Newest Film from the Hit Sports Anime Franchise Free! Will Screen March 14, 2018
in Select U.S. Theaters for One Night Only Event with Special Pre-Show
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – January 16, 2018. Building on the success of the Internet breaking, hit animated series Free!, Funimation® Films in association with Asahi Broadcasting Company is bringing anime’s favorite swimmers to U.S. theaters as they face their future and the graduation of teammates in the new film “Free! -Take Your Marks-” from creators Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The movie’s storyline follows after the events of Season 2 (“Free! -Eternal Summer-”) and leading up to Season 3 of the series, which will premiere this summer. “Free! -Take Your Marks-” will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles in select theaters nationwide on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 as a one-night-only event style release with a special pre-show. The pre-show will include an exclusive animated greeting and introduction to the film by the Free! characters that was previously only available in Japanese theaters, as a well as a movie photo session offering fans the opportunity to take and post pictures and become part of the event itself. Advance tickets for film will be available for purchase beginning February 13, 2018 on the movie’s official website (funimationfilms.com/free) which will launch later this month.
“Free! has been an immensely popular franchise since Day 1 and encompasses a broad cross-section of our fans. All of whom have been anxious to see more,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Our event style release of ’Free! -Take Your Marks-’ provides fans not only a unique opportunity to experience Free! for the first-time ever on the big screen but also a chance to quench their thirst for the show ahead of this summer’s premiere of Season 3. I encourage Free! fans to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee they don’t miss-out on this special one-night-only event on March 14th.”
“Free! -Take Your Marks-” is the third in a trilogy of films that includes the “Free! -Timeless Medley-” compilation movies, which retell Seasons 1 & 2 of the television series and feature brand new characters and content. Along with the theatrical rights for “Free! -Take Your
Marks-,” Funimation has also acquired the home video distribution rights for the complete trilogy as well as the long-awaited prequel film “High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-” from Asahi Broadcasting Company. Home video release dates for the four titles will be announced in the future.
Haru and Makoto are prepping to move to Tokyo, which means finding a place to live! While they’re off searching, Nagisa, Rei, and Gou are left coming up with something big to enlist new Iwatobi club members. But can they fill the pool or is the club’s future sinking fast?
Then, the boys of Samezuka are having their own time getting ready for the future! While Rin prepares for his move to Australia and Sousuke moves out of the dorm, Nitori and Momo want to do something big to thank their senpais. A visit to the hot springs should do the trick, right? But a misunderstanding about Gou could leave Rin unsettled and only a challenge in the water can set his mind at ease!
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Have you checked out our newly-released action-packed series, Hundred? The show features cute girls wielding badass body armor, but even outside of that, it’s VERY ANIME.
A childhood friend? Well-endowed chests? Genius protagonist with exceptional abilities, surrounded by cute girls?
Now that Hundred is out on Blu-ray and DVD, make your watch-through more fun with some Anime Bingo! We created a bingo generator that makes bingo cards based on classic anime elements that you’ll see in Hundred.
Click on the bingo image below to get a new card and play too—then feel free to post on social media to @funimation with your results when you get a BINGO!
These bingo cards work on other shows too! Let us know what other shows you try.
This April is all about the supernatural. Dragon maids? Check! Monster girls? Check! Giant tasty food in every episode of ACCA? Check. Superhero mutants? Double check! Check out the full list of titles below:
Filed Under: Home Video, New Releases Tagged With: ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Interviews with Monster Girls, KADO: The Right Answer, Koro Sensei Quest!, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Monster Hunter Stories Ride On, My Hero Academia Season 2, Puzzle & Dragons X, Super Lovers, Tokyo Ghoul Movie
Wanna get hip-whipped into shape for the new year? Your Keijo training begins now!
3 sets per side
100 Butt Figure Eights
**Always consult your physician or doctor before attempting these, or any other rigorous Keijo moves.
Tis the season for anime! A new lineup of shows is right around the corner — check out the first round of announcements for what’s coming to FunimationNow this Winter!
Protecting history is the task of a group of legendary swords brought to life, complete with unique personalities and charming daily lives.
The Hoshin Project: a mission to seal away the evil immortals that infest the world. After his clan is wiped out by a beautiful fox demon, young Taikobo is suddenly in charge of this project. Burdened with this destiny, Taikobo finds himself with quandary: how do you destroy demons when it was a demon that trained you? It’s a battle to find the truth and who to trust, all while saving the world.
Secretly in love with Riku Rei, the most popular girl of his school, Riku Suigin is forced to dive in “Grave Buster”, the new virtual game where Riku Rei has been kidnapped.
To save her, he will have the support of the beautiful Twin Star and in addition to that he has inherited a 10 billion of yen charged device by his grandfather Ruki Yuuki.
Suigin will have to become the last Guardian who protects the Tomb from the Raiders in order to save Riku Rei and solve the mysteries of Grave Buster.
After a veteran player refuses to log out of a popular MMORPG, the NPC’s begin to develop minds of their own—and he decides to rule them.
They’re crude, rude, and a little…cute? Get ready for the bizarre comedy antics of the small and tall Popuko and Pipimi!
Tired of being mercilessly teased by his classmate Takagi, Nishikata has vowed to get her back and successfully tease the girl that’s made him blush countless times. After all, if you blush, you lose! But getting vengeance isn’t so easy when every attempt blows up in his face. Will Nishikata ever make Takagi blush or will he gain something more fulfilling from his bumbling attempts?
The queen of succulent snacks is back with Dagashi Kashi season two! As Kokonotsu continues on his path to become a manga artist, Hotaru refuses to give up on bringing him to the side of Japanese snack foods. With new faces and new tasty treats to try, will Kokonotsu finally be swayed to take over his father’s sweet shop or is it time to move on from this small town and follow his manga dreams?
The power of the Clow is back with a new adventure for the Cardcaptor! After sealing the last of the Clow Cards, Sakura Kinomoto is ready to face her newest challenge—junior high. But just when she settles into a normal routine, a strange dream changes everything. The cards are blank, rendered powerless, and a cloaked figure grants her a new key of magic. What lies behind this mysterious power?
In a desolate future, children are kept away from the outside world, away from the open sky. Locked away in Mistilteinn, aka “the birdcage,” they live only to pilot giant mechs known as FranXX. Hiro was once a prodigy but after falling behind, he’s become unnecessary. After all, not piloting a FranXX is the same as not existing. But everything changes when he meets Zero Two, the girl with horns.
Full synopsis TBA!
Full synopsis TBA!
Yuzu Aihara loves fashion, friends, and having fun! But when her mom remarries and she’s forced to transfer schools, this fashionable teen’s sweet life turns sour. On her first day, she makes enemies with the beautiful student council president, Mei, who also winds up being her brand-new stepsister. But nothing can prepare Yuzu for a surprise kiss from this girl who supposedly hates her!
Full synopsis TBA!
Designed to select the successor to the Tokugawa family, a gruesome battle once promised a thousand-year reign to the winning clan. Amidst the bloodshed, betrothed lovers Oboro and Gennosuke were forced to take sides. Now, only ten years have passed and once again the clans of Kouga and Iga are poised to fight. But this time, a new generation stands at the forefront.
Crime reaches new heights in the seedy underworld of Fukuoka—a city home to very sinister professions. Among those who kill, torture, and seek revenge as a means of living, a so-called “killer of professional killers” is becoming more than just an urban legend. Private detective Banba is on the case, but when he uncovers a dark conspiracy, it may be the one curveball he can’t hit.
There’s nothing like a sweet, refreshing dessert to take away the stress of a day with Nendou. That’s why we’ve put together a coffee jelly recipe so simple, there’s no way a beginner psychic could ruin it. Actually, we can’t promise that, but here’s hoping.
Now sit back and enjoy the perfect treat. This makes about 5 servings, so whether you want to share it with all the oddballs in your life or just keep it for yourself, when coffee jelly is on the menu, life may not be such a disaster after all.
Still not feeling quite like a psychic? Practice avoiding spoilers! Pre-order The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Parts 1 and 2 to be among the first to get your hands on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
They say that books are magical. Well what about anime about books? March 2018 is bringing out all types of magical anime with book magic of Bungo Stray Dogs, the comedic magic of Gintama Season 3, and of course the magic magic of Fairy Tail Zero and Dragon Cry! Check out the full list of titles below:
Filed Under: Home Video, New Releases Tagged With: Bungo Stray Dogs, CHAOS;CHILD, D.Gray-Man, Fairy Tail Zero, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Gintama, Hand Shakers, Kiss Him Not Me, one piece, Tales of Zestiria the X, Trickster
For almost a decade, Justin Rojas has built his career here at Funimation, serving as the face of both our social media presence and of Funimation itself. Many of you will have recognized him in our videos, hosting our panels and events, and writing here on the blog over the years. Now, we bid Justin goodbye as he moves on to take a new position with local eSports team, Team Envy. While we’re sad to see him leave, we are excited to see him grow in this new role. And don’t worry, he isn’t going far! You’ll still see lots of him at events and in the gaming and anime space.
Congratulations, Justin! We’re grateful for everything you’ve done for us and the fans. We’ll miss you.
A note from Justin:
Not many people get to turn a childhood passion into a professional career, and I’m thankful that this company has provided me (and many others) with that opportunity. Though, whenever someone asks me what the best part about my job is, it’s surprisingly not the anime. It’s the people I’ve met because of it. Over the past 10 years, I’ve met so many great people and have countless stories to tell that wouldn’t have been possible without Funimation. Being able to meet fans and see first-hand how much anime and Funimation has impacted their lives is an experience that makes our hard work worth it. The relationships built here with coworkers, partners, and of course our fans are some of the most important I’ve ever had and ever will. Funimation wasn’t just a job. It was my life.
Big swords. Little swords. Pointy swords. Magical swords. When it comes to anime swords, we like them all! But there are definitely some swords that stand out above the rest. Since we just released Berserk on Blu-ray/DVD, we were compelled to showcase our favorites in our blog. Check it out!
*Warning there may be spoilers and the content may be graphic*
Guts – Dragon Slayer
“It was too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron.”
The funny thing about the Dragon Slayer was that it wasn’t even supposed to be used as a weapon as most people cannot lift the huge hunk of metal- it took two soldiers to just move this. However, our main man, Guts, is able the wield this behemoth blade with one hand!