You guys remember Bandai Entertainment? You know, those guys who would bring us swell series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Code Geass, and Cowboy Bebop? Do you remember when they burned down to the ground (figuratively speaking of course) and dropped all the licenses for the series they owned? Those were dark times, but FUNimation Entertainment is here to make your day better!
FUNimation has announced a bunch of licenses they acquired at Otakon 2013, and most of them include series that once belonged to Bandai Entertainment.
These series include:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
- Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
- Witch Hunter Robin
- Tales of the Abyss
- Angel Links
- Banner of the Stars 1 & 2
- Crest of the Stars
- Outlaw Stars
- The Visions of Escaflowne & The Visions of Escaflowne: The Movie
- My-Hime, My-Otome, My-Otome O~S.ifr~, My-Otome Zwei
Nearly none of these series have received the Blu-Ray treatment in North America. Cowboy Bebop recently got the Blu-Ray treatment, but it’s only exclusive to Japan and soon to be released in the UK. It should also be noted that Code Geass: Akito the Exiled was planned to get a release in North America from Bandai Entertainment, but that fell along with the company during its downfall. I look forward to many of these series coming back to the US, and I can’t wait to see them in booty-licious Blu-Ray quality too. With this, FUNimation truly has become the #1 anime provider in North America.
Does anyone think it’s going to feel weird when they see “FUNimation. You should be watching” appear on your screen before watching these series?
Also while I’m at it with FUNi and Otakon news. FUNimation finally announced the release date for their previously announced title, Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki. Wolf Children is a series directed by Mamoru Hosoda (director of Summer Wars and Digimon: The Movie). The movie is set to release in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack November 11, 2013. My feels have been steeled, and the tissues have been loaded. I’m prepared to cry at any moment when I watch this movie.