We’ve got some exciting news! After our announcement of D.Gray-man HALLOW last week, many of you have been wondering about the episodes that are not available from Funimation. Currently episodes 1-51 are available on home video and are streaming on FunimationNow but not episodes 52-103, which are the episodes that lead up to HALLOW. Well, we wanted to let you know that we have now acquired those remaining episodes (52-103) of D.Gray-man!
Archives for June 2016
My Hero Academia is taking over Anime Expo 2016 and we’re here to celebrate it! The ultimate class of heroes-in-training are making their way to Los Angeles as well as the creators of the anime, voice actors, and of course Funimation staff. See below to what’s going to be at the convention.
***Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you don’t want Fullmetal Alchemist Spoilers!***
Last week, we shared our favorite Top 10 Moments in Fullmetal Alchemist. We asked you to respond with your own personal favorites to help us say goodbye to one of the most beloved anime of all time.
After reading through many excellent entries, we are happy to announce that Reuben is the winner with his emotional recollection of how even the smaller, quieter moments in the show can be just as impactful as the action filled ones.
Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu
Ready to feel old? This year, we’re kicking off a lot of new 10-year anniversary editions of some really iconic anime, including the just-released The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and the just-announced Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya collector’s editions.—and more 10th anniversary editions are on the way! To mark these, here’s a rundown of what life was like in 2006—a great year for anime!
We can’t stress enough that 2006 was A REALLY GOOD YEAR for anime. 2006 is considered the height of the anime “bubble” in both Japan and the US with a record high (at the time) number of new anime series being created, before the industry took a decline.
Tons of series that still impact us today were born this year:
We’re heading to Anime Expo, the largest North American anime convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on July 1st-4th and we’re bringing heroes, singers, parties, and big announcements! We’re bringing a bunch of Funimation staff for this one, including Justin, Lauren, Tara, and Godswill, and you can be sure that we’ll have a full schedule that you can check out below:
It’s the first week of summer and we are so excited to begin unveiling this season’s new shows! We’ve got our first round of announcements to share with you today and, but stay tuned for more updates coming soon! Our Summer 2016 Season offers each fan the opportunity to “find the ONE for you.” From the one with the final boss, to the one with the school idols, (and even the one with the cat vampire!) we’ve got something for every anime fan this season!
Without further ado, here’s the first round of shows premiering on July 2, across US, Canada, UK and Ireland territories (unless otherwise noted)!
UPDATE: new additions below!
Funimation, along with some partners, will be throwing some big parties at the biggest anime convention in North America, Anime Expo. Not just one, but TWO big parties through the weekend- one on Friday AND one on Saturday! See below for the details.
AKA! Sponsored by Funimation
Aka will be hosted by voice actor Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Gurren Lagann, Wreck-it Ralph!) and comedienne Dani Fernandez (Playboy TV, MTV, VH1). Shower in an explosion of entertainment – ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Aka includes a stage show from 9pm to 11pm consisting of comedy, burlesque, audience participation, and floor prizes. From 11:00 to 1:30, Attack the Music luminaries Mitomoyo, Voia, and Raif will play live!
Also every ticket holder at Aka will have a free month of FunimationNow included!
AKA! tickets at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles. Doors open at 8:30!
Must be 18+ to attend. To attend, buy your tickets here: http://funi.to/28Mcl6G.
Sonicboombox presents: UNOFFICIAL ANIME EXPO AFTERPARTY sponsored by Funimation!
- OPEN BAR all night
- Live DJ with dancing inside and out on patio
- Walking distance from LA Convention Center (less than 1 mile)
- Funimation swag (posters and more!)
- Snap Yourself photobooth (8pm til midnight)
- Okamoto Kitchen food truck (from 8pm-10pm, at least!)
- Music by DJ VER5E & Chuck None
- Cosplay encouraged (but not required)!
- Must be 21+.
Get your ticket online in advance and save! http://funi.to/28NoxWV
Doors open at 8pm! Find more information on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/732302946912006/
Rurouni Kenshin, one of the most beloved Japanese swordsman manga and anime the world over, has been adapted to the silver screen for a series of three thrilling, action-packed movies—and we’re bringing all three to theaters across the US this fall!
Movie 1: Rurouni Kenshin: Origins | August 8 – 10
Movie 2: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno | September 12 – 14
Movie 3: Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends | October 3 – 5
The three films cover some of the best stories the series has to offer (spanning the early beginnings of Kenshin meeting Kaoru, Sano, and the rest, to the end of the fan-favorite Shishio Makoto arc, if you’re familiar with the original), and you won’t want to miss a single film in the series.
Advance tickets for movie 1 go on sale soon! Sign up to be the first to receive updates at funimationfilms.com/rurounikenshin.
If you have any trepidation about live-action adaptations of anime, don’t—these movies really capture the spirit of the original manga, and the casting so closely resembles the characters that it seems they’ve leapt off the page. But don’t take our word on it; Kotaku, in reviewing the films, proclaims “Rurouni Kenshin may be the single best Japanese live-action adaptation I have ever seen,” and further declares:
“If you like Kenshin, see this movie. If you like anime, see this movie. If you’re curious about how to successfully adapt a work of fiction to film, see this movie. If you like sword-fighting action, see this movie. If you have a pulse, see this movie.”
See their glowing reviews for all three films:
If you’re new to Rurouni Kenshin, there’s a reason this manga series still resonates with fans over 20 years after its debut—the series combines a very universal story about personal redemption with a memorable cast of colorful characters and, of course, badass Japanese swordfighting action. These films are packed with intense swordplay action and martial arts, choreographed by Kenji Tanigaki (“one of the world’s top stunt cheoreographers” according to Time Out), who’s made a name for himself in the Asian action movie scene on many impressive action films on both sides of the Pacific, and who regularly teams up on action choreography with martial arts star Donnie Yen of Hong Kong martial arts film series Ip Man fame. Kotaku again comes back with high praise of the action direction of the films as having “some of the most amazing sword-fighting action scenes ever put on film.”
Look out for tickets on sale soon, and don’t miss out on seeing this jaw-dropping action on the big screen in our three-part theatrical event series!
In the wake of a brutal civil war, Kenshin Himura, once a feared killer, turns his back on bloodshed and vows to carry a reversed-edge blade for the rest of his days. But Kenshin soon finds that the world around him is greatly changed. Rapid modernization has given rise to new villains driven by power and greed—and from the shadows of the past, the famed assassin Makoto Shishio has returned to wreak havoc across Japan. Together, with the beautiful kendo instructor Kaoru and a colorful cast of allies, Kenshin embarks on a quest to protect the innocent from those that would do them harm. In a staggering display of swordplay and martial arts mastery, Kenshin will attempt to survive his promise to face his own blade—before spilling the blood of his enemies!
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 MightMy Hero Academia
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 JoestarJojo’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 AlbarnSoul 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.
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.
KumatetsuThe Boy and The Beast
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 DakichiUsagi 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 HughesFullmetal 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.
PiccoloDragon 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!