Latest Anime Licenses: Eureka Seven AO, Usagi Drop, Hakuouki and More!

Funimation Entertainment adds Eureka Seven AO and Ibara no Ou (King of Thorn); Sentai Filmworks licenses Hakuouki, Upotte!!, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, Cluster Edge; NIS America acquires Usagi Drop. Full information about releases and special licenses can be found below.

During its Anime Central panel Funimation Entertainment has just announced the following licenses:

Eureka Seven AO: simulcast rights as well as distributional ones. The series will begin streaming on the official website of the distributor this Thirsday.

Ibara no Ou is an adaptation of Yuji Iwahara’s manga about  a girl that is infected with a dangerous virus and her existence during an experiment in a controlled environment together with 159 other infected citizens.

During the same event (Anime Central) NIS America also gave us some news. The new titles to be offered to North American fans through the company’s distributional net are:

Usagi Drop: Blu-Ray Disc and DVD special edition of the 11-episode-long show. It will be shipped on August 7, 2012 and will include hardcover artbook and four additional episodes.

Same venue, different time, Sentai Filmworks made the biggest announcement for the day. Here are the new titles in its list:

Cluster Edge and Cluster Edge OAV: will be released with extras as a DVD-only version. There will not be a dub, but only sub option on the disc.

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto: to be released with the title “Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto”. There are no further details on the versions to be available of the 26-episode-long anime by director Yoshimitsu Ohashi.

Hakuouki Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku and Hakuouki Sekkaroku OVA:  both series (the original Hakuouki plus the sequel) as well as the OVA of the popular adaptation of the Hakuouki SHinsengumi Kitan otome game are featured in the new license. It also includes the upcoming prequel series that will premiere this summer as well as the planned two anime movies of the franchise that are still not quite announced yet.

Upotte!!: This ONA (original net anime) was also a part of the announcement. The adaptation of Kitsune Tennouji’s manga ill be discussed later. The license includes home video releases.


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