Sunday, September 1, 2013

Good News for Anime Fans: Upcoming Funimation Titles

I know I am way late on this but during its panel at Otakon the anime studio Sunrise announced that Funimation has licensed some of its more popular anime titles for distribution in North America. These had previously been held by the now defunct Bandai Entertainment. Below are a few of the acquired titles and a bit of the plot there are no spoilers included.

Tales of Abyss:  

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Based off of a Playstation 2 game of the same name Tales of the Abyss follows the adventure of Luke fon Fabre, son of a noble in the kingdom Kimlasca-Lavaldear, who has been confined to his father's estate and forbidden to leave after being kidnapped by military forces from the neighboring country the Malkuth empire seven years prior. The event left him with no memories of his life before he was rescued. While training with his mentor, Van Grants, his mansion is broken into by a mysterious woman named Tear who is intent on taking the life of his mentor. During the struggle with Tear both she and Luke are transported far from the mansions grounds. What awaits him in this unfamiliar outside world now that he has gained the freedom that he has always wanted?

Witch Hunter Robin:

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
A young girl named Robin is sent by the Roman Catholic Church in Italy to Japan in order to join its its STN Division (STN-J), a division formed to hunt down and capture Witches (also known as craft users which Robin is) in order to learn how humans become witches.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2:

Genre: Mech, Action, Drama, Science fiction
In an alternate universe version of Earth the Empire of Britania has invaded and conquered Japan using giant robots know as Knightmare Frames. A former Britanian noble, Lelouch Lamprouge, has vowed to overthrow then Britanian Empire and free Japan which since its defeat is renamed Area 11. One day he stumbles across a terrorist group of 11's (the name used to refer to the Japanese citizens) who have stolen highly classified military secrete, a young green haired girl that gives him the power of Geass (what she calls the Power of Kings). Armed with the power of Geass he becomes the masked terrorist Zero to lead a rebellion and over throw Britania. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 is the second part to the series.

Angel Links:

Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Angel Links is a spin off of another Sunrise series Outlaw Star. Li Meifon is the head of a free protection agency that is tasked with escorting ships through the vast reaches of outer space using nothing but their own ship, the Angel Links. However Meifon's memories of her unpleasant past begin to trouble her. Join her and the rest of the crew as they battle pirates and government organizations as they uncover Meifon's mysterious past.

Crest of the Stars:

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Based on the science fiction novel series of the same name, it is the first installment of the series. Crest of the Stars Jinto, a young biy who's planet has been taken over by the galaxy's largest empire, the Abh. His father, who is also the planets prime minister, handed their world to the Abh in exchange for political standing in the Abh empire making Jinto a prince. After being off to be given an Abh education, He meets Lafiel, a princess of the Abh empire. Unkown to Jinto the Abh empire will soon be plunged into war.

Banner of the Stars:

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Takes place 3 years after the finale of Crest of the stars. Lafiel is now an the captain of an assault ship known as Basroil. Jinto now a supply officer has joined her crew. Together they set out to join a large fleet tasked with protecting the strategically important Laptic Gate from a for more then 15 times their size. And to make matters worse the new fleet commander comes from the Bebous family, a family known for their "spectacular insanity".

Banner of the Stars II:

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
A follow up to the original Banner of the Stars. The war is still raging Between the Abh and the humans. After breaking through their last line of defense the Abh begin preparations to wipe out the remaining fleets of the United Mankind and conquer the planet of Lobnas. Unbeknownst to the Abh, Lobnas is a prison colony with millions of prisoners inhabiting the planet. The prisoners themselves are fully prepared to stage a rebellion against the invading forces of the Abh.

Passage of the Stars - Birth:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
A one episode OVA that serves as a prequel to the series. It tells the story of Lafiel's parents and her birth.

During their industry panel Funimation announced that they had also acquired the distribution rights to the following anime licenses: 
Outlaw Star
The Escaflowne movie
The Visions of Escaflowne
My- ZHime (My-Otome)
My-ZHime O~S.ifr~ (My-Otome O~S.ifr~)
My-Zhime Zwei (My-Otome Zwei),
and last but certainly not least Cowboy Bebop... No you are not seeing things they got Bebop.

They also acquired the rights to the remaining episodes of the anime Fairy Tail as well as announced the release date for the movie Wolf Children which will be available on November 11, 2013.

Out of the  recent acquisitions the ones I myself am looking forward to are Tales of Abyss, Code Geass, The My-Hime/ My-Zhime series and Cowboy Bebop (which is set to be released in 2014).


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