Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Haruka

Here’s our next Free! -Eternal Summer- dub cast announcement! Today, we’re finally revealing the main character, everyone’s favorite mackerel-loving, clothes-stripping waterdere, the cool-yet-passionate swimmer who lives to surround himself in water’s embrace– Haruka Nanase!

 

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Haruka (played by Nobunaga Shimazaki in the Japanese version) is played by Todd Haberkorn, the voice behind such renowned roles as Hetalia’s Italy, Ouran High School Host Club’s Hikaru Hitachiin, Fairy Tail’s Natsu Dragneel, Soul Eater’s Death the Kid, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Ling Yao, and more.

 

We asked Todd for a few answers to some Free! ES-related questions!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?

Todd: I can swim, actually. Best stroke: the otter. I swim on my back and break open sea creature shells with a rock.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Todd: The marine scuba diver that scares children when they get in the tank to feed the sharks.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Todd: I wanted to be an actor!

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:

 

Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch
Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

 

 

FUNimation at Anime North Texas

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We’re taking a tiny break from traveling and heading to Anime North Texas this weekend! We won’t have a booth at the convention, but we do have some panels! Check out times and info below:

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday at 12pm in Main Events

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, come hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor!

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – Saturday at 1pm in Main Events

Check out some extended clips and trailers from FUNimation’s hottest new releases!

 

This will be our last official convention for 2014! See you again in 2015!

 

 

A Certain Magical Index – Wallpapers, Releases, and More… Oh, My!

 

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A Certain Magical Index returns to home video on November 18, with the complete series on
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for the first time! We know that a ton of you have been asking for this title on Blu-ray, and we’re just as excited to bring it to you! To celebrate, we’re uploading 5 free wallpapers in various sizes for the series, in addition to our existing Season 2 wallpapers.

 

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Be sure to catch Imagine Breaker’s early Academy City adventures in HD! This new release, which also brings the whole first series together for the first time, is just one of our back-to-back releases in the Index/Railgun franchise—we’re putting out a new Blu-ray/DVD release every month. Mark your calendars and pre-order early! The schedule is:

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Makoto

Time for our third Free! -Eternal Summer- dub cast announcement—featuring Makoto Tachibana, the kind, sweet and sensitive Iwatobi Swim Club captain, and Haru’s best friend! Who’s the official English voice behind those gentle eyes and lovely trapezius muscles?

 

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Makoto (played by Tatsuhisa Suzuki, singer of OLDCODEX, in the Japanese version) is played by Johnny Yong Bosch, who’s known for many other dub roles you might recognize from other anime—Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass, Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist, Artemis in the new Sailor Moon dub, and more.

 

Johnny also provides the lead vocals and guitar for his band Eyeshine! Click here for more info about the band.

 

We asked Johnny a few Free! ES-related questions!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?

Johnny: Yes, doggy paddle.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Johnny: The walrus.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Johnny: An action star…but that really came from me daydreaming about saving a cheerleader from some grab-happy jock and after that I’m allowed to sit at the cool table.

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:

Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

 

 

New Release Tuesday – High School DxD New – Complete Series!

This week’s New Release Tuesday brings a double-dose of High School DxD New! We’ve got the complete series available today, and two ways for you to take it home:

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High School DxD New – Limited Edition

 

High School DxD New – Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

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The sequel to High School DxD is HERE!

Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

 

 

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Nagisa

Get ready for our second dub cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-! Today’s unveil is the cute, hilarious, definitely-not-a-thug Nagisa Hazuki! Who’s playing the Iwatobi Swim Club founder and resident troublemaking penguin-lover?

 

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Nagisa (played by Tsubasa Yonaga in the Japanese version) is played by Greg Ayres! You might recognize Greg from such roles as Ouran High School Host Club’s Kaoru Hitachiin, Hetalia’s Denmark, and No. 6’s Shion. A lot of people also guessed this one right too! (‐^▽^‐)

 

We asked Greg a few questions pertaining to the role!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?
Greg: I have been a little water bug since I was a kid. While I mostly swim for fun, I guess my best stroke would be the freestyle stroke. I also love the sidestroke too.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?
Greg: My favorite marine animal without a doubt would be the otter!! Their playfulness totally speaks to the big kid in me. They make swimming look fun, and easy, and super cute all in one stroke.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Greg: I had always hoped I would be an actor when I grew up. Now that I’ve made it to the “acting” part, I guess I need to work on the “growing up” part. :)

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:
Rei Ryugazaki – J Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Rei

For the past few weeks, we’ve been teasing and hinting at the upcoming English dub for Free! -Eternal Summer-, and today we’re excited to finally begin our rollout of the dub cast! Starting today through Sunday, November 16, we’ll be unveiling new characters daily. The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer – be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here!

 

(If you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

And now without further ado, our first cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-, everyone’s favorite bespectacled beauty-loving butterfly boy: Rei Ryugazaki!

 

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Rei (played by Daisuke Hirakawa in the Japanese version) is played by J Michael Tatum, known for such roles as Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, Kyoya Otori from Ouran High School Host Club (another glasses boy!), and France from Hetalia. We know a LOT of you fans guessed that he’d play Rei, so if you got it right, congrats! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement!

 

English Voice Cast for Psycho-Pass 2

psycho pass 2Thanks to everyone who tuned in this weekend to catch the FUNimation Broadcast Dub premiere of Psycho-Pass 2! If you haven’t watched it yet, click this link to watch now.

 

We had a lot of great guesses for our Guess the Voice Actor Event, and I’m sure you’re all excited to see if you were able to figure out the cast. So, let’s get right to it!

 

Character – Actor

Kamui – Clifford Chapin
Sakuya Togane – Christopher R. Sabat
Sho Hinakawa – Z. Charles Bolton
Mizue Shisui - Monica Rial
Akira Kitazawa – Duncan Brannan

 

Tune in each Saturday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT to watch new episodes of the Psycho-Pass 2 FUNimation Broadcast Dub!

 

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Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!

 

FUNimation Announcements From Nekocon!

We’ve got the latest titles coming to home video, just announced at the FUNimation Industry Panel at Nekocon! Without further ado, here’s the lineup of what you’ll soon be able to add to your collection!

 

FUNimation has acquired the home video rights for:

 

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Tokyo Ravens

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From the studio behind Aquarion EVOL comes a supernatural fantasy featuring otherworldly battles and forgotten promises. Tokyo Ravens is the story of an ordinary high school boy from a not-so-ordinary family. Hautora was born into an ancient clan of onmyouji known for their mastery of all things occult. Unfortunately, he didn’t inherit the magical ability to see spirit energy, so he was doomed to live a normal life. At least, that is, until a mysterious girl from Harutora’s past returns to alter the course of his future!

 

Part One of the series will be released on 3/17/15 on Blu-ray and DVD Combo. Part Two will follow shortly after in Summer 2015. Please note that release dates are subject to change.

 

FUNimation will be revealing the English cast for the series at Ikkicon in January and the English Dub will premiere at Otakon Vegas.

 

For more information about Tokyo Ravens, check out funimation.com/tokyo-ravens.

 

 

PUC_keyFUNimation has also acquired the home video rights to the adorable iDOLM@STER spinoff:

 

PUCHIM@S

 

If you’re not sure what PUCHIM@S! is, think a cross between neon pink rock candy and crack cocaine. They’re short, addictive, and hyperactive super-cute episodes about cute idol girls and cute chibi idol blobs.

 

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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!

 

FUNimation will be featuring the director’s cut, which presents the series in maximum marathon format for your viewing pleasure, and the OVAs that were not included in the simulcast.

 

This release will be DVD only with Japanese audio and English subtitles. Season 1 of the series will be released in 2015. Season 2 release date is TBD.

 

For additional information about PUCHIM@S!, please visit funimation.com/puchims.

 

 

Based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto and the studio that brought you Psycho-Pass 2, Generator Gawl, and the Irresponsible Captain Tylor, FUNimation has acquired the home video rights for:

 

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Ping Pong The Animation 

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Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of a table tennis club—but what happens when these sports lovers have to go up against each other in tournaments? Prepare for truly epic matches in this new series from the director of The Tatami Galaxy!

 

The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the visionary and award-winning director of The Tatami Galaxy. It will release on Blu-ray and DVD in Summer 2015. The release will contain both English and Japanese audio tracks.

 

If you would like to learn more about Ping Pong The Animation, please visit funimation.com/ping-pong.

 

Dragon Ball Z Kai on Toonami and December Programming

dbz kai no logoDragon Ball Z Kai debuts on Toonami tonight!

 

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The Legendary Z Reborn!

For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended: bigger, faster, stronger, and packed with the pulverizing power to blow your puny minds! Beef up your collection with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama’s original vision, featuring more action than you can handle, revitalized animation, and an amped-up audio experience that will make your ears beg for mercy!

The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he’ll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord – Prince Vegeta.

 

Are you excited to see Goku return to the Toonami block? Click here to check local times.

 

But, that’s not all the Toonami news we have for you today! Just announced on their official Tumblr, here are some of the things you can look forward to in the month of December–including the conclusion to a very popular vampire series!

 

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December 6th: Hellsing Ultimate 9 and Summer Wars
December 13th: Hellsing Ultimate 10 and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
December 20th: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and Akira
December 27th: Evangelion 1.11 and Evangelion 2.22

 

Hellsing Ultimate IX & X is available now on Blu-ray and DVD Combo. If you just can’t wait and want to pick it up today, click here.