HOT news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans!

Summer is FINALLY here—and so is some big news for Free! -Eternal Summer-!

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- is finally coming out on Blu-ray/DVD, and you can pre-order it today! Order now to be the first to own the brand-new English dub AND the original Japanese audio, in glorious HD!

 

And that’s not all– if you want to be the first to see the English the dub before the home video release, we’ll also be releasing new dub episodes early on the FUNimation Streaming Service. Episodes will go up every Friday, with episode one launching in just under two weeks on June 26 (for subscribers only). Mark your calendars— the first episode goes live at 4pm ET/ 3PM CT on June 26 and we’ll be celebrating the dub launch with a livestream party later that evening at 7PM  where you can watch (or relive) the first dub episode along with FUNimation staff! We’ll have giveaways, party ideas, and more! So be sure to subscribe, and keep an eye out for more news coming very soon!

 

The Limited Edition will include:

A rigid chipboard box with a beautiful water gloss effect inspired by the original Japanese release.

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Our release of Free! -Eternal Summer- is packed with extras— on-disc collections of end cards and illustrations, special Japanese promo videos, the original web previews, and English voice actor commentary!

But there’s more in store for fans! If you pre-order before the September 29 street date, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three sets of seven mini posters signed by seven members of the English dub cast.

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Hurry, summer doesn’t last forever, and neither will the contest!

 

FUNimation at the Movies: Noragami!

 

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It’s that time again, FUNimation at the Movies!

This month, we’ve got a show we can all relate to, Noragami! It’s the story of Yato, a minor God who is down-on-his luck. No followers, no shrines, no money. We’ve all been there, right?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Catch FREE screenings of the first 4 episodes of  Noragami (before the series hits Blu-ray and DVD, July 7th!) at the following Alamo Drafthouse Theaters. Click on the showtimes to reserve your seat!

 

 

 June 16th

 

 June 18th:

 

June 22nd:

 

June 23

  • Austin, TX (Village) –  7:05 pm


*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].

 

The Cutest Final Form – Golden Frieza Funko Pop! Vinyl

Just in time for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Funko has announced a Golden Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure in their second wave of Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusives!

 

More details about this figure, and other Comic-Con exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyls, can be found on their website here!

 

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for all things Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’!

 

Convention Alert: AnimeNEXT!

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Hello, New Jersey! We’re packing our bags and heading your way for AnimeNEXT 2015!  We’ll be setting up shop in the Garden State Expo Center to bring you anime deals, panels, screenings and an official happy hour! Check out our line-up below and be sure to add us to your convention schedule this weekend!

 

PANELS

 

FUNimation Peep Show | Friday June 12, 9:00 PM | BW Panel 6

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 tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!) 
 
 

FUNimation Previews | Saturday June 13, 10:00 AM | BW Panel 4

Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

FUNimation Industry | Saturday Saturday June 13, 5:00 PM | BW Panel 6

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

 

 

SCREENINGS

Be sure to swing by Main Video and Mixed Bag Video throughout the weekend to catch screenings of great FUNimation titles like Wolf Children, Hetalia, Space Dandy and more!

 

 

BOOTH

Do you like brand-spanking new anime? How about the classics? Or perhaps you’re searching for a stellar deal? We’ve got it! Stop by the FUNimation booth this weekend to satisfy your anime collection needs — PLUS! Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!

 

 

HAPPY HOUR

Join FUNimation for our official attendee mixer event in Somerset, NJ during #AnimeNEXT on Saturday June 13th from 10pm til Midnight!   The event will be located in the Tuscany Room at the DoubleTree Hotel.   Click here to register for this event.

 

A cash bar will be available to purchase sodas or alcoholic beverages to those over 21.

 

FUNimation.com All-AccessPass subscribers will receive a small gift and a free drink ticket that can be used for soda or alcohol (while supplies last).  All-AccessPass members will be able to register for special door prizes throughout the evening!  Please provide your FUNimation.com username or printout/screenshot of recent registration for verification. Click this link to become a FUNimation.com All-AccessPass subscriber today.

 

See you there!

 

New Release Tuesday: Girls Run The World

We’ve packed this week’s New Release Tuesday with all different types of women! We have gamer girls in Hyperdimension Neptunia, gallant heroines in The Sacred Blacksmith, flirty schoolgirls in OniAi, and even occult witches and princesses in the CLAMP Double Feature of Tsubasa Chronicle with xxxHOLIC. Check out the titles below!

 

 

Hyperdimension Neptunia

Blu-ray/DVD Combo - Complete Series + OVAs
 
Click here to get the Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

Click here to get the Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

Series Summary:

Don’t miss this epic adventure based on a video game about video games that Fandom Post calls ”the most perfect adaptation of game to anime ever created!”

Welcome to Gamindustri, a fantastical world where all your favorite video game consoles come to life! Neptune and her fellow Goddesses rule the four kingdoms of Lastation, Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune – but their royal duties often take a backseat to their obsession with gaming. When their button-mashing shenanigans are interrupted by rampaging monsters, hacker attacks, and killer eggplants, the goddesses must transform into stronger, sexier versions of themselves and fight for their right to game! The bosses get tougher as the game goes on, and the girls will have to work together in order to defeat a bewitching goddess of piracy, an anonymous master hacker, and an evil CPU hell-bent on destroying everything in her path – using any cheat code necessary!

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Blacksmith

S.A.V.E. DVD Box Set – Complete Series
 
 
Click here to get the S.A.V.E. Box Set!

 

 

Series Summary:

Cecily’s a blushing knight in shining armor. Unfortunately, it seems most battles end with her as the damsel in distress. Her lack of skill and distaste for violence make her an unlikely heroine – until the brooding blacksmith Luke comes to her aid, using his powerful magic to forge blades of supernatural strength. Cecily wields this sacred steel and charges forth to face a dangerous new threat; a cloaked fiend is unleashing demons upon the land, and though he lurks in shadows, the villain is much closer than Cecily can imagine.

 

 

 

 

CLAMP Double Feature: Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC Movies

S.A.V.E. DVD Set – 2 Movies
 
 
Click here to get this S.A.V.E. Double Feature!

 

 

Movies Summaries:

From the sweeping universe of Clamp, two journeys run parallel yet intersect. As two souls seek the mystery of truth, worlds collide where the Dimensional Witch waits. There is no coincidence, only the inevitable…

 

Tsubasa, The Movie

A land held captive without a savior.

Our intrepid adventurers have once again encountered a people oppressed, this time landing in a virtual paradise trembling on the very edge of existence. A princess silenced, but not into submission. An evil king who seeks an end to light and happiness. Only the brave of heart will prevail, rescuing the kingdom from darkness eternal…

 

XXXholic The Movie

Beware your desires.

Yuko drags her pawns along, invited to a mysterious auction at an intriguing mansion. There, confronted by greed, vanity and pride, they will navigate through rooms and passages that twist like the souls of holics, the mongers of material satisfaction. As the other guests disappear one by one, the puzzle must be pieced together before they become part of the collection, too.

 

 

 

 

OniAi

S.A.V.E. Blu-ray Set – Complete Series
 
 
Click here to get this S.A.V.E. Blu-ray set!

 

 

Series Summary:

Feast your eyes on host of desirable darlings in this sassy comedic romp from the dirty little minds that brought you Baka and Test and Hayate the Combat Butler!

When adorable teenager, Akiko, is reunited with her big brother, Akito, she’s determined to take her sisterly affection to the next level! But her BroCon fantasies are dealt a cruel blow by the arrival of three colorful rivals. There’s a blonde heiress with a fetish for plushies, a boyish beauty who yearns to serve, and a ravishing redhead who’ll stop at nothing to get her man! Every coy ploy Akiko dreams up is deviously derailed by robes that just happen to fall open, the flashing of come hither eyes, or scandalous splashing in the community bath! While Akiko has her hands full staying a step ahead of the competition, poor conflicted Akito can’t help but think: my little sister can’t be this…adorable!?

 

 

Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcements at A-Kon 26!

Just announced at our industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, TX, here are the English voice casts for the following broadcast dubs!

 


Ultimate Otaku Teacher

Character – Cast
Junichiro Kagami – Anthony Bowling
Suzune Kagami – Mikaela Krantz
Minako Kanou – Sarah Wiedenheft
Miho Kitou – Jamie Marchi
Koyomi Hiiragi – Jad Saxton

ADR Director: Kyle Phillips

Lead ADR Engineer: Peter Hawkinson

Assistant ADR Engineer: Jeremy Woods

Lead Writer: Clint Bickham

 


Mikagura School Suite

Character – Cast
Asuhi – Trina Nishimura
Bimii – Sonny Strait
Eruna – Monica Rial
Himi – Lara Woodhull
Katai – Apphia Yu
Kurumi – Bryn Apprill
Kuzuryu – Chris Rager
Sadamatsu Minatogawa – Josh Grelle
Seisa – Jamie Marchi
Shigure – Ben Phillips
Yuriko – Kristen McGuire
Yuto – Micah Solusod
Mewmirin – Alexis Tipton

ADR Director – Sonny Strait
ADR Engineer – Patrick Morphy

Lead Writer: Jamie Marchi

 


Show by Rock!!

Character – Cast

Cyan – Bryn Apprill
Chuchu – Alexis Tipton
Retoree – Caitlin Glass
Moa – Monica Rial
Shu☆zo – Vic Mignogna
Kai – Ricco Fajardo
Riku – Micah Solusad
Crow – Mike McFarland
Aion – Jerry Jewell
Yaiba – Ian Sinclair
Rom – Chris Sabat
Maple – Sonny Strait
Angelica – Rachel Robinson
Strawberry Heart – Justin Cook

ADR Director – Caitlin Glass

Writers: Rachel Robinson, Mike McFarland

Lyrics: Brina Palencia, Vic Mignogna

 


Heroic Legend of Arslan

Character – Cast

Prince Arslan – Aaron Dismuke
Daryun – Ricco Fajardo
King Andragoras III – Christopher R. Sabat
Queen Tahamenay – Stephanie Young
Vahriz – Cole Brown
Kishward – Jarrod Greene
Kharlan – Kent Williams
Narrator – Mike McFarland

ADR Director: Christopher Bevins

Asst. ADR Director: Jeremy Inman

Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard

ADR Engineer: Domonique French

Asst. ADR Engineer: Kevin Ussery

 

New Release Tuesday: Guns, Guts, and Girl Power!

We have another action-packed edition of New Release Tuesday this week with Wanna Be The Strongest In The World, Nobunagun, and Fairy Tail! There’s crazy levels of guns and action in the Blu-ray/DVD release of Nobunagun, beautiful wrestling divas in the Blu-ray/DVD combo of Wanna Be The Strongest In The World, and tough magicians in the Blu-ray/DVD combo of Fairy Tail: Collection Four.

 

 

 

Nobunagun

Complete Series
 
 
Click here to get the Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

Click here to get the Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

Series Summary:

Sio Ogura is a shy misfit who’d rather talk about tanks than gossip about girl stuff. She’s plagued by reoccurring dreams of ancient battle scenes, and her only friend is a kindhearted popular girl named Asao. But Sio’s life takes an explosive turn when a school field trip is interrupted by an outbreak of Evolutionary Invaders: hideous alien creatures hell-bent on nuking the planet. During a daring attempt to rescue Asao, Sio discovers that she’s an E-Gene Holder: the reincarnation of a historical figure capable of summoning special weaponry. Possessed by the spirit of legendary warrior Oda Nobunaga, Sio joins forces with the reincarnated versions of Jack the Ripper, Galileo, and Geronimo for a high octane alien shooting spree. Survival is a longshot, but in the battle to save humanity, Sio’s the girl with the biggest gun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanna Be The Strongest In The World!

Complete Series + OVAs
 
 
Click here to get the Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

Click here to get the Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

 

Series Summary:

The eye-popping world of women’s professional wrestling is sweaty, sadistic, and savagely sexy. Famous Japanese pop idol Sakura Hagiwara is better suited for the dance floor than the wrestling ring, but this ravishing songstress is about to put her body to the ultimate test. When she and fellow idol Elena are assigned to pose as wrestlers for a very special show, a vicious lady brawler by the name of Rio decides to teach the girls a lesson they won’t soon forget. Rio unleashes a flurry of ferocious of attacks on Elena, contorting her divine female form into an array of very naughty positions. Shocked by the blush-inducing beating taken by her friend, Sakura vows to get her heavenly curves ready to rumble and redeem the good name of idols everywhere by becoming a bona fide diva of the pro-wrestling world!

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tail – Collection Four

Episodes 73-95
 

Click here to get this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set

 

 

Arc Summary:

When an unstoppable force descends upon Magnolia and Fairy Tail, the entire town is transported to Edolas, a world where magic is in short supply. There, a power-hungry kingdom plans on draining the captured guild’s magic. As Natsu and company search for their friends, they discover a parallel plane where a tough-as-nails Lucy runs a bizarro version of Fairy Tail and Erza is a ruthless enemy.

Then Edolas power-hungry monarch harnesses the power of the Dragon Slayers, igniting all-out war. But his ambition doesn’t stop there: once Natsu and his teammates are out of the picture, he’s heading to Fiore to steal all of its magic as well. Fairy Tail’s actions will decide the future of two worlds, but they’ll be lucky if they can save even one.

 

FUNimation at A-Kon 26

Get ready DFW, because we’re heading to A-Kon 26 in a big way this year! It’s one of  Dallas’ biggest conventions and boy, do we have plans! Get your weekend schedule ready, because not only are we bringing out a huge booth for this show, but we’ll have plenty of panels and a FUNimation Lounge for you to enjoy! Check out the details below:

 

 

 

 

Panels

 

 

  • FUNimation Industry Panel | Friday, June 5 |  8:00pm | Governor’s Lecture Hall (Tower 1) Classroom 2
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 

 

  • FUNimation Previews | Saturday, June 6 | 11:30am  | Topaz (Tower 1) Panel 1
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

 

  • FUNimation Peep Show | Sunday (Saturday night) June 7 | 12:00am | Metropolitan Ballroom (Mezzanine) Panel 7
    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 tissues, you know for the nose bleeds. (18+  bring your IDs!) 

 

 

Lounge

 

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As a special feature for FUNimation All-AccessPass Subscribers, we will have an exclusive Lounge where you can take a break from the bustle of the con and hang out with us!

Features include:

    • Comfortable seating and table space
    • Charging stations for your electronics
    • Free wi-fi
    • Exclusive free FUNimation badge ribbons
    • Photo-op wall with life-sized anime characters

 

You can find the Lounge in the Stuart Room on the 2nd level of the Verandah Club of the hotel.

Operating Hours:

  • Friday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

 

Booth

 

  • Stop by the FUNimation booth and bring home some great anime Blu-rays and DVDs! We’ll even have some titles like Hyperdimension Neptunia available early!
  • Get a free lanyard with every purchase!

 

Guess Who’s Back?! Announcing The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Cast

The English dub for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan premieres tomorrow and after wild speculation, Craigslist ads, and role-stealing sharks, we’re finally announcing the cast! Our friends at Okratron 5000 are handling the English dub, which features the following:

 

CAST
yuki NAGATO ….Michelle Ruff
kyon KYON …..Crispin Freeman
asakura ASAKURA …..Bridget Hoffman
haruhi HARUHI …..Wendee Lee
mikuru MIKURU …..Stephanie Sheh
tsuruya TSURUYA …..Kari Wahlgren
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 ADR Director …..Christopher R. Sabat  
 Lead Writer …..Bonny Clinkenbeard …..

 

 

Catch the FIRST English Broadcast Dub episode of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Friday 29th @ 1:10pm CT on funimation.com/spring!

 

UPDATE: Note from Justin Cook –

Hello Everyone in Anime Land!

 

I just wanted to swoop in and say that I’m super excited about all the talk and buzz going on about the broadcast dub for theDisappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. I can say that we’re very excited as well. When the word began to spread about the possibility of being able to dub this wonderful spin-off of the series, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, I knew that above all else we’d want to retain the original voice cast, as well as anyone else of the original production team that we could recruit. The trouble was I needed someone to help run the project, and I thought to myself “self, who is someone who can get things done? Who is someone that is just as obsessed with trying to ‘build the better dub’ we are here at FUNimation?” The answer came to me almost immediately… Christopher R. Sabat can help, Christopher R. Sabat can always help. And help he did. Not only did he manage to secure the entire (so far) original cast, but he also reached out to the talented Alex Von David. At the end of the day, we weren’t able to work out a schedule that worked for securing him for voice directing the entire series, but he’s agreed to help out as his schedule allows. So, now our man on the ground in LA is Todd Haberkorn, which we’re also very excited about! Anyway, I’m telling you all of this because usually when we make our cast announcements we attach a voice director, and since at the time of the cast announcement we were a little unsure about who was going to be the full time voice director, we went with Chris’ name as we knew he would be attached all the way to the 16th episode. To make this a very high maintenance announcement, the truth is that Todd Haberkorn is currently voice directing the series with Christopher R. Sabat producing, but to be fair, Todd may not be able to maintain the schedule and may have to duck out to let Alex or one of the other talented voice directors that Sabat has available to him. But what I can guarantee is that Chris, and the fine folks here at FUNimation, will be helping to keep things consistent and ensure that the dub sounds like one cohesive project, so that if Todd must jump out for a little bit, you, the fans, won’t know the difference. At least that’s our goal!

 

For the love of Anime and all her fans,
Justin

Southern Con Time Y’all: MomoCon and Fan Expo Dallas

We’re staying down south for two conventions happening this weekend: Fan Expo in Dallas and MomoCon in Atlanta! Look below for the line-up of what we have planned for both conventions.

 

 May 28th – 31st – Atlanta, Georgia

 

  • FUNimation Previews | Friday 2:00pm - Underdog Room A-313 (60 minutes)
    Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!
 
 
  • FUNimation Industry Panel | Friday 6:30pm - Main “Villains” Omni-International (60 minutes)
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 
 
 
  • BlazBlue English Dub Premiere | Friday 3:30pm - Main “Villains” Omni-International (60 minutes)
    Catch all your favorite BlazBlue characters in action in this thrilling anime based on the popular fighting game franchise!

 

Synopsis:

Long ago, an insidious black beast sought to obliterate the human race, but the monster was defeated by a valiant Band of Heroes wielding the power of Ars Magus: a potent combo of magic and technology. Now, a roguish outlaw known as Ragna the Bloodedge seeks to wreak havoc upon the Librarium, a clandestine organization that governs Ars Magus. Armed with the mighty Azure Grimoire, Ragna quickly becomes the target of vigilantes, scientists, vampires, and Librarium foot soldiers. As he spirals toward a violent showdown with the maniacal Hazama, Ragna will discover just how closely his fate is tied to the future of our world!

Discover the story behind gaming’s deadliest moves in this series from the animation studio behind the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasmcutscenes!

 
 

 

 

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Fans of the show Lost Girl, get ready! Because cast members Kris Holden-Reid (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi) and Paul Amos (Vex) will be hitting Fan Expo Dallas in a big way. Check out your opportunities to see the cast, below:

 

  • Lost Girl Q&A | Saturday, 11:30am - Ballroom A3/A4
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  • Lost Girl Photo Op | Saturday 1:00pm –  Hall A: Photo Op Area
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  • Lost Girl Photo Op | Sunday 1:00pm - Hall A: Photo Op Area

 

 

 

Plus, stop by the FUNimation Booth at both shows and bring home some great titles! You also get a free lanyard with every purchase!