Adam Wolfe writes for Bleeding Cool from New York Comic Con,
Unless you've been living under an anime-free rock, you probably know about FunimationNow, Funimation's anime streaming service. What sets it apart from say, Netflix, is the Simuldub. Essentially, instead of waiting for the "home release" version of your favorite anime to be released, then subsequently dubbed, Funimation can now dub shows mere days after they first appear in Japan.
So, what's new coming to FunimationNow? Well, I'm glad you asked. This Saturday, October 7th, FunimationNow will be hosting a 1 ½ hour pre-fight special to get you hyped for the fight of the year, Goku vs. Jiren. Funimation is going all out, as they have brought in professional E-sports shoutcasters, and anime talent to host and weigh in on what is sure to be a crazy fight. All of this will be available on FunimationNow for free and will lead into the one-hour Dragon Ball Super special. If you don't already have it by the weekend, you can start your 14-day FunimationNow trial.
Funimation has announced its new releases to stream subbed and dubbed, some of the highlights are:
Blood Blockade Battlefront and Beyond
A Sister is All You Need
Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Funimation is also hard at work beyond the realm of anime. The live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul is set to hit theaters October 16th-22nd. Now, I know what you're all thinking, "live-action adaptations of animes are more often than not complete trainwrecks." You aren't wrong, but what caught me by surprise was Lauren Moore, Funimation's Social Media Content Producer, acknowledging that you aren't wrong. Rather than giving a stiff corporate answer, she agreed with the shortcomings of most live-action adaptations, whilst still giving her seal of approval for Tokyo Ghoul as it actually sticks to the manga. I guess time will tell.
Funimation will also be releasing Shin Godzilla on Blue Ray and DVD. If you're a long time Godzilla fan like me and miss the classics, you have to pick this one up. It really captured the old energy from the classic films, without feeling dated.
Now for Funimation's Home release list:
Free: Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1
Dragon Ball Super: Golden Frieza Arc
Seven Deadly Sins
One Piece: Film Gold (think Oceans 11 but with stretchy pirates)
My Hero Academia: Season 1
Orange (Will include notes and letter written by the cast in the limited-edition release)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Future Diary (The completed series, with the OVAs)
Your Name. (To be released November 7th)
If you're looking for a throwback, this November Funimation will be releasing the complete Speed Racer + Mach GoGoGo collection. The set will include all of Speed Racer (English audio) the original Mach Gogogo (Japanese audio) and Mach Go Go Go: Restart (the 1997 remake). This 138-episode, 26 disc set will come to you in a giant bust of Speed's head, complete with an adjustable racing visor!
Now if you can get through all that content fast enough, here is what's coming at you for December:
My Hero Academia Season 3 (woo!)
Mob Psycho 100 Home Release: Standard and Limited Editions
And finally, the news that was released at New York Comic Con, Funimation will be providing Simuldubs of:
Garo: Vanishing Line
My Otome Zwei
My Otomo 0 s.ifr
That's a LOT of anime you should be watching!