I wish they'd given SUMMER WARS a theatrical release in the U.S. It's vaguely similar to INCEPTION and probably would have appealed to that film's fans, if they could get over their resistance to taking "cartoons" seriously, but was, IMHO, a thousand times better than Nolan's film. I saw it at the New York International Children's Film Festival last February. A blizzard was in progress, but the place was sold out anyway. And the film's director was there, worried that the kids couldn't read the subtitles. The festival director told him, "Don't worry about it. These kids'll be fine." And they were.
Summer Wars is supposed to get a limited theatrical release this fall. I'm guessing that most cities won't be getting it. It's such a great movie (watched from the Taiwan BD release). It should be one of the best anime movie release next year (DVD or BD).
Funimation has confirmed with ANN that it has acquired the license to the 1999 television anime adaptation of Koushi Rikudou's manga Excel Saga from Flying Dog. The company says that it has also acquired two other former ADV Films licenses: Noir and Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. All three titles will be released in North America in 2011...
Clannad After Story (to be dubbed) and Clanna Movie licensed/dubbed
From Dave Williams...
Figured I'd pop in here and post as well. At the Sentai Filmworks panel I just did at Izumicon, I announced that we have heard the cry from the fans and Sentai WILL be going back and doing a dub for Clannad After Story. We'll do an exchange program of course for those who want to trade in their subtitled only version. The release will be coming out in April next year.
In addition I announced that Sentai Filmworks has picked up the license for the Clannad movie and will be releasing it dubbed and subtitled in March.
BTW, this will also mark my return to doing some ADR directing as I will co-direct these with Janice.
HOUSTON, January 18, 2011—Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of INFINITE STRATOS, the latest hit anime series from 8-Bit (Durarara!!, Macross Frontier). Based on the series of hit novels by Izuru Yumizuru that have already spawned a hit manga and internet radio series, INFINITE STRATOS takes the battle of the sexes to a new level, flipping conventional gender relationships through a maverick series of high speed inverted power rolls over the course of 12 extraordinary episodes!
10 years ago, the development of the revolutionary Infinite Stratos powered exoskeleton changed the world’s balance of power overnight… but unfortunately, while the distribution of IS systems to every nation on Earth HAS ushered in a new era of peace, the fact that only women have thus far been able to pilot the Stratos systems has sent the relationship between the XX and XY-chromosomed halves of the human race into a spiraling tailspin! So when 15 year old Ichika Orimura is suddenly discovered to be the first male with the ability to control an IS, whatever plans he might have had for his own future are tossed out the window even as he’s thrown to the wolves and enrolled at the otherwise entirely female Infinite Stratos Academy by order of the Japanese government! It’s one Boy Vs. all the Girls, and the question isn’t who’ll come out on top… it’s who will survive the educational experience in INFINITE STRATOS!
The publicity staff at Warner Brothers Japan revealed on their official Twitter account last month that Jared Padalecki, the co-lead actor on the American live-action television series Supernatural, will dub all 22 episodes of MADHOUSE's first anime season. However, co-star Jensen Ackles will only dub the last two episodes of Supernatural the Animation's first season. The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Padalecki) and Dean (Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape.
The producers had already revealed that Yuya Uchida (Soul Eater's Dr. Franken Stein, Naruto Shippūden's Rinji) and Hiroki Touchi (Trinity Blood's Abel Nightroad, Bokurano's Kokkpelli) will dub Sam and Dean, respectively, in Japanese. (They already do the same for the live-action version in Japan.) The Japanese singer and actor Gackt will also voice the recurring character Andy in Japanese. The character Andy will appear in the first anime season's finale, "All Hell Breaks Loose" or "Erabareshimono-tachi" (The Chosen Ones).
According to the official website for the anime, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of the anime will launch in Japan on February 23 with Japanese/English soundtracks and Japanese/English subtitles. The Zap2it website's blog reported on Wednesday that "a U.S. version is expected to be released on DVD" but neither Warner Brothers Japan nor Warner Bros. Television in the United States has officially announced an American release.
HOUSTON, February 13, 2011—Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of DREAM EATER MERRY, the latest hit anime series from animation powerhouse J.C. STAFF (Excel Saga, Azumanga Daioh, Revolutionary Girl Utena,) Based on the hit manga by Ushiki Yoshitaka, directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Street Fighter Alpha, Boys Over Flowers,) using scripts and story compositions by Hideki Shirane and character designs by Masahiro Fuji (both Hayate the Combat Butler,) the 12 episode DREAM EATER MERRY series rolls out the unique premise of a boy with the ability to predict dreams who becomes the focus of the ambitions of a unique race of demons who use dreams to access our world!
Sometimes daydreaming can get you into trouble, but what do you do when it’s OTHER people’s dreams that you have to watch out for? For the last 10 years Yumeji Fujiwara’s life has been getting progressively stranger, beginning with suddenly gaining the ability to predict what kind of dreams other people will have! Then his own dreams took a bizarre turn in which he was being pursued by armies of cats! Now, however, the weird-o-meter has just maxed out: Not only has Yumeji learned that the leader of the dream cats needs Yumeji’s body to access the real world, but a beautiful girl suddenly drops on top of him and announces that she’s a Dream Demon who needs to return to HER world! There are a lot of sleepless nights ahead, as Yumeji has to deal with the dream stalking, a dream walking and the little bitty problem of the fabric separating reality and fantasy being torn to shreds in DREAM EATER MERRY!
...and also not in the PRs below: FUNi has licensed more Sgt. Frog (S3).
FUNimation Entertainment Acquires TO
Flower Mound, TX (February 19, 2010) – North American anime distributor FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has licensed the home entertainment, broadcast, digital rights and merchandise rights for the sci-fi original video anime “TO” from Showgate, Inc.
The OVA is directed by Fumihiko Sori (“Appleseed,” Vexille” and the upcoming Dragon Age role-playing video game based anime film being produced by BioWare and FUNimation) .
In “TO,” Sori has adapted two stories from Yukinobu Hoshino’s 2001 Nights manga. "Elliptical Orbit" and "Symbiotic Planet" are part of Hoshino's centuries-long storyline about mankind's voyages into space.
FUNimation will release the OVA on DVD and Blu-ray this summer.
Flower Mound, Texas (February 19, 2010) - FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the main cast of the 13 episode supernatural action anime series “Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts”:
When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school’s technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for Yoshii – because Yoshii’s an idiot, stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they’ll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the Academy’s brightest students. It’s going to be tough, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and Yoshii can’t even spell surrender!
Transformers: The Headmasters licensed by Shout! Factory | LINK
Shout! Factory have sent out an email, confirming that yes indeedy, they are going to be releasing two new Transformers DVD box sets - Beast Wars, and The Takara Collection: Headmasters. Yes, the Japanese only continuation of Generation 1 Transformers is finally coming to DVD in the US! HEAD ON!!!
Transforming The Beast & Headmasters
OK, Transformers fans. This is what you’ve been waiting for. We have officially secured the rights to bring you additional Transformers DVDs. Later this year, we’ll release two 4-disc sets: Transformers Beast Wars and Transformers Takara Collection: Headmasters. and complete series collections. This is the first time the Headmasters series is available in the U.S., and it all came together because you asked for it . . . at Comic-Con, Bot-Con and through our site. We’ll have more details as we get closer to releasing them, but we wanted to end rumor and speculation with an official confirmation here.
HOUSTON, March 24, 2011—Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of Japan’s white-hot anime series, ANGEL BEATS. A multi-media mega-franchise with two manga, a series of illustrated short stories and two internet radio shows, each new volume of ANGEL BEATS has consistently ranked in the top three nationwide bestselling Blu-Ray releases in Japan. Now the series is coming to the U.S. on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Both releases will include an all new English dub, with the first episodes of the dub set to premiere at Anime Boston.
Synopsis: It sucks being dead. Sucks even more to be trapped in a surreal afterlife where you’re caught between the living and the dead—where a mysterious, violent Angel is trying to pull you over to…somewhere. What do you do? Well, if you’re this group of rough-and-tumble teens, you grab every weapon you can get your hands on and give Heaven hell! High-caliber action and locked-and-loaded comedy meet on a rock and roll battleground in Angel Beats!
addtl rights to Fractale and Freezing and acquisition of Tales of Vesperia
Fractale -- We have acquired additional rights to "Fractale"from - which wrapped its simulcast on www.funimation.com/video this week. FUNimation now has the U.S. and Canadian home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the 12 episode horror anime series. We will release Fractale on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.
Freezing -- We have acquired additional rights to "Freezing"- now simulcast on www.funimation.com/video each Monday at 9:30 am CDT. Now FUNimation has the U.S. and Canadian home entertainment, broadcast, digital, mobile and merchandise rights to the 12 episode horror anime series. We will release Freezing on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.
Tales of Vesperia – we have acquired the 2009 animated feature “Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Stike” from Bandai Visual Co. Ltd. FUNimation now holds the home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights for the title in the U.S. and Canada.
The movie is the anime adaptation of the role-playing video game (RPG) for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 published by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games) and is directed by Kanta Kamei. A veteran of the Japanese animation industry, Kamei has worked in several "Tales of" series titles, and directed the movie part of Tales of Legendia (2005) as was on staff on Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, visual effects and key animator), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, visual supervisor), Innocence (2004, visual effects and key animator), IGPX (2005, visual effects) and Asience: Hairy Tales (2007, director of photography).
Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Strike ~ (2009) is his directorial debut in a feature film.
FUNimation will release the feature on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.
SENTAI FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES MARIA HOLIC ALIVE! LICENSE
HOUSTON, April 5, 2011—Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of Maria Holic Alive! the follow up to the hit comedy and nosebleed bonanza Maria Holic. Set to begin broadcast in Japan on April 7, Maria Holic Alive! will soon be available in the U.S.
Synopsis: Some things never change: Ame no Kisaki, that famous and extraordinarily exclusive boarding school, STILL doesn’t accept boys. And Kanako, Kisaki’s most romantically unfortunate student, STILL doesn’t accept them either. They give her the hives. Literally. Sadly, that means that Kanako’s STILL trying to connect with ANYONE of the same sex, and having the usual horrid luck; STILL being in imminent peril of dying from the constant nosebleeds she gets from being over stimulated by the presence of her fellow classmates; and STILL being forced to endure the tragedy of sharing a room with the school’s most beautiful girl, who is, of course, STILL a guy in drag. Poor Kanako! She came to school to major in loving women, and instead she’s STILL failing relationships in Maria Holic Alive!
EA and FUNimation Entertainment Announce Mass Effect Anime Movie Deal
Home Video Adaptation of Award-Winning Sci-Fi Game Scheduled for Release in 2012
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BioWare™, a division of leading video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and FUNimation® Entertainment, the leading distributor of Japanese animation in North America, announced today an agreement to create an anime feature film adapted from one of the video game industry's most revered franchises, Mass Effect™. Tokyo-based anime and international feature film production company T.O Entertainment, Inc. has signed on as a co-producer on the video. Based on the Mass Effect universe, the anime video will tell the tale of an epic science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life and mysterious, uncharted planets.
Casey Hudson of BioWare, executive producer of the Mass Effect series, will serve as executive producer on the film, along with FUNimation President and CEO Gen Fukunaga and Director of Original Entertainment Chris Moujaes and T.O Entertainment's CEO Takeichi Honda and Yui Shibata.
"Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media. Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us," said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer for the Mass Effect series. "Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for."
"It is thanks to the enormous and passionate Mass Effect fan base that this movie is made possible," said Gen Fukunaga, President & CEO of FUNimation. "With production underway on the Dragon Age video, we are excited to team up with another BioWare team to add an exciting new chapter to this vast sci-fi world."
Production of the Mass Effect anime movie has already begun. Digital and home video releases are scheduled for the summer of 2012.
The original Mass Effect game and its sequel Mass Effect 2 have received over 250 awards and 100 perfect ‘10' scores from critics worldwide. Mass Effect 2 is available now for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. Stay tuned for more news about the continuation of Commander Shepard's adventure as BioWare will release more information about Mass Effect 3 soon. For more information on the game, please visit http://masseffect.bioware.com/ and follow the development team at twitter.com/masseffect2 or at http://www.facebook.com/masseffect.
FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Anime Fan Favorite Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Flower Mound, TX (April 14, 2011) - FUNimation(R) Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast and digital rights for the madcap anime series “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt”from Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd.
The 13-episode original series is the latest creation by studio GAINAX (“Evangelion,” “FLCL,” and “Gurren Lagann”) with a host of talented directors at work throughout the course of the series.
About Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
The Anarchy sisters, Panty and Stocking, are angels who were kicked out of Heaven due to bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City, a place located on the edge of Heaven and Hell, where creatures called "Ghosts" have run wild - feeding on human desire. Under the watchful eye of Reverend Garterbelt, it's up to Panty and Stocking to destroy these Ghosts, in order to collect enough Heaven Coins to return to Heaven. Only the Anarchy sisters can save humanity from these monsters and when they're not bickering with each other, they're unstoppable.
FUNimation will release the complete series on DVD in 2012.