Crunchyroll and Anime Weekend Atlanta Team Up!! (Updated 9/20)

Crunchyroll and Anime Weekend Atlanta are teaming up to bring Premium Members and con attendees even more excitement!

We’ve updated this thread as of 9/20/2016!!

We have a lot planned for Anime Weekend Atlanta next weekend and here is some more of information if you are attending!

Convention Premium Member Perks
Are you a Premium Member? Great! Because you are getting the VIP treatment while at AWA. After picking up your convention badge stop by the Crunchyroll Premium Member check-in kiosk in the same room and log-in to your account to get your Premium Member badge.

Premium Member badge gets you:
+ Early access line to the Exhibit Hall each day
+ Early access line to many of the largest panels & screenings (see program guide and room signs for details)
+ $5 off the your purchase at the AWA merch store
+ Fast lane access for Premiere Member free gift at the Crunchyroll booth
+ Premium Member free gift

We have also teamed up with AWA to make an exclusive poster of their mascot Peach Girl and our very own Crunchyroll Hime! Poster available for $5 at the Crunchyroll booth store and AWA merch store.

We are also happy to be a part of bringing Masaya Matsukaze to AWA!!!

Masaya has voiced multiple characters in such series as Mobile Suite Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Sailor Moon Crystal, and Hunter X Hunter.

Guest Schedule
6:00-7:00pm, Highlands: Meet Masaya Matsukaze

4:30-5:30pm, Dealer’s Room: Autograph session
6:00-8:00pm, Main Events: Mobile Suite Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 Premiere & Panel

1:00-2:00pm, Kennesaw: Behind the Scenes: Robbie Daymond & Masaya Matsukaze
2:30-3:30pm, Dealer’s Room: Autograph session

Anyone who attends his autograph sessions will also receive a free Mobile Suite Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans poster!

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Like with Anime Boston earlier this year, Crunchyroll is TEAMING UP with Anime Weekend Atlanta to bring an extra special experience this year for Premium Members and convention attendees. This will include events and panels, merchandise, premiers, and Premium Member perks. Leading up to convention we will have multiple announcements so stay keep checking back for updates and more information – we’ll be updating everyone here on this thread!

Anime Weekend Atlanta is 9/29 – 10/2 in Atlanta, Georgia, and limited tickets are still available at the door – be sure to get there early to secure yours!


FEATURE: Fanart Friday – The Final Edition After 5 years, 260 installments, a bunch of great guest authors, and one hell of a countdown, Fanart Friday closes shop Crunchyroll

Fanart Friday returns, and, well… this is it. Last week, I let all of you say goodbye, but this week it’s myturn. Obviously, I’m going to talk more about it in the column proper, but I want to start by giving a big, real thank-you to everyone who’s been involved with Fanart Friday over the past five years. I’ve said it several times over the past months leading up to this final installment, but I mean it every single time.



For a column I started on a whim, I’m honestly kind of surprised that it lasted this long. There have been plenty of ups and downs, lots of things to learn when it comes to running a column that lives and dies on fan creations and the tangled web they exist in, and it all added up to one of the most fun, satisfying learning experiences I’ve ever had. Now… let’s get started.


DISCLAIMER: None of the art presented is the property of myself or Crunchyroll. All characters and series are tm and © their respective creators and corporate owners. All art is the creative property of their respective artists. Any artists who wish to have their work removed from this article may contact Nate, and appropriate action will be immediately taken. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN AND ARE NOT THE OPINIONS OF CRUNCHYROLL, INC., ELLATION, OR ANY EMPLOYEES THEREOF.



by seeker

So here we are, right at the end, and I kind of keep hesitating.



by 多無

I know what I want to say–I’ve thought about it every day for the last year–but right now I just want to look back at every installment of this column and see what it’s become.



by らい

I’m not acting like writing Fanart Friday is crushing labor–it used to take me about five or six hours to prep and write this column, and now I can do it in half that. But still… I’ve spent so much time here every week, not only posting but coming back and checking comments, that I see what this has meant to me.



by 芦屋マキ

Whether I was reminding you all of something you might have forgotten…



by Polaris

…or pulling out a guaranteed favorite…



by 梅澤美智子

…or sharing one of my favorites (I admit, I did this a lot. I’m not sorry)…



by おしょー

…or leaving the column in the hands of some questionable characters…



by 由綺つかさ(ニューハーフ)

…from incredible mash-up and crossover art…



by Jesscookie

…to hilarious oddball stuff that I just wanted to share…



by ワニ

…here’s to every last part of Fanart Friday, from me to you and back again.



by 774@あ

Yeah, there’s a bit of concern in the back of my mind that anything I do from now on won’t cast a shadow as strong as what I’m already known for…



by アガハリ

…but that’s why you look to the future, you have hope and you work hard for what you want.



by 555

After all, if you’re hungry, you can’t complain about a full plate… or the scraps you get on the way.




The internet is a big place, and the world is a bigger place–get out there, share the things you love with people.




Better yet, make something. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough or you’re not talented enough. You’re not making something for them, you’re making it for you… and if anyone else likes it along the way, that’s even better.



by ネギ塩力ノレビ

Share it with the people you love most…



by 遠野キワ

…and maybe with the people you don’t love all that much, too.



by よさく

They say you gotta love yourself before you can love somebody else, and the same goes for art. You gotta love the things you make before anyone else loves them, too. This goes for art, writing, cosplay, music… it doesn’t matter. Get out there and make something… and have fun doing it.


And, well… that’s it! I’ve said it a bunch of times, but it’s been an awesome five years, and I am eternally grateful to every single person who’s been involved with Fanart Friday from September 23, 2011 all the way to now.


So what’s next on the agenda for me? A lot of things.


A con.


Something very important that I can’t exactly talk about in detail just yet (but stay tuned to Site News!).


A comic. I just say it super bluntly, but this is something I’ve wanted to do since I was twelve years old and now it’s right here, slowly being completed day by day with a team I wouldn’t trade for the world.


A box full of Umaru pillows that I need to creatively destroy.


A Twitch channel and a Facebook group that have really taken over as my new “I have to make these strong” projects.


I’m not saying goodbye to all of you, obviously. But I’m saying goodbye to five years of hard work, of some of the most fun I’ve had writing for Crunchyroll News (and definitely not the last thing I’m doing for News), and for… damn. For you guys, all of you. I guess you’refans of Fanart Friday, and that is eternally unexpected and appreciated, but I always just talked to you like you were like me, people who loved fanart, and art in general. Let’s keep that going.


Thanks again for coming by to send off Fanart Friday. Have a great weekend, and just make sure to turn the lights out when you leave.

Seeing the World in a Different Way SCBDD In the News!


Living a unique life is quite interesting and exciting. My name is Bill Adams, and I’m the Self Advocacy Specialist at Star, Inc., in Portsmouth. My uniqueness is that I have a disability called cerebral palsy. When you think of anyone that has some form of a disability – heartache. One may think the individual’s life will be cut short on their abilities. This article or series of articles will prove to the reader that this is not the case.

First of all, let me make a quick intro of myself, I am a 43-year-old man who was born with cerebral palsy. My conditions include that I’m spastic, causing me to not be able to do a lot of fine motor skills, such as write or feed myself. I use both a walker and wheelchairs – both manual and electric – out in public. Whenever I’m at home, I can walk on my knees to get around the house. However, my biggest obstacle is that I have a severe speech problem. In 1997 at the age of 24, I received my first communication device. Thanks to that, I am able to hold down a job.

I am dedicating this first article to George Pleasant, in memory of him, because we were priesthood members at our church, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. George was the very first person, among other men within the priesthood, who gave me a break using my communicator to talk in public, as he was made aware I should be a deacon at our church. I started talking, giving sermons in the fall of 1998.

Other speaking engagements just came to me within these past 18 years, but the very first break was becoming a deacon within my church, giving sermons and saying prayers when I was scheduled to be up front.

It was from that start that I went ahead and did numerous of things, such as getting my bachelor’s degree in social sciences at Shawnee State University. After graduating in 2004, I found my calling in being a self advocate when in 2005 I found People First of Ohio, a self advocacy organization for people who have disabilities. It is something that I am passionate about – helping people – trying to improve their lives for the better in different ways, such as making sure that sidewalks have wheelchair ramps on them and it is suitable for wheelchairs to get on sidewalks with ease. These are things people take for granted; but, if one is confined to a wheelchair, you notice some curbside accesses are not really wheelchair friendly.

With this column I am hoping to shed some light on issues that are so near and dear to me. Some may be serious, some may be humorous, but it’s going to be an eye-opening experience from someone who sees the world in a different way. I am so honored to be writing this, and hopefully I can change some people’s perception on how they view people that have a disability.

So, buckle up, because this will be exciting and unique.

(Bill Adams is the Self Advocacy Specialist at STAR, Inc., in Portsmouth. For more info on STAR or the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, check out the SCBDD Facebook page or website at For more info on People First of Ohio, visit

Crunchyroll and Funimation Partner to Expand Access to Anime!

This is not a drill! This is not a dream! This is really happening! Crunchyroll and FUNimation have formed a partnership to bring YOU the best in anime via a bounty of home video releases, English dubs, catalog titles, and shared simulcasts that begin TODAY!


Via the official press release:


Crunchyroll and Funimation, the two leading global providers of anime, have announced a partnership to improve the fan experience and grow the current reach of anime by sharing titles across streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through (EST). Through this agreement, Crunchyroll will continue creating the best subtitled streaming experience for fans, while Funimation will focus on delivering the best in English-language dubbed (“Broadcast Dubs”) streaming. This collaboration will enable fans to enjoy more anime in more ways than ever before.


That’s a lot to take in all at once, so let’s break it down by category…





Starting today, Crunchyroll viewers will have access to subtitled versions of Funimation’s summer simulcast titles, including D.Gray Man HALLOW, FIRST LOVE MONSTER and Puzzle & Dragons X. And in the weeks to come, FunimationNow viewers will be able to watch Broadcast Dubs of Crunchyroll’s summer titles, including 91 Days, Mob Psycho 100 and Orange, with release schedules to be announced. Both companies will also work together to bring the best in subtitled and Broadcast Dubs titles for future seasons to come.




Additionally, a selection of catalog titles, such as Cowboy Bebop, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, and PSYCHO-PASS from FunimationNow will be available on Crunchyroll today, and Free! -Iwatobi Swim Club and The Testament of Sister New Devil from Crunchyroll will be available on FunimationNow, Funimation’s new streaming service, in the coming weeks.




And further, Funimation will now distribute Crunchyroll’s titles through home video and a variety of EST outlets, with both dubbed and subtitled versions together. Currently planned titles include Ace Attorney, Alderamin on the Sky, Bungo Stray Dogs, JOKER GAME, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and ReLIFE, with more to be announced in the future.


Says Kun Gao, Founder and GM of Crunchyroll on this auspicious occasion, “Funimation shares our passion of bringing amazing content to viewers. This partnership will allow Crunchyroll to continue making the best subtitled simulcast experience for all fans. Anime is a lifestyle experience shared by millions, and we look forward to new ways to delight fans together.”

The new simulcasts and catalog titles will be available in the following territories: 

Cowboy Bebop
: US and Canada

Puzzle & Dragons X
: US, Canada, UK, Ireland

D-Gray-man HALLOW
: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands

: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark

: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa


Will all content on Funimation be available subtitled on Crunchyroll?
Both companies are working to make as many shows available to both services as possible, and we will be announcing additional titles in the future. 

Is this a merger between your companies?
No, Funimation and Crunchyroll have entered into a distribution partnership. We will still continue to be separate companies serving the anime community. 

What new shows are coming to Crunchyroll?
As of today, we’ve got subs for the current season of D.Gray-man HALLOWPuzzle & Dragons X, and FIRST LOVE MONSTER, as well as PSYCHO-PASSCowboy Bebop, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.

We’re excited to add more shows in the weeks and months ahead, so keep checking back!

Are any titles leaving Crunchyroll?
No subtitled shows are leaving, but you’ll find dubbed versions of Free!, and Testament of Sister New Devil over at FunimationNow in the coming weeks, with many more dubs from our Summer 2016 season to follow!

What will happen to titles that Crunchyroll has previously announced it will be making for home video?
They will still be released, and will be distributed through our partner, Funimation. Crunchyroll and Funimation will be working together to produce all future titles. 

What if I subscribe to both services now?
In general, you’ll get subbed anime from Crunchyroll and dubbed anime from FunimationNow.

Plus there’s good news! Although both subscriptions are independent, our friends at Funimation have announced a new, reduced price for their dubbed streaming service [link here]. 

What happens to my subscription to FunimationNow?
For all questions regarding subscriptions to FunimationNow, please refer to Funimation’s FAQs.

Will the cost of a Crunchyroll premium membership increase?
Nope! We’re still $6.95 for a Premium membership and $11.95 for a Premium+ membership.

Will you be subbing the anime you get from Funimation in other languages besides English?
We have not announced any other language subs at this time.

What does this mean if I buy my anime via physical releases?
Funimation will now be producing and distributing home video for select Crunchyroll titles, starting with the Summer 2016 season. Our shows will also be available on all the digital outlets where you buy anime including iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox and more. 

Does this mean Crunchyroll will no longer do home video releases?
Not at all! Funimation is our distribution partner, so you’ll see Crunchyroll home video releases in all the same places you can find Funimation DVDs, Blu-Rays, and downloads. 

If my questions aren’t answered here, where should I go?

For questions about your Crunchyroll account, please contact our customer services.

For questions about your FunimationNow account, contact

So there you have it. The new reality, the new paradigm… The Crunchyroll and Funimation partnership! Celebrate and go crazy in the comments below! 

Strickland party Saturday

Sometimes it is difficult to chase down political candidates as they travel from place to place, but it won’t be hard to find former Ohio Governor and U.S. Representative, now a U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland this Saturday (Sept. 10). He will be where he usually is this time of year, celebrating his birthday with hundreds of his closest friends at the Scioto County Fairgrounds on Fairground Road in Lucasville, Ohio.

The event is hosted by the Democratic Parties of Scioto, Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, and Ross Counties.

‘It will be from 1-3 (p.m.) in the commercial building,” Judy Newman, longtime Strickland friend and member of his campaign, said.

Strickland’s birthday party celebration is an annual Scioto County tradition that began in 1992.

“I think the only time he didn’t have one was the first two years when he was governor,” Newman said.

Newman said Butch Buckle will cater the event and fellow Duck Run native, Steve Free will be performing. In addition, people will speak about their memories formed by their relationship with Strickland.

Newman said the price of admission is $15 with children under 12 admitted free. To RSVP for the event, you may contact Avery Jaffe at

New ASC bus funded for 2017

Pictured are members of Portsmouth Connex using the bike rake on an ASC bus.

Access Scioto County (ASC) will receive some $63,000 in funding to purchase a new vehicle in 2017, according to Larry Mullins, manager of ASC. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $6,691,634 to the Ohio Department of Transportation to purchase 112 replacement vehicles for Ohio’s Rural Transit Providers, which operate public transportation systems in communities across Ohio.

Brown said ODOT awarded these funds through the Sec. 5339 Buses and Bus Facilities competitive grant program which Brown secured in the long-term transportation infrastructure bill signed into law in December 2015.

“It’s something that happens pretty much every year,” Mullins said. “We apply for the Rural Transit Program and they build in your operating and and also your capital funds in there. This year ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) has gotten smart and they found a different pot of money from the feds in order to supply the capital for replacement vehicles and things like that.”

Mullins said, by utilizing Sec. 5339 instead of the usual 5311, which frees up more money for rural transportation to go around the state. He said Sec. 5339 has been around for a long time, but has been used more for large urban systems.

“Kudos for them for trying to pull as much federal money down as they can,” Mullins said.

Brown touted the funding and its effect on rural bus systems.

“In rural Ohio, public transportation gives people a level of mobility that many of us take for granted. Reliable transit service takes Ohioans to work, connects people with their doctors, and helps seniors get to the grocery store,” Brown said. “Replacing outdated buses and vans with new, modern vehicles will help ensure that Ohio’s rural communities have access to safe and reliable public transit.”

Ohio has 34 Rural Transit Providers including Scioto, Pike and Ross counties.

Reffit crowned River Days Queen

The annual Miss River Days Beauty Pageant was held Saturday night in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, where Tori Reffit, of Minford, was crowned the 2016 Miss River Days Queen. Abbie Wright, of Valley, was also crowned First Runner-up, and Emily Hicks, of Portsmouth, was crowned Second Runner-up.

“We are very proud of Tori winning Miss River Days,” explained Minford High School Assistant Principal, Tate Skinner. “She is an excellent representative of our school, a quality person and a role model for all of our students. Three queens in four years says a lot about the quality of students we have and the amount of support our candidates get from the school, community, parents and student body.”

Emily Hicks also won People’s Choice, and Alaina Stowers of Clay won Miss Congeniality.

Other contestants included: Kayla Phipps from Glenwood High School, Hope Shepherd from Northwest, Mackenzie Brown from Notre Dame, Colbie Hanes of South Webster, Maggie Salmons of Wheelersburg, Jordan Keys of East, Kayliegh Coleman of West and Kaylynn Blizzard of Green.

Each of the girls curated a platform for their candidacy, centering around a topic of their choice and community service.

Reffit’s platformed revolved around volunteerism, and L.O.V.E which stands for, Learn, Observe, Volunteer, and Encourage.

“I am so incredibly blessed to have even had the opportunity to participate in the River Days pageant and festivities,” said Reffit. “God has done great things for me, my community, my church and my school through this experience. I was able to spread awareness and education of my platform and through being Miss Minford. I can’t wait to further that education even more with the title of Miss River Days. God has blessed me beyond measure, and I am more than excited to begin my journey as your 2016 Miss River Days Queen.”

Wright’s platform revolved around literacy, and the importance of fostering an early love for reading.

“I feel very blessed. It’s incredible to see how God has worked through my platform and just how my journey as Miss Valley has transformed into my journey as Miss River Days first runner up,” explained Wright. “I am excited to see what God decides to do as I take on this next season of my life. I want to thank my family, pageant mom, friends, community, and the River Days staff for all the hard work, dedication, and support they gave me.”

Hicks centered her platform on sexual assault and domestic violence awareness, hosting several self-defense seminars.

After being crowned, Hicks posted to her Facebook community page, “Now that my journey of being Miss Portsmouth is over, I am proud to say that I am your new Miss River Days Second Runner-Up. I want to say thank you to so many people who helped me along the way. My parents Teresa and Eric Hicks thank for always being so supportive, love you more than anything. To my pageant moms, Jennifer Schackart and Jennifer Skaggs you are amazing. I am more than grateful to have had you by my side. To my friends and family you are all awesome! I can truly say I had the best student section ever. Love you all, and thank you for making this experience full of happiness.”

According to pageant director, Lori Lowe, this year’s pageant was extremely successful.

“This year, tickets sold out three weeks before the pageant,” explained Lowe. “It was a certainly a scramble for tickets, probably more-so this year than any years in the past. There were a lot of people who wanted to see the pageant, but unfortunately could not get tickets.”

Lowe says they’ve looked into the possibility of moving the pageant, but the Vern Riffe Center is the best fit for now.

“It’s the largest venue in town and there are just so many positive things that it offers. It’s a central location, the amenities like the lighting and the sound are great too,” said Lowe.

This year’s theme for the floats was centered on the 2016 Olympics “River Days goes Rio,” float winners were:

Grand Champion, Emily Hicks of Portsmouth, 1st Runner Up Alania Stowers of Clay, 2nd Runner Up, Hope Shepherd from Northwest, 3rd runner up, Kayliegh Coleman of West.

Other title winners include:

Baby Miss River Days Princess – Elaina Dunham. Baby Miss River Days Queen – Bella Whitt.

Wee Miss River Days Princess – Riley Brisker. Wee Miss River Days Queen – Molly Koenig.

Toddler Miss River Days Princess – MacKenzie Bentley. Toddler Miss River Days Queen – Scarlet Treadway.

Tot Miss River Days Princess – Lainie Morgan. Tot Miss River Days Queen –Layni Conkel .

Tiny Tot Miss River Days Princess –Aubrey Wilson. Tiny Tot Miss River Days Queen –Zeiden Osborne.

Tiny Miss River Days Princess – Cami Sturgill. Tiny Miss River Days Queen – Callie Dehart.

Little Miss River Days Princess – Ava Rush. Little Miss River Days Queen – Kihana Schaffer.

Junior Miss River Days Princess – Izzy Darnell. Junior Miss River Days Queen – Carly Thoroughman.

Young Miss River Days Princess – Kylan Darnell. Young Miss River Days Queen – Madison Russell.

“Their service doesn’t end once they’re crowned,” said Lowe. “They will continue to work in their platforms and travel around the state, working and representing Portsmouth, sort of like ambassadors for the area.”

For more information about River Days, you can go online to, or Facebook “Portsmouth River Days.”