FUNimation Acquires Cowboy Bebop and Other Licenses

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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The “East Asian pop-culture” convention Otakon just had it’s 20th anniversary this weekend. So to be expected, each panelist brought their A-game – specifically FUNimation. During both of their panels – Sunrise and industry – FUNimation made grand announcements of the numerous titles that they have saved. To put it simply, every license obtained allows FUNimation to produce and release DVD, Blu-ray, and digital versions of the anime to audiences outside of Japan. A list of obtained series can be found below.

Sunrise panel announcements:

  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Witch Hunter Robin
  • Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
  • Code Geass Lelouch Akito the Exiled
  • Angel Links
  • Banner of the Stars
  • Banner of the Stars II
  • Passage of the Stars – Birth
  • Crest of the Stars

Industry Panel announcements:

  • Outlaw Star
  • Escaflowne (movie)
  • The Vision of Escaflowne
  • My-HiME
  • My-ZHime
  • My-ZHime 0~S.ifr~
  • My ZHime Zwei


If that towering list of  titles didn’t quite tickle your fancy, then FUNimation’s announcement at their marvelous panel should do the trick. They have also acquired licenses for Cowboy Bebop and Wolf Children. Although Cowboy Bebop has had its fair share of U.S. DVD releases, now, for the first time, the series in its entirety will be available digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. Be sure to check out the “Coming Soon” trailer found below. Wolf Children on the other hand will be available on DVD/Blu-ray combo November 11.


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  • Tara

    Huh… so… I wonder if they’d do a dub of Tales of the Abyss, or if they’d just do a Blu-Ray release of it? Also, does this mean Wolf Children is finally gonna get a Blu-Ray release? I’ve been waiting for (what seems like) forever! I’d like to see it already! (And before anyone suggests on Youtube or some other free or paid streaming service, no.)

  • Coarse

    Banner of the Stars and Escaflowne are some of my faves from that list.

  • rhubarb_fortress

    Cowboy Bebop. Bluray. NOW.

    • John Ellis

      It was released in the UK on Blu-Ray, so it shouldn’t be to much trouble to release it in NA.

    • rhubarb_fortress

      Exactly. That makes it even more frustrating! >:-(

  • Anhinck

    I’ve been wanting to buy Cowboy Bebop for a while. This is the perfect opportunity/excuse to pick it up. And finally, Wolf Children!

  • critHITjace

    I wonder if this new partnership with Sunrise & Bandai will see them acquiring the Gundam library as well?

    • Matthew

      I can’t even imagine the thought of titles like Turn A Gundam finally getting a NA release.

  • MegaX50

    Please… please please tell me they’re not redubbing Cowboy Bebop… it was perfect as is, as far as I’m concerned… and I’ve seen too many of Funimations dubs to be hit or miss.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      I’m pretty sure this is just a license pick-up to release DVDs and Blu-rays of the series, similar to what they have with Hellsing Ultimate (they kept the first four OVAs as is and just sold them).

  • KrauserII

    It would be pretty cool if FUNimation could get the rights to Gundam……