FUNimation Announces Newly Acquired Titles At Anime Expo 2013

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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With Anime Expo currently happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, FUNimation announced at its panel in acquiring licenses to anime for home video and online streaming. The Texas-based distributor will be securing the rights to two feature-length titles, HAL and 009 Re:Cyborg, and will be adding the Hyper Dimension Neptunia anime series to its summer simulcasting line-up. So far, the currently listed shows are Danganronpa: The Animation and The Brothers Conflict. Also, the tenth One Piece movie, One Piece: Strong World, will be available on DVD and DVD/Bluray Combo at November 19th this year.

The newly announced titles are science-fiction themed throughout, but they all vary in artistic style, tone, and subject matter that they need to be seen as different genres entirely. Here’s a synopsis of all three titles:

HAL

Funimation | HAL Movie Poster

Film synopsis:

From Production I.G’ s Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) comes a drama unlike any other.

When death separates young lovers Kurumi and Hal, “robot Hal” arrives to cheer Kurumi up. As the new Hal begins to uncover the couple’s secret past, a reluctant Kurumi slowly warms up to him. This beautifully-animated feature film explores the connections and conundrums that make us human.

OO9 Re:Cyborg

Funimation | 009 Re:Cyborg Poster

Film synopsis:

From Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East, comes a new story based on the classic sci-fi manga!

Long ago, nine ordinary humans were abducted by an evil organization and turned into super-powered cyborgs. They rebelled and fought for justice, ultimately saving humanity. Now, Joe Shimamura lives the life of an ordinary human with no recollection of his past as a cyborg. When a terrorist organization threatens mankind, he finds himself wrapped up in a fight for the fate of the world. Will the cyborgs be able to reunite and prevail in a time when justice has been forgotten?

Hyper Dimension Neptunia

Funimation | Hyper Dimension Neptunia: The Animation

Series’ synopsis:

In the world of Gamindustri, four competing CPU goddesses rule the lands of Lastation, Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune. When dark forces threaten their power, they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to defeat evil. Based on the hit RPG series, it’s the video game console wars as you’ve never seen them before: fought by gorgeous girls!

Planning to watch any of these titles? I know for sure that the simulcasting for Hyper Dimension Neptunia will catch the attention from members in our own staff, as well as many fans alike. Personally, I’m really excited for HAL, and I think 009 Re: Cyborg is the Cyborg 009 that I wanted to see when I was growing up with the 2002 adaptation on Toonami.

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About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.