Top Anime Series You Should Be Watching this Summer

We’re about halfway through the summer 2014 season, so it’s a great time to review some anime!

 

Kotaku recently published their recommendations for the Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching, and two FUNimation shows made the list: Barakamon and Tokyo Ghoul. If you’ve watched these shows, then you know why they made the list, but just in case, here’s a run down for you.

 

barakamonBarakamon:

Currently on episode 6, this slice-of-life comedy is a heart warming story of personal growth and discovery. Who knew an anime about calligraphy would capture our hearts?

 

synopsis:

An aspiring artist’s world is about to be turned upside down.

 

Seishu exiles himself to a small island to rediscover his passion as a calligrapher after violently attacking one of his most vocal critics. While the Goto Islands appear to be a tranquil paradise on the surface, this young mapmaker soon learns that wacky neighbors and hyperactive children just might provide him the sense of humor he needs on his journey towards self-discovery.

 

Based on the popular manga series comes a tale of finding inspiration in the most hilarious and unlikely of places.

 

Watch new episodes of Barakamon every Saturday at 2:50pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

 

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Tokyo Ghoul:

Currently on episode 6, this fantasy horror series is sure to have you wincing in pain. Explore the dark and twisted world where ghouls live among us and feed on human flesh to survive. It’ll leave you questioning what it means to be human, and leave you craving more.

 

synopsis:

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers,  and the fine line between man and monster.

 

Here’s a clip from Tokyo Ghoul. Watch new episodes every Thursday at 12:00pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now!

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FUNimation at AnimeFest in Dallas!

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FUNimation will be heading to AnimeFest this weekend at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. We’re thrilled to be attending this 4-day convention, and it’s right in our backyard! To celebrate our last Texas convention of the year, we’ll be giving away a FREE FUNimation lanyard at our booth with every purchase.

 

We’ll also have our exclusive Attack on Titan T-shirts available. Supplies are extremely limited, and these will be heavily discounted all weekend. So, if you’ve been looking to score one of these, be sure to stop by the booth.

 

Be sure to also attend our Industry Panel this Saturday at 11am! We’ll be talking about the latest news and information from FUNimation, and we’ll even be giving out some nifty prizes. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Home Video Announcements from Otakon

プリントJust announced at the FUNimation Industry Panel at Otakon, see below for a list of the latest home video acquisitions.

 

FUNimation has acquired the home video distribution rights for D-Frag!

 

synopsis:

 

Based on the manga released by Seven Seas.

 

Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.

 

Click here to watch episodes of the series available for streaming on funimation.com/d-frag.

 

 

blazblueBased on the hit fighting game series, FUNimation has picked up home video distribution rights for BlazBlue: Alter Memory!

 

synopsis:

 

Long ago, the world was saved from a monstrous creature known as the Black Beast by a group of heroes wielding a powerful combination of magic and science. Now, a rebel named Ragna the Bloodedge–who happens to be the most wanted man on the planet–finds himself in the middle of a mysterious plot that’s somehow connected to the Black Beast’s resurrection and the possible end of the world.

 

Episodes of BlazBlue: Alter Memory are available streaming on funimation.com/blazblue. Click here to watch now.

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Release Date for Cowboy Bebop

cowboy bebopOne of the most asked questions at our booth all year now has an answer. Cowboy Bebop will be releasing on home video in December!

 

Fans will have four options for purchase:

o   DVD standard edition
o   Blu-ray standard edition
o   Amazon Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition
o   FUNimation.com Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition

 

The two Premium Editions will each feature different packaging and premium items, but their precise details will be announced later.

 

synopsis:
Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form.

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

 

Please visit funimation.com/cowboy-bebop for more information.

 

 

Awesome English Cast Announcements from Otakon

We have not one, but THREE awesome English cast announcements for you today! Take a look below.

 

First up, we’ve got the English Cast for A Certain Magical Index II, Part Two.

 

index keyCHARACTER – ACTOR

ACQUA – Andrew T. Chandler
AMATA KIHARA – Marcus D. Stimac
BIAGIO BUSONI – Barry Yandell
POPE MATTHAI REESE – Bob Magruder
RITOKU KOMABA – Patrick Seitz
SHIAGE HAMAZURA – Clifford Chapin
TERRA – George Manley
VASILISA – Leah Clark
VENTO – Kara Edwards

 

A Certain Magical Index II, Part One will be available on BD/DVD Combo on October 14th. Click here to pre-order now!

 

synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

 

Next up, more Fairy Tail! Check out some of the new characters you’ll meet in Fairy Tail Part 13. (Both Japanese and English voice actors listed below).

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FUNimation Acquires Black Butler Book of Murder OVA Series

black butler bomFlower Mound, Texas (8/9) – FUNimation Entertainment® announced today it has acquired the home entertainment, digital and broadcast rights to the OVA series Black Butler – Book of Murder.

 

From Studio: A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, and Black Butler, the series was directed by Noriyuki Abe, known for Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Black Butler – Book of Circus.

 

synopsis:

At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London’s elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn’t safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it’s too late!

 

Be sure to watch new episodes of Black Butler – Book of Circus every Thursday at 3:20pm ET. Click here to watch episodes now.

 

 

FUNKO TO LAUNCH ATTACK ON TITAN POP! VINYL SERIES

New line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures available at Hot Topic nationwide in October.

 

EVERETT, WA – August 9, 2014– Funko is excited to announce a new line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures. Funko has previously partnered with FUNimation to release series of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures.

 

This series will include some of the most popular characters from Attack on Titan.  Each super stylized figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. One super-sized Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 6” tall. Pop! Vinyl Figures are Ages 5+.

 

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Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Series

· 6” Super-Sized Colossal Titan

· Eren Jaeger

· Mikasa Ackerman

· Eren Jaeger Titan Form

 

The Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl series will be available nationwide in October exclusively in stores and online at Hot Topic through December 2015.

 

Attack on Titan, Part One is now available for purchase at your favorite retailer. Attack on Titan, Part Two will release on Sept 23rd. Click here to order now!

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FUNimation heading to Otakon

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otakon_hirokospaceFUNimation is heading back to Charm City for some more “Ice cold water. Only $1!” Well, and of course anime. Here’s what you need to know to keep you cool this weekend:

 

FUNimation Panel times:

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – Friday @ 6:45pm – Panel 2

Watch the latest extended clips and trailers for the hottest new releases from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday @ 3:15pm – Panel 2

Come hear the latest news and information from the leader in the anime industry! From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, we’ve got something for every taste.

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Attack on Titan, Part 2 – English Cast Announcement – Day 2

Attack on Titan, Part Two releases on September 23rd. So, now’s a great time for some more English cast announcements! Take a look below at the second half of our cast list of new characters for Part Two.

 

attack on titan part 2CHARACTER – ACTOR
CIS – Eric Vale
NESS – Jonathan Brooks
ZACHARY – John Swasey
BORIS – Micah Solusod
DENNIS – Andrew T. Chandler
HITCH – Brittney Karbowski
JURGEN – Justin Cook
MICHE – Jason Douglas
NANABA – Lydia Mackay
PEER – Philip Weber

 

Want to hear what they sound like? Subscribers get first access! Click here to check out the newest English dub clip!

 

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