AX 2010 – Day 3: FUNimation Entertainment Sneak Peek Panel

FUNimation Entertainment held their Sneak Peek Panel in the Platinum Ballroom of the JW Mariott that is across the Nokia Theater so it’s a short distance walk from the Convention Center but that didn’t stop the numerous anime fans from attending and I can safely say that FUNimation has a few juicy new titles that I am already wishing was here already.

The panel began with clips from their recent big titles such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as well as Dragon Ball Z Kai that already have their perspective Part 1 anime available now on both DVD and Blu-ray. You can certainly expect these two successful series to continue. Here are the official release dates for both:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 2 – August 24, 2010

Dragon Ball Z Kai, Season One Part 2 – September 14, 2010

Of course, the highlights of the panel were the new offerings and there are some recognizable as well as interesting titles shown. Here is what we can expect from FUNimation in 2010:

My Bride is a Mermaid, Season One Part OneRelease Date: July 20 – After having been saved by a mysterious girl who turns out to be a mermaid, a young man is in trouble with said mermaid’s yakuza father and the only way from stopping him from slicing him open is announcing that he plans to marry his daughter.

Oh! Edo RocketRelease Date: November 12, 2010 – This one is a cute Edo Period comedy about a fireworks-maker and the people around him. It has a popular following in Japan and it will certainly win over anime fans this November.

Corpse Princess, Part One and Part TwoRelease Date: September 14, 2010 – An intriguing series about the dead returning as fearsome foes and there’s one young girl who walks the path between living and dead who goes up against them.

Eden of the East, Complete SeriesRelease Date: September 28, 2010 – If a filmmaker had to pitch this to Hollywood producers it would be that this is the Bourne series mixed in with a heavy dose of smart political intrigue. It’s a cerebral series with a lot to offer.

Casshern Sins, Part OneRelease Date: August 17, 2010 – This interesting series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray about a cybernetic assassin who is responsible for the ruin of a robotic race in a planet wasteland now known as the Ruin.

Master of Martial Hearts, Complete SeriesRelease Date: August 10, 2010 – A series in the same vein as Ikki Tousen so expect cute girls battling it out until their clothes are cut the shreds, leaving them with very little to the imagination. If this sounds like your kind of show then you need to check this one out.

Hetalia, Season 1Release Date: September 14, 2010 – Anyone who knows this one is cheering loudly that the first season set is headed our way very soon. A comedy with various country representatives, this series is very popular already. The English dub is nearly complete and the cast will be announced very soon so we will be sharing this news very soon.

OVERALL OUTLOOK

With so many cosplayers showing up this year dressed like the many characters, you can bet this will be a really big hit for FUNimation. On top of that there are more than enough interesting and fun titles to look forward to as well some great action-packed shows like Corpse Princess and Casshern Sins.

– Faith McAdams

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