Conventions 2016 – One Piece Adventures at Matsuricon

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation is teaming up with Matsuricon to make a treasure-filled experience that celebrates One Piece. See the details below for information on the special panels that we have lined up and the special guests that are coming on the cruise!

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

  • Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell – No Need for Bushido
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Ian Sinclair
  • John Swasey
  • Lisa Ortiz
  • Eric Vale
  • Patrick Seitz
  • Richard Epcar
  • Tara Sands
  • Paul St. Peter
  • Brina Palencia
  • Mike McFarland
  • Kevin Bolk
  • Sonny Strait
  • Professor Shyguy
  • Lydia Mackay
  • Chris Sabat
  • Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Kieran Strange
  • Dan & Jillian Coglan – Samurai Dan

 

 About Matsuricon

Since 2006, Matsuricon has been a presence in the anime con community in Columbus. In 2011, we made our way to our current home in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency.  With over 6,000 unique attendees attending annually every August, Matsuricon is the anime and gaming destination for fans not just in Ohio, but in the Midwest!

 

Conventions 2016: Otakuthon!

No convention marathon would be complete without the one and only Otakuthon!

Our incredible conventions team is hitting the road again to bring the anime fun up North to Montreal, Canada! Come say hello to Tara and Tim at our booth or any of the following panels:

 

 

PANELS

Funimation Industry Panel | Friday August 5th | 2:00p | Panel 514

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Saturday August 6th | 11:00p | Panel 512CDGH

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

Funimation Favorites | Sunday August 7th |  2:15p | Panel 514

Funimation takes a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave!

 

 

BOOTH

Stop by our booth in the Dealer’s Hall, where the team will set you up with great deals on new and classic titles! Plus, ask about how to get autographed wraps with certain purchases!

See you there!

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement

We’ve got some big news for Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School! There have been quite a few series this season that are sequels or are tied to video games, which Danganronpa is one of those. Also, what is unique about Danganronpa 3 is that there are two series currently broadcasting weekly. Here is some info about both series:

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Cast Announcement Time: Strike Witches: The Movie!

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Ten-hut! If you’re a big fan of weaponry-wielding women like the gun-toting, sky-flying ladies of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, then you may have already seen that Strike Witches: The Movie, the long-awaited follow-up to season 2, is finally up for pre-order! (Order now!) What you may or may not know is that the movie actually features several new Witch cutie cameos in addition to the familiar faces of Yoshika, Sakamoto, Shirley, and the other 501st girls. Find out who will play them in the English dub!

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Historical Japanese Swords, as Seen in Rurouni Kenshin

*A guest editorial from our Funimation Brand Manager, Jennifu

Rurouni Kenshin Dojo Battle

 

From period samurai shows to magical combat fantasy, Japanese swords are hyper-prominent in anime, and the upcoming theatrical runs of the swordplay-packed Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies are a perfect excuse to talk about the coolness of Japanese swords!

 

Learn about the basics of Japanese swords and their historical basis as seen in the Rurouni Kenshin movies, based on the manga and anime of the same name, which take a fictional but decently researched and realistic* approach on the subject, for shounen manga.

 

(And if you’re really into sword combat, these movies have excellent action choreography from one of the biggest action directors in Asian martial arts cinema—get your advance tickets today and see it for yourself! The first movie, Rurouni Kenshin: Origins, hits theaters August 8, 9 and 10!)

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