Special Announcements from Anime Expo!

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July 4, 2013 – Flower Mound, TX – FUNimation announced today during their Anime Expo panel that they have acquired the rights to HAL and 009 Re:Cyborg. A synopsis for each is listed below.

HAL synopsis:
From Production I.G’ s Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) comes a drama unlike any other.

When death separates young lovers Kurumi and Hal, “robot Hal” arrives to cheer Kurumi up. As the new Hal begins to uncover the couple’s secret past, a reluctant Kurumi slowly warms up to him. This beautifully-animated feature film explores the connections and conundrums that make us human.

009 Re:Cyborg synopsis:
From Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East, comes a new story based on the classic sci-fi manga!

Long ago, nine ordinary humans were abducted by an evil organization and turned into super-powered cyborgs. They rebelled and fought for justice, ultimately saving humanity. Now, Joe Shimamura lives the life of an ordinary human with no recollection of his past as a cyborg. When a terrorist organization threatens mankind, he finds himself wrapped up in a fight for the fate of the world. Will the cyborgs be able to reunite and prevail in a time when justice has been forgotten?

Also announced today, FUNimation has acquired the streaming rights for Hyperdimension Neptunia. The series will join Danganronpa: The Animation and Brothers Conflict in the summer simulcast anime season.

In the world of Gamindustri, four competing CPU goddesses rule the lands of Lastation, Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune. When dark forces threaten their power, they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to defeat evil. Based on the hit RPG series, it’s the video game console wars as you’ve never seen them before: fought by gorgeous girls!

In other news, a release date for One Piece Strong World was also announced. The movie will be released on BD/DVD Combo and DVD on November 19th.

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