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FUNimation Announces Cowboy Bebop Blu-ray Plans & Other Acquisitions

Posted August 12, 2013 01:01 PM by Webmaster

FUNimationThis 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:

  • Angel Links
  • 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-Hime
  • My-ZHime
  • My-ZHime O~S.ifr~
  • My ZHime Zwei
  • Outlaw Star
  • 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:





Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (18 comments)



Graham1138
  Aug 12, 2013
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This is awesome news, some good anime is finally making its way to Blu. Can't wait for Cowboy Bebop.

King Butcher
  Aug 12, 2013
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cowboy bebop day one!!!

MJW
  Aug 12, 2013
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Great news! I have Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on Blu-ray and am really looking forward to adding the series to my collection.

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Cplhicks
  Aug 12, 2013
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So buying this!! Really hope Escaflowne (TV) is Blu-ray also. If not, at least a remaster and I will rebuy. But BD would be awesome.

Double0Hokie
  Aug 12, 2013
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Cant wait for Spike and Vicious battling on BD.

Willypinhead
  Aug 12, 2013
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Very nice!!! Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star on BD day one!!!
jason00
  Aug 12, 2013
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I would 100% buy Code Geass on blu, make it happen Funimation!

CommanderShiro
  Aug 12, 2013
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Count me in for Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop

Sweetbluray
  Aug 12, 2013
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DAM, and i just finished watching the UK Blu Ray of Cowboy Bebop

bajor27
  Aug 12, 2013
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Cowboy Bebop for sure!

iHumanoid
  Aug 12, 2013
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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.

InspectorLupus
  Aug 12, 2013
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Cowboy Bebop is long overdue. I have fond memories of watching Outlaw Star on Toonami after school. I can't wait until I can finally retire my DVDs and get these in HD.

SolidBlu
  Aug 12, 2013
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i'm in for cowboy bebop

K i r a
  Aug 13, 2013
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Day one for Cowboy Bebop, and if it hits Blu-ray, Code Geass. Maybe Witch Hunter Robin, too.

KamiAmaya
  Aug 13, 2013
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Escaflowne! While I'm not much on dubs anymore, please tell me Funi isn't going to redub it.
Now if Funi (or anyone!) could just acquire Gundam as well...
Zechs Merquise
  Aug 13, 2013
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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.

GC Riot
  Aug 13, 2013
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Wow! Crest and Banner of the Stars! That's awesome! Some of the best and most moving sci-fi I've seen!

KillerFocus
  Aug 13, 2013
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I hope that Funimation can acquire the rights to the soundtrack as well and bundle it as part of a limited edition set. The soundtrack really helped make the anime the phenomenon that it is today.


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