FUNimation Fan Favorites 2015

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We want YOU to vote for your favorite things about 2015! So much happened from the Aogiri Tree accepting new candidates in Tokyo Ghoul √A to Zapp bringing the pain in Blood Blockade Battlefront, as well as more simulcasts than ever before! Now it is time for the fans to voice their opinions on what they loved here on our end of year poll.

 

So you’re probably wondering what the categories are? It was difficult to keep it down to only ten for this year, but we think this is a good balance that you’ll enjoy. Of course, if you feel differently let us know and we’ll take it into consideration for the next time we do this. So, without further ado, here are the ten categories for the 2015 Simulcast Year:

 

  • Favorite Opening/Ending
  • Favorite Hero
  • Favorite Villain
  • Favorite Non-Human Character
  • Favorite Weapon/Special Ability
  • Favorite Fight Scene
  • Favorite Story
  • Favorite Soundtrack
  • Favorite Simulcast
  • Favorite Broadcast Dub

 

Submit no more than four entries per category (please list the category first, followed by your four nominees) through these methods:

  1. Comments section on this post
  2. Facebook post
  3. Twitter – using the hashtag “#FUNimationFavorites”
  4. Email us at [email protected] (with the subject line of “FUNimation Fan Favorites”)

 

 

We will be accepting submissions until 3pm CT, Wednesday, December 23rd. Then on later that day, we will reveal the four nominees for each category. You will then be able to vote on your favorites right here, and we will be accepting votes until Sunday, January 3rd. Finally, on Monday, January 4th, we’ll reveal who you picked as the favorite in each category.

 

 

If all of that was too much to digest, here’s the tl;dr schedule to make things easier:

  • December 21st – December 23rd: Nominee Submission Period
  • December 23rd – January 3rd: Voting Period
  • January 4th – Your favorites announced

 

 

If you would like to check what shows are eligible, please take a look at the four different season pages below:

 

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

Samurai Warriors

SHONEN HOLLYWOOD -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Yatterman Night

Absolute Duo

Yona of the Dawn

Maria the Virgin Witch

Cutie High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

Garo the Animation

Yurikuma Arashi

 Kamisama Kiss

The Rolling Girls

Assassination Classroom Death Parade Tokyo Ghoul √A

 

 

Be sure to check back here on Wednesday, December 23rd to see the final list of nominees and submit your vote for the FUNimation Fan Favorites 2015!

 

Date A Live II English Cast Announcement!

Just announced in the FUNimation Industry panel at Anime Matsuri Hawaii, the English voice cast for Date A Live II coming to home video 3.22.2016! Check out the cast list and synopsis below, and keep an eye out for the English trailer coming soon!

PLUS, fans attending Anime Matsuri Hawaii can catch the Date A Live II premiere later today in the Lili’u Theater (Room 310) from 4:30pm – 6:30pm! Don’t miss it!

 

Synopsis

Itsuka Shido was a once a normal high schooler. But after a spacequake started by an armored girl rocked his world, life was never the same. Tohka, the extra-cute extraterrestrial continued to wreak havoc until Shido sealed her powers with a loving kiss.

For a guy whose kiss can seal a Spirit, Shido’s still not great with the ladies. In addition to the sealed Spirits he already must appease, he’s got three more beautiful girls with volatile powers vying for his attention. And with a mysterious organization on the hunt for Tohka, the DEM’s various attempts to subdue Fraxinus, and a new lady loving Spirit, Shido can kiss his normal life goodbye!

 

Cast & Crew

SHIDO Josh Grelle
TOHKA Michelle Rojas
KOTORI Bryn Apprill
YOSHINO Tia Ballard
ORIGAMI Michelle Lee
KURUMI Alexis Tipton
KAGUYA Brittney Karbowski
YUZURU Megan Shipman
MIKU Jād Saxton
ADR Director Jerry Jewell
Script Writers Sean D. Roberts, Tyson Rinehart

 

 

Aloha kākou, Anime Matsuri Hawaii!

It’s time to break out all of the Hawaiian phrases we know as we don’t often get a chance to, because we’re coming to Hawaii this Thanksgiving for Anime Matsuri Hawaii! “Mahalo, E Komo Mai, Kahuna, Aloha oe”! Ok, it’s out of our system. Now get ready for all of the panels with FUNimation’s Justin Rojas and for our special screening schedule where we’ll be showing off Mamoru Hosoda’s movies in preparation for The Boy and The Beast coming this winter!

 

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PANELS

 

 
FUNimation Favorites | Friday, November 27th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)
Join FUNimation staff as we take 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 and you could win a prize!

 

 

FUNimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, November 27th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  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 Industry Panel | Saturday, November 28th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

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 Online | Sunday, November 29th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Room 1 (Room 311)

Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on FUNimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FUNimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!

 

 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Wolf Children

 

Friday, November 27th | Viewing Room (Room 316B) | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

Summer Wars

 

Saturday, November 28th | Viewing Room 1 (Room 316B) | 11:00am – 1:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

From the visionary directory of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Prize, Best Animated Feature) comes the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse!

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He’s good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has – until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancée at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily.  As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new “family” set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this “near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction.” (AnimeNewsNetwork.com)

 

 

 

Date A Live II

 

Episodes English Dub Premiere 1-4 | Saturday, November 28th | Lili’u Theater (Room 310) | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.

One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.

There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha nui loa! We can’t wait to see you!

 

Enter Now to Win an Anime Voice Acting Experience!

 

Calling all FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a FUNimation voice actor, we’re giving you a chance to find out with our Voice Acting Experience Sweepstakes! All FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers are eligible for entry, and one lucky winner will be selected to visit FUNimation’s headquarters in Dallas for a voice recording session with one of our audio directors.

 

Head to http://www.funimation.com/voicerolesweeps now to enter!

 

Hurry, last day for entry is 12/13/15. Good luck!

 

Big Fun in a Small Wisconsin Town – Daisho Con

Definition: daishō (大小 daishō?) - literally “big-little”. Even though this convention is in a “little” Wisconsin town, Daisho Con is grand time and FUNimation intends to make it even bigger! We have big panels and big screenings on the way!

 

 

 

PANELS

 

 

FUNimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, November 20th | 10:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Room 4

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  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 Industry Panel | Saturday, November 21st | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Room 3

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!
 
 
 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

 

Episodes 1 & 2 | Friday, November 20th | AMC Theater 8 | 6:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she’s not the only one looking for answers—as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Marksman and Vanadis

 

Episodes English Dub Premiere 1-4 | Saturday, November 21st | AMC Theater 8 | 3:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: Tigre, a young noble, is captured by a beautiful female general from an enemy country. Though enchanting, her curves aren’t the only dangerous thing about her. She’s backed by an army of desirable warrior-goddesses called the Vanadis. Can the valiant Tigre survive the action-packed blend of fantasy and fan service!?

 

 

 

 

Win these incredible Ninja Slayer figures from Good Smile!

 

Welcome, Ninja Slayer. As you know, before any good ninja goes to battle, they offer their formal greeting or personal ‘aisatsu’ to the opponent. Our friends at Good Smile Company want you to share your aisatsu for a chance to win one of these awesome figures!

 

All you have to do is:

OR

 

Winners will be announced LIVE on FUNimation’s Dubbletalk —  December 2, 8:30pm CST at Twitch.tv/FUNimation. You have from now until then to enter!

 

Don’t miss this chance!

 

Lord Marksman and Vanadis – English Cast Announcement!

The exciting battle epic, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, comes slashing and crashing on to home video on February 9th, 2016 and to kick things off, we’ve got an English cast announcement and dub trailer for you!

 

 

Synopsis

After being taken captive by a female general from an enemy country, Count Tigrevurmud Vorn leaves his own lands completely open to attack. Unable to sit by and watch the destruction, Tigre must do what he can to convince his beautiful captor to join him in a fight to save his homeland.

Using his skills as an archer and her otherworldly prowess as a War Maiden, the pair must work together if they hope to stand a chance against two warring nations and a rogue faction led by power hungry nobleman. Outgunned, outnumbered and branded as a traitor, the valiant Tigre will need to win the favor of the remaining War Maidens if he plans to come out on top in this action-packed adventure that blurs the line between fantasy and fan-service.

 

Cast & Crew

TIGRE Joel McDonald
ELEN Caitlin Glass
TITTA Tia Ballard
LIM Alex Moore
BERTRAND Mark Stoddard
MASHAS John Swasey
RYURIK Ricco Fajardo
ZION Clifford Chapin
NARRATOR Bill Flynn
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ADR Director Caitlin Glass
Script Writers Jared Hedges, Alex Muniz

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the trailer below and order your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hatsune Miku Dallas Tickets Available Early For Subscribers!

Virtual singer and worldwide phenomenon Hatsune Miku is coming to North America for a live concert tour, and FUNimation wants to give you the chance to pre-order your tickets for the Dallas, TX show on May 14th before they officially go on sale!

 

We’re opening the pre-sale to FUNimation Subscribers on Wednesday, November 18th here’s how it works:

  • FUNimation subscribers receive an exclusive email code on 11/18 OR subscribers can access the code HERE on our forums!
  • Use the code to gain early access the ticket site
  • Buy your tickets** for Hatsune Miku’s Dallas concert on May 14th!

 

Not a subscriber? No problem, start your free trial today to get pre-sale access along with thousands of hours of ad-free anime!

 

 **While supplies last. The early-access code does not guarantee ticket availability. 

Time To Celebrate – Friday the 13th

It’s not often that the dates align so perfectly that the thirteenth day of a month lands on a Friday. It must be a very lucky day! Oh wait it’s not? In fact many unlucky things happen today? Well it sounds like it’s time to stay inside and watch anime instead! We have a list that should keep you safe, remind you why you shouldn’t go outside today, and maybe it’ll even rub off some luck on you! Warning: spoilers ensue.

 

 

Good Luck Girl

Great Luck!

 

Ichiko’s life is so good! She’s beautiful, popular, and super lucky, but only because she steals the luck from everyone else! However her luck changes and through a comedic turn of events she learns what it means to not always have the luck.

 

 

 

Noragami

Bad Luck

 

Hiyori is your precocious young woman who is on the way to success until an accident leaves her in the balance of life and death, an unfortunate narcoleptic, and in the care of the most careless God imaginable. At least she gets brand new friends and a new look on life.

 

 

 

Is This A Zombie?

Worse Luck

 

Now at least your life isn’t like Ayumu (hopefully). Right off the bat, he gets murdered by a serial killer, resurrected to be a zombie slave, killed again, and then becomes a cross-dressing magical (girl) boy that has to fight dangerous monsters. At least he gets cool powers, seductive friends, and a pretty dress and chainsaw!

 

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul

Horrible Luck

 

It’s bad enough to be killed episode one. It’s worse when it comes from a love interest after having bad luck with the dating scene beforehand. But it’s worse to be transformed into a vampiric monster that loses the taste for food and gains a taste only for human flesh, and it’s even worse to be hunted by humans and other monsters of your newfound species. Finally it takes outstandingly bad luck to be abducted and tortured until you lose your sanity. In fact, you’re pretty lucky to be reading this and not to be Kaneki Ken.

 

 

 

Samurai Champloo / Cowboy Bebop

Bad Luck Turned Into Good!

 

Well it stinks to have bad luck where jobs/money is scant and all the wrong people are chasing you. But with a good gang, good skills, creativity, and of course the occasional good luck, things turn around for these groups!

 

 

 

 

Fall Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcement – Noragami Aragoto!

nora2_keyvisual[1]We’re making your prayers and wishes come true with the English dub of Noragami Aragoto which premieres in the Dubbletalk Block on Wednesday, November 11th at 9:00pm ET! We have your first look at the English cast for the series down below.

 

Summary:

Yato is back! This minor god makes a major return in season 2 of Noragami Aragoto. And this time, an enemy is hot on his heels. Bishamon, the god of combat has an army of shinki and a death wish for Yato due to their dark past. When Yukine befriends one of Bishamon’s shinki, it sets in motion a series of events that re-ignites Bishamon’s beef with Yato and forces him to question his relationship with Hiyori. Will the two gods come to an understanding, or will this feud end in a fight?

 

 

CAST
YATO  Jason Liebrecht
YUKINE  Micah Solusod
HIYORI  Bryn Apprill
BISHAMON  Elizabeth Maxwell
KAZUMA  Eric Vale
KUGAHA  Phil Parsons
AIHA  Michelle Rojas
KOFUKU  Alexis Tipton
DAIKOKU  Ian Sinclair
NORA  Lauren Landa
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CREW
ADR Director  Caitlin Glass
Lead Writer  Bonny Clinkenbeard