Funimation rescues When They Cry, Shakugan no Shana, Fate/Stay Night, plus others

In what can be filed under the “it’s about nut-#$%#@ing time” category, Funimation has announced that they are producing and distributing some of Geneon’s more popular series, including:

  • Black Lagoon (both seasons)
  • Elemental Gelade
  • Ergo Proxy
  • Fate/Stay Night
  • Hellsing Ultimate
  • Kamichu
  • Karin
  • Kyo kara Maoh! (2nd season only)
  • The Law of Ueki
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (being released as Lyrical Nanoha)
  • Paradise Kiss
  • Rozen Maiden (both seasons)
  • Shakugan no Shana (released as just Shana by Geneon)
  • Shonen Onmyouji
  • The Story of Saiunkoku
  • When They Cry – Higurashi
  • Zero no Tsukaima (being released as the Familiar of Zero)
  • plus the live-action Ninja Vixens

Luckily for myself, I bought up the entire Shana series when Geneon shut down, but many of these other series I just haven’t gotten to yet. Most of these titles were the obvious choices to be picked up as well.

Also, apparently Geneon still holds the actual licenses to these series, but Funimation is going to do all the dirty work for them, including producing and distributing them.

The first titles are scheduled to start their release in Late Summer.

However, this brings up an interesting question…does this mean Geneon may appear on the licensing market again, but will just use Funimation to distribute, kind of in the mold of Kadowaka USA? That had been a possibility floated all along. I think it’s too early to know whether that is the case, however.

Added thought:

If I may, two glaring omissions to this list to me (which doesn’t impact me because I already have both series) are Haibane Renmei and Fushigi Yugi.  Just though I’d say that.

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4 thoughts on “Funimation rescues When They Cry, Shakugan no Shana, Fate/Stay Night, plus others

  1. Looks like FUNimation was more interested in newer stuff as far as getting distribution going. I’m hoping that FUNimation will get the complete license to the entire Tenchi line (vs. just a distribution deal). Too bad “Hand Maid May” will likely be gone forever.

  2. Does this mean that Shakugan no Shana Second will be dubbed or they’ll just restart selling the first season again without dubbing the rest?

  3. Shakugan no Shana II hasn’t been licensed yet, so we don’t know about that yet. I would have to imagine that it would be a prime target for getting licensed in not too long, though.

    The first Shana season will probably be re-released as a box set I would assume, though there is still the OVA which hasn’t been released yet.

  4. Card Captor Sakura isn’t on the list either (bah!).

    Shakugan no Shana has been released as a thin-pack set and contains the 2 ova episodes.

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