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Conventions 2016 – Feeling the Love at Katsucon 2016

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, Justin, Tim, and Tara are heading to Maryland for Katsucon and they’re bringing the love with some tasty panels and booth deals! Check out the details below for what we have planned for this weekend:

 

 

 

PANELS

 

 

Funimation Favorites | Friday, February 12th | 6:15pm – 7:15pm | Panel Room: Live 2

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!
 

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, February 12th | 10:00pm – 11:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with hosts Herbie Housely (@HerbieHousely) and Cookie Stratford (@CookieStratford).  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 Online Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Panel Room: Live 5
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!
 

 

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday, February 13th | 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Panel Room: Live 2

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!
 
 
 

 

 

FunimationNow LOUNGE

 

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FunimationNow Lounge | ALL WEEKEND | Room: Live 9

All weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to rest yourself at the FunimationNow Lounge! You’ll be able to charge your phones, watch shows and particular screenings, and even demo the Funimation apps on the PS4, XboxOne, and the Roku. 

 

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

In addition to sweet savings that can be found at the booth we’re bringing in the Lucky Pin Draw where if you spend a certain amount at the booth, you get to choose the pin you want! Pin tiers are:

 

  • $75 – 1 pin
  • $125 – 2 pins
  • $150 – 3 pins
  • $200 – 4 pins

 

With every purchase we’ll be handing out collectible shopping bags and a Funimation Lanyard!

 

We’re bringing a ton of new autographed wraps that are available as a gift with certain purchases. Be sure to inquire at the booth for details!

 

 

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

Evangelion Movie Marathon

 

To celebrate the release of Evangelion 3.33, we’ll be having a marathon of mecha-sized proportions with Evangelion 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33! Watch all 3 and then pick up your copy of 3.33. in the dealer’s room!

 

Evangelion 1.11 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 6:00pm
Evangelion 2.22 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 8:00pm
Evangelion 3.33 | Friday, February 12th | Video Room 1 (V1) | 10:15pm

 

 

Movie Synopses:

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are [Not] Alone

The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements.

Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.

Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.

 

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance

Brutal mechanized action explodes on a grand scale as towering cyborg gladiators – the Eva Units – fight for the fate of the world in the new feature film, Evangelion: 2.22.

In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens – but will they be able to save themselves?

 

Evangelion: 3.33 You Can [Not] Redo

Fourteen years after starting the Third Impact, Shinji wakes up to a changed world. The people he once protected treat him like a prisoner and threaten to kill him if he pilots another Eva. At NERV headquarters, Shinji meets pianist Kaworu. As the boys bond, the organization’s true mission comes into focus, and Shinji careens toward a mental breakdown that could bring about the end of humanity.

 

 

 

 

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 Saturday, February 13th | Video Room 2 (V2) | 6:00pm
 
 

Synopsis: 

From the light novel series written by Minase Hazuki, comes a story of love, action, and comedy. Yachi Haruaki is a high school boy who is naturally resistant to curses. After his father sends him a mysterious black cube, Haruaki awakes to find a nude girl named Fear standing in his kitchen. She’s the human form of the cursed black cube – and an instrument of torture! Utilizing her special abilities, Fear fights alongside Haruaki to defeat other cursed instruments and their owners.

 

 

 

 

Free! -Eternal Summer-

 

Episodes 1 & 2 w/ Dubbed OVA | Saturday, February 13th | FunimationNow Lounge – Live 9 | 9:00pm
 

Right after our Industry Panel, we’ll be having a special showing of Free! Eternal Summer dubbed episodes 1 & 2 along with a special screening of the OVA which is only available on the home video release! Cosplay is encouraged at this event and we have tons of prizes to give away!

 

Synopsis: The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited for a second season in Free! Eternal Summer. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maken-Ki! Two

 

English Dubbed Premiere | Saturday, February 13th | Video Room 2 (V2) | 10:30pm
 
 

Season 2 Synopsis: The busty babes of Maken-ki! are back in a follow-up to the hit first season! When Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy, he discovers that he has a magical power called “Maken.” The hornball might end up a great fighter—if he can keep from being distracted by all the gorgeous girls running around his new school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free! ES Contest – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free!

Valentine’s Day is coming—and so is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Free! -Eternal Summer-, complete series + OVA! To celebrate both, we’re asking you to show your LOVE for your fave Free! boy—or pairs of boys, that’s cool too! And yes, we’re giving away prizes, of course!

 

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You may remember all the celebration pics we took over the last year commemorating our favorite swimboys’ birthdays. We had a blast making homemade desserts and setting up perfect photos of the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys’ special days. We want to see how you’ll celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the best way possible—surrounded by totems or romantic Valentine’s dinners with your favorite good-looking 2D swimmers. And hey, if you aren’t really into the idea of loving any one Free! boy, we’ll totally take celebratory photos of your favorite pairs of boys…

 

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Send us your pics of how YOU’RE celebrating Valentine’s day with your favorite Free! boy(s) by February 15, and we’ll share them on the Free! ES Facebook page and Tumblr! Also, we’ll giving away a prize pack of Free! ES merchandise (as we always do with this show) to our favorite entry.

 

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How can you submit? We’re giving you a ton of ways where we’ll repost entries as we get them and share the final set the day after Valentine’s:

 

 

Looking to actually spend some quality time with Free! -Eternal Summer-? Don’t forget to grab the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the full season + the exclusive never-before-streamed water gun fight OVA full episode! The Limited and Premium Editions come with a gorgeous water gloss box reminiscent of the Japanese releases, and all sets include both the English dub AND the original Japanese with English subtitles. Pre-order here!

 

See full contest rules here.

Time To Celebrate – Penguin Awareness Day

It’s Penguin Awareness Day today and that means it’s time for us to share our favorite tuxedo-ed animals in anime: penguins! (Pandas are a close 2nd, while Zebras are 3rd.) We’re going to show off the cutest and best-dressed of animals yet clumsiest of walking animals within our Funimation titles! And of course, you can find and stream all of these shows on Funimation.com!

 

 

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Baby Penguins

 

We start the list off with the cutest of entrants: Baby Penguins. Get your hearts ready as these penguins even melt the hearts of hardened soldiers that are in the midst of fighting. Who needs war when you can have baby penguins?

 

 

 

 

Daimidaler: Prince vs Penguin Empire

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Next on the list are a more strange variant of penguins. These penguins aren’t friendly like many other types of penguins. In fact they’re down-right perverted and inappropriate! And let’s just say that their tails are in the front and they like to display them proudly…

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Coming up now is the animal mascot of the famed Neon Genesis Evangelion series and movies, Pen Pen! He is the warm-water penguin roommate of the lively Misato. Too bad he’s not too keen on new roommates…

 

 

 

 

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Nagisa Loves Penguins

 

Finally we end on a short dreamland. Nagisa from Free! shows us a true paradise – living in harmony with penguins.

 

 


There are so many other awesome penguins in anime that we wish we could list, but there’s only so much space! What are your favorite anime penguins?

 

Big News on Our Free! –Eternal Summer- BD/DVD Release

FREEWe are upgrading all three releases of Free! -Eternal Summer- to include the OVA, a fourteenth episode of the series that was not broadcast on Japanese television or on simulcast! This will affect the Premium Edition, Limited Edition, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. All three will now be available February 16, 2016 (but pre-order now)!

 

We’ve been working hand-in-hand with our licensing partners in Japan to be able to make this change for you, and through collaborating together, we are now able to put the series and OVA together. This is a new opportunity that hasn’t been available before, so we’re excited to be bringing all of Free! -Eternal Summer- to fans in one single package.

 

What does this mean for you? If you’ve pre-ordered the series already, no sweat—your order will remain the same, but your home video release will now include the extra content. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can do so now—pre-order before the release date and you’ll also be entered to win some great prizes! (If you’ve already pre-ordered, you’re already automatically entered.)

 

The OVA is really pretty special—an all-out water gun fight full-length episode with the Iwatobi and Samezuka boys, full of hilarity and drama and wet swimmer boys and… maid outfits? Who’s going to come out on top?! Suffice to say, if you’re a Free! fan craving more content after the end of the TV series, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

 

Need more reasons to pre-order? Check out everything you get in the Free! –Eternal Summer- “For the Future” Premium Edition:

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  • The Free! –Eternal Summer- Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, featuring a gorgeous rigid chipboard box with water gloss effect inspired by the Japanese release
  • 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

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Customers who pre-order the Premium Edition will be entered to win a 1/8 scale figure of Iwatobi High School’s resident water lover, Haruka Nanase!

 

The Limited Edition and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack are also available.

 

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, below is the trailer for the series!

 

 

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.)