Funimation announced a slew of big announcements at their Otakon 2016 panel including a few dub cast lists, their release slate for November 2016 and even a few new licences and all are bound to keep you on your toes.

Funimation’s annual panel at Otakon took place and came with lots and lots of news. So let’s go through them all:

Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins

First up, Funimation announced they would be releasing the first live action Rurouni Kenshin film Part 1: Origins on DVD/Blu-ray on November 1, 2016 and most surprisingly, announced they have dubbed it. The English cast and crew are as follows:

Crew:

  • ADR Directors: Zach Bolton, Joel McDonald
  • ADR Engineers: Cris George, Peter Hawkinson

Cast:

  • Kenshin Himura: Micah Solusod
  • Kaoru Kamiya: Alexis Tipton
  • Sanosuke Sagara: Eric Vale
  • Megumi Takani: Trina Nishimura
  • Yahiko Myojin: Alison Viktorin
  • Hajime Saito: Robert McCollum
  • Jin’e Udo: John Swasey
  • Gein: Josh Grelle
  • Banjin Inui: Marcus Stimac
  • Aritomo Yamagata: Kent Williams
  • Kanryu Takeda: J. Michael Tatum

The movie is the first instalment in a trilogy adapting the manga of the same name, telling the story of a wanderer named Kenshin Himura, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai (or Battousai the Manslayer). After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.

Funimation Kenshin announcement

Overlord

Overlord will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on November 8, 2016, and the dub cast and crew is as follows:

Crew:

  • ADR Director: Kyle Phillips
  • ADR Engineers: Jeremy Woods, Domonique French
  • Lead Writer: Josh Grelle
  • Mix Engineer: Andrew Tips

Cast:

  • Ains Ooal Gown/Momonga: Chris Guerrero
  • Albedo: Elizabeth Maxwell
  • Shalltear Bloodfallen: Felecia Angelle
  • Narberal Gamma: Anastasia Munoz
  • Aura Bella Fiora: Jill Harris
  • Mare Bello Fiore: Megan Shipman
  • Demiurge: Jeff Johnson
  • Sebas Tian: Ed Blaylock
  • Cocytus: Bryan Massey
  • Clementine: Mikaela Krantz
  • Khajit Dale Badantel: Brad Venable
  • Gazef Stronoff: Ray Hurd
  • Nphirea Balear: Morgan Berry
  • Hamsuke: Heather Walker
  • Peter Mork: Clifford Chapin
  • Dyne Woondwonder: Ben Phillips
  • Lukrut Volve: Chris Wehkamp
  • Ninya: Lara Woodhull

The series follows Momonga, the remaining member of the Guild of Ainz Ooal Gown in the Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (DMMORPG) called Yggdrasil who finds himself permanently stuck in the game despite its servers being shut down and decides to make himself a legend in-game in the hopes of finding his old guildmates.

Funimation overlord announcement

Shimoneta

Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist will be released on November 29, 2016 and the English cast for it is:

  • Ayame: Jamie Marchi
  • Tanukichi: Josh Grelle
  • Goriki: David Wald
  • Anna: Monica Rial
  • Otome: Brittney Karbowski
  • Kosuri: Lara Woodhull
  • Hyoka: Mikaela Krantz
  • White Peak: Anthony Bowling
  • Narrator/Base Black: Christopher Sabat

The series takes place in a dystopian future where the Japanese government has cracked down on immoral behaviour, in particular anything sexual. Tanukichi Okuma wishes to lead a normal moral life in this society as he enters high school only to get kidnapped by classmate and student council vice-president Ayame Kajou, who is the terrorist “Blue Snow” and is forced to join her organisation, “SOX” in creating and spreading pornographic material across the city.

Funimation Shimoneta announcement

Hetalia: The World Twinkle

Hetalia: The World Twinkle will come out on DVD on November 8, 2016 with the following new English cast members added:

  • Britain: Taliesin Jaffe (replacing Scott Freeman)
  • Molossia: Cris George
  • Hutt River: David Matranga
  • Kugelmugel: Clifford Chapin
  • Ladonia: Justin Briner
  • Republic of Niko-Niko: Dallas Reid
  • Monaco: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Cameroon: M. Kyle Maitland
  • Davie: Dallas Reid

The World Twinkle is the sixth season in the long running comedy series Hetalia: Axis Powers, following the personifications of various countries in their many adventures that reference several political and historic events, while each character has cultural stereotypes that form their personalities.

Funimation Hetalia announcement

Monster Hunter: Stories Ride On

For upcoming acquisitions, Funimation announced that they had acquired and will be streaming the Monster Hunter: Stories Ride On anime, which is set to air in October 2016. The series is the first anime based on Capcom’s Monster Hunter game franchise and is specifically inspired by the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories game.

The series follows Ryuto, a young boy living in the Rider village of Hakum, who dreams of becoming the world’s best Rider (those who form bonds with monsters rather than hunt them). Having just turned 12, he sets out to find his own Otomon (the name for monsters who befriend riders) for himself before the ceremony where he is given his own Kizuna Ishi (Bonding Stones that can awaken the hidden power inside monsters). Together with his childhood friends Shuval and Lilia, and his partner Naviloo, he sets out deep into the forest, and has a miraculous encounter with a Rathalos.

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Funimation’s November 2016 Releases

All these announcements were capped off with Funimation announcing their full release slate for November, 2016:

November 1
– Ergo Proxy: Compete Collection (Blu-ray)
– Psychic School Wars (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Snow White with the Red Hair: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Rurouni Kenshin, Part 1: Origins (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Live-Action)

November 8
– Hetalia – The World Twinkle: Complete Collection (DVD)
– Omamori Himari: Complete Collection (DVD)
– Overlord: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo LE)
– Sky Wizards Academy: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Sword of the Stranger (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

November 15
– Castle Town Dandelion: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Chaos Dragon: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

November 22
– Aquarion Logos, Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun: Complete Collection (DVD)
– One Piece: Season 8, Part 4 (DVD)
– Prison School: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Summer Wars (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Hosoda Collection)

November 29
– Death Parade: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Heavy Object, Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
– Shimoneta: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo LE)

Among these releases were the surprise acquisitions of Sword of the StrangerGood Luck! Ninomiya-kunOmamori Himari and Psychic School Wars. The latter featuring the English cast of:

  • Kenji Seki: Graham Halstead
  • Natsuki Suzura: Cassandra Lee Morris
  • Kahori Harukawa: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
  • Ryoichi Kyogoku: Daniel J. Edwards

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They also noted their plans to release the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA series in early 2017, with the first episode of this long awaited OVA series having its US premiere at Otakon on August 14, 2016.

So that does it for all of Funimation’s big news for Otakon 2016. What do you think? Are you excited for such a big release slate in November? Do you like all the cast announcements so far? Or are you excited that Akito the Exiled is finally on its way? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted by Jonathan Rizko

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