While it may not have the long lines or wonderfully-priced "dirty water dogs" of the old ways of "con-ing," FunimationCon is doing its best to still give anime fans all of the news and previews they expect. Not looking to waste any time, Funimation announced Friday morning that it was partnering with VIZ Media to bring the original Naruto series to the streaming service. That's right: starting July 6, all 220 original episodes will be subbed, dubbed, and ready to stream in the United States and Canada.
Whether it's for the first time or the 12th time, Funimation subscribers will be able to join Naruto Uzumaki and the young ninjas of Team 7 as they begin to complete missions for the Hidden Leaf Village and grow up together into powerful shinobi. Originating as a manga written and illustrated by the legendary Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is considered by many to be one of the biggest influences on both manga and anime. Known for its layered storytelling and strong character development, the manga would go on to sell over 235 million copies worldwide. The global success of the manga would result in Studio Pierrot and Aniplex adapting the black-and-white pages into an anime that first premiered in Japan in October 2002 and would go on to air for five seasons, ending in February 2007.
Whether the first time or the 50th time, witness the beginning of his journey.
— Funimation (@FUNimation) July 3, 2020
Running Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, FunimationCon is an opportunity for anime fans to gather in a virtual setting and enjoy informative panels and sessions, share cosplay photos, chat, attend screenings, get autographs, and shop. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the folks at Funimation have made the effort to offer online attendees as many of the features that were offered to those who came out to the physical event.