Friday, July 8, 2011

FUNimation hooking up Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and more

Deadman Wonderland will rock … as for Steins;Gate, yeah, you too.

While FUNimation continues to expand their excellent anime coverage and release catalog there are two titles that just need to be called as they were recently announced as acquisition releases for the company. These two series allow for gamers to expand into another media and for fans of a once thought dead (pun intended) Tokyopop properly to live again. What’s got this otaku all excited? Deadman Wonderland and Steins;Gate, that’s what. There is much more from FUNimation besides these two titles so be sure to check out their news section often.

Deadman Wonderland is coming to DVD in North America. Yes, the Tokyopop manga with style and action galore is getting the release treatment and for those who have followed the series this is something to be joyful and giddy about. Here’s a quick synopsis of Deadman Wonderland …]

“An adaptation of Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's Deadman Wonderland manga, the dark story is set after the destruction of most of Tokyo by an earthquake and centers on Ganta Igarashi, a middle school student framed for the murder of his classmates. Igarashi is sentenced to Deadman Wonderland, a bizarre brutal and bloody privately operated prison that is one part incarceration and one part public spectacle – a thoroughly twisted tourist destination! The series is animated by Manglobe and directed by Koichi Hatsumi.”

So it’s coming to DVD and will stream online later in 2011 and the best part is seeing what happens to Ganta since the manga left us cutoff. The opening theme is already a multi-play on my iPod and just oh so sweet highlight the action to come. The series is 12-episodes and we can only hope it lives up to the hype and excellence the manga produced.

Steins;Gate is more a wildcard since I’ve heard more about it than been exposed. It has a gaming hook that those hardcore J-Gamers will recognize. From FUNimation, “The series is based on the visual novel and later adventure game created by 5pb and Nitroplus, the same team that created Chaos;Head. The anime adaptation is produced by White Fox, directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Sato.” It’s a newer anime, airing in 2011 in Japan so the style should rock but the gamer hook, the series origins will be very interesting to follow.

FUNimation announced more titles including B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time, [C] – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility, Baka and Test -- Summon the Beasts and Cat Planet Cuties. Yes, 2011 and beyond is shaping up nicely for FUNimation and anime fans.

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