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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 […]

"Afro Samurai" Available on iTunes on 9/4/07

On 9/4/07, FUNimation will make Afro Samurai, the American/Japanese co-production animated by Gonzo, available for download on iTunes. In addition, FUNi is holding a contest on this website: http://www1.afrosamurai.com/contests/ipod_giveaway/ . Eight grand prize winners receive a 30 GB iPod, which is covered in artwork by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki, as well as signatures from […]

FUNimation Announces New November & December Titles Including "Robotech" S.E.

Two movies from FUNi are coming on November 20th: Case Closed: 14th Target, priced at $24.98; and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Special Edition, priced at $39.98. Complete collections in November and December include Dragon Ball GT Box 4: Lost Episodes (11/13/07, $49.95), Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set 2 (11/13/07, $49.98), Gunslinger Girl Box Set (11/13/07, $39.98), […]

Funimation Reports Strong Growth

Navarre, the parent company for Funimation, released their first quarter 2008 earnings statement. It’s called 2008 due to when they start their fiscal year timer. On the strength of its Afro Samurai and Dragonball Z sales Funimation posted a 13.8% sales gain to 29.6 million dollars. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/11063.html]

TZ @ SDCC: FUNimation Licenses "Vexille," Info on "One Piece" And More (Updated)

Toon Zone News’ Matt Hazuda is reporting on-site from San Diego Comic-Con 2007 and brings us the following details from FUNimation’s panel. The company has announced the license of Vexille a futuristic movie from the producers of Appleseed. After the announcement they played a trailer for the film and they held a question and answer […]

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