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?
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!
Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on Funimation.com!
Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.
Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad
Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!
After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.
At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…
Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.
This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.
Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.
It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.
Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!
That’s right, THE Hatsune Miku is coming to Texas, and Funimation is giving subscribers a chance to win tickets to her show in Dallas (5/14) or Houston (5/17). For Dallas fans, the show is already sold out, so this is your last and only chance to snag some highly coveted tickets to the performance. A limited supply of tickets are still available for purchase to the Houston show, but time is running out.
It’s easy to enter! If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to follow these steps to try to win your ticket:
And to reward our longtime fans, we’re going to sweeten the deal—any winners that have also been FunimationNow subscribers since the first of May will have their tickets upgraded so they can watch the show from the Funimation suite!
Get ready Minnesota, because the Funimation crew is bringing anime goodness to AniMinneapolis (say that five times fast)! Join Tara and Tim this weekend for a huge line-up of events:
Funimation Industry Panel | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 5:30pm – 6:45pm
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!
Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 10:30pm – 12:30am
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join host Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford) for some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)
Join Funimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave and you could win a prize!
Home Video Premiere: Blood Blockade Battlefront | Panel Room 1 | Friday, May 6 | 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Blood Blockade Battlefront centers around the crime fighting organization “Libra” and their battles in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. Hellsalem’s Lot was created when a portal to the “Beyond” opened, becoming a paranormal melting pot of monsters, magic and the everyday mundane life, and it is up to Libra to clear the streets of trouble and prevent the horrors of this city from spreading to the outside world.
English Dub Premiere: Selector Spread Wixoss | Panel Room 1 | Saturday, May 7 | 12:00pm – 1:45am
WIXOSS is a popular trading card game in which players battle against each other with fighters known as LRIGs, using cards to support them. Certain LRIGs are able to communicate with their owners, and the girls chosen to wield them are known as “Selectors”. Selectors are given the chance to have any wish granted by winning battles against other Selectors, but should they lose three times, their wish will be reversed into a curse instead. The main series, selector infected WIXOSS, follows a girl named Ruko Kominato who becomes a Selector after receiving an LRIG that she names Tama. As she and various other Selectors battle it out for the sake of their wish, Ruko finds herself drawn into the dark sinister world of WIXOSS, discovering that win or lose, there is always a price to pay.
Come stop by our booth all weekend for awesome deals on new and classic titles, plus:
Free lanyard with purchase
Autographed gift with purchase of certain titles
Anime Pin Draw Promotion:
- 1 pin for $75 you spend
- 2 pins for $125 you spend
- 3 pins for $175 you spend
- 4 pins for $200 you spend
Although the school semester is finishing, we’re starting our own My Hero Academia Class! Every month, we’ll be giving out a challenge that gives you the chance to a train in the ways of becoming a true hero.
The challenge is to embody that theme in a heroic sense using whatever method possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). For example, the theme for May is “Fitness“.
In the beginning of May the employees of Funimation got out of their chairs and did fitness challenges where they did pushup contests, hula-hoop competitions, the Hero Walk, and more for International Wellness Week! We even found videos of people doing their own My Hero Academia-inspired fitness challenges.
Creatively figure out how to demonstrate the theme of the month and complete the challenge through our social media channels and we’ll be giving away some My Hero Academia goodies to the fans that demonstrate it best. Use the hashtag “#OneForAll” to enter this challenge and join the My Hero Academia class!
June’s Challenge: Teamwork
For the month of June, figure out how to exemplify “teamwork” and showcase it to us using the hashtag “#OneForAll” on our social media channels. That can be helping a family member do chores, being a good teammate in sports, pumping up a gym partner during sets, or whatever! Through the month, we’ll choose winners to receive a special poster!
Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!
“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what TheFreeDictionary.com defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.
We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!
One Punch Man
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.
Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.
Tiger and Bunny
One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!
To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).
Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!
Never fear for we have A-Class voice actors and ADR staff who can bring My Hero Academia some voice acting justice! As announced on Dubbletalk, here are the voice actors for the new class of heroes in the upcoming Broadcast Dub of My Hero Academia. The first episode of the Broadcast Dub comes on 5/4/16!
Just announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Anime Detour, we have the English cast for Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! Check out the full line-up and trailer below!
Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailed…girl?With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the “attribute power” of humans. But Soji’s new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!
Second in Series of Film Adaptations to Screen in U.S. on May 17 & 18
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – April 21, 2016. On the heels of yesterday’s limited theatrical engagement of “The Empire of Corpses,” Funimation® Films announced today that advance tickets are now available for the movie “Harmony,” the second in the series of three animated films adapted from Project Itoh’s novels. The film, produced by award-winning Studio 4°C, is co-directed by the duo of Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura. Presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub versions, “Harmony” will screen in more than 60 theaters across the United States on May 17 and 18, 2016. Local theater listings will provide specific dates and times for subtitled and dubbed screenings. Tickets are available for purchase at funimationfilms.com/harmony.
“If response to the first film is any indication, fans will truly enjoy ‘Harmony,’” said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. “Project Itoh’s ‘Harmony’ will transport moviegoers on an epic science fiction voyage – to a world, once ravaged by war and disease, that has been transformed to ‘perfection’ by nanotechnology.”
To coincide with today’s ticket sales announcement, Funimation Films also released the full-length theatrical trailer for “Harmony.’” The trailer is available for viewing through an exclusive partnership with IGN.com, the top gaming and entertainment website. Click the image below to watch!
“Fans will not want to miss the futuristic world that Studio 4°C has brought to life in ‘Harmony,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Whether anime or sci-fi fan, there are options for both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film, and we encourage everyone to purchase advance tickets to this limited, two-day release.”
“Harmony” was the second novel by Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh, pseudonym of Satoshi Ito, who died at the early age of 34 from cancer. Published in 2009, the novel was very well received by readers and was awarded the coveted Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize, which recognizes the best in science fiction works spanning novels, movies, animation and manga. The novel was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction in 2010.
“Harmony” producer Studio 4°C has been producing films, OVAs and shorts for more than 30 years. The animation studio is most well-known for its 2006 release “Tekkon Kinkreet,” which received numerous awards around the globe including the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and Best Animated Film at Fantasia, both in 2007. Harmony co-directors Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura are well known in their own rights as well. U.S.-born Arias rose to prominence as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film with “Tekkon Kinkreet.” Nakamura has animated or directed more than a dozen films during his career, including the cult classic “Akira” – one of the most well know anime films of all time.
In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.
Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?