While the bulk of the fall season has already aired its first episodes, there is still a gem that we haven't mentioned. Of course, I'm referring to 5pb's Robotics;Notes, the anime adaptation of the third game in their Science Adventure game series. (Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate being the first two games.)
Following the stunning success that was Steins;Gate is no easy feat, especially considering how high the bar for Robotics;Notes has been raised as a result of that success. Read on to see a PV and a brief description of the series.
While the licensing news was a bit thin this year at Otakon, it seems that there are two very interesting acquisitions worth mentioning. First off, Funimation has obtained the streaming rights to Aquarion Evol. There is still no word on the home video rights, but judging from the visuals, it would not be surprising to see an eventual BluRay release.
Also announced at Otakon was that NISA managed to acquire the home video rights to Umineko no Naku Koro ni (without much bloodshed). The popular visual novel turned anime series will be released on BluRay this December. Nothing like horror, mystery, and murder right before Christmas!
Funimation announced at Anime Central that they have acquired the home media rights to Eureka Seven AO (Astral Ocean) anime as well as the simulcast right to the series. Eureka Seven AO is the sequel to the series Eureka Seven and AO originally premiered in Japan on April 12th.
Eureka Seven AO follows the story of a boy named Ao Fukai, who gets himself conflicted in a battle when a mysterious organization attacks the local Scub Coral. Ao Fukai manages to activate a robot called the Nirvash, which no one has been able to operate before. Ao Fukai goes head to head in battle with the mysterious organization with the future hanging in the balance.
Eureka Seven AO is set to begin simulcast streaming Thursday on Funimation's website.
Source: Anime News Network
Funimation announced at Ohayocon, last week that they have acquired additional rights to the popular series from last season, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don't Have Very Many Friends) which is known as Haganai for short. Although the company originally had the streaming rights to the series, they have now added broadcast, home entertainment, merchandising, mobile and additional streaming rights to their arsenal. Furthermore, a DVD and Blu-Ray release is already planned for the anime which is based on a series of light novels by the same name.
It sure has been a while since we've last heard any news on Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (Ookami-san and Her Seven Companions). In fact, the last time we heard about it was when Funimation announced that they had licensed it at Otakon 2010. Today Funimation unleashed the English dub of the 12 episode anime series on their website as well as a trailer on youtube which you'll find below. The English dub voice cast has only been revealed to Funimation's premium video service subscribers so far. It also shouldn't come as a surprise that a Limited Edition DVD / BluRay combo pack for the series has now been posted online with a release date of April 3, 2012.
Funimation announced at Anime Atlanta last week that they have acquired practically all of the good rights to Guilty Crown. The rights they're going to be enjoy9ing include simulcast, home entertainment, digital / mobile, broadcast and merchandising. The first two episodes of the latest Noitamina sci-fi series will be screened at the upcoming New York Anime Festival, making it the world premier of the second episode.
With direction by Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, Highschool of the Dead) and character designs by supercell's redjuice and music by supercell's Ryo, there's no reason not to check this series out. Read on to find a trailer and synopsis below.
Funimation already made several major announcements not too long ago at Anime Expo, but they still had a couple of aces up their sleeves saved for this year's San Diego Comic Con. The most major announcement (as you probably guessed from the title) is that they will be releasing the entirety of the perennial anime favorite on BluRay. The series was painstakingly restored from the original 16 mm film to modern day 1080p beauty according to a press release by the Texas based company. More details on the release are supposed to be announced tomorrow morning at 10 AM PST (1 PM EST).
Also announced at SDCC, the official website for the upcoming animated adaptation of BioWare's Dragon Age videogame franchise, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, has launched. The site is currently streaming a production art trailer. During the Q&A ssession with the audience, they also revealed that negotiations are underway in order to get the rights to release more dubbed episodes of One Piece.
Fullmetal Alchemist on the right, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? on the left
FUNimation Entertainment has recently announced that they obtained the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (“Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi”), and an anime series called Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (“Is This A Zombie?”). The Fullmetal Alchemist movie will be a standalone story, not related to the original or Brotherhood storylines of Fullmetal Alchemist. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? on the other hand, is about a boy who gets resurrected by a necromancer after being killed by a serial killer. He then acquires magical powers deprived from a magical girl and is ordered to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.
Funimation Entertainment has recently announced plans for limited theatrical release of Trigun: Badlands Rumble in the summer of 2011. It is a feature length film that is based on the Yasuhiro Nightow's popular Trigun manga. One of the most well known anime series, Trigun, is also based on the same manga. Along with their plans, Funimation also announced that of the English voice cast's four main characters, only Johnny Yong Bosch will return as the voice of gun-slinging pacifist Vash the Stampede.
In place of Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Lia Sargent, and Jeff Nimoy respectively, the new voices are:
On a more personal note, it really is a shame to be unable to have a reunion of the cast. Trigun is my and many people’s favorite anime, and I loved its dub. Although if only one actor was to return, it'd really be best that Vash be the one to return. And the new voices are excellent actors – though who the hell is Brad Hawkins?
Until next time, LOVE AND PEACE!
Funimation announced yesterday that they have acquired the rights to the first 48 episodes of popular shonen anime Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail is based on the hit manga of the same name by Hiro Mashima. The manga became popular when it was serialized in weekly shonen jump. Work on the English dub has already started, featuring Todd Haberkorn as Natsu. The series is expected to be released on DVD and BluRay later this year.
The series follows the adventures of Lucy Heartfilia, a young girl who wants desperately to be a full-fledged mage. She runs away from home and towards the land of Fiore to join the most prestigious of all mage guilds in the world: the Fairy Tail Guild. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a quirky teenage boy and practicitioner of the ancient Dragon Slayer magic. With his best friend, Happy the cat, beside him, Natsu is looking for his foster parent, a dragon named Igneel. They become a team and take on odd jobs for fame and profit.