Anime Central 2007: FUNimation Licenses 'Black Blood Brothers'
FUNimation kicked off vampire-hunting season again this year by announcing the license for Black Blood Brothers at their industry panel held at Anime Central Saturday night, May 12th. Black Blood Brothers, a 12-episode TV series that aired in Japan last fall, tells the story of “Old Blood” vampires Jirou and Kotaro Mochizuki and their war against the vampires known as the Kowloon Children. The show is expected to begin release in early 2008, and FUNimation has set up a splash page at the series’ website, www.funimation.com/blackbloodbrothers.
In other panel news, FUNi also announced the addition of Trinity Blood and Galaxy Railways to the iTunes Store beginning May 15th, as well as details for the August 21st release of School Rumble Volume 1 and the School Rumble Starter Set. The starter set will come in a metal tin of similar style to the Fullmetal Alchemist releases, however this one will be painted to resemble a yellow school locker and will include a sheet of magnets that can be used to individually customize the tin’s appearance. Vol. 1 will also include interviews with the Japanese actresses for sisters Tenma and Yakumo Tsukamoto, as well as a collection of Japanese School Rumble TV commercials. One other tidbit of information included in the slideshow presentation is that the Dragonball Z Season One boxset is the biggest-selling anime DVD release of 2007 to date.
During a Q&A session after the presentation, FUNimation representative Adam Sheehan confirmed that the Slayers Season One collection to be released July 17th will have “cleaned up” video and audio tracks, but will not include any re-dubbing due to the materials necessary for production no longer existing. Expect the next Slayers collection within 8 to 10 weeks after the Season One release.
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