This year at the Funimation panel there may not have been any ground-breaking news, but some fun info was provided. For fans of anime, Funimation is a never-ending treasure trove of beloved television shows and movies, both new and old. It's the home of everything from Dragon Ball Z to more recent shows like My Hero Academia, anime.
As the panel began, the Funimation moderators discussed how are they were finally bringing they're Funimation Now app to the Playstation 4. This was met with the healthy round of applause as Funimation fans have long sought to have the streaming app made available for the PS4.
The panel continued with a lengthy discussion about simuldubs (essentially shows that as they are released over in Japan are simultaneously being shown in the United States, and have been sub-titled) what they were, and the process involved in teaming with various animation companies in Japan to make sure the shows are available for viewers in the United States with frightening quickness. There was also discussion of new simuldubs to look forward to the coming months.
There was a wide range of shows discussed, many of which have already started streaming, with a few beginning in the upcoming weeks. By all accounts it does appear as though Funimation is expanding its anime line, delivering a wide range of selections in an effort to attract audiences of all sorts.
You had everything from fan-favorites like Lupin the 3rd Part 4, which just started to more obscure new shows like In Another World With My Smartphone (coming out July 30th) and Convenience Store Boyfriends. Clearly Funimation is no longer holding anything back.
Additionally there will be a new theatrical release for this anime movie Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry coming soon; the subtitled screening will be in theaters on August fourteenth while dubbed screenings will be held on August 16th and 19th.
Lastly, while not breaking news, it bears mention that one of the more entertaining bits came from the revelation that all of Speed Racer was going to be released in one truly fantastic set, modeled to resemble the hero's head. It will be coming out on November 7.
For fans of anime, the Funimation panel was a wonderful excuse to laze about and simply appreciate that which brought us altogether.