Our good friends at Funimation held a most interesting panel with plenty of announcements and a commendable offer to anime fans to view over 5000 episodes of their lineup of titles for free all summer via their website (www.FUNimation.com) as well as other legal streaming services. You also have to love their work to bring relief aid to Japan via a charity auction they will hold in conjunction with Relief for Japan (FUNimation.com/relief-for-japan).
Funimation listed their simulcast lineup, adding new One Piece episodes straight from Japan since the series still continues in Japan as well as bringing us other series like Aria: Scarlet Ammo, Toriko and [C] – Control for streaming sites.
Our Los Angeles readers can also get a chance to see Trigun: Badlands Rumble on the big screen this Friday at the Downtown Independent (251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Check your local listing for show times.
FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Battle is a card game coming up in July for iPhone, iPad, Android and FaceBook that will allow you to “crush your FaceBook friends” in a cool battle. Dragon Ball Z fans also got a glimpse of the upcoming game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
Here are the list of anime releases we can come to expect from Funimation:
To: Film Collection – Is already available as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack that retails for $34.98
Sgt. Frog, Season Three Part One – St. Frog is back for a third season and will be available July 26, 2011 and will retail at $39.98
Shin Chan, Season Three Part One – Shin is also back and even funnier than ever as the DVD will be available on July 26, 2011 for $39.98
Baka & Test: Summon the Beast, Season One – Will be available on August 2, 2011 as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack that will retail at $69.98
Noir – This classic will be packaged as Funimation’s Anime Classic line and will be available on August 9, 2011 for $49.98.
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost – This second feature film will be available on August 23, 2011 as a DVD/Blu-ray combo for $34.98
Spice and Wolf, Season Two – The second season of this beloved series has finally been announced and will be available on August 30, 2011 and will be a DVD/Blu-ray combo retailing at $69.98
Spice and Wolf, Season One – The series will be available for Blu-ray for the first time as well and will retail at $49.98.
One Piece, Collection One – The first season will be repackaged as a collector’s set and will be available July 26, 2011
Last Exile – Fam: The Silver Wing will be coming to us soon as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. No release date was given but Last Exile fans will enjoy this steampunk series with a new cast of characters.
Baka & Test, Season 2 + OVAs – The second season will be packaged with the OVAs and will be released sometime in 2012 for as DVD/Blu-ray.
[C] – Control – The series will be available for DVD/Blu-ray sometime in 2012 and if you’ve been watching the series via streaming site you know this is very good news.
Cat Planet Cuties – A very bosomy series will be available on DVD/Blu-ray combo in 2012.
B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time – It’s exactly as it sounds in this risqué series that will be available on DVD/Blu-ray in 2012.
The special guest panelist in charge of picking up new titles also assured anime fans that Geneon titles will be coming back to us soon such as the Black Lagoon series as well as Helsing.
Funimation also disclosed three very interesting acquisitions and here they are:
Dead Man Wonderland
FINAL THOUGHTS: 2011 and 2012 are going to be two very interesting years for anime fans as far as Funimation titles are concerned. We are seriously looking forward to a lot of them, especially Last Exile-Fam and, finally, a second helping of Spice and Wolf.