FUNimation Announces "Steins;Gate" Movie, "Cowboy Bebop" Plans, "Haruhi" Rescue License and More at Otakon

Plus dub cast, home video licenses and more

FUNimation had lots of news to announce at this weekend's Otakon, including their plans for a new release of Cowboy Bebop, lots of home video rights to titles they streamed, and Kadokawa licenses including a number of rescues and the Steins;Gate movie.

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop will be released in December.

 

Fans will have four options for purchase:

o   DVD standard edition
o   Blu-ray standard edition
o   Amazon Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition
o   FUNimation.com Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition

The two Premium Editions will each feature different packaging and premium items, but their precise details will be announced later.

synopsis:


Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form.

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

 

Visit funimation.com/cowboy-bebop for more information.

 

FUNimation has picked up several Kadokawa catalog titles, as well as the Steins;Gate movie. This includes

- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
- Haruhi Chan and Churuya San
- Lucky Star series + OVA
- Strike Witches movie
- Steins;Gate movie

 

 

FUNimation Entertainment that it has acquired the home entertainment, digital and broadcast rights to the OVA series Black Butler – Book of Murder.

 

From Studio: A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, and Black Butler, the series was directed by Noriyuki Abe, known for Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Black Butler – Book of Circus.

 

synopsis:

At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London’s elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn’t safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it’s too late!

 

 

 

 

FUNimation has acquired the home video distribution rights for D-Frag.

 

synopsis:

Based on the manga released by Seven Seas.

Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.

 

 

 

Based on the hit fighting game series, FUNimation has picked up home video distribution rights for BlazBlue: Alter Memory

synopsis:

Long ago, the world was saved from a monstrous creature known as the Black Beast by a group of heroes wielding a powerful combination of magic and science. Now, a rebel named Ragna the Bloodedge–who happens to be the most wanted man on the planet–finds himself in the middle of a mysterious plot that’s somehow connected to the Black Beast’s resurrection and the possible end of the world.

 

FUNimation has acquired the home video distribution rights for Riddle Story of Devil.

synopsis:

From the creator of Loveless.

 

Tokaku Azuma is a heartless teenage assassin on a mission of death. She’s been sent to a prestigious boarding school to compete in an assassination game against eleven other beautiful killers. Their heinous mission: send the innocent and cheerful Haru Ichinose to an early grave. But when Tokaku finds herself strangely drawn to her intended target, she must utilize her lethal skills to keep her new friend alive–and Haru must place her life in the ruthless, cold-blooded hands of the very woman sent to kill her.

 

Watch episodes of the series streaming on funimation.com/riddle-story-of-devil.

 

 

The home video rights to Freezing Vibration were also picked up.

synopsis:



The sci-fi adventure continues as Satellizer, her battle partner Kazuya, and the rest of the West Genetics High team continue training to fight invading aliens known as Nova.


 
The series is set to release later in 2015.

 

Season 1 of Freezing is now available in the Anime Classics line

 

FUNimation has also acquired the digital, home video, and broadcast rights for the series Unbreakable Machine Doll.

synopsis:

 

In the mechanized city of Liverpool, a Japanese student and his beautiful female companion enter the most prestigious magic academy in the world–the place all puppeteers dream of going. There, students use automatons and living dolls to fight against each other in the quest to become the world’s best puppeteer.From the director of Queen’s Blade: the Exiled Virgin, and Queen’s Blade 2: The Evil Eye.

 

The series is set to release later in 2015.

 

 

 

 

A Certain Magical Index II, Part Two English dub cast were announced

CHARACTER – ACTOR

ACQUA – Andrew T. Chandler
AMATA KIHARA – Marcus D. Stimac
BIAGIO BUSONI – Barry Yandell
POPE MATTHAI REESE – Bob Magruder
RITOKU KOMABA – Patrick Seitz
SHIAGE HAMAZURA – Clifford Chapin
TERRA – George Manley
VASILISA – Leah Clark
VENTO – Kara Edwards

 

A Certain Magical Index II, Part One will be available on BD/DVD Combo on October 14th.

synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

 

 

New cast introduced Fairy Tail 13 include

 

CHARACTER – Japanese Voice Actor – English Voice Actor

 

STING – Takahiro Sakurai – Michael Jones
ROGUE – Kenichi Suzumura – Garret Storms
LECTOR – Akiko Yajima – Marti Etheridge
FROSCH – Satomi Kohrogi – Dawn M. Bennett

synopsis:

Oración Seis has kidnapped Lucy and is using her to power a clock capable of spreading catastrophic magic cross the world. If Fairy Tail doesn’t stop the dark guild, the entire Fiore Kingdom will fall into a waking nightmare and their teammate will merge with the enchanted timepiece forever. But Oración Seis isn’t the only group of wizards standing in their way: the Legion Platoon has decided that to save the world, they’ll destroy the magic clock—and Lucy. While Fairy Tail fights with all their power to rescue their teammate, the truth about Michelle comes to light and a devastating deception is exposed. When the clock begins to chime reality descends into chaos, and in the end Natsu and his fellow wizards might be too late.

Finally, they have the highly anticipated English cast for Ghost in the Shell: Arise – borders 1 & 2.

 

CHARACTER – ACTOR

MOTOKO                                             Elizabeth Maxwell
ARAMAKI                                            John Swasey
KURUTSU                                            Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
BATOU                                                 Christopher R. Sabat
TSUMUGI                                            Eric Vale
TOGUSA                                              Alex Organ
PAZ                                                        Jason Douglas
SADAMOTO                                       Bill Jenkins
RAIZO                                                   David Wald
LOGICOMA                                         Jād Saxton
MAMURO                                           Brian Mathis
IBACHI                                                  Chris Rager

ADR DIRECTOR                                  Zach Bolton

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise borders 1 & 2 will be available on October 21st. Click here to order now.

 

synopsis:

 

This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades – while rebooting the genre it helped define.

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

Border 2: Ghost Whispers

Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.

 

 

Finally, Funko has announced a new line of Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures. Funko has previously partnered with FUNimation to release series of Dragon Ball Z and Black Butler Pop! Vinyl Figures.

 

This series will include some of the most popular characters from Attack on Titan.  Each super stylized figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. One super-sized Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 6” tall. Pop! Vinyl Figures are Ages 5+.

 

Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Series

· 6” Super-Sized Colossal Titan

· Eren Jaeger

· Mikasa Ackerman

· Eren Jaeger Titan Form

 

The Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl series will be available nationwide in October exclusively in stores and online at Hot Topic through December 2015.

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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