I might be in the minority but I love Funimation’s Simuldubs. They are producing mostly high-quality dubs at an insane rate. It can’t be easy for anyone involved but I love them for giving me a way to enjoy series in a whole new way after I’ve watched them subbed.
With that out of the way, Funimation has announced their premiere schedule for the summer season which reads as follows:
ISLAND – July 21 Angels of Death – July 23 Harukana Receive – July 24 Chio’s School Road – July 25 Hanebado! – July 25 How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord – July 25 The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – July 28 Magical Girl Raising Project – July 29 Overlord III – July 31 Free! Dive to the Future – August 2 Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King – August 2 Dies irae – August 28
What’s interesting to me about this is that Funimation isn’t dealing with different start times for each series and instead are just listing every series with a 4:00 pm Eastern start time. Additionally, you’ll notice that Attack on Titan Season 3 also isn’t listed among the simuldubs which makes me wonder if Funimation has something bigger in store for it (I mean besides the AX screening… and the theatrical screening).
There are a number of series on this list that I am looking forward to checking out including the third season of Free! but none more so than Magical Girl Raising Project. I raved about this series on the Otakusphere podcast and will continue to do so for a long time to come.
If you like dark magical girl series and missed it the first time around, this is not one that you’ll want to miss.
Forgive me fellow anime brethren, for I have sinned.
While I have watched the Cowboy Bebop TV series, I just never got the chance to watch the Cowboy Bebop movie despite the many, many times that it’s been released and re-released. The shame, it washes over me. The good news for people like me though is that Funimation aims to fix that!
For two nights next month, Funimation will be screening the Cowboy Bebop movie in theaters across the nation. On August 15, the movie will be screened in the original Japanese with subtitles and on August 16 the movie will be screened in English.
The movie, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, originally opened in 2001 and has been screened in US theaters before. It’s also been released to DVD about a half dozen times over the years.
Funimation describes the movie as:
Caught up in a world of dreams, lost in the cruelty of reality.
What should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind’s head, Spike and the Bebop crew are ready to collect a much-needed reward. Unfortunately, the gang’s about to find themselves in more trouble than money when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween—effectively killing everyone on Mars. With little time and leads that seem more dreamy than helpful, they’ll have to use their own bag of tricks to stop a dangerous plot.
Day 2 of Anime Expo didn’t have nearly as much news as days 0 and 1 but we still got plenty of good stuff, including our first look at the highly anticipated third TV season of Sword Art Online. Want to know more? Keep reading!
– Remember that live action Gundam movie I mentioned yesterday? Here is the announcement video.
– Fantasy light novel Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? (So I’m a Spider, So What?) will receive a TV anime adaptation.
– New Licenses: SSSS.Gridman (coming fall 2018), 1987 anime Zillion(subtitle only, coming October 2018)
Sad news for those of us who are watching the simuldub of My Hero Academia on Funimation. Earlier this weekend it was revealed that the simuldub is undergoing a bit of a timing change.
While up to this point Funimation has been fantastic about releasing the new dubbed episodes the same day as the subbed episodes, this streak is now coming to an end.
According to the announcement, My Hero Academia will now be released on a two-week delay starting with episode 50. That means that the next episode of My Hero Academia won’t be hitting the website until July 7 with future episodes being posted weekly after that. Womp womp.
This is understandable, but still a kick to the gut for those of us who have been watching this series week to week on Funimation. I’d like to say that hopefully, Funimation will be able to get back on track for same-day release, but that doesn’t appear to be happening at any point in the near future. I guess the rest of us will just have to tiptoe through the wilds of the internet to avoid spoilers from here on out. How sad for us.
Following up on yesterday’s simulcast news, Funimation is stepping up next to follow up with their own huge list of simuldubs, which will be hitting their website this summer. While many of these titles were obviously going to be there (Attack on Titan and Overlord III for instance), there are some surprises hidden within the announcements that will please plenty of fans.
Keep in mind that most of these titles do not have streaming premiere dates as of yet (I have listed the Japanese air dates, however, along with information on how fans can see these series as soon as possible such as via theatrical or convention screenings) but as soon as more details emerge, we’ll do our best to report on them here.
Starting things off, we’re going to go through the sequels and continuing series that have been announced along with their plot synopsis:
Attack on Titan Season 3 –
After recovering Eren and Historia, the recruits are put under the care of Levi. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere, Hange subjects Eren to a series of experiments in an attempt to find out more about his ability. But when their link to the secrets behind the wall is murdered, the squad must move out and find a new refuge. Except, a figure from Levi’s past has his own plans to stop them.
It premieres in Japan on July 22 but Funimation has already announced that they will be premiering the first episode of the new season along with the second season recap movie in early July so be sure to check your local listings if you want to be among the first to see it!
My Hero Academia Season 3 –
Summer is here, and the heroes of Class 1-A and 1-B are in for the toughest training camp of their lives! A group of seasoned pros pushes everyone’s Quirks to new heights as the students face one overwhelming challenge after another. Braving the elements in this secret location becomes the least of their worries when routine training turns into a critical struggle for survival.
Black Clover –
Asta and Yuno live in a world where magic is everything. While Yuno excels with powers, Asta is completely powerless. But when they receive their grimoires, the outcome shocks everyone! Who will become the next Wizard King?
Steins;Gate 0 –
A divergent continuation of the original Steins;Gate ending, Steins;Gate 0 explores an alternate worldline where Okabe abandons time travel. While attempting to forget past traumas and get his life back on track, he meets an AI that re-opens old wounds.
Overlord III –
A continuation of this fantasy series about a man trapped in an MMO that was supposed to be shut down.
No premiere date has been listed for this one beyond “July,” but fans who are attending Anime Expo will be able to check out an advanced screening.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits –
A young girl is kidnapped by an ogre who tells her that she has been promised to him as a bride by her now deceased grandfather in order to settle a huge debt.
Now… what about the new stuff? Funimation has you covered!
How NOT to Summer a Demon Lord – Based off the light novel series (licensed by J-Novel Club), the story is described as:
In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to a world outside his own– but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They perform an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability <> activates! Instead, it is the girls who become enslaved! Though Takuma may be the strongest Sorcerer there is, he has no idea how to talk with other people. It is here he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game! “Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!” So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!
This one premieres in Japan on July 5.
The Master Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – Another adaptation of a light novel series (also licensed by J-Novel Club), it is described as:
Some urban legends are best left untested! Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.
The Japanese premiere date for this title is listed as July 7.
Angels of Death – An adaptation of the manga series (licensed by Yen Press), the story for this one is described as:
When Rachel Gardner wakes up in the basement of an unfamiliar building, she finds herself face-to-face with Zack, a serial killer wrapped from head to toe in bandages. Narrowly escaping his bloody scythe, she makes it to the next floor, where she meets a man named Danny who claims to be her doctor. Rachel breathes a sigh of relief, but she can’t help noticing that Danny’s got a strange look in his eyes…
Japan will be getting its first glimpse of this series on July 6.
Magical Girl Raising Project – Now we come to the final addition to the list, which originally premiered a few seasons ago, but is finally getting a dub this summer. Funimation describes it as:
For the girls of N-City, being a magical girl is a dream come true! At least, online it is. When a lucky few are given the chance to be real-life magical heroines, their lives go from sweet to deadly. And after the city decides to halve the magical girl numbers, what once seemed like a race for glory becomes a desperate fight for survival. Cute turns wicked in the prettiest death game around.
This series originally premiered in the fall of 2016, so it’s a couple of years old now, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable than anything else on this list!
Are you excited to check out anything on this list after it premieres? Sound off in the comments!
This is news that a few of us already knew about but wasn’t widely reported on until Funimation made it official yesterday via social media. If you’ve never seen the vampire horror series Shiki, you have until June 30 before it disappears off Funimation’s catalog.
The series first premiered in Summer 2010 and was licensed by Funimation a few days before it premiered. While it rarely gets brought up as one of the best horror series ever, those who have seen it know that they watched something special even if they didn’t truly appreciate it at the time.
Funimation describes it as:
As citizens of a secluded village die off in alarming numbers, the head doctor tries desperately to save them—but his efforts are in vain. Panic and disillusionment run rampant as loved ones’ corpses rise from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting and hallucinogenic, Shiki stares into the hearts of both the hunter and the hunted—and blurs the line between man and monster.
This just serves as a reminder that licenses don’t last forever so if you want to watch something or buy something, strike while the iron is hot. Remember Baccano? It goes for over $200 on Amazon right now. Black Butler? Almost $100.
Shiki is about to join an elite group of series that never got their time in the spotlight. Series such as FLAG, Petite Princess Yucie, Now and Then Here and There, and others are part of this special club and sadly Shiki is becoming one of them. At least it’s still up on Crunchyroll.