FUNimation has made a few new announcements at the Anime Detour convention this weekend where two series that they've been simulcasts have gone to home video and merchandising rights along with broadcast and digital rights.
Fractale -- We have acquired additional rights to "Fractale" from - which wrapped its simulcast on this week. FUNimation now has the U.S. and Canadian home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the 12 episode horror anime series. We will release Fractale on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.
Freezing -- We have acquired additional rights to "Freezing"- now simulcast on each Monday at 9:30 am CDT. Now FUNimation has the U.S. and Canadian home entertainment, broadcast, digital, mobile and merchandise rights to the 12 episode horror anime series. We will release Freezing on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.
Tales of Vesperia – we have acquired the 2009 animated feature “Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Stike” from Bandai Visual Co. Ltd. FUNimation now holds the home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights for the title in the U.S. and Canada.
The movie is the anime adaptation of the role-playing video game (RPG) for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 published by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games) and is directed by Kanta Kamei. A veteran of the Japanese animation industry, Kamei has worked in several "Tales of" series titles, and directed the movie part of Tales of Legendia (2005) as was on staff on Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, visual effects and key animator), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, visual supervisor), Innocence (2004, visual effects and key animator), IGPX (2005, visual effects) and Asience: Hairy Tales (2007, director of photography).
Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Strike ~ (2009) is his directorial debut in a feature film.
FUNimation will release the feature on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012