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 […]

Funimation To Do Another Set of Theatrical Movie Exhibtions, Adds New COO

Funimation Entertainment has announced another round of theatrical exhibitions for several of their properties. Vexille, a new movie from the team behind the recent Appleseed movies, the 8th One Piece movie, The Desert Princess and the Pirates Adventures in Alabasta, and a movie based on the life of Genghis Khan entitled Genghis Khan — To […]

Funimation Voice Actor Randy Tallman Has Passed Away

Voice actress Caitlin Glass reported on the AnimeOnDVD.com forums on Sunday night that fellow character voice Randy Tallman had passed away on November 20. He was 67. He had roles in about 24 Funimation productions. Among his credits were Ryuuhei in Moon Phase, Fei Wong Reed in Tsubasa: RESIVoir CHRoNiCLE, and Booker Kudo in Case […]

NYAF 2007: FUNimation Panel Report

FUNimation’s Brand Manager Adam Sheehan ran the FUNimation panel at the New York Anime Festival 2007 to fill in fans on the company’s new releases and upcoming events for 2008. We got into the panel a few minutes late, when Sheehan was already discussing the success of FUNimation on iTunes. Sheehan said that iTunes sales […]

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 […]

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