FUNimation Quintuples Down on Broadcast Dubs – Offers New Primetime Block & Weekly Live Stream Show!

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Flower Mound, TX – (2/13/15) — Just three months after unveiling its Broadcast Dubs, FUNimation is expanding this initiative to include ten new shows for the Winter 2015 season, as well as a brand-new live stream talk show in partnership with ScrewAttack Entertainment.

 

Fans are taking notice as FUNimation drives the North American anime industry into the future with the new Broadcast Dubs and a new live stream project. “The overwhelmingly positive response to Broadcast Dubs and the performance of the first two series—PSYCHO-PASS 2 and Laughing Under the Clouds—made it clear that we’re on the right path. We realize that this is where the future is headed,” commented FUNimation’s founder and CEO, Gen Fukunaga.

 

“We’ve listened closely to our fans and have made changes in both our content offering and technical streaming experience. Broadcast Dubs, combined with our Sub Pass, tent pole titles, industry leading library, and technical improvements, have really accelerated subscription streaming growth. We’re committed to giving our fans more anime and more ways to watch.” said Mike DuBoise, EVP & Chief Operating Officer.

 

On Wednesday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central, FUNimation will premiere its new two-hour primetime block of anime content, featuring the three hottest Broadcast Dub shows of the season and a new live discussion and recap show, DubbleTalk.

 

FUNimation’s best-known fan staffers, Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore, will join ScrewAttack’s Chad James and fans for episode recaps, fan questions and answers, special guest appearances, contests, and much more every Wednesday night on Funimation.com and on Twitch.tv.

 

“We really want to provide an outlet for our fans to come and talk with us about the shows they’re watching right now,” Justin Rojas explained.

 

The schedule for the Wednesday night block is as follows:

 

- 8:00 p.m. ET Assassination Classroom (Click here to watch!)
- 8:30 p.m. ET Death Parade (Click here to watch!)
- 9:00 p.m. ET Tokyo Ghoul √A (Click here to watch!)
- 9:30 p.m. ET DubbleTalk (Click here to watch!)

 

Click here for show information!

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Cast and Release Date

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Ever since we announced our acquisition of Hyperdimension Neptunia the anime series, there has been one question that has been weighing on everyone’s minds–will you bring back the actors and actresses from the games?

 

Well, while we couldn’t bring back EVERYONE, we are pleased to announce that we were able to secure the majority of the main cast from the games! Take a look below at the English cast.

 

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

NEPTUNE – Melissa Fahn
NOIRE – Erin Fitzgerald
VERT – Tara Platt
BLANC – Wendee Lee
NEPGEAR – Christine Marie Cabanos
UNI – Sarah Williams
RAM – Shelby Lindley
ROM – Carrie Keranen
HISTOIRE – Stephanie Sheh
IF – Megan Shipman
COMPA – Cristina Vee
PLUTIA – Cherami Leigh
PEASHY – Tia Ballard
REI – Morgan Garrett
ARFOIRE – Laura Post
WARECHU – Sara Ragsdale
ANONYDEATH – David Vincent
TRICK – Josh Grelle
UNDERLING – Morgan Berry
5PB. – Caitlin Glass
ABNES – Stephanie Sheh
SETAG – Whitney Rodgers

 

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ADR Director: Mike McFarland

ADR Engineer: Andrew Tipps

 

series synopsis:

Based on the hit video game series about modern game consoles– anthropomorphized as cute girls!
Don’t miss this epic adventure based on a video game about video games that Fandom Post calls “the most perfect adaptation of game to anime ever created!”

 

Welcome to Gamindustri, a fantastical world where all your favorite video game consoles come to life! Neptune and her fellow Goddesses rule the four kingdoms of Lastation, Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune – but their royal duties often take a backseat to their obsession with gaming. When their button-mashing shenanigans are interrupted by rampaging monsters, hacker attacks, and killer eggplants, the goddesses must transform into stronger, sexier versions of themselves and fight for their right to game! The bosses get tougher as the game goes on, and the girls will have to work together in order to defeat a bewitching goddess of piracy, an anonymous master hacker, and an evil CPU hell-bent on destroying everything in her path – using any cheat code necessary!

 

Click here to watch subtitled episodes of the series now!

 

And now an updated release date! Hyperdimension Neptunia will be available on June 9th.* We’ve also got an extra special treat for fans–If you pre-order Hyperdimension Neptunia from the FUNimation Shop, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of two Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Limited Editions signed by TONS of your favorite actresses from the games and anime! Pre-order listings will be going up in the near future, so stay tuned for more details coming soon.

 

 

 

*Release dates are subject to change

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:

 

Sunday

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

 

Monday

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

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

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

 

Thursday

Tokyo Ghoul √A (sub) – 12pm ET

 

Friday

Assassination Classroom (sub) – 1:20pm ET
GARO: THE ANIMATION – 1:23pm ET
Death Parade (sub) – 2:30pm ET
Fairy Tail – 10pm ET

 

Saturday

SHONEN HOLLYWOOD – HOLLY STAGE FOR 50 – 1:30pm ET
The Rolling Girls (sub) – 1:58pm ET
The Rolling Girls (Broadcast Dub) – 1:58pm ET
One Piece – 10pm ET

 

Not a FUNimation All-AccessPass subscriber yet? Sign up today and watch the latest shows straight from Japan as soon as they’re available! Plus, you’ll get access to the FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, live stream event, and:

 

- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season

- The largest selection of English dubs online

- HD commercial-free streaming episodes

- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, PS3, Roku, or Xbox 360

 

Click here for more information!

Earn Super-Charged Rewards with Anime Month on Xbox Video!

Can’t get enough anime? Our friends at Xbox Video have some really cool stuff in store for you all March-long! It’s officially Anime Month which means there’s a bounty of deals to be found and Rewards to be earned.

 

Power up your collection with your favorite movies and TV shows: Dragon Ball Z, Fairy Tail, and more.* 4,000 Rewards Credits are waiting when you spend $20 on anime movies, TV shows, or TV season passes to complete this mighty offer. Plus, you’ll find lots of great discounts and even some free episodes! What are you waiting for?

 

 And pssst… If you’re watching from your Xbox 360 or Xbox One console,  keep an eye out for special video messages from ScrewAttack’s Chad James and FUNimation’s Justin Rojas on your Xbox Video dashboard! They’ll be talking anime and bringing you tips about Anime Month in new videos each weekend of March!

 

 

**Open to Xbox Live Rewards members who are legal residents of the 50 United States (including District of Columbia), Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 13 years and older. Offer ends 3/31/15. For complete Terms and Conditions and complete details, visit http://rewards.xbox.com/ms-store-offer/terms-and-conditions/.

Darker than Black Premium Edition Revealed!

A couple of weeks ago we announced that we’re releasing a limited Premium Edition of Darker than Black– and today we are thrilled to reveal to you what it looks like! Without further ado:

 

 

 

The Darker than Black Premium Edition Blu-ray arrives on May 12, 2015 and includes:

- Complete First Season on Blu-ray
- Specialty “classified” packaging
- 48-page art book
- Display easel

 

Click here to order now!

 

If you want to stay on top of information about Darker than Black and other sci-fi releases, make sure to sign up for the Sci-Fi @ FUNimation email list!

 

 

It’s a Dandy Kickstarter!

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Space Dandy the series may be over, but the adventure continues with the Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game! Seven Seas has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to make this game a reality. Experience the bizarre space-faring antics of the hit anime series seen on Toonami in a tabletop format.

 

The Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game is similar to other Deck-Builders like Dominion and Ascension–only with an extra dandy dose of dandy! Check out the game trailer below.

 

 

Register those aliens, earn those Woolong, and may the best Dandy win! Speaking of winning, there are some sweet, sweet rewards for those who donate to fund this Kickstarter. Including the ultra sexy Honey Limited Edition bundle. For a generous donation of $90, all this could be yours.

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FUNimation at PAX East

 

We’re heading to Beantown for PAX East this weekend. Started by the folks at Penny Arcade, PAX East draws tens of thousands of attendees each year, making it one of the largest gaming events in North America!

 

FUNimation is thrilled to be a part of the convention. We won’t have any panels this year, but we do have a booth in the dealer’s room stocked with some pretty choice titles! You can pick up Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Tales of Vesperia, Dragon Ball Z, and more!

 

And, while supplies last, every purchase at our booth will come with a FREE FUNimation lanyard!

New Release Tuesday – Unbreakable Dandy!

Okay folks, this week’s New Release Tuesday is a whopper. I’m talking a New Release Tuesday of crazy, spacey, unbreakable magnitude! Think you’re ready? Then double-check your seat belt and hold on, baby.

 

First up, is none other than the dandiest guy in space…

 

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Available Now on Blu-ray/DVD – Click Here!

 

(Plus, get your hands on The BooBies Experience FUNimation Exclusive Edition before they’re gone!)

 

Shinichiro Watanabe is back to blow minds with a madcap comic masterpiece that will melt your face if you sit too close to the television. Believe it, baby!

 

Rocket into the outer limits with the one and only Dandy! This dreamy space case and his to-die-for pompadour jets across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Capturing rare species may pay the bills, baby, but Dandy would rather kick back and enjoy the scenery at the nearest Boobies. Joined by his misfit sidekicks – a rundown vacuum cleaner robot called QT and Meow the alien space cat – Dandy boldly goes where no daper don has ever gone before. Hotly pursued by the chimp-faced Dr. Gel, the adventures of Dandy and the gang will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh till you cry all over again. Buckle up for blast off, baby! You’re cruising with the Dandy now, and he don’t stop till the end of the universe.

 

 

 

Up next, we have the cutest, deadly automaton…

 

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Limited Edition Available Now – Click Here!

 

From the director of Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin comes a thrilling combo of action and fantasy featuring six never before seen OVAs!

 

Raishin Akabane and his beautiful companion Yaya enroll at Walpurgis Royal Academy to study Machinart: a dangerous blend of magic and technology. Raishin is a puppeteer capable of using magic to power up Yaya, his automaton, for ruthless battles no mere human could survive. In the wrong hands, Yaya is a deadly weapon, but the honorable Raishin, despite his mysterious quest for vengeance, takes no pleasure in killing for sport. Instead, he joins forces with a harem of gorgeous classmates to unmask those responsible for a rash of heinous human experimentation. If new enemies and terrible grades don’t spell doom for Raishin, he and Yaya might live long enough to conquer the school where magic meets machine!

 

 

 

FUNimation at the Movies – Tokyo Ravens

tokyo ravens keyMarch comes in like a lion and out like a…raven? This month’s FUNimation at the Movies screening is Tokyo Ravens!

 

synopsis:

Harutora may seem like an ordinary guy, but he’s actually a descendent of an ancient and powerful clan of omyouji. Born without the family talent for magic, he’d always believed he was destined for a normal, boring existence. All that changed the day Natsume, a beautiful face from Harutora’s past, barged back into his life and forever altered the course of his future. When her sudden arrival leads to a violent and tragic encounter with a magical prodigy, Harutora agrees to fulfill a childhood vow by accompanying Natsume to the clandestine Onmyo Academy. Together, along with their incredible onmyouji classmates, they’ll attempt to survive life at a school where not even magic can get you out of your homework.

 

Part One will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on April 7th (click here to order now). See below for a list of theaters screening the series:

 

Alamo Drafthouse Austin, TX (Lakeline) – March 9th – Click here for seats

Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, VA – March 9th – Click here for seats

Alamo Drafthouse Loudoun – March 10th – Click here for seats

Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, TX – March 9th – Click here for seats

Alamo Drafthouse Houston, TX (Katy) – March 10th – Click here for info

 

* FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you would like to participate in this program, and you have secured a theater willing to screen anime free of charge, please email [email protected] for more information on how you can get started.

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Jinsei – Life Consulting

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Are you a fan of slice of life anime? FUNimation has acquired the digital and home video rights for Jinsei – Life Consulting! The complete series will be available on our site today for subscribers at 6pm ET/5pm CT, in Japanese with English subtitles. Episodes will be available for free users in two weeks. Click here for more information about the series.

 

Please note that these episodes will be the broadcast materials. We’ll release the series with final materials once those are available. Stay tuned for details!

 

series synopsis:

When bespectacled Yuki Akamatsu joins his school’s 2nd Newspaper Club, he finds himself caught in the crossfire between three pretty panelists assigned to the Life Advice column. Rino Endo has a mind for science, Fumi Kujo loves literature, and Izumi Suzuki covers the world of sports. If students have questions that need answers, these are the girls to ask, but cute as they may be, these panelists never seem to agree on anything! Needless to say, navigating life in the 2nd Newspaper Club is gonna be more than poor Yuki bargained for!

Mini A-kon Convention this Saturday!

UPDATE: EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

It’s baaaaack! Calling all anime lovers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Mini A-kon is this Saturday at the Denton Civic Center and Emily Fowler Public Library! Admission is FREE, so come on down and join us. Click here for more information.

The FUNimation Industry Panel will be in the Library Meeting Room at 10:30am. We’ll also have an information booth, so be sure to stop by and say “Hi!”