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FUNimation Fall 2014 Simulcast Season, Part 1

The Fall 2014 Season is fast approaching, and I’m sure you’re wondering what we have in store for you! Well, here’s what we can confirm at this time:

 

One Piece will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

One Piece – Saturdays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

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 on funimation.com/one-piece, or onepieceofficial.com

 

Fairy Tail will be continuing in its current time slot.

 

Fairy Tail - Fridays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

 

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!

 

Watch episodes on funimation.com/fairy-tail

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Soul Eater Not! Home Video Rights

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We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the Blu-ray and DVD rights for Soul Eater Not! The series is expected to release in summer 2015, and it will include an English dub track.

 

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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!

 

The series is currently available for streaming on funimation.com/soul-eater-not.

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!

 

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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.

 

Never miss a moment of Free! -Eternal Summer-. Subscribe now at funimation.com/subscribe

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

 

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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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