Nothing comes easy when dealing with a god of war and calamity. Except for the new release of Noragami Aragoto! From Studio Bones comes the next iteration in the hit 2014 anime Noragami.
Posted by Rojas on 11/25/2016 at 2:19pm
Kick off your holiday shopping with huge savings on the best holiday bundles from The Funimation Shop! We’ve announced the season’s biggest, brightest bundles so you can pick out the perfect gift for family, friends, fellow fans, and maybe even a little something for you. We have over 700 titles on sale at 50% off retail price so you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Posted by Funimation on 11/23/2016 at 12:33pm
Posted by Godswill on 11/16/2016 at 4:11pm
Show By Rock!! Season 1 is coming out on Blu-ray/DVD combo on December 6th, so we’re making our own Battle of the Bands Bracket with the bands of Show By Rock!! Just as its ADR director is giving us a sneak peek into the process for dubbing music in her guest editorials, we’re doing our own music bits here. Come back here each week to meet the bands and vote for your favorite bands.
Posted by Funimation on 11/14/2016 at 6:00pm
Music is a common theme in many anime titles, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on many musical series in a variety of different capacities. I’ve played singing characters, I’ve adapted lyrics into English for opening and closing themes, sung those themes, and more recently, had the immense challenge and pleasure of directing a musical show, one of my favorites, Show By Rock!!.
At conventions, I’m often asked to host a panel on dubbing music for anime, because not many people know how it is done, or just how much work is involved. With the home video release of Show By Rock!! Season 1 coming up next month (shameless plug- pre-order here!) and Season 2 currently streaming in simuldub format (another shameless plug- watch it here!), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give you all an inside look at the process.
watch Season 2 here cough*
As an ADR director, it’s always been my desire to have the shows I work on be in English, top to bottom; every theme song, every insert song, all of it. But in reality, that isn’t always possible, for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, getting permission from the original record label and artist to dub their songs, acquiring the license for a show’s music, and having available time to do the meticulous work of adapting and recording the song or songs. I mean, what if my show is 13 episodes and each one has a different closing (I’m looking at you, Riddle Story of Devil…)? Also, the Japanese licensors may have many legitimate reasons for not wanting their music dubbed into English, and who am I to argue? Sometimes you can’t win ‘em all.
Episode 2 and 1 Endings of Riddle Story of Devil. It changes every time too!
For the sake of this article, however, let’s say Funimation does get permission, acquire the license, and have the time. What comes next? How does your favorite anime theme get transformed from Japanese to English? Well, over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you! Come back next week for more info about the adaptation process, and the following week to learn how we record and mix the music, complete with a live stream look into an actual music recording session. It’s going to be so much fun- I can’t wait! See you then!
Posted by Godswill on 11/11/2016 at 6:20pm
See what we have planned coming out for February 2017 on home video!
The Complete Series coming to DVD (Sub-only)!
Release Date: February 14, 2017
From Studio Gainax, the folks behind some mega-hit titles such as Gurren Lagaan and Evangelion, comes another amazing title that we are excited to announce on home video! The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, originally a light novel series by Mikumo Gakuto, follows Sherlock Holmes style detective work and keeps fans in a constant atmosphere of mystery and suspense! If you’re a fan of shows like Gosick and Mushishi, then this is one title you cannot miss out on!
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian Summary:
From the talented minds of studio Gainax comes an adventurous collection of mysteries where real works of literature are woven into a supernatural world.
After his grandfather’s untimely death, Hugh Anthony Disward visits the estate of his inheritance where he discovers a library that’s out of this world. Embodying the archive is Dalian, a clever girl with a sharp tongue as biting as her sweet tooth. Circumstance leads to necessity, and she teaches Huey how to harness the power within—a handy trick to learn, seeing as it’s the only way to subdue the monsters brought forth by magical works of literature. These cursed tomes, known as Phantom Books, seem to always fall into the wrong hands. And while Huey and Dalian try to keep up with the paper trails, a friend from Huey’s childhood sits patiently in the depths of the mystic archives of Dantalian.
The Complete Series coming to Blu-ray/DVD!
Episodes 1-26, includes 4 OVAs
Release Date: February 7, 2017
In English Dub and Japanese with English Subtitles
We’re excited to announce that we are bringing the classic hit anime, Wolf’s Rain, on Blu-ray for the first time! What is really great about this release is that Wolf’s Rain is only available on Blu-ray in US and Canada; Japan has yet to release Wolf’s Rain on Blu-ray. Funimation worked closely with the licensor on the up-conversion from standard definition to high definition in-house giving you the chance to watch Wolf’s Rain remastered in HD! Also, Wolf’s Rain was broadcasted on Adult Swim™ back in 2004, and many of you may remember watching this show late at night. Animated by the amazing Studio BONES that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Space Dandy, and more, Wolf’s Rain is an action adventure anime that you do not want to miss out on! Fans of shonen and seinen anime will realize how entertaining and unique this show is.
Wolf’s Rain Summary:
Paradise—a legend, a myth, and a hopeless dream in a world that has become a wasteland. It is not meant for everyone, only the wolves thought to be extinct yet still roam the lands. When the Flower Maiden awakens, the path to the end will open.
Kiba, a lone white wolf, wanders into a poverty stricken city on a quest. The scent of Lunar Flowers and the will to find Paradise is all he has. Along the way, he runs into other outcast wolves—Tsume, Hige, and Toboe, each with their own story and troubles. Fate bringing them together, they seek out the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, doing so is no simple matter. Up against a world that fears them and a man with mysterious abilities, their journey is overrun with challenges and worse—sacrifices. With limited time, they must fight to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and discover the hidden path to their destiny.
This group of broken souls will form a pack and take their journey to the doors of Paradise. But is it worth the end of the world?
Posted by Godswill on 11/11/2016 at 1:14pm
The world is getting more stressful for multiple reasons- maybe work is piling on more work or exams are coming- but we’re here to help deal with that. With the release of Omamori Himari (on November 8th on DVD), we got the great idea to bring you some of the cutest catgirls that we could find! Internet cats and cute anime girls are scientifically proven to relieve stress (we’re pretty sure), so why not put them together? See some of our favorites below:
Posted by Godswill on 11/03/2016 at 6:30pm
Hetalia Day is behind us, but we’ve still got reason to celebrate! The brand-new Hetalia: The World Twinkle season 6 home video release (with the English dub!) comes out next week, so to commemorate another fun season of international hijinks and randomness, play our click and drag mad lib GIF game!
Mad libs are silly stories with a bunch of the words removed, and it’s your job to come up with the (nonsensical) replacements. If you’ve ever played these before, ours here is a little different—several words in this Hetalia story have been removed, and a bunch of possible options are shown here in animated GIFs. Take a screenshot of the GIFs below (or click and drag them) to find out what happens next!
(And feel free to share your results on social media with the tag #HetaliaMadLib!)
Posted by Funimation on 10/31/2016 at 12:45pm
The new Funimation.com is more than just a streaming service, it’s your one-stop shop for everything anime! We’ve got the latest and greatest anime home video releases, as well as a wide variety of apparel, merch, and accessories from your favorite series. In the past, our shop has been a little hard to navigate, but on the all new site it will be seamlessly integrated into the overall experience so you can find what you need and we can help recommend more items you might want.