Two-for-One Weekend: Anime Central and OtaFest!

We’re splitting the team up and heading to two different conventions this weekend, Anime Central in Chicago and OtaFest 2015 in Calgary, AB Canada! We’ve got some very special panels, premieres and announcements that you won’t want to miss! Take a look at our line-up for both shows:

 

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PANELS

  • Friday 1:00pm | FUNimation Previews – Panel Room 1 (90 minutes)
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
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  • Friday 10:00pm | FUNimation Peep Show – Panel Room 1 (60 minutes)
    Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!)
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  • Saturday 11:30am | The Words of Director Akitaro Daichi – Rosemont Ballroom (90 minutes)
    Come see this very special panel with animation director Akitaro Daichi (Fruits Basket, Kamisama Kiss) and FUNimation as they cover some of Daichi’s most popular works in America. Video and Q&A panel.
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    Got a question for the director? Send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #KamisamaKiss and tag @FUNimation.
    We’ll also be providing Kamisama Kiss posters for panel attendees and at specific autograph sessions (TBD) – first come, first served.
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  • Saturday 4:30pm | FUNimation Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 (90 minutes)
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 

 

PREMIERES
  • Friday 7:30pm | Soul Eater Not! - with Cherami Leigh and Micah Solusod - Panel Room 1 (120 minutes)
  • Saturday 6:30pm | Noragami - with Bryn Apprill, Micah Solusod, and Alexis Tipton – Panel Room 1 (120 minutes)

 

BOOTH

Plus! Get a free lanyard with every purchase!
 

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PANELS

  • Saturday 1:00pm | FUNimation Industry Panel – CT 121 (60 minutes)
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.
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  • Saturday 6:30pm | FUNimation Previews Panel – CT 121 (90 minutes)
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

 

 

Hyperdimension Neptunia Wallpapers: Neptune

Get your desktop a game face with some wallpapers from Hyperdimension Neptunia! Every week in May, we’ll be dropping a treasure chest of wallpapers of a Goddess; this week we’re featuring Neptune! You can grab the right size for your desktop screen right here!

 

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Neptune, hailing from the kingdom of Planeptune, is our protagonist, and she’s something of a forgotten goddess. The goddesses, of course, are based on video game consoles, but you might notice that Neptune and Planeptune don’t sound like any real console that ever actually existed.) Neptune cares more about playing games and snacking on pudding than handling her royal duties of looking after her kingdom or increasing her popularity, but when she transforms into Purple Heart, she becomes highly dependable and totally kickass— a completely 180!

 

You can pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD set here! Coming out on June 9th!

 

New Release Tuesday: Solty Rei S.A.V.E

On this New Release Tuesday, we have a special classic for you! Solty Rei, a gritty noir filled with mechas, cyborgs, and action, relaunches in a S.A.V.E box set today! Get yours here!

 

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The Complete Series

 

 

S.A.V.E.Available Now!

 

 

 

Series Summary:

If you’ve ever been down on your luck, waiting for a lucky break, Solty Rei proves that things can turn around – even in the face of catastrophe. A brooding hybrid of vivid sci-fi and grey noir, this series explores the connections forged among the lost. Sometimes, the end of the world is just the beginning.

It’s been twelve years since an unexplained disaster left countless dead and maimed. Society is divided and every citizen feels the burn, most of all the Resembles – people whose mangled bodies have been rebuilt with high-tech prosthetic devices. Bounty hunter Roy Revant’s had his fill of pain, walking alone in the shattered city. That is, until the day a strange little girl named Solty falls from the sky. Roy and Solty may seek different things… but who wants to search for truth alone?

 

FUNimation at the Movies – PUCHIM@S!

May is here and with it comes not only flowers, but a new FUNimation at the Movies title! This month we’re partnering with the Alamo Drafthouse to bring you free screenings of the overly-adorable-gonna-make-you-squee-from-cuteness show, PUCHIM@S!

 

Synopsis

Fans of the iDOLM@STER franchise won’t want to miss this super cute spinoff! Hyperactive hijinks are sure to follow when the idol girls of 765 Productions discover the mysterious Puchidols – chibis with adorable abilities – have invaded their office!

 

 

 

Catch FREE screenings of the Season 1, subbed (releasing on DVD, May 19th – preorder here!) at the following Alamo Drafthouse theaters. Click on a location for showtimes and to reserve your seat:

 

Richardson, TX — 5/11

Austin, TX (Village location) — 5/11

Houston, TX (Mason Park location) — 5/12

Denver, CO (Littleton) — 5/13

Kansas City, MO — 5/27

 

PLUS!  By special request, the Houston, TX (Mason Park location) will be showing the first 4 episodes of Freezing Vibration on May 26th! Showtimes to come, keep an eye on their website for more details!

 

 

*FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you have secured a theater location and would like to participate in the program, please contact us via [email protected] 

 

Announcing: High School DxD BorN Broadcast Dub Cast

Update: Thank you to everyone that has posted comments regarding the first episode of the broadcast dub of High School DxD BorN. We understand the reactions from long term fans to the change in voice actors — which is the very reason we announced the recasting before the new dub aired. For differing reasons, both Scott Freeman and Teri Rogers could not return to the show. FUNimation had no other choice but to bring on two new voice actors, Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel, to High School DxD BorN in order to produce the dub. No amount of time or delay would have changed this. We hope new and especially existing fans will give Josh an Kelly the opportunity to settle into the characters. They are very talented actors and will do the show proud. FUNimation is committed to bringing the best in anime to our subscribers and sometimes, in this case, changes are unavoidable.

 

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 2, 2015. FUNimation Entertainment announced today the cast for the Broadcast Dub of High School DxD BorN (Season 3).  Weekly, subtitled episodes of the simulcast began airing on FUNimation’s streaming service on April 4 with new episodes premiering each Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Now four episodes into Season 3, FUNimation will be commencing production on the dub versions of the High School DxD BorN simulcast.

 

The cast of High School DxD BorN includes the addition of Josh Grelle and Kelly Angel in the roles of Issei and Akeno, respectively. Grelle is a FUNimation veteran and fan favorite and is well known for his TV, movie and video game roles from Attack on Titan and Mass Effect to The Devil is a Part-Timer and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.  The remaining cast from past seasons including Jamie Marchi, Sean O’Connor and Jād Saxton will be returning for this season’s simulcast.

 

“’We have always tried incredibly hard to retain the original voice cast for our dubbed releases.  However, there are instances where ‘life just gets in the way’, and this is one of those unfortunate situations,” said Justin Cook, director of production at FUNimation. “With that being said, we are proud to bring the talents of both Josh and Kelly into the cast, and though they have big shoes or bras, as the case may be, to fill, I believe our work this season will be the best ever, despite the changes and challenges.”

CHARACTER                           ACTOR

 

Issei                                         Josh Grelle

Rias                                         Jamie Marchi

Akeno                                     Kelly Angel

Kiba                                        Sean O’Connor

Koneko                                   Jād Saxton

Asia                                        Chloe Daniels

Yuma Amano                        Felecia Angelle (one time flashback)

Matsuda                                Tyson Rinehart

Motohama                            Ruben Tadeo Garcia

 

 

Season Synopsis:

The babes and boys of the Occult Research Club are back! Lovable loser Issei and his spirited schoolmates return for a new season of supernatural tussles and mischievous mayhem—featuring old friends and new enemies! Now that all the girls live in Issei’s home, life seems like nothing but adolescent antics…for now! Join Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Kiba, Asia, Xenovia, Gasper, and everyone’s favorite Harem King Issei as they fight, fumble, and flirt their way through their demonic high school lives.

 

For more information on or to watch High School DxD BorN, please visit www.funimation.com/high-school-dxd.

 

A Bittersweet “Goodbye” and a Hearty “Hello” from the Social Team

michelle_kollaboration“Bittersweet” is certainly the most fitting description for today’s announcement: we say goodbye to one member of our team and hello to another.

Our Social Media Manager, Michelle Lee, is moving on to pursue other opportunities. She played a hugely integral role on the social team for the last few years and while we are definitely sad to see her go, we are incredibly excited about her next step in life. Many of you, whether you follow the blog avidly or not, will recognize Michelle’s name and work. From conventions, to planning, to videos, to fan feedback, to killer one-liners and so much more, she rocked it all.

 

Thank you for everything, Michelle! 

 

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Now, you may have noticed a new name on the FUNimation blog over the last few days: Godswill Ugwa. We are thrilled to introduce Godswill as our newest Social Media Coordinator!  He’ll be joining Lauren and me to help bring you announcements, contests, feedback and more! Please join us in welcoming him!

 

Godswill is no stranger to anime and geek culture. When he’s not dancing, playing video games, fighting, or doing his master’s program at UT Dallas, he’s over at FUNimation doing his best to craft some witty quips for the social media pages. As an undergraduate at UT Dallas, he founded the ANIM3 Club and created the school’s first convention, Comet-Con, which just finished its third run. His top anime right now are One Piece (BTW his favorite character is Franky which he cosplayed as), Gurren Lagann, and Hunter x Hunter.

Heading to AniMinneapolis!

In the world of conventions, there are a lot of interesting con names out there. But if there was a “Trickiest to Spell” category, the ever-fun AniMinneapolis might just take first place! FUNimation is heading up north to the anime, gaming and music celebration from May 8-10 and we hope to see you there! You can be sure to have tons of fun at our panels, screenings, and booth.

 

FUNimation Peep Show – Panel Room 1 – Friday (5/8)  |  10:30 – 11:30 PM

  • Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!)

FUNimation Previews – Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  1:30 – 2:30 PM

  • Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

FUNimation Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  7:00 – 8:00 PM

  • From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation.

 

The Future Diary HD Premiere - Panel Room 1 – Saturday (5/9)  |  10:00 – 11:30 PM

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Series Synopsis:

Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon – and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno — who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone – is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or—-DEAD END.

 

 

 

*Plus! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with any purchase from our booth! See you there!

 

Chibi-fy Your Desktop: PUCHIM@S Wallpapers

We can’t wait for the upcoming release of PUCHIM@S on May 19! What could be better than bringing home the  FUNimation Exclusive DVD and watching these cute chibi-chicks in marathon mode? How about having these Puchidols invade your desktop or mobile with some adorable wallpapers! Click here to download the right size for your screen.

 

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You can pre-order your own DVD set now! Coming May 19!

 

New Release Tuesday: D-Frag!

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Did you catch this week’s New Release Tuesday? It’s filled with zany, off-the-wall characters, thanks to the Game Creation Club!

 

D-Frag!

The Complete Series

 

Available Now – Limited Edition!

Available Now — Blu-Ray/DVD Combo!

 

 

 

The studio that brought you Durarara!! unleashes a madcap high school comedy with 100% more psychopaths!

 

Kazama is a wannabe delinquent on a mission to rule the school, but a run-in with the cray cray cuties of the Game Creation Club derails his plan for power. Instead of conquering Fujou Academy with his fists, Kazama is plunged into a hilariously-twisted world where pain is the name of the game. Ruled by the adorable underground boss Roka, the Game Creation Club is comprised of pretty psychopaths who enjoy snacking, setting things on fire, burying adversaries up to their necks, and tazing the ???? out of anyone who stands in their way! As Roka vies for ultimate control of the school club scene, Kazama scrambles to maintain his sanity and survive the whacked out games these girls play.There’s no escaping the Game Creation Club!

Spring Cleaning Sale!

We’re doing a little spring cleaning in our Shop! For a limited time (4/27 – 5/11), you can get reduced prices on over 400 products (such as Murder Princess) in our Spring Clearance Sale! Click here to start grabbing these titles!

 

As a special bonus to All-AccessPass Subscribers, if you buy 2 products, you will get a 3rd at 50% off! And this is in addition to the already lowered sale prices! And because we love you, you get free shipping! If you’re not an All-AccessPass Subscriber, you can get free shipping on orders over $50.

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What are you waiting for? This sale won’t last long! Get your products now!