PR: FUNimation Channel Adds New Shows to Programming Slate
Revamped Schedule Features U.S. Premieres of Anime Series
FLOWER MOUND, TX, March 3, 2008 – The FUNimation® Channel, the premiere 24/7 digital anime network from FUNimation Entertainment & OlympuSAT, will be premiering seven new animated series, including titles from Central Park Media and Right Stuf, Inc.The debuting titles include Moonphase, Peach Girl, Suzuka, Black Cat, Shingu, Record of Lodoss War and Ninja Nonsense, the first of which begin airing this week.
Moonphase (TV-PG) — The FUNimation Channel has picked up 26 episodes of this supernatural comedy in which a photographer, while on assignment for a magazine devoted to the occult, encounters a young vampire girl who tries to turn him into her servant and then follows him home to Japan. Slated to premiere Monday, March 3 at 7:30 a.m. (30 minutes. Airs M-F at 7:30 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 pm)
Peach Girl (TV-PG) – This 25 episode dramatic series is about an average high school girl who is trying to remake herself into the girl she believes the boy she likes wants. Added to the drama, a friend is trying to steal the object of her affection away from her. Meanwhile, she doesn’t realize there’s another boy who is in love with her – just the way she is. Premiering Monday, March 3 at 8:30 am (30 minutes. Airs M-F at 8:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
Suzuka (TV-PG)– This dramedy series tells the story of a teen who has just moved to Tokyo but in the course of living his normal high-school life has become mesmerized by the beauty of a girl at school. He is surprised when he learns that the girl, Suzuka, actually lives next door to him! From then on, his ordinary life begins to change! Premiering Monday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. (30 minutes. Airs M-F at 9:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.)
Black Cat (TV-14) — In this action adventure series, Train Heartnet is known as the Black Cat. He is an unbeatable master gunman, a cold and unfeeling killer until he meets Saya, a bounty hunter, or “sweeper”. She teaches him the value of a human life, and that one should live in order to repent for one’s mistakes rather than die because of them. Premiering Monday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. (30 minutes. Airs M-F at 2:30 p.m. and airs again at 9:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.)
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wards (TV-PG) – This science fiction series from Right Stuf Inc.’s Nozomi Entertainment begins the day after an apparent alien invasion of Tokyo is repelled by a mysterious being. Middle-school student Murata Hajime discovers that his small town holds a strange secret when he witnesses a transfer student fight another student using psychic powers. Since Hajime himself is relatively new to his town, he has been unaware that the leading families have been protecting the earth from alien invasion for centuries by using the ability of “Shingu”. He also begins to discover that he has a role to play in Earth’s future. Premiering Monday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. (30 minutes. Airs M-F at 3:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m.)
Record of Lodoss War (TV-14) — A fantasy adventure from Central Park Media about the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. As a quiet peace comes over the land, an unknown evil begins to stir. An ancient witch has awakened, bent on preserving the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance throughout the many kingdoms. Only six young champions can prevent Lodoss’ descent into the darkness of war and destruction. Premiering Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. (30 minutes. Airs Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)
Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu (TV-MA) — A comedy featuring Shinobu, a naive ninja-in-training. In order to test her ninja abilites, she must steal the panties of all the high school girls. The first house she stops at is the abode of one Kaede Shiranui, who happens to catch Shinobu in the act. Kaeda is the voice of reason and the two girls become quick friends, despite a round yellow ball-thing who claims to be a ninja master and tries to get in the way of their friendship. Premiering Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 a.m. Acquired also from Right Stuf, Inc./ Nozomi Entertainment.
For those anime fans who miss the episodes during the week, they can catch all of the episodes back-to-back in our weekend “rewind” on Saturdays and Sundays.
About the FUNimation Channel
The FUNimation Channel was conceived as a vehicle to expose a wider audience to the unique storytelling style and graceful animation inherent in the Japanese style of animation. In addition, it provides anime and entertainment fans direct access to FUNimation Entertainment’s exclusive portfolio of leading anime titles as well as top titles from other U.S. anime companies. FUNimation Channel in partnership with OlympuSAT offers video providers across the nation the FUNimation Channel linear feed as well as top syndicated & multiplatform transactional programming.
For a full list and descriptions of these series and others, or for more information on the FUNimation Channel, its availability or how to get it, visit www.funimationchannel.com.
OlympuSAT, Inc. is the nation’s top owner and service provider of independent television networks. Currently the company represents more than two dozen diverse channels through their Hispanic, Digital I and Faith & Families Packs. OlympuSAT facilitates technical related services including satellite and uplink along with affiliate sales and marketing services. Additional services provided to networks include, as needed, master control, advertising sales and traffic and billing services. The OlympuSAT network portfolio is distributed via Intelsat America 13. An affiliate of Ocean Communications, OlympuSAT is based in West Palm Beach Florida , serving homes nationwide. www.olympusat.com
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States . FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States . The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
About Central Park Media
Central Park Media is a 17-year-old Manhattan-based independent video and book publisher. Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime and Asian cult films in the United States since 1990, and a major publisher of manga (graphic novels) since 1994. The company currently manufactures and distributes animated video programming under several label names, including U.S. Manga Corps, Be Beautiful, Software Sculptors and Central Park Media. In addition, Central Park Media releases live-action Asian feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label and underground live-action programming under its Below The Radar label. For high resolution, downloadable artwork and information, please visit CPM’s electronic press kit at www.centralparkmedia.com./cpmdb/presskit.cfm.
About Right Stuf, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.