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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES BIG BROADCAST DUB LINE-UP FOR SPRING 2015

FLOWER MOUND, Texas, May 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FUNimation Entertainment announced today the full line-up of Broadcast Dub titles for the Spring 2015 simulcast season. As with its Winter 2015 simulcast season, FUNimation will be airing ten series in commercial-free 1080p each week, which will be available exclusively to All-AccessPass subscribers. With two complete seasons of Broadcast Dubs, FUNimation has cemented its leadership position in the North American anime industry amidst continuing, overwhelmingly positive response from fans.





"We're pleased to bring fans a great series line-up of Broadcast Dubs for the spring season," said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. "Subscribers can look forward to the combination of fan favorites like Assassination Classroom as well as exciting new series like Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign."

FUNimation Broadcast Dubs are select series dubbed in English using broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after airing on TV. This allows dub fans to experience these select shows as soon as possible and well before home video release. The English dub version of the home video is produced using the final Blu-ray/DVD materials from Japan. In many cases, the Broadcast Dub will be different than the English dub home video due to additional footage not broadcast on Japanese TV.

"Our large number of Broadcast Dubs combined with the recent launch of the FUNimation app for PlayStation 4 and our tent pole titles have really accelerated the growth of our subscription streaming service," said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. "We are committed to giving our fans more anime in more ways to watch."

The live weekly recap show "DubbleTalk" continues for a second season as the capstone of FUNimation's prime-time block of anime content each Wednesday evening. Returning hosts – FUNimation's Justin Rojas and Lauren Moore – along with ScrewAttack's Chad James will continue to entertain viewers with episode recaps, fan Q &A, special guest interviews, contests and much more.

Starting today and each Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET, FUNimation will feature new episodes of "Assassination Classroom" (8:00 pm ET), "Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign" (8:30 pm ET) and "Blood Blockade Battlefront" (9:00 pm ET) followed by a live broadcast of "DubbleTalk" (9:30 pm ET). While the Broadcast Dubs on FUNimation.com are for All-AccessPass subscribers only, "DubbleTalk" is free to all viewers and will stream at both funimation.com/dubbletalk and twitch.tv/screwattack.

The complete list of Broadcast Dubs for the Spring 2015 season is listed below. Broadcasts Dubs will begin airing in two phases – approximately four weeks after the subtitled simulcast of each episode.

Phase 1
High School DxD BorN (Saturdays at 1:00 pm ET, beginning May 2)
Assassination Classroom (Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, beginning May 13)
Blood Blockade Battlefront (Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET, beginning May 13)
Ninja Slayer (Thursdays at 10:00 am ET, beginning May 21)

Phase 2
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Fridays at 2:10 pm ET, date TBA)
Ultimate Otaku Teacher (Saturdays at 7:00 am ET, date TBA)
The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Sundays at 5:00 am ET, date TBA)
Show by Rock!! (Sundays at 9:00 am ET, date TBA)
Mikagura School Suite (Tuesdays at 4:35 pm ET, date TBA)

In addition to Broadcast Dubs, All-AccessPass members can watch FUNimation's entire library of content – the latest simulcast shows and an almost endless catalog of dubbed and subtitled anime episodes and movies – all in commercial-free, high quality video. Paid subscription pricing starts as low as $4.99 per month.

For more information on FUNimation's Streaming Service, please visit funimation.com/subscribe.

For more information on FUNimation's spring simulcast shows, please visit funimation.com/spring.

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