Funimation has a huge slate of titles coming out in August with a good mix of re-releases thrown in to buff it up even more. Not all the information is yet available as we’re waiting on some dates and extras for a few releases, but take a look below for what’s in store and how they’ll be laid out.
Eureka Seven Complete Series – DVD/BD – $69.98/$64.98 – 08/30/2016
Extras: Actor Commentaries, Voice Actor Interviews, Episode 50 (Special Textless Version), Textless Songs
Plot concept: Relive the classic era of anime with the studio that brought you Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Wolf’s Rain. Returning to the spotlight after almost a decade, Eureka Seven – the greatest anime love story ever told – makes its long-awaited arrival on Blu-ray! Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father’s heroic footsteps. When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune-up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.
Doamaygar-D Complete Series – DVD/BD – $14.98 – 08/30/2016 (Subtitled Only)
Plot concept: Take food fights to the next level in this bite-sized homage to mecha anime of the past. In modern day Kyoto, young Daijiro Kyogoku has finally taken over his family’s traditional Japanese sweets shop. One day at the shop, Daijiro comes across a mysterious giant candy-making robot named Doamygar-D hidden in the shop’s basement. This robot is a master of treats, and along with Daijiro, they make the perfect dessert crafting pair. When evil monster-like robots take over begin attacking the city, Daijiro must man his newfound candy-making mecha to feed the insatiable hunger of these foes and turn them back into harmless humans. There has to be someone behind all these transforming treat-loving terrors, and that someone might be closer to Daijiro than he ever thought possible.
Hal Movie – DVD – $19.98 – 08/23/2016
Extras: Actor Commentary, Making Of: Production Process, Making Of: Animatics & Scratch Tracks, Original Trailer, Textless Closing Song
Plot concept: From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime. Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.
Laughing Under the Clouds Complete Series – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Episode 1 Commentary, Episode 10 Commentary, Textless Opening Song – ”Biran no Kaze”, Textless Opening Song – ”Ruten no Hi”, Textless Closing Song – ”ATTITUDE TO LIFE”
Plot Concept: Under the cloudy skies of turn-of-the-century Japan, three brothers shine brightly. Orphaned at a young age, the responsibility of providing for the Kumo family fell to the eldest brother, Tenka. A skilled swordfighter and proud guardian of his rambunctious younger siblings, Soramaru and Chutaro, Tenka Kumo walks through life with unfailing optimism and devotion to his family. But heavy clouds are beginning to settle over their secluded shrine—a growing gloom that signals the return of a deadly serpent known as the Orochi. As the Japanese military’s Yamainu Squad searches for the serpent’s human vessel, the unrest caused by the strict laws of the Meiji era spreads rebellion across the countryside. As the Kumo family’s ancient connection to the Orochi comes to light, old rivalries will be reignited, and the brothers’ carefree life will give way to the darkness of an ancient prophecy. As long as they stick together, what’s the worst that could happen?
Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 1 Part 1 – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Episode 2 Commentary, Episode 13 Commentary, Promotional Video, Commercial Collection #1, Commercial Collection #2, Textless Opening Song – ”Boku no kotoba dewa nai kore wa bokutachi no kotoba”, Textless Closing Song – ”Lapis Lazuli”
Plot Concept: An incomparable anime epic from the original creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa, The Heroic Legend of Arslan brings political intrigue, thrilling action, and a colorful cast of characters together for a grand adventure filled with treachery and triumph. Pars Era, the year 320—war is on the horizon. As the soldiers of Pars prepare for battle, a traitor within their ranks turns the tides in favor of the enemy kingdom, Lusitania. Arslan, the young Prince of Pars, survives the massacre to discover that his father has gone missing and his life is in grave danger. Unsure who to trust, Arslan escapes the battlefield, evading capture until he’s found by his loyal friend Daryun, the formidable Black Knight of Pars. With nothing but Arslan’s title and Daryun’s skill, the pair set off on a journey to return the Prince to his rightful place on the throne of Pars.
Ikki Tousen – Xtreme Xectuor – Season Four – S.A.V.E. – DVD -$29.98 – 08/23/2016
Extras: Actor Commentaries, Six Dreamy Views, Episodes 1-6 , Promotional Videos, OVA Commentary, Japanese Commercial, Textless Songs
Plot concept: Get pumped for a new season of full-frontal fights busting out between student bodies in warfare! Round four of the titillating action epic delivers double the ditz when the master of school uniform disasters gets a disciple! Word of a tournament gets around, and Hakufu’s ready to rumble. But training a pupil is tiring work—and catching some random ZZZs puts a delay on her dreams of combat conquest. When a sinister force sabotages the rival schools into submission, the warriors’ fates reveal themselves in gravity-defying fisticuffs. Can Hakufu muscle her way to victory and save her friends from repeating their fatal past? Only the power of the dragons can tell!
Ikki Tousen – Great Guardians – Season Three – S.A.V.E. – DVD – $29.98 – 08/23/2016
Extras: Battle Tour Club Sexy Cosplays, Dangerous Jobs Episodes 1-6, Great Guardians Radio Event at Tokyo Anime Fair 2008, Commercial Collection, Promotional Video, Textless Songs
Plot concept: Clothes-shredding combat erupts between teens guided by spirits of ancient warriors in round three of the original martial arts marathon! As the dust settles over the Battle of Red Cliffs, the fighters of Nanyo and Seito Academies soak up a peaceful alliance. Panties. Hakufu’s ready to make some dough for tournaments, but her stacked reputation keeps the fearless leader up to her tits in trouble. Nips. Just when her joy peaks over meeting a mysterious sister from another mister, a foe her friends at Nanyo once creamed returns! Moneyshot. As the conflict comes to a climax, the battle vixens bare blood, betrayal, and BEWBS—EPIC EXPOSURE OF BEWBS.
Blood Blockade Battlefront Complete Collection – DVD/BD – $64.98/$84.98 – N/A
Extras: Episode 10.5 – Even These Are the Worst and the Best Days Ever, Funimation Short: with Aaron Dismuke and Ian Sinclair, Funimation Short: with Micah Solusod and Mike McFarland, Textless Opening Song – ”Hello,world!”, Textless Closing Song – Sugar Song & Bitter Step, Promotional Videos & TV Spots
Plot Concept: Produced by Studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Space Dandy, Soul Eater) and created by Trigun writer Yasuhiro Nightow, Blood Blockade Battlefront brings compelling characters and dynamic plotlines together for one unforgettable adventure. After a breach between Earth and the netherworld opens up over New York, humans and creatures from other dimensions become trapped in an impenetrable bubble that surrounds the city. Forced to coexist in a new city known as Salem’s Lot, the shaky peace between humanity and the netherworld creatures is protected by an underground group of super humans known as Libra. When a case of mistaken identity brings not-so-ordinary delivery boy Leonardo Watch face-to-face with this group, he joins their ranks hoping to help prevent the destruction of the world by a group of monsters and madmen lead by a powerful being known as the King of Despair.
Gunslinger Girl Seasons One and Two + OVA – Anime Classics – DVD/BD – $49.98 – 08/09/2016
Plot Concept: Officially, the Social Welfare Agency is a government sponsored corporation that’s in the business of saving lives. At least, that’s the ruse. In reality, it’s an agency on the fringe of technology. They give terminal patients another shot at life using cybernetic implants. This conditioning process then shapes the patient into an efficient machine for handling all of the government’s dirty work. Having survived the brutal slaughter of her family, Henrietta awakens to her new life at the Agency with a re-built body and no memory of the past. She has been teamed with her handler Jose, who is responsible for her training and conditioning, turning her into the perfect killing machine. Henrietta strives to find her place within the Agency, doing her best to win Jose’s affection. But can Jose control her? Can he balance the needs and desires between the assassin and the developing adolescent? Who are these girls? They’ve been given a second chance at life… But at what cost?
Garo Season 1 Part 2 Collection – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Episode 9 Commentary, Episode 11 Commentary, Special Episode: -DAYBREAK-, Special Episode: -DAYBREAK- Preview, Textless Opening Song ”-DIVINE FLAME-”, Textless Closing Song ”CHIASTOLITE”
Plot Concept: After Mendoza’s apparent defeat at the hands of Prince Alfonso, Leon is left humiliated and confused. Abandoned by both his golden armor and his womanizing father, Leon wanders alone looking for purpose and a reason to keep fighting. Meanwhile, Prince Alfonoso struggles to keep up with the daunting dual responsibilities of running a kingdom and keeping Horrors at bay as the chosen Knight of Light. When the two boys finally meet again, will they be able to see the other’s struggles and set aside the past in order to work together? A new evil is rising and it’s going to take the combined force of the strongest Makai Knights and Alchemists to bring peace back to Valiante.
Barakamon Complete Series – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Textless Opening Song – ”Hi no Ito Rinne no GEMINI”, Textless Closing Song – ”Magna Idea”, TV Spot Collection
Plot Concept: After an unfavorable critique drives uptight young calligrapher Sei Handa past his breaking point, his parents decide to ship him off to Japan’s Goto Islands to cool off. But instead of a peaceful paradise, Handa discovers a village full of quirky characters with little regard for personal space. On top of that, Handa’s temporary apartment has already been claimed as home base by the village elder’s granddaughter, Naru, who has a knack for getting into trouble. Will Handa ever be able to redeem his impulsive misdeed? Will he ever be able to write like the masters? Will the village kids ever learn to KNOCK first??
Absolute Duo Complete Series – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Episode 10 Commentary, Episode 12 Commentary, Textless Opening Song – ”Absolute Soul”, Textless Closing Songs:, Textless Closing Song – ”Believe × Believe”, Textless Closing Song – ”Appuru Tii no Aji”, Textless Closing Song – ”2/2”, Promotional Videos, Commercials
Plot Concept: Welcome to the prestigious Koryo Academy! A special school where students train to fight with weapons that are manifestations of their souls. On the outside, Tor Kokonoe seems like a regular academy student. But while his classmates carry swords, kunai, and axes into battle, his soul becomes a shield. As the students pair up in order to reach their full potential, Tor is partnered with the mysterious and exotic Julie. What he doesn’t realize is that their partnership means they’ll have to do everything together—fight, attend class, and even sleep in the same room! As the strangely affectionate girl begins pushing his boundaries to the limit, the other girls in his class start taking notice. While he’s fighting to make the grade, he’ll have to fend off the advances and attention from the tomboyish Tomoe, the meek Miyabi, and the exceptionally talented Lilith—a shield might be just what he needs after all!
Jormungand Complete Series – DVD/BD – $69.98 – 08/02/2016
Extras: Casting Koko’s Crew with American Director Christopher Bevins, Episode Commentaries, Textless Songs, Trailers, Team Koko – A Look Inside with the American Director and Cast, Episode Commentaries (15 & 24), Textless Songs
Plot concept: Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the only way he can find those responsible for his family’s slaughter. Besides, his employer isn’t like most merchants of death. She uses guile and cutthroat tactics to keep her clients armed to the teeth—all while cultivating her own warped plan for the future of world peace. With the CIA desperate for her capture, assassins eager to collect her head, and the potential for every contract to end in ultra-violence, Koko and her comrades in arms bring the boom to every corner of the world.
World Break Complete Collection – DVD/BD – $64.98 – N/A
Extras: Textless Opening Song – ”Hi no Ito Rinne no GEMINI”, Textless Closing Song – ”Magna Idea”, TV Spot Collection
Plot Concept: Moroha Haimura isn’t your typical teenager. In fact, he’s quite unique compared to his fellow classmates at the high-profile Akane Academy. Along with other gifted students, he trains as a “Savior” where he will learn to harness his special inherited mystical powers from a former life. However, unlike his peers, Moroha not only has one past life, but two! This means he can command both the Dark Arts of spell magic and the Light Arts of the body itself. Because of his rare talents, he quickly climbs the ranks to join the “Strikers,” an elite group of Saviors at the academy. With the other Strikers at his side, Moroha must protect the fate of the world against giant, evil beasts—all while juggling the hearts of the jiggly girls constantly vying for his affection. With each battle, Moroha learns more and more about his two heroic past lives and the powers hidden within.
Rolling Girls Complete Series – DVD/BD – $64.98 – 08/02/2016
Extras: Episode 8 Commentary (Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jad Saxton), Episode 12 Commentary (Clifford Chapin, Felicia Angelle, Leah Clark), Textless Opening and Closing Songs, Previews for Episodes 2-12
Plot concept: Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End) is back with a road-trip adventure filled with vibrant color, energetic style, and a whole lot of heart. Between super-powered fighters known as “Bests” battling across the city and fanatical vigilante squads cheering them on from the ground below, it’s easy for an average girl to get lost in the shuffle. But when her town’s Best gets taken out by a rival, Nozomi Moritomo gasses up her motorcycle and sets off across Japan to take her place. Joined by the feisty wannabe Best, Ai, the wandering artist Yukina, and the spacy but mysterious Chiaya, Nozomi and her makeshift motorcycle gang cross the country settling scores between warring districts. In a world that favors the Best over the rest, it’s hard for an average girl to find where she belongs, but one thing’s for sure—until she gets there, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Samurai 7 Complete Series Anime Classics Edition – DVD/BD – $49.98 – 08/02/2016
Extras: Staff Commentary, Director/Actor Commentary, Promotional Video, Image Galleries, Character Profiles, Textless Songs
Plot concept: Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more machine than man. Absolute power corrupts, and their reign of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside. But one group of villagers has had enough, deciding to hire samurai to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These men of skill and valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless village?