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)

"One Piece Movie 8", "Vexille" Getting Limited Theatrical Release

FUNimation Films and The Bigger Picture will give One Piece Movie 8: The Desert Princess and the Pirates and Vexille limited theatrical releases in February, the companies announced today. One Piece Movie 8 will debut in 98 theaters on February 7, and Vexville will get a release on February 14. FUNimation Films has information on […]

FUNimation Announces New April & May Titles Including "One Piece" Season 1 Part 1

Two FUNimation series are being given partial season sets right off the bat. One Piece Season 1 Part 1 (Uncut) will be released on 5/27/08 for $49.98. Also, Shin-Chan Season 1 Part 1 (Uncut) will be released on 5/13/08 for $39.98. An OAV and film also make their debuts: Baldr Force and Vexille both debut […]

FUNimation Website to Offer Streaming Video, Downloads

FUNimation is unveiling a redesigned website that streams FUNimation videos through a custom video player and gives users the ability to download and purchase episodes, the company announced today The company is kicking off the new website with episodes of Rumbling Hearts, Suzuka, Peach Girl, and Moonphase. Subtitled episodes of Rumbling Hearts and Black Blood […]

ICv2 Interviews FUNi CEO Gen Fukunaga

ICv2 hosted a two-part interview with FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga, where he discussed the state of the R1 anime industry. Specifically, he addressed the possibility of season sets for initial releases, demographics, live action projects in the pipeline, and how to shrink the time gap for licensing a new series. The interview can be read […]

"Basilisk": Gaze Not Too Long Across the Abyss ...

I don’t watch much anime. That’s not a boast, and it’s not an apology. It’s just a statement of fact. Oh, I’ve watched my share of Miyazaki, and I’ve sampled bits of Cowboy Bebop, Paranoia Agent, and other titles whose names escape me. Miyazaki, of course, can’t be beat, and I’ve seen plenty of good […]

FUNimation Announces New February & March Titles Including "XXXHolic"

XXXHolic makes its R1 DVD debut on 3/25/08. It is priced at $29.98 (or $39.98 w/artbox) and runs 100 minutes. Numerous complete series box sets have been announced by FUNimation: * Aquarion Season 1 Box Set 1: 325 min. – $59.98 – 3/11/08 * Baki the Grappler Box Set 2: 576 min. – $49.98 – […]

FUNimation Recalls "My Santa!" DVDs Due to Ratings Misprint

FUNimation has announced a recall of the romance/comedy anime DVD Ittsudate My Santa! due to a ratings misprint. DVDs were shipped originally with a TV-PG rating (parental guidance suggested) when they should have been rated TV-MA (mature audiences only) due to animated nudity and other content inappropriate for younger viewers. FUNimation plans to re-release of […]

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