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Funimation Acquires Higashi no Eden and Casshern Sins

by dtshyk
Jul 19, 2009 7:01 AM | 74 Comments
According to ANN, FUNimation announced at Otakon panel that it acquired "Higashi no Eden" TV series and "Casshern Sins". The two series will be released in 2010.

Source: ANN

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im from canada and i actually just saw the first 2 episodes of edon and its dubbed but there's no episode 3 yet grr so an annoying i thought they gave up o n the show being dubbed i was even punching my computer i didn't no they just started making dubs lols

Oct 29, 2010 3:51 PM by Aaron44

I don't know about Eden since I haven't seen it yet... but Casshern is a really good choice... I really like it... the only thing I don't like about it is its "really" slow pace... but aside from that, nothing more can make me say I don't like the series... the message, plot, and character development of the series is a great experience to witness... a great anime indeed... ^_^

Jan 18, 2010 6:49 PM by helpoemer07

good picks, i'll make sure to buy higashi no eden one.

Jan 16, 2010 11:52 PM by villains

Definitely picking up Higashi no Eden! Funimation! <3 x3

Hm.. about Casshern... I'll think about it.

Jan 16, 2010 11:35 PM by Katsuki

Hmm...I'm prolly gonna buy EotE if I see it in the Philippines..if not, I can always scavenge hunt for it in malls...coz it's A MUST for me to get this series!

Hmm..Casshern...?
That reminds me, I still haven't continued watching that series...must go dl it first...if I like it a lot, I might decide to buy the whole collection too. ='o

I wonder when Eden of the East would be out in the US though...
FUNi is prolly gonna take forever...I'd go kill them if they would... xD

Sep 25, 2009 8:55 PM by Lija-chan

AUGHHH! D: MORE WAITING!!!!

Eden is awesome. I hope a lot of people support it. I think it'll have good reception in the West...

As for Casshern, I myself dropped it but I regret it sometimes. I think if the dub is pretty good then it'll have a fair chance of doing well in the market industry.

Jul 30, 2009 4:31 AM by MoeNekoDrill

Capellabun said:
It really varies though, I know another FUNimation license (can't think of the name) had it's opening song removed due to Funimation not being able to get the rights to it. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes. If they can't get it then it will probably be replaced by something else.

There are two instances that this was the case: Speed Grapher with the song "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran and Kodomo no Omocha with the song "7 O'Clock News" by Tokio. Both, I believe, were caused by different circumstances, but the result was the same and they had to use something else.

While the OP to Eden is awesome and would be duly missed, I believe it would be an extremely dumb reason not to buy the show if Funimation can't seal the rights to it. My money is for the show, not the minute and a half that precedes it.

Jul 30, 2009 3:07 AM by Knitty

SailorCardKnight said:
Sweet Eden! =D
I don't know what folks are saying about how it will only appeal to Otaku, I thought the series had somewhat of an American feel to it, like an American film, only an anime. So it might do well if Funi plays their cards right and market it properly.

ShadowAlex said:
I'm excited, the first episode has really pulled on on Eden. Though it would be a shame if they couldn't get the song by Oasis (there's going to be some rights issues it sounds like)

I don't think this should be too much of a problem. The Legend of Black Heaven's opening theme was performed by John Sykes, who is also Brittish like Oasis and not Japanese. ADV films didn't have a problem getting that series onto DVD, and that was back in 2001 (.....I think, or at least around that time).

It really varies though, I know another FUNimation license (can't think of the name) had it's opening song removed due to Funimation not being able to get the rights to it. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes. If they can't get it then it will probably be replaced by something else.

Jul 29, 2009 7:06 PM by CapellaStar

Wee i will buy eden most likely, definitely was an awesome show.
Not so sure about Casshern >.<

Jul 29, 2009 6:34 AM by Pyrrhus

Sweet Eden! =D
I don't know what folks are saying about how it will only appeal to Otaku, I thought the series had somewhat of an American feel to it, like an American film, only an anime. So it might do well if Funi plays their cards right and market it properly.

ShadowAlex said:
I'm excited, the first episode has really pulled on on Eden. Though it would be a shame if they couldn't get the song by Oasis (there's going to be some rights issues it sounds like)

I don't think this should be too much of a problem. The Legend of Black Heaven's opening theme was performed by John Sykes, who is also Brittish like Oasis and not Japanese. ADV films didn't have a problem getting that series onto DVD, and that was back in 2001 (.....I think, or at least around that time).

Jul 29, 2009 2:03 AM by SailorCardKnight

I'm excited, the first episode has really pulled on on Eden. Though it would be a shame if they couldn't get the song by Oasis (there's going to be some rights issues it sounds like)

Jul 28, 2009 7:19 PM by ShadowBlazer3000

Sweet, two of my favorite animes

Jul 26, 2009 3:30 PM by Heroik

Capellabun said:
Cookie-chan said:
I would definetly buy Higashi no Eden, but Casshern Sins, not so much >_>

Funi better be careful on how many anime they acquire, I hate to say it but I have a bad feeling abou the future x(


I think one of the big reasons that Funimation can take on so many titles is because they have licenses to a lot of series that are big sellers. FMA, DBZ, Fruits Basket, and many more probably bring them in a lot of money. There's also the additional titles that they acquired from Geneon and ADV. I think they also expanded their channel into more areas recently so with that, they must be doing OK.


Don't forget Ouran too :) It's one of the best Shoujo sellers over here in UK, catching up to Fruits Basket.

Jul 26, 2009 4:45 AM by Snowflakes

ummyeah said:
Hope both are Vic Mignogna-less.
:)

I Hope Vic is in Both. He is Such a Inspiration. I admire him both as a Christian and Actor. hmmm It would be cool if he directed 1 of these.

Jul 23, 2009 5:47 PM by Princedarian07

Maoh-Sama said:
Well, in order for you MAL users to best understand this let me try to put this in simplest terms, Casshern would probably do better in the U.S / North America than Higashi no Eden. Casshern has been around for awhile and as Shiroth said exposure in the North American release of Capcom vs. Tatsunoko will only do him good. Think Marth from fire emblem he garnered popularity in North America from the Smash bros series years before exposure of his game on an English Speaking audience. Higashi no Eden however, does not have that luxury or marketability and will probably only do well amongst the hardcore of otaku.

I'd like to think someone had Funi has this idea in mind, instead of just picking a show out of the hat and licensing that.

Jul 22, 2009 5:10 AM by Shiroth

Um...I might buy them. I just hope they don't license the movies until subs are out.

Jul 21, 2009 5:50 AM by GarLogan78

Well, in order for you MAL users to best understand this let me try to put this in simplest terms, Casshern would probably do better in the U.S / North America than Higashi no Eden. Casshern has been around for awhile and as Shiroth said exposure in the North American release of Capcom vs. Tatsunoko will only do him good. Think Marth from fire emblem he garnered popularity in North America from the Smash bros series years before exposure of his game on an English Speaking audience. Higashi no Eden however, does not have that luxury or marketability and will probably only do well amongst the hardcore of otaku.

~Maoh-Sama

Jul 20, 2009 5:28 PM by Maoh-Sama

Cookie-chan said:
I would definetly buy Higashi no Eden, but Casshern Sins, not so much >_>

Funi better be careful on how many anime they acquire, I hate to say it but I have a bad feeling abou the future x(


Funimation doesn't seem to be in any trouble at the moment. As far as I know, they've been having more good news then bad news. I think one of the big reasons that Funimation can take on so many titles is because they have licenses to a lot of series that are big sellers. FMA, DBZ, Fruits Basket, and many more probably bring them in a lot of money. There's also the additional titles that they acquired from Geneon and ADV. I think they also expanded their channel into more areas recently so with that, they must be doing OK.

The move to release more of their series in the form of boxsets also probably helped them out a bit where as if they where still releasing all of their series as $20-25 single releases with 4-5 episodes then I think they wouldn't be doing as well.

Jul 20, 2009 5:18 PM by CapellaStar

I would definetly buy Higashi no Eden, but Casshern Sins, not so much >_>

Funi better be careful on how many anime they acquire, I hate to say it but I have a bad feeling abou the future x(

Jul 20, 2009 3:42 PM by Cookie-chan-

Would love to own Eden.

Jul 20, 2009 3:26 PM by Tabibito-san

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