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.
FUNimation and Toei Animation Co., Ltd have announced they are streaming Dragonball Z on the official Dragonball Z website, the official FUNimation website, as well as Hulu, beginning January 15th, 2011, at 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time, preceding the debut of One Piece at 9pm Eastern on the same websites. These episodes are uncut, English subtitled, and English tracked, and will include Dragonball and Dragonball GT. As a longtime fan of this series, I would recommend catching the episodes, as the quality is superb, despite the commercials that will undoubtedly pop up — but what streaming site doesn’t have that?
More importantly, fans can save up their money as they don’t have to buy countless re-mastered volumes of the series nor pirate old RealPlayer videos from the late 90s. As the president and CEO of FUNimation Gen Fukunaga announced, “We are pleased to offer the first legal streaming of this seminal anime series… Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are the crown jewels of our digital content strategy and we are proud of the diverse selection of series that entertains established fans and new ones as well.”