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FUNimation Acquires Sekirei and Tetsuwan Birdy Decode

by dtshyk
Nov 23, 2009 2:58 PM | 27 Comments
According to the official website, FUNimation announced at Anime USA 2009 that they acquired Sekirei, Tetsuwan Birdy Decode, Decode:02 and the extra OVA. The DVDs will be released in 2010.

FUNimation also acquired Full Metal Panic! and Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. These were originally acquired by ADV Films.

Source: FUNimation News

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I know this is a couple years late, but I just finished the dub of the first season of Birdy and I must say, I thought it was really good. The voices were enjoyable and not grating except for ONE character. THANKFULLY he only had speaking roles in a couple of episodes and his bad voice was only super annoying in one episode where he appeared far too much.

Other than that though, I really liked the dub. I love Birdy's voice, I've heard her used in other Funimation dubs and she's just got a good voice.

Feb 14, 2012 8:02 PM by Amberleh

Sekirei is one of my personal favorites. But i began to feel sick to my stomach one i heard funimation ''licensed'' (soon to be shi* fucke* with dubs). I personally do not like dubs, because your not learning anything, script changes and it just sounds ''weird'' and The voice overs are always horrendous. Musubi chan's (as well as all the other characters) voice already sounds great in Japanese. arrrgh! i am pissed...

Feb 1, 2010 5:21 PM by majesty033

I loved birdy when I was younger. I haven't seen Sekirei, but I'm looking forward to the Funimation I like watching it in subs, then dub...and sometimes Funimations does a great job like FMA, Fruits Basket, Samurai Champloo and Ouran High School Host Club. So I'll wait and see, and I have to watch sekirei.

Jan 10, 2010 8:32 PM by JoquishaJoestar

Dear Funimation,

Are you also going to upscale the FMP! Blu-ray releases?!

If you do so,... then kthxbai!

Nov 26, 2009 3:41 AM by mflatischler

Sekirei is only half of a show.

Nov 24, 2009 6:53 AM by 108s9001

The anime of Sekirei is good too... O_o
The musics, art and others...
And the anime follow the manga seriously.
But not concerned by that actually, i'm a french man.
I only want to have the others volumes of Tetsuwan Birdy here. (Only 10 volumes in France and i have to wait like 9 months for the 11 because that don't sale well. :()

Nov 23, 2009 11:43 PM by ShiroiRyu

speechless >.<

Nov 23, 2009 8:30 PM by enixela

I'm kinda surprised they licensed Birdy. I rather liked it, but it wasn't super popular online when it was airing, and I didn't like it enough to invest in DVDs, personally.

Sekirei, I know nothing about, but probably wouldn't buy ever.

Nov 23, 2009 8:18 PM by Suu

Kira01 said:
Those animes are good? I have yet to finished either of them, still on-hold.

Only Birdy is actually decent. Can't say the same for Sekirei. The manga was much better.

Nov 23, 2009 8:07 PM by wakka9ca expected..

Nov 23, 2009 8:00 PM by DingDingDong

Quick bit of info; I was at FUNimation's panel at AnimeUSA. During the panel a question was asked regarding FUNimation's plans for dubs and subs. Their representative said that they will continue to release all their DVDs with both Subs and Dubs. They showed a few statistics on preference with hardcore fans and casual fans regarding subs vs dubs. It was explained that releasing both was basically a good idea because of the data.

Also, they have not yet acquired the rights to release Spice and Wolf on bluray so when it is released in December I believe, it will only be on DVD

They also showed their stats of bluray sales which I thought was a little surprising. I don't remember what the numbers where exactly but it showed that their sales with Bluay disks were twice that of the average sales of other Blurays, or something along those lines. They showed a good amount of stats for other things too but I can't remember.

Nov 23, 2009 7:34 PM by Hellmonkey

Nooo!!!!!! -.- Why Sekirei!?!?

Nov 23, 2009 6:53 PM by sarroush

I've watched the entire dub version of Shuffle and the fanservice still stays true. What makes everyone think they'll censor Sekirei? They have some free subs on their website.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing Sekirei and Birdy.

Nov 23, 2009 6:40 PM by TerrorH3ctor

DarkBlue said:
They will probably censor Sekirei so that none can get offended by accidentally seeing and boobs. After all everyone knows how evil boobs are, and how much worth Sekirei is without them. [/sarcasm]

Yeah because they totally censored Strike Witches, they are totally against fan service /sacrasm >.>

Nov 23, 2009 6:10 PM by burntlettuce

I enjoyed Sekirei for some strange reason I haven't figured out yet. Wonder why they chose it.
Its dub will be...interesting, I'm sure. So many girl voices, so little to choose from.

Nov 23, 2009 5:26 PM by windy

Those animes are good? I have yet to finished either of them, still on-hold.

Nov 23, 2009 5:14 PM by Kira01

Inb4 "WHY DIDN'T THEY LICENSE MY FAVORITE ANIMOOOO" even though I'm a little late.

But good for them. I enjoyed Sekirei even though it was kind of lame most of the time.

Nov 23, 2009 5:12 PM by JusticeGundam

Jrittmayer said:
Funimation will take over the anime world!!

The anime world is doomed, then.

Nov 23, 2009 5:02 PM by Free

no, you were supposed to obtain Detroit Metal City, dammit.

Nov 23, 2009 4:57 PM by Metty

Jrittmayer said:
Funimation will take over the anime world!!

No it shall fall soon.

Nov 23, 2009 4:46 PM by Rei_12

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