Funimation’s New Show A-Go-Go Day 9: Gungrave

Well, someone blew their clue guessing on this one.  People were so sure that Soul Eater and Evangelion 1.0 were going to be the last two titles that it was assumed to be a forgone conclusion!

Contrare monfrare! Funimation pulls a fast one and gives us Gungrave, and this isn’t even a “license” announcement as Funimation makes clear that they are “distributing Geneon’s Gungrave.”  That means we have one spot left and two clues.  I’ll try to go through and see which clue we messed up on, as that should tell us what the final title is.

In any case, this guarantees that a majority of the 10 titles are going to be Geneon rescues.

Shows so far:

Geneon rescues: 6
Actual new titles: 3

Update

Unless we get a double-announcement tomorrow, I’m trying to figure out what clue people got wrong.  Here are the clues we were given and the shows that go with them (or we think should go with them):

Clue 1

Bob,

Hope that poison cleared up.  Hate to think you’re walking around with itchy toes!

See you soon.
Maggie

OK, easy, this was announcement #1: Ikki Tousen (itchy toes)

Clue 2

Dear Mom,

I thought of the perfect gift for Dad! It’s this little gadget called the veggie guardian.  It transmits a high frequency signal that’s supposed to keep bugs off the plants.  Look it up online.

Whether you wish to do either “Dad Guard” or “Gadget Guardian,” this clearly is the clue for the second announcement, Gad Guard.

Clue 3

Uncle Randy,

Can’t wait to see your new van!  In fact, we should plan a road trip.  It would take my mind off off of the feelings of dread I’m feeling about next semester.

LET’s DO IT!

Peace,
Greg

This is for announcement #3: Vandread.

Clue4

Hey Katie!

You’ll never guess who was at the party last night! Your Ex!  I’ll tell you more about it in person.  He was asking about you! Ha!

Beth

This is for announcement #5: Last Exile.

Clue 5

Hey Ed,

You totally have to remind me to tell you about this dream I had last night.  VERY random.  Here’s the preview: You, me, a rocket and ship, three monkeys.  Oh! And you were in a diaper!

-XOXO Kelly

I was one of the ones that figured out that this was for announcement #6: Oh! Edo Rocket.

Clue 6

Dear Helen,

Wow, I wasn’t counting on Monte Carlo being this much fun!  Oh, and Crissy says hi!  We wish you were here! Best vacation ever!

-Dave

Most people guessed this right for Funimation’s 7th announcment: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

That leaves the following 2 clues, and at least one of these has to go with either Slayers, Gungrave, or Nabari no Ou:

Clue 7

Hey Talia,

You coming on New Years Eve?  Angie, Eli, and you can make it!

Kisses,
Ben

and….

Clue 8

Bobby,

Thought you’d like to know that your grandpa and I went to eat at Smith’s Pie Shop last night.  Bless Your Soul, you always got so excited about their pies during your summer visits!

Come see me soon sweetie.

All of my love,
Granny

So what goes with what? Clue 7 doesn’t seem to suggest anything other than Evangelion, and it even mentions New Years Eve – the last announcement date, highly suggesting that that’s when it’s gonig to be announced.

So let’s focus on clue 8.  Given that all six clues we know are right, and assuming the Evangelion clue is right, all the clues include the actual name of the title in some form.  However, Clue 8 has no hint of the words “Slayers,” “Revolution,” “gun,” “grave,” “nabari,” “no,” or “king” assuming they were trying to throw us off by using the English title of Nabari no Ou (and for that matter, neither does clue 7).

Unless Funimation shocks us by giving us both Soul Eater and Evangelion tomorrow (or at least two shows that somehow match clues 7 and 8), someone is going to have to explain this to me.

Update 2

When I saw this comment last night, I thought about adding an update, but decided to wait until today, but I see that AstroNerdBoy beat me to it.

Last night on the ANN bitch festival forum about the Gungrave announcement, a Funimation representative mentioned the following:

Timing on contracts for new shows add a few wrinkles into the mix with announcing. Rescue licenses are an easier contract – hence faster announcement and delivery on DVD release dates.

I agree with Astro that this might suggest that Funimation ran into a hiccup with either the Soul Eater license or the Evangelion license in the past two weeks which caused them to not be able to announce it yet, and threw in something they already had in their queue as a replacement in the meantime.

I guess we’ll find out a little more tonight when the final announcement (or if we’re lucky, announcements) are made.  If we get both Soul Eater and Evangelion, then it was probably just a ploy by Funimation as they watch anime fans panic that one of them isn’t coming and then go “jusk kidding! here you go!” on the last day.

If we only get one, then unless they explain what the “wrong” clue actually meant, I think that may strongly suggest that whichever title they didn’t announce got hung up somewhere along the way.

Funimation’s New Show A-Go-Go Day 5: Last Exile

Another day, another Geneon rescue, though this one may be one of the more anticipated ones (even if I already own it).  I probably consider Last Exile one of the top 5 licenses Geneon held, so if anything deserved to be rescued, it was probably this, so I don’t have much of a problem with this one.

We only have one more Geneon rescue that people are pretty sure is coming (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo).  After that, it’ll hopefully be all new shows.

Count so far:

Geneon rescues: 4
Actual new shows: 1

Funimation’s New Show A-Go-Go Day 2: Gad Guard

Another day and yet another 2003 anime series previously licensed by Geneon and picked up by Funimation – this time Gad Guard.  This show appears to have been clued at by the clue which most people couldn’t figure out (it talked about bugs and a veggie guardian, etc.) though some people guessed it right.

This definitely leads credence to the idea that Funimation is going to end up picking up most of GONZO’s titles previously held by Geneon, with the others that the clues suggested being Last Exile, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, and Vandread.  If that’s correct, at least 5 of Funimation’s 10 announcements will be license switches from Geneon to Funimation.

Count thus far:

Geneon Rescues: 2
Actual New Shows: 0

Funimation's New Show A-Go-Go Day 1: Ikki Tousen

Looks like people are 1 for 1 on the clues Funimation left as Funimation’s first “acquisition” is a Geneon rescue of the anime series Ikki Tousen.

From what I can tell, this is different from the past Geneon announcements by Funimation in that it appears that Funimation has acquired the actual license for the show, unlike the other shows which, I believe, Geneon still holds the licenses for.  In any case, I assume they’ll release this in a single box set like their other Geneon shows which were already finished.

Ikki Tousen isn’t exactly the most thrilling title to start off with, but maybe Funimation will start with least exciting to most exciting (and if the guesses about the clues are correct, we’ll get at least a couple of exciting titles). In any case, we are at Geneon Rescues 1, Actual New Shows 0.

All 3 Rumbling Hearts Release Dates announced

We now know the planned release dates for all 3 volumes of Rumbling Hearts:

Volume 1: Volume 1 Starter Set w/ box: December 19, 2006
Volume 2: February 6, 2007
Volume 3: March 27, 2007

Rumbling Hearts Artbox Pictures

I’m surprised I haven’t started a countdown to when Volume 1 of Funimation’s Rumbling Hearts (ie Kimi ga Nozomu Eien) is released (it’s 67 days by the way). In any case, I see that pictures of the artbox has been released. The first disc will sell at $29.98 with the first disc + artbox going for only $10 more.

Rumbling Hearts is supposed be on a monthly release cycle – meaning volume one should be out in late December, Volume 2 in late January/early February, and Volume 3 out in late February/early March. And it is only supposed to be 3 discs (probably due to the fact that this is the first time an anime like this is being released with any fanfare in the US, so releasing it in 3 instead of 4 discs reduces risk a little).

Well, enough of that. I present to you, the artbox:

Rumbling Hearts Box 1

Rumbling Hearts Box 2