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NYCC2011: Anime News: NYAF FUNimation Panel Announcements

Well FUNimation never ceases to amaze us when giving the fans what they want, and boy did we get spoiled! FUNimation Entertainment’s marketing manager, Adam Sheehan and social media manager, Justin Rojas piled so much anime goodness on us, from what’s streaming on various video sites to future DVD’s/Blu ray combos! Of course, the biggest news of all was the announcement of a US partnership with one of the largest streaming networks, Nico Nico! Not only will this benefit both companies, working together and simulcasting many anime series, the fans can expect much more titles being released for our viewing pleasure. Titles that will be streaming this fall are the following (details from FUNimation):

From the light novel series written by Minase Hazuki, comes a story of love, action, and comedy. Yachi Haruaki is a high school boy who is naturally resistant to curses. After his father sends him a mysterious black cube, Haruaki awakes to find a nude girl named Fear standing in his kitchen. She’s the human form of the cursed black cube – and an instrument of torture! Utilizing her special abilities, Fear fights alongside Haruaki to defeat other cursed instruments and their owners.

The Future Diary
This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Esuno Sakae, is about Yuki, a loner who’s not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.

Guilty Crown
In the near future, a meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and total anarchy. Several years later, Shu – a teen with a special ability awakened by the Apocalypse Virus – meets a strange girl who incites him to join the struggle against a government organization’s robotic forces and a secret society whose goal remains shrouded in mystery.

Haganai (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai)
Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica’s Academy and he’s having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she’s talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?

LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing
Acclaimed director Koichi Chigira helms this highly-anticipated follow up to the anime classic, LASTEXILE. High above the sacred waters of the Grand Lake, a battle rages between the Ades Federation and the Turan Kingdom. Powered by the might of its battle fleet, the federation invades the Turan Kingdom. For the Turan Kingdom and its princesses, all hope lies with a female sky pirate named Fam. The first episode premieres 11:00 am Eastern, October 17th.

Based on the manga series by Takeda Hiromitsu, this romantic comedy is about Ohyama Takeru, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn’t require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item – a Maken – to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?

Shakugan no Shana III Final
A continuation of the previous series (Shakugan no Shana II), both Shana and Kazumi wait for Yuji only to discover that he has disappeared without a trace. As everyone searches for answers as to Yuji’s whereabouts, he reappears in front of them as the leader of Bal Masqué. Now Shana must confront her most unlikely adversary on the battlefield.

All titles and more will be available at www.niconico.com/anime!

Other releases included Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1, which will be released November 8th as well as Fairy Tail Part 1 and Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White! Both will be coming out November 22nd! They also acquired the licensed rights to Fafner, Fafner in the Azure: Heaven & Earth as well as Production I.G.’s animated film, Oblivion Island. For more info on new releases, streaming, S.A.V.E and such, check out http://www.funimation.com/rojas/blog/coming-soon-to-blu-ray-and-dvd/706721

And be sure to keep ComicsOnline.com at the top of your favorites for all the latest in anime news as well as more New York Comic Con coverage and everything geek pop culture!

About Corinne Sudberg

Once a friend of Kroze, Corinne eventually learned to use the power of her cutesy voice for good instead of evil and now voices more than one character on more than one anime satire.

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