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Funimation Acquires Strike Witches and Linebarrels

by dtshyk
Apr 9, 2009 4:04 PM | 41 Comments
According to the official blog, Funimation acquired "Strike Witches" and "Kurogane no Linebarrels" from Gonzo. Both of the series will be released in early 2010.

Source: Funimation official blog

Related topic: GONZO To Be Delisted and One of the Founder Members Leaves the Company

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Kuyukly said:
llxwarbirdxll said:
Kuyukly said:
Protoculture said:
lol i can see strike witches selling alot to the pedos

yes its too lolli for the west it may be censored and edited lol


It won't be. FUNimation doesn't censor these days--they haven't in a long time.

Only 4kids censors and edits. Say it with me, everybody. Only 4kids censors and edits. Only 4kids censors and edits.
I'd like to see them license Strike Witches and see what they do with it.


Oh god, 4kids + Strike Witches...one can only imagine... DX

The world would just implode on to itself if that happen.

Apr 15, 2009 7:39 PM by metalsnakezero

llxwarbirdxll said:
Kuyukly said:
Protoculture said:
lol i can see strike witches selling alot to the pedos

yes its too lolli for the west it may be censored and edited lol


It won't be. FUNimation doesn't censor these days--they haven't in a long time.

Only 4kids censors and edits. Say it with me, everybody. Only 4kids censors and edits. Only 4kids censors and edits.
I'd like to see them license Strike Witches and see what they do with it.


Oh god, 4kids + Strike Witches...one can only imagine... DX

Apr 11, 2009 1:13 PM by Kuyu

Kuyukly said:
Protoculture said:
lol i can see strike witches selling alot to the pedos

yes its too lolli for the west it may be censored and edited lol


It won't be. FUNimation doesn't censor these days--they haven't in a long time.

Only 4kids censors and edits. Say it with me, everybody. Only 4kids censors and edits. Only 4kids censors and edits.
I'd like to see them license Strike Witches and see what they do with it.

Apr 11, 2009 12:13 PM by llxwarbirdxll

Apparently you guys missed where FUNimation and Gonzo announced a strategic alliance to where FUNimation automatically licenses any Gonzo (past, current or future) series. These 2 are just the first, I'd expect Shangri-La, Arad Senki and Saki near the end of the summer or so.

Apr 11, 2009 9:31 AM by JLS

ukonkivi said:
Oh wow. I thought Strike Witches would never be licensed.
It's too loli for the West.


Same here!! XD
Really took me by surprise...

Apr 10, 2009 4:26 PM by CreamyVelvet

Protoculture said:
lol i can see strike witches selling alot to the pedos

yes its too lolli for the west it may be censored and edited lol


It won't be. FUNimation doesn't censor these days--they haven't in a long time.

Only 4kids censors and edits. Say it with me, everybody. Only 4kids censors and edits. Only 4kids censors and edits.

Apr 10, 2009 4:20 PM by Kuyu

metalsnakezero said:
People here who want to buy it in store may get some weird looks, which is why I may just rent them over Netflix.

As a public Pagan, Black Metal fan, gender role questioner, and Bisexual, I really couldn't care much for "keeping my power level down" when it comes to anime and manga. Even in the case of loli and shota stuff.

I can understand a worry about doing something illegal in public. But I care nothing for public decency and especially worrying about buying something in front of a bunch of people I don't know at a store. If being myself makes random store people angry, irritated, scared, then I get the added bonus of ruffling the feathers of idiots.

To be honest, people who act out of the vein of the show jackass, are much more adventurous and fun that people who could care so much about the opinions of a bunch of random strangers in public with idiotic opinions. You'd might as not be honest on the internet because you don't want people to think bad of you. People treat it as different but it's the same darn thing, the only difference is a screen.

Apr 10, 2009 12:57 PM by ukonkivi

Wow, people act as if this is such a controversy...

Apr 10, 2009 12:29 AM by Asrialys

lol i can see strike witches selling alot to the pedos

yes its too lolli for the west it may be censored and edited lol

Apr 9, 2009 11:03 PM by Corpse69

Strife91 said:
Metroid_Ex said:
Lol Linebarrels, I'm doing my best not to drop it but its hard.


Me2.


dropped it after first ep. just haven't finalized it yet.

Apr 9, 2009 9:00 PM by kisami

I get the feeling that Funimation will be using the broadcast version of Strike Witches on their DVDs. Which sadly means a "no-buy" from me if that should happen.

Apr 9, 2009 8:13 PM by xbandaidx

Two things that have already been legally streamed subbed by the Japanese companies? Way to be boring, Funi. Nothing I'm interested in either way.

I heard Linebarrels sucked, but it also looks super-marketable (mecha + well-known studio + people who don't read reviews = profit) so it makes sense.

Apr 9, 2009 8:12 PM by Anomalous

metalsnakezero said:
windy said:
Buying it online seems like the option embarrassed people would turn to.

This is why I love the internet and netflix but I share my netflix account with my mother so that's the only embarrassment I have to go through.
inb4disowned

Apr 9, 2009 8:05 PM by llxwarbirdxll

windy said:
Buying it online seems like the option embarrassed people would turn to.

This is why I love the internet and netflix but I share my netflix account with my mother so that's the only embarrassment I have to go through.

Apr 9, 2009 7:59 PM by metalsnakezero

windy said:
But Linebarrels? WHY? Are they wanting to fuck themselves over?
no u

Apr 9, 2009 7:57 PM by llxwarbirdxll

Mmm. Strike Witches is surprising. I can see it being a wonderful move, or a terrible move, depending on how many people want it enough to buy it. It certainly is popular enough. Buying it online seems like the option embarrassed people would turn to.

But Linebarrels? WHY? Are they wanting to fuck themselves over?

Apr 9, 2009 7:39 PM by windy

Hikari-tan said:
Srtike Witches? Over here? Most westerners already seem to think anime is all about pantie shots and under-aged girls, this is just feeding that thought... lol


my thoughts too. i barely made it through strike witches, finally decided to finish it after the series had completed several months later.

Apr 9, 2009 7:35 PM by nyamo

I can't believe Linebarrels got licensed. No one talks about it very much and what I do remember people saying about it was that it was bad. Really, it's one of the last things I would have expected to be picked up.

And how many people are actually going to go out and buy something like Strike Witches? Just hard-core otaku and then only the otaku that like loli and then only the otaku that buy DVDs.

They should try to pick up more popular shows.

Apr 9, 2009 7:32 PM by fdssdfdsfsf

Srtike Witches? Over here? Most westerners already seem to think anime is all about pantie shots and under-aged girls, this is just feeding that thought... lol

Apr 9, 2009 7:21 PM by Kuromii

I'm not surprised. It was just a matter of time before it happened...

Apr 9, 2009 6:53 PM by Yasha_Hikari