off this list with one of the most arguably badass characters in all of anime. Afro is a wandering samurai who fights enemies constantly in order to protect the “number two” headband he wears in order to face off against the wearer of the “number one” headband, the man who killed his father- the previous “number one” headband owner. Afro means a lot as he is an explicitly Black character who isn’t a stereotypical figure, he is the main character, and he is one of the coolest characters in all of anime.




Michiko & Hatchin

Many of the Cast


Michiko & Hatchin takes place in a fictional South American country which is very much based on Brazil – Portuguese as a main language; a mixed-race population; and a varied topography of favelas, jungles, cities, and more. Many important characters are of African descent and are done with justice. Characters like Atsuko, Rita, and Satoshi have many Black features but are three-dimensional characters that have you excited for their every step.







Even though she is not a Funimation character, I would be remiss in not talking about her. As a past captain of the Soul Society, she leads main character, Ichigo, as a mentor. Although her race is more ambiguous than other characters in this list, it is striking to see a dark-skinned character as an important foil for the main cast. She’s a powerful woman who often aids the main cast and has been shown to be a leader that people look up to.





Doug, Alex, and Galahad


The races of these characters aren’t explicit either but the portrayal of characters with dark skin and dreadlocks was much appreciated in the form of these characters. Even though they come from rough backgrounds as either mercenaries, gangsters, or prostitutes, they are characters with deep stories, emotions, and even powers as they contribute to much of the overall story.






Killer Bee


Another dark-skinned character (and heck whole race) that I’d be remiss to ignore would be Killer Bee in Naruto Shippuden. Even though he can be more stereotypical (a rapping dark-skinned character) he has been a character that fans look up to with powers that rival the main cast. Rather than a parody, he is a true force to be reckoned with that fans and rivals can look at with respect.




One Piece

Fishmen and Mermaids


Even though there aren’t many (if any) explicit characters of African descent, the story of the Fishmen in the Fishmen Island arc (episodes 520-570) warrants talking about. The cast that ignites the conflict in the arc, Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime, are (loosely on the part of the author) based on the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.


Both characters are leaders that fight for their race -fishmen and mermaids- to be accepted by normal humans. The Queen fights peacefully with diplomacy and unification of the races. Fisher Tiger, a runaway slave, fights slavers and encourages past slaves to fight against humans; he also fights for segregation of the races in order to build up the fishmen and sea people (as well as other humans who have been enslaved). Both leaders fight each other’s philosophies but try to work together for the good of the sea people. However, both leaders are assassinated which puts the sea people in hostile tension with humans. The vacuum of the leaders causes fishmen and mermaids to be second-class citizens or in open conflict with humans.




Dimension W



A last example of a character I like is Koorogi of Dimension W. Although we haven’t seen much of him as of the present moment (episode 4 at the time of this post), he has shown himself to be a character I’m excited to see more. He is a talented hacker and intelligent and witty kid who works behind the scenes to aid the collectors in their search for illegal power sources (coils) in this future world. Even though he is ambiguous in his race, it is always nice to see dark-skinned characters in a positive light.




Like I’ve said before, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the views of all Black people. I’ve missed many other characters like Dutch from Black Lagoon, Kilik in Soul Eater, Casca from Berserk, and many more. However, I did want to share examples of characters that made us excited to be people of color in real life. I’d love to hear your comments or other characters that you’ve enjoyed within anime!