FUNimation has announced a few new licenses at what is considered the last main convention of the year and they've picked up a few new things and grabbed a lapsed licensed. On the new side, they've acquired Tetsuwan Birdy Decode and Sekirei. Tetsuwan is twenty-six episodes and will see two sets released in 2010 while Sekirei is twelve episodes and will be one set. On the lapsed license side, we know why we won't see Full Metal Panic or Full Metal Panic Fumoffu?! from any of the new versions of ADV Films that are out there a the entire franchise is now together at FUNimation. It is worth noting that both series have seen a Blu-ray release in Japan (upscaled) and FUNimation has already released The Second Raid on Blu-ray in the US. Check below for the full press releases as sent out by the studio:
“TETSUWAN BIRDY DECODE”
Flower Mound, TX (November 21, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast and digital rights to the 26 episode sci-fi action anime series “Testuwan Birdy Decode” from Aniplex.
Based on the manga and four episode OVA series, the anime is directed by Kazuki Akane (“Escaflowne: The Movie” and “Heat Guy J”) and animated by A-1 Pictures Inc. (“Big Windup!” among others).
ABOUT Tetsuwan Birdy Decode
Birdy is an interstellar space agent sent to Earth to investigate the appearance of aliens under the secret identity of a popular Idol. A frantic late night mission causes her to catch an innocent schoolboy, Tsutomu in her deadly line of fire. Thanks to a special space technology, Birdy knows a way to restore his life by joining their two bodies into one. Now Tsutomu and Birdy must share the same body, mind and adventures while the his body slowly heals…
FUNimation Entertainment will release the series on DVD in half season sets in 2010.
Flower Mound, TX (November 21, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast and digital rights to the 12 episode action anime series “Sekirei” from Aniplex.
Based on the manga of the same name only available in Japan, the anime is directed by Keizou Kusakawa.
Minato Sahashi is extremely intelligent, yet his inability to cope well under pressure has led to his failing the college entrance exam – twice. As a result he has been branded a loser. One day he meets a girl named Musubi as she is being chased by two bandits and his life changes forever. The girl runs but takes him with her and soon finds that Minato, while unknown to him, is an Ashikabi, one of the mysterious set of masters that can become partners with some of the 108 cute girls, buxom women, and bishÅnen called “Sekirei”. Their partnership will allow Minato to realize his true capabilities and his own strength.
FUNimation Entertainment will release the series on DVD in 2010.
“FULL METAL PANIC!” AND “FULL METAL PANIC? FUMOFFU”
Flower Mound, TX (November 21, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the 24 episode sci-fi action anime series “Full Metal Panic!” and the 12 episode “Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu” sequel from Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.
“Full Metal Panic!” is based on a series of novels by Gatoh Shoji. The first season of the series covers the first 3 novels, while the sequel, “Fumoffu,” covers various of the short stories. FUNimation has previously releases the third season, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.
ABOUT FULL METAL PANIC!
Sousuke Sagara is a seventeen-year-old military specialist working for the secret organization MITHRIL and has been recently assigned to protect the latest “Whispered” candidate: Kaname Chidori. Sousuke will have to deal with enemies from his past as well some surprising characters. Unfortunately for Sousuke, the toughest part of his mission isn’t only protecting Miss Chidori but also getting used to living as an average high school student.
ABOUT FULL METAL PANIC? FUMOFFU
Kaname Chidori and Sousuke Sagara encounter more misadventures in and out of Jindai High School. But when Kaname gets into some serious trouble, Sousuke takes the guise of Bonta-kun – the gun-wielding, butt-kicking mascot. While he struggles to continue living as a normal teenager, Sousuke also has to deal with protecting his superior officer Teletha Testarossa, who has decided to take a vacation from Mithril and spend a couple of weeks as their classmate.
FUNimation Entertainment will begin streaming the series in December on http://www.funimation.com/video as well as other streaming video partner sites thereafter and will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010.
Includes home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the 24 episode sci-fi action anime series “Full Metal Panic!” and the 12 episode “Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu” sequel from Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.