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FUNimation Otakon Panel News

Dragonball Z Dragonbox Sets US bound!

By Chris Beveridge     July 18, 2009

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
© FUNimation

FUNimation's panel at Otakon this morning spent the bulk of its time covering news that we've seen from previous conventions, detailing releases that are already solicited, before they began talking about their Anime Expo news after about forty minutes of recap essentially. The first bit of new information we got was that more Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is due out in 2010 as the first season has wrapped up and performed well enough for them to go after the second season.

FUNimation would very much like the Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.0 movie but does not have it at this time.

FUNimation has picked up the 2008 live action film Daytime Drinking for release in 2010.

FUNimation has acquired the 2008 anime series Cassherin Sins for release, which is twenty-four episodes long and ended its run in March of this year. It will be release in 2010.

Just finalized, FUNimation has announced their acquisition of Eden of the East, an eleven episode series that aired this spring and finished in the middle of June. It will see a 2010 release. The series is written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: SAC fame and is produced by Production I.G. Two films are in the works for late 2009 and early 2010 but nothing is being said about that by FUNimation.

Closing out the news, aiming squarely at Dragon Ball fans, FUNimation will surprisingly be releasing the Dragonball Z: Dragonbox version. Each set, containing everything in the Japanese release apparently, will contain forty-odd episodes. There will be seven sets, with the first one due out this fall with 42 episodes on six discs for $80. This is being produced from the original Dragonbox masters which got a frame by frame restoration in Japan and is uncut and unedited. They will also be included the complete opening and closing credits, episode previews and they're saying it will default to the Japanese track with subtitles since this is being aimed at the hardcore fans. Each of the sets will also include the 80 page hardcover booklet.

The official press releases can be found below:

Flower Mound, TX (July 18, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital, and merchandise rights to the first season (24 episodes) of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime series “Casshern Sins” from Tatsunoko Productions.
This sci-fi series is directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (“Blood+”, “Digimon”, “Dragon Ball Z”) produced by Tatsunoko Productions (“Speed Racer”, “Robotech”, “Gatchaman”) and animated by Madhouse (“Claymore”, “Hellsing Ultimate”, “Death Note”, “Gungrave”).
Casshern Sins is a revisioning of the early seventies series “Neo-Human Casshern” presented with a unique animation style. This sci-fi android series begins in a time when humans are subjugated by androids. Desperate for freedom, humans summon a mysterious girl named Luna in order to save mankind. Braiking Boss, leader of the androids, fears what this girl may do, and sends three assassins to remove her. The strongest of these assassins, Casshern, manages to track down and kill Luna. This triggers a cataclysmic event which sets in motion the end of the world.
Hundreds of years later, the world is in ruin and both humans and androids fear for their lives. Casshern, who has disappeared since Luna’s death, returns to the world with no memory. Thus starts his journey of self discovery and redemption that will determine the future of both humans and androids.
FUNimation Entertainment will release the first season of the series in two 12 episode sets fall 2010.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces First U.S. Release of Dragon Box
Produced From THE Original Dragon Ball Z Masters, Available on DVD in November

Flower Mound, TX – July 18, 2009 -- FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, today announces that it has acquired the original masters for the entire Dragon Ball Z anime series, episodes and films, and will release all as the Dragon Box for the first time in the U.S. The first of seven Dragon Boxes will be available at major retailers nationwide this Fall.

The Dragon Box will be produced from the original Dragon Box masters after a frame by frame restoration and will span the entire 291 episode television series and all 13 of its movies. 
This definitive DVD box release begins with Dragon Box One which includes the first 42 episodes, uncut, on 6 discs.

The Dragon Box releases will feature an aspect ratio of 4:3, the original Japanese audio (with options for an English track or English subtitles), the original episode previews, complete opening and closing credits and a collector’s booklet.

Dragon Box One will be available at major retailers nationwide on November 10, 2009 and will have an SRP of $79.98.


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