Well, this was the big big one everyone was expecting: Funimation has licensed the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie – Evangelion 1.0: You are (not) Alone.
The press release says that the movie will be released in 2009, but doesn’t say anythinga bout whether Funimatino plans any sort of US theatrical release or not.
The new Evangelion movie is perhaps the most anticipated anime property that had remained unlicensed, and some suggested that it’s licensing cost would be so much that only a traditional movie studio with a history of licensing some anime feature films, such as Sony, could pick it up.
ANN says that this title wraps up Funimation’s licensing spree, though nothing on the Funimation site suggests that they are over just yet (though a comment by a Funimation representative on ANN’s forum suggests that this might be the last announcement, and it’s hard to see how anything could top this announcement).
The Funimation page with the Japanese trailer gives a release date of November 10, 2009.
Finally! We get to the big guns! Funimation’s second announcement of the day comes, and it’s a big one: Media Factory and BONES’ 51 episode anime series Soul Eater, which is currently airing in Japan.
Funimation says that Funimation will release the series in “four half-season sets” starting in late 2009.
Funimation changed how the globe showed up on their image, so I’m not sure if we’re done or not. I have a feeling that we still have one more to go…
Here is Funimation’s quick and dirty description of the series:
Unapologetically surreal and action-packed, Soul Eater is the tale of living weapons who team with human masters to hunt evil souls. Only after these dark forces are consumed can these partners hope to join the ranks of the famed Death Scythes.
Maka and her weapon, Soul, are among the new students at a university run by Death himself. As they learn the ways of collecting souls, this fresh class of reapers must work together to keep witches, werewolves, and zombies from unleashing evil upon the world.
Funimation’s new video section lists Soul Eater’s release date as November 17, 2009 (I’m sure that’s provisional at this point). It also includes a lengthy trailer giving the basic overview of the series.
Well, this is really confounding. Not only did people blow the Soul Eater clue, but the Evangelion clue, which begs the question…what were those clues for (or what did they mean) or are we not done with this New Show A-Go-Go thing?
In any case, Funimation (supposedly) wraps up their 10 day announcement blitz with their 7th Geneon rescue – another distribution deal, not a licensing deal – with Samurai Champloo.
But still…either those two clues need explaining to me, we’re not finished, or Funimation ran into a problem and had to pull back on the two big expected announcements.
And we have our answer from a Funimation rep on the ANN forums:
According to my watch December 31st lasts 24 hours.
New Year’s Eve is not over.
I think that pretty much guarantees that we can expect more later today. Don’t tell me they’re gonna wait until like, 11:59 PM to announce (and you never know, they could wait until central time too!)