FUNimation Acquires Rights for Rolling Girls

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CUTE GIRLS ON MOTORCYCLES!

 

FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for Rolling Girls!  Get ready for an action-packed and awesomely-animated new show—and the first original TV animated series from Wit Studio, the powerhouse that brought you Attack on Titan! After Wit Studio burst through the gates with Attack on Titan as their first animated series, both fandom and industry have been closely following to see what they’ll bring us next. Aside from cool characters and motorcycles, The Rolling Girls features energetic fight scenes and dynamic movement that any animation visual effects fan (that’s sakuga otaku) will love. Check out the trailer to see that in action!

 

What’s The Rolling Girls actually about? The short of it is that a kickass group of girls ride around a war-ravaged Japan on their sweet bikes, solving problems and figuring stuff out in this brave new world. For more details, here’s the synopsis:

 

Gun your engines and get ready for the full-throttle adventure of The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! In the wake of the Great Tokyo War, Japan – as the world once knew it – no longer exists. What remains is a fragmented network of independent nations, each ruled by a prophet known as a Mosa. Every Mosa commands an army, or Mob, as they seek to conquer anyone in their path. Enter Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya. Together, these intrepid and adorable girls travel across battle-ravaged Japan, seeking to transform themselves – and their world!

 

Streaming schedule is TBA at this time, so stay tuned for more info coming soon!

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Celebrate the Acquisition of Inari Kon Kon With a Free Calendar!

Do you love Japanese culture?  Fantasy or romance anime? ADORABLE chibi foxes?

 

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(Seriously, we’re not kidding around about the adorableness of THIS FOX.)

 

If your answer is yes to any of these, look out for our upcoming home video release of Inari Kon Kon (full Japanese title: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.) coming in 2015, a lovely little series full of cool Japanese mythology, gorgeous shrines, heartwarming romance, AND… refreshingly well-written, likeable characters? Seriously, as cute as this show is, it’s got some moments of maturity and character development that belie its sweet exterior.

 

To celebrate the home video release, we’re giving you a downloadable year calendar featuring the exquisite Japan-inspired artwork of the show! Use them as your desktop wallpaper to keep track of the dates, or print them out and stick them on your wall as a physical reminder! Click here to download the calendar now.

 

 

 

inari_keyseries synopsis:

Inari is a cheerful girl in Kyoto who has a crush on one of the coolest guys in her middle school, but she can’t seem to confess her feelings to him. After saving a beautiful goddess’s familiar, the deity blesses Inari with the ability to shapeshift—much to the chagrin to the rest of the spiritual world. Will love bloom for the newly empowered girl when the spirits intervene?

 

This series will be released subtitle-only (Japanese audio with English subtitles).

 

Click here for more information about Inari Kon Kon, and to watch episodes on our site!

FUNimation Site Updates

Great news, FUNimation fans! We’ve undergone some major upgrades to our site to make your viewing experience even better. Take a look below for some of the improvements.

 

Users May Notice:

  • The video player now remembers where you left off on all episodes and movies.

 

  • Based on user feedback, we have completely overhauled the Queue.
  • Add any show to your Queue directly from the Queue. Just choose a Show and click “Add to Queue”.

 

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FUNimation 2015 Convention Schedule

We know you all are looking forward to this upcoming convention season as much as we are! We’ve got a ton of awesome, fun stuff planned for you this year and we can’t wait to get started!

 

Take a look below at our 2015 Convention Schedule:

 

oniG mechaIkkicon – Jan 2 – Austin, TX
Otakon Vegas – Jan 16 – Las Vegas, NV
PAX South – Jan 23 – San Antonio, TX
OhayoCon – Jan 30 – Columbus, OH
Anime Milwaukee – Feb 13 – Milwaukee, WI
Katsucon – Feb 13 – National Harbor, MD
PAX East – March 6 – Boston, MA
SXSW Gaming – March 13 – Austin, TX
Anime Detour – March 27 – Bloomington, MN
Anime Boston – April 3 – Boston, MA
C2E2 – April 24 – Chicago, IL
Anniminneapolis – May 8 – Minneapolis, MN
Anime Central – May 15 – Rosemont, IL
MomoCon – May 28 – Atlanta, GA
Project Akon – June 5 – Dallas, TX
Florida SuperCon – June 26 – Miami, FL
Anime Expo – July 2 – Los Angeles, CA
SDCC – July 8 – San Diego, CA
Otakon – July 24 – Baltimore, MD
San Japan – July 31 – San Antonio, TX
Otakuthon – August 7 – Montreal, Quebec Canada
AnimeFest – September 4 – Dallas, TX
NDK – Sept 11 – Denver, CO
Anime Weekend Atlanta – September 24 – Atlanta, GA
NYCC – October 8 – New York, NY

 

*Please note that this list is subject to change, and we may be adding more conventions throughout the year as they get confirmed.

 

 

Win a One Year Subscription to FUNimation.com!

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Help our friends at GameSamba launch their new Rainbow Saga server and earn a chance to win some prizes!

 

Rainbow Saga is a free-to-play sidescrolling MMORPG that you can play in your browser. Pick from three classes and battle a variety of crazy enemies, ranging from sentient pineapples to demons, in an attempt to rescue the kidnapped princess and save the kingdom of Troonmill.

 

We’ve given GameSamba several prizes:

 

  • 1 First Place Winner gets a One Year Subscription to FUNimation.com
  • 4 Second Place Winners get a One Month Subscriptions to FUNimation.com
  • 10 Third Place Winners get a $5 off coupon towards the FUNimation Store.

 

The requirements are that you must play the game here http://rainbow.gamesamba.com on the GameSamba server, and reach Level 20 in the game by then end of the year. All players who reach that level, are entered into the prize drawing.

 

So what are you waiting for? Lets Play!

 

FUNimation Returning Simulcasts for Winter 2015

Yesterday, we announced we have obtained the rights to the highly anticipated anime series–Assassination Classroom! Today, we’ve got SEVEN titles for you!

 

We’re going to see some familiar faces this winter! Take a look below at the shows returning for Winter 2015!

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

Streaming every Fridays at 9pm ET

 

synopsis:

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

 

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Click here to check out episodes now!

 

 

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Streaming every Saturday at 9pm ET

 

The battle in Dressrosa rages on as Luffy & Law’s alliance is put to the test against the powerful Don Quixote Pirates.

 

series synopsis:

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes now on http://funimation.com/one-piece or http://onepieceofficial.com

 

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Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail Trading Card Game Comes to the U.S.

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Any Fairy Tail fans also collectible card game fans? We’ve got some exciting news for you! The Weiß Schwarz Fairy Tail trading card game is finally coming to the U.S. in English!

 

Never heard of Weiß Schwarz before? Well, it’s a collectible card game that’s a huge hit in Japan. It features characters and events from popular anime series and now includes the smash fantasy hit–Fairy Tail!

 

The game lets you pit anime characters against each other in intense card battles–the last player standing is the winner. Cards feature stunning anime art (see above) with special rare cards including voice actor and creator autographs! Click here to learn more about the rules of the game.

 

So, if you’ve ever wanted to see Natsu and Grey REALLY duke it out, Weiß Schwarz is something you definitely need to check out!

 

For more information about Weiß Schwarz, please click here to visit their site.

 

 

Something Weird is Coming…

a_classroom_key_0564Something weird is coming this winter! We’ve been rolling out some fun little teasers for our announcement today, but now it’s time for the real deal–FUNimation has acquired the rights for the highly anticipated Assassination Classroom!

 

Assassination Classroom will be joining our FUNimation Winter 2015 Simulcast Season! First episode will be available on January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Assassination Classroom? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Please visit http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom for more information about the series.

 

synopsis:

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

 

What do you think of our first announcement? Stay tuned for more!

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Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

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Have you visited the front page of Anime News Network today? If you have then you might have noticed something… interesting. In the upper left corner we included the box art for the Nobunagun release. A few fans were quick to notice, so if you were one of them–good job!

 

Now, fans have had a few questions about the release, especially concerning Blu-ray rights, so we’ll clear those up for you now. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available for pre-order on our site yet, but we’ll let everyone know as soon as it is. Please note that the box art for this release is not final yet and is subject to change.

 

Are you excited about the release of Nobunagun on Blu-ray and DVD? If you haven’t heard of this show before, take a look below at the synopsis:

 

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History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

 

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

 

Nobunagun streamed on our site as part of our Winter 2014 simulcast season. Click here to watch subtitled episodes now!

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop Jam Sessions: How Will You Watch?

cowboy bebopCowboy Bebop finally came out on Blu-ray in North America yesterday—if you haven’t ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? Get it here — now! 

 

For those of you who have received or are waiting for your copy, we’re curious about when and how you plan to sit down and watch one of anime’s biggest classics in gorgeous high-definition! So we’ve worked out a little questionnaire for you…or you could just share your plans by posting to social media using the hashtag #BebopJam, of course!