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FUNimation Acquires the Rights to Ninja Slayer

ninjaWasshoi!! Our newest simulcast announcement goes out to fans of Trigger, the kickass and fan-favorite rising star anime studio that brought you one-of-a-kind titles as Little Witch Academia, Inferno Cop, and the mega-hit Kill la Kill!

 

FUNimation has acquired the streaming and home video license for Ninja Slayer, the long-awaited new show with all the styling and bombast you’ve come to love from Trigger! Ninja Slayer’s origin is shrouded in mystery; although it originally appeared as a novel series posted on Twitter in Japan, legend has it that it was actually translated from an original English series from two enigmatic American creators, Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez, who are totally on the run from actual ninjas. Who knows? All we can say is that with this origin story and this studio, Ninja Slayer is going to be way over-the-top and frickin’ awesome.

 

So we’ve told you what’s up with Ninja Slayer, but what’s it about? Here’s the summary:

 

From Kill la Kill’s radical Studio Trigger comes a badass and outrageous ninja anime that kicks reason to the curb with a screaming “WASSHOI!”

 

Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian cyber underworld of Neo-Saitama is ruled from the shadows by an intricate web of drugs, yakuza gangs, and evil syndicate ninjas wielding fearsome “karate.” In a sea of the blood of his enemies, a lone maverick stands. NINJA SLAYER is a ninja who kills other ninjas in the name of ninja vengeance. A former salaryman whose family was killed by evil ninjas, Ninja Slayer cheats death and casts away his past to embrace the dark, mystical NINJA SOUL, a mysterious spirit that grants him great power in his quest for revenge. But will this bloodthirsty spirit consume Ninja Slayer before his enemies are all “dead on departure?” Domo. I’m Ninja Slayer.

 

And here’s your Japanese voice cast:

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Ninja Slayer/
Kenji Fujikido
Toshiyuki Morikawa Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach), Naraku (Inuyasha),
Shishiwakamaru (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Dark Ninja/
Fujio Katakura
Sho Hayami Sosuke Aizen (Bleach), Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun)
Nancy Lee Chiwa Saito Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica),
Hitagi Senjyogahara (Bakemonogatari)
Yamoto Koki Sora Amamiya Akame (Akame ga Kill!), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul),
Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero)
Dragon Yukano Risa Taneda Xenovia (High School DxD New),
Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie in April),
Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary)
Laomoto Khan Masane Tsukayama Zoken Mato (Fate.Zero)
Clone Yakuza Tessho Genda Kurama (Naruto)

 

Simulcast launch date and time are still TBD, but stay tuned to FUNimation social media to be the first to know! In the meantime, here’s the trailer:

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

yukichan keyFUNimation has acquired the rights for the romance, slice-of-life anime series–The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan!

 

Haruhi fans will be excited to know that Minori Chihara (Dragonaut’s Toa, Ikki Tousen’s Ekitoku Chouhi) and Tomokazu Sugita (Assassination Classroom’s Karasuma, Chobits’ Hideki Motosuwa) will reprise their roles as Yuki and Kyon…and perhaps there will even be a few other familiar voices, too!

 

Stay tuned to FUNimation’s social media channels and this blog for more information coming soon!

 

synopsis:

From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru. No true Haruhi devotee should miss The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

FUNimation Acquires Rights to Show By Rock!!

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We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for Studio Bones’ new super-cute nekomimi music anime, Show By Rock!! This series is all about music and features bands of cute animal-ear girls AND handsome animal-ear guys, covering all types of music— pop, visual kei rock, Japanese, and more, with something for all audiences. The Show By Rock!! franchise comes to you in conjunction with Sanrio (yes, THAT Sanrio), and it’s got lots of popular Japanese seiyuu voice actors with popular singing backgrounds, so you know it’s going to be adorable and fun!

 

Here’s a preview of the bands in Show By Rock!!

 

Plasmagica

Our protagonists, catgirl Cyan, bunnygirl ChuChu, doggirl Retoree and sheepgirl Moa, of Plasmagica

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTRESS PREVIOUS ROLES
Cyan Eri Inagawa
ChuChu Sumire Uesaka Fubuki (KanColle), Anastasia (Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls),
Sanae Dekomori (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions)
Retoree Manami Numakura Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster), Takao (Arpeggio of Blue Steel),
Yumi Iguchi (Shirobako)
Moa Ayane Sakura Nagato, Naka and Shimakaze (KanColle),
Haru Onodera (Nisekoi), Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)

 

 

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The ultra-cool Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz

 

Features Kishow Taniyama (Uta no Prince-sama’s Natsuki Shinomiya, Bakumatsu Rock’s Ryoma Sakamoto, Kuroko no Basket’s Tatsuya Himuro) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Crow!

 

Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

The lovely ladies of Japanese-inspired Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

Trichronika
The starry boyband Trichronika

Features Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose, Free!’s Rin Matsuoka, Death Parade’s Harada) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Shu Zo!

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And the anime-original ultra-cuties of Cristicrista!

 

Simulcast schedule will be announced soon, so stay tuned to FUNimation social media until then! Here’s the synopsis:

 

Musical merriment and cute creatures collide in this series from the dream team pairing Sanrio and Studio Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)!

Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…

 

Check out the Promotional Videos below!

 

 

English Cast Announcements for PING PONG THE ANIMATION and Wanna Be The Strongest In The World

Fresh from Anime Detour, we’ve got two English cast announcements for you today!

 

pingpongFirst up, we’ve got the critically-acclaimed PING PONG THE ANIMATION!

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

Yutaka Hoshino/Peco – Aaron Dismuke
Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile – Micah Solusod
Jo Koizumi/Butterfly Joe – Mark Stoddard
Ryuichi Kazama/Dragon – Marcus D. Stimac
Manabu Sakuma/Demon- Anthony Bowling
Kong Wenge/China – Alan Chow
Ota – Tyson Rinehart
Masayuki Sanada – Ian Sinclair
Shuji Nekota – Clifford Chapin
Yurie – Lindsay Seidel
Egami – Eric Vale
Michio – Jeremy Inman

 

CREW

ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
Lead ADR Engineer – Alyssa Galindo

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FUNimation Spring 2015 Simulcasts – Continuing Shows

Almost time for a new season to begin! I’m sure you’re all wondering if we’ll be able to top last season, but first, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way. Take a look below at our continuing simulcasts for Spring 2015.

 

a_classroom_key_0564Assassination Classroom

 

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!

 

You can catch new episodes of Assassination Classroom every Friday at 1:50pm ET on http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom. Don’t forget to watch our Broadcast Dub of the series, new episodes released every Wednesday at 8:00pm ET as part of our DubbleTalk block! Click here for more info about DubbleTalk.

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

 

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 new episodes of this popular hit series every Saturday at 10pm ET. You can catch it on http://funimation.com/one-piece or via http://onepieceofficial.com

 

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

 

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!

 

New episodes available every Friday at 10pm ET on http://funimation.com/fairy-tail.

 

Which other shows will be joining our line up for Spring 2015? You’ll just have to wait to find out! But, you won’t have to wait long, maybe just long enough for a little Detour

 

 

Maria the Virgin Witch English Cast Announcement

And now, for our final Broadcast Dub cast announcement. Here’s your English cast and crew for Maria the Virgin Witch! The Broadcast Dub will premiere this Sunday at 10:30am ET. Click here to check out the current episodes in Japanese with subtitles.

 

Series synopsis:

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.

 

 

Maria the Virgin WitchMAIN CAST

MARIA – Alexis Tipton
ARTEMIS – Whitney Rodgers
PRIAPUS – Jerry Jewell
EZEKIEL – Leah Clark
JOSEPH – Austin Tindle

 

CAST

ANN – Lara Woodhull
BERNARD – Sonny Strait
MICHAEL – Caitlin Glass
GALFA – Chris Rager

 

CREW

ADR Director – Sonny Strait
Lead ADR Engineer – Matt Grounds
Assistant ADR Engineer – Jose Sandoval
Translator – Nobuaki Taguchi
Script Writer – Patrick Seitz

 

How have you been enjoying the Broadcast Dubs so far? Would you like to see more? Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see as a Broadcast Dub for this coming spring season.

 

 

Yurikuma Arashi terminology change

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Attention Yurikuma Arashi fans! We are making a slight terminology change in the series and wanted to let you know. Early on in the series we realized that one of the approved terms we were using, ‘Kumalia,’ would be better displayed as ‘Kumaria’ in keeping with the series’ themes. We approached the licensor with this recommendation and have now received approval for the term change, which we are implementing immediately into future subtitled episodes starting with episode 11, and into future Broadcast Dub episodes as well.

 

 

 

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Cast Announcement

Are you a fan of video games? So, you know when there’s an anime adaptation of one of your favorite games that the first thing you want to know is “Did they get the game cast for the anime?”

 

Well good news, everyone! We were able to get the majority of the BlazBlue cast back to reprise their roles for BlazBlue: Alter Memory. Plus, Patrick Seitz (the voice of Ragna) is the ADR Director!

 

blazblueCHARACTER – ACTOR

RAGNA THE BLOODEDGE – Patrick Seitz
JIN KISARAGI – David Vincent
NOEL VERMILLION – Cristina Vee
RACHEL ALUCARD – Mela Lee
HAZAMA – Doug Erholtz
HAKUMEN – David Vincent
BANG SHISHIGAMI – Steve Kramer
LITCHI FAYE-LING – Lauren Landa
ARAKUNE – Spike Spencer
CARL CLOVER – Michelle Ruff
RELIUS CLOVER – Travis Willingham
NU-13 – Cristina Vee
LAMBDA-11 – Cristina Vee
JUBEI – Kirk Thornton
KOKONOE – Julie Ann Taylor
TSUBAKI YAYOI – Julie Ann Taylor
MAKOTO NANAYA – Cindy Robinson
PLATINUM THE TRINITY – Alexis Tipton
VALKENHAYN R. HELLSING – Doug Stone
GII – Cindy Robinson
NAGO – Ethan Murray
THE IMPERATOR – Kate Davis
TAKAMAGAHARA – Geoffrey Chalmers, Bryce Papenbrook, Wendee Lee

 

CREW

ADR Director – Patrick Seitz
Assistant ADR Director – Kirsten Perotti
Lead Engineer – Phil Brewster

 

Click here to order your copy now, available on June 30th on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

 

series synopsis:

Catch all your favorite BlazBlue characters in action in this thrilling anime based on the popular fighting game franchise!

Long ago, an insidious black beast sought to obliterate the human race, but the monster was defeated by a valiant Band of Heroes wielding the power of Ars Magus: a potent combo of magic and technology. Now, a roguish outlaw known as Ragna the Bloodedge seeks to wreak havoc upon the Librarium, a clandestine organization that governs Ars Magus. Armed with the mighty Azure Grimoire, Ragna quickly becomes the target of vigilantes, scientists, vampires, and Librarium foot soldiers. As he spirals toward a violent showdown with the maniacal Hazama, Ragna will discover just how closely his fate is tied to the future of our world!

Discover the story behind gaming’s deadliest moves in this series from the animation studio behind the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasm cutscenes!

Something Special is Coming for Soul Eater Superfans

Soul_Eater_Yearbook_Cover FrontIn 2010, we began releasing Soul Eater. It turns out that more than a few of you enjoyed the Cool-with-a-capital-C class of the Death Weapon Meister Academy.

 

Recently, our team realized that in spite of how popular Soul Eater is and has always been, the show has never received any kind of specialty packaging. As you are probably guessing at this very moment…we’ve decided to change that.

 

On June 30, 2015—the same day that prequel series Soul Eater Not! goes on sale –we will release Soul Eater in a Blu-ray Premium Edition, exclusively for the series’ superfans. This special release consists of:

 

- Soul Eater The Complete Series on Blu-ray (51 episode + 80 minutes of on-disc extras)
- A hard-bound Soul Eater “yearbook” featuring 64 pages of glossy, full-color art
- And yes, there are pages where you can have friends—or perhaps your favorite Soul Eater voice actors –sign messages!

 

This release is not a retailer exclusive, but we are printing a very limited quantity, so we strongly recommend that you preorder it now! Click here.

 

And don’t forget to buy Soul Eater Not!—the prequel to Soul Eater featuring back stories for some of your favorite characters, and some new classmates we know you’ll love! Click here.

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’

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World Premiere April 11, 2015 at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

 

It’s the news fans have been waiting for! FUNimation Entertainment is proud to announce its distribution of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the upcoming Japanese animated feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ represents the nineteenth feature film in the Dragon Ball series. Series creator Akira Toriyama was directly involved in the film’s production, just as he was in the highly successful Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The English dub of the new film will be released in theaters across North America in Summer 2015.

 

However, fans of the franchise may not have to wait until summer to get a look at the film! FUNimation Entertainment has teamed up with 20th Century FOX & Toei Animation to host the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (in Japanese w/ English subtitles) at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 11. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can be among the first in the world to see Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. A limited amount of tickets to the premiere will be available to fans and the general public beginning today at dragonballz.com.

 

For more information on Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, and to purchase tickets to the world premiere, please visit dragonballz.com. Tickets are extremely limited.

 

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