With season 2 of Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans hitting Toonami airwaves—and season 1 coming to Blu-ray/DVD 11/14 (pre-order here!) —we sat down with Gundam IBO producer Masakazu Ogawa to talk about the inspiration and themes behind this dramatic and surprisingly realistic mecha anime, in this translated interview:
Could you please introduce yourself and tell us about your involvement in Iron-Blooded Orphans?
Ogawa: I was in charge of the production team and worked with the director to create this show.
Can you tell us a little bit about how the Iron-Blooded Orphans project came about? Was there a different approach to developing this series in comparison to other Gundam series?
Ogawa: Director Nagai and I started working on the idea five or six years ago, after Gundam 00. The idea went on hold for a while, then we decided to start it up again two to three years ago. This time, we really wanted the story to focus on young boys rather than on a broader world-wide issue, as we have done in previous series.
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans’ director and writer team, Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mari Okada, have worked together on previous anime projects like Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart, both of which are quite tonally different from the Gundam franchise. What did you hope that these two staff members would add to this series?
Ogawa: These two are known for creating series that impact and resound with viewers. Since our story focuses on teenagers’ lives, we wanted a piercing and impactful story that would speak into the hearts of viewers. They did a great job with that.
Are there any specific themes or inspiration from previous Gundam series that you wanted to maintain in Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans?
Ogawa: Characters are fictional, but we always create realistic characters that seem to be actually living within the story. They go through life or death situations and can die in the story. We wanted to keep this part consistent with previous Gundam series. [Read more…]
Last week, we announced our slate for November 2017 new home video release titles—which has turned into one of our biggest months EVER for new releases and limited editions! Today we’re delving more in-depth to give you a thorough sneak peek at all the artwork and extras packed into some of these limited editions.
Announced at Anime Expo, Gundam IBO is Funimation’s first home video entry in the long-running and classic Gundam mecha franchise (many of you may have watched the dub on Toonami!), and we’re pulling out all the stops on this one. In addition to standard edition releases of Season One Part One and Season One Part Two, we’re also offering a combined limited edition of the complete Season One with the following inclusions:
Something of a sleeper hit, 91 Days made many top seasonal anime lists when it was first streamed, and for good reason—this dark mafia action series features a gripping revenge story full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s also set in Prohibition-Era America, which is kind of a nice treat for Western fans familiar with American history!
This set is part of our new line of higher-value limited editions (all of which contain an artbook; check out our announcement from last month), and includes:
Any Kyoto Animation fans out there? Myriad Colors Phantom World previously simulcast on Crunchyroll and was noteworthy for being a particularly fun, bouncy, and magical installment in Kyoto Animation’s body of work. Fans of this studio (which brought you hits like Haruhi, Free!, and Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions) know to expect stunning animation and cute characters from this title!
What if you could write to the past?
Second-year student, Naho Takamiya, receives a letter from her 26-year-old self, forewarning the tragic future of a boy named Kakeru. Its advice proves true when he transfers to her school, but Kakeru’s dark past keeps him from opening up to anyone. As Naho and a close group of friends try to change his future, will their combined efforts be enough to prevent the greatest regret of their lives?
Limited Edition Includes:
One of the highly-rated slice of life, school anime is finally coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD!
ReLIFE was one of the first shows that Funimation and Crunchyroll shared with one another last year. ReLIFE is about Arata Kaizaki, a 27-year-old loser who just wants to get his life together. When he meets a member of the ReLife Research Institute, he’s offered a mysterious pill that will help him do just that. But is this a promise for change or a chance at disaster?
You definitely don’t want to miss out on this anime animated by TMS Entertainment that brought you Orange, Kamisama Kiss, D.Gray-man, and more!
November 2017 will make you thankful for all the hits that are coming out! The highest grossing anime in the world, Your Name., is coming to Blu-ray in both English and Japanese. We’re also packing more into our sets such as the complete series of The Future Diary and Rosario + Vampire and new limited edition sets like Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and 91 Days. Check out the full list of titles below:
Filed Under: Home Video, New Releases Tagged With: 91 Days, Cheer Boys!!, First Love Monster, Full Metal Panic, Handa-kun, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia, Kiddy Girl, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: Iron Blooded Orphans, Myriad Colors Phantom World, NEW GAME!, Ninja Hunter, Rosario + Vampire, Tales of Zestiria the X, The Future Diary, Your Name
Evangelion 3.33 is finally coming out and to celebrate, we want to see which anime mecha is your favorite of all time in this weekly poll! A mecha in this case is considered to be a bipedal, humanoid mechanized, giant robot that is controlled by a human/humanoid pilot. We’re including mechas from all over anime (not just Funimation titles) also, but if your favorite mecha isn’t there, feel free to add it as an other!
UPDATE: The winners have been announced! The classic Gundam comes out on top with Gainax titles close behind (Evangelion-2nd, Gurren Lagann-3rd)! Thanks for participating!
“Other” favorites include Macross, Megas XLR, Fafner, RahXephon, and Patlabor!
This winter, it’s past vs. future, and we’ve got shows that span an infinite timeline. Wherever you want to go, you can get there from right here.
Whether you want to be transported to a magical world from long, long ago, a dystopia in the not-so-distant future, or anything in between, Funimation is delivering epic stories from every era. For cyborgs, lasers, and societies on the edge of destruction, check out Dimension W and Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn. If swords, lords, and magic are what you’re looking for, keep your eyes peeled for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Divine Gate.
For you loyal dub fans out there, we have a solid line-up of Broadcast Dubs for you to look forward to! As with previous seasons, expect these to roll out a few weeks after the simulcast airs.
Check out the full list of simulcast and Broadcast Dubs available for Funimation Subscribers in the Winter 2016 season, and let us know what show you’re looking forward to most in the comments below.
Simulcast & Broadcast DubIn the year 2071, the world’s energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- “coils” -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions. In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can’t hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.
|Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Simulcast & Broadcast DubFrom A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.
|Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
Simulcast & Broadcast DubFrom Shirow Masamune, the creator of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed, comes the story of two cybernetically enhanced girls fighting to save their home. A super-powered terrorist has threatened the island of Cenancle. To fight him off, Nene Nanakorobi, a cybernetic girl-next-door, will have to team up with famous inventor Delilah Uzal and her adorably grumpy cyborg assistant, Clarion.
Simulcast & Broadcast DubAfter the Divine Gate opened, our world and the worlds beyond became connected, bringing an era of chaos. To restore order, the World Council was formed and the Divine Gate fell into legend. Now, a select few have gathered to attempt to reach the Gate and remake the world. But what will they find when they open the door?
|Assassination Classroom (season 2)
Simulcast & Broadcast DubClass 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?
|Snow White with the Red Hair (season 2)
Simulcast & Broadcast DubCatch up with Shirayuki in the new season of Snow White with the Red Hair. Shirayuki is a plain girl, save for her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her stunning mane gets her noticed by the prince, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom where she befriends a handsome stranger.Note: Broadcast Dub fans will have a chance to catch up on season 1 of Snow White with the Red Hair starting this January. Check out this blog post for more details.
|Durarara!! x2 Ketsu (season 2, part 3)*
SimulcastRyugamine Mikado was looking for a bit of excitement when he moved to the trendy Tokyo district of Ikebukuro—and excitement is just what he found thanks to the district’s colorful residents. There’s Shizuo, a street-sign-throwing man dressed like a bartender who’s always fighting Izaya (a sadistic information broker), your average group of passionate otaku, an unstable doctor-for-hire, and a mysterious female biker who’s desperate to get a-head in life. In Ikebukuro, no one can say what will happen next … but you can bet it’s gonna get loud.
|Heavy Object (continuing series)
Simulcast & Broadcast DubIn the future, warfare has been revolutionized by the invention of mechanical weapons called “Objects.” These Objects are overwhelmingly powerful, rendering traditional weapons like guns, tanks and fighter jets completely useless. Qwenthur is an un-athletic, but smart soldier who aims to work as an Object mechanic. Stationed at an Alaskan Object base, he meets Milinda, a stoic but beautiful Elite Soldier who pilots her own Object. As they learn to support each other in battle, Qwenthur begins to uncover the grim secret behind the Heavy Objects.
|Prince of Stride: Alternative
Simulcast & Broadcast DubFrom MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—competitive city-wide relay races. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school’s Stride Club, but will they be able to get the prickly Riku, who insists he hates Stride, to join the team?
|One Piece (continuing series)
SimulcastThe battle for Dressrosa rages on as Luffy and the Straw Hats continue their battle against the tyrant Doflamingo and his Donquixote Family. The stakes have never been higher as Doflamingo is willing to put the entire island at stake to defeat his opponents. Can Luffy muster the power needed to defeat his toughest foe yet?
Fairy Tail Zero (continuing series)
Simulcast & Broadcast DubThis prequel series depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild. Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history.Note: You read that right, Fairy Tail is getting a Broadcast Dub! Beginning with Fairy Tail Zero this season, fans of the series will be able to enjoy English dubbed episodes just a few weeks after the simulcast airs on the FUNimation Streaming Service.
Simulcast & Broadcast DubKokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.
|Luck & Logic
Simulcast After losing a war in their home world Tetraheaven, the Gods appeared in the human world seeking refuge. To protect the citizens from the otherworldly beings, the government began employing Logicalists—a special police force with the power to enter trances with Goddesses. In these trance forms humans and Goddesses can combine their power and fight against those looking to disturb the peace.
SimulcastSatoru Fujinuma is a reclusive part-timer with no plans for the future. What sets him apart from the other slackers in his town is an involuntary time travel ability that allows him to jump back several seconds in time in order to prevent accidents and even deaths. As incidents around town begin reminding Satoru of a childhood trauma he’d sooner forget, he finally begins to question what caused his ability to surface and whether or not it’s powerful enough to change the past.
|Haruchika – Haruta & Chika
SimulcastThings look bleak for the school’s Wind Instrument Club until childhood friends Haruta and Chika step in to save the day. When they aren’t practicing to perfect their own playing, they’re working hard to save the club by recruiting new members. After a series of mysteries shock the school, they’ll have to add junior detectives to their already impressive resumes.
|GARO: Crimson Moon (continuing series)
SimulcastIn the capital city of an elegant, feudal society, a powerful spiritual barrier protects people from demonic monsters known as “horrors”—at least, those lucky enough to live in the northern part of the city. For the commoners who live to the south, it’s a completely different story. As soon as night falls, the horrors begin their dark hunt, feasting on the souls of any humans who cross their path. Against unbeatable odds, the fate of the city will fall to a small group of warriors dedicated to protecting the citizens and fighting through the night.
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (continuing series)
SimulcastFrom the original creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and Mari Okada the writer behind anohana and Black Butler Season 1, comes Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. 300 years after the end of a great conflict known as the “Calamity War,” a new government system has brought an era of peace to Earth. But when Mikazuki Augus, a young member of a private security company known as the CGS, accepts a mission to protect a young woman seeking to liberate the Martian city of Chryse from Earth’s rule, he sets off a chain of events that threatens to send the galaxy back to war. With his orders in hand, he’ll have to head into battle using a war-era relic the CGS has been using as a power source—the Gundam Barbatos.
*For Durarara!! only: All episodes of Durarara!! Season 1, Durarara!! X2 Shou (Season 2, Part 1) and Durarara!! X2 Ten (Season 2, Part 2) will also be available in subtitled and dubbed versions.
Filed Under: Announcement, FUNimation Broadcast Dub, Press Release, Simulcasts Tagged With: Assasination Classroom, DAGASHIKASHI, Dimension W, Divine Gate, Durarara!! x2 Ketsu, ERASED, Fairy Tail Zero, GARO: CRIMSON MOON, Grimgar of Fantasy of Ash, Haruchika, Heavy Object, Luck & Logic, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: Iron Blooded Orphans, one piece, Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn, Prince of Stride: Alternative, Snow White with the Red Hair
The weather may be cooling down, but our Fall simulcast season is heating up! See our new simulcast line-up for the Fall!
In the capital city of an elegant, feudal society, a powerful spiritual barrier protects people from demonic monsters known as “horrors”—at least, those lucky enough to live in the northern part of the city. For the commoners who live to the south, it’s a completely different story. As soon as night falls, the horrors begin their dark hunt, feasting on the souls of any humans who cross their path. Against unbeatable odds, the fate of the city will fall to a small group of warriors dedicated to protecting the citizens and fighting through the night.
Less than a century ago a meteor collided with the planet’s surface and the resulting disaster caused the next generation of humanity to develop a wide variety of amazing abilities. In the center of the meteor’s crater lies Rikka, a system of six academies known as the Asterisk. Ayato Amagiri enters the Asterisk as a transfer student hoping to compete in a special battle event known as the Festa. However, he quickly finds himself on the bad side of one of the strongest fighters around—the beautiful but fiery Julis-Alexa von Riessfeld. To stand against her he’ll have to rely on his own sword-wielding ability, but when the tables turn, will they be able to team up to take down the competition?
Kimito Kagurazaka is a extraordinarily average. Average grades, average abilities, average looks, average love life (nonexistent). That is, until one day he’s abducted by a mysterious organization and forced to enroll a super secret, super elite academy for the richest, classiest, elitest of the elite young ladies. Turns out Kimito has been chosen as a “commoner sample” to better help the isolated and naïve girls cope with entering into normal society. But there’s a catch—Kimito isn’t allowed to show any romantic or sexual interest in the girls, lest he face gruesome repercussions. Can this commoner enter the secret world of high society?
Your favorite characters from Attack on Titan are back in…junior high school? Adapted from the hit spinoff manga series – Attack on Titan: Junior High (written by Saki Nakagawa), this parody reimagines Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and other characters from the original manga as students and teachers at Titan Junior High School.
This retro-style throwback is a romping adventure with a sweet setting! In a traditional Japanese sweets shop in Kyoto works Daijiro Kyogoku, the latest young successor in a long line of sweet shop owners. One day, Daijiro finds a giant robot in the shop’s basement called Doamayger-D. Now, villanous robots are on the loose, and the hero we need is Doamayger-D… a candy-making mech?
In the future, warfare has been revolutionized by the invention of mechanical weapons called “Objects.” These Objects are overwhelmingly powerful, rendering traditional weapons like guns, tanks and fighter jets completely useless. Qwenthur is an un-athletic, but smart soldier who aims to work as an Object mechanic. Stationed at an Alaskan Object base, he meets Milinda, a stoic but beautiful Elite Soldier who pilots her own Object. As they learn to support each other in battle, Qwenthur begins to uncover the grim secret behind the Heavy Objects.
After adorable “mermaid” Mamori is transferred to one of five artificial islands, she’s cornered, attacked and eventually saved by another beautiful transfer named Mirei. Unfortunately, even after the girl intervenes, Mamori’s attackers refuse to let up. Just when they think all hope is lost, Mirei and Mamori share a passionate kiss that turns the little “mermaid” into a powerful sword in this new show from series composer Yousuke Kuroda (High School of the Dead, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) and ARMS studio (Ikki Tousen, Queen’s Blade, Elfen Leid).
What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”—it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings. From the creative force behind Fullmetal Alchemist, including director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00) and writer Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), comes a new adventure with high-flying action.
From the original creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and Mari Okada the writer behind anohana and Black Butler Season 1, comes Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. 300 years after the end of a great conflict known as the “Calamity War,” a new government system has brought an era of peace to Earth. But when Mikazuki Augus, a young member of a private security company known as the CGS, accepts a mission to protect a young woman seeking to liberate the Martian city of Chryse from Earth’s rule, he sets off a chain of events that threatens to send the galaxy back to war. With his orders in hand, he’ll have to head into battle using a war-era relic the CGS has been using as a power source—the Gundam Barbatos.
Ayanagi Academy: home of musical dreams and insane competition. New student Yuta Hoshitani dreams of being in show business, but to get there he’ll have to gain acceptance from the Kao Council (Cherry Blossom Flower Council), Ayanagi Academy’s five highest ranking students. For Yuta and his friends to do well in the music department, they’ll have to get onto a Star Team, lead by the KaoCouncil members. Though the newcomers are struggling, they catch the interest of one of the Kao Council members, which just might send them on the starlit journey they’ve been dreaming of! From director Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko’s Basketball and Prince of Tennis) comes a new show that will have you dreaming of stardom.
From Rejet, the original creator of Diabolik Lovers, and Brain’s Base, the studio behind Princess Jellyfish, comes a devilish tale of high school seduction. Second-year student Ritsuka Tachibana has the perfect school-to-life balance, but all of that’s thrown into chaos when she discovers that several of her handsome male classmates are actually demons in disguise.
The battle between humans and vampires continues in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Part 2. After the Shinjuku Battle, Yuichiro reunites with Mikaela only to discover he’s been turned into a vampire. To save what’s left of his family and protect his new friends, Yuichiro desperately tries to find a way to return vampires to their human forms. His search becomes a race against time when Kureto reveals to Guren that, in one month, the main unit of the vampire army will start attacking Tokyo. There’s no time to waste, the real fight is about to begin!
Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.
Aria is a volatile girl who wields two pistols and two swords and holds the highest rank in assault studies at a high school for young mercenaries. This pint-sized prodigy swoops in to save her classmate Kinji from a high-speed chase, but he ends up saving her after he switches from a boring wimp into a total hot shot! His secret? He only turns into something of a James Bond when he’s turned on! Convinced Kinji’s an ace, Aria strong-arms him into being her partner—but she isn’t the only femme fatale who wants a taste of his coveted combat skills. Aria gets Kinji for one mission, but he’ll end up with more than one finger on his trigger!
When four young wizards from the most destructive guild in Fiore team up to take jobs, they forge a bond more powerful than any magic and grow stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get burned!
Monkey D. Luffy is on a quest to become king of all pirates! With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy will never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!
Filed Under: Announcement, Simulcasts Tagged With: Attack on Titan Jr. High, Attack on Titan: Junior High, Concrete Revolutio, Dance with Devils, Doamayger-D, Fall Simulcast Season 2015, GARO: CRIMSON MOON, Heavy Object, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: Iron Blooded Orphans, Simucast 2015, STARMYU, The Asterisk War, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid