Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Witchblade and More Anime Blu-ray Bound (

By:Chris Beveridge
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children has finally gotten a Blu-ray release date, but only for Japan at this point. The release, planned for 04/16/2009, is set to have multiple language tracks but no subtitle track for English language fans who want to listen to the release in its original language of Japanese. Sony is releasing it with a special PS3 bundle version as well:

5,900 yen for the "Final Fantasy XIII Trial Version Set" and 49,980 for the "Cloud Black" PS3 + Trial Version bundle which has a black PS3 with the symbol on it.

Sony has not yet announced a US release date for this release, though one is certainly coming as it was the best selling anime DVD when it was originally released and it ranked quite high upon its re-release as well.

FUNimation also has some Blu-ray news as their latest release, One Piece Movie 8, has a new pamphlet in it that talks about upcoming releases. Their announced releases through march are here but they also mention some other series which haven't been talked about yet. Due out in 2009 from FUNimation is the Blue Gender TV series and movie, the first season of Gunslinger Girl (which paints a hopeful eye for the sequel which the company has also licensed), the compete Witchblade anime TV series and the twelfth and thirteenth Dragon Ball Z movies. For live action fans, FUNimation is also looking to put out the Genghis Khan movie.

All of this is in addition to their currently planned slate of Afro Samurai :Resurrection, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Tsubasa Season 1 and a pair of Dragon Ball Z features which have a total of five of the movies within them.

Series: Blue Gender, Dragon Ball Z, Gunslinger Girl, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, Witchblade