Survival Horror Feature ‘King of Thorn’ Headlines FUNimation Releases In September

The feature, from Darker Than Black and former Marvel Tsunami artist Yuji Iwahara’s manga places a group of virus-infected victims in a battle against ravenous monsters and killer vines in this September 18th release.

More titles from FUNimation in September after the junmp.

September’s releases are mostly made up of HD versions of previously released FUNimation-licensed titled, with a couple of DVD debuts like September 4th’s Haibane Renmei mixed in. We’ll also get the eight One Piece volume on DVD as well as a complete Spice & Wolf set.

Here’s how it breaks down throughout the month:

September 4th

Title: Haibane Renmei – Complete Box Set – Classic (DVD)
Synopsis: Renowned artist Yoshitoshi ABe’s animated masterpiece, Haibane Renmei, is an experience that challenges audiences to confront and question the concepts of sin and redemption. Born of powerful influences such as Murakami’s acclaimed novel Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, ABe’s deceptively gentle style of character design and development belies the abyss of heartbreaking desperation lurking beneath the surface of the classic series.

The Haibane, enigmatic youths with halos and flightless, grey-feathered wings, live in a sleepy town surrounded by impenetrable walls – only the crows may come and go. Reki, an older Haibane, discovers a new cocoon, from which Rakka emerges possessing no memories except that of her dream of falling. Questions of her existence cloud Rakka’s mind as she struggles to learn the ways of the Haibane and to help Reki escape the Circle of Sin.

August 14th

Title: T.O. (Blu-ray & DVD Combo)
Synopsis: Against a backdrop of intergalactic colonization and bizarre alien life forms, Aon and Elena – star-crossed lovers from rival countries competing for valuable natural resources – struggle to build a life together despite the objections of their superiors. Their budding romance is thwarted by an outbreak of alien fungus and the interference of a cutthroat militaristic madman. To survive, the young couple must maintain their faith in each other and learn to trust the unique creatures which inhabit this strange and wondrous new world.

September 11th

Title: Spice and Wolf – Complete Series (Season 1 & 2 Combo) (Blu-ray & DVD Combo)
Synopsis: Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo – a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern home. Armed with his street smarts and her animal instincts, a simple peddler and a forgotten deity begin a journey through the wild countryside. Along their path, the riches of happiness shall be reaped, even as the bankruptcy which dwells in the human heart is exposed.

Title: Dragon Ball Z Kai – Season 3 (Blu-ray, DVD)
Synopsis: For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended: bigger, faster, stronger, and packed with the pulverizing power to blow your puny minds! Beef up your collection with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama’s original vision, featuring more action than you can handle, revitalized animation, and an amped-up audio experience that will make your ears beg for mercy!

September 18th

Title: Fafner – Complete Series (Blu-ray & DVD Combo)
Synopsis: ARE YOU THERE?!

Terrorized by a hostile alien race’s mental warfare, humans hear only this question just before their lives—essentially their minds—are assimilated by the violent invaders. Kazuki and his classmates lay everything on the line to pilot their heavily-guarded island’s secret weapons: towering mechs for which only they are genetically qualified to control. With most of Earth destroyed, humanity’s survival relies on these youths’ selfless determination to protect the only home they know. But when each battle pushes the pilots to the brink of assimilation, who will protect them?

Title: King of Thorn (Blu-ray & DVD Combo)
Synopsis: Panic spreads worldwide as the Medousa Virus—a fatal pandemic that solidifies the body to stone—threatens to wipe out the human race. 160 infected individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. Kasumi is one of those chosen for the experimental program. Forced to enter without her twin sister, Shizuku, her distress multiplies when she awakens to find the facility overrun with thick, thorny vines and ravenous monsters. As Kasumi and six others fight a losing battle to escape this labyrinthine nightmare, questions cloud her distorted mind. Where is her sister? Why did their only salvation mutate into a deathtrap? If they survive, how much longer do they have to live?

September 25th

Title: One Piece Collection 8 (DVD)
Synopsis: The Straw Hats go from sailing on a cloud to being surrounded by Marines in this unedited twenty-seven episode collection of awesome! Lightning bolts rain from the heavens and innocent citizens run for cover as Luffy and Eneru go toe to toe to determine the fate of Skypiea. The heinous holy man has Angel Island by the throat, and Nami and Luffy must risk their lives in a desperate attempt to chase away his looming cloud of death! When the final bell rings, the Straw Hats find themselves plummeting toward the Marine stronghold of Navarone! This impenetrable island is surrounded by stone walls, and the only hope for escape is a daring dash into the freedom of the deep blue sea. The sailing certainly won’t be smooth, and it’ll take all hands on deck to survive this scrape!

Title: Shakugan no Shana – Season 2 Part 1 – LE (Blu-ray & DVD Combo)*
Synopsis: The studio behind Toradora! and ?kamisan and Her Seven Companions presents the iconic series about the spark between a hot-blooded huntress and a teenage boy as they maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural.

The heated bond between Shana and Yuji is tested as their paranormal adventures continue. The Flame Haze fends off supernatural foes by night. By day, she contends with a classmate who’s also after Yuji’s heart. Emotions flare as a suspicious transfer student who resembles a recently defeated Denizen clings to Yuji. His training rises in intensity when they catch wind of a revered warrior in search of her lost lover—who will stop at nothing to extract the power keeping Yuji alive!

*This set will also be available in a non-LE version.

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