Monday, February 18, 2008

FUNimation Acquisitions: One Piece, Claymore

Two big announcements from FUNimation today. First up is the acquisition of One Piece, second the acquisition of Claymore.

Officially about One Piece. "One Piece is currently in its third season, airing Saturday nights as part of Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” block. The series chronicles the adventures of a young boy who has vowed to become the king of the pirates and find the greatest pirate treasure of all-- the pirate Gold Roger's legendary “One Piece.” The first FUNimation released One Piece DVD hits shelves during Toy Fair. Following an exclusive run in 98 theatres nationwide, One Piece Movie 8 -- the Desert Princess and the Pirates Adventures in Alabasta will be available on DVD on February 19th. The first FUNimation dubbed television series episodes will be released on DVD in May."

Officially about Claymore. "In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity’s only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymore. Half human, half monster, these silver-eyed slayers possess supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely. FUNimation Entertainment will release the first volume and starter set of the Claymore anime series in fall 2008."

Both One Piece and Claymore are provided in manga format by Viz Media. I've always loved the One Piece manga and after viewing (and writing about) the One Piece movie I am geeked about what FUNimation is cooking up with this hot property. They will finally do it justice. As for Claymore, this is one I've been waiting for since I first picked up the manga. The story of Clare the Claymore carries with it an art style unique and enthralling as well as a story not of the cookie cutter variety. I've just finished volume 11 of the manga (and will be writing about it) and I must say this series just gets better and better. These two announcements from FUNimation just shore up their space as a top player in the anime market, one they share with ADV, Viz and Bandai. With limited shelf space in stores (more on that soon) and the price of licenses these two are huge wins for FUNimation. Good times.

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