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Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition AND OVA News!

We’ve had a wave of recent announcements and events for the swimming anime phenomenon Free! -Eternal Summer-, but we’re not done yet! Today, fresh from our AnimeExpo panel, we’re revealing two new big pieces of news—a Free! ES Premium Edition AND news about the long-awaited OVA episode!

 

If you’re a hardcore Free! fan looking to add a really special splash to your collection, we’re unveiling today the Free! -Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition, full of totally exclusive special additions to show some extra love for our favorite swimboys.

 

The Premium Edition will include not only the Free! -Eternal Summer- Limited Edition that we unveiled earlier this month (featuring that gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect!) but also these collectibles you can’t get anywhere else:

 

  • A full-color art book, including many gorgeous pieces exclusive only to the original Japanese releases
    • Seven glossy art cards also using exclusive, highly detailed art from the covers of the Japanese releases—you’ll definitely want to frame these
    • A color sports towel, so you can take the boys to the pool or beach!
    • An Iwatobi and a Samezuka decal to show off your school pride
    • And finally, everything housed in a handsome collector’s box to hold all your Free! collectibles

 

These items are exclusive to this release and won’t be remade once the Premium Edition’s (one and only!) print run sells out, so pre-order now before they’re all gone for good! We’ll be revealing a preview of these items soon.

 

PLUS! Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com will automatically be entered to win a gorgeously sculpted 1/8 scale figure of everyone’s favorite water-lover, Haruka Nanase, from Alter! These highly detailed figures are sold out in Japan and pretty rare to find, so order by September 29 to get a shot.

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been receiving a lot of questions about the Free! -Eternal Summer- OVA, a special unaired full episode featuring the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys in an intense, dramatic, no-holds-barred (and totally hilarious) water gun battle. We’re excited to finally announce that we do have the rights to this OVA, and it will be released in 2016.

 

We know that some fans hoped the OVA would be included in the Eternal Summer release. Given the Japanese release dates, we’ve decided to release the OVA separately in order to be able to release the season on home video this year. Since we’ve seen such a huge outpouring of passion and excitement for this title, we definitely don’t want to make you guys wait til 2016 for the entire release.

 

Details on the OVA are coming soon. Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition from FUNimation.com by September 29 will also receive an offer to get an additional discount on eventual pre-orders of the OVA, so don’t delay!

 

Brace Yourselves for Anime Expo 2015!

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The biggest anime convention in North America is right around the corner, and that means FUNimation has BIG plans in the works!  From premieres to panels and prizes, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Anime Expo 2015. So get ready, Los Angeles, because our crew is heading your way in full force! Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and brace yourselves for the best anime over-load you’ll have all year:

 

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  • FUNimation: Guide to Anime Expo | 11:30a – 12:30p | Location: LP3/408AB
    Premieres, panels, promotions, and plenty more! Learn everything you need to know about what’s going on with FUNimation this year at Anime Expo. Tweet us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes. You could even get exclusive tickets to attend the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ red carpet dub premiere event later that evening.
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  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ World Dub Premiere & Red Carpet | Red Carpet 6:30p | Screening 8:00p (Invite Only) at Regal Cinema LA Live
    Celebrity guests to include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Chris Ayres. Check the FUNimation Facebook & Twitter channels for information and ticket giveaways.

 

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Splash into summer with the Free! Dub and Swim Meet!

More big news for Free! -Eternal Summer- fans! Last week we revealed the release date for the Free! -Eternal Summer- DVD/Blu-ray release (which you can pre-order now!). We also announced that we’ll be streaming the dub for FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers early, so that fans can be the first to watch the dub ahead of the home video release. What’s the best way to drool over over dripping wet triceps…?

 

A watch party with friends, of course!

FUNimation will be presenting the Free! Swim Meet, a livestream watch party on June 26 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT, hosted by Lauren Moore and members of the FUNimation team working on the release for Free! -Eternal Summer-, Roger Young, Michele Sontag, and Tara Tawater!

 

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Watch the premiere of the first dub episode on the FUNimation Streaming Service along with us. There’ll be plenty of fangirling (and fanboying!), some behind-the-scenes looks at what’s going in with Free! -Eternal Summer- at FUNimation, and giveaways of awesome, rare swimming anime prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

 

And we want YOU to host your own Swim Meet!

Get with your friends, make it a party, and send us your pictures via Facebook or on Twitter using #FreeSwimMeet! We’ll share and retweet your get-togethers to the world.

 

Here are a few party ideas for inspiration:

  • Decorate with your favorite Free! merch, and don’t forget to invite your most athletically-inclined male friends!
  • Haru’s birthday on June 30. Turn your watch party into a birthday party with a cake for everyone’s favorite water lover!
  • Mix up some drinks (adult or otherwise—drink responsibly) with the theme colors of your favorite characters—check out our recipes below the cut!

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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!

 

Free! -Eternal Summer- Cast Announcement: Sosuke, Gou and the rest!

It’s our last dub cast announcement for Free! -Eternal Summer-! Today we’re bringing you the featured new rival character Sosuke, the tall and intimidating butterfly specialist and Rin’s best friend from Samezuka High School! We’ve also got Rin’s little sister, the Iwatobi Swim Club manager and fan-favorite female muscle enthusiast Gou, we mean Kou Matsuoka!

 

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Sosuke is played by Ian Sinclair, the voice of Hetalia’s Romano, Space Dandy’s titular character Dandy, and Brook from One Piece. Gou is voiced by Jamie Marchi, who played Panty in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Rias Gremory for High School DxD, and the narrator in Hetalia.

 

Finally, here are a few more cast members from Free! ES:

 

CHARACTER ACTOR OTHER ROLES
Miho Amakata Caitlin Glass Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)
Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Seijuro Mikoshiba Robert McCollum Shinya Kogami (Psycho-Pass)
Date Masamune (Sengoku Basara)
Goro Sasabe Christopher R. Sabat Vegeta, Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z)
Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
Takuya Uozumi Clifford Chapin Conny Springer (Attack on Titan)
Kaito Yashio (Robotics;Notes)
Kazuteru Minami Micah Solusod Mizuki (Kamisama Kiss)
Soul Eater (Soul Eater)

 

ADR Director: Jerry Jewell (voice of Momo!)

ADR Engineers: Alyssa Galindo/ Kenneth Thompson

Adapted Scriptwriter: J. Michael Tatum (voice of Rei!)

 

You may have noticed that the cast list is a bit incomplete. There are still some characters that have not been cast yet, so stay tuned for those sometime in the future!

 

We asked them a couple questions related to the show!

 

Ian Sinclair, voice of Sosuke:

 

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

Ian: Like a fish. Freestyle.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Ian: A nudibranch.

 

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

Ian: A Rock God.

 

And for Jamie Marchi, voice of Gou, a special Gou-specific question:

 

Question: What’s your favorite muscle (on a guy)?

Jamie: The tongue.

 

Here’s your Free! -Eternal Summer- cast!

Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn
Rin Matsuoka – Vic Mignogna
Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch
Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres
Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum
Gou Matsuoka – Jamie Marchi
Sosuke Yamazaki – Ian Sinclair
Momotaro Mikoshiba – Jerry Jewell
Aiichiro Nitori – Josh Grelle
Seijuro Mikoshiba – Robert McCollum
Miho Amakata – Caitlin Glass
Goro Sasabe – Christopher R. Sabat
Takuya Uozumi – Clifford Chapin
Kazuteru Minami – Micah Solusod

 

Check out the previous cast announcements by clicking this link.

 

Thanks for following along! Keep following the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, or sign up for our email newsletter updates for more upcoming updates on the series, including news about the English dub!

 

 

(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: Momo & Ai

Today’s Free! -Eternal Summer- dub cast announcement is a double team! We’re featuring more Samezuka Swim Club members—Eternal Summer newcomer and hyperactive stag beetle collector Momotaro Mikoshiba (Momo) and Rin’s not-so-secret, pure-hearted admirer, the shy Aiichiro Nitori (Ai-chan).

 

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Momo is played by Jerry Jewell, the voice behind Hetalia’s Russia, Black Butler’s Lau, and Fruits Basket’s Kyo Sohma (another rowdy redhead!). Ai is played by Josh Grelle, who brought you such roles as Attack on Titan’s Armin Arlert, Princess Jellyfish’s Kuranosuke Koibuchi, and The Devil is a Part-Timer!’s Sadao Maou.

 

Josh answered a couple questions for us!

 

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

Josh: Yes. I’m great at floating.

 

Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?

Josh: Jellyfish.

 

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

Josh: Actor.

 

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’re bringing you the final day of our dub cast announcements with Sosuke, Gou, and more members of the Free! -Eternal Summer- cast! 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
Momotaro Mikoshiba – Jerry Jewell
Aiichiro Nitori – Josh Grelle

 

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: 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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…Lucky guess.

 

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.)

 

 

 

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.)

 

 

 

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.)