Be the First to Find Out About the Cast of Free! -Eternal Summer-!

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We’ve been hinting about our upcoming English dub cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-  but if you want to be the first to know when it hits, be sure to sign up for our Free! ES email updates and text alerts! We’ll also give you first looks into news, trailers, home video releases, packaging, and more.

 

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Laughing Under the Clouds – Guess That Voice Actor Event!

laughing under the cloudsOur exciting new initiative–FUNimation Broadcast Dubs–is launching this Saturday with Episode 1 of Laughing Under the Clouds! That’s right, fans will be able to enjoy the ENGLISH DUB of this series while it is currently broadcasting in Japan! (Click here to read our press release about FUNimation Broadcast Dubs.)

 

In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re going to play a little game–Guess That Voice Actor!

 

As this is a brand new series for FUNimation, we’ve got a brand new voice cast to announce. But rather than go with the same old boring announcement, we’re giving fans the chance to win an autographed Laughing Under the Clouds promotional poster if they can correctly guess the actors who voice the three Kumoh brothers in the series (Chutaro, Soramaru, and Tenka.)

 

Submitting your entry is simple! On Saturday, November 1st at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT the first episode of Laughing Under the Clouds will be released for FUNimation subscribers in English. Watch the episode with us, or pay attention to our clues on Twitter, and submit your guesses in the comments section of the designated Facebook post, or in the comments of this blog post below. You will have from November 1st at 11:30am CT until Sunday at 11:59pm CT to submit your entries.  Click here for complete contest rules.

 

One random winner will be selected from among all eligible correct entries to win the autographed poster signed by the English cast and crew from the show.

 

New English episodes for the FUNimation Broadcast Dub of the series will be available every Saturday at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT on http://funimation.com/laughing-under-the-clouds.

 

The series is currently simulcasting in Japanese with English subtitles every Friday at 2:28pm ET/ 1:28pm CT. Click here to watch episodes now!

 

 

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Introducing FUNimation Broadcast Dubs!

Flower Mound, TX – (10/29/14) – FUNimation announced today the start of a new initiative–the FUNimation Broadcast Dub. Fans will soon be able to watch the English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation has experience with broadcast dubs, having had previous success dubbing the hit series Space Dandy for U.S. broadcast on Adult Swim. FUNimation Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers commercial-free and streaming in 1080 HD.

 

Currently, new episodes are simulcast with Japanese audio and English subtitles shortly after the original broadcast in Japan. Once the series has finished simulcasting, final materials are received from Japan and work begins on the English dubbed home video release.

 

However, with this new initiative, select series will be dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. When asked why the company has decided to launch FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, founder and president Gen Fukunaga replied, “We know that anime fans have a strong interest in English dubs, so we are doing everything we can to get them to the fans as soon as possible.”

 

Following the release of the FUNimation Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast.

 

Two shows have been chosen from the current Fall 2014 season to launch the initiative–Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

 

laughing under the cloudsFans will be able to watch Episode 1 of Laughing Under the Clouds in English on November 1st at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT on http://funimation.com/laughing-under-the-clouds. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are released every Friday at 2:28pm ET shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

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When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

 

psycho pass 2Episode 1 of Psycho-Pass 2 will be available in English on November 8th at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT on http://funimation.com/psycho-pass. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are available every Thursday at 12:50pm ET/ 11:50am CT shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!

 

 

For more information about FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, check out this interview on the Nerdist.

 

 

Not a FUNimation subscriber yet? Sign up today for the FUNimation Streaming Service and get full access to:

 

- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
- English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
- The largest selection of English dubs online
- HD commercial-free streaming episodes
- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360!

 

Just click here for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Sexy Wrestling Anime “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!”

wanna be the worlds strongestToday we’re excited to announce home video and streaming rights for Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Known as Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! in Japan (or Sekatsuyo! for short), this no-holds-barred sexy wrestling series comes to you from the studio behind Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny and Queen’s Blade.

 

The series will release on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015 with an English dub, but if you can’t wait that long, all English-subtitled episodes will be available today at 12pm CT on our site. FUNimation subscribers will be able to watch the series in HD! Marathon all twelve episodes today! Click here for more info.

 

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New Release Tuesday – Huge Halloween Haul!

Already eaten the goodies you were planning on “handing out” at Halloween? Can’t wait until you go Trick-or-Treating to get more? No problem!  This New Release Tuesday is packed full of surprises that will last longer than any bag of candy — and you can get them all today! Plus, we’ve got a special FUNimation Shop treat to make things even sweeter!

 

The first item in the goody bag is Dragon Ball Z –  Season 8

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to get your hands on the Blu-ray edition of Season 8 now, with episodes 220 – 253 and TONS of Special Features!

 

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The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror – Majin Buu!

As Goku and the Z-Fighters descend into Babidi’s lair, they are confronted by an army of powerful minions, led by the Demon King Dabura himself! Can our heroes resist the wizard’s dark magic and battle their way through this host of villains before time runs out? With each passing second, more energy is gathered for the sleeping Majin Buu. And should this creature of pure evil be awakened, all life – everywhere – will be extinguished!

 

 

Second, we have a double-dose of Fairy Tail!

 

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Using a book from the Heartfilia library as a guide, the members of Fairy Tail split up to track down pieces of the Infinity Clock—a legendary enchanted item that could have the power to bring ruin to the entire world. Standing in their way is a secret order of wizards known as the Legion Platoon, who don’t trust the magic time bomb in the hands of the notoriously destructive guild. As the clock ticks closer to doomsday, an old enemy—Oración Seis—is reborn in a terrifyingly powerful new form. This dark guild has its own plans for the magical timepiece, and if Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon can’t stop them from using the catastrophic clock, time could be up for the Fiore Kingdom.

 

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synopsis – Part 13

Oración Seis has kidnapped Lucy and is using her to power a clock capable of spreading catastrophic magic cross the world. If Fairy Tail doesn’t stop the dark guild, the entire Fiore Kingdom will fall into a waking nightmare and their teammate will merge with the enchanted timepiece forever. But Oración Seis isn’t the only group of wizards standing in their way: the Legion Platoon has decided that to save the world, they’ll destroy the magic clock—and Lucy. While Fairy Tail fights with all their power to rescue their teammate, the truth about Michelle comes to light and a devastating deception is exposed. When the clock begins to chime reality descends into chaos, and in the end Natsu and his fellow wizards might be too late.

 

 

 

Next in our Halloween haul is Ghost in the Shell – Arise, Borders 1 & 2

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Hetalia Characters Now on the Weaver App

Hetalia Promo Facebook cropJust in time for Hetalia Day, you can now add your favorite Hetalia characters to your messages with friends.

 

Hetalia art packs are available as an in-app purchase from within Weaver for only $1.99 each.

 

Each art pack comes with a multitude of character art to choose from such as America, France, Italy, Germany, and more. You can even get them in Chibi form! Nothing says “Squeee” better than sending your friend a Chibitalia image.

 

What is Weaver? Weaver, a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app that allows people to weave text conversations with illustrations is now available for free in the Apple App Store.

 

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You can watch a quick video on how Weaver works here.

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.

 

 

BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate Contest

EDIT: CONTEST IS FINISHED — SCROLL DOWN TO SEE OUR WINNERS!

 

 

Contest time! This is a big week for everyone’s favorite Umbra Witch, Bayonetta. Not only has her animated, feature film BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate come out, but the follow-up to the hit video game is releasing today! To celebrate, we’re giving you guys a chance to have all the Bayonetta you’ve always wanted, because who’d say no to that?! Here’s what’s up for grabs:

 

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* BAYONETTA 2 (for Wii U)
* BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
* Autographed cell replica from the film (signed by director Fuminori Kizaki)

 

How do you win this amazing prize pack? It’s easy! Head on over to the FUNimation Facebook page and look for this post here. Tell us what you love most about Bayonetta in the comments and you’re automatically entered to win. Four random winners will be chosen to win the awesome prize pack listed above. Contest ends on Monday, October 27 at 2pm CST. Click here for complete rules.

 

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The cutting-edge studio behind Afro Samurai brings to life the sexy, stylish, and undeniably-badass video game vixen who prowls the shadows of your wildest dreams.

Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!

 

Click here to get your copy of the movie today!

 

WINNERS

Congratulations to Daniel Collins, Corey Bailey, Courtney Tovar, and Savior Anderson! If you have not done so already, please check your Facebook messages (including the “Others” folder) for information on how to claim your prizes.

 

Thanks to everyone who entered! We really enjoyed reading all of the reasons you love Bayonetta so much!

 

 

Early Bird Pricing for Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition Ends Soon!

Pre-order your Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition NOW – the price goes up November 3!

 

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If you’ve been putting off your pre-order for the Cowboy Bebop FUNimation Edition, NOW is the time to preorder…the current early bird price of $64.98 will increase on Monday,  November 3. Spread the word!

 

Buy the FUNimation Exclusive Edition and receive:

 

-  Complete TV series on Blu-ray and DVD (combo pack)

-  Exclusive Limited Edition tri-fold packaging in the style of a vintage record cover

-  Display easel for packaging

-  Four exclusive art cards

-  Exclusive art card with foil-stamped autograph from director Shinichiro Watanabe

-  227 minutes of on-disc extras, including the original English cast feature “Dinner Aboard the Bebop”

-  Order now – only 2,500 available!

 

Don’t miss your chance! Click here to bring the jazz home now!