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Announcing: High School DxD BorN Broadcast Dub Cast

Update: Thank you to everyone that has posted comments regarding the first episode of the broadcast dub of High School DxD BorN. We understand the reactions from long term fans to the change in voice actors — which is the very reason we announced the recasting before the new dub aired. For differing reasons, both Scott Freeman and Teri Rogers could not return to the show. FUNimation had no other choice but to bring on two new voice actors, Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel, to High School DxD BorN in order to produce the dub. No amount of time or delay would have changed this. We hope new and especially existing fans will give Josh an Kelly the opportunity to settle into the characters. They are very talented actors and will do the show proud. FUNimation is committed to bringing the best in anime to our subscribers and sometimes, in this case, changes are unavoidable.

 

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 2, 2015. FUNimation Entertainment announced today the cast for the Broadcast Dub of High School DxD BorN (Season 3).  Weekly, subtitled episodes of the simulcast began airing on FUNimation’s streaming service on April 4 with new episodes premiering each Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Now four episodes into Season 3, FUNimation will be commencing production on the dub versions of the High School DxD BorN simulcast.

 

The cast of High School DxD BorN includes the addition of Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel in the roles of Issei and Akeno, respectively. Grelle is a FUNimation veteran and fan favorite and is well known for his TV, movie and video game roles from Attack on Titan and Mass Effect to The Devil is a Part-Timer and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.  The remaining cast from past seasons including Jamie Marchi, Sean O’Connor and Jād Saxton will be returning for this season’s simulcast.

 

“’We have always tried incredibly hard to retain the original voice cast for our dubbed releases.  However, there are instances where ‘life just gets in the way’, and this is one of those unfortunate situations,” said Justin Cook, director of production at FUNimation. “With that being said, we are proud to bring the talents of both Josh and Kelly into the cast, and though they have big shoes or bras, as the case may be, to fill, I believe our work this season will be the best ever, despite the changes and challenges.”

CHARACTER                           ACTOR

 

Issei                                         Josh Grelle

Rias                                         Jamie Marchi

Akeno                                     Kelly Angel

Kiba                                        Sean O’Connor

Koneko                                   Jād Saxton

Asia                                        Chloe Daniels

Yuma Amano                        Felecia Angelle (one time flashback)

Matsuda                                Tyson Rinehart

Motohama                            Ruben Tadeo Garcia

 

 

Season Synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are back! Lovable loser Issei and his spirited schoolmates return for a new season of supernatural tussles and mischievous mayhem—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but adolescent antics…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Kiba, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and flirt their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

For more information on or to watch High School DxD BorN, please visit www.funimation.com/high-school-dxd.

 

A Bittersweet “Goodbye” and a Hearty “Hello” from the Social Team

michelle_kollaboration“Bittersweet” is certainly the most fitting description for today’s announcement: we say goodbye to one member of our team and hello to another.

Our Social Media Manager, Michelle Lee, is moving on to pursue other opportunities. She played a hugely integral role on the social team for the last few years and while we are definitely sad to see her go, we are incredibly excited about her next step in life. Many of you, whether you follow the blog avidly or not, will recognize Michelle’s name and work. From conventions, to planning, to videos, to fan feedback, to killer one-liners and so much more, she rocked it all.

 

Thank you for everything, Michelle! 

 

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Now, you may have noticed a new name on the FUNimation blog over the last few days: Godswill Ugwa. We are thrilled to introduce Godswill as our newest Social Media Coordinator!  He’ll be joining Lauren and me to help bring you announcements, contests, feedback and more! Please join us in welcoming him!

 

Godswill is no stranger to anime and geek culture. When he’s not dancing, playing video games, fighting, or doing his master’s program at UT Dallas, he’s over at FUNimation doing his best to craft some witty quips for the social media pages. As an undergraduate at UT Dallas, he founded the ANIM3 Club and created the school’s first convention, Comet-Con, which just finished its third run. His top anime right now are One Piece (BTW his favorite character is Franky which he cosplayed as), Gurren Lagann, and Hunter x Hunter.

Spring Cleaning Sale!

We’re doing a little spring cleaning in our Shop! For a limited time (4/27 – 5/11), you can get reduced prices on over 400 products (such as Murder Princess) in our Spring Clearance Sale! Click here to start grabbing these titles!

 

As a special bonus to All-AccessPass Subscribers, if you buy 2 products, you will get a 3rd at 50% off! And this is in addition to the already lowered sale prices! And because we love you, you get free shipping! If you’re not an All-AccessPass Subscriber, you can get free shipping on orders over $50.

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What are you waiting for? This sale won’t last long! Get your products now!

 

D-Frag! Digital Downloads!

D-Frag! releases next Tuesday (4/28) and hopefully you’re as excited as we are!

 

In fact, personally I’m so excited that I changed my own desktop wallpapers to rotate with some special wallpapers!

 

Which special wallpapers you may ask? Why these awesome, free D-Frag! wallpapers! Now you can have the zany action on your computer. Click the images to head to the extras page where you get the right size for your screen!

 

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Be sure to pre-order your copy of the D-Frag! Complete Series on the FUNimation shop!

 

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Synopsis:

Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game-making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.

 

Soul Eater Not! English Cast Announcement

SLN_keyFeel like you need to have another semester at Death Weapon Meister Academy? We’ve got you covered with a pre-order of the next class of Soul Eater Not!

(psst… we also have a cheat sheet of the English cast… don’t tell the principal!)

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

Tsugumi – Bryn Apprill
Anya – Alexis Tipton
Meme – Lindsay Seidel
Shaula Gorgon – Elizabeth Maxwell
Akane Hoshi – Ian Sinclair
Clay Sizemore – Bryce Papenbrook


Crew

ADR Director – Zach Bolton
Assistant ADR Director – Cris George
Script Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Synopsis:

Get ready to meet the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy! Tsugumi Harudori and her outrageous friends make up the NOT class at this stylish school dedicated to training living, breathing weapons and uniting them with the Meisters who’ll wield them! Soul Eater fanatics will be psyched to meet these epic new characters – and catch up with all their favorites from the original series. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure as Tsugumi and her pals weave their own exciting tale of deadly life at DWMA!

 

You can pre-order the complete series here!

 

Check the class syllabus down below:

Announcing: Rainy Cocoa — now streaming!

Rainy CocoaSpring simulcast season is well underway (have you started watching it yet? Check out all our shows at funimation.com/spring!), 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 funimation.com/shows/rainy-cocoa, 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!

Noragami English Cast Announcement

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Any Yato fans out there? It’s not every day you find a delivery god this affordable! Know what else is affordable? This English cast announcement! It’s absolutely free, our gift to you. Check it out below!

 

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Yato – Jason Liebrecht
Hiyori – Bryn Apprill
Yukine – Micah Solusod
Kofuku – Alexis Tipton
Daikoku – Ian Sinclair
Rabo – Mike McFarland
Nora – Lauren Landa
Bishamon – Elizabeth Maxwell
Kazuma – Eric Vale

 

 

CREW

 

ADR Director – Mike McFarland

Script Writer – Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Noragami will be available on July 7th. Keep an eye on our Shop for pre-order listings!

 

series synopsis:

Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.

 

 

Like the music from the trailer? It’s an original piece composed in house! We’re making it available for download for free!  Either play the music on the player below or download the MP3 file by right-clicking this link and use the “Save Link As…” option.

 

 

Title: “5 Yen”
Composition: Andrew Manson
Guitar Solo: Austin Black

009 Re:Cyborg – English Cast Announcement & Pre-order!

_入稿0718_OLThe wait is over, sci-fi anime fans— the new sci-fi action thriller anime 009 Re:Cyborg is now available for preorder— and getting an English dub! Plus, we’re announcing the release specs AND the cast announcement!

 

What’s 009 Re:Cyborg? Well, if you loved the classic cerebral sci-fi action anime like Ghost in the Shell or Akira from “the good old days”— movies that astounded you visually, throttled your adrenaline, but also made you think— 009 Re:Cyborg is definitely an extension of that tradition. The film comes to you with the cutting-edge action-packed production values of legendary studio Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell: Arise), plus smart, slick direction that could only come from the mind of the director of Ghost in the Shell: SAC and Eden of the East, Kenji Kamiyama.

 

The first-run release of 009 Re:Cyborg is our Limited Edition and comes with an exclusive 44-page Interview and Data booklet, packed to the brim with behind-the-scenes key points about the direction and world of the film, as well as artwork, character profiles, and a very thorough interview with the director. As anime fans, we’ve loved seeing Director Kamiyama’s take on how technology affects human interactions in our modern and increasingly globalized world, themes hugely apparent in his past works, so if you like cool sci-fi that also has meaning, 009 Re:Cyborg is a real showcase of all of that. When we say that this booklet is packed, we mean PACKED— it’s very dense and a great value add to any fans who wants to get a little more out of anime. Look out for previews of the booklet soon!

 

With that all out of the way, here’s your cast!

 

009: Joe Shimamura…………………  JASON GRIFFITH
002: Jet Link MARC DIRAISON
003: Françoise Arnoul ERIN FITZGERALD
004: Albert Heinrich DAVE B. MITCHELL
007: Great Britain JOHN WHITE
008: Pyunma MARCUS GRIFFIN
006: Chang Changku MICHAEL SORICH
005: Geronimo Jr. PATRICK SEITZ
001: Ivan Whisky STEPHANIE SHEH
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Dr. Isaac Gilmore GEORGE C. COLE
Samuel Klein KEVIN T. COLLINS
Void GREG ABBEY
Navy Man SEAN SCHEMMEL

 

STAFF

Voice Direction………………………… MICHAEL SINTERNIKLAAS…………ANTHONY TORTORICI
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Mixing DAVID RAYMER
Produced by N.Y.A.V. Post

 

 

009 Re:Cyborg is now available for preorder and releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack July 28. Stay tuned for more details, including sneak peeks at the packaging and booklet, plus the trailer!

 

 

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.

 

synopsis:

 

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.

Announcing: Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Figure Coming to North America!

Hey Tokyo Ghoul fans! FUNimation is thrilled to offer you a first look at something very exciting from Kotobukiya: a new Tokyo Ghoul figure —  coming to North America!

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KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  The latest new addition to the ARTFXJ lineup (a bold expansion designed “to bring classic Japanese characters to their fans worldwide”) is the horror manga and anime property Tokyo Ghoul, featuring the story of a young man who’s turned into a half-ghoul and discovers a world he never knew existed.  The first ARTFXJ presentation is the main character in his fully expressed half-ghoul state, KEN KANEKI AWAKENED VER.!

 

Once a normal university freshman, Ken received the transplant of a ghoul organ which gave him his abilities and alternate form which he shows off here.  The half-ghoul stands on a broken rubble base in a relaxed pose, ready to attack.  Ken wears a tattered gray shirt and white shorts… but that’s just the remains of his human life.  Crawling up his neck and over his face is his horrific ghoul mask complete with eye patch, though his rictus grin and one solid black eye are exposed.  Of course, being awakened means that the half-ghoul’s “kagune” is released; Ken’s takes the form of four thick, tongue-like tentacles protruding from his back and undulating around him!  A highly detailed sculpt and masterful paint applications make the half man/half monster a truly impressive display piece.

 

Take a look at these gorgeous, never-before-seen images of Ken Kaneki Awakened Ver., below!

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