FUNimation Industry Panel – Anime Expo 2012


Although FUNimation Entertainment gave us plenty to cheer about during their Sneak Peek panel on Friday, they still managed to pull out the big guns in their industry panel where they made a number of announcements that will be sure please all anime fans. In fact, one of their announcements is the return of Toonami on the Cartoon Network’s late night weekend block that will include Dead Man Wonderland, Casshern Sins and even Hellsing. We can look forward to that very soon.

On top of that, FUNimation’s simulcast will include new One Piece episodes the next day after they debut in Japan as well as other series like Jormungand and Lupin the Third. Speaking of streaming, FUNimation is also introducing their new Elite video subscription service for $7.95 a month (they offer a 14-day free trail) that will have you streaming all the latest FUNimation releases via game consoles as well as the iPad, Android and even through ROKU. You can subscribe now at http://www.funimation.com/subscribe.

Of course, the main attraction of the panel is always the new anime titles coming our way and while many of these titles have been announced before Anime Expo 2012, FUNimation announced some new properties for the first time. Let’s check them out:

Hetalia Axis Powers, Season 4 – The fourth and final volume of this beloved series has a release date of July 3, 2012 so fans won’t have to wait that long. Pasta!

Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt, Complete Series – This series has a mature tone but one hell of a sense of humor that doesn’t hold anything back including plenty of F-bombs. Trust me, this one is for the South Park, Family Guy crowd with a fresh twist of sexiness. Expect this one to be released in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on July 10, 2012 with a retail price of $69.98.

Fractale, Complete Series – A beautiful tale told in a unique universe with an interesting romance that makes this one something special. This title will be available on July 17, 2012 in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for $69.98.

One Piece, Season 4, Voyage 1 – Luffy and the crew of the Going Merry are back in a new season and a new adventure that will take them to even stranger lands. This new season of One Piece will hit dry land on August 7, 2012.

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror – Already a movie and I so looking forward to and one that – judge by the trailer – will be destined to be a classic, this animated film is heading our way this August.

Freezing, Complete Series – Anyone who knows this series knows that is definitely a series anyone calling themselves an anime fan should not miss out on when it is released on August 28 of this year.

Armitage – All three movies of this Geneon title will finally be released again in an awesome collection that you can look forward to very soon.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Finally, FUNimation left the best for last as they announced some titles that we will be seeing released soon on Blu-ray/DVD as well as through the simulcast and streaming. Here’s what we can come to expect from FUNimation soon.

Blood C: The Last Dark

Appleseed XIII

Aria: The Sacred Ammo

Eureka Seven AO: Astral Ocean

HighSchool DxD

Ikki Tousen: Great Guardian

Ikki Tousen Xtreme Xecutor

Michiko to Hatchin

Binbougami Go!

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

FINAL THOUGHTS

Once again, FUNimation manages to outdo themselves with another great panel featuring new titles and returning favorites. There is plenty to look forward to this year and we will gladly be bringing you more news and reviews soon.

– Faith McAdams

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