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"Variety" Looks at FUNimation

An article in Variety examines the strategies that have led to success for FUNimation, speaking with CEO Gen Fukunaga about illegal downloading, DVD sales in a competitive and tightening market, the difficulties that arise when working with the anime licensors, and how on-line services lead to DVD sales. The article does contain numerous data points […]

FUNimation Announces New June Titles Including "School Rumble" OAV

Hot off the heels of the School Rumble, the OAV is set for release on 6/17/08 for $19.98. Burst Angel will be getting a Viridian Complete Collection on 6/10/08 for $49.98. In addition, Shuffle vol. 4 and xxxHOLiC vol. 3 will both be released on 6/17/08 for $29.98 each. [Source: RightStuf]

"Vexille" to Screen at Philly Film Festival

FUNimation will screen Vexille at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the company says. The animated sci-fi action film will play at the Ritz Five on Saturday, April 12, at 2:30pm and at the Prince Music Theater on Monday, April 14, at 9:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.phillyfests.com. [Source: FUNimation]

FUNimation Confirms North American Status of Several GONZO Titles

North American Anime licensing and distributing company FUNimation Entertainment confirmed recently with Anime News Network that they have the North American rights to Studio GONZO titles Mahou Sensei Negima! Haru and Mahou Sensei Negima! Natsu. FUNimation also confirmed the yet unlicensed status of Romeo x Juliet. As previously reported, FUNimation also acts a North American […]

"Vexille" Getting Dallas Festival Screening

The AFI DALLAS International Film Festival will host two special screenings of Vexille, on March 31 and April 4, FUNimation announced yesterday. The CG-animated film will be screened at 7:00pm at Victory Plaza on Monday, March 31, and at 10:15pm at the Northpark 7 theater on Friday, April 4. Director Fumihiko Sori will introduce the […]

Full First Episode of English Aquarion Streamed at IGN.com

IGN.com has posted the first episode of the science fiction series Aquarion on its website. The show is directed by well-known mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori and features music from Yoko Kanno. Funimation is handling the US release of Aquarion. [Source: Anime News Network]

Updated: FUNimation Channel Adds Seven Series; IFC Picks Up "Speed Grapher"

Seven new animated series will join the FUNimation Channel in March, the channel announced yesterday. Debuting series include Moonphase (weekdays at 7:30am, 10:30am, 3:30pm); Peach Girl (weekdays at 8:30am, 11:30am, 4:30pm, 7:30pm); Suzuka (weekdays at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm); Black Cat (weekdays at 2:30pm, 9:30pm, 2:00am); Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wards (weekdays at 3:00pm, […]

FUNimation Named "One Piece" Licensing Agent for North America

FUNimation has picked up the North American licensing and merchandising rights to Toei’s One Piece, the companies announced today. The deal will allow FUNimation to negotiate partnerships in key licensing categories, including toys, games, and collectible figures, based on the series. [Source: FUNimation] [Read the full press release]

Funimation Acquires 'Claymore'

FUNimation has acquired DVD and broadcast rights to the NTV series Claymore, the company has announced. The 26-episode series is about half-human warriors fighting monsters called Yoma who live among and prey upon humans. It is directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka and produced by Madhouse Studios. A preview clip for the show is being shown at […]

First Episode of "Black Blood Brothers" Available on IGN.com

IGN.com has posted the first episode of Black Blood Brothers in streaming video. The new anime series centers on a humans vs. vampires storyline, with the first DVD shipping on February 12, 2008. (via Toon Zone member MattThomasM2B)

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