"Brotherhood" and "Conqueror of Shamballa" expire on March 31
FUnimation has announced that their rights to 2009 TV anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and 2005 anime movie Conqueror of Shamballa expire on March 31st, 2016. After this, the anime distributor will stop streaming the anime and reprinting home video collections.
Fullmetal Alchemist is, of course, one of THE most legendary anime of all time—and for good reason. Combining alchemical action, great humor, and a moving, truly universal story of loss, redemption and what it means to be human, the adventures of the Elric brothers have resonated with fans all over the world for over a decade. We laughed with them, we cried with them, but alas, all good things must come to an end.
We’ve received an outpouring of fan feedback asking for Funimation to let you know when titles are expiring from our home video and streaming catalog, so we are announcing today that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa will be expiring soon. Funimation licenses these rights for a limited time, after which they revert to the original Japanese license holder. After these dates, these titles will be removed from our streaming service on Funimation.com, and we will not be reprinting any more home video products.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: expires March 31, 2016
Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa: expires March 31, 2016
What does this mean for you? If you want to keep this classic series and all of its installments in your collection permanently, be sure to buy your copies NOW before they’re gone for good. Out-of-print anime can go up in price significantly on the secondary market, with some titles going up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so lock in your collection at their current retail prices now.
In addition to the 3/31 dates for FMA: Brotherhood and Conqueror, Hulu lists a July 31st release date for original 2003 TV anime.