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Funimation Adds Tales of Vesperia Anime Film

The North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Anime Detour convention panel on Saturday that it acquired the 2009 animated feature Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ for North America. Funimation licensed the title's home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights, and it will release the feature on DVD and Blu-ray Disc next year.

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Reibooi4112d ago

This is pretty awesome. When Funi said they would be licensing something based on a game pretty much everyone on the Funi blog myself included thought it was gonna be Valkyria Chronicles. However I'm so much happier it was the Vesperia movie. I have heard that the VC anime butchers the original story and in the process makes itself into a meh show. It's nice to see the Vesperia movie getting released. I hope they can keep the original cast for the game and it would make alot of sense of Bandai Namco's side to finally release the PS3 version of Vesperia alongside the movie as Funi is known to do cross promotion.

As the the other 2 things licensed. I could care less about Freezing but am very excited about Fractale. Somewhat surprised at how quickly those shows got full licenses.

Lavalamp4112d ago

So excited for the movie, but I don't get why Funi would try and get Freezing when there are other shows that people really want to see a company pick up the license and dub (i.e. Katekyo Hitman Reborn). Fractale, on the other hand, looks cool so I'm going to check it out.

Reibooi4111d ago (Edited 4111d ago )

I don't know much about Hitman reborn but If I remember correctly Viz was releasing the Hitman manga and it wasn't selling enough and they put it on Hiatus and then not to long ago flat out cancelled all future releases indefinately. That being the case I would think Funi would not wanna license the anime. It's been seen first hand that hype on the web doesn't equal real world sales. Bandai found that out with Lucky Star and Haruhi which had massive internet popularity and buzz but then didn't sell nearly to their expectations(Haruhi made a profit and did just well enough to bring the 2nd season and movie over but lucky star did so poor they cancelled the last collectors sets and never bothered dubbing the OVA). Another good reason may be the sheer number of Episodes. It costs alot to dub and if Funi can't dub something they won't bother with it and at 200+ episodes it's just to much of a risk on something that may not sell. I would expect if anyone is gonna get Reborn it would be Sentai as they would probably just release it sub only like they are currently doing with Gintama.

As for why they licensed Freezing it's as simple as it being the violent fighting type show with boobs which has been doing great for Funi with stuff like Sekirei( or whatever it's called) and Master of Martial Hearts. Yeah they are crappy mindless shows but they sell well enough. While they are not my cup of tea I don't mind because for every show that does real well we get more stuff that might be good.