FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming Attack on Titan: Chronicle (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime, on November 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

FUNimation is collaborating with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The film opened in Japan for a limited theatrical run on July 17, 2020, and it summarizes the 59 episodes of the first three seasons.

The Attack on Titan anime will have a fourth season, with new staff and the new animation studio MAPPA. Attack on Titan The Final Season will premiere on Japanese television on December 7, 2020. FUNimation will stream the anime with English subtitles and an English dub. Crunchyroll will also stream the anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Latin America.

Source: ANN

Sony Music Video Contents Streaming Across the Globe on FUNimation Services

Sony Music Labels Inc. is excited to announce that video contents owned by Sony Music will be streamed across the world through services from Funimation Global Group, LLC (FUNimation), an animation distribution company based in the United States. The first content will be the FLOW’s special concert FLOW Chokaigi 2020 -Anime Shibari Returns-. The concert will air exclusively beginning at 8 pm CST, November 13, 2020 on Funimation.com by FUNimation in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; Wakanim.tv by Wakanim in France, Russia, Denmark and Scandinavia; and AnimeLab by Madman in Australia and New Zealand. The concert will also stream on FUNimation in Mexico and Brazil when the service launches later in 2020.

Comments from FLOW

Anime Shibari Returns was a live performance that we definitely want to carry out to appreciate fans around the world who love our songs through anime works. The concert was held just before the coronavirus outbreak in February. The staff and voice actors from each anime work cooperated beyond the boundaries of different works and together we made a miracle night like no one else had ever made. I am glad that we can share this experience with people all over the world through FUNimation.

For now, we cannot meet you directly, but we’ll definitely perform live in front of you guys again. Please look forward to that time and enjoy Anime Shibari Returns! The highlight is from the beginning to the end, so rock out!

FUNimation Entertainment to Add the Project Scard: Scar on the Praeter Anime to Its Winter 2021 Lineup

The Fandom Post is reporting that FUNimation Entertainment will be adding the Project Scard: Scar on the Praeter anime to its Winter 2021 anime lineup. The series is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 9, 2021, and FUNimation will be detailing their release plans as it gets closer.

Project Scard: Scar on the Praeter is being directed by Shingo Suzuki based on the series composition by Tamazo Yanagi. Shingo Suzuki also worked on the character designs with GoHands handling the animation production. Keiji Tani and Makoto Furuta are on board as the chief animation directors.

The story of Project Scard: Scar on the Praeter is described as:

The series is set in the Akatsuki Special Ward in Tokyo, protected by men with a “Divine Tattoo” called the Scard. As such, the group is split into factions: The Helios, who utilize their tattoos to protect the city; Artemis, a security force protecting the organization; and the Public Security Special Service, the de facto police force of the city that maintain order.

Every day in Akatsuki is another day to fight on.

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation App Will Be Available on the Xbox Series X|S at Launch

FUNimation Entertainment has confirmed that its app will be available for the Xbox Series X console and Xbox Series S console at launch.

Microsoft will release its next-generation Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles on November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series X will retail at US$499, and the Xbox Series S will cost US$299.

While Microsoft has not specifically stated what apps will be on the Xbox Series X|S, the Microsoft Store is listing that apps like Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video are marked as being available on both new consoles.

FUNimation had previously announced that its app will be available on the PlayStation 5 at launch on November 12, 2020.

Source: ANN

Information on the English Dub for the Assault Lily Bouquet Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that FUNimation Entertainment has announced some of the details for the English dub of the Assault Lily Bouquet anime via Twitter.

According to the company’s tweet, the English dub is scheduled to premiere on FunimationNow on October 30, 2020.

The main cast of the English dub includes:

  • Sarah Wiedenheft is Riri Hitotsuyanagi
  • Lindsay Seidel is Yuyu Shirai
  • Dawn M. Bennett is Kaede Johan Nouvel

Tabitha Ray is directing the dub.

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the BEM: Become Human Anime Film

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream BEM: Become Human, the anime film based on the rebooted BEM anime series, starting on October 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The film will stream in Japanese with English subtitles.

Hiroshi Ikehata directed the film at Production I.G, and Atsuhiro Tomioka wrote the script. Mino Matsumoto provided the character designs for the movie, and Range Murata is credited with the original character designs.

The Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN movie is the latest project in the Yōkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem) franchise, and it opened in Japan on October 2, 2020.

Source: ANN

How to Discover Anime

In this day and age of streaming, it’s easier than ever to discover new anime. However, the main thing is knowing what streaming services are available. This post will be focusing on the legal streaming sites that I know exist, and will not include any anime pirate sites. Crunchyroll: This site is by far one of the largest out there that’s devoted to anime. It’s available in a lot of countries, although what titles are available on the service varies depending on what country you live in. Viewers can watch anime on the service for free, but for simulcasts, they are not able to see the most recent episode (simulcast episodes are delayed a week for free users). Also, there are commercials in the streams. However, in order to remove ads and to be able to see the most recent episodes, there are three subscriptions tiers. As of this writing, there is the “Fan” tier that costs $7.99/month, the “Mega Fan” tier that costs $9.99/month, and the “Ultimate Fan” tier that costs $14.99/month. FunimationNow: FUNimation Entertainment has its own streaming service called FunimationNow. Ad-free streams are available to users for $7.99/month. While anime can also be seen for free, access to content is limited and there are also ads included in the streams. Before deciding whether or not to pay the $7.99/month, potential subscribers can try the service with a 14 day free trial. HIDIVE: HIDIVE focuses primarily on anime streams, and it is available to users for $4.99/month. However, there is the ability for potential new subscribers to experience a 30 day free trial before committing. Unfortunately, it appears that unlike Crunchyroll and FunimationNow, Hulu does not provide any way for free users to watch their streams. RetroCrush: This anime streaming site focuses on older titles, hence the name RetroCrush. You can sign up for a RetroCrush Premium account for $4.99/month. There is also a one month free trial available. Users can watch streams for free, but there will be ads included in the streams. Tubi TV: Tubi has a wide range of content, and there are anime titles included in their streaming catalog. No subscription is required to use this service, so viewers can watch the site’s titles for free. The trade-off, though, is that the streams include ads. Netflix: Netflix has a wide array of titles, including anime. While this service has been getting some anime titles as “Netflix exclusives,” there’s usually a delay between when the series is airing in Japan and when Netflix adds these titles internationally. When new titles are added to the service, they put an entire season’s worth of episodes up, which allows viewers to binge watch an entire season or an entire series. As of this writing, there are three subscription tiers for the service: Basic is $8.99/month, Standard is $12.99/month, and Premium is $15.99/month. You have to be a paying member in order to watch anything on the service. Hulu: Hulu also includes more than just anime. As of this writing, Hulu has three plans: “Hulu” is $5.99/month, “Hulu (No Ads)” is $11.99/month, and “Hulu + Live TV” is $54.99/month. A one month free trial is available. The only way to watch anything for free on Hulu is to utilize the one month free trial. Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video is part of Amazon’s Prime service, and there is also a standalone Prime Video membership. As of this writing, a Prime Video membership costs $8.99/month. An Amazon Prime membership costs $12.99/month. Amazon Prime includes more than just anime. Crackle: Crackle is a service that includes more than just anime. They provide their titles for free and no membership is required, but there are ads included in the streams. Unlike many of the other services mentioned here, you can’t simply search for “anime” to find the anime they have on the service. You have to basically be looking for specific titles. While streaming is the best and easiest way to go about discovering anime, there are still a couple of “old fashioned” ways of discovering anime through physical media. If you have a library or a library system that has DVDs available, there’s a chance you might be able to find an anime title, depending on the library. I’m fortunate enough to live near Seattle, Washington, and have access to the King County Library System. Pre-COVID-19, I could easily place holds on items from other branches in the system and have them delivered to my local branch to check out. Unfortunately, holds are more complicated right now due to the pandemic, so this hasn’t really been a feasible option in recent months. At such a point that this pandemic is under control, it might be worth it for you to see if your local library or local library system has anime DVD releases in its catalog. And for those of you in the U.S. who are insomniacs or just stay up late, there’s Adult Swim’s “Toonami” block on Cartoon Network that runs late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. In more recent years, the block has been starting to get more anime into its lineup that’s more current than what the block used to feature. While you may not be right at the cutting edge of current anime if you watch “Toonami,” it’s still a way to sample anime if you can stay up that late. Of the options, streaming is definitely the easiest way to go about discovering new anime, and for most of the streaming sites, you can access the newest anime coming out of Japan as a simulcast. I may have missed or not thought about some anime streaming sites. If you notice an omission, please let me know in the comments so I can add them to this post. Additional posts about anime:

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Dub for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Anime and the Lead Cast

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that an English dub will be produced for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime, as well as the fact that FunimationNow will be streaming the dub. However, the announcement did not reveal when the English dub of the series will begin airing.

The English cast members for the three main characters have been announced:

  • Erica Mendez is Towa Higurashi
  • Kira Buckland is Setsuna
  • Morgan Berry is Moroha

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon premiered on Japanese television on October 3, 2020.

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation App Will Be Available on the PS5 at Launch

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that its FUNimation App will be available on the PlayStation 5 console at launch.

Other apps that will be available at launch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other apps will arrive later.

The PS5 will launch with an optional Media Remote device built for navigating the console’s media environment, and the remote will include dedicated launch buttons for Disney+, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.

The PS5 will launch in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea on November 12, 2020, and will launch in the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The PS5 will retail for US$499.99, and the PS5 Digital Edition (which does not include an optical disc drive) will retail for US$399.99.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Release a Dub of the Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Anime in 2021

Anime News Network is reporting that the site was told by FUNimation Entertainment that the company will be releasing an English dub of the Strike Witches: Road to Berlin anime in 2021.

This is the statement made by FUNimation:

FUNimation will be releasing a brand-new English dub for Strike Witches: Road to Berlin in 2021 for fans to enjoy, and we’ll be making an announcement on our social channels when we can. However, the simulcast version won’t be part of our fall season.

FUNimation announced earlier in October 2020 that it would begin simulcasting Strike Witches: Road to Berlin on October 7, 2020. However, the anime is no longer available on FUNimation’s streaming service.

Strike Witches: Road to Berlin premiered in Japan on October 7, 2020, and Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series on October 9, 2020.

Source: ANN