Interview with Kamisama Kiss Manga Artist – Julietta Sukuzi – Part 1

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artA few months ago, we asked fans to send us their questions for Julietta Suzuki–the manga artist for Kamisama Kiss. We compiled your questions and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer them. Check out part 1 of the interview below!

 

1) Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration for the series? How did you come up with this plot, and what made you decide to write a romantic comedy with Japanese mythology elements?

 

Back in 2008, Hana to Yume didn’t have a Japanesque manga series at the time, so I thought I would do one.

 

I also created the story hoping that my readers would enjoy the contrast of having a modern high school girl wander into the world of shrines, where time has almost stood still.

 

2) Nanami is a very strong and well-defined heroine! Do you have any inspirations for her personality?

 

Nanami is the outsider who has wandered into this other world, so she needed to have the strength to not be passive and to move the story forward of her own volition. Her optimistic attitude is also the polar opposite of Tomoe, so I think that makes for a good relationship. The more seriously Tomoe takes things, the more it makes Nanami’s character shine.

 

3) Kamisama Kiss is full of very colorful and interesting characters from Japanese mythology. How do you come up with your own ideas and interpretation for the gods and demons in this world? (For example, the idea of the tengu Kurama pretending to be a fallen angel pop star is very interesting and unexpected!) Is it difficult?

 

Coming up with the initial roster of characters who make regular appearances was hard, but the characters who show up later weren’t so difficult. I’ve had fun with the process of putting my own twist on existing yokai.

 

4) Can you tell us your reaction to the popularity of Kamisama Kiss in North America, especially given the cultural differences between Japan and America? Have you seen the translations of the manga or anime, such as the English dub?

 

The English version of the “Kamisama Kiss” comic gets delivered to my house on a regular basis, so I always read them. Much of the material isn’t depicted in a way that’s easily accessible for people who aren’t familiar with the culture of Japan, so I always feel such gratitude and respect for the bigheartedness of my overseas readers, who accept that and love the series just as it is. It makes me really happy!

 

 

Come back later this week for part 2 of our interview with Julietta Suzuki! Kamisama Kiss Season 2 has just finished its simulcast run, so now would be a perfect time to marathon episodes of the series.

 

Don’t forget we also have the Broadcast Dub of the series currently releasing on our site for All-AccessPass members! Click here for more information.

 

 

Danganronpa the Animation English Cast Announcement

You won’t have to assassinate someone to find out who’s in the English cast for Danganronpa the Animation! Just check out the announcement below.

 

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Monokuma – Greg Ayres
Naegi – Bryce Papenbrook
Asahina – Felecia Angelle
Celestia – Lindsay Seidel
Enoshima – Jamie Marchi
Fujisaki – Kara Edwards
Fukawa – Carli Mosier
Hagakure – Christopher Bevins
Ishimaru – Austin Tindle
Kirigiri – Caitlin Glass
Leon – Justin Cook
Maizono – Monica Rial
Ohgami – Rachel Robinson
Ohwada – Christopher R. Sabat
Togami – Josh Grelle
Yamada – Tyson Rinehart

 

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ADR Director – Christopher Bevins
Lead Engineer: Kenneth Thompson
ADR Engineers: Stephen Hoff, Alyssa Galindo
Script Writer – J. Michael Tatum

 

synopsis:

Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monokuma, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag.

If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma. But if you’re caught red handed, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

When your principal is psychotic and your finals are fatal, high school goes from being the best years of your life – to your last.

 

For more information about Danganronpa the Animation, or to watch episodes in Japanese with subtitles, please click here.

 

 

FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Ultimate Otaku Teacher and the Live Action Series Love:Redux

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When it comes to hardcore anime fans, some people prefer to hide their otaku “power level,” while others proudly wear their passion on their sleeves. Junichirou Kagami is definitely the latter in our new simulcast: Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Denpa Kyoushi)!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher is about an unusual young teacher who connects with his students, not unlike many other famous school anime like GTO, Gokusen, or our own Assassination Classroom, but this show is full of anime in-jokes and otaku culture that may be familiar to a lot of anime fans even in the West. If you like comedies like Genshiken, Oreimo, or The World God Only Knows, be sure to check this one out!

 

Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be simulcasting on FUNimation.com, with an eventual home video release.

 

The first episode of Ultimate Otaku Teacher will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will then stream regularly on Saturdays at 7am ET.

 

Here’s a little more about the show:

 

The studio behind Oreimo and Sword Art Online now brings you an ultimate otaku comedy!

 

Junichiro Kagami: scientific prodigy, groundbreaking physicist, published author…hopeless otaku. Once a promising young scientist, he’s since been rejected from the scientific community for his controversial research on anime-based teleportation. It’s like they always say: people fear the things they don’t understand. Now, a 24-year-old NEET with his science career behind him, Kagami finally has time to devote to the things that REALLY matter: updating his anime blog. But not everyone understands the dire importance of fandom. Even Kagami’s sister (his own blood and flesh!!) eventually gets fed up with his antics and forces him to take a job as a high school physics teacher. Dealing with “real-lifers” is a real drag, but soon Kagami finds himself strangely drawn to the conflicts of his pupils – and they to his…unorthodox teaching methods. In the world of high school drama, Kagami is armed with a potent knowledge of useless anime trivia, and an understanding of human problems derived from his on-screen friends. This otaku might just make the ultimate teacher!

 

Love:Redux

 

Our newest simulcast announcement is probably not one you could’ve guessed. We know that a lot of anime fans also have interest in other Japanese culture and entertainment. Any J-drama fans out there? (We’ve got several in the office!)

 

FUNimation will be simulcasting Love:Redux (Renai Jidai), a new romantic J-drama! Love:Redux comes to you from Kiyomi Fujii, the screenwriter of the L: Change the World (Death Note) live action movie and the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies, so if you’ve loved his high-quality live-action anime adaptations, be sure to check this new series out. It also features actors from other J-dramas based on manga (Hana Kimi, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Saijou no Meii), so if you’re into the J-entertainment scene, let us know if you recognize some of them from other shows you’ve watched!

 

We’re excited to be bringing more varied Japanese entertainment to Western fans— if you’d like to see more J-dramas, be sure to watch the simulcast and let us know what you think. What kinds of J-dramas would you like to see in the future? Tell us in the comments! And if you’re primarily a fan of anime, no worries. We’re definitely not shifting focus, just adding more content for fans of Japanese media!

 

Episode 1 of the series will be available tonight at 10:30pm ET. The series will them stream regularly on Thursdays at 1:30pm ET.

 

But enough talk— here’s a synopsis of Love:Redux!

 

A romantic J-drama starring Manami Higa (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Code Blue) and Shinnosuke Mitsushima (Hana Kimi).

 

The meeting. The first date. The infatuation. The wedding. The formula for every great love story. But not for Haru and Riichiro. A fated encounter brought the two together, but after hitting it off and hitching up, their relationship takes a sharp deviation from the standard love recipe and the young couple must part ways. What would normally end in yearning and eventual acceptance becomes much more complicated, as the pair continues to indulge in their magnetic connection through karaoke hangs, anniversary dinner dates, and intimate moments. After an ex-lover’s spat, they decide enough is enough, and match each other with someone new. But with this much chemistry and history, is parting ways the right decision? Can a failed love be rekindled, or is there life— and love— after the end?

FUNimation Acquires the Rights to Blood Blockade Battlefront

blood blockadeFUNimation is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights for Blood Blockade Battlefront! Studio Bones and Trigun creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, have teamed up to bring us an exciting sci-fi action-adventure epic. The manga for the series is currently distributed by Dark Horse Comics in the U.S.

 

synopsis:

 

A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

 

This is one wild ride you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned for show dates and times.

FUNimation Acquires the Heroic Legend of Arslan

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Our next announcement brings back a story that’s an oldie but a goodie. FUNimation has acquired the rights for The Heroic Legend of Arslan! This action, fantasy adventure series is sure to appeal to fans of Fullmetal Alchemist.

 

Synopsis:

From the original creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa brings back an old series—The Heroic Legend of Arslan! In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Yusuke Kobayashi Arslan Yona of the Dawn’s SuWon
Yoshimasa Hosoya Daryun Prince of Tennis’ Kuranosuke, Attack on Titan’s Reiner
Daisuke Namikawa Narsus Black Lagoon’s Rokuro
Natsuki Hanae Elam Tokyo Ghoul’s Kaneki

The series is set to premiere on April 5th at 5:00 am ET.

 

 

Kuma Shock! We’ve Got Yurikuma Arashi Ringtones!

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Sad that Yurikuma Arashi is over? Don’t give up on your love just yet —  we’ve got ringtones to keep you strong!

 

OFFICIAL RINGTONE:

 

©2015 Ikunigomamonaka/Yurikumanikuru. Licensed by FUNimationÆ Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 

 

OFFICIAL KUMA SHOCK:

 

©2015 Ikunigomamonaka/Yurikumanikuru. Licensed by FUNimationÆ Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 
 

Just right-click on the players and download the audio, gao gao! Or download the .zip file here! Also keep an eye out on the official Yurikuma Arashi page — we’ll have the downloadable files uploaded there soon as well!

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Don’t forget! While the simulcast may be over, the broadcast dub is just warming up! Binge watch the current dubbed episodes and keep your love alive!

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Mikagura School Suite

mikaguraOur 2015 Spring Simulcast season is looking awesome! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired the rights for the action comedy anime series–Mikagura School Suite!

 

series synopsis:

 

From the studio behind Laughing Under the Clouds and Yuruyuri comes a high school fantasy unlike any other! Like most awkward teens, formerly reclusive gamer Eruna Ichinomiya struggle to find her place at Mikagura High School. But her experience is far from ordinary, as the mischief-making members of the school’s manga, calligraphy, drama, and other cultural clubs vie for total school domination in a rather extreme way—ULTIMATE ATTACKS. Get ready for the high-energy high school adventure you’ve only ever dreamed of.

 

You’ll wish that your high school was this much fun!

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Juri Kimura Eruna Ichinomiya Shirobako’s Aoi Miyamori
Saori Onishi Seisa Mikagura Selector Infected Wixoss’ Piriluk
Ari Ozawa Otone Fujishiro The Rolling Girls’ Nozomi, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun’s Chiyo

 

 

Premiere date and time have yet to be determined, so stay tuned! Click here for more info about the show.

 

We’ve got MORE announcements coming! So check back with us tomorrow for more!

 

 

The Scramble for Porn Mags in Space Board Game – Back it Now on Fragstarter!

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By FUNimation and the Game Creation Club (Provisional)

“Let the adventure begin!.. Soar to the outer reaches of the known universe in search of space porn!”

 

Scramble for Porn Mags in Space is the revolutionary and truly life-changing board game featured in D-Frag!, and a perennial favorite of the members of the Game Creation Club (provisional), but this game is only the stuff of fiction and has never existed in real life… until now.

 

 

About this project

 

“It’s the Year X… in the Golden Age of Space Travel.

 

Having made contact with aliens, Earthlings became exemplars of interplanetary trade. Alas, however hard they tried, one item remained perpetually out of reach. Some alien porn mags were rated for ages 200 and up, making them impossible for humans to obtain.

 

That’s when the Porn Magazine Delivery Service took to the scene… Braving danger… they are specialists at slipping through Space Customs. This is a game.. a game about becoming one such erotic magazine hunter.. and carrying your contraband to the goal!

 

Between the sci-fi framework and the keywords “porn mag” in the title, this revolutionary game will attract perverts from all over the world!”

 

Scramble for Porn Mags in Space is a four-player game of wits and strategy and all that good stuff, as far as we can tell (the rules are very complicated, from what we can tell in the show).

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FUNimation Acquires the Rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

seraph_keyvisual01FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the simulcast and home video rights for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! The fantasy action series will premiere on April 4th, at 10am ET.

 

series synopsis:

From Wit Studio, the creative force behind Attack on Titan, comes a brand-new action series—Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign! After a mysterious virus wipes out ninety percent of humanity, vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth to enslave mankind, treating them like livestock. After growing tired of donating blood in exchange for protection, 12-year-old Yuichiro Hyakuya and his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya plot an escape along with the other orphans. After being the only successful runaway, Yuichiro joins the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army dedicated to killing off vampires. A true shonen fan should not miss out on Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign!

 

Japanese Voice Cast Info:

 

ACTOR CHARACTER PREVIOUS ROLES
Miyu Irino Yuichiro Code Geass’ Akito Hyuga , Kingdom Hearts’s Sora
Kensho Ono Mikaela Maria the Virgin Witch’s Joseph,
Kuroko’s Basketball’s Testuya Kuroko
Yuichi Nakamura Guren Fairy Tail’s Gray Fullbuster, Guilty Crown’s Gai Tsutsugami

 

Click here for more information about Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.

 

 

 

Unleash Your Anime Experience with FUNimation’s New PS4 App!

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The FUNimation Streaming Service app is now available for PS4!  This FREE app lets you enjoy the latest and greatest FUNimation dubbed and subbed anime shows and movies on your PS4.

 

Start your streaming experience today, and unlock instant access to…

  • The latest seasonal simulcasts: watch the hottest shows as soon as they air in Japan
  • Exclusive access to FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, English-dubbed episodes available within weeks of broadcasting in Japan
  • Uncut and uninterrupted high quality video
  • Thousands of subtitled and dubbed anime episodes and movies

 

The FUNimation Streaming Service app for PS3 has also been upgraded to match the PS4 app, so PS3 users can enjoy improved searching, episode queues, and account syncing, so you can continue watching where you left off across devices.

 

Click Here For More Information!