Tokyo Ravens English Cast Announcement and Dub Premiere

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CHARACTER – ACTOR

Harutora- Clifford Chapin
Natsume- Caitlin Glass
Kon- Monica Rial
Kyoko- Leah Clark
Suzuka- Jād Saxton
Touji- Ian Sinclair
Tenma- Josh Grelle
Ohtomo- J. Michael Tatum

 

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ADR Director – Colleen Clinkenbeard, Zach Bolton

ADR Engineers – Kevin Leasure, Cris George

 

We’ll be debuting the English Dub Premiere of the series at Otakon Vegas next week! Click here for more information about the convention.

 

 

synopsis:

Harutora may seem like an ordinary guy, but he’s actually a descendent of an ancient and powerful clan of omyouji. Born without the family talent for magic, he’d always believed he was destined for a normal, boring existence. All that changed the day Natsume, a beautiful face from Harutora’s past, barged back into his life and forever altered the course of his future. When her sudden arrival leads to a violent and tragic encounter with a magical prodigy, Harutora agrees to fulfill a childhood vow by accompanying Natsume to the clandestine Onmyo Academy. Together, along with their incredible onmyouji classmates, they’ll attempt to survive life at a school where not even magic can get you out of your homework.

 

 

New Release Tuesday – Wizards and Pirates

Just like ham and cheese, or peanut butter and jelly, wizards and pirates go oh so well together! So prepare your anime palette, because we’re kicking off the year’s first New Release Tuesday with a perfect pairing of Fairy Tail and One Piece! Check out what’s on the menu:

 

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One Piece - Collection Treasure Chest – Box One

 

Available NowExclusively on Amazon!

 

This awesome DVD box set combines One Piece Collections 1, 2, 3, and 4 into a single release!

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

 

 

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Fairy Tail – Collection Three

 

Available NowBlu-ray & DVD Combo!

 

The magical mayhem reaches a whole new level as the members of Fairy Tail welcome new friends to the guild – and embark on high-flying adventures! When six sorcerers seek to unleash a devastating spell, Natsu and the gang join forces with a colorful cast of unlikely allies to save the world from everlasting darkness. Up next, the surprising resurrection of the mastermind who destroyed the Magic Council sparks a maelstrom of madness! Then the action gets even wilder when Team Natsu goes head-to-head with the Oracion Seis – and a trip to see a girl about a dragon could spell doom for Magnolia! Can the wizards overcome the odds and save the day – or will they go down in flames!?

 

 

January Subscriber Exclusives – Dandy, Pandoras and RPGs!

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We’ve got a great line up of shows and episodes streaming on FUNimation.com exclusively for our subscribers! So kick off the new year by binge-watching tons of great anime:

 

January Subscriber Exclusives

 

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January 6th: Complete Series
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Eager to follow in the footsteps of his fallen sister, Kazuya enrolls at West Genetics Academy, a training facility for buxom heroes known as Pandoras. These courageous schoolgirls are genetically-enhanced with enough sex appeal to cripple a man – and the superhuman strength to slaughter aliens by the dozen. Kazuya’s role is that of Limiter, a Pandora’s battle partner, and he quickly sets his sights on the most feared beauty in school, Satellizer el Bridget. This full-figured annihilator of aliens is as desirable as she is deadly, but rubbing her the wrong way could lead to gross bodily harm. Can Kazuya forge a bond with his new partner and rise to the top of the ranks at West Genetics? Or will he fall victim to the mysterious bloodlust lurking within Satellizer?

 

 

 

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January 20: Season 1, episodes 1 – 4
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Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

 

 

 

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January 27:  Complete Series
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In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

 

 

 

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 January 27:  Episodes 1-4 

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Tsukasa wakes up inside The World, a massive online role-playing game full of magic and monsters, and finds himself unable to log out. With no knowledge of what’s happening in the real world, Tsukasa must discover how he ended up stuck in the game, and what connection he has with the fabled Key of the Twilight—an item that’s rumored to grant ultimate control over the digital realm.

 

 

In case you missed it…

Here’s what released last month, exclusively for our subscribers!

 

 

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Cowboy Bebop

See you in HD, cowboy…
HD Dub & Sub

 

December 2nd: Complete Season
Click here to watch! 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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December 2nd: Complete Season
Click here to watch! 

 

Toma and Index are back in an action-packed season that brings back the characters you love while introducing a host of new spell-wielding allies and enemies. Protecting Index has never been easy, but when several groups begin to fight over sacred magical relics, keeping the nun safe becomes downright impossible in the city where science and the supernatural go hand-in-hand.

 


 

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Absolute Duo and Yurikuma Arashi Update

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The first episodes of Absolute Duo and Yurikuma Arashi will be available for FUNimation Streaming Subscribers just a couple days after their Japanese premiere. But fear not, all future episodes will be available just 3 hours after they air in Japan. Look for Episode 01 of Absolute Duo and Yurikuma Arashi at the dates and times listed below, and new episodes every Monday at 12:00 Noon and 12:30 PM CST, respectively.

 

- Absolute Duo – Episode 01: Tuesday, January 06 at 12:00PM Noon/CST
- Yurikuma Arashi – Episode 01: Wednesday, January 07 at 12:30PM/CST

Send Your Questions to the Kamisama Kiss Mangaka!

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Curious about how she creates Kamisama Kiss? Wondering about her influences and inspiration? How does Suzuki-sensei feel about her American fans? Post your questions for Suzuki-sensei in the comments below. We’ll select 3-5 of your questions, and we’ll post her answers soon!

 

(If you missed it before, Suzuki-sensei tweeted about her copy of the FUNimation Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition earlier this year! Click here to see what she had to say!)

 

You can also enter through the following means:

-          Respond to this blog entry with your question

-          Post your questions on the official Facebook thread

-          Tweet your question on Twitter with hashtag #KamiKissQuestions

-          Reblog our Tumblr post with your question

 

Send us your question by January 12 and you could hear the response from Julietta Suzuki-sensei herself!

 

And don’t forget to watch Kamisama Kiss 2, streaming Mondays @ 8AM CST on FUNimation.com!

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Absolute Duo!

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FUNimation is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights for Absolute Duo!

 

Get ready for beauty and danger because Absolute Duo show will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast — keep an eye out for date and time announcements!

 

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In a world of heroes who wield magical weapons known as Blaze, Tor Kokonoe’s manifests instead as a shield. Things aren’t all bad for Tor, though: he’s enrolled in an elite school that pairs students up into Duos, and his own partner is the beautiful Julie Sigtuna, a silver-haired exchange student who wields a wicked pair of blades. Along with a bevy of Blazing beauties, Tor’s high school adventures are just beginning!

 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Yurikuma Arashi!

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Announcing! FUNimation has acquired the rights for Yurikuma Arashi as part of our Winter 2015 Simulcast!

 

Synopsis

After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown—brought to you buy Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl

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Here’s what we have announced for the Winter 2015 Simulcast so far, but we aren’t done yet! Keep checking back!

 

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Japanese New Year and Shrine Visits with Inari Kon Kon

Happy New Year! As you’re celebrating the start of 2015 (hopefully with some great food and better company!) we’re sure that some of you are interested in how the New Year is celebrated in the birthplace of anime—Japan! In celebration of the New Year, here’s a little cultural snapshot of one of Japan’s most famous shrines and a major spot for New Year’s visits, with the help of the anime Inari Kon Kon.

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The New Year is of course about new beginnings, and probably the most prominent tradition is hatsumode, or the first shrine visit of the year. Although Japanese New Year was originally celebrated on the lunar new year (as in China or other East Asian countries), it’s currently celebrated on January 1. Over the evening of New Year’s Eve and the first three days of January, visitors flock to Shinto shrines to pray for the coming year, get their fortunes told, or purchase omamori charms for good luck.

 

Fushimi Inari, one of the most prominent shrines in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto, is just one such location for this annual pilgrimage. It’s also the inspiration for the anime Inari Kon Kon (the main character Inari is named for the shrine itself), and you can see Inari Kon Kon-related promotions at the shrine’s location today (Thanks to Twitter user @magicalemi for all the gorgeous Fushimi Inari pics!)

 

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You can even purchase actual Inari Kon Kon charms at Fushimi Inari! So cute!

 

Fushimi Inari sees some approximately 2.7 million visitors during the first three days of January alone, making it one of the biggest hatsumode spots in all of Japan—and it’s no wonder. This is one gorgeous shrine.

 

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The beautiful shrine itself is known for two major sights—the torii and foxes. Torii are the traditional Japanese gates associated with Shinto shrines, and Fushimi Inari has thousands of vermillion structures lining a long system of paths. They’re breathtaking in more ways than one—walking through them takes several hours, although it’s certainly an unforgettable experience.

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The other famous symbol at Fushimi Inari is the fox, which is why the goddess Uka in Inari Kon Kon has her legion of adorable fox familiars. Foxes are the messengers of the gods, so there’s tons of foxy paraphernalia on-site and available as souvenirs at Fushimi Inari. Visitors can even draw on fox charms to adorn the shrine!

 

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Aside from the shrine visit, Japanese New Year’s has a ton of other traditions as well, from sending greetings and gifts, traditional games like karuta, watching special New Year’s programs on TV, and of course, food. It’s customary to eat a variety of foods, including mochi rice cakes (we posted a recipe tutorial for that before!) and soba noodles, whose length signifies longevity.

 

To learn more about hatsumode, Japanese New Years, and Fushimi Inari shrine, check out some of the links below! Happy New Year! You can also watch Inari Kon Kon in Japanese with English subtitles now at http://funimation.com/inari-kon-kon.

 

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman!

 

 

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FUNimation is excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman!

From Diomedéa, the studio behind Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (announced yesterday!), World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up. The first episode starts on January 18th!

 

What’s the show all about?

 

Akane Academy is just like any other school…except the students just happen to be reincarnated legendary heroes from a distant past who battled for the fate of the world. Now, evil monsters are threatening to wreak havoc, and it’s up to the students of Akane Academy to stop them! Follow Moroha, Shizuno, and Satsuki as they navigate love, past lives, and kicking butt in this action fantasy with a dash of fanservice.

 

Take a look at our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up so far, and check back tomorrow for more announcements!

 

Worldbreak Announcement

 

 

FUNimation Home Video Announcements – What to Look Forward to in 2015

We’re wrapping up the end of the year with some home video announcements! Here’s what fans can look forward to owning in 2015!

 

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Noragami

series synopsis:

Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.

 

Noragami will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD in Summer 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/noragami

 

 

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series 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 Monobear, 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.

Danganronpa will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Click here for more information about the series: http://funimation.com/danganronpa-the-animation

 

 

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series synopsis:

When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who’s piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she’s is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare in this new series from the studio that brought you Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Escaflowne!

 

Buddy Complex will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD. Release date is TBD. For more information about the series, please visit: http://funimation.com/buddy-complex.

 

 

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series synopsis:
History and fantasy collide in this thrilling new series from the director of Sgt. Frog and the studio that brought you Fairy Tail!

Ogura Sio’s world changes forever when her school trip to Taiwan is interrupted by a surprise monster attack! Her life is miraculously spared by the arrival of a clandestine government agency that battles the army of monsters with weapons possessed by the spirits of historical figures. Only a select few, the E-Gene Holders, are capable of harnessing the power of this supernatural weaponry, and Sio’s valiant attempt to rescue a friend reveals her as one of the chosen few destined to play a vital role in the war to save humanity!

 

Nobunagun will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5th, 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/nobunagun for more information.

(EDIT: please note release date has changed for Nobunagun to May 5th)

 

 

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From the crew that brought you High School DxD comes the timeless story of strange alien invaders known as the Penguin Empire, giant robots, henchmen running around in skintight animal costumes, and Earth’s only hope at survival: an easily excited teenage boy with a mysterious power fueled by oversized boobs.

 

Daimidaler: Prince VS. Penguin Empire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015! Please visit http://funimation.com/daimidaler for more information.

 

 

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series synopsis:
Legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe and famed composer Yoko Kanno are back with a suspense-filled intellectual thriller!

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children – children who shouldn’t even exist – masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber – and pull the trigger on this world.

 

Terror in Resonance will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Fall 2015. For more information about the series, please visit http://funimation.com/terror-in-resonance

 

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series synopsis:

The busty babes of Maken-ki! are back in a follow-up to the hit first season! When Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy, he discovers that he has a magical power called “Maken.” The hornball might end up a great fighter—if he can  keep from being distracted by all the gorgeous girls running around his new school.

 

Maken-Ki! Two will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in Spring 2015. Please visit http://funimation.com/maken-ki for more information about both Season 1 and Season 2 of this series.

 

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series synopsis:

In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about—cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence. If she wins, her wishes will be granted—but what happens if she loses?

 

selector infected WIXOSS will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015. Visit http://funimation.com/selector for more information. Release date for selector spread WIXOSS is currently TBA.