Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we want to do a weekly poll highlighting a few of the awesome women in anime. As we can’t fit all of them into a poll, let us know who some of your favorites are!
Posted by Godswill on 03/08/2016 at 6:38pm
Posted by Funimation on 03/03/2016 at 8:00am
EVERETT, WA – GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on “Attack on Titan.” The “Attack on Titan” game will be available in all major English markets for Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.
The “Attack on Titan” game will be an action-driven title, allowing players all over the world to battle titans on their mobile devices. It will combine elements of runner and action games, in order to replicate the feeling of the titan battles from the anime series. Players will need to use careful planning – and quick reactions – to survive. There will also be deeper, persistent elements to the game, which will be revealed at a later date.
“We’re very excited to work with NGames and GameSamba to create a game based on the wildly popular ‘Attack on Titan’ franchise,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation Entertainment. “With more than 50 million copies of the manga in print, a 25 episode anime series, and last year’s live action films, we’re excited to show fans what we can do with a game.”
GameSamba, NGames, and Funimation previously announced two, officially licensed mobile games based on “Fairy Tail” and “Tokyo Ghoul,” and an officially licensed web game based on “Fairy Tail.” These three games are set to release in 2016 – the “Fairy Tail” mobile and web games will be available in multiple languages worldwide and the “Tokyo Ghoul” game will be available in English worldwide.
GameSamba is a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is to bring high quality titles to a global audience. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek: Alien Domain, Ran Online, and others. For more information, visit www.gamesamba.com.
NGames Interactive Limited is a leading company specialized in the development, operation, and publishing of online and mobile games. With years of industry experience, it has brought an array of stunning and original titles to the global market. NGames has achieved worldwide success with a number of games including Star Trek: Alien Domain, Global Strike, DDTank, Wartune, and more. For more information, visit www.ngames.com.
Posted by Funimation on 02/24/2016 at 4:46pm
EVERETT, WA – GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on the hit “Fairy Tail” franchise. The “Fairy Tail” game will be available in multiple languages worldwide on Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.
“’Fairy Tail’ is one of our favorite franchises, and we look forward to working with NGames and Funimation to create a game fans will love,” said Scott Wong, President and Co-Founder of GameSamba.
The game will be a mobile RPG featuring a new side story that draws from the sequel series of the anime. Players will recruit and battle against their favorite characters from “Fairy Tail,” in order to form the most powerful team of wizards.
In addition to the new mobile game, GameSamba and Funimation previously announced an upcoming web-based free-to-play MMORPG based on “Fairy Tail.” NGames will also work with the two companies to help develop that title. The new mobile and web games will be independent of each other.
Posted by Lauren on 02/12/2016 at 5:05pm
Finally, our last broadcast dub announcement is no stranger to longtime Funimation fans—Fairy Tail Zero! Here’s the English cast to all of the brand-new characters featured in this prequel to the famous shounen anime series.
Episode 1 of the broadcast dub hits Funimation Streaming Service tonight at 9pm EST – head HERE to watch (and select “Zero” from the Season dropdown menu)!
This prequel series depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild. Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history.
Mavis Vermillion: Leah Clark
Yuri Dreyer: Clifford Chapin
Warrod Sequen: Cris George
Precht Gaebolg: David Trosko
Zera: Jeannie Tirado
ADR Director: Tyler Walker
Assistant Director: Aaron Dismuke
ADR Engineers: Patrick Morphy, William Dewell, Zachary Davis
Lead Writer: Tyler Walker
Posted by Lauren on 02/11/2016 at 2:01pm
Divine Gate is one of the most talked-about shows of the winter season for a reason—and now it’s coming to you in English as part of this season’s Broadcast Dub lineup! Check out our English cast announcement for this new show from the studio that brought you Sword Art Online and Fairy Tail, debuting Friday, February 12, at 9:30am EST.
After the Divine Gate opened, our world and the worlds beyond became connected, bringing an era of chaos. To restore order, the World Council was formed and the Divine Gate fell into legend. Now, a select few have gathered to attempt to reach the Gate and remake the world. But what will they find when they open the door?
Akane – Joel McDonald
Aoto – Chris Burnett
Midori – Alexis Tipton
Arthur – J. Michael Tatum
Ariton – Clifford Chapin
K – Mikaela Krantz
ADR Director: Clifford Chapin
ADR Engineer: Nagaris Johnson, Domonique French, Jeremy Woods
Lead Writer: Monica Rial
Posted by Godswill on 02/08/2016 at 11:54am
Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!
UPDATE: The winner is here! Your favorite monkey (as voted by the fans) is… Monkey D. Luffy! Sonic the Monkey came close in second while Mamoru edged out Bubbles for the 3rd place spot. The most noted “Other” monkey was Son Goku from Saiyuki. Thanks for participating!
Posted by Funimation on 01/18/2016 at 4:05pm
EVERETT, WA – NGames Interactive Limited, Funimation Entertainment, and GameSamba today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership to create high quality, free-to-play mobile and web games based on anime and other entertainment media properties.
“Quality games based on popular series are increasing in demand,” said Jacky Yung, CEO of NGames. “With NGames’s experience in developing and publishing games, Funimation’s leadership in brand acquisition, marketing and rights management, and GameSamba’s expertise in the U.S. gaming market, I’m very excited to see what we can accomplish together.”
One of the largest game studios in China, NGames has developed and published many hit free-to-play titles in Asia and the Americas. Using its studios throughout Asia, NGames will work to develop new officially licensed titles, in partnership with Funimation and GameSamba.
“From day one GameSamba was a great fit with Funimation and our strategic plan to extend our anime properties into the gaming space,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation Entertainment. “Now with this new strategic partnership with NGames we have the scale and technical resources to take our game development to the next level.”
“We’ve long wanted to help create and run games based on some of our favorite series,” said Dr. Scott Wong, co-founder and president of GameSamba. “Thanks to this new partnership, we’ll be able to make that a reality.”
Currently, GameSamba and NGames are working together on the hit online game, Star Trek: Alien Domain. For 2016, NGames, Funimation, and GameSamba are already slated to release multiple web and mobile games based on hit series such as Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul, with more titles to be announced.
Posted by Funimation on 01/05/2016 at 2:53pm
After nearly two weeks of voting, the fans have spoken. As we kick off 2016 with our Winter Season, we hope you enjoyed your holidays and a wonderful year full of great anime simulcasts and broadcast dubs. We look forward to bringing you even more great anime in the new year, but it’s finally time to bestow the honors upon your favorites of 2015. Remember, all winners were picked by you, the fans, so if you don’t agree with every category, be sure to voice your opinions! Now, without further ado…
Natsu (Fairy Tail)
Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom)
Favorite Non-Human Character:
Yato (Noragami Aragoto)
Fire Magic (Fairy Tail)
Favorite Fight Scene:
Natsu vs Rogue & Sting (Fairy Tail)
Favorite Broadcast Dub:
Posted by Godswill on 01/04/2016 at 1:00pm
Today (1/4/16) is the last day to vote in the 2015 Funimation Fan Favorites award to see what are your favorite shows, characters, and moments from our 2015 simulcast and broadcast dub seasons. You can take place in the voting
Below are clips and gifs which should help you in the voting process. You can also start your 14-day free trial to our streaming service right now to see why these shows are at the top!
Yato – Noragami Aragoto
Natsu – Fairy Tail
Nagisa – Assassination Classroom
Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul Route √A
Koro- Sensei – Assassination Classroom
Zeref – Fairy Tail
Femt/King of Depravity – Blood Blockade Battlefront
Kugaha – Noragami Aragoto
Koro-Sensei – Assassination Classroom
Decim – Death Parade
Yato – Noragami Aragoto
Mikaela Hyakuya – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
Posted by Funimation on 10/29/2015 at 4:26pm
What a purrfect day it is for cat fanciers everywhere as it’s time to celebrate the annual National Cat Day! We wanted to share a few of our favorite feline friends from the FUNimation family, but that doesn’t mean we covered every cute kitty out there. Let us know what your favorite anime cat is below in the comments or share your personal picks with us on Twitter or Facebook!
Series: Soul Eater
The magical feline from Soul Eater is known to have a trick or two up her sleeve, weaving her spells to help Maka and Soul wherever she can. But Blair has a fun side, too, and isn’t afraid to show off a little fur every now and then. Usually cats despise the notion of taking a bath, but this feisty kitty loves to splash around in the tub while in her human form from time to time. A little fan service never hurt, right?
Not all cats hail from Earth, you know. Eris initially needs time to convince Kio and his friends that she hails from a distant world called Catia (obviously), but her use of advanced technology clearly put such doubts to rest. Much like any cat and their owner, Eris develops a strong emotional bond with Kio, whom she eventually selects to be her mate. Things get a little out of hand after she entered her first heat, but Eris’ passion eventually subsides, allowing her to resume her normal duties as the playful ambassador of Catia.
Series: Fairy Tail
The loyal feline companion of the guild, Happy constantly showcases his resolve despite his relatively small stature. True to the stereotype, Happy isn’t a fan of dogs and absolutely can’t refuse fish for a meal. While he usually displays an upbeat demeanor, Happy is known to show off a darker side every now and then, especially when it comes to the use of the magical arts. Though it’s not all toil and trouble — when Happy conjures up a bit of magic we get to see those adorable wings of his in action!
Series: Dragon Ball Z
First introduced to us in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Beerus serves as the destroyer within the seventh universe and seeks out a confrontation with Goku. Despite being able to obliterate planets with ease, Beerus does live up to the expectations of a cat — he enjoys sleeping for long periods of time, grooming himself, and feasting on gourmet fish. Beerus can also get upset very easily at the most mundane offenses, yet at other times he exhibits well-mannered nature that makes you wonder if he’s really a villain at all. He’s just your ordinary, every day feline deity who might just blow up Earth if the sushi isn’t to his liking. Talk about a picky eater.
Series: Fruits Basket
Fiercely competitive and territorial, Kyo Sohma is your average, ordinary, everyday human cursed by the spirit of the cat of the zodiac. The orange haired boy seems normal enough, but when hugged by anyone of the opposite gender, including his first encounter with Tohru, Kyo immediately transforms into a cute an adorable little cat. And it’s not just a physical likeness, either — even when in human form, Kyo dislikes water, gets lazy when it’s raining, drinks a lot of milk, and becomes easily frightened by sudden, loud noises. He also shares an intense rivalry with Yuki, who represents the rat from the Chinese Zodiac, who according to legends tricked the cat out of its spot on the zodiac.