New Anime You Should Be Watching in Fall 2014

Things are ramping up in the midst of the Fall 2014 Simulcast season, so it’s a great time to jump aboard if you haven’t already! Not sure where to start? Well, we’ve got you covered.

 

Kotaku has released a list of The Five New Anime of Fall 2014 You Should Be Watching and two FUNimation shows made the cut: Lord Marksman and Vanadis and Rage of Bahamut. Want to know what put them on the list? We’ve got a rundown of each show to help you get started. Or, if you’re already watching, here’s a quick mid-season refresher for you!

 

 

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Mondays, 10:30 AM EST

 

Currently on episode 5 of 12, Rage of Bahamut is a fast-paced adventure based on the hit digital card game, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. The show follows boisterous bounty hunter Favaro, and the innocent yet fierce Amira as they journey across the world. Imagine Samurai Champloo meets Skyrim, and you’ve got Rage of Bahamut.

 

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Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is an exciting blend of action and fantasy.

 

 

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Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Saturdays, 9:00 AM EST

 

Currently at episode 5 of 13, Lord Marksman and Vanadis tells the story of Count Tigre after being captured in battle by the beautiful knight, Ellenora. Fans of fantasy titles such as Tower of Druaga and Sands of Destruction will find a lot to love in this show. It even resonates as a blend of Fairy Tail meets Claymore — not quite as colorful as Fairy Tail, yet not as dark as Claymore. Ultimately, Lord Marksman and Vanadis seamlessly balances adventure and adventure with a touch of fanservice.

 

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Tigre, a young noble, is captured by a beautiful female general from an enemy country. Though enchanting, her curves aren’t the only dangerous thing about her. She’s backed by an army of desirable warrior-goddesses called the Vanadis. Can the valiant Tigre survive the action-packed blend of fantasy and fan service!?

 

 

Head over to Kotaku for the full list or check out our entire Fall Simulcast lineup and get watching!

 

 

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era hang out with FUNimation

 

IMG_0255What happens when you take Dragon Ball Z, a group of hip hop artists from Brooklyn, NY, and mix them together? You get critically acclaimed rapper, Joey Bada$$ and the hip hop-based collective, Pro Era… who all happen to be huge anime fans.

 

“Got Dragon Balls like my name was Vegeta” is one of the lines from Joey’s new song, “Christ Conscious” (available now on iTunes) so it only made sense that Joey and Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution and Dyemond Lewis paid a visit to the FUNimation office recently, while in Dallas, TX for Joey’s B4.DA.$$ tour.

 

IMG_0253But after hanging out with the Pro Era crew for most of the afternoon, we quickly discovered that they don’t just like Dragon Ball Z, it source of inspiration for many of them and a direct point of connection with fans — something we definitely understand respect all too well.

 

Check out the video below for our interview with Joey Bada$$ and tour of FUNimation with some of the coolest guys in hip hop.

 

 

 

There’s just one more US stop on the Pro Era Tour before the guys head out across the globe. Click here to check out the tour schedule for a show near you.  And keep an eye out for Joey Bada$$’s debut studio album, B4.DA.$$, dropping later this year.

 

Want to keep up with Pro Era on Twitter? Be sure to follow:

 

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Pro Era – @thefckingera

 

 

Joey Bada$$ – @JoeyBADASS_

 

 

CJ Fly – @FLYestintheeERA

 

 

Kirk Knight – @kirkknight

 

 

Nyck Caution – @NyckCaution

 

 

Deymond Lewis – @DyemondLewis

 

Win a Pair of Tickets to Absolute Battle 2014

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Absolute Battle is back, and they’re inviting players from all corners of gaming to join them at their biggest venue yet! This year, in addition to hosting one of the largest fighting game tournaments, Absolute Battle will include FPS tournaments as well as sports. There will also be a B.Y.O.C. section (Bring Your Own Console) for those who want to bring a casual setup for their game of choice.

 

This 3 Day even takes place November 14 – 16 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plano East in Plano, TX. FUNimation will be sponsoring the event, and we’re giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets!

 

All you have to do is go to our official Twitter account (@FUNimation) and retweet our tweet about AB5.

 

You must follow the FUNimation Twitter account, and you must be able to provide your own transportation to the event. You have from now until November 10th to enter for a chance to win! Click here for complete contest rules.

 

Don’t want to miss out on the event? It’s not too late to register! You have until tomorrow (November 7th) to get your tickets. Just click here. 

 

CONTEST OVER:  Congratulations to @vVv_Shadow for scoring a pair of tickets to go to Absolute Battle this weekend!

 

If you just can’t make it out this time, but you still want to join the fun, you can catch all the action via the Absolute Battle live stream on http://www.twitch.tv/VersusGameplay.

 

FUNimation heading to Nekocon this weekend!

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Break out those cat ears, people! FUNimation is heading to Nekocon! Stop by our booth in the dealer’s room and get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase while supplies last. Check out our panels and screening times below.

 

FUNimation Panels:

 

FUNimation Previews – Friday @ 7:30pm in Panel 1

Come watch some extended clips and trailers for the hottest new titles from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday @ 2pm in Panel 1

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

 

 

hack signFUNimation .hack Screening – Saturday @ 11am in Panel 1

Join us for a special tasting of the .hack franchise. Nekocon will be showing the first episodes from .hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Roots.

 

.hack was more than just an anime. It’s was a cultural phenomenon that transformed the way an entire generation looked at the world around them. This wildly-successful franchise offered us all the chance to escape. Thanks to .hack, we no longer had to be normal. We could delve into The World in search of adventure. We could run dungeons, collect treasure, and lose ourselves in virtual labyrinths. Each new installment was a melding of future and past where the rules of reality no longer applied. .hack was our ticket to the wired world, and we couldn’t wait to logon.

 

 

 

November Subscriber exclusive dubs – Cowboy Bebop, Fairy Tail, and One Piece

We’ve got another round of dubs hitting the FUNimation Streaming Service throughout November, exclusively for subscribers.  This month is a triple-threat of fan favorites so sit down, get buckled in and check out this lineup:

 

November Subscriber Exclusive Episodes

 

 

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One Piece

24 new, dubbed episodes coming your way!
HD Dub
 

November 4th: Season 6, Episodes 337 – 348

November 11th: Season 6, Episodes 349 – 360

 

While sailing through haunted waters, the Straw Hats encounter a ghost ship that’s home to a walking, talking skeleton!

 

Click here to watch! Choose ‘Season 6’ on the episode menu bar to go directly to episode #377

 

 

 

 

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The tournament continues!
HD Dub

 

November 18th: Episodes 154 – 164

 

The most powerful wizards in the Fiore Kingdom are back as the hit series, Fairy Tail, continues! Join Natsu, Happy, and the rest of their teammates as they continue doing what they do best: beating up dark guilds and spreading destruction across the land.

 

Click here to watch! Choose ‘Season 6’ on the episode menu bar to go directly to episode #154

 

 

 

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Cowboy Bebop

See you in HD, cowboy…
HD Dub & Sub

 

November 18th: Episodes 1 – 4

 

Explore 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, and they’re the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

 

Click here to watch!

 

 

 

 

Not a subscriber yet? To watch these, and other new titles added each month, sign up for the FUNimation Subscription Service today!

Watch the latest anime series & thousands of other titles, and get full access to…

 

  • Largest selection of English dubs online
  • English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
  • Hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
  • HD commercial-free episode streaming
  • Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360

 

 

Need to sweeten the deal even more? Check don’t miss our special Holiday promotion:

 

Sign up for a 12-month subscription today and get access to FUNimation Streaming Service for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 for only $54.95!  That’s less than $4 a month if you sign up today!

 

BONUS: Get a $25 FUNimation Shop credit FREE with sign up!

 

Visit funimation.com/subscribe for more info.

 

 

Get over 12 months of HD commercial-free anime and a free gift!

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Sign-up for a 12-month subscription and get access to HD commercial-free anime for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 for only $54.95! As an extra bonus you’ll also receive a $25 FUNimation Shop credit FREE with sign-up!

 

That’s right fans, if you sign up TODAY for a 12-month FUNimation subscription then you’ll get the rest of November and December FREE! What does the FUNimation Streaming Service get you? Check check out all the benefits below.

 

Subscribers get full access to:

 

- The hottest new & returning simulcasts every season
- English dubs for select series while still broadcasting in Japan
- The largest selection of English dubs online
- HD commercial-free streaming episodes
- Video content across your computer, mobile devices, Roku, or Xbox 360!

 

Just click here for more information!

 

*Promotion only valid to new and current monthly subscribers

Free! – Eternal Summer – English Dub Cast Info!

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We’ve been teasing (and teasing and teasing) our upcoming dub cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-, and today we’re happy to announce that THE WAIT IS OVER!

 

…ALMOST. ☆~(ゝε・)

 

Starting next week on Monday, November 10, we’ll be revealing a new character each day until Sunday, November 16, when the rest of the main cast will be revealed! Be sure to follow Free! -Eternal Summer- on Tumblr or Facebook– we’ll be revealing the info on these outlets FIRST– or subscribe to our email newsletter updates!

 

 

Psycho-Pass 2 Broadcast Dub Premiere Live Tweet Event and Contest

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The FUNimation Broadcast Dub premiere of Psycho-Pass 2 is this Saturday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT! As we did with Laughing Under the Clouds, we’ll be holding a contest to see if you can guess the voice actors for some of the new characters this season. Take a look below for the characters that you will need to listen for:

 

- Kamui *
– Sakuya Togane
– Sho Hinakawa
– Mizue Shisui

 

*Make sure you watch til the end of the credits in Episode 1 to catch Kamui!

 

Contest Rules:

- Watch the Broadcast Dub premiere of Psycho-Pass 2 on funimation.com and listen for the above named characters

- Comment below with your guesses for the English voice actors for each character

 

EDIT: CONTEST OVER! PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE WINNERS.

 

We’ll also be live tweeting with fans during the launch of the episode and giving some clues about each voice actor via our official FUNimation Twitter account, so you can try to guess using the clues as well.

 

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We’ll be giving away two autographed Psycho-Pass 2 theatrical sized promotional posters signed by the English cast and crew. 1 winner will be chosen at random from among all eligible entries, and 1 poster will be given to the first person who guesses all of the voice actors correctly.

 

You will have from the launch of the episode on our site until Sunday night to submit your guesses. Click here for complete contest rules.

 

Here are some hints to help you guess:

 

HINT: Kamui’s voice actor plays a certain video game obsessed character in Robotics;Notes

HINT: Kamui’s voice actor is a self-proclaimed Pokemon master in real life.

 

HINT: Togane’s voice actor owns his own studio where popular anime and video games are recorded.

HINT: Togane’s voice actor has played an alien, a monkey, and dragon in the same series

 

HINT: Hinakawa’s voice actor is also an ADR Director at FUNimation.

 

HINT: Shisui’s voice actress plays a certain magical nun in a certain magical series.

HINT: Shisui’s voice actress is extremely prolific and has 289 credited roles on Behind the Voice Actors!

 

series synopsis:

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!

 

Psycho-Pass 2 English Voice Cast

 

Character – Actor

Kamui – Clifford Chapin
Sakuya Togane – Chris Sabat
Sho Hinakawa – Z. Charles Bolton (a.k.a. Zach Bolton)
Mizue Shisui - Monica Rial

 

WINNERS: Congratulations to our winners ASSauLTxMasTER and kibakesticles! Please make sure to check your inbox for your FUNimation account for messages about claiming your prize.

 

 

New Release Tuesday — Yamada’s First Time: B Gata H Kei and Toriko

This round of New Release Tuesday features two characters with very different appetites!

 

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First up, is Toriko Collection 2 (Parts 3 & 4) now available on DVD!

 

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Toriko, Komatsu, and a host of hopeful heroes bundle up and begin the treacherous trek into the chilling confines of Ice Hell! The prize that awaits them, Century Soup, is among the rarest of gourmet treasures – and the most divine delicacy ever to grace a bowl and spoon. Toriko and his super-chef sidekick are determined to slurp up the sweet rewards of their adventure, but something evil stands in their way: Tommyrod, a Gourmet Corps henchman with insects on the inside! Should they survive this bugged-out battle for the ages, their next target will be the elusive Ozone Grass. Flying Sea Lions and Air Gorillas plague their journey, and in order to savor the sweet taste of success, our heroes will have to take their teamwork to the next level – forever cementing their status as lifelong partners in the pursuit of culinary bliss!

 

 

 

 

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Up next, we have Yamada’s First Time: B Gata H Kei Complete Series — S.A.V.E. Edition!  Available now on Blu-ray & DVD.

 

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Did you hear about Yamada? You know the chick. Pretty face, nice body, wears a plaid skirt every day? Well, I heard from my lab partner that “little miss virgin” wants to have sex with a hundred different dudes before she graduates. I’m not even kidding. That hot mess totally thinks she can devirginize a hundred guys even though she’s never even French kissed! She’s must be in heat. I even saw her flirting with that dork Kosuda at lunch today. No joke. She was smiling and winking and rubbing her lady-bumps all up against his shoulder. It was pathetic! I mean – don’t get me wrong – I’d probably let her sex me up and stuff, but she’d have to practice first. I like my ladies experienced, and she can’t even give it away.

 

 

 

FUNimation at the Movies! – Hellsing Ultimate IX & X

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Halloween may be over, but we’re still keeping things scary with Hellsing Ultimate IX & X for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies!

 

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Witness the harrowing end to the ultimate bloodbath.

Arucard awakens and his thirst for vengeance is stronger than ever. This anarchist must use everything in his mythical repertoire to show that his bite is far worse than an army of snarling Nazi werewolves. As Arucard absorbs every drop of blood in sight, all begin to realize that the ultimate slaughter might be too much to handle even for the deadliest of demonic slayers. Find out which diabolical establishment proves dominant as this epic battle of the supernatural reaches its bloody end.

 

 

The following theaters will be featuring a FREE showing of Hellsing Ultimate IX & X. Click on one of the theaters below for showtime information and to secure your ticket early!

 

Alamo Drafthouse showings:

 

Carousel Cinema showings:

 

 

You can bring Hellsing Ultimate IX & X home today on Blu-ray and DVD! Click here to get your copy now!
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FUNimation at the Movies is a free program. If you are interested in participating, please have your local theater contact us via [email protected]