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Anime Toy Maker Southern Island Is Bankrupt

Southern Island, a toy company based in Arizona that specialized in anime-based merchandise, has closed up shop according to Anime News Network. The company’s phones have been disconnected, their website is down and their inventory will be auctioned off on EBay. They held the license for four Funimation shows, Case Closed, Full Metal Alchemist, Fruits […]

Navarre Sees a Drop in 2nd Quarter of its 2007 Fiscal Year.

Navarre as a whole suffered a 22% drop in sale compared to this time last year with most of the drop coming from their Funimation division. The drop was not unexpected due to Funimation’s schedule being very weighted towards the 1st and 4th quarters of the fiscal year. The total loss for Navarre was $400,000 […]

Funimation To Go On A "Ghost Hunt"

Funimation Entertainment has announced a special halloween treat for anime fans. They have licensed the Ghost Hunt shoujo anime series of US distribution. The show ran for 25 episodes in Japan. The manga it was based on has been previously released in the US by Del Rey. source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news…ingdoms-author

FUNimation Announces New January & February Titles Including "Shuffle"

Many titles have been solicited by FUNimation. Firstly, here is a list of new titles from FUNi’s budget re-releases line: * Basilisk vol. 5 & 6: 100 min. – $19.98 – 1/22/08 * Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 7 & 8: 100 min. – $19.98 – 1/22/08 * Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 9 & 10: 100 min. – […]

Funimation COO Ward Thomas is Leaving the Company

ICv2 is reporting that they have confirmed the deapture of Ward Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of Funimation, from the company as of mid-November 2007. Mr. Thomas came to Funimation from Funimation’s parent company, Navarre, in 2005. His departure comes a short time after the depature of Senior Vice President Debra Kennedy. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/11489.html]

Jamie Marchi and Chris Bevins on Adapting "Witchblade" Anime

Voice actress Jamie Marchi and ADR directory Chris Bevins have been interviewed by Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column about the English adapation of Studio Gonzo’s Witchblade Anime. Marchi discusses how she got the role and the difficulties she’s had in acting the part, while Bevins discusses the differences between the American and Japanese versions of Witchblade, […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 2: All Aboard the Blooooood Boat!

I knew little about Black Lagoon, an action title from Madhouse, when it was first licensed. Its high quality completely took me by surprise when I watched volume 1, and volume 2 is even better. Black Lagoon is the story of a trio of pirate mercenaries—Revy, Dutch, and Benny—who on one of their missions kidnap […]

Funimation to Premiere New Episodes of "One Piece" at Anime Weekend Atlanta

On Sunday, September 23, 2007, Funimation Productions will debut the first 3 episodes of the third season of anime series One Piece (the Skypiea arc) at Anime Weekend Atlanta. Previously dubbed by 4Kids entertainment, this version of the show will feature voice talent including Colleen Clinkenbeard and voice direction from Mike McFarland.

First Episode of "Witchblade" Anime Available for Free from IGN.com

IGN.com has made the first episode of Witchblade available for viewing on-line for free. The series from Studio GONZO will be coming to DVD on September 25, 2007 courtesy of Funimation Entertainment.

FUNimation Announces New Nov. & Dec. Titles Including "Ragnarok" and "My Santa"

Two of the licenses from FUNi’s Kickoff ’07 Week now have release dates: My Santa Special, a two-episode OAV based off the Ken Akamatsu manga; and Ragnarok, a 26-episode fantasy series based off the online RPG game. My Santa will be released on 12/11/07 for $29.98, while Ragnarok‘s first volume will be released on 12/4/07 […]

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