D-Frag! Cast Announcements – Day 1!

Psycho school comedy D-Frag! is up for pre-order now, and we’re kicking it off with three days of cast announcements! Anyone like tabletop RPGs? Check out the character sheets for cute torturer Sakura and the taser-happy teacher Minami Ohsawa of the Game Creation Club!

 

To celebrate this cast announcement, tell us YOUR favorite memories of your school teachers and tasers! Can’t remember any? Must be the tasers.

 

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Did we mention pre-order? You should pre-order. Do it. D-Frag!
On Blu-ray/DVD combo 4/28: http://shop.funimation.com/Complete-Series-Limited-Edition_3

 

FUNimation Acquires Home Video Rights for Dragonar Academy, Date a Live II, and NO-RIN

We know a lot of fans have been asking about the status for the following shows, so we’re very pleased to announce that we have secured the home video rights for Dragonar Academy, Date a Live II, and NO-RIN. See below for details.

 

 

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Dragonar Academy

 

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Ash Blake is nothing but a joke to his fellow students at Ansullivan Dragonar Academy. Sure, he’s got the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons, but he’s having more than a little trouble playing the part of a hero. At least until the day his dragon suddenly awakens, and his world changes forever. There’s just one slight problem: His dragon is actually a beautiful girl, and she’s determined to become the master – and make Ash the slave! Beautiful girls and high-flying action take center stage in this thrilling adventure.

 

Dragonar Academy will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD Combo in 2015. Check out http://funimation.com/dragonar-academy for more details.

 

 

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Date a Live II

 

synopsis:
Gear up for a thrilling second season of the smash hit anime Date a Live! This epic new chapter picks up where last season ended and introduces some titillating new developments – like a stunning set of twin Sirens! Don’t miss this chance for a second date with your favorite space babes or their adorable hijinks could wreak havoc on planet Earth! Fans are sure to flip for this irresistible offering from the studio behind Cat Planet Cuties.

 

Date a Live II will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD Combo in 2015. Watch episodes from the first season on http://funimation.com/date-a-live.

 

 

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Coming soon! From the director of the Negima! OVAs and Baka and Test comes a hilarious new series with more agricultural innuendos than you can shake a cucumber at!

 

synopsis:

The mood is right for falling in love with a superstar in the new series from the director of the Negima OVAs! Teenager Hata Kosaku is crushed when his favorite singing idol, Kusakabe Yuka, stuns the world by retiring from show business. Kosaku’s friends try to cheer him up, but nothing can chase away his gloomy mood until Yuka herself transfers into his class at Tamo Agriculture School!

 

Check out http://funimation.com/no-rin for more information and to watch subtitled episodes.

 

 

 

Announced on ANNCast: Winter 2015 Broadcast Dubs & Future Diary Blu-ray Release

If you didn’t catch this morning’s ANNCast, you may have missed some big announcements from FUNimation. But not to worry, we’ve put together an announcement preview, just for you!

 

FUNimation’s Senior Marketing Manager, Adam Sheehan, and Senior Manager of Social Strategy and Development, Justin Rojas, sat down with the good folks at Anime News Network to share some industry insights.

 

During the interview, Adam and Justin announced that the popular FUNimation Broadcast Dubs will be returning for the Winter 2015 simulcast season! Never heard of Broadcast Dubs? Want to get the inside scoop? Check out this article explaining FUNimation’s Broadcast Dubs and how they work!

 

The second announcement of the morning jumps from streaming to home video: Future Diary will be getting a Blu-ray release later in 2015!

 

Want to hear the entire interview? You can listen to the ANNCast here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2015-01-16/.83313

 

 

New Release Tuesday – One Piece, Chaos;HEAd & A Certain Magical Index!

This week’s New Release Tuesday combines lovable pirates, a little bit of magic, and whole lot of
head-trip! Get comfy and check out what’s hitting the online store shelves today!

 

First up, is a little show you may have heard of…

 

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 One Piece – Season 6, Voyage 3

 

Available on DVD – CLICK HERE!

 

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Hold on to your shadow because the Thriller Bark arc is about to take a terrifying turn!

 

As Luffy attempts to track down Moria and take back what he’s lost, Usopp reaches deep into his bag of tricks to even the odds in his battle with Perona. Meanwhile, Nami narrowly avoids an undead trip down the aisle, and Zoro clashes with a zombie samurai in the hopes of adding a new blade to his arsenal. Armed with the secret to defeating Moria’s minions, things briefly appear to be looking up for the Straw Hats, but the onslaught of Oars, the towering terror powered by Luffy’s shadow, threatens to doom the crew. Undaunted in the face of this insurmountable evil, the Straw Hats stand strong together, vowing to fight till their very last breaths. As the hour creeps toward dawn, Oars prepares to deliver a furious flurry of devastating death blows, but his heinous attack is interrupted by the shocking arrival of Nightmare Luffy!

 

 

 

Next, we’re taking everything you thought you knew and turning it on edge….

 

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Chaos;HEAd – Complete Series – S.A.V.E.

 

Available on Blu-ray/DVD – CLICK HERE!

 

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From the mind that brought you Death Note comes a schizophrenic anime experience that will make you doubt everything you think you’re seeing.

 

Takumi is an anime-obsessed recluse with a fetish for two-dimensional girls. His dirty little cyber secrets land him in real-life trouble after a chat room encounter with the mysterious General leads him to the scene of a gruesome murder. In the blink of an eye, Takumi goes from a caffeine-addicted gamer to a paranoid murder suspect caught up in something called the New Generation madness. Between the police and a gang of girls with giant holographic swords, someone is watching his every move. As the world constructed around him begins to unravel, Takumi will discover that nothing – not even his own life – is what it appears to be. Welcome to Chaos Head. Can you survive reality?

 

 

Finally, we’re wrapping things up with this great AMAZON EXCLUSIVE!

 

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 A Certain Magical Index The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion

 

Amazon Exclusive! – Blu-ray/DVD Combo – CLICK HERE!

 

synopsis
Welcome to Academy City, a futuristic metropolis populated with super-powered students. As the brightest intellectual minds in the city work to complete the world’s first space elevator—a towering spire capable of taking citizens into the heavens—perpetually unlucky Kamijo and nun-in-training Index befriend a talented street musician named Arisa. When the beautiful singer lands a big break, her miraculous voice attracts unwanted attention, making the songstress a target for magicians and scholars alike. As the battle between sorcery and science blasts into space, Kamijo, Index, and their allies in Academy City are rocketed to a psychedelic stadium thousands of feet above Japan in a desperate attempt to keep Arisa—and the rest of the world—safe. Science fiction and fantasy collide in this action-packed feature film set in the shared universe of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun!

 

 

…Pssst! Be sure to check out a free Alamo Drafthouse screening of A Certain Magical Index The Movie – Miracle of Endymion, near you!  Click here for details.

 

 

Luck be a Lady this Weekend – FUNimation Heading to Otakon Vegas

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We’ve got a TON planned for Otakon Vegas this weekend in Sin City, so take a look below for panel and booth information:

 

FRIDAY

 

Tokyo Ravens English Dub Premiere – 6pm – Video 1

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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.

 

 

FUNimation Peep Show Panel – 9pm – Panel 1

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles. Don’t forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. This is an 18+ panel, so bring your IDs.

 

 

SATURDAY

 

FUNimation Presents the Cowboy Bebop Sessions – 12pm – Main Events

This winter, Cowboy Bebop hit Blu-ray in HD for the first time ever in North America. Join voice actors Steve Blum (Spike), Wendee Lee (Faye), and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Julia) for an inside look at the pop culture phenomenon.

 

Cowboy Bebop Autographs – 2pm – Autographs

Steve Blum (voice of Spike), Wendee Lee (voice of Faye), and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (voice of Julia) will be signing autographs. Autographs will be limited to the FUNimation Edition of Cowboy Bebop (Amazon Exclusive, FUNimation.com Exclusive, FUNimation BluRay or FUNimation DVD) or a poster that will be provided by FUNimation

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – 3pm – Main Events

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, come hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation!

 

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FUNimation Acquires Rights for Yatterman Night!

 

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Fans of classic anime will recognize the original beloved Yatterman franchise from Tatsunoko Production, the pioneers of Japanese animation behind such hits as Speed Racer and Gatchaman. Yatterman Night is a completely new series with new characters, aimed at an older audience with some darker modern elements, so it’ll be a great watch for fans of the original property and other anime fans alike!

The first episode of Yatterman Night will premiere on Tuesday, January 13th, with subsequent episodes streaming shortly after Japanese broadcast at 10:30 AM EST/9:30 AM CST on Sundays.

 

Synopsis
Long, long ago, a pair of heroes called the Yatterman faced off against the mischievous Doronbow Gang, led by the sexy villainess Doronjo. Now, years later, the Yatter Kingdom is protected by the new Yatterman. But the mysterious new Yatterman have forced the Yatter people into labor, and unrest runs rampant throughout the kingdom. In the spirit of her predecessor, a young new Doronjo reforms the Doronbow Gang in rebellion against the Yatterman.

 

In celebration of the beloved classic’s 40th anniversary, this modern update features some familiar faces, and an exciting new cast and story.

 

The cast of characters includes:

doro_main_kai Doronjo, played by Eri Kitamura (Sayaka Miki from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Karen Araragi from Bakemonogatari)

 

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Boyacky, played by Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji from One Piece, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from Tiger and Bunny)

 

 

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Tonzra, played by Kenta Miyake (Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Mohammed Avdol from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)

 

Also featuring:

Character Voice Actor Other Roles
Galina Hiroyuki Yoshino Favaro Leone (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis), Gan-chan/Yatterman-1 (Yatterman 2008),
Alouette Shizuka Itoh Michelle K. Davis (Terraformars), Ai-chan/Yatterman-2 (Yatterman 2008)
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Oda Chiaki Takahashi Litchi Faye-Ling (BlazBlue), Azusa Miura (The IDOLM@STER)

 

That concludes our Winter 2015 Simulcast line-up!

Full Announcement

 

New FUNimation Streaming Service SubPass Now Available!

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FUNimation may be best known for its dubs, but we know that people have different ways of consuming anime.  While we include subs on home video and as part of our streaming service, we’ve never really had a product specific to sub fans – until now!

 

FUNimation is pleased to announce the launch of a subscription ‘SubPass‘ that gives fans unlimited access to subtitled anime. Episodes can be streamed in HD, commercial-free, right after the Japanese broadcast, and across multiple devices!

 

We at FUNimation feel the same way you do about anime and the amazing people in Japan who work so hard to make the shows that we all love – the production staff, animators, and voice actors, to name a few. The SubPass is a great way to show your support for the Japanese anime industry and its creators.  The more you watch, the more we can pay the licensors in Japan, and in turn, the more content we can bring to you.  For a little over $1/week (monthly rate) you can enjoy all the subtitled anime you want and support those who create these amazing shows.

 

The FUNimation SubPass is available for the low price of $4.95/month.  Or try it for 3 months at $12.95.  For the best value, sign up for the yearly subscription at $39.95 – a 33% savings!  That’s $3.33/month or 11 cents/day!

 

For a limited introductory period, SubPass subscribers will also be able to access both subbed and dubbed content on funimation.com and across each of the FUNimation apps – including our new PS3 app! Explore all of the great content we have to offer for this limited time! For more information on the FUNimation apps, please visit: funimation.com/apps

 

In addition to our new SubPass, we will continue to offer our original subscription service, now called the All-AccessPass. This provides unlimited access to both subbed & dubbed episodes. The All-AccessPass will still be offered at $7.95/month and $59.95/12-month.  We are also pleased to offer a new $18.95/3-month option.

 

For more information on the FUNimation Streaming Service please visit: funimation.com/subscribe 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We continue to make improvements to our site, products, and services, so please check back often for all the latest updates!

 

FUNimation at the Movies – A Certain Magical Index The Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

keyvisual_03.psdIt’s the beginning of the month, which means FUNimation at the Movies is just around the corner! This month, we’re bringing A Certain Magical Index The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion to Alamo Drafthouse theaters around the country! Catch the free screening and pre-order the movie before its February release on Blu-ray and DVD!

 

Check the list below for a location near you and click the time for showing details!

 

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Welcome to Academy City, a futuristic metropolis populated with super-powered students. As the brightest intellectual minds in the city work to complete the world’s first space elevator—a towering spire capable of taking citizens into the heavens—perpetually unlucky Kamijo and nun-in-training Index befriend a talented street musician named Arisa. When the beautiful singer lands a big break, her miraculous voice attracts unwanted attention, making the songstress a target for magicians and scholars alike. As the battle between sorcery and science blasts into space, Kamijo, Index, and their allies in Academy City are rocketed to a psychedelic stadium thousands of feet above Japan in a desperate attempt to keep Arisa—and the rest of the world—safe. Science fiction and fantasy collide in this action-packed feature film set in the shared universe of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun!

 

 

Alamo Drafthouse – January 12th Showings:

 

 

There will also be showings in:

 

 

 

 

*FUNimation at the Movies is a free screening program. If you have secured a theater location and would like to participate in the program, please contact us via [email protected] 

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Maria the Virgin Witch!

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Today we are thrilled to announce that FUNimation has acquired the rights for Maria the Virgin Witch!

 

The show will be joining our Winter 2015 Simulcast lineup starting January 11th at 8:30am CT/ 9:30am ET

 

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In the time of the Hundred Years’ War, a young and powerful witch known as Maria leads a reclusive existence. Shunned by the church – but beloved by certain locals – Maria endeavors to use her magic to bring an end to the warfare she so despises. She assists people of all walks of life with the help of her two familiars: a succubus and an incubus with great powers of seduction.  Though she seeks only peace, the archangel Michael despises her use of magic to interfere in human affairs and decrees that should she ever manage to lose her virginity, Maria’s powers will vanish! To ensure that Maria no longer mingles magic with humans, Michael sends the angel Ezekiel to keep a watchful eye on the virgin witch. Don’t miss this intriguing tale of magic, war, and sexual frustration from Production I.G. and the director of Code Geass!

 

 

How many of you guessed this title correctly? Our clue was:

 

“Solve my code and learn the sixes play”

 

The trick to it is: Every sixth letter (excluding spaces) spells “MARIA”

 

 

Tokyo Ravens English Cast Announcement and Dub Premiere

tokyoravens_boxMove over Hogwarts, there’s a new magical school in town. Welcome to Onmyo Academy and the world of Tokyo Ravens, where not even magic can get you out of your homework. Part One of the series will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on March 17th. Click here to pre-order now and check out the English Cast Announcement below!

 

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.