FUNimation Announces Cowboy Bebop Blu-ray Plans & Other Acquisitions
Posted August 12, 2013 01:01 PM by Webmaster
This weekend, at Otakon 2013, FUNimation Entertainment announced it has secured the rights to Cowboy Bebop and revealed its plans to release the classic series on Blu-ray in 2014. FUNimation also announced the acquisition of several other titles including Tales of the Abyss, Witch Hunter Robin, Outlaw Star, My-Hime and My-ZHime, among others.
Cowboy Bebop Synopsis: Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop who have started a bounty hunting operation. In the converted ship the Bebop, Spike and Jet search the galaxy for criminals with bounties on their heads. They meet a lot of unusual characters, including the unusually intelligent dog, Ein, and the voluptuous and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine. Cowboy Bebop was Japan's best-selling anime title in 1998, and remains a classic some fifteen years later.
The anime distributor has also acquired the rights to 17 additional titles, although no details were provided as to which would receive Blu-ray releases and which might not. The newly acquired titles include:
Banner of the Stars
Banner of the Stars II
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
Code Geass Lelouch Akito the Exiled
Crest of the Stars
Escaflowne the Movie
My ZHime Zwei
Passage of the Stars: Birth
Tales of the Abyss
The Visions of Escaflowne
Witch Hunter Robin
FUNimation didn't offer any further details on its upcoming Cowboy Bebop release(s), but did issue a classic series announcement trailer:
Finally! Ive been waiting for some awesome classic anime to come out on blu. And Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and Escaflowne are three of my favorites. My Hime and Code Geass are pretty great too. Now i can cross my fingers and hope for Trigun, Love Hina, X, Rahxephon, Gundam, etc etc etc.
I'm hopeful that Funimation will acquire the rights to Gundam (and give it better treatment than Bandai did)
As for the other stuff, Cowboy Bebop on Blu-Ray will be a must buy and there is absolutely no reason why Code Geass shouldn't be coming out on Blu-Ray. The series, when airing in Japan, had a more-or-less concurrent set of Blu-Ray releases. Bandai Entertainment, on the other hand, was content with DVD singles.