FUNimation to Simulcast One Piece ‘Episode of Sabo’ TV Special

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Get excited, One Piece fans! Everyone’s favorite lead-pipe wielding Revolutionary, Sabo, has his own story to tell – and it’s happening this weekend!

 

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FUNimation will be simulcasting this Saturday’s ‘One Piece – Episode of Sabo’, scheduled to launch on FUNimation.com and OnePieceOfficial.com Saturday night at 1am CT, pending any technical delays or hold-ups. 

 

For more information about ‘One Piece – Episode of Sabo: Bond of Three Brothers – A Miraculous Reunion and an Inherited Will!’ check out these :30 promotional videos Toei posted earlier this week:

 

 

 

 

 

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Theatrical Dates For “Attack On Titan” Live Action Movies

Parts 1 & 2 to Screen Beginning September 30 and October 20 Respectively in U.S. and Canada

258567Following the widely-covered and well-received world premiere of Part 1 of the Japanese live-action feature film “Attack on Titan” last month in Los Angeles, FUNimation® Entertainment announced today the theatrical dates for the epic two-part movie. “Attack on Titan” will be a limited theatrical event and will screen in both the U.S. and Canada. Unlike most multi-part films that average up to a year between installments, moviegoers will wait just 3 weeks between Part 1 & 2. “Attack on Titan” Part 1 hits theaters beginning September 30 with Part 2 arriving in theaters beginning October 20.

 

“Fan reaction to Attack on Titan was extremely positive at the world premiere and we’re pleased to be able to announce dates for the theatrical releases in September and October,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of FUNimation Entertainment. “Attack on Titan is a worldwide phenomenon and we are excited to bring the live action movies to not only fans of the manga and anime but also horror fans as well from across the U.S. and Canada.”

 

258568The “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin” in Japanese) movies, which take their name from the original manga series, were developed in close collaboration with series’ creator Hajime Isayama and tell the story of a world where the last of humanity fights to survive against almost unstoppable, man-eating giants. With more than 50 million copies in print today, the “Attack on Titan” manga series has inspired four spin-offs as well as a 25-episode anime series, which FUNimation both simulcast and released to home video in North America.

 

As part of the announcement, FUNimation’s theatrical trailer for the movies has been released on the official movie website. Tickets for both movies will be limited and will be available for advance purchase on the website later this month.

 

For more information on “Attack on Titan” and to watch the new theatrical trailer, visit www.attackontitanthemovie.com.

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Sky Wizards Academy!

We have three new Broadcast Dubs hitting the FUNimation Streaming Service tonight! One of them is Sky Wizards Academy – which premieres tonight at 8:00/7:00 CT on the DubbleTalk Block! Here’s your English cast for the series, as well as a sneak peek at what’s in store for you guys in Episode 01.

 

Summary: Forced to retreat to floating cities due to an invasion of magical armored insects, humanity must now depend on Sky Wizards to battle the menace via mid-air battles. Once known as the “Black Master Swordsman,” Kanata Age is now considered a traitor and is assigned to lead an F-class of mismatched mages. Misora Whitale has all the enthusiasm to be a leader, but she’s failed 100 consecutive tests. Rico Flamel is a genius sniper, but she’s a little self-absorbed, and Lecty Eisenach is a candidate with all the ambition but zero confidence. It’s up to Kanata Age to train the troubled trio to become accomplished Sky Wizards.

 

 

CAST
Joel McDonald  Kanata Age
Tia Ballard  Misora Whitale
Megan Shipman  Lecty Eisenach
Dawn M. Bennett  Rico Flamel
CREW
Felecia Angelle  ADR Director
Jose Sandoval  ADR Engineer
Todd Chism  Asst. ADR Engineer
Phillip Jones  Asst. ADR Engineer
Greg Taylor  Asst. ADR Engineer
Monica Rial  Head Writer

 

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Gangsta.

We have three new Broadcast Dubs hitting the FUNimation Streaming Service tonight! A definite fan-favorite this season is Gangsta. – which premieres tonight at 9:00/8:00PM CT on the DubbleTalk Block! Here’s your English cast for the series, as well as a a sneak peek at what’s in store for you guys in Episode 01.

 

Summary: In a city filled with sin and scandal, Worick and Nicolas have made a name for themselves as men who can get the job done. As a super-powered Twilight Nic has no problem getting his hands dirty, but when the situation requires a little more charm Worick is ready to use his own unique skills to keep the situation under control. Working independently, taking jobs from both the mafia and police, these unique Handymen navigate the seedy underworld of Ergastulum in style leaving a trail of chaos behind them.

 

 

CAST
Ian Sinclair  Worick Arcangelo
Brandon Potter  Nicolas Brown
Felecia Angelle  Alex Benedetto
John Swasey  Chad Adkins
Aaron Roberts  Cody Balfour
CREW
Christopher Bevins  ADR Director
Jeremy Inman  Asst. ADR Director
Domonique French  ADR Engineer
Greg Taylor  Asst. ADR Engineer
Phillip Jones  Asst. ADR Engineer
Jared Hedges  Lead Writer

 

English Cast Announcement & Sneak Peek – Prison School!

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Summary: Hachimitsu Academy, a prestigious, historically all-girls school, has finally become co-ed. Average teen, Kiyoshi, is one of five boys to enroll. What he doesn’t know is that the school is clandestinely ruled by an Underground Student Council of ruthless, cruel, totally hot female students! And when the boys get caught peeping, they’re sent to the school’s prison, which is run by the brutally seductive warden, who also happens to be the VP of the Underground Student Council. After the boys are forced endure manual labor, whips, and chains, they’ll be left wishing they were locked up with actual criminals!

 

CAST
Austin Tindle  Kiyoshi
Eric Vale  Gakuto
Sonny Strait  Andre
Chris Bevins  Joe
Clifford Chapin  Shingo
Tia Ballard  Mari
Whitney Rodgers  Meiko
Alexis Tipton  Hana
Kristen McGuire  Chiyo
Smokey DeLange  Chairman
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CREW
Sonny Strait  ADR Director
Jeremy Woods  Lead ADR Engineer
Patrick Morphy  Additional ADR Engineer

 

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Races Into All-Time Anime Top Ten List As Box Office Surges To $5.97 Million

Takes #9 Position on List of Highest Grossing Anime Films In Record Time

FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Aug. 10, 2015  – FUNimation® Entertainment announced its limited event-style theatrical release of the anime film “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” has surged to  $5.97M in box office gross since opening last Tuesday. For the 3 day weekend total, the film brought in $1.81 Million, bringing its total North American gross to a staggering $5.97 Million. With Saturday’s result, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” became the first independent film to make the Top 10 list of highest grossing anime films domestically.

“It’s a great film that loyal DBZ fans, and fans of anime, have helped push into the record books in just 6 days,” said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “Great word of mouth, extremely positive reviews, plus a film that appeals to core fans and is creating new fans, have led to sold-out shows, repeat viewings, and additional theaters being added through Wednesday.”

“Based on the unprecedented success of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F,’ hundreds of theater locations are being added this week to meet demand,” said David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Distribution for FUNimation. “Don’t miss out on your chance to see this record-breaking movie, as it will be ending its theatrical run this week.”

“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” continues its run in both the U.S. and Canada thru Wednesday, August 12.

Allô, Montreal! We’re heading to Otakuthon 2015!

 

After spending last weekend in the Texas heat, we’re ready to keep cool with some Tim Hortons in Montreal, Canada at  Otakuthon 2015 this weekend!  Join us at the Palais des congrès de Montréal for Quebec’s largest festival celebrating Japanese anime, manga, gaming, and pop culture!

This fan-run, bilingual anime convention will also host a few firsts for us! We’ll have the Canadian premiere for the English Dub of Selector Infected Wixoss, as well as the Canadian premiere and discussion for Snow White with the Red Hair! Not to mention the FUNimation Peep Show is getting rowdy in Canada for the very first time! Check out everything below:

 

PANELS

  • FUNimation Favorites | Friday | Panel 512CDGH – 3:30pm
  • FUNimation Peep Show | Friday |Panel 512CDGH – 11:00 pm
  • FUNimation Industry Panel |  Saturday | Panel 512ABEF -12:00pm

 

PREMIERES

  • Selector Infected Wixoss | Saturday | Screening Room 520 –  12:30pm
  • Snow White with the Red Hair (plus discussion) | Saturday | Screening Room  520 – 2:00pm
*Please note that the schedule for Otakuthon is still tentative! Be sure to double-check the final schedule!

 

BOOTH

…And of course you can swing by the FUNimation booth and get stocked up on all of the latest (and classic) releases! PLUS! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!

 

Time To Celebrate – National Underwear Day!

It’s National Underwear Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite underwear/panty shots with you! We have underwear-masked anarchists, panty-wielding angels, and more in this list! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on FUNimation.com!

 

 

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Panty Mask | Episode 1 
 

Kicking off the list is SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, one of the latest additions to the FUNimation roster in the Summer Simulcast Season! SHIMONETA takes place in a boring world where the concept of dirty jokes doesn’t exist, and one intrepid woman, the lewd vigilanted Blue Snow, dons a panty mask to stand up against censorship by committing acts of obscene terror!

 

 

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Flying Panties | Episode 2
 

The classic and most famous scene from Heaven’s Lost Property— flying panties! Our protagonist Tomoki is a perv with a heart of gold, but sometimes his perverted desires get out of hand…

 

 

 

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Stocking’s Transformation | Episode 1
 

You can’t talk about underwear without PSG! Panty and Stocking are nasty angels who were banished from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bad girls! Now they spend their days hunting ghosts in the lecherous abyss between Heaven and Earth. Watch their beautiful transformation which involves taking off the national day namesake!

 

 

 

Dragon Ball

When You Wish For Panties… | Episode 12
 

In the original Dragon Ball, Goku and Bulma set out to find the mystical Dragon Balls and make wishes that are out of this world. But what do you do when bad guys find them first and set out to make wishes that could threaten the world? Why the only logical thing of course: wish first for more important things…

 

 

 

One Piece

Steal That Underwear! | Episode 322
 

Sometimes, you have to twist a person’s arm to make them join your pirate crew, and that is exactly what Luffy did when he wanted Franky to join his crew. How did he go about that? Why the only logical way of course: by taking his underwear!

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: Strike Witches

They’re Not Panties…
 

The gun-toting, butt-kicking ladies of Strike Witches wear no pants, so their garments are on full display for most of the series. However, technically this shouldn’t be considered a panty shot because, as the girls explain, “they’re not panties, so it’s not embarrassing!” They’re trousers!

 

 

What are your favorite FUNimation Panty/Underwear shots in celebration of National Underwear Day?

“DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’” BOOKS RECORD BOX OFFICE OPENING

 Limited Theatrical Event Ranks First in Average Per Screen Among Top 10 on Tuesday

and Sixth Place Overall

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – August 5, 2015. FUNimation® Entertainment announced a record breaking opening night for the theatrical release of “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.” The anime film, which opened last night in 894 theaters across the U.S., brought in a stunning $1.97 Million box office for FUNimation Films on opening day of the limited theatrical event. The movie’s per screen average of more than $2,198 landed it in 1st place yesterday in Average Per Screen among the Top 10 movies showing in the U.S. and 6th place in overall box office gross against all major studio releases. “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” is now the 8th highest anime opening of all time and the first limited event-style theatrical release to crack the Top 10.

 

“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive fan response to the movie. We knew the opening would be very good but its performance has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. “From our theatrical marketing campaign and fan engagement events to our expanded theatrical footprint and the specially produced 15-minute pre-show, FUNimation made a strategic decision to make Dragon Ball Z accessible to anime fans both old and new and it has paid off.”

 

Theater sell outs were reported in major metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” opens in Canada on Thursday, August 6, and will screen in more than 1,000 theaters total during its limited theatrical engagement from August 4 – 12, 2015.

 

“This film is a resounding victory on all levels,” said David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Distribution for FUNimation. “The combination of our careful choice of release dates, an enticing marketing campaign that theaters embraced and fans universally accepted, and all of the great reviews added up to a terrific opening for us.”

“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” is the 19th film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is the follow-up to last year’s “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”  The film is a limited event-style theatrical release which includes a specially-produced 15-minute, Dragon Ball Z themed pre-show to create a unique experience for fans that can only be found in theaters.

 

Tickets to “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” are available for advance purchase at www.dragonballz.com.