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FUNimation Led Anime Market in 2006

FUNimation was market share leader in its industry for the sixth straight year, the company said yesterday, citing data from Nielsen VideoScan. The company accounted for 23.2 percent of market sales. [Source: FUNimation]

"Witchblade" Website Launches

FUNimation has launched the official website for Witchblade, a 2006 GONZO anime series based on the Top Cow comic book. So far the site has a trailer and one wallpaper. According to the trailer, the first DVD volume will be released in the fall. [Source: FUNimation]

FUNimation Opens Up Digital Download Front at iTunes

FUNimation has announced a deal with Apple, Inc. to sell episodes of their anime properties on Apple’s iTunes store. The episodes will be English-dubbed and will sell for $1.99 each, or as a single-price “season” option — currently $38.99. The launch titles are Desert Punk, Samurai 7 and Speed Grapher, with FUNimation promising more selections […]

"Afro Samurai" Among FUNimation May Releases

The official solicitations for FUNimation-distributed releases in May are out, with the release of AN Entertainment’s Hare+Guu OVA kicking things off on May 1st. According to current information, releases of FUNimation-proper titles don’t begin until May 15th with the release of the final Moon Phase DVD (#6). May 22nd brings Afro Samurai in Edited ($19.99) […]

FUNimation Announces Mushi-Shi + 3 RightStuf Shows To Air on FUNi Channel

The last of this week’s license announcements from FUNi was Mushi-Shi, a 26-episode anime series from 2005-2006. Its first volume is expected in the summer. Also, three RightStuf series will be airing on the FUNimation Channel early this year: Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, BoogiePop Phantom, and Ninja Nonsense. [Source: FUNimation ]

FUNimation Announces Shuffle!, Tsubasa, and My Santa

Two previously known FUNimation licenses (due to a leak) were formally announced today: Shuffle!, a 24 episode romance series from 2005 based on a Navel computer game; and My Santa, a two part comedy/romance OAV from 2005 about a female version of Santa Claus. Shuffle! is scheduled for a summer release, while My Santa will […]

Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing, on FUNimation Channel Year One

The latest Animated Shorts column interviews Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing at FUNimation, about the first year of the FUNimation Channel. Among the topics discussed are the growth of the network over multiple distribution channels, the network’s plans for high-definition broadcasting, and the relationship between FUNimation and the FUNimation Channel. Other topics in […]

FUNimation Announces Aquarion

Aquarion, a 26-episode sci-fi anime from 2005, has been licensed by FUNimation. The first DVD volume will be released in the fall. All this week, FUNimation is announcing new titles on their website: http://www.funimation.com/kickoff07 . Stay tuned to Toon Zone for further announcements. [Source: FUNimation ]

FUNimation Announces Suzuka

Suzuka, a 26-episode sports/slice-of-life anime from 2005, has been licensed by FUNimation. The first volume is expected to be released during the spring. All this week, FUNimation will be announcing new anime acquisitions/release dates on their website: http://funimation.com/kickoff07/ . Stay tuned to Toon Zone for further announcements. [Source: FUNimation ]

FUNimation Announces New April Titles

Peach Girl makes its debut on DVD on 4/17/07, and will come in both regular ($29.98) and limited editions with artbox ($44.98). New releases on 4/3/07 include: Case Closed (Case 3, vol. 1), Kodocha (vol. 12), and Moon Phase (vol. 5). Solty Rei (vol. 3) gets a 4/17/07 release, and Speed Grapher finishes up on […]

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