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FUNimation Returning Simulcasts for Winter 2015

Yesterday, we announced we have obtained the rights to the highly anticipated anime series–Assassination Classroom! Today, we’ve got SEVEN titles for you!

 

We’re going to see some familiar faces this winter! Take a look below at the shows returning for Winter 2015!

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

Streaming every Fridays at 9pm ET

 

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!

 

Click here to check out episodes now!

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

Streaming every Saturday at 9pm ET

 

The battle in Dressrosa rages on as Luffy & Law’s alliance is put to the test against the powerful Don Quixote Pirates.

 

series 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 episodes now on http://funimation.com/one-piece or http://onepieceofficial.com

 

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Something Weird is Coming…

a_classroom_key_0564Something weird is coming this winter! We’ve been rolling out some fun little teasers for our announcement today, but now it’s time for the real deal–FUNimation has acquired the rights for the highly anticipated Assassination Classroom!

 

Assassination Classroom will be joining our FUNimation Winter 2015 Simulcast Season! First episode will be available on January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Assassination Classroom? You can get exclusive access to all the hottest anime shows of the season; some as early as one-hour after they broadcast in Japan! Start your FUNimation Streaming Service 14-day free trial today!

 

Please visit http://funimation.com/assassination-classroom for more information about the series.

 

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!

 

What do you think of our first announcement? Stay tuned for more!

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Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

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Have you visited the front page of Anime News Network today? If you have then you might have noticed something… interesting. In the upper left corner we included the box art for the Nobunagun release. A few fans were quick to notice, so if you were one of them–good job!

 

Now, fans have had a few questions about the release, especially concerning Blu-ray rights, so we’ll clear those up for you now. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available for pre-order on our site yet, but we’ll let everyone know as soon as it is. Please note that the box art for this release is not final yet and is subject to change.

 

Are you excited about the release of Nobunagun on Blu-ray and DVD? If you haven’t heard of this show before, take a look below at the synopsis:

 

Nobunagun Key Artsynopsis:

 

History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

 

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

 

Nobunagun streamed on our site as part of our Winter 2014 simulcast season. Click here to watch subtitled episodes now!

 

 

 

 

GROUP 1200 MEDIA OPENS THEATRICAL DIVISION BASED IN NEW YORK CITY

Flower Mound, TX (December 15, 2014) – Group 1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products announced today the company has opened a theatrical division based in New York City. The New York office is the latest addition to the fully integrated  Texas based anime and filmed entertainment studio.

Spearheading the division will be David Wengrod, Vice President of Theatrical Events and Distribution. Wengrod was formally Vice President of Alternative Entertainment Programming at Screenvision for over 7 years. He developed and oversaw the division since its inception in August 2007. Prior to his time at Screenvision, Wengrod was employed at Cablevision where he helped to launch their pay-per-view department and American Movie Classics.

Group 1200 and Screenvision had previously partnered on the highly successful theatrical event Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods in August of 2014.

“After having worked in partnership with G1200, I’m excited about becoming part of the team and bringing new programs to movie theaters” said Mr. Wengrod.
Working with Wengrod will be Sean Bednarz as Director of Theatrical Events and Distribution. With over 14 years of experience in the theatrical exhibition industry holding various titles, Sean has spent the last year as Manager of Alternative Content at Screenvision.

“With its rich history of delivering premium anime content, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Group 1200 Media.  Building off the success of this year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, I look forward to representing their content and bringing it to fans to experience on the big screen” said Bednarz.

“We’re excited to add the unique and dynamic talents of David and Sean to our team.  Together, we will bring our extensive library of content and future new releases to our fans on big screens across the country.  We look forward to building our theatrical department and delivering on our promise to create compelling experiences for our fans” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of Group 1200 Media.

About Group 1200 Media
Group 1200 Media is a fully integrated next-generation independent entertainment studio. G1200 Media, the parent holding company of subsidiaries, FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media, and Group 1200 Consumer Products (GameSamba and Immerz), is a market leader in the acquisition, creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of our wide-ranging Anime, TV and Movie slate. The studio uses our portfolio of brands to differentiate genres and unique audiences with curated content, services and consumer products. Our content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and digital home entertainment, pay and free television subscription on-demand services.
Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com

Brothers Conflict Coming to Blu-ray and DVD!

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Your favorite brothers (and squirrel) will be coming to home video in English! That’s right, Brothers Conflict will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD in Fall 2015. Look for more details (including a cast announcement) coming soon.

 

series synopsis:

 

As the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Ema has had a pretty lonely life. But when her father remarries, she leaves the newlyweds alone and moves in to a huge building with her 13 cute new stepbrothers—each of which has a very unique personality. Oh, and her over-protective, talking pet squirrel is there, too. Is love in the air for Hinata?

 

For more information about Brothers Conflict, or to watch subtitled episodes now, click here.

 

FUNimation Announcements From Nekocon!

We’ve got the latest titles coming to home video, just announced at the FUNimation Industry Panel at Nekocon! Without further ado, here’s the lineup of what you’ll soon be able to add to your collection!

 

FUNimation has acquired the home video rights for:

 

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Tokyo Ravens

synopsis

From the studio behind Aquarion EVOL comes a supernatural fantasy featuring otherworldly battles and forgotten promises. Tokyo Ravens is the story of an ordinary high school boy from a not-so-ordinary family. Hautora was born into an ancient clan of onmyouji known for their mastery of all things occult. Unfortunately, he didn’t inherit the magical ability to see spirit energy, so he was doomed to live a normal life. At least, that is, until a mysterious girl from Harutora’s past returns to alter the course of his future!

 

Part One of the series will be released on 3/17/15 on Blu-ray and DVD Combo. Part Two will follow shortly after in Summer 2015. Please note that release dates are subject to change.

 

FUNimation will be revealing the English cast for the series at Ikkicon in January and the English Dub will premiere at Otakon Vegas.

 

For more information about Tokyo Ravens, check out funimation.com/tokyo-ravens.

 

 

PUC_keyFUNimation has also acquired the home video rights to the adorable iDOLM@STER spinoff:

 

PUCHIM@S

 

If you’re not sure what PUCHIM@S! is, think a cross between neon pink rock candy and crack cocaine. They’re short, addictive, and hyperactive super-cute episodes about cute idol girls and cute chibi idol blobs.

 

synopsis

Fans of the iDOLM@STER franchise won’t want to miss this super cute spinoff! Hyperactive hijinks are sure to follow when the idol girls of 765 Productions discover the mysterious Puchidols – chibis with adorable abilities – have invaded their office!

 

FUNimation will be featuring the director’s cut, which presents the series in maximum marathon format for your viewing pleasure, and the OVAs that were not included in the simulcast.

 

This release will be DVD only with Japanese audio and English subtitles. Season 1 of the series will be released in 2015. Season 2 release date is TBD.

 

For additional information about PUCHIM@S!, please visit funimation.com/puchims.

 

 

Based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto and the studio that brought you Psycho-Pass 2, Generator Gawl, and the Irresponsible Captain Tylor, FUNimation has acquired the home video rights for:

 

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Ping Pong The Animation 

synopsis

Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of a table tennis club—but what happens when these sports lovers have to go up against each other in tournaments? Prepare for truly epic matches in this new series from the director of The Tatami Galaxy!

 

The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the visionary and award-winning director of The Tatami Galaxy. It will release on Blu-ray and DVD in Summer 2015. The release will contain both English and Japanese audio tracks.

 

If you would like to learn more about Ping Pong The Animation, please visit funimation.com/ping-pong.

 

Introducing FUNimation Broadcast Dubs!

Flower Mound, TX – (10/29/14) – FUNimation announced today the start of a new initiative–the FUNimation Broadcast Dub. Fans will soon be able to watch the English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation has experience with broadcast dubs, having had previous success dubbing the hit series Space Dandy for U.S. broadcast on Adult Swim. FUNimation Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers commercial-free and streaming in 1080 HD.

 

Currently, new episodes are simulcast with Japanese audio and English subtitles shortly after the original broadcast in Japan. Once the series has finished simulcasting, final materials are received from Japan and work begins on the English dubbed home video release.

 

However, with this new initiative, select series will be dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. When asked why the company has decided to launch FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, founder and president Gen Fukunaga replied, “We know that anime fans have a strong interest in English dubs, so we are doing everything we can to get them to the fans as soon as possible.”

 

Following the release of the FUNimation Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast.

 

Two shows have been chosen from the current Fall 2014 season to launch the initiative–Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

 

laughing under the cloudsFans will be able to watch Episode 1 of Laughing Under the Clouds in English on November 1st at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT on http://funimation.com/laughing-under-the-clouds. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 12:30pm ET/ 11:30am CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are released every Friday at 2:28pm ET shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

 

psycho pass 2Episode 1 of Psycho-Pass 2 will be available in English on November 8th at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT on http://funimation.com/psycho-pass. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 1:00pm ET/ 12:00pm CT.

 

New episodes in Japanese with English subtitles are available every Thursday at 12:50pm ET/ 11:50am CT shortly after broadcast in Japan.

 

series synopsis:

Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!

 

 

For more information about FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, check out this interview on the Nerdist.

 

 

Not a FUNimation subscriber yet? Sign up today for the FUNimation Streaming Service and get full access to:

 

- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
- English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
- The largest selection of English dubs online
- HD commercial-free streaming episodes
- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360!

 

Just click here for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Sexy Wrestling Anime “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!”

wanna be the worlds strongestToday we’re excited to announce home video and streaming rights for Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Known as Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! in Japan (or Sekatsuyo! for short), this no-holds-barred sexy wrestling series comes to you from the studio behind Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny and Queen’s Blade.

 

The series will release on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015 with an English dub, but if you can’t wait that long, all English-subtitled episodes will be available today at 12pm CT on our site. FUNimation subscribers will be able to watch the series in HD! Marathon all twelve episodes today! Click here for more info.

 

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FUNimation acquires rights for Yona of the Dawn

yona of the dawn keyFlower Mound, TX – (10/14/14) – FUNimation Entertainment has acquired simulcast and home video rights to the anime series Akatsuki no Yona, which will now be known as Yona of the Dawn. Based on the epic fantasy and romance manga series from creator Mizuho Kusanagi, whose series Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life were released previously in North America. The 24 episode series which will run in the Fall and Winter simulcast seasons, features animation from Studio Pierrot, known for Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Fushigi Yuugi.

 

The title will launch October 21 at 11am EDT on FUNimation.com, with a new episode posting every Tuesday.

 

Synopsis:
Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people.

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Yona Chiwa Saito Lavie in Last Exile,
Homura Akemi in Puella Magic Madoka Magica
Hak Tomoaki Maeno Pain in Naruto: Shippuden,
Natsume in Brother’s Conflict
SuWon Yusuke Kobayashi Kazuki in selector infected WIXOSS
Gija Masakazu Morita Ichigo in Bleach
Sinha Nobuhiko Okamoto Arata in Arata the Legend
Jeaha Junichi Suwabe Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist,
Undertaker in Black Butler
Jeno Hiro Shimono Conny in Attack on Titan
Yun Junko Minagawa Cornelia Li Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,
Ryoma in Prince of Tennis

Release Dates for .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//Roots, and .hack//G.U. Trilogy

Just announced at New York Comic Con, we have release dates for the .hack franchise! In addition, Nekocon will be screening the first episodes of .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots at their convention this year.

 

Nekocon is located in Hampton Roads, VA and will take place on November 7th – 9th this year. Click here for more about the convention.

 

hack sign.hack//SIGN

 

.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

 

Releasing on DVD on February 24th, 2015

 

 

 

hack legend of twilight.hack//Legend of the Twilight

 

Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late!

 

Releasing on DVD April 7th, 2015

 

 

 

hack roots.hack//Roots

 

In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

Releasing on DVD on May 19th, 2015

 

 

 

hack gu trilogy.hack//G.U. Trilogy

 

Join Haseo on his quest to track down Tri-Edge, the devious PK responsible for leaving one of his closest friends in a coma. Along the way he meets Atoli, a gentle girl who takes an interest in him despite his chilly demeanor. Together, Haseo and Atoli will attempt to survive long enough to decipher the riddle of the entities known as AIDAs – and save their fellow gamers from permanent sleep!

 

Releasing on DVD on June 30th, 2015. This release will be English subtitle-only.

 

*Please note that release dates are subject to change.