FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will hold the Funimation Con 2020 virtual anime convention on July 3-4, 2020. The company describes the event as “a two-day stream of cosplay meetups, industry panels, Q&A sessions, and more.”
This year’s Anime Expo convention was planned for July 2-5, 2020 in Los Angeles. The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation announced on April 17, 2020 that the event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is adding NIS America’s anime titles to its catalog.
FUNimation will add the following titles on May 5, 2020:
- Card Captor Sakura
- Love Live! School idol project (Season 2)
- Love Live! The School Idol Movie
- Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
FUNimation will add the following titles “soon”:
- Arakawa Under the Bridge (Seasons 1 and 2)
- Bunny Drop
- Chronicles of the Going Home Club
- Daily Lives of High School Boys
- The Eccentric Family
- Genshiken: Second Generation
- Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up
- Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
- Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow
- Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home (film)
- If Her Flag Breaks
- Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You (Seasons 1 and 2)
- Pandora Hearts
- YURUYURI (Seasons 1 and 2)
Kodansha Comics and FUNimation Entertainment have announced over Twitter that they are teaming up to host a series of weekly anime watch parties. The Kodansha Home Anime Club will host watch parties for some of FUNimation’s latest shows based on manga that Kodansha Comics has licensed. The first watch party is scheduled for May 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT and will air the first two episodes of Gleipnir.
FUNimation’s website lists how to stay prepped for and join the watch party:
- Sign up on FUNimation’s website before the watch party starts.
- Check FUNimation and Kodansha Comics’ Twitter feeds to stay up to date on watch party announcements.
- Join the conversation by using the hashtag #HomeAnimeClub.
Anime like Kakushigoto, Gal & Dino, and several others are lined up for the Kodansha Home Anime Club.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is collaborating with virtual reality theater company Bigscreen to offer anime films and live-action films through VR theater screening events and video-on-demand.
The streaming screening events will be available on a pay-per-view basis at 9:00 p.m. EST on the following dates:
- May 1, 2020: your name.
- May 8, 2020: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
- May 15, 2020: Akira
- May 21, 2020: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
- May 29, 2020: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- June 5, 2020: Sword of the Stranger
- June 12, 2020: I am a Hero
The following movies will be available through video-on-demand:
- your name.
- planetarian: storyteller of the stars
- The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu
- Strike Witches
- Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
- Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess
- Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
- Attack on Titan: Crimson Arrows
- Attack on Titan: The Wings of Freedom
- Shin Godzilla
- I am a Hero
- Parasyte Part 1
- Parasyte Part 2
- My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
- The Boy and The Beast
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble
- Death Note Light up the NEW world
- Death Note
- Death Note: The Last Name
- Eden of the East: Air Communication
- Eden of the East: The King of Eden
- Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
- Assassination Classroom the Movie: 365 Days’ Time
- Garo: Divine Flame
- Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
- Sword of the Stranger
- Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow
Bigscreen costs US$3.99 per view, and it is available with the Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Valve Index, SteamVR, and Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality headsets. In addition to the live-streaming events, the service offers 2D and 3D films on-demand with up to eight people per virtual theater room.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream new English-dubbed episodes of four anime in the coming week:
- My Hero Academia Episode 85: April 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
- Black Clover Episode 124: April 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
- Asteroid in Love Episodes 5 at 6: May 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
- Nekopara Episode 9: May 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
FUNimation had announced on March 18, 2020 that it had temporarily paused its production of its seasonal simuldubs for anime, as it is adjusting its simuldub production to allow for production members to work from home. Simuldubs are paused for shows from the Winter 2020 season and the Spring 2020 season. English-subtitled simulcast releases are still continuing as normal.
The company then released a new English-dubbed episode (Episode 84) of the My Hero Academia anime series on April 12, 2020. FUNimation explained that its staff have been “working around the clock” to find a way to bring more simuldub content to its website during the COVID-19 pandemic. Production team members and voice actors have set up remote dubbing stations from home.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming The irregular at magic high school anime with English subtitles in the United States and Canada on April 21, 2020. The company will also stream The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars anime film in the United States and Canada for two weeks only, starting on May 1, 2020.
The 26-episode television anime debuted in April 2014. The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars anime film opened in Japanese theaters in June 2017. Aniplex of America screened the film in theaters in the United States.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai) anime film for a limited time, starting on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET, until Monday, April 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Aniplex of America and Funimation Films screened the anime in the United States on October 2 and 3, 2019, and in Canada on October 4 and 5, 2019. Aniplex of America screened the United States premiere of the film at Anime Expo on July 7, 2020. Aniplex of America will release the film on Blu-ray Disc in North America on June 30, 2020.
Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl opened in Japanese theaters in June 2019.