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Funimation Licenses FMA Brotherhood

April 9, 2009

I read this on Dannychoo.

The following is a recent press release from FUNimation Entertainment:
Anime Leader to Stream Episodes of Highly Anticipated Series Within Days of Japanese Television Debut

Flower Mound, TX – April 3, 2009 – FUNimation® Entertainment has acquired digital, broadcast, DVD and merchandising rights to the megahit anime series “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” from Aniplex and debuting on Japan’s MBS and TBS nationally at 5:00 pm on April 5th.

Starting Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. CT, FUNimation will deliver high-quality, free, original Japanese dialogue accompanied by English subtitles, streaming episodes of studio Bones’ new Fullmetal Alchemist via as well as key video-sharing partners.

“We are proud to be able to simulcast the most anticipated series of 2009,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “I hope our fans will appreciate the video and subtitle quality we have achieved as we are working toward the simulcast of more series this year.”

The blockbuster anime series (2003-2004) by the Japanese studio Bones, and subsequent franchise, is based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. The followup film “Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa” (2005) ended the series but many fans wished to see the story continue.

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is directed by Yasuhiro Irie (“Kurau: Phantom Memory”, “Soul Eater”). Romi Paku and Rie Kugimiya will reprise their roles as Edward and Alphonse, though some of FMA’s original cast have been replaced. Roy Mustang will now be voiced by Shinichiro Miki (Asato Tsuzuki, “Descendants of Darkness”). Winrey Rockwell will now be voiced by Megumi Takamoto (Mahou Sensei Negima!) and Riza Hawkeye will be voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (Bleach, RahXephon, Vandread)


“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is set in a fictional world where alchemy – the transmutation of raw materials into objects – is science and the way of life. The series follows the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse on their perilous journey in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. They set forth in the hope that the magical artifact can restore their bodies after a failed attempt to revive their dead mother cost Edward’s left leg and right arm; as well as Alphonse’s entire body, leaving his soul affixed to a suit of armor.

The anime industries are seeing the light!  They’re finally begin subbing their own anime.

I guess they notice how streaming subbed anime on the web can actually increase their anime products’ sales rate instead of decreasing it.

Would you go buy a DVD of an anime that you have never watched before?

Would you go buy a figure from an anime that you have never seen before?

The answers are no, at least not a lot of people do that.  Most people buys DVD of anime they have seen and liked it, and buys figures of characters from the anime they have seen.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 7:35 pm

    thanks for that, just what I was looking for

  2. Murderface permalink
    June 21, 2009 10:09 pm

    There’s a reason these buttclowns are bashing every quality fansub group they can get their jackboots on with the DMCA:

    THEIR. SUBS. _S_U_C_K_.

    They look like they’re done by a bunch of mongoloid 3rd-graders. The _sorriest_ fansub group out there runs circles around them. It’s like they’re working their way through Japanese (and English) For Dummies. “…fans will appreciate the video and subtitle quality…” Makes me wanna puke.

    And their “streaming” video is more like “dripping.” Flash video sucks; anybody hailing this as an advance, or a favor to the fans is a ‘tard. H or x264 encapsulated in .mkv is the way everybody but the third world is doing video these days.

    These guys should get a damn clue, hire the best group doing their show (we all know who that is), and put it up on a torrent. Anything else is really a slap in the face of their fans. If they’ve run said fangroup off the internet hell will freeze before I ever buy a DVD from them – I was considering it ’till then, just to support and excellent series. Not anymore.

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