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Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series Joins Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

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Flower Mound, Texas (August 23, 2014) – Saturday night television is about to get a lot more bloody! Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network paired with Cartoon Network, announced today that it will begin airing volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series during the popular, Toonami anime block. The action-packed, supernatural epic is set to debut on September 13 at 3:00AM ET/1:00AM CT (in the former Black Lagoon time slot). Volumes will air in an hour-long block and will be edited to fit TV-MA broadcast standards.

 

Hellsing Ultimate will be joining the Toonami ranks with other FUNimation Entertainment shows Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

 

In case you missed it, the final chapters in the Hellsing Ultimate series are coming to home video later this year. Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes IX & X will be released on Blu-ray & DVD on October 28th. Check out the Coming Soon trailer below and pre-order on FUNimation.com right here.

 

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Heads to Home Video With an Uncut Version of the Film — 20 Minutes of Footage Not Seen in Theaters!

dbz bog box artFlower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

 

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

 

This must-own movie, from series creator Akira Toriyama, will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on October 7, 2014. Pre-orders are available starting today. Click here to pre-order your copy now! Bring home the movie IGN calls “Some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.”

 

Check DragonBallZ.com for more information. For the latest news and announcements, don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/dragonballz & facebook.com/funimation, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/funimation.

 

About Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of Dragon Ball Z, one of the most successful anime brands of all time, will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from the Dragon Ball creator himself, Akira Toriyama.

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

FUNimation Acquires Black Butler Book of Murder OVA Series

black butler bomFlower Mound, Texas (8/9) – FUNimation Entertainment® announced today it has acquired the home entertainment, digital and broadcast rights to the OVA series Black Butler – Book of Murder.

 

From Studio: A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, and Black Butler, the series was directed by Noriyuki Abe, known for Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Black Butler – Book of Circus.

 

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At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London’s elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn’t safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it’s too late!

 

Be sure to watch new episodes of Black Butler – Book of Circus every Thursday at 3:20pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

 

 

“DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS” EXPANDING TO ADDITIONAL THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT, SCREENVISION AND FATHOM EVENTS TO BRING

THE FIRST NEW DRAGON BALL Z FEATURE FILM IN 17 YEARS TO THE BIG SCREEN

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New York, New York – July 17, 2014 – Fathom Events has joined FUNimation Entertainment and Screenvision to bring Earth’s greatest heroes to the U.S. in “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.” Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new “Dragon Ball Z” feature film in 17 years when it comes to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning August 5. The beloved franchise’s latest opus opened in Japan to a ravenous fan base, which purchased more than 1 million tickets in just six days. FUNimation and Screenvision will exhibit “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” in cinemas on August 5, 6, 7 and 9 in the U.S. and Canada. Fathom Events is proud to bring an additional a 350-plus U.S. cinemas onboard for August 5 and 6.  To view the full list of theaters and show times, visit dragonballz.com.

Tickets for “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” are limited and on sale now at participating theater box offices and online at www.dragonballz.com. The event will be presented in nearly 800 select movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada including through Fathom’s and Screenvision’s Digital Broadcast Networks. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, click here (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 

Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of Dragon Ball Z, one of the most successful anime brands of all time, will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from the Dragon Ball creator himself, Akira Toriyama.

For more information on “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” please visit www.dragonballz.com and http://www.fathomevents.com/event/dragon-ball-z-battle-of-gods.

English Cast Announcement One Piece: Film Z

one piece film z keyAnnounced this weekend at Anime Expo, we have the English cast for One Piece: Film Z! Check it out below, along with your first look at the trailer. The movie releases on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD on 9/30. Click here to pre-order your copy today!

 

synopsis:

 

Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece.

 

Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

LUFFY Colleen Clinkenbeard
NAMI / YOUNG NAMI Luci Christian
USOPP Sonny Strait
SANJI Eric Vale
ZORO Christopher R. Sabat
CHOPPER / YOUNG CHOPPER Brina Palencia
ROBIN Stephanie Young
FRANKY Patrick Seitz
BROOK Ian Sinclair
Z Jeremy Schwartz
AIN Lauren Landa
BINS Matt Mercer
GARP Brian Mathis
SENGOKU Ed Blaylock
AKAINU Andrew Love
AOKIJI Jason Douglas
KIZARU Ray Hurd
MOBSTON Mark Fickert
COBY Micah Solusod
HELMEPPO Mike McFarland
TSURU Juli Erickson
YOUNG Z Tia Ballard
PURIN Angela Chase
KIBIN Darryl Roberds
ADR Director Joel McDonald
Lead ADR Engineer Peter Hawkinson

 

It’s Gonna be a Hot, Hot Summer!

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FUNimation is proud to announce the acquisition of Free! -Eternal Summer-, the continuation of the hit swimming anime that made waves across the Internet! Not only will we be simulcasting the series as part of our summer season, we’ve also acquired home video rights! Yes, you read that right— Free! -Eternal Summer- will be coming to home video in North America.

 

Episode one will premiere this coming Wednesday, July 2, at 11:30 AM Eastern Time (that’s 10:30 CDT and 8:30 PDT), with new episodes every Wednesday following at the same time.

 

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Watch all your summer simulcast season shows now on your Xbox 360 with the new FUNimation Xbox app!

 

synopsis:

The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited for a second season in Free! -Eternal Summer-. After the last swim meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!

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FUNimation Acquires Animated Feature BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate

Flower Mound, Texas (June 18, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today it has acquired U.S. & Canadian rights to the full-length feature film BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate. From the team that brought you the Emmy nominated AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION, studio GONZO and internationally acclaimed director Fuminori Kizaki have come together once again to create this feature-length animated film based on the hugely popular video game franchise “BAYONETTA.” The film faithfully captures the extreme action and sexiness of the original, crafting a storyline that expands and further establishes the world of the sexy, shape shifting witch, Bayonetta.

 

Director Fuminori Kizaki will be making an appearance as a guest of honor at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 3-6 where a “sneak peek” of the English dub of BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate will be shown for fans at the convention, along with a special Q&A with Director Kizaki following on Saturday, July 5th, at 8:15pm in Video 1.

 

Fuminori Kizaki started his career in the animation industry at Studio Giants and, soon after, joined Studio Hercules. After he moved to Gonzo, Kizaki directed “AFRO SAMURAI” which found success in the worldwide market. The sequel, “AFRO SAMURAI RESURRECTION”, was nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) at the 61st Emmy Awards. His latest work is X-MEN (animated TV series, director). FUNimation plans to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD later this year and Nintendo announced earlier this month at E3 that Platinum Games will be releasing the BAYONETTA 2 video game exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U this October.

 

Be sure to ‘Like’ FUNimation’s official BAYONETTA: Bloody Fate Facebook page for all the latest news and details regarding the film and cast: https://www.facebook.com/BayonettaMovie

 

 

 

 

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FUNimation Entertainment announces LA Red Carpet Premiere of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”

Starring the voices of Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat on Thursday July 3, 2014 at Regal LA Live Stadium

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX- (6/11/14) FUNimation Entertainment announced that its animated feature film “Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods”, will be presented at a red carpet premiere at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theaters in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday July 3, 2014. The red carpet will begin at 8:00pm followed by the screening at 9:00pm.

 

It will be a night of entertainment for fans of the popular Dragon Ball Z franchise featuring an opportunity to walk the carpet alongside US voice cast including Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat and Producer, Justin Cook. Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

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Space Dandy – Big News in Space, Baby! (Rebroadcast)

Season 2 of Space Dandy hits Adult Swim on July 5, 2014! Now’s your chance to join in on the excitement from Japan and check out the English rebroadcast of last week’s “Space Dandy” Big News In Space, Baby! Announcement. Join hosts Yurin (voice of Honey) and Uki Satake (voice of QT), as they set the stage for our team of degenerate alien hunters! Guest staring Junichi Suwabe (voice of Dandy).

 

Rebroadcast begins tomorrow (June 12th) at 10pm ET.

 

 

Click this link tomorrow to check out the broadcast live stream, baby! http://live.b-ch.com/dandy_en

 

FUNimation Aquires TOKYO GHOUL

Flower Mound, TX – (06/07/14) – FUNimation Entertainment® announced today that it has acquired the simulcast and home video rights to the complete anime series, Tokyo Ghoul.  Based on the manga series by Sui Ishida from Studio Pierrot – the studio that brought you Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho – the series is directed by Shuhei Morita who received an Oscar-nomination at the 86th Academy Awards for his short film, Possessions.

 

The title will simulcast in July on FUNimation.com.

 

Synopsis:

 

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half-breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

 

The Japanese Voice Cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki (also known for Shouma Amaku, Daimidaler), Sora Amamiya as Touka Kirishima (also known for Honoka Mitsui, The Irregular at Magic High School), Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro (also known for Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass and Shiro, Deadman Wonderland), Mamoru Miyano as Shu Tsukiyama (also known for Light Yagami, Death Note and Okabe Rintarou, Steins;Gate), and Katsuyuki Konishi as Kotaro Amon (also known for Kamina, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann).

 

 

About FUNimation® Entertainment:

FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation® Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.