Movies and streaming series and limited edition Akira leather jackets, oh my!
Anime Expo is in full swing, and our coverage of new announcements continues with a look at some of the highlights from Funimation's Thursday panel, including theatrical film releases, home video offerings, new partnerships, and so much delectable merch. Check out the details below:
In ancient China, a young boy dreams of becoming the greatest general.— Funimation @ AX (@FUNimation) July 4, 2019
KINGDOM is coming to select theaters in the US and Canada starting August 16!
Learn more: https://t.co/pXuwL1UKan pic.twitter.com/wQIiFc9zvr
First up, we have North American theatrical releases for the live-action KINGDOM film in August of 2019 and the live-action Tokyo Ghoul S film in September of 2019. On the animated end of things, Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow will get a limited release in August of 2019, and plans for a release of the HUMAN LOST film are also in the works.
In celebration of the Akira movie's 30th anniversary, we're releasing an exclusive authentic leather replica of Kaneda's jacket!— Funimation @ AX (@FUNimation) July 4, 2019
Preorders will begin this month, with jackets shipping out this fall. pic.twitter.com/vy3Sf6UKHg
In terms of that sweet, sweet merchandise Funimation is working on Yu Yu Hakusho Funko Pops with Hot Topic, exclusive Fruits Basket Kyo and Yuki scale figures with Kotobukiya, a My Hero Academia mystery crate with Loot Anime, and (my personal favorite) limited edition replicas of Kaneda's iconic leather jacket from Akira. Special edition home video releases for Fruits Basket and a Yu Yu Hakusho steelbook release are also in the works.
Everyone's born with a number written on their body. When that number drops to zero, they're sucked into the ground, never to be seen again.— Funimation @ AX (@FUNimation) July 5, 2019
From the creator of Heaven's Lost Property, Plunderer is coming to FunimationNow in Winter 2020! pic.twitter.com/bBVv5mg4SY
On the streaming side of things, Funimation has second seasons for Fairy gone and Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life coming in the Fall of 2019, My Hero Academia Season 4 in Fall of 2019, and Plunderer in Winter of 2020.
HUGE NEW PARTNERSHIP— Funimation @ AX (@FUNimation) July 5, 2019
Tons of amazing @rightstufanime and @NozomiEnt titles will be coming to FunimationNow, including:
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Junjo Romantica
- Yakiate!! Japan
- Sweet Blue Flowers
And finally, Funimation is teaming up with RightStuf and Nozomi Entertainment to stream classic shows such as Boogiepop Phantom, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Sweet Blue Flowers. That's a whole lot of announcements from just one panel. I can't wait to see what other news comes out of Anime Expo next!
Source: Official Funimation Twitter feed (@FUNimation)
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.