Show By Rock!! – Battle of the Bands Bracket

Show By Rock!! Season 1 is coming out on Blu-ray/DVD combo on December 6th, so we’re making our own Battle of the Bands Bracket with the bands of Show By Rock!! Just as its ADR director is giving us a sneak peek into the process for dubbing music in her guest editorials, we’re doing our own music bits here. Come back here each week to meet the bands and vote for your favorite bands.

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Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial – Part 4 – Hip-Hop Musicians’ Interview

This is part four of a multi-part, personal editorial from social media coordinator, Godswill Ugwa. This is an interview correspondence with three hip-hop musicians that use anime sounds and motifs to create their music. Edited by social media producer, Lauren Moore

 

Welcome to part four of Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial, where we explore various connections between the two mediums. You can find the other parts of this Music & Anime editorial here:

 

 

In this part, we have an email chat with three Nerdcore hip-hop artists that use anime as a main inspiration in their music. Nerdcore is a subgenre of the hip-hop genre that focuses on “nerdy” subjects like video games, Internet culture, comics, and more. Anime is still a newer subject within Nerdcore, but more artists are using it within their music to create mindblowing music. In this piece, we interviewed artists TekForce, Ish1da, and Mega Ran.

Disclaimer: some songs are NSFW

 

Godswill Ugwa (GU)- Who are you, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

 

TekForce-

 

I’m TekForce, and I’m a father, a boyfriend and an emcee. I’ve done Hip-Hop for over 10 years, and I rap about the things I love including Video Games, Anime,movies…. basically anything that’s influenced me growing up till now.

 

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Music & Anime: A Relationship – Caitlin Glass Talks Dubbed Music In Anime Pt 1

Caitlin Glass is an ADR director and voice actor for Funimation. You probably recognize her voice in your favorite titles like Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan and One Piece, just to name a few. In addition to acting and directing, Caitlin has also adapted songs for Funimation dubs, often lending her voice to sing them as well. 
 
You can catch her singing in shows like One Piece, Negima, School Rumble, BECK, Is This A Zombie?, Casshern Sins and many more! We’ve invited Caitlin to share with us the lesser-known process of adapting and recording English songs for our dubs. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Music is a common theme in many anime titles, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on many musical series in a variety of different capacities. I’ve played singing characters, I’ve adapted lyrics into English for opening and closing themes, sung those themes, and more recently, had the immense challenge and pleasure of directing a musical show, one of my favorites, Show By Rock!!.

 

 

At conventions, I’m often asked to host a panel on dubbing music for anime, because not many people know how it is done, or just how much work is involved. With the home video release of Show By Rock!! Season 1 coming up next month (shameless plug- pre-order here!) and Season 2 currently streaming in simuldub format (another shameless plug- watch it here!), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give you all an inside look at the process.

 

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*Cough shameless plug go watch Season 2 here cough*

 

As an ADR director, it’s always been my desire to have the shows I work on be in English, top to bottom; every theme song, every insert song, all of it. But in reality, that isn’t always possible, for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, getting permission from the original record label and artist to dub their songs, acquiring the license for a show’s music, and having available time to do the meticulous work of adapting and recording the song or songs. I mean, what if my show is 13 episodes and each one has a different closing (I’m looking at you, Riddle Story of Devil…)? Also, the Japanese licensors may have many legitimate reasons for not wanting their music dubbed into English, and who am I to argue? Sometimes you can’t win ‘em all.

 

Episode 2 and 1 Endings of Riddle Story of Devil. It changes every time too!

 

For the sake of this article, however, let’s say Funimation does get permission, acquire the license, and have the time. What comes next? How does your favorite anime theme get transformed from Japanese to English? Well, over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you! Come back next week for more info about the adaptation process, and the following week to learn how we record and mix the music, complete with a live stream look into an actual music recording session. It’s going to be so much fun- I can’t wait! See you then!

 

 

Special Releases in February 2017 – Wolf’s Rain and The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

See what we have planned coming out for February 2017 on home video!

 

 

 

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

The Complete Series coming to DVD (Sub-only)!

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

 

Episodes 1-12

Release Date: February 14, 2017

From Studio Gainax, the folks behind some mega-hit titles such as Gurren Lagaan and Evangelion, comes another amazing title that we are excited to announce on home video! The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, originally a light novel series by Mikumo Gakuto, follows Sherlock Holmes style detective work and keeps fans in a constant atmosphere of mystery and suspense! If you’re a fan of shows like Gosick and Mushishi, then this is one title you cannot miss out on!

 

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The Mystic Archives of Dantalian Summary:

From the talented minds of studio Gainax comes an adventurous collection of mysteries where real works of literature are woven into a supernatural world.

 

After his grandfather’s untimely death, Hugh Anthony Disward visits the estate of his inheritance where he discovers a library that’s out of this world. Embodying the archive is Dalian, a clever girl with a sharp tongue as biting as her sweet tooth. Circumstance leads to necessity, and she teaches Huey how to harness the power within—a handy trick to learn, seeing as it’s the only way to subdue the monsters brought forth by magical works of literature. These cursed tomes, known as Phantom Books, seem to always fall into the wrong hands. And while Huey and Dalian try to keep up with the paper trails, a friend from Huey’s childhood sits patiently in the depths of the mystic archives of Dantalian.

 

 

Wolf’s Rain

 

The Complete Series coming to Blu-ray/DVD!

Wolf's Rain Blu-ray Box Set

 

Episodes 1-26, includes 4 OVAs

Release Date: February 7, 2017

In English Dub and Japanese with English Subtitles

We’re excited to announce that we are bringing the classic hit anime, Wolf’s Rain, on Blu-ray for the first time! What is really great about this release is that Wolf’s Rain is only available on Blu-ray in US and Canada; Japan has yet to release Wolf’s Rain on Blu-ray. Funimation worked closely with the licensor on the up-conversion from standard definition to high definition in-house giving you the chance to watch Wolf’s Rain remastered in HD! Also, Wolf’s Rain was broadcasted on Adult Swim™ back in 2004, and many of you may remember watching this show late at night. Animated by the amazing Studio BONES that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Space Dandy, and more, Wolf’s Rain is an action adventure anime that you do not want to miss out on! Fans of shonen and seinen anime will realize how entertaining and unique this show is.

 

Wolf’s Rain Summary:

Paradise—a legend, a myth, and a hopeless dream in a world that has become a wasteland. It is not meant for everyone, only the wolves thought to be extinct yet still roam the lands. When the Flower Maiden awakens, the path to the end will open.

 

Kiba, a lone white wolf, wanders into a poverty stricken city on a quest. The scent of Lunar Flowers and the will to find Paradise is all he has. Along the way, he runs into other outcast wolves—Tsume, Hige, and Toboe, each with their own story and troubles. Fate bringing them together, they seek out the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, doing so is no simple matter. Up against a world that fears them and a man with mysterious abilities, their journey is overrun with challenges and worse—sacrifices. With limited time, they must fight to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and discover the hidden path to their destiny.

 

This group of broken souls will form a pack and take their journey to the doors of Paradise. But is it worth the end of the world?

 

Omamori Himari: Our Favorite Catgirls

The world is getting more stressful for multiple reasons- maybe work is piling on more work or exams are coming- but we’re here to help deal with that. With the release of Omamori Himari (on November 8th on DVD), we got the great idea to bring you some of the cutest catgirls that we could find! Internet cats and cute anime girls are scientifically proven to relieve stress (we’re pretty sure), so why not put them together? See some of our favorites below:

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Learn to play Koi Koi, the Hanafuda game from Summer Wars!

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s hit movie Summer Wars, you’ll probably be familiar with the traditional Japanese game with hanafuda cards, Koi Koi,  that features heavily in the climax of the movie. But have you ever wondered how to play it? To commemorate the re-release of Summer Wars in our premium Hosoda Collection line (now with a 52-page artbook full of interviews and behind-the-scenes specials about the film!) we’re teaching you how to play this classic game!

 

Check out our Rules infographic below—or download our printable guide so that you always have it for reference when you’re playing the game!

 

You can buy hanafuda cards online or at many Japanese culture specialty shops. We also recommend this Flash game if you’re looking to try the game out or get some practice!

 

And for your reference, here’s part of the major scene in Summer Wars, where you can see how the game plays out:

 

 

Don’t forget to pre-order the Summer Wars Hosoda Collection release—pre-order by 11/22 and you’ll be entered to win a full size theatrical poster signed by Kenji’s English voice actor, Michael Sinterniklaas!

 

MAKOTO SHINKAI’S “YOUR NAME.” MAKES OFFICIAL CONSIDERATION LIST FOR 89TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

Japanese Film Pursuing Oscar Nomination for Best Animated Feature

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – November 7, 2016. Funimation® Films confirmed today that the Japanese film “Your Name.” has made the official Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category. The film will be vying for one of five nomination spots in its category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Funimation Films acquired North American distributions rights to “Your Name.” earlier this year from Toho Co. Ltd. in Japan.  “Your Name.” (“Kimi no Na wa.” in Japanese) is the latest film from the critically acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai and to date has earned in excess of $17.9 Billion Yen (~$170 Million USD) at the box office in Japan since opening on August 26, 2016 – making it the #1 highest grossing film of 2016. It has the singular distinction of being the first anime film to gross more than $10 Billion Yen (~$96 Million USD) at the Japanese box office that was not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the world’s most prominent anime director.  “Your Name.” has already surpassed Miyazaki’s last two films “Ponyo” (2008) and “The Wind Rises” (2013) and is currently ranked as the #7 highest grossing film of all time in Japan.

 

“We’re thrilled to have ‘Your Name.’ on the list of contenders for a Best Animated Feature nomination,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “It is a masterpiece of animation from director Makoto Shinkai and is definitely worthy of Oscar consideration. We look forward to releasing it in theaters in 2017.”

 

“’Your Name.’ offers stunning animation, rich characters and a storyline that will tear at your heart strings — so it is no surprise it has been so well received by audiences,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re incredibly excited to bring this Oscar-worthy film from Makoto Shinkai to audiences across the U.S. and Canada.”

 

“Your Name.” is a beautiful story about time, fate and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers, living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

 

The film’s qualifying run will take place in Los Angeles on December 2 – 8 at the Laemmle Music Hall. Look for “Your Name.” in select theaters nationwide in early 2017.

 

For more information about “Your Name.” visit the official movie website here.

Meet the Characters from Drifters

In preparation for the English SimulDub premiere of Drifterswe want to help you get to know the historical, and dangerous, cast of characters. So strap in, because it’s time for a deadly history lesson.

 

From the creator and team behind Hellsing comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide. Shimazu Toyohisa, a famous samurai who fought in the historical Battle of Sekigahara, is transported to another world when only moments from death. From that moment on, he becomes part of a group known as “Drifters” and is forced to battlea gainst other legendary warriors in an ultimate death game.

 

Drifters premieres Sunday, November 6th at 10:00pm ET on FunimationNow.

 

 

Shimazu Toyohisa

DOB-DOD: 1570-1600

Death: Speared in the Battle of Sekigahara.

Bio: A brave warrior from the Sengoku period who resents cruelty and always repays his debts of gratitude. Wielding a long sword, Toyohisa readily rushes into battle without fear or regrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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