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FUNiCon 4.0 Offers Up License Rescues

By Chris Beveridge     June 26, 2010

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FUNimation ran their fourth online "convention" panel last night out of their offices and answered various questions submitted by fans while offering up a few new license rescue announcements as well, this time as they dipped into the old ADV Films well with titles that are, surprise surprise, Gonzo related. While Gonzo is a shell of its former self in terms of output in Japan, their titles are still sought out after here since there are definite sales trends for them, some of which have name recognition value still, and have the potential to be marketed again on the cheap for new audiences who missed out the first time and those who may never have gotten around to it before. So what was covered in their panel?

FUNimation revealed that the second season of the pint sized comedy Hetalia will be out on October 12th. This release will apparently include a little extra in the form of some bandanas.

A question was asked about whether a show that's gotten a S.A.V.E. release would be considered for a Blu-ray release (not a Blu-ray S.A.V.E. release, mind you) since some of these shows are getting the high definition treatment in Japan, such as the recently announced Beck. Unfortunately, those shows aren't on tap at the moment, mostly because they would need a renegotiated license to be able to publish it and/or acquire the materials. So things like Beck and Kanon aren't going to be on the horizon for a bit. 

FUNimation proceeded to ease off some of the potential angst of Anime Expo next week by talking about their license rescues. Getting these out of the way now hopefully indicates we'll get some high profile new titles announced at the convention. So, now added to the FUNimation library are the classic titles Kaleido Star,GantzPeacemaker and Chrono Crusade.

You can read our previous reviews of the series in single disc form and collections through the links above.



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Hectotane 6/26/2010 8:44:49 AM

Because when you sell anime DVD boxsets in badly-made boxes where the DVDs feel like they fell off, you lose that potential buyer that day and every day.  (^_^)_|

zalder 6/26/2010 1:45:55 PM

excited about kaleido star as I never watched that one and it was supposed to be good rest don't do much for me.

METR0lD 6/26/2010 7:19:11 PM

Kaleido Star is indeed great. Really great actually. I have the singles release versions of both seasons.

The worst news out this though, is that Kanon will likely never get a proper BluRay release now. Which ****ing sucks.

Calibur454 6/26/2010 8:03:54 PM

i really wish funi would snag up the rights to paranoia agent - K-ON!- and Dual parallel trouble adventure. I tried sniffing around the net and the cheapest price i could find for the paranoia agent box set was 100 bucks at amazon through one of their own sellers.

Maximus44 6/26/2010 11:57:07 PM

Kaleido Star is a good pick-up for Funimation.

Chrono Crusade still has marketability (though after so many previous re-releases it's going to need to be a top notch Blu-ray release, or a least a dirt cheap DVD set).

Gantz and Peacemaker...Funimation will probably be able to do somthing with these series to make them profitable.


I think that it’s only a matter of time before we see funimation having the rights to just about every big anime title. They already have the rights to Tokyopop’s big hits (GTO, Initial D). They’re aimed for some of the big hits from everybody (eg: Chobits, Black Lagoon, Le Chevalier D'Eon, FLCL,). I assume that we haven’t heard the last of Paranoia Agent (a show that constantly gets brought up in these “license rescue” discussions). I mean they picked up Last Exile (a show that was noticeably older, and more readily available).

ScrappedAeon 6/27/2010 4:48:46 AM

Might pick up Chrono Crusade eventully.  One of the reasons I never got any of ADV's is because I never liked the packaging >_>

And Cailbur - You can find Dual! on RightStuf still.  It's $75 at the moment, but I've seen it around $35 or so when it's part of their weekly sale.

And yes, K-ON! would be awesome, as long as they dubbed the songs too.


Calibur454 6/27/2010 9:19:55 AM

thanks for the heads up on dual I look into it and as for dubbing the songs in K-ON I'm sure they would seeing as how they did the same for Beck mongolian chop squad



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