After a visually but bare-bones (and well out of print) Blu-ray release back in 2009 from Honneamise, FUNimation has snagged the home video rights for the anime classic here in the U.S.. This announcement came during this weekend's Otakon where the publisher revealed several new acquisitions including the live-action Space Battleship Yamamoto feature and the recent Lupin III prequel series, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
However, the highlight here is Akira. FUNimation wasn't forthcoming with any information about what kind of release they had planned for the 1988 feature, but with its 25th anniversary up on the horizon, here's hoping they've got something special for us planned. We've reached out for more detail but in the meantime, check out some of their other acquisitions after the jump.
Besides bringing Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection to the U.S., FUNimation has also landed the Fairy Tale feature film along with that series' second TV season, One Piece Film: Strong World, and the fifth season of One Piece, which covers episodes 264-336. Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine was previously simulcast by FUNimation during its original run as part of the franchise's 40th anniversary, and they've received the rights to release it here both via streaming and on disc. Other acquisitions include magical high school anime Maken-Ki! Battling Venus, sci-fi series Aquarion Evol, and zombie romance Sankarea.
FUNimation seemed especially keen on promoting the OAV Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar from animation studio AIC SPIRITS. That series follows the continuity of Tenchi Muyo! GXP and is set 15 years after the events of that show. Featuring Kenshi, the half-brother of Tenchi Muyo! hero Tenchi Masaki, who gets caught up in the political intrigues of the planet Geminar and pursued by that far-flung world's female inhabitants.