Funimation Acquires Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, In Time For Its 10th Anniversary!

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With all of the news about the upcoming US theatrical run of The Boy and the Beast (starting March 4, tickets available now), there’s one major question that anime fans have been dying to know:

 

Are we going to license The Girl Who Leapt Through Time?

 

We are absolutely ecstatic to announce today that Funimation has acquired the rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s award-winning film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and we are planning a home video release for this summer, just in time for the film’s 10th anniversary!

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the first original film not tied to a TV anime series, from the director of Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast. If you love the energetic humor of Summer Wars and the tender emotion of Wolf Children, you’re in for a real treat. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was the first film ever to receive the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year (sort of the Japanese equivalent to the Oscars), an honor shared with three films from Hayao Miyazaki. Director Hosoda himself has been called “rank[ed] first among the Japanese animation directors seen as successors to now-retired industry giant Hayao Miyazaki — and for good reason” by The Japan Times, so see this history-making director at his roots with one of his most classic films.

 

Additional news and pre-orders for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time will be coming soon— be sure to keep an eye on the Funimation blog for updates!

 

SYNOPSIS

After waking up late, flunking her pop quiz, embarrassing herself on numerous occasions, and starting a fire in her home economics class, high school student Makoto Konno figures she’s just having one of those days. And just when she thinks she’s made it through, the brakes on her bike malfunction putting her on a collision course with a speeding train. The life-ending accident would have been the perfect end to the worst day ever, but the strangest thing happens—she leaps backwards in time.

 

After unlocking her new ability, Makoto does what any teenager would do. She re-takes tests, corrects embarrassing situations, and sleeps in as late as she wants, never thinking that her carefree time travelling could have a negative effect on the people she cares about. By the time she realizes the damage she’s done, she only has a few leaps left to make things right.

Free! -Eternal Summer- Valentine’s Day Contest Winners!

Our Free! -Eternal Summer- Valentine’s contest is now over— check out the winners and the rest of these amazing entries! We had SO MANY submissions showing your love for Free! and your favorite boy (or boys~ (●ゝω・)b⌒★). Thanks to all entrants for celebrating Valentine’s Day and the release of the Blu-ray/DVD (which is available TODAY!) with us!!

 

We originally only had one prize pack, but because it was so hard to choose winners, we decided to give away three additional ones as well— the runners up will each receive a Free! -Eternal Summer- bag, tumbler, and notebook!

 

Free! Prize Pack

 

 

Grand prize winner: 

 

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THIS LEFT US CRYING. The beauty of this entry is in its subtlety, telling a sweet story of a romantic dinner, some Netflix and Chill, and ALSO THAT BLINDFOLD, I CAN’T

 

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Runners up:

 

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This entry shows some serious dedication to husbando Rin—and so much exclusive or rare Japanese merch too! #lifegoals

 

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We looped this Vine SO many times. With three dakimakura and a giant Haru manjuu in one bed, did her Valentine’s Day just get ruined or… better…???

 

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The wedding dress and tux! This MakoHaru submission shows major commitment and is SO CUTE. Also WE WANT THOSE DISPLAY CASES.
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There were so many others that we wanted to reward, so please check them all out and comment! Thanks to everyone for going all-out! (All-out. All-out. All-out. All-out. All-out. Perfect body.) Free! -Eternal Summer- is out NOW on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack— get your copy today at our shop!

 

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Just announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Katsucon! Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is coming to Blu-ray & DVD on April 26, and you know what that means: it’s time to meet the cast and crew behind the English dub!

 

Meet Favaro Leone, professional bounty hunter and casual scoundrel. When he’s not crossing swords with his arch nemesis and former best friend, Kaisar Lidford, he can be found at the local tavern spinning tall tales to anyone who will listen. After a one-winged demoness overhears his drunken boasts, she wrangles him into an unbreakable contract that will force him to make good on the promise he made.

 

With nothing but a destination in mind, the pair set out on their grand adventure—completely unaware of the dark forces working to fulfill an ancient prophecy that will bring about the end of the world. That is, unless a charming rogue, a clueless demon, a disgraced knight, and a tiny zombie can band together to change the course of history.

 

Visually arresting and fun from start to finish, Rage of Bahamut is a can’t-miss title for any action-fantasy fan.

 

CAST
FAVARO – Ian Sinclair
KAISAR – Chris Rager
AMIRA – Tia Ballard
CERBERUS – Leah Clark
LAVALLEY – Tyson Rinehart
BACCHUS – Brian Mathis
MARTINET – Christopher R. Sabat
AZAZEL – Kent Williams
JEANNE D’ARC – Jād Saxton
RITA – Apphia Yu
BEELZEBUB – Vic Mignogna
HAMSA – Kyle Phillips
CHARIOCE XIII – Barry Yandell
CREW
ADR Director – Sonny Strait
ADR Engineer – Patrick Morphy
Head Writer – John Burgmeier
Script Writer – Jared Hedges

 

 

Pre-order your epic copy now!

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Standard Edition Blu-ray & DVD

 

 

Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD (pictured)

 

 

 

 

Black Butler’s Latest Installments Come to Home Video in Book of Circus and Book of Murder! + Cast Announcement

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We’ve got some big announcements today for Black Butler fans out there— new installments of the series are coming to home video, and we have your English dub cast announcement AND season 3 trailer!

 

Black Butler: Book of Circus is the newest season, completely based on the Noah’s Ark Circus arc from the original manga by Yana Toboso. See Ciel and Sebastian infiltrate a traveling circus and meet its glamorous performers—who all hold a dark secret. This is definitely one of the most shocking, emotional, and frankly beautiful installments yet in the Black Butler series.

 

The complete third season is being released on April 19. The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack features a handsome chipboard box, as well as a premium disc packaging in the form of a long fold-out digipak that displays tons of detailed artwork from the covers of the original Japanese releases—definitely the release of choice for ultra-fans of Black Butler and its gorgeous art style.

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You can pre-order here! 

 

 A standard edition in a normal single disc case is also available, here!

 

We’ll also be releasing Black Butler: Book of Murder, a two-part OVA series about 2 hours long— think of these as two short movies. A murder mystery occurs at Phantomhive Manor, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series) shows up as a character. Pre-orders for Book of Murder will begin next week, and the OVA set will be released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on May 17.

 

Here’s the cast list of new and returning characters for Black Butler: Book of Circus:

SEBASTIAN J. Michael Tatum
CIEL Brina Palencia
JOKER Matthew Mercer
BEAST Tia Ballard
DOLL Mikaela Krantz
DAGGER Michael Sinterniklaas
SNAKE Spike Spencer
PETER Vic Mignogna
WENDY Rachel Robinson
JUMBO Christopher R. Sabat
DOC Alex Organ
ADR Director Ian Sinclair
ADR Engineer Donald Shults

 

 

And the same for the characters of Black Butler: Book of Murder:

SEBASTIAN J. Michael Tatum
CIEL Brina Palencia
ARTHUR Taliesin Axelrod ……………………..,,
CHARLES GREY Clifford Chapin
CHARLES PHIPS Brandon Potter
GRIMSBY KEANE Aaron Roberts
CARL WOODLEY David Wald
IRENE DIAZ Jamie Marchi
GEORG VON SIEMENS Tyson Rinehart
PATRICK PHELPS Brandon McInnis
ADR Director Ian Sinclair
ADR Engineer Donald Shults

 

 

Check out the preview for Black Butler Book of Circus:

 

Dimension W on Adult Swim’s Toonami Starting February 27th!

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We’re excited to announce that our new series Dimension W will  broadcast on Adult Swim’s Toonami schedule beginning Saturday, February 27, 2016.  English dub episodes of the new anime series will air during the Toonami block each Saturday night at 12:30AM Eastern. Each dub episode will be available exclusively on Adult Swim for two-weeks before it is available for streaming on Funimation.com.

 

We’re also releasing a bi-weekly Production Diary on YouTube available here which features behind-the-scenes videos on the creation of Dimension W. New simulcast Japanese subtitled episodes of the series stream at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays at FunimationNow and the Hulu streaming services.

 

Synopsis:

In the year 2071, the world’s energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- “coils” -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions.

 

In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can’t hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.

 

 

 

English Cast List

 

 

Primary Cast:

Kyoma:   Christopher R. Sabat

Albert:   Eric Vale

Mira:   Jad Saxton

Loser:  J. Michael Tatum

 

Additional Supporting Cast:

Mary:  Stephanie Young

Koorogi:   Josh Grelle

Shido:  Jeremy Schwartz

 

Crew:

ADR Director:  Zach Bolton, Colleen Clinkenbeard

ADR Engineer:   Brandon Peters

Script: Bonny Clinkenbeard

Fairy Tail Zero – English Cast Announcement!

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Episode 1 of the broadcast dub hits Funimation Streaming Service tonight at 9pm EST – head HERE to watch (and select “Zero” from the Season dropdown menu)!

 

Summary

This prequel series depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild. Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history.

 

Cast

Mavis Vermillion:   Leah Clark

Yuri Dreyer:   Clifford Chapin

Warrod Sequen:   Cris George

Precht Gaebolg:  David Trosko

Zera:  Jeannie Tirado

 

Crew

ADR Director:  Tyler Walker

Assistant Director:  Aaron Dismuke

ADR Engineers:   Patrick Morphy, William Dewell, Zachary Davis

Lead Writer:   Tyler Walker

 

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Our next Broadcast Dub cast announcement is for a new show from a classic legendary creator—Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost in the Shell. Check out the English cast for Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn below, and be sure to catch the first dub episode on February 12 (tomorrow!) at 11:40 am EST.

 

 

Summary

From Shirow Masamune, the creator of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed, comes the story of two cybernetically enhanced girls fighting to save their home. A super-powered terrorist has threatened the island of Cenancle. To fight him off, Nene Nanakorobi, a cybernetic girl-next-door, will have to team up with famous inventor Delilah Uzal and her adorably grumpy cyborg assistant, Clarion.

 

 

Cast

Nene – Megan Shipman

Clarion – Lara Woodhull

Uzal – Monica Rial

Buer -  Sonny Strait

Bunny – Leah Clark

Crew

ADR Director: Jerry Jewell

ADR Engineer: James Baker, Brian Leonard, Jose Sandoval

Lead writer: Samuel Wooley

 

Divine Gate – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Divine Gate is one of the most talked-about shows of the winter season for a reason—and now it’s coming to you in English as part of this season’s Broadcast Dub lineup! Check out our English cast announcement for this new show from the studio that brought you Sword Art Online and Fairy Tail, debuting Friday, February 12, at 9:30am EST.

 

 

Summary

After the Divine Gate opened, our world and the worlds beyond became connected, bringing an era of chaos. To restore order, the World Council was formed and the Divine Gate fell into legend. Now, a select few have gathered to attempt to reach the Gate and remake the world. But what will they find when they open the door?

 

 

Cast

Akane – Joel McDonald

Aoto – Chris Burnett

Midori – Alexis Tipton

Arthur – J. Michael Tatum

Ariton – Clifford Chapin

K – Mikaela Krantz

Crew

ADR Director: Clifford Chapin

ADR Engineer: Nagaris Johnson, Domonique French, Jeremy Woods

Lead Writer: Monica Rial

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – English Voice Cast Announcement!

GRIMGAR_keyart#2Our next broadcast dub announcement show takes a familiar setup—a group of normal people stuck in a fantasy world—and puts on a fresh, unexpectedly realistic new spin. Meet the English cast adventurers of the new fantasy action show, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – debuting TONIGHT at 9:00 pm EST as part of the new Dubbletalk block. You can then tune in to the Dubbletalk live show on Twitch.tv/Funimation[email protected]:30p EST to join the Dubbletalk crew in discussing the episode!

 

 

Summary

From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

 

Cast

Haruhiro – Ricco Fajardo

Manato – Justin Briner

Yume – Jeannie Tirado

Shihoru – Sarah Wiedenheft

Moguzo – Jarrod Greene

Ranta – Orion Pitts

 

Crew

Directors: Mike McFarland and Felecia Angelle

ADR Engineers: Peter Hawkinson, Manuel Aragon

Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard

 

Assassination Classroom, Season 2 – English Voice Cast Announcement!

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Summary

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

 

 

 

Cast

KORO SENSEI – Sonny Strait
TADAOMI KARASUMA – Chris Ryan
IRINA JELAVICH – Martha Harms
KARMA AKABANE – Austin Tindle
YUMA ISOGAI – Jerry Jewell
TAIGA OKAJIMA – Nick Haley
HINATA OKANO – Didi Archilla
MANAMI OKUDA – Felecia Angelle
MEG KATAOKA – Morgan Garrett
KAEDE KAYANO – Monica Rial
YUKIKO KANZAKI – Leah Clark
MASAYOSHI KIMURA – Jean-Luc Hester
HINANO KURAHASHI – Kristen McGuire
NAGISA SHIOTA – Lindsay Seidel
SOSUKE SUGAYA – Kyle Phillips
TOMOHITO SUGINO – Clifford Chapin
KOTARO TAKEBAYASHI – Scott Hinze
RYUNOSUKE CHIBA – Z. Charles Bolton
RYOMA TERASAKA – Marcus D. Stimac
RIO NAKAMURA – Apphia Yu
KIRARA HAZAMA – Terri Doty
SUMIRE HARA – Michelle Lee
RINKA HAYAMI – Jamie Marchi
YUZUKI FUWA – Kristi Kang
ITONA HORIBE – Ricco Fajardo
HIROTO MAEHARA – Chris Burnett
KOKI MIMURA – Joel McDonald
TAKUYA MURAMATSU – Eric Cherry
TOKA YADA – Michelle Rojas
TAISEI YOSHIDA – Orion Pitts
RITSU – Bryn Apprill
SHIRO – J. Michael Tatum

 

Crew

Director- Apphia Yu
ADR Engineers – James Baker, Matt Grounds, Brian Leonard
Lead script writer – J. Michael Tatum