Funimation Announces Winter SimulDub Plans

Funimation’s winter SimulDub line-up is here. The anime distributor explains that they are working with Crunchyroll to bring anime to fans around the world with season simulcasts of shows with English subtitles that will be up on Crunchyroll, and Funimation will be creating SimulDubs (English-dubbed anime), available on FunimationNow just 2-4 weeks (or even minutes) after each episode airs in Japan.


Headlining the plans, with help from both sides of the world, the first episode of Akiba’s Trip will launch 30 minutes after the Japanese broadcast — launching on FunimationNow, tomorrow at 8:00am CT.


They explain

Going forward is going to be something new as well. We plan to continue working closely with our partners in Japan so that new SimulDub episodes for Akiba’s Trip will launch as close to the broadcast time in Japan as possible. Right now, our goal is 30 minutes after Japanese broadcast time — the fastest launch of any SimulDub show this season! However, this is a new process for everyone so there likely could be some delays in the future, and we ask for your patience as we do our best to bring you episodes as early as possible. That being said, we’re excited to try something new this season and will keep fans in the loop as we continue this journey together!


The series’ cast includes

Tamotsu Denkigai – Alejandro Saab

Matome Mayonaka – Jad Saxton

Arisa Ahokainen – Natalie Hoover

Niwaka Denkigai – Bryn Apprill



ADR Director – Clifford Chapin

Lead Engineer – William Dewell

Writer – Jared Hedges




Other plans include

Tales of Zestiria the X*

SimulDub continuing from Summer – Premieres 1/22/2017 at 10:00pm ET
Legends speak of the Shepherd, a savior who will bring peace to the seraphim and human worlds. Sorey has spent his life studying ancient books and exploring ruins to learn more about the legendary savior. When he and his seraphim companion Mikleo encounter a mysterious girl in the ruins, the stories of the Shephard become Sorey’s reality. Is he strong enough to take on the evil Lord of Calamity?

*This title does not appear on Crunchyroll

Hand Shakers

Premieres 1/29/2017 at 9:00pm ET
When Tazuna comes in contact with a mysterious girl, they step into a world full of enemies too powerful to handle alone.

Masamune-kun’s Revenge

Premieres 2/6/2017 at 9:30pm ET
“I’ve returned to this town for revenge!”
Eight years ago, Makabe Masamune, a weak and chubby boy, was harshly rejected by the beautiful Adagaki Aki. Now, he’s lost a ton of weight, changed his name, and returned as a handsome teenage boy… all to make the “Brutal Princess” Aki fall in love with him so that he can reject her just as harshly as she did.


Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Premieres 2/1/2017 at 10:00pm ET
Miss Kobayashi lives a perfectly normal life until she stumbles upon a dragon—who turns into a cute maid girl named Tooru?

Saga of Tanya the Evil

Premieres 1/23/2017 at 10:00pm ET
A little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain skin fights on the front lines of a brutal war and climbs the ranks of the imperial army.



Season 2 – SimulDub continued from Fall — Saturdays at 9:30pm ET
Follow the hijinks of Jyugo, Uno, Rock, and Nico as they pass time behind bars at Nanba prison. Between attempted breakouts, gambling, and general misbehaving, these four believe that just because they’re in prison doesn’t mean they can’t have fun!

All Out!!

SimulDub continuing from Fall — Mondays at 9:00pm ET
Kenji Gion and Sumiaki Iwashimizu take to the field with the rugby club, ready to prove they have what it takes and go all out!

Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On

SimulDub continuing from Fall — Sundays at 9:30pm ET
A young boy journeys to find his own monster companion and awaken its powers, hoping to become the world’s greatest Rider.


SimulDub continuing from Fall — Thursdays at 10:00pm ET
Follow Kensuke Hanasaki and the Boys’ Detective Team as they investigate dark mysteries around the city and an undying boy named Kobayashi.

Puzzle & Dragons X

SimulDub continuing from Summer — Saturdays at 9:30pm ET
Winners reap rewards in the puzzle wars. But what if you lose? Only the brave can take on these monstrous challenges!


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.