Anime Expo 2014

by Bamboo Dong,

The Funimation panel was delayed an hour due to a previous event running late, leaving attendees waiting outside the convention center in the sweltering heat. Eventually, it happened, spearheaded by the energetic duo of Brand Manager Michelle Lee and Senior Manager of Social Strategy and Development Justin Rojas.

The two started the panel with an overview of Funimation's online presence, including social media outlets like Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and more. As for where fans could catch their shows, the company has several series on Cartoon Network's Toonami, including One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Space Dandy, Attack on Titan, and others.

Fans can also catch their series on demand on services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, as well as Xbox, Playstation Network, Google Play, and Funimation's own Funimation Channel, which allows subscribers to catch the dubs of The Devil is a Part-Timer, Hetalia, and Senran Kagura.

Funimation is simulcasting several series as well. Continuing series include Fairy Tail and One Piece, as well as the second seasons of Free! and Space Dandy. New titles simulcasting this season include Terror in Resonance, which premiered at Anime Expo this weekend, Tokyo Ghoul, and Shonen Hollywood.

The panelists showed trailers the last three series, as well as the ending sequence from Free! Eternal Summer, the second season of Kyoto Animation's swimming anime, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. In addition to streaming rights, Funimation also has the home video rights for Free! Eternal Summer.

Attendees were also shown trailers for current and upcoming releases, including Wolf Children, Dragonball Z season 5 BD, One Piece season 5 part 6, Fairy Tail part 10, Attack on Titan part 1, Karneval, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, The Devil is a Part Timer, Hetalia season 5, HAL, Senran Kagura, Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Border 3, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Those who missed the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods screening event at Anime Expo can look for the movie to come to a theater in select nationwide locations in early August.

For new series, Funimation has the streaming and home video rights for Barakamon, as well as Sengoku Basara: Judge End, Black Butler: Book of Circus, the extended edition of Psycho-Pass, and Psycho-Pass season 2. In addition, the company has the home video rights for Psycho-Pass the Movie.

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