Otakon 2014: FUNimation Announces "Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10" and more
At Otakon 2014, FUNimation made numerous licensing announcements, both for new and re-licensed properties, as well as cast announcements and a number of home video releases. The biggest new license announcement was the final two episodes, 9 and 10, of Hellsing Ultimate. They also announced the full rights for Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA. Hellsing will be available on October 28th 2014.
From former Bandai licenses, FUNimation also picked up The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya seasons 1 and 2, Haruhi Chan and Churuya San, and Lucky Star. The movies for both Strike Witches and Steins:Gate were also acquired. All properties were full rights for home and streaming. Home video rights were also acquired for formerly streaming-only properties BlazBlue: Alter Memory, D-Frag and Freezing: Vibration. Freezing will be available in 2015 and the other two will be at an undetermined date in the future.
The final release details for Cowboy Bebop were also announced. There were be 4 different versions: regular DVD, regular Blu-ray, an Amazon exclusive Blu-ray, and a FUNimation exclusive Blu-ray that will have separate extras and exclusives in the package. All will be available in December 2014.
Cast announcements were also made for A Certain Magical Index II, Fairy Tail Set 13, and Ghost in the Shell: Arise Borders 1 and 2. Ghost in the Shell also had a release date set of October 21st, 2014. Full casts and more detail on all of these announcements are at www.funimation.com/blog.