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Funimation Unveils 15 Titles For Summer 2016 Broadcast Dubs

The dubs are coming and, much like the legion, they are many!

Earlier today, Funimation unveiled their broadcast dubs lineup for the summer 2016 season. This time around, the company will dub fifteen shows, with the full lineup being:

  • 7/16/2016: First Love Monster
  • 7/19/2016: The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
  • 7/19/2016: Puzzle & Dragons X (U.K. & Ireland on 7/20/2016)
  • 7/20/2016: SerVamp
  • 7/30/2016: Love Live! Sunshine!!
  • 8/1/2016: Show by Rock!! Short!!
  • 8/2/2016: Cheer Boys!!
  • 8/3/2016: Tales of Zestiria the X (U.K. & Ireland on 8/4/2016)
  • 8/3/2016: D.Gray-man Hallow (U.K. & Ireland on 8/4/2016)
  • 8/4/2016: Planetarian
  • 8/5/2016: Handa-kun – August 5 (U.K. & Ireland on 8/6/2016)
  • 8/7/2016: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
  • 8/10/2016: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc (U.K. & Ireland on 8/11/2016)
  • 8/11/2016: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Despair Arc
  • Ongoing: Endride

The dubs for The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Love Live! Sunshine!! are exclusive the the United States and Canada. All other shows will also be offered in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Hatsukoi Monster Visual 001 - 20160513

First Love Monster is based on Akira Hiyoshimaru’s manga of the same name. Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario + Vampire, Sky Wizards Academy) is directing the project at Studio DEEN, with Mariko Oka (Hell Girl, Hetalia The Beautiful World) providing character designs. The team of Deko Akao, Sayuri Ooba, and Takashi Aoshima will take charge of series composition. Go Sakabe will compose the soundtrack at Dax Production.

Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 2 Visual 002 - 20160605

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance is the sequel to last year’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The series is being directed by Noriyuki Abe (Black Butler: Book of Circus) at studios Liden Films and Sanzigen. Character designs are being provided by Kazuo Watanabe and Ushio Tazawa, while Makoto Uezu is in charge of series composition.

Puzzle and Dragons X Visual 001 - 20160629

Puzzle & Dragons X is based on GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons mobile game franchise. Studio Pierrot is animating the series.

Servamp Anime Visual 001 - 20160623

SerVamp is based on Strike Tanaka’s manga of the same name. Hideaki Nakano (Aoharu x Machinegun) was tapped to helm the show at Brain’s Base, while Itto Sara (Aoharu x Machinegun) serves as chief director. Kenji Konuta (Aoharu x Machinegun, Blood Lad) will be in charge of series composition, while Junko Yamanaka (Aoharu x Machinegun, Kamisama Kiss) provide character designs.

Love Live Sunshine Visual 003 - 20160427

Love Live! Sunshine!! is the latest entry in the Love Live! School Idol Project franchise. Kazuo Sakai (Mushi-Uta) is helming the project at Sunrise. Yūhei Murota and Jukki Hanada are both reprising their roles on the project as character designer and series composition, respectively.

Show By Rock Short Visual 001 - 20160129

Show By Rock! Short!! is a spinoff of 2015 series Show By Rock!! Takahiro Ikezoe returned to the director’s chair to direct Show By Rock!! Short!! at Bones. Touko Machida also returned to take charge of series composition. Game developer Geechs has a production coöperation credit

Tales of Zestiria the X Visual 001 - 20160510

Tales of Zestiria the X is based on Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zestiria video game. Studio ufotable (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, God Eater) is producing the series, which is being helmed by Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake). Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection) is providing character designs for the project.

D Gray-Man Visual 001 - 20160630

D.Gray-man Hallow is the sequel to 2008 anime series D.Gray-man. Yoshiharu Ashino (Tweeny Witches, Cross Ange) is helming the project at TMS Entertainment, while Yousuke Kabashima (Lord Marksman and Vanadis, The Girl Who Leapt Through Space) provides character designs. Scripts will be written by the team of Kenichi Yamashita (Actually, I Am…), Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Dagashi Kashi), and Tatsuto Higuchi (Schwarzes Marken, My-Otome).

Cheer Boys Visual 001 - 20160629

Cheer Boys! adapts Ryō Asai’s novel of the same name. The series is being directed by Ai Yoshimura (Blue Spring Ride, Dance With Devils) at Brain’s Base, with Hitomi Tsuruta (The Comic Artist and His Assistants, World Trigger) providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer) is in charge of series composition.

Handa-kun Visual 001 - 20160502

Handa-kun is Satsuki Yoshino’s prequel to his hit series Barakamon. Yoshitaka Koyama (Miami Guns!, Rune Soldier) is directing the series at Deomedia, with Mayuko Matsumoto (KanColle) providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Princess Tutu) is in charge of series composition.

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Visual 001 - 20160530

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a short-form series, based on Shūichi Asō’s manga of the same name. Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Maid Sama!) is helming the series at studios Egg Firm and J.C. Staff, with Masayuki Onji (Aria the Avvenire, Cromartie High School) providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Prison School) is in charge of series composition.

Danganronpa 3 - Side Future Visual 001 - 20160615

Both Danganronpa 3 shows will be directed by Daisei Fukuoka at Lerche, with Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero) serving as chief director. Kazuaki Morita (Assassination Classroom, Oreimo) is providing character designs, while Norimitsu Kaihō (School-Live!, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas) takes charge of series composition.

Source: Funimation Blog

Update: 7/17/2016: We noticed a typo in two of the UK & Ireland premiere dates. We’ve corrected these to the proper values.

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