Anime Expo to Host World Premiere of Overlord III English Dub on July 7th

Ainz Ooal Gown is pleased with your offering

In a press release sent out this week, Funimation announced some of their big summer plans which includes bringing some friends with them to Anime Expo in July.

According to the press release, the Funimation team will be showing the world premiere of the Overlord III English dub to fans in attendance. Not just that though, in attendance will be the original author of the Overlord light novel series, Kugane Maruyama, the Japanese series director Naoyuki Ito, Producer Kazufumi Kikushima, ADR Director Kyle Phillips, and the English voice of Ainz Ooal Gown, Chris Gurrero.

The panel will feature a pre-premiere discussion of the series between all the guests moderated by YouTubers Gigguk and The Anime Man. This will be followed by the premiere and then another post-premiere discussion between the guests.

The panel takes place in Room LP2 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday, July 7th.

Overlord was originally a light novel series from author Kugane Maruyama and illustrator so-bin which launched in the summer of 2012. To date, it has thirteen volumes printed in Japan with the most recent volume hitting store shelves in April 2018. Yen Press currently holds the English rights to the series and released the seventh volume just a few days ago. Yen Press describes the story as:

For twelve years, the virtual world of Yggdrasil has served as the playground and battlefield for the skeletal lord Momonga and his guild of fellow monsters, Ainz Ooal Gown. But the guild’s glory days are over, and the game is shutting down permanently. When Momonga logs in one last time just to be there when the servers go dark, something happens–and suddenly, fantasy is reality. A rogues’ gallery of fanatically devoted NPCs is ready to obey his every order, but the world Momonga now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The game may be over, but the epic tale of Ainz Ooal Gown is only beginning…

I’ll admit that I never really got into the Overlord franchise but now that it’s about to get its third season I might just have to give it a second chance and see if I’m really missing out on anything.

The full text of the press release can be found below:

FUNIMATION INVITES ANIME EXPO 2018 ATTENDEES INTO THE REALM OF “OVERLORD III” WITH ENGLISH DUB WORLD PREMIERE EVENT

Special Guests Naoyuki Ito, Kugane Maruyama and Others to Join Season 3 Launch Celebration Including Roundtable Panel and Autograph Sessions

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 29, 2018. Funimation announced today that it will host the English dub world premiere of “OVERLORD III,” Season 3 of the hit series “OVERLORD,” on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Anime Expo, the largest Japanese pop cultural event in North America. This special premiere event is part of an “OVERLORD III” launch celebration co-produced with partners KADOKAWA and BOOK☆WALKER and created specifically for Anime Expo 2018, which will take place July 5-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Calif.

To commemorate the new season, Funimation, KADOKAWA and BOOK☆WALKER will present series of events throughout the expo including a celebrity guest panel, daily autograph sessions as well as the North American premiere of Season 3 Episode 1. Together, the companies assembled an exciting roster of guests which features writer Kugane Maruyama, “OVERLORD” author of the original light novel that became the basis of the franchise. He will be joined by Director Naoyuki Ito, Producer Kazufumi Kikushima, English ADR Director Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero, the English voice of Ainz Ooal Gown. A complete schedule of events for the launch celebration follows.

Special Events Schedule at Anime Expo 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Autograph Sessions with Kugane Maruyama and Naoyuki Ito

Location and time to be determined. Check BOOK☆WALKER’s page here for schedule updates.

Autograph Sessions with Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero

Funimation Booth (#3000) – Exhibit Hall – Los Angeles Convention Center. Time to be determined. Check Funimation’s blog here for schedule updates.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Autograph Sessions with Kugane Maruyama

Location and time to be determined. Check BOOK☆WALKER’s page here for schedule updates.

Autograph Sessions with Naoyuki Ito, Kazufumi Kikushima, Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero

Funimation Booth (#3000) – Exhibit Hall – Los Angeles Convention Center. Time to be determined. Check Funimation’s blog here for schedule updates.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Autograph Sessions with Kugane Maruyama and Naoyuki Ito

Location and time to be determined. Check BOOK☆WALKER’s page here for schedule updates.

Autograph Sessions with Naoyuki Ito, Kazufumi Kikushima, Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero

Funimation Booth (#3000) – Exhibit Hall – Los Angeles Convention Center. Time to be determined. Check Funimation’s blog here for schedule updates.

Celebrity Guest Panel and “OVERLORD III” (Season 3) Episode 1 English Dub World Premiere

Room LP2 – Los Angeles Convention Center. 4:30-6:30PM

YouTubers Gigguk and The Anime Man, host and translator respectively, will kick-off the celebrity guest panel with a roundtable discussion about the “OVERLORD” anime and light novel with the Japanese guests, which will be followed by the English dub world premiere of Season 3 Episode 1. Immediately after, they will take the stage again to moderate a lively conversation between Director Naoyuki Ito and the English dub guests Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero.

Fans are invited to submit questions in advance for the Japanese guest roundtable via BOOK☆WALKER’s online form here. Deadline to submit questions is June 10, 2018.

OVERLORD III (Season 3) Synopsis

From MADHOUSE Inc., the studio behind Death Parade, Parasyte, and No Game No Life, comes the ultimate “trapped in a game” anime. On the night his favorite MMORPG is scheduled to be shut down, veteran player Momonga stays logged in until the clock hits zero. The screen goes dark for only a few moments before he finds himself completely immersed in the online world of Yggdrasil. Left with all of his character’s devastating powers, total dominion over his loyal NPCs, and nothing better to do… Momonga decides to try his hand at taking over the world.

All the hours he’s spent grinding and dungeon crawling have certainly paid off, and as he tests his strength on local rogues and legendary beasts he comes to realize that not one opponent can stand against his might. Embracing his new identity as the fearsome mage Ainz Ooal Gown, Momonga continues his search for bigger, badder adversaries. Leaving the people of Yggdrasil to wonder—who exactly is trapped with who?

Episodes of the “OVERLORD” anime series are available via FunimationNow on demand in ad-free HD quality video on iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows 10 mobile apps, XBOX and PlayStation game consoles, Roku and at Funimation.com.

Both light novel and manga versions of “OVERLORD” are available online at BOOK☆WALKER.com and via the BOOK☆WALKER mobile app.

For more news about “OVERLORD III” (Season 3) at Anime Expo 2018, follow Funimation (TwitterFacebook) and BOOK☆WALKER (TwitterFacebook).

About Funimation
Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime.  By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans – from streaming and home entertainment, to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. For more information about Funimation, visit funimation.com.

About KADOKAWA

Founded in 1945 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, KADOKAWA is one of the most well-established Japanese entertainment companies, producing a wide variety of publications and visual content including novels, comics, magazines, live-action films, and animation series. For more information about KADOKAWA, visit KADOKAWA.co.jp.

About BOOKWALKER

BOOK☆WALKER is one of the most popular platforms for digital manga & light novels. There are over 9,000 English light novels and manga being offered from publishers like Kodansha Comics, Yen Press, Seven Seas Entertainment, and more. Come experience a new way to enjoy and collect the latest manga and light novels digitally on your PC, iOS, or Android devices. BOOK WALKER Co. Ltd. is member of KADOKAWA CORPORATION and was founded in 2010. Visit the Japanese site at: http://bookwalker.jp/ or English site: http://global.bookwalker.jp/

Author: LB Bryant

L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.

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