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Win a trip to Otakon Vegas!

Get the Gran Tesoro experience by entering our Otakon Vegas Trip contest!

 

Luffy and the Straw Hats head to the glittering Gran Tesoro with hopes of winning big in the upcoming movie, One Piece Film Gold (January 10 – 17th, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada) — and you could win big, too!  Otakon Vegas is just around the corner (Jan 13 – 15, 2017), so we want to send you and a friend out to Las Vegas for your very own lavish Gran Tesoro experience!

 

 

 

With luck on your side, you could win:

 

  • Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Las Vegas
  • Accommodations for 2 (1 room) 2 nights, 3 days Jan 15-17, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Casino
  • $250 of “GOLD” to spend during your trip
  • 2 weekend badges for Otakon Vegas
  • One Piece DVD & Swag Prize Pack
  • Private Meet & Greet with Colleen Clinkenbeard voice of “Luffy”

 

Second Place Winner to Receive a One Piece Treasure Chest containing Various One Piece Merchandise and DVD’s valued over $500!

 

Catch One Piece Film Gold in theaters across the U.S. & Canada, January 10 – 17, 2017!

 

December 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in December for home video release!

 

Attack on Titan: The Movie – Part 2 Bikini Warriors
Rurouni Kenshin Part 2: Kyoto Inferno Fairy Tail: Part 22
Ninja Slayer Seiyu’s Life
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 5
Sengoku BASARA – End of Judgement Shakugan No Shana
Show By Rock!!  

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FUNIMATION FILMS SET TO BRING “ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD” – BIGGEST ‘ONE PIECE’ MOVIE EVER – TO NORTH AMERICA ON JANUARY 10 – 17, 2017

New Blockbuster Film from Toei Animation Coming Soon to U.S. and Canadian Theaters

FLOWER MOUND, TX – October 5, 2016. Anime and “One Piece” fans across North America were thrilled today upon hearing the news that Funimation® Films has acquired the highly-anticipated, Japanese animated film “One Piece Film: Gold” from Toei Animation. The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the “One Piece” anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012. “One Piece Film: Gold” has been a smash hit in Japan and has grossed more than $47.8 million at the box office – making it the biggest ‘One Piece’ movie ever and the 6th highest grossing film of the year. Funimation Films will distribute the movie in both the U.S. and Canada as a limited theatrical event from January 10 – 17, 2017. Ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“Fans have been clamoring for news on ‘One Piece Film: Gold’ and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be bringing this blockbuster movie to U.S. and Canadian audiences,“ said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “We’re confident that this film will create a new generation of fans for the franchise as well as grow the audience for its animated series.”

 

“One Piece Film: Gold” premiered this past summer in Japan on July 23, 2016, and grossed $10.9 million during its opening weekend with 821,100 tickets sold. The film has been well received by both fans and the media. Otaku USA Magazine praised it saying, “Gold manages to accomplish the goals of any good summer popcorn flick, filling its two-hour runtime with laughs and large-scale action set pieces.”

 

“’One Piece Film: Gold’ is a new milestone for the world-wide phenomena that is ‘One Piece,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re pleased to add this film to our long history with the ‘One Piece’ franchise. Fans will not be disappointed when they see it in theaters.”

 

Synopsis

The Straw Hat pirates are hitting the big screen once again in an all-new high-flying adventure! The popular series that has captivated fans all over the world unfolds a new saga in the highly anticipated movie, “One Piece Film: Gold.”

 

The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.

 

November 2016 Home Video Releases

See what’s coming out in November for home video release!

 

Ergo Proxy (Blu-ray) Psychic School Wars
Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins Snow White with the Red Hair
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Hetalia – The World Twinkle (Season 6)
Omamori Himari One Piece: Season 8, Voyage 4
Overlord Sky Wizards Academy
Sword of the Stranger Castle Town Dandelion
Chaos Dragon Ultimate Otaku Teacher
Aquarion Logos Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun
Prison School Summer Wars – Hosoda Collection
Death Parade Heavy Object
SHIMONETA

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Conventions 2016 – Matsuricon Full Activities Page

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation convention manager, Tara, is coming up to Ohio to give the fans big booth deals, prominent panels, and plenty of One Piece adventure! See the specific One Piece activities on this page!

 

 

PANELS

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Friday, August 19th | 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford.  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 | Saturday, August 20th | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom

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 Favorites | Sunday, August 21st | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Batelle

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!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

DEALER’S BOOTH

 

 

Dealer’s Room Times:

 

Friday 8/19/2016 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 8/20/2016 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 8/21/2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Conventions 2016 – One Piece Adventures at Matsuricon

Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for Matsuricon! Funimation is teaming up with Matsuricon to make a treasure-filled experience that celebrates One Piece. See the details below for information on the special panels that we have lined up and the special guests that are coming on the cruise!

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

One Piece Unplugged | Saturday, August 20th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

Table read of a One Piece episode with the Funimation cast, moderated by the One Piece Podcast crew!
 
Join us for an hour and a half with the One Piece cast, as they perform an informal “table read” of one dubbed episode. Some of the cast will play their own roles as they read along in the script, while others will step outside their comfort zones and read characters originally voiced by different voice actors! At the end of the episode, the winner of the Fan Interview Contest hosted online before the event, will have his/her chance to interview the entire cast!

 

One Piece Cast Tells All | Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Panel Location: Ballroom 1 & 2

All of our fabulous American One Piece guests in one room. Live. Answering all of your questions. For an hour and a half. Bring it.

 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

  • Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell – No Need for Bushido
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Ian Sinclair
  • John Swasey
  • Lisa Ortiz
  • Eric Vale
  • Patrick Seitz
  • Richard Epcar
  • Tara Sands
  • Paul St. Peter
  • Brina Palencia
  • Mike McFarland
  • Kevin Bolk
  • Sonny Strait
  • Professor Shyguy
  • Lydia Mackay
  • Chris Sabat
  • Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Kieran Strange
  • Dan & Jillian Coglan – Samurai Dan

 

 About Matsuricon

Since 2006, Matsuricon has been a presence in the anime con community in Columbus. In 2011, we made our way to our current home in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency.  With over 6,000 unique attendees attending annually every August, Matsuricon is the anime and gaming destination for fans not just in Ohio, but in the Midwest!

 

Time To Celebrate – Father’s Day

Fatherhood is hard. It’s especially hard when your children may grow up with powers or in a world full of danger! It’s no secret that anime dads typically aren’t the paragons of parenting, but we still want to highlight the men that were there for their kids. This list isn’t in any particular order and it also includes non-biological fathers.

 

All Might

My Hero Academia

 

 

All Might My Hero Academia I Am Here GIF

 

Although All Might isn’t a literal father to anyone, he is seen as a father figure through the land and the school where he teaches. Known as the strongest of heroes, all people, especially the youth he mentors, look up to him and his example of strength and devotion. Although he can let his emotions get the better of him at times and sometimes he overextends his efforts, he gets the job done in teaching the future generation what it means to be a true hero and he manages to protect everyone.

 

Joseph Joestar

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

 

 

The whole 3rd season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure centers around the lengths that Joseph will go to save his daughter who has been afflicted with a mysterious curse. Without getting too deep into the story, he and his grandson, Jotaro, travel the world amidst assassins who aim to stop them in finding the cure. Although he can be brash and at times too much of a jokester, he keeps his sole focus on finding the cure for his ailing daughter.

 

Lord Death and Spirit Albarn

Soul Eater

 

 

Both of these entities are some of the strongest guardians in the land, but they maintain goofy exteriors to not seem threatening to their own people and the kids they watch out for. They are always on the lookout for the good of their own kids and the people they protect. Although they can seem flippant at times, they maintain their roles as teachers, protectors, and fathers.

 

Akio Furukawa

Clannad

 

 

Here we have another serious-when-he-needs-to-be dad that is often goofy and outrageous, but just the guy who is whatever his family needs him to be. He is very protective of his only daughter who can be very ditzy and unfortunately sickly, but when the family grows, he spreads his protective wings in his own signature fashion.

 

Kumatetsu

The Boy and The Beast

 

The Boy and The Beast Arguing GIF

 

In a very unlikely pairing, Kumatetsu, the beast, becomes an unwilling and nearly unfit for the grieving young human boy he dubs “Kyuta”. However through time, the two become a strong family unit that trains together, protects each other, and looks out for each other. Although Kumatetsu can be very hardheaded, stubborn, and very emotional, he looks out for Kyuta and builds him to be a very strong fighter.

 

Kawachi Dakichi

Usagi Drop

 

 

This man gets props as he went very quickly from a nonchalant bachelor to a caring and loving caretaker of a 6-year old girl. Through a series of interesting events, this man with no responsibilities or immediate family to take care of steps up and takes in an illegitimate and hidden child after the death of the family patriarch. He transforms his life very quickly in order to give this girl a normal life.

 

Maes Hughes

Fullmetal Alchemist

 

It’d be pretty criminal not to put one of the most zealous and caring of anime fathers on our list! If you interact with this family man, you’ll be getting an earful about his wife (and more about his precious daughter) whether you wanted to or not. He’s equipped with pictures of his family on every occasion.

 

Piccolo

Dragon Ball Z

 

 

We could highlight the well-known fathers of the series like Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and even Mr. Satan, but we want to show off a lesser thought of father. Piccolo has never fathered any kids himself, but he has always (well… for the most part) looked out for the kids of the series. He began or furthered the kids’ training in defending themselves, protected and has sacrificed his well-being for the kids, and he’s willing to show a more “gentle” side to the kids.

 

Who are your favorite anime dads? Let us know in the comments!

 

How To Get Your Family Into Watching Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu

 

With The Boy and the Beast out now (get your copy here!), one thing that we’ve heard a lot from fellow anime fans is how they’ve used director Mamoru Hosoda’s movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children to introduce their parents or family to anime. While some anime fans were introduced to anime at an early age from their parents, many of us know all too well that getting our folks to try, let alone appreciate, Japanese animation seems an impossible task.

 

The Boy and The Beast Arguing GIF

 

Here are some strategies that we at Funimation have employed to introduce our parents or families to anime—and shockingly, some of these actually have worked out!

 

Start small, with low commitment

Some anime fans get into the medium through marathoning 500-episode shounen epics as their first exposure, but you can’t count on it. One of the first excuses we hear from parents who dismiss trying anime is that they don’t have time, but it’s harder to say no to a 90-minute movie as family bonding time. If you’re introducing your family member to anime, make sure they know you’re not asking them to make a huge commitment—ease them in with a movie or short series first, and they’ll be more likely to give it a try.

 

Summer Wars Watch GIF

 

Recommendations: Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Time of Eve, Eden of the East

 

Challenge their preconceived notions about anime

Unfortunately, many people who aren’t familiar with anime assume that it’s all kiddie cartoons or hardcore hentai, but we know that there’s so much in between. Make sure that your family member’s first exposure to anime is something far removed from bad stereotypes. A good bet is to avoid violence or sexuality on the first go—yes, that means cutting out tons of awesome shows, but there’s still plenty of quality family-friendly stuff, and we don’t necessarily mean kids’ shows. (Of course, if your parent was the type that took you to R-rated movies before any of the other kids were allowed to, this doesn’t necessarily apply.)

 

Akira bike GIF

 

On the other hand, this isn’t even necessarily limited to adult content. If you get the feeling your family member might think anime is all bubbly pink-haired space catgirls, try introducing them to something more realistic or serious. Anime is a hugely diverse medium after all—yes, it has its tropes, but it’s full of high quality art just like film, music, theater etc. By showing a title that challenges them, you can convince your family member that anime is a respectable art form.

 

Death Parade Opening Dance GIF

 

All Ages Recommendations: Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro or The Cat Returns, The Boy and the Beast, Barakamon, Patema Inverted

Serious Stuff Recommendations: Space Brothers, Death Parade, Planetes, Monster

 

And tied in to that…

 

Make them cry

This may feel too easy, but one of the best types of shows or films that can make someone take anime “seriously” is the tearjerker. For better or worse, we often assume that dramas and tragedies are higher “art” than comedies, which means that these titles may be more likely to make an impression on your parents.

 

 

Recommendations: Wolf Children, Your Lie in April, Anohana, 5 Centimeters Per Second

 

Find something in their interests

I may or may not have gotten my mom to watch all of Emma: A Victorian Romance while she was waiting for new episodes of Downton Abbey—it really scratched her English-aristocratic-period-romance itch. This opened her up to trying more period romance anime that wasn’t too far off, like The Story of Saiunkoku.

 

Once you get your family member comfortable with anime, there’s plenty of time to get them into That One Show that you love the most, but first, find them something with the best chance they’ll like it. Anime is so diverse, there’s bound to be something in their niche, especially if you’re looking for anime about very specific hobbies. If your mom or dad can’t get enough of cooking shows on the Food Network, Food Wars! is a no-brainer. Your sports-loving sibling has a higher chance of latching onto Kuroko’s Basketball (or Haikyu! if she wants something more realistic). And often, your family member’s favorite popular television or film franchises can be compared to anime as well. With all the superhero movies coming out, getting a relative hooked on My Hero Academia, Tiger and Bunny, or Concrete Revolutio isn’t that much of a stretch, but even popular shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones can be compared to time travel, zombie, or fantasy anime as well.

 

Concrete Revolutio Robot Fight

 

Recommendations: Depends on your parent

 

And most importantly:

 

Make it easy!

This is one of the most overlooked tactics. Remember the last time you tried to get your friend to watch Your Favorite Anime and he seemed really interested, but only finally got to it a year later (if that)? It’s even harder with someone who’s fairly indifferent to anime.

 

Zoro Sleeping GIF

 

In the best-case scenario, try to actually watch the anime with your family. Set up a time and place ahead of time, or suggest it as an impulse move—but be prepared with a copy of it immediately accessible. If you can’t actually watch it with them, try to make sure you can physically set up the viewing for them, especially if they aren’t too tech-savvy. It may not seem like much, but the friction in the process of having to find a copy of the series itself, or having to pop in a Blu-ray or turn on a streaming service, can be surprisingly high. Take this out of the system if you can and get the showing completely ready, so that all your parent has to do is hit Play.

 

Lucky Star Family Watching TV GIF

 

What tactics have you tried to get your parents to watch anime? Will you try any of these? Let us know!

 

Time To Celebrate – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on Funimation.com!

 

Inko Midoriya

Deku’s Mom – My Hero Academia

 

Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.

My Hero Academia Mom

 

 

Sanae Furukawa

Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad

 

Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!

 

 

 

Bell-mére

Nami’s Adoptive Mom – One Piece

 

After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.

 

 

 

Ur

Gray and Lyon’s Adoptive Mom (and Ultear’s Real) Mom – Fairy Tail

 

At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.

 

 

Erina Pendleton

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency

 

The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…

 

 

Hana

Yuki and Ame’s Mom – Wolf Children

 

Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.

 

 

Sachiko Fujinuma

Satoru Fujinuma’s Mom – ERASED

 

This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.

 

 

Izumi Curtis

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s Adoptive Mom – Fullmetal Alchemist

 

Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.

 

 

Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Bulma

Dragon Ball Z

 

It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.

 

 

Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!