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English Dub Cast for K: Missing Kings Film

Revealed by Viz Media

Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the K film, K: Missing Kings, at New York Comic Con on Friday.

The cast, recorded at Studiopolis under director Suzanne Goldish, includes:

Sam Regal as Tashiro Isana
Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami
Stephanie Sheh as Neko
Patrick Seitz as Reisi Munakata
Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Anna Kushina
Robbie Daymond as Nagare Hisui
Chris Hackney as Yukari Mishakuji
Quinton Flynn as Kotosaka
Cheremi Leigh as Douhan Hirasaka
Keith Silverstein as Mikoto Suoh
Lucien Dodge as Tatara Totsuka
Todd Haberkorn as Izumo Kusanagi
Ben Diskin as Misaki Yata
Grant George as Rikio Kamamoto
Johnny Yong Bosch as Saruhiko Fushimi
Kirk Thornton as Daikaku Kokujoji
Christopher Smith as Shohei Akagi
Steve Staley as Himori Akiyama
Carrie Keranen as Seri Awashima
Janice Kawaye as Kukuri Yukizome
Seth Walther is handling the adaptation.

The film premiered in Japan on July 12, 2014. Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in North America, starting in Los Angeles in July 2015.

The official website for the film outlined the story:

The “Academy Island Incident” in which all four “kings” cross paths... Since then, Silver Clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Shiro. Without finding any clues to Shiro's whereabouts, the two became disheartened.

Escaflowne English Dub Clip Shows Van Awakening Escaflowne

Released By Funimation

Funimation's official YouTube channel began streaming a clip on Wednesday for its new English dub of the The Vision of Escaflowne television anime series. The clip previews a dubbed scene from the show's second episode, showing Van awakening and riding the titular machine Escaflowne for the first time.

Funimation will release a Blu-ray Disc collector's edition that will include both the television series and the film, and will also release the film and both halves of the television anime on separate Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs. All releases are slated for October 18.

The original anime series aired in Japan in 1996 and Bandai Entertainment previously released the series with an English dub. Funimation launched a Kickstarter in February to gauge interest in a new English dub that would cover the director's cut of the series. The Kickstarter reached its goal of US$100,000 within three days of launching, and ended in March with US$318,784 raised by 2,058 backers.

The anime centers on high school student Hitomi. One day, Hitomi is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea, where she meets boy prince Van Fanel, and is caught up in his quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the ominous Zaibach empire. On the way, she discovers a hidden ability and strives to unravel layers of mystery surrounding Van, his past, and the giant machine known as Escaflowne.​

Castle Town Dandelion English Dub Trailer

Streamed by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Tuesday.

The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, includes:

Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada
Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada
Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada
Michelle Rojas as Kanade Sakurada
Josh Grelle as Haruka Sakurada
Jad Saxton as Misaki Sakurada
Sarah Wiedenheft as Hikari Sakurada
Jeannie Tirado as Teru Sakurada
Kristin Sutton as Shiori Sakurada
Phil Parsons as Soichiro Sakurada
Stephanie Young as Satsuki Sakurada
Jill Harris as Hana Sato
Kristen McGuire as Karen Ayugase
Brittany Lauda as Anzu Shirogane
Anthony Bowling as Fukushima
Alexis Tipton as Sachiko Komesawa
Sonny Strait as Koji Matsuoka
Chuck Huber as Kusunoki
Alex Organ as Mr. Mashima
Lynsey Hale as Hitomi Ichijo
Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Saotome
Sara Ragsdale as Nanao
Felecia Angelle as Uzuki
Caitlin Glass as Shizuru
Natalie Hoover as Chika
Tyson Rinehart as Takeda

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 15.

It Describes the Anime:

The Sakuradas are a perfectly normal family living in a perfectly normal apartment. Except that their father happens to be a king, making them all royalty. And they're watched by over 200 surveillance cameras and are kind of their own reality show! There's also the fact that each sibling has their own special power.

Ok maybe they're not so normal after all!

The nine Sakurada siblings have a common goal to become king! But only one can hold the throne, so they must compete to win the hearts and votes of their people. For one year, they'll campaign their hardest and prove who is most fit to be king. That means making speeches, showing off their special skills, and even becoming pop idols?! But campaigning is easier for some than others. Especially with powers like transportation, creating clones, or even materializing anything you want! But for middle sister Akane, even the power to control gravity won't be enough to help her. Between the constant surveillance and embarrassing situations galore, Akane has a long way to go to prove she's a worthy candidate.

Only one super-powered sibling can take the throne! Who will win the crown?

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Death Parade English Dub

Video Preview by Funimation

Funimation will release series in standard, limited edition BD/DVD combo packs on November 29.

Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Death Parade television anime on Tuesday. The video previews scenes from the anime, and teases Funimation's limited edition release for the anime.

Funimation will release the series on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. While the video does not list the home video release's shipping date, Funimation's official website lists the release of both the standard and limited edition for November 29.

Funimation describes the anime:

When two people die at the same time, they're sent to a place that's neither heaven nor hell: a lavish bar between worlds where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: if you win you live again, if you die you're gone for good. Decim is the bartender charged with serving the souls who enter Quindecim. He may make a mean cocktail, but his true profession is to play the role of arbiter:a judge who determines whether or not a soul is worthy of reincarnation.

To aid in his judgment, the bar's patrons are forced to play simple games laced with sadistic twists designed to bring their true natures to light. To Decim, judgment has always been black and white -- that is until he meets a mysterious young woman whose fate seems impossible to decide. His indecision shakes the very foundation of the games and raises the biggest question of all: who is fit to judge the dead?

The anime premiered in January 2015. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan with English subtitles, along with an English broadcast dub.

Yuzuru Tachikawa returned to direct the series at Madhouse, and as with the original Death Billiards short that inspired this anime, he also provided the scripts, original concept, and storyboards. Shinichi Kurita also returned as character designer and animation director.

Castle Town Dandelion Anime's English Dub Cas

Brought To You by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Monday.

The cast, under ARD director Clifford Chapin, includes:

Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada, Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada, Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada

Michelle Rojas as Kanade Sakurada, Josh Grelle as Haruka Sakurada, Jad Saxton as Misaki Sakurada

Sarah Wiedenheft as Hikari Sakurada, Jeannie Tirado as Teru Sakurada, Kristin Sutton as Shiori Sakurada

Phil Parsons as Soichiro Sakurada, Stephanie Young as Satsuki Sakurada, Jill Harris as Hana Sato

Kristen McGuire as Karen Ayugase, Brittany Lauda as Anzu Shirogane, Anthony Bowling as Fukushima

Alexis Tipton as Sachiko Komesawa, Sonny Strait as Koji Matsuoka, Chuck Huber as Kusunoki

Alex Organ as Mr. Mashima, Lynsey Hale as Hitomi Ichijo, Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Saotome

Sara Ragsdale as Nanao, Felecia Angelle as Uzuki, Caitlin Glass as Shizuru, Natalie Hoover as Chika, and Tyson Rinehart as Takeda

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 15.

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Aquarion Logos Anime's English Dub Cast

Revealed by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Aquarion Logos television anime on Monday.

The cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins, includes:

Todd Haberkorn as Akira Kaibuki
Luci Christian as Maia Tsukigane
Alexis Tipton as Kokone Kikogami
Eric Vale as Hayato Kujo
Josh Grelle as Tsutomu Domon
Jason Liebrecht as Subete Kanzaki
Caitlin Glass as Sakurako Soda
Tia Ballard as Shoko Iwagami
Jeremy Inman as Kento Yoshida
Justin Cook as Suzuki
Kara Edwards as Okazaki
Ian Sinclair as Tanaka
Sarah Wiedenheft as Oura
Barry Yandell as Ito
Brandon Potter as Shinji Hatano
R Bruce Elliott as Sougon Kenzaki
Colleen Clinkenbeard as Nesta
Jamie Marchi as Ranko Umanagi

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 22.

It describes the anime:

Long ago, the human voice defined the true nature of everything. That is, until text� came along and opened up the Logos World, a futuristic battlefield where monsters loom. These monsters, known as M.J.B.K., are spawned from texts injected with the magical syringe of Master Sougon, the mysterious gatekeeper of all written word. When these texts are injected, their concept on Earth is erased, and an M.J.B.K. is born in the Logos World. Lucky for humanity, there are a group of young-gun heroes known as the Verbalism Club who counter the text monsters with their Aquarion vectors and the art of voice. It's up to self-proclaimed savior Akira Kaibuki and the rest of the Verbalism Club to protect the world from being erased as long as their silly antics don't get in the way.

The 26-episode anime premiered in July 2015, and Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

Eiichi Sato directed Aquarion Logos at the studios Satelight and C2C. Jun Kumagai, Yuniko Ayana, and Mariko Mochizuki wrote the scripts. Takashi Mamezuka designed the characters, and also served as chief animation director. R.O.N composed the music.​

Digimon Adventure tri. English Dub Clip Features T.K., Kari

Featuring T.K. and Kari

Toei Animation began streaming an English dub clip from Digimon Adventure tri. on Thursday. The clip features a conversation between T.K. (Johnny Yong Bosch) and Kari (Tara Sands).

Toei previously streamed a clip featuring the main returning female cast and their Digimon partners.

The English dub cast includes:

Joshua Seth as Tai (returning)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Sora (returning)
Cherami Leigh as Biyomon
Melodee M. Spevack as Birdramon (returning)
Tom Fahn as Agumon (returning)
Kyle Hebert as Greymon
Mona Marshall as Izzy (returning)
Jeff Nimoy as Tentomon, Kabuterimon (returning)
Cristina Vee as Meiko Mochizuki
Kate Higgins as Meicoomon
Robbie Daymond as Joe
R. Martin Klein as Gomamon (returning)
Philece Sampler as Mimi (returning)
Anna Garduno as Palmon (returning)
Mari Devon as Togemon (returning)
Doug Erholtz as Nishijima
Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K.
Laura Summer as Patamon (returning)
Dave Mallow as Angemon (returning)
Tara Sands as Kari
Kate Higgins as Gatomon, Himekawa
Vic Mignogna as Matt
Kirk Thornton as Gabumon, Garurumon (returning)

While several of the cast members are returning from Digimon Adventure, Daymond is replacing Michael Lindsay as Joe, Higgins is replacing Edie Mirman as Gatomon, Bosch is replacing Wendee Lee and Doug Erholtz(Digimon Adventure 02) as T.K., Sands is replacing Lara Jill Miller as Kari, Mignogna is replacing Michael Reiszas Matt, Leigh is replacing Tifanie Christun as Biyomon, and Hebert is replacing Michael Lindsay as Greymon.

One Piece: Heart of Gold Anime Special Getting Dubbed

Getting Dubbed by Funimation

The NBC Dallas-Fort Worth station aired a segment on Texas-based FUNimation Entertainment on Wednesday that reveals that Funimation is dubbing the One Piece: Heart of Gold anime special (the clip showing the dub of the special starts at 2:05 in the linked video).

Funimation has not yet officially announced a release format or date for the dub.

Funimation and Crunchyroll both streamed the special with English subtitles in July after it aired.

The two-hour special aired in Japan on July 16. The special ties in to One Piece Film Gold, which opened in Japan on July 23 and will screen in 33 countries worldwide.

The One Piece: Heart of Gold special's story centers around a mysterious treasure called "Pure Gold" that even Gild Tesoro desires. The Straw Hat Pirates meet a girl named Olga who knows the treasure's location, and together they sail to the legendary island Alchemi. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda drew the designs for the new characters as well as new costume designs for the Straw Hat Pirates for the special.​

Funimation's Birdy the Mighty: Decode Rights Expire

Expires This October

FUNimation Entertainment announced in a blog post on Friday that its streaming and home video license for the Birdy the Mighty: Decode television anime series will expire on October 14. After that time, Funimation will remove the anime from streaming, and will not reprint the DVDs after they have sold out.

Funimation describes the series:

Birdy is a jaw-dropping, pin-up sensation with a secret. Under cover of darkness, this dream girl becomes a bad guy's worst nightmare. Birdy dons her crime-fighting costume and hits the street as a lethal, interstellar federation agent charged with nailing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. Her latest case involves a gang of extraterrestrial terrorists and a stolen space weapon that could nuke every living thing on Earth. Birdy's got the moves to stop them dead in their tracks, but there's one big problem: she's got a nasty habit of going berserk, and somebody always gets hurt. Yeah, Birdy may be dreamy, but she's also the only thing more dangerous than the bad guys.

The first 13-episode season aired in 2008, and the second 12-episode season, titled Birdy the Mighty Decode:02, aired in 2009. The anime series is the second anime adaptation of the Birdy the Mighty manga from Masami Yuuki, the manga artist of Mobile Police Patlabor. Funimation released separate sets of both seasons on DVD in 2010, before releasing a set featuring both seasons on DVD in 2011.

Funimation then released both seasons again in a set as part of its S.A.V.E. collection in 2013. The second season set and the 2011 and 2013 sets also included the 2009 Birdy the Mighty Decode: The Cipher video anime episode.​

Dub Cast for Rio - Rainbow Gate! Anime

Media Blasters Reveals Cast

Media Blasters announced the full English dub cast for the Rio - Rainbow Gate! television anime series at Liberty City Anime Con in New York on Friday.

The full cast includes:

Amber Lee Connors as Rio Rollins, Amanda Julina as Mint Clark, Brittany Lauda as Rina Tachibana, Natalie Hoover as Anya Hellsing, Amanda Lee as Elle Adams, Caitlynn French as Ille Adams, Natalie Van Sistine as Rosa Canyon, Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Clark, Mike Pollock as Tom Howard, Michelle Rojas as Dana, Melissa Sternenburg as Tiffany, Marissa Lenti as Cartia Goldschmidt, Sarah Anne Williams as Linda, Kira Buckland as Jack Mighty, Michele Knotz as Queen, Matt Shipman as King, Cheryl Li as Yang-Yang, Billy Bob Thompson as Bull Hard, Jason Marnocha as Olrin Dunhill, Vic Mignogna as Elvis, Meli Grant as Joker, Anthony Sardinha as Carlos, Eddy Lee as Robert, Felecia Angelle as Jane, Emily Fajardo as Irina, Howard Wang as Ray an Nick Landis as Charlie

The company had previously revealed four of the cast members and streamed a preview clip of the dub in June.

Sound Cadence Studios and Fever Dreams Sound Factory are sharing the production of the dub, and Connors and Lauda is in charge of ADR directing, and Connors, Wang, and Justin Briner are in charge of ADR writing.

Media Blasters plans to release the English dub on Crunchyroll, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc. The company is now advertising the anime under the title Rio Rainbow Gate: Reshuffle.

Media Blasters licensed Rio - Rainbow Gate! in 2013, and released the series in a subtitle-only DVD set in 2014.

The anime features a casino dealer named Rio Rollins (Marina Inoue) who has starred in several pachi-slo(pachinko parlor slot machine) games from Net and Tecmo. In the anime, Rio is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers — "Most Valuable Casino Dealer" (MVCD) — by collecting 13 legendary cards known as "Gates."

"The Goddess of Victory" Rio first appeared in 2003 in the Super Black Jack game franchise from the pachi-slo company Net. She was the brainchild of Net's collaboration with Tecmo (Dead or Alive) to create female characters. Rio's popularity led to several more games, including 2005's Rio Carnival, 2007's Rio Paradise, and 2009's Rio 2 -Cruising Vanadis-.

The anime premiered in January 2011, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as it aired in Japan.​