Otakon '10: FUNimation licenses Eva 2.22, and lots more!


FUNimation revealed a ton of licenses today at Otakon, and there's sure to be something for everyone in there. It's like Christmas in July, but without all those annoying claymation Christmas specials they try to get more mileage out of. Oh, and I guess the goal is to get you to buy things instead of receive them for free, unless you count streaming as free, but that's not really owning and - oh nevermind, on to the announcements!

The biggest announcement of the day was that FUNimation has secured the rights to the second "Rebuild of Evangelion" movie, Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance. This is the extended version released only to home video in Japan, not the original 2.0 theatrical cut, so there won't be any forced double-dipping like FUNimation had to do for Evangelion 1.01 and Evangelion 1.11. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2011, and FUNimation is planning a theatrical release as well. I'm pretty excited about this, and I can only hope that the release will be in the earlier half of 2011 rather than the later half.

Probably the second biggest announcement was the licensing of Summer Wars, Madhouse's award-winning film from director Mamoru Hosada. This was Hosada's second film, the first being The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and also reunites him with popular character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and screenwriter Satoko Okudera, along with the rest of the team who worked on his first film. Summer Wars will see a theatrical release this year, with DVD and Blu-ray releases next year. I really enjoyed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so consider me interested in seeing this once it comes out stateside.

But that's not all! Hit the jump to see even more licenses!

As a bit of a no-brainer, FUNimation has secured the rights to seasons 3 and 4 of Hetalia - Axis Powers, known as Hetalia World Series. Season 4 was just announced a few days ago, but it makes sense to get the entire property locked up. And going along with that line of reasoning, they have also announced the license to the film Hetalia - Axis Powers: Paint It, White. The film just opened in Japan and features the anthropomorphized character of Iceland. The new season of Hetalia will stream online, with DVD releases presumably coming once they get past the earlier seasons. The film will be released on DVD next year.

Also following a natural progression, FUNimation has the rights to Strike Witches 2. They will be simulcating the newest episodes - though I'm not sure how this affects Crunchyroll's simulcast - and streaming the episodes that have already aired on Japanese TV. It will see a DVD release next year, hopefully with another amusing ad campaign. Winning the war on pants, indeed!

Returning to the world of new licenses, FUNimation grabbed Shukufuku no Campanella (Blessing of the Campanella), which just started airing this month in Japan. The anime is based on the eroge Shukufuku no Campanella -la campanella della benedizione- and is being produced by AIC Studio. Partnering with Marvelous Entertainment, FUNimation will have an exclusive simulcast of the series, as well as releasing it on DVD in 2011.

Another new license, FUNimation has sunk its teeth into Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi, more simply called Okamisan. The parody of children's fables like Little Red Riding Hood featuring what can best be described as an adult Taiga, Okamisan will also be streamed on FUNimation's channel and released on DVD in 2011. Starting to detect a pattern here?

Finally, the anime giant slid in a license rescue from former competitor Geneon: Girl's Bravo. Erm...yeah. Choice is always good, but...can't say the world was clamoring for more of this series. You can check out the first and second episodes for free on FUNimation's YouTube account, and see if your tolerance for pain is higher than mine.

So...overall, quite an impressive line-up! In my mind it's hard to top their Evangelion announcement, but what has you most excited?

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