FUNimation Announces New Broadcast Dubs and Live Stream Talk Show
Just three months after unveiling its Broadcast Dubs, FUNimation is expanding this initiative to include 10 new shows for the Winter 2015 season, as well as a brand-new live stream talk show in partnership with ScrewAttack Entertainment.
For fans new to FUNimation Broadcast Dubs, select series are dubbed in English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. This allows dub fans to experience the shows as soon as possible. They are available exclusively for FUNimation All-AccessPass subscribers, commercial-free and streaming in 1080 HD.
“The overwhelmingly positive response to Broadcast Dubs and the performance of the first two series—Psycho-Pass 2 and Laughing Under the Clouds—made it clear that we’re on the right path. We realize that this is where the future is headed,” commented FUNimation’s founder and CEO, Gen Fukunaga.
“We’ve listened closely to our fans and have made changes in both our content offering and technical streaming experience. Broadcast Dubs, combined with our Sub Pass, tent pole titles, industry leading library, and technical improvements, have really accelerated subscription streaming growth. We’re committed to giving our fans more anime and more ways to watch,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP & Chief Operating Officer.
On February 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central, FUNimation will premiere its new two-hour primetime block of anime content, featuring three of the Broadcast Dub shows of the season and a new live discussion and recap show, DubbleTalk. Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore, will join ScrewAttack’s Chad James and fans for episode recaps, fan questions and answers, special guest appearances, contests, and much more every Wednesday night on Funimation.com and on Twitch.tv.
The schedule for the Wednesday night block is:
8:00 p.m. ET: Assassination Classroom
8:30 p.m. ET: Death Parade
9:00 p.m. ET: Tokyo Ghoul A
9:30 p.m. ET: DubbleTalk
While the Broadcast Dub launches on FUNimation.com are for All-AccessPass subscribers only, DubbleTalk will be available to all viewers.
Additionally, the following series will be getting the Broadcast Dub treatment this season:
- The Rolling Girls – Saturdays at 12:58 p.m. ET starting on February 21, 2015
- World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman – Sundays at 11:05 a.m. ET starting on February 22, 2015
- Kamisama Kiss Season 2 – Mondays at 1:35 p.m. ET starting on February 23, 2015
- Absolute Duo – Mondays at 1 p.m. ET starting on March 16, 2015
- Yuri Kuma Arashi – Mondays at 1:30 p.m. ET starting on March 16, 2015
- Yona of the Dawn Season 2 – Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting on March 17, 2015
- Maria the Virgin Witch – Sundays at 9:30 a.m. starting on March 22, 2015
Following the release of the Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the Blu-ray/DVD release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast.