Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Rin

We’re on our fifth day of dub cast announcements for Free! -Eternal Summer-, and we know a lot of you fans have been very excited to see who’s who in the English cast– even to the point of making fake cast announcement images! (Yes, that previous “leaked” cast announcement image that you may have seen was a fan-made fake—be sure to check official FUNimation and Free! ES channels for real announcements!) Today we’re excited to finally unveil the real long-awaited (but not final!) Free! ES cast announcement, this time for Rin Matsuoka, the shark-toothed and snarky new captain of the Samezuka Swim Team! And Rin’s voice actor is…

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Rin is played by Vic Mignogna, whom you may recognize from such roles as Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist), Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club), Zero Kiryu (Vampire Knight), Fai D. Flowright (Tsubasa) and Karoku (Karneval)! Fun fact—Vic Mignogna and Rin’s Japanese voice actor Mamoru Miyano share a couple other roles—specifically Tamaki and Zero.

 

We asked Vic a few Free! ES-related questions!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?

Vic: Yes! I earned all my YMCA cards when I was young. I was good at the backstroke.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Vic: Ironically, SHARKS! Love love love them!

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Vic: I wanted to be a special effects artist for movies.

 

We’re not done yet! We have two more days of cast announcements—check back tomorrow and Sunday to see which actors play the other Samezuka swimmers, and other vital roles for the series! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:

 

Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch
Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn
Rin Matsuoka – Vic Mignogna

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

 

 

New Digital Downloads! Are you ready for this Jelly?

It’s Thursday, and while we won’t put any hashtags in our blog post (Twitter and Facebook are another story), we do want to throw back to Princess Jellyfish with some great digital goodies on FUNimation.com!

 

Transform your computer with these adorable, free Princess Jellyfish Wallpapers!  (Click the images to download the right size for your screen!)

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We’ve also got the track “We Are All The Same” by Austin Black (heard in the Princess Jellyfish trailer below) available for you to download!

 

If you’re still feeling nostalgic, you can get the entire Princess Jellyfish series for under $30, right now on FUNimation.com!

 

Shorewood 14mm Wrap Ocard-ready

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Haruka

Here’s our next Free! -Eternal Summer- dub cast announcement! Today, we’re finally revealing the main character, everyone’s favorite mackerel-loving, clothes-stripping waterdere, the cool-yet-passionate swimmer who lives to surround himself in water’s embrace– Haruka Nanase!

 

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Haruka (played by Nobunaga Shimazaki in the Japanese version) is played by Todd Haberkorn, the voice behind such renowned roles as Hetalia’s Italy, Ouran High School Host Club’s Hikaru Hitachiin, Fairy Tail’s Natsu Dragneel, Soul Eater’s Death the Kid, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Ling Yao, and more.

 

We asked Todd for a few answers to some Free! ES-related questions!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?

Todd: I can swim, actually. Best stroke: the otter. I swim on my back and break open sea creature shells with a rock.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Todd: The marine scuba diver that scares children when they get in the tank to feed the sharks.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Todd: I wanted to be an actor!

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:

 

Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch
Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

 

 

FUNimation at Anime North Texas

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We’re taking a tiny break from traveling and heading to Anime North Texas this weekend! We won’t have a booth at the convention, but we do have some panels! Check out times and info below:

 

FUNimation Industry Panel – Saturday at 12pm in Main Events

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

 

FUNimation Previews Panel – Saturday at 1pm in Main Events

Check out some extended clips and trailers from FUNimation’s hottest new releases!

 

This will be our last official convention for 2014! See you again in 2015!

 

 

A Certain Magical Index – Wallpapers, Releases, and More… Oh, My!

 

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A Certain Magical Index returns to home video on November 18, with the complete series on
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for the first time! We know that a ton of you have been asking for this title on Blu-ray, and we’re just as excited to bring it to you! To celebrate, we’re uploading 5 free wallpapers in various sizes for the series, in addition to our existing Season 2 wallpapers.

 

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Be sure to catch Imagine Breaker’s early Academy City adventures in HD! This new release, which also brings the whole first series together for the first time, is just one of our back-to-back releases in the Index/Railgun franchise—we’re putting out a new Blu-ray/DVD release every month. Mark your calendars and pre-order early! The schedule is:

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Makoto

Time for our third Free! -Eternal Summer- dub cast announcement—featuring Makoto Tachibana, the kind, sweet and sensitive Iwatobi Swim Club captain, and Haru’s best friend! Who’s the official English voice behind those gentle eyes and lovely trapezius muscles?

 

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Makoto (played by Tatsuhisa Suzuki, singer of OLDCODEX, in the Japanese version) is played by Johnny Yong Bosch, who’s known for many other dub roles you might recognize from other anime—Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass, Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist, Artemis in the new Sailor Moon dub, and more.

 

Johnny also provides the lead vocals and guitar for his band Eyeshine! Click here for more info about the band.

 

We asked Johnny a few Free! ES-related questions!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?

Johnny: Yes, doggy paddle.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Johnny: The walrus.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Johnny: An action star…but that really came from me daydreaming about saving a cheerleader from some grab-happy jock and after that I’m allowed to sit at the cool table.

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:

Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

 

 

New Release Tuesday – High School DxD New – Complete Series!

This week’s New Release Tuesday brings a double-dose of High School DxD New! We’ve got the complete series available today, and two ways for you to take it home:

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High School DxD New – Limited Edition

 

High School DxD New – Blu-ray/DVD Combo

 

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The sequel to High School DxD is HERE!

Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

 

 

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Nagisa

Get ready for our second dub cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-! Today’s unveil is the cute, hilarious, definitely-not-a-thug Nagisa Hazuki! Who’s playing the Iwatobi Swim Club founder and resident troublemaking penguin-lover?

 

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Nagisa (played by Tsubasa Yonaga in the Japanese version) is played by Greg Ayres! You might recognize Greg from such roles as Ouran High School Host Club’s Kaoru Hitachiin, Hetalia’s Denmark, and No. 6’s Shion. A lot of people also guessed this one right too! (‐^▽^‐)

 

We asked Greg a few questions pertaining to the role!

 

Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?
Greg: I have been a little water bug since I was a kid. While I mostly swim for fun, I guess my best stroke would be the freestyle stroke. I also love the sidestroke too.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?
Greg: My favorite marine animal without a doubt would be the otter!! Their playfulness totally speaks to the big kid in me. They make swimming look fun, and easy, and super cute all in one stroke.

 

Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Greg: I had always hoped I would be an actor when I grew up. Now that I’ve made it to the “acting” part, I guess I need to work on the “growing up” part. :)

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement! We’re announcing new dub cast members every day this week until November 16! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here

 

Cast so far:
Rei Ryugazaki – J Michael Tatum
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Rei

For the past few weeks, we’ve been teasing and hinting at the upcoming English dub for Free! -Eternal Summer-, and today we’re excited to finally begin our rollout of the dub cast! Starting today through Sunday, November 16, we’ll be unveiling new characters daily. The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer – be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here!

 

(If you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)

 

And now without further ado, our first cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-, everyone’s favorite bespectacled beauty-loving butterfly boy: Rei Ryugazaki!

 

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Rei (played by Daisuke Hirakawa in the Japanese version) is played by J Michael Tatum, known for such roles as Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, Kyoya Otori from Ouran High School Host Club (another glasses boy!), and France from Hetalia. We know a LOT of you fans guessed that he’d play Rei, so if you got it right, congrats! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

 

Check back tomorrow for our next announcement!

 

English Voice Cast for Psycho-Pass 2

psycho pass 2Thanks to everyone who tuned in this weekend to catch the FUNimation Broadcast Dub premiere of Psycho-Pass 2! If you haven’t watched it yet, click this link to watch now.

 

We had a lot of great guesses for our Guess the Voice Actor Event, and I’m sure you’re all excited to see if you were able to figure out the cast. So, let’s get right to it!

 

Character – Actor

Kamui – Clifford Chapin
Sakuya Togane – Christopher R. Sabat
Sho Hinakawa – Z. Charles Bolton
Mizue Shisui - Monica Rial
Akira Kitazawa – Duncan Brannan

 

Tune in each Saturday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT to watch new episodes of the Psycho-Pass 2 FUNimation Broadcast Dub!

 

series synopsis:

Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after she learns the truth about the Sibyl System!