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Tales of Zestiria the X Catch-Up: Part 1

Part one of a three-part editorial series from one of Funimation’s copywriters, Lauren Hill

 

As an avid Tales of fan, especially Tales of Zestiria, I have never been more excited for an anime series than this one! I was first introduced to the Tales of franchise with Tales of Graces and was hooked ever since. And while there are so many more games to play, I’ve been making my way through the franchise. But considering you can spend over 80 hours on just one game, it’s quite a process! Totally worth it, zero regrets.

 

The games in this series have a wonderful way of pulling you in right from the start. Between the gorgeous animation, the music, the perfect personalities of the characters, and the engaging stories, there’s a lot to love. It’s definitely a series of games that will have you laughing one minute and sobbing the next, which is amazing and terrible, haha. When I found out Funimation would get Tales of Zestiria the X, and that I could work on it, I couldn’t stop talking about it. In fact, I still can’t stop talking about it which probably explains the massive amount of information you’re about to dive into! This is a seriously wonderful, captivating, and loveable series, and I’m excited to share all the knowledge I can with our growing population of fans. So please, enjoy!

 

 

The Characters

Have you been watching our newest title, Tales of Zestiria the X? Are you eager to learn more about the world? Then settle in for some Tales of tutoring! We’ll be catching you up on everything there is to know about Zestiria and even some things you might have missed in this three-part blog series. Grab a snack and something to drink because you’ve got quite a bit of learning to do.

 

Let’s start off with some of the basics:

 

What is Tales of Zestiria?

Tales of Zestiria is a game by Bandai Namco Studios! It is part of the 20-year long-running Tales of franchise. Zestiria was the most recent game released under the Tales of title and came out on PS3 and PS4 last January.

 

 

What is the Tales of franchise?

It is a series of video games that began back in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia. Today, there are currently 16 titles out, and one is set to release this August in Japan and worldwide sometime in 2017. The games span different consoles, but the most recent three have been PlayStation exclusives. There is even a brand-new mobile game! Much like the Final Fantasy series, the games do not necessarily share the same storylines, but you can always find fun Easter Eggs for each series in all the games. Tales of Zestiria the X is the sixth anime series from the franchise with Tales of Eternia: The Animation being the first.

 

Who are the main characters?

Sorey: A human who has grown up with the Seraphim—magical beings that cannot be seen by typical humans. Because of his connection with the Seraphs, he is the chosen one to become the Shepherd. As the Shepherd, he will take on the burden of cleansing the human world of malevolence and hellions—humans and animals turned into dark creatures after being exposed to too much malevolence. He must also try to bring the world of Seraphim together with the world of humans. He and Mikleo are obsessed with history and ruins and want to explore every ruin in the known world.

 

 

Mikleo: A water Seraph who grew up with Sorey. Like Sorey, he is very interested in the history of their world and exploring ruins. Mikleo is very protective of Sorey and refuses to leave his side, even once Sorey takes on the Shepherd’s burden. The creators of Zestiria have even made the claim that Mikleo is Sorey’s “only one.” So take that anyway you’d like!

 

 

 

Alisha Diphda: Princess knight of Hyland. She believes in the Seraph but cannot see them like Sorey. She was one of the few nobles to still have faith in the Shepherd. She wants to help Sorey carry out his mission as the Shepherd but also has her own responsibilities to her country and land. Unfortunately for her, other members of the royal family see her has a threat and have plans to get rid of her.

 

 

 

Lailah: A fire Seraph and also the Lady of the Lake of Ladylake. Lailah has been contracted to many incarnations of the Shepherd. Because of this, she knows many things, but unfortunately, she cannot tell anything to Sorey as he must seek answers for himself. This does mean she may randomly change the course of conversation or wander off when certain questions are asked.

 

 

 

Rose: The mysterious Rose wears many faces. She is originally seen as leader of the Sparrowfeathers—a merchant guild. But we quickly find out she is far more deadly than a simple merchant. In fact, Rose is the leader of the assassin guild Scattered Bones and is out for Alisha’s head! But there is far more to this red head that has yet to be revealed.

 

 

 

Velvet Crowe: Velvet Crowe is a great unknown. Having just appeared in episode 5 and 6, this is the first time she’s truly been seen on screen—save for sneak peeks of course. Fans of the games are learning about her through the anime just like everyone else. Velvet will be the main heroine of Tales of Berseria, the upcoming Tales of game set to release this August in Japan and worldwide sometime in 2017. What is known about her is that she is a Daemoneater with a possessed left arm. She suffered a traumatic event where she witnessed Artorius Collbrande kill her younger brother, Laphicet. In Berseria she is a fierce pirate feared by many because of the dark power dwelling in her arm.

 

 

 

What about the bad guys?

 

Lord of Calamity: The final boss, Heldalf! He has plans to see the world covered in malevolence and stop the Shepherd from ever existing again by bringing about the Era of Chaos. But Heldalf was not born the Lord of Calamity, he was created. The most evil of villains always have the most tragic backstories…

 

 

 

Lunarre: Lunarre is not quite what he appears. Dressed in the clothing worn by the Scattered Bones (Rose’s assassin guild), he does not abide by the guilds creed and becomes overwhelmed with the desire for power and destruction. He begins to develop more fox-demon qualities and has abilities similar to that of a hellion. He works with the Lord of Calamity, but in reality, he’s more about working for himself.

 

 

 

There are many characters in the world of Zestiria, but these are the ones you definitely need to know. And yes, you will probably find yourself crying over some of them, haha. This blog will be updated with more characters as they get introduced in the anime. Stay tuned for future parts!

 

 

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement

We’ve got some big news for Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School! There have been quite a few series this season that are sequels or are tied to video games, which Danganronpa is one of those. Also, what is unique about Danganronpa 3 is that there are two series currently broadcasting weekly. Here is some info about both series:

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Anime Expo 2016 “Love Live! Sunshine!! Special Event: Nice to Meet You, We Are Aqours!!” Official Report

Love Live! Sunshine!! is already attracting attention, thanks to the simultaneous world launch of the anime series in July. That excitement grew even hotter at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles, the largest anime event in North America with 260,000 attendees, when school idol group Aqours went up on stage at the expo’s Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 to talk about the anime and what they’ve been up to so far.

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Summer 2016 Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcements

Summer Simulcast Season 2016

 

Summer 2016 Simulcast Season has a huge Broadcast Dub list, as announced earlier this week, which means that tons of shows are getting dubbed quicker than ever, and with that comes many English cast announcements! Stay tuned to this blog in the coming days to see what all we have announced as we’ll be updating this page with all of the cast listings.

 

Click here to go to FIRST LOVE MONSTER

 

Click here to go to Puzzle & Dragons X

 

Click here to go to Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance (Season 2)

 

Click here to go to SERVAMP

 

Click here to go to Danganronpa 3

 

Click here to go to D.Gray-man HALLOW

 

Click here to go to Tales of Zestiria the X

 

Click here to go to planetarian

 

Click here to go to Show by Rock!! Short!!

 

Click here to go to The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

 

Click here to go to Handa-kun

 

Click here to go to Cheer Boys!!

 

Click here to go to Love Live! Sunshine!!

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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO “DRIFTERS” FROM NBCUNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN


Drifters Announcement

Announced at the annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of “Drifters” – the eagerly anticipated new anime series from “Hellsing” creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured the exclusive international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. “Drifters” is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

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Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement: Shonen Maid!

SNM_keyartThe broadcast dub for Shonen Maid begins tonight  which means we’ve got an English voice cast announcement for you! The dub episodes for this cute slice-of-life will be launching alongside the new simulcast episodes, Fridays at 8:30p Eastern!

 

 

Synopsis

After the loss of his mother, Chihiro is left alone. With no known family left, he has to find a way to
move on. Things aren’t looking good until a chance encounter with the young and handsome
Madoka—who turns out to be his wealthy uncle! Madoka offers him his home and all Chihiro has to do is clean up after the messy, irresponsible man. The problem? This job requires a uniform—a maid outfit!

 

Meet the wonderful cast and crew behind the show!

 

Cast 

Chihiro – Apphia Yu

Madoka – Seth Magill

Keiichiro – Todd Haberkorn

Chiyo – Michelle Rojas

Miyako – Leah Clark

Hino – Morgan Berry

Amahara – Kristen McGuire

Takei – Kate Oxley

 

Crew

ADR Director – Caitlin Glass

ADR Engineer – Domonique French

 

Don’t forget to catch the very first dub episode, launching tonight at 8:30p ET!

 

Spring 2016 Simulcast Line-up is Here!

Spring his here, and so is a new season of simulcasts! Without further ado, here’s what you can catch streaming on Funimation this season!

 

Spring 2016 Season Line-up*

MHA_key02My Hero Academia 

Sunday, April 3 @ 5am ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.

 

 

 

 

endride_paint_BG2Endride

Saturday, April 2 @ 3pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Beneath the earth’s surface lies the unknown world, Endra. After touching a mysterious crystal, Shun Asanaga finds himself in this new land and his only way home lies with helping the vengeful Prince Emilio. Recently imprisoned, Emilio vows to take back his rightful throne from King Delzaine. Check out the latest adventure from the creator of Rurouni Kenshin and the studio behind Durarara!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow days_keyartRainbow Days + club RAINBOW

Sundays @ 10:30am ET

Simulcast only

If you just can’t get enough of the Rainbow Days anime, or the original manga it’s based on, club RAINBOW is sure to be a fun, cute, can’t-miss addition to your watch list! Join the main voice cast of Rainbow Days as they share behind-the-scenes stories, participate in a variety of games and events that appear in the show, and explore the city of Hokkaido trying to find the real-world locations that served as inspiration for the anime’s setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC2_key_01Assassination Classroom (Season 2)

Thursdays @ 1:55pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And you thought there was never a girl onlineAnd you thought there is never a girl online? (Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja nai to Omotta)

Thursday, April 7 @ 12:00pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

After Hideki Nishimura confesses to a girl online, he is shocked when she turns out to be a boy. Traumatized, he swears to never trust any “girl” players. That is, until one confesses to him! Ako Tamaki is a beautiful loner who has trouble differentiating between what’s reality and the online world she spends so much of her time in. Can Hideki and his guild friends help fix socially inept Ako?

 

 

 

 

HHaifuri – TBD

Simulcast only

Akeno Misaki and Moeka China share one goal—to join the Blue Mermaids! A group of fierce women, the Blue Mermaids are key to keeping peace among the seas and coastal cities in this age of maritime trade. To be a part of this elite group of sea protectors, they must succeed at Yokosuka’s Marine High School. Akeno and Moeka, together with their classmates, will take the plunge to become Mermaids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

poster_rough_K_siro_1219Concrete Revolutio (Season 2)

Friday, April 8 @ 9:00am ET

Simulcast only

What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”—it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings. From the creative force behind Fullmetal Alchemist, including director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00) and writer Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), comes a new adventure with high-flying action.

 

AsteriskAsterisk War (Season 2) – TBD

Simulcast only

Less than a century ago a meteor collided with the planet’s surface and the resulting disaster caused the next generation of humanity to develop a wide variety of amazing abilities. In the center of the meteor’s crater lies Rikka, a system of six academies known as the Asterisk. Ayato Amagiri enters the Asterisk as a transfer student hoping to compete in a special battle event known as the Festa. However, he quickly finds himself on the bad side of one of the strongest fighters around—the beautiful but fiery Julis-Alexa von Riessfeld. To stand against her he’ll have to rely on his own sword-wielding ability, but when the tables turn, will they be able to team up to take down the competition?

 

 

 

 

km_key_20151120Kumamiko –Girl Meets Bear – TBD

Simulcast only

More info soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KeyVisual1Shonen Maid

Friday, April 8 @ 8:30pm ET

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

After the loss of his mother, Chihiro is left alone. With no known family left, he has to find a way to move on. Things aren’t looking good until a chance encounter with the young and handsome Madoka—who turns out to be his wealthy uncle! Madoka offers him his home and all Chihiro has to do is clean up after the messy, irresponsible man. The problem? This job requires a uniform—a maid outfit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

teaser visualThree Leaves, Three Colors (Sansha Sanyou) – TBD

Simulcast & Broadcast Dub

Futaba Odagiri is the energetic transfer student who befriends Teru Hayama, the class president who is meaner than she looks, and Youko Nishikawa, a former rich girl who still acts like a princess. Three very different girls who only share one thing: the kanji for leaf in their names. Balancing school and life is hard enough, but what about dealing with clashing personalities on top of it all?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One PieceOne Piece (continuing)

Saturdays @ 9:00pm 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!

 

 

 

* For U.S. and Canada only. Additional titles to be announced.

 

 

My Hero Academia Launch Event

UPDATE 2:

Our pals ForneverWorld, GRIMECRAFT, and KaggyFilms will also be joining the launch event tonight! Stay tuned for schedules.

UPDATE:

We will have these voice actor guests joining us on the live stream this weekend for interviews and maybe even play some games. Schedule is TBD so be sure to stay tuned for more information.

 



 

colleen
Colleen Clinkenbeard
(Luffy - One Piece)
 
cliff
Clifford Chapin
(Conny - Attack on Titan
michelle
Michelle Rojas
(Tohka - Date A Live
felecia
Felecia Angelle
(Shinoa -
Seraph of the End:
Vampire Reign
)
apphia
Apphia Yu
(Rio -
Assassination
Classroom
)

 



 

MHA_LiveStream_AnnouncementStay up late for the Funimation Live Stream Event
#ONEFORALL!

Join your hosts Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore on Twitch as they count down to the launch of My Hero Academia’s first episode!

The launch party kicks off on Sunday, April 3 at 1am ET
Funimation.com/myheroclass

Chat live
with hosts and special guests

Win big
with My Hero Academia giveaways

Watch My Hero Academia - Episode 1
5am ET on Funimation.com

Look back
with a post-show recap

 


 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT TO HOST LIVE STREAM PREMIERE OF THE NEXT BIG THING IN ANIME “MY HERO ACADEMIA” ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Adaptation of Smash Hit Manga Series Debuts on FunimationNow with All-Night Launch Party

WHAT: Funimation Entertainment will host an exclusive live stream launch party on Sunday, April 3, 2016 leading into the premiere of the most highly anticipated, new anime series of the year – My Hero Academia, available on FunimationNow. Join Dubbletalk’s Justin Rojas, Lauren Moore and surprise celebrity guests for an all-night premiere launch party featuring interviews, contests and giveaways, show clips and much more, followed by the premiere of “My Hero Academia” and an episode recap discussion!  Celebrity guests include Colleen Clinkenbeard (“One Piece”), Clifford Chapain (“Attack on Titan”), Apphia Yu (“Assassination Classroom”), Felecia Angelle (“Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign”) and Michelle Rojas (“Date A Live”). Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation: “This five-hour event is a first for Funimation, and we are so excited to share this experience with fans — not only the premiere of ‘My Hero Academia’, but also all of the interviews and extras surrounding the show. I’d like to personally invite our fans to join us for this huge event as we celebrate the launch together!”

Produced by Bones, Inc. (“Fullmetal Alchemist”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Space Dandy”) “My Hero Academia” will quickly join the top ranks of anime classics such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” and “Naruto.” Adapted from the Manga Taisho-nominated Japanese super hero series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi (“Barrage on the Battle Star”, “Oumazoo”), “My Hero Academia” is pegged to be one of the most fan-embraced anime titles of 2016.

Fans can participate in an exclusive launch party contest beginning on April 3 and running through April 16, 2016 by signing up for a free 14-day trial of FunimationNow. The more episodes fans watch on FunimationNow, the more chances they have to win! More details will be shared during the event.

SERIES SYNOPSIS: 

“My Hero Academia” is a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class! Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.

 

WHEN & WHERE: