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Wave after wave of shows. Your summer has arrived.

Here it is! An even better reason to stay inside…as if you needed an excuse.  Dive into our biggest simulcast season yet:

 

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Our summer season will include 20 streaming titles right after their Japanese broadcast. And who says you can’t have quality AND quantity? In addition to our popular ongoing series like Fairy Tail and The Heroic Legend of Arslan, we’re bringing new high-caliber and critically acclaimed shows. There is something for everyone. And we didn’t forget Broadcast Dubs – so dub fans, stay tuned for announcements!

 

Joining this summer’s line-up, we have:

  • One Piece
  • Fairy Tail
  • Ninja Slayer
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan
  • Snow White with the Red Hair
  • Rampo Kitan
  • Gangsta.
  • Seiyu’s Life!
  • Bikini Warriors
  • Prison School
  • Hetalia: The World Twinkle
  • Aquarion Logos
  • Sky Wizards Academy (Kusen Madoshi)
  • Junjo Romantica 3
  • Overlord
  • Castle Town Dandelion
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

 

Stay tuned for more show updates and final announcements!  Plus, be sure to check out FUNimation.com/summer to keep up with these summer titles!

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Ultimate Otaku Teacher and the Live Action Series Love:Redux

Ultimate Otaku Teacher

 

When it comes to hardcore anime fans, some people prefer to hide their otaku “power level,” while others proudly wear their passion on their sleeves. Junichirou Kagami is definitely the latter in our new simulcast: Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Denpa Kyoushi)!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher is about an unusual young teacher who connects with his students, not unlike many other famous school anime like GTO, Gokusen, or our own Assassination Classroom, but this show is full of anime in-jokes and otaku culture that may be familiar to a lot of anime fans even in the West. If you like comedies like Genshiken, Oreimo, or The World God Only Knows, be sure to check this one out!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be simulcasting on FUNimation.com, with an eventual home video release.

 

The first episode of Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will then stream regularly on Saturdays at 7am ET.

 

Here’s a little more about the show:

 

The studio behind Oreimo and Sword Art Online now brings you an ultimate otaku comedy!

 

Junichiro Kagami: scientific prodigy, groundbreaking physicist, published author…hopeless otaku. Once a promising young scientist, he’s since been rejected from the scientific community for his controversial research on anime-based teleportation. It’s like they always say: people fear the things they don’t understand. Now, a 24-year-old NEET with his science career behind him, Kagami finally has time to devote to the things that REALLY matter: updating his anime blog. But not everyone understands the dire importance of fandom. Even Kagami’s sister (his own blood and flesh!!) eventually gets fed up with his antics and forces him to take a job as a high school physics teacher. Dealing with “real-lifers” is a real drag, but soon Kagami finds himself strangely drawn to the conflicts of his pupils – and they to his…unorthodox teaching methods. In the world of high school drama, Kagami is armed with a potent knowledge of useless anime trivia, and an understanding of human problems derived from his on-screen friends. This otaku might just make the ultimate teacher!

 

Love:Redux

 

Our newest simulcast announcement is probably not one you could’ve guessed. We know that a lot of anime fans also have interest in other Japanese culture and entertainment. Any J-drama fans out there? (We’ve got several in the office!)

 

FUNimation will be simulcasting Love:Redux (Renai Jidai), a new romantic J-drama! Love:Redux comes to you from Kiyomi Fujii, the screenwriter of the L: Change the World (Death Note) live action movie and the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies, so if you’ve loved his high-quality live-action anime adaptations, be sure to check this new series out. It also features actors from other J-dramas based on manga (Hana Kimi, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Saijou no Meii), so if you’re into the J-entertainment scene, let us know if you recognize some of them from other shows you’ve watched!

 

We’re excited to be bringing more varied Japanese entertainment to Western fans— if you’d like to see more J-dramas, be sure to watch the simulcast and let us know what you think. What kinds of J-dramas would you like to see in the future? Tell us in the comments! And if you’re primarily a fan of anime, no worries. We’re definitely not shifting focus, just adding more content for fans of Japanese media!

 

Episode 1 of the series will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will them stream regularly on Thursdays at 1:30pm ET.

 

But enough talk— here’s a synopsis of Love:Redux!

 

A romantic J-drama starring Manami Higa (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Code Blue) and Shinnosuke Mitsushima (Hana Kimi).

 

The meeting. The first date. The infatuation. The wedding. The formula for every great love story. But not for Haru and Riichiro. A fated encounter brought the two together, but after hitting it off and hitching up, their relationship takes a sharp deviation from the standard love recipe and the young couple must part ways. What would normally end in yearning and eventual acceptance becomes much more complicated, as the pair continues to indulge in their magnetic connection through karaoke hangs, anniversary dinner dates, and intimate moments. After an ex-lover’s spat, they decide enough is enough, and match each other with someone new. But with this much chemistry and history, is parting ways the right decision? Can a failed love be rekindled, or is there life— and love— after the end?

FUNimation Acquires the Rights to Blood Blockade Battlefront

blood blockadeFUNimation is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights for Blood Blockade Battlefront! Studio Bones and Trigun creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, have teamed up to bring us an exciting sci-fi action-adventure epic. The manga for the series is currently distributed by Dark Horse Comics in the U.S.

 

synopsis:

 

A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

 

This is one wild ride you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned for show dates and times.

FUNimation Acquires the Heroic Legend of Arslan

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Our next announcement brings back a story that’s an oldie but a goodie. FUNimation has acquired the rights for The Heroic Legend of Arslan! This action, fantasy adventure series is sure to appeal to fans of Fullmetal Alchemist.

 

Synopsis:

From the original creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa brings back an old series—The Heroic Legend of Arslan! In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Yusuke Kobayashi Arslan Yona of the Dawn’s SuWon
Yoshimasa Hosoya Daryun Prince of Tennis’ Kuranosuke, Attack on Titan’s Reiner
Daisuke Namikawa Narsus Black Lagoon’s Rokuro
Natsuki Hanae Elam Tokyo Ghoul’s Kaneki

The series is set to premiere on April 5th at 5:00 am ET.

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Mikagura School Suite

mikaguraOur 2015 Spring Simulcast season is looking awesome! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired the rights for the action comedy anime series–Mikagura School Suite!

 

series synopsis:

 

From the studio behind Laughing Under the Clouds and Yuruyuri comes a high school fantasy unlike any other! Like most awkward teens, formerly reclusive gamer Eruna Ichinomiya struggle to find her place at Mikagura High School. But her experience is far from ordinary, as the mischief-making members of the school’s manga, calligraphy, drama, and other cultural clubs vie for total school domination in a rather extreme way—ULTIMATE ATTACKS. Get ready for the high-energy high school adventure you’ve only ever dreamed of.

 

You’ll wish that your high school was this much fun!

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Juri Kimura Eruna Ichinomiya Shirobako’s Aoi Miyamori
Saori Onishi Seisa Mikagura Selector Infected Wixoss’ Piriluk
Ari Ozawa Otone Fujishiro The Rolling Girls’ Nozomi, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun’s Chiyo

 

 

Premiere date and time have yet to be determined, so stay tuned! Click here for more info about the show.

 

We’ve got MORE announcements coming! So check back with us tomorrow for more!

 

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

seraph_keyvisual01FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the simulcast and home video rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! The fantasy action series will premiere on April 4th, at 10am ET.

 

series synopsis:

From Wit Studio, the creative force behind Attack on Titan, comes a brand-new action series—Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! After a mysterious virus wipes out ninety percent of humanity, vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth to enslave mankind, treating them like livestock. After growing tired of donating blood in exchange for protection, 12-year-old Yuichiro Hyakuya and his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya plot an escape along with the other orphans. After being the only successful runaway, Yuichiro joins the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army dedicated to killing off vampires. A true shonen fan should not miss out on Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Miyu Irino Yuichiro Code Geass’ Akito Hyuga , Kingdom Hearts’s Sora
Kensho Ono Mikaela Maria the Virgin Witch’s Joseph,
Kuroko’s Basketball’s Testuya Kuroko
Yuichi Nakamura Guren Fairy Tail’s Gray Fullbuster, Guilty Crown’s Gai Tsutsugami

 

Click here for more information about Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.

 

 

 

The Harem King Returns! FUNimation Acquires Rights for High School DxD BorN

HDDB-key-artYour favorite Occult Research Club members are back for more adventures and nosebleed inducing drama. That’s right aspiring harem kings (and queens), FUNimation has acquired the rights for High School DxD BorN!

 

series synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are Back! Lovable loser (and bust buff) Issei and his clan of bewitching beauties return for a new season of supernatural tussles and sexy shenanigans—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but fun and scantily-clad lounging…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and fondle their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

 ACTOR  CHARACTER  PREVIOUS ROLES
 Yuki Kaji  Issei  Attack on Titan’s Eren Jaeger, Noragami’s Yukine
 Yoko Hikasa  Rias  K-On!’s Mio, Yurikuma Arashi’s Kaoru

 

Genre: Fantasy, Fan Service

 

Stay tuned for more information about simulcast date and times! If you want to catch up on previous seasons of High School DxD, please visit http://funimation.com/high-school-dxd

 

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights to Ninja Slayer

ninjaWasshoi!! Our newest simulcast announcement goes out to fans of Trigger, the kickass and fan-favorite rising star anime studio that brought you one-of-a-kind titles as Little Witch Academia, Inferno Cop, and the mega-hit Kill la Kill!

 

FUNimation has acquired the streaming and home video license for Ninja Slayer, the long-awaited new show with all the styling and bombast you’ve come to love from Trigger! Ninja Slayer’s origin is shrouded in mystery; although it originally appeared as a novel series posted on Twitter in Japan, legend has it that it was actually translated from an original English series from two enigmatic American creators, Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez, who are totally on the run from actual ninjas. Who knows? All we can say is that with this origin story and this studio, Ninja Slayer is going to be way over-the-top and frickin’ awesome.

 

So we’ve told you what’s up with Ninja Slayer, but what’s it about? Here’s the summary:

 

From Kill la Kill’s radical Studio Trigger comes a badass and outrageous ninja anime that kicks reason to the curb with a screaming “WASSHOI!”

 

Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian cyber underworld of Neo-Saitama is ruled from the shadows by an intricate web of drugs, yakuza gangs, and evil syndicate ninjas wielding fearsome “karate.” In a sea of the blood of his enemies, a lone maverick stands. NINJA SLAYER is a ninja who kills other ninjas in the name of ninja vengeance. A former salaryman whose family was killed by evil ninjas, Ninja Slayer cheats death and casts away his past to embrace the dark, mystical NINJA SOUL, a mysterious spirit that grants him great power in his quest for revenge. But will this bloodthirsty spirit consume Ninja Slayer before his enemies are all “dead on departure?” Domo. I’m Ninja Slayer.

 

And here’s your Japanese voice cast:

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR PREVIOUS ROLES
Ninja Slayer/
Kenji Fujikido
Toshiyuki Morikawa Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach), Naraku (Inuyasha),
Shishiwakamaru (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Dark Ninja/
Fujio Katakura
Sho Hayami Sosuke Aizen (Bleach), Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun)
Nancy Lee Chiwa Saito Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica),
Hitagi Senjyogahara (Bakemonogatari)
Yamoto Koki Sora Amamiya Akame (Akame ga Kill!), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul),
Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero)
Dragon Yukano Risa Taneda Xenovia (High School DxD New),
Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie in April),
Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary)
Laomoto Khan Masane Tsukayama Zoken Mato (Fate.Zero)
Clone Yakuza Tessho Genda Kurama (Naruto)

 

Simulcast launch date and time are still TBD, but stay tuned to FUNimation social media to be the first to know! In the meantime, here’s the trailer:

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

yukichan keyFUNimation has acquired the rights for the romance, slice-of-life anime series–The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan!

 

Haruhi fans will be excited to know that Minori Chihara (Dragonaut’s Toa, Ikki Tousen’s Ekitoku Chouhi) and Tomokazu Sugita (Assassination Classroom’s Karasuma, Chobits’ Hideki Motosuwa) will reprise their roles as Yuki and Kyon…and perhaps there will even be a few other familiar voices, too!

 

Stay tuned to FUNimation’s social media channels and this blog for more information coming soon!

 

synopsis:

From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru. No true Haruhi devotee should miss The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

FUNimation Acquires Rights to Show By Rock!!

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We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for Studio Bones’ new super-cute nekomimi music anime, Show By Rock!! This series is all about music and features bands of cute animal-ear girls AND handsome animal-ear guys, covering all types of music— pop, visual kei rock, Japanese, and more, with something for all audiences. The Show By Rock!! franchise comes to you in conjunction with Sanrio (yes, THAT Sanrio), and it’s got lots of popular Japanese seiyuu voice actors with popular singing backgrounds, so you know it’s going to be adorable and fun!

 

Here’s a preview of the bands in Show By Rock!!

 

Plasmagica

Our protagonists, catgirl Cyan, bunnygirl ChuChu, doggirl Retoree and sheepgirl Moa, of Plasmagica

 

CHARACTER VOICE ACTRESS PREVIOUS ROLES
Cyan Eri Inagawa
ChuChu Sumire Uesaka Fubuki (KanColle), Anastasia (Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls),
Sanae Dekomori (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions)
Retoree Manami Numakura Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster), Takao (Arpeggio of Blue Steel),
Yumi Iguchi (Shirobako)
Moa Ayane Sakura Nagato, Naka and Shimakaze (KanColle),
Haru Onodera (Nisekoi), Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)

 

 

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The ultra-cool Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz

 

Features Kishow Taniyama (Uta no Prince-sama’s Natsuki Shinomiya, Bakumatsu Rock’s Ryoma Sakamoto, Kuroko no Basket’s Tatsuya Himuro) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Crow!

 

Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

The lovely ladies of Japanese-inspired Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan

 

Trichronika
The starry boyband Trichronika

Features Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose, Free!’s Rin Matsuoka, Death Parade’s Harada) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Shu Zo!

Cristicrista

And the anime-original ultra-cuties of Cristicrista!

 

First episode will be available on Sunday, April 5th at 10am ET. Click here for more info.

 

synopsis:

Musical merriment and cute creatures collide in this series from the dream team pairing Sanrio and Studio Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)!

Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…

 

Check out the Promotional Videos below!