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May 22, 2011 1:30 AM
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According to their official website, FUNimation has acquired the U.S. theatrical, home entertainment, digital, and broadcast rights to Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Seinaru Hoshi. FUNimation will release the English dub version of the movie as "Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos" in theaters in early 2012 and on DVD and Blu-ray later in the Spring.

Also announced was FUNimation's acquisition of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?. They have acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, digital, online, and merchandise rights for the 12 episode TV anime series and will release it as "Is This A Zombie?" on DVD in 2012.

Sources: Funi's official site, Funi's official site

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May 22, 2011 1:40 AM
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Korean Zombie Desk Car? No thanks.
 
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where's the FUN in that? XD
 
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Fail license was fail ^_-
 
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Aww man...
 
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Too bad Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pretty meh. Come on FUNi, we need some better licenses here. I want to see some Nichijou here.
 
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Onibokusu said:
Too bad Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pretty meh. Come on FUNi, we need some better licenses here. I want to see some Michiko to Hatchin here.


You speak the truth, bro ^_-
 
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But FMA is still not a bad thing
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FMA:B Movie awesome!!!
 
May 22, 2011 3:45 AM

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it'll take much Longer to get to my shores!
 
May 22, 2011 5:14 AM

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Wait, so they licensed Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, but nobody licensed Madoka yet?

That's nice and all, but seriously Funimation, you should get on that, like, right now, before Sentai Filmworks and all their mediocre dubbing beat you to it.

Anyways, a new FMA: B movie sounds good, although I haven't finished watching the series, since I'm currently waiting for more dub episodes (I refuse to watch it subbed.)
 
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Drizzy_Drake said:
Onibokusu said:
Too bad Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pretty meh. Come on FUNi, we need some better licenses here. I want to see some Michiko to Hatchin here.


You speak the truth, bro ^_-


damn straight
 
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Alex_Saxon said:
KiraMustDie said:
Wait, so they licensed Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, but nobody licensed Madoka yet?

That's nice and all, but seriously Funimation, you should get on that, like, right now, before Sentai Filmworks and all their mediocre dubbing beat you to it.

Anyways, a new FMA: B movie sounds good, although I haven't finished watching the series, since I'm currently waiting for more dub episodes (I refuse to watch it subbed.)

I seem to vaguely recall reading somewhere a Madoka dub is very unlikely.
The dialogue isn't like Bakemonogatari or Zetsubou Sensei, I don't see why it can't be done.
 
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oh, I'm glad they licensed the FMA:B movie, I only like watching FMA dubbed :3

I'm happy about Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? too, I didn't know people hated it, I assumed everyone loved it, since it's full of fanservice and violence xD;
 
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I am jumping with joy Funimation got Kore Wa zombie desuka
 
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Onibokusu said:
Too bad Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pretty meh. Come on FUNi, we need some better licenses here. I want to see some Nichijou here.

dynamo_electron said:
Drizzy_Drake said:
Onibokusu said:
Too bad Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pretty meh. Come on FUNi, we need some better licenses here. I want to see some Michiko to Hatchin here.


You speak the truth, bro ^_-


damn straight

Are you all talking about Nichijou or Michiko to Hatchin???
 
May 22, 2011 7:43 AM

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It could be worse, they could be licensing Rio: Rainbow Gate or Dragon Crisis.
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May 22, 2011 7:43 AM

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That the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie would get licensed was to be expected. However, not that I think it's a bad show, but Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? getting licensed surprised me a bit.
 
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I guess they're willing to nab anything FMA-related
 
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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? was one of my favorites from the winter season so I'm glad to see it licensed. I'm hoping for Level E and Madoka to eventually get licensed as well.
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It could be worse, they could be licensing Rio: Rainbow Gate or Dragon Crisis.


I would approve of this statement! do want!
 
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I am surprised Funi grabbed Zombie, it was a Crunchyroll show. FMA:B movie is no surprise at all, except the fact it is a pre-license.
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KiraMustDie said:
Wait, so they licensed Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, but nobody licensed Madoka yet?
SHAFT basically never gets licensed despite the popularity of their shows. I'm assuming it might have something to do with the amount they're asking for maybe? idk

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Did anyone really expect Funi not to licence the FMA movie?
 
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I love Kore wa Zombie Desu ka, and I really don't want to see it get a crappy dub, I'll cross my fingers for an awesome dub.



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Amaya-no-Hime said:
KiraMustDie said:
Wait, so they licensed Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, but nobody licensed Madoka yet?
SHAFT basically never gets licensed despite the popularity of their shows. I'm assuming it might have something to do with the amount they're asking for maybe? idk


Not true, they have a good portion of their shows licensed:
Arakawa Under The Bridge
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Hidamari Sketch(three seasons)
Maria Holic(Alive was licensed before it aired)
He is My Master
Negima!?
Mahoromatic
Pani Poni Dash
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei(although I'm not sure when the first half will be released)
Popotan
Sakura Diaries
Moon Phase
Uta Kata

Some of these are collaborations with other studios, but this shows Madoka has a decent chance of getting licensed, although when is a good question.
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Good stuff, nice to see more coming over to the west, that way I don't need to import it :/
 
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I liked Kore wa zombie desu ka?, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it. I saw it legally on CR, so no guilt from me.

Maybe FUNi's saving Madoka Magica for a bigger con like AX or Otakon? Or maybe Aniplex nabbed it for themselves.
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Just judging from the cover, it's probably going to be a waste of my time
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melancholylover said:
I love Kore wa Zombie Desu ka, and I really don't want to see it get a crappy dub, I'll cross my fingers for an awesome dub.


You'll need to do more than cross your fingers. lol
 
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well done funi
 
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im actually really glad that the kore wa zombie desu ka? anime is being released. It made me laugh alot and it was a good pun on all the stereo types in anime XD
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sweet, but the rename for Zombie Desu sucks... come to think of it Funi screws names over alot...



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KiraMustDie said:
Alex_Saxon said:
KiraMustDie said:
Wait, so they licensed Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, but nobody licensed Madoka yet?

That's nice and all, but seriously Funimation, you should get on that, like, right now, before Sentai Filmworks and all their mediocre dubbing beat you to it.

Anyways, a new FMA: B movie sounds good, although I haven't finished watching the series, since I'm currently waiting for more dub episodes (I refuse to watch it subbed.)

I seem to vaguely recall reading somewhere a Madoka dub is very unlikely.
The dialogue isn't like Bakemonogatari or Zetsubou Sensei, I don't see why it can't be done.


They don't have to dub it. Sometimes, licensing companies will license shows without dubbing them. Such examples of this include, Maria†Holic and Hidamari Sketch~

Do American licensing companies just think that people won't like shows like Madoka or Bakemonogatari? Maybe they're too expensive to license? Do they think that they're just not worth it...?
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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is a pretty surprising license for FUNi to get.
FMA is no surprise.


 
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That was pretty quick, the FMA movie isnt even out in theatres yet in Japan. As for the picking up Kore wa, I'm indifferent at their decision.
 
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BL2W said:

Do American licensing companies just think that people won't like shows like Madoka or Bakemonogatari? Maybe they're too expensive to license? Do they think that they're just not worth it...?


Honestly, I'd never thought in my wildest dreams that Arakawa would actually get licensed, never mind it happening before Bakemonogatari (though I'm sure it was much cheaper to license Arakawa). I'm just stuck hoping that NIS America doing Katanatagari and Arakawa could somehow lead them to nabbing Bakemonogatari.
 
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honestly, who else right now can release stuff but FUNI.....get used to it. everyone else seem to have kicked the bucket.

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mitamaking said:
I am surprised Funi grabbed Zombie, it was a Crunchyroll show. FMA:B movie is no surprise at all, except the fact it is a pre-license.


Funi recently grabbed Fairy Tail as well, which is one of Crunchys big hits.

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And to the people talking about Madoka getting licensed: It won't happen. Shaft asked a lot of money to license Bakem, since Shaft wants to get big money for their big selling properties, but shows like Bakem and Madoka won't be the big sellers in America they are in Japan. I heard (though only a rumor) that Shaft asked close to Bleach money to license for Bakem. Nobody would pay that for Bakem or Madoka.

 
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I wonder what voice actress they'll cast for Yuu. :V
 
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kisami said:
honestly, who else right now can release stuff but FUNI


Well Section 23 announced MM! and Amagami SS at the same con, so some other stuff is coming out.
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I wonder what voice actress they'll cast for Yuu. :V


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i wonder how funimations is gunna cruise over the more slutty parts of Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?
 
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Funimation dubs usually are not that great. So I'm worried for Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka. It was good in Japanese. I'm sure subs are better than dubs in this case.
 
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NicoleXNorway said:
Funimation dubs usually are not that great. So I'm worried for Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka. It was good in Japanese. I'm sure subs are better than dubs in this case.


I personally liked the Summer Wars and Origins: Spirits of the Past dubs, both were from Funimation.

I think a dub for Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? can work out if they bring Johnny Yong Bosch and Cristina Vee in (or other L.A. based voice actors, not counting the Funimation voice actors who moved to L.A. like Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, and Travis Willingham).
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NicoleXNorway said:
Funimation dubs usually are not that great.


Really? I'm not so sure about that bub.
 
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...did they change the name of this thread? I swear it had the English names before, like the title of the press release does.

If so, LOL
 
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Great, can't wait to see the new FMA movie

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i wonder how funimations is gunna cruise over the more slutty parts of Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?


Funimation hasn't censored stuff in forever. They left the topless lolis in Strike Witches

 
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mitamaking said:
I am surprised Funi grabbed Zombie, it was a Crunchyroll show. FMA:B movie is no surprise at all, except the fact it is a pre-license.


Without Navarre, they can't really take shots in the dark so they are going with shows that have already gained some level of popularity in legal streaming numbers. Legal streaming numbers are everything, if its popular, it will get licensed. Since things like Bakemono and Madoka did not get streamed legally worldwide, Funi may not be willing to chance on them which is perfectly reasonable from a business standpoint.

Case-in-point;
Kuragehime.
Shiki.
Fractale.
Numbers were solid from legal streaming at their sites. Fan survey showed people wanted it. Funimation got it.
Fairy Tail.
Panty and Stocking.
Is This A Zombie?
Numbers were good for CR legal streaming. They went after and got them.
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