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FLOWER MOUND, Texas, March 31, 2017 — The wait will soon be over for countless anime fans of “Attack on Titan” across the U.S. and Canada. Funimation® Entertainment announced today that “Attack on Titan” Season 2 will premiere on FunimationNow, Hulu and Crunchyroll on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Central. Both the premiere and future English-subtitled simulcast episodes of the new season will be available across all three platforms as well as the Crunchyroll and Funimation channels on VRV. Details on Season 2 English SimulDub™ episodes will be shared within weeks. Watch the new episode here on FunimationNow!
“We’re thrilled to be premiering ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 together with Hulu and Crunchyroll to anime fans across the U.S. and Canada,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Fan excitement has been building non-stop since our acquisition announcement and our clip reveal last December. ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 will not disappoint.”
“My Hero Academia” Season 2 Expands Streaming Platforms with Subtitled Episodes on Hulu and Crunchyroll; SimulDub Episodes to Stream Exclusively on FunimationNow
Season 2 to Premiere on All Three Platforms Together with Japan on April 1
FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – March 21 2017. On the heels of its acquisition of “My Hero Academia” Season 2 earlier this month, Funimation® Entertainment announced today that English-subtitled simulcast episodes of the new season will stream on both Crunchyroll and Hulu, which will launch on April 1 along with the English SimulDub™ on FunimationNow as part of the simultaneous premiere with Japan. As part of this announcement, Funimation will now exclusively stream English SimulDub episodes of “My Hero Academia” Season 2 on FunimationNow while English-subtitled simulcast episodes of the new season will exclusively stream on Hulu and Crunchyroll. As previously revealed, the first six episodes of both the English-subtitled simulcast and English SimulDub will launch on the same day they are broadcast in Japan.
“We’re pleased to partner with both Hulu and Crunchyroll to bring ’My Hero Academia’ Season 2 to both their streaming services,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “We look forward to launching the new season with them alongside FunimationNow during the simultaneous premiere with Japan on April 1.”
“We’re excited to make ‘My Hero Academia’ Season 2 accessible to more and more anime fans through this partnership with Crunchyroll and Hulu,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Fans can look forward to another great season of ‘My Hero Academia beginning April 1.’”
In a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that won’t stop him from enrolling in a prestigious hero academy. Now, the promising freshman class is making its debut at the world-renowned U.A. Sports Festival! It’s Quirk versus Quirk as our young heroes face off in the ultimate showdown.
Funimation will release “My Hero Academia” Season 1 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on April 18, 2017.
For more about “My Hero Academia” Season 2, including character information and how to “join the Academy” for exclusive news and information, visit funimation.com/myheroclass.
To watch “My Hero Academia” now on Funimation, go to funimation.com/myheroacademia.
Viewers can catch up on all past episodes of “My Hero Academia” on Hulu now at hulu.com/my-hero-academia.
Following the successful first season of the most highly-anticipated, new series of 2016, Funimation® Entertainment revealed today that it has acquired rights to Season 2 of My Hero Academia. In a first for the series, My Hero Academia will premiere simultaneously in Japan, U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Including the premiere, Funimation will present the first six episodes of both the English-subtitled simulcast and English SimulDub™ on the same day they are broadcast in Japan. Simulcast and SimulDub episodes will both be available on FunimationNow. Ahead of the premiere, a special, Season 1 recap episode of My Hero Academia will premiere in Japan on Saturday, March 25.
TOEI AND FUNIMATION REVEAL NEW LICENSING AGREEMENTS FOR “DRAGON BALL SUPER” AT THE COLLECTIVE AT MAGIC FEBRUARY 2017
Toei Animation Inc. and Funimation® Entertainment announced today agreements with multiple licensing partners in a variety of apparel categories for the new “Dragon Ball Super” and original “Dragon Ball Z” anime series. Dragon Ball is an iconic global brand and one of the most beloved anime franchises in North America for over 20 years and counting. “Dragon Ball Super” is the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years and will create a whole new generation of Dragon Ball fans.
Funimation Films Will Debut Animated Global Pop Culture Phenomenon “Your Name.” in Both English-Language Dub and Japanese with English Subtitles
Coming April 7th, 2017
Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s animated blockbuster and global pop culture hit “Your Name.” in North American theaters on April 7, 2017. The film will be released in both English-language Dub as well as the original Japanese-language with English subtitles.
GROUNDBREAKING ANIME “GHOST IN THE SHELL” RETURNS TO THEATERS FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT FEBRUARY 7 – 8, 2017
Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters
Santa Monica, Calif., – January 9, 2017 —The “Ghost in the Shell” franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement. The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version. Tickets are available beginning today and can be pre-purchased via the official movie website at funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell.
Viewed as ahead of its time when it premiered in 1995, “Ghost in The Shell” quickly turned into a pop culture phenomenon and the inspiration for future mainstream movies. The movie became the first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise. With the release of “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” in 2016 and a new live action version of “Ghost in the Shell” set to release at the end of March, there has been a huge resurgence in fan interest for the franchise worldwide.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie back to U.S. theaters,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “’Ghost in the Shell’ is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences.”
“’Ghost in the Shell’ is an iconic property and it is great that fans will be able to watch it on the big screen for the first time in 20 years,’ said Kevin Carney, VP Marketing Lionsgate. “Many fans will be seeing the movie in a theater for the first time and Funimation has been a terrific partner to help make this possible.”
Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector’s edition of the remastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD. This new edition will feature steelbook packaging and Mondo artwork and will be available in retail outlets beginning March 7, 2017.
2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.
For more information on “Ghost in the Shell” visit funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell
MAKOTO SHINKAI’S “YOUR NAME.” WINS 2016 BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD FROM LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
LOS ANGELES, CA – December 5, 2016. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced Sunday that “Your Name.” was selected as Best Animated Film for 2016. The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films and Toho Co Ltd is the third anime film to ever win this prestigious award. Runner-up for the award was “The Red Turtle” from Studio Ghibli. Since 1975, the LAFCA, comprised of LA-based, professional print and electronic media film critics, gathers annually to vote on the “outstanding cinematic achievements” of the past year. The association will present the awards at its annual dinner on January 14, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Calif.
“We consider Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name.’ a true masterpiece and its selection for the prestigious Best Animated Film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association only cements that fact,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and Founder of Funimation®. “Funimation has been fortunate to work with Makoto Shinkai on this film and we are confident that U.S audiences will agree that it is one of the finest animated films of the decade.”
“Your Name.” has been screening to sold out audiences all week at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills as part of its one-week only, Oscar qualifying run. The film’s limited engagement ends on Thursday, December 8.
“’Your Name’ is the epitome of excellence in animation and I have no doubt Makoto Shinkai’s name will be widely recognized across North America within the next few years,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “Congratulations to everyone at Toho and CoMix Wave Films for such a prestigious honor!”
“Your Name.” is a beautiful story about time, fate and the hearts of two young souls. The film has earned in excess of $19.9 Billion Yen (~$175 Million USD) at the box office in Japan since opening on August 26, 2016 – making it the #1 highest grossing film of 2016. “Your Name.” debuted this past weekend in China grossing $41 million and #1 film at the box office. “Your Name” has already surpassed four Hayao Miyazaki films “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), “Princess Mononoke” (1997), “Ponyo” (2008) and “The Wind Rises” (2013) and is currently ranked as the #2 highest grossing anime film and #5 highest grossing film (all genre) of all time in Japan.
Look for “Your Name.” in select theaters nationwide from Funimation Films in early 2017.
For more information about “Your Name.” visit the official movie website here.
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“SHIN GODZILLA” EXTENDS RUN WITH ENCORE SATURDAY MATINEE AND SCREENINGS IN SELECT CITIES THRU OCTOBER 27
Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has taken over North America. The limited theatrical engagement of “SHIN GODZILLA” was scheduled to close tonight but in the wake of overwhelming fan response, Funimation Films announced that the movie will be extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening of the film will take place on October 22 in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, multiple national theater chains will be offering daily screenings of “SHIN GODZILLA” in select locations thru October 27. A complete list of locations for both this Saturday’s matinee as well as the new daily screenings is available via a theater locator on the official film website.