FUNimation Entertainment Announces December 2020 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the December 2020 releases for both Crunchyroll and for FUNimation.

Crunchyroll

  • Ace Attorney: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 575 minutes – $69.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Episode 7 Commentary, Episode 15 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Angels of Death: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 Commentary, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song “Vital,” Textless Closing Song “Pray”
  • Black Clover: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 1275 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20 [Episodes 52–102]
    Special Features: Episode 72, 76, 66, 87, 89, 92, 94, and 98 Commentary, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “Scribbled Pages,” Textless Closing Song “My Song My Days,” Black Clover: Cris George & Clifford Chapin Discuss the Royal Knights Exam, Inside the Episode: Episode 75, 78, 81, 84, 87, 90, 93, 97, 99, and 102, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “JustadICE,” Textless Closing Song “Hanaga Saku Michi,” Black Clover: The Magic Knight Captains, Textless Closing Song “against all gods,” Textless Opening Song: “Sky & Blue”
  • Double Decker! Doug & Kirill: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20 [Episodes 1–13 plus 3 OVAs]
    Special Features: Episode 3 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, and Textless Closing Song
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes a rigid box with room to house Part 1 plus a 152-page art book featuring talks with the series’ science advisor, cast interviews, and Senku’s notes & more; 3 Character Keychains; Exclusive Art Cards, and Stickers
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes 3 art cards featuring the Japanese Blu-ray artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Akira (4K UHD/BD LE) – 95 minutes – $59.98 – 124 minutes – 12/22/20
    Akira Limited Edition contains the movie, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, in Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD formats and housed in a rigid box. Also included is a 40-page booklet
    Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1998,) Music for Akira, Kaneda’s Theme, Exodus, Ethnic Meets Hi-Tech, Awakening, Mutation, Requiem, Director Interview, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers, Original Commercials, Restoring Akira, Picture, English Voice Over, English 5.1 Audio Mix, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), Trailers
  • Case File nº221: Kabukicho, Part 1 (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Digital Gallery, Character Promotional Videos, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 4 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 755 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio
    Episodes 108–139
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Matthew O’Hara and Daniel Mancilla, From the Vault: Goku vs. Vegeta Featurette, From the Vault: The World of Dragon Ball Z, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 5 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 615 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio
    Episodes 140–165
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Sonny Strait and Meredith McCoy, Toei Tour: Raw Footage, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Fairy Tail, Part 25 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $54.98 – 12/22/20
    Episodes 304–316
    Includes 2 exclusive art cards with new character artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Fairy Tail Final Season: For the Love of Fairy Tail, Textless Opening Song Vers. 1 and 2, Textless Closing Songs Vers. 1 and 2.
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 300 minutes – $49.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 and 12 Commentary, Episode 4 Video Commentary, Episode 4.5 – Intermission, Episode 8.5 – Intermission 2,Making of Music, “Even…if” Music Video, Promo Video, Textless Opening Song “Even…if” Vers. 1, 2 and 3, Textless Closing Song “yes,” Trailers.
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Blu-ray SteelBook) [Best Buy exclusive] – 95 minutes – $39.98 – 12/8/20
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 325 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $49.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Housed in a rigid box with space for the movie Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- as well as 4 art cards, a 200 page art book and sticker sheet
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- (Blu-ray/DVD) – 93 minutes – $34.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Trailers

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Anime Blu-ray Review: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series is a Blu-ray set that includes two Blu-ray discs, which include all 13 episodes of the series. The language options available on this release are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid picks up six months after the events of the original Full Metal Panic! anime. Sousuke Sagara is still attending high school and serving as a bodyguard for Kaname Chidori, but he’s finding himself being pulled out of school more and more to tackle other missions for Mithril, the anti-terrorist private military organization that Sousuke is a part of. This also means that he’s not able to guard Kaname as much as he was previously.

A new organization known as “Amalgam” appears, and a crazy man named Gates is the new enemy. Two of his underlings are a set of female twins named Xia Yu Lan and Yu Fan Lan, and it turns out their sensei is someone that was originally introduced in the first Full Metal Panic! anime. The series also introduces the audience to Leonard Testarossa, the brother of Mithril’s Teresa “Tessa” Testarossa.

As this series progresses, we see both Kaname and Sousuke struggling with the relationship that they have, and this really comes to a head when Sousuke is told that his mission has changed and he will no longer be guarding Kaname.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is more on the serious side compared with the original Full Metal Panic! anime but does contain some light-hearted moments to serve as comic relief. This series has more violence compared to the first series, and there’s also some nudity here that wasn’t seen in the first series.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is a good follow-up series to Full Metal Panic!, even with the noticeable shift in tone between the two series.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio includes Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 5.1. I had no complaints about either the video or the audio on this release.

There were several features included on the second Blu-ray disc. First is “Episode 0” of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It’s about five minutes in length, and at first, it seems to simply be providing some background for what the audience sees in the first scene of the first episode of the series. But then, it suddenly starts showing random clips of the series, and ends with preview text for the series. Unfortunately, this felt rather choppy, and I didn’t think it was a terribly effective preview clip for the series.

There was also an OVA episode included for Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. This OVA focuses on Tessa Testarossa. It takes place on a peaceful day aboard the Tuatha De Dannan and is told from Tessa’s point of view. This is definitely set after the events of the final episode of the television series, and it was kind of amusing.

The big bonus feature included in this set is the location scouting clips (there are seven in all) that run for about two and a half hours. These were originally done for the seven individual Japanese releases of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. That being said, these were never meant to be marathoned back-to-back, which is how they appear on this release. There are voice overs on this footage from Shoji Gatoh, the creator of the light novels, and Yasuhiro Takemoto (the director of the anime). Hearing Takemoto’s voice overs and seeing him on the screen really hurt my heart, knowing that he is no longer alive after the Kyoto Animation Fire of 2019. Seeing him and hearing him while he was alive showed just how much more life he really should have lived and how much more he could have given to the anime industry with his talents. But I would recommend not trying to watch all seven parts of this feature back to back, because it can get a little dry after a while. They have interesting things to say in the commentary, but it’s just a lot to digest.

The release also includes a textless opening and a textless closing, as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you are a fan of Full Metal Panic! franchise and don’t have the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid in your anime home video library yet (but already have the first season in your possession), this release would be worth getting in order to have these 13 episodes to complement the 24 from the first season.

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Anime Spotlight: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is based on the Full Metal Panic! light novel series written by Shoji Gatoh. The anime was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto and was produced by Kyoto Animation. The 13 episodes of the series aired on Japanese television from July 13-October 19, 2005. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American distribution rights for Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.

The series picks up six months after the events of the original Full Metal Panic! anime. Sousuke Sagara is still attending high school and serving as a bodyguard for Kaname Chidori, but he’s finding himself being pulled out of school more and more to tackle other missions for Mithril, the anti-terrorist private military organization that Sousuke is a part of. This also means that he’s not able to guard Kaname as much as he was previously.

A new organization known as “Amalgam” appears, and a crazy man named Gates is the new enemy. It turns out that the Japanese voice actor for Gates is the same person who was the Japanese voice for Jiraiya in the Naruto franchise, which made hearing Gates a little unnerving to me. I’m so used to that voice being associated with Jiraiya, and I had a hard time keeping visuals of Jiraiya out of my head even though Gates was appearing on the screen. But Gates is definitely quite crazy, and is a danger because of his mental state. Two of his underlings are a set of female twins named Xia Yu Lan and Yu Fan Lan, and it turns out their sensei is someone that was originally introduced in the first Full Metal Panic! anime. The series also introduces the audience to Leonard Testarossa, the brother of Mithril’s Teresa “Tessa” Testarossa… although he doesn’t seem to do a whole lot by the end of it.

As this series progresses, we see both Kaname and Sousuke struggling with the relationship that they have. It doesn’t help that another agent named Wraith is supposed to be looking out for Kaname but hasn’t intervened because he didn’t feel her life was truly in danger. When Sousuke is told his mission has changed and that he will not only not be guarding Kaname but is not to have any contact with her, the audience sees a change come over Sousuke. The struggles that both Kaname and Sousuke go through after Sousuke is pulled from his bodyguard mission make up an important part of the drama during the last few episodes of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.

The original Full Metal Panic! had its serious moments, but it tended to be a series that was more light-hearted in nature. For Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, it felt as if the series was leaning more toward a serious and dramatic side, with some light-hearted moments to serve as comic relief. Also, there is more violence and some shots of female nudity in Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. I don’t know if this was due to the change of studio (Gonzo produced Full Metal Panic!, while Kyoto Animation produced Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid), or if the story in the light novels evolved more in this direction.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is a good follow-up series to Full Metal Panic!, even with the noticeable shift in tone between the two series. My only real complaint is with the final episode, because Kaname’s appearance felt like it came out of nowhere, and that she was a kind of “deus ex machina” to get to the finale. At the end of Episode 12, it felt like there was still a lot of ground to cover in the story, and then Episode 13 rushes through to the story’s conclusion, which is prompted by the arrival of Kaname. Up to that point, though, the story felt like it was naturally paced. But outside of the story being rushed in the final episode, I did overall enjoy Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. If you’ve seen the first Full Metal Panic! anime but haven’t gotten around to this series yet, I would recommend watching it at least once.

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Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Full Metal Panic! The Complete Series

Full Metal Panic! The Complete Series is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes three Blu-ray discs and four DVDs, and each format contains all 24 episodes of the series. The language options available on this release are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub.

Full Metal Panic! The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Sousuke Sagara is a member of an anti-terrorist private military organization called Mithril. He is assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a high school student who is a target for kidnappers. Sousuke goes undercover and transfers into Kaname’s school, and he is assigned to her class. He is backed up by his comrades, Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Unfortunately, due to not having experienced social interactions, Sousuke comes across as a military geek to his new classmates. Even though Chidori comes to realize that Sousuke is protecting her, he doesn’t reveal the reason to her due to his orders. But as the series progresses, she learns the truth about what’s going on. And a romance angle develops as well. Chidori develops feelings for Sousuke, even though she keeps denying this fact to herself. Sousuke’s commanding officer, who is also a teenager herself, has feelings for him as well.

Full Metal Panic! starts out as a light-hearted series that focuses a little more on the comedic side. But as it progresses, the storytelling adds more dramatic elements… but the comedy never truly goes away. It just becomes less important over the course of the 24 episodes of the series. The relationships between characters feel genuine, and those relationships evolve realistically. The relationship between Sousuke and Kaname is the most riveting.

The animation for the series definitely looks like it came from the early 2000’s. It’s not bad for what it is, but it does look a little on the dated side.

Overall, I enjoyed the first Full Metal Panic! anime series. It’s something I would be willing to recommend to viewers who enjoy mecha and action, but also have an appreciation for character relationships and how those relationships evolve over time.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 4×3 SD Remaster, and the audio includes Dolby TrueHD English: 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. The audio the DVDs include English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and Japanese Stereo. I had no complaints about either the video or the audio on this release.

The big bonus feature on this set, which only appears on the final Blu-ray disc, is an interview with Koichi Chigira and Shouji Gatou (the director for the anime and author of the light novels that the Full Metal Panic! anime is based on). This feature runs for around 23 minutes, and it’s by far the best and most interesting bonus feature included in the set.

There are also Japanese piracy warnings that feature various characters from Full Metal Panic! These were mildly amusing, but they’re not an extra I would rush to watch again. There’s also the standard textless opening song, textless closing song, and trailers for other FUNimation Entertainment releases.

If you are a fan of Full Metal Panic! and don’t have the series in your anime home video library yet, this release would be worth getting in order to have the 24 episodes of the first series.

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Anime Spotlight: Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic! is based on a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh. The anime series was directed by Koichi Chigira and was produced by Gonzo. The 24 episodes of the anime series aired on Japanese television from January 8-June 18, 2002. There are three additional anime series, as well as an OVA, that are part of the franchise. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American distribution rights for Full Metal Panic!

Sousuke Sagara is a member of an anti-terrorist private military organization called Mithril. He is assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a high school student who is a target for kidnappers. Sousuke goes undercover and transfers into Kaname’s school, and he is assigned to her class. He is backed up by his comrades, Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Unfortunately, due to not having experienced social interactions, Sousuke comes across as a military geek to his new classmates. He also tends to interpret everyday situations from a combat perspective. Even though Chidori comes to realize that Sousuke is protecting her, he doesn’t reveal the reason to her due to his orders. But as the series progresses, she learns the truth about what’s going on. And a romance angle develops as well. Chidori develops feelings for Sousuke, even though she keeps denying this fact to herself. Sousuke’s commanding officer, who is also a teenager herself, has feelings for him as well. So amongst the combat and mecha that’s highlighted in the show, there’s a love triangle thrown into the mix.

Full Metal Panic! starts out as a light-hearted series that focuses a little more on the comedic side. But as it progresses, the storytelling adds more dramatic elements… but the comedy never truly goes away. It just becomes less important over the course of the 24 episodes of the series. The relationships between characters feel genuine, and those relationships evolve realistically. The relationship between Sousuke and Kaname is the most riveting.

I also appreciated the episodes that provided the audience with backstory for Sousuke. These episodes also took place when he wasn’t able to be around Kaname, so those episodes truly allowed him to shine as his own person. There were a couple of episodes in the series that felt like “filler” rather than doing anything to advance the story, but at least these “filler” episodes were few and far between.

The animation definitely looks like it came from the early 2000’s, though. It’s not bad for what it is, but it does look a little on the dated side. The character designs were well-done, with each character having a very distinctive look and feel to them. You can’t easily mistake one character for another.

Overall, I enjoyed the first Full Metal Panic! anime series. It’s something I would be willing to recommend to viewers who enjoy mecha and action, but also have an appreciation for character relationships and how those relationships evolve over time.

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Crunchyroll Announces Additions to Its Streaming Anime Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following catalog titles to its streaming anime catalog:

  • Wanna Be the Strongest in the World OVA (United States and Canada)
  • Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker film (United States and Canada)
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands)
  • Hetalia – Axis Powers (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)
  • Hetalia: World Series (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland)
  • Hetalia The Beautiful World (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland)
  • Hetalia The World Twinkle (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands)
  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (United States, Canada)
  • In Search of the Lost Future (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Premium Members in the Netherlands)
  • Tenchi the Movie – Tenchi Muyo in Love (United States, Canada)
  • Tenchi The Movie 2 – The Daughter of Darkness (United States, Canada)
  • Tenchi the Movie – Tenchi Muyo in Love 2 (Tenchi Forever!: The Movie) (United States, Canada)
  • Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork (United States, Canada, South Africa)

Crunchyroll added the works to its site as part of its partnership with FUNimation Entertainment.

Source: ANN

Tubi TV Adds More Anime to Its Streaming Catalog

Tubi TV has announced that it has added the following anime titles to its streaming catalog:

  • Angel Sanctuary
  • sola
  • Aria the Animation
  • Aria the Natural
  • Aria the Originination
  • Attack on Titan
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High
  • Chaos Dragon
  • Dimension W
  • Afro Samurai: Resurrection
  • D.Gray-man (episodes 27-34)
  • D.Gray-man Hallow
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
  • Vandread
  • Mushi-Shi
  • Magikano
  • Tower of Druaga
  • Kaze no Stigma

All of the new titles except for Afro Samurai: Resurrection are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for the Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Anime

More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory anime:

  • Tomokazu Sugita is Lee Fowler
  • Masaki Terasoma is Wilhelm Casper
  • Marina Inoue is Sabina Rechnio
  • Aya Uchida is Sachi Shinohara
  • Minori Chihara is Nami
  • Kenjiro Tsuda is Michel Lemon

Katsuichi Nakayama is directing the series at studio XEBEC. Full Metal Panic! original novel author Shoji Gatoh is handling the series composition and writing all the scripts. Osamu Horiuchi is the character designer.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is scheduled to premiere in Japan in Spring 2018.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces More Additions to Its Streaming Anime Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced the following additions to its streaming anime catalog:

  • Lucky Star – available for members in the United States, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
  • Seiyu’s Life! – available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
  • Servamp – available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as Premium members in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
  • Coyote Ragtime Show – available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • Full Metal Panic! – available for members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu – available for members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

Source: ANN