Posts Tagged ‘Simulcast’


Adaptation of Smash Hit Manga Series to Premiere in April in US, Canada and UK

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – March 8, 2016. Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of “My Hero Academia”—the most highly-anticipated, new anime series of 2016. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand, merchandise, and broadcast distribution of the series as part of its agreement with Toho Co. Ltd. Episode 1 of the series will premiere in April on Funimation’s streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Ireland.


“We’re extremely pleased with this expansion of our partnership with Toho following last year’s successful theatrical release of the ‘Attack on Titan’ live action movies,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “The excitement around this new series is palpable. Fan response to the anime will quickly rank ‘My Hero Academia’ among top anime classics such as ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘One Piece,’ and ‘Naruto.’”


“My Hero Academia” is based on the smash hit, superhero manga series of the same name, which now totals more than 3.7 million copies after less than 2 years since it first appeared in Shonen Jump. The manga has been so well-received in the U.S., that both released volumes of the English language version were New York Times Bestsellers. The new TV series is being produced by the acclaimed studio BONES, which has been the force behind numerous international anime hit series like ‘Fullmetal Alchemist,’ ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ ‘Soul Eater,’ and ‘Space Dandy.’


“Toho and BONES both enjoy an incredible reputation for producing extraordinary shows for anime fans,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.  “With the launch this week of our completely new mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows 10 devices, FunimationNow will be the destination for fans to discover and stream subbed and dubbed episodes of the most anticipated new show of the spring season, ‘My Hero Academia.’”



There’s a new hero in town! “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.


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Poll of the Week – Which Winter 2016 Simulcast Are You Most Excited For?

This new year, we want to ask you, the fans, what you enjoy every week about our simulcast season! We’ll be asking all types of questions from ‘which simulcast are you excited for’ to ‘favorite main character’ and of course even more as the season rolls on!


Take the poll here:



UPDATE – The winners have been announced! Thanks for participating!





Announcing: Rainy Cocoa — now streaming!

Rainy CocoaSpring simulcast season is well underway (have you started watching it yet? Check out all our shows at!), but we’re excited to announce yet a new addition to the roster— Rainy Cocoa (Ame-iro Cocoa)! This is a series of anime shorts (think Hetalia) featuring several big-name Japanese male seiyuu voice actor stars. It’s a sweet tale about hot cocoa and some cool guys!


We’re launching the first three episodes right now at, and new episodes will launch again at 11:30 AM every Sunday!


Watch them week-to-week with the rest of your simulcasts, or binge watch them in multi-episode chunks! And if you like the show, be sure to tell your friends to watch it on legal streams too— simulcast views for all shows help up determine whether an anime gets a dub or an awesome home video release!


Here’s a little more about the show:
Aoi Tokura is having a rough day. He’s used to being mistaken for a girl, but it’s even worse when a captivating stranger on the train calls him a creeper for staring a little too long. Aoi’s soaked by a sudden rainstorm and takes shelter at Rainy Color, a cozy café where the warmth of the staff compliments the sweet hot cocoa he’s served. When he falls into a job at the café he feels like things are finally looking up— until Keiichi Iwase, the man he couldn’t help but stare at on the train, shows up. Did this day just get worse, or better?


And here’s the Japanese voice cast:


Character              Voice Actor                   Past Roles
Aoi Tokura Hiro Shimono Syo Kurusu (Uta no Prince-sama), Akihisa Yoshii (Baka and Test)
Keiichi Iwase Hikaru Midorikawa Lancer (Fate/Zero), Heero Yuy (Gundam Wing)
Shion Koga Daisuke Hirakawa Rei Ryugazaki (Free!), Harklight (Aldnoah.Zero)
Ryota Sakurai Miyano Mamoru Rin Matsuoka (Free!), Tokiya Ichinose (Uta no Prince-sama)
Koji Amami Ryo Horikawa Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z), Heiji Hattori (Detective Conan/Case Closed)


Will you be watching? Let us know! And let us know if you want more shorts or bishounen anime content!

FUNimation acquires the rights for Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture

ARISE_key_logo2FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for the cyberpunk sci-fi action series–Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture! Even better, episode 1 will be available TONIGHT at 7:30pm ET! Click here to watch the episode.




The Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA sequence has been rebuilt into eight TV-length episodes and extended with two new broadcast exclusive episodes to create Ghost in the Shell: Arise ­ Alternative Architecture! In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she¹s not the only one looking for answers‹as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.


Voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler’s Ciel Phantomhive, Evangelion Rebuild’s Mari Makiname) will be reprising her role as Makoto from Ghost in the Shell: Arise.


The series will stream Sundays at 10am ET. Click here for more info.

The Harem King Returns! FUNimation Acquires Rights for High School DxD BorN

HDDB-key-artYour favorite Occult Research Club members are back for more adventures and nosebleed inducing drama. That’s right aspiring harem kings (and queens), FUNimation has acquired the rights for High School DxD BorN!


series synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are Back! Lovable loser (and bust buff) Issei and his clan of bewitching beauties return for a new season of supernatural tussles and sexy shenanigans—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but fun and scantily-clad lounging…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and fondle their way through their demonic high school lives.


Japanese Voice Cast Info:


 Yuki Kaji  Issei  Attack on Titan’s Eren Jaeger, Noragami’s Yukine
 Yoko Hikasa  Rias  K-On!’s Mio, Yurikuma Arashi’s Kaoru


Genre: Fantasy, Fan Service


Stay tuned for more information about simulcast date and times! If you want to catch up on previous seasons of High School DxD, please visit



Show Us Your Love for Kamisama Kiss!



Fans are really loving Kamisama Kiss Season 2, and we want to see how much! Show us your creative side and you could win a super-rare poster signed by the Kamisama Kiss manga artist–Julietta Suzuki.


All you need to do to enter is submit an image of something you’ve created based on Kamisama Kiss. Images can include, but are not limited to: Kamisama Kiss cosplay, original fan art, crafts or props, or even Kamisama Kiss inspired food items! Mmmmm… what I wouldn’t give to sample some of Tomoe’s cooking!


As long as it’s an original creation, and inspired by Kamisama Kiss, we want to see it!


There are a few ways you can enter:


1) Submit your entry via the form below

2) Instagram your image using the hashtag #KamisamaKissContest

3) Tweet your entry on Twitter using the hashtag #KamisamaKissContest


Simulcast Schedule – Daylight Saving Time Edition

Here’s your friendly reminder to “Spring Forward” this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. As of Sunday morning, our simulcast schedule will change slightly. See below for new times:



Maria the Virgin Witch – 10:30am ET
Yatterman Night – 11:30am ET
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (sub) – 12:05pm ET
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (Broadcast Dub) – 12:05pm ET
Samurai Warriors – Sengoku Musou – 12:35pm ET



Absolute Duo – 2pm ET
Yurikuma Arashi – 2:30pm ET
Kamisama Kiss Season 2 (sub) – 2:35pm ET
Kamisama Kiss Season 2 (Broadcast Dub) – 2:35pm ET



Yona of the Dawn – 11am ET
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! – 12:40pm ET



Assassination Classroom (Broadcast Dub) – 8pm ET
Death Parade (Broadcast Dub) – 8:30pm ET
Tokyo Ghoul √A (Broadcast Dub) – 9pm ET



Tokyo Ghoul √A (sub) – 12pm ET



Assassination Classroom (sub) – 1:20pm ET
Death Parade (sub) – 2:30pm ET
Fairy Tail – 10pm ET



The Rolling Girls (sub) – 1:58pm ET
The Rolling Girls (Broadcast Dub) – 1:58pm ET
One Piece – 10pm ET


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- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season

- The largest selection of English dubs online

- HD commercial-free streaming episodes

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Super Stream Sunday!

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Tomorrow the Patriots and the Seahawks face off, but whether you’re a football fan or not, we’ve got some great shows for you to watch. Sundays are Super Stream Sundays for us with FOUR shows airing each week. Take a look below at some shows you can watch while waiting for the game to start (or in lieu of the game if you’re only checking in for the commercials!)



Maria 2B


Maria the Virgin Witch


Sundays at 9:30am ET



In the time of the Hundred Years’ War, a young and powerful witch known as Maria leads a reclusive existence. Shunned by the church – but beloved by certain locals – Maria endeavors to use her magic to bring an end to the warfare she so despises. She assists people of all walks of life with the help of her two familiars: a succubus and an incubus with great powers of seduction. Though she seeks only peace, the archangel Michael despises her use of magic to interfere in human affairs and decrees that should she ever manage to lose her virginity, Maria’s powers will vanish! To ensure that Maria no longer mingles magic with humans, Michael sends the angel Ezekiel to keep a watchful eye on the virgin witch. Don’t miss this intriguing tale of magic, war, and sexual frustration from Production I.G. and the director of Code Geass!


Click here to watch episodes now!



FUNimation Acquires Rights for Yurikuma Arashi!


Announcing! FUNimation has acquired the rights for Yurikuma Arashi as part of our Winter 2015 Simulcast!



After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown—brought to you buy Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl



Here’s what we have announced for the Winter 2015 Simulcast so far, but we aren’t done yet! Keep checking back!



Ask the Japanese Voice Cast of “In Search of the Lost Future” Your Questions!

in search of lost futureAny seiyuu (Japanese voice actor) fans out there? We’ve worked with our Japanese licensing partners to give you a rare chance to ask the Japanese voice cast for “In Search of the Lost Future” (Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete) some questions. If you haven’t heard of this series before it’s our new sci-fi/mystery/romance fall simulcast based on the successful bishoujo game visual novel!


In Search of the Lost Future is based on a school-life romance visual novel, but don’t be fooled by its ordinary setting–this isn’t just a “sad girls in snow” slice of life drama. From the cryptic sci-fi imagery at the start of Episode 1 to the shocking turn at the end, this anime has some hints of a surprise twist with a supernatural bent. Sou Akiyama and the girls of the Astronomy Club solve problems around the school, but when a mysterious (naked) girl appears and joins their ranks, their fates begin to change…


What’s it like voicing these characters? What do the actors think of the plot twists? Send us your questions for the cast by Monday, October 27th, and we’ll choose some to send to Japan to get answered! You can post them in the comments below, on our Facebook thread, or on Twitter with the hastag #LostFutureQuestions. For reference, the cast is below; please keep the questions related to “In Search of the Lost Future” or voice acting in general.



Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Sou Akiyama Takuma Terashima Shiroe (Log Horizon),
Shintarou Kisaragi (Mekakucity Actors),
Otoya Ittoki (Uta no Prince-sama)
Yui Furukawa Akane Tomonaga Kazuko Kawakami (Majikoi!), Seira (Chaos;HEAd)
Kaori Sasaki Hatsumi Takada Honoka Tsutsui (Maria+Holic)
Nagisa Hanamiya Tomoe Tamiyasu Rin Natsume (Little Busters!),
Makina Irisu (The Fruit of Grisaia)
Airi Hasekura Kei Mizusawa Celia Cumani Aintree (Walkure Romanze),
Machi Yatsuzuka (Mashiroiro Symphony)
Kenny Eitarou Osafune Kappei Yamaguchi L (Death Note), Usopp (One Piece),
Shinichi Kudo and Kuroba Kaito (Detective Conan)


And if you haven’t checked out “In Search of the Lost Future” yet, we’ve just put up a clip of THAT scene in episode 1—minor spoilers ahead!



Or, watch the Japanese promotional video for a spoiler-free preview!



Watch the series streaming every Saturday at 1:30 pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.