FUNimation Entertainment Announces December 2021 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced their releases for December 2021.

  • A3! Season Spring & Summer (Blu-ray + Digital) – 12/21/21
  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (Blu-ray) – 116 minutes – $34.98 – 12/21/21
  • One Piece Collection 28 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 625 minutes – $39.98 – 12/14/21
    Special Features: Lightning Round with the Straw Hats, Textless Opening Songs “Wake Up!” and “Hard Knock Days”
  • Robotech – Part 3 (The New Generation) (Blu-ray + Digital) – 625 minutes – $69.98 – 12/14/21
    Special Features: Robotech Overview, Mospeada Original Pilot Part 1, Toy Commercials, Video Game Presentations, Prototype Toy Presentation, Merchandise Gallery – Toys, Miscellaneous Merchandise, Doll Line Fashion Designs, Activity Flyer, ARCO Toys Sellsheet, Robotech Novels Press Kit, RDF Fan Club Packet, International Clips
  • Dr. Stone – Season 1 – SteelBook (Blu-ray + Digital) (Best Buy Exclusive) – $39.99 – 12/14/21
  • Goblin Slayer – Season 1 – SteelBook (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $59.98 – 12/28/21
    Special Features: Goblin Slayer: Tabletop Talk, Episode 11 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Harukana Receive – The Complete Season (Essentials) (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 12/14/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Ending Songs

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation Entertainment to Begin Streaming the Robotech Anime on August 24, 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Robotech anime on August 24, 2021 at 3 p.m. CDT. All 85 episodes of the series will be made available at that time. The episodes are the fully remastered version of the television series.

In addition, Robotech II: The Sentinels and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will also arrive on FUNimation.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation Entertainment Announces November 2021 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced their releases for November 2021.

Crunchyroll

  • DARLING in the FRANXX: Complete Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) [general release] – 600 minutes – $59.98 – 11/30/21
    Special Features: Episode Audio & Video Commentaries; Pre-Broadcast Special; Playback Specials I & II; Textless Opening & Ending Songs
  • How Not to Summon a Demon Lord: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 300 minutes – $49.98 – 11/9/21
    Special Features: Episode 01 Video Commentary; Episode 11 Commentary; Promo Video; Textless Opening Song “DeCIDE”
  • My Roommate is a Cat: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 11/9/21
    Special Features: Episode 12 Commentary; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Restaurant to Another World: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos; Commercials; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) (Best Buy exclusive) – $59.98 – 11/23/21
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray) – 625 minutes – $69.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Promo Video; TV Spot; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Akudama Drive: Complete Season (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 300 minutes – $84.98 – 11/30/21
    Includes 60 Page Art Book, Seven Art Cards, Acrylic Standees of Shark and Bunny
    Special Features: Key Animation Movies; Promo Videos; Commercials; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Akudama Drive: Complete Season (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/30/21
    Special Features: Key Animation Movies; Promo Videos; Commercials; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement-: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 11/30/21
    Special Features: Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- | A Special Message; Commercials – Battle Versions; Commercials – Regular Versions; Textless Opening Song Version 1; Textless Opening Song Version 2; Textless Opening Song Version 3; Textless Closing Song Version 1; Textless Closing Song Version 2
  • Fire Force: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray/DVD) – 600 minutes – $69.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Episode 1 Commentary; Fire Force: Interview with Atsushi Ohkubo at Anime Expo 2019; Fire Force: Atsushi Ohkubo Speed Drawing at Anime Expo 2019; Fire Force Inside the Episode: Episode 5, Episode 8, Episode 12, Episode 10 Commentary; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song; Fire Force Inside the Episode: Episode 16, Episode 20, Episode 24; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Fire Force: Season 2, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 300 minutes – $84.98 – 11/2/21
    Includes 40 page art book, 14 month calendar, Four exclusive art cards, Rigid box with room for Part 1 Blu-ray set
    Special Features: Fire Force Voice Actors Answer Your Questions; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Fire Force: Season 2, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Fire Force Voice Actors Answer Your Questions; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Haibane Renmei: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $39.98 – 11/23/21 (was 10/26/21)
    Special Features: Next Episode Previews, Creator Interview, Hane Haeterun, Special Ending, TV Commercials, New Program Commercial, Promotional Trailer, Textless Opening and Closing Song
  • Ikebukuro West Gate Park: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/9/21
    Special Features: Web Previews; Promo Video & Commercial Collection; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song Version 1; Textless Closing Song Version 2
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!: Seasons 1 & 2 Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 650 minutes – $34.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Promo Video; Commercials; Textless Opening Song “Aozora Jumping Heart”; Trailers; Promo Videos; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song; Trailers
  • Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/16/21
    Special Features: Season 1 TV Series Recap Videos; Promo Videos; Commercials; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • One Piece: Season 11 Voyage 5 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $44.98 – 11/9/21
    Episodes 681–693
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song “Wake Up!”; Textless Opening Song “Hard Knock Days”
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Complete Season (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 300 minutes – $84.98 – 11/2/21
    Includes 80 page art book, Beautiful 24×36-inch fabric poster
    Special Features: Our Last Crusade or Rise of a New World: Magic vs Science; Preview Videos; Promo Videos; Commercials; Character Promo Videos: Iska, Alice, Mismis, Nene, Jhin, Rin, Sisbell; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Complete Season (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/2/21
    Special Features: Our Last Crusade or Rise of a New World: Magic vs Science; Preview Videos; Promo Videos; Commercials; Character Promo Videos: Iska, Alice, Mismis, Nene, Jhin, Rin, Sisbell; Textless Opening Song; Textless Closing Song
  • Robotech Part 2: The Master Saga (Blu-ray) – 600 minutes – $69.98 – 11/16/21
    Special Features: Robotech Music Videos; Deleted Scenes; First Contact; Transformation; Homecoming; Battlefront; War & Peace; Final Conflict; A New Threat; “Robotech: The Inside Story” Documentary, Featuring the Original 1985 Production Crew; Galaxy of the Stars – Harmony Gold Promotional Reel

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation Entertainment Announces September 2021 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the September 2021 releases for Crunchyroll and FUNimation.

Crunchyroll:

  • Black Clover: Season 3 Part 5 with Artbook (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $69.98 – 9/14/21
    Episodes 142–154
    Includes special artbook featuring artwork from Season 3 and cast/staff interviews
    Special Features: Black Clover Season 3 Voice Actor Panel Part 2, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Black Clover: Season 3 Part 5 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $54.98 – 9/14/21
    Episodes 142 – 154
    Special Features: Black Clover Season 3 Voice Actor Panel Part 2, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: Complete Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) (Best Buy exclusive) – 9/28/21

FUNimation Entertainment:

  • Assault Lily Bouquet: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 9/21/21
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Songs
  • Ga-Rei-Zero: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 9/7/21
    Special Features: Locations Specials Parts 1-6, Series Premiere/First Episode Promo Videos, DVD Promo Videos, Textless Opening and Ending Songs, Trailers
  • Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 9/21/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • One Piece: Season 11 Voyage 4 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $44.98 – 9/7/21
    Episodes 668 – 680
    Special Features: One Piece: Lightning Round with the Straw Hats, Textless Opening Song “Wake Up!”
  • Robotech: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) (Funimation Shop exclusive) – 2125 minutes – $249.98 – 9/28/21
    English with English subtitles
    Collector’s Edition includes: Exclusive transforming Veritech – Roy Fokker’s VF-1S (color variant); Exclusive action figure – Roy Fokker in pilot uniform (shade of black); Military-style 3-inch patches (set of 4)
    Special Features: The Macross Saga: Opening & Ending Songs; The Macross Saga: Rare Promotional Reels; The Macross Saga: Macross Original Pilot (Extended Ver.); The Macross Saga: Photo Galleries; The Masters: Music Videos; The Masters: Deleted Scenes (Over 60 Min.); The Masters: “Robotech: The Inside Story” Documentary; The Masters: “Galaxy of the Stars” (Harmony Gold Promo Reel); The Masters: Character Bios, Model Sheets, Pre-production Art, Comic Book Covers, Merchandise Galleries; The New Generation: Robotech Overview; The New Generation: MOSPEADA Original Pilot; The New Generation: Toy Commercial and Video Game Reels; The New Generation: International Clips for All 3 Series; The New Generation: Prototype Toy Presentation
  • Robotech Part 1: The Macross Saga (Blu-ray) – 900 minutes – $69.98 – 9/2/21
    English with English subtitles
    Special Features: Opening and Ending Songs, Rare Promotional Reels, Macross Original Pilot (Extended Ver.), Photo Galleries
  • The Gymnastics Samurai: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 275 minutes – $64.98 – 9/21/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos and Episode Previews, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song versions 1 and 2

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation Entertaiment Announces Plans for the Robotech Franchise

FUNimation Entertainment has announced various plans for the Robotech franchise.

The company announced that Robotech will be arriving on Blu-Ray on September 28, 2021 in Dolby TrueHD for the very first time through a special, exclusive collector’s edition of the series from FUNimation in the United States and Canada.

This collector’s set includes:

  • All 85 episodes of Robotech: The Series
  • An exclusive dual pack of figures, including a variant of Roy Focker’s Transforming Robotech – VF-1S and Roy Fokker in Pilot Uniform
  • Four military-style 3′ patches

The company has remastered the entire series in high definition, all while retaining the series’ original aspect ratio. This release will contain the original film grain and is true to the original DVD box set release.

A standard edition release for the United States and Canada is also planned for each part of Robotech, starting with Robotech: The Macross Saga on September 28, 2021, followed by The Masters on November 16, 2021 and The New Generation on December 14, 2021.

The company has announced that Robotech: The Series will also be streaming on FunimationNow. Their blog post said the stream would begin in Fall 2021, but their Summer 2021 preview seemed to indicate the series would appear on the service in Summer 2021. The series will stream the remastered versions of the episodes with the English dub. The series will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The company is also adding Robotech II: The Sentinels and Robotech the Shadow Chronicles in standard definition.

FUNimation has been working with the company’s licensing team to bring Robotech to video games, apparel, collectibles and publishing. The Robotech: The Macross Saga video game, which was released for the Game Boy Advance, is back in a special HD Edition that can be played on the Nintendo Switch. And in the coming months, there will be apparel from Bioworld at Hot Topic, Spencers and Atsuko. There will also be Robotech art books released by Udon Entertainment, which includes never before-published artwork.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation Entertainment’s Announcements for the Summer 2021 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced during its Summer Season Preview event that it will stream the following anime in Summer 2021:

  • The Case Study of Vanitas
  • Sonny Boy (first episode premiered early on June 18, 2021)
  • Scarlet Nexus (first episode premiered early on June 18, 20212)
  • RE-MAIN
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
  • Robotech (FUNimation had previously announced a Fall 2021 release for streaming)

FUNimation will stream the following films:

  • The Stranger by the Shore
  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train
  • Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihōsha

FUNimation will also continue to stream the following anime

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2
  • One Piece
  • My Hero Academia Season 5
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

The company will announce more anime at a future date.

Source: ANN

Big West, Studio Nue, and Harmony Gold Agree to Global Distribution of Macross and Robotech

Big West, Studio Nue, and Harmony Gold USA have announced that the companies agreed to allow the immediate distribution of most Macross television sequels and films. The agreement signed on March 1, 2021 also confirms that Big West “will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film.” Big West will not contest Harmony Gold USA’s exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of the 41 Macross characters and mecha designs in the Robotech television series and related merchandise outside Japan. The companies agreed to cooperate on the distribution of future Macross and Robotech projects.

Studio Nue launched the Macross franchise in 1982 with The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Studio Nue worked with the advertising agency Big West and the anime studio Tatsunoko Production as production partners. The franchise spawned three more television series, several theatrical films, and several video series.

Tatsunoko licensed various rights to the first Macross series, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross to the licensing company Harmony Gold USA in 1984. Harmony Gold edited and rewrote the three shows into its 85-episode Robotech series in 1985. Harmony Gold went on to produce sequels, including 1986’s Robotech II: The Sentinels and 2006’s Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

Harmony Gold also signed two live-action motion picture deals: in 2007 with Warner Bros. and in 2016 with Columbia Pictures. As of this writing, no live-action films have yet been released.

In a 1991 agreement, Tatsunoko granted Harmony Gold USA the exclusive right to exploit 36 episodes of Macross, along with 25 episodes of Mospeada and and 23 episodes of Southern Cross, for 10 years. The two companies extended the agreement in 1998, 2002, and then 2019.

Around 1998, Big West filed a lawsuit against Tatsunoko, claiming it, not Tatsunoko, had the rights to make sequels to Macross. A 2003 court decision ruled in favor of Tatsunoko, saying that Tatsunoko had the right to license Macross to Harmony Gold, but Big West retains the rights to 41 of the original designs used in the series.

As a result of these proceedings, Tatsunoko and Harmony Gold’s agreement in 1998 revoked Harmony Gold’s right to make sequels to the three shows in question, but the 2002 agreement restored them for Mospeada and Southern Cross only. A 2003 agreement restored Harmony Gold’s right to make derivative works of Macross, except with the designs owned by Big West. Tatsunoko disputed this 2003 agreement in its counterclaims, but the court upheld the agreement as valid.

Also as a result of the litigation, Tatsunoko asked Harmony Gold to protect Macross trademarks outside of Japan, and agreed that Harmony Gold could deduct legal fees from royalties paid to Tatsunoko. Tatsunoko also disputed this agreement in its counterclaims, but again the court ruled in favor of Harmony Gold.

Source: ANN

Harmony Gold and Wasabi Anime Announce a New Limited Series on Twitch Celebrating Robotech

In March of 1985, ROBOTECH premiered on U.S. television paving the way for the growth of anime fandom in North America. Over 35 years later, its influence in popular culture remains a permanent fixture. Convention event company Wasabi Anime has partnered with Harmony Gold to produce a five episode limited series exploring the ROBOTECH franchise’s legacy and future in fandom. Each presentation will be live streamed on Wasabi Anime’s Twitch (Twitch.tv/WasabiAnime) starting Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:00 PM EDT/7:00 PDT. Each episode will run one hour and will feature guests from various facets of the franchise.

  • March 29, 2021: ROBOTECH: Fandom!
  • April 5, 2021: ROBOTECH: Toys and Collectibles
  • April 12, 2021: ROBOTECH: Watching in the 21st Century
  • April 19, 2021: ROBOTECH: So Many Games
  • April 26, 2021: ROBOTECH: Behind the Scenes

FUNimation Entertainment to Add the Robotech TV Series and Films to Its Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is adding Harmony Gold’s Robotech television series, the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles feature film, and the Robotech II: The Sentinels film to its catalog. FUNimation’s new license from Kew Media Distribution includes worldwide rights outside Japan. The rights include video on demand, electronic sell-through, home entertainment, and merchandising.

The series is also streaming on Crackle, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.

Robotech was Harmony Gold’s edited and rewritten 1985 adaptation of three separate anime science-fiction series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The 2006 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles film was a U.S.-produced sequel to the television series.

Source: ANN

FilmRise to Stream All the Episodes from the Robotech Anime for Free

FilmRise has announced that beginning on July 18, 2019 all series and the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles film from the Robotech anime franchise are available to stream for free on ad-supported AVOD platforms including The Roku Channel, Vudu and FilmRise. In addition, fans of the franchise will have even more content to binge as FilmRise is also making it digitally available to stream multiple hours of bonus material from the series. The announcement was made during the Robotech panel at the 2019 Comic-Con International: San Diego convention by Harmony Gold.

The content available to stream includes all 85 episodes of the original syndicated television series, all 85 re-mastered “original edit” episodes of the entire series, all 36 episodes of Super Dimension Fortress Macross, all 23 episodes of Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, all 25 episodes of Genesis Climber Mospeada, the full-length feature film, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, and, as an added bonus, up to 11 hours of bonus features from both the series and the film. The special features include documentaries, rare promotional videos and trailers, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, alternate versions of episodes, pre-production galleries, and much more.