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FUNimation ends licensing deal with Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment's office in Flower Mound, Texas

FUNimation Entertainment’s office in Flower Mound, Texas

For the last two years, Funimation and Crunchyroll have shared a license agreement where Funimation-licensed titles would also appear on the Crunchyroll streaming service. As of today, October 18th, 2018, Funimation has ended that agreement in order to pursue their own streaming services under FunimationNow.

This change will see “several hundred new shows” appear on FunimationNow, with the loss of some titles; the titles shared with Crunchyroll would continue with some minor changes. My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are a few of the series shared between the two companies. A finalized list of affected titles was not provided.

An added casualty of this is Funimation leaving the VRV streaming service on November 9th, 2018.

Crunchyroll streams anime series in Japanese with subtitles, where as Funimation was involved with dubbing shows and films in English and handling physical distribution through DVD and Blu-ray.

Sony Pictures Television announced their acquisition of a 95% stake in Texas-based Funimation on July 31st, 2017.

AT&T acquired Crunchyroll’s parent company Otter Media on August 7th, 2018.

Sources: Funimation, Crunchyroll

Fourth season of My Hero Academia announced

With the third season of My Hero Academia finished, a fourth season was announced on FUNimation’s Facebook page. U.A. High School’s Big Three (Mirio Togata, Nejire Hado, and Tamaki Amajiki) and the villain Overhaul are expected to be central to this story arc.

A date was not mentioned for when this upcoming season will air.

The popular action/superhero series is based on the manga by Kohei Horikoshi also recently had a feature film releasedMy Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Source: Facebook

My Hero Academia film coming to Cineplex theatres September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

When FUNimation revealed that the My Hero Academia would be coming to theatres in Canada and the United States in September 2018, there wasn’t a list immediately available of participating theatres for the great white north.

That list is now available, with a number of Cineplex locations across Canada (excluding Alberta, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) hosting multiple screenings in English, and in Japanese with English subtitles in late September.

  • Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP
    170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam, BC
  • Cineplex Cinemas Langley
    #20090, 91A Avenue, Langley, BC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas
    200-333 Brooksbank Avenue, N. Vancouver, BC
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl
    760 Topsail Road, St. John’s, NL
  • Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
    485 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON
  • SilverCity London Cinemas
    1680 Richmond Street, London, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON
  • SilverCity Burlington Cinemas
    1250 Brant Street, Burlington, ON
  • SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
    850 North May Street, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
    22 Lebovic Avenue, Toronto, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas
    2214 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
    7555 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
    72 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie, ON
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon and VIP
    347-2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Cineplex Cinemas Normanview
    420 McCarthy Boulevard North, Unit 26, Regina, SK

Be sure to check with the theatre for dates and times as they may change.

Source: Cineplex

Live-action Bleach movie coming to Netflix Sept 14, 2018

Tite Kubo’s Bleach has joined the ranks of other popular anime and manga receiving live-action feature films. Fans living outside of Japan can catch the live Bleach movie on Netflix later this month.

Identified as a Netflix Original title, Bleach revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki (portrayed by Sota Fukushi), a teenager pressed into service as an emergency soul reaper. In addition to guiding spirits through to the underworld, Ichigo uses his newfound powers to protect those in the living world from malevolent spectres known as Hollows. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, the film was released in Japan on July 20th, 2018.

Bleach becomes available on the Netflix streaming service Friday, September 14th, 2018.

Sources: Vulture, CB, Warner Bros.

My Hero Academia movie coming to Canada and US September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Plus Ultra! The heroes of Class 1-A are coming to the big screen this September in their first feature film. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen at select theatres in Canada and the US across five days in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English.

The announcement came earlier today at San Diego Comic Con when English voice actors Justin Briner and Christopher Sabat in an interview with IGN. Briner and Sabat lend their voices in the English dub of My Hero Academia which is licensed by FUNimation.

The English dub will screen on the September 25th, 27th, and 29th; the Japanese with English subtitles on September 26th and October 2nd.

Izuku Midoriya, alias Deku, a young hero in training, receives an invite to attend a Quirk expo with his idol All Might. At the event, Deku encounters Melissa, a girl who had a similar Quirkless upbringing. The fun doesn’t last as a group of villains override the complex’s security system, putting their evil plan in action. Can the heroes help stop these villains and save the day?

Source: FUNimation

Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere coming to select Cineplex locations in Canada

The titans are returning to the big screen. On July 10th and 11th, 2018, select Cineplex locations across Canada are hosting the Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere Event.

With the Female Titan subdued, Eren Jaeger must keep on fighting to stop even more Titans reach Wall Rose. Humanity’s chance at survival is now more dire than ever, with new revelations on these colossal creatures coming to light. And knowing whom to trust in this battle is getting harder and harder.

This movie is a recap of Attack on Titan Season 2 which is then followed by a premiere of Season 3 episode 1, a whole two weeks before it airs in Japan on July 22nd, 2018!

Canadian locations include:

  • Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
    Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary, AB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
    10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Dr., Oakville, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cinepex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin
    350 rue Emery, Montréal, QC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON

Sources: Kodansha Comics, Cineplex

YURI!!! on ICE movie to be released in 2019

A feature-length film of popular ice skating anime series, YURI!!! On ICE is coming in 2019. Titled YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE was announced at the end of the YURI!!! on ICE concert in Osaka, Japan on July 1st, 2018.

A brief trailer shows Yuri Katsuki’s Russian coach, Victor Nikiforov and his pet dog Makkachin, walking on a sandy beach before closing out with the staff credits. The story is written by Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto, with Yamamoto as director. Characters are designed by Tadashi Hiramatsu, based on the original designs by Kubo. The music will be composed by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsuhiba, with Keisuke Tominaga on the piano.

Source: YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE Official Site

Free! – Dive to the Future – to air July 2018 in Japan

Free! – Dive to the Future – Promotional Artwork

The boys from Iwatobi are back with the newest season of the popular swimming anime Free! – Dive to the Future – airing this July in Japan.

Out of high school and bound for college, Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina must now plan out their next steps in life. And that includes swimming.

Promotional artwork and video for the upcoming season includes Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina and mentions the title of a new theme song, Heading to Over, by OLDCODEX.

Free! – Dive to the Future – will air on ABC TV, TOKYO MX1, TV Aichi, and BS11 in Japan starting July 2018.

Source: Natalie

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie comes to Canadian theatres for one day only

On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, for one day only, select Cineplex locations across Canada will show a digital remastered re-release of the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie.

The burning sands of the Egyptian desert hide a frightening secret: the spirit of Anubis. Sealed away since the times of past, Anubis has reawakened following the discovery of his tomb and is ready to seek revenge. Yugi and his rival Kaiba must duel it out to save themselves, their friends and stop Anubis from achieving his evil plan.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will be shown dubbed in English. In addition to the film, fans can also catch the first episode of the sixth anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

US fans can catch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie in two showings on Sunday, March 11th and Monday, March 12th, 2018.

Sources: Cineplex, Fathom Events

Japanese pair skates to Yuri!!! on Ice song at Winter Olympics

How often is it you get to hear music from an anime at a sporting event? Japanese ice skaters Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara thrilled anime fans with a song from the series Yuri!!! on Ice for their pairs performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The song, titled Yuri on Ice, was used by the main character, Yuri Katsuki, as the song for his free-style skating in the hit 2016 anime.

It wasn’t long before social media lit up with reactions from those watching. Yuri!!! on Ice creator, Mitsurou Kubo, even responded with her approval on Instagram with a photo of the pair skating overlaid by an image of Principal Skinner from the Simpsons giving a thumbs up pose.

Mitsurou Kubo’s Instagram featured a still photo of her watching the duo.

Don’t expect to find too many videos of Suzaki’s and Kihara’s dance online; the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very strict over use of video taken at Olympic events.

Even the BBC reported on it, where it appeared in their trending news section.

Sources: Instagram, BBC

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