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,Gantz, Peacemaker and Chrono Crusade.
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