KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Returns to FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that the KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple anime is returning to their site. According to the announcement, all 50 episodes of the series will be available for viewing on FUNimationNow on May 15, 2021. The series will be available with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States and Canada.

The story of KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple is described as:

“Weak Legs” Kenichi Shirahama would rather spend his time reading self-improvement books than fighting. However, when he finally works up the courage to become strong and join his school’s karate club, he is coerced into fighting a bullying upperclassman who is intent on getting him kicked out of the club. He is about to give it all up until he falls for his mysterious new classmate, Miu Furinji. In order to face this challenge, he undergoes rigorous training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku. Some initial training by the masters there allow him to defeat his upperclassman, however his fighting prowess brings him to the attention of the powerful gang of delinquents, Ragnarok. Wishing to protect the things he loves and determined to have the strength to face the increasing adversity, he must learn various martial arts from the dojo’s resident masters, taking Karate, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts and combining them to create his own fighting style.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Tubi TV Adds the KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added all 50 episodes of the KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple anime to its service.

Originally airing from 2006 through 2007, the series is based on the manga from Shun Matsuena. It was directed by Hajime Kamegaki based on the series composition by Yoshiyuki Suga and character designs by Junko Yamanaka and Masatomo Sudo. TMS Entertainment produced the animation.

The story of KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple is described as:

“Weak Legs” Kenichi Shirahama would rather spend his time reading self-improvement books than fighting. However, when he finally works up the courage to become strong and join his school’s karate club, he is coerced into fighting a bullying upperclassman who is intent on getting him kicked out of the club. He is about to give it all up until he falls for his mysterious new classmate, Miu Furinji. In order to face this challenge, he undergoes rigorous training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku. Some initial training by the masters there allow him to defeat his upperclassman, however his fighting prowess brings him to the attention of the powerful gang of delinquents, Ragnarok. Wishing to protect the things he loves and determined to have the strength to face the increasing adversity, he must learn various martial arts from the dojo’s resident masters, taking Karate, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts and combining them to create his own fighting style.

Source: The Fandom Post

Discotek Media Announces New Licenses

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed Kodocha, KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple, Video Warrior Laserion, Future Robo Daltanious, Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics, Mahoraba ~Heartful days~, Fighting General Daimos, Lupin III: Part III, Lupin III: Return of Pycal, Black Rock Shooter, and Arion.

The company will release the entirety of the Kodocha anime series, including the middle school portion of the series that has never before been released in the United States. The release will include the original music, including the original opening theme song. The release will come in two SD Blu-ray Discs, with the first release tentatively slated for Fall 2021 and including the FUNimation English dub, with the second release coming in 2022 with subtitles only.

KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple will be an upscale release of the television anime (the release will not include the 11-episode OVA series), and will include the English dub. The release is scheduled for 2021.

Video Warrior Laserion and Future Robo Daltanious are scheduled for an SD Blu-ray Disc release in 2021.

Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics will be an SD Blu-ray Disc release with two volumes scheduled for 2021. The release will include both the original Japanese audio, as well as a “new reconstruction” of the Saban International English dub.

Mahoraba ~Heartful days~ will be an upscale Blu-ray Disc release scheduled for 2021. The release will be subtitle only.

Daimos is scheduled for a subtitled SD Blu-ray Disc release in 2021. Discotek inquired Telesuccess Productions in the Philippines for the Philippine-produced English dub, but was not able to acquire the license for it.

The 1980s Lupin III: Part III (“pink jacket” series) will release with a new HD transfer and is slated for subtitled Blu-ray Disc release in 2021. The Lupin III: Return of Pycal 2002 OVA will be a subtitled upscale Blu-ray Disc release slated for 2021.

Arion will be a subtitled Blu-ray Disc release in 2021. Discotek was not able to provide an English dub for the anime due to a lack of a separate music and effects track.

Discotek will release the Black Rock Shooter television anime series on Blu-ray Disc in 2021 with a new English dub by Sound Cadence. The cast includes Xanthe Huynh as Mato, Suzie Yeung as Yomi, Dani Chambers as Yuu, Kayli Mills as Kagari, Anairis QuiƱones as Arata, and Natalie Van Sistine as Saya.

In addition, Discotek previewed its planned release of Project A-Ko. The release will also have extras, including an interview with “In Your Eyes” insert song singer Samantha Newark, a commentary track from the Japanese cast, liner notes, art galleries, and a French-language teaser video.

Discotek also announced that its planned release of City Hunter 2 is scheduled for 2021 in two volumes, encoded in both Region A and B. The release will have HD remastered footage.

The company is also scheduled to release Medabots season three (the final 39 episodes of the series) on SD Blu-ray Disc in 2021.

Discotek is also calling for a “wide search” for the English dub of Ninja Senshi Tobikage (Ninja Robots) for its planned release. In particular, it is seeking help for the dub of Episodes 24-26 and Episodes 38-43.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment’s Licenses for Case Closed and KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Expire

An administrator on the FUNimation Entertainment forums has announced that Case Closed and KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple are no longer available on FUNimation’s streaming service because the company’s rights have expired.

The company licensed the first 104 episodes of Detective Conan in 2003 and released it under the title Case Closed. The company ultimately released 130 episodes on DVD.

The 130 episodes licensed by FUNimation have also been removed from Crunchyroll. The series is still streaming weekly on Crunchyroll, but the catalog only has episodes 754 and later. Crunchyroll had added FUNimation’s episodes in January 2018.

FUNimation announced its license of the first season of KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple in 2008, and released both seasons on DVD.

Source: ANN