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Bioware and FUNimation Entertainment announced today that they are teaming up with animation production company T.O. Entertainment to produce a Mass Effect anime feature. Streaming and video release is planned for summer of 2012.

Shepard and crew, coming in animated form to a screen near you.

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I admit it, I want to read this book now.

FUNimation is always good for a truckload of announcements at an anime convention, and they didn’t disappoint at this year’s Otakon. At its panel in Baltimore, they announced a handful of series that should please all segments of the fan population.

For the ladies, they have Hetalia World Series, the third season of the uber-popular “Let’s take countries and turn them into cute boys” fantasy. This makes it almost a shoo-in that they’ll have the newly-announced 4th season of Hetalia, which starts in September.

For the guys, they have Strike Witches 2 and Shukufuku no Campanella. Strike Witches 2 is a fan favorite due to its cute girls and distinct shortage of pants, appealing to that fetishized portion of the population that can’t decide which is sexier, military hardware or young anime girls. Shukufuku no Campanella is much more honest about its origins as an adult game, being 100% about anime girls being sexy with very little in the way of plot to get in the way.

The fourth title announced, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi, has been the subject of a lot of discussion recently, most of it involving the overly chatty narrator and whether or not she gets in the way of the show itself (she kind of does, but that’s okay because the show itself is spotty in quality at best). And the fifth title, a rescue license from Geneon, wasn’t actually announced at the panel. Instead, it started streaming today on FUNimation’s video site, like a pink-haired ninja with giant boobs, surrounded by other ninjas with similarly big boobs and a propensity for fan service.

In movie news, Eva 2.0 and Summer Wars were both picked up for DVD release, with the Hetalia movie coming along for the ride. Evangelion and Summer Wars were both big hits, while Hetalia is pretty much a license to print money at this point.

There are plenty more announcements to come at Otakon, and even FUNimation isn’t done – so stay tuned to see what’s still to come down the anime pipeline!

Boy, 2006 seems like a long time ago.

Sweet mercy, I go and take a break to staff AX and the anime companies unleash half of their big announcements! I’m glad I’ll actually have time during Otakon to post the news as it happens, because falling behind on AX feels like a mountain already.

So, here we go with the alphabetical company-by-company roundup:

Aniplex

Durarara!! (DVD)

Bandai

K-On! (DVD)

Crunchyroll

Occult Academy (simulcast)
Tono to Issho
(simulcast)

FUNimation

Kuroshitsuji II (simulcast)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (simulcast)
Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ (simulcast)
Sengoku Basara 2 (simulcast)
Shiki (simulcast)
Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail (DVD)
Darker Than Black ~Ryusei no Gemini~ (DVD)
Hellsing OVAs 5-7 (DVD)
Shakugan no Shana II (DVD)
Shakugan no Shana movie and OVA series (DVD)
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (DVD)
Toaru Majutsu no Index (DVD)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (DVD)

Ai Yori Aoshi (Geneon rescue)
Armitage III (Geneon rescue)
Haibane Renmei (Geneon rescue)
Hellsing (TV series) (Geneon rescue)
Serial Experiments Lain (Geneon rescue)
Tenchi Muyo (TV series 1 and 2, all three OVA series, and the movies) (Geneon rescue)
Texhnolyze (Geneon rescue)

Nozomi

Sora no Woto (DVD)
Revolutionary Girl Utena
(TV and movie)

Sentai

Highschool of the Dead (simulcast)

Viz

Nurarihyon no Mago (simulcast)
Strawberry 100% (streaming)

Phew! What a list. Out of these, I’m most interested in the To Aru series, the Trigun movie, and the amusingly self-aware Legend of the Legendary Heroes. What are you guys looking forward to owning or watching?

Weaponized despair. How can it go wrong? Oh, right... lots of ways.

So much promise, so little follow-through.

Well, they can’t all be hits. FUNimation’s weekend announcements at Anime Central only really generated excitement if you like boobs. If you do, hot dog – Sora no Otoshimono and both Rosario x Vampire seasons are coming your way in English next year, courtesy of FUNimation.

The two fan service-crazy shows highlighted a relatively weak crop of licenses from FUNi, including Nitro+ visual novel adaptation Chaos;HEAd, the post-apocalyptic high-school hybrid Koukaku no Regios, sci-fi Rideback, and former Geneon title GUNxSWORD. Most of those titles fall under the “No matter how hard I tried to like them, I just couldn’t” category for me, so I just can’t get excited for this announcement.

FUNimation starts airing the second half of the noitaminA block tomorrow, and as you can see from the subtitled trailer above, Tatami Galaxy is a huge departure from your average kids’ action fantasy or cute-girl-moe anime. The visuals are freakish and fascinating, the story looks deliciously twisted, and all in all, it looks like it’ll be a whole lot of fun.

Tatami Galaxy starts when a college dropout meets a man claiming to be a god of marriage at a ramen stand. Instead of the late-night snack he was looking for, he instead gets a flashback to his college days, when he and his friend went around destroying other people’s romances. The show looks like it’ll be a dark pleasure, and I’ll be tuning in tomorrow on FUNimation’s video site. Between Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves, this Spring season may not be a complete loss after all…

Yes, all of it. Today, FUNimation announced that the potential spring season savior Sarai-ya Goyou (AKA House of the Five Leaves) and lesser-known Tatami Galaxy will both be simulcast under its banner. The deal as announced covers future series that live in the noitaminA block as well, so this is a pretty big win for FUNimation. The noitaminA block has become a bastion of great anime in the past few years, with such hits as Nodame Cantabile, Moyashimon, and Honey and Clover.

It’s going to be great to get House of the Five Leaves out to a bigger audience, so I am all for this announcement!

Apples~

Image taken from Kotoba, on Pixiv.net

Over the weekend, FUNimation’s panels at Anime Boston and SakuraCon announced three titles to add to their ever-growing library:

Chobits, CLAMP’s tale about the complex relationship between a young man and his cutely anthropomorphic computer, has been rescued from its limbo state. It was previously licensed by the now-defunct Geneon Entertainment, and last saw DVD release in 2005.

Eden of the East, a trilogy of movies that follow the popular mystery series of the same name.

Spice and Wolf II, a surprisingly low-key fantasy tale that follows a young traveling peddler and his companion, who happens to be a harvest deity in the shape of a young wolf-girl.

Between a Geneon rescue license and two sequels, all three of these announcements were more comforting than exciting. Fans of Chobits will be happy that they can pick up one of FUNimation’s cheap box sets, while fans of Eden of the East and Spice and Wolf pretty much already knew that FUNimation was going to pick up the sequels.

Squeeeeee?

That’s right, ladies, two, two, TWO Black Butler news pieces in one day! FUNimation’s latest FUNicon just ended with a trailer for the first Kuroshitsuji, meaning that FUNimation has acquired the rights to the fangirltastic butler series, which starred Sakamoto Maaya and Ono Daisuke as a young boy and his demonic butler.

More info to come as it’s announced.

The logo gets things right.

Many modern anime fans started at the same place: watching dubbed Dragon Ball Z after school and on the weekends. A generation later, Nicktoons’ announcement of its upcoming anime lineup holds a bit of a surprise: Dragon Ball Z Kai will join the children’s network’s lineup this May. While I personally thought that the remake/remaster of Toriyama Akira’s legendary story would go to Disney XD (current home of Naruto Shippuden), it makes a lot of sense to have it on Nickelodeon.

A lot of attention has been paid to the many edits of Dragon Ball Z Kai, but after Saban’s heavy edits to the series (Home For Infinite Losers, anyone?), it just doesn’t seem that egregious to remove blood and gore from the series to make it easier to market to children. Whether we should be shielding our children from such things is another argument entirely, but the point remains that I don’t think they’ll be missing much of the fun when they watch Dragon Ball in a form that cuts out entire episodes of musclemen standing around and grunting along with blood splatters and the occasional naked bottom.

Besides, with the recent anime industry crunch, it’s a good sign that more shows are showing up on TV and building the next generation of anime fans. Right?

(Source: ToonZone via Mania)

KTKR

Yessssssssss

This is the best news of the year so far: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, which I consider the most entertaining show in recent memory, is not only licensed by FUNimation, but it’s on the fast track to release. Starting tomorrow, FUNimation is going to start streaming subtitled episodes of BakaTest, which it is calling Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts. Two episodes will be available initially, and while the translation catches up, FUNimation will be sure to add new episodes as they air each week.

I haven’t talked about BakaTest much on this blog, but now that it’s going to be readily available to English-speaking audiences (well, probably just American audiences due to FUNimation’s licensing deal), I’m going to sing its praises every week until you give in and watch the best anime comedy since Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Every week, I watch BakaTest and come away grinning like an idiot from the constant stream of perfectly timed jokes and snappy dialogue.

So, join me tomorrow on the FUNimation video site and support this awesome comedy! Who doesn’t like watching a bunch of idiots and misfits trying to climb over each other and win at life? From dating on a budget to Xeno’s paradox of infinite ramen and gender-confused romance, this series has it all!

Watch it, or I’ll sic Shouko on you.

I won't let you get away.

Love hurts. So does comedy, when it's very good comedy.