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FUNimation Acquires Rights for Death Parade

death parade 1981Can we interest you in a game? FUNimation has acquired the rights for Death Parade! The series will be joining our Winter 2015 simulcast line up with the first episode available on January 9th at 12:28pm ET and new episodes every Friday at 11:30am ET.

 

Don’t want to wait to watch Death Parade? 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!

 

synopsis:

There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling new series where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: your life is on the line.

 

Check out the cast list below.

 

CHARACTER  ACTOR
Dekim Tomoaki Maeno
(Yona of the Dawn’s Son Hak, Maken-Ki!’s Takeru)
Black-Haired Woman Asami Seto
(Selector’s Iona, Magi’s Seishun Lee)
Ginty Yoshimasa Hosoya
(Free! -Eternal Summer- Sosuke, Brother’s Conflict’s Yusuke)
Nona Rumi Ookubo
(Barakamon’s Tamako, Freezing’s Hiiragi)
Clavice Kouki Uchiyama
(Soul Eater’s Soul Eater, Fairy Tail’s Midnight)
Queen Ryoko Shiraishi
(Hellsing Ultimate’s Schrodinger, Negima!?’s Kaede)
Castra Ryoka Yuzuki
(Kill La Kill’s Satsuki, My-HiME’s Haruka)
Oculus Tessho Genda
(Akira’s Ryusaku, Sengoku Basara’s Takeda Shingen)

 

 

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So, here are our announcements so far! And we’ve got exciting news! This winter season will be our BIGGEST simulcast season ever! We’re going to take a short break for the holidays, but we’ll be back next week with more announcements!

 

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Rolling Girls

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CUTE GIRLS ON MOTORCYCLES!

 

FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for Rolling Girls!  Get ready for an action-packed and awesomely-animated new show—and the first original TV animated series from Wit Studio, the powerhouse that brought you Attack on Titan! After Wit Studio burst through the gates with Attack on Titan as their first animated series, both fandom and industry have been closely following to see what they’ll bring us next. Aside from cool characters and motorcycles, The Rolling Girls features energetic fight scenes and dynamic movement that any animation visual effects fan (that’s sakuga otaku) will love. Check out the trailer to see that in action!

 

What’s The Rolling Girls actually about? The short of it is that a kickass group of girls ride around a war-ravaged Japan on their sweet bikes, solving problems and figuring stuff out in this brave new world. For more details, here’s the synopsis:

 

Gun your engines and get ready for the full-throttle adventure of The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! In the wake of the Great Tokyo War, Japan, as the world once knew it, no longer exists. What remains is a fragmented network of independent nations ruled by heroes known as the Bests. Each Best commands an army made of the Rest as they seek to conquer anyone in their path. Enter Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya. These four intrepid and adorable girls are ordered by their Best to travel across the country by motorcycle, keeping a watchful eye on the field of battle wherever they encounter violence between warring nations!

 

Streaming schedule is TBA at this time, so stay tuned for more info coming soon!

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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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In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Akane Tomonaga

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at the final part of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Akane Tomonaga, the Japanese voice of Yui Furukawa.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: For this show, I didn’t know where the story was going while we were recording. I went into every recording session with a fresh sense of wonder, thinking, “Wow! So, this is how the story unfolds!” Of course, there are times when I like to know how the story ends and structure my performance accordingly. And I was especially dying of curiosity to know how this series ended. But it was precisely because I didn’t know that I was able to read each script with a fresh outlook and it made the recording sessions fun.

 

Q: For some of you, the roles you’re playing for In Search of the Lost Future are quite different from your previous ones, both in terms of personality and even vocal pitch. How do you prepare for a new role, and is it difficult to switch between projects?

 

A: I look at the art for the character and imagine, “For this girl, maybe her voice would sound like this and she would talk like this,” and rehearse to match the script and the art. And then, in the studio, I try giving my performance of the character the way I’ve conceptualized her. If I get the OK, I go with it and if it’s not quite right, then I make adjustments on the spot. So, I don’t think it’s difficult to switch between projects.

 

Q: As English-speaking fans of your work, we’re curious if any of you have seen an English dub of an anime, especially one with a character you voiced in Japanese. Have you seen any, and if so, which?

 

A: I’m sad to say I’ve never seen any. I’d love to get the chance!

 

Q: Do any of you have experience playing visual novels (particularly the original In Search of the Lost Future)? If so, what was your favorite?

 

A: I’m not really sure what defines a game as a visual novel, but I like to play video games. Regrettably, I’ve never played the game that this show is based on. But lately, my favorite game is “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate”, though that’s not a visual novel, is it? I like the so-called “otome game (girls’ games)” genre and I play those games often, of which my latest top pick is “Ayakashi Gohan (Mystical Meals)”! I voice one of the characters in it, but even without that fact, the story is really wonderful and I love it!

 

Q: In America, voice actors often record lines individually, while in Japan, multiple voice actors might record in the same room together. Does interacting with other voice actors ever affect your performance, e.g. do you ever change your delivery or ad lib based on how you interact with the other voice actors?

 

A: Naturally, hearing the performances of my fellow cast members tends to bring out a different performance from me than what I’d rehearsed on my own. What they do can spur me to feel different emotions, which leads to shifts in my performance. I think it’s those “emotional changes” that make it so fun to record together.

 

That concludes our 3 part interview series! Special thanks to all the fans who submitted their questions for the Japanese voice cast, and to our translation team, and our licensor for facilitating these interviews! We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the seiyuu and the characters of the show. Click this link to see the previous interviews in this series.

 

New episodes of In Search of the Lost Future air every Saturday at 12:30pm ET. Click here for episodes.

 

series synopsis:

A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her. The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Hatsumi Takada

lost future hatsumi

 

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at part 2 of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Hatsumi Takada, the Japanese voice of Kaori Sasaki.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: Towards the beginning, I went into the recording sessions with absolutely no idea of where the story was going. Several episodes in, I was given a rough idea of how things would end, but I purposefully refrained from asking for any details. I do like to know as much as possible about how a story ends, but depending on the role I’m playing, I also sometimes feel that I’d like to stay in the dark, so that I can be in the same frame of mind as my character. Kaori, my character on this show, was just such a case, so I played her with my heart in my mouth every session, wondering what was to come.

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In Search of the Lost Future Interview – Takuma Terashima

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Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at part 1 of our 3 part series of interviews. First up, we’ve got Takuma Terashima, the Japanese voice of Sou Akiyama.

 

Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?

 

A: I think that depending on the show and the character, in some situations, it’s better to know how the story will unfold and in other situations, it’s not. But for this show, I played my character without knowing, and other than the immediate future and changes to his emotional state, I figured it was better that I didn’t know anything, so I refrained from asking. When I read the scripts, I was especially surprised by the events in Episode 1 and the story that unfolded towards the end.

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GARO THE ANIMATION Tag a Friend Contest

garoAre you watching GARO THE ANIMATION? Well, you should be! Creatures of the night take over human bodies to consume flesh and only the legendary Makai Knights can destroy them. What’s not to love? Plus, stunning visuals and top-notch action make this series one of the hottest shows of the season!

 

GARO THE ANIMATION is definitely a series that you will want to share with your friends, and that’s exactly what we want you to do! From now until December 9th, you’ll have a few ways to enter and score this GARO THE ANIMATION poster (pictured right) for you and a friend.

 

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Find the designated contest thread on our official Facebook page and tag a friend that you think would like the series in the comments of the post.

2) Tweet our @FUNimation Twitter account and tag a friend that you think would like the series using the hashtag #GAROPosterContest. (You will need to make sure you are following our official account so we can private message you if you win).

 

We’ll pick two random winners (one from Facebook and one from Twitter) to receive two GARO THE ANIMATION posters (one for themselves and one for the friend they tagged!)

 

EXTRA BONUS:

We’re giving away one extra poster! Just comment on this blog post and tell us why you think your friends would like this series.

 

Click here for complete contest rules and details.

 

series synopsis:

 

The King’s close advisor implemented a large-scale witch-hunt. The tragic victims of this hunt were not witches, however, but Makai Knights and Makai Priests. One Makai Priestess gave birth to a child while being burned at the stake. That child carried the bloodlines of the Golden Knight. Although he was saved by his father, a Makai Knight himself, the newborn, León Luís, suffered greatly from the unjust death of his mother. And so he vowed to learn the ways of a Makai Knight from his father, Germán Luís, and use his training to seek revenge. During his battles against the demons known as “Horrors,” León must gradually approach reality and accept the truth.

 

Meanwhile, the powerful former adviser to the King, Mendoza, banished Prince Alfonso and his mother while the king was bedridden. Eager to reclaim his kingdom and save his people, Alfonso embarks on a quest to find the legendary Knight – but destiny holds a twist of fate in store for him.

 

Together, León and Alfonso begin long and difficult journey filled with many hardships.

 

You can catch new episodes of GARO THE ANIMATION every Friday at 12:23pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now, and check out the video below for a clip from the show!

 

 

 

 

Live Tweet With Us and You Could Win!

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Have you been keeping up with our Broadcast Dubs of Psycho-Pass 2 and Laughing Under the Clouds? Fans can now watch episodes of currently broadcasting shows from Japan in ENGLISH just weeks after they air overseas.

 

We’ve been live tweeting during the launch of each episode every Saturday, and we’ve got a special treat for fans this weekend. If you live tweet with us this Saturday (Nov. 22) from 10am CT until 1pm CT and use the hashtag #BroadcastDub you will automatically be entered to win an autographed copy of the Episode 1 English dub scripts of Psycho-Pass 2 or Laughing Under the Clouds!

 

EDIT: CONTEST OVER. SCROLL TO BOTTOM TO SEE WINNERS.

 

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We’ll be picking 2 random winners from among all eligible tweets. You can tweet as many times as you want during the designated contest time; however, if you’re caught spamming you will be disqualified.

 

Click here for official contest rules.

 

Click here to catch up on episodes of Psycho-Pass 2 and Laughing Under the Clouds before Saturday!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Twitter users willsdarklady and callmezeynab were picked as our random winners for the autographed scripts. Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

 

Who’s your favorite Twin-Tail?

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Do you really like hairstyles? I mean, really like hairstyles? Do buns make you go bun-anas? Do ponytails make you want to do the pony? Do french braids make you scream “Oo La La”? Then we’ve got the show for you– Gonna be the Twin-tail!

 

series synopsis:

Soji is an average high school boy and devoted lover of pigtails. But when monsters with a thirst for human spirit energy invade earth, Soji (along with the help of a mysterious pig-tailed stranger) must transform into a pigtailed girl to defeat them.

 

We’re up to episode 7 of the series, and we’ve had the chance to meet a lovely array of twin-tails. So, which one is your favorite: Tail Red, Tail Blue, or Tail Yellow? Comment below, or on the designated Contest Thread on our Facebook page, with your fave and why, and you could win one of two theatrical sized Gonna be the Twin-Tail! posters. You have from now until November 24th to submit your entries!

 

EDIT: CONTEST OVER!

Congratulations to espeon64 and Quentin Dulaney, our two random winners for this contest! You have already been sent messages to your Inbox on FUNimation.com or via a private message on Facebook (Check the “other” box in your messages). Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

Click here for complete contest rules.

 

 

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Gonna be the Twin-Tail! streams every Thursday at 1:46pm ET/ 12:46pm CT. Click here to watch episodes now!