Funimation gets home video rights for four series


RDG, Karneval, Code:Breaker and Date A Live

This morning Funimation revealed via their official blog that they have acquired the home video rights to four series that were previously simulcast on their website: Date A Live, Code:Breaker, Karneval and Red Data Girl. All of the series will be released in June of 2014. What's that? You don't remember any of these series? Well that's why you have me here to refresh your memories silly!

So let's start with Date A Live. Originally running in the spring of 2013, this series is from the same studio that produced the animation for Cat Planet Cuties. Funimation describes it as...

30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.

One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind. 

There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you. 
Next up is a series that I considered a rare miss by PA Works (Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi-Asu) titled Red Data Girl. This series originally ran in spring of 2013 as well and featured some beautiful animation matched up with what I considered to be a less than stellar story. The synopsis for this series reads...
Izumiko is a fifteen year old outcast who was raised inseclusion at an ancient shrine hidden deep within the forest. This mysterious teenager destroys any electrical device she attempts to use, and her painful shyness has left her with few, if any, friends. Her world begins to evolve after enrolling in Houjou Academy, a school home to students of supernatural origins. Accompanied by her fated guardian, the brooding monk-in-training Miyuki, Izumiko soon discovers the shocking truth about herself: she is a vessel for the spirt of a powerful and vengeful goddess from a time long since passed. As her bond with Miyuki growns stronger, the spirit lurking within Izumiko begins to awaken. Can this fragile beauty learn to control her newfound power– or will the secret she carries make her the enemy of all mankind?
Third up is the series Code:Breaker which, again, I can't say that I cared for but apparently it did well enough during its simulcast run to warrant a home video release so what do I know? This series originally ran in the fall of 2012 so it's a smidge older than the other licenses but that doesn't make it any better or worse than the others. I'm actually kind of glad that Funimation is digging back a little and releasing series from a couple of years ago rather than focusing entirely on more recent series. 
Sakura’s normal day is interrupted by a shocking sight: people burning alive in a blue fire – even as one nearby boy remains unharmed by the flames. When Sakura meets the boy, Rei, at school, she learns he’s no simple transfer student. He’s also a Code:Breaker, a government assassin with strange powers. Troubled by Rei’s deadly secret, Sakura sets out to show him the importance of life.
Finally we come to the series that I did enjoy spending some time with and have been looking forward to re-visiting at some point... Karneval! This series originally ran in the spring of 2013 and features animation from the same studio that produced Deadman Wonderland and The Sacred Blacksmith
Armed with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue, Nai searches for someone dear to him. After a run in with a pick-pocket named Gareki, the two find themselves involved in a government set-up that leaves them wanted criminals. Desperate and on-the-run, Nai and Gareki turn to the country’s most powerful defense organization – “Circus” – for help.
That's four, count em, four announcements in one morning for Funimation and keep in mind that convention season is right around the corner so you better believe that a whole lot more are going to be coming right around the corner! Are you excited about any of these titles? I admit that none of these titles really grabbed me right away when they were simulcast but I'm really hoping for good things when I revisit them on DVD this June. 

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