Anime Expo 2014 – Funimation panel

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The Funimation Panel started an hour later than planned, but once everyone filled Petree Hall, the panel began. It was hosted by Funimation Brand Manager Michelle Lee and Senior Manager of Social Strategy and Development Justin Rojas.

Justin and Michelle began the panel by talking Funimation’s social media which includes Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and Tumblr along with where you can watch different Funimation shows, like Toonami, the Funimation streaming service, Hulu, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Netflix.

Speaking of the Funimation streaming service, a new 12-month option is available that will go for $54.95. This gives anime fans a totally different option compared to the $7.95 monthly fee, saving you nearly 40% while still giving you all the same access to your favorite series and simulcasts which includes the new Fairy Tail anime, One Piece, the second season of Free! and Space Dandy

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The service also includes early screenings of upcoming dubbed series like Senran Kagura, The Devil Is a Part Time and Hetalia.

And new simulcasted titles this season include Terror in ResonanceTokyo Ghoul, and Shōnen Hollywood.

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Anime Expo 2014 also hosted the world premiere of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods which will be heading to select theaters in August. With it being the first new Dragon Ball Z movie in 17 years and written by Akira Toriyama, it just shows how much Dragon Ball is still part of anime to this day with fans around the world.

Next we were introduced to all the upcoming releases on DVD and Blu-ray from Funimation which includes: Wolf Children, Dragon Ball Z season 5 BD, One Piece season 5 part 6, Fairy Tail part 10, Attack on Titan part 1, Karneval, and A Certain Scientific Railgun S which are all available now. We also saw trailers for upcoming titles The Devil is a Part Timer, Hetalia season 5, HAL, Senran Kagura, and Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 3 which will be released at a later date. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate premiered at Anime Expo after the Funimation panel concluded.

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Justin also talked about offering special Limited Edition versions that are only available at the Funimation website to give fans more bang for their buck. The Attack on Titan Part 1 Collector’s Edition does just that (once they sell out they are gone).

To end the panel a few new recent picks ups were announced which included the One Piece: Film Z movie; A Certain Magical Index II along with the movie; streaming rights and video rights to Barakamon, Sengoku Basara: Judge End; Black Butler: Book of Circus which returns to the manga route; and Psycho-Pass,which includes the extended edition of the first season with new moments in the anime, season 2 of Psycho-Pass and the movie.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.