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How Do War Maidens Stack Up Against Goddesses?

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (available now!) features Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn and several, stunning War Maidens — each with godlike abilities!

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Motivated to take arms for different reasons, these sovereign women approach each situation with otherworldly powers yet relatable personalities…  And we noticed that some of these War Maidens reminded us of other powerful women in myth! So just for fun, we’ve matched a few of the War Maidens to comparable Greek Goddesses.

 

First up is…

 

Nike

Known as the Winged Goddess of Victory and the Goddess of Strength, Speed, and Victory. Nike would fly around battlefields rewarding victors with glory and fame.  But which of the War Maidens does she most closely resemble?

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Poll of the Week – Favorite Anime Monkey

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!

 

 

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Time To Celebrate – Black History Month

There’s something about anime that makes it more enticing than many other forms of media- movies, TV, even books. It’s often filled with fantastic characters that take on amazing tasks in extraordinary ways in a style that makes the heroes of other media pale in comparison. Many people who started in anime as kids, like myself, looked up to these protagonists as heroes. Names like Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and many, many others inspired hope in young fans, like myself. Even today, names like Kyoma (Dimension W), Saitama (One Punch Man), or Luffy (One Piece) inspire hope and bravery as I keep up with anime. However, it is rare to see characters that look like me, a Black man (more specifically a 1st-generation Nigerian-American), in one of my favorite medium.

 

Typically, “Black” characters in anime are either very stereotypical, so parodied that they don’t look like Black characters anymore, or are very ambiguous to where they don’t represent a certain race. And oftentimes, the few Black characters that exist are relegated to bum or bit roles that reinforce negative stereotypes: gangster/gangsta, criminal, etc. This has left a lack of heroes and role models that we in the Black community can look up to. However, I wanted to show off a few Black anime characters- whether they are explicitly Black, descendants of Africans, or even dark-skinned and with African features- that merit being looked at.

 

This piece is an opinion piece of an employee of Funimation. This list is by no means comprehensive of all of the Black characters that exist in anime. I hope that you enjoy the comments and ideas shared here!

 

 

Afro Samurai

Afro

 

Let’s kick off this list with one of the most arguably badass characters in all of anime. Afro is a wandering samurai who fights enemies constantly in order to protect the “number two” headband he wears in order to face off against the wearer of the “number one” headband, the man who killed his father- the previous “number one” headband owner. Afro means a lot as he is an explicitly Black character who isn’t a stereotypical figure, he is the main character, and he is one of the coolest characters in all of anime.

 

 

 

Michiko & Hatchin

Many of the Cast

 

Michiko & Hatchin takes place in a fictional South American country which is very much based on Brazil – Portuguese as a main language; a mixed-race population; and a varied topography of favelas, jungles, cities, and more. Many important characters are of African descent and are done with justice. Characters like Atsuko, Rita, and Satoshi have many Black features but are three-dimensional characters that have you excited for their every step.

 

 

 

Bleach

Yoruichi

 

Even though she is not a Funimation character, I would be remiss in not talking about her. As a past captain of the Soul Society, she leads main character, Ichigo, as a mentor. Although her race is more ambiguous than other characters in this list, it is striking to see a dark-skinned character as an important foil for the main cast. She’s a powerful woman who often aids the main cast and has been shown to be a leader that people look up to.

 

 

 

Gangsta.

Doug, Alex, and Galahad

 

The races of these characters aren’t explicit either but the portrayal of characters with dark skin and dreadlocks was much appreciated in the form of these characters. Even though they come from rough backgrounds as either mercenaries, gangsters, or prostitutes, they are characters with deep stories, emotions, and even powers as they contribute to much of the overall story.

 

 

 

 

Naruto

Killer Bee

 

Another dark-skinned character (and heck whole race) that I’d be remiss to ignore would be Killer Bee in Naruto Shippuden. Even though he can be more stereotypical (a rapping dark-skinned character) he has been a character that fans look up to with powers that rival the main cast. Rather than a parody, he is a true force to be reckoned with that fans and rivals can look at with respect.

 

 

 

One Piece

Fishmen and Mermaids

 

Even though there aren’t many (if any) explicit characters of African descent, the story of the Fishmen in the Fishmen Island arc (episodes 520-570) warrants talking about. The cast that ignites the conflict in the arc, Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime, are (loosely on the part of the author) based on the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

*Spoilers!!* 

Both characters are leaders that fight for their race -fishmen and mermaids- to be accepted by normal humans. The Queen fights peacefully with diplomacy and unification of the races. Fisher Tiger, a runaway slave, fights slavers and encourages past slaves to fight against humans; he also fights for segregation of the races in order to build up the fishmen and sea people (as well as other humans who have been enslaved). Both leaders fight each other’s philosophies but try to work together for the good of the sea people. However, both leaders are assassinated which puts the sea people in hostile tension with humans. The vacuum of the leaders causes fishmen and mermaids to be second-class citizens or in open conflict with humans.

 

 

 

Dimension W

Koorogi

 

A last example of a character I like is Koorogi of Dimension W. Although we haven’t seen much of him as of the present moment (episode 4 at the time of this post), he has shown himself to be a character I’m excited to see more. He is a talented hacker and intelligent and witty kid who works behind the scenes to aid the collectors in their search for illegal power sources (coils) in this future world. Even though he is ambiguous in his race, it is always nice to see dark-skinned characters in a positive light.

 

 

 

Like I’ve said before, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the views of all Black people. I’ve missed many other characters like Dutch from Black Lagoon, Kilik in Soul Eater, Casca from Berserk, and many more. However, I did want to share examples of characters that made us excited to be people of color in real life. I’d love to hear your comments or other characters that you’ve enjoyed within anime!

 

Free! ES Contest – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free!

Valentine’s Day is coming—and so is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Free! -Eternal Summer-, complete series + OVA! To celebrate both, we’re asking you to show your LOVE for your fave Free! boy—or pairs of boys, that’s cool too! And yes, we’re giving away prizes, of course!

 

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You may remember all the celebration pics we took over the last year commemorating our favorite swimboys’ birthdays. We had a blast making homemade desserts and setting up perfect photos of the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys’ special days. We want to see how you’ll celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the best way possible—surrounded by totems or romantic Valentine’s dinners with your favorite good-looking 2D swimmers. And hey, if you aren’t really into the idea of loving any one Free! boy, we’ll totally take celebratory photos of your favorite pairs of boys…

 

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Send us your pics of how YOU’RE celebrating Valentine’s day with your favorite Free! boy(s) by February 15, and we’ll share them on the Free! ES Facebook page and Tumblr! Also, we’ll giving away a prize pack of Free! ES merchandise (as we always do with this show) to our favorite entry.

 

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How can you submit? We’re giving you a ton of ways where we’ll repost entries as we get them and share the final set the day after Valentine’s:

 

 

Looking to actually spend some quality time with Free! -Eternal Summer-? Don’t forget to grab the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the full season + the exclusive never-before-streamed water gun fight OVA full episode! The Limited and Premium Editions come with a gorgeous water gloss box reminiscent of the Japanese releases, and all sets include both the English dub AND the original Japanese with English subtitles. Pre-order here!

 

See full contest rules here.

Poll of the Week – What Is Your Favorite Mecha?

Evangelion 3.33 is finally coming out and to celebrate, we want to see which anime mecha is your favorite of all time in this weekly poll! A mecha in this case is considered to be a bipedal, humanoid mechanized, giant robot that is controlled by a human/humanoid pilot. We’re including mechas from all over anime (not just Funimation titles) also, but if your favorite mecha isn’t there, feel free to add it as an other!

 

UPDATE: The winners have been announced! The classic Gundam comes out on top with Gainax titles close behind (Evangelion-2nd, Gurren Lagann-3rd)! Thanks for participating!

“Other” favorites include Macross, Megas XLR, Fafner, RahXephon, and Patlabor!

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Poll of the Week – Vote For Broadcast Dubs on Dubbletalk!

Season 4 of Dubbletalk is coming to a close and we’re gearing up for Season 5. This time, we’re letting the fans vote on which Broadcast dubbed anime they want to watch! The top 3 shows will be chosen and will be talked about during all of season 5 of Dubbletalk, so make sure you get your voice heard.

 

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Also we’ll be giving out Lootcrate boxes to 5 random participants, so at the end of the poll, put your email in and hope for the best!

 

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Time To Celebrate – Penguin Awareness Day

It’s Penguin Awareness Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite tuxedo-ed animals in anime: penguins! (Pandas are a close 2nd, while Zebras are 3rd.) We’re going to show off the cutest and best-dressed of animals yet clumsiest of walking animals within our Funimation titles! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on Funimation.com!

 

 

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Baby Penguins

 

We start the list off with the cutest of entrants: Baby Penguins. Get your hearts ready as these penguins even melt the hearts of hardened soldiers that are in the midst of fighting. Who needs war when you can have baby penguins?

 

 

 

 

Daimidaler: Prince vs Penguin Empire

Front-tailed Penguins

 

Next on the list are a more strange variant of penguins. These penguins aren’t friendly like many other types of penguins. In fact they’re down-right perverted and inappropriate! And let’s just say that their tails are in the front and they like to display them proudly…

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Pen Pen

 

Coming up now is the animal mascot of the famed Neon Genesis Evangelion series and movies, Pen Pen! He is the warm-water penguin roommate of the lively Misato. Too bad he’s not too keen on new roommates…

 

 

 

 

Free! Eternal Summer

Nagisa Loves Penguins

 

Finally we end on a short dreamland. Nagisa from Free! shows us a true paradise – living in harmony with penguins.

 

 


There are so many other awesome penguins in anime that we wish we could list, but there’s only so much space! What are your favorite anime penguins?

 

Poll of the Week – Which Winter 2016 Simulcast Are You Most Excited For?

This new year, we want to ask you, the fans, what you enjoy every week about our simulcast season! We’ll be asking all types of questions from ‘which simulcast are you excited for’ to ‘favorite main character’ and of course even more as the season rolls on!

 

Take the poll here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5Q7N9ZW

 

 

UPDATE – The winners have been announced! Thanks for participating!

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FUNimation Fan Favorites Results

FUNimation Fan Favorites 2015

 

After nearly two weeks of voting, the fans have spoken. As we kick off 2016 with our Winter Season, we hope you enjoyed your holidays and a wonderful year full of great anime simulcasts and broadcast dubs. We look forward to bringing you even more great anime in the new year, but it’s finally time to bestow the honors upon your favorites of 2015. Remember, all winners were picked by you, the fans, so if you don’t agree with every category, be sure to voice your opinions! Now, without further ado…

 

Favorite Opening/Ending:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Hero:

Natsu (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Villain:

Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom)

Favorite Non-Human Character:

Yato (Noragami Aragoto)

Favorite Weapon/Ability:

Fire Magic (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Fight Scene:

Natsu vs Rogue & Sting (Fairy Tail)

Favorite Story:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Soundtrack:

Noragami Aragoto

Favorite Simulcast:

Fairy Tail

Favorite Broadcast Dub:

Noragami Aragoto

Fan Favorites Images

Today (1/4/16) is the last day to vote in the 2015 Funimation Fan Favorites award to see what are your favorite shows, characters, and moments from our 2015 simulcast and broadcast dub seasons. You can take place in the voting

Below are clips and gifs which should help you in the voting process. You can also start your 14-day free trial to our streaming service right now to see why these shows are at the top!

 

Favorite Opening/Ending

 

 Noragami Aragoto Opening

 

Death Parade Opening

 

Blood Blockade Battlefront Ending

 

Gangsta. Opening

 

 

 

Favorite Hero

Yato – Noragami Aragoto
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Natsu – Fairy Tail
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Nagisa – Assassination Classroom
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Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul Route √A
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Favorite Villain

 

Koro- Sensei – Assassination Classroom
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Zeref – Fairy Tail
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Femt/King of Depravity – Blood Blockade Battlefront
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Kugaha – Noragami Aragoto
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Favorite Non-Human Character

 

Koro-Sensei – Assassination Classroom
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Decim – Death Parade
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Yato – Noragami Aragoto
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Mikaela Hyakuya – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

 

 

 

Favorite Weapon/Ability

 

Yoichi’s Bow – Seraph of the End

Koro-Sensei’s Abilities – Assassination Classroom

Natsu’s Fire Abilities – Fairy Tail

Yukine – Noragami Aragoto

 

 

 

Favorite Fight Scene

 

Yato vs BishamonNoragami Aragoto

Natsu vs Rogue and StingFairy Tail

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Daryun vs Lord SilvermaskThe Heroic Legend of Arslan

 

 

 

Favorite Story

 

Death Parade

Noragami Aragoto

Seraph of the End

Assassination Classroom

 

 

Favorite Soundtrack

 

 

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Noragami Aragoto

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Death Parade

 

Favorite Simulcast (Subbed)

 

 

Noragami Aragoto

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Fairy Tail

Assassination Classroom

Death Parade

 

Favorite Broadcast Dub (English)

 

 

Assassination Classroom

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Death Parade

Noragami Aragoto

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